Ni hao, Namaste, Kia ora
Memorial Day – Friday, 22 March
Friday is a day of Remembrance at schools around the country. It will be good to join with them to remember all those impacted by the attack in Christchurch, but most of all to make a commitment that “never, never, never again”. This will require every one of us challenging racism and discrimination in all its forms wherever and whenever we see it. See the opinion piece I have included by Nigel Latta which is in the list of attachments below.
Plan for Friday
1. Students to come in mufti – either wear white or special colours or costume from your own culture. Each child to bring a gold coin donation from his/her own money, if possible.
2. Bake sale: we will have a bake sale at morning tea. Students to bring gold coins for this.
3. Sausage sizzle – chicken, gluten free, vegetarian and beef sausages will be available. Please put your orders in on the online shop.
4. LOVEWall – the children will create LOVEWorks which express love and these will be tied to the fence at the hall end of the courts. We will photograph this and put it out on social media to express our love and solidarity with all the victims of the attack.
All funds raised over the day will go towards providing support for the victims of the attack.
Digital Citizenship Consultation – your thoughts are needed
The Board of Trustees is revising its Digital Citizenship Policy and its Internet and Cyber Safety Policy. We are considering the thorny issue of how to ensure the safety and privacy of our students when parents take photos and videos at school events. We have put together a draft policy in relation to this and would like your feedback or thoughts. We will email you a link to the Loomio thread where you will see a copy of the suggested Parent Declaration attached and you can share your thoughts. As I said, this is a thorny issue and we have tried to take a “reasonableness” approach. Please ensure all comments are respectful and kind. Thank you.
Board of Trustees - Triennial Election
Remember to be thinking about whether you might stand. We have a question and answer session next Wednesday at 7pm, school library. Please feel free to come and find out from current Board members what the role involves and what the rewards and benefits might be.
Let’s be kind to each other…be a community that cares…and denounce racism and discrimination in all its forms and expressions.