WELLINGTON mayor Celia Wade-Brown yesterday visited Te Aro School, the first Wellington primary school to keep beehives. Photo Josh Price.
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Xin nian kuai le
Hari tau hou
Happy New Year
This summer my family and I holidayed together in Auckland over the festive season where we enjoyed lots of barbecuing; outdoor living and plenty of swimming. In mid-January I travelled with Ailsa, my youngest daughter, to New York where she sang at Carnegie Hall as part of a massed choir performance. While in the States we experienced very different weather from Auckland with some days being as cold as minus 25 degrees Celsius. Those days were truly the coldest weather conditions I have ever experienced! New York was bustling and exciting – just like everyone said it would be. Trip highlights for me were a horse drawn carriage ride through Central Park in the snow; seeing Manhattan spread out below me from the 70th floor of the Rockefeller Center; the fairy lit trees throughout Manhattan; walking on a foot of pristine snow in a park in Brooklyn and seeing Ailsa’s face at the Metropolitan Museum when she saw the black figure Greek vases which she had studied while at high school.
It will come as no surprise to you that the school calendar for this term is filling up. The two senior classes will be spending the first part of the term preparing for their March education outside the classroom (EOTC) camp experience at Camp Kaitoke at the foot of the Rimutakas. Claire and the students in Koromiko are preparing to extract their first lot of honey from our beehives. Wanwan and the students in Rimu are preparing to participate in an experiential learning programme about marine conservation and marine reserves. Students in Rimu will have the opportunity to learn snorkelling skills which they will use when comparing and contrasting the marine life in Worser Bay and Island Bay.
We are preparing to welcome a number of new people to our school whanau during the first few weeks of the school term – Yue our new Mandarin language assistant; Tobi a music, English and education student from Hamburg, Germany who is going to spend a month with us: and Carolina who is studying to be a teacher in Madrid, Spain. Tobi will be working with Anna and the students in Ruma Nikau. Caroline is spending the first term with us and she will be working closely with Mary and Katie and their two classes.
Over the past two years we have enjoyed increased parent support in and around the school. The staff team, the Fun Committee (our parent fundraising group) and the Board are keen to build on the successes of the past two years. We look forward to you working with and alongside us we create and maintain a challenging, exciting and fun place for your children to learn.
Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions or queries that you have about the school or feedback which you would like to share with myself, the staff group and/or the Board of Trustees.
Kake tonu Te Aro
Ever upwards Te Aro
Nga mihi nui ki a koutou,