Term 4, Week 3 — School news, upcoming dates and notices
A Message from the Principal
NZ Principals’ Conference Reflections
Last week I attended the New Zealand Principals’ Federation Conference in Wellington. Approximately 800 primary school principals were present and engaged with international speakers and each other on Creative Minds, Flourishing Futures.
- Dr Jason Fox reflected about the exponential future whereby we cannot continue to prepare students for the known but rather to reimage beyond the default to ensure that our learners are able to thrive in the future of learning.
- Professor Peter O’Connor looked at how our whole curriculum is an entry point for learning. For some learners the Arts is an entry point, for others Technology, etc.
- Sylvia Martinez looked at the role of play-based learning and the whole maker space whereby students designed, made and produced their own creations and innovations.
- Dr Tony Wagner looked at the soft skills that lead to our future employment. Our schools’ learner dispositions and values are included in this. The soft skills are rising in importance across the world, eg citizenship, etc.
We were able to workshop the above and to connect this to our own school. I was pleased to see how this supported the direction of Kohimarama School, its values, dispositions and learner agency.
I found the experience beneficial and gave me time to think about the strategic direction of learning both in our school and around the world.
Reminder – 2019 Class Placement Requests
This is the time of the year when the Senior Management Team are looking at our roll numbers and staffing needs and the preparation of classes for 2019. The process of placing children in classes is based on a range of information we have related to each child’s academic needs, achievements and social relationships. It is a complex process to create the right balance in each class and meet the best interests of all our children, one that we take very seriously.
We will consider all such requests although we are unable to guarantee that we can accommodate them. Please provide all requests before Friday 2nd November.
Teachers – Industrial Action
The date of proposed strike action in the Auckland area is still scheduled for 12th November. Negotiations and bargaining continues at present. As yet we have not had official notification from the New Zealand Educational Institute (Primary Teachers’ Union). We will continue to keep you informed as details become available.
The Kohimarama Way – Friendliness
Friendliness begins with liking yourself and believing you have something to share with others. Be kind to people you don’t know. You can be friendly just by walking down the street or in the playground, looking in people’s faces and smiling. They will probably smile back. Show your friends you are glad to see them, by asking how their day is going and sharing your news with them.
Celebrating the Arts at Kohimarama School – Tuesday 6th November @ 6.30 pm
You are all warmly invited to our fabulous Celebrating the Arts Performance next week on Tuesday 6th November. It will be an hour of enjoyment as you marvel at our students’ abilities in the Performing Arts. They have been practising all year, so come along and enjoy our Beginner, Intermediate and Ensemble Bands, Kapa Haka, Junior and Senior Choirs and our Jump Jam group. Performers are asked to be at school earlier so they can meet with their teachers and be ready to start at 6.30 pm. All the relevant information is on the orange newsletter sent home yesterday. We look forward to seeing you there to celebrate our students’ success.
- Y5 Kohi Hurricanes won 5-0. POD: Ashton C
- Y3 Kohi Kinas lost 1-2. POD: Jack T
- Y4 Kohi Jellyfish won 11-0. POD: Dylan P
- Y5/6 Kohi Narwhals lost 2-3. POD: Charlotte S
- Y5/6 Kohi Stingrays won 3-2. POD: Hadley Q