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Wednesday 19th February, 2014 Term 1, Week 3

Newsletter #3 School Roll

273 Kia ora Parents, Whanau, and Caregivers, The first few weeks of the school year can be very unsettling for some children. They may come home upset; they may say they do not like their new class.  Some children do not want to go to school.  Why is this? 1.  Your child has moved from a teacher with whom they have developed a bond—a strong relationship—to a stranger! 2.  They have to make new friends—and many of their old friends may be in a different class. 3.  There are new routines and expectations in the new class. 4. School work may be academically more challenging. What can you do as a parent? 1.  Talk to the new class teacher to ensure she or he knows your child is unsettled. 2.  Explain to your child that you understand that they are unhappy, but insist they attend school.  3.  Explain that change is difficult for anyone—kids and adults—but things get better with time. 4.  Possibly spend some time in the classroom with them each morning for a week or two to help them settle. Naku noa ra, Nik House - Principal

This week we send out a very warm welcome and Haere mai to our new team members at Welcome Bay School.

Treyvornne & Zhentayn Morehu and Joey Raaphorst We know you will fly in your life and learning at Welcome Bay School

Learning Centre Carving What a special ceremony we had yesterday morning as we blessed our beautiful new carving on the learning centre. Thanks to everyone who came to share in this occasion and to James Tapiata for his amazing commitment to this project and for the taonga that will be in our school for many years.

HIGH FLYERS FOR THE WEEK First Flight - New Entrant and Year 1


Paora Kahotea

Miss McGovern

Kaponga/Harakeke Kayden Mrs Absalom & Mr Silby


Your amazing effort in all areas of school. You are settling into all tasks fast and working hard on story writing. You treat others kindly and have beautiful mat manners. Ka pai! For settling well into Harakeke and showing all of the qualities of the Welcome Bay Learner.

Take Flight - Year s1 & 2 Karaka

Coco Martinez

For showing amazing focus and concentration in maths. Kia kaha you are a brave learner Coco.

Adam Bone

For your enthusiastic and focussed start to 2014. You are contributing valuable ideas, helping others and showing your leadership qualities.

Azaria Meredith

For how you Stand Proud with all your choices within the school. You complete work to a high standard and listen carefully in the classroom.

Mrs Daniels

Kowhai Mrs Anthony

Pohutukawa Mr Thomson

Flight Path - Years 3 & 4 Kauri

Kiritiana Patea

For consistently doing what is expected first time every time. You are a great friend to everyone in the class and you are always looking for ways to help others.

Ryan Cameron

For having such a great positive attitude towards learning and willingness to put 100% into everything you do! Keep it up Ryan.

Crimson Morehu

For being a helpful and positive member of our class. You are always happy to volunteer to assist your teachers and your classmates. Kia Manawanui.

Doby Ririnui

For being an awesome role model in Rimu. You make sensible choices, act like a friend and have high expectations. You are flying!

Mr Stirling

Totara Mrs Lucas

Rimu Mrs McKinlay and Mrs Bishop

Flight Deck - Year 5 & 6 Miro/Manuka. Matai

Acadia Eruera

For showing courage to share your 'island' ideas and answer questions on the Flight Deck. Kia kaha Acadia!

Mrs Lidgard, Mrs HoneyďŹ eld, and Mr Gavin

Kharis Aish

For showing courage to improve your technique in swimming. You improve more every day. Kia maia Kharis!

Gordon Heke

For Seeking Adventure in swimming. You are working hard to master new skills. Tino pai, Gordon!

Meet the team and Teacher We are having a... (Note change of time, 15 minutes later)

. meet the team and teacher evening coming up tonight, starts at 5:15pm.


This will provide an opportunity for you to: - briefly meet and learn about the team of teachers your child learns with every day - gain an overview of the school vision and learning for the year ahead - hear a little bit about learning expectations as they relate to your child’s achievement - check out the learning environments - meet other families and make some new friends - Share kai with us and other families The timetable for the night: 5:15pm Arrive at school, meet in the hall 5:30pm School wide information presentation 6:00pm Meet the teachers in classrooms 6:30pm Kai begins 7pm Home time ;)

We will provide a sausage sizzle and would also encourage you to bring along a picnic to have for dinner at school after you have finished meeting in the classrooms. This will be a great time to share together as a community and maybe make a few new friends ;) See you all here!

Helping our Welcome Bay learners to fly

Calling all parents/caregivers of students at Welcome Bay School ! WBS PTA invites you to get involved Who are we?

Our aim

We are parents, caregivers and teachers of students at Welcome Bay School who simply want to get involved in helping our school help our kids to fly!

To work in partnership with the teachers and parents to develop the community feel of the school and raise funds for resources or activities outside of Ministry funding.

Some of the proposed fundraising events for 2014, details to come: • Sausage Sizzles • Friday Lunch (2 per term)

• Discos (Terms 2 and 4) • Spelling Bee (Term 3) • Lions Raffle (Term 4)

Planning is also underway for our school gala to be held in Term 1 2015

So how do you join the PTA?

YOUR school needs YOUR help!

If you are a parent/caregiver of a current student or a teacher at Welcome Bay School you are welcome to join the PTA. You are most welcome to attend meetings and we actively encourage you to participate in helping with activities the PTA runs.

Fundraising Goals

Willing Helpers!

We work in partnership with the school to identify areas where fundraising is required.

Can’t get along to meetings but are keen to be involved and kept informed about upcoming events and how you can help. Email your details to and we will forward you a link to subscribe to email updates.

Chairperson |Steph Lyford

When you subscribe to our email updates you will have the opportunity to indicate when you are available to help with events.

Coordinator |Lorien Martin M 021 741 518

The PTA also makes contributions for each Hub which are used to subsidise trips and other activities.

PTA Meetings Meetings are held 1st Monday of the month at 6pm in the school staffroom. Keep an eye out for updates in the school newsletters, events calendar and Facebook page.

If you do not have access to email, forms are available from the school office.

PTA Roles 2014

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Deputy Chair |Wiki Parr Secretary |Beth Kyd Treasurer |Tracey Dean Communications


Supported by: Teacher representatives, committee members and a team of willing helpers!

Thanking you in anticipation of your support

KICK Start: Transition to school programme This programme is for both new parents and children starting at Welcome Bay School and runs for approx. seven weeks during the term . NEXT SESSION: Thursday 20th February @ 1:45pm FOCUS: National Standards If you are interested in attending please call the school oďŹƒce on 5441113 and let us know you will be along so we can plan for numbers. Also, if you know someone who intends on enrolling at Welcome Bay School but does not get the newsletter please let them know too. We look forward to seeing you!

Saturday 1st March, 6:30pm - 10pm The pressure is on and not many sleeps to go until we race for the coveted Trophy! Defending the title will be tough but I will try to fly like a Welcome Bay Learner and hopefully no one will be able to catch me ;) The evening is a special KIDS GO FREE night (free for 15 years and under). Adults are $20 (purchase at the gate). Principals Parade will begin at 6:15pm.

If you go onto you can vote for Mr House. The principal with the most votes wins a 2015 Speedway Season’s pass that Mr House is happy to donate to the PTA so they can raffle it off and put the proceeds towards something for the children at school. So get voting! Tommy Kapai has written a song for the event with a paragraph dedicated to each school.  A video clip of this will be on the SunLive website. There is also a prize for the best dressed school so we will have more information available about this, but perhaps an easy way to show support is for children to wear their school polo and we can add some other funky ideas to this.

Welcome Bay Indoor Bowling Club Welcome Bay Indoor Bowling Club will be running early sessions of Bowls in the Welcome Bay Hall at 6.30pm each Monday from 10th Feb 2014 until the last week in October 2014. Coaching is available and there will be mats available for those that wish to practice. There will be the opportunity for those who wish to join our Club Nights from 7.30pm for the first game of the evening. Cost for each pupil will be $2.00 for the year plus 50c per night mat fee. For further details please phone Gordon Nairn on 544.2882

Breakfast Club Here at Welcome Bay School we like to offer a breakfast club for our tamariki in the mornings before school each day. Breakfast Club runs from 8.10 - 8.40am. We provide Weetbix and other breakfast cereals and when possible Milo.  Any parents interested in helping out please let Cherie in the office know or come and see Mrs Bishop in Room Rimu. We hope to be up and running next week.  Donations of Milo and sugar gratefully accepted.

New in the Bay Nicola and Krystal at Community Kindy The Bay are new to the community and would like to invite you to come and see what they have to offer.  A beautiful natural environment which fosters independence, empowerment and natural discoveries; including the 'Be School Ready" programme, allowing children to develop and master foundational skills ready for transitioning to school.   Opening offer 20 hours free for 2 - 5years *conditions apply/limited spaces.    Opening hours 8.00 - 4.30pm Monday - Thursday - 8.00 - 12.30pm Friday   (Full day and sessions available)   301 Welcome Bay Road   Ph: 544 3799

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 Lisa House via email:

Sports Uniforms - There are still a few outstanding sports uniforms, please make sure that these are returned ASAP!

Sports this term...

At school: Grasshopper soccer: will be providing an after school soccer program this year on our school grounds. The program will run on Monday afternoons, for 8 weeks each term, depending on numbers. The program is for year 0-6 and costs $60 per child per term. If you would like your child to be involved in this program please fill out the form all children would have brought home (more are available at the office) and return it to the Sports letterbox in the office , or email Chris at to enroll. All enrollments need to be in by THIS FRIDAY.

Taekwon-Do: The Martial Arts Academy will be offering classes at our school this year. Classes will be held on Tuesday mornings between 7.45 - 8.40am, running weeks 4 - 11 in term one. The cost is $50 per child, per term. If you would like your child to be involved in this program please fill out the form all children would have brought home last Friday (more are available at the office) and return it to the Sports letterbox in the office. All enrollments need to be in by THIS FRIDAY.

After School: Volleyball: Friday 21st February THIS FRIDAY - Friday 11th April , played at the ASB Arena, Bay Park. Volleyball practice is at school every Friday at lunchtime in the hall. A notice will be coming home in the next couple of days for children that are involved with details of your team, manager, and this weeks draw. You can also check out the weekly draw at Rippa Rugby: Friday 21 Feb THIS FRIDAY - Friday 4 April, played at Greerton Marist Rugby Club in Greerton. Practices are at school Wednesday lunchtimes for year 1/2 and 5/6 teams, Friday lunchtimes for year 5/6 teams, and there will also be an after school practice for the year 5/6 teams on Tuesdays from 3 - 4pm. A notice will be coming home in the next couple of days for children that are involved with the details of your team, manager, and the draw. Welcome Bay School Netball Trials: these will be held after school on Tuesday 4th March, Thursday 6th March, Tuesday 11th March and Thursday 13th March, from 3 - 4.30pm. If you would like to be involved in netball in term 2/3, and you are a year 3, 4, 5, or 6, you need to be at all of these trials. The trials will be run by Denise Parata. Weetbix TRYathlon: This Sunday 23rd February, Memorial Park, Tauranga. Welcome Bay Junior Rugby Club: Under 6’s - under 13’s. Weigh in for 2014 - Tuesday 11 March 5-7pm, Thursday 13 March 5-7pm, Sunday 16 March 1-3pm, at Waipuna Park Clubrooms. Any queries contact Royce or 0275079999

WAIPUNA FOOTBALL CLUB 2014 REGISTRATIONS Registrations open now: Register online at or if you don’t have access to the internet please phone Rachel 544 4220 to register. Register now for all children turning 5 this year thru to age 17. Also Womens & Mens social teams age 20+.

Preseason Training: 5pm to 6.30pm at Waipuna Park. 8th, 10th & 12/13th Grades: Tuesday’s 4th, 11th & 18th March 2014 9th, 11th & 14/15th Grades: Thursday’s 6th, 13th & 20th March 2014 For more info: Contact Rachel our registrations officer on 544 4220 or 021 0317 022 Visit our Website or Facebook: Waipuna Welcome Bay or email us at:

Have you checked out our online school shop yet? Look for this icon on our school website: Click on the icon and you can see all our current items. Sport fees for 2014 will be added shortly!

Click on the icon and you can see all our current items. Won’t it be great not to have to hunt around for cash to pay for school trips and sports fees! And you can start putting money aside now to help with all the costs at the start of the year, and those bigger costs like school camp. Families create an account like you would for Trade Me, top up your account by Internet, credit card, or by automatic payment. All the kids on the one family account. Go and have a look for yourself, and see how easy it is. If you have any questions just ask Cherie Stirling in the oďŹƒce, and she will be happy to help.

Upcoming events Tuesday 18th February: Learning Centre Maihi Carving blessing Wed 19th February: Meet the team and Teacher evening 5pm Tuesday 25th February: Maori Achievement hui Thursday 6th March: Senior swimming sports Thursday 13th March: Junior swimming sports Sunday 16th March: Top School event Thursday 20th March: Middle school swimming sports


31 March - 4 April (Week 9): Senior Flight Deck Camp Thursday 10th April: Cultural/Arts/Sports Celebration Assembly @ 9am Friday 11th April: Celebration Assembly Term 1 (wk 10)

Term 1


Monday 3rd February - Thursday 17th April

Term 2 Monday 5th May - Friday 4th July Term 3

Monday 21st July - Friday 26th September

Term 4

Monday 13th October - tbc

Thursday 17th April: Last day of school Term 1

Week 3, term 1, 2014  
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