Tena koutou katoa, greetings.
I hope that this finds you all well and warm!
As you are all well aware there are always a lot of things happening at a school. Many of these things you are well aware of, while some things are just the day to day business of a school. We are always looking for opportunities to blend the community with the school.
Our National Standards data at the end of last year gave us the following information:
Maths: 71.1% of children achieving at or above the National Standard.
Reading: 71.2% of children achieving at or above the National Standard.
Writing: 54.8% of children achieving at or above the National Standard.
As a result of this information our staff and Board of Trustees have clearly prioritised the need to raise the achievement of our children in writing. We have implemented a number of exciting initiatives for all children (not just our children who are at risk of underachieving) and our evaluation at this stage of the year is that we believe our programmes are having a positive impact and accelerating the progress of many of our children.
To celebrate the work that children are doing in writing we are going to be publishing a book that will have work from EVERY child in the school within it. We want every child to be able to know what it feels to be a fully fledged published author! This book will be professionally printed and will be available for sale (at a minimal cost) to family and friends of the school. If your business is willing to support our project and advertise in this (and thereby contributing to the cost of the printing) then please make contact with me by phoning the school or emailing email@example.com. We believe that this is an exciting initiative and we know that you will look forward to seeing the finished product. The Friends of the School will be helping us to distribute this.
At the end of last term Mrs Peters and I met with the parents of our Maori children as part of our consultation process. This meeting was attended by a small but enthusiastic group of parents and we are excited about some school wide initiatives that will be taking place in the future. We intend to have a School Community Hangi, and are on the lookout for any wire baskets, volcanic stones or heavy potato sacks that would be of use to us. If you have any of these that you would be happy to donate to the school, please drop them in.
The cross country that was supposed to be on tomorrow has been postponed and the buses will run as normal (weather permitting). Michelle has organised transport for those children who required it for tomorrow. It is assumed that the same travel arrangements will stand for the postponement day next Tuesday (9th). If this changes things for you - please phone Michelle and let her know.
With the current warnings in place we are aware of keeping everyone in the loop. Should we decide to have a late start, or for school to be closed for the day, you will be contacted through our phone tree system. It will also be on our school Facebook page. Safety is of course paramount and if we believe that there is any risk in getting the children to or from school we will make a decision based on that.
Keep warm and dry!