Thank you to everyone who contributed to make this years Country Day a fantastic today. It was lovely to see so many parents, grandparents and extended family at school sharing in this traditional spring event. Following are some photos of the day with more to come as we collate them. If you have any pictures that you would like to share please bring them into school, we'd love to see them.
We were fortunate with the weather over the long weekend, and it was certainly nice to have longer to spend together as family out and about, participating in the many activities and events that are taking place in Waihi. Art Waikino was another successful weekend, and I was proud to attend Friday evening and see the gorgeous display of art work by our children in the foyer. A big thank you to Mrs Smith, Mrs Bartram and Julia for setting up the display and for taking it back down yesterday-I thought that the way our students work was displayed this year was outstanding. My thanks also to Helen Wilson and the Art Waikino Hall Committee who organise this weekend-for always creating a space for Waikino School to celebrate our children's fine art work.
I hope that families were also able to visit Art Waikino this weekend. It was good to see Room 3's youngest students identifying with a native bird and the value that each one holds, seeing the children already aspiring to these values really demonstrates our school vision of helping children learn today, in order to lead well in their own lives for the future. I know Mrs Smith has really enjoyed sharing discussion and conversation with her students around which bird they were choosing to walk with them through their learning journey while at Waikino School. What an excellent foundation for their learning.
Science and Art
Room 2's integration of art with what they have been learning about solar energy in Science to create their stunning leaf prints was another powerful example of the learning opportunities we are providing for our students. The early concepts of photosynthesis and indeed the emergence of photography through scientific understanding of light are evidenced in their artworks and I wonder if eventually Room 2 will experiment with making their own pin hole cameras-which is were photography was invented.
Finally I loved to see the joy in Room 1 in connecting with their favourite Native tree and then using the inspiration of Hundertwasser to create their own unique rainbow trees. Judging by the comments on Facebook, many people were able to see other things within the children art-which is art is it not, challenging us to look at our world from different perspectives?
Friendship is so important
Our value focus for the next two weeks is held by our little friend "Tauhou"-or the silver eye, wax eye native bird. Now that many of the trees are in flower, it is quite common to see these little birds in and around Waikino. They encourage us to celebrate our friendships and continue to support one another in being friendly with others. I am often impressed and moved by the way our students demonstrate this at school, during class times and modelled in the playground with each other. Whether it is friendliness displayed towards new students arriving in our school, or towards students going through a tough time, their are many instances that staff have shared of children supporting one another and showing genuine friendship towards each other.
Our shade sails have gone up over labour weekend and we were given a gorgeous few days with which to feel the suns rays again! Students will need to wear a hat when playing or working outside for the remainder of the term.
Round the Bridges
We have 13 confirmed entries to this years Round the Bridges event, that is fantastic! We are looking forward to a great day. If you would still like to participate please go to the Round the Bridges website and 'enter online', make sure that you choose YES when asked if you are part of a team and the choose Waikino School from the list.
There will be a notice going home this week regarding the bus, pick up times and seat availability. Please could you return these by Friday to help us and Sharlene from Project Energize organise the day.
KEY DATES TO REMEMBER
27 October and
1&2 November Parent Teacher Conferences for Rooms 2 and 3
31 October BOT Meeting
1 November Country Day
4 November Waihi Group Day
13 November Round The Bridges
18 November Kauri Awards to Principal
16 December End of Term
What a fantastic turn out of families and friends for our Step into Spring garden tidy up. In speaking with a few families this morning, it appears that the damp weather did not dampen spirits and the end result looks great!! A special thank you to Dorette for organising this and to Dave for his great barbeque skills.
Round the Bridges
Don't forget to get your entries in for this years Round the Bridges event. Waikino has won this event for most participants two years running and I hear Waimata is trying to bet our record ...lets not let that happen! $500.00 is at stake, which has been used in the past for new sports equipment for our school.
A big thank you to Thames Valley Bacon in Matatoki for a great deal on the most amazing sausages for Friday's garden working bee. These guys have recently won the NZ Pork 2016 Best Bacon title, and the sausages we had on Friday were terrific. It's great to support a small, local family business, and for them to help us out - it's all part of sustainability of our wider community which ties in with our enviroschool values.
Welcome Back to Term 4 after a miserably wet school holiday break. I hope people were able to get out and about in some way over the break and go on some family adventures. It was nice to see so many children excited to be back after the break and to catch up with them.
We have the usual programmes planned for Term 4 with Art Waikino, Round the Bridges, Athletics and Country Day all happening over October and November-these key dates will be shared in the newsletter today, and updated each week if anything new arises. I will be meeting with staff today to go over our planning for the Term, we have a hard working team looking forward to delivering more quality programmes and learning outcomes for our students. My thanks to them for ensuring a successful end to last Term while I was on leave. It is nice to be back and I am also looking forward to this term. My door is always open, feel free if you wish or need to call in and see me.
Our Value focus for Term 4 begins with Koramiko-the Bellbird, the seed carrier of Honesty and Truth which I think is a great value for the beginning of Term, thanks Ms Smith for choosing it for us. The events that occurred at the end of last term were regrettable, and I'm sure the rumour mill was working overtime during the course of the past month, however it is time for us all to move forward, to speak our truth, work together and to continue on what has always been an exceptional learning journey at Waikino School. I take heart from the following quote: "When something bad happens, you have three choices. You can either let it define you, let it destroy you, or you can let it strengthen you."
Step into Spring
Save this date: Friday 14 October, 3 - 6 / 6:30pm
We are welcoming Spring with a fun afternoon in the school garden. We invite all our parents, family and friends to join us after school on Friday to get stuck into the gardens and tick off a whole bunch of little jobs as we get ready for the growing season. We are getting the BBQ out, the kids can have a good play, and we hope that working parents will be able to pop around after work. This is a great way to catch up with friends, make some new ones, or just enjoy the fresh air & some good company! Bring along some gloves, gumboots & garden tools if you can.
Hope to see you there!
(Wet weather backup date is the next Friday)
Have you bought a whole packet of seed but only need a few?
Did your sunflowers give you more seeds than you could ever use?
How about swapping those extra seeds for something else, variety is the spice of life
Thanks to Amber, April, Lucas, Ruby and Julia from Room 2, there is a hanging seed collection in Te Kauri. Please help yourself, take something and leave something, swap what you don't need for what you do.
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