Kia ora tātou, Greetings to you all

This is a thrilling term as we are gearing up to relish the spring blossom. We hope to spend more time outdoors with the children playing various summer sports. The school has bought a large amount of sporting gear for the children so that every child will have equipment to play with. Many thanks to our PTA for raising funds to purchase this equipment. The school courts have been re-marked and children’s playing areas are now bright and colourful for more exciting play during break times.

School Cultural Day
We will be celebrating Cultural Day on Wednesday, 22 August. The school invites parents to share an aspect of their culture with their children’s class: a song, a dance, a poem, a skill, or something unique about their culture to celebrate the diversity at our school.

Our school’s success is largely dependent upon your partnership to support us in nurturing all children irrespective of their cultural backgrounds, beliefs and values. To create cultural relationships, we encourage all students to pursue what inspires them and determine their own success. I emphasise the importance of whakapapa so that students grow secure in the knowledge of their identity. The concepts of whanaungatanga (working relationships between learners parents and whanau), ako (reciprocal relationships between the teacher and learner) and wānaga (participation and communication) are deeply embedded in our teaching and learning.

Parent Consultation
This term, the school will be seeking the views of our parent community to vision the school’s learning journey for the school’s strategic planning. Parent consultations will begin in Week 6 from 28 – 30 August. The ENPS charter is due to be renewed and it will be an opportunity not to be missed, for our parent community to participate and contribute. We seek your earnest support during these days to further develop our school’s vision and hear your ideas for the ‘I ams’, for next year.

Development of Talent
The school will be celebrating the development of talent (DOT) during the final week of the term.

Staffing
It is challenging as you all know, to find suitable teachers for our children and we have challenges meeting our needs on a day-to-day basis. Georgia Cavanagh will be going on maternity leave at the end of Week 6 and we thank her for her hard work and wish her all the best with her new arrival. Aya Yamashita has been appointed as Georgia’s replacement and will take up this position in Term 4. Rose Hansen and Lucy Nathan will teach in Room 28 till the end of the term.

Deb Cooke has resigned from her position as the Deputy Principal of the Middle School. The school is very thankful for her excellent services over the last five years. We wish her all the best in her future endeavours.

Topic
‘I am a Polyglot’ has been a very suitable topic for the term and I invite all our learners to celebrate the learning to enable us to value and legitimise multiple views of knowledge and ways of knowing.

Education Review Office Visit
To add to the celebrations of the term, the Education Review Office will be visiting our school. We look forward to showcasing our treasured school during their visit.

Ngā mihi nui

Ateel Sudhakar
Principal