Principal’s Message, Term 2, Week 12

Dear Parents and Caregivers,

We are in the last week of term 2, week 12 of term! It is incredible to think how this term began, with five weeks of home learning at level 4 and 3 and the final seven weeks back at school. I wish you all a wonderful holiday with your family and friends and hope you are able to get away during the break. School will resume on Monday 20th July at 8:50am.

Shave for a Cure & Crazy Hair Day

Last Friday we had some crazy hairstyles thats for sure. Congratulations also to Brody Bell and Samuel Chamberlain who raised money for shave for a cure by shaving off their hair. Brody raised $779.52 and Samuel raised $148.91. A great effort for a great cause, well done! We are all very proud of you.

Cupcake Day – New Entrants

The new entrant pupils spoilt a few of us in school last week with delicious cupcakes, thank you! Along with making cupcakes they had a dress up and walked around the school like royalty – and very understandably.

ANZ School’s Programme

ANZ is sponsoring a programme for schools. From my conversations with ANZ this is not a new programme and you may already be familiar with it. ANZ continues to support schools with the ANZ Schools Programme, as it did with the ANZ Olympic Schools Programme.  ANZ is proud to offer such a worthwhile financial benefit to schools, which links with our vision to shape a world where communities thrive.

To refresh you, when a customer takes out a home or business loan or top-up with ANZ of $50,000 or more (that is secured by residential property) they can nominate a school to receive 800 credits (approximately $400) to spend at the ANZ Awards Centre on a range of items such as sporting equipment, books, ipads and cameras, see what’s available here; https://comms.anz.co.nz/images/anz-schools-programme/pdfs/ANZ-Olympic-Schools-Centre-credits.pdf To clarify, the customer taking out the home loan does not have to be directly related to Fairfield School,  They could be an aunt in Invercargill or a family friend in Auckland – they just need to nominate Fairfield school before they draw down their loan! 

I believe for success in the ANZ Schools Programme we need to get the word out there!  The best drivers for any school are parents and fundraising committees; people passionate about fundraising, and networking in the wider community and promoting the benefits to the school of the Programme.    For more information about the programme check out the ANZ Award Centre website https://comms.anz.co.nz/anzschoolsprogramme/index.html or feel free to contact either myself or Chris Bennett at ANZ bank

Flu and Cold Season – The flu and cold season is upon us. As per the norm this year, if your child is sick (flu and cold like symptoms) please keep them at home and notify the school.

Upcoming Teacher Only Day / Learning Conferences – Book a time

Book your child’s 15 minute learning conference now by signing into www.schoolinterviews.co.nz  and using the event code wgzq4

A reminder that Wednesday 29th July is a teachers only day with school being closed for instruction on this day. Learning conferences will be held on this day. After school on the 30th July if there are any conferences to complete we will hold these after school starting at 3:00 pm until 5:45 pm to finish the conferences. If you have any questions about learning conferences, please feel free to contact your classroom teacher.

The only exception for learning conferences are the students of Mrs Burns and Mrs. Patrick’s classes as they will be away Term 3. Parents of students in these classrooms have been contacted to arrange a time/date before the end of this term for their learning conferences.

What is a Learning Conference?

Student’s facilitate a meeting between the teacher, student and their parents/caregiver for the purpose of demonstrating academic progress, allowing parents to see and discuss their child’s work. The learning conference provides evidence of the accomplishments of the school wide objectives. It also promotes student goal setting and communication between teachers and parents. Most importantly, the conference engages students in meaningful reflection and discussion about their own learning.

Conferences promote:

  • ongoing student evaluation and goal setting
  • student – teacher communication
  • teacher – student-parent-teacher communication
  • students’ self-reflection and academic awareness

Student Benefits:

  • accountability for their learning
  • students learn to evaluate their own work
  • students gain greater commitment to school work and learning
  • builds self confidence and self esteem
  • encourages student/parent communication

Caregiver/Parent Benefits:

  • increase the quality of the information given to parents
  • learn about their child’s learning and skills
  • an opportunity to help their child set positive goals
  • active participation in their child’s learning

Teacher Benefits:

  • shared responsibility between the student, teacher and parent
  • facilitates parent participation
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This Wednesday 1st July – Sausage Sizzle

The Fairfield Community Group would like to acknowledge all our children for their resilience during the Covid-19 Lockdown! Our team of 500 helped to flatten the curve and decrease the spread of Covid!  We will be holding a FREE whole school sausage sizzle on Wednesday 1 July at 12.30. Students are welcome to bring their own lunch as normal.  If you are available to help with preparing, cooking and serving on the day please let us know/meet at the school hall at 11:30am.

  

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Clothing Bins

Did you know located out the front of Fairfield Road school entrance is a clothing bin. When we put items in these bins, the school receives a donation back each year which then is paid into the Fairfield Community Group and invested back to support our children. This is a fantastic way to contribute back into the school.

HOUSE of SOUND IN-SCHOOL Music Lessons 

House of Sound provides professional but fun, curriculum based music lessons during the school day. Classes are 30 minutes long and are in groups of 3 – 5. Options available are: Mean Beats (Percussion and Drums), Six String All-Stars (Guitar), Cool Keys (Keyboards) and Star Finders which is an introduction to music for year 2 & 3 Students covering Piano, Ukulele and Percussion. Mean Beats, Six String All Stars & Cool Keys  are only available for years 4 and up. All Lessons are $150 per term. To enrol your child in these fabulous music lessons grab an enrolment form from reception or go to www.houseofsound.co.nz and click the “enrol for in-school music lessons” button. For more information please  email: info@houseofsound.co.nz

We wish Mrs Amy Burns all the best with her pregnancy, as she will be finishing teaching this week. We look forward to seeing pictures of the new addition in the near future. We welcome Mrs Beth Duff who will be teaching during the maternity leave . We also farewell Mrs Caren Patrick, and wish her all the best as she leaves Fairfield School to venture to a new position in the Kapiti Coast at Raumati South School. We also welcome Mrs Cheryl Murphy who will be replacing Mr’s Patrick’s position for the remainder of the year.

Enjoy the holidays everyone, be safe and take care of each other.

School Upcoming Events

June
30th BoT Meeting. 5:30 pm in the staff room
July
1st Sausage Sizzle
3rdLast Day of Term School Finishes at 2:50pm – School Holiday’s begin
20th Start of Term 3 – School Resumes 8:50am
29thSchool Closed Teachers Only Day / Learning Conferences
30th Continued Learning Conferences – 3:15 – 5:45 pm

2020 School Term Dates

Term 1Monday 3rd February 8:50amThursday 9th April 2:50pm96 half days
Term 2Tuesday 28th April 8:50amFriday 3rd July 2:50pm96 half days
Term 3Monday 20th July 8:50amFriday 25th September 2:50pm100 half days
Term 4Monday 12th October 8:50amTuesday 15th December92 half days

Kind regards,

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Alasdair Maclean, Principal

Principal’s Message Term 2, Week 11

Tena Koutou,

We are now in the last two weeks of term 2. The first two terms of the school year have certainly been unusual. As we enter into the new norm and are settling back into our rhythm and flow, we see increased consistency in our work/life balance again.

School photos were taken last Monday. As mentioned in my previous message we were unable to change the date to a later time in the year. The good news about the new photo online ordering system means you can order photos when you want to. If you decide to wait to order photos until next term you can do this using your token number to make an order. We will provide token details soon..

Fairfield Community Group (FCG) AGM – This Thursday 7pm

This Thursday at 7pm in the Staffroom the Fairfield Community Group will be holding their AGM and we would love to see you there! The FCG are a group of volunteers that join together once a month to organise events for our children. Over the last few years they have organised hot dog days, drive in movies, discos and our yearly gala. If you would like more information, please contact Sally Rollinson in Room 7 or srollinson@fairfieldlevin.school.nz.

Shave for a Cure / Crazy Hair Day – This Friday 26th – Don’t forget this Friday is Crazy Hair Day and we are participating in the Shave for Cure fundraiser at 10:30am to support Leukaemia and Blood Cancer NZ. To fundraise for a student or staff member click on this link. https://shaveforacure.everydayhero.com/nz/fairfield-shavers. Who’s going to have the craziest hair and who’s going to shave their head this year?

ANZ School’s Programme

ANZ is sponsoring a programme for schools. From my conversations with ANZ this is not a new programme and you may already be familiar with it.

ANZ continues to support schools with the ANZ Schools Programme, as it did with the ANZ Olympic Schools Programme.  ANZ is proud to offer such a worthwhile financial benefit to schools, which links with our vision to shape a world where communities thrive.

To refresh you, when a customer takes out a home or business loan or top-up with ANZ of $50,000 or more (that is secured by residential property) they can nominate a school to receive 800 credits (approximately $400) to spend at the ANZ Awards Centre on a range of items such as sporting equipment, books, ipads and cameras, see what’s available here; https://comms.anz.co.nz/images/anz-schools-programme/pdfs/ANZ-Olympic-Schools-Centre-credits.pdf To clarify, the customer taking out the home loan does not have to be directly related to Fairfield School,  They could be an aunt in Invercargill or a family friend in Auckland – they just need to nominate Fairfield school before they draw down their loan! 

I believe for success in the ANZ Schools Programme we need to get the word out there!  The best drivers for any school are parents and fundraising committees; people passionate about fundraising, and networking in the wider community and promoting the benefits to the school of the Programme.    For more information about the programme check out the ANZ Award Centre website https://comms.anz.co.nz/anzschoolsprogramme/index.html or feel free to contact either myself or Chris Bennett at ANZ bank

Flu and Cold Season – The flu and cold season is upon us. As per the norm this year, if your child is sick (flu and cold like symptoms) please keep them at home and notify the school.

Upcoming Teacher Only Day / Learning Conferences

If you remember we had a teacher only day scheduled the day after Queen’s Birthday weekend which was postponed, We have now set a date Wednesday 29th July as a Teacher Only day. However this day will be when we will hold the learning conferences, starting at 9am, and running throughout the day. School will be closed for instruction and students will only come to school with their parents for their learning conference. Each learning conference will be a 15 minute time allocation. I feel this will be a productive time for teachers and parents to connect and discuss learning. The only exception is for Mrs Burns and Mrs. Patrick’s classes as they will be away Term 3. Parents of students in these classrooms will be contacted to arrange a time/date (which will be before the end of this term) for their learning conferences.

If you have any questions about learning conferences, please feel free to contact your classroom teacher.

What is a Learning Conference?

Student’s facilitate a meeting between the teacher, student and their parents/caregiver for the purpose of demonstrating academic progress, allowing parents to see and discuss their child’s work. The learning conference provides evidence of the accomplishments of the school wide objectives. It also promotes student goal setting and communication between teachers and parents. Most importantly, the conference engages students in meaningful reflection and discussion about their own learning.

Conferences promote:

  • ongoing student evaluation and goal setting
  • student – teacher communication
  • teacher – student-parent-teacher communication
  • students’ self-reflection and academic awareness

Student Benefits:

  • accountability for their learning
  • students learn to evaluate their own work
  • students gain greater commitment to school work and learning
  • builds self confidence and self esteem
  • encourages student/parent communication

Caregiver/Parent Benefits:

  • increase the quality of the information given to parents
  • learn about their child’s learning and skills
  • an opportunity to help their child set positive goals
  • active participation in their child’s learning

Teacher Benefits:

  • shared responsibility between the student, teacher and parent
  • facilitates parent participation

To reiterate, school will be closed for instruction on Wednesday 29th July as it will be a Teacher Only day, but with conferences happening. After school on 30th July if there are any conferences to complete we will use 3:00 pm until 5:45 pm to finish the conferences. I will be sharing more information about this with you soon.

2020 School Term Dates:

Term 1Monday 3rd FebruaryThursday 9th April96 half days
Term 2Tuesday 28th AprilFriday 3rd July96 half days
Term 3Monday 20th JulyFriday 25th September100 half days
Term 4Monday 12th OctoberTuesday 15th December92 half days

Kind regards,

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Alasdair Maclean, Principal

Principal’s Message, Term 2, Week 10

Tena Koutou,

Just a quick message this week to give you an update on school reports.

Due to COVID 19 impacting the instructional and assessment time line, rather than have written reports the school will be holding learning conferences with each family to review where the students are at in their learning, which will be beneficial to both you and your child. As a learning team we can review the learning through COVID and after, and together we can set goals for the future.

If you remember we had a teacher only day scheduled the day after Queen’s Birthday weekend which was postponed, We have now set a date Wednesday 29th July as a Teacher Only day. However this day will be when we will hold the learning conferences, starting at 9am, and running throughout the day. School will be closed for instruction and students will only come to school with their parents for their learning conference. Each learning conference will be a 15 minute time allocation. I feel this will be a productive time for teachers and parents to connect and discuss learning. The only exception is for Mrs Burns and Mrs. Patrick’s classes as they will be away Term 3. Parents of students in these classrooms will be contacted to arrange a time/date (which will be before the end of this term) for their learning conferences.

If you have any questions about learning conferences, please feel free to contact your classroom teacher.

What is a Learning Conference?

Student’s facilitate a meeting between the teacher, student and their parents/caregiver for the purpose of demonstrating academic progress, allowing parents to see and discuss their child’s work. The learning conference provides evidence of the accomplishments of the school wide objectives. It also promotes student goal setting and communication between teachers and parents. Most importantly, the conference engages students in meaningful reflection and discussion about their own learning.

Conferences promote:

  • ongoing student evaluation and goal setting
  • student – teacher communication
  • teacher – student-parent-teacher communication
  • students’ self-reflection and academic awareness

Student Benefits:

  • accountability for their learning
  • students learn to evaluate their own work
  • students gain greater commitment to school work and learning
  • builds self confidence and self esteem
  • encourages student/parent communication

Caregiver/Parent Benefits:

  • increase the quality of the information given to parents
  • learn about their child’s learning and skills
  • an opportunity to help their child set positive goals
  • active participation in their child’s learning

Teacher Benefits:

  • shared responsibility between the student, teacher and parent
  • facilitates parent participation

To reiterate, school will be closed for instruction on Wednesday 29th July as it will be a Teacher Only day, but with conferences happening. After school on 30th July if there are any conferences to complete we will use 3:00 pm until 5:45 pm to finish the conferences. I will be sharing more information about this with you soon.

Puna-oho

It is with excitement that I announce that Mrs Rollinson will be the Acting Team Leader of the Puna-oho team. If you have a child in Puna-oho team and would like to connect with the Team Leader I am sure Mrs Rollinson would be delighted to hear from you. Her email is srollinson@fairfieldlevin.school.nz

Fairfield Community Group (FCG) AGM

The Fairfield Community Group are a group of volunteers that join together once a month to organise events for our children. Over the last few years they have organised hot dog days, drive in movies, discos and our yearly gala. The Annual General Meeting will be held on Thurdsay 25th June at 7pm in the Staffroom. and we wish to invite our school community along! If you would like more information, please contact Sally Rollinson in Room 7 or srollinson@fairfieldlevin.school.nz.

Have a great week everyone!

Alasdair Maclean

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