Term 4 Week 07 by 09o2D7S


									         Honour – Loyalty - Service                            Term 4 Week 07, 07 December 2011

     From the Principal’s Pen              variety of assessment and teacher           “Oh,” I said, “That sounds very
                                           observations and I hope they give you a     sensible and I think you’ll make a
Dear Parents and Caregivers,               picture of where your child is currently    terrific principal.”
                                           sitting nationally. More importantly,       “Oh yes I will,” she replied, “I’m really
I cannot believe how fast this year has    however, I hope they give you some          bossy with my cousins!”
flown. This is the last newsletter for     suggestions for future support and an
the year as we will be finished here for   understanding of the areas that your        I have a great holiday
the year next Thursday. It has been a      child may be lacking or excelling in. My    planned. A trip to Sydney just after
wonderful year and from the data I         thanks to the teachers for the work         school finishes, relaxing a bit and
have collected the children have made      they have put into these reports and to     really getting away from it all. A family
significant progress in the core           Kirstie Rogerson for leading the re-        Christmas with my parents and children
curriculum (literacy and numeracy) and     vamped format and supporting the            (and the gorgeous granddaughter of
we have certainly provided a variety of    staff in the completion stages.             course)! The construction of a new
art, physical education, science and                                                   deck, plenty of much-needed weeding
social science programmes. A highlight     On the report is an indication of your      and gardening and maybe some time
of the year was the fantastic report       child’s attendance for the year and the     sailing on the deep blue sea! I hope you
we received from the Education Review      number of days your child has arrived       all have some fun and relaxation
Office putting us in the top 15% of        at school late. By the end of the year      planned as well and really take the time
schools nationally with our 4 to 5 year    full attendance is 200 days. The            to go a bit slower and enjoy your
return. This was a real credit to the      number of days indicated on the report      children.
fine work that is done at this school      is at the time of printing, so in most
and to the responsiveness and              cases it is about 20 days short of the      Farewell to Robyn Tataurangi,
engagement of our wonderful children.      final tally. If your child has missed 20    Charlotte   Metcalfe,   Karen
Another highlight to me was the            or more days this year (20 days             Nicholas, Jemma Walker and Jonty
purchase of 63 new computers, many         equates to 4 full weeks), it is of real     Myers who are all moving on to new
more interactive whiteboards and new       concern to me as it is 10% or more of       adventures,     locations     and/or
laptop pods making us now a cutting-       the year. It may be interesting to you      employment. Thank you to you all for
edge school in terms of IT and the         to have a close look at the attendance      the amazing contributions you have
chance to make a real difference to        level as the odd days off here and          made to our school and all the very
our children in their 21st century         there can really add up and may             best for the future. You will all be
learning.                                  surprise you. If your child is falling      missed.
                                           below expectation and has a low
I would particularly like to               attendance rate then you must rectify       I would like to take this opportunity to
thank the Board of Trustees –              this for the future. In order to get the    say farewell to those of you who are
Gary Patterson, Rakesh Govind,             very best from the fantastic teaching       not returning next year and to wish you
Renee Van Huben, Jan Morrison, Greg        provided here, it is essential your child   all the very best for the future. I hope
Holland and Suzie Gurr for the highly      attends school as often as possible and     your time at Royal Oak Primary School
efficient way they govern this school.     on time.                                    has been a happy and memorable one.
It is a privilege to be the Principal of                                               For those of you who celebrate
Royal Oak Primary School and I am          We are currently finalising class           Christmas, a very blessed and merry
indebted to the board for its trust in     placements for 2012 and these will be       Christmas and a happy New Year. To
me and its hands-off approach to           posted on the school website on             you all, I wish you a safe and happy
letting     me      manage      without    Thursday 26 January, 2012. You may          holiday and look forward to seeing
encumbrances. We have a strong and         also see them on the office window          most of you back here again next year.
capable staff here and with the            from that date. We have great
opportunity to use our professional        teachers at our school so please be         Kind regards,
knowledge and get stuck in to what we      positive about the expectation of who
know best the sky is the limit at this     the teacher may be and treat it as a
school!!                                   positive surprise for the start of next
                                           year.                                       Linley Bruce
At the end of this week you will                                                       linleyb@rops.school.nz
receive your child’s end-of-year report.   I have a delightful story to share again
These reports have a new look this         in this letter. As I was walking through                    BOT News
year and you will find that Reading,       the junior school recently a little girl
Writing and Mathematics/Statistics         came up to me and said, “I’m going to       The next meeting for the year is
are given a ranking of well below,         learn how to hang upside down on the        tomorrow Thursday 08 December in
below, at, above or well above. These      monkey bars so I can be a principal.”       the staffroom at 7.00pm. The
rankings are in line with National         “Oh,” I replied, “Do you need to hang       curriculum report at this meeting is
Standards (as best we can) and our         upside down to be a principal?”             our final Literacy and Numeracy
Royal Oak Primary School expectations.     “Yes” she replied, “Then you can show       analysis. All welcome.
They are based on evidence from a          the kids how to do it.”
Congratulations to Rakesh Govind and        Wed 14 Dec 9.30am Leavers’ Assembly             After School Art Classes 2012
Renee Von Huben for being re-elected        for Year 6                                      Drawing, painting, print making, mixed media
                                            Thu 15 Dec 12.00pm School Closes.               and pottery. Small groups – up to 6 children.
to the board. Thank you very much to
                                                                                            For details ring Noelene Ph: 6258114
Kareen Girven for putting your name
forward for election also. Your                           Library News                      Calling all Animal Lovers this holidays!
interest in supporting the school in this                                                   Surround yourself with hundreds of pet and
way is very much appreciated.                                                               exotic animals at one of our Animal Care
                                            There are over 116 library books we
                                                                                            workshops. Hands on learning for all ages at
                                            need to be returned to school this              our North Shore venue. We have everything
           Why We Teach                     week to complete the stocktake. .               from cute chinchillas and bunnies through to
                                            Please have a good look around your             exotic lizards, birds and even dogs and cats.
Rugby Season                                house to help us finalise this.                 If you love animals then these workshops are
Rugby’s tough                                                                               for you. For dates, prices and information
Rugby’s rough                                                                               about children’s Pet Parties visit
                                                     Return of Resources
Everybody watched the Rugby World                                                           www.hippo.co.nz, or contact us on 376 2024
Cup                                                                                         / info@oracle.ac.nz.
                                            If you have any books, resources,
In the season of the Rugby World Cup.
                                            sports equipment, sports uniforms or            Fine Young Artists pre-Christmas Holiday
And I was there on the day                                                                  Workshops
                                            any other items belonging to Royal Oak
They had the opening ceremony game.                                                         Art Safari – our popular one day drawing
                                            Primary School could you please return
I waved my big red flag!!!!!!!                                                              program at Auckland Zoo is ideal for
                                            them to school as soon as possible. All
And shouted come on                                                                         children aged 7- 12. When: Tues 20 or
                                            our books, resources equipment and
Come on All Blacks!                                                                         Thurs 22 December, 9.30 – 4pm.
                                            sports uniforms have a ROPS stamp on            Jewellery Workshop “Get Hippie” – new to
By Ma’afu Vaka
                                            them.                                           Fine Young Artists this one day jewellery
Room 11
                                                                                            workshop is ideal for girls aged 10 – 14.
                                                                                            Create two pendant/ring sets based on the
           School Lunches                                                                   hippie style work of optical illusion artists!
                                                                                            Mon 19 or Tues 20 December, 9.30- 4pm at
                                            First day back: Tuesday 31 January              the Gifford Gallery in Mt Eden.
The last day for school lunch orders is     Waitangi Day: Monday 06 February                For more information and enrolments p. 631
tomorrow Thursday 08 December.              Last day Term 1: Thursday 05 April              5358 or visit www.fineyoungartists.co.nz
School Lunch ordering will recommence       Good Friday: Friday 06 April
on Tuesday 07 February 2012.                First day Term 2: Monday 23 April               Childcare
                                            ANZAC Day: Wednesday 25 April                   I am a 19 year old female Fine Arts
                                            Queen’s Birthday: Monday 04 June                University Student looking for
   Robyn Tataurangi’s farewell              Last day Term 2: Friday 29 June                 babysitting/nannying work immediately, up
                                            First day Term 3: Monday 16 July                until Christmas time.
Please remember that there is a             Last day Term 3: Thursday 27 September          I can look after children of all ages any day
farewell for Robyn in the school hall at    Teacher Only Day: Friday 28 September           or evening. I have been working through a
                                            First day Term 4: Monday 15 October             nannying agency during the year and have
6.30pm on Monday 12 December. You
                                            Labour Day: Monday 22 October                   just finished. I have been police vetted and
are welcome to attend and if you are
                                            Last day Term 4: Thursday 13 December           reference checked, have a full driving
planning to do so, please let Pam Waugh
                                                                                            licence and my own car.
know pamw@rops.school.nz or ring the                                                        As it is a busy time of year, you may need me
school. We just need to know numbers
                                                      Community Notices
                                                                                            so you can secretly go shopping for your
for catering purposes.                                                                      children!
                                            Upskill with WYNRS soccer                       My contact details are:
                                            coaching – starts w/c 7th Feb.                  Lucy Hopkins
Also, if you would like to
                                            Improve your child's soccer skills              Mobile: 021 049 4109
contribute to Robyn’s farewell              with an exciting programme                      Email: lucindajanehopkins@gmail.com
gift, please send the money to the          designed by Wynton Rufer (FIFA’s Oceania
office before Friday. We are                Player of the Century). Professional coaches    Diocesan School Holiday Swim Programme –
purchasing the gift this coming             teach different aspects of the game after       Open to all
weekend. There is a box in the foyer        school near you, plus the option of Saturday    Classes will take place on Monday 16 – Friday
                                            soccer all year round. Top players like Marco
for your donation.                                                                          27 January 2012 from 9.00am to 12 noon in
                                            Rojas and Cameron Lindsay did WYNRS.            the diocesan School Aquatic Centre. Prices
                                            Places limited so sign up now www.wynrs.co.nz   are $60 for one week or $100 for two weeks
            Dental Clinic                   or phone 5229054 or email                       per student. The Diocesan Swim School also
                                            mario@wynrs.co.nz.                              offers afterschool swim programmes with
The Dental Clinic is now situated at                                                        Term 1 bookings for 2012 open and being
Royal Oak Intermediate in Symonds           Carols By Candlelight                           taken now. For enrolment and more
                                            The Three Kings Carols by                       information phone Diocesan Aquatic Centre
Street, phone: 6343216.
                                            Candlelight event will take                     Manager, Michelle White on ph: 520 9373 or
The Dental Van will come to school          place on Friday 9                               email mwhite@diocesan.school.nz
twice next year to do preliminary           December at the Three
checks.                                     Kings Reserve from 7-9pm.                       January Holiday Workshops
                                                                                            Jan 16-19 – Clay, painting
   What’s coming up this term?              Does your child love to dane?                   Jan 23-26 Painting, screenprinting
                                            Taking registrations now for 2012. The          Term 1 2012 Art classes for Children Begin
                                            Renaissance School of Dance – Hip Hop,          Tuesday 07 February.
Next week – final week 2011.                Jazz, Ballet, contemporary, Tap. Call           For a brochure or further information ph:
Mon 12 Dec 6.30pm Farewell for Robyn        Marguerite on 021 756 858 or 275 9552.          623 8858 or email c.gunnell@auckland.ac.nz
Tataurangi in the hall                      Exciting and energetic classes for boys and
Tue 13 Dec 7.00pm Awards Assembly for       girls. Studios in Papatoetoe and Onehunga
Year 5 and 6                                www.renaissancedance.co.nz

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