MONDAY 21st MARCH 2016
KIA ORA, MALO E LELEI, TALOFA LAVA,
FAKAALOFA LAHI ATU,
KIA ORANA, NAMASTE, NI HAO!
Greetings everyone welcome back to Viscount in 2016! Now we are beginning Week 8 at school and there are lots of happenings to tell you about!
Right now we have 612 students at Viscount. We have welcomed 89 new students to school so far this year (many from Samoa, Tonga and Australia), and said goodbye to 52 students who were with us last year (11 gone to Australia)
It has been great to meet and talk with so many parents/guardians on Wednesday and Thursday last week if your relationship with your childs teacher is strong, then we know that this helps your child to learn much better! If you were not able to come in over those 2 days, please get in touch and arrange to meet your childs teacher.
BOARD OF TRUSTEES
Viscount is very fortunate to have an excellent group of people on the B.O.T. Our Board members all care deeply about making sure that Viscount is the BEST place for children to be, and that the learning opportunities given to our students are exciting, challenging and relevant. B.O.T. members at the moment are:-
- Ms. Ioana Mulipola Chairperson
- Mr. Fuifui Tavui
- Ms. Anna Hunkin
- Ms. Moana Antoni
- Mr. Leigh Stevens Staff representative.
This year our B.O.T. is keen to promote and support a sporting/cultural trip to Samoa for a group of up to 25 students in September/October. Mr. Tavui will be playing a leading role in this excellent initiative, and we will be holding a community meeting next term to get ideas about how we can achieve this goal. Early in 2017 the B.O.T. is also keen to support/organize the building of a Fale at the school again we will be looking for your ideas and support later this year.
It is very pleasing to see how well our students are wearing uniform to school each day if you need new uniform, remember to go to our online ordering site at http://www.argyleonline.co.nz/Viscount-School_361
Now that our starting rooms for New Entrants (5 yr. olds) are all full, we will be opening up a fourth NE room in the next couple of weeks. We welcome a new teacher to our staff, Ms. Riven Lunjevich, who will be the teacher in this new room.
We are enjoying working with our on-site Social Worker, Mr. Rob MacFarlane, this year. He is available for any families that need some assistance in supporting their children at school, and has valuable contacts at WINZ and Housing NZ. Please contact us if you think you need any help at all.
Rob is currently promoting a few small initiatives at school designed to give students opportunities to learn how to work hard, persevere, set goals and appreciate chances to learn! The TRANZFORMERS Boxing Club meets every Thursday lunchtime, and 15 Yr. 7/8 boys are currently enjoying engaging with trainers from the SUPERCITY GYM in Manukau. This week we are starting a Woodworking class for a group of 5 students at the MENS WORKSHOP on Tidal Road. If you have any skills you would like to share with our students please contact us.
BEFORE/AFTER SCHOOL CARE
Remember that we have SKIDS providing this service at school. If you need your children to be looked after, come up to school and we can put you in touch with the organizers.
Last year our Maori Studies specialist teacher, Ms. Tina Sagaga, moved on to another teaching position closer to her new home, and as yet we do not have a suitable replacement in our sights. If you have any skills/experience in teaching Te Reo and/or Kapa Haka, please come up to school and have a talk to me about what you might be able to offer.
We do not have any special problems in this area at Viscount, as our students have such high levels of engagement with their learning! However, with 600+ children in one place everyday, sometimes small incidents will occur. Be assured that when they do occur, we always take action swiftly we follow a no tolerance to bullying policy at Viscount. Offenders are helped to change their behaviour, and parents will always be required to be part of the solution!
As usual our school sports teams have been active this term.
- Our Primary Boys and Girls Cricket teams competed in the recent Mangere Field Day, with the boys placing 5th and the girls placing 2nd.
- Our Yr. 7/8 Boys and Girls Cricket teams have been playing in the N.Z. Regional Championships. The boys team played St. Peters College and Kings School, putting up a good fight each time. The girls team has beaten Mt. Roskill Int., Auckland Normal Int. and Balmoral Int., and now moves into the quarter-finals later in the year (October).
- Our Primary Boys and Girls Softball teams have been practising for some weeks now, getting ready to play in the Mangere Field Day on 5th April.
- Mr. Stevens is currently training our Girls RIPPA RUGBY team for the field day on 23rd March at Aorere Park.
- Yr. 7/8 classes are currently having their SEVENS RUGBY TOURNAMENT every lunchtime later next week our coaches will choose school boys and girls teams to go to tournament on 5th April.
Thanks to the efforts of a committed group of teachers led by Ms. Mariko Edwards, students can now come along to the hall any morning at 8a.m. and have breakfast.
- Please note that the Easter break will be from Good Friday (25th March) until Easter Tuesday (29th March). Enjoy your break and be safe.