Āpiti School and District Newsletter 10.12.2018

Welcome to Week 9 of Term 4.

We would like to welcome Edith to our school as a brand new 5 year old.  Edith is the younger sister to Owen. We would also like to welcome Isobella and her family to our school and we look forward to her younger sister starting in the new year.  We know Edith and Isobella will enjoy learning at Apiti School.

Dates for your calendar
12th Dec  : Swimming Survival Water safety lesson then play on Inflatables.
12th Dec :  BOT final meeting of the year. All welcome.
18th Dec :  Kiwitea Concert “The Book Club” leaving school at 9.30.
18th Dec :  Final assembly for 2018 at 2.00pm in the senior room.
19th Dec :  Term 4 ends at 2.45. (this is just a clean-up day )
7th Feb 2019 : Term 1 for Apiti School starts at 9.00am.
11th Feb  : Technicraft for Year 7 and 8 starts. (the bus runs 15mins earlier on a Monday)
23rd Feb  :  Apiti Show
1st March : Triathlon at Apiti (proposed date)
8th March : Oroua Swimming Sports at Makino
Please note: The above dates are updated as required. The school also keeps you updated with all community news. Check this link http://bit.ly/2pvsJzf or the tab on the right hand side of the blogspot.
Please email anything you would like to add to community notices to christinedigby@apiti.school.nz

Thank you
At Apiti School we have had an amazing year.
Thanks to ….
Most importantly I’d like to thank all the students. You are inspirational, gifted, diverse, reflective, creating your own learning pathway both inside and outside the classroom. We have such a talented group of students who drive our school.  We focus through the NZ curriculum on your needs, interests, through meaningful authentic learning contexts. We assess and plan a programme focussed on you the learner. Students needs are the driving force at Apiti. Congratulations to you all.
BOT ASSA and families
Thanks for helping us run our school and provide for all our students needs. The BOT have governed the school really well. The governance role includes finance, personnel, property, and health and safety. A reminder that there is the Board of Trustees election being held in March/April 2019.  Please consider standing for the election.
Thanks to ASSA which includes all our school and community families, for your fundraising and support.
Thanks to all staff who go well beyond the call of duty to teach and provide support to all. You are a fantastic group, dedicated to student learning. Each and every one of you is a vital part to the successful running of the school. Special thanks to Darren who has taught in the senior room.

Our Schooling Futures: Stronger Together
There are some major changes in education following the Tomorrow’s Schools Taskforce.
Here is a video I urge you all to view. Here is the link  http://bit.ly/2E99On4
As part of the national Education Conversation | Kōrero Mātauranga, the Government is reviewing Tomorrow’s Schools – the name given to the reforms that dramatically changed the governance, management and administration of our schools nearly 30 years ago.
After more than 200 meetings with people interested in education, the Independent Taskforce reported its findings to the Minister of Education in November 2018. Their report: Our Schooling Futures, Stronger Together l Whiria Ngā Kura Tūātinitini has now been released for public consultation.
The report covers eight key issues: Governance, Schooling Provision, Competition and Choice, Disability and Learning Support, Teaching, Leadership, Resourcing, Central Government agencies.
The Taskforce’s report makes a number of significant recommendations for changes to the current education system. Stakeholder feedback on the report and its recommendations will be critical to inform Government decision making in 2019.

Student Successes and celebrations
Students Reports
It is great to see the students confidently reflecting and reporting on their successes and learning pathways in their reports.  We are very excited to see they are so clear about their progress and next step. This is their true personalised learning journey. As teachers we teach, but through these reflections we know the students are clear about their levels and what they have learnt. Your students reports are shared with parents on their google documents, as they are completed. We are happy to print reports if you would like one.
Everyone will get their report link by Thursday.  Please feel free to discuss your students report or progress, just make an appointment to see your child’s teacher.

The Senior Room came 9th in the NZ National Sumdog Maths Contest. We competed with 90 schools around the country. We worked hard and the goal was to answer 1000 questions. All our efforts paid off and we came 9th! This is a great effort for a class of 15 students as we were competing against much bigger class sizes.
Sumdog results: Senior Room: Renee 1707 questions answered at 73%, Phinece 1220 questions answered at 57%, Danielle 1143 questions answered at 70%, Lucas 1094 questions answered at 64%, Josiah 1093 questions answered at 60%, Katie 1111 questions answered at 77%, Luke 11060 questions answered at 59%, Summer 1001.
Junior Room: Kadin 657 questions answered at 81%. Kealee 300 questions answered at 95%, Claire 257 questions answered at 95%, Emily 256 questions answered at 71%, Jake 168 questions answered at 67%, Rydah 104 questions answered at 79% and Saxon 104 questions answered at 84%.

Reading Eggs:
Spelling/Vocabulary/Grammar: Abbey 8, Katie 8. Books read: Claire 9, Saxon 8, Josiah 4, Claire 4, Savannah 3, Conner 2 and Phinece 2. Reading lessons completed; Josiah 4, Savannah 3, Phinece 2, Claire 2 and Connor 2.

Junior Room: Claire: 12 Gold, 8 Silver and 96% overall. Emily: 11 Gold, 8 Silver, 1 Bronze and 89% overall. Kaelee: 9 Gold, 4 Silver and 95% overall. Rydah: 6 Gold, 6 Silver, 2 Bronze and 77% overall. Autumn: 6 Gold, 1 Silver, 2 Bronze and 88% overall.
Spelling - Week 7 - Junior room : 100% Kealee, Autumn, Emily.
Week 8 : Owen, Kealee, Autumn, Emily.
Week 7 - Senior room : 100% Phinece, Summer, Lucas, Josie, Savannah, Renee, Katie.

SunSmart - sunhats
All students are required to wear a sunhat at school while playing outside, so please make sure your child brings a wide brimmed hat to school everyday.  Students are permitted to bring their own sunscreen as we no longer keep sunscreen at school as some students re-act to particular sunscreen.

Bon Apiti - We enjoyed yummy Stuffed Potatoes made by our awesome Year 7’s; Phinece, Sarah and Summer with help from June and Ava. Mr Hodder says, ”The food is awesome, it’s up to cafe standards!”

End of Year Celebration LunchThis week Bon Apiti will be tomorrow on Tuesday 11th Dec -
Lunch will be free for everyone. We will be cooking a 3 course meal, with a French/Korean/ Christmas theme as the year 7’s have been learning languages.
Entree Kimbap  Korean sushi - this is a "Phinece Special" she has been learning Korean for 3 years now.
Main - Croissants with ham, cheese, tomatoes and tomato relish with lettuce.
Dessert - Self saucing "Christmas themed " pudding.

Swimming - Wednesday 12th December.
For our last swimming day we have booked a water safety lesson. This will include deepwater experience and correct use of life jackets. We have booked the bus to take some students in as I know this is a very busy time for parents, however we still require some transport. We will be leaving school at 9am and returning by 2.45. Thanks to Pat for driving on this day. Please make sure your child has their own sun protection, there is some sunblock at the pool but we will be outside for most of the day. Thank you to those who have offered to take transport, I have allocated students to the following vehicles :-
ANGOVE : Renee and Emily.
BLACKMORE : Savannah (down).
CARTER : Aimee, Bently, Rydah, Lucas and Kadin.
FIELD :  Josie, Katie and Claire.
KING : Autumn and Kealee.
KNIGHT : Owen and Edith.
SINCLAIR : Isobella.
BUS : Phinece, Sarah, Danielle, Luke, Ava, Abbey, Connor, Josiah, Summer (Jnr), Bentley, Jake, Savannah (home).  If any of these arrangements, please contact the school. 

Board of Trustee Meeting
The final BOT meeting for 2018 will be held this Wednesday night the 12th of December, in the staff room, starting at 7.00p.m.  All welcome.

Enviro T-shirts
Students will bring their Enviro T-shirt home today.  Unfortunately we were unable to steam-iron the ‘enviro message’ t-shirts that students made leading up to Lamb and Calf Day.  Please handle with care when washing and try not to iron the fabric paint.

Whanau Group Fun Days
Danielles - Super Small Blacks are going to have a movie afternoon. There will be a choice of 2 movies and snacks as well.
Lucas - Community Creators are going to do Secret Santa. (gifts supplied)
Phinece - Successful Seedling A picnic at Apiti Bush area - weather permitting. (17th ?)
Summer’s  - Games fun day.
Sarah - Water fun day - students to bring water guns, togs, hat, 2 towels, their own sunblock.
As the weather is a little unpredictable this week, we cannot say for sure what days these activities will happen on.  The students will plan these days according to the weather.

Kiwitea Concert  “The Book Club “
On Tuesday the 18th Dec, we are going to Kiwitea for the Kiwitea School Concert, leaving school at 9.30. It is great for students to view performances, and support and get ideas from others. We will be taking the bus but would appreciate help with transport on this day. Please let Christine know if you can join us a.s.a.p.  I hear it's a great show.  We will return to school after the concert as we have the assembly at 2.00p.m.

The final assembly for 2018 will be held on Tuesday the 18th of December starting at 2.00pm in the senior room.  Everyone is welcome.

End of Term
School will finish the 2018 school year on Wednesday the 19th of December at 2.45.  This will be a clean-up day only.

Dear ASSA members
For those who don't know, ASSA stands for Apiti School Support Association and every school family is a part of ASSA, also some community members help us with events and fundraising .
We hold meetings periodically and at least one member of each school family is required to attend. Our aim is to fundraise for the school, as we need to supply the Board of Trustees with $8000 a year to fund the awesome activities the children do like the annual skiing trip and other Education Outside the Classroom. It also means school fees are eliminated.
Our main fundraiser is the mid year possum hunt, but coming up we have the Apiti Show. Every year we do the judges lunches, where we make approx $800 and we feed around  80 judges. This is happening in February and we will need each family to bring an ice cream container of cooked cold meat as well as a salad, as well as spending an hour or so helping with set up or pack down. The school also runs a ‘hole in one golf’ on the day that will need some adults to supervise over the day. We organise rosters so all time slots are covered and everyone gets a chance to enjoy the show with their families.
We also have the Oroua triathlon early in the year, and we will need marshals and bbq/shop attendants to help with this. We will have a meeting closer to the time but as its a busy time of year a lot of us are unable to make one now, so I am keeping everyone up with the play via email.  -  Regards, Nicole Philps (ASSA Chairperson).

Apiti Playcentre
Unfortunately the Apiti Playcentre has closed and here is an update.
The first meeting to set up a playcentre in Apiti was in June 1966. The first supervisors were Sylvia Payton and Marg McKay. The original building was the Apiti Principal’s house. The community raised $60,000 to put the new building where it is now. They also got help from CDPA (Central District Playcentre Assoc).
We would like to take this opportunity to thank all the people who made the playcentre a success over the years, especially the students who were lucky enough to attend.
Pre-school education is very important, as is a local community facility that children and parents can use. If anyone is keen to start a playgroup we would encourage them to contact CDPA.
On 14th December, other playcentres have been invited to up lift equipment and later the building will then be removed. However if a playcentre or playgroup wishes to take it over they will get support from the CDPA and the school.
On 10th February 2019 there will be a celebration of the Apiti Playcentre at the Apiti Tavern. More info at a later date.

As this is the last newsletter for 2018, we would like to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a happy and safe New Year.  We look forward to seeing you all back here on Thursday the 7th of February 2019.
Regards, Mary, Darren, Pat, Mary B, Linda, Ruth and Christine.

Ladies Group Christmas Dinner
The Ladies group Christmas dinner will be held this Thursday the 13th of December starting at 6.30pm in the Apiti Tavern at a cost of $22.00 per person.  Please provide a $5.00 secret santa gift.  Please email or phone June by tonight on 3284 773.  -  June and Chrissy.
Kimbolton and Districts Bowling Club
2018 - 2019 season.  Opening day and champagne breakfast - Saturday 22nd December - Kimbolton Bowling ground, Kimbolton.  10a.m start.  BBQ lunch provided and BYO liquid refreshments.
Junior Kids Camp - Highland Home Christian Camp
Wednesday 9th - 12th January 2019, for 6 - 8 year olds. $95.00 Earlybird price before 21st December, $115.00 full price.
Register online at highlandhome.co.nz or contact Rebecca on 02040139716, email kidscamphh@gmail.com    -  R. Gray.

2018.11.28 Notice

Apiti School Notice to Parents, 28.11.2018

Swimming Lessons – 30th November
Swimming lessons continue this Friday the 30th of November.  There will be one more swimming lesson held Wed 12th  ( please NOTE this has been changed from  the 7th of December.  On the 12th, we will leave Apiti between 9 and 9.30am, have a play on the playground, have a lesson and then students will be able to have an hour free play on the pool’s inflatables.  We are hoping to take the bus on this day, but we will still need help with transport, so please let Christine know if you are able to help with transport by Monday 10th final newsletter day. 
Thank you to those who have offered to take transport this week.  A reminder that we need to leave Apiti School at 11.00am.  
I have allocated students to the following vehicles:-
CLARKE : Danielle, Luke and Josiah
CUMING : Phinece, Emily, Summer (jnr) and Connor.  (Phinece, Summer, Summer and Josiah home).
DIGBY : Kealee and Autumn, Savannah and Saxon
FIELD : Josie, Katie, Claire. Summer (snr)  (down)
HODDER : Sarah, Abbey, Renee and Ava. (down).
KNIGHT : Owen and Edith
RIGGS : Lucas, Kadin, Aimee, Bently and Rydah.

PHILPS : Ava (home) 
ANGOVE : Renee and Emily (home).
MANNING : Abbey and Connor (home).
BLACKMORE : Savannah and Saxon (home) 

If any of the above arrangements change, please let Mary, Darren or Christine know a.s.a.p.

Bon Apiti
Next Wednesday healthy lunches will be stuffed potatoes with stir fry vegies at $2.00 per serving.  The following Wednesday will be the final healthy lunch by our Bon Apiti group for 2018 and that will be a Christmas surprise.


Āpiti School and District Newsletter 26.11.2018
Welcome to Week 7 of Term 4. 
Dates for your calendar

30th Nov : Swimming lessons.
Wednesdays - Lunchtime garden club, all welcome! Come and help our students in our school environment with vege boxes, herb tyres, we are looking for native seedlings to grow on, for our native area. Just drop them into school anytime.
28th Nov : Targa Car Rally - Makoura road closed from 2.00 - 6.30pm.
29th Nov : Apiti Show meeting at the Tavern starting at 7.00pm.
6-7th Dec : Oroua Year 7/8 Survival Leadership Camp at Bartlett's Ford.
12th Dec : One Swimming lesson then play on Inflatables TBC (hoping to take bus).
12th Dec : BOT final meeting of the year.
18th Dec : Final assembly for 2018 at 2.00pm in the senior room.
19th Dec : Term 4 ends at 2.45.
7th Feb 2019 : Term 1 for Apiti School starts at 9.00am.
11th Feb Technicraft for Year 7 and 8 starts.

Please note: The above dates are updated as required. The school also keeps you updated with all community
news. Check this link http://bit.ly/2pvsJzf or the tab on the right hand side of the blogspot.  
Please email anything you would like to add to community notices to christinedigby@apiti.school.nz

Sharing our successes
Sumdog: Senior: Josiah 929 questions at 70%, Katie 929 questions at 86%, Aimee 242 questions @ 82%, Danielle 187 questions at 66%. Luke 153 questions @ 54%. Juniors: Kadin 203 questions at 83%, Kealee 77 questions at 99% and Saxon 43 questions at 81%. 
Maths Buddy: Lesson passed: Aimee 11 lessons at 92%, Summer 10 lessons at 92%, Katie 8 lessons at 99% and Danielle 8 lessons at 80%, Savannah 6 lessons at 90% and Luke 6 lessons at 73%.   
Reading Eggs/Express: Katie 3 assessments, Completed Quiz: Katie 3, Luke, Josie, Abbey, Renee, Claire and Autumn 1. Lessons completed: Katie 2, Josie and Renee 1.    
Stepsweb: Claire 3 Gold, 1 Silver and 93% overall. Emily 3 Gold 2 Silver, 1 Bronze and 90% overall. Rydah 1 Gold, 3 Silver, 1 Bronze and 70% overall. 
Spelling: Week 5 - Junior room : Bentley, Autumn, Emily, Claire.
Week 6 : Bentley, Saxon, Kadin, Owen, Autumn, Emily, Claire.
Week 5 - Senior room : Phinece, Summer, Sarah, Lucas, Ava, Josie, Renee, Katie, Bently.
Week 6 : Phinece, Summer, Josie, Danielle, Ava, Lucas, Savannah, Renee, Katie.
Junior Room Reading : Summer has moved up to Red 2 and is writing great stories.  Emily and Claire are now on Green 2 and are both writing great stories.  Autumn is now on Orange 1 and is doing very neat printing.

Unfortunately, due to the wet weather, the bush walk to Heritage Lodge that was scheduled to happen tomorrow, has been postponed to a later date.  We will advise you when this will take place once the day is finalised.  Please contact us if you would like to come on this bush walk.

After reading research we are going to trial students playing first at lunchtime and then eating their lunch. 
Students also need named water bottles, as we encourage water rather than sugary drinks, please. We are also going to promote litterless lunches. This means students will be encouraged to have re-usable packets or plastic containers in their lunch box, as part of our move to become more environmentally friendly.   The beeswax wraps the students made for lamb and calf day can be also used for wrapping sandwiches or other food. We suggest these do not go in the dishwasher but are wiped or handwashed in warm water. 
Pat has kindly steamed the T Shirt designs but we suggest another steaming with an iron, and hopefully the fantastic designs the students made will last.  This needs to be done with a steam iron but do not touch the fabric paint with the iron as this will result in the paint melting.
The pottery candle holders have been rubbed with a sand stone by the students, but please check there are no scratchy bits left to scratch your furniture.   

Feilding High School Farm Visit
Thank you to all those parents who assisted with transport to the Feilding High School Robotic Dairy unit last Friday and to Pat our reliable bus driver for taking the bus.  Our students and parents found the visit very interesting.  
Thank you to the Young Farmers Club for financing this and making the visit possible. 

Swimming Lessons
Swimming lessons continue this Friday the 30th of November with 2 lessons per day.  Please let Mary, Darren or Christine know either by email, text or phone by Wednesday, if you are able to help with transport to these lessons.  
On Friday the 7th of December, we will have one final lesson at 12.30 and then students will be able to have free play on the inflatables and a treat paid for from the students 'Bon Apiti' account.  Again, please let us know a.s.a.p if you are able to help with transport, but we may be able to take the bus if need be again on this day. 

We encourage all students to be sunsmart, they need a named hat with a brim everyday, these can be left at school and their own sun block please, as some students suit different products. After reports and the end of year magazine is completed, each whanau group is planning an activity eg water day, obstacle races, dress up etc.

Oroua Schools Athletic Sports results
Thank you to all those parents who transported and supported our students at the Oroua Schools Athletic Sports held recently.  Well done to those students who attended and competed well, we were extremely proud of the effort and good sportsmanship our students displayed. This day is about training, trying your best and persevering and resilience and it was great to see our students supporting each other.
Excellent results are as follows : 
Junior Results : 5 year old Boys : High Jump - 1st= Jake. 2nd Connor.
Long Jump - 2nd Jake.  4th Connor.       Long Distance - 4th Connor.
Discus - 2nd Jake.         Shot Put - 3rd Jake.  4th Connor.
Sprints - 2nd Connor.   3rd Jake.
5 year old Girls : Long Distance - 4th Claire.      Long Jump - 4th Claire.
6 year old Boys : Shotput - 5th= Rydah.      Long Distance - 7th Rydah.
6 year old Girls : High Jump - 1st Kealee.      Sprints - 1st Kealee.       Discus - 1st Kealee.
Shotput - 1st Kealee.   3rd Emily.      Long Jump - 1st Kealee.   6th= Autumn.    
Long Distance - 2nd Kealee.  6th Emily.  
7 year old Boys : Shotput - 2nd Kadin.    Long Jump - 3rd Saxon.  7th= Bentley / Kadin.    
High Jump - 3rd Saxon.  4th Kadin.
7 year old Girls : Katie competing in the 8 year old girls :  800m Distance - 2nd Katie.  100m Sprints - 3rd Katie.  
= 4th overall!   
Senior Results : 
8 year old Girls : High Jump - 3rd= Renee.   Long Jump - 4th= Renee.    Shotput - 6th= Abbey. 
8 year old Boys : Shotput - 6th= Bently.
9 year old Boys : Shotput - 6th= Luke.
9 year old Girls : Shotput - 6th= Aimee, Josie, Savannah.
10 year old Girls : Shotput - 6th= Danielle.
12+ year old Girls : High Jump - 6th= Summer.

School Uniforms
Could all clean school sports uniforms be returned to school as soon as possible please.

Board of Trustee Meeting
The final Board meeting of the year, will be held on Wednesday the 12th of December in the school staff room starting at 7.00pm.  All welcome to come along.

School Photos
These were taken recently by Svendsen Photography.  Please order your photographs directly from Svendsen's, either on line at svendsenphotography@gmail.com, by phone on 3235357, or by calling at Ray's home at 38A Marlborough St in Feilding.  The folder can be viewed at school once it arrives at school which should be later this week.

Thank you
Thank you to Dave our competent caretaker for fixing our plumbing problems.   

11 and 12+ Year olds Immunisations
The Year 7 and 8 School based vaccination programme commences early 2019.  For Apiti School the Diphtheria Tetanus Acellular Pertussis (Boostrix) and HPV vaccinations will be offered at school, free and convenient early March.  Please be prepared when your child brings their vaccination consent form home.

Junior Room Stories
On Friday after swimming I went to my Nana's house.  We got sorted for tennis because we played some games.  -  By Emily.
In the weekend my Nana bought me some new socks.  They were my Little Pony socks and new shoes.  They are a size 10.  -  By Claire.
I am going to Saxon's house and Dad is coming and Lucas is coming.  We are going to go with Saxon and Doug to get a Christmas tree.  Then when I get home I am going to brush my teeth and go to bed.  -  By Kadin.
In the weekend, I got to go to Poppa's house.  I have 17 cousins and I know them all.  Some of them did not play pass the parcel.  I won, I got a beach ball and lollipops and lucky for all, a big play set.   -  By Kealee.
I went in a submarine to see the fish.   -  By Connor.
I went to my Dad's.  At my Dad's house, I played PS3.  Then we went to McDonalds and then we went to get pizza.  Then we went to KFC and then we went to the supermarket, then we went to my uncles.  We went to our house.  Then I helped mum do the vacuuming and doing the dishes.   - By Rydah.
I went to Mum's cousins to play, but my big cousin gave me lollies.   - By Summer (jnr).

Congratulations to Nikita, James and Bentley on the recent birth of Harlem.  We hope all is going well!!

2018.11.21 Parent Notice

Notice to Parents, 21.11.2018

Feilding High School Farm visit – Friday 23rd November
This Friday, the 23rd of November, we will travel into Feilding to visit the Feilding High School Robotic Dairy Unit at Feilding High School.
We will need to leave Apiti School at 9.00a.m.  This is a great opportunity to see the unit working and this is part of our Farm Safety and Careers Unit. 
All parents are welcome to come along.
After the farm visit, we will then travel to the Makino for lunch and our swimming lessons.

Swimming Lessons – 23rd November
It will be the usual programme for swimming this Friday.  The final lessons will be next Friday the 30th of November, please let Christine know if you are able to help with transport by Wednesday. 
Thank you to those who have offered to take transport.
I have allocated students to the following vehicles:-
BLACKMORE : Savannah and Saxon.
CUMING : Renee, Josiah, Emily and Summer.
DIGBY : Kealee and Autumn.
FIELD : Josie, Katie and Claire.
KNIGHT : Owen and Edith.
SCHOOL BUS : Phinece, Summer , Sarah, Danielle, Luke, Lucas, Kadin, Aimee, Bently, Rydah, Ava, Abbey, Bentley, Jake and Connor.
If any of the above arrangements change, please let Mary, Darren or Christine know a.s.a.p.

Bush Walk Tuesday 27th November
Next Tuesday the 27th of November, we have our annual Bush Walk.  We will leave Apiti School at 9.00a.m to walk to the Heritage Hut where we will have morning tea, then walk down to the Iron Gate Gorge for lunch and then return home.  All parents are welcome to come along for the day.
Please let us know if you would like to come as we will need transport up to and back from the Heritage car-park.   


Āpiti School and District Newsletter 12.11.2018
Welcome to Week 5 of Term 4. 
Dates for your calendar

13th Nov : Teachers strike day - school closed for this day.
14th Nov : School photos at 10.30 (see more info below).
16th Nov : Oroua Schools Athletics at Timona Park. pp date 23rd (see more info below).
23rd, 30th Nov : Swimming lessons.
23rd Nov : Visit to Feilding High School Dairy Unit before swimming lessons (see more info below).
27th Nov : Bush Walk (everyone welcome).
28th Nov : Targa Car Rally - Makoura road closed from 2.00 - 6.30pm.
6-7th Dec : Oroua Year 7/8 Survival Camp at Bartlett's Ford.
12th Dec : BOT final meeting of the year.
18th Dec : Final assembly for 2018 at 2.00pm in the senior room.
19th Dec : Term 4 ends at 2.45.
7th Feb 2019 : Term 1 for Apiti School starts at 9.00am.
11th Feb Technicraft for Year 7 and 8 starts.

Please note: The above dates are updated as required. The school also keeps you updated with all community
news. Check this link http://bit.ly/2pvsJzf or the tab on the right hand side of the blogspot.  
Please email anything you would like to add to community notices to christinedigby@apiti.school.nz

Sharing our successes 
Education Review Office:

Our confirmed ERO report has been received and it will be online in a couple of weeks! Congratulations to staff and BOT. I have added it to this newsletter for you. 
Apiti School is a small rural primary school in northern Manawatu for Year 1 to 8 students. There are 27 students enrolled. The school vision is to create life-long learning – 'learn for life'. It aims to provide quality learning programmes through a challenging curriculum that enhances student engagement and achievement, prioritises literacy and numeracy and develops skills required for success as confident learners.
2 Review and Development 

How effectively is the school addressing its priorities for review and development? 

Priorities identified for review and development.  The July 2016 ERO report recommended that the board, principal and staff should focus on developing sustainable school systems and processes to support school improvement. This includes strengthening: 

 moderation and overall teacher judgements for assessment in literacy and numeracy

 processes for reporting progress in achieving equitable and excellent student outcomes, including the impact of interventions, to the board 

 schoolwide curriculum documentation
 culturally responsive school practices through planned teacher professional learning and development 

 teacher appraisal, including teaching as inquiry 
 governance policy and procedure framework 
 internal evaluation through establishing and implementing a framework to guide practice.
Progress Assessment practice is more robust. Appropriate assessment tools are used to enable leaders and teachers to better identify students requiring their achievement to be accelerated. Tracking and monitoring processes have been strengthened to ensure trustees receive useful information about schoolwide initiatives, student achievement and progress so they can make informed decisions for resourcing. Students experience a curriculum that provides them with many opportunities to learn in authentic contexts such as environmental sustainability projects. Literacy and numeracy is promoted through purposeful programmes. An appropriate focus is placed on developing students’ oral language. A well-considered culturally responsive framework has been developed and implemented to determine how effectively the school is supporting Māori students and their whānau. The board of trustees, principal and teachers have recently defined what Māori educational success is for their students and identified strengths and areas requiring further improvement within the curriculum. The school should now consider how best they can consult with parents and whānau Māori to determine what educational success looks for them and their children. A sound appraisal system is in place to support and develop teacher practice. Teachers continue to build their capabilities to effectively inquire into improvements to their practice that better support those students whose learning and achievement requires acceleration. Leaders should determine how they can provide teachers with specific feedback from observations of practice, to help inform the next steps for development.
Key next steps 
ERO, the board of trustees and principal agree that the school should continue to build their effectiveness by: 
 consulting with parents and whānau Māori to determine what educational success looks like for them and their children 
 strengthening the implementation of the appraisal system to better provide specific feedback that informs teachers’ next steps for development. 
3 Sustainable performance and self review 
How well placed is the school to sustain and continue to improve and review its performance? The school is well placed to sustain and continue to improve and review its performance. Trustees have engaged with external support and PLD so they can effectively fulfill their stewardship role. Well-considered systems and processes have been developed to promote ongoing improvement across the school. Trustees demonstrate a commitment to achieving success for all students. Strategic and annual planning reflects relevant priorities for the board and guide ongoing improvement. Clear policies and procedures are in place that reflect legislative requirements. Trustees should consider ways they can set and relentlessly pursue a small number of targets that relate to accelerating the learning of those students who are at risk of underachievement. Leaders and teachers are improvement focused. Systematic self review is used to help progress the learning and wellbeing for all students. A key next step is for leaders to build their evaluative capabilities to enable them to effectively measure the impact of the curriculum and teacher practice on children’s learning outcomes.  
Key next steps 
ERO, the board of trustees and principal agree that the school should continue to build their effectiveness by: 
 developing a small number of targets that relate to accelerating the learning of those students who are at risk of underachievement 
 building trustees' and the principal’s evaluative knowledge and capabilities. 
Leaders, teachers and trustees have made well-considered changes to support an improved response to meeting the needs of learners and their community. The school is well placed to sustain these improvements and further strengthen internal capability towards achieving equity and excellence for students. 
ERO is likely to carry out the next review in three years. 
Also congratulations!!!
Congratulations Sarah! who recently represented the Manawatu area in the speech competition in Hawera - a great experience.
Steps Web: Claire: 14 gold, 11 silver. Emily: 11 gold, 8 silver, 2 bronze. Kealee: 10 gold, 10 silver, 1 bronze. Bentley: 9 gold, 7 silver. Rydah: 3 gold, 11 silver 6 bronze.
Reading eggs/express: Books read: Savannah 5, Luke 4, Danielle 3, Josiah 2.  Lessons completed: Savannah 4, Danielle 3, Lucas 2, Luke 2, Josiah 2.
Sumdog: Questions answered: Seniors: Josiah 1610 at 69%. Danielle 861 @ 71%, Renee 627 @ 78%, Luke 595 @ 58%, Katie 592 @ 85%, Abbey 546 @ 81%, Aimee 528 @ 85%, Sarah 524 @ 80%, Phinece 430 @ 70%, Ava 363 @ 47% and Summer 357 @ 83%. Juniors: Kadin 345 @ 90% and Claire 119 @ 92%. 
Spelling : Week 3 - Junior room : Kadin, Owen, Kealee, Autumn, Emily, Claire.  
Week 4 :  Saxon, Owen, Kealee, Autumn, Emily, Claire.
Week 3 - Senior room : Phinece, Josie, Aimee, Lucas, Ava, Savannah, Bently, Katie.
Week 4 : Phinece, Summer, Sarah, Josie, Ava, Savannah, Abbey, Renee, Katie.

Teachers Strike Day - Tuesday 13th November - School closed!                                         Unfortunately we have once again decided to strike for better conditions for students, schools and teachers. The bus will not be running and the school will not be open for instruction on the 13th of November. School will re-open on Wednesday the 14th of November at 9.00am.

Bon Apiti
This Wednesday, the Bon Apiti group will be making chicken hamburgers and smoothies at $2.00 each. The following week will be wraps and smoothies for $2.00.  

School Photos - Wednesday 14th November

School photos will be taken this Wednesday at 10.30 by Svendsen Photography. Photos can be ordered directly from Svendsens in Feilding but proofs will be available to view at school and at Svendsens. If you would like a family, individual or group photo, please contact the school.

Students at their swimming lessons

Oroua Schools Athletic Sports - Friday 16th November (postponement date: 23rd November).                        
We are practising athletics (weather permitting) everyday so students need to wear appropriate clothes please eg shorts.  Adult help is always appreciated - practice starts at 2pm.  
The Oroua Schools Athletic sports are happening this Friday the 16th of November at Timona Park in Feilding.  All Apiti School students participate in this event.  Students need to be at Timona Park in time to assemble at 9.45 for the 10.00a.m start (Timona Park is off Simon St, which is the second street on the left past the North St BP station on Kimbolton Road).  Students need to wear their school uniform for this day (please check your child's uniform still fits).  All students need to take a good packed lunch, plenty to drink, a hat, sunscreen and clothes that suit all conditions.  The playground and river are out of bounds to all children at all times!!  Parents, please make sure this is emphasised to your children as they must stay away from these areas until the completion of the days events and until the children are back in your care.
Parents will need to make their own transport arrangements for their children on this day, the bus will not run at all on this day.  If you have difficulty with transport, please ring the school.
The juniors (5, 6 and 7 year olds) will be dismissed at lunchtime (from 12.05 onwards) at which point, then become the responsibility of their parents or caregivers.  
For the seniors, the day is expected to conclude after the relays and prize giving at about 2.00pm.  However, this is a guide only and parents should return to the park early in-case the programme finishes early, however, we encourage parents to stay and support their children for the day.  
Senior students lunch break will be from 12.05 - 12.40.  There will be plenty of food and drink for sale at the Park.
If this event is postponed due to weather conditions, an announcement will come over the radio from 7am onwards and a text message will be sent around to all parents, it will then be school as normal and the athletics will then be held on the following Friday, the 23rd of November.  Parents are asked to help with the events our school is responsible for (junior ball throw, senior discus), so please make yourself available at some stage during the day.  
Trip to Feilding High School Robotic Dairy Unit  
We are being hosted by Feilding High School through the young Farmers to visit the robotic dairy unit at Feilding High School farm. You are welcome to come with us but we will need numbers by Monday the 19th so we can organise transport. We will be leaving Apiti School at 9 and meeting at the farm at 10 where Marty Orange will show us around. This is a great opportunity to see the unit and is part of our Farm Safety and Careers Unit. The bus will be available to take students, but only if needed. 

Yummy Stickers

Thank you to everyone who collected and sent in their "Yummy" stickers from apples.  We raised $232.00 to spend on sports equipment for our school - a great effort.  
We have bought ripper rugby belts and number discs.  

Junior Room stories

I got a dinosaur and it scared me and then I scared it.  It wasn't a real one.  -  By Rydah.
In the weekend, I went to see the fireworks and I looked at one of them and they were awesome. - By Autumn.
We went to the glow worms.  -  By Summer.