I trust you all had a wonderful school break with your children, and everyone is looking forward to another term of learning. I would like to extend a warm welcome to the new families that are joining us this week, along with a couple of younger siblings that are starting in Te Kakano. Our new families are joining us from different parts of the country or region so please take the time to welcome them to our whanau here at RCS.
For those of you who did not manage to get to the final assembly for Term Two I have included the Te Pihinga presentation here. I have been particularly impressed with the learning that has occurred in Te Pihinga in their LIGHTS time. They have been learning to use some excellent ‘thinking tools’ to examine the information they have learnt about water, its importance and the impact that humans are having on it. I’m really looking forward to the projects they will be completing this term to make a positive difference to their world!
In the final week of Term Two, the teachers from each hub analysed the progress made by students to determine whether the progress made by the students was ‘standard’, meaning they had made the level of progress that the New Zealand Curriculum Progressions suggests they should in six months, or whether they had made less or more progress than this ‘standard’ level. From this, the leadership team met to look at the picture this creates across the school. It was very encouraging to see the percentage of students that have made greater than expected progress, particularly in Reading and Writing. One thing I appreciate and admire about the staff here at RCS is their willingness to analyse what is working and not working for students and modify their practice accordingly or try a new initiative to meet the needs of their students.
Please remember that if you have any questions about these initiatives or any of our programmes you are welcome to come in and chat with the teachers or drop in and see me on a Tuesday morning at 9 am.
Some of you may have noticed this morning, or on Facebook last week, that the house has been removed to make way for the new Te Kakano building. We are praying there will be a good stretch of dry weather around the corner so the builders can get underway and have our new building ready for February next year.
We are also looking forward to Learning Conferences next week. Please make sure you have booked in to see your child’s kohanga teacher, so we can ensure we are all on the same page with your child’s next learning steps.
This Week’s Memory Verse
Happy Birthday!Maddison Galloway
Welcome to RCSRoon Lee
Naomi Pio Pelesala
Learning Conferences will take place next week. This is an opportunity to discuss your child’s progress with their teacher. Please make your booking by clicking on this link (www.schoolinterviews.co.nz) and entering the code ‘jkhyy’.
Mrs V’s Knitting & Crochet Club
Mrs V will be starting a knitting and crochet club on Monday lunchtimes. Her club will need knitting needles, crochet hooks and wool; if you have any of these items you wish to donate, please send them to the office. Thanks in advance. If you are also a keen knitter/crocheter and would love to pass on your knowledge to our children, we welcome you, please let Mrs V know.
For your convenience, we have Lunchonline – an online ordering service for lunch orders. To register and order visit their website.
Monday – No Service, Tuesday – No Service, Wednesday – PitaPit, Thursday – Sushi Factory, Friday – Subway
RCS is collecting donations for 2nd Hand Uniforms. If you happen to have any uniform items you would be willing to donate, we will gladly accept them! You can drop it off in the office or email me. Items need to be clean and in wearable condition. Thanks in advance!Uniform Shop Hours: Monday & Thursday 9-2pm or via email, for new or second-hand uniforms. Ask about our layby option.
2018 Important Dates
2018 School Term Dates
Term 3 starts: Monday 23 July
31st Aug & 1st Jul – Learning Conferences (NOTE: Early Finish: Wednesday 1st August 2 pm -Learning Conferences)
Week 5 & 6 (20-31 Aug) – Swimming Lessons
Term 3 finishes: Friday 28 September
Term 4 starts: Monday 15 October
Labour Day: Monday 22 October- No School
Show Day: Friday 16 November – No School
Teacher Only Day: Monday 19 November – No School
17th December – End of Year Assembly
Term 4 ends: Wednesday 19 December, 2pm
Weekly Prayer Meetings
We invite you to join us in praying for our school community and each other.
Thursdays 9 am at RCS Staff Room.