A Message from the Primary Principal

Dear Parents and Caregivers,

As I am writing this message from home, I am thinking of you all, especially those of you who are essential workers. I hope you are all safe and well.

Our week changed very quickly, on the afternoon of a highly anticipated overnight trip to Kelly Tarlton’s for our Year 4 students. However, yet again I am incredibly proud of how our students and staff have coped with the sudden Alert Level 4 lockdown. All of our classes are up and running via Microsoft Teams and Class Dojo. My sincere thanks to our Primary staff, who have our Virtual Learning Programme running so well, so quickly. There are some wonderful photographs and examples of work being posted each day into the students online portfolios. Thank you for supporting our students with their learning. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions.

We were fortunate to enjoy some wonderful school events recently. Our Primary Cross Country was a very enjoyable event. The new courses provided our students with a challenge that they readily accepted. It is always heart warming to watch our students demonstrate compassion as they support their peers, and pride as they try their very best. Congratulations to them all.

Another annual highlight is our Year 5&6 Wearable Arts Showcase. The level of creativity and artistic skill was outstanding. This was followed by our Book Week, Book Fair, and the highly anticipated book character dress up day and parade. This year we added even more fun to the day by taking part in the Jump Jam 4 Starjam campaign, raising money for this worthy charitable trust. Our Year 1 students have also enjoyed a wonderful trip to the Auckland Art Gallery.

I was very proud to coach our primary Gymnastics team and watch them perform at the Franklin Schools Gymnastics Championships. Bringing home 24 awards across the different levels and disciplines was an outstanding achievement. Yet again, our students represented the school with pride and were incredibly supportive of all the other competitors.  These values were also demonstrated by our Primary Jump Jam team who performed to a high standard at the Central Auckland Regional Competition, bringing home 2 awards.

As we await further news on the Alert Levels, we will need to make decisions regarding the remaining events we have planned. Any ICAS examinations that are missed this term will be taken in October. Some other events may have to be postponed. I will keep you all informed as much as possible.

Take care everyone and stay safe.

Warm regards,

Kristie Thomas