MONDAY 21ST NOVEMBER 2011
KIA ORA, MALO E LELEI, TALOFA LAVA,
FAKAALOFA LAHI ATU,
KIA ORANA,NAMASTE, NI HAO,
As 2011 rapidly comes to close, life at Viscount is not slowing down!
With end-of-year report writing, teacher appraisals and recruiting, athletics sports days, building of our new Dental Clinic, National Elections,
and some recent disappointing vandalism and theft, this is no place for cruising! Here are a few events and issues for you all to reflect on.
Recently our school choir took part in the Music Festival held annually at the Auckland Town Hall. I am sure that the students totally enjoyed the experience, and I was proud of the way they represented Viscount – congratulations to choir trainer Ms. Hanna Stuart, and to teachers Ms. Helen Autagavaia and Ms. Stephanie Jessop for some great work in getting it all to happen. Big Congratulations too go to Mr Bond Tagaloa for once again playing a major role in conducting the night’s programme, and to one of our outstandingly talented students, Malachi Samuelu who played drums in the Concert Band and in the Auckland School’s Jazz Band.
It is very pleasing to see that most students have already completed their enrolments for College for 2012. We have students going to a wide variety of schools throughout Auckland, including Onehunga High, Otahuhu College, Mangere College, Sth. Cross Campus, Wesley College, Alfriston College, Auckland Girls Grammar, Auckland Boys Grammar, and St. Kentigern College. If you still need any help to complete this very important task of enrolling at the school you have chosen, please do not hesitate to come up to school and talk to us.
Recently our Board of Trustees has considered some proposals put to us to allow an organisation to run a before school or after school care programme at school. I know that there are many students who seem to wait after school to be picked up on a regular basis! If you have any views on such a service, please let us know.
Our enthusiastic teachers nutrition team is still running their Breakfast Club on Tuesday and Thursday mornings, and on some days quite a few students are coming along. Recently we have been offering ˝ hour of Zumba exercise before breakfast and students are very keen on the idea so far.
At present our year 7 & 8 girls are taking part in some self-defence classes funded and organized by the Women’s Self Defence Network – Wahine Toa. The girls all complete 1 ˝ days training, and so far the feed-back from our students has been very positive.
In recent weeks Viscount School has suffered a large number of smashed windows, and over the last weekend had a computer stolen from the office area. Obviously the longer evenings, and the fact that lots of teenagers are now not at school full time, is leading to this damage and theft. If you know of any such activities around the community, please play your role and let us or the police know! We are aware that a group of 16-18 year old boys are presently ‘on the loose’ around our community – one or two of them are well known to us!
You will have noticed that our old Dental Clinic has disappeared and over the next 3 months you will see the new one emerging. This means that the building will continue throughout November, December and January (over the school holidays). Please keep an extra eye open during this time to check that people are not interfering with the building.
CRICKET – Our Y.7/8 Girls team played a very good team from Takapuna Normal Intermediate in the Auckland Final 2 weeks ago, going down in a close contest. This was a great effort by our girls, and keeps our proud record of having played in every Auckland Final since 2000 (12 years), winning 7 times and coming runners-up 5 times! Well done girls and to coach Mr. Stevens.
VOLLEYBALL – Our Y.7/8 Girls and Boys teams competed recently at the Auckland Championships, representing the S. W. Zone. Both teams played some terrific volleyball, both going unbeaten all day, and both teams were crowned AUCKLAND CHAMPIONS! Congratulations to all the players, and to Ms. Su’a who put many hours into the training of these teams. Players involved were:-
GIRLS - Lovely Lufe (Captain), Ruta Urika, Foa Samuelu, Maria Fialogo, Akanesi Funaki, Sandy Magele and Misela Aivalu.
BOYS - Siu Isoa (Captain), Micheal Sega, Deniro Tavui, Chris Talaese, Jacob Tamua, Fa’amanatuga Lafaele, Talia Ioasa and Junior Falemai.
ATHLETICS – Over the next 2 weeks, both our Primary Athletics Team and our Y.7/8 Athletics Team will compete at our Zone Championships. Your support at these days run at Mt. Smart is always welcome.
SUMMER TOUCH/ATHLETICS - Manukau Rovers Sports Club (next to school) is currently running these programmes. This is a great way for your children to keep involved through the next few months.
Last day of school for 2011 – Tuesday 20th December
First day of school for 2012 – Tuesday 7th February 2012