It is lovely to have all our learners back at school for the final term of the 2022 school year. This term our theme is ‘Time to Shine – Ko wai ahau inaianei?’.
We started the year with the question, ‘Who Am I?’ hence the reason we are finishing the year with the question ‘Who Am I now?’ Term 4 provides many opportunities for reflection and celebration, and we know our learners are going to be very proud of the personal and academic progress they have made.
You will find a list of important dates below, there is a lot happening this term so please pop these dates on your calendar or in your diary. There are many opportunities for you as whānau to be involved and we look forward to seeing you at these events. There will be more details about events as each one approaches.
Please remember if you ever have any concerns, queries or worries to get in contact sooner, rather than later. We want every learner and all community members to feel safe and happy here at school, and will spend the time with you to ensure this is happening.
Have a lovely weekend and I hope to see you at the Athletics Day on Tuesday 🙂
Carla Cook – Principal
Important dates for your diary…
Athletics: Tuesday 1st November at Massy Park: Learners are to bring morning tea, lunch, water bottles (x2), sunhat, sunscreen and wear house colours (just a t-shirt and shorts).
Photolife: Wednesday 2nd November: Learners are to be in full uniform and bring their best smile!
Gumboot day: Friday 4th November:Alfriston School will be supporting Gumboot Day Learners are invited to wear mufti and gumboots on this day to support Gumboot Friday. Please bring a gold coin donation that will go directly to the organisation providing free counselling for young people
Parent Assemblies: Friday 11th November and Friday 9th December, 9 am in the PAC
Cultural Festival:Friday18th November
Weetbix TRYathon:Wednesday the 30th of November.www.tryathlon.co.nz/foundation Search for Alfriston School when prompted or use the direct link to register for our school group here
Christmas disco: Friday 2nd December
End of Year Prizegiving: Tuesday 13th December:
Tupu Tahi (Yr0-4) 9am – 10.30am Kotahitanga (Yr5-8) 11am-12.30pm
End of Year ‘Time to Shine’ Family Picnic: Tuesday13th December 4.30 pm – 7.30 pm
School reports sent home:Wednesday 14th December
Last school day: Thursday 15th DecemberNote: School closes at 12.00pm
Photolife: Wednesday 2nd November: Learners are to be in full uniform and bring their best smile! Check with your child for a form to return to school for your choice of photo options.
In this issue
Message from the Principal
Important dates for your diary
Family and Friends
Other News and Reminders
Welcome to Alfriston School & birthdays
Term dates, School Times
Family and Friends
Thank you to all who have already got behind our amazing fundraising event of a Fantastic Fun Run.
We need some obstacles for the fun run. Are you able to help? We require obstacles eg large tunnels etc. We also would like to offer spot prizes to our learners for their fundraising efforts, should you have business where you would be willing to donate an item or a voucher for a service, please contact email@example.com , in return we can promote your business through our community communications.
AND… Would you be interested in joining this amazing group of parents? Come along to a meeting to meet other parents and be part of our amazing school community. Maybe you would be willing to help on a smaller scale and would be happy to part of a mailing list?
This term in Room 12 we are consolidating and preparing for the next big step in our learning journeys. We are making sure we have basics for maths covered (fractions, decimals and percentages), completing our designed learner choice art projects, learning about the Marae and Reo, getting involved in sports activities with Northern Districts Cricket, MIT School of Sport and a Food for thought program to help us with nutrition.
While it is a super busy time, we will also be reflecting and taking account of our time together to appreciate what has happened over the year.
Room 13 has started Term 4 with energy, good humour, and a focus on completing our learning for 2022. Each one of us is in the process of completing our amazing, large-sized dragon art before heading into our individually selected art pieces that will enable us to practice our skills of symmetry and design.
Understanding the significance of 5 November in Aotearoa history, we are discovering the story of Parihaka one step at a time, starting with the legend behind the maunga of Taranaki. For maths, we are exploring our knowledge of geometric formulas and practicing our accuracy using geometric tools such as protractors, compasses, and rulers.
The highlight of our last two weeks, of course, is the House Fun afternoon on Wednesdays – where we are all proudly showing our leadership skills, organisational skills, abilities to work with learners of different ages, and naturally, having a lot of fun!
Amazing Artists at Alfriston!
Caitlin Dorasamy (Room 13) created this magnificent Dragon’s Eye in A2 size, using oil pastels and working with the concepts of line and colour to create a stunning image with 3D effects.
20 HEALTHY KANUKA PLANTS AVAILABLE
The Johnson Family have grown 20 Healthy Kanuka plants and these are available for you to purchase. You can get yourself a plant from outside the boiler shed this Monday. Just make a donation (Jar) and this will be given to the worthy cause of the “I am hope” charity that supports Youth who have challenges with mental health. Grab yourself a bargain.
House Fun Wednesday!
Wednesday House Afternoon is a highlight for the learners!
Everyone has been enjoying the great weather and the opportunity to work together across the school.
School Dates 2023
2023 School Dates
TERM 1: Tuesday 7 February – Thursday 6 April
TERM 2: Monday 24 April – Friday 30 June
TERM 3: Monday 17 July – Friday 22 September
TERM 4: Monday 9 October – Wednesday 20 December
Teacher Only Days: 1st and 2nd of February, other dates may be added (TBC)
Other News & Reminders
SUNHAT TERM – HEALTH AND SAFETY REMINDER:
Sunhats are required for Term 4 and sandals are encouraged. If learners do not have a hat they will be required to sit or play in the shade.
As previously indicated it is vital learners are onsite and ready to start the day by 8.45 am. The first 15 minutes of the school day set learners up for success. We are currently tracking lateness and will be contacting the whānau we are concerned about.
EARLY TO SCHOOL
We have also noticed a growing number of children arriving at school very early, please do not send your child/children to school before 8 am. It is a long time for them to stand on cold/wet days. We ask that you make alternative arrangements for your child on those days you need to start early. This is a health & safety concern for us as we do not have a before-school care facility and teachers/staff are unable to supervise children as they are busy preparing for their school day.
If your child is sick with vomiting they are required to remain at home and away from school for at least 24 hours.
It is important that we hold the correct details for our learners on file, especially if we have to contact you in an emergency. Have you recently changed your address, email or phone number? Please can you let the office know so we have up-to-date accurate records.
Second-Hand Uniform Shop Re-opened in the Boiler Shed
The school’s 2nd Hand Uniform Shop/Bolier Shed is open on the first Wednesday of every month from 2:15 pm – 3 pm. Open on Wednesday 1 November from 2.30-3pm. All uniform items are sold for only $5 each and the money goes back to the school for our students. If you have any spare uniforms that you are not using and would like to donate to the Boiler Shed please drop them in the next time they are open or drop them off at the school office. Due to the school holidays, the next time the Boiler Shed will be open is the 2nd of November. For any further queries or urgent requests please reach out to Jess at firstname.lastname@example.org
A warm welcome to our new learners to Alfriston school
Joban Machhiana, Keanu Loke
Kaia Hannon, Rubani Kaurh April
Marley Rees-Watene, Taran Chohan, Max Tsai, Mason Taliauli, Harkanwar Sidhu, Evelyn Khor, Grace Southgate, Emma Finlayson, Ishveen Kaur, Regan Woodley, Diya Binu, Qamar Reddy, Ishana Swami, Kabir Rana, Nathan Lee, Carter Ludlam, Aiden Kernohan, Demien Hinderegger, Oliver Riesterer, Tejas Chahal, Amreet Kaur, Gavin Gill, Faith Sila, Joseph Hu, Desmond McCall, Danika Singh, Gurnoor Khera, Roman Katavich, Carter McKillop, Ravneet Khosa
2022 TERM DATES:
Thursday 3rd February – Thursday 14th April
Tuesday 3rd May – Friday 8th July
Thursday 23rd June – Teacher Only Day
Monday 25th July – Friday 30th September
Monday 17th October – Thursday 15th December (12.30 finish)
Teacher Only Day – Friday 21st October
We ask that all learners be at school by 8.30am each day to prepare for their school day.