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Shane Robinson —

Having fun at camp

Kia ora e te whānau.

We have had a great start to the final term of 2018.  As you may have seen there is lots of work going on around the school.  We are stoked with the new concrete path outside Rooms 1, 2, 3 and the Hub.  The handrails will be arriving shortly to make the whole area safe.  We will also be adding some soil so that there is an even gradient out to the field.

It was so good to see the excited faces of the year 7 and 8’s as they boarded the ferry for their week at camp in Nelson.  It's experiences like these that students will remember for the rest of their lives and it is only through an enormous amount of effort with fundraising, grants, parent helpers and a dedicated teaching team that we are able to offer such an exciting opportunity.

Striking is never an option that we as teachers want to take.  Although we are highly excited about the possibilities in education at the moment and we have a passionate group of exceptional teachers, it is becoming more evident to us that we are in the midst of a teacher crisis.  Staffing schools with the high quality educators we are accustomed to is becoming more and more challenging.  It is highly likely that we will be striking again on the 16th of November, we appreciate that this creates a huge inconvenience for you as you will need to organise alternative arrangements for your children.

The school structure for next year is close to being finalised and we will share this with you in the next Newsletter.  If you have any concerns about your child’s placement for next year, particularly around friendship groupings, could you please email these to principal@maungarakischool.net.  We will do our best to ensure that the best fit of teacher and peers are made when creating our class lists.  The skill of making new friends and adapting to a new teacher is important and helps students build resilience and confidence in their own ability.  

Until next time, be your best.

No reira, kia kaha ra,
Nga Mihi Nui,

Shane Robinson