As this short, yet intensely busy, term comes to a close and you are faced with your children invading your time and space with the impending term break it is timely to reflect on the opportunity this gives you to compliment what school is for your child.
Children spend more time out of school than in it. As parents, and as families, we have a major influence on our child's achievement in school. When schools, parents, and families work together in the right ways, there are all kinds of benefits for everyone involved. Yet, this benefit looks different for every child and every family. Some of the considerations for you to ponder over the term break around this are detailed below.
See the individual...
All children are unique. They may be similar to some of their relatives, but, in most respects they are most like themselves, with their own temperaments, interests, talents and dispositions. We can help our children by treating them as individuals and by not assuming that they should follow the same paths or be judged against the same criteria in school.
Our children are always sending signals about who they are and it is critical for us as parents and teachers to be vigilant and to pay attention. Treating them as the individual they are helps them not struggle in school.
Life is not linear...
One of the perils of standardised education is the idea that one size fits all and life is linear. The truth is that our education system is not standardised. The New Zealand Curriculum Framework is that - a framework! It gives equal weight to developing values and key competencies for life within the context provided within eight learning areas. This broad and contextually relevant learning expectation means that we cannot and should not assume that the sort of education we may have had will inevitably be right for them. We may assume that some subjects will necessarily be more useful than others for finding a career. As the world continues to change, that may simply not be true. The best you can do is help your children develop in their different ways the general competencies needed for life and to identify the personal talents and interests that engage them most. They will create and live their own lives, as we have all done. Care as we must and try as we will, we cannot do that for them.
- inspired from the chapter 'Bring It All Back Home' Chapter 9, 'Creative Schools' by Sir Ken Robinson
Spa Park Success
Our Cross Country on Tuesday was an outstanding day. It was a real example of a parent and school community coming together for a competitive event that encouraged enthusiastic participation from all those involved! From Matua Mel running all day long in his tutu, Ms Griffin's awesome organising with the support of the whole staff, to Jude Messenger's (with helpers) sterling effort on the microphone, it all came together to make one of our first whole school events a great success.
Days like this are how we build community, and bring community together. The atmosphere this event had was something to celebrate - along with the great coffee from 'Steaming Bean' and the sausage sizzle organised by Manu Kotui (Rooms 17&18).
We look forward to connecting with you in the next school sporting event in Term 4 which will be the school swimming sports at AC Baths.
Teachers Union Meeting: Friday 9 September, 1:30 - 3pm
The primary and secondary teachers unions are calling joint whole-of-sector paid union meetings for teachers to get informed about the proposals and decide on their next steps. Both the unions, with support from the primary, secondary and intermediate principal groups have united in their opposition to the proposal point number 4 (see below). This global budget proposal would let schools trade funding for teachers for money they could then spend on other things.
While school officially remains open all students are encouraged to be picked up from 1pm onwards. There will only be a skeleton staff available to supervise students in the hall or library for the last hour after lunchtime on that Friday. (Note: The bus will still run at 3pm).
Please indicate to your child's teacher what works best for your circumstance by filling out the form below and sending back to school for each child and their relevant home room teacher (paper copy sent home).
Tim is available if you would like to discuss these proposals and what it could mean for our school. While he is around school most days the specific times he is available for this are: Friday 2 September: 3-4pm; Monday 5 September: 2.30-3.30pm & after FOS meeting @ 7pm; Tuesday 6 September: 5:15-6pm; Wednesday 7 September: 3-4pm
Global Budget - School funding proposed directions for change by Government
Please tick the choice that works for you, print, and return to school.
Friday Afternoon intentions: 9 September :
Child’s Name: ___________________________________ Room No.________________
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