Principal’s Message, Term 4, Week 6

Kia ora,

This year we have been reviewing our processes around how we notify our students and whānau about class placements. We will be trialling these changes this year. I would like to say a big thank you to our students for their input into our new process.

Thursday 19 November – Your child’s placement for 2021 will be posted on Seesaw on Thursday afternoon.

Monday 23 November – Children will visit their new teacher. This is an opportunity for children to meet their teacher and their peers. Children will also receive a letter introducing them to their teacher, which could be placed on the fridge over the Christmas holidays to refer to especially if you have a child that may feel anxious about change.

Monday 30 November – After school meet and greet 3:00pm – 3.30 pm. Whānau are invited to pop into your child’s 2021 classroom. This is a great opportunity to visit the classroom, meet the teacher and say hi to other classmates and their whānau. Students will have an opportunity to see their class lists and check who will be with them.

Tips to support transitions
– Teachers will be preparing children for their transition. Remember to be positive about change. The children will still see their old teachers in the playground and around school.
– Be positive in front of your child about their placement. Children need us as an emotional compass if they experience uncomfortable feelings due to change.
– Trust the process. There are multiple layers to how class placements are allocated. School leaders and staff put in huge amounts of thought into student personalities, learning styles, teaching styles, class size, and much more.

If you have any concerns or questions please feel free to contact the classroom teacher.

Butterfly House – William Pike Project
We have a new whare pūrerehua or butterfly house at school. It has been designed and built by a group of William Pike students (Mcgregor Eden, Angeleena Tuitupou, Miley Hunter, Aiden Wood, Myia Jones, Brookelyn Horn and Maia Rollinson) with help from Mr Wylie, and lead by Mrs Veza. The dedicated enclosure is to allow caterpillars a safe habitat to make the natural transition into a monarch butterfly.

The students worked hard for 2 days alongside Mr Wylie learning how to measure and saw wood accurately, drilling holes in battens, hammering nails into wood, and problem solving ways to make sure it was secure from predators. The enclosure is 2 metres high, the reason for this is eventually we want to start tagging the butterflies to associate the location of original capture with the point of recover for each butterfly.

The students will become citizen scientists by recording the data and submitting it to be used in research. The walls of the enclosure are double-lined so predators like wasps cannot sting and eat the butterflies and caterpillars and eggs and chrysalis. The enclosure will become a school-wide habitat which will serve as a living laboratory where students engage in hands-on inquiries into the natural world. Next on their list is to start planting lots of butterfly attracting flowers.

Upcoming Soccer Tournament
Year 3/4 students who registered for the soccer tournament being held in Palmerston North, unfortunately we haven’t had sufficient players to enter a team. Year 5-8 teams will remain in the Tournament and information was sent home last week. For more information speak to Caroline Rainham (Room 10).

Lunch Orders
Did you know you can order school lunches? These can be made by placing an order online with our provider Lunch Online Orders must be placed before 8:30am on the day.

School Attendance / Lateness and Absence Notifications
Recently we have had a lot of children absent due to sickness. Please make sure to advise the office, (the quickest way is to use the school app, or leave a voice message on the absence line). This is important for the safety of our students, we can never assume a child is away sick, we need to be informed each day they are absent unless advised previously. Every morning a text is sent to any family who hasn’t notified us, please make sure to respond to these texts, otherwise your child will be recorded as being Truant (and this information is recorded by the Ministry of Education).

Download our school app (Etap @school Mobile). Contact the office if you need help registering online.

Lateness: Please note if your child enters school after the 8:50am morning bell has gone they must sign in at the office. If they don’t and the teacher misses marking them at roll time, you will receive a text stating “your child is not at school please advise us of the reason” and this could cause some concern if you believe they are at school.

Signing out: For appointments, sickness etc
We understand circumstances happen where children need to be signed out early. For the safety of our children we cannot sign out a child on behalf of a parent and release them to leave, we must have a parent/caregiver collect them and sign the child out at the office, unless prior approval has been arranged with the teacher and Principal. It is our endeavour to ensure the safety of the children at all times and we appreciate your support with this.

Upcoming Events

Calendar of Events This Term
Wednesday 2 – Pakihi Swimming – 1:30pm-2:30pm
Thursday 3 – Pakihi/Raekura Assembly 12:30pm, Hall
Friday 4 – Puna-oho/Te Kama Assembly 2.00pm, Hall
Wednesday 9th – 11th Year 8 Camp
Thursday 10 – Puna-oho Celebration Day
Thursday 10 - Puna-oho/Te Kama Cushion Concert (Picnic 5pm, Concert in the Jenny Burnell Courtyard 5:30pm)
Monday 14 - Pakihi Team Trip - Ludo Swimming Pools
Monday 14 – Year 8 Graduation
Tuesday 15 – 12:30pm Last day of term