Tēnā koutou katoa,
Welcome back to Term 3, the children were so excited on Monday to see their teachers and friends. It feels like we have had a very smooth start with the children settling into routines and learning straight away.
The Tokyo Olympics Games are certainly inspiring New Zealanders at the moment. It is wonderful to see the excitement this special event has generated across the country. I was delighted to hear about the success of one of our students over the holidays. Leo Dellow picture above came second in the National Trampolining 10 and Under Championship. Well done Leo!!!
Turangawaewae|Understanding where I stand is the concept focus for this term as the students uncover the histories of the local place in which we stand and how these are reflected in the world today.
The enduring understandings are:
Year 1/2 Level 1:
To belong to a place requires us to know our past, celebrate the present, and be guardians of the future, embracing Titirangi Turangawaewae.
Year 3/4 Level 2:
Over the course of time, people have changed and been changed by the environment often influenced by their values and cultures.
Year 5/6Level 3:
Culture, values, and relationships affect the way we interact and adapt to our turangawaewae locally and globally as kaitiaki for the future.
I know we are all looking forward to the Year 3-6 production at the end of the term. I was very lucky to see Room 20 and Room 11 practise their dance. It looks amazing already and it was only Day 2 of Term 3!
Constable Carl Musto is also working across the school supporting the teachers with the 'Keeping Ourselves Safe' programme. There is an information meeting today at 2.00pm in the library for parents. The purpose of the programme is to:
teach students a range of safe practices that they can use when interacting with other people, both online and face to face
teach students how to recognise the difference between healthy and unhealthy relationships, and encourage students who have been or are being abused to seek help
prevent abuse by making parents and teachers more aware of their responsibilities to help students avoid abuse.
Please make sure you read the 'Around the Table' article from the School Board. There are some important changes to the policy around dogs on school grounds. Thank you to the people who have respectfully observed these changes already.
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