Welcome back to Term 3 after a wild and wet school holidays! I enjoyed seeing the sunshine smiles of excited children returning to school this morning. With many holiday tales to share with friends and new classrooms to return to, we welcomed back Mrs Bartram from maternity leave, Molly and Jacob back from their holiday overseas and we welcomed to our school Mrs Smith our new teacher in Room 3's Y0-1 classroom, and kahn our newest enrolment in Room 3.
Term 3 is an exciting Term because it is a Production Term. Like two years ago when we created "The Last Song of the Kokako" this creative term gives opportunity for children to excel and shine in helping to create another memorable production. Our focus for the Term is "Waikino Hidden in the Hills: The Secret Life of Us" We want to celebrate and share our Green Gold achievements and share our school environment through the eyes of our living world-telling the stories of the bees, butterflies, birds, worms, fruit trees, compost, wetas, Geckos, chooks and more! We look forward to working together like Kakapo our seed carrier of the school value, co-operation or working together,"mahitahi" working as one. Of course the whole Term comes under the umbrella of Ruru, the creative one! Areas of our curriculum integrated through Literacy and Numeracy are Science: The living world, The Arts: music, dance, drama and visual arts, Technology: design, costume, lighting and sound. In Health we continue our focus of daily fitness, winter sports-including Hockey-and a mini focus around Squash in the beginning of term-with a mini squash court set up in Te Kauri for a one week intensive. We are lucky in that we have developed our team sports over the past two years and are well represented in Netball, Soccer and Hockey. It is good for us to further develop individual codes as well.
Our school production is set to be presented in the last week of Term 3, and mid way through we look forward to welcoming the E.R.O review team back into our school as part of our three yearly review cycle. We are excited to share our learning journey with them since they were last here in 2013. The E.R.O team will be lead by Paul Molder an ex-Principal from Tauranga and their main focus is based around two key questions: How effectively does this school's curriculum promote student's learning engagement, progress and achievement? How effectively does this school respond to Maori students whose learning and achievement need acceleration? We look forward to welcoming E.R.O back into our school and sharing with them success stories while also looking ahead at our own next steps and future focus.
At the end of last Term, I attended the Rural Principal's conference in Tauranga along with 85 other rural principals from around the country. The title of the conference was "Plenty to think about" and I came away pleased with the workshops that I had attended. A Major focus of the conference was on Well being and Hauora. I attended a day's workshop with Brendan Spillane on Leadership and Well being, a further day's workshop with Janelle Rikki-Waaka on enhancing success for Maori students, and finally a workshop with sports psychologist David Galbraith author of "Unleashing Greatness: In Sport and life through the pathway of courage".