Monday 14th May, 2018

Kia ora Koutou

We have had such a busy, inspiring and creative first two weeks at school.  We are super excited to have our third learning space open today.  The children loved their first day with Mrs Croft!  We have also been learning a lot from our special guests that have come in to talk about their character strengths.  Thank you to Claire Inkson, Winton Dalley, Julie Wells and George Lucas.  We are looking forward to finding out more about our own character strengths and how these can help us to look after our own well being.  Also listen out on Compass FM over the next few weeks on Sunday morning to hear our Year 6 children talking about our school!

We are thrilled to welcome Lucy to our senior room.  She has slotted in already and feels like one of the whanau. 

The Year 6 students and Vuk visiting Compass FM.

The Year 6 students and Vuk visiting Compass FM.

Earlier in the year I talked about my new love of audio books and podcasts and I encouraged you to introduce these to your children.  Here is a great website I found that has some good podcasts for children.

Nga Mihi
Maree Lucas

School Notices

Grandparents Day
We welcome our grandparents into school on Thursday 17th May from 9-11am.  Families please remember to send along a small plate of morning tea that we can share with our grandparents.

Movie Night
This Friday 18th May at 5.30pm.  The movie will be showing in the junior room and in the senior room I will talk to parents briefly, then there will be an opportunity to socialise.  Please bring along a plate to share.  There will be popcorn and drinks available for the children to purchase.  

Antarctic Centre
We still need some help with transport on Friday 25th May to the Antarctic Centre.  Can you please email me if you are available -

Court Theatre
On Tuesday 22nd May we are going to Broomfield School to see He Kura Korero - The Gift of Speech at 9.30am.  If you are able to help with transport, please let me know.  We will be back at school at 11am for Kapahaka.  

Parking outside school
As we have two buses running to and from school each day it is getting quite congested at the front gate.  If you are picking up or dropping off your children, can you please make sure you leave space by the front gate for the two buses.  Feel free to park up the drive if you need to.

Our new classroom for our Year 3-5 students.

Our new classroom for our Year 3-5 students.

Matariki - Maori New Year
As part of our Matariki celebration, we are going to be having a hangi at Omihi.  We are very lucky that the Hazeldine family have offered to organise it for us.  It will be on Wednesday 13th June and we will aim to eat at 5pm.  The children will be part of the process throughout the day.  We are looking for donations of food to make this happen.  I will send out a Google doc where you can add your name.  Our whole community is very welcome to come to the hangi.  Each meal will include 2-3 meat and vegetables.  There will be no cost for the hangi meals, but we will need definite numbers closer to the time so we know how much to prepare. I will send out a doc for you to put your orders on so we can work out how much food we need.  If you would like to come along and you aren't a parent at school, just email or call me to book in.

Cross Country - Year 1-8
All children will be part of the cross country that Broomfield School are organising on Thursday 31st May.  There is no postponement date, so it will run rain or shine.  The venue is 100 Crampton's Bush Road, Broomfield.  All children will run in year groups and will run the following distances:
Year 1 and 2 - short course
Year 3 and 4 - 1.5km
Year 5 and 6 - 2km
Year 7 and 8 - 3km
We need to be at the start line by 12pm, ready for a 12.30pm start, starting with the youngest children.  We need help with transport and helpers at the event, so please let me know if you are available.

NZEI Union Meeting
There is a paid teachers union meeting on Thursday 21st June at 2pm.  Last time we were able to cover this in school, but this time we have to ask parents to please pick up your children at 1pm on that day to enable teachers to attend.  If you are able to pick up your child, that would be appreciated.  The school bus will run at 1pm, and it will take the north and south children first, then the Reeces Rd children last on that day.

BOT Notices

At the beginning of April, ERO visited the school to follow up on the 2017 review. The 2017 review had identified a number of areas where we could be doing better. Addressing these issues has been one of Maree’s key priorities since she began with us in term 3 last year. Last week Maree and I received the unconfirmed report from ERO. We will share the full report once it is confirmed and we can share it publically.

The report is extremely positive. It comments positively on the leadership and management of the school and the improvements in internal evaluation and curriculum development. The improvement is entirely due to the hard work and dedication of Maree and the teaching team.  On behalf of the board I would like to acknowledge the huge effort that they have put in and the huge improvements that have been made in less than a year.
Thank you
Sarah, BOT Chairperson

Restraint Policy
Over the past couple of years the use of restraint and seclusion in schools has had a lot of media time. In response the Government introduced physical restraint rules in 2017. The rules effectively prescribe who can use physical restraint and when it can be used. The rules also set out a process that has to be followed when physical restraint has been used.  Under the rules a registered teacher or authorized staff member can use physical restraint in certain situations.  We have adopted a policy on the use of physical restraint and the Board is able to approve an unregistered staff member as an authorized person for the purpose of the rules.  If you have any questions about the policy or the use of restraint please feel free to approach Maree or Sarah.

Community Notices

Omihi Community and Sports Hall Incorporated Society
The AGM for the Omihi Community and Sports Hall Incorporated Society will be held at school on Wednesday 23 May at 7:30pm.   All welcome.

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Maree Lucas