Published on November 27, 2014
We invite you to let us know of any issues you have that may need to be considered when placing students into these classrooms. However please understand that the numbers in each year group dictate the structure to a large degree and that we take all possible care to place students in the best class for their learning needs. You and your child will be notified of their 2015 classroom teacher when you receive the school report on Friday 12 th December . The children will meet their new teacher in the last week of school and spend some time with their new classmates doing an activity that familiarises them with the new environment. ERO Visit The Education Review Office http://ero.govt.nz/ has scheduled a visit for our School in Week Two of 2015 (Feb 9-13 th ). The Education Review Office (ERO) is the New Zealand government department that evaluates and reports on the education and care of students in schools and early childhood services. Schools and early childhood services are reviewed on average once every three years. ERO's reports on individual schools and early childhood services are freely available to the public. They are on their website, and you can ask for a hard copy from the individual school or early childhood service or from any ERO office. We absolutely welcome this opportunity and look forward to showing off our great school and our wonderful children. The start of the year is a great time to come in and see how the classrooms are set up and look at the plans we have in place for 2015 based on our thorough self review process that has included student feedback, staff feedback, outside facilitators and frequent feedback from our community. GEMS Time 2015 After careful reflection and consideration we felt that our GEMS Time programme wasn’t achieving what we really hoped it would. So over the past month we have met and discussed what it is that we want to offer for our kids during this time. The following is a list we came up with: Programmes must be: Enriching And Engaging Offering something different from normal classroom programme Opportunities for parental involvement and support Age appropriate Lead to an end outcome/product (a tangible result) Reasonable group sizes for optimum learning Responsive to Student voice Resourced appropriately Inclusive for all students Help our students “SHINE” To achieve this we are looking at running a five week programme each term that meets the needs of our students and provides a rich, enriching experience for them. We would love to hear from any of you who may have a skill, passion or talent that you could offer over this time either as the leader of the project or as a support person working with the kids. If you can build, create, cook, perform, play an instrument, dance, coach, paint, sculpt, experiment, or do something wonderfully extraordinary that would enrich our children let us know! We would love to hear your ideas. The more “experts” we ha ve the more programmes we can offer. It will require one hour of your time each week for Five weeks. I know that we have lots of GEMS out their hidden in our community and I would encourage you to come and be a part of this wonderful opportunity to pass on your knowledge, skills and experience.