I hope this newsletter finds you all well and the rainy weather is not dampening your spirits! We have been having an exciting few weeks with lots of activities and learning experiences happening! It is good to take some time to recap events with your children and find out what sparked their imagination or memory. You might want to talk about the museum trip our junior syndicate went on last week or ask about the rocket man programme the seniors are involved in. This has caused a lot of excitement! And we know that if learning is exciting and enjoyable children are like sponges – soaking up everything they see and do!
We are delighted to have Marion back full time in the office this week. We are so glad she is back and feeling so much better after her operation. Welcome back Marion, we missed you! I would like to say a big thank you to both Taryn and Annette who stepped up while Marion was recovering at home. I would also like to say a thank you to all of you for your patience when coming into the office, we got there but we were possibly a little slower!
A few farewells
I would like to take this opportunity to thank Brooke Martin who has left us in the capacity of teacher aide. Brooke is one of our very valued parents who is always there to help and support us. We miss Brooke as our teacher aide but she is still managing with our Kickstart breafast programme and is in and out of the school with her tamariki. Good luck with your new ventures Brooke!
Nicole Stephens from room 9, l’Étoile du Nord will also be leaving us at the end of the term. Nicole and her partner have decided to move back to the UK to be with family. Thank you Nicole and we wish you well in the UK.
Enrolment at BNS
From the 1st July 2021 enrolment at BIrkdale North School is governed by a Ministry of Education approved enrolment scheme. Having an enrolment scheme means we have a zoned area, Students living within the Birkdale North School zone have automatic right of entry under the scheme. Students living outside of the Birkdale North School zone will have another school that is reasonably convenient to their place of residence that they will be entitled to attend.
We are awaiting responses to our applications for special programmes for both Ngā Muka and l’Étoile du Nord. This will allow us more students to enrol at BNS out of zone for those classes. As soon as we have the applications accepted we will inform you and let you know what processes and steps need to be taken for enrolment.
Matariki Festival Friday 2nd July
The Matariki festival is coming up soon. We need lots of support on the day and will let you know the times we are performing as soon as we know.
Fortunately it is being held at Birkdale Intermediate this year which means we can go up as a school to support our Kapa Haka group. It takes five minutes to walk up. Perfect!
There will be information for our KapaHaka parents coming home soon and a general letter for other classes asking for permission and some parent help to walk up to the intermediate.
We have also booked a table to continue fundraising for our Kapa Haka uniforms. We have bought them but need about another $1000 to cover the full cost. If you are able to help please let us know. We are selling small lollie bags which means making them up the day before and selling on the day
We will also be holding our Matariki disco that evening, 6pm – 7.30pm in our school hall. More information will be coming home soon.
Wacky Hair Day – Friday 25th June
Come along to school with the craziest, wackiest, funniest hair style you can think of. Please bring a non perishable grocery item (can include shampoo, soap, toilet paper etc) to donate to the Beach Haven/Birkdale Community Project for the food bank based at Beach Haven house. Thank you for your support!
A visit from Maggie the beared dragon
Rocket Man Challenge
Kick Start Breakfast
As mentioned before Brooke is doing a fantastic job. We have lots of Wheetbix, milk and bread as we are lucky enough to have sponsors who who provide them. We supply the spread and jam for toast, if you would like to donate a jar of jam or a tub of spread that would be gratefully recieved.
The club is getting bigger and the children are loving having a chat and eating breakfast together. If you are able to help out please also let us know. We already have some volunteeers but a few more would be great.
School Term Dates
Term 2 Monday 3rd May – Friday 9th July Term 3 Monday 26th July – Friday 1st October Term 4 Monday 18th October – Wednesday 15th December
Up Coming Events
25th June – Crazy hair day 1st July – BOT meeting 6pm 2nd July – Matariki festival 2nd July – Matariki disco 6pm – 7.30pm 9th July – End of term 2
26th July – Start of term 3 26th & 27th July – Teacher only days (school closed) 30th July – Red Nose day 3rd & 4th August – 3 Way Conferences 12th August – BOT meeting 6pm 27th August – Photo life – Individual & class photos 13th – 17 September – Maori Language Week 16th September – Cross country (TBC) 23rd September – BOT meeting 6pm 1st October – End of term 3
18th October – Start of term 4 Monday 25th October – Labour day (school closed) 26th October – Teacher only day (school closed) 28th October – BOT meeting 6pm 10th-12th November – Year 5&6 school camp 3rd December – Teacher only day (school closed) 9th December – BOT meeting 6pm 15th December – End of term 4