Friday, February 22, 2019

Week 5 Home Communication

Whiriwhiria kia eke panuku! 
(Choose to be more!)

Kia Ora, 
Welcome to Week 5 of Term 1.  In the next week, you should receive goals for Term 1 home, and a reflection post about Relating to Others while at Hanmer Springs Camp.

INQUIRY
Thanks to those that joined us at Silverstream Reserve for our school picnic on Thursday night, and getting to know our local reserve better.  Our Inquiry this year is based around the environment, and we will be spending time at this reserve to learn more about looking after the world we live in.

HANMER SPRINGS CAMP
If you are interested in viewing heaps of photos, please contact one of the parents that went on camp, and they can connect you to the Messenger site where you can view these.  We also have a display of some photos and 6-word narratives in our team room.

DEVICES
We really appreciate that if your child has a device that they are able to use and bring to school, that they do so, as we use these a lot with our learning.  We do have some at school for those that aren't able to do this.

GALA ART
This coming week, we will be working on our art for the Gala auction.  The PTA have kindly purchased various canvas boards, and the children have been shown some ideas.  You are welcome to chat about possible ideas as well.

SWIMMING
A notice has been sent home about the swimming sports.  We are unable to give you exact race times - please refer to the notice.

GALA
Our Gala this year is on Friday, 22nd of March.  Two PTA representatives came in on Thursday to talk about stalls that your children are interested in running.  Please have a chat with them, and send back the permission notice.  We do require parents to monitor their children, especially with setting up of stalls, the initial running, checking in, and completely packing down their stalls (including taking all rubbish and belongings home).  As we are environmentally conscious, we do promote rubbish free stalls.

CALENDAR 
Week 5
* PTA meeting - Monday 25 February - 6:30pm
* School Swimming Sports - Wednesday 27 February
* Assembly - Friday 1 March - 1:40pm

Week 6
* Fish and chips - Thursday 7 March

Week 7
* School tryathlon - Monday 11 March
* Assembly - Friday 15 March - 1:40pm

Have a brilliant week!

Chris, Nick, Lynn

Friday, February 15, 2019

Week 4 Home Communicatio

Whiriwhiria kia eke panuku! 
(Choose to be more!)


Kia Ora, 
Welcome to Week 4 of Term 1.  What a hot but fun week we have had!

HANMER SPRINGS CAMP
A big thank you to all parent volunteers who came, and to those who offered.  Without you, we would not be able to participate in such valuable activities.  Hopefully all of your belongings have made their way home, and if not, we will send the rest home on Monday.  Camp was incredibly hot, but we are proud with how the children coped.  Enjoy all of their memories.

SCHOOL PICNIC
Invitation to a family picnic
Families are invited to attend a picnic at Silverstream Reserve on Thursday 21 February at 5.30pm. Please BYO dinner and drinks. There will be activities to help us get to know the Reserve better.

SWIMMING
A notice has been sent home about the swimming sports.  We are unable to give you exact race times - please refer to the notice.

GALA
Our Gala this year is on Friday, 22nd of March.  A PTA representative came on Monday this week to ignite some interest with the children running stalls.  A notice will come home next week with more information.

CALENDAR 
Week 4
* School Picnic at Silverstream Reserve - Thursday 21 February - 5:30pm
* Sausage Sizzle - Friday 22 February

Week 5
* PTA meeting - Monday 25 February - 6:30pm
* School Swimming Sports - Wednesday 27 February
* Assembly - Friday 1 March - 1:40pm

Week 6
* Fish and chips - Thursday 7 March

Have an excellent week!

Chris, Nick, Lynn



Friday, February 8, 2019

Week 3 Home Communication

Whiriwhiria kia eke panuku! 
(Choose to be more!)

Kia Ora, 
Welcome to Week 3 of Term 1.  We are all set for camp and looking forward to fun activities!

HANMER SPRINGS CAMP
A notice is coming home today with reminders of camp (we will email this too).  The packing list was sent home last year, and we have also put this on the blog.  We ask that you pack appropriate clothing - i.e. tee-shirts and long sleeved shirts, shorts and track pants, sneakers, hats, sunscreen, etc.  Singlet tops are inappropriate due to sunburn and other weather conditions.  It is very helpful if you name all your child's belongings, as we usually come home with lost property.  Please remember to pack a container of home baking

SWIMMING
We hope to swim most days each week.  If your child is unable to swim, can you please let us know (email, note, in person). Thanks.  Swimming sports are in Week 5.  A notice will be coming home shortly.

LUNCH
Hopefully you have heard of the changes to our lunch time.  Our children are also working very hard at getting as many tokens into our jar, so they can be rewarded for being in the right place at the right time.

GALA
Our Gala this year is on Friday, 22nd of March.  Some PTA representatives will be coming to speak with our team on Monday, to share possible ideas.  More information will come out about this later.

CALENDAR 
Week 3
* Hōpara Hanmer Springs Camp - Wednesday 13 - Friday 15 February
* Assembly - Friday 15 February 1:40pm (Note the change of time)

Week 4
* School Picnic at Silverstream Reserve - Thursday 21 February - 5:30pm
* Sausage Sizzle - Friday 22 February

Week 5
* PTA meeting - Monday 25 February - 6:30pm
* School Swimming Sports - Wednesday 27 February
* Assembly - Friday 1 March - 1:40pm

Have a fabulous week!

Chris, Nick, Lynn



Friday, February 1, 2019

Term 1, Week 2 Home Communication

Whiriwhiria kia eke panuku! 
(Choose to be more!)

Kia Ora, 
Welcome to Week 2 of Term 1.  We have slotted back into the school routine quickly, and it has been lovely to see everyone collaborating together.  The whakatauki above is so true, and we value your support and assistance.

SWIMMING
We hope to swim most days each week.  If your child is unable to swim, can you please let us know (email, note, in person). Thanks.

HANMER SPRINGS CAMP
A notice will be coming home next Friday with reminders of camp.  For the parents who are assisting us on camp, we will have a parent meeting on Thursday at 5pm in Hōpara.  The packing list was sent home last year, and we have also put this on the blog.  We ask that you have appropriate clothing - i.e. tee-shirts and long sleeved shirts, shorts and track pants, sneakers, hats, etc.  Singlet tops are inappropriate due to sunburn and other weather conditions.

MATHS
Hit the button is a fantastic game to help your children learn their basic facts.  They can select the multiplication or division tables they want to learn, or do all of them at once.  We expect all children to recall their basic facts by the end of Year 6 (this is with speed).  Please help them with this, as it also helps with their computation in all maths areas.
Basic facts game - a fun game that can be done at any level.

LUNCH
Hopefully you have heard of the changes to our lunch time.  This has been sent home in the newsletter this week - please read.  Our children are also working very hard at getting as many tokens into our jar, so they can be rewarded for being in the right place at the right time.

CALENDAR 
Week 2
* Waitangi Day - Wednesday 6 February
* Hōpara parent camp meeting - 5pm, Thursday 7 February

Week 3
* Hōpara Hanmer Springs Camp - Wednesday 13 - Friday 15 February
* Assembly - Friday 15 February 1:40pm (Note the change of time)

Have a brilliant week!

Chris, Nick, Lynn

Sunday, January 27, 2019

Term 1, Week 1 Home Communication

Whiriwhiria kia eke panuku! 
(Choose to be more!)

Kia Ora, 
Welcome to Week 1 of Term 1, our first week of the school year.   We hope you have had a lovely break from the school routine.  The staff in Hōpara this year are Chris Goldsack, Nick Burson, and Lynn Moffitt.

If you have misplaced your stationery or packing list, these are on the blog.

SWIMMING
We hope to swim most days each week.  If your child is unable to swim, can you please let us know (email, note, in person). Thanks.

MATHS
Hit the button is a fantastic game to help your children learn their basic facts.  They can select the multiplication or division tables they want to learn, or do all of them at once.  We expect all children to recall their basic facts by the end of Year 6 (this is with speed).  Please help them with this, as it also helps with their computation in all maths areas.
Basic facts game - a fun game that can be done at any level.

DIGITAL SAFETY
We have had some parents asking about how to keep their children safe online.  There is a product from Norton, that is a possibility.  Below is a link to this.

CALENDAR FOR THE REST OF THE SCHOOL YEAR
Week 1
* Goal setting day - Monday 28th January
* School (full days)  - Tuesday 29th January onwards

Week 2
* Waitangi Day - Wednesday 6 February
* Hōpara parent camp meeting - 5pm, Thursday 7 February

Have an awesome week!

Chris, Nick, Lynn

Monday, January 21, 2019

Hanmer Springs Camp Packing list

HANMER SPRINGS CAMP Packing List

Please do not underestimate the importance of this camp list. The weather in Hanmer Springs can change in an instant.
Items such as Polypropylene, waterproof jackets and woollen jumpers, are put on the list for a VERY specific purpose. These items MUST be included in your child’s gear bag.

Absolutely ESSENTIAL -
  • Warm sleeping bag
  • Pillow
  • PJ’s
  • Toiletries
  • Insect repellent
  • Beach towel AND Bath towel
  • Plate, cup, bowl and cutlery and a NAMED tea towel in a ROBUST carry bag please
  • Bags for wet/dirty gear
  • WATERPROOF raincoat
  • Warm polar fleece or woollen jumper
  • T-Shirts / sweatshirts
  • Shorts / track pants (both are essential)
  • Socks and underwear
  • Thermals / Polypro  
  • Togs
  • WARM hat (Beanie)
  • Sunhat
  • Sunscreen / sunglasses
  • Sneakers (recommend 2 pair)
  • Torch
  • Daypack with morning tea and lunch for Day 1 in lunch box.
  • Water bottle
  • HOME BAKING in a named container

OPTIONAL:
  • Camera – NOT cell phones or iPods with cameras.

NOT REQUIRED and if found will be confiscated -
  • Cell phones, iPods, devices, or any electronic games or toys
  • Money
  • Jewellery
  • Pocket knives

Contact Phone Numbers during Camp
Hanmer Springs Forestry Camp – (03) 315 7202







Sunday, January 13, 2019

Hōpara Stationery List - 2019
Dear Parents/Caregivers
This is a list of stationery items required for Hōpara.  You can order these online at
OfficeMax, or you can buy separately from any stationer’s shop.

Any books of the same type which are still largely unused, may be reused rather than
buying new.  We do not operate a shared use system, so we will be relying on parents
and children to ensure that the correct gear (pencils, pens, glue sticks, rulers, etc) are
at school and ready to use at all times.

Please name all of these items clearly with your child’s name and the name of the
subject of the book, before bringing the stationery to school.

Stationery may be brought to school on Goal Setting Day (28 January, 2019), however
this must be at school by 30 January, 2019. We cannot stress enough the importance of
clearly naming every item, as it can be impossible to track the owners of unnamed bits
and pieces.  Please note that your child is also responsible for any other stationery items
they choose to bring.

Quantity
Type
Subject
5
1B5
Reading
Writing
Spelling
ChILL
Inquiry
1
QB
Maths
1
14B5
(Refill Pad)
2
20 page clear files
1. Pathways (to be kept at home)
2. Organisation File
1

Ruler (30cm)
Eraser
Pencil Sharpener
Felts and/or Coloured Pencils
Whiteboard marker
Small headphones/earphones - for quiet
device listening
2 each

Pencils (HB)
Blue biros
Red biros
Gluesticks
Highlighters
1
Stationery Storage Box
To use the one from 2018 is fine - please
ensure it is clean and is not graffitied or
broken.  If you choose to purchase a new
one, please ensure it is the same as the one
pictured.

A cost of approximately $5 will be added to your account for Hapara (online file
management that interacts with google drive).
A Mathletics cost will also be charged to your account when this cost has been finalised.

Kind regards,

Chris and Nick

Friday, December 7, 2018

Week 9 Home Communication

Whiriwhiria kia eke panuku! 
(Choose to be more!)
Kia Ora, 
Welcome to Week 9 of Term 4, our last week of the school year.   The above whakatauki says the words so nicely - thank you for your support of the staff that work with the children in our team, and supporting your children through their learning journey this year.  We say goodbye to Helen, who moves back into Matawara, and Lynn will be working with us again next year.  Helen has worked alongside and supported lots of children in our team this year.

PRODUCTION
For those that may have missed the facebook message: a big thank you to parents who helped in any way with our awesome production - whether it was costumes, listening or/and watching practising at home, packing up afterwards, unpacking, etc.

SWIMMING
The swimming pool is ready, and we have started swimming.  If your child is unable to swim, can you please let us know (email, note, in person). Thanks.

MATHS
Hit the button is a fantastic game to help your children learn their basic facts.  They can select the multiplication or division tables they want to learn, or do all of them at once.  We expect all children to recall their basic facts by the end of Year 6 (this is with speed).  Please help them with this, as it also helps with their computation in all maths areas.
Basic facts game - a fun game that can be done at any level.

DIGITAL SAFETY
We have had some parents asking about how to keep their children safe online.  There is a product from Norton, that is a possibility.  Below is a link to this.

CALENDAR FOR THE REST OF THE SCHOOL YEAR
Week 9
* Transition 1 to new team - Tuesday 11th December
* Wet and wild lunch - Tuesday 11th December
* Transition 2 to new team - Wednesday 12th December
* Afternoon prize giving - Thursday 13th December - 1:30pm
* Evening prize giving - Thursday 13th December - 6:00pm
* Last day of school - Friday 14th December - finish at 12:30pm

2019 - Term 1, Week 1
* Goal setting day - Monday 28th January
* School (full days)  - Tuesday 29th January onwards

Have an awesome week, and a brilliant break!  Thanks again for a wonderful 2018!

Chris, Nick, Linda, Helen