Wednesday, June 19, 2019

WELCOME TO WEEK 9!


Welcome to week 9, the beginning of our Learning Conference marathon! Everyone has been flat out preparing their presentation for each of you, so we look forward to sharing this over the coming days. Each conference has a 20 minute time slot, however a timer will buzz at 15 minutes to cue your child to wrap up the conference. You will be asked for feedback too! 

Please note - the students have been well prepared for this time, and they know you are there to give them your undivided attention for the 15-20 minutes of the conference. We would appreciate you putting cell phones on silent so there are no interruptions at this time. 

Please note the following early finish times over the next couple of weeks - 

  • Monday 24th June - School finishes at lunchtime 12:30pm 
  • Wednesday 4th July - School finishes at lunchtime 12:30pm 
LAUGHTER YOGA - 
Please see below for the email sent home regarding this workshop!

As we near the end of a busy term, Vikki and I would like to add some light relief to it! 
Last week the teaching staff here at school, participated in a Laughter yoga workshop - it was just fantastic! Hannah Aiery from Workplace Wellbeing ran it, and she does an amazing job of sharing the research around the mental, physical and emotional benefits of laughter, and ran us through short activities that get you exploring laughter in a whole new way.
We have booked her to come and present this workshop to our team on Monday 1st July. It is an hour long workshop, and the cost will be $5 to each member of our team. This will be added to your school invoice and we would appreciate prompt payment. 
If you would prefer your child to NOT participate in this, please let us know by replying to our email.  


SILVERSTREAM - 
We are planning a trip to Silverstream Reserve on Tuesday 2 July from 10am – 12.30pm. We will travel to and from the Reserve by bus and there is no cost for families.
Children are encouraged to come to school in warm mufti clothes with gumboots or strong shoes. Bringing a uniform to change into afterwards would be ideal.
We would love some parents to accompany us on this trip. Please let your team teachers know if you are available to help out. 

BYOD - 
Just a reminder that as per the BYOD Agreement that all students signed at the start of the year, our team need to be bringing their own device to school, if they have one. We are noticing that our team devices are being stretched thin, thus limiting the learning of some students. Please help us out by reminding your child to bring theirs each day. The learning we have planned for Term 3 REALLY needs as many devices as possible coming to school - so we are getting into good habits now! 

STATIONERY CHECK - 
As we approach the middle of the year we would love it if you could sit with your child and check that they have ALL of the correct stationery that they need for learning. Some of the common items that seem to be lacking...
* Rulers 
* Blue and red pens
* Glue sticks 
* Pencils 
* Headphones 
* Highlighters 
* SRL Books (1B8)
* Maths Books (QB) 

PLAYING ON THE FIELD - 
With the colder and wetter weather we would love those who wish to play on the field, to bring a change of clothes please. 

Have a great weekend!

Kristie, Vikki and Helen.


COMING UP IN TERM 2 - for your diaries! 
Week 9 - 
* LEARNING CONFERENCE WEEK (MONDAY - THURSDAY)  
* Canterbury Cross Country POSTPONEMENT - Wednesday
* Sausage Sizzle - Friday

Week 10 - 
* LEARNING CONFERENCE WEEK (TUESDAY and WEDNESDAY) 
* Laughter Workshop - MONDAY  
Year 8 Pizza Fundraiser - Kerryn and Amy R are organising this one. 



COMING UP IN TERM 3 - for your diaries!
Week 1 - 
*  Life Education will be at school - we have booked sessions for Aspire based around the following inquiry questions - 

  • What makes the brain the control centre for our bodies ?
  • How do we adapt to suit certain situations ?
  • What are the impacts of the decisions we make?
* Sausage Sizzle - Friday 

Week 2 - 
* Year 8 Pizza Fundraiser - Genna and Leanne are organising this one (NOTE: with no sport, our lunch eating time will revert back to 1:05pm)







Wednesday, June 12, 2019

WELCOME TO WEEK 8!




Week 8 already and with learning conferences coming up, these last few weeks will fly by!
This week we are preparing for our annual Learning Conferences! This is a time for each of the students to reflect on the learning they have done, and prepare to share this with you. Thank you to all of those parents who have booked their conference spot online already.

Congratulations to our 3 speech finalists - Sam Archer, Holly Pile and Jasper Stott, who put up a strong challenge against Ohoka on Monday. All of the speeches were of an exceptional calibre, however we were most proud of the way our team spoke! They were excellent! A huge thanks has to go to Matt Stott, who not only ran a whole team workshop on the craft of public speaking, but then gave the 3 finalists some one to one coaching to get them ready for competition. Our team did us proud, with them taking out the 2nd, 3rd and 4th places respectively. A VERY strong outcome indeed.
The Year 7's had the opportunity to watch all of the speeches, and have come away with a clearer idea of what it means to maintain an audience's attention, and 'perform' rather than just 'speak' a speech.

We had such fun with our fort day on Tuesday - it was just what we needed to ease the hectic pace we have had this term. Everyone made a great start on their new Level Up assignment which focuses on the impact introduced species have on an ecosystem.

MATARIKI BREAKFAST - 
We have our annual Matariki Breakfast on Wednesday morning. We would love to see you there!



SILVERSTREAM - 
We are planning a trip to Silverstream Reserve on Tuesday 2 July from 10am – 12.30pm. We will travel to and from the Reserve by bus and there is no cost for families.
Children are encouraged to come to school in warm mufti clothes with gumboots or strong shoes. Bringing a uniform to change into afterwards would be ideal.
We would love some parents to accompany us on this trip. Please let your team teachers know if you are available to help out. 

BYOD - 
Just a reminder that as per the BYOD Agreement that all students signed at the start of the year, our team need to be bringing their own device to school, if they have one. We are noticing that our team devices are being stretched thin, thus limiting the learning of some students. Please help us out by reminding your child to bring theirs each day. The learning we have planned for Term 3 REALLY needs as many devices as possible coming to school - so we are getting into good habits now! 

STATIONERY CHECK - 
As we approach the middle of the year we would love it if you could sit with your child and check that they have ALL of the correct stationery that they need for learning. Some of the common items that seem to be lacking...
* Rulers 
* Blue and red pens
* Glue sticks 
* Pencils 
* Headphones 
* Highlighters 
* SRL Books (1B8)
* Maths Books (QB) 

PLAYING ON THE FIELD - 
With the colder and wetter weather we would love those who wish to play on the field, to bring a change of clothes please. 


Have a great weekend!
Kristie, Vikki and Helen.


COMING UP IN TERM 2 - for your diaries! 
Week 8 - 
* Matariki Breakfast - Wednesday (more information to come)
* Canterbury Cross Country Champs - for those who qualify
* Assembly - FRIDAY @ 9:10am (Team presenting - Whakarewa)
* Winter Sport and Options - Friday

Week 9 - 
* LEARNING CONFERENCE WEEK (MONDAY - THURSDAY) - make sure you book your times. A link has been sent to you via email.
* Canterbury Cross Country POSTPONEMENT - Wednesday
* Sausage Sizzle - Friday

Week 10 - 
* LEARNING CONFERENCE WEEK (TUESDAY and WEDNESDAY) - make sure you book your times. A link has been sent to you via email.
Year 8 Pizza Fundraiser - Kerryn and Amy R are organising this one. 

Wednesday, June 5, 2019

WELCOME TO WEEK 7!



Here we are at Week 7 and we have our inter-school speech competition to begin our week! Congratulations to JASPER STOTT, SAM ARCHER and HOLLY PILE our three speech competitors. We know you will do us proud and remember - YOU have GOT THIS!


LEARNING CONFERENCES - 
These will be upon us again before we know it. The link has been emailed to all families at the beginning of week 6. This message was in the last newsletter, so you can prepare for the earlier finish times to allow for the conferences. 

To ensure every family has an opportunity to book in, classes will finish at 12.30pm on
Monday 24 June and Wednesday 3 July. The school bus will run at 12.35pm on both of these
days. 
sKids will offer care from 12.30 – 3pm at a cost of $10 for families who would like to take up this offer. The usual sKids programme will run from 3pm.

FORT FUN!
It is fair to say that in Aspire this term we have been FLAT OUT! Now that our speeches are done, we are keen to have some child centred fun! Last year our Fort Day to support inquiry was HUGE! So we are keen to allow our big (little) students a day where they can build forts with friends, and work in them for the day. We have TUESDAY this week ear marked for this day. 

Things to note - 
* Each group (we will form these in class) will need to bring in what they need for their fort - PLEASE NAME ALL ITEMS CLEARLY. 
* Each group will be allocated a space in the class as their prime piece of real estate. 
* We will build forts from 9am - 9:40am.
* We will work in our forts from morning tea onwards.
* Pack down will happen at 2pm. 

BYOD - 
Just a reminder that as per the BYOD Agreement that all students signed at the start of the year, our team need to be bringing their own device to school, if they have one. We are noticing that our team devices are being stretched thin, thus limiting the learning of some students. Please help us out by reminding your child to bring theirs each day. The learning we have planned for Term 3 REALLY needs as many devices as possible coming to school - so we are getting into good habits now! 


PLAYING ON THE FIELD - 
With the colder and wetter weather we would love those who wish to play on the field, to bring a change of clothes please. 

COMING UP IN TERM 2 - for your diaries! 
Week 7 - 
* Year 7 Speeches - Monday at 11am
* Year 8 Speech Competition - Clarkville and Ohoka at school - Monday 1:30pm
* The 2019 ASPIRE FORT DAY - Tuesday
* NZ Playhouse Performance for the whole school - Wednesday
* Subway - Thursday
* Year 8 Pizza Fundraiser - Rosina and Erica are organising this one.

Week 8 - 
* Matariki Breakfast - Wednesday (more information to come)
* Canterbury Cross Country Champs - for those who qualify
* Assembly - FRIDAY @ 9:10am (Team presenting - Whakarewa)
* Winter Sport and Options - Friday

Week 9 - 
* LEARNING CONFERENCE WEEK (MONDAY - THURSDAY) - make sure you book your times. A link has been sent to you via email.
* Canterbury Cross Country POSTPONEMENT - Wednesday
* Sausage Sizzle - Friday

Week 10 - 
* LEARNING CONFERENCE WEEK (TUESDAY and WEDENSDAY) - make sure you book your times. A link has been sent to you via email.
Year 8 Pizza Fundraiser - Kerryn and Amy R are organising this one. 


Thursday, May 30, 2019

WELCOME TO WEEK 6!


QUEEN'S BIRTHDAY HOLIDAY ON MONDAY! 
Enjoy some time out! 

WOW - week 6, and we are beginning to think about presenting our speeches, the Year 8 Speech Competition, assessment and learning conferences at the end of the term. Keep your eyes peeled for the information about learning conferences and the link to book a time with your child during week 9 and 10 of the term. 

What a mammoth week we have had, with our Year 7's enjoying our trip into the National Young Leaders Conference on Thursday! This was such an inspirational, thought provoking, and of course FUN day to attend! The students have come away buzzing!  

This week we continue our preparation for our speeches on Wednesday. We are lucky to have Matt Stott coming in on Tuesday, to run us through a speaking workshop, to complete our preparation. They Year 8's will begin to present their speeches on Wednesday, in readiness for the inter-school competition on Monday Week 7. 

FAMINE 2019 - 
Children who have registered to complete the famine, may choose to start this on THURSDAY this week. We have some games planned from 3pm - 4pm in the MPF on Thursday to begin the 20 hour famine and this will conclude on FRIDAY at 11am.  All participants will make fruit kebabs with Juliana to enjoy, before having their lunch at the usual time. 


MUSICAL BINGO THIS FRIDAY! 


MUSICAL BINGO is back at Clarkville School due to popular demand!
Buy tickets via Humanitix - $20pp

Friday 7th June 7pm (Doors open 6:30pm)
WHAT IS MUSICAL BINGO?
A hilarious, social evening for adults with songs instead of numbers on the bingo cards. Easy and fun on your own or with friends.

♫ Prizes & giveaways
♫ Prizes for best Rockstar costume
♫ Bar facilities - no under 18s please
♫ Musical knowledge not required
♫ $20 includes entry and 2 cards for each round

Any questions please contact Krissie on 0274782114 or jewellerybykrissie@yahoo.co.nz

PTA Fundraiser - eco-friendly products
The PTA is excited to share their latest fundraiser with you - products with an eco-friendly focus! All of these products provide easy, every-day ways to care for our environment and reduce the impact of plastic waste on our planet. This is a WIN for everyone - a great fundraiser for the school, interesting and good value products for you to buy, as well as helping to look after our environment! Share our fundraiser with your friends and family and help to raise money for our children.
A copy of the information brochure and an order form should have come home with your oldest child earlier this week or you can pick up a copy from the office. Orders must be dropped off to the school office by Friday, 24 May. You can include the cash with your order (in the envelope provided) or you can deposit the money into the PTA bank account. Bank details are on the order form.

Any questions please contact Marie on 027 263 435 or email meambro30@gmail.com.

Have a great week!
Kristie, Vik and Helen

COMING UP IN TERM 2 - for your diaries! 

Week 6 - 
* Queens Birthday - Monday
* 20 hour famine begins at 3pm on Thursday - concludes at 11am Friday.
* Assembly - FRIDAY @ 9:10am (Team presenting - Tuhura)
* Musical Bingo - Friday
* Winter Sport resumes (for those who are competing) - Week 2

Week 7 - 
* Year 8 Speech Competition - Clarkville, Swannanoa, and Ohoka at school - Monday 1:30pm
* NZ Playhouse Performance for the whole school - Wednesday
* Subway - Thursday
* Year 8 Pizza Fundraiser - Rosina and Erica are organising this one.

Week 8 - 
* Matariki Breakfast - Wednesday (more information to come)
* Canterbury Cross Country Champs - for those who qualify
* Assembly - FRIDAY @ 9:10am (Team presenting - Whakarewa)
* Winter Sport and Options - Friday





Wednesday, May 22, 2019

WELCOME TO WEEK 5!





Welcome to Week 5!
This week is a rather messy week...! We have outlined it all below, so please read it carefully, but in a nut shell, school is closed on WEDNESDAY and FRIDAY this week.

THE PERFECT WAY TO KEEP PARENTS SANE ON WEDNESDAY AND FRIDAY...
Although school will be closed there is NO ONE in Aspire who has nothing to do, work wise! Our suggestion to the students will be the following -
* Work on their speeches Year 7 and Year 8 - NOTE: Year 8's who are keen to be contenders for the Inter School Year 8 Speech competition, will HAVE to do this as we just don't have a enough time in our days leading up to this event, for them to have this done comfortably in school time.
* Complete Leadership Reflections - ALL of Aspire will need to do this.
* Work on Leadership Projects and Emerging Leaders Pathways - 90% of the Year 7's are lacking in the number of activities completed.
* Complete our usual basics, quiz and spelling activities on our website.

If your child 'thinks' they are up to date, don't believe them! ;)


PCT TEAM - 
This competition is on MONDAY. Each Team has been issued with their sports tops today. Please ensure the teams are at school by 7:25am so they can leave by 7:30am sharp - as both teams must be registered by 8:30am.

PEGASUS CROSS COUNTRY - 
Good luck to those from our team who are competing in the Pegasus Zone Cross Country on Tuesday!

NYLD CONFERENCE - 
The Year 7's are off to the National Young Leaders Day Conference on Thursday. All Year 7's need to be in Aspire at 7:50am, so we can leave at 8am sharp please. 
Please ensure your $10 is paid by MONDAY at the latest. 

EPRO 8 COMPETITION - 
The EPRO8 Team are off to Kaiapoi North School on Thursday at 5pm to compete against other schools in this technology challenge! We wish them all the best!

FROM THE PTA - 
MUSICAL BINGO is back at Clarkville School due to popular demand!
Buy tickets via Humanitix - $20pp

Friday 7th June 7pm (Doors open 6:30pm)
WHAT IS MUSICAL BINGO?
A hilarious, social evening for adults with songs instead of numbers on the bingo cards. Easy and fun on your own or with friends.

♫ Prizes & giveaways
♫ Prizes for best Rockstar costume
♫ Bar facilities - no under 18s please
♫ Musical knowledge not required
♫ $20 includes entry and 2 cards for each round

Any questions please contact Krissie on 0274782114 or jewellerybykrissie@yahoo.co.nz

PTA Fundraiser - eco-friendly products
The PTA is excited to share their latest fundraiser with you - products with an eco-friendly focus! All of these products provide easy, every-day ways to care for our environment and reduce the impact of plastic waste on our planet. This is a WIN for everyone - a great fundraiser for the school, interesting and good value products for you to buy, as well as helping to look after our environment! Share our fundraiser with your friends and family and help to raise money for our children.
A copy of the information brochure and an order form should have come home with your oldest child earlier this week or you can pick up a copy from the office. Orders must be dropped off to the school office by Friday, 24 May. You can include the cash with your order (in the envelope provided) or you can deposit the money into the PTA bank account. Bank details are on the order form.

Any questions please contact Marie on 027 263 435 or email meambro30@gmail.com.

Have a great week!
Kristie, Vik and Helen

COMING UP IN TERM 2 - for your diaries! 
Week 5 - A VERY messy week - read carefully... 
* Year 7/8 Team to go to the PCT Challenge - Monday 
   Year 8: Vinny, Sam A, Jess W, Holly. Year 7: Anika, Charley, Kupa, Joseph 
* EcoEducate Water Lessons - Tuesday (at school)
* PEGASUS CROSS COUNTRY - Tuesday - NOTE THIS DATE HAS CHANGED
* STRIKE DAY - Wednesday - school closed
* National Young Leaders Day - Horncastle Arena - Year 7's only 
* Year 7/8 EPRO8 Competition - Thursday evening - Liam Aitchison, Oliver Blair, Daniel Martin, Sophie Burnett. 
* Communities of Learning Teacher Only Day - Friday - school closed

Week 6 - 
* Queens Birthday - Monday
* Assembly - FRIDAY @ 9:10am (Team presenting - Tuhura)
* Musical Bingo - Friday
* Winter Sport resumes (for those who are competing) - Week 2
* Year 8 Pizza Fundraiser - Friday (Rosina Ballagh and Erica Byron are organising this one).

Week 7 - 
* Year 8 Speech Competition - Clarkville, Swannanoa, and Ohoka at school - Monday 1:30pm
* NZ Playhouse Performance for the whole school - Wednesday
* Subway - Thursday
* Year 8 Pizza Fundraiser - Rosina and Erica are organising this one.


Wednesday, May 15, 2019

WELCOME TO WEEK 4!




Welcome to Week 4 - ALREADY!

This week we start with our annual cross country at the Kaiapoi Pony Club. We will be walking down to the venue first thing in the morning, and as already stated, we are staying down there to study Silver Stream and do our school learning from there for the rest of the day.
Thank you to the parents who have volunteered to marshal on the course for us - we can not run this event without your help!
We are happy for all children to come to school in their sports gear to avoid needing to get changed in a hurry in the morning. Please ensure your child has warm track pants and a jacket/polar fleece to wear after their race. Tee-shirts MUST HAVE SLEEVES - IE: no tank tops.
NOTE - all of Aspire will be doing BOTH LAPS of Silver Stream, however, those who would like to be considered for Pegasus Zones, will be given a band to wear on their wrist. 


YEAR 7 and 8 TECHNOLOGY - 



Our team are LOVING the Technology programme on Thursday's! This term they are focussing on assisting people with disabilities and creating tools to help them. This week they had a speaker come to inform them about the effects that a disability can have on a person. The teachers from Tech emailed us to let us know how AWESOME our team were, asking deep questions, and remaining attentive! Woohoo!

EPRO 8 COMPETITION - 
After many Engineering challenges in Aspire, we finally have the team selected, that will go forward on to the EPRO8 Engineering Competition in Week 5!
CONGRATULATIONS to Liam Aitchison, Oliver Blair, Daniel Martin, Sophie Burnett. We can't wait to see how you go!

OPTIONS and WINTER SPORT - 
We have Options and Winter Sport starting this Friday afternoon! Lots of fun workshops have been organised, and hopefully the weather plays ball for the sports people!

FROM THE PTA - 
MUSICAL BINGO is back at Clarkville School due to popular demand!
Buy tickets via Humanitix - $20pp
https://events.humanitix.co.nz/clarkville-school-musical-bingo

Friday 7th June 7pm (Doors open 6:30pm)
WHAT IS MUSICAL BINGO?
A hilarious, social evening for adults with songs instead of numbers on the bingo cards. Easy and fun on your own or with friends.

♫ Prizes & giveaways
♫ Prizes for best Rockstar costume
♫ Bar facilities - no under 18s please
♫ Musical knowledge not required
♫ $20 includes entry and 2 cards for each round

Any questions please contact Krissie on 0274782114 or jewellerybykrissie@yahoo.co.nz

PTA Fundraiser - eco-friendly products
The PTA is excited to share their latest fundraiser with you - products with an eco-friendly focus! All of these products provide easy, every-day ways to care for our environment and reduce the impact of plastic waste on our planet. This is a WIN for everyone - a great fundraiser for the school, interesting and good value products for you to buy, as well as helping to look after our environment! Share our fundraiser with your friends and family and help to raise money for our children.
A copy of the information brochure and an order form should have come home with your oldest child earlier this week or you can pick up a copy from the office. Orders must be dropped off to the school office by Friday, 24 May. You can include the cash with your order (in the envelope provided) or you can deposit the money into the PTA bank account. Bank details are on the order form.

Any questions please contact Marie on 027 263 435 or email meambro30@gmail.com


Don't forget to come to assembly this week - it is our one! Woohoo!
Have a great week!
Kristie, Vik and Helen

COMING UP IN TERM 2 - for your diaries! 
Week 4 - 
* School Cross Country - Monday Morning
* Assembly - FRIDAY @ 9:10am (Team presenting - US!)
* Sausage Sizzle
* Winter Sport - Week 1 

Week 5 - A VERY messy week - read carefully... 
* Year 7/8 Team to go to the PCT Challenge - Monday 
   Year 8: Vinny, Sam A, Jess W, Holly. Year 7: Anika, Charley, Kupa, Joseph 
* EcoEducate Water Lessons - Tuesday (at school)
* PEGASUS CROSS COUNTRY - Tuesday - NOTE THIS DATE HAS CHANGED
* STRIKE DAY - Wednesday - school closed
* National Young Leaders Day - Horncastle Arena - Year 7's only 
* Year 7/8 EPRO8 Competition - Thursday evening - Liam Aitchison, Oliver Blair, Daniel Martin, Sophie Burnett. 
* Communities of Learning Teacher Only Day - Friday - school closed

Week 6 - 
* Queens Birthday - Monday
* Assembly - FRIDAY @ 9:10am (Team presenting - Tuhura)
* Musical Bingo - Friday
* Winter Sport resumes (for those who are competing) - Week 2
* Year 8 Pizza Fundraiser - Friday (Rosina Ballagh and Erica Byron are organising this one).

Week 7 - 
* Year 8 Speech Competition - Clarkville, Swannanoa, and Ohoka at school - Monday 1:30pm
* NZ Playhouse Performance for the whole school - Wednesday
* Subway - Thursday
* Year 8 Pizza Fundraiser - Rosina and Erica are organising this one.


Wednesday, May 8, 2019

WELCOME TO WEEK 3!


YIKES! Do we feel like we have run a marathon in the last couple of weeks! With our PCT Teams selected, our Debating focus taught, carried out and our two teams competing this week, the EPRO8 Teams nearly selected, and an assembly run by our team, it is fair to say, Matawara take on their fair share around here! We are immensely proud of our Team, and how well all of them are taking this fast paced learning, in their stride - they are truely starting to think, feel and behave like Leaders! 

DEBATING - 
Our WHOLE team were part of a 'practise' debate team last week, and from our 'mock' debate, we selected our two teams, who competed against Swannanoa, and Sefton. We could not believe how our teams took on a heap of feedback from peers and teachers, and kept striving to be the best they could be in a short time. They were truely remarkable, with many members of these groups having NEVER experienced a debate before! 
Both teams were up against some pretty stiff competition, and the results were very close, however we were pipped at the post in both competitions. We are now moving on with beginning to think about the Year 8 Speech Competition this term! 

CROSS COUNTRY - 
It is time again to begin thinking about our annual school cross country, at Silver Stream, and the Kaiapoi Pony Club. This is on MONDAY 20th May, and we will be walking down first thing in the morning. Vikki and I have decided we will stay down here with Aspire, after our Cross Country to continue our Silver Stream studies. We will be back to school in time for the bus. 

SEESAW - 
In week one, you will have seen our 'rubrics' for Term 2 appear on Seesaw. These are the goals, and learning steps that are needed to attain each level of the rubric, in a particular learning area.
Over the term you will see your child post learning that is displaying some of the skills on the rubric, as evidence of the progress they are making towards the level of the curriculum they are working within.
We are just putting the finishing touches on our first piece of evidence in the area of Inquiry. 'The GREAT Water Study' will make its way to Seesaw soon!

PIZZA FUNDRAISER -
This week marks the first of our Year 8 Pizza Fundraisers for the year. Please ensure you follow the VERY specific instructions on the sign up document, as these are proven organisational tips, that have worked well over the years. You can find these recommendations here. 
Also, you will need to come to either Vikki or myself, to get the forms for our office record keeping, so that the banking will be done accurately!

At the end of next week, we farewell Bella Dondero who has been in Matawara since 2018. We wish her and her family all the very best as they head back to the USA.

We hope you have a great week!
Kristie, Vikki and Helen

COMING UP IN TERM 2 - for your diaries! 
Week 3 - Bully Free Week
* Wacky Hair Day - Wednesday - no cost. However, as it is Bullyfree NZ week, we would love our Aspire students to carry out a random act of kindness to another person - suggestions might be their co-pilot, a younger student etc. 
* Fish and Chips - Thursday
* Year 8 Pizza Fundraiser - Friday (Maria Pile, Amanda Faulls are organising this one). 

Week 4 - 
* School Cross Country - Monday Morning
* Assembly - FRIDAY (Team presenting - US!)
* Sausage Sizzle
* Winter Sport - Week 1 

Week 5 -
* Year 7/8 Team to go to the PCT Challenge - Monday (Teams will be decided in class)
* Pegasus Cross Country - Wednesday
* Year 7/8 EPRO8 Competition - Thursday evening (Teams decided in class)
* Communities of Learning Teacher Only Day - Friday

Week 6 - 
* Queens Birthday - Monday
* Assembly - FRIDAY (Team presenting - Tuhura)
* Musical Bingo - Friday
* Winter Sport resumes (for those who are competing) - Week 2
* Year 8 Pizza Fundraiser - Friday (Rosina Ballagh and Erica Byron are organising this one).





Wednesday, May 1, 2019

WELCOME TO WEEK 2!




Check out the new GORGEOUS couch in ASPIRE! Thank you to the Payne family for this - it is fast becoming a favourite of the teachers ;)

It is Week 2 - Debating Week! 

Wow we have hit the ground running this term, with our PCT Teams selected, and our Debate Teams nearly selected!

PCT COURSE... POLICE COMPETENCY TEST - Thursday 27 May2019 - 
Congratulations to the following who are our Year 7 and 8 PCT Teams for this year!

* YEAR 7 - Anika Shaw, Charley Regos, Kupa Wakelin, Joseph Saunders
* YEAR 8 - Vinny Rimmer, Sam Archer, Jess Wakelin, Holly Pile

We look forward to seeing how you go! 

DEBATING - 
After our intense week of debating learning, we are nearly ready to confirm our Year 7 and 8 teams  who will compete on WEDNESDAY at school! We have a team competing against Swannanoa, and Sefton schools with the prescribed moot being "Dogs make better pets than cats...!"
Our Aspire mixed debate teams will debate off on Monday, and from here we will select the competition team... stay tuned!

KAIAPOI HIGH SCHOOL OPEN NIGHT - 
Last Wednesday we had a small group of Kaiapoi High School students come and chat to us about life as a Year 9 at Kaiapoi High School. This was a wonderful afternoon and our team were very enthusiastic about this information! Kaiapoi High School also have an open evening on Thursday night - a slip came home on Wednesday about this.

EPRO 8 CHALLENGE - 
We will continue our basics focus of problem solving / technology challenges this week, in preparation for our team selection of those who will go to the EPRO8 Challenge competition at Kaiapoi North School on Thursday 30th May from 5-8pm. We have booked a mixed team of 4 to take part, and we will select the team based on their ability to work as a team, and still maintain 'out of the box' thinking!

YEAR 8 CHOCOLATE SALES - 
Year 8's don't forget to continue with your chocolate sales, to earn money towards your Camp Wellington fees! If you have sold your box, bring your money back to school, and grab another box to sell!

YEAR 8 LEADERSHIP PROJECTS - 
The planning for all leadership projects has been marked and feedback has been given. It is fair to say, some of our team have realised that they are not following either the exemplar, the rubric and/or the advice their mentor is giving them. We have had many conversations with the Year 8's regarding the importance of following this process and that the rubric will ONLY mark what it states. Thank you to the parents who have come in for meetings as requested, as it is vital that your children understand this form of assessment as it is exactly as it will be at High School for assessments.

As we have said to the Year 8's, High Schools place a lot of importance on these projects, and the attitude and perseverance that is applied to them, as they know this is what all students will be exposed to during their secondary years.

TEACHER UNION MEETINGIMPORTANT: Union Meeting Thursday 9 May - 
Please read this important information regarding our teaching staff attending a paid union meeting on Thursday 9 May. This is in place of a meeting that was postponed earlier this year.

You may remember that teachers and principals took strike action twice last year to send a message to the Government that more needed to be done to fix the teacher shortage and make teaching a more sustainable and attractive profession.
NZEI Te Riu Roa has resumed negotiations with the Ministry.
NZEI Te Riu Roa members at our school will attend a paid union meeting on Thursday 9 May at 1:30pm.
We would really appreciate it if you could pick your child/ren up at 1:00pm on this day. If this is impossible, can you please let Kathryn know by emailing her at admin@clarkville.school.nz

We will arrange alternative supervision at school for the afternoon.
Thanks for your co-operation in this important matter.

We hope you have a great week, and of course do not hesitate to come in and chat if you have any questions.

See you all soon!
Kristie, Vikki and Helen.

COMING UP IN TERM 2 - for your diaries! 
Week 2 - 
* Paid Union Meeting - Thursday afternoon - more information to come
* Assembly - FRIDAY (Team presenting TBD)

Week 3 - Bully Free Week
* Fish and Chips - Thursday
* Year 8 Pizza Fundraiser - Friday (Maria Pile, Amanda Faulls are organising this one). 

Week 4 - 
* School Cross Country - Monday Morning
* Assembly - FRIDAY (Team presenting - US!)
* Sausage Sizzle 

Week 5 -
* Year 7/8 Team to go to the PCT Challenge - Monday (Teams will be decided in class)
* Pegasus Cross Country - Wednesday
* Year 7/8 EPRO8 Competition - Thursday evening (Teams decided in class)
* Communities of Learning Teacher Only Day - Friday

Saturday, April 27, 2019

WELCOME BACK - Week 1!


Welcome back to a brand new term! 

We trust you had a great Easter with your family and friends, and you had some time to recharge your  own batteries. This term is one of Aspire's busiest! We have debating, speech competitions, Otago Problem Solving, PCT Challenge, EPRO 8 Challenge ... just to name a few events that are coming up in the first half of this term! It is fair to say, that to read this communication blog each week, is very important. We do our very best to have our timeline below, accurate, and a few weeks ahead, so that your planning is not too stressful!

KAIAPOI BOROUGH TECHNOLOGY - THURSDAYS... 
We have noticed lately that there are some 'late comers' on these days. This is a disruption to the bus service, and the Tech timetable. We have programmed time with these teachers, and if we arrive late, it is time that children miss out on completing their projects. Please ensure your child is at school no later than 8:45am, to allow for signing in, team hui and getting on the bus.

Those students in Group 'Wha' - Multi Materials in Term 1 - will begin with Food Tech in Week 1, so an apron is a necessary piece of equipment each week this term. 

WATER TESTING AND QUALITY - INQUIRY STUDY... 
Last term during our Inquiry studies, we ventured to Silver Stream to participate in Water Testing workshops with Water Watch. These revealed interesting findings about the quality of Silver Stream! We are now going to take this study a little wider, so we can practice the skills we learned in Term 1. We are hoping to get a few samples of water from surrounding areas in our community - ponds, streams, water races, stagnant pools etc - to test the quality of water contained in these environments. Well water is a great sample also! We will be testing for pH, nitrates, life in the water etc.

Any children who can help us out will need to do the following -
1. Photograph the water source (pond etc)
2. Gather a sample of the water
3. Gather a small sample of the soil around this source in a ziplock bag.
4. Bring it to school in the test pots provided - labeled with date and position of sample.

We will conduct the water testing, and also, if possible plot on a map where each of the samples were taken from, to see if there is any relationship between location, soil type and water quality. Exciting scientific skills!

DEBATING - 
This week we will begin our focus on Debating and presenting our written words. The whole team will be a part of this, and from here we will select our Year 7 and Year 8 Debating Team. Aspire being armed with a formal way to argue... we apologise in advance!

PCT COURSE... POLICE COMPETENCY TEST 
On the first day back, we will be trialling all of Aspire through a PCT type challenge, to select the Year 7 and Year 8 Team to head to the inter-school competition on the 27th May. This is a timed course that we set out, so it would be great if all students could ensure their footwear is adequate for running, climbing, pulling, jumping and everything in between!
NOTE - there is a cost to this event, if your child is selected, of $15.

EPRO 8 CHALLENGE - 
This week our basics focus has a distinct problem solving / technology challenge flavour to it. This is in preparation for our team selection of those who will go to the EPRO8 Challenge competition at Kaiapoi North School on Thursday 30th May from 5-8pm. We have booked a mixed team of 4 to take part, and we will select the team based on their ability to work as a team, and still maintain 'out of the box' thinking!

We hope you have a great week, and of course do not hesitate to come in and chat if you have any questions.

See you all soon!
Kristie, Vikki and Helen.

COMING UP IN TERM 2 - for your diaries! 
Week 1 - 
* Kaiapoi High School coming to visit - Wednesday 1st May at 2pm (NOTE - KHS Open Night is Thursday 9th May)

Week 2 - 
* Paid Union Meeting - Thursday afternoon - more information to come
* Assembly - FRIDAY (Team presenting TBD)

Week 3 - Bully Free Week
* Fish and Chips - Thursday
* Year 8 Pizza Fundraiser - Friday (Maria Pile, Amanda Faulls are organising this one). 

Week 4 - 
* School Cross Country - Monday Morning
* Assembly - FRIDAY (Team presenting - US!)
* Sausage Sizzle 

Week 5 -
* Year 7/8 Team to go to the PCT Challenge - Monday (Teams will be decided in class)
* Pegasus Cross Country - Wednesday
* Year 7/8 EPRO8 Competition - Thursday evening (Teams decided in class)
* Communities of Learning Teacher Only Day - Friday

Wednesday, April 3, 2019

WELCOME TO WEEK 11!


Welcome to Week 11 - the final week in what seems to have been a VERY fast term! 
It seems like just yesterday we were at Omaka for our Team Camp, with very fresh faced, excited Year 7 and 8's! 
This term we have accomplished some great things, with our team really stretching themselves in Leadership, learning and extra curricula events like Triathlon and Swimming. I think we all deserve a break from the routine, with time to reflect and recoup.

We will be heading to Silver Stream Reserve this TUESDAY to take part in some water quality testing and sampling. Water Watch will be helping us to to do this, with many great experiments planned. Here is the notice, in case your child's bag still has not released their paper copy. It would be wonderful to have a few helpers to come with us - please identify this on return the slip, if this sounds like you.

FYI - This may be of interest for some of you...



COMING UP this week - 
Week 11 - 
COLOURFUL MUFTI DAY - Wednesday - Gold coin with proceeds to victims of CHCH Shooting 
* Subway Lunch - Thursday 
* School Assembly - Friday 1:40pm - Tuhura sharing 
YEAR 8 CAMP WELLINGTON DEPOSIT DUE - Friday - $100.00
* Last Day of Term! - Friday

COMING UP IN TERM 2 - for your diaries! 

Week 1 - 

* Kaiapoi High School coming to visit - Wednesday 1st May at 2pm (NOTE - KHS Open Night is Thursday 9th May)

Week 2 - 
* Assembly - FRIDAY (Team presenting TBD)

Week 3 - Bully Free Week
* Fish and Chips - Thursday
* Year 8 Pizza Fundraiser - Friday

Week 4 - 
* School Cross Country - Monday Morning

Week 5 - 
* Year 7/8 Team to go to the PCT Challenge - Monday (Teams will be decided in class)
* Pegasus Cross Country - Wednesday
* Year 7/8 EPRO8 Competition - Thursday evening (Teams decided in class)


Have a lovely holiday break, and we will see you next term! 
Kristie, Vikki and Helen

Wednesday, March 27, 2019

WELCOME TO WEEK 10!


Welcome to Week 10!

Crikey, where has the term gone! It has been a fast paced, jam packed term with plenty happening, and more to come! This week we have the Canterbury Swimming Championships on Thursday with a some of our team attending this. Good luck to those people, and remember, there are different start times depending on age groups - please ensure you check your newsletter information regarding this. NOTE - Year 7/8 races do not begin until 11:30am at the Selwyn Aquatic Centre. This MAY effect your child's attendance at Technology. 

LITERACY LEARNING - 
We have added some activities to our website for our Team to do as part of our Basics programme next week. The activities require some viewing, therefore it is VITAL each of Aspire bring their headphones. Remember, these headphones do not need to be flash ones!

SEESAW - 
Between now and the end of the term, you will start to see reflections of Term 1 appearing on your child's seesaw account. We have lots to reflect on! It is so great to see the comments that you leave for your children - and they love it too! 

LITTER-FREE LUNCH - 
As part of our PB4L initiative we are rewarding students for specific skills and behaviours that we are developing as a school. Presently, this is a focus on litter-free lunch. Children are able to earn a token that they can drop into the school collection vessel, and this earns the school a reward when a certain amount is achieved. 

LEADERSHIP PROJECTS (Year 8) and EMERGING LEADERS (Year 7) - 
All Year 8 students have now finished the 'Goal and Purpose' part of their Leadership Project. It is now time to begin the PLANNING section which is due in the final week of this term on MONDAY 8TH APRIL. 

All Year 7's should now be working on their SECOND task from their Emerging Leaders booklet.   
Remember, you need to complete AT LEAST 2 tasks per term. 
To be fair - Mrs Morrie has not seen many for marking. I know there are some super lunchtime activities being planned by some of you - GREAT WORK! REMEMBER - get the necessary information to me for marking! 

As we discussed in our beginning of the year, goal setting meetings, the levels of achievement have changed for all Leadership and Emerging Leaders medals. 

This year, all YEAR 8 LEADERSHIP PROJECTS must achieve a minimum total of 55.25 points out of 65, to receive a BLACK AND WHITE level and a MEDAL. 
39 - 55 points will receive the RED AND BLACK level and a CERTIFICATE. 
26 - 38 points will receive BLUE AND WHITE level and a CERTIFICATE. 

Year 7 EMERGING LEADERS projects will be awarded in the following way - 
10 - 23 points will earn BLUE AND WIHITE level and a CERTIFICATE. 
24 - 39 points will earn RED AND BLACK level and a CERTIFICATE. 
40+ points will earn BLACK AND WHITE level and a MEDAL. 

REFLECTIONS Year 7 and 8 - 
All Year 7 and 8's should be working on Reflections against each of the 5 Leadership Categories, all of the time.
Year 8's will need to be completing at least 2 a week for Capping Evidence (heading towards 20 now!)
Year 7's should have 7-9 reflections in their book by now.

COMING UP 
Week 10 - 
* Canterbury Swimming Champs - Thursday

Week 11 - 
* Subway Lunch - Thursday 
* School Assembly - Friday 1:40pm - Tuhura sharing 
YEAR 8 CAMP WELLINGTON DEPOSIT DUE - Friday 
* Last Day of Term! - Friday

Have a lovely weekend and week! 
Kristie, Vikki and Helen


Wednesday, March 20, 2019

WELCOME TO WEEK 9!



A HUGE thank you to our AMAZING community for your efforts around the Gala - it is going to be a FABULOUS evening tomorrow. Make sure you are ready to bid for your child's art in the silent auction. You should have seen your child's art on Seesaw by now, so you will know how AMAZING they look!

SWIMMING - 
With the winter months fast approaching, we have now finished swimming for the season.
We will start up this area of our PE curriculum again in Term 4.

SEESAW - 
Over the next few weeks you will start to see reflections of Term 1 appearing on your child's seesaw account. We have lots to reflect on!

LITTER-FREE LUNCH - 
As part of our PB4L initiative we are rewarding students for specific skills and behaviours that we are developing as a school. Presently, this is a focus on litter-free lunch. Children are able to earn a token that they can drop into the school collection vessel, and this earns the school a reward when a certain amount is achieved. 

HEAD LICE -
These wee creatures are back with great gusto... it is a timely reminder to check your child's hair and treat accordingly. Here is the letter that would normally be sent home, in addition to the information about head lice.

LEADERSHIP PROJECTS (Year 8) and EMERGING LEADERS (Year 7) - 
All Year 8 students have now finished the 'Goal and Purpose' part of their Leadership Project. It is now time to begin the PLANNING section which is due in the final week of this term on MONDAY 8TH APRIL. 

All Year 7's should now be working on their SECOND task from their Emerging Leaders booklet.   
Remember, you need to complete AT LEAST 2 tasks per term. 
To be fair - Mrs Morrie has not seen many for marking. I know there are some super lunchtime activities being planned by some of you - GREAT WORK!

REFLECTIONS Year 7 and 8 - 
All Year 7 and 8's should be working on Reflections against each of the 5 Leadership Categories, all of the time.
Year 8's will need to be completing at least 2 a week for Capping Evidence (heading towards 18 now!)
Year 7's should have 5-7 reflections in their book by now.



Week 9 - 
* Sausage Sizzle - Friday
* School Assembly - Friday 1:40pm - Whakarewa sharing. 

Week 10 - 
* Canterbury Swimming Champs - Thursday

Week 11 - 
* Subway Lunch - Thursday 
* School Assembly - Friday 1:40pm - Tuhura sharing 
YEAR 8 CAMP WELLINGTON DEPOSIT DUE - Friday 
* Last Day of Term! - Friday

Have a lovely weekend and week! 
Kristie, Vikki and Helen