Keep away from small
people who belittle your ambitions.
Small people always do
that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become
Last term the Room 2/4 students studied two of New
Zealand’s icons; Sir Edmund Hillary and Sir Peter Blake, who have both left
huge legacies behind them. The children would agree totally that the
contributions that the two Knights have made during their lifetimes, have
lifted New Zealand’s profile around the world and certainly make you feel
that you, too, have limitless potential.
The children are still exploring their thinking,
particularly planning and creativity. As part of the reporting process the
teachers are working with children and their parents to set SMART
(Specific-Measurable-Achieveable- Realistic-Timeframe) goals for the
remainder of 2009. Please do take the time to sit with your child after the
report interview and together, come up with some targets that have been
jointly agreed upon. As educators, we are realising that if we set goals
together with the children, that have identified as being “SMART”
goals, there is much more liklihood of the targets being achieved. Please
return these goal sheets to school as soon as possible and we will begin to
work upon them. We had a very good turn out of parents to the first of the
two report afternoons and look forward to seeing the remainder of the
parents with their children this Friday from 3.20pm onwards.
Vanessa Beeler is very generously donating her time to
tutor the Year 7/8 students in Food Technology every Friday this term and
the students are participating with enthusiasm. Ricky Smith ran a very
popular Bush Craft unit in Term 1 with Andrew Horscroft demonstrating
firearm safety just before duck shooting season started with a bang. The
Year 7/8’s are loving the community tutors and the “usefulness” of the
Technology that they are experiencing.
to work commitments Rachel Wilson is unable to continue to run the Green
Machines Enviro-school Group. We desperately need a parent to step up and
offer to run this programme if it is to continue. If we are unable to find
somebody this may effect the continuation of Technology being available at
Otamarakau and we will go back to Technology at Te Puke Intermediate. Please
contact us urgently if you can help.
Tae Kwon Do Results
At a recent grading Joshua Meikle was promoted to Green
Belt Blue Tab, Jade Fletcher was awarded her Yellow Belt and Chelsea Wilson
was graded to Black Tip. I think we now have the security for the next
school dance sorted.
Cross Country Training
Training is in full swing now for our school cross
country which will be held in about three weeks. It is inevitable that the
students will get a little muddy from time-to-time as they train. Please
ensure that the children are equipped with a change of clothes to
practice/train in, a plastic bag and suitable footwear. All we need then is
for the students to exercise sound self-management skills with the
organisation of their “kit”.
First Aide Course
Congratulations to Mrs Rosie, Miss Cleveland, Mr
Maclaren, Mrs Barton and Mr Cordery, who successfully completed a gruelling
7hrs professional development evening, last Monday to update and refresh
their First Aide Skills. It is important for as many people as possible to
have Basic First Aide knowledge to be in a position to render assistance in
an emergency. The senior students in Room 1 are this term, learning
rudimentary First Aiding which they will without a doubt, use to good effect
at some stage in their lives.
Young Leaders Day
Yesterday the School Peer Mediators; Ruby, Kaila,
Awhina, Chelsea, Vunisa, Amy, Taiesha, Benjamin and Rebecca, accompanied by
Mrs Horscroft and Mr Cordery, attended the National Young Leaders Day in
Rotorua. “What it takes to be a leader” was the theme for the day. One of
the speakers, Nick Tuitasi talked powerfully about developing character,
choosing friends, reputation and humility. Kerri Tilby, another speaker
explained that for a leader, “Who you are and the actions you take make the
difference”. Barbara Kendall talked about leaders leading by example and the
final, very entertaining speaker, Russell Harrison said to be a leader you
need to have a dream, then you must believe in and work towards achieving
that dream. Over 2400 students plus accompanying adults attended the
conference and left buzzing at the conclusion of the event.
Please note these dates in
Tuesday 12th May GAT Writing Course 12pm
Wednesday 13th May Mr Mac & Miss Cleveland at an
EHSAS PD Day
Friday 15th May Report Afternoon 3.20pm
Tuesday 19th May GAT Writing Course 12pm
Thursday 21st May BoT Meeting 7pm
Please note all
chocolate bars are now $2:50.