Wednesday, February 13, 2019

WELCOME TO WEEK 4!



Here are at Week 4 already! It is so hard to believe, as it feels like time is just flying! We are really getting into the nitty gritty of our learning now, with our Leadership week behind us, and we have a host of other important events in front of us! 

This week one of the THE most important events is our Year 8 Leadership Speeches which are on MONDAY 18th FEBRUARY in the MPF. This is a time where our Year 8's will pledge their promises as a leader in our school, and what they are looking forward to in the year. We would love ALL YEAR 8 FAMILIES to be in attendance to support these children at this time. We are aware that there is a Whanau Hui on later in the evening, so we would like to start at 3:15pm sharp, so we can get through each of the speeches. 

PLEASE NOTE - at the conclusion of the speeches there will be information about Wellington Camp that we will share with you! 

SWIMMING SPORTS - 
We are getting together, the organisation of our annual Senior Swimming Sports. The newsletter that came out last week, is linked here for those of you who haven't yet seen the newsletter that came home! We look forward to seeing you there. Please note - students need to meet a 'better than' time standard to be considered for the Pegasus Zone Swimming Team.

WE ARE STILL REQUIRING TIMERS FOR THIS EVENT - Please email Vikki on v.grant@clarkville.school. nz if you can possibly help out with this! 

SCHOOL PICNIC - 
Our beginning of the year, get together, is going to be at our local Silver Stream Reserve at 5:30pm on THURSDAY this week. It would be great to see you there! It is an opportunity to explore Silver Stream with your child/ren, as this is our area of focus for our school-wide Inquiry study this year - some great things are going to happen! 

LEADERSHIP PROJECTS (Year 8) and EMERGING LEADERS (Year 7) - 
All Year 8 students should now be working on their 'Goal and Purpose' part of their Leadership Project. We have had discussions with all Year 8's regarding their project focus, and many have already started to note down ideas. This first stage of the project is worth 5 points and is due on MONDAY 11 MARCH - Week 7. 

All Year 7's should now be working on their first task from their Emerging Leaders booklet. Today we went through some of the tasks that might be good first ones to look at knocking off. 
Remember, you need to complete AT LEAST 2 tasks per term. 

REFLECTIONS -
All Year 7 and 8's should be working on Reflections against each of the 5 Leadership Categories. Year 8's will need to be completing at least 2 a week for Capping Evidence.

COMING UP -  
Week 4 - 
* Year 8 Leadership Speeches - Monday 3:15pm 
(CAMP WELLINGTON INFORMATION TO FOLLOW THIS EVENT)
* Whole School evening picnic - Thursday 5:30pm (more information to come)
* Sausage Sizzle - Friday Lunch (Sam Archer, Kody Ballagh, Hunter Ellis, Bella Dondero to help the PTA with this one)

Week 5 - 
* PTA Meeting - Monday 6:30pm* 
* Senior Swimming Sports - Wednesday (morning)
* School Assembly - Friday 1:40pm

Week 6 - 
* Fish and Chips - Thursday

Week 7 - 
* School Tryathlon - Monday
* Pegasus Swimming Champs - Thursday (NOTE: this may effect Tech for those who are selected to compete at this event - timing yet TBC)
* School Assembly - Friday 1:40pm

Have a great week!
Kristie, Vikki and Helen. 





Thursday, February 7, 2019

WELCOME TO WEEK 3!



WOW we are back! What a fabulous Team Building Camp last week! We had an amazing time, with challenges, bonding and lots of encouraging acts of kindness from each other. A huge thank you to all that contributed to ensuring our camp went smoothly, and of course our incredible Year 7 and 8 Leaders of our school. 

This week is our "Matawara Leadership" week, where we will fully investigate the Student Leadership Challenge. If you are interested, have a look at The Student Leadership Challenge page, that outlines each of the 5 areas. There will be times this week where we will split into Year 7 and Year 8 groups to tailor the Leadership Learning to each age group, in addition to also learning about this topic together as a team of Leaders! 

SWIMMING SPORTS - 
We are getting together, the organisation of our annual Senior Swimming Sports. The newsletter that is coming out on Monday is linked here for those of you who like to read such things nice and early! We look forward to seeing you there. Please note - students need to meet a 'better than' time standard to be considered for the Pegasus Zone Swimming Team.

DEODERANT! 
As were are into very warm days and we are swimming most days, we ask that all of our Aspire students, firstly, wear deodorant each day, but also it would be great if they could all remember to pack it in the swimming bag each day too. This will allow them to reapply after our swimming time. 
Thanks for your support in keeping our Team space smelling fresh (in a good way!) 


BUS TRANSPORT CODE OF CONDUCT FORMS - 
On Monday, your child will have come home with a Bus Transport Code of Conduct Transport form. We require ALL Aspire families to read and sign this, as we use the bus weekly for Technology at Kaiapoi Borough School. 
If your child has already done this as you use the bus service for getting to/from school, then please don't bother doing this a second time. 
We would like all forms back to us BEFORE WEDNESDAY 13 FEBRUARY, as we head to Technology on Thursday.



THINGS TO DIARY - 


Week 3 - 
* Aspire's school based Leadership Week - All week
* School Assembly - Friday 1:40pm

Week 4 - 
* Year 8 Leadership Speeches - Monday 3:15pm
* Whole School evening picnic - Thursday 5:30pm (more information to come)

Week 5 - 
* Senior Swimming Sports - Wednesday (morning)
* School Assembly - Friday 1:40pm

Week 6 - 
* Fish and Chips - Thursday

Week 7 - 
* School Tryathlon - Monday
* Pegasus Swimming Champs - Thursday (NOTE: this may effect Tech for those who are selected to compete at this event - timing yet TBC)
* School Assembly - Friday 1:40pm

Have a great week!
Kristie, Vikki and Helen. 




Wednesday, January 30, 2019

WELCOME TO WEEK 2!



That's right! We are off to camp this week!
Last week we spent time organising and preparing sleeping and cooking groups, and now it is time to put it all into action.
Please remember, all children are to be at Omaka Camp at 8am on Thursday morning, so that we can get underway with our first activity on time. On arrival at camp, you will be directed where to put all of your equipment, food etc.
A newsletter will come out on Monday afternoon with all of your additional last minute information. The weather is looking somewhat cooler, so please ensure you pack all that is included on the packing list.
Here is a digital copy for those of you who prefer. Please note the directions to get into Omaka ... it is a little bit awkward!

MATHLETICS FORMS - 
It was great to see so many of you opt your children into Mathletics this year. It is an amazing resource, that supports children in their learning. Please note - due to many accounts in the past not being paid, your Mathletics subscription will only go forward if you pay the amount, and return your slips to the office, by the 18th February.  

CAMP PARENT MEETING - 
Those parents who are attending camp with us next week, we have a brief meeting in Aspire at 4:30pm on Monday. Thank you for taking time to meet with us, as it is an important part of being a camp parent.

MORNING DROP OFF - 
Just a friendly reminder that children can be dropped off at school for the day from 8:30am onwards. If you need to have your child here earlier, please contact Skids, and enrol your child there. Teachers can not guarantee they are available and visible before 8:30am, as this is our preparation and meeting time.

Have a great weekend, and enjoy a mid week break with Waitangi Day on Wednesday!
Kristie, Vikki and Helen.

THINGS TO DIARY - 

Week 2 - 
* Camp Parents meeting - Monday @ 4:30pm
* Waitangi Day - Wednesday
* Aspire Team Building Camp - Thursday/Friday

Week 3 - 
* Aspire's school based Leadership Week - All week
* School Assembly - Friday 1:40pm

Week 4 - 
* Year 8 Leadership Speeches - Monday 3:15pm
* Whole School evening picnic - Thursday 5:30pm (more information to come)

Week 5 - 
* Senior Swimming Sports - Wednesday (morning)
* School Assembly - Friday 1:40pm









Saturday, January 26, 2019

WELCOME TO WEEK 1!




Here we are, back to school for Term 1! We are looking forward to seeing you all tomorrow, where we can share some more information with you about Team Matawara for 2019! If you have not already, please have your goal sheet filled out prior to attending. 
When you arrive, you will find other documents that will need to be completed and brought with you to your interview including an updated BYOD agreement. These will be waiting for you in the class waiting room.

In the mean time, here is some information for you to action for the year... 

* Team Matawara's Learning website can be accessed here - on here you will find a heap of learning information already. In Matawara, the learning we are involved in is on this website, so students can catch up work when they are away. 

* This link will take you to our Term 1 Tech Groups. Matawara are heading to Kaiapoi Borough on Thursday morning. Please note - our bus to KBS leaves AT 9:00am. Students must be at school at least 10 minutes before 9:00am on a Thursday to sign in, and be part of our Team Hui. If your child misses the bus, you will need to take them directly to KBS. 

* The first day of school is Tuesday 29th January. As you know, the weather this week has been advised by numerous weather watchers as extreme! Sunhat's and sunscreen, in addition to water bottles are a must this week! Also, bring togs and towels ... we are swimming! 

* Matawara Team Building Camp - Thursday 7th and Friday 8th February. We will be discussing this more at our Goals Setting meetings. 

* CAMP PARENTS - note we have our Camp Parents meeting on MONDAY 4th FEBRUARY at 4:30pm in Aspire. 

* The stationery list is already posted on this blog for those of you who need it. 

Hopefully this answers some of the questions you may have. We look forward to being part of the learning relationship you have with your child, for 2019! 
See you all soon!

Kristie, Vikki and Helen


Friday, January 18, 2019

Welcome to Team Matawara for 2019!



Welcome back!

I don't know about you guys, but I felt like the last holidays absolutely flew by! Here's our new parent blog, where you will find all the important information that is happening in our team and school. If you subscribe to the blog, you will get automatic notification when new posts are put up and you will certainly stay up to date with the latest news.

Thanks for being part of the team and if you have any questions, just pop in to see either Kristie, Linda or Vikki.

Welcome aboard!

Cheers,

Team Matawara