TUESDAY 26th AUGUST 2014
KIA ORA, MALO E LELEI, TALOFA LAVA,
FAKAALOFA LAHI ATU,
KIA ORANA,NAMASTE, NI HAO!
Greetings everyone! It definitely feels like we have negotiated the
winter and all the cold stuff it had for us – SPRING is here!!!!
At last we have all our Year 7/8 students back in their renovated classrooms! The new learning environments are excellent, and we are all enjoying working and learning in them.
At last we have ACTION at the front of the school with our long planned building project – ‘Viscount Unlimited’. Whilst we are very pleased to get things moving, it is going to be a little uncomfortable around the carpark area for about 6 months. It would really help if parents bringing children to school in cars could drop them off next door in the Manukau Rovers carpark to avoid ‘traffic jams’ in out already crowded school carpark!
At times it does feel that whilst we are working hard at school to develop and look after a pleasant environment for our children to learn in, some parts of our community do not appreciate or value this! Coming to school after the weekend and finding trees destroyed and decks kicked in is very depressing for students and teachers.
It seems that we have some ANIMALS in our community who get some brainless pleasure from destroying good things. They hide under cover of darkness because they don’t have the guts to show face in daytime! If you know who some of these low lifes are, then I believe it is your responsibility to take some action. WHAT kind of community we get to live in depends on what we are all prepared to do about these idiots.
It's still really pleasing to see how well students are wearing their uniforms to school each day. Great to see how most students appreciate the warm jackets, trackpants and shoes we have been able to provide through KidsCan Trust. Having been to several schools in Samoa recently, I was amazed at how every student was in uniform at every school visited – even when many students came from homes where life is hard (really hard!!)
HIGH SCHOOLS FOR 2015
Right now all Year 8 students should be making strong decisions about where they want to go to college next year, and then actually going to enrol. Staff at Viscount are available to help you with any problems you may have in taking these steps.
Here are all the dates coming up:-
- Year 7/8 English speeches – 27th August
- Year 5/6 English speeches – 5th September, 11am in the School Hall
- Tongan speech contest – 24th September. In our Teacher Dev. Centre
- Samoan speech contest – 25th September. In our Teacher Dev. Centre
Recently we have completed another survey of our attendance patterns at the ½ year mark for this year. Mrs. Woods has completed a similar survey over the last 3 years at the same time each year. This year’s survey shows some significant improvements, especially at the Year 1 & 2 levels where previously we have been concerned with poor attendance patterns!
We know that good attendance usually leads to good learning – keep up the good work parents/families!
This Friday we are looking forward to hosting two well-known children’s book authors, Gary Crew and Juliette MacIver, who will be in school all day running some exciting ‘Writing Workshops’ for students.
- Hope everyone in the Viscount Community was proud to watch Siositing Hakeai (Sports teacher/ex-student) compete so well in the recent Commonwealth Games in Scotland. ‘Dina’ finished in a very close 4th place in the Discus event – watch out for her over the next 2 years leading up to the Olympic Games in Brazil!
- Ruth Dean (Yr 8 in Rm 22) returned from Australia last week, with a Silver Medal from the Ocenia Champs in Taekwondo, and a Gold Medal from winning the Australian Open title. Taekwondo is an Olympic sport, so maybe we will be watching Ruth in a year or so at the Olympic Games?
- Recent 1st 15 Rugby coverage on TV has featured some ex-Viscount boys doing really well at College – Sesimani Tupou and Fa’amanutuga Lafaele were both in the St. Kents team beaten by Auckland Grammar on Saturday with Grammar fielding Antonio Ripata & Wiseguy Faiane.
- All our Netball teams have competed very strongly over the last few weeks, due mostly to the EXCELLENT work done by coaches Ms. Faga and Ms. Edwards. SPECIAL CONGRATULATIONS to the Year 8 boys team on winning the Auckland Champions title yesterday – boys netball has become very competitive over the last 10 years, and some of the biggest Intermediate Schools in Auckland fell by the wayside yesterday as our great bunch of boys won the title. Team – Tinirau Rairi, Pita Orika, Rona Tuialii, Komani Pa’asi, Dennis Vai, Maape Mataipule, Ethan Purcell, Soakai Taufa, Damien Faiane, Havila Molia, Semisi Pita and Makasini Latu.
- Two boys from Viscount have been selected for this year’s Auckland East Roller Mills Rugby team, soon to start competition games with King Country, Waikato and Counties, and then hopefully into the Finals! This continues a fine record of Viscount boys being selected for this great team since 1997 when Lago Sanonu and Junior Falemai were the first boys to be selected.
To Lauie Sila (ex-student) and his theatre group ‘The Black Friars’ in their up-coming production of ‘The Merchant of Venice’ at the Mangere Arts Centre. Lauie and his group are rehearsing at school in the evenings this week, and are sure to put on an entertaining production – 'The Merchant' has matinee and evening performances at the Mangere Arts Centre from 3rd to 6th September. Tickets from
Early in Term 4 our Board of Trustees will call the next Community Meeting to have some discussions around issues. It would be good to see some people who might be interested in helping plan the building of a ‘Fale’ at school.