Published on August 6, 2014
Thursday 07 August 2014 – Term 3 Week 3 Confident, connected, actively involved, lifelong learners striving for excellence Tena koutou katoa nga mihi ki te whanau o te Kura o Otatara - greetings to all families of Otatara School. Having spent many years working with children of all ages and dealing with disagreements that can turn physical, I’ve often been reminded that children sometimes get confused between the defense of oneself or others and reacting violently – one acceptable, one not. It is okay to stick up for yourself or others, to be assertive and tell those picking on you to stop. Kia kaha, a term many children know, means to stand strong. We want our children to grow up developing positive and respectful behaviours that promote safety for themselves and others. Standing strong does not mean hitting back. It is not okay to react violently. This will most likely be an uncontrolled reaction and serious harm can result. We need children to know there are better ways to deal with confrontations before it is too late. The real power is with the person that can walk away knowing they did the right thing. At Otatara School we encourage and promote respect in all that we do. Reacting violently is a lack of respect. I believe this message needs to be constantly reinforced at home and at school. Heoi anö t ā ku mö n ā ianei - That's all for now N ā ku noa n ā - Yours sincerely Peter Nielsen-Vold Chess Champs On Monday, 4 of August, Otatara School's chess champs battled it out in another Chess Power NZ Invercargill tournament held at Fernworth Primary. Our battle commanders managed to capture/kill their opponent's king on numerous occasions winning them certificates and medals galore. Well done all players and thank you to those parents who supported the event. Wanted Thinking about having a Spring Clean? We would love any pre-loved dinky toy cars, sandpit toys or Scrabble games that you no longer need. Please drop them into the box in the office foyer. Brent Webster – New BOT Representative My name is Brent Webster and I am excited by the prospect of representing our school community on the Board of Trustees. I am the Engineering Manager and on the Board of Directors at EIS, so I bring to the BOT a range of relevant governance skills. My wife Kate teaches in Room 13, my two sons Sam and Nick attend Otatara School and my daughter Georgia attends Otatara Preschool so I have vested interest in supporting our school to achieve the best outcomes for our children. I look forward to working with my fellow BOT members to support Sharon, Peter and Alison as they continue to lead our successful school and provide high quality learning opportunities for our children. Spirit of a Nation Over the past week Jane and Ruby have been working very hard to create a Spirit of a Nation leadership award. This award offered for senior students will be given in assemblies to those who have been showing leadership and pride throughout the week. We are also planning to work towards a possible mufti day soon. Jane Mulligan and Ruby Ireland – Year 6 Cookie Time Fundraiser The Year 5 Cookie Time fundraiser for Year 6 Camp 2015, is starting tomorrow. They are $1 each and will be sold every Monday and Friday outside Room 14 at the start of interval.