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11 May 2018

posted 10 May 2018, 19:32 by Carolyn Brett   [ updated 10 May 2018, 19:33 by Stephanie Williams ]
The opportunity to engage in the conversation about the future of education was highlighted in last week's Newsletter and you can find the information in there again this week. 

Over the last few years, the debate around scrapping the school decile system for something that is more equitable and fair has been a hot topic. The discussion continues, but, without the aid of a small (or large) miracle, I can't see the amount of funding a school like ours receives changing anytime soon.

This means we rely so heavily on our community to support our income, through Voluntary Contributions (we have had an amazing 84% response) and various fundraising ventures. 

Complimenting our weekly income from Sausage Sizzles and monthly Pizzas, we have our other events. Just this week we have the first children's Disco of the year. A few weeks later, on 9 June, it's the Ceilidh, a bit of a social knees up for parents, friends and neighbours, and highly rated by the community as well worth booking a babysitter for!

Last week, the first Fair Meeting for the year was convened. The School Fair - mark the calendar now - it's on Sunday 11 November - is our biggest fundraising event and recognised across Wellington as one of the 'must go to' Fairs! The site itself lends itself beautifully, the theme is always interesting and it's one of those times where almost all families in the school 'muck in' in some way. So our appreciation to all of the new parents who came along to this first meeting and are keen to get involved. For those of you who would like to be more involved but couldn't make it, your Parent Net rep will be the person to chat to in the first instance.

Parent Net - Jackie in Mahutonga/Matariki, Sonja in Tautoru and Tiso in Autahi are the names and faces at the end of the Parent Net emails and people on the ground helping connect and coordinate. They form another mighty important part of the community jigsaw when it comes to bringing people together for supporting teaching/learning and also rallying support for our fundraising ventures. 

The Board of Trustees, yet another group of dedicated parents within the school, have some great information on the website that provides more context for our fundraising requirements. http://www.worserbay.school.nz/be-involved

So, hope you have your  on for the Emoji disco tonight! Thanks to our Disco Organiser Extraordinaire and merry band of helpers. I'm sure the children will love it, and I hope they thank you!