We can definitely feel and see the first signs of the change and season now. With the Easter break ahead this weekend, I'm sure it is a timely opportunity for children and family to rest and relax, adjusting to the changes each season brings.
I spoke briefly at Monday assembly this morning about the need for children to be in uniform. It happens every year at this time, winter uniforms cannot be found, or long pants and shorts have been outgrown from last year. Thanks to Kath our lost property has been washed and in most cases returned to their owners, but families do need to make a point of ensuring children come to school in correct uniform. Easter sales are now on, so it may be timely to re-stock up on winter gear. The school office does have a selection of new and second hand polar fleeces, so if you need to purchase these please call in and see Kath before school.
There are a couple of dates heading into Easter for families to be aware of: this week school finishes on Thursday 24th of March at 12.30pm. This is something we have always done to allow families time to prepare for their holiday travel plans and arrangements before Good Friday. Easter holiday recognises Tuesday the 29th of March as a holiday for schools, so we will not be open on that day nor on the following day Wednesday the 30th of March, "Beach Hop". Many schools within the Waihi cluster now remain closed on this day-adjusting to the increasing trend for families who are often absent from school while attending the Beach Hop activities in Waikino, Waihi and Whangamata. The event is continually growing and is a fantastic event for our community, so I encourage families who don't usually attend to make the most of the day this year.
School will therefore return on Thursday the 31 of March.
The idea that was proposed was to use this area also for Daffodil Day also. Since there isn't a family in NZ that hasn't be effected in some way by cancer, and given that Daffodil Day is a significant event on the school's calendar each year, we thought it might be fitting to create a daffodil memorial in the same location.
To do this we are asking families who are keen to contribute, to donate to the school and plant their own daffodil bulbs on this spot before at the end of this Term. Now is the time to be purchasing and planting bulbs-so it is the perfect opportunity for families wanting to be involved to start gathering their bulbs. We will have a special bulb planting and ANZAC memorial service on the last day of Term 1 at Friday Assembly. We welcome families to attend and to bring their own bulbs and poppy flowers to this ceremony as we did last year.