Welcome to the last week of Term 1. I hope you have some relaxing and fun plans for the Easter weekend, where you are able to stop and enjoy the blessings that Jesus has poured out on you.
I want to extend a big thank you to the people that donated their time and skills to provide our school community with an enjoyable disco on Friday evening. I particularly enjoyed watching all the parents on the dance floor with the children!
Last week the teachers spent quality time together planning the teaching and learning programmes for next term. As a school we will be focussing on Peace and Love. For our Living Christianly programme we will be looking at how God helps us to forgive others when we have been wronged, and also how God gives us a way to be forgiven when we have wronged Him. We will be looking at examples of these concepts in the Bible, as well as modern day examples in a New Zealand context.
We will, again, be working through the Restorative skills during Circle Time. We found last year that this programme started to give the children the skills and attitudes to work through conflict in a positive way. We are looking forward to deepening these skills this year. If you would like to see the programme we work through please pop in and see one of the staff – this could help you to reinforce these skills and attitudes at home too.
Our LIGHTS programme we will be looking at how we can create peace in a society through building a loving understanding of each other. We will explore culture and then take an in depth look at the bi-cultural nature of our country’s history. From this exploration the children will look at ways we can celebrate our bi-cultural heritage more in our school context. There will be opportunities in the first couple of weeks for different children to share parts of their culture with the rest of the group, so we look forward to your support with this.
In PE we will be working on our fitness levels ready for cross-country later in the term. You might like to set a family running challenge to help your child experience success in this area.
As we come to the end of the term, I would like to say thank you for your on going support, encouragement and feedback. We feel blessed to have a parent community that both supports us and challenges us in a positive way to keep improving.
Have a wonderful holiday and we look forward to seeing you for an action packed Term 2.