On Tuesday evening a number of children from the Pirongia and Maungatautari Syndicates took to the stage at the Activate Church in Hamilton, as part of World Vision’s Kids for Kids Choir.
Singing alongside New Zealand’s own Jackie Clarke, along with choirs from five other Hamilton schools, our Tamahere students shone! A range of songs, both modern and some old favourites, interspersed with anecdotes from Jackie Clarke, kept the audience tapping their feet and entertained for the entire evening.
The students have been meeting with Miss Parker over the past few weeks to learn not only the lyrics of all the songs, but how to sing together as a choir. Children were given the opportunity to audition as soloists and also ukelele players. Grace J was chosen out of a number of talented singers to perform with Jackie Clarke. Her voice and performance were outstanding! A group of Tamahere students also wowed us with their ukulele skills.
The aim of the Kids for Kids choir is for our school and wider community to be made aware of the support that World Vision provides to vulnerable children around the world. This year World Vision are creating change for children in Luguru Tanzania. Their aim is to provide access to clean water, food to families, prevent diseases, and education for children. It has been our privilege to be involved in Kids for Kids Choir this year to help support World Vision.
Next Tuesday 1st November our school is having a Silver Reflection Day for enviro schools. We are hoping to be accredited with silver status for all the hard work we put into running an enviro friendly school.
You are invited to come along to our whole school assembly at 9am on Tuesday. We will be hosting Adrienne and Sian from Enviro Schools for the whole day.
Tomorrow our school will be one of the stopping points for a Better Funding Better Learning roadshow organised by NZEI Te Riu Roa and PPTA.
Three buses are touring the country to raise public awareness of underfunding in education and the threat posed by the government’s proposal to introduce the controversial bulk funding system to schools. We are delighted that our school has been chosen as a stop off point, enabling our teachers and support staff to connect with other educators and inform our school community about these massive changes to our education system.
The bus will be parked outside the school on Friday 28 October 2016 at 10:30 am.Please come and say hello, bring your questions and sign a postcard to the Minister of Education, rejecting bulk funding and calling for better funding of education.
This is an issue that the staff and board of Tamahere Model Country School feel strongly about. Our staff joined more than 37,000 educators at combined NZEI/PPTA union meetings late last term across New Zealand. At the meetings, 99% of educators called for more funding of education. We rejected bulk funding because it undermines the equity and quality of our education system, and removes the roll-based teacher staffing levels that schools currently have. We saw no benefits for children in this proposal, only the potential for school budgets to be squeezed and forced trade-offs between costs of teaching staff and school running costs.
Ultimately, it would lead to schools having to hire fewer teachers, resulting in larger class sizes, which is detrimental to children’s learning.
Despite calls from the education sector and the Minister of Education’s own sector advisory group to ditch bulk funding, the minister is yet to take the proposal off the table. We need your support to tell the government to support Better Funding for Better Learning.
You can find more information at betterfunding.org.nz
We welcome our families to join with us on Monday at 9am for the official opening of our Maungatautari Syndicate learning spaces Te Akatarere Pod (Pukatea 14 and Miro 13) and Pukeatua Pod (Karaka 15, Manuka 16 and Mahoe 17) following our recent refurbishments.
Our classes are enjoying their new collaborative learning spaces and we look forward to officially opening these facilities on Monday.
We hope you will be able to join us and take advantage of this opportunity to have a look around these wonderful new environments for our children.
It is unfortunate that our senior playground is out of action at the moment for our students. This is due to continued rain impacting on the safety of the bark cushion fall. Expert consultation recommends that with updated health and safety regulations we need to undertake significant and costly works to make this a safe space once again. Present indications suggest this safety improvement could cost up to $25,000. We really appreciate the fact that the PTA are supporting us in this endeavour with extra funding from PTA quiz night and Golf Day to achieve a solution to this problem.
Thank you to all parents who have helped to sell Golf Day raffle tickets. This helps to raise funds to sort out our playground for all of our Year 3 - 6 students to enjoy.
We greatly appreciate all support parents give us especially at times like this with health and safety requiring the fixing of our playground, space shortages, and trying to achieve quality learning environments for all of our children.
We look at our end of year budget and see a number of families are yet to contribute to our School Donation. We realise that financial demands earlier in the year, such as paying for school uniform, made payment of a donation a challenge to families. If any families could help us and contribute any small part of that donation, it would be greatly appreciated and used for the benefit of our children.
Thank you to the many parents who have sold raffle tickets for our Golf Day fundraiser. Please remember tickets and money are due back at school by Wednesday 2 November - whanau points are up for grabs!
As mentioned in our Playground post earlier in this update, funds earned from the raffle tickets will be used to assist in covering the expense (of up to $25,000) of necessary improvements to make our senior playground safe for children to use again.
The disability car park space beside our pool entrance was created for those who need it. Unfortunately we have become aware that some families who do not have a need for this park have been using it rather than leaving it for those who need it.
Please be aware of this disability car park and leave it free at all times for those who need it.
CricketSchool cricket for Tamahere teams starts this weekend - 5 teams on Friday and 4 teams on Saturday. Great to see the children out there during practices and the excitement of rolling the arm over. Thanks to all parents who are helping out with the teams. The draws can be found on our school website under NEWS / SPORTS / CRICKET / CRICKET DRAWS.
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Book Character Day Tomorrow!In celebration of Book Week we have had competitions and activities in the library all week.Children can dress up as a book character on FRIDAY and join the parade at 10am - all welcome to join!
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Scholastic Book Fair Next Week!The Library will be open for purchasing books Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday 2.30pm-6.00pm, so come along and stock up for Christmas.All books sold benefit the school library.
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Round the BridgesRound the Bridges run is on Sunday the 13th of November. It is a 2km course, held in Victoria Street, Hamilton. It is for children aged 7-13 years. Any child interested in completing the run as part of the school team, please pick up a form from Mrs Smit in Kowhai 4. All forms need to be handed back by Friday the 28th of October.
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Half Price UniformAll items from our old style of uniform (excluding the dress) are now for sale at half of the discounted price. Please remember that these are able to be worn until the end of 2018:Polo Shirt $9Polo Shirt long sleeved $11Short & Skorts $9Polar fleece $15Polar fleece vest $9Trousers $10Whanau shirt $10Limited sizes are available, please visit the school office.
Posted Oct 24, 2016, 5:20 PM by Reception @TMCS