Week 3 is upon us and winter has absolutely arrived! This is a big week for two reasons, Learning Catch Ups and Book Fair! Mrs Williams has been working hard on setting up another great Book Fair for our school so please get along and support. It is also a big job so if anyone can lend some help with book fair this week please see Mrs Williams, she will be very grateful.
The Learning Catch Ups are a great way to share your child’s learning with them. We hope you enjoy the opportunity to allow them to talk you through their life and learning at school, and also to talk to your child’s teacher. If you have not yet booked a time please contact the school office and we will do our best to find a time. We loo forward to seeing you at school with your child.
This week Mr House is in Christchurch (freezing cold!) with 22 Principal’s from the Western Bay Principal’s Association. This is an opportunity to see how schools in Christchurch have responded to the devastation that the earthquakes wrought on the area. The Ministry of Education has invested heavily in Canterbury building new schools, so Christchurch is an exciting position in terms of both modern infrastructure and practice. It will be inspiring to hear the many stories of resilience as school leaders and communities have worked through the many challenges facing them post earthquakes. It will also be incredibly valuable in terms of looking to the future and how new schools are using space and technology to impact student learning opportunities. Being exposed to these opportunities helps to inspire and develop vision as we continue to focus on ongoing improvement at Welcome Bay School.
Learning Catch Ups online booking
We will be holding “Learning Catch Up” meetings for parents to come and meet with your child’s teacher to discuss their life and learning at school.
WHEN? These are on Tuesday 9th August (3:15pm – 7pm) and Wednesday 10th August (8am – 5pm) in week 3.
NOTE: On Wednesday 10th August we will be holding our “Learning Catch Ups” for parents and children. School will be open for the booked appointments with teachers, but we encourage children to stay at home for the day. We will provide an alternative learning programme for children who are unable to be catered for at home. We really appreciate your support in this so that we can provide the best opportunity to value the time we have with you and your child. Tuesday will be school as usual with “Learning Catch Ups” starting after school.
It is here, the Scholastic Book fair is once again at WBS . This is a special event that stretches over a few days, enabling parents and whanau to purchase great quality books at a reasonable price, while at the same time, helping to raise funds for the school library because the school gets a percentage from each book sale. There will be a good variety of books on display for purchase so there is certain to be something to stimulate interest for all young readers. The Book Fair week is coinciding with the Learning Catch-Ups and will therefore be open all day Wednesday 11 th . Why not pop in to view the books while you are in for your meeting.
We will be looking for helpers during the Book Fair week, to help on the cashier desk during the opening times mentioned below – if you are available to help out, even for some of the time, we would love to hear from you. Please let the office know of your availability or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Where: Room Tawa
Tues 9th August – 2:30-5:00pm
Wed 10th – OPEN ALL DAY FROM 8:15am-5:00pm
Thurs 11th – 8:15am–9:15am and 2:30-4:00pm
Frid 12th – 8:15am–9:15am and 2:30-4:00pm
Mon 15th – 8:15-9:15am
PTA News –
Ice Skating coming to Welcome Bay!!!
New Website and newsletter format
Remember to share with everyone you know about the newsletter format, we had a 50% open rate last week from 149 families and it would be great to grow this each week. Remember you can access the newsletter via an email link or directly through our website via the “Our school information” drop down menu.
Have a great week.
Nik House – Principal