Learning • Fun • Friendship
Week 4 Term Two-Monday 21st May
Assembly is on at the earlier time of 2 PM from now on.
On Friday the whole school joined the Pink Shirt Day movement to Speak Up, Stand Together and Stop Bullying! This is part of an ongoing commitment to creating a school environment that is safe, welcoming and inclusive of all students.
Sadly New Zealand has some of the highest rates of bullying in schools in the world and we feel strongly that there’s no room for it at Kauri Park School. During the week I was chatting with one of our Year Six students who has not always been a KPS student. She made the comment that our Year Sixes will really miss this school. When I asked her why, she said that compared to her previous experience this was a really friendly school and there wasn’t a lot of teasing going on in the playground. I found that quite telling because as much as this is what we are trying to achieve, the adults can’t be everywhere at once and therefore get the full picture. Her experience as a new student was positive and she had experienced a lot of kindness by her fellow students (your children) and staff.
One of our core values is kindness and consideration and this is one of the easier ways of explaining where bullying sits, particularly for our very young children. There are several ways that we can try to build a positive culture at school. Teachers regularly check in with their classes as to how things are going, negative incidents are dealt with promptly and we provide as many places to play as well as opportunities to try new things. However the most effective method of raising great children is to model the type of behaviour that we want to encourage.
Thank you to all for supporting this very important event and please keep the conversations going at home.
Welcome: This week we welcome Mrs. Kirsty Irwin to our staff and in particular to Room 7. Mrs. Irwin is an experienced teacher and comes to us from Belmont Intermediate school. She is also one of our parents and has two daughters at school-Pippa & Morgan.
Please take the time to call in and meet Mrs. Irwin over the next few weeks as she takes over the class and gets to know your children.
Class Photographs: Shoot keys (Ordering on-line) will be coming home this week. Full instructions are provided and the cut off date for ordering is: Sunday 3rd June.
Walk-A-thon: Walk-a-thon information and sponsor sheets available for download.
Yummy Apples: If you shop at New World or Pak n Save please save those stickers and send them to school. Over the last 7 years they have provided us with thousands of dollars of sports equipment.
Sports: The first of 3 Rippa Rugby days starts this term. Thank you if you offered to parent help and we will be in touch very soon.
Amy, Keating - Board Chair and New Property Projects
Penni Ward - Personnel & Community
Matt Dalton - Health and Safety
Jaccy Foster - Finance
Shelly Joyes - General property
Terry Taylor - Principal
Yvette Ashby -Staff Trustee
2018 Term Dates:
Term 2: 30th Apr -6th July
Term 3: 23rd Jul-28th Sept
Term 4: 15th Oct-20th Dec
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