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Friday, 5 February 2016

School News 5 February 2016

Kia ora Whanau

Happy New Year!
What a fantastic start to the year! Our teachers have worked very hard over the holiday break to ensure the classrooms are fresh, fabulous, and fun.

We have started the year with two teacher-only days. On these days we thought long and hard about the future world that our children will be participating in, as well as reflecting upon education for sustainability. Sustainability is our school wide theme this year.

On the first day of school we had a lovely assembly where we welcomed our new children. I was very impressed with all of our new students who were all super confident and were happy to be introduced to the whole school! Haere Mai to our new families!

The first two weeks
Over the next week, teachers will be building relationships with the students and ensuring that their voice will be heard in our planning for the term. I believe that it is important that students get a say in their learning rather than teachers deciding what they learn before they even meet their students. Teachers will be sending home newsletters over the first two weeks. These are important documents that will contain information around how the class will run and the contact details for your child’s teacher.

Meet the teachers!
On Friday the 12th of February, 5:00-6:30pm we would like to welcome you to our ‘Meet the Teacher’ community evening.
The evening will begin with the presentation of our Green/Gold Enviro School sign that will be presented by Amanda from Enviro Schools. It would be great to have you along to see the sign being presented.
We will then proceed with a Bring Your Own takeaway or picnic dinner on the field outside the Raroa deck and listening to Mr Wooster’s fine taste in music.  This will be a good opportunity to network with other families in the school and with the staff at Pukerua Bay School. Feel free to bring a picnic blanket, cushions or picnic chairs.

At 6pm we will ring the bell and open up our classrooms. This will give you the opportunity to see your child’s learning space. Teachers will outline how things work in their classrooms and answer general questions.  If you have specific questions relating to your child, please make an appointment to meet with your child’s teacher at a different time.

The meat raffle will be drawn on Tuesday. There are still tickets available if you would like to be in for a chance to win a year supply of meat. Tickets are $20 and are for sale at the school office until Tuesday.

The school Facebook page is an important source of up-to-date information. I do realise that Facebook is not a place that all our families have (or want) access to. I have started a principal’s blog that will replicate the information on Facebook. If you would prefer this option, please go to and ‘follow by email’ so that you can receive timely information. If neither of these options appeal, please ensure that you read the school newsletters. Today I have sent everyone a hard copy, but as with previous years we prefer to send them to you by email. Please go to the Pukerua Bay School Website and sign up by pressing the email sign up link on the left hand panel.

Sign up by filling in the form. You can also arrange to receive hard copy. Please see Christine in the office for this.


Our gala team are working very hard and are putting in some solid hours! Keep an eye out for gala newsletters. Information around collection dates and ingredients donations will be coming your way soon! The gala date is Saturday, the 19th of March.


BYOD (Bring your own device) is now an option for years 5-8 students. If you would like your child to be able to bring their device to school for learning, please request and complete a BYOD form. We have broadened the scope of devices so that children can bring in any up-to-spec device. The device must be fully charged each day, have access to a chrome browser, and a decent battery life. If you have any questions feel free to email or call in to see me.

Sausage Sizzle
The sausage sizzle will start next Friday (12th February). Thank you to our parents who volunteer their time to make this possible.

Fundraising Trust

The fundraising trust have kindly made funds available for Te Motu to upgrade their classroom furniture. Matt Johnston is working with the students to figure out what furniture will best suit their learning needs. I am looking forward to seeing Te Motu’s makeover!

It is going to be a scorcher of a week next week (if my weather app is correct). This is a timely reminder to ensure your child has a brimmed hat to wear outside at school. We would like to see 100% hat wearing from this Tuesday.

Have a lovely and safe Waitangi Weekend!

Hei Kona Mai
Tara TJ

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