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Because of limited space in the hall, due to construction, assemblies this term are held outside under the large cover, and are therefore weather dependent.
Should there be too much rain, we will not have assembly. However, the Middle Syndicate would still meet in the hall for a smaller assembly this week as Room 5 are hosting some items.
Thanks for your understanding regarding the uncertainty of whether a full assembly will take place each fortnight this term.
Notices for Week Commencing 13th May
As you are aware our roll has increased substantially over the last few years. As a result we are reorganising our junior syndicate structure to help with efficiency. It will no longer be a single entity; instead operating as two teams From this term Ms. Clow assumes a Team Leader position for rooms 11, 12 & 13 (Years 1/2) and Mrs. Potter retains the New Entrant team Leader position for rooms 9, 14 & 15 and later Room 10. Each of those Team Leaders will now communicate separately with you as we move through the year to keep you informed of events, trips and other activities that you need to know about. Ms. Clow & Mrs. Potter are your next point of contact for the rooms mentioned.
Emergencies and Evacuation Procedures
Each term we practice our evacuation and lockdown procedures. Despite managing them carefully it can still be quite scary for some of our students so please explain the reason behind these if they ask.
If you are a visitor to school and hear a continuing ringing bell or other alarm, please make your way to the lower courts. If you hear four bells, this is the signal that the school is going into lockdown. In this instance you should make your way to the nearest building and await further instructions.
As a result of the recent events in Christchurch we are reviewing and trialling lockdown procedures and will advise you of any changes in the very near future.
Every second year we run our Options Programme. This occurs each Friday between 9 & 11am for a period of four weeks. We try to provide a range of different options which our students can choose to opt into and have additional voluntary support from parents or other family members so that we can make smaller groups. In the past these have included:
· Bush Craft
· Outdoor Mural Painting
· Boot Camp
· Baking & Cooking
· Science Experiments
· Stitch & Knits
· Computer coding (Scratch)
We plan to run this from Friday 9th August for our year 3 to 6 students. Please watch out for further information later this term.
Board of Trustees
We will be having school trustee elections in June. Have you considered standing? KPS have been served by many fine trustees-are you the next one?
· Are active leaders in our schools; We need more people willing to use their skills and experiences for the benefit of students
· Have an important role of supporting strong professional leadership and ensuring effective teaching for all students through informed governance.
Both parents, and people from throughout the wider community can be school trustees. It is important that boards represent the diversity of their school communities to ensure a bright future for all our children. The trustee elections give parents of children at state and state-integrated schools the opportunity to vote for candidates who will make a positive difference for all students at their schools. It is an important responsibility, and all eligible parents should use their vote in an informed way .
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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.
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.
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