Friday 28 July 2023

Tēnā Koutou Katoa

Thank you to all our whānau who attended interviews this week. By having a positive home – school learning partnership our tamariki will have more chance of having success with their learning. If you were unable to make a time, please contact your classroom teacher as soon as possible. 

Remember, if you are worried about your child’s learning/wellbeing contact your teacher as soon as possible. I find most issues are quickly resolved when this happens. Also, quite often teachers may not know there is an issue, so a close whānau relationship with your child’s classroom teacher goes a long way to supporting tamariki to being AIM High learners. 

The Ministry of Education are targeting school wide attendance. The goal for 2024 is that 70% of all tamariki are at school for 9/10 days every fortnight. As a school, we are already doing well compared to other local and national schools. At the end of Term 2, 50% of the school roll had achieved this target, while 22% of the roll were sitting between 8.5 – 9 days/10 every fortnight. Ka rawe (Awesome)!

Moving forward, we still have areas to improve on as a school:

  1. Lateness: Whānau have a legal responsibility to get their children to school and on time. Whānau model community values of being responsible for being at school before 8.45am. Sometimes lateness cannot be helped. However, we do have some tamariki who are arriving at school late on a regular basis. This sets a bad example to tamariki, while it is disruptive to the learning of your child it is also disruptive to other tamariki in the classroom. 
  2. Unjustified Absences: Whānau have a legal responsibility to inform the school when their child will not be at school. We have a small number of children who are away and whānau do not inform the school as to why they are absent. Whānau, there is no excuse for this happening. We have a free 0800 number (0800-000-352) to contact the office directly. Whānau can also text, email, phone or send an absence via the School App. 

As a community, every adult needs to role model manaakitanga towards ourselves, others and the environment. Adults also need to role model the learning ethic of being at school on time and keeping all our kids safe by contacting the school. 
Cross Country is fast approaching. I have noticed some keen runners have been training before and after school. The goal for every ākonga is to finish the event at their pace and earn point for their house!

Week 3 (31 July to 4 August):

  • Wednesday 2 August: Attitude Presentation at 9am for Year 7-8
  • Thursday 3 August: Kapa Haka; Year 5-6 Netball Final in New Plymouth
  • Friday 4 August: Assembly at 9.15am (All whānau are welcome); Year 7-8 Leaders Conference in New Plymouth.

Week 4 (7 – 11 August):

  • Tuesday 8 August: Sports Photos; Yr 7-8 Seven A-Side Rugby in Inglewood
  • Wednesday 9 August: Class Photos
  • Thursday 10 August: Kapa Haka; 
  • Friday 11 August: Assembly at 9.15am (All whānau are welcome); Manukorihi Sports Exchange  in Waitara (Yr 7/8); Yr 5-6 Rugby Team with the Taranaki Rugby.

Week 5 (14 – 18 August): 

  • Wednesday 16 August: Cross Country

Important Links:
Staff contact emails
Enrolment for Out of Zone Students
Notices/Team Newsletters
School Newsletters
Food in Schools
Cross Country
Syndicate Newsletters
# School 0800 Number: 0800-000-352

Ngā Mihi

Jason Elder
Stratford Primary School