THURSDAY 12th MARCH 2015
KIA ORA, MALO E LELEI, TALOFA LAVA,
FAKAALOFA LAHI ATU,
KIA ORANA, NAMASTE, NI HAO!
Greetings everyone – we are off to a good start to 2015, with no changes to our teaching staff, and lots of new families coming into the Viscount family!
It is very pleasing to see how close to all students have got their stationery early in the term. We always try to make stationery requirements as affordable as possible, so it’s great to see students with all the tools they need to get stuck into their learning programmes! Remember – WINZ offers help to families who really need it.
Our school uniform is designed to help families to:-
- Present their children to school dressed appropriately for learning.
- Show they are proud that their children belong to Viscount Learning Community.
- Get children dressed for school easily every morning, with no debates about ‘what to wear’.
Now, it is very easy for all families to order uniforms online from our suppliers Argyle Clothing – www.argyleschoolwear.co.nz
Although we are pleased that more than 90% of students come to school each day in uniform, there is a small group of students/families still to get this organized. Remember – WINZ offers help to families who really need it.
It is particularly important for Senior Students (Y.7/8) to wear their uniforms proudly, as these students are the leaders in our school, and get lots of opportunities to represent Viscount to the wider community in sports, music and cultural activities. From next week on (Week 7) it will not be possible for Senior Students who are not consistently in school uniform, to represent our school in sports, music and cultural activities.
We point out that Viscount is very different to most schools in N.Z. – you don’t have to pay for any sports events or music groups available to our students – sports uniforms, musical instruments and all travel is funded by the school And there are no fees at Viscount!
As you can all see when you come to school, or drive past, our new buiding is coming on well. The builders are on track to finish the project early in July, and we are presently busy planning how we are going to furnish the new learning environment, and what technologies we want to install. Unfortunately, the Ministry of Education is not making these two tasks very easy, by withholding funding normally made available to furnish new buildings! We WILL get there in the end though, and sooner than we all think, we will be moving some students and teachers into what will be a very modern place to learn.
We have known for many years now that those children that come to school every day are the most successful learners. I am pleased that so far this year we have had very few unexplained absences. Remember, if your child is away from school for any reason you need to let us know why they are absent, either with a phone call or sending a note along with your child when they return to school.
Term 1 has been very active for all our Cricket teams, and all have had success. Our Y.7/8 boys team has played games against Kings School, Somerville Int. School and Mission Heights College, losing all of them but showing incredible improvements and teamwork (coach Mr. Bond Tagaloa). Our Y.7/8 girls team has played games against Remuera Int. and Somerville Int., winning both easily and looking on track to get to the Auckland Finals again in Term 4 (coach Mr. Stevens). Our Primary boys and girls teams played in the recent ‘KIWI 8s’ tournament, boys finishing 8th and girls finishing 2nd (coaches Mr. Bester and Mr Rainey.
It is great to see so many of our students playing cricket on Saturdays throughout the summer, due mainly to the enthusiasm and efforts of Mr. Rainey and Mr. Bester.
Next week [Wednesday 18th March] our Primary boys and girls Softball teams are playing in the Mangere/Otahuhu field day – last year we won both competitions – good luck to coaches Mr. Fred Leniu and Mr. Mani.
Next week we will be starting some inter-class Sevens Rugby so that we can choose our teams for competitions coming up in Term 2.
We were all very saddened by the recent passing of our staff member, ‘Mama Fili Tavu’i’. Fili had been working at Viscount for over 35 years, and was a valued and loved member of our ‘Viscount family’. Many thanks to the many parents who came to the services held at Mangere P.I.P.C.
REMINDER - At Viscount we don’t have any rules – we have our two OBLIGATIONS, and every student develops a deep understanding of what they are and why they are important:-
- To be a member of the Viscount Learning Community you must come to school to LEARN.
- To be a member of the Viscount Learning Community you must come to school to help others to LEARN.
Please take the time to talk to your children about what these obligations mean, because meeting them means you have to play your part as parents!