24 May 2007
Woolf Fisher Fellowship
As I leave NZ next week on my Woolf Fisher fellowship, this will be my
last newsletter until the middle of term 3. I will be back at
school on Monday 20 August. I am looking forward to a very busy
and exciting time and I am hugely appreciative of the
opportunity. I wish to acknowledge the wonderful support and
generosity of the Woolf Fisher Trust. I have planned a mix of
school visits, a leadership conference and a symposium, a development
programme at Harvard University in Boston and meetings with university
education staff and teacher trainers in London and Hong Kong. The
focus of my fellowship is effective teaching. I am very
interested in how excellent teachers engage with their students to
optimise their learning and achievement.
At our school we have been working on developing our own framework of
what we believe are the practices of excellent teachers in relation to
their students, in their collaboration with each other and in
connecting with the families of their students. We have drawn on
current NZ research in the area of effective teaching and I am very
interested in looking at this comparatively in the international
I am also looking forward to sharing my findings with you, on my return
to school in August.
The Board has asked Linda Jefferies to be the acting principal while I
am away so the school will be in great hands.
During the April holidays John White, our caretaker broke his ankle and
has been shuffling around in a bright pink cast, unable to carry out
his regular caretaking duties. He has been quite unhappy
about that, so he has continued to come in to school every morning and
instead of taking care of the school, he has been spending each morning
reading with our students! He has done so well!! Teachers
have sent children individually or in small groups to John in the
staffroom and he has heard them read and engaged in the most impressive
questioning – He would make a super teacher! Thank you John for
giving up your time to help our students.
We wish to acknowledge Bunnings, Manukau. They have donated
plants to the school, so shortly you will see a plot of cheerful
pansies in the front garden.
Thank you for your support for the Year 6 stalls this term. The
stalls are a tradition in the school and the children love them.
Each time we have one it is like a mini gala day. The Year 6
students take great pride in the stalls and the funds go towards their
camp at the end of the year. The junior children seem to really
like having their faces painted!
Best wishes for a fantastic weekend. Many of you will be feeling
very proud of our yachtsmen in Valencia. The finals starting on 1
June should be thrilling.. Go Team New Zealand!
Warmest wishes for the remainder of the term. I look forward to
seeing you on my return on 20 August.
Class visits to St Christopher's Residential Home: This Monday,
28 May (weather permitting) at 1.30pm, Room 24 will be visiting St
Assembly Day: On Friday, 25 May assembly will be run by Room
24. As always you are most welcome to attend but please make sure
that you are seated by 1.15pm.
Individual / Family photos – we only have few outstanding. Please
return these to the office ASAP.
Class photo money needs to be returned by Friday, 25 May 2007.
Winter Health: With winter on its way it is time to remind our
students to be careful about the spread of germs and illnesses.
Students are being reminded about thorough washing and drying of hands,
blowing noses and catching sneezes so they don’t spread around.
As always we appreciate your support with this at home. Where
possible we prefer the students to be at school but if they are really
sick then at home in bed is the best place for them.
School Sports Exchange
Puhinui: These are the results from last Friday, 18 May:
Soccer A won 5-0
Netball A lost 8-7
Soccer B won 2-1
Netball B drew 5-5
Netball F lost
Rugby under 40 won 30-25 Netball C
Rugby under 50 lost
Netball D lost 13-4
Holy Cross: This will be held next Thursday, 31 May. It hasn't
been confirmed who is playing where yet.