Monday 3rd September, 2018

Kia ora Koutou

Thank you to those parents who were able to get to Strum, Strike and Blow last week.  What an amazing night!  We were so proud of our students.  It was a fantastic experience for them to be playing alongside 1200 other children.  A big thank you to Jennie, Jane and Kat for all the hard work that went into it.

Our new Kapahaka uniforms.

Our new Kapahaka uniforms.

On Friday our staff all attended our Kahui Ako (Community of Learning) Teacher only day at Oxford Area School.  There were 13 schools and over 200 teachers.  One of the standouts for me was the keynote speaker - Marshall Diggs.  He talked about Literacy and teaching boys.  As we know every child is different, but boys do learn differently to girls and it was great to listen to his ideas and reflect on our own practise.  There are some pretty amazing things happening in our school, but we can always be reflective and look at ways of improving.  These are some of the points I found most interesting:

  • Give boys the headline, not the whole paragraph
  • Competition gets them excited
  • Boys learn best with short and sharp exercises
  • Who are their male role models?  Do they see men writing for fun?
  • Are there spaces where boys like to learn?
  • What novels are they reading?  What will engage them?
  • Be firm, fair and fun
  • How much talking is happening in a lesson?  More writing, less talking.
  • It's about writing mileage
  • Relationships with our students is a priority
  • Learning is more important than the result
  • Align the curriculum with the child, put the child at the centre

Ngā mihi
Maree Lucas

School Notices

Classroom Names
We have had Di Collier in from Tuahiwi Marae to help us find out about our cultural narrative.  It's been a great learning experience for our students and we look forward to sharing with you more information about what we learnt of the Omihi area.  As part of this process Di has helped us to come up with names for our three classrooms.  Our school is situated in the valley between the mountains and the sea, so the classrooms are going to be named appropriately.  She has given us two names for each classroom and we would like you to help us choose which ones to use.  Can you please email me your preference for the three classroom names.

Mountain cliff – tūpari or karahiwi
Valley – awaawa or āwhārua
Sea – paemoana or aumoana

3 Way Learning Conferences
These are next Monday and Tuesday.  Here is the timetable to book in your time.

Kapahaka Festival
This is for the Year 3-8 children on Thursday 27th September.  The students will be performing at Ohoka School at 10.20am.  Tickets are $5 and can be purchased through us.  If you would like to come, please send money along this week.  Each child can purchase a maximum of two tickets.  The ones that are left over next week will be given back for other schools to purchase.

Top Team Challenge - Year 5-8 - Tuesday 11th September
This is at the Amberley Domain and has been postponed until next Tuesday 11th September.  We will be leaving school at 12.15pm.  Children need a change of clothes and a towel.  The Go Bus will pick the Waikuku children up at the domain at 3.15pm.  I will put a message on Facebook in the morning if it is cancelled. 

Parent Liaison
The BOT would like to have a couple of parents who are the 'go to' parents when new families start and also to help organise baking, etc for families when needed.  Genevieve on our BOT is going to be one of these people.  Is there someone that would like to work with her?  Please let me know.

Preschooler Morning
We welcome all preschoolers and parents to our preschooler morning on Wednesday 12th September from 9-11am.  

Chinese Students
We need one more family to host a chinese student (and maybe their parent) in term 1 next year.  If you are able to do this, please let me know.

Omihi Library
A reminder that our library is open for the community every Tuesday from 1-2pm.

Size 7 Redband Gumboots
There are a pair of these that have been left in our junior class.  If they are yours, please let Jennie know.

UP Programme and Assembly
This Friday there will be a presentation from our students who have been involved in our UP programme with the horses at 1.45pm.  Straight after that there is our junior assembly at 2pm.  Everyone is welcome to come along to both.

Raffle Prizes
If you have anything you would like to donate to our school raffle, please let me know -


Community Notices

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Omihi Community Hall help wanted:

Prep of the floor - Wednesday the 5th of September (from 10am) - 6 helpers
Laying of carpet tiles - Thursday the 6th of September (from 9.30am) - 10 helpers (most of the day if possible)

I can promise scones… and jam + cream for morning teas/afternoon teas.  Any helpers would be appreciated and if they can give me an indication of names and dates that would be great.

Thank you , Emma Dormer

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Maree Lucas