Learning • Fun • Friendship
Notices for Week Commencing 18th March
Message from our Board concerning the shocking terror attack in Christchurch
Friday’s horrific events in Christchurch have affected all New Zealanders. The Kauri Park School Board of Trustees would like to send our thoughts to all families who have loved ones involved. Our staff are aware that many of our students will struggle to understand and deal with Friday’s events and they will do their best to support all of our students.
We continue to instill our school values of Kindness, Perseverance and Service. More than ever the words of our school song are relevant: KPS is a place of learning, love and friendship.It is a place where people really care, respect each other and learn to value our diversity.
We will fly our flag at half mast this week as a mark of respect.
Amy, Jaccy, Matt, Penni, Shelly, Terry & Yvette
Board of Trustees
Paid Union Meetings - Postponed
Measles - Confirmed that the child concerned did not have measles
Shore to Shore Fun Run & Walk
We are now able to register online for this event. Follow the link below and scroll down the page to find our school name. Click on that link to complete the process.
End of Summertime Festival: Despite an extremely wet start to Friday, our annual End of Summertime Festival went ahead and was another great community gathering. This year we had a lot of new helpers, spreading the work load and putting in a huge effort behind the scenes. Friends of Kauri Park School have refined this event over the years and it is a massive hit with our students. Part of the reason they told me that they enjoy the festival is because they get to help with the set up! I imagine this builds the anticipation of what’s to come.
Thank you everyone who was involved in delivering the event and to the community for turning out in strong numbers, and then helping with the pack up at the end.
Swim Sports: Our annual swimming sports have all enjoyed great weather and have been well attended by families. We feel that our students have a great deal of water confidence as a result of a top class facility.
Construction Update: It is pleasing to be able to tell you that our second project-the cover over the top court, has begun. This Wednesday the fence went up and six very deep holes were dug ready to pour foundations. The timeframe for this project is only a few weeks so we will be able to see that progress quickly.
The work to the classrooms is also on track with the foundations and blockwork for the extension being completed on Thursday. We have concrete to both sites next week-Monday and Wednesday so there may be some disruption adjacent to the library. We will keep you informed of the exact times next week.
A plan is attached to the safety fence at the bottom of the concrete steps so that you can get a sense of the alterations.
As part of our annual review process we have been looking at a way of streamlining our school values. Part of the reasoning is that we have nine values and our students struggle to remember them. We are trialling the following:
S Service (new overarching value)
The other values are incorporated within these three key values.
We will work with our students to align all of the existing values under those three and also discuss with them what the construct of Service actually means as well as what it looks like.
Rooms 1-3: The contractors are pouring concrete this Wednesday (20th March).
Professional Development: In my first newsletter I told you about our whole school focus this year around reading. If we need to prioritise a curriculum area then literacy and more specifically reading would be it. This is because accessing all other curriculum areas is dependent on the ability to read. Therefore, I have included some information within this newsletter that was sent out to parents of our junior syndicate which I feel is still relevant across the whole school, and would urge you to read it.
As our children develop their reading ability from learning to read to reading to learn it is essential that they read widely and very regularly. Each syndicate are developing ways to ensure this happens and will share with you some of these strategies over the course of the year so that you can support this at home.
50th: This is a special year as we look to celebrate Kauri Park School’s semi centennial anniversary. The school opened in February 1969. To this end we would like to carry out a range of activities across the year to mark this milestone. To help make this a school community endeavour I plan to hold meetings to brainstorm ideas on Thursday 14th February & Thursday 21st February at 7pm. These meetings will be most likely be in the hall or library and an email address will be created for suggestions from those of you who can’t make the meetings.
Important information about out of zone enrolments: As a result of the continuing high number of in zone enrolments, we cannot accept any new out of zone applications that do not meet the priorities listed below. The main reason for this is that in terms of teaching space our school is beyond capacity. Whilst the Ministry of Education are working with us on a long term solution, the reality is that significant construction is required to remedy the problem. The planning for this has not yet begun so we are probably at least two years away from returning to a sense of normality.
We apologize for not being able to accommodate your child at our school, however all of the schools in our area serve their students extremely well.
Applications for out of zone enrolment will be processed in the following order of priority:
First Priority This priority is not applicable as the school does not run a special programme approved by the Secretary for Education
Second Priority will be given to applicants who are siblings of current students
Third Priority will be given to applicants who are siblings of former students
Fourth Priority will be given to any applicant who is a child of a former student of the school
Fifth Priority will be given to applicants who are children of board employees
Sixth Priority will be given to all other applicants
If there are more applicants in the second, third, fourth or fifth priority groups than there are places available, selection within the priority group will be by a ballot conducted in accordance with the instructions by the Secretary under Section 11G(1) of the Education Act 1989. Parents will be informed of the date of any ballot by notice in a daily or community newspaper circulating in the area served by the school.
2019 Term Dates:
Term 1: 7th Feb -12th Apr
Term 2: 29th Apr –5th July
Term 3: 22nd Jul-27th Sept
Term 4: 14th Oct-20th Dec
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