Monday 13th May, 2019

Tena Koutou

On Friday, Kat and I went to a course in Christchurch led by James Nottingham. It was such an inspiring day of learning and consolidating for us. James created the term ‘The Learning Pit’. Where instead of taking the easy path, you challenge yourself and go into the pit before you get out the other side. I have attached a diagram for you to see. I have summarised some of the main points from the course:

  • Cause children to:

    • Think more

    • Go beyond their first answer

    • Make connections

  • Challenge builds self-efficacy.

  • Education should also value resilience, empathy, patience, self-awareness, hope, open-mindedness and confidence.

  • Easy answers should be extended.

  • Desirable difficulties lead to longer lasting learning.

  • Struggling is not a sign of weakness but of developing strength.

  • If children are out of comfort zone - do not scaffold, or advise. Just encourage.

  • Intrinsic motivation wins hands down over extrinsic motivation.

  • Easy is boring.  Challenge is interesting.

  • Use praise when children are out of their comfort zone, rather than in their comfort zone.

  • Focus on ‘process praise’ rather than ‘personal praise’.


Ngā mihi

Maree Lucas

School Notices

Principal’s Award
The last Principal’s Award went to…..Xsara Mann.

Teacher’s Strike Day
Negotiations are still going on between teachers and the government and we haven’t been able to come to an agreement, so we will be striking on Wednesday 29th May alongside our secondary teachers. We ask you to please keep your children at home on this day.

This term we have a number of clubs running.

  • Running club - before school, the day varies. This will be on the school calendar.

  • Goal kicking club - Tuesday lunchtime

  • Gardening club - Wednesday lunchtime

  • Photography club - Thursday lunchtime

Photography club starts this Thursday with Claire Inkson and is from Year 4-8. If children would like to be a part of it, they need to bring a camera and memory stick and make sure it is charged. If they don’t have a camera, they will be able to share with others.

Support Staff Day
Thursday 16th May is Support Staff Day. We had a morning tea to celebrate our support staff last week. But I would like to acknowledge and thank our wonderful support staff who help keep our school running - Ruth, Thalia, Shannon, Tracy and Fi.

Grandparent’s Day
We look forward to welcoming our grandparents to Omihi on Thursday 16th May from 9.00-10.30am.

Amberley Library and Preschool visit
On Tuesday 21st May, Year 5-8 will be visiting the Amberley Library and Amberley Community Preschool to read to their tamariki.

Senior Camp Fundraiser
If you are selling pies as a camp fundraiser, please have all forms and money into the office by Tuesday 4th June (Monday is Queens Birthday). The pies will be delivered on the 23rd July. $2.30 from every pie sold goes directly to your camp account.

Mindfulness Workshops
If you would like to attend our mindfulness workshop on Tuesday 4th June, please let me know. It will run from 3.30-5.00pm.

Cross Country
The small schools cross country is on Tuesday 28th May. Broomfield School run this event and the venue has changed this year. We will send out further information this week. We will be taking some of the older children to run the course this Friday 17th May.

Community Notices

Winter Ball
The tickets for the ball go on sale on June 1st at There are only 15 tables available at $900 for 10 people. The rest of the tickets will be sold separately at $95 each. The idea of only having 15 tables is so there is space for bar leaners, casual areas and a dance floor. There will be a grazing station set up throughout the night, rather than a sit down dinner. It is all about mixing, mingling, dancing and having fun! Plus we will raise money for The Omihi Hall while we are there!

Reusing Envelopes
At the Winter Ball we will be running a mystery envelope competition to raise money for the Omihi Hall. We need 250 envelopes and would like to save the environment and reuse envelopes rather than buy new ones. Please can you save your envelopes and send them along to school for us.

Does your primary aged child want to learn the basics of hockey, but isn't old enough (or not yet have the confidence or skill) to play competitively? The skills programme starts next Sunday, led by Janelle McKellow.
10 weeks skills Program. Starts Sunday 19th of May 2019, 11-12noon at the Dudley Park Mini Turf.
Contact Janelle McKellow - with enquiries.

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Maree Lucas