We would like to welcome Rhys and Isla to Anderson's Bay School. It is wonderful to have you joining us.
The New Zealand Educational Institute has called a paid union meeting for all teachers on Tuesday 20th March, starting at 1:00 pm. It is expected that all teachers from our school attend in order to discuss NZEI claims and negotiations. Therefore, it is necessary for us to call on the support of our community and request that children be picked up from school at 12:30 pm. If you are unable to pick your child up at that time please send a written note to school and supervision can be provided until 3:00 pm. I apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.
Anderson's Bay School has introduced a new School App to enable us to quickly and more efficiently communicate with parents/caregivers.
Please download this FREE App onto your cellphone, once installed choose Anderson's Bay School.
The App will enable you to receive urgent notices from the school and give you the facility of texting any absences to school from your cellphone.
At the end of 2017 "The Government announced that National Standards will be removed from 2018. Instead the Government will focus on the progress and achievement of all children across the wider New Zealand Curriculum and Te Marautanga o Aotearoa.
This change will better acknowledge the different ways and pace at which children learn, and support teachers to provide more learning opportunities based on what children already know and can do. The new focus will strengthen educational partnerships between parents, schools and kura.
Schools and kura will still be required to report to parents, at least twice a year, on their child’s progress and achievement, especially in the foundational learning areas of maths, reading, and writing. But schools and kura will no longer be required to use National Standards."
Taken from the Ministry of Education website
From the beginning of this year our school has started to prepare for these changes. We will be reviewing our current assessment and reporting practices to align these with the new governmental direction. This will mean that we can expect some changes to our written report formats and potential timings of written reports. This significant change in New Zealand schools provides an ideal time for us, as a school to review not only our reporting, but also many of the other things that we do. To assist us in making some critical decisions, can I ask you to please take the time to complete a survey, by following this link
The survey will take approximately ten minutes to complete, but will give us a great deal of very beneficial information. Therefore, it is greatly appreciated that you set the time over the coming week or two to complete this important information gathering document.
As you will be aware it is important that we are able to account for any child's absences from school. As part of our record keeping requirements for the government we are required to code and identify the reason for a child's absence or lateness to school. Can we ask that if your child is absent from school that you please leave a message, before 9:00 am, on our absences voicemail by calling the school office on 454 4413 or alternatively use the school App "Skool Loop". In this message can you clearly state your child's name, their classroom number and the reason for their absence, it is also helpful if you can leave a contact phone number, in case we need to contact you back.
Over the past days I have been monitoring the traffic along Jeffery Street. Although I can certainly appreciate the additional frustrations of road closure and the inconsistency of work along Jeffery Street, this is something that is currently unavoidable. However, it is avoidable to have dangerous and illegal driving practices around our school. I get very concerned regarding the safety of our children when I see people driving fast along Jeffery Street, parking on yellow lines, pulling into driveway entrances to let children out of the car and then backing away, letting children out of the car in the middle of the road, and other unsafe driving and parking practices. Again, I can appreciate that the recent wet weather has compounded our street difficulties, but, at these times our driving practices should be even more careful. A reminder, also, that our school carpark is closed to all cars, except staff vehicles and that the entry way is not a drop off point.
My major concern is the safety of our children. When people are parking illegally it is not only inconsiderate it is also highly UNSAFE. I urge you to please SLOW DOWN around our school and PARK PROPERLY, otherwise we are going to end up with one of our children hurt. It doesn't matter if you "are just going to be there for a minute" or were "running late" or "it is raining so hard" not parking properly is not OK.
The Anderson's Bay School PTA will again be co-ordinating entertainment books for our school. This is a fantastic opportunity for us to provide these books to our community and also to support the fundraising ventures of our PTA. Information regarding the sale and purchase of these will be coming in the near future, we look forward to your support of our school in this fundraiser.
Does your child enjoy singing? Are they aged between 9 and 13 years? Then you might like to check out the Southern Children’s Choir! Established in 2007 to fulfil a need in Dunedin for a children’s choir that explores a wide variety of music, the choir is led by a professional musical director and brings opportunities for the children to perform to an audience in diverse settings.