School Newsletter

15 Mar'18


Welcome New Children

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We would like to welcome Rhys and Isla to Anderson's Bay School.  It is wonderful to have you joining us. 

 

 

Paid Union Meeting

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.

 

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Skool Loop

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.

 

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Changes to Education and Schooling

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

 

So What Does This Mean For Anderson's Bay School?

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

Strategic Planning Survey

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.

 

Notification of Absence from School

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.

 

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Road works and driving around Jeffery Street

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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.

 

 

School Swimming Pool

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Looking for School Pool Volunteers Saturdays 1pm-3pm

The Anderson's Bay School pool will be open from this Saturday 24th February 1pm-3pm.  Gold coin entry.

We are looking for pool volunteers to open the pool from 1pm-3pm on Saturdays during Term 1 and Term 4.

It consists of opening the pool up, taking the cover off and supervising the pool whilst it is open and closing up afterwards.  Parents are expected to stay with their children when they are there so it is not an expectation that you directly supervise the children in the absence of parents. 

You will need to have a current first aid certificate.   

Currently there are only two people who are able to do this so we need more parents to assist so that the pool can be open every Saturday.    If we get enough it may be that you only have to do it once a term.  If we do not unfortunately there will be some Saturdays that it will not be open.  At this stage one of those days is Saturday 3rd March.

 

If you are interested please contact Dee Bayley at dee.bayley@southerndhb.govt.nz or text on 0211440157

 

PTA - HOT CROSS BUNS

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Anderson’s Bay School PTA would like to offer the opportunity for families & friends to purchase Hot Cross Buns as part of our fundraising efforts. You will have received a Coupland’s order form home with your child.

The cost for a six pack is $4.00 and we are able to offer Fruit and Double Chocolate Hot Cross Buns.

Orders will be accepted until Wednesday 21st March.

Deliveries will be made to Anderson’s Bay School on Wednesday 28th March.  Your order will be given to your child to take home or you can arrange to collect your order from the School Office.

Payment is by Cash and Cheque only.  No Eftpos sorry

 

Thank you,

Anderson’s Bay School PTA

 

 

Entertainment Books

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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.

 

Community Notices

SOUTHERN CHILDREN’S CHOIR

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.

The Southern Children’s Choir meet each Wednesday of the school term in Marama Hall at the University of Otago from 6:30pm until 8:00pm.

Children interested in joining the choir can audition at any time throughout the year. For more details contact Rebecca at southernchildrenschoir@gmail.com.

 


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Is your child shy? Do they feel intimidated by the idea of public speaking and performance? Do they sometimes find it difficult to make eye contact? Do they just need 45 minutes a week to take part in organised craziness?! It’s not too late to join Marrzipan! We are looking for some awesome students to fill some parts in our play, which we will be performing for parents and their peers at the end of term. Come along to a Trial Lesson and see whether you like it! You can sign up for one directly via our website www.marrzipandrama.co.nz (we have contact numbers on there too, should you prefer to talk to a human!)

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92 Jeffery Street, Anderson's Bay, 9013 Dunedin
(03) 454 4413