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.
- ongoing student evaluation and goal setting
- student – teacher communication
- teacher – student-parent-teacher communication
- students’ self-reflection and academic awareness
- 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
- 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
- shared responsibility between the student, teacher and parent
- facilitates parent participation
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.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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
|30th||BoT Meeting. 5:30 pm in the staff room|
|3rd||Last Day of Term School Finishes at 2:50pm – School Holiday’s begin|
|20th||Start of Term 3 – School Resumes 8:50am|
|29th||School Closed Teachers Only Day / Learning Conferences|
|30th||Continued Learning Conferences – 3:15 – 5:45 pm|
2020 School Term Dates
|Term 1||Monday 3rd February 8:50am||Thursday 9th April 2:50pm||96 half days|
|Term 2||Tuesday 28th April 8:50am||Friday 3rd July 2:50pm||96 half days|
|Term 3||Monday 20th July 8:50am||Friday 25th September 2:50pm||100 half days|
|Term 4||Monday 12th October 8:50am||Tuesday 15th December||92 half days|
Alasdair Maclean, Principal