As a result there are a few changes to our organisation in the school. Our Term 4 start time is now 8.55am though are finishing time remains unchanged. It also means that Kath who is driving the van in the mornings will not be in the office until 9.00am. Any pressing school business can be shared with classroom teachers who will pass all information on to Kath, or can directed to Colin in his office. Alternatively you can leave a note for Kath on her desk for her return.
Afternoons will see me out on the bus run also, but I will be available from 4.15pm onwards.
CELEBRATING COUNTRY LIFE AND COMMUNITY
Term 4 is always a busy Term and our integrated learning theme is based on "Celebrating Country life and Community". With a Green Gold Enviro-School Award reflection on the cards, Country Day, Athletics Days, Round the Bridges, Art Waikino, Diwali Celebration and Indian Culture Week, along with end of year Prize Giving-special awards presentations. Our school will also celebrate the release of our 2014 music album "Last Song of the Kokako" on the online download platform 'Amplifier' on the 26th of October along with our Ministry Of Education Bulletin Article which is published NZ wide in November.
Another significant change this Term is also to our Friday Assemblies which move from being weekly to being held fortnightly. Please note the Assembly dates on our Term Calendar.
WELCOME TO NARISA AND JAK
Finally I'd like to welcome to our school community two new families the Cox and the Robb family as their children Jack and Narissa begin their learning journey at Waikino School. Please make yourself known to our new families and help them settle into our school. With more enrolments in Room 1 this term, a small group of Y2 children has moved from Room 1 into Room 2 for Term 4 also.
School Van Up and Running Term 4...
We are excited to be able to remove another barrier for families wanting their children to enrol at our school. We look forward to being able to use our school van for a variety of purposes which benefit our children and their learning-such as attending future sporting events and E.O.T.C learning adventures like school camp.
There are two main routes for picking up our school children and these routes cover a wide area. Initially the school thought it might be possible to run a door to door service for every family, but given the area we will be covering, this service is only available in some parts of our country roads route-and these families must ensure their children are ready for pick up on time and at the gate. For all other families a drop off and pick up area has been given for their child/children-these families will also need to ensure they are on time for pick up and drop off of their children.
The first route runs from Waikino from 7.30am along Waitawheta Rd, down Frankton Rd and into town picking up children from our pick up and drop off area at Pratik's dairy opposite rocket Park in Waihi-around 8.10am. The second route heads into Karangahake for an 8.35am pick up, then heads back up into Dickey Flat before returning to school before the new school start time of 8.55am in Term 4.
Drop off times in the afternoon are 3.00pm at Pratik's Dairy for our town families and then following the reverse of the morning run back along Frankton and Waitawheta Roads before returning to school for the second route drop offs, which conclude at the Karangahake pick up and drop off area around 3.45pm. All families currently catching the school van, have been notified of expected pick up and drop off times for their area.
The morning run is being driven by Kath Speck and the afternoon run is being driven by our Principal, Colin Pilkinton-Brodie. If you do not require a pick up in the morning, please leave a message on the school phone prior to 7.30am and Kath will check this before she leaves. Those families not already making use of the bus that wish to, will need to contact Kath Speck in the school office during office hours 9am-12.30pm Monday to Friday. A message can be left on the school answer phone outside normal office hours.
Those families already catching the school van must inform the school before 7.30am or before 2.30pm of any changes to transporting arrangements for their child/children each school day. Children requiring booster seats must have these available to and from school each day for use in the school van.
The existing school van routes are being trialled in Term 4 and any changes to the route or to pick up or drop off times along the run will be advised as required.
OUR SCHOOL IS LOOKING FANTASTIC
A big thank you to Fenella who has acted as our relief cleaner while Tane was away on maternity leave last Term. Fenella has done and excellent job around school going over an above to keep the place looking clean and tidy. We have really appreciated your hard work! Fenella also completed the holiday clean and I wish to take this opportunity to acknowledge and thank her on behalf of the B.O.T, staff and parents of Waikino School. Also during the holidays our school grounds were tidied by the PD workers, raking and turning the bark, weeding the front gardens, sweeping and tidying the sandpit. Our thanks to them. Brett and two of his workers from Short Back N Sides were also up at school in the holidays moving our mulch piles and punga logs closer to the native area. Brett was also checking in on any hive activity as I know he and Room 3 are keen to get their bees started this term. Thanks Brett!! Finally I'd like to welcome Tane back this afternoon to resume her cleaning responsibilities in the school. I hope that it it's not too hard to leave that stunning wee girl to come back in the afternoons and tidy up after all of us!
KEY DATES FOR YOUR DIARY
12 October Term 4 begins
13 October Ruben Road Safety Bear 12pm (Room 1 and 2)
15 October Shake Out NZ wide Earthquake drill
20 October Kiwi Kidz visit
21 October Native area working bee 1.10pm-6pm followed by family BBQ
23 October Friday Assembly 2.15pm
24 October Art Waikino
26 October Labour Day
27 October Waihi Principal's Cluster Meeting
28 October Bullswool Farm Visit TBC
29-30 October WWK Athletics Day @ Waikino School TBC
3 November Country Day-Calf club, Flower show, Pet Parade and Grandparents Day with 17 Kiwi Kidz visitors along for the day's activities also
6 November Group Day & Friday Assembly
9-13 November "Diwali-Indian Cultural Week
11 November Waihi Cluster Athletics
13 November Waihi Cluster Athletics
15 November Round the Bridges
Update on our gardens
Do you have any unwanted pots that we could use to start our seedlings in? There is a white plastic box sitting beside the community library where you can leave these or feel free to bring them to Room 2.
Do you have more of one type of seed than you need? Seed sharing is a great way to get a wide variety or seed for little cost. If you have seeds that you would like to swap you can now leave your details at the back of the enviro book that is hanging in Te Kauri.
We will be checking our seed stock this coming week so check in if you are looking for something specific.