Kia ora koutou,
We hope you have enjoyed your holiday break, and had some time to wind down, relax and recharge. Staff certainly have, and we have had a very energized, enthusiastic group back at school over the past few days (Gail’s wonderful food helped considerably with this. Thank you, Gail!).
We are all looking forward to an action packed term full of movement, exploration and connection. We start off the term with a hiss and a roar in Week 1 with school photos on Tuesday (form an orderly line outside the hairdressers, please) and several teams heading to the ASB Centre for their first round of sports coaching (huge thanks to the Pelorous Trust for their generous funding). Co-curricular lessons will also begin in Week 1 on Wednesday and Friday. Teams across the school have had to work particularly hard to organise their timetables to fit in all the different exciting aspects of learning we are covering, and we are very much looking forward to all the different opportunities.
Some of the different aspects coming up across the school, aside from swimming and ASC sports coaching for all teams, includes a rocket design and building club at lunchtime for older students - thanks to Andy and several community ambassadors (huge thanks to Jenny and Iranga); science exploration and discovery time in Koru Hub (does ice float in oil, and other interesting questions); a student coaching module in Harakeke and Pōhutukawa - with lots of opportunity to learn and develop new coaching skills; electives across the school (running in weeks 2-5 for Harakeke and Pōhutukawa, and in weeks 6-10 in Koru due to swimming and ASB timing); and of course, much use of our new fitness trail, which will be completed in Week 2 of the term. Teams will also have several practical sessions around road safety - looking at techniques and strategies for helping us to cross the road safely. Phew, all of that action should keep us all sleeping soundly at night!
With the disruption of the previous two terms due to Covid-19, we are looking forward to a smoother, more settled term. Have a lovely week.
Ngā mihi nui,
Urs Cunningham (Acting Principal) and John Bunting (BoT Chairperson)