Week 4, Term 1 — Wednesday 22nd FEBRUARY 2018
KIA ORA, MALO E LELEI, TALOFA LAVA,
FAKAALOFA LAHI ATU,
KIA ORANA, NAMASTE, NI HAO!
Dear parents, whanau and caregivers, — Wonderful to see the great turn out of parents for the 3 way conference afternoon. It is very important for children to know their parents support their learning and want to see them succeed just as we do. I hope you will also be able to come to our Y1-4 assembly next Friday, the 23rd February at 9.45. Rooms 1-4.
The Ministry of Education has approved the money for a new front fence for the school. It will be great to replace the broken down poles with a new fence. It will have two pedestrian gates and three vehicle gates – one for the caretaker, one for entry to the
car park and one for exiting the car park.
We have also been worried about children walking in the car park and so there will be a smaller fence at the top of the car park close to the school to make sure children walk on the footpath when going to and from the Hall. This means any parents dropping off their children will need to drive closer to the new building to do this. See the picture below. I hope it will not be too long before work begins.
For best learning, we need your children to be here at school every day unless they are sick. We now have a new system for marking everyone who is present at school and we will ring you if we don’t know why your child is away just to make sure they are safe.
Thank you to parents who pop in to tell us or ring in/ email us to let us know when your child is away. It makes the office mahi just that little bit easier.
A fabulous performance from our school Year 5 and 6 teams. Our girls did very well, coming first in our Southern Zone tournament. Well done to them and their coach Mr Stevens. Our boys played well for 5th place.
SWiS (Social Worker in Schools)
Resources available through our SWiS (Social Worker in Schools), Robert McFarlane
Our school social worker, Rob McFarlane has been in Viscount School learning community for almost 3 years and has helped families in the Viscount area through some challenging situations and he has run programs in the school for your children to find their potential. This term Rob has organised a performing arts group called “Healing Through Art” to come to Viscount School on Monday 12th & Wednesday 14th March (11:00 am to 11:45 am both days) to put on a show for our children in the Hall. Parents are more than welcome to come and watch.
Rob also has a connection to resources you can access for your families. There is a large amount of baby car seats and strollers available along with adult men’s & women clothing and children’s clothing. These come at very low cost or a koha or through some other arrangement. So if you are interested please make contact with Georgina, ME Family Services resource manager on 0275711337.
And if you are requiring any help with WINZ entitlements, assistance with housing, or having financial difficulties please don’t hesitate to make contact with Rob on 021792032.