TUESDAY 11th MARCH 2014
KIA ORA, MALO E LELEI, TALOFA LAVA,
FAKAALOFA LAHI ATU,
KIA ORANA,NAMASTE, NI HAO!
Greetings everyone! Welcome back to Viscount Learning Community to all our existing families, and a special welcome to our new students and families. We are all here to make your children’s learning as effective and exciting as possible – come up to school anytime if you have questions or want to help in any way
FIRST THREE-WAY CONFERENCES
Thanks to all the families that made the effort last week to come along and share some early ideas about students and their learning – most classes report a 95% turn out rate! If you were unable to come along last week, you can make an appointment to meet your teachers as soon as possible – IT IS IMPORTANT!
The change-over in ordering uniforms on-line seems to have gone very smoothly for everyone, and students are coming along to school really smartly turned out in uniforms – well done everyone!
School starts at 9:00 a.m. every day, so it makes sense for students to be here 15/20 minutes earlier than this to make sure they are ready for learning! A small number of students are coming along just after 9:00 a.m. – this is NOT acceptable – parents need to make sure that students are at school on time!
Thanks to the many parents who do ring us to let us know when/why their children are away from school. The school number is 2754699, so please make sure you let us know when your children are away sick or for any other reason.
A GREAT turn-out to our first session for parents of Year 1 students last Wednesday (5th March). About 20 parents came along in the afternoon to get some ideas about how they can support their children’s reading at home. The next session is planned for tomorrow, Wednesday 12th March, so come along and join the crew who are already working hard to make sure that their children learn well!
Thanks to this great organization we are able to run a ‘Breakfast Club’ on Tuesday & Thursdays – they supply us with food, and we are very lucky that Viscount teachers are always prepared to be involved with initiatives that help the students become better learners.
Recently I have negotiated with the ‘Kids Can Trust’ to supply is with Jackets, Track Pants and Shoes for most of the children in the school, and will be able to give you more information about this in a couple of weeks.
Unfortunately, last Thursday one of our students decided it would be a ‘clever’ idea to break the glass and press the switch on one of our fire alarms – just after 3 p.m. as parents were coming along to their Three Way Conferences!
Not only is this a very DANGEROUS thing to do, the N.Z. Fire Department naturally gets angry about such things and sends our school a bill for $1,000.00.
Parents please note that if your child breaks a fire alarm at school, YOU will have to pay the fine of $1,000.00.
RENOVATIONS TO CLASSROOMS
In the next 2 weeks we are planning to start a total ‘makeover’ on Rooms 19/20/21, transforming them into modern learning environments for students to enjoy. This means that the students in these rooms will have to relocate to other venues in the school for a while - some short-term pain in order for some long-term gain!
- Our Y.7/8 Girls and Boys teams have been practising hard since Week 1 and are again involved in the N.Z. Cricket Championships. The boys played St. Kents in their first game, playing well but going down to some more experienced cricketers! Their next game is with Buckland’s Beach Int. this Friday. The girls tried to play their first game with Somerville Int. last week, but got rained off – re-scheduled for this Wednesday.
- Our Primary Cricket teams competed in the Mangere Schools Tournament a week ago, with the boys finishing about mid-table, and the girls winning the Champion's Trophy.
- Our Primary boys and girls teams have both been practising well for some weeks now, and get to play in the Mangere School’s Tournament this Thursday 13th March.
- Our Year 7/8 classes have just started their Inter-Class Sevens Tournament in lunchtimes. Our school coaches will be watching boys and girls playing very closely, so that we can choose our school teams to play in the BLUES SEVENS COMPETITION. Last year our boys team lost the Sth. Zone qualifying tournament closely in the final, and our girls team went on to win the Grand Final at Eden Park – WATCH THIS SPACE!