Week Two 1-5 August
ICAS English on Tuesday
BOT meeting on Tuesday at 7pm
PTA meeting on Wednesday at 7pm
Casebrook Intermediate open night on Wednesday
Please view the school calendar for upcoming events and times. Click on the event to view more details
Wow... a great start to Term3!
We are back! It has been lovely to catch up with so many of our tamariki and parents/whanau in the last couple of days. The holiday break certainly brought some good mid-winter weather with it. Many of our children have shared with me what they did durng the holidays and it was great to hear of how many little adventures and visits they went on and the activities they did at home. The majority of a child's learning goes on outside the school.
Positive, positive, positive... Our fantastic sports teams!
Our tamariki came back from the zone sports competitions yeterday absolutely buzzing! They had many wins on the sports fields, which I was very proud of. As I have said before, in the many sports I have played I always played to win. Our children played to win but in the right spirit. They showed whanaungatanga... a sense of team/family... in their own teams, but they also clearly showed this quality in the way they treated other teams. Our teachers reported constant feedback through the day from other schools about the superb spirit and behaviour of our tamariki. They clearly demonstrated they were climbing high in their efforts to be relationship builders and in their efforts to win. I was VERY proud pf our tamariki and staff.
The children arrived back at school chanting, singing and celebrating their day on the sports field... this was fantastic to see.
CONGRATULATIONS to all our teams... soccer, rugby, netball and hockey. You have done us proud. Thanks to staff and parent helpers who also worked so hard to make the day such a success, especially our sports co-ordinator Mr Morehu.
Visitors to Redwood School
We have many visitors through our school, some looking to enrol new tamariki at Redwood. Yesterday I guided two parents through the school and we visited many classes in Team Whakatipu (Year 1-2). They were very impressed with the work of both our tamariki and kaiako (teachers). Every room was a buzz of activity in reading and writing. The children have cetainly settled back in to their learning and I was thrilled to see the way they were working together. Thanks to Team Whakatipu leader Monique Ewan and teachers.
School redevelopment and zones
Nadine Marshall (Board Chairperson) and I had another meeting with the Ministry of Education yesterday around the redevelopment of Redwood School. We are focussing as a Board and school on serving our community... the tamariki who attend Redwood School and their whanau. This means our perception of our community is not just our very small school zone... the smallest zone in Christchurch. The zone is a survivor from the pre-earthquake Christchurch. After the earthquakes the Ministry of Education asked schools not to change zones because of the impact this would have on the changing nature of school populations. In 2017 the Redwood School zone will continue to function as before and Redwood School will advertise soon regarding out of zone places available. Traditionally nearly all places have been available at New Entrant level with occasional spots available at other levels. If you know of parents who are out of our school zone and wanting to apply for a place at Redwood School, remind them to contact our school office so we can record their expression of interest and get in touch them when we begin our out of zone ballot process. We already have a strong level of enrolment inquiries for 2017.
Our support staff...
We have 22 kaiako/teachers who work at Redwood School as part of our staff. However there are many staff on our team who are not teachers but they support our tamariki and kaiako/teachers in so many ways. Last term we had a support staff day to recognise them. I would like to acknowledge our support staff in our office (Pauline Prescott and Gabe McIntyre), our caretaker (Ron Wilson) and teacher aides (Sandra Matai, Angeline Joseph, Carol Gregg, Maria Stevens, Wendy Hahn, Barbara Hann and Bernie Ellicott) for all their great work in supporting our tamariki and kaiako/teachers. They are a great part of the Redwood team.
Child/Parent/Teacher or Tamariki/Whanau/Kaiako three-way conferences
These are being held for all tamariki in Team Paerangi and some in Team Poutama. Most parents have booked a conference time. These are important mid-year reporting conferences. They give feedback to you as parents and you and your child give feedack to us as a school. They are a chance for some in-depth discussion about your child and their learning. If you do not have a conference time booked yet, and your child has been at school for over three years, please contact the school office or your child's teacher direct to arrange a time. This is an IMPORTANT opportunity to strengthen that home/school learning partnership.
Your continued support of Redwood School and your tamariki's learning is critical.