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Swimming Pool Update

posted Aug 10, 2017, 5:49 PM by Reception @TMCS


What a week for building Swimming Pools and Changing shed facilities! The rain this week has not deterred the teams of Matt from Pro Pools and Martin of Dent Builders Ltd plugging away on our new Swimming Pool Complex. Special thanks go to our volunteers who are now starting to be involved in the building stage. Andy Shaw  took a week off work to help out in the rain! If you have any time and can swing a hammer or paint brush etc. We are keen to hear from you and you can be involved as the process rolls on. Please let the office know or contact Camille 021320145 or email tamahereschoolpool@gmail.com




The progress on the pool has been outstanding with Mat from Pro Pools and his 9 workers achieving staggering amounts in such a short time. Although the pools are now made and filled there is plenty of work still to be done. The slower and less visual parts still need to come together. All the plumbing and leveling, concreting etc. The next part of the project is the construction of the changing sheds and amenities block this is being managed by parent and builder, Martin Dent, who his happy to work with the many volunteers and appreciates the random times and weekend availability other parents may have. Once the cladding is on progress will not be as visible while the internal fit out is taking place.

 


Frequently Asked Questions:-


Community Usage:- A common question we are having is “Will the community be able to use this complex?” At this stage we want to have as much usage as possible. Our vision is to have a high quality pool complex that caters for our beginning swimmers through to extending our more able swimmers as well. The complex has been designed to take into account our school needs as well as what the wider community may need from the facility. The intention is to enable wider community use, and a sub committee has been set up to look at how school should manage use both within and outside school times. Managing costs, security, costs, safety and possible commercial use are all aspects that need to be worked through. As we progress with this we will keep you informed through the blog.


Why are the fish tiles so expensive?

The Fish tiles to celebrate our families and community involvement in our pool complex and are a way to raise additional sponsorship funds. To fulfill our grant applications, worth $100,000, we have had to fast track our whole project. This is exciting but we still need to raise $120,000 through sponsorship and donations before we can complete the project. The fish tiles are seen as a way that families can make a donation and show how much they value this project and in return be recognised long term for their contribution to the swimming pool complex.  Sharing a fish tile with another family is a possible option for some families. Every donation helps, and is greatly appreciated. Families and businesses can donate any amount to support this exciting project.  Please remember that if you pay tax you are able to claim back one third of this donation. This equates to a $83.34 rebate and $167 final cost to you.


If your business name is going to appear on a tile (or other form of sponsorship) GST needs to be added to the prices (i.e Fish Tile $287.50 inc GST.).


Please click here for fish tile details or here for other sponsorship options.






Mathathon - Start Thinking About Sponsors

posted Aug 10, 2017, 5:46 PM by Reception @TMCS


In celebration of Maths Week (14 - 18th August),  next week we will be focusing on Math even more than usual! Children will find themselves immersed in plenty of Maths activities, as well as our teachers who will be spending time with our Maths professional development facilitator, Mr Bruce Moody.


We are also excited to announce that we will have a Mathathon later this term!  Raising Achievement in Maths is a focus of ours for 2017. Knowing basic facts and bonds and being able to get the answer quickly is an important skill for every level of math learning. This year our ‘athon’  is very timely in improving our maths skills and having the added bonus of raising funds for our Swimming Pool.


More details will follow soon.


Curriculum Update

posted Aug 10, 2017, 5:46 PM by Reception @TMCS



Communication is the overarching theme of this term and I am sure you are aware of the speeches being written and rehearsed. We look forward to sharing these with you in Weeks 5 and 6.


Public speaking is such an important skill for our students future career opportunities. Having confidence to stand up in public and the ability to communicate effectively is hugely important and a skill that we value at our school. This term we will also be communicating through the Arts - Dance, Drama, Music and the Visual Arts. Being able to express ideas and opinions in this way is another important skill for our young people to gain and to enjoy experimenting with. Passions may be ignited that will lead to lifelong involvement and enjoyment.


We are combining our communication through the Arts, with our Social Sciences - deep learning area, celebrating the different cultures of New Zealand, our biculturalism and our multiculturalism. I am sure by the end of this term you will know a bit more about the different cultural groups we have in our school and probably have shared something special about your family's origins.


There is quite a buzz developing around this topic. If you have something to share with us we are keen to hear from you.


School Uniform Layers

posted Aug 10, 2017, 5:43 PM by Reception @TMCS



It is wonderful to see so many of our students looking smart in their uniforms and wearing the colour requirements for layers under our school uniform.  

Just a reminder that these must be either black, white or the same green of our uniform. Children with other colours will be asked to take them off and wear appropriate outside pieces of uniform to keep them warm.

Sweet Birthday Treats at School

posted Aug 10, 2017, 5:42 PM by Reception @TMCS


We appreciate that many families like to celebrate their child’s birthday by sharing treats with the class.  While we are more than happy for this tradition to continue if families wish to do this, we encourage these treats to be of a healthier nature rather than sweets and cake.  We’re sure you understand this concern, as if each class member were to share sweets on their birthday, this would equate to sugary food every week of the school year!


We are proudly a Water and Milk Only School (supported by Katie Ayers, Paediatric Dentist) and also a Healthy Eating School (supported by the Energize Programme).  Your thoughtfulness in the type of food and treats you may wish to share for your child’s birthday is greatly appreciated.  


Parent Survey

posted Aug 10, 2017, 5:42 PM by Reception @TMCS


We were thrilled with the wonderful turnout of parents who attended our Learning Conferences last week.  


We enjoyed such a positive time focusing on student learning.  Our Maungatautari Syndicate students were able to present their learning and goals to their parents, Pirongia Syndicate students were involved in their own three way conferences, and our Taupiri Syndicate teachers held interviews with parents of students who recently received their Anniversary Reports. Thank you to all who were involved - we appreciate the opportunity to meet with you in these various settings.


We found the conferences to be very beneficial and would love to know how you found the process.  Please take the time to give us your feedback following this link.


NMSSA Visit

posted Aug 10, 2017, 5:41 PM by Reception @TMCS



Next week we will be hosting a team as part of the National Monitoring Study of Student Achievement.  As part of their visit they will be working with selected Year 4 students (you will be aware if your child is involved) from Wednesday to Friday.


NMSSA’s role is to assess and understand the achievement of primary school students across the New Zealand curriculum. The programme has been in operation since 2012 and is a collaboration between the Educational Assessment Research Unit at the University of Otago, the New Zealand Council for Educational Research and the Ministry of Education.


The purpose of NMSSA is to get a broad picture of student achievement in New Zealand. It does this by assessing representative samples of New Zealand school students at successive points in time so that:

  • trends in educational performance can be identified and reported;

  • factors that influence student achievement can be identified and reported;

  • good information is available to assist policy makers, curriculum specialists

  • and educators with their planning and

  • the public has more information about trends in educational achievement.


We hope the team enjoy their time with us.


Robyn Pearce and Lauren Parsons Parenting Evening

posted Aug 10, 2017, 5:41 PM by Reception @TMCS




We have been very fortunate to be offered the opportunity to have two outstanding speakers come and present parenting and nutrition time saving tips. This will be a very interesting evening  for us all to enjoy and learn from as well  as being a fundraiser for our Swimming Pool. The flyer will be coming home this week . Book your place and pay on EVENTBRITE https://tamahere.eventbrite.com/



Babysitting:

For the first 50 children, (Tamahere Model Country School children only), there will be an opportunity to have your children babysat at school for the two hours from 6:30-8:30. The cost will be $5 per child to be paid at the Office. Book and pay at the School Office. FIRST IN, FIRST SERVED. There will be a movie played in the Senior Block and popcorn provided.



Swimming Pool Update

posted Aug 3, 2017, 8:47 PM by Reception @TMCS


We continue to make exciting progress on our new Swimming Pool, in fact the developments are nothing less than phenomenal!  This week has seen the application of paint and we do apologise for any inconvenience this strong smell may have caused.  


With water trucks on site filling the pools today, it may look like we are almost ready when in fact, we still have a long way to go.  Still needed are a lot of volunteer hours and the achievement of more money in our pot to see this amazing project through to completion.


We are so grateful to the families who have already placed their orders for tiles for our Fish Wall and to those who are sponsoring seating in the complex.  We are hoping our Fish Wall tiles will raise substantial funds along with the continuing sale of Cookbooks (plenty more are still available for sale).  All of these efforts will greatly help our cause.


Please follow this link to order your family’s Fish Wall tile.   If your business or family would like to support us through the other sponsorship options available, please follow this link.

Thank you for your support.

Welcome Mrs Barbara Wilson

posted Aug 3, 2017, 8:47 PM by Reception @TMCS


This week we have the pleasure of welcoming our wonderful new teacher to our team, Mrs Barbara Wilson. Barbara is an experienced New Entrant teacher and comes to us all the way from Hong Kong where she has been teaching recently.


Barbara has created a beautifully welcoming environment for her small team of children in Harakeke 18.  This is a very nurturing and warm space for our youngest students to begin their learning journey.


Barbara is very experienced in all levels of teaching and you will see her friendly face about the school in other teaching capacities from time to time.


Welcome Barbara, it is lovely to have you with us!


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