Kia ora Whānau – Greetings everyone.
The wider context of education…
Thank you all for your support around our staff’s attendance at the primary and secondary teacher’s union meeting on Wednesday, 7th September.
I know that everyone appreciates that this is a national issue of concern to education, and that for both unions to be working together to inform their members, during school time, is a decision that the unions have not taken lightly.
If you wish to see what the meeting was about you can read briefly about this here: http://betterfunding.org.nz/.
We have had a very busy term with our main focus on the construction of wearable art works and the associated circus arts. Teachers, students and our wonderful performance arts teachers have put together an amazing show. I would like to thank all the whānau that came in to help the teachers and students make their fabulous art works. Remember to purchase your tickets from the office, they are on sale now and selling fast. We have 6 performances over Wednesday 21st September and Thursday 22nd September.
Year 5 and 6 students will be attending the Living Springs Camp next week, I hope the weather holds for them. At the same time our Year 7 and 8 students will be participating in the Koru Games held out at Lincoln each year. This year there are over 40 schools from around the South Island who will be competing. You can view some of the action through live video coverage on line at www.selwynsportstrust.org.nz.
Late in August a group of senior students competed in the Lego Robotics competition held annually in Canterbury. Our team, Louie Howell, Evie Boyd, Jake van Keulen and Findlay Royds, placed second and won a place in the National Competition. They will be flying to Auckland to attend the national competition held next Saturday. We wish them luck!
I was very fortunate to be a judge in our school’s storytelling competition this year. The students demonstrated an amazing level of skill and confidence in the presentation of their storytelling. Two students were selected to go through to the local inter-school competition, they were Finn Johnston (Year 7) and Findlay Royds (Year 8). The speech competition was held Monday night at St Peters School. Both Finn and Findlay placed 2nd in their competitions at St Peters.