Beginning of Term 2, 2013.
Kia Ora Koutou, Warm Greetings, Talofa Lava, Mabuhay, Malo e lelei, Annyong Haseyo, Nihao
Dear Parents and Friends of OLV,
Welcome back to Term 2 everyone. We hope you had a fantastic holiday and time with the family. Our inquiry theme for the term is how do we affect our climate and this links in so well with the OLV value of sustainability which will be the key value for the term.
In writing we are studying narratives, (entertaining pieces of writing with humour, a moral or a problem) so look out for some great examples of narratives around the school and in the newsletter.
In the first week back we welcomed Cushla O'Connor (Catholic diocesan RE Adviser and former OLV staff member), who was in our school to model the teaching of RE to us all. This was a great opportunity to reflect together and Cushla commented on what lovely friendly self managing children we have.
Several classes have already begun an introduction to Narrative writing. Questions are beginning to be formulated around our Inquiry topic of "How do We affect our Climate?"
We look forward to getting straight back into our learning and to being able to report on student progress at the end of this term. We would welcome your support and involvement this term as already the calendar is looking full with winter sport beginning soon for seniors, a Book fair and Science Roadshow already planned.
God bless you all,
Barbara Perry and staff.
Kia Ora Koutou
As we move towards the end of Term One at OLV, we can look back with a sense of celebration at what we have achieved and look forward to a sense of moving forward in the life of our school.
What do we have to celebrate?
This term's inquiry topic of "Who is my neighbour?" has been most successful with fundraising for, and a visit from the CEO of Caritas New Zealand, our Catholic missionary organisatisation. As part of this theme students have heard from visiting speakers from OLV parish, Riccarton Library, the Fire Department, a Principal from Fiji as well as a student from St Thomas' who saved someones life recently.
They have been visiting the new gym across the road and toured St Thomas of Canterbury and a speaker from Ngai Tahu is booked to come at the beginning of next term. A very popular Religious Education expo and Art competition was held over Easter in conjunction with the OLV parish.
In terms of moving forward our teachers have assessed student achievement at the beginning of the year and they have all identified a group of focus students to work with in the schoolwide writing professional development. Together we have developed an action plan to address ERO recomendations. Two collegial planning days have been held, with staff working together in the junior and senior teams to plan for Term 2.
An international twilight food festival is planned for Friday 12 April from 5-7.30 pm to taste food from the many cultures in our school. You are all most welcome to join us and bring the family!!
Next term we will be studying How do we impact our climate, with a Science focus. The Science roadshow has been booked, as well as a bookfair. This should be most topical and interesting aligning well with our value of Sustainability.
Term 1, 2013:
Dear Parents and Caregivers
Welcome back after the holidays. We trust you have enjoyed a great break with your family and friends and have had the opportunity to recharge the batteries and spend some fun time with your children.
We were thrilled to come back and see the rest of the administration block painted and OPUS redoing the exterior walls in the store rooms at the back of the administration block.
A warm welcome to our two new teachers Mrs Tod (Room2) and Mrs Rassie (Room 9). They have been hard at work settling into their new rooms and we look forward to having them as part of our staff team this year and the skills that they will bring to OLV. Welcome to the new families who are joining our school, across the year levels and also to the New Entrants beginning at the start of the term. Haere Mai.
Our inquiry theme for this term of “Who is my neighbour?” will fit in with Caritas, the Catholic Missionary organisation’s theme for NZ schools for 2013. This unit provides a wonderful opportunity for the children to move beyond the school grounds and see who is around us and what they do! It also provides the chance for members of our community to come and share with the children and those parents in our school who have a special skill or are involved in some form of community work, to come and share what they do.
We welcome your involvement in the life of the school, especially any help and support that you may be able to offer, no matter how small you may think it is.