TUESDAY 24st MAY 2016
KIA ORA, MALO E LELEI, TALOFA LAVA,
FAKAALOFA LAHI ATU,
KIA ORANA, NAMASTE, NI HAO!
Greetings everyone – as WINTER zeros in on us here is the latest news from your school.
– Today we have just over 630 students at Viscount. So far this year we have welcomed 127 new students to school, and said goodbye to 70 since the end of 2015 (17 gone to Australia).
BOARD OF TRUSTEES
–It is good to be able to let you know that we received enough nominations to fill the 4 positions on our Board of Trustees for the next 3 years. I am very pleased to announce that Ms. Moana Antonio, Ms. Anna Hunkin and Mr. Fuifui Tavui have been re-appointed, and we welcome a new member in Mr. Malakai Mosa’ati to our board. Mr. Leigh Stevens has been re-elected by the staff as the staff representative on the B.O.T.
It is important to note that Mrs. Ioana Mulipola has stood down this year, after giving Viscount Learning Community 9 years of service on the board, the last 6 years as our Chairperson. Mrs. Mulipola has contributed greatly to the Viscount Learning Community CULTURE, and we will miss her strong support in many ways. The regular Community Meetings that we hold each term happened because of Ioana’s enthusiasm for the idea, and I hope that we keep this idea going in the future.
– Due to losing our key teacher, Mrs. Sagaga, last year, we have not been able to begin a Kapa Haka club so far this year! This is a pity as our group last year was excellent, and performed outstandingly at the Auckland Town Hall Music Festival. We would really like some help here, and call on our Maori community to rally around to see what help they can offer the school with Kapa Haka.
–It was excellent to have about 20 people along to our last meeting on 10th May. Really good to see some new parents coming along, and we were able to have some great discussions about things happening at Viscount, as well as answering some very interesting questions posed by parents – come along to the next one!!
– Looking at and discussing our data in READING, WRITING AND MATHS with staff and our B.O.T. over the last months has been a revealing exercise! It is clear that ‘Viscount Students’ are continuing to do very well in these basic learning areas, and that we are making really pleasing progress in reducing the numbers of students performing well below National Standards. Last year numbers of students achieving AT or ABOVE National Standards were:-
|READING - 76%||
||WRITING - 42%||
||MATHS - 64%||
While we know how important these three learning areas are, we are also aware that many other aspects of learning are also important i.e. music, art, sports, problem solving, critical thinking, decision making (and many others). These aspects of learning are not as easily measured as reading, writing and maths, BUT all have their place in producing CREATIVE young people.
– On Thursday 2nd June, 1:45pm at school, Mrs. Gulati and Mrs Woods will be running the really popular ‘Reading Together’ programme again for parents of Year 1 and 2 children. At this programme you will be able to learn more about how to successfully support your children in their early reading work – come along and see how good you can be!
– The teacher shortage in Auckland is affecting many schools and will no doubt make finding new teachers for Viscount difficult over the next months.
At the end of Term 1 Mr. Taogaga (Rm 13) left to take up a new teaching position – Mr. Sharma, already on our staff, is currently doing a great job in Rm 13 while we look for a suitable replacement. At the end of Term 2 we say goodbye to 3 teachers, and we are already looking hard for some good replacements. Mrs. Kuresa (Rm 10) is leaving to retire, Mrs. Thomas (Rm 5) is leaving to move to U.S.A. with her family, and Ms. Battrick (Rm 31) is leaving to take up a new teaching position.
– As winter starts to kick in we are noticing a few more students coming along at 8am for breakfast in our hall – don’t forget that this is available for you, thanks to our committed Viscount teachers.
– No doubt many of you are looking forward to this great event coming up in August this year in Rio. I know that many classes will probably use this occasion as a focus for some of their learning programmes. REMEMBER that one of our staff members, Siositina Hakeai, is currently very close to qualifying to compete for N.Z. at the games in Discus! ‘Dina’ leaves us soon to travel to Europe to train and compete amongst the best athletes in the world so that she can reach the qualifying distance – 61 metres. Dina has thrown very close to this mark already, and definitely has a great chance of be appearing on our T.V.’s in August. As an ex-student of Viscount we are totally behind her efforts to represent N.Z. at the Olympics – Dina will be our very first Olympian!
– We will be having our Class, Individual and Sibling photos this Friday 27th May. Payments can be made to the office by Thursday, please ensure correct money has been sent as we will not be able to provide change.