The weeks are certainly racing by as we near the end of term 3. It is great to finally officially hit spring and we all look forward to the days becoming longer and warmer, and enjoying more outdoors activity with our children.
A few weeks ago we sent out our annual community survey to support our schools strategic planning for the future. We would like to sincerely thank all of the families who took the time to complete the survey and share your thoughts as to what we are doing well currently, and also how we can improve. Our goal is to always develop our capacity to be better and your voice is an important part of this improvement process. We also ask our staff about their views, and students, and then try to use this information to develop a pathway to meet the needs of our diverse learning community.
Senior Drama Performance
In recent years Welcome Bay School has been working on developing ways of teaching and learning that are built around high levels of collaboration. As a result we have had some pretty positive things occur including lots of schools visiting us to see how we are approaching a collaborative model of teaching of learning.
Why Collaboration? This week I was fortunate to visit and have a tour of the new Trustpower building on Durham, which is an amazing piece of architecture with with collaboration at the heart of it’s design. It is built on the premise of having a variety of purposefully designed spaces for individuals to work in isolation without being disturbed, to worked alone in a more free flowing environment, to work in small group environments catering for groups of varying sizes and with varying purposes. The key however, is to bring groups of people together with various skills, providing the right kinds of spaces for them to collaborate on their work together to get the best ideas and the best results. This is the kind of work force and environment that our children could potentially be working in. So we are no longer talking about the future work places operating in this highly collaborative way, that once only incredible innovators such as Apple and Google were, now it is becoming common practice and is happening now! As schools we need to be providing our kids with the skills and attributes required to be collaborative, to be able to contribute to a group in order to get the very best out of all involved. We will provide some more info about how collaborative practice looks in our school over coming newsletters.
Tomorrow 14th September from 9am – 11am the NZEI Teachers and Support Staff Union, has called an important meeting for all teachers and support staff members . Every teacher and support staff member has the right to attend this paid meeting under their collective agreement. This has obvious implications for all schools in Tauranga with the majority of schools not having staff at school between 9am-11am. We will start formal instruction at 11:30am. Thanks to all parents for your understanding and for returning the forms indicating if your child will be at school for the first block.
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Ice Skate Tour – 14-18 September 2016
This is a joint fundraising event between Welcome Bay Primary School and Selwyn Ridge Primary School. The portable Ice Skating Rink will be in Selwyn Ridges Hall. Welcome Bay School student have the opportunity to participate in lessons on Thursday 15 September 2016. Those children who have registered for a lesson will receive a notice next Monday advising of their skating group/time and a reminder that students need to wear shoes and socks to skating.
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