Monday
Mar022015

Friday 27 February  2015

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It’s been a busy week internationally and you have to wonder why mankind has learnt so little - from history, in particular. If the definition of stupidity is indeed “doing what you’ve always done but expecting a different outcome”: clearly we’ve learned nothing from hundreds of years of Middle East conflict. You just have to feel for the families caught in the middle of yet another tragedy.

Sports day...

The Phoenix Zone sports day is split between two venues: Salford School for year 1 - 3 students; and here at Waverley Park for years 4 - 6 students. It’s scheduled for Tuesday 10 March (with the rest of the week as cancellation days). Both venues require the assistance of parents and caregivers to be able to run smoothly.

If you can spare the school day (or an hour or so): please advise your availability to either:  

Brenda Devery

(brendadevery@waverleypark.school.nz years 4-6; or

Elizabeth Gerrard

 

elizabethgerrard@waverleypark.school.nz years 1-3.

An apple a day...

You should have in your hand by now an apple fundraising form. Here is a refresher on just the details:

  • Royal Gala variety, freshly picked: $2 per Kilo

  • Available in 5 kilo ($10) and 10 kilo ($20) bags

  • Orders and money to be in by Friday 13 March (no late orders). Any questions contact school.    

-    Cheers - WPPA


 

Monday
Feb232015

Friday 20 February  2015

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What’s goin’ on? Not only a great song from Marvin Gaye (back in the day); but a fair question today! The answer is that you can see for yourself by checking out the classroom blogs. These will be updated regularly during the term. Here are the necessary links:

http://waverleyparkschoolroom1.blogspot.co.nz/

http://waverleyparkschoolroom2.blogspot.co.nz/

http://waverleyparkschoolroom3.blogspot.co.nz/

http://waverleyparkschoolroom4.blogspot.co.nz/

http://waverleyparkschoolroom5.blogspot.co.nz/

http://waverleyparkschoolroom6.blogspot.co.nz/

http://waverleyparkschoolroom7.blogspot.co.nz/

http://waverleyparkschoolroom8.blogspot.co.nz/

http://waverleyparkschoolroom9.blogspot.co.nz/

http://waverleyparkschoolroom10.blogspot.co.nz/

http://waverleyparkschoolroom11.blogspot.co.nz/

 

Every now and then, the principal lurches into print too:

http://waverleyparkschoolprincipal.blogspot.co.nz/

 

 

Sports day...

The Phoenix Zone sports day is split between two venues: Salford School for year 1 - 3 students; and here at Waverley Park for years 4 - 6 students. It’s scheduled for Tuesday 10 March (with the rest of the week as cancellation days). Both venues require the assistance of parents and caregivers to be able to run smoothly. If you can spare the school day (or an hour or so): please advise your availability to either:  

Brenda Devery

(brendadevery@waverleypark.school.nz years 4-6; or

Elizabeth Gerrard

elizabethgerrard@waverleypark.school.nz years 1-3.

 

At the Junior Sports Day, Salford School is running a sausage sizzle.  Order forms will be handed out shortly.

 

 

School donations…

The legal situation is this: “Boards of Trustees and Proprietors are free to seek voluntary contributions/donations for general or specific purposes – and parents are free to pay those contributions/donations in full, in part, or not at all.”

For several years, our BOT has kept the size of donation requested to a very modest $60.00/ child or $90.00/family - whichever is the lesser amount. Yet to be confirmed; that is not likely to  change this year either.

This year, rooms 3 & 11 are trialling charging an activity fee of $20 a term to cover things like Hiwi the Kiwi, other performers or trips that may happen during the year.  We would appreciate this payment as soon as possible please.

Please keep your receipts - 33% of every school donation you make is tax deductible.

 

 

Meet “Hiwi the Kiwi”...

The Minstrel performed his Hiwi The Kiwi Goes Fishing Show here a couple of years ago.


Excellent value he’s back in a couple of weeks; bringing his entertaining, humorous, and educationally instructive  programme to Waverley Park School - Tuesday 03 March.

Please make sure your kids get to be involved. Significantly subsidised by our annual grant from the Community Trust of Southland, the cost is reduced to just  $2.00 / pupil!

 

 

 

Waverley Park Parents Association (WPPA)

First meeting for the year  - Tuesday 24th February@7pm in the School staff room (‘The Hub’); all welcome.

The Waverley Park Parents Association is our school's take on the PTA.    We try to have at least one relaxed meeting per term,  which often includes a few laughs and planning some fundraising events to be held throughout the school year, such as raffles, sausage sizzles, and calendars.  The proceeds from these events allow the group to purchase extra items for the children’s and the school’s benefit.

This is also a great way to meet other parents - and new members are always welcome.

Nicola Duston

President

 

 

 

Friday
Feb132015

Friday 13 February  2015

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The first full week of school and another burst of summer weather has meant the kids have been able to get outside a bit more this week: not a bad thing with our zone sports day still to come  - already just twenty-five sleeps way! (10 March).

Thanks!

Thank you to the people who turned out to last night’s information night. The link to the 10-minute animation of a very informative and rather entertaining presentation by the inimitable genius Sir Ken Robinson is one we’ve used before. It still encapsulates a good explanation of why Waverley Park School values a lot the creative stuff we do.

You can check out what Sir Ken has to say athttp://goo.gl/eqcmR3

Enjoy!

 

Sports day...

If you are new to our school; the Phoenix Zone sports day is split between two venues: Salford School for year 1 - 3 students; and here at Waverley Park for years 4 - 6 students.

Scheduled for Tuesday 10 March (with the rest of the week as cancellation days): the kids have already started running, jumping, and throwing practise in preparation for the big day.

All students of Bluff Community, Salford, and Waverley Park take part. Winners from here at the Waverley Park venue who meet the qualifying standards, progress to the Southland athletics champs (Saturday 28 March) at Surrey Park.

Both the senior and junior sports days require the assistance of parents and caregivers to be able to run smoothly.

If you can spare the school day (or an hour or so): please advise your availability to either:  Brenda Devery

(brendadevery@waverleypark.school.nz years 4-6; or

Elizabeth Gerrard

elizabethgerrard@waverleypark.school.nz years 1-3.

It’s a good day out and - your involvement is most welcome.

Meet “Hiwi the Kiwi”...

The Minstrel performed his Hiwi The Kiwi Goes Fishing Show here a couple of years ago.

Excellent value he’s back in a couple of weeks; bringing his entertaining, humorous, and educationally instructive  programme to Waverley Park School.

Please make sure your kids get to be involved. Significantly subsidised by our annual grant from the Community Trust of Southland, the cost is reduced to just  $2.00 / pupil!

Please pay at the office or online 12 3154 0103559 00 ) reference = your child’s  name. Thanks for supporting this initiative.

 

 

 


 

Wednesday
Feb112015

Thursday 05 February  2015

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‘O frabjous day! Callooh! Callay!' (taken directly from Lewis Carroll’s “The Jabberwocky”). Initially,  these lines seemed to reflect the feel of the new school year better than the lines that open the poem...

’Twas brillig, and the slithy toves

Did gyre and gimble in the wabe:

All mimsy were the borogoves,

And the mome raths outgrabe

But upon reflection, there was the odd tove gimbling in the wabes - especially in the staffroom; and in the new entrant room, mimsy abounded all week. If the classics don’t outgrabe your mome raths, we’ll paraphrase Arnold Alphabet himself:

“We’re ba-a-ack!” Either way - it’s good to be here.

So: welcome to the new school year - and to the Waverley Park School community (especially if you’re also new to the neighbourhood).

Your kids have turned up, tuned up, and tanned up: all good to go. Thank you for making sure they have arrived with the right uniform, stationery, food, attitude….all the stuff they need for success.

As we may have mentioned in the past: there are always three main players in the education of a successful Waverley kid: you; the kid; us. If any one of those players goes missing in action - the game is much, much harder to win. We look forward to working with you.


 

Our team...

We welcome our newest members of the teaching staff to Waverley Park: Taryn Swney and Renee McGinnis. Our full starting line-up this year is:

Principal - Kerry Hawkins

Deputy Principal -  Helen Kennedy: R11

Assistant Principals -   Brenda Devery: R 3

                                 -   Shona Hoffman: R5

Teachers

Elizabeth Gerrard: R1             

Kim Mead: R2  

Dale Black: R4                      

Carolyn Williams: R6

Jacqui Paulin: R7                  

Justine Hewer-Marley: R8

 Taryn Swney: R9                    

Cynthia Bell: R10                          

Renee McGinnis: R11       DP release /IT support

Raiha Johnson: R3           AP release /Maori /kapa haka

Wiki Burdon: R5           AP release

Pauline Scott                   Literacy support /music

Viv Fitzgerald                   Student support

Fiona Fairbairn                 Student support

Sarah Martin                    Resource Teacher: Literacy                 

Admin    

 Denise Findlater

 Jacqui McAllister

Teacher aides            

 Michele Barraclough               

Kirsten Hewitson                             

Moneik Kuilder                           

Natalie McKinley-White                  

Heidi McKnight                           

Rex Scott                                        

Carrie Turnbull                     

Fiona Walker                                  

Vanessa Young                           

Property            

 James Clive  

 

If you have a concern or a complaint...

Schools are required to publish their concerns and complaints procedures from time to time; so here’s ours:

Talk directly to the person concerned – tell them what the problem is.

If that doesn’t seem to work … put it in writing to the person.

You will get a written response within three working days.

If that doesn’t seem to work … write to the principal (or the Board of Trustees if it’s about the principal).

You will get a written response within five working days.

If that doesn’t seem to work… send a copy of your letter to the Board’s personnel sub-committee for consideration.

You will get a written response within five working days.

If that doesn’t seem to work… the issue will be considered at the next scheduled monthly meeting of the full Board. You will get a written response within five working days of that meeting.

 

Reminders regarding food...

  • “Warm-ups” are able to be heated up every day. These must be wrapped in foil or something that is able to be put in the pie warmer. Please ensure your name and room is on the packaging and attach 10c to cover the heating costs. We do not accept noodles or anything that involves hot water.

  • “Wednesday lunches” are once again available from the canteen area.  A menu is available on request.

  • “Pita Pit”  orders are available again this year - Fridays only. Envelopes are available from the desk in the office. All orders need to be put in the Pita Pit box by 9.00am.




 

Wednesday
Dec032014

Friday 28 November  2014

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Well Tuesday was quite a humbling day really; thank you to everyone for the multitudes of birthday greetings: appreciated. There was quite a bit of humour to be had from the scores of kids (and staff) who took the opportunity to dress in what is apparently my “signature style”. (I’ve never actually thought of it that way. Despite the best efforts of my in-house stylist to amend my more ‘bogan’ tendencies: the reality is that I’ve always dressed for comfort at work because - basically- I live there!).

Betcha can’t spot the real one!

Kids and staff alike contributed to make what turned out to  be quite a memorable day: a real achievement considering the “no-fuss-please - I mean it!” gene that is a strong feature of my inherited DNA make up.

Thanks again Waverley Park - you truly are fine people.

 Volleyball NZ...


CEO Paul Cameron, Operations Manager Julie Carpinter, and Volleyball Southland Development Officer Donna Milne came to school on Thursday specifically to express their thanks to the Tuinga Tahi kids for performing at the opening ceremony of the National Secondary Schools Tournament on Monday night. In front of their biggest live audience yet, the kids really made an impression; so much so that Paul Cameron reshuffled his schedule so he could personally thank the kids. Part of the thanks includes free admission to the the rest of the tournament to any Waverley Park student wearing their school polo shirt ($2.00 for anyone going with them. With the beach volleyball part of the tourni just getting started; that’s a mighty fine offer. Thanks - appreciated!

 

Camp La Bafta Awards…

Last night saw the 2014 version of the annual post-camp awards. Something now of a tradition: the night allows year six students, their families and teachers to see the camp movie - video clips and photo montages from the event; formally acknowledge the on-camp adult supporters; and to announce the winners of the Camp La Bafta trophies. Usually limited to two; this year four were awarded to reflect the sheer number of kids who attended.

 

To be awarded a trophy, winners need to have showed that they gave everything a go - especially when challenged, and to have been positive participants in every facet of camp life; including their contributions as team members. Winners are determined from input from adults and kids alike.

To be awarded a trophy, winners need to have showed that they gave everything a go - especially when challenged, and to have been positive participants in every facet of camp life; including their contributions as team members. Winners are determined from input from adults and kids alike.

 

Mitchell, Jaden, Mollie and Will: deserved winners of the 2014 Camp La Baftas.