MONDAY 30th JUNE 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
We are really pleased with the building progress made this term renovating Rooms 19, 20 and 21, and constructing a brand new learning centre for our Seniors. Building should be completed in the break, so the students and teachers can look forward to moving back into their rooms in the first week of next term!
Funding and Council permits are now all in place for our BIG project at the front of the school to start. You should see the builders moving on site in the next couple of weeks, and then we can all enjoy watching ‘Viscount Unlimited’ taking shape over the next 6 months – this is a big building project, costing more than 2.5 million dollars!
Are coming up this week on Tuesday and Wednesday afternoons between 2pm and 6pm. You should all have your appointment times by now, and we are looking forward to this opportunity to share your children’s learning, and set some targets for each child for next term. You will receive a written report when you come to the conference, however, the most valuable part of this exercise is the opportunity for students, teachers and parents to meet face-to-face to discuss learning achievements, issues and goals!
We are very pleased with how well students are wearing their uniforms recently – obviously ordering uniforms online from Argyle Clothing is proving to be a popular option for families. We hope everyone is pleased with the warm Warriors Jackets that all students have been issued with (free) – unfortunately we were unable to get jackets in small enough sizes for Y.1 and 2 children, so jackets were only given out to Y.3, 4, 5, 6, 7 and 8 students.
Many thanks to the parents and caregivers who have come along to the Community Meetings held by our B.O.T. so far this year. Some very interesting discussions have taken place, on a wide variety of topics – a couple of weeks ago we had a special meeting to discuss the dangers of FACEBOOK and social media, and our philosophy behind homework at Viscount. Community Meetings are held the week after the B.O.T meets – come along next time!
BULLYING & CONSEQUENSES
You will all have been concerned with recent high profile cases of young people being involved in violent outbursts leading to serious injuries and death. We believe that such behaviour begins with bullying type activity >>inevitably, children who are not taught to take responsibility for their actions, will continue to behave badly towards others!
At Viscount we have ZERO TOLERANCE towards any bullying behaviour! Bullying is not a school problem, it is a societal problem, however, we will play our role as strongly as we can. If a student is involved in bullying, we will help them to take responsibility for their actions, and then to fix the problem and change their behaviours. If a student does not make acceptable progress with changing their behaviour, parents and families will be required to play stronger roles in taking responsibility for their children. This might involve having to come along to school to regularly ensure that their children are behaving safely.
IF we work together on these problems, early enough, then our children will learn effectively and become good people.
- To Ruth Dean (Y.8) on becoming N.Z. Taekwondo Champion, and winning a place in the N.Z. team to compete in the Oceania Championships in August. Fantastic support shown for Ruth on last two Fridays when Mufti collections (and staff donations) raised $1600 to help Ruth on her way!
- To Soakai Taufa (R.20), Damien Faiane (R.23), David Ruapuna (R.21), Viliami Kuli (R.23), Pita Orika (R.25), Mauroa Arama (R.21) and Ethan Purcell (R.20) on all are being chosen for this years Mangere Walter Dickson Rugby Rep. Team.
- To Tinirau Rairi (R.22), Komani Pa’asi (R.22) and Havila Molia (R.22) on all are being chosen for this years South Bill McLaren Rugby Rep Team.
- To our Y.7/8 Boys and Girls Rugby Teams:-
- 1st 15 Boys > 3rd at Sth. Zone Champs
- Under 55kg Boys > 3rd at Sth. Zone Champs
- 1st 15 Girls > 2nd at Sth. Zone Champs.
- To Tinirau Rairi (Y.8) and Komani Pa’asi (Y.8) on winning Aspire Scholarships from Ministry of Education – this will enable them to enrol at any Private School they choose, and they have opted to go to King’s College in 2015.
- To our very keen group of students who have formed our KAPA HAKA club with Ms. Sagaga and Mr. Taogaga as their tutors.
- To our very keen group of students in the school choir and music groups, being coached by Ms. Strickland and Mr. Tagaloa in preparation for the A.P.P.A. Music Festival in November.
GOOD LUCK SIOSITINA
Good luck to our very own Siositina Hakeai, current staff member and ex-student of Viscount. ‘Dina’ starts her journey to the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow (Scotland) at the end of this week. Dina is representing N.Z. in the Discus event, and we know she is going to make us all proud.
We all hope that Dina has the time of her life in Glasgow – can’t wait to stay up until the ‘small hours’ to watch the competition – this year it’s the Commonwealth Games; in two years tme maybe the Olympic Games?