Kia ora mai tātou kātoa,
A whakatauki that resonated with me this week:
He aroha whakatō, he aroha puta mai.
If kindness is sown, then kindness you shall receive.
Sometimes in the hustle and bustle of our everyday lives, we sometimes need reminding to take a moment to consider that how we treat others has the potential to impact their day in a BIG way. For me, little compliments to others is such a simple way of spreading kindness. Being on the receiving end is pretty awesome too!
What’s been happening about the place since our last newsletter?
* We completed our Whānau Connection Hui and had awesome feedback. 93% of our whānau either came along or have rescheduled and we are still working out ways to meet with those who couldn’t make these dates or times work for them. When our tamariki see that home and school are both invested it makes a big difference to their outcomes! Ka rawe whānau! Great work!
* Whaea Debs had her graduation day! Such a special moment and we know she loved sharing with whānau and friends!
* Rangatira Challenge opportunities – there were two of these in the past 2 weeks! Our students went mountain biking through the forest at Scotts Ferry one drizzly afternoon last week and this week they went to the Rec Room in Feilding and went through a Bootcamp experienced. After that, they headed to Makino Pools for an indoor water safety session. Big mihi to those who transported our tamariki and to Kerri for her amazing organisation skills!
* Weekend sports are fully underway! Thanks to all the amazing coaches, managers, referees, and transporters! Not to mention uniform washers, 1/2 time orange providers, and sideline supporters! We are happy to share results in our newsletter – just email them to firstname.lastname@example.org to have them included each fortnight.
• Thank you for your great support of the Enviro Bake Sale. The Enviro group will be out and about next week giving back to our community and helping with a project at Mt Lees reserve.
* We have the Smiley Dental Clinic on site for a few more days. They have done a great job of working through their lists of tamariki in order to keep those smiles bright!
It can be difficult to decide whether to focus on what we have been doing or what is coming up in my newsletters, but I think it is clear that there is always a lot going on. We do occasionally make decisions NOT to do some activities. Most of the time however, we sit down and work out how to make things happen.
Below you will hopefully see some Winter Sports results and again, please share them with us so we can spread the news. Win or lose – our tamariki are out there moving their tinana and that’s what matters.
I have also added a section to share what Professional Development our staff have been involved in over the past 2 weeks – it isn’t always this full on, but it can be at times. This sits over and above the classroom planning and teaching expectations.
Thank you for taking the time to read our newsletter. Remember, your engagement and partnership play a vital role in creating a nurturing environment for our young learners. We encourage parents and caregivers to maintain open lines of communication with teachers. Together, we can ensure the success and well-being of every student.
Ngā manaakitanga, Kim Gordon – Tumuaki