I have recently been reflecting on the professional development opportunities I have had so far this year and thought I might share some of what myself and other staff members have been up to on the days when we are not in class.
Just recently the Te KÄkano team were privileged to have two opportunities to visit a number of other schools and preschools to observe how they incorporate play in their teaching and learning. They were very beneficial times that gave us a lot to think about and reflect on. We are currently researching learning and teaching through play. We are looking at how we can integrate this into our school, to support us in meeting the developmental, social and emotional needs of our students. We can also see it as a way to support their transition to school and their engagement in their learning.
Play is a very effective and powerful teaching and learning tool that encourages language, cognitive and social and emotional skills and fosters creativity and imagination. Children are naturally motivated to play and so learning through play builds on that motivation and uses it as a context for learning. We are excited about this development and are looking forward to implementing more teaching and learning through play into the Te KÄkano curriculum for the benefit of our tamariki.
This year I have also been attending the Incredible Years Teacher programme with Gill Lowe and Gabby Nuthall. This programme is for teachers of children aged 3-8 years and focuses on nurturing childrenâ€™s social, emotional and academic competence and creating a more positive learning environment for all students. Each session focuses on a different aspect of the IYT pyramid, starting from Building Positive Relationships at the base of the pyramid (use most liberally), then on to Proactive Teaching, Giving Attention, Encouragement and Praise, Motivating Through Incentives, Decreasing Inappropriate Behaviours and lastly Negative Consequences (used most sparingly). I really appreciated how Building Positive Relationships is the most important part of the pyramid and is the strategy that should be used most often. Nurturing relationships with our children, built on trust, understanding and care, is at the core of positive and successful learning experiences. These IYT sessions have been absolutely invaluable and there are many relevant and useful strategies and approaches that I have incorporated into my teaching.
We appreciate your ongoing support as we go away and learn these wonderful things. They will help shape us into better teachers and support us in delivering a more effective programme to your children.
â€œAlways give yourselves fully to the Lord. You know that your work in the Lord is never wasted.â€
I Corinthians 15:58
This Week’s Memory Verse
Happy Birthday!Zakiah Wilson
Paid Union Meeting
There is another Paid Union Meeting for the staff on June 20 in the afternoon. This meeting is a follow up to the previous Union Meeting regarding teacher and principal contracts. It would be greatly appreciated if you could show your support for the teaching profession by picking your children up at lunchtime (1 pm). If this is not possible the school is still open, so please let us know by emailing the office that your child will be remaining at school so we can arrange for the appropriate number of staff to stay behind.
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
Please be advised our uniform suppliers have given us notice of price increases on some of our uniform stocks. At this stage, we have decided to absorb the price increases until the end of the school year. We will be revising our uniform pricing at the end of the year.Uniform Shop Hours: Monday & Thursday 9-2pm or via email, for new or second-hand uniforms. Ask about our layby option.
Health & Safety Notices
Parking – Just a reminder, please do not park on the yellow lines and on the pedestrian lanes. Also be aware that there is parking in Foster Park and you can access school through a mowed footpath through the forest areas.
Gates – Please make sure that you do not let any other children out when leaving the school grounds with your own children.
Speed Changes – Please note that the speed limit has changed outside our school to 50k/h and surrounding areas.
Late/Sickness – If your child is late (bell rings at 8.55am) or sick, please advise the office, as soon as possible. If you are removing a child from class during the school day, please call in and advise the office.
2018 Important Dates
2018 School Term Dates
Wed 20th June – Paid Union Meeting 1 pm
Term 2 finishes: Friday 6 July
Term 3 starts: Monday 23 July
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
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. (Please note change of time)
New Family Night – Wednesday 20th June
If you are new to RCS this term, there will be an invite going out soon to you. Please mark this on your calendar.
PCG Meeting – Monday 18th June, 7pm-9pm – come along and be involved.