Well winter is upon but so are the wonderful sunny days we have enjoyed. It is so good to see the children enjoying their break times running, laughing and smiling - having fun.
We have welcomed three new teachers to the school this term: in Room 7 we have Ms Nyree Hanna, in Room 11 Ms Rachel Wikeepa and in Room 19 Mrs Kerri Kearvell. Added to this are 14 new students. We trust their start at our school has been really promising.
The third term is characteristically a time for fairly intensive learning. There are many exciting learning opportunities available in all classrooms for our students.
With winter comes the winter sports cycle and we have many teams involved in a wide variety of sports. We always look forward to the inter-school events our teams take part in. Our annual rugby fixture with Pillans Point School will feature a girls team curtain-raiser. The stakes are very high :-) but it's all healthy fun.
Parts of this message will seldom change. Please note the following:
*It would be really helpful if all articles of clothing are clearly named.
*Please keep an eye on the newsletter and our Facebook page for up and coming events. There is always something going on.
*You advantage your children's learning by reading with your children on a daily basis and by encouraging some work around basic maths facts as well.
*Viewing and sharing your child's work through the Seesaw app will greatly encourage a positive attitude to learning
*In continuing to build on our school values we will have a focus on speaking with kindness and encouragement again this term and would ask that you encourage such talk at home. We want our kids to build each other up with positive talk, talk that respects and protects.
If we accept each new day as an opportunity to do something better than the day before, to understand how to achieve a new goal or to step up to a new challenge or opportunity then our time - children teachers and families - will pretty exciting.
Our school whakatauki states, "He taonga rongonui te aroha ki te tangata - Goodwill to others is a precious gift or treasure." We enjoy much goodwill in our school and consider it a real privilege to be a part of the Otumoetai community.
Enjoy your children.
Naumai, haere mai ki te kura Otumoetai.
|2018||Term 3||Monday 23 July||Friday 28 September|
|Term 4||Monday 15 October||Tuesday 18 December|
The children and staff of OPS wish to thank the Tauranga Energy Consumer Trust for their assistance in purchasing 145 new HP chromebooks, which allows us to have a 1-to-1 ratio of devices to students in Weka Team, and frees up more chromebooks for use in the middle school. TECT footed half of the bill, which made this purchase possible.