Kia ora koutou, Ni hao, Talofa Lava, Guten Tag, and Hello to you all!
We welcome Donovan Kemsley, Makenzie Hira and Hugo Flynn who all start in the Sunshine Room this week! Have a wonderful first week at Norfolk School.
School Focus: This week the Tui Tree have come up with our latest School Focus: To be kind and make sensible choices in the playground
Some ideas they came up with for how to achieve this are:
- Keep our hands to self
- Stay out of the gorge
- Keep off wet muddy grass
- Do not throw things into the pool
- Help someone if they are hurt
- Be friendly with everyone
- Ask people to play if they don’t have a friend
- Remember the school values
- Return your PE equipment
- Be thankful if someone helps you
Well done to the following students who have been demonstrating our community values.
Sunshine Room – Sophia Dettling-Wood
Mamaku Room – Micaiah Beard
Tui Tree – Eva Rae
Totara Class – Corban West
Moa Hut – Thomas McKerchar
Summit Room – Spencer Harkness-Gower
Lunch Eating – Following our three week trial of eating at the end of break times, we questioned the children and this feedback has led to the decision that we will return to our original eating arrangements at the beginning of break times. Children will once again eat together and will continue to bring their left-over food and wrappers home to allow parents to see what they have eaten. Fonterra milk will continue to be available to all children with parent consent.
Hot Lunches – Today sees the end of our hot lunch programme for this year. Thank you to the staff for making it happen and the parents for providing yummy hot food for your children!
Fonterra / TVNZ Breakfast – Thursday August 24th– Thanks to Fonterra, Matty McLean and the Breakfast TVNZ Cameras will be filming live from 6am – 9am right here at our school! Not only that, but they will be cooking breakfast for anyone who comes along for the fun too! To make the live TV Crossovers interesting, we need to make sure we have people here at 6am, 6:30am, 7.00am, 7:30am, 8.00am, 8:30am and 8:45am. There will also be fun games and activities for everyone to play.
Te Pikitanga News (Summit Room and Moa Hut)
Science Fair Successes – A number of our Intermediate learners had great success at the Fonterra Taranaki Science and Technology fair last week. Achievements of note were Reuben Halliday (Technological Development) and Adam Sampson (Science Investigation) who received Merit awards for the projects and Pypa Ward who received a merit for her Advertising Poster. Well done to all of the students who submitted entries. The projects are currently on display in the main corridor so please feel free to have a look.
2018 Y7/8 Camp Meeting – Our 2018 Intermediate camp to Rotorua is scheduled for the week before Easter next year, March 26th – 29th. Planning for this camp is well under way. We will be holding a parent information evening on Wednesday September 13th at 5:30pm. This will be a chance for us to share the planned programme, outline costs and plan future fundraising ventures.
Basketball Success – Congratulations to the Norfolk Intermediate Team which won their division in the Inglewood High School Basketball competition last Friday. Well done team, great effort!
Year 7/8 Chess: Congratulations to our Year 7/8 Chess Team who took part in the Taranaki Chess Tournament on Friday. The team had a great time in a highly competitive tournament.
Raspberry Pi Computer Coding and Programming – Callum, Reuben and Tobias have been learning how to programme a flashing light using our new Raspberry Pi equipment. The next step will be to share their learning with some learners in the Moa Hut and the Totara Room. From there we will see what other cool programming and coding projects we can achieve.
Year 7/8 Interschool Sports – 16 of our Year 7 /8 Rugby players are competing in the Taranaki 7’s Rugby Tournament at TET Stadium in Inglewood today.
Wednesday August 23rd vs Manaia @ 12:30pm
Thursday August 31st vs St Joseph’s Waitara @ 12pm
Wednesday Sept 6th vs Ngaere @ 12:30pm
This year the Year 7/8 Netball Hurlstone Cup will be held in a tournament format on one day. This will be held in Stratford on Wednesday September the 6th. More information for the organisation will follow soon.
Cross Country Dates – Our school cross country will be held on Wednesday August 30th. We welcome parents and whanau to come in and support their children. Maybe we can even have a parent’s race! The Inglewood Cluster Cross Country will be the next step for those who wish to push themselves in a bigger race against runners from other schools. This will be on Tuesday September 5th.
We will also be sending a team of top runners to the Taranaki Champs, which will be on the last Wednesday of term, Wednesday September 27th.
Notifying Student Absence: We are required by law to ensure the whereabouts of every child in our school every day. To assist us with this, please ensure that the office is notified of every absence. It takes a lot of time to contact parents of unexplained absences and this time could be better used helping our learners. Notifications can be made on 7568306, by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org or via our school app.
Nga mihi koutou – acknowledgements to you all for your support.
Andrew Georgeson – Principal