20 February 2008
Dear parents / caregivers
Today’s newsletter is a short one as we finish today for the Easter
break and there is no assembly this week.
We have had a really wonderful week at school. The weather
continues to make us think that it is still summer time and it is just
fantastic to see the children outside running around and enjoying the
superb days. The trees continue to hold on to their leaves as
there is so little wind around, so we still have the welcome shade near
the trees. We have purchased four more wooden seats to be placed
under the oak trees on the side of the field for both the children to
use and also for your comfort when you come to watch sport etc.
We extend a very warm welcome to Lave Letatau who has agreed to be
coopted onto our Board of Trustees. Lave’s role is to represent
our Pasifika families and to bring that perspective to our decision
making. We thank Lave for his willingness to be involved on our
Board and for his generous commitment to our school. He is such
an asset along with our other very capable, generous, and committed
School Worm Farm: School Sustainability Project
Yes we do have one now! On Tuesday, Sheila Robinson, Room 14, and
our school gardening group set up our first worm farm. We
purchased the “farm”, a very smart container, and we also bought
the special worms which arrived in a box in the mail!! Sheila,
equipped with rubber gloves, set the farm up and watched by a number of
very interested children, then let the worms loose in their new
home. It was a really great learning experience for us all… The
compost that it will produce will be used for our gardens. Sheila
is growing flowers from seed at the moment and the children in the
gardening group are helping with this. We will be transplanting
the roses from the garden outside the technology room shortly and we
plan to make that garden into a vegetable garden. Other plans in
this project include setting up a tank for watering the gardens.
We think that it is really important to teach the children about
growing things from seed, taking care of the plants and then enjoying
the results of their labour! We are going just a little green at
Last week in our newsletter I congratulated our lovely lassie Heather
McLeod on her marriage to Craig. I got that part right..
However, I have to apologise to Heather (who has pointed out my
error), as I mistakenly said that Heather comes from Central
Otago when she does of course, come from Southland…I got that part
wrong! So sincere apologies Heather – I really should have known
where your accent comes from – such a very special pronunciation of a
particular consonant in that part of the mainland..
All the very best to all of you for a restful and thoroughly enjoyable
Easter break. School closes today for 5 days. Make
the most of the break if you can manage a few days’ holiday and enjoy
the company of your lovely children. School opens again on
Wednesday 26 March.