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Tuesday, 25 November 2014

Newsletter Week 7 Term 4 2014

Dear Parents, Friends and Caregivers

As we draw the year to a close we are all busy reviewing, reflecting, reporting and reconsidering our priorities for 2015.

As part of our reflection and preparation for the following year, I annually present a report to the board and proprietors on our learning achievements (against our previous annual plan and against National Standards) and also on the Special Character of our school.

The Board is working on our Strategic Plan for 2015, and will finalise this next month.

Please can you complete the short 10-question survey below to help inform the Board and the Proprietors of your thoughts.

Parent Survey 2015 - Important!

Please feel free to ask me for a copy of the draft Annual Plan, or to speak with either me or any of the board members about this.

You will receive an Annual Report from me closer to the end of the year.

Thanks for your input and involvement.

Helen Pearson

Rainbows End: Thank you to (and from) the Renahan family
Thank you so much for subsidising so generously the trip to Rainbow's End. The children had a wonderful day!  The weather was great, the kids were good, and the low number of other schools at the park made it a fabulous day.

Here is a note from Debbie Dawson-Renahan:

Kia ora koutou

I just wanted to say, thank you to all of you for the planning and participation for the great day at Rainbows End yesterday.

Thanks to all the parents who transported and chaperoned our tamariki while they had an amazing day.

I also want to thank all those who made the efforts in prayer for the fantastic weather we had.

Zane, Shane and I had a memorable day thank you.

I also want to thank the tamariki for their great behaviour. It was a pleasure to spend the day with them and their manners were beautiful which is a tribute, both to the school and their parents. Well done!

Naku noa na,
Debbie Dawson-Renahan (Zane's Mum)

Camp Forms
Camp forms are now overdue. Please send them back to the school as soon as possible so we can get on with the planning. Thanks

Prayer for Our School
If you are interested in praying for our school, please come along to a prayer meeting being held each Thursday morning, during term time.  The meeting starts at 9am and finishes by 9.45am and is in the crèche room, in the chapel.  

Any queries please contact Angela Barker on 09 4254911/02102261564 or email

iPads/Tablets: A great Christmas Idea
All children in Years 4-8 will need their own iPad for 2015. 
This can be 'borrowed' from the school for a small charge $5 per week, or purchased through the school for $20 per week.

It is to your child's advantage to have the ability to take their iPad home to continue with homework and research. This is easier if your child has his/her own iPad.
You may like to consider giving your child an iPad for Christmas. Any tablet is fine. However, an iPad will be easier for teachers and learners as all apps will be the same.
All children in the school will be required to have their own personal set of headphones next year. So something else that could become part of the Christmas list if they do not already have some.

Term Dates
Last day of school for the year will be Tuesday 16th December at 1.30. The bus will leave when school finishes.

First day of school for 2015 is Monday 2nd February.

Open Days/Try Days
In term four we will have Open Days/Try Days every Tuesday for anybody who would like to see the school in action and prospective students. If you know anybody who is interested in the school please encourage them to come and check us out.

Special Assemblies
November 28th                Room 1 Honouring Assembly
December 1st                        Volunteers Honouring Assembly
December 12th                Prizegiving

Board Meetings
Our last meeting for the year is 9 December 7.00pm in the staffroom. You are very welcome to attend.

Upcoming Events:                                
28 Nov                          Room 1 Honouring Assembly
1 Dec                            Volunteers Honouring Assembly
3 Dec                            Parent Group Meeting
5 Dec                            Carols by Candlelight
9 Dec                            Board of Trustees Meeting
12 Dec                          Prizegiving Assembly
                                    Art Exhibition/Bible Fair
16 Dec                          Last Day of School for Year
2 Feb 2015                    First Day of School for Year

Community Notices
A Little Ray of Giving
During December the Ray White Real Estate offices throughout Rodney and Kaipara, along with local branches of Rotary International are taking part in a project dubbed     “a little Ray of giving”.

From December 1, each Ray White office will have a Christmas tree in their front office to collect gifts for children in the local areas who will be doing it tough this festive season.

All the public need to do is purchase a small gift, wrap it and drop it under the tree.

Tell the Ray White team if the gift is for a boy or girl and their age and your gift will be delivered by the local Rotary Club, to a local family who will appreciate the lift to their festive season.

Nicole Banks, Warkworth/Snells Beach         09 425 1611
Keith Shadbolt, Maungaturoto                    09 431 8820
Kaye McElwain, Mangawhai                        09 431 4964

Good as New Pre Loved Kids Spring Market
Saturday 29 November 
Orewa Community Centre
9am - 12 noon
40+ stalls selling quality 2nd hand kids Clothes, Toys, Furniture and Accessories
Inquiries 0274 707 151 

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