(NEW BUILDING) – AT LAST we are able to use our new learning environment!! Although the journey to get this project completed has been a long one, the result is STUNNING! Now we are all charged with the task of making some very special learning happen there. Four teachers have moved in with their students – Ms. Shew, Ms. O’Dwyer, Mrs. McEwen and Mrs. Gayford, and all are very excited by the challenges and possibilities that are in front of them. Viscount now has THE MOST MODERN LEARNING ENVIRONMENT IN NEW ZEALAND, something we are very proud of and excited by. Please come along to school anytime and have a look through the new building, and see what students are already doing there.
Skids is going to open in your school from Term 4. We will operate daily an afternoon programme from 3pm to 6pm every day. We will also run a holiday programme in Dec/Jan. Morning sessions to follow. We will be based in your school hall so your children can join us right after the bell goes.
If you are working (full time/part time depending on how much you earn); studying a course; on sickness benefit; or qualify for child disability allowance then you may qualify for some WINZ subsidy. For some it can be as low as $3 a day, you can enroll your kids with us (with WINZ subsidy, conditions apply). Give us a call and we will explain the process.
Our daily format includes roll call; afternoon tea; homework; planned activity which may be art/music/sports/technology/cooking. Join us and have heaps of fun!!! We will work with your school and support the community.
For any queries you can ring Hazel on 0800 900 754 or George on 021-2784462 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
We are very pleased that there will now be a programme available to parents who need care for their children after school. For many years now we have been informally looking after children in our library after school – this will now change and use of the library for study/research afterschool will depend on the availability of staff to supervise.
Unfortunately we have recently had a few break-ins at school, and have lost some very expensive computer equipment. It seems that there are still some ANIMALS living in our community who have no regard for others, and consider that schools and children are fair game to steal from. Our school works very hard to provide the BEST learning environment and tools for your children – this all costs a lot of money and we are not always able to replace valuable equipment that is stolen! If you have any knowledge of the people who broke into our library and office block, DO THE RIGHT THING and report it to us (or the police).
Interestingly, I discovered a CHAT GROUP on Facebook recently – a few ex-students were chatting idly about planning to ‘break in’ to Viscount at about the same time as the burglaries happened. At least 2 of the chatters are currently student leaders at a local high school – I am still waiting for them to come up and explain their discussion, as police will be investigating further!
- ‘Ultimate Frisbee’ – a new sport being promoted by Counties-Manukau Sports. Our Y. 5/6 team entered the tournament and brought home the WINNERS TROPHY! Well done to coaches Ms. O’Dwyer and Ms. Battrick, and to the players:-
Rosie ARIKI, Afioga ALOIAI, Norina PAULO, Katie SAMUELU, Micheal MARINER, Codemeru VAI, Tony PULEMAU and Kitiona FAIANE.
- Y.5/6 RUGBY – last week our 4 Primary rugby teams played in the Otahuhu/Mangere field day, and were extremely successful
- Under 40Kg team – 1st place.
- Under 50Kg team – 1st place.
- Over 50Kg team – 8th place.
- Girls' grade – 1st place.
Congratulations to coaches Mr. Taogaga, Mr. Hukatai, Mr. Leniu and Mr. Stevens, and good luck for the Auckland Championships next Wednesday (16th September) at Dunkirk Domain (Marist).
- ROLLER MILLS RUGBY –We are very proud that 3 of our students have been selected in the Auckland East Roller Mills team for this year’s tournament in Whangarei: - Lima ENOSA, Jasiah WILSON and Viliami KULI. Viscount has a strong tradition in rugby, and is always well represented at this very high level (we have now had 35 boys selected for Roller Mills since Viscount became a Full Primary in 1994).
- EX-STUDENTS' NEWS
- Very proud to see that at the recent 1A First 15 Final at Eden park, St. Kentigerns College and Auckland Grammar both had two Viscount boys in their ranks – Sesimani Tupou and Fa’amanatuga Lafaele both at St. Kents, Antonio Ripata (captain) and Wiseguy Faiane both at Auckland Grammar. Good luck to Antonio and Wiseguy who both play in trials this weekend for selection in New Zealand Secondary Schools Team.
- Rugby World Cup starts next week – two teams will field Viscount boys in their ranks, Hendrik Tui for Japan, and Uini Atonio for France. It could have easily been four teams, as Charles Piutau (All Blacks) and Sione Lea (Tonga) were desperately close to being selected.
- GIRLS' CRICKET – Our proud reputation in Auckland and New Zealand Girls Cricket is on the line again soon. Today our girls began practising for upcoming Auckland Semis/Finals and hopefully for the chance to get to the New Zealand Champs again. After last year’s girls came a very close runners-up in the N.Z. Champs in Palmerston North, this year’s girls are determined to go one better and win the N.Z. Champs – watch this space!
- CONGRATULATIONS to ex-student and current teacher assistant, Siositina Hakeai who recent competed at World Athletics Champs in Discus in Beijing.
SECONDARY SCHOOLS FOR 2016
By now, all Year 8 students should have completed their enrolment at the college of their choice for next year. As usual, if any parents need help to get information about colleges, we are always happy to sit down with you and help you achieve your goals. Congratulations to Israel Otunuku who has already won an Aspire Scholarship to attend King’s College for the next 5 years!
to school next Friday (18th September) at 1:30pm. We are having Cross-Country races for our Y.3/4/5/6 students because the Zone Day was recently cancelled – support your children and see which class can come out as CHAMPIONS?