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Monday, 11 November 2013

Newsletter Term 4 Week Five 2013

Term 4 Week 5
12 November 2013

Dear Parents, Caregivers and Friends,

Last week I had the privilege of meeting, with some local principals, members of the OECD who have recently written a book based on their worldwide research on effective Innovative Learning Environments.

The features of learning environments the OECD research shows are best for learning:
-make learning and engagement central
-ensure learning is social and often collaborative
-is highly attuned to learner motivations and interests
-is demanding for each learner but without excessive overload
-use assessment with learning goals, with a strong emphasis on formative feedback
-promotes connectedness between subjects both in and out of school

These are all important to us at MCS, and their research is encouraging to us that we are on the right track.

This year we have made a strong emphasis on learning and making progress against learning goals, trying to help all our learners 'own' their own learning. We are working hard on 'really knowing each learner', and have tried to give our learners choice where possible in areas of interest, and we have tried to have real life' outcomes for their learning. We have encouraged both group work, requiring collaboration skills, and individual work that promotes development for the children according to their own learning needs and potential. Our curriculum fosters a connectedness between subjects, and seeks to encourage learners to continue learning at home and in connection with people outside of the school environment.

These have been big shifts for our school.

As a staff we are completing assessments this week, and we continue to be excited about the huge progress all our learners have made. We can't wait to share the joy when our assessments are complete.

Watch this space!

Next year, we will have a strong focus on Creativity (God is Creative and wants us to be Creative). This will enable us to really develop as individuals and as a school, particularly in the areas of the arts and science.

Please can you give some thought to the survey below, and let us know your thoughts about how your child learns, either online, or on paper, or make a time to meet me to discuss this.
Please also consider ways in which you would like your child's creativity to be extended next year, and any ways that your family can bless others in the school by sharing what you are passionate about.

Next year will be a further step in our growth as a pretty special learning community, and we would like you to be with us on the journey.

Helen Pearson

Anniversary Church Service
This Sunday we celebrate our school anniversary at Mahurangi Baptist Church.  All students are requested to attend. Please wear a clean and tidy school uniform.  We will meet together at 9:20 in front of Room One. If it is easy and convenient please bring a plate to share.

Welcome Shavaun
We are so pleased to have Shavaun Langdon and her mum Kerry joining our school community.  Shavaun is the cousin of Jasmine Barker and she started in Room 1 last week.  You are both welcome. We look forward to coming to know you better.

Christmas Market Fundraising
Mahurangi Christian School has been given the opportunity to run the sausage sizzle/cake stall at The Home Body & Beauty Market as a fundraiser so we would appreciate the support of all the MCS families.

An hourly roster has been set up in the office to add your name to so that we have enough people cooking sausages and selling cakes.  We will require 4 extra volunteers per hour from 9am – 2pm.  There is a total of 20 hours to fill so if you can give more than an hour that would be wonderful. Please call June early to get your name on your preferred spot in the roster.

On Monday 18 November you will receive a cake box (1 per family).  Please return this to school on Friday 22 November filled with something delicious.  If you are able to fill more than one box please
let June know as there are more cake boxes if required. 


Home Body & Beauty Market
Old Masonic Hall - Warkworth
Saturday 23 November
9am – 2pm

On the 22 November the College is having a half day so the buses that run from the college to Matakana and Matakana Valley Road will not run in the afternoon.  All other buses will be running.

Parent Survey
We would like to have more feedback from you about the school for the purposes of assessing ourselves and making plans and priorities for next year. Please can you, if you didn't do it at the end of last term, complete the short online survey here as soon as possible?

Marae Visit
We are visiting Te Hana Marae on November 20th.  All details are in the separate letter you have received. We would love as many of you as possible to join us on this trip.  Please try to clear the day so you can attend and the money must be paid by this Friday  15th November.

Yummy Apples
Our windfall of $237 from our sticker collection has enabled us to add these items to our sports gear:
Two portable pop up goals, various balls, a ball bag and needle to pump balls up with.

Well done all you great sticker collectors.

Library Helpers
We need a group of four computer literate volunteers to help for the week of 25th to 29th of November in order to help process books for our stocktake. Please click here to register your willingness to help.

Asset Register and Stocktake
 Please, if you have any library books or sports equipment at home, ensure that it is returned as soon as possible. All library books must be returned by next Friday (15th November).

Buddy Kit fundraising
We receive $3 for every Buddy Kit sold so please support us by collecting orders.  A Chocolate Brown Voucher will be won by the family who sell the most. Order sheets with money must be returned by 15th November. The Buddy Kits are available for viewing in the office.

Video being made about MCS for professional development of NZ Teachers
On 18 November, we will be visited by a professional video team so that a short movie can be made about our school and the progress we have made in e-learning during the last 18 months. The facilitator is excited by what is happening here and thinks that other schools throughout the country need to know about it to help them in their own journeys!
If you don’t want your child to be filmed please advise the office.

Honouring Assemblies
See your child get a special honour
Our End of Term Celebration Assemblies this year have focused on those learners who have made the most outstanding Progress during that term.
Our End of Year Prizegivings focus on those learners who have had the most outstanding Achievement.

This term we are holding special Honouring Assemblies in which we will honour people within our school community.
Please note that all individuals in our school will be specially honoured in an assembly that focuses on their particular Room. Please do try to come along to the Room 1, 2, or 3 assembly on the dates below to see your child presented with a special certificate that honours the things that we appreciate about them. This will enable us to celebrate those things that impress us about each person, and will ensure that all our learners will know how much we value them regardless of progress or achievement.
Please book in the dates now, and invite friends and grandparents and prepare to bring a plate to share for a class party/morning tea for all learners and guests celebrating with us. If there are extra curricula skills developed, or you have noticed significant improvement in your child at home in some way, feel free to let us know.
Honouring Assemblies: Honour our helpers and volunteers
On 22 November, we will have an assembly to honour our volunteers. Please keep this date free if possible.

Assembly Roster for Term 4     2013
Term 4
Assembly host
Week 1
19 Oct
Principal’s Assembly
Week 2
25 Oct
Colin Shilston
Week 3
1 Nov
Pre- school Tabloids- no assembly 
Week 4
8 Nov
Honouring Assembly Room 1
and class party afterwards
Week 5
15 Nov
Honouring Assembly Room 2
and class party afterwards
Week 6
22 Nov
Honouring Assembly Room 3
and class party afterwards
Week 7
29 Nov
No assembly due to Production
Week 8
6 Dec
Honouring Assembly for friends of the school
Week 9
13 Dec
Prize Giving

Upcoming Events:
15 November       All Library Books Back
17 November       MCS Anniversary Church Service
18 November       Visiting Film Crew
20 November        Te Hana Marae Visit
25-29 November                Library Stocktake
29 November        School Production
7 December         Santa Parade
18 December       Last day of school for the year           

Community Notices

Heartbeat Christian Book Store Warkworth  
Would like to announce that we have the new
Rosie Boom book in store - " Where the River Rises"  - Book 4
Please come in and have a look around.

Weetbix Kids TRYathlon
Weet-Bix Kids TRYathlon is the BIGGEST under 16’s triathlon series in the world.
Entry is open to anyone 7 to 15 years of age no matter what your level of fitness, and you can either sign up as an individual or as a team of two with a friend.

Where and When:
North Shore  Narrowneck Beach, North Shore, 6th April, 2014
St Heliers   Vellenoweth Green, St Heliers, 16th February, 2014

Contact or call 09 531 5080

Christmas Gift Market
When: Friday 29th November 2013 @  3.00pm - 7.30pm
Where: Mahurangi College Hall, Warkworth         
There are a great selection of handmade and designerproducts.  
 Local wine and local cuisine available throughout the event.

For Stallholder Information, contact Lisa Cardno on 09 425 8039 or email:

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