Newsletter Monday 13th November, 2017

Kia ora Koutou

After announcing our two new teachers last week, we are excited today to introduce seven new children to Omihi.  A big warm welcome to Stanley, Daisy, Tom, Zac, Taylor, Christian and Billy.  Tom has started already and the other children are coming every Monday, then will start full time in 2018.  We now have a roll of 27 children, which will be 24 at the start of next year when the Year 8’s have left.  We only need 2 more children to enrol to increase our staffing.  We will be able to use this staffing to employ a teacher to help with learning support and also to work in specialist areas.  Our children are very lucky!

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I had a very inspiring day last week listening to Jan Robertson, who is an Academic Leadership Consultant.  Jan talked a lot about leadership within schools and how we can coach our staff and children to become leaders.  There was so much learning from this day.  Here are a few of the main points I took away:

  • Create leaders that are more than you have ever been yourself
  • Use questioning - give students/teachers a chance to reflect and discuss their thoughts and ideas
  • The leadership coach is a learner.  Not an expert or a knower.  They want to learn with and from the person they are coaching
  • Support and challenge thinking
  • Great leaders know how to really listen
  • Active listening - be present and focused.  No questions.  No judgement.  No advice.  No conversation.  Actively listen to learn.
  • Leave time for the pause.  Be comfortable with pauses
  • Reflective questioning after actively listening
  • Use a growth mindset.  Mindfulness.  Resilience.  Wellbeing.  Sustainability - all part of being a leader

Also a reminder that we have a parents evening with John Parsons (Cyber Safety Expert) on Wednesday 22nd November at the Leithfield Hall at 6pm.  I highly recommend all parents should go to this.

Ngā mihi
Maree Lucas
Principal        
P: 03 314 5857  E: principal@omihi.school.nz

 


BOT Chairperson Report

Welcome to the first BoT section of the newsletter. We’ll have a regular section every few months to give you information and updates about what’s happening at the board level.  The board of trustees is responsible for the governance of the school, it sets the direction and outcomes for the school and establishes the policies. Maree as principal is responsible for the management of the school which is concerned with how the direction and outcomes are achieved.

The current board members are Sarah Barnes (chair), Ruth Lowry (deputy chair and secretary), Bridget Banks (treasurer), Nick Hamilton (health and safety) and Leighton Croft (property). Miss Lotz is our staff representative.  Maree, as principal, also sits on the board and has input into the governance function.

We are about to start training to help us better fulfil our obligations in respect of student achievement. This training was recommended after the ERO review and Debbie Dawson is coming out on Monday to run a session on the governance role which will be new to some of us and a refresher for others.  The board meets twice a term, generally in weeks 4 and 9, and parents are welcome to attend meetings. If you have any questions at all about the board or governance please feel free to contact me on 314 5979 or samsarah.barnes@yahoo.co.nz.

School Notices

Principal’s Award
Congratulations to Jack Little who received the Principal’s Award at the last assembly.

Grandparents Day - Tuesday 21st November, 9am - 11am
We ask that all families please bring in a small plate of food to have a shared morning tea with our grandparents.

Tiromoana Walk
The seniors are doing the Tiromoana Walk on Tuesday.  We will be leaving school at 9am.  Check the Facebook page in the morning for any cancellations.

GRIP Leadership Conference
Some of the seniors will be going to this on Wednesday 22nd November.  The children attending need to meet at school at 7.30am.  Please note the normal bus run will not be running this day.

Community Working Bee
We are having a community working bee on Saturday 9th December from 8am.  If anyone would like to help, please feel free to let Maree know on 314 5857 or principal@omihi.school.nz, or just come down and join us.  We will be doing the following:

  • Gardening
  • Putting bark on the playground
  • Tidying the container, garden shed and cleaners cupboard
  • Filling the potholes in the driveway
  • Building a bus shelter
  • Painting the bench and shed door in the pool area
  • Staining picnic tables
  • Take tiles off and painting the lizard

Next year we will have a caretaker/gardener a few hours a week to keep everything maintained.  So I would like to get it all up to scratch before they start.

Cleaner
We are looking for a cleaner for 2018.  If you are interested please contact Maree on 314 5857 or principal@omihi.school.nz.  The hours are flexible.

School Fundraiser
$10 a ticket.  You can either donate $10 onto www.givealittle.co.nz/org/omihischool or drop $10 into school.  Every $10 you donate puts you in the draw to win a prize.  There are also tickets for sale at Fossil Point Cafe.

Community Library
We are thrilled to announce that we are joining with the Hurunui Library, so our school library will be a community library in 2018.  We will let you know more details of opening times, etc nearer the time.

End of Year Prizegiving
This is on Thursday 14th December at 11am.  All of the community are most welcome to attend.  This is our final day for the year.

2018
School will start on Wednesday 31st January and will finish on Tuesday 18th December.  There will be a Teacher’s only day on the Thursday before Show weekend.

 

 

Maree Lucas
Newsletter Monday 30th October, 2017

Kia ora Koutou

It’s been an exciting first two weeks of school.  A big thank you to Tracy Wiltshire for organising our pet day and Leighton Croft for organising the Agri Sports.  The children had loads of fun!  It was great to see so many members of our community there as well.  Trophys for pet day will be given out in our assembly this Friday.  Congratulations to the following 1st place winners:

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  • Best lamb - Alice Barnes
  • Best dog - Allie Lowry
  • Best miscellaneous animal - Evie Croft
  • Lamb drinking competition - Lily Banks
  • Best dressed animal - Evie Croft

We’ve also had an exciting week with our staffing organisation for next year.  I have applied to the Ministry of Education for an extra teacher and through a long process we have managed to secure extra funding for 2018, so we can now confirm there will be a teacher in each class for 4 days a week.  The BOT will still be funding part of a teacher, but it won’t be as much as we had first anticipated.

Jo Richards has decided not to apply for a position for 2018 as she would like to spend more time with her family, especially before Arlo starts school during next year.  Jo has been a real asset to our school and the children absolutely love her, so she will be missed.  Hopefully we will see her to relieve throughout the year.

We had very experienced teachers apply for our recently advertised position and were able to appoint two teachers.  Katherine Hanna will be teaching in the senior class 4 days per week and Jennie Manson will be teaching in the junior class 4 days per week.  I will teach in each class one day per week and sometimes they will combine on a Friday.

Katherine is currently teaching at Broomfield School, and has been at Loburn and Rangiora Borough prior to Broomfield.  She has years of experience throughout all of the year groups.  Jennie has two young children.  Since going back to work she has been teaching at Tuahiwi School and Kaiapoi Borough School across a variety of ages.  Katherine and Jennie will come in this term to meet the children.

 

Ngā mihi
Maree Lucas
Principal        
P: 03 314 5857  E: principal@omihi.school.nz

 

School Notices

Pool Keys
The pool is going to be ready to use again by Show weekend.  Families are welcome to use the pool outside of school time.  There will be a charge for the key which will contribute to the maintenance cost of the pool.  If you had a key last year and no longer require it, please return it to our school office.  If you would like one this year, you can purchase these from our school office or email Ruth on office@omihi.school.nz.  They are $50 (school families), $70 (non-school families) and there will be a $20 refund when the key is returned.  There is also a contract that all families with a key must sign.

School Fundraiser
$10 a ticket.  You can either donate $10 onto www.givealittle.co.nz/org/omihischool or drop $10 into school.  Every $10 you donate puts you in the draw to win a prize.  Prizes are on our website - https://www.omihi.school.nz/school-fundraiser/.  Prizes will be drawn on Friday 1st December at 2pm.  Thanks to all of those that donated at the Amberley Show!

John Parsons - Cyber Safety
John Parsons is an Internet Safety and Risk Assessment Consultant.  He runs workshops all over the country.  I have seen him twice and he is brilliant.  He has very relevant information for our students, right from Year 1 - 8 and he has great tips for parents and teachers on how to keep our children safe online.  John is going to be working with Amberley, Broomfield and Leithfield School in term 4, and they have very kindly said we can join them.  Our students and staff will be part of his workshops, plus he is running a parents session which I highly recommend all parents attend.  The parents session will be at Amberley School on Wednesday 22nd November - time TBC.  For more information on John - http://www.johnparsons.nz/.  Our school have recently purchased his book and are happy to loan it to parents if you would like to read it.

Jan and Mark Archbold
I would like to say a big thank you to Jan and Mark who deliver our newsletters out to our community.  We really appreciate your contribution to our school.

Concerns
If you have any concerns about our school or ideas for us, please feel free to contact Maree on principal@omihi.school.nz.  If you would like to make it formal, please follow the correct procedure on www.schooldocs.co.nz.  Our username is omihi and password is glenmark.

Small School’s Athletics - Year 4-8
This is on Thursday 2nd November at Waipara School.  We would love to see our community there to support us.

Junior School Assembly is this Friday at 2pm.  Everyone is welcome.

Community Notices

 

 

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Maree Lucas
Newsletter Monday 16th October, 2017

Kia ora Koutou

After a week in Fiji for our honeymoon, I feel very refreshed and ready to go for term 4!  Talking to the children this morning it sounds like they had a wonderful break and are very excited about being back at school.

At the end of last term I went to the NZ Principal’s Conference, which was focused around Hauora - Health and Wellbeing.  I wanted to share some of the valuable points that I took away from it from three of the many speakers:
 

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  • You choose your attitude
  • Attitudes are contagious
  • As a leader of the school, your attitude is the most important.  Is your attitude worth catching?
  • Avoid D.H.S - deferred happiness syndrome (need to live in the moment)
  • Keep perspective- in one year's time will this still matter?

Dr John Edwards

  • School is to find your passion and your reason to be alive on this planet
  • The learning pit - you need to go through this to learn. It is often uncomfortable. You can feel overwhelmed and confused while in the pit before going up the steep learning curve.
  • It doesn't matter where the child is at - the secret is to know where you can take them and how.

Mike King

  • Reach out, tell your children how much they mean to you, remind them how special they are.  
  • Show that you believe in them.
  • Show them you are human - take off your masks.
  • Attitudinal change is the only thing that will make a difference to the the health and wellbeing of our kids.
  • Our kids have self-esteem issues. Resilience doesn't always work. We need to help them with self esteem. Be proactive.
  • They need and want their thoughts and opinions validated by the significant adults in their lives.
  • A kid with great self esteem and inner strength will not be affected by an online bully.
  • We need to create a society where it is ok for people to ask for help and to say they have a problem.
  • Make it ok to spread the message and say we care about you.
  • Our kids just want permission to tell their friends they love them.
  • If we want our kids to open up and talk, we need to open up and talk. Model it.
  • Sometimes it's not the best solution to give your own children advice if they are in crisis. Find someone that loves them that they could talk to.


As I’ve said before, I believe health and wellbeing is so important.   I believe this is just as important for us to be teaching our children as reading, writing and maths.  It is something that along with our whanau and community, we can help to build strong, resilient, confident young people with high self esteem.

Ngā mihi
Maree Lucas
Principal        
P: 03 314 5857  E: principal@omihi.school.nz


School Notices

Welcome
A big welcome to Gineva and Ava who have started in our junior class today.  We are also excited to have Zac starting his school visits later this term.

School Fundraiser
$10 a ticket.  You can either donate $10 onto our givealittle page or drop $10 into school.  Every $10 you donate puts you in the draw to win a prize.  Prizes are listed below.  www.givealittle.co.nz/org/omihischool.  Prizes drawn on Friday 1st December, 2017 at 2pm.

Sam the dog
I'm sure a lot of you heard that our gorgeous school dog Sam sadly had to be put down in the holidays.  The children wrote letters to him today and we are thinking about a way to honour him in our school so his legend carries on.

Principal’s Award
Congratulations to Evie Croft who received the Principal’s Award at the end of term 3.

Kapahaka
We are very excited to be joining up with Greta Valley School to form our first Kapahaka group.  Matua Rihari Walker will be coming out every Thursday to work with our students.

Pet Day
This is on Wednesday 25th October.  Ag Sports in the morning and Pet Day starts from 12pm.   All of the community are welcome.

End of Year picnic
This is on Monday 11th December at Motunau beach from 11am - 1pm.  We would love to see our community there.  Feel free to bring down a picnic lunch and join in or watch our games.

Personalised Calendars/Diaries/Notepads/Cards
The whole school will be working on a piece of artwork in the next couple of weeks.  This will be used to create personalised calendars, diaries, notepads, cards and mouse pads that parents/community will be able to purchase.  Order forms will go out in week 3.

Important dates for this term:
October
18th - Superhero mufti day - celebrating community wellbeing week
25th - Pet day

November
2nd - Small school athletics - at Waipara School (7th postponement)
10th - Field of crosses - Amberley
16th/17th - Teacher only day/Show Day                  
21st - Grandparents day
22nd - Cyber Safety - John Parson’s Parent session - Amberley School   /  Kowai Tabloids
28th-1st - Senior camp to Queenstown

December
11th - Community Picnic at Motunau Beach
13th - Seniors at Sport Challenge
14th - Last day of school.  Assembly at 11.30am

 

Omihi Fundraiser

A big thank you to all of our sponsors

Tickets - $10.  You can donate on www.givealittle.co.nz/org/omihischool or drop $10 into school.  Every $10 gives you one entry.  Make sure you add your name and phone number to the givealittle donation.

 

Prize 1
1 x25 minute helicopter flight with Richie McCaw for one person : city and harbour scenic, donated by Christchurch Helicopters

    Prize 2
    Trailer of firewood delivered to within an hour of Christchurch ( donated by Omihinui and Carleton Dairies)

    Prize 3
    A 30min Podiatry Assessment with Bruce Baxter from Podiatrymed and Physiotherapy, worth $115

    Prize 4 - Kid’s Pack
    Antarctic Centre Voucher - one child GA, and Hanmer Springs pool pass for 2 adults and 3 children

    Prize 5
    Piece of Artwork, painted by and donated by Robyn Smith

    Prize 6
    $50 Little vintage voucher and $40 Out of the Bleu voucher

    Prize 7
    Mosaic table, handcrafted and donated by Alison Sloss

    Prize 8
    Scentsy prize pack donated by Michelle Paton and $25 McDonalds Rangiora voucher

    Prize 9
    South Pacific Seed pack and $25 McDonald Rangiora voucher

    Prize 10
    More FM tour of the studio, wine with Gary McCormick and a coffee with Simon Barnett

    Prize 11
    Bottle of Wine and a $25 voucher from Waipara Springs

    Prize 12
    A luxury facial from Amberley Beauty Clinic

    Prize 13
    $100 Countdown voucher donated by Andy Horn Fencing

    Prize 14
    12 bottles of Fancrest Estate Pinot NoiR

    Prize 15
    Black Estate bottle of Riesling

    Prize 16
    6 x bottles of Torlesse Sauvignon Blanc

    Prize 17 - Amberley Fashion

    • $50 Bax and Berg voucher, Clutch bag from Mumma T’s (worth $40)
    • $50 voucher and 2 kids gift packs from Ruby 6, $25 voucher from Sally Macs

    Prize 18
    $100 Z fuel voucher, donated by Longsilver Construction

    Prize 19
    A box of Roseglen Tea, donated by Jennie McWannell

    Prize 20
    1 x $50 Vintage Cafe voucher donated by Hurunui Labour Solutions

    Prize 21
    1 x $50 Vintage Cafe voucher donated by Hurunui Labour Solutions

     

     

    Maree Lucas
    Newsletter Monday 18th September, 2017

    Kia ora Koutou

    What a wet, miserable day it is today!  Luckily it is still warm and cosy in our classrooms for our Community Evening tonight.  We are very excited about showing off our gorgeous school, but also talking about the exciting things that are happening at Omihi.  We look forward to seeing you tonight at 7pm.

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    This is the last newsletter for the term and what a busy term it has been!  I feel so lucky and privileged to be Principal at Omihi and have truly loved getting to know our students, staff, parents and community this term.  We have a lot more exciting things planned for term 4, so we will keep you up to date through our fortnightly newsletters, Facebook and Instagram.

    Ngā mihi

    Maree Lucas
    Principal        
    P: 03 314 5857  E: principal@omihi.school.nz

     

    School Notices

    Principal Awards
    We give out Principal Awards at each assembly, which happens three times a term.  This term we have had two assemblies so far.  Congratulations to the following students who have received Principal Awards for term 3:

    • Allie Lowry
    • Lily Banks

    John Parsons - Cyber Safety
    John Parsons is an Internet Safety and Risk Assessment Consultant.  He runs workshops all over the country.  I have seen him twice and he is brilliant.  He has very relevant information for our students, right from Year 1 - 8 and he has great tips for parents and teachers on how to keep our children safe online.  John is going to be working with Amberley, Broomfield and Leithfield School in term 4, and they have very kindly said we can join them.  Our students and staff will be part of his workshops, plus he is running a parents session which I highly recommend all parents attend.  The parents session will be at Amberley School on Wednesday 22nd November - time TBC.  For more information on John - http://www.johnparsons.nz/.  Our school have recently purchased his book and are happy to loan it to parents if you would like to read it.

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    Mt Grey Walk
    As part of our lead up to camp and getting 'mountain fit', the seniors will be walking up Mt Grey from Lake Janet on Wednesday 27th September at 9am.  Jaz and I would like one parent to accompany us.  Please let me know if you are available.

    Waikari School Cultural Festival
    While the seniors are walking up Mt Grey, the juniors will be going to the Waikari Cultural Festival at Waikari School on Wednesday 27th September at 11am.  If you are able to take a car to this, please let Jo know.

    Personalised Calendars/Diaries/Notepads/Cards
    The whole school will be working on a piece of artwork at the beginning of term 4.  This will be used to create personalised calendars, diaries, notepads, cards and mouse pads that parents will be able to purchase.  It is a small fundraiser for the school, but that is not our focus, we thought it might be something that you would all like and appreciate - plus great Christmas presents!  There will be an opportunity in week 3 to order what you would like.

    Change of dates
    We have had to change our camp dates to a week later: 28 Nov - 1 Dec, which means this clashed with our Grandparents Day.  So Grandparents Day will now be on Tuesday 21st November.  

    Kiwisport Sports Day
    This is tomorrow at the Waikari Domain for the whole school.  If the weather is terrible, the postponement date is Thursday 21st September.  We will put it on Facebook as soon as we hear.

    Omihi School Raffle
    Thank you to everyone who has donated to our raffle.  We are starting to get a great prize list together. If you would still like to donate something, please contact me on principal@omihi.school.nz

    School Calendar
    Keep up to date with what's going on - https://www.omihi.school.nz/calendar/

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    Community Notices

    Safety around Trains

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    • Always expect trains from either direction and at any time
    • If you are in a car, always slow down as you’re approaching a level crossing and be prepared to STOP
    • Look out for trains, and obey signs and signals
    • Stay off railway tracks. Only cross the railway at approved railway level crossing points

     

    PGG Wrightson
    If you shop at PGG Wrightson, please register at the following website to help raise money for Omihi School - http://www.cashforcommunities.co.nz/. Or contact us and we can register for you.

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    Hurunui Foodbanks

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    Maree Lucas