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Wednesday 19th March, 2014 Term 1, Week 7

Newsletter #7 School Roll

280 Kia ora Parents, Whanau, and Caregivers, The term is flying by and we have been so busy with lots happening at school including a big focus on swimming with all of our swimming sports and presentations now completed internally. We have also had a lot of lunchtime trainings for Rippa Rugby, Tug of War practices for the House competitions, scooters hooning on the courts, running training for cross country, and a myriad of other things for our tamariki. It’s great to see them all busy and being active and involved.


In the weekend the Top Schools event was held and we would like to say a huge thank you to all of the parents who came to support the kids, and also to Mr Thomson, Mrs House, and Miss McGovern who gave up their Sunday to make sure everything and everyone was organised and supported. It was great to see our first cheerleaders this year too, great job team!

! Have a great week ahead. ! Nik House - Principal

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

Tiaki Murray, Ariana-Mei Harris and Janiah Mihaere


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

Concerns procedure… Schools are social places and whenever there are lots of people working in close proximity it is to be expected that challenges will arise. Whilst we work hard to create an environment and school culture that promotes positive learning and behaviour, and social interactions, it is inevitable that from time to time challenges will arise.


It is important that there is a process for managing concerns and ensuring that everyone is kept safe in finding a solution. To this end we have a school procedure, which is designed to help parents and guardians understand what to do if they are concerned about some aspect of the school. The school encourages open communication and prefers that you come to talk through a problem rather than discuss it in the community. It is our job to be fair and listen to your concerns, but this involves your support as well. If you have concerns regarding your child, in the first instance approach your child’s teacher. If the problem is not resolved, make a time to see the Hub Guardian to talk through the issue. If you continue to feel like a positive solution has not been reached, or the problem continues, make a time to see the DP or Principal. USEFUL TIPS … - Approach a teacher with your concern when they are not teaching, email can be a great 1st contact point. Teacher emails can be found on the website. - Problems should not be discussed in front of children – either at school or at home. - We ask that staff show respect for you and ask that you show respect for them. - The first person you should see regarding your concern is the person closest to the problem. - There are usually two sides or perspectives to a story/situation. - If you have concerns regarding a child you must approach the school NOT the child. We will only know of your concern if you tell us. !

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

Kopukapuka Miss McGovern

Kaponga/ Harakeke

Raiha Thompson

For your amazing effort in swimming. You can swim on your tummy with long legs and straight arms. You grow in confidence every day. Ka Pai!

Kayla Stewart

For working hard on your writing and settling to work quickly. You always try hard and are learning to write new words and listen hard for sounds in unknown words.

Mrs Absalom & Mr Silby

Take Flight - Years 1 & 2 Karaka

Jake Pickles

For showing courage to give new learning your best try and working hard to improve all areas of literacy. Kia kaha Jake.

Georgia Mudgway

For showing clear and logical thinking in solving maths problems. Kia Maia Georgia you can explain how you reach your answer.

Anna Davies

For your great attitude towards reading. You show enjoyment in the stories you read and can retell the main events in detail.

Mrs Daniels

Kowhai Mrs Anthony

Pohutukawa Mr Thomson

Flight Path - Years 3 & 4 Kauri

Nevaeh Gill

For you excellent ability to self manage throughout the school day. You complete all your work and help those around you. You are a model Welcome Bay Learner.

Manawaiti Walker

For consistently having a heart to others around you. You always ask if there is anything you can do to help out, use beautiful manners and look out for your classmates. Kai pai Mana!

Khingstyn McMillan

For having a much improved attitude to your learning. Keep it up! Kia kaha

Mr Stirling

Totara Mrs Lucas

Rimu Mrs McKinlay and Mrs Bishop

!Kirimako Moana !For being a reliable learner who shows integrity in all areas of school life.

Flight Deck - Year 5 & 6 Miro/Manuka. Matai Mrs Lidgard, Mrs HoneyďŹ eld, and Mr Gavin

Taber House

For taking ownership of your learning in maths. You are able to !! articulate where you are at and your next learning steps. Kia maia, Taber! !Alahze Kahotea stand !For yourproud amazing contribution and collaboration during island !Dante Ngahere- sharing time. You’re a High flyer! !For Expecting the Best. You Show Courage by having a 'Switched Skudder On' attitude during learning times.

Road Patrol One of our school’s areas of focus is to keep our kids safe and one practical way we do this is through providing a safe road crossing on the busy Welcome Bay Rd. We have an outstanding bunch of responsible kids who commit to being on a roster, with a teacher, for mornings and afternoons to cross our kids safely


Our times for road patrol are: Mornings - 8:20am - 8:40am Afternoon - 3:00pm - 3:20pm


If your child walks to and from school and needs to cross at that crossing, please ensure that they leave home early enough to meet the team on the crossing, or leave the school grounds promptly in the afternoon. We want our children to be safe on this busy road and can ensure their safety more assuredly during these times. Many thanks.

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House Points

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We have now passed the half way point in the term and this is where our House Groups are placed with their points. As you can see it is a close race at the moment with Toroa only just holding a slight lead. Encourage your children to keep focussed on their learning and doing the right thing, at the right time, for the right reason, in all areas of school life so they can keep those HEART cards and House points rolling in. Who will be victorious for the term? On Friday we held our first inter-House competition during lunchtime. Over the last 5 weeks House teams have been training hard at developing a strong Tug of War team to compete for the glory and honour of being the top House team. On Friday our two top teams, Karearea and Toroa competed in the final and the winning team was…TOROA! Congratulations to all of the children who competed, a great effort! The children from Toroa then challenged a teachers team and whilst we are not sure of the numbers involved :) … the children came out victorious! Once again, well done. Our next round of inter-House competitions begin this week and the challenge is Non Stop Cricket. Give it heaps teams.

Breakfast Club Breakfast Club is open for our tamariki daily from 8.10 - 8.35am. We rely on parent helpers to run Breakfast Club and we are looking for someone to help on Monday and Wednesday mornings. We also rely on Milo and Sugar donations as these are not funded by the Breakfast programme. Currently we have run out of Milo and ask parents for donations. If you are able to donate Milo and/or Sugar please bring them to the school oďŹƒce

Top School 2014 On Sunday the annual Top School event was held at Gate Pa School. After Cyclone Luci passed us by we were all wondering if it would go ahead, but the right call was made and the day became progressively better. We had a committed team who all showed up ready to go, including a team of cheer leaders this year for the ďŹ rst time, who were proudly supported by Miss McGovern. Well done to our school representatives Kelly Ringi, Taber House, Maniyah Ropiha, Mereana Ringi, James Haua, Akuhata Hunia, Jazmyn Heke-O’Brien, Waiti Atutahi, Quinn Jones, Jenna Warner, and Aiden Brett. Check out the photos from the day!

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 News and Results Sports this term...

At school: Taekwon-Do: The Martial Arts Academy’s Taekwon-Do classes are on Tuesday mornings between 7.45 - 8.40am in the school hall, running weeks 4 - 11 in term one, for all of you who have already enrolled.

! Gymnastics Fantastic: !

Our Introduction to Gymnastics class started Monday 10th March, at 1.15pm in the WB School Hall, and continues each Monday until the end of the term.

After School:

Volleyball: Friday 21st March, played at the ASB Arena, Bay Park. Volleyball practice is at school every Friday at lunchtime in the hall, please remember to be at your game 15 minutes prior to it beginning. Results from last week: Friday 14 March Welcome Bay Falcons played the TWS Meteors and lost 44 - 76, but played a great game. Player of the day Miriam Plummer. Welcome Bay Kea played the Omanu Seagulls and won 81 - 35! Player of the day was Fiona Razak-Begg WB Rockers won their game against TKOM Toa by default as the other team did not show up. WBS Winners played another fun game. A 77 -39 win against the TWS Volley Dogs. Player of the day went to Moses Razak-Begg.

!Draw for this week:

WB Falcon v Omanu Seagulls 5.00pm Court A WB Kea v TKOM Taniwha 5.40pm Court A WB Winners v Mount Blockers 5.40pm Court C WB Rockers v Pyes Pa Spikers 5.00pm Court C You can also check out the weekly draw at or pick up a hard copy from Mrs Bishop in Rimu.


Rippa Rugby: Friday 21st March 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 3/4 team, and there will also be an after school practice for the year 5/6 teams on Tuesdays from 3 - 4pm. Please return your NZ Rugby registration form if you haven’t already, these need to be back ASAP!


This week:

WB Kereru v Mgtapu Leopards 4pm Field 2 (Friendly Game) WB Kea v Mgtapu Lynxs 4.30pm Field 1 (Friendly Game) WB Karearea v TPS Chiefs 4pm Field 3 (Quarter Final) WB Matuku Moana v WB Toroa 4.30pm Field 5 (Quarter Final)


You can also check out the draw online at


Welcome Bay School Netball: Letters went home to all children who have been involved in the trials recently, please check your child has the letter. To confirm your place in a team you need to pay the $45 fee by Friday 4th April (3 weeks away).


Pahioa School Triathlon: Sunday 23rd March, Ages 5 - 13, at the Omokoroa Domain. Check in 10.30- 11.30. Prize-giving approx 3pm. Cost $17 per child. PLEASE NOTE: Entries close Thursday 20th March (Tomorrow)

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 March @ 1:45pm FOCUS: PTA and BoT 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!

Links to Class Blogs This year the Hubs all have blog that both teachers and children will be contributing to. Blogs can be a great way to capture the ongoing learning and life at school so go online and look for your child’s Hub blog. These will be going on the website too.

Upcoming events

! ! ! 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) ! Thursday 17th April: Last day of school Term 1 ! Monday 5 May: Term 2 Begins 8.55am



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

Week 7, term 1, 2014