Kia ora koutou, Ni hao, Talofa Lava, Guten Tag, and Hello to you all,
Well, it has been another super busy term, with so much great learning happening in all areas of the school. It’s hard to believe that the term is nearly over already! We have been privileged to have had some truly powerful learning experiences for our children and as always we have had fantastic family support in all activities. From a Whio (Blue Duck) release on Mt Taranaki, to a visit from the Life Education Mobile Classroom, Swimming Sports events, a fantastic Year 7/8 Camp in Rotorua, technology challenges and debating competitions, it has certainly been action packed!
A highlight for our community and children was undoubtedly our whole school visit to Parihaka back in early March. The learning at the Pa was powerful, but it has only got stronger in the follow-up learning that has happened back at school. This will certainly be an experience that will be remembered for a very long time to come.
After a well earned breather, we look forward to more great opportunities to share our learning with family and friends in Term 2. Thank you to everyone who makes our school the fantastic place it is. Your support is greatly appreciated.
School Focus – To show respect to ourselves and others by using a growth mindset.
-Give new things a try.
-Saying I can’t do that…yet!
-Supporting others to achieve new things too.
Norfolk Legends: Well done to the following students who have been demonstrating our community values.
Sunshine Room: Frankie Hollins & Hugo Flynn
Mamaku Room: Irie Awahou & Hunter Snowden
Tui Tree: Noah Schmidt & Nikita McQueen
Totara Class: Jacob Awahou & Daisy Marshall-Kirkwood
Moa Hut: Ryan Honeyfield & Ethan Bedford
Summit Room: Genaya Halliday & Adam Sampson
Year 5/6 EPro8 Technology Challenge – Congratulations to our two teams which took part in the EPro8 Technology Challenge in Stratford last week. Both teams displayed great teamwork and creativity to solve challenges and earn points. The ‘Norfolk Kids’ team, made up of Emily Hooper, Milly Marshall-Kirkwood, Oscar George and Liam Brooker placed 2nd in this competition and will now compete in the Taranaki finals on Thursday. Go Norfolk!
Year 8 Debating- On Monday the Norfolk Y8 debating team took on St Joseph’s in Stratford. The Norfolk team, made up of Ethan McKerchar, Shania Thomas, Koen Chadwick and Mya Mitchell (Chairperson) were fantastic and narrowly lost by 2 points! Well done to you all for your hard work and courage to speak so well in front of an audience! Our Year 7 Team will have their first debate early in Term 2.
Swimming Sports Successes – over the past few weeks we have had some great successes at local inter-school swimming events. First at the Country Cluster Swimming Sports in Inglewood, where our school again showed what awesome swimmers we have. Then 22 of our elite swimmers competed at the Town vs Country Swimming in Stratford last week. In this hotly contested event, Country took out the honours in both relays and won the overall trophy once again. Well done to all of our competitors and supporters!
Nga mihi koutou – acknowledgements to you all for your support.
Andrew Georgeson – Principal