Dear Parents & Caregivers
Kia ora whanau ma
By all accounts the PTA organised disco was successful and enjoyed by all present. Thanks to all concerned and especially to Gavin Ross for securing the equipment and for dj-ing.
As signalled last week, Mrs. Kewene-Edwards is moving to the College of Education at the end of the year. Whaea Tricia is going to move to Te Roopu Manaaki next year to work alongside Whaea Mel. Whaea Tricia is an experienced junior school teacher. Whaea Tricia's whakapapa is to the Hokianga. Ms Ballantine will take over the role of syndicate leader for the senior school for 2021, a role Whaea Maria has held for some years. Ms. Ballantine will move to C3 and job share with Mrs Hesson in 2021. We have employed a new teacher to take the H2 class for 2021 - Ross Bennett. Ross is from Dunedin and is currently teaching in Wellington.
We will farewell teacher-assistant and after-school-care supervisor, Shelley Kennedy, who is heading to greener pastures. Shelley has worked with us for a number of years and is part of the furniture. We will miss her caring and her no-nonsense approach to her role as a support to teachers and the children. We also farewell Cherry Toeke and daughter Jayla. Cherry has worked in before- and after-school-care for the last couple of years. Cherry and her whanau are heading back to their home in the North Island.
We had some political graffiti scrawled on the memorial archway last week. I noticed some related graffiti on the fence at the old post office today. Please keep an eye out and report any suspicious behaviour to the police.
Please do not send your child to school if he or she is unwell. This is especially important as part of our Covid response but is good practice generally. If we see a child is unwell at school we will call home and ask you to collect your child.
As the term flies by we are seeing some children getting niggly with each other. This is mostly low-level but is disruptive. Please exhort your children to try their hardest to behave well at school – ask them to be sensible and to consider the feelings of others. We are all still living in a topsy-turvy world and there is a lot of anxiety about. Let’s all work together to keep each other well.