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Notices for Week Commencing 18th February
I am pleased to be able to inform you that we have just received our start date for the building work in Rooms 1-3. Contractors will be onsite the weekend of 23rd February to erect fencing and ready the site. Construction will commence on Monday 25th February. Whilst the work is mainly to the rear of those classrooms we also need to replace the roof over the resource room and this will take place during the next school holidays.
The contractors and school have developed a safety plan but please be additionally vigilant when using the stairs up to the junior area.
Also please note that there is a requirement to remove some asbestos during the renovations. This will be carried out in strict accordance of best practice and will occur during a weekend. At this time I will close the school off to public use and notify our community before hand. This work is very minimal and will not disrupt our weekly operation.
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.
T50th: 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.
Professional Development: During the break our staff returned for three days of professional development. Our focus this year as a whole staff is reading. The main area of this development is the teaching of comprehension strategies. Our facilitator will work with our year 2 to 6 teachers throughout 2019 to embed a consistent school wide approach. We will also hold some information evenings to keep you informed. Last year we concentrated on writing with great results and I will provide a summary of our findings in due course.
Swimming: Once again we have contracted an external provider to run a swim safe programme for our year 1 to 4 students. This begins on 18th February and is fully subsidised. Further details will come via your teachers.
Have a great year.
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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