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Principal's News

Kia ora, Malo e le lei, Talofa, Ni hao, Namaste, Bula, Kia orana, Mauri, Greetings.

The end of the year is rushing upon us and this is my second to last message for 2017.

END OF YEAR ACTIVITIES

Thank you to everyone who attended our senior school celebration evening last Wednesday and the Middle School assembly on Friday morning.

Next week we have two Junior School assemblies.

Thursday, 7 December 9.30am for friends and whanau of children in Rooms 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 (Yr 1) 8 and 25.

Friday, 8 December 9.30am for friends and whanau of Year 2 children in Rooms 7 (Yr2), 9, 22, 23 and 24.

Please note the correct day for your child and if you can attend remember your cushion.


SCHOOL ATTENDANCE

You can help us plan for next year by letting us know if your child is not returning in 2017 (apart from Year 6 of course).

Also if your child is going overseas and not returning for the first day of school on Wednesday, 31 January you must inform the school in writing.

Children who simply do not turn up at school have to be removed from the school roll and consequently lose their place at school.


SCHOOL DONATION CHANGE

The Board of Trustees has decided that no donation will be suggested or expected in 2018. While I am very appreciative of people who have assisted in the past we are keen to keep school costs to a minimum. Consequently donations are not required. Thank you.


BIRTHDAY CELEBRATIONS

While I appreciate children like to recognise their birthdays with class mates I ask that families do not send food or presents to school for distribution in class. We are concerned that birthday celebrations are starting to intrude on class routines and expectations.


COMMUNITY CONSULTATIONS

Thank you to everyone who gave feedback recently. The Board has received the results and I am pleased to make the following comments.

  1. Overall the feed back was very positive and the school is regarded as a respectful and safe place for students.

  2. The events most enjoyed, or valued, by parents are i) parent teacher interviews, ii) prizegiving assemblies, iii) Funtime lunchtimes iv) celebrations, v) cross country sports.

  3. People appreciated the wide spread access to digital technologies and the opportunities in the arts, cultural and leadership activities.

  4. The newsletter is seen as the most important communication channel.

  5. Suggested areas for development are i) website upgrade, ii) parent involvement with gifted and talented identification and programmes, iii) consideration of a school uniform. We have already begun work on numbers I and ii. Given that a minority of people want a uniform it is not likely that will be considered in the near future.

  6. The matters people listed for consideration are all being considered. There are a number of good ideas but you will understand these are subject of funding, national priorities and school circumstances.

The health education returns show that physical education, student well being and school values are school strengths.

Two areas suggest for future consideration include developing healthy eating programmes and increasing children’s sense of self worth. We will endeavour to continue our efforts in these areas, however, these are a partnership between school and home.

If anyone would like a copy of the results summarised above please simple ask at the school office.

EFFORT BRINGS AMAZING REWARD

Well done to our Year 5 and 6 students for a wonderful celebration of culture on Wednesday evening.

Well done to our Year 3 and 4 students for a special end of year assembly.

Thank you.
L Thew
PRINCIPAL



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IMPORTANT!

Does the school have your current phone number so that we can contact you in an emergency?

Please update any details that have changed for your child at the office.

A reminder that if you would like to make your school donation through internet banking please use the following information:

Manurewa Central School BOT Bank Account 12-3109-0012252-00 Particulars (Child’s Name), Code (Room No.) Reference (School Donation)

A receipt for this money will be sent home with your child.




Next newsletter - December 8 2017