Message from the Primary Principal

Dear Parents and Caregivers,

With our class programmes in full swing, class teachers have been busy contacting parents to discuss how our students have settled in at the start of the year. You should have all also received information about our upcoming Parent Teacher Interviews on Wednesday 11th and Thursday 19th March. If you need assistance booking your preferred time, please contact the Primary Office. Class teachers are looking forward to being able to share individual student goals, assessments and next learning steps with you, along with ways you can help support your child at home.

It has been wonderful to see the level of enthusiasm and enjoyment during our swimming and water safety lessons. With the lessons taking place at the Manurewa Pool and Leisure Centre this year, we have been impressed as a staff with the facilities and the quality of the lessons. Swimming is a very important skill to have, and therefore is a compulsory part of our school curriculum. Thank you to our parent helpers who assist in and out of the pool each week. We are all looking forward to our upcoming Primary Swimming Sports on Monday 9th March at Massey Park Pools in Papakura.

To ensure all students across the Primary experience a wide range of sports, all classes will receive coaching in a range of different sports with Counties Manukau Sports instructors over the school year. This term we are focusing on Cricket and Touch Rugby. As the students get older, there are opportunities to represent our school in interschool competitions. This term these teams are receiving extra training sessions thanks to the Counties Manukau coaches and John Lafaele who is kindly giving his time and expertise to assist our Touch teams. Our thanks also to our Primary Sports Co-ordinator, Amy Drinkrow, for her organisation of this year long programme and these events.

I would like to congratulate all of our Year 6 students who put themselves forward to be selected as a House Captain for 2020. We heard a wonderful range of speeches from these students, who all displayed their maturity, growing confidence and our school values. As a part of our Student Leadership programme, each Year 6 student is encouraged to take on a range of jobs and responsibilities within the Primary. This programme develops their organisational skills, maturity and social skills. Later this term all Year 6 students will attend the GRIP Leadership Conference.

Please take note of the upcoming dates as there are many events on this term.

Warm regards,

Kristie Thomas