WEDNESDAY 23rd MAY 2012
KIA ORA, MALO E LELEI, TALOFA LAVA,
FAKAALOFA LAHI ATU,
KIA ORANA,NAMASTE, NI HAO,
Greetings everyone – as winter starts to bite we hope that life is treating you well, and that you are enjoying interacting with your children and their learning.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the Paasi family who were sadly involved with the boating accident at Mangere Bridge on the weekend. Whilst we mourn the loss of Mr. Paasi and son Tino, we await good news for youngster Sosaia Jnr. in hospital. Also we would like to support Mrs. Paasi and our students Komani & Valini, in the best ways possible!!
This Friday we will fundraise as much as we can for the family – please send along whatever you can afford (a coin or two!) with children on Friday – our school will find some funds to help out the Paasi family too!!!
Thanks to all the parents and families who came along to school last week to get ‘first hand’ feedback on their children’s learning. By coming along to these meetings you are showing that you value the hard work and achievements of your children and teachers! Please send us your ‘Response Sheets’ if you haven’t already done so.
Over the next 5/6 weeks teachers and students will be putting together data for ½ Year Reports, which will be handed out at the beginning of Term 3. If you did not come along to Three-Way-Conferences, you will need to make an appointment to come in to school before the start of Term 3 to discuss your child’s learning with teachers and students (then we will be able to hand out your child’s report).
Our new clinic should be open for business in about 2 weeks. Building and landscaping are all nearly finished (it’s only taken about 7 months so far!!)
Last week the Minister of Education announced changes to the class size ratio for all schools. The direct impact on Viscount Learning Community will be that we will have to spend more of our Operational Funding on staffing to ensure that our class sizes are suitable for supporting good learning for your children. This, of course, means that we will have less money to spend on learning resources, staffing for music, sports or reading programmes!
Over the last 10 years or more Viscount has invested enormously in professional development for teachers – building their capacities to meet the learning needs of your children. Larger classes would mean more students needing personal attention would get less time from their teachers – we believe this is too great a compromise to make with our students learning at stake.
Viscount’s motto has always been > B.E.S.T –Best Every Single Time. If we are to continue to have high expectations for all our students learning, then announcements like this from the Government certainly do not help!
Soon we hope to hear what the M.O.E. is going to do about this programme for schools in Mangere. Like most ‘programmes’ in schools, this one will only be as good as the person we can find to fill the position – if you are interested/qualified for such a position, we would welcome ideas and contact from you.
Viscount Learning Community has a strong and proud record on the sports fields. It’s great to hear about the many ex-students carrying on with their sporting careers at highschool and beyond – our list of ex-students becoming ‘INTERNATIONAL ATHLETES’ is growing all the time:-
- Fa’anati Aniseko – N.Z. ‘Black Ferns’ Women’s Rugby
- Junior Sa’u – ‘Kiwis’ Rugby League
- Taivalu Enosa – ‘U.S.A. Eagles’ Sevens & World Cup Rugby
- Siliva Ahio – Japan Sevens Rugby
- Charles Piutau – N.Z. Sevens Rugby
- Rawinia Everitt – N.Z. ‘Black Ferns’ Women’s Rugby
- Vaovai Aiono – N.Z. Women’s Volleyball Team
- Hendrix Tui – Japan Rugby Team.
These ‘Ex-Viscount’ students are all excelling in sports, and hard on their heels are a large list of AGE GROUP representatives like Siositina Hakeai and Ofa Hakeai in Athletics, Ngataua Hukatai in Rugby League, and Sitoga Pulemau in Volleyball.
In the last week of this term group of our Leading Teachers will be travelling to an International Conference in San Diego. This will be yet another fantastic opportunity for Viscount teachers to stay in touch with the latest and best knowledge about learning in the world, and we will be joined there by groups from several other N.Z. schools. The teachers involved from Viscount are Mrs. Woods, Mrs. Gulati, Mr. Stevens, Mrs. Mes, Ms. Charles, Mrs. Karan, Ms. Su’a, Ms. Shew and Mr. Gayford.