Thursday 8th JUNE 2017
KIA ORA, MALO E LELEI, TALOFA LAVA,
FAKAALOFA LAHI ATU,
KIA ORANA, NAMASTE, NI HAO!
Greetings everyone —Half-way through Term 2 and WINTER has certainly arrived – here are the latest happenings at Viscount.
SCHOOL ROLL —
Today our students number 637. The exodus to Australia seems to be continuing as we have said goodbye to several families going there over the last month! We are very pleased that we have been able to employ a suitable new teacher to enable us to open our next New Entrant class (for children just turning 5), and this class will open for students on Monday 19th June. You will all be aware of the serious teacher shortage in Auckland at present, so
you will understand why we are happy to be able to get this class opened for our new young students – many schools around Auckland are not able to do this at the moment!
NEW STAFF —
- We welcome this term Mr Matt Murtha as our new teacher in Room 22 (taking over from Mrs Brereton, having her first baby).
- We look forward to welcoming Ms Asiya Nazif to our school very soon to be our new teacher in our 5th New Entrant room 2017.
BOARD OF TRUSTEES
So far this year our Board members have had three meetings and have completed some very valuable professional development on a Saturday some weeks ago. They are a relatively new group of parent representatives and are keen to work hard for Viscount and to listen to the views of our community – we will notify you soon of the first date this year for a Community Meeting. Sadly the Board recently accepted the resignation of Ms Moana Antonio due to work commitments. Moana served Viscount well over the last 5/ 6 years, both as a Board member, and previously as a Teacher Aide – we wish her all the best in the future.
- Our Mid-Year Reports will start getting prepared over the next few weeks, and we have planned for THREE-WAY CONFERENCES to take place on 4th and 5th JULY (from 2.00 p.m. to 6.00 p.m. each day). Make sure that you book in early for your conference and your chance to get the best feedback about your child’s learning.
- Year 8 students should currently be making their plans for which College/High school they will be attending next year. Most schools in Auckland are now calling for 2018 Enrolments, so don’t leave it too late to make your decision or you may miss out! We will be having presentations from various High Schools/ Colleges over the next few weeks >>first one is on Wednesday 7th June from Wesley College.
- On Friday 9th June a group of our Violinists will be performing at 12.45 p.m. in the Mangere Library. I encourage you to go along and support the 21 students performing as they have been working very hard for this day!
AROUND THE SCHOOL
- Now that the land previously covered by old classrooms is clear and level we can make firm plans for developing gardens e.t.c. so that our students can learn about how to grow vegetables and plants. We will be working with the ‘Garden to Table’ Trust in order to build gardens and provide learning programmes around horticulture. If you have knowledge, skills or just enthusiasm around ‘GROWING STUFF’, please let us know so that you can contribute and be involved.
- Jackets and Shoes — All students have been supplied with (or offered) ‘WARRIORS’ Rain jackets. These jackets are part of our school uniform (and FREE!) so there is no reason students should be coming to school with other jackets/hoodies on – please make sure your children wear their uniform to school proudly every day. We now also have plenty of new shoes available in all sizes – if your children need new shoes all they have to do is come to the office and ASK (nicely)!
— Recently I have had to deal with a couple of ‘incidents’ that started with some silly comments made on Facebook (between students). I need to remind all parents that it is actually illegal for people younger than 14 years to have Facebook pages! If you are comfortable with your children being active on such social media, then the responsibility for the outcomes is with you. Comments /talk on Facebook needs to be treated exactly the same as any other communications people have with each other >if you don’t want to be offended then DON’T GO THERE (it’s illegal for children anyway). Letting your children be active on Facebook is far more risky than letting them go to Auckland City by themselves – they would probably be exposed to talk and ‘stuff’ that would offend them there too!
SPORTS NEWS —
- All our Year 7/8 Girls and Boys Soccer Teams have competed in the Zone Champs in recent weeks. All teams played very well, thanks to their coaches Ms Nguyen, Mr Wilson, Mr Mani and Mr Stevens!
Year 7 Girls > 1ST Year 7 Boys > 5TH
Year 8 Girls > 3RD Year 8 Boys > 4TH
- All our Year 7/8 Girls and Boys Rugby Teams have competed in the Zone Champs in recent weeks. All teams carried on the ‘VISCOUNT REPUTATION’ strongly, thanks to their coaches Mrs Gayford, Mr Murtha, Mr Force and Mr Tagaloa.
BOYS UNDER 55Kg > 3RD
BOYS 1ST 15 > 1ST
GIRLS 1ST 15 > 3RD
CONGRATULATIONS to the following rugby players who have been selected to play in the next school holidays in the Bill McLaren Team (Open Weight) and Walter Dickson Team (Under 55kg)
|Bill McLaren >
- Kitiona Faiane
- John Halaufia
- Tony Pulemau
- Gabriel Shepherd
|Walter Dickson >
- Alapati Luka
- Alan Nofoagaoletotoa
- Codemeru Vai
- Brian Solomon
- Pita Kuli
- On the weekend my wife and I travelled to Samoa to watch and support three ex-Viscount students playing ‘Super Rugby’ at Apia Stadium. Hendrik Tui plays for the Queensland Reds (and the Japan national team), and T.J. Faiane with Melani Vai both play for the Auckland Blues. It was an honour and priviledge to see the boys pursuing their careers, and to talk with them afterwards. Viscount students are doing amazing things all over the world, and these boys are great examples for our current students.
BEFORE / AFTER SCHOOL CARE
— Remember that we have the SKIDS programme operating in the rooms at the front of the school hall from 7.30 a.m. – 8.30 a.m. in the mornings, and from 3.00 p.m. – 6.00 p.m. in the afternoons. This service is heavily subsidized and costs parents very little each day. If you want to enquire about your children taking part, either come up to school and talk to the operators, or call them on: 021 150 0912 / 021 1035 6547 / 09 940 3665.
SAD NEWS — Our school van is no more!
— Unfortunately last week was hit by another motorist while it was parked on the side of the road, and the insurance company has decided that there is too much damage to repair. We have had the school van since 1998 when “Variety N.Z.’ presented it to us – now we must get by with no school van as there is definitely no money in our budget to allow us to buy a new one! If anyone in our community has contacts that might be able to help us out with sponsorship, please contact us A.S.A.P.