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Newsletter #30

Wednesday 25th September, 2013 Term 3, Week 9

School Roll

290 Kia ora Parents, Whanau, and Caregivers, It is astonishing how fast this term has gone and here we are with only two more sleeps until the final day of term 3! It has been an extremely busy term, coupled with a huge amount of sickness for both children and staff. We are all looking forward to a timely break to recharge the batteries and prepare for the final term of the school year. It is exciting to be heading into summer and we are looking forward to athletics and all of the other outdoor activities that this time of year brings. Have a very safe and relaxing term break and we look forward to seeing all of our children back safely in Term 4.

Welcome Bay School have been accepted onto the Free Milk for Schools programme run by Fonterra. Every child who wishes to participate will be provided with a free, chilled carton of milk, every day at no cost. We will serve the milk at school every morning at 10am during our morning Brain Break.  Please fill out the permission attached to allow your child to take advantage of this fantastic opportunity and benefit from this natural source of protein and energy.   If your child is lactose intolerant or suffers from milk allergies please also return the slip noting this.

Board of Trustees Survey 2013 Remember that we’ve put a $100 Pak n Save voucher up for grabs to one lucky whanau who returned the completed survey. This will be drawn at the Celebration Assembly this Friday. Thanks to every family who took the time to contribute to our school by sharing your thoughts on where we are at as a school, and where we could be in the future. We had 71 returns which is 36% of our families return the survey which is a fantastic response. We give you 100% commitment that your feedback will be reviewed and given full consideration by the Board. This week we send out a very warm welcome and Haere mai to our new team members at Welcome Bay School.

Skylah Carmicheal We know you will fly in your life and learning at Welcome Bay School

Mathematics Parent Evening! Last Wednesday night we had an evening at school to help our children’s parents and whanau understand how Mathematics is taught at school, and how this is different from what we may have experienced during our experience at school. Things have certainly changed! ;) On behalf of the teachers, we would like to say a huge thanks to all of the parents who were able to attend this night. We had a great turn out of just over 40 people! We also hope that you found it a valuable use of your time and have some new found insight into your child’s learning and school experience. Thanks for ongoing support. [1]



Maia Abraham

For her positive attitude and fantastic progress in reading and writing.


Manny GodinetGrant

For being involved in our "Firewise" discussions. Tuku Patai.


Marama Pomana

For her heightened sense of curiosity that leads her to Seeking Adventure in all aspects of school life.


Jainae Smithson

for always being kind to others. You are an industrious student in Room Karaka.


Jessekay Cook

Making a big effort to write words in your story by using letter sounds that you know. Keep it up Jessekay!


Jason Ransfield

For a great attitude to learning. You always try hard whether it is reading, writing or maths.

Middle School


Karli Ashford

For learning how to manage yourself and your time and becoming an independent learner. Ka Pai!


Mia Kingsbeer

For constantly working on your writing goals daily to ensure that everything she writes is a strong piece of writing that she can be proud of. You have true talents in this area and I can't wait to see what you will be producing by Year 6! Keep it up Mia!


Brody Newton-Cook

For your great attitude towards reading. You have made huge progress this term through thinking deeply about the text and questions asked around it.

Note: Some classes are missing due to a huge amount of staff illness last week :(

Hi everyone, Last week we had the most amazing week in Kiwi Can with our Random Acts of Kindness. Each class planned an Act of Kindness for someone that they really value in the school. It was really touching to see our Tamariki doing their Acts Kindness without expecting anything in return. Thank you to all who came in mufti the week before to help us cover our Random Acts of Kindness costs.  This week we have been talking about Dealing with Challenges and how when a challenge or hard time comes our way, our attitude to it makes a huge dierence. Next term our overall theme will be respect. Hope everyone has awesome and safe holidays. We look forward to see everyone again next term. Elliot & Carrie

Above: Looks like lolly cake to me...YUM!!! Top Left: Car washing was lots of fun Bottom left: Mrs Bishop felt special receiving her poem.


Mrs Williams receives a special treat and is so happy! Thanks kids for your random acts of kindness.

Sports News If you have any queries or can offer your time, skills, knowledge, or support in any way please do not hesitate to contact me via email: Kereru Flyers Report years 4/5/6 Beginning of the season saw the team placed in the F grade, after 10 weeks of solid practices, commitment, dedication, sweat & tears ended the season in the A grade seeding 6th place. Wow what a huge achievement team well done. In order for this to happen a team needs a coach and yes this team did!!! An experienced dedicated and team driven coach. Who didn’t even have a girl in the team but dedicated her time and effort we thank you Denise Parata. Thanks to all the support people who followed the Kereru Flyers during this season, to all the parents who also supported their girls and ensuring they made practices and games on Saturdays. On Saturday Kereru Flyers spent the day at Baywave where we had our end of year breakup swimpizzas- chips and where we had our presentations to round up the season certificates and medals were given to each girl also special acknowledgements went to: Kimi Wirihana Player of the Year Emily Wiese Most Valuable Player Cayla Warner Most Consistent Player Serenity Thomas Most Improved Player To the girls who will be moving on to Intermediate take what you have been taught strengthen it and strive further. We know you can. Look forward to season 2014.

Important - Upcoming Sport News Kiwi Tag notices have been handed out for teams next term. Kiwi Tag is a primary school level game of Rugby League/Rippa Rugby. For more details on how the game is played visit If you don't have a notice, you can still get one either at the office, or from the Sport's Noticeboard outside Rata. Notices must be Returned by Friday  27 September with the $5 payment to be placed in a team. Please remember that signing your child up to this sport you are committing to having them at Waipuna Park each week on Tuesday's next term for their game. Flippa Ball notices have also been handed out for teams next term. Flippa Ball is a modified version of Water Polo. There are two teams, with a minimum of 7 players. Players are permitted to walk along the bottom if they do not have the ball, but must swim or pass when in possession of the ball. Players must catch the ball with one hand. The game consists of two halves, which are 10 minutes long.  If you don't have a notice, you can still get one either at the office, or from the Sport's Noticeboard outside Rata. Notices must be Returned by Friday  27 September to be placed in a team. Please remember that in signing your child up to this sport you are committing to having them at Memorial Park pool on Tuesdays next term for their games. The fees for Flippa Ball will be around $35 per player and will be due on Wednesday 16th October (Week 1, Term 4). [3]

Give T-ball or Softball a Go Sun 29 Sep 2013 We welcome any and every child aged from 4 years old to 19 years of age to come and give T-ball and Softball a go at the Carlton Street Reserve on the 29th of September 2013 from 10am - 3pm. Families to are all welcome, come down grab yourselves a Free Sausage Sizzle and run around the field with the Mai FM Street Crew. 

Board update There was much discussion at our last board meeting around the Welcome Bay School sports programme and we decided to create a policy clearly stating expectations in this area. The new policy comes into effect next term – Term Four – and the key points are: Payment Registration costs must be paid before the first game. No pay, no play. No uniform will be issued until payment has been received. Commitment By signing your child up to play, you are making a commitment to have them at practices and all games. You are also required to have your child there at least 15mins before the game starts. This allows time to warm up and for players to get ready before play begins. There is a minimum number of players required for each team and, while we will do our best to promote the events, no team will be entered if the minimum number is not reached. The minimum number includes reserves - not just the number required on the field or in the pool at one time. Sports teams are coached and managed by parents and teachers, who volunteer their time and energy to help our tamariki. We want our players, management and supporters to stand proud representing Welcome Bay School. To achieve this, everyone needs to play their part. Jandhe Troughton Board Chairperson

Wood Mulch free to a good home. Due to some tidying up work completed around the school we have had a significant amount of foliage mulched to tidy up the mess. This mulch is free for you if you want it. If you would like to take some of this mulch for your garden at home could you please ring the school to arrange a time to make this happen. Many thanks. [4]

School Holiday Fun at Your Library Holiday events at Tauranga City Libraries include inspirational motivator Dreydon Sobanja, presenting ‘Dream Big’ sessions; LEGO and Learning Activities; Photo frame activities and Doodle Art on the computer. For registration and more or phone 577 7177 Monday to Friday.

Guitar Classes: We are now taking bookings for our guitar class held at Welcome Bay School. These classes are run by Rahim Callaghan, a professional musician and experienced tutor. Private lessons in guitar, bass guitar and singing are also available for all ages. For bookings and further information contact. Rahim: 5740995 or 0274751023. Email:


Upcoming events

2013 & 2014

Wed 25th September: WBOP Sevens Term 3

Last day is Friday 27th September

Term 4

Thurs 24th October: Student Leadership day with Selwyn Ridge and Taupo Primary Thurs 31st October: Term 4 Disco

Monday 14th October Wednesday 18th December

Term 1 2014

Monday 3rd February - Thursday 17th April

Wed 20th November: Kids for Kids performance

Term 2 Monday 5th May - Friday 4th July

Wed 18th December: Last day of school 2013

Term 3

Monday 21st July - Friday 26th September

Mon 3rd February: Term 1, 2014 begins ;)

Term 4

Monday 13th October - tbc

Fri 27th September: Last day for Term 3 Celebration Assembly Mon 14th October: Term 4 begins


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