Thursday 12th February - I am looking forward to meeting parents, caregivers and children at our ‘Meet the Parents Whanau Evening and Family Picnic’. All family members (including pre-schoolers, older brothers and sisters, and extended family members) are invited to come along from 5pm onwards and enjoy a relaxed evening with other parents, children and staff members. Let's hope the sun keeps shining. Please find more information about this evening in Feb 5th newsletter.
Road Patrol Training for our new 'Road Patrollers'
Wednesday 11th February - Our year 7's are keen to take on the responsibilities of being senior students (one of which is being a 'Road Patroller'), and I am looking forward to working with them this year. Several students have already returned their permission slips - please get these in before training day so that no one misses out.
Sensational Syndicate Science Sessions.
Tuesdays between 11 am and 12.30 - I am looking forward to being part of these fun lessons with our Middle Syndicate staff and students. Starting in Week 5 our students will carrying out a range of practical, 'hands on' science experiments with Mrs Lee, Mrs Hodgson, Mrs Wilson and myself. Parents are invited to come along, help out and be part of these fun learning experiences. Please let me know if you are able to join us - the first session will be Tuesday March 3rd..
Room 12 Art
This year I will be joining Room 12 for an Art afternoon every week. Art can be a messy business, so soon as Mrs Wood and I know the day, we will let you know, so that students can come prepared and not wear their best designer clothes. Once again
Parents are invited to come along, and support these fun learning experiences. It is a wonderful to have another pair of hands when we are doing practical work - it really helps the students and the teacher too! No experience or expertise needed.
I have been reading widely on this subject in the holidays , and I am fascinated by the connection between creativity and improvements in students' learning and achievement. This is something I look forward to exploring in the coming terms.
More to follow in future blogs... In the meantime - some quotes to make us think...
“I never made one of my discoveries through the process of rational thinking”
― Albert Einstein
“Imagination is everything. It is the preview of life's coming attractions.”
― Albert Einstein
“Creativity takes courage. ”
― Henri Matisse
“You can't use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have.”
― Maya Angelou