Hari tau hou
Xin nian kuai le
Happy New Year
I hope that you and your family have enjoyed the summer break. I can’t believe that in just over two weeks the new school year will be underway.
A number of us have been up at school over the past few days making lists of all the things we need to do before then. Gail and I have been responding to emails and completing some of the administration tasks that come with an extended break from school. Graham and Russell have been hard at work cleaning and preparing the classrooms and shared spaces ready for the year ahead.
Over the holidays several staff moved house; Claire and her partner Jono welcomed the arrival of their baby boy Ralphy; and Katie and John celebrated with family and friends their wedding.
Gail and I will be enrolling new families on the mornings of Wednesday 25 January, Thursday 26 January and Friday 27 January. If you are a new family to Te Aro and you would like to enrol your child with us please call in on one of those days or call Gail in the school office on tel. 04 384 – 2860. If you know of a new family that has moved into our school zone please share this information with them.
Some key dates: Tuesday 31 January and Wednesday 1st February are teacher only days. The teaching team will be on site both days but in meetings between 9.00am and 4.00pm. Students return to school on Thursday 2 February. The school day starts at 8.55am. We’re anticipating warm, sunny weather (ever hopeful!) so please make sure your child comes with a drink bottle of water and a sunhat. The school will be closed on Monday 6 February for Waitangi Day. School will reopen after the long weekend on Tuesday 7 February at 8.55am.
Each year I say this and it’s true. By the time the students arrive on day 1 our Term 1 calendar is filling up. This year is no exception! Our term is shaping up to be a busy one. Ruma Rimu (Ray’s class) and Rima Koromiko (Walter’s class) will have weekly Friday swimming lessons; Katie and Kristin and the senior students in Ruma Kowhai and Ruma Rata will be preparing for their noho in early March; and during the week the seniors are staying on the marae the rest of the school will enjoy a week of education outside the classroom activities.
The staff team and I are looking forward to welcoming back our returning students and welcoming to our school community all our new students and their families.
Kake tonu Te Aro School. Ever upwards Te Aro School.
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