After a busy school year I hope that you will be able to enjoy some warm summer weather with family and friends. Whatever you and your family do over the summer I do hope you will begin the new school year in February recharged and refreshed.
To our families who are leaving our school community this year we wish you all the best. In particular I wish our graduating Year 8 students all the very best as they move onto secondary school. You have much to offer and contribute to the schools you will next attend but also to the wider community as fine sportsmen and women, talented artists, musicians, linguists, writers and performers, creative thinkers and generally active citizens who care about the world around them. I am certain we will continue to celebrate your successes in the years that follow. Good luck to you all. Kia waimarie. May 2017 be a great year for each of you.
On behalf of the staff team I wish you and your family a relaxing break over the festive season. I look forward to seeing you back at school in the New Year on Thursday 2 February. (All term dates are listed below).
Ko te tumanako, kia mārie tō koutou Kirihimete, ā, ka whakanuia te tau hou ki ōu koutou hoa me ō koutou whānau. Kua tae mai rā ngā hararei. I hope you all have a happy and peaceful Christmas, and are able to celebrate the New Year with your friends and whānau.
Kake tonu Te Aro. Ever Upwards Te Aro.
Ngā mihi nui ki a koutou
2017 Term Dates
Term 1 2017 Thursday 2 February – Thursday 13 April
No school Monday 6 February- Waitangi Day
Term 2 2017 Monday 1 May – Friday 7 July 2017
Term 3 2017 Monday 24 July – Friday 29 September 2017
Term 4 2017 Monday 16 October – Tuesday 19 December 2017
There is a Teacher Only Day on Friday 20 October 2017. There will be no school on that day. This teacher only day is linked to Labour Weekend
Hope everyone is enjoying the holidays after a wonderful Term 3. In case you had forgotten how fabulous an evening our school production was, here are some links to videos taken from the night to bring back the memories. Congratulations to all the children and thanks once again for all our community and whanau support. See you next Monday 12th October!
Journey to Aotearoa by Koromiko and Rimu (jump to 2min 40s for start)
September is Bee Awareness Month and here at Te Aro School we care deeply about our Kiwi Bees and what we can do to support them.
The National Bee Association is working with councils throughout the country to raise awareness of the important job our bees do and how we can help them.
The focus this year is on providing enough food sources for bees across the year by planting a variety of bee friendly flowers.
At school this month we are going to be planting wild flower seeds, making bee badges, preparing our hives for Spring and Koromiko bee-keepers will be doing ‘Bee Tours’ to each class in the school to share their learning experiences.
Please have a look at the events which are also occurring in our community this month
Here is some information about the whole project being ran by National Bee Association
If you would like to plant some flowers at home, NZ Gardener Magazine is giving a free pack of seeds away this month with each magazine and you can pinpoint where you have planted on an interactive map
Last week, Ben Henry from the Warriors came to Te Aro School and shared with us examples of why it is really important for us all to learn to read and how much fun it is. Together we read a children’s story book about the Warriors. We had competitions and won lots of cool prizes. It was an awesome afternoon!
Click on the link below to watch a video of us reading together with Ben
Last week from Monday to Friday it was the school book fair on Friday to celebrate the end of the book fair we had a dress up day, you could dress up as any book character like the famous Harry Potter or the ever adventuring Tintin. Many people dressed up really well and the teachers looked like they came out of a book! Overall we had a great day dressed up as our favourite book characters.
We have started the new term with a hiss and roar. Claire and Anna’s classes (Ruma Nikau and Ruma Koromiko) have the opportunity to learn in-line roller blading skills so they can play hockey at the recreation centre in Kilbirnie on a Monday afternoon.
Melanie and Amy’s classes (Ruma Tawa and Ruma Kauri) are off swimming on a Tuesday.
Across the school students have been learning about why we commemorate ANZAC Day. From this social science focus classes have been immersed in reading, writing, drawing, and painting. The main foyer corridor has even been filled with the sounds of a bugle playing the Last Post!
The fine weather in our first week back has meant that all the classes have been able to get outside to begin their cross country training.