It’s head countin’ time in the valleys… and all around the motu, schools are counting their students as part of the annual “1 July Return” process. In reality, it’s just a question of downloading information from the school database; every kid is accounted for. The challenging bit for many schools - and we’re one of them - is accurately predicting the numbers (ie: how many kids) at each level for next year.
So…if you know of a likely Waverley Park kid who’s turning five in 2016 (you might have one next door - or even have one of your own stashed away out of sight!); please encourage all owners of such kids to get in touch with us right away.
We just need to know the name and the birth date (which remain confidential to us); the government just wants numbers. Many thanks!
Mid-year progress reporting...
If yours are part of the 70% of Waverley Park kids who took part in mid-year progress discussions - congratulations and thank you for your support.
The power of these things comes from ‘inescapable’ conversations that involve “the parent, the teacher and the kid.” Most kids get the unspoken message that “we’re all in this together” - and that can boost a student’s confidence, help them feel secure enough to take risks with new learning (vital to making more progress); and help ensure a positive attitude towards future learning.
Occasionally, the odd kid gets caught out - having told school one thing and home something completely different for instance. These are usually younger kids who don’t anticipate for a moment that home and school might wind up on the same page...their learning is pretty powerful too. Playing “the ends against the middle” is a game that rarely gets repeated.
If for whatever reason you didn’t manage to have an interview; and there are many genuine reasons for not having been able to; contact the teacher/s concerned directly; it’s never too late.
No newsletter next week
Due to all the other activity going on around the place; there will be no newsletter published next week. Any urgent information will be published on the school’s Facebook page. Thanks!
“Lest we forget” ...
Board of Trustees...
Meets in the staffroom on Monday night; 7.00pm. As always, you are most welcome to attend.
Builders at school…
Henderson Construction Ltd starts the next phase of the redevelopment of Kia Kaha block next week - rooms 1 & 2 specifically. The necessary disruption started today with classes relocating to new temporary homes. As from Monday, the kids from room 1 will be in room 3. Room 2 troops will be in room 11 while the two senior classes (room 3 & 11) will be based in the hall.
CALLING ALL BLACK MACPAC PUFFA JACKET OWNERS!!!!!
Please check the inside of your jacket - if it has ‘Nick Olphert’ on it, can you very kindly return it to him (in room 6)......thanks.
Speaking of sickness...
When your kids have been sick - please keep them at home for at least 24 hours after they “get better”. Too many kids are coming back to school the moment they look / feel better: only to relapse within a very short period of time: often the very same day.
Kids react very similarly to adults. It’s one thing to be feeling perkier at home as you climb the ladder to recovery: it’s a whole different kettle of fish at work. Energy (and often interest) for what you’re doing, halves once you’ve been there ten minutes. It then halves again once work is started - because your energy levels haven’t had time to recover.
It’s no different for kids: keep them that extra day and they’ll actually end up having have fewer days off school. Thanks!
1 If it weren't for the fact that the TV and the refrigerator are so far apart, some of us wouldn't get any exercise at all!
2 Inside every older person is a younger person -- wondering what on Earth happened? - Cora Harvey Armstrong