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Matariki is everywhere in this newsletter.  There are also reports on the noho marae trip at Rapaki from both the Unlimited and Discovery campus LAs.

 

Upcoming Events

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Term 2, Week 4: Starting Monday 21 May 2018
  • Wednesday 23 May, 8.15am-9.00am: Breakfast Club, P13, Unlimited Campus
  • Thursday 24 May, 1pm: Physics LA Presentations, Unlimited Campus S1
  • Friday 25 May, 2.30pm-3.30pm: Community meeting for Matariki, Discovery Campus
Term 2, Week 5: Starting Monday 28 May 2018
  • Tuesday 29 May, 7pm-9pm: Open Night, Unlimited Campus S5
  • Wednesday 30 May, 8.15am-9.00am: Breakfast Club, P13, Unlimited Campus

 

 

Messages

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Message from BOT

ERO Visit

ERO have made arrangements to visit the school later this term.  We are really excited to have ERO conduct the first full review of Ao Tawhiti Unlimited Discovery.  Steven will keep you posted on how you may be able to contribute to the review closer to the time of the review.  If you would like to read the school’s previous published assurance review from ERO you can do so by clicking here

Policy Review

Our policies and procedures are regularly reviewed.  This term we are asking for your thoughts on our Curriculum and Documentation and Self Review policies.  You can read the policies here and contribute your thoughts and suggestions by completing this form.

Teacher Only Day – Friday 6 July

We have agreed to having a teacher only day on the last day of Term 2 this year.  This day will allow the learning advisors to participate in the Central City Cluster of school’s professional development day around wellbeing and students with specific learning needs.  The school (both campuses) will be closed for instruction on Friday 6 July as a result.

Ao Tawhiti Unlimited Discovery Board of Trustees

 

Message from Steven

Matariki

It’s not long until we have the final Matariki celebration ever at the Discovery Campus.  There are a couple of articles elsewhere in this newsletter that provide more detail.  I would love you to participate in anyway that you can.  It’s a great way to celebrate the past and plan for the future.

Transition

When I was first appointed Director of Ao Tawhiti Unlimited Discovery way back in October 2013, I was incredibly excited about the prospect of leading Discovery and Unlimited back to their CBD home.  As the time went by I must admit that I became increasingly disheartened at the constant delays and set backs that have dragged this process out to almost 2 years later than I was originally told.  I’ve really enjoyed watching the work and learning that my staff are currently undertaking in working towards our CBD transition. Over the coming months you can expect us to ask for your thoughts in a variety of forums to help make sure that when we move we do not have to start again and instead are able to continue to do what we do well with greater ease and with a respect for what each school has undergone since their foundations back in the early 2000s.

Open Night

It was great to show about 70 people around the Unlimited Campus last week.  I always enjoy being able to talk about how we work, what we can offer and also clearing up the misunderstandings that many have about the kind of school we are.  We get to do it all again on Tuesday 29 May at 7pm at the Unlimited Campus.  If you have any friends or family who are keen to learn more don’t hesitate to send them over for a look.

Physics LA Presentations – Thursday 1pm S1

Next Thursday we will begin our hunt for a permanent Physics Learning Advisor and Homebase LA.  The successful applicant will have the task of replacing Florian from Term 3 (so that Florian and his family can begin their next challenge of moving to Ireland!).

Presentations for Learning Advisors are a great opportunity for our community to come together and make sure that the BOT have the right set of questions to ask our candidates at their interview.  It’s also a great opportunity for you to hear a little bit about the candidates passions, interests and understanding of our special character.

Steven Mustor – Director

Message from Niki

We have had another great fortnight on the Discovery campus with staff on courses, visiting other schools to explore best practice as well as the usual classes, sports, mindfulness, music and student-led workshops. Thanks for coming in to see what we do, help out by running a workshop, listening to some readers, sharpening pencils and even plumbing in our new dishwasher. All acts of help, no matter how small, are greatly appreciated!

Bus notices

Most of the time the school bus run goes very smoothly. Since we introduced contracts last term behaviour on the whole has improved and the children using the service seem to be complaining less. There have been a couple of occasions when the bus arrived at the exchange very early, or a child who should have gone on to the next stop got off the bus. I would like to thank both the children who stuck together and remained calm, and the parent who helped our ‘lost’ child for taking charge. It is important that parents carry out a quick sweep of the children being collected off the bus to make sure they have been met, and we appreciate those that have done so consistently over the time the bus from Discovery has been running. If any child has not been met, please call the office on 03 377 7773 or Niki on 027 266 4017.

At the end of the day bus children meet with our bus monitor Suze in the whare nui. Suze takes the roll from a print out of the children who signed in to say they were going home on the bus and then walks them to the bus. Suze has asked me to request that if any child who has signed in to say they are going home on the bus is then collected by a parent from school, that they either sign out, or inform Suze, Jacinta or myself. This saves time and worry! Thank you for your support with this.

Relievers

Believe it or not, some weeks are crazier than others at school. Last week was one such week with many LAs out doing courses, visiting schools and away sick. There is a lack of relievers on our list and sometimes we have to place Learning Support staff into HBs to help look after students. We acknowledge that this is not the most favourable situation, as it takes LS staff away from the students they are meant to be supporting and puts extra pressure on LAs. We have advertised on some Facebook pages and placed an advert on our website. If anyone knows of anyone looking for some relief work for both Ao Tawhiti sites we would love to hear from them! Please ask them to contact either myself niki.stephenson@aotawhiti.school.nz or duncan.woods@aotawhiti.school.nz

PINs

A reminder to think about offering to run a PINs workshop in June. Here is the link to the form. So far we have seven awesome workshop offers but need heaps more! Please submit your responses by Wednesday 23 May.

Matariki

Preparations for our whole-school Matariki celebration on the Discovery campus on Friday, June 15 from 4pm-8pm are ramping up.

  • Free drop-in activities throughout the school from 4pm-6pm
  • Hot soup and bread rolls from 3:30pm – 5:00pm
  • Shared dinner from 6:00pm

A hangi will be cooked onsite throughout the day and will be available as part of the dinner.

Please bring something to share for dinner that’s easy to serve and preferably doesn’t need heating (the school will provide bread).  Meals in crock pots work well. We’d be grateful if you can bring a serving utensil for your meal too. If you meal caters to a specific dietary requirement please have it labelled with an ingredients list.

Please bring enough plates/crockery/cups for your family to use and take home to wash at the end of the night – the kitchen space at Discovery is quite small and hard to wash up large amounts of dishes.  It also cuts down on the waste we would generate by providing disposable dishes.

Matariki is also a time for remembering people who have passed away. We welcome you to bring photos and/or write memories or a dedication to someone in your whanau. We will have a special space to honour those we’re missing. We are looking for someone who will coordinate this.

Here is a link to the Google form which is helping us organise the event – we’d really appreciate you taking a few minutes to fill it in or help your child to fill it in if they have suggestions or specific ways they’d like to help.

We’d love you to come along to our  Matariki planning meeting on the Discovery campus on Friday, May 25th at 2:30pm.  If you can’t make it but would like to be involved please either contact Niki (niki.stephenson@aotawhiti.school.nz) or Emma (emmaphilp@hotmail.com)

Niki Stephenson – Deputy Director

Message from Ian

Bit of a crazy couple of weeks for me. I got concussed at football with a head clash, which has meant that I haven’t been at work for the last 2 weeks. It’s definitely and interesting injury, having had many other types of injuries over the years. Initially it seemed pretty innocuous, the first night I felt ok, the following day things started to fall apart for…headaches, blurry vision, nausea and dizziness. Following on from there it has really had an impact on they way I can focus, my levels of energy and my concentration. 

I know we have a lot of students playing mid week and weekend sport across both of our campuses, so I think this is a really important experience to pass on. I definitely recommend seeing a doctor if any of your children get a head knock during sport, it certainly needs some close attention and the only way to move forward is to be aware of it and rest.

Even though I suffered my concussion during the “Beautiful Game” (Football), there are some great resources on the NZ Rugby site.

http://nzrugby.co.nz/rugbysmart/concussion

http://nzrugby.co.nz/what-we-do/rugby-responsibility/rugby-wellbeing

With all of that in mind I don’t really have a lot to share with you about the last couple of weeks as I haven’t been on site.

Ian Hayes – Deputy Director

Message from Duncan

Leadership Hui

Last Thursday and Friday Steven, Niki, Ian and myself managed to get away for a couple of days. We managed to work through a substantial amount of curriculum focused material. For me this was an incredibly valuable couple of days. It allowed the space for a deep reflection on the past 4 (and a bit) years of efforts since the merger took place. It affirmed a number of decisions that have been made over that time and allowed for a clear focus to emerge of where to next. Mostly I’ve come away with a sense that as community (parent, staff and students)  we have collective commitment to creating a school that allows students to build a love of learning built around their passions and needs and one that opens doors to a bright and positive future.

Last Week

It was a busy week on site last week. On Monday was our first open night for the year. Firstly I would like to acknowledge the students and staff who attended. Your efforts were instrumental in showcasing just who wonderful our school was. I enjoyed many conversations over the course of the evening. There families who attended who were well researched on who we are and what we do through to those who had no idea at all about us. Wherever, people sat, however, the overwhelming sense that I got was an excitement for what is possible in education when you place the student at the centre. My favourite quote was from a parent who said “you can’t be regularly trained teachers here. Everyone is so passionate about what they do!”

On Tuesday we hosted the NaturePlay film in the Jack Mann. Thanks to those who braved the wintry evening and came along. I loved the messages in this film and thoroughly enjoyed the conversations afterwards that showed just how invested our community is in providing great opportunities for our students.

a4le

Next week (27 may – 30 may) I will be attending the Association for Learning Environments conference. This is unique conference format that I’ve been fortunate enough to attend on one previous occasion. This conference brings together, scientists, educators and designers to share understandings of how each can contribute to positive outcomes for students. Additionally the conference mixes keynote speakers and small group presentations with site visits to innovative and/or interesting local schools. This year the conference is being held in Sydney and I’m looking forward to seeing and learning some wonderful things to bring back to Ao Tawhiti. I’ll let you know how it goes!

Duncan Woods – Deputy Director

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Schoolwide Notices

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Matariki

Preparations for our whole-school Matariki celebration on the Discovery campus on Friday, June 15 from 4pm-8pm are ramping up.

  • Free drop-in activities throughout the school from 4pm-6pm
  • Hot soup and bread rolls from 3:30pm – 5:00pm
  • Shared dinner from 6:00pm

A hangi will be cooked onsite throughout the day and will be available as part of the dinner.

Please bring something to share for dinner that’s easy to serve and preferably doesn’t need heating (the school will provide bread).  Meals in crock pots work well. We’d be grateful if you can bring a serving utensil for your meal too. If you meal caters to a specific dietary requirement please have it labelled with an ingredients list.

Please bring enough plates/crockery/cups for your family to use and take home to wash at the end of the night – the kitchen space at Discovery is quite small and hard to wash up large amounts of dishes.  It also cuts down on the waste we would generate by providing disposable dishes.

Matariki is also a time for remembering people who have passed away. We welcome you to bring photos and/or write memories or a dedication to someone in your whanau. We will have a special space to honour those we’re missing. We are looking for someone who will coordinate this.

Here is a link to the Google form which is helping us organise the event – we’d really appreciate you taking a few minutes to fill it in or help your child to fill it in if they have suggestions or specific ways they’d like to help.

We’d love you to come along to our Matariki planning meeting on the Discovery campus on Friday, May 25th at 2:30pm.  If you can’t make it but would like to be involved please either contact Niki (niki.stephenson@aotawhiti.school.nz) or Emma (emmaphilp@hotmail.com)

OPEN NIGHTS 2018

We will be holding two Open Nights for prospective students and their families during the month of May. It would be great if you could encourage any family you know who may be interested in joining our school to come to one of our Open Nights or take a tour.

The Open Nights are for years 1 – 13. They will take place on the 14th and 29th of May, 7pm – 9pm, at our Unlimited Campus at Parkstone Avenue.

Edith Goesmann – Marketing Manager

 

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1-6 News

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HB Tuatara News

Learning Is A Partnership

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Marae Trip

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Nadine Walmisley – Community Leader

 

 

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7-13 News

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Outstanding Achievement for Nico

In term 1 Nico competed at the Canterbury Secondary Schools Swimming Championships. He competed in the 50m freestyle and the 50m backstroke and won both races! Because of Nico’s outstanding performances he received the award for the most ‘Outstanding Para Swimmer Award’ for 2018. Congratulations Nico and thank you for representing Ao Tawhiti in such a great event.

Kelsey Berryman – Sports Coordinator 

Art students, friends, family and staff come hear Peter Robinson talk about his work at COCA

Peter Robinson has extended the time his work will hang at Coca Gallery and has invited people to come  to COCA Gallery (66 Gloucester st, around the corner front the Christchurch City Art Gallery.)

Those interested need to be at COCA 1.30pm next Tuesday 22 May.

If you are busing from the Unlimited Campus meet in the art room at 12.25 and catch the purple line bus at 12.50 from the stop out side the university. You will get to the exchange at 1.20pm and walk together to COCA. Arriving fro Peters talk 1.30pm.

NB. Students coming will need to get an off site learning form from the office at the Unlimited Campus and have it filled out and signed by your HBLA and parent care giver  and returned to the office by Tuesday morning before we leave.

Any questions contact holly.ramsay@aotawhiti.school.nz

NB: Ex student Josh Freeth, currently completing his Bachelor of Fine arts At Elam Uni, was Peters assistant in the construction of the works in this exhibition.

See You there

Holly Ramsay – Learning Advisor

Prosillio Students Self Defense Class

On Monday, May 14th Prosillio students participated in a self-defense course. They learned groin kicks, knees, elbows, punches, and throws. This was a challenging experience for the students, but everyone had a lot of fun and got stuck in.

The Self-defense course forms a series of physical activities students have participated in as part of their PE program this year. Other activities have included visiting Adrenalin Forest, the Ao Tawhiti Olympics Day, and a Zumba Class. The next activity is a table tennis tournament.

The Prosillio program is designed for students who wish to pursue a full-time or semi full-time training program in a particular area of interest, such as dance, gymnastics, performing arts, sports etc.

Each student in the program develops an individual education plan to ensure they are supported to follow their passion while meeting the requirements of the New Zealand Curriculum. The program is currently based in the Aotearoa National Institute of Dance studios on Montreal Street.

As well as covering some of the ‘traditional’ subjects such as Math, English, Science and Social Studies, students are encouraged to pursue a range of interests and experiences. Currently, we have students studying dance, photography, philosophy, veterinarian studies, home economics, health, entrepreneurial studies, drama, media studies, Spanish, French, Japanese and psychology, to name just a few.

At this time students range in year levels from year five to year twelve.

For more information about the Prosillio program or if you would like to stop by for a visit to see what it is all about, please contact Natalie Woods: email <natalie.woods@aotawhiti.school.nz>

Natalie Woods – Learning Advisor

Sheilah Winn Shakespeare Competition

The ‘University of Otago SHEILAH WINN SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL’ was held last term on the 7th of April and once again we entered 3 teams directed by Nellie Manning, Anne-Marie Beach and Barrett Robb.  Our teams did well in the awards however did not place in the finals, a title that has eluded us for a while now but our future is definitely bright!  Next year we will go for it again with all these new students taking up Drama this year and learning off our experienced ones.

If you would like to see any of this year’s performances or previous years go to our school’s facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/Ao-Tawhiti-Shakespeare-713139112227464/

Marlene Teevale-Hunt – Learning Advisor

48 Hour Film

Last week beginning Friday 11th of May at 7pm SIX TEAMS entered the 48 Hours Furious Filmmaking Competition where teams have to basically make a 5 minute movie in less than 48 Hours. Genre, Character name, Prop, Line of dialogue, Camera angle, basically any film-element the organisers say you must have in your movie is told to you after 7pm. Then you have to write, shoot and edit your film!

Our teams were Dolphin (now 5th year veterans of this competition – GREAT on a CV), Spud, Yikes, geese. (spelt like this…lol), Sempiternal and The Adipose Film Crew. Their premiere is next week in the competition heats being held at Chch Art Gallery (limited seats).

For more information visit: https://www.48hours.co.nz/

AND, for more pictures visit: https://www.facebook.com/Ao-Tawhiti-Events-1819604028310828/

Marlene Tee’vale-Hunt – Learning Advisor

Impact Projects Update

Below is a really brief update on the Impact Projects that have started to get of the ground. I am still added some information so it isn’t complete. Next week we have a parent Danielle who has offered her time to come in and work with the Otakaro Hoarding Group on a Tuesday morning and we would love other parents to connect with students and support these projects.  We also have Susie who is helping the Otakaro Events Group with some off site learning trips to connect them beyond the classroom.

You don’t need to be an expert on the subject or skilful with behaviour management,  LA’s will be around it is just great to have an adult helping students compete the tasks they have set themselves. If you have anytime on a Tuesday or Thursday morning please let me know.

Group Project name Brief Description Students
Party for Cancer Planning a disco and other events to raise money for Cancer Research Ruby (KAY), Livy (KAY)
W C Crafts Arts and Crafts with a theme of Matariki. Whatuariki (KAY) and Charlotte (KAY)
Otakaro Hoarding Project Creating a collaborative 30m piece of art to wrap around the new building site. Punahikoia (IANH), Fern  (IANH), Sarah C (IANH)
Otakaro Events Group Creating a 1920’s themed social event to raise awareness and money for the Otakaro Orchard. Bella (KATA), Lulu(KAY) and Molly (KAY)
Otakaro Events Costumes Creating the costumes for the Oatakaro Groups 1920’s event. Rosie (KAY)
Salvation Army Experiencing life as a homeless person including sleeping in a cardboard box to raise money for the homeless. Martus (STEH), Emily (IANH)
School video advertisement Create a TV commercial to advertise Ao Tawhiti and what it’s all about. Lewis (ZACW), Brittany (ZACW), Derrin (ZACW)
Making reusable bags Making tote bags from new and used materials to sell. Lana (ZACW), Cammie (KATA) , Kaia (IANH)
Mindstorms teaching Teaching year 5 and 6 students at Kirwee school Lego Mindstorms. Ness (STEH), Avery (KAYH), Aidan (ZACW), Isaac (IANH), Hadley (IANH)
Green Bags To encourage all members of the Ao Tawhiti community to not use single use plastic bags by supplying reusable bags.
Bike Trip + Planning trips that are off site and involve being physically active. Bike trip, QE11 trip, Ski Trip Harrison (STEH), Steven (STEH) and Evan (KAY)
Vegie Group Increasing students and others awareness the impact on animals of our food industry. Encouraging vegetarianism and creating a vegetari Zadie (KAY), Juvnne (KAY), Jaye (KATA)
Magic Competition Josh (STEH), Ben M-S (STEH)
Wolf Project Shay (KATA) and Ivy (KATA)
Group Project name Brief Description Students
Hamilton Emily Darragh (KATA), Emilie (KATA)
P.E and Sport at D1 Logan (STEH), Joey (STEH), Lucas (STEH)
Cushions for Tanzania Ceri (ZACW), Alani (KATA)
River health and clean-up Chumani (ZACW), Ngaire (KATA)
     
Individual Project name Brief Description Students
Coding a linguistics discussion website Programming website to create a discussion forum online with the purpose of discussing linguistics George H-W (ZACW)
A Villains Story Running a student writing group focussed on writing stories from a Villian’s perspective. Naima (KAY)
Thinkables and Unthinkables Create beads for people to use to help them express Thinkables and Unthinkables Charlotte (KAYH)
Story Competition Kyle (STEH)
SPCA – Toys and blankets Ryan (STEH)
Luka (ZACW)
DNA Jasper (KATA)
Create a Board Game Romane (KATA)
Photography Liam (STEH)
Creative writing Corben (ZACW)
History of video game consoles Adam (ZACW)
Rugby Neith (KATA)
Nathan’s Enviro Projects Nathan (KATA)
Making Music Peter (STEH)
Shark Awareness Stormy (KATA)

Please can you help with the following:

Making Reusable Bags needs your help…….

Hi everyone, a group of students are doing an impact project where they will be making and selling reusable bags. The money they earn will go towards the Child Cancer Foundation. They will be needing some fabric to make the bags. If there is anyone who has any pillowcases or old t-shirts or spare fabric lying around that they are not using could you please drop it off at Kay’s Community or the office.

Thanks, the Reusable Bag team.

Wasgij Jigsaws Puzzle Wanted

Over the last few weeks I have brought in a couple of Wasgij jigsaw puzzles. We have worked on them collectively and I have found that it has brought together a small group of students. Unfortunately we have done all the puzzles I own so they have asked me to asked our community if we can borrow any. At the moment we are interested in the Wasgij as you have to work out what the picture is and this is a fun challenge. Please could you let Kay know if you have any Wasgij puzzles we could borrow.

Kay Hayes – Community Leader

Noho Marae 8/9 May 2018

Marlene and I took a group of students to Rapaki last week to experience a noho marae.  Highlights included a powhiri and beach activity with our younger students; digging out hotpools on the beach; flounder fishing with Clint; swimming off the jetty; Marlene’s culture workshop; seeing our old and new friends from Haeata and Miriam paddle around the point in their waka ama and land on the beach; and welcoming them to the marae with a whakatau.

Kia ora to all the staff, parents and students who helped out with the trip and looked after things at school while we were gone.

  

Kate Armour – Learning Advisor

 

 

 

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Other Notices

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“13 Reasons Why” notice from the Ministry of Health

The second season of 13 Reasons Why is being released this Friday, 18 May at 7pm New Zealand
Time.

Restricting young people from watching the series is unhelpful, as they may then hide their distress
from adults. Where a young person is already in a vulnerable space, it may be wise to suggest they
delay watching the series, or watch it with an adult.

The Mental Health Foundation has launched a hub – www.mentalhealth.org.nz/13ReasonsWhy –
which includes information on where to go for assistance.

The Mental Health Foundation and the Office of Film and Literature Classification are developing an
episode-by-episode discussion guide which covers off key themes in each episode, including
information about where to go for more help. This resource will be available on the MHF hub page
and the OFLC website from 7:01pm this Friday. A list of these themes is below.

The Chief Censor has released a guide for parents: Talking with young people about what they’re
watching. The guide is available on the Office of Film and Literature Classification’s website. We
encourage you to share this guide with your parent and whanau community.

Young people may watch this series in one session. They should be encouraged to seek a trusted
adult for help if they are distressed after viewing– however some of this content may be viewed in the middle of the night, when this is not possible.

If you, or parents or whanau, are concerned about a young person in crisis, the Mental Health
Foundation have a list of contacts, or phone your local District Health Board’s Mental Health Crisis
Team (CATT Team). Support is also available from a trained counsellor anytime by calling or texting
1737.

  • Key themes
  • Sexual assault
  • Bullying
  • Drug taking
  • Suicide
  • Domestic violence
  • Gun violence
  • Self-harm
  • Serious assault

Miriam is available and is happy to help students find support from outside agencies as well.

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