Tuesday
Sep302014

Friday 26 September 2014

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Nga mihi o te ata.

Term three screeched to a close today - the kids can now get a well-earned break. Term three is as congested as any other term; but this year’s version has been pretty intense with Polyfest, Whanau night, Sing Out, and the annual Gymsport Festival all coming one on top of the other. In addition to this, the Tuinga Tahi kids are continuing to prep for next term’s Putangitangi competitions - while also polishing and performing our Polyfest routine on Wednesday morning for the New Zealand Principals Federation annual conference - yup: just enough going on…

From the BOT...

Kia ora Waverley Park School whanau.

Term 3 has certainly been an action packed one with Waverley Park children, their families / whanau and our community being in the thick of it all. It is always  heartening to know that you are part of the Waverley Park School community. Our children and our staff always work hard and set high standards for themselves. We as parents get to reap the benefits by sharing with them that sense of accomplishment and feeling of pride. So well done to you all!

It is my pleasure on behalf of the BOT to welcome Barry Morrison onto our board. Barry is married to Hilary, His son Callan attended Waverley Park and his daughter Summyr- Rose will be attending in 2015. Barry has been co-opted onto the board for his experience at both governance and management levels. You may remember him as manager of the Eastern Suburbs Tavern. At present he is the Manager of the Lonestar Restaurant and Bar. We look forward working with another child-centred and community focused trustee.

Thank you once again to you all for your support, have a great break with friends and family. Have heaps of fun and make lots of wonderful memories.

Lisa Tou- Mc Naughton

 On behalf of the WPS BOT

Congratulations!

During the term, the five Waverley Park gym teams have been practising in preparation for the province-wide Gymsport Festival held at James Hargest College last Sunday. It was a great day for the kids. They performed well. participated well and were a good advertisement for Waverley Park kids in general.

The girls’ teams the Blue Rockers and the Energizer Bunnies both garnering ‘A’ grade scores; as did their male counterparts -  the DJ Snakes and Worm War 2; and the Glucklich Girls scored a not-easy-to-get ‘Elite’ award.

The incredibly well-coached “Worms” came within one point of an elite award: their performance being recognized when they were invited to perform their floor routine as part of the ‘demonstration of excellence’ at the end of the programme; Riley also selected to perform his vault in the same event.

DJ Snakes


 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Energiser Bunnies

Blue RockersThe Glucklich Girls

Friday
Sep122014

Friday 12 September 2014

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Nga mihi o te ata.

My grandfather used to say something along the lines of “when you’re up to your nether regions in alligators, it’s hard to remember that your original intention was simply to drain the swamp.” And this has definitely been a swampful of alligators sort of a week...

All the usual business of an active and engaged school notwithstanding (learning, gym, choir, band, sports practices etc): add in more sick kids, more sick staff; Pauline Scott’s and my involvement with organising next week’s city-wide choir-fest ILT Invercargill Schools Sing Out - things are just busy enough. Crowning all this has been the extraordinarily positive response to our  whanau hangi night tonight (over  200 of you - that’s a lot of spuds to peel!). We’re planning an end of year hangi too - tonight’s will be a good ‘practice run.’

 Thank you for your involvement tonight - it is fair to say that while we expected a good response, the actual number of families participating is both gratifying and hugely humbling: tumeke, Waverley Park, tumeke.

Hoori Reti prepping the hangi baskets - just one of a team of whanau volunteers and staff doing the hard yards this morning.

 

LOUD SHIRT DAY - FRIDAY 19 SEPTEMBER

 Come to school wearing your loudest shirt to help give deaf kids a voice. Gold Coin donation.

Sing Out 2014…

Our kids perform twice on Tuesday 16 September; once in the morning show for schools; and again in the evening show for the public. Tickets for the evening performance are on sale from the ICC booking office in Esk St; $12.50 for adults; $6.50 for kids.

In support of our choir, the senior school attends the morning performance on Tuesday 16 September. The cost is $3.00 / pupil - covers the seat in the theatre and the one in the bus too! Please help support the kids by having your children attend. If you’re paying via online banking, our number is: 12 3154 0103559 00 Include your child’s name and SO (for Sing Out). Thanks.

Sausage sizzle…

WPPA 25 September lunchtime; $2.00 / sausage - order forms with money in by 19 September at the latest.
Friday
Sep122014

Friday 12 September 2014

Nga mihi o te ata.

My grandfather used to say something along the lines of “when you’re up to your nether regions in alligators, it’s hard to remember that your original intention was simply to drain the swamp.” And this has definitely been a swampful of alligators sort of a week...

All the usual business of an active and engaged school notwithstanding (learning, gym, choir, band, sports practices etc): add in more sick kids, more sick staff; Pauline Scott’s and my involvement with organising next week’s city-wide choir-fest ILT Invercargill Schools Sing Out - things are just busy enough. Crowning all this has been the extraordinarily positive response to our  whanau hangi night tonight (over  200 of you - that’s a lot of spuds to peel!). We’re planning an end of year hangi too - tonight’s will be a good ‘practice run.’

Thank you for your involvement tonight - it is fair to say that while we expected a good response, the actual number of families participating is both gratifying and hugely humbling: tumeke, Waverley Park, tumeke.  

Friday
Sep122014

Friday 5 September 2014

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What a week: sick kids; sick staff; sick politics - not a great week to be in a school really. We are very grateful to our ever reliable relievers for stepping into the breach.

When you cast your vote in this election - please stand up for the kids. For example: the charter schools concept effectively puts up kids’ educational futures for sale. Charter schools don’t have to hire qualified teachers; don’t have to teach the NZ curriculum; don’t have to do anything other than meet the National Standards. And as for ‘Investing in Educational Success’ (IES): forget about wondering how $360 million was found to fund it when there was no extra  money for smaller class sizes or supporting more special needs kids. The major insult to kids and their families is that 92% of that ‘new money’ is to be spent on salaries; selected principals and teachers whose main roles will see them out of their own schools two days per week to work with other “selected” principals and teachers deemed by National Standards data to be in need of their help and guidance.

 

Polyfest 2014…

Thank you for your huge support of the Te Kotahitanga kids last Friday. Even on a stage as jam-packed with performers as it was - once we got all 200 or so kids up there - your support and aroha was very palpable and it boosted the kids’ confidence hugely.

Massive ups to Raiha Johnson - who once again masterminded the whole project -  and her team of staff and parents who undertook all sorts of jobs (including the equivalent of herding cats) to get the kids stage ready.

A truly excellent Waverley Park whanau community effort. You can check out the kids’ effort here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VcYdwqYKVOA&feature=youtu.be

 

In other words: $360 million - and the best they can do to ‘help’ schools is create a whole new multi-tiered bureaucracy? Think of the extra teaching time and special education support that amount of money could buy? Your kids deserve better - please make sure you vote in their interests.


 

Wednesday
Sep032014

Friday 29 August 2014

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Nga mihi o te ra...

 And the log-jam continues: a week of intense Polyfest rehearsals culminated in today’s performance at the stadium. Coinciding in the same week: Book Fair - which culminated in yesterday’s dress-up day - which made for interesting looking kapa haka roopu performing for our visitors from Glengarry Kindergarten.

As well: the choir had it’s final zone rehearsal before hitting the ‘Sing Out’ stage at the Civic Theatre in a couple of weeks; and the gym teams continue with their practices leading up to the Gymsport Festival being staged the Sunday after Sing Out…..I feel a wee lie-down coming on….

Sing Out 2014…

Our kids perform twice on Tuesday 16 September; once in the morning show for schools; and again in the evening show for the public. Tickets for the evening performance are on sale from the ICC booking office in Esk St; $12.50 for adults; $6.50 for kids.

In support of our choir, the senior school attends the morning performance on Tuesday 16 September. The cost is $3.00 / pupil - covers the seat in the theatre and the one in the bus too! Please help support the kids by having your children attend. If you’re paying via online banking, our number is:

 

12 3154 0103559 00 Include your child’s name and SO (for Sing Out). Thanks.

 

So, to summarise...

Carrot runs from Rabbit who runs from Farmer; Cop waves g’bye!A buncha grapes - and they’re out of season!Yup - and she really is Elizabeth too.Southland Stags fan Jaden leading the haka.“Nah!” said the Daffodil, “I’d sooner read a book.” Thanks for supporting your kids in Polyfest and with our Book Fair this week. While reading, writing and maths are important - so too are these sorts of activities. Kids need to take part in cultural events; be allowed to simply have fun; and to have adults join in with them too. Kia kaha, Waverley Park. Kia maia, kia manawanui.