2017.10.30 Newsletter

Welcome to Week 3 of Term 4, 2017.   
2017 Term Dates : Term 4: 16th October - 18th December.   
Our focus for 2017 … is Mahi tahi - everyone working together collaboratively.This term we are working on Managing Self and making sure we are always being the best we can be at everything we do.
Calendar of Events
30th Oct : Young Achievers Awards - Fisher.
3rd Nov : Swimming Lessons.
7th Nov : Katrina Taylor & Charles Quirk from Ministry of Education to visit.
8th Nov : Korean Day for Phinece and Sarah at Kiwitea School
10th Nov : Swimming Lessons.
13th Nov : Board of Trustee Meeting.
17th Nov : Swimming Lessons.
24th Nov : Oroua Schools Athletics (p.p date: 1st December).
5th Dec : Oroua Leavers Dinner.
18th Dec : Term 4 ends.
Please note: The above dates are updated as required. Please visit our google calendar for the most up to date info, which is on the right hand side of our blogspot.
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

Mathletics : Top student  last 2 weeks : Congratulations to Autumn 290, Saxon and Rydah 140. There will be medals at the end of  the year for the student with the most points. Currently this is Kealee.
Sumdog Maths : Top Students in the last 2 weeks are : Questions answered Summer 410, Boston 316, Ava 251, Phinece  184, Sarah 150, Skaife 137.
Sumdog Reading : Top students in the last 2 weeks are : Savannah 142.  Aimee 130.
Junior Reading : Kealee is now on Yellow 3.
Spelling : Week 1 : 100% Junior Room : Renee, Bentley, Bently, Katie and Saxon.
Week 2 : 100% Junior Room : Abbey, Katie, Bently F, Renee and Saxon.
100% Senior Room : Fisher, Sarah, Johnny, Phinece, Summer, Ava, Savannah, Aimee and Josie.
We are delighted to welcome Rydah to our school as a brand new 5 year old.  Rydah is a younger brother to Aimee and Bently.  
We are also pleased to welcome Boston, Skaife and Meiah back to our school.  Boston is a Year 6 student, Skaife a Year 5 and Meiah a Year 3 student.  We know Rydah, Boston, Skaife and Meiah will enjoy learning at our school.
Senior Room Reward Sleepover
Senior parents might have heard their children talking about a sleepover at school. Yes, that is right we will be having a reward sleepover at the end of the year. Date to be decided exactly, when we have taken a look at sporting and Christmas calendars.
This is what the senior students chose as their reward this term and we have come up with the following levels that will be rewarded.
A Gold Award - is a student who has been super and an excellent role model to others both in and out of class and produced quality work.
A Silver Award - a student who has been fairly consistent but had the odd wobble.
A Bronze Award - had a few mistakes but there has been some good work or showed an improvement in attitude or work quality.
A Red Level - Behaviour and work needs significant improvement.
This week we have reflected to where we sit now and most, very responsibly, gave themselves a silver grade.
What do they equal
A Gold - Welcome to the sleepover and participate in all activities which could include the likes of Fish and Chips.
A Silver - Welcome to come but Mrs I will be in charge of selecting what you have for dinner.
A Bronze - You will be invited just for a cooked breakfast on the morning after.
Red - You are not invited and you need to explain that to your parents before Mrs I does. More information will come out closer to the time. However, this is something that I have found to have worked extremely well when we have done it in other schools - I can’t wait to see who will achieve what.  Week one had fantastic spelling results and I have loved seeing the positive games being played in the playground. Keep up the good work senior students.
Adventure of the Kereru
Last week Genny went to check out the playcentre swing and hiding in the trees on the ground was a Kereru who wasn’t feeling 100%. An enthusiastic Johnny and Phinece caught it. After a couple of phone calls Phinece and I made a visit to the Wildbase Hospital at Massey University. We eagerly await what has happened with our little friend.
Lamb and Calf Day
Congratulations to all our students who worked extremely hard on the indoor section displays, for being very innovative and imaginative and to all students who put a lot of effort into raising a lamb or a calf - a real commitment!  
We would like to say a huge thank you to all those who helped out in any way to make this a successful day, especially to the Indoor Judges :- Pam, Rachael, Bronwyn, Sara, Julie and Sheree and the Outdoor Judges:- Donna, Ruth, Pam, Russell, Vaughan and Katie (from Totally Vets).  We appreciate your time and support.
To Totally Vets who so kindly donated all the Ribbons and Rosettes (as they do every year), this is very much appreciated! Rowena who judged the Whanau Group displays - not an easy task.  Pat for writing out all the certificates.  June for supplying the yummy scones for the judges morning tea.  To all the parents who supplied the great pot luck lunch and the yummy afternoon tea and who helped out in the kitchen and thanks to Maryann for all the behind the scenes organising and serving the lunch, as ASSA president.  Dave for manning the BBQ.  Ben and Adam for supplying the scrim and calf ring.  Adam for mowing the field - it looked good!  To all the parents for all the support given to the school for raising a lamb or a calf and of-course our great students and their lovely lambs and calves.  This day creates a learning opportunity which encourages children to learn the responsibility of just how to care for a lamb or calf.  This really is a community event and it was great to see so many parents, grandparents and community members here supporting the children.  Thank you to all parents who contributed to the great raffle.
Junior Lambs : H. Digby Family Junior Lamb Champion Cup = Renee! Reserve Champion = Kealee.
Intermediate Lambs : The Oots Intermediate Lamb Champion Cup = Josie!  Reserve Champion = Ava.
Senior Lambs : Champion Cup = Phinece!  Reserve Champion = Sarah.
Junior Calf : Mark Harriman Junior Calf Champion Cup = Savannah!  Reserve Champion = Saxon.
Senior Calf : Champion Cup = Sarah!  Reserve Champion = Fisher.  
Junior Indoor Section : 5 / 6 / 7 Year olds
Junior Indoor Cup = 1st Kealee with 82 points!   2nd= Abbey and Katie with 67 points.   3rd Renee with 66 points.
Intermediate Indoor Section : 8 / 9 Year olds
Intermediate Indoor Cup = 1st Josie with 75 points!    2nd Savannah with 74 points.    3rd Ava with 53 points.
Senior Indoor Section : 10 / 11 / 12 / 13 Year olds
Senior Indoor Cup = 1st Sarah with 86 points!    2nd Johnny with 69 points.    3rd Summer with 68 points.
Whanau Group - 1st Waste Busters.    2nd - Supa Small Blacks.    3rd - Hydro Rangers.  
Grocery Raffle was won by Summer.  Thanks for your generous donations.
Cups / Trophies Are being engraved and will be given to given to students as soon as this is done.

Swimming Lessons
Swimming lessons will continue this Friday, the 3rd of November.  The students are all progressing really well in their lessons. Transport is required please, so unless I hear otherwise, I will assume parents are able to take or organise transport for their own children.
Board of Trustees
The next Board meeting will be on Monday the 13th of November.  All welcome.
Athletics Training
Could all students please be prepared daily with PE gear. We will practice daily, weather permitting, in preparation for the Athletics Sports later this term. We welcome help with training in the afternoons. Please let us know if you can help.
Every year a parent kindly tops up the long jump pit. We really need this done asap. If you are able to do this please let Mary know … many thanks.
Oroua Group of Schools Athletics - Friday 24th November
This event happens on Friday the 24th of November (p.p date : 1st December), at Timona Park in Feilding.  Students need to be at Timona Park in time to assemble at 9.30 for the 9.45a.m start (Timona Park is off Simon St, which is the second on the left past the North St BP station on Kimbolton Road).  All students participate in this event.  Students need to wear their school uniform for the day please.  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 that this is emphasised to your children as they must stay away from these areas until the completion of the day and until the children are in your care.
The juniors (5, 6 & 7 year olds) will be dismissed at lunchtime (from 11.30 onwards) and then become the responsibility of their parents or caregivers.  The day is expected to conclude after the relays and prize giving at about 2.00pm for the senior students.  However, this is a guide only and parents should return to the park early in-case the programme finishes early.  Senior students 30 minute lunch break will be from 12.15 - 12.45. There will be lots of food to buy at the Park.
Parents will need to provide transport for their own children and the bus will not run at all on this day.

Regards, Mary, Louise, Linda, Pat, Pam, Mary B, Jenni, and Christine.