Wednesday, December 4, 2019

WELCOME TO WEEK 9!




Welcome to the last week of the school year!

This term seems to have flown by in a bit of a blur for us here in Matawara, but it has been hugely exciting and rewarding!
After Camp Wellington, we have all been busy writing and practicing our speeches. Year 7's, CONGRATULATIONS on your wonderful 'leadership lessons' speeches, and the Year 8's all did STUNNING valedictorian speeches!
The following Year 8 children have been selected by Juliana, Linda and myself to present their speeches at our end of year events. Congratulations to you all!


Year 8 Dinner - Lachie Halliday, Sam Archer, Natalie Murphy, and Holly Pile. 
Final Prize Giving - Vinny Rimmer, Jess Wakelin and Jasper Stott.  

YEAR 8 DINNER - 
Next week, we can look forward to our Year 8 Dinner on Monday evening, and I know there is a large team who are making sure that things will look gorgeous, and go smoothly for this event to happen. We look forward to seeing all Year 8 families there in their finery!
REMINDER - this dinner is a non - alcoholic event. 

DON'T FORGET - TICKETS NEED TO BE PURCHASED FOR ALL WHO ARE ATTENDING FROM YOUR FAMILY AND THE CUT OFF FOR THIS IS TOMORROW MORNING. 


SECRET SANTA - 
Copy of the email sent home last week ...

Hi everyone,

It is a long standing tradition in Aspire, that we have a 'secret santa' to mark the end of the year, and it would seem that this year is to be no exception!
All children of Aspire, are invited to bring a $5 wrapped, unisex gift to school, so they can participate in our 'gift stealing' on the final Friday, before assembly. ALL GIFTS NEED TO BE IN AT SCHOOL BY WEDNESDAY 11 DECEMBER.
If you would prefer your child did not participate, can you please let us know.
Thank you for supporting this! We know it is a busy time of year, and this will be one more thing to add to your long list of to dos!


YEAR 7's - TEAM BUILDING EXPERIENCE TERM 1 - 
Please remember to hand in your permission and health booklets to Mrs Morrie - these are due on FRIDAY 6th of December. There are a large number of you who have not returned these.


CALENDAR FOR THE REST OF THE SCHOOL YEAR
MONDAY : Year 8 Dinner 6pm - Kaiapoi Golf Club. 
TUESDAY : Transition to new Teams Session 1 - 9:30am.
ASPIRE START TO MOVE OUT OF OUR TEAM SPACE... We will be housed in the library for the rest of the term. 
WEDNESDAY : Transition to new Teams Session 2 - 9:00am / Wet and Wild at Lunchtime! 
THURSDAY :  Final day at Tech for Aspire. 
FRIDAY : Final Prize Giving for 2019 in the MPF at 10am - families who attend may take children home at this conclusion.

2020 - TERM 1 
* WEDNESDAY 29th JANUARY : Goal setting day
* THURSDAY 30th JANUARY : School begins

Finally, from all of us in Matawara, we wish you and your family the most restful, wonderful holiday break over Christmas, and we thank you for your ongoing support over 2019.
It has been a fabulous year with many memories made, and we know that our Year 8's heading to their first year of High School are going to have a fabulous 2020!

To those families who are leaving Clarkville with their Year 8's, thank you! Many of you have had a long relationship with Clarkville, and we have highly valued your input to your child's education in the many and varied ways you have done this - your children are so lucky to have such supportive families!

All the best,
Kristie, Linda, Hayden and Helen.


Wednesday, November 27, 2019

WELCOME TO WEEK 8!


Week 8... where did last week go! It seems that time is indeed speeding up around here!

INQUIRY CELEBRATION - 
We have been busy working on our Inquiry presentations that will be ready for everyone to view on MONDAY afternoon. We will be starting at 1:30pm in the MPF and then parents can feel free to wander around classes, and see what each of the teams has been up to this year with our Silver Stream studies. 

LIBRARY BOOKS TO RETURN - 
We would like ALL library books returned by MONDAY 2nd DECEMBER. Year 8's in particular need to have a good dig around under beds etc, to bring back! 

YEAR 8 SPEECHES - 
Reminder - We will share our speeches as a Year 8 group on WEDNESDAY 4th DECEMBER - and if necessary continue these on Thursday 5th December. 

We will select 6 speakers who will present their speech either at the Year 8 dinner on the 9th December, or at our final graduation assembly on Friday 13th December. It is expected that those who are selected to present at our end of year ceremonies, will know there speech off by heart, and they will recite it at these events.

Year 7's who have been working on their Leadership speeches, will also present their speeches on these days.

SWIMMING - 
The pool is said to have reached 25 degrees! That means we are going to begin swimming most days during the week.
Children need to bring togs each day, in readiness for this. If your child is unable to swim, please advise us in writing via email or a note.

MATAWARA'S TEAM BUILDING EXPERIENCE 2020 - 
Those who will be a part of Matawara next year, will receive information about our beginning of the year team building experience, tomorrow.  It will be much appreciated if you could please return the paperwork quickly.

YEAR 8 DINNER - 
Just a reminder to our Year 8 families that our Year 8 Dinner is at the Kaiapoi Golf Course this year. You can purchase tickets from the office for this at $34 (sorry this is a new price and different to previously advertised) per head. The dinner is at 6pm.
PLEASE ADVISE DIETARY REQUIREMENTS WHEN PURCHASING TICKETS. 

For those of you who are keen to meet up at the Archer's Residence, and have your child transported to the dinner in a classic car, please be at 136 Island Road by 5:30pm.

NOTE - if you (or an acquaintance) have access to a classic car, please let Kerryn Archer know  at  - eugene.kerryn@gmail.com

YEAR 8 KAIAPOI HIGH TRANSITION DAY - 
Those Year 8's who are attending Kaiapoi High School in 2020, will have received information regarding the orientation day on THURSDAY 5th DECEMBER. 
Here is the information you were sent from the High School - 

This letter is to advise parents, caregivers and students that the Experience Day at Kaiapoi High School for Year 9 students coming to Kaiapoi High School in 2020 will be held on Thursday 5th December 2019.
The Experience Day will run from 9.00am until 2pm. Please bring pen, paper, drink bottle, morning tea and a light lunch. A sausage sizzle and juicy will be provided.
All students will need to make their own way to Kaiapoi High School and meet at the auditorium at 9.00am. 
Buses will return students to Kaiapoi North, Tuahiwi, Woodend, Pegasus Bay & Clarkville schools afterwards. All other students will need to make their own way back. 

All remaining interviews are expected to be completed by this date.
If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to call the school office on 375 5004.

SCHOOL SERVICE ASSEMBLY - 
We have our whole school service assembly on FRIDAY at 1:30pm. This is a time to celebrate the service others have given the school through 2019. We also present Emerging Leaders certificates. 

Have a great weekend!
Kristie, Linda, Helen and Hayden.


TERM 4 DATES TO DIARY... (NOTE - this will change as necessary, so please check often)
WEEK 8 -
* MONDAY: Whole School Inquiry - Celebration of Learning
* TUESDAY-WEDNESDAY: St Johns Training (Whole School)
* WEDNESDAY: Canterbury Athletics Champs
* THURSDAY: Kaiapoi High School Orientation Day - Year 8's who are attending KHS (All day)
* FRIDAY: School Service Assembly - 1:30pm.

WEEK 9 - 
* MONDAY: Year 8 Graduation Dinner - Kaiapoi Golf Club 6pm
* TUESDAY: Transition to other Teams 9:30am
* WEDNESDAY: Transition 2 and Wet and Wild!
* THURSDAY: Final day of Tech at Kaiapoi Borough
* FRIDAY: 10am - Final Prize Giving and Year 8 Graduation

Wednesday, November 20, 2019

WELCOME TO WEEK 7!




We are still hanging in here!
What a busy time until we say goodbye in Week 9. This week we turn our in school focus to our Inquiry Concept Boards, and being prepared for our end of year celebration of our learning focussed around Silver Stream. This will be on MONDAY 2nd DECEMBER at 1:30pm.

AGRICULTURAL CLUB GARDENS - 
Those who have done Ag Club gardens this year, all projects are due on MONDAY. Please hand these to Paula or Molly in Tūhura.

YEAR 8 SPEECHES - 
We have had a couple of good sessions on these during the week, and all Year 8's now need to work on these AT HOME, as we don't have the time to give this in class.
We will share our speeches as a Year 8 group on WEDNESDAY 4th DECEMBER - and if necessary continue these on Thursday 5th December. 

We will select 6 speakers who will present their speech either at the Year 8 dinner on the 9th December, or at our final graduation assembly on Friday 13th December. It is expected that those who are selected to present at our end of year ceremonies, will know there speech off by heart, and they will recite it at these events.

Year 7's who have been working on their Leadership speeches, will also present their speeches on these days.

SWIMMING - 
The pool is said to have reached 25 degrees! That means we are going to begin swimming most days during the week. Children need to bring togs each day, in readiness for this. If your child is unable to swim, please advise us in writing via email or a note.

COMMUNITY CONSULTATION for the SCHOOL STRATEGIC PLAN - 
On Monday your child will come home with a survey that requires your input for our school strategic plan going forward. We appreciate your input in this, and look forward to having these forms returned to school.

MATAWARA'S TEAM BUILDING EXPERIENCE 2020 - 
Those who will be a part of Matawara next year, will receive information about our beginning of the year team building experience, tomorrow.  It will be much appreciated if you could please return the paperwork quickly.

YEAR 8 DINNER - 
Just a reminder to our Year 8 families that our Year 8 Dinner is at the Kaiapoi Golf Course this year. You can purchase tickets from the office for this at $35 per head. The dinner is at 6pm.
The Archer family are happy for all Year 8 children to meet at their property at 5:30pm, with classic cars picking children up to take them to the Golf Club. We are finalising the details of this, so more information will come soon.


Have a great weekend!
Kristie, Linda, Helen and Hayden.


TERM 4 DATES TO DIARY... (NOTE - this will change as necessary, so please check often)
WEEK 7 - 
* MONDAY: Agricultural Garden Projects are due
* MONDAY: Rakahuri Bike Race
* TUESDAY:Whole school mulching at Silver Stream
* THURSDAY: Canterbury Triathlon
* FRIDAY: Sausage Sizzle

WEEK 8 -
* MONDAY: Whole School Inquiry - Celebration of Learning
* TUESDAY-WEDNESDAY: St Johns Training (Whole School)
* WEDNESDAY: Canterbury Athletics Champs
* THURSDAY: Kaiapoi High School Orientation Day - Year 8's who are attending KHS (All day)
* FRIDAY: School Service Assembly - 1:30pm.

WEEK 9 - 
* MONDAY: Year 8 Graduation Dinner
* TUESDAY: Transition to other Teams 9:30am
* WEDNESDAY: Transition 2 and Wet and Wild!
* THURSDAY: Final day of Tech at Kaiapoi Borough
* FRIDAY: 10am - Final Prize Giving and Year 8 Graduation


Wednesday, November 13, 2019

WELCOME TO WEEK 6!

WOWSERS - 4 weeks to go...
I am writing this as we are up and getting ready for breakfast at Wellington! We have been really lucky with the weather, and our Year 8's have had an awesome time exploring the sights of Welly, and are walking the miles!
Our Capital E experience was AWESOME! All of the children worked fabulously as a team, and the whole show came off VERY slick! We can't wait to share it with you all, at our assembly this week!

Now that camp is over, we are back into the thick of it for the final few weeks. Some of the things we will be focussing on now are -
* Valedictorian (Y8) and Leadership (Y7) Speeches
* Our Inquiry Celebration - displaying our learning for the year from our Silver Stream study (NOTE: our celebration day in Week 8)
* The Year 8 dinner and dance!
* Final assemblies and the graduation ceremony to our Year 8's in Week 8 and 9.

CLARKVILLE PTA - 
You will have received an email from Krissie Clark, who chairs our PTA. I know this group of people work tirelessly through the year to ensure all children at Clarkville have the best experience possible, and they are looking for others who can help them achieve their goals. The PTA Annual General Meeting on Monday 18th November, it is worth considering how you can help - and it is a great way to network with other parents in the school.

YEAR 8 DINNER - 
Just a reminder to our Year 8 families that our Year 8 Dinner is at the Kaiapoi Golf Course this year. You can purchase tickets from the office for this at $35 per head. The dinner is at 6pm. The Archer family are happy for all Year 8 children to meet at their property at 5:45pm, with classic cars picking children up to take them to the Golf Club.

YEAR 8 PARENTS -
Don't forget the baby photo of your darling Year 8 rascal!  Please ensure these are sent to us via email ASAP as a JPEG (photo) or if you prefer bring it to school in a NAMED envelope and we will scan this for you. It has been such a delight receiving these so far!
We have a large number of these still outstanding - I would appreciate your support in getting this tied up ASAP. 


Have a great weekend!
Kristie, Linda, Helen and Hayden.


TERM 4 DATES TO DIARY... (NOTE - this will change as necessary, so please check often)
WEEK 6 - 
* FRIDAY: Asplore Assembly

WEEK 7 - 
* MONDAY: Agricultural Garden Projects are due
* MONDAY: Rakahuri Bike Race
* THURSDAY: Canterbury Triathlon
* FRIDAY: Sausage Sizzle

WEEK 8 -
* MONDAY: Whole School Inquiry - Celebration of Learning
* TUESDAY-WEDNESDAY: St Johns Training (Whole School)
* WEDNESDAY: Canterbury Athletics Champs
* THURSDAY: Kaiapoi High School Orientation Day - Year 8's who are attending KHS (All day)
* FRIDAY: School Service Assembly - 1:30pm.

WEEK 9 - 
* MONDAY: Year 8 Graduation Dinner
* TUESDAY: Transition to other Teams 9:30am
* WEDNESDAY: Transition 2 and Wet and Wild!
* THURSDAY: Final day of Tech at Kaiapoi Borough
* FRIDAY: 10am - Final Prize Giving and Year 8 Graduation


Wednesday, November 6, 2019

WELCOME TO WEEK 5!



Welcome to Week 5!

This week the Year 8's and myself, are heading to Wellington for a fabulous week!  

The Year 7's will be working with Hayden and Linda, who will be engaging their brains, in the area of Year 8 Leadership in readiness for next year! They will be looking at the following...
1. Styles of Leadership - The Leadership Challenge in depth.
2. The responsibilities of a Year 8.
3. Year 8 Project Areas for 2020.
4. Setting up for success in a Year 8 Leadership job AND position of responsibility.
5. Tuakana Tiena relationships with Whakarewa and their camping experience. 
6. Heading to the Christchurch Central Library (Turanga) to learn about photography.

Maths will be part of this with Linda and Hayden running a maintenance programme.

EMERGING LEADERS - 
The cut off for these pathways is THURSDAY 14TH NOVEMBER. I have been having conversations with children around the areas that they still need to ensure they cover and the points that they have accumulated so far. As I have said to the children, this is a record of work they should have been doing THROUGHOUT the year. I will not be marking masses of tasks at the last minute, as this will be evidence of them cramming to get points. 

YEAR 8 PARENTS -
Don't forget the baby photo of your darling Year 8 rascal!  Please ensure these are sent to us via email ASAP as a JPEG (photo) or if you prefer bring it to school in a NAMED envelope and we will scan this for you. It has been such a delight receiving these so far!
We have a large number of these still outstanding - I would appreciate your support in getting this tied up ASAP. 


Have a great weekend!
Kristie, Linda, Helen and Hayden.


TERM 4 DATES TO DIARY... (NOTE - this will change as necessary, so please check often)
WEEK 5 - 
* MONDAY: THURSDAY: Camp Wellington
* FRIDAY: Show Day

WEEK 6 - 
* FRIDAY: Asplore Assembly

WEEK 7 - 
* MONDAY: Agricultural Garden Projects are due
* MONDAY: Rakahuri Bike Race
* THURSDAY: Canterbury Triathlon
* FRIDAY: Sausage Sizzle

WEEK 8 -
* MONDAY: Whole School Inquiry - Celebration of Learning
* TUESDAY-WEDNESDAY: St Johns Training (Whole School)
* WEDNESDAY: Canterbury Athletics Champs
* THURSDAY: Kaiapoi High School Orientation Day - Year 8's who are attending KHS (All day)
* FRIDAY: School Service Assembly - 1:30pm.






Wednesday, October 30, 2019

WELCOME TO WEEK 4!



Welcome to Week 4 - the last week before Camp Wellington for our Year 8's!

This week we have HPV Vaccinations being done here at school on Monday - those who are involved in this, have been notified.
The Kids for Kids Choir are busy on Tuesday with a practice at the Horncastle Arena during the day, and the evening performance later. Best of luck those of you who are involved!

PEGASUS ATHLETICS - 
Our Zone athletics competition is on Tuesday (pP is Friday 8th November). We have a large team of Seniors heading to this event, which is a busy day! Here is the newsletter you received previously in case you need to know the details again.

EMERGING LEADERS - 
The cut off for these pathways is THURSDAY 14TH NOVEMBER. I have been having conversations with children around the areas that they still need to ensure they cover and the points that they have accumulated so far. As I have said to the children, this is a record of work they should have been doing THROUGHOUT the year. I will not be marking masses of tasks at the last minute, as this will be evidence of them cramming to get points. 

SEXUALITY EDUCATION - 
This week our focus is on - 
* Feelings and what influences our feelings
* Our self image and what influences this

YEAR 8 PARENTS -
Don't forget the baby photo of your darling Year 8 rascal!  Please ensure these are sent to us via email ASAP as a JPEG (photo) or if you prefer bring it to school in a NAMED envelope and we will scan this for you. It has been such a delight receiving these so far!
We have a large number of these still outstanding - I would appreciate your support in getting this tied up ASAP. 

Have a great weekend!
Kristie, Linda, Helen and Hayden.


TERM 4 DATES TO DIARY... (NOTE - this will change as necessary, so please check often)
WEEK 4 - 
* TUESDAY: Pegasus Athletics Championships
* TUESDAY: Kids for Kids Choir practice and performance
* FRIDAY: Tūhura Assembly

WEEK 5 - 
* MONDAY: THURSDAY: Camp Wellington
* FRIDAY: Show Day

WEEK 6 - 
* FRIDAY: Asplore Assembly

WEEK 7 - 
* MONDAY: Agricultural Garden Projects are due
* MONDAY: Rakahuri Bike Race
* THURSDAY: Canterbury Triathlon
* FRIDAY: Sausage Sizzle


Thursday, October 24, 2019

WELCOME TO WEEK 3!


WOW Week 3?! Is it just me, or is time going faster these days? We hope you enjoyed your longer weekend, and had some time for rest and relaxation. 

We are now 2 weeks out from the Year 8 Wellington Camp, and of course our school Pet Show and Farmers Market is on FRIDAY this week! 

EMERGING LEADERS - 
The cut off for these pathways is THURSDAY 14TH NOVEMBER. I have been having conversations with children around the areas that they still need to ensure they cover and the points that they have accumulated so far. As I have said to the children, this is a record of work they should have been doing THROUGHOUT the year. I will not be marking masses of tasks at the last minute, as this will be evidence of them cramming to get points. 

LEADERSHIP PROJECTS - 
WOW we are nearly at the end of these projects for the year! Due to my being ill in the first week, I have extended the cut off to TUESDAY 29th OCTOBER at 9am. If anyone has completed already - great! They will get to go back through their work, and check it is going to gain  the maximum points. 

SEXUALITY EDUCATION - 
This week our focus is on - 
* Changing bodies and feelings
* Looking at our emotions and feelings and how these are influenced.

YEAR 8 PARENTS -
Don't forget the baby photo of your darling Year 8 rascal!  Please ensure these are sent to us via email ASAP as a JPEG (photo) or if you prefer bring it to school in a NAMED envelope and we will scan this for you. It has been such a delight receiving these so far!

Have a great weekend, with the longer days well and truely upon us!
Kristie, Linda, Helen and Hayden.


TERM 4 DATES TO DIARY... (NOTE - this will change as necessary, so please check often)
WEEK 3 - 
* MONDAY: Labour Day Holiday
* FRIDAY: Pet Show and Farmers Market

WEEK 4 - 
* TUESDAY: Pegasus Athletics Championships
* TUESDAY: Kids for Kids Choir practice and performance
* FRIDAY: Tūhura Assembly

WEEK 5 - 
* MONDAY: THURSDAY: Camp Wellington
* FRIDAY: Show Day

WEEK 6 - 
* FRIDAY: Asplore Assembly

WEEK 7 - 
* MONDAY: Agricultural Garden Projects are due
* MONDAY: Rakahuri Bike Race
* THURSDAY: Canterbury Triathlon
* FRIDAY: Sausage Sizzle


Thursday, October 17, 2019

WELCOME TO WEEK 2!



Well that is Week 1 under our belts! We have started the term with a bang with our Athletics practices underway in readiness for the Athletics day on Tuesday - although at this stage the weather is looking decidedly uncooperative! We will be in touch regarding this closer to the time.

ATHLETICS - 
Our school Athletics day on TUESDAY! A newsletter came home with this information in it, however if you have misplaced this you can find the information here.
If the weather decides to go against us, the postponement for this event is on WEDNESDAY. 

SEXUALITY EDUCATION - 
Now that I am back on board, our Sexuality lessons will begin!
This week our focus is on - 
* Setting the Scene and discussing what Sexuality is.
* Setting up our group expectations for participation.

Remember, Kristie will be taking the Year 8's through these lessons, with Linda teaching the Year 7's. If you have any questions regarding your child and this program, please see the appropriate teacher.

AGRICULTURAL CLUB and PET SHOW - 
This event is fast approaching! Please note that ALL Agricultural Club and Pet Show projects and photos are DUE ON FRIDAY to Paula and Molly. 

Please note that the Agricultural Club Garden projects are not due until MONDAY 25th NOVEMBER. 

YEAR 8 STUDENTS - 
Last week, your child was given a package of information for our Wellington Camp. Please ensure all BEHAVIOUR CONTRACTS and HEALTH FORMS are returned to school by THURSDAY 24th October. 
Thank you to those who have already done this.


REMINDER - there is a Camp Wellington Meeting for the parents who are coming as Helpers in the Staffroom, on Tuesday at 4pm. 

YEAR 8 PARENTS -
Don't forget the baby photo of your darling Year 8 rascal!  Please ensure these are sent to us via email ASAP as a JPEG (photo) or if you prefer bring it to school in a NAMED envelope and we will scan this for you. It has been such a delight receiving these so far!

Have a great weekend, with the longer days well and truely upon us!
Kristie, Linda, Helen and Hayden.


TERM 4 DATES TO DIARY... (NOTE - this will change as necessary, so please check often)
WEEK 2 - 
* TUESDAY: School Athletics Day
* TUESDAY: Year 8 Wellington Camp Parents Meeting
* THURSDAY: Camp Wellington Forms due back to school
* FRIDAY: Whakarewa Assembly and Sausage Sizzle
* FRIDAY: Ag Club and Pet Show projects are due to Paula and Molly

WEEK 3 - 
* MONDAY: Labour Day Holiday
* FRIDAY: Pet Show and Farmers Market

WEEK 4 - 
* TUESDAY: Pegasus Athletics Championships
* TUESDAY: Kids for Kids Choir practice and performance
* FRIDAY: Tūhura Assembly

WEEK 5 - 
* MONDAY - THURSDAY: Camp Wellington
* FRIDAY: Show Day






Tuesday, October 8, 2019

WELCOME BACK!



WELCOME BACK... 
We are here, Term 4! The last term as a Clarkville Learner for our Year 8's...
This term is certainly one of the busiest in Aspire, however we will be regularly updating you with what is to come. We will have a calendar of events at the bottom of each weekly communication, so that you can start to pop things into your diaries.

SUN HATS - 
This term is a 'Sun hats' term, so please ensure these are at school ready to go each day. Year 8's who have earned their caps, are more than welcome to wear these as a sunhat. Our lovely shade sails area will be the area, for those who don't wear their sun hats, to sit in.

ATHLETICS - 
Our school Athletics day is TUESDAY 22nd October. A newsletter came home with this information in it, however if you have misplaced this you can find the information here.
We will begin our Athletics practice rotations ON MONDAY - so please ensure children have a correct footwear (and perhaps deodorant) each day.

SEXUALITY EDUCATION - 
This week our Sexuality lessons will begin. To begin with these are primarily made up of discussions and introductory activities in both Year 7 and 8.
This week our focus is on - 
* Setting the Scene and discussing what Sexuality is.
* Setting up our group expectations for participation.

Kristie will be taking the Year 8's through these lessons, with Linda teaching the Year 7's.

SEESAW - 
This week, we will share our Term 4 Goals and Rubrics with you via Seesaw.  Keep an eye out for these.

YEAR 8 STUDENTS - 
On Monday, your child will be given a package of information for our Wellington Camp. Please ensure all BEHAVIOUR CONTRACTS and HEALTH FORMS are returned to school by THURSDAY 24th October. 
Apologies in advance for the huge volume of paper work!

YEAR 8 PARENTS -
Don't forget the baby photo of your darling Year 8 rascal!  Please ensure these are sent to us via email ASAP as a JPEG (photo) or if you prefer bring it to school in a NAMED envelope and we will scan this for you.

FRIDAY AFTERNOON CHOCOLATE SALES - 
If you are keen to earn more money for Camp Wellington, we have a spot available to sell chocolate at the gate on the next 4 Fridays.

Term 4 Week 1 - Connor
Term 4 Week 2 - THIS DATE IS FREE - Let Kristie know if you would like to fill it! 
Term 4 Week 3 - Hunter E
Term 4 Week 4 - Libby

NOTE - if you have outstanding chocolate sales money that needs to go to Kathryn, you will need to make sure this is paid in, before your child takes part in the Friday sales.

TERM 4 DATES TO DIARY... (NOTE - this will change as necessary, so please check often)
WEEK 1 - 
* ALL WEEK - Athletics Practices - 2:05pm
* WEDNESDAY - FRIDAY: Enviro Schools Camp - Enviro Leaders

WEEK 2 - 
* TUESDAY: School Athletics Day
* TUESDAY: Year 8 Wellington Camp Parents Meeting
* THURSDAY: Camp Wellington Forms due back to school
* FRIDAY: Whakarewa Assembly and Sausage Sizzle

WEEK 3 - 
* MONDAY: Labour Day Holiday
* FRIDAY: Pet Show and Farmers Market

WEEK 4 - 
* TUESDAY: Pegasus Athletics Championships
* TUESDAY: Kids for Kids Choir practice and performance
* FRIDAY: Tūhura Assembly

WEEK 5 - 
* MONDAY - THURSDAY: Camp Wellington
* FRIDAY: Show Day

Thursday, September 19, 2019

WELCOME TO WEEK 10!


WOW here we are - Week 10 already... 

The term has literally flown by, and we are at the end of Aspire, as we know it. Vik will be leaving us at the end of this week, to pursue her new career up in Wellington. The Year 8's will see Vikki again in Wellington, as she will come and meet us 'Capital E' to see what amazing work we come up with at this place! 

This week we are completing our YWCC group work, with our final touches going on Task 3. You will see these pop up on the blog later in the week.
Hopefully you have also been keeping up with the large volume of assessment that has also been going on Seesaw. Please make sure you click the links provided to view the full body of work that your child has completed - they have been working SO hard!

ATHLETICS - 
Next term we begin athletics training in readiness for our school Athletics Day. A notice about this came home yesterday, but in case it is buried at the bottom of a school bag... here it is!

CAMP WELLINGTON - Year 8's - 
We are in the middle of our final preparations for Camp Wellington next term! The parents who are joining us are Scruff Scarlett, Eugene Archer, Emma Wakelin, and Leanne Payne.
We are really looking forward to spending this special time with our Year 8's next term.

CHOOSE TO BE TALENTED - 
On Wednesday the finalists will be selected by the school! If you are entered, have a good practise over the weekend in readiness for this!

CALENDAR ART - 
You will see your child's calendar art come up on Seesaw. We do this so you are able to see the masterpieces that you can purchase next term! There will be notices coming home regarding this early in Term 4.

We have our PTA sausage sizzle on Friday - ordering through the usual channels.


Have a great weekend, and we will see you back here in a couple of weeks!
Kristie, Vikki, Helen and Hayden.


THINGS COMING UP IN TERM 4 - 
WEEK 1 - 
* Atheltics Practices begin - afternoons
* Sexuality Education Begins - Year 7 and Year 8
* WEDNESDAY to FRIDAY - Enviro Schools Camp - Year 8 Enviro Leaders

WEEK 2 - 
* TUESDAY - School Athletics (pP - Wednesday)
* FRIDAY - Whakarewa Assembly and Sausage Sizzle

WEEK 3 - 
* MONDAY - Labour Day
* FRIDAY - Pet Show and Farmers Market













Wednesday, September 11, 2019

WELCOME TO WEEK 9



WOW - we are at Week 9 ALREADY?! This term has sped by, and we have had some wonderful learning happening! This week is no exception and we have our infamous FORT DAY planned for Tuesday!

FORT DAY - TUESDAY
We are so aware of how hard we have been pushing our Team of late, and we think it is time to to chill out, and have a little fun WHILE we learn!
This time around we are combining with Hōpara in our 'Company' groups. We will give the groups time to meet and decide what to bring from home, to ensure their fort is AWESOME! It always amazes both Vik and I, just how hard the children work in their wee 'cave!'

Please ensure all things from home are named!

PET SHOW - 
Last week Pet Show information came home via an email, and the school newsletter. The biggest change is that is all done via google forms this year. We have attached these for your convenience here.
Please note the CUT off - it is TOMORROW!
Ag Club entries only.
Pet Show entries - including Farmers Market.

KAIAPOI INTERVIEWS - Year 8's 
Here is the link to the doc that you all popped your names on a wee while ago. Please note that times are unable to change now. The interviews will be held in the LIBRARY on MONDAY. 

BUILDING RESILIENCE AND RESPONDING TO ANXIETY - 
This TUESDAY, join us for an evening with Tim Heidmann who will be discussing this very topical subject. This will be held at 7pm, in the MPF. 

Tickets can be purchased at: http://www.dashtickets.co.nz/event/4b6fp1hvg


PIZZA FUNDRAISER - 
Rosina Ballagh and Anna Halliday are running this one!

TENNIS CUP - 
Please remind your child to bring their racquet if they are entered in the Tennis Cup for the year (the draw is in our team). We are REALLY trying to get our games done this term! 

HELP NEEDED! 
Can we please have any WASHED 1.5L fizzy drink bottles brought to school on Monday and Tuesday this week! They will be used to conduct science experiments as we wrap up the Term. Thanks in advance.

Have a GREAT weekend! 
Kristie, Vik, Helen and Hayden. 

Coming Up in Aspire! 
Week 10 - 
* FRIDAY - PTA Sausage Sizzle
* Last day of Term 3 and farewell to Vik :(





Wednesday, September 4, 2019

WELCOME TO WEEK 8!


We are heading towards the end of Term 3 VERY quickly indeed... and of course this ending is tinged with some sadness as we will farewell Vikki at the end of it all. We will certainly miss her, but our Year 8's will be lucky to see her again at Camp Wellington when we head to 'Capital E' during one of our evenings! 

CHRISTCHURCH KAPA HAKA FESTIVAL - 
Our Kapahaka team will now be heading to HORN CASTLE ARENA on WEDNESDAY  to perform in the Canterbury Kapahaka Festival! Please remember to have your child at school by 9:00am on this morning, so there is plenty of time for getting everyone dressed and ready! A notice will come home about this on Friday - but if you would like to pre-read it... here it is! 

KAIAPOI HIGH SCHOOL INTERVIEWS - YEAR 8 - 
Thanks so much to all who have booked an interview time with Kaiapoi High on Monday 16th September. These times have now been sent to KHS who are organising this time.

TENNIS COMPETITION - 2019 
We are going to begin our Senior Tennis competition earlier this year. This is commonly left until the end of the last term, and it becomes a bit of a rush, so we have decided we will complete the necessary games this term! Children have put forward their names if they are interested in this competition so they need to remember to bring tennis racquets... We can supply a limited supply of tennis balls!

HEADLICE -
It would seem that we have these visitors in our team again - neat! It would be appreciated if you could please check your child's head and treat accordingly. We have heard that this product is one that is VERY effective in killing both eggs and the lice itself. It can be purchased through your local Pharmacy. Please remember that bedding etc must be treated also, as this is a common reinfection source. 

PET SHOW 2019 - 
Please note that the information for this will be coming at you via  'jot form' this year as we are keen to go paper free. Please keep and eye on your email, and ask us if there are any questions that come to mind.

CHOOSE TO BE TALENTED!!!! 
Just a note that all children have been advised of our CHOOSE TO BE TALENTED this year! 
IF your child is interested in being part of this annual Clarkville event, please ensure they have a 1 minute audition clip on a NAMED USB DRIVE, of them performing their special talent by WEDNESDAY 11 SEPTEMBER. The student council will then watch these performances, and select TEN that will go forward to perform on our Clarkville Pet Show/Farmers Market Day in Term 4. 

THE TEEN BRAIN - 
Just an aside... I am heading to a Nathan Wallis evening on Friday 13th September, here in Christchurch. Nathan is an outstanding presenter, with a profound reputation as a lively and engaging speaker. He uses humour and plain language to condense twenty-five years of neuroscience research into his unique ‘tell you how it is’ style. You’ll be absolutely captivated and walk away jam-packed with more than a few “ah-ha” moments.
You may or may not be interested in this also! You can find all of the details here.

Assembly this week is another combined effort of Matawara and Hopara!


Have a great weekend! 
Kristie, Vikki, and Helen.

Coming Up in Aspire! 
Week 8 - 
* WEDNESDAY - Town Kapahaka Festival - Horncastle Arena
* FRIDAY -  Assembly at 1:40pm.

Week 9 - 
* MONDAY - Year 8 Kaiapoi Interviews - in the Library. Please ensure you have booked your time on the doc!
* TUESDAY - Parenting Week Evening - Building Resilience & Responding to Anxiety” with Tim Heidmann.
Tim Heidmann is a Resource Teacher of Learning & Behaviour and will be presenting to our community on TUESDAY 17 SEPTEMBER - 7.30pm – 9pm the cost is $10.00. 
Tickets can be purchased at : http://www.dashtickets.co.nz/event/4b6fp1hvg

* FRIDAY - Year 8 Pizza Fundraiser - Rosina Ballagh and Anna Halliday are running this one.

Week 10 - 
* FRIDAY - PTA Sausage Sizzle
* Last day of Term 3 and farewell to Vik :(


Wednesday, August 28, 2019

WELCOME TO WEEK 7!



WOW, what a great day our skiers had up at Mount Hutt last week! PERFECT weather all round! This week we have a busy week with Tennis lessons on Monday! Aspire can feel free to bring their own racquet if they would like to use that. Our sessions run from 9:15 - 10:45am.

NOTE - assembly this week will be a combined one with Hōpara and Matawara! We will be show casing some of our efforts of the YWCC! 

SCHOOL PHOTOS 
Our annual school photos will take place on Tuesday! Tidy hair dos and clean uniform are a must for this one! Year 8's will have a separate Year 8 memento photo taken which can be purchased also. 

NORTH CANTERBURY KAPAHAKA - 
Our Kapahaka team will be heading to the Ohoka Hall on Friday to perform in the North Canterbury Kapahaka Festival. Please remember to have your child at school by 8:35am on this morning, so there is plenty of time for getting everyone dressed and ready! A notice will come home about this on Friday - but if you would like to pre-read it... here it is! 

SUBWAY - 
Subway is this Thursday with ordering through Kindo. 

YEAR 8'S - KAIAPOI HIGH SCHOOL INTERVIEWS - 
Each Year 8 family was sent an email, to book an interview time with Kaiapoi High School later this  term. Please ensure you have done this as we still have gaps and we need to send it to Kaiapoi High.
Thanks for getting this done swiftly.

THE TEEN BRAIN - 
Just an aside... I am heading to a Nathan Wallis evening on Friday 13th September, here in Christchurch. Nathan is an outstanding presenter, with a profound reputation as a lively and engaging speaker. He uses humour and plain language to condense twenty-five years of neuroscience research into his unique ‘tell you how it is’ style. You’ll be absolutely captivated and walk away jam-packed with more than a few “ah-ha” moments.
You may or may not be interested in this also! You can find all of the details here.


Have a great weekend! 
Kristie, Vikki, and Helen.

Coming Up in Aspire! 
Week 8 - 
* WEDNESDAY - Town Kapahaka Festival - Horncastle Arena
* FRIDAY -  Assembly at 1:40pm.

Week 9 - 
* MONDAY - Year 8 Kaiapoi Interviews - in the Library. Please ensure you have booked your time on the doc!
* TUESDAY - Parenting Week Evening - Building Resilience & Responding to Anxiety” with Tim Heidmann.
Tim Heidmann is a Resource Teacher of Learning & Behaviour and will be presenting to our community on TUESDAY 17 SEPTEMBER - 7.30pm – 9pm the cost is $10.00. 
Tickets can be purchased at : http://www.dashtickets.co.nz/event/4b6fp1hvg

* FRIDAY - Year 8 Pizza Fundraiser - Rosina Ballagh and Anna Halliday are running this one.

Thursday, August 22, 2019

WELCOME TO WEEK 6!


Welcome to the middle of the term! Winter has definitely hit, and we will have a lot of our school heading up to Mount Hutt on Tuesday morning - weather depending. Remember to check your notices, and make sure you are at school nice and early so you won't miss the bus!


SCHOOL UNIFORM - 
Just a friendly reminder that all of our students are required to wear correct school uniform at all times. If your Year 8 is getting to tall for some items, please feel free to have a good look in our ever increasing lost property mountain in the Library foyer, as that is where we will be going to swap non-uniform items over when they show up!

CANTAMATH TOWN COMPETITION - 
Wednesday we have our Cantamath competitors heading into town to compete in the adrenaline, action packed math competition! Best of luck and thank you to the parents who have offered transport for this event.

YEAR 8'S - KAIAPOI HIGH SCHOOL INTERVIEWS - 
Each Year 8 family was sent an email, to book an interview time with Kaiapoi High School later this  term. Please ensure you have done this as we still have gaps and we need to send it to Kaiapoi High.
Thanks for getting this done swiftly.

TENNIS WORKSHOPS WITH KAIAPOI TENNIS CLUB - 
On Monday 2nd September we have the Kaiapoi Tennis Club coming to run us through a workshop. If students have their own racquet, they can feel free to bring them.

Have a great weekend!
Kristie, Vikki and Helen

Coming Up in Aspire! 
Week 7 - 
* MONDAY - Tennis Workshops in Rice Park
* TUESDAY - School Photo Day - dust off your clean uniforms and tidy hair dos!
* THURSDAY - Subway Lunch - order through the usual channels
* FRIDAY - North Canterbury Kapahaka Festival - Ohoka Hall (Morning)

Week 8 - 
* WEDNESDAY - Town Kapahaka Festival - Horncastle Arena
* FRIDAY - Matawara Assembly!


Wednesday, August 14, 2019

WELCOME TO WEEK 5!


WOW it was great to see you all on Wednesday night at our YWCC parent evening! We hope you went away a little more knowledgeable about the learning that is happening through this term. Remember, we are always happy to answer any questions you have along this journey.

We would love for any of you who are keen, to drop in on a Monday, Tuesday, or Wednesday from 9:30-12:30pm to see our YWCC in action! We would appreciate it if you could just email us to let us know you are coming

CAPPING -
We are now welcoming applications for capping for 2019! We have had discussions with the Year 8's regarding this, and the criteria that are set in place, that will be considered to ascertain if they are ready for capping. 
In particular these criteria are... 
* Reflections in their reflection book under each of the 5 headings, ACROSS the year. (45 is the total minimum) 
* How well they are executing their JOB in the school. Are they active in ensuring the job is done, and done to 110%? Or are they ignoring what NEEDS to be done, and them palming it off to others?
* How they are seen by others - parents, teachers, peers, other students, visiting teachers etc. What is the expectation they place on themselves, that they live by when others are NOT necessarily watching. 
* The interactions they have with other teachers - how are they HELPFUL, polite, considerate, planned, etc etc. 

SKI TRIP -
Tuesday 27th August is the day of our annual ski trip! Now is the time to sort that Ski equipment! Please ensure you read all notices that will start coming your way, regarding this day VERY CAREFULLY and direct any questions you may have, to either Vikki or myself.
PLEASE NOTE - it is school as usual for anyone who has not signed up for Ski Trip. 

FROM THE PTA - 
The Clarkville PTA is hosting a Parenting Week presentation here at Clarkville. 
Building Resilience & Responding to Anxiety” will be presented by Tim Heidmann.

Tim Heidmann is a Resource Teacher of Learning & Behaviour and will be presenting to our community on TUESDAY 17 SEPTEMBER - 7.30pm – 9pm the cost is $10.00. 
Tickets can be purchased at : http://www.dashtickets.co.nz/event/4b6fp1hvg

This promises to be a hugely informative evening about a massive topic in society today. It will be packed with positive behaviour tips and techniques that you can take away and use! 
Tim believes that a focus on Positive Parenting using consistent and systematic ideas, strategies and consequences is the path towards getting the very best out of our children...including developing and building resilience, responding appropriately to anxiety and equipping our children to cope with future challenges.

PIZZA FUNDRAISER - 
Don't forget to support the Pizza Fundraiser on Friday -  Maria Pile and Amanda Faulls are organising this one. Orders are taken in the Library.

Have a great weekend! 
Kristie, Vikki and Helen 

Coming Up in Aspire! 
Week 5 - 
* FRIDAY - Year 8 Pizza Fundraiser - Maria Pile and Amanda Faulls are running this one
Week 6 - 
* TUESDAY - School Ski Trip - Early start, and late finish! 
* WEDNESDAY - Town Cantamath Competition - afternoon (GOOD LUCK to out Teams!) 
* FRIDAY - Sausage Sizzle (order through usual channels) and HOPARA ASSEMBLY. 




Wednesday, August 7, 2019

WELCOME TO WEEK 4!


Week 4! Jeepers, where have the weeks gone?!

Last week we had the North Canterbury Cantamath competition at the Ohoka Hall - thank you to the parents who supported us with transport, and cheering from the sidelines! Our teams had a great time and all came within the top 10 of up to 30 Teams! 

Asplore are in the mix of their second task for their company challenge! We are learning about, and putting into practice, the Design Process. Don't forget to check your child's blog, to see what they have been up to! If you are having trouble viewing your child's blog please let us know. 
Remember, our parent evening is on WEDNESDAY at 5pm - come along and chat with us about what our learning looks like this term! We will share with your how we are structuring the learning for Asplore and the fun we have had so far! 
We would really appreciate it if you could please flick us a quick email to let us know you are coming so we can accomodate you. Please email k.morrison@clarkville.school.nz

ST JOHNS IN SCHOOL - 
This week we have St Johns here to teach us about responding in an emergency.  These are always very informative sessions that Aspire enjoy. We will be participating in these on Monday and Tuesday. 

YEAR 8 CAMP WELLINGTON FUNDRAISING - 
We still have many boxes of chocolate bars for sale, so keep coming in to get these to bump up your funds for Camp Wellington! Remember, all profit comes off your cost of the camp (which is rapidly approaching!)

2019 SCHOOL SKI TRIP - 

ALL ski notices should be in by now. Please keep your eye out for further information regarding this trip. 

DEVICES - 

Please, please, please can you ensure your child is bringing their own device to school with them, if they own one. It makes our Company Challenge Learning far quicker and effective for them! Thank you for your support with this. 

Have a great weekend! 

Kristie, Vikki and Helen 

Coming Up in Aspire! 


WEEK 4 - 

* St Johns are in School for first aid training - Monday through to Wednesday
* WEDNESDAY - Parent information evening 'Youtube Company Challenge' - 5pm
* THURSDAY - Fish and Chips for lunch (order through usual channels) 
* FRIDAY - Whole school Jump Jam - Led by Lexie! 
* FRIDAY - Assembly - Whakarewa are leading this one! 

WEEK 5 - 
* FRIDAY - Year 8 Pizza Fundraiser - Maria Pile and Amanda Faulls are running this one

Wednesday, July 31, 2019

WELCOME TO WEEK 3!


Welcome to Week 3! 

We are well on our way with our Term 3, Youtube Company Challenge concept! We are so very impressed with the incredible collaboration that is happening in Asplore, not to mention the conversations, problem solving, compromise and the huge scope of learning! 


     



                                       
Hopefully you are all able to follow your child's blog, via the link in Seesaw - please let us know if this is not working for you! 
SAVE THE DATE - Wednesday 14th August at 5pm
Come along and chat with us about what our learning looks like this term! We will share with your how we are structuring the learning for Asplore and the fun we have had so far! We would love to see you there. 

NORTH CANTERBURY CANTAMATH - 
This week is the week of the North Canterbury Cantamath competition! This is the warm up to the town competition, and we have Year 6, 7, and 8 teams competing. 
Feel free to come along to the Ohoka Hall, on Wednesday 7th August, from 9:00am onwards! 

SCHOOL DISCO - FRIDAY 9th AUGUST
THEME - Dancing Through the Decades - so pick your decade and find a costume to suit! 
ENTRY - is $6 per child which includes a goody bag.
DJ Straya (Vikki) promises great music, games and prizes for the most creative costumes. 
Clarkville students only at this event please and you will need to have your tea before you come as no outside food is allowed.
Please send your child with a named water bottle as we won't be providing bottles of water for the children again this year to reduce waste.

How do I get tickets?
Tickets will be sold prior to the disco via Kindo https://shop.tgcl.co.nz  - please purchase your child's ticket by midday on Friday 9 August. 
NOTE - there will be limited door sales, but buying your ticket on Kindo will guarantee entry. (You don't need to bring your Kindo confirmation with you, we will have a list at the door on the night). 

If you have any questions about the disco please don't hesitate to get in touch with Krissie on 0274 782 114 or jewellerybykrissie@yahoo.co.nz 

YEAR 8 CAMP WELLINGTON FUNDRAISING - 

We still have many boxes of chocolate bars for sale, so keep coming in to get these to bump up your funds for Camp Wellington! Remember, all profit comes off your cost of the camp (which is rapidly approaching!)

2019 SCHOOL SKI TRIP - 
With the ski trip approaching, please remember to return your permission slips and money to the office BEFORE the end of week 3. It has come to our attention that some notices were missing the ability codes, so here they are for your reference. It is very important that you follow these criteria when noting your child's ability on the mountain, so that they have an enjoyable day!

DEVICES - 

Please, please, please can you ensure your child is bringing their own device to school with them, if they own one. It makes our Company Challenge Learning far quicker and effective for them! Thank you for your support with this. 

Have a great weekend! 

Kristie, Vikki and Helen 

Coming Up in Aspire! 


WEEK 3 - 
* WEDNESDAY - North Canterbury Cantamaths - OHOKA HALL - good luck those of you who are participating!
* FRIDAY - School Disco 6pm - more information to come out about this one!

WEEK 4 - 

* St Johns are in School for first aid training - Monday through to Wednesday
* WEDNESDAY - Parent information evening 'Youtube Company Challenge' - 5pm
* THURSDAY - Fish and Chips for lunch (order through usual channels) 
* FRIDAY - Whole school Jump Jam - Led by Lexie! 
* FRIDAY - Assembly - Whakarewa are leading this one!