FRIDAY 12th DECEMBER 2014
KIA ORA, MALO E LELEI, TALOFA LAVA,
FAKAALOFA LAHI ATU,
KIA ORANA, NAMASTE, NI HAO!
Greetings to everyone in our Viscount Learning Community! As we get very close to the end of this school year, here are some last bits of news and thoughts for you to think about over Christmas.
- Last day of school for students this year is TUESDAY 16TH DECEMBER.
- First day of school for students in 2015 is TUESDAY 3RD FEBRUARY.
If you need to buy new school uniforms for next year, just go to our school website (www.viscount.school.nz) and you will find a page where you can order from our supply company – ARGYLE CLOTHING. [Link to Argyle Online here]. You can print out a quote for WINZ here too. Ask a staff member if you would like help with ordering. We'll be happy to assist as our uniform is very important to us.
If your children are leaving for college next year, and you have any old uniforms you don’t want any more please bring them along to the office and we will put them to good use next year!
Term 4 has been another great term for our sports teams at Viscount!
Volleyball – Both our girls and boys Y.7/8 teams won their Sth. Zone Competitions, and went on to become AUCKLAND CHAMPIONS!!!
Cricket – Our Y.7/8 girls team won the Auckland title, beating Takapuna Int. in the finals, then went on to the N.Z. Champs in Palmerston North where they took out 2nd PLACE IN NEW ZEALAND. A terrific effort from a great bunch of girls and coaches – made even better when you realize that 5 team members are in Y.7 or Y.6, and they will surely kickstart our cricket campaign in 2015.
Touch – Our Y.7/8 boys team won the Sth. Zone Competition, then went on to finish 3rd at the Auckland Championships.
Cricket – Our Y.5/6 girls team won their Zone Day earlier in the year, and competed strongly at the Auckland ‘Kiwi 8s Championships’.
Athletics – Our Primary Athletics Team (Y.4/5/6) again competed strongly at the Mangere/Otahuhu schools Athletics Day, bringing home the TROPHY for 1st for the 14th year out of the last 15!
Our Y.7/8 boys competed well at the recent Auckland Athletics Championships, with Komani Paasi winning the Y.8 boys Discus title, and our Y.8 relay team running 3rd in a very fast FINAL!
Teachers have recently completed the collection of school-wide data in Reading, Writing and Maths – now our job over the holidays is to analyse the mountains of information, and make some decisions for 2015 based on strengths and weaknesses.
My first look through our end-of-year Reading Data has revealed some very interesting information around how effective our Viscount Reading Programme is, especially for students who are at Viscount from the age of 5. The data shows very clearly that students who enrolled at Viscount in 2013 and 2014 are not represented well in the AT or ABOVE reading levels, and mostly fall into the BELOW and WELL BELOW categories. Children come to us from many other schools in the Sth. Auckland region – we can only guess at the reasons why the data shows us this, but maybe it has something to do with the quality of our Viscount Reading Programme compared to that offered at other schools?
If you haven’t visited our website (www.viscount.school.nz) you should – you will find lots of interesting information, data, videos featuring our school and our learners. If there are other things you would like to see on our website, please let us know.
Our Viscount Board of Trustees has regularly run community meetings a week after their own meeting this year. I encourage you to come along next year to discuss issues that are important to you, and to give us valuable feedback on how you see what we do at Viscount.
I hope that you all have planned carefully for the supervision of your children over the Christmas holidays. Kids that are unsupervised, often find trouble to get into! Be aware that most ‘dumb ideas’ seem to come from FACEBOOK these days, and if you allow your children access to this social network, don’t be surprised if they make some unwise decisions and find themselves in places or situations that are unsafe.
- to ex-Viscount student RAWINIA EVERITT on being named N.Z. Women’s Rugby Player of the Year at last nights N.Z. Rugby Awards on T.V.
- to everyone in our Viscount Community who has contributed something good to our school this year. Remember, 2015 is a new year, and you can always find ways to become involved in your child’s learning. Well done to the parents and
whānau who have come along to all the Three-Way-Conferences this year – your children will learn from your participation that you care about their learning – that is all they want!