MONDAY 22nd AUGUST 2016
KIA ORA, MALO E LELEI, TALOFA LAVA,
FAKAALOFA LAHI ATU,
KIA ORANA, NAMASTE, NI HAO!
Greetings everyone – as the days are getting a little bit longer and the temperatures not so cold, here’s hoping you have negotiated the winter successfully.
– Today our roll total is 628 students, not much change really from the beginning of the year. So far this year we have welcomed 153 new students to Viscount, and said goodbye to 99 (25 gone to Australia).
– At present we have a list of 15 new 5 year olds waiting to start school. Unfortunately, we are not able to start a new classroom as we cannot find a suitable new entrant teacher to do this work. Advertisements have not helped us secure a new teacher over the last month, so we have no choice but to keep looking!! Thank you parents for being so patient while we try our hardest to find the best teacher for your children to start school with.
– MILK/FRUIT/LUNCHES/BREAKFAST CLUB – WOW! The list of food available to your children everyday at Viscount is certainly growing. While we are pleased to be able to help you to make sure that your children are well fed, remember that our CORE JOB is helping students to become great learners, and that these food programmes are extras!
USE OF VISCOUNT SCHOOL EVENINGS/WEEKENDS
–Most of the time it is great to see how people from our community make good use of our fields and playgrounds outside school time. Viscount is your school so use it well and look after it!!! Unfortunately there is a group of Mangere College students (boys) who don’t value this opportunity, and are regularly acting stupidly around the school (running on rooves, destroying trees, and vandal damage). Please play your part in ensuring this does not happen – if they are your children, put a stop to it – if you see them behaving badly report it to us or stop them yourselves.
AFTER SCHOOL CARE – ‘SKIDS’
– We have an excellent centre operating everyday after school. If you are interested in getting your children into this programme, we have information at the office.
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.
– Now that we have finished our new building at the front of the school, we no longer need the relocatable classrooms down the back of our school along the boundary with the rugby fields. The Ministry of Education is planning to move them away during the next school holidays (24 September-9 October). This will certainly change the scenery at school, and will give us some more valuable space for students. Maybe we will be able to have more court area, and maybe we will be able to start that Horticultural centre so that our students can learn how to grow plants?
– A group of keen Yr. 7/8 students have recently been attending these ‘Kiwibots Pebbles Workshops’ at the Vodafone Centre each week. These students are learning about ROBOTICS along with students from other schools, and so far it seems very exciting!
– Our boxing club boys are still meeting and practising every week, and they plan to put on an exhibition for all interested on 22 September in the afternoon. It is very pleasing to see that all the boys in this club are also showing significant improvements in their LEARNING WORK in classrooms – KEEP IT UP BOYS!
– It is disappointing to see that this stupid craze is beginning out on the streets again!! Parents, if you are wondering where your lavalavas/sheets are disappearing to, that’s what kids are using to make these whips with. They are extremely dangerous and you should not be allowing your children to make them! Students are not allowed to bring them to school.
Remember, students are also not allowed to bring phones to school.
MANGERE COLLEGE ‘OPEN MORNING’
– On Tuesday 23rd August, those students currently in Year 8 who have decided to enrol at Mangere College in 2017 are invited to an ‘Open Morning’ at the school. Mr Stevens will be walking down to M.C. with these students.
- YEAR 7/8 GIRLS SOCCER – Our girls team played extremely well at the Auckland Champs. early in June, after winning the Sth. Zone tournament.
- YEAR 5/6 GIRSL NETBALL – Both our teams played well at the local schools tournament, thanks to our coaches Ms. Sandford and Ms. Battrick.
- YEAR 7/8 BOYS & GIRLS RUGBY – Our girls 1st 15 came a close 2nd in the Sth. Zone tournament – our boys 1st 15 won the Sth. Zone tournament well, beating D.L.S. in the final, and then went on to win the Auckland Championships, beating Wesley in the final. Thanks to our coaches Mrs. Gayford and Mr. Tagaloa.
- YEAR 5/6 BOYS & GIRLS SOCCER – Both teams played excellently at the local schools tournament (both in 5th place), thanks to coaches Mr. Stevens and Mr. Bester.
– Great effort by our staff member Siositina Hakeai in getting so close to Olympic selection – Dina threw 60.98 metres in Germany in July (needed to get 61.00 metres!) – her throw would have put her in the top 12 athletes at Rio Olympics.
Yr 5/6 RUGBY
COMING UP – Y.5/6 BOYS & GIRLS RUGBY tournament at Bruce Pulman Park (Papakura) on Wednesday 24 August.
– To Mr. Brent Thompson (from ‘TBIG’- The Building Intelligence Group) who very kindly sponsored HEAPS of soccer, rugby, and netball balls for us earlier in the year – our teams certainly have used them well!!