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5 February 2021

posted 4 Feb 2021, 18:38 by Carolyn Brett
It was so lovely to catch up with many of you this week, especially being able to share our beautiful 'new school'. I loved some of your comments such as "it feels like we have grown up", "it looks so professional" and "your staff deserve being able to work in an adult environment". So, thank you, we appreciate it. In fact some of you never really knew this section of the school even existed as you joined us when we were all scaffolded up! Autahi is on it's way - just a little bit to do now.... we are on a roll!
As you will have noted in previous emails this week, there are a number of family events on the horizon. Next week we hope to have one of those calm stunning evenings for the Family Picnic at Worser Bay Beach like we had last year. You will also note that there is a postponement date...... just in case! This is a great chance to mix and mingle, BYO food and drink and get to relax, meet new people, reconnect with the oldies and get to know the teaching staff a little bit better.

Whānau/Family Picnic 
Worser Bay Beach
Thursday 11 February (p/d Thursday 18 February)
5pm to 6.30pm
This year we have made a slight tweak to our initial parent/teacher/child meetings. Firstly, they are earlier in the term, the focus is more broad and will be centred on 'the whole child'. We hope that goals for the year will come from this session but the conversation isn't all about goal setting per se. It will be more about a temperature check - as to how the school year has started, what's going well, and where we need to place more focus. As many of you have experienced in the past, these meetings can go swimmingly.... or it may be that for a child it's a bit of a not wanting to talk with adults kind of day! So, to help warm things up, look out for the full Newsletter next week when we will provide some helpful hints to get some conversations rolling at home and we will do the same at school as an entree to the main course! 
You will book this with your child's Base Group teacher. If your child is in Autahi, it's a little different - just book for Autahi not under a teacher's name. Bookings will open Tuesday. You will receive a separate email with instructions for how to book.
Remember, school is closed for Waitangi Weekend Monday, so we will see you back on Tuesday. 
We are so looking forward to accomplishing great things together this year.