I can hardly believe we are at the end of term 2 already! I know I am tired and I see a lot of our tamariki are also getting tired.
We have had a busy term with a lot happening including a fantastic week of Matariki activities last week culminating in the Matariki Kapa Haka festival and our Matariki disco on Friday! I hope for all our whanau who will be continuing to celebrate Matariki during the holidays next week that it is a happy and special time for you.
This week we continue with our cultural week where we are celebrating the different cultures within Birkdale North. Please remember that on Friday we would love your tamariki to dress in traditional costumes for our parade (9:10am – 10:00am outside on the court if weather allows us to or insde the hall otherwise) and have our shared lunch where we hope the tamariki will bring some food connected to their culture to share with others. Please bring the food in anytime before 1:00pm (to the library at this point).
I hope you have a good break and take some time for yourself and your tamariki, they grow so quickly, don’t put off having some special moments altogether! (I still wonder where the years have gone).
Teacher only Days – 26th and 27th July
Just a reminder that the school will be closed for the first two days of term three. Monday 26th and Tuesday 27th July will be dedicated to professional development and planning for next year. This will include a day looking at New Zealand history and how we can best teach this to our Tamariki.
Three Way conferences in term three
On week two of next term on Tuesday 3rd August (2:15pm – 7:15pm) and Wednesday 4th August (3:15pm – 6:15pm) we will be holding our three way conferences. Marion will be setting up a schedule and communicating times etc very soon.
Changes in & around the school
Mrs Vosper will be away for term 3, as she has won a position with the NMSSA, National Monitoring Study of Students Acheivement as a teacher assesor. Whilst we will miss Brenda we wish her all the best and glad she as had this opportunity. Mr Paul Anstis will be teaching in room 6 – Welcome Paul!
Room 10 and 11
Nicole Stephens will leave us this Wednesday to return to the UK. We wish you all the best Nicole. We have now employed Miss Natasha Stone who will work along Mrs Lisa Ellsworth and Miss Anne – Sophie Carlon in our room 10 and 11 Innovative learning environment. Welcome Natasha!
We have employed a new teacher aide
We would also like to welcome Eva Whyte who is our new teacher aide. Eva has two children at BNS and is well known amongst our community. Welcome Eva!
I would like to thank Brooke and Cyndy for continuing to work with our Kapa Haka, thank you for all your hard work ladies, it is very much appreciated. The tamariki looked good and performed beauitifully! A big thank you to Ioana, Kiikii and Eva for their continued support
I am sure Whaea Kerry is equally proud of our tamariki and will be back on board next term with us.
Congratulations to our Orange Certificate winners
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
9th July – Cultural shared lunch 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