Newsletter Update

Dear Parents / Caregivers, Just a couple of updates / omissions from the newsletter last week; To clarify the comments I made recently in the newsletter about how we manage behaviour concerns. St Martins is an inclusive school and all of our students are valued members of our school whānau. We work hard to help all of our students to be successful in their learning and relationships. Most importantly, we value our partnerships with parents / whānau. We can’t do our jobs without your support. The safety and wellbeing of students and staff is very important to us. We work hard to ensure that our students experience a calm and settled environment for learning.  All of the time, we work to support positive behaviour, and prevent challenging behaviour.   Part of this is ensuring that we have good school-wide systems in place that benefit everybody, as well as individual plans for students who need these. RTLB and MOE specialists support us with that planning. Generally, where there is an incident of challenging behaviour we do the following: Use planned strategies to calm the situation. Give clear information about the behaviour that should stop, and what the child should do instead. Make sure that other children are safe, and are able to continue with their work. However, if your child has an individual plan that includes making contact with you during an incident of challenging behaviour, then we will phone you to help us manage the situation. STAFFING We would like to congratulate Dani Boxall on her recent appointment to take a classroom position teaching Y7/8s at Linwood College.  Dani has been teaching Drama, Dance and Music during classroom release time (two days for each class per term) as well as some groups.  We know that Dani will enjoy being back in the classroom and wish her all the best.  Thanks for all you have done at St Martins School. We will continue the performing arts aspects Dani was leading Extension Performing Arts Company (Amy) Show Choir (Katelyn and Lavinia) At this stage we do not have a date for the film club so we will wait for some more information Groups taken by other staff will also continue Y5 / 6 Hip Hop Y7 / 8 Hip Hop Y1 – 4 music sessions Extension Percussion group Recorder Group Itinerant music lessons We are also considering a ukulele group and sending a team of 4 to an improv competition SCHOOL DISCO Please save the date of Friday 28th August.  The Student Council with the wonderful support of the S’Mart Community will be holding the school disco.  The Student Council will let us know the theme soon.  As usual we would appreciate the support of parents on the night.  Please watch out for the link we will send home soom to volunteer some time. TEACHER ONLY DAY We advertised a Teacher Only Day (ToD) on the calendar last week, however we didn’t put any detail in the newsletter about this. On Friday 4th September the school will be closed.  This day will be used by the teaching staff to analyse the mid year data, to look at and develop further achievement targets for the remainder of the year. We hope to see you at one of our assemblies on Friday focussing on Matariki.  The NE – Y2 children will perform at the 1.30pm assembly, the Y3 / 4 children will perform at the 2.15pm assembly.  The hall will have Matariki based artworks on display from each team, we will also be sharing some written pieces from each team. Regards, Andrew (


Dear Parents / Caregivers, It is with much sadness that we share the news with you that Lachie passed away yesterday.  Our thoughts, sincerest condolences and prayers are with Kelly and her family at this time. Lachie made a positive impact on our school, through the wonderful interactions and relationships he built with other children, staff and families.  From his engaging smile to the light hearted conversations.  He made a special place in our hearts and pulled us all together. Today many children, particularly in the senior school, shared stories around their interaction with Lachie, the funny times, the moments that made them laugh, the moments that made them cry, the effect that Lachie has had on them. We are all the better for having Lachie in our lives.  Now is our time to hold on to the things that made him special to all of us, the caring, the fight, the resilience and especially his kindness. Rest peacefully Lachie. By the end of today all classroom teachers will have had an age appropriate conversation with their class.  Many classes have shared the news this morning.  We have had Meg from Mana Ake available for children and staff members as needed throughout the morning.  Mana Ake will provide another counselor for tomorrow as well.  We have had a number of children talking about their feelings with teachers and Meg this morning.  Could we ask that you check in on your children throughout the next few days and weeks to support them with their changes in emotion as they process this loss to them and your family.  If you feel your child may need further support please reach out to their classroom teacher in the first instance. Regards, Andrew

End of Term Updates

Dear Parents / Caregivers, Our last newsletter for the term will be next Thursday.  There are a few aspects to be aware of before the end of the term. WHEELIE FUN FRIDAY We currently have building and plumbing work on the top court.  With the weather also looking a bit iffy for Friday we will have our wheelie fun Friday for the NE – Y2 children next term. LEARNING CONFERENCES We will be having our term two learning conferences on Wednesday 1st July and Thursday 2nd July.  The learning conferences will focus on how your child has settled back into learning at school, any aspects from your home learning experience you would like to share or areas for your child to focus on, as well as the progress teachers have seen throughout the term and an aspect of learning that your child will share with you.  The learning conferences are 15 minutes in length. The learning conference timeframes are: Wednesday 1st July, 1.15 – 6.00pm School will close at 1.00pm on Wednesday 1st July Thursday 2nd July, 3.30 – 7.30pm. To book a time please complete the following: Enter code v8tud or click on the link Enter your name, child’s name, room Select your child’s teacher Select the time you would like to meet Online bookings open today and will close on Monday 29th June.  If you do not have access to a computer to book online please contact Michele in the office (ph 332-6121 ext 701) to make an appointment for you. Crèche A Crèche will run in ToeToe / Rms 1 and 2. The Crèche is for young siblings you do not wish to take to the conferences. HOLIDAY PROPERTY UPDATE The basketball and netball hoops on the top court are being put in this week and next.  Thanks to Bryce for getting these in for us.  We think the netball / basketball hoops will be available next week and the two half court hoops opening up next Friday.  We look forward to getting on to these courts.  Feel free to come and use the courts during the holiday break. A few maintenance / remedial works (you may have noticed some blocks missing from the top of the new seating area) and the front fence were to be completed by the Ministry of Education during the term one break.  With all of NZ moving to Alert Level 4 this work was not completed.  We have recently had confirmation that this work will be carried out during the term two break. The front fence will sit inside the current fence line going around the garden to meet the hall while on the office side, join up to the fencing across the driveway.  Thanks to the Whānau Group who will be installing suitable gating at the Waharoa. Thanks for your ongoing support, Andrew