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We only have one more week of Term 1 left.  Don’t forget to book your IEM (I’m sure most of you already have), check out photos from the CBD site and read about the many interesting things happening at our awesome school.

 

Upcoming Events

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Term 1, Week 11: Starting Monday 9 March 2018
  • Tuesday 10 April, 5.30pm-8.30pm: BoT Meeting, Unlimited Campus, P12
  • Wednesday 11 April, 8.15am-9.00am: Breakfast Club, P13, Unlimited Campus
  • Wednesday 11 April: Phoenix COL – Discovery Campus
  • Thursday 12 April: IEMs, schoolwide
  • Friday 13 April: IEMs, schoolwide
SCHOOL HOLIDAYS: Saturday 14 April 2018 – Sunday 29 April 2018
Term 2, Week 1: Starting Monday 30 April 2018
  • Monday 30 April: Term 2 Begins
  • Monday 30 April: Term 2.1 Begins
  • Wednesday 2 May, 8.15am-9.00am: Breakfast Club, P13, Unlimited Campus

 

 

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Message from Steven

IEMS

The central way we are able to have a personalised approach to learning is the IEM.  If you’re yet to book one you can do so here for the Discovery Campus and here for the Unlimited Campus. Use the IEM to reflect on the progress you’ve made in term 1 and to set new goals for Term 2.

Property

Since the last newsletter I’ve had three meetings in the CBD so I took the time on two of those visits to snap the progress being made on the site.  As you can see we have a wall!  The west wall of the school is hard against the western boundary of the site (next to the McHarg’s building).  You can see from the photos that we will definitely have a visible presence in the CBD.  I would once again encourage all of you to head into town and check out the site.  It’s easy to see what’s going on from the St Asaph Street side.

This time next year we’ll be saying farewell to our temporary campuses and be moving into this building.  That’s a really exciting prospect.

Whanau Hui

On Friday several students, parents and staff turned up for the Whanau Hui.  We discussed what support we can give Kate for her Marae visit next term.  We also put forward a representative from the group for the BoT.

Holidays

To the students reading this (I know that there must be a few diehard newsletter fans somewhere out there), enjoy the break.  Take the time to continue to follow your interests and to explore the things you are passionate about.  Learning doesn’t stop when you head home from school each day so think about what you are going to enjoy doing over the break, and see how you could incorporate that into your learning in Term 2.

Steven Mustor – Director

Message from Niki

Book week

For the past 2 weeks we have had a Scholastic Book Fair in the Maker Space. It has been wonderful to see the tamariki enjoy browsing through the books on offer and get excited about finding favourite authors/ genre. Thanks to everyone who supported the fair by helping out and/ or purchasing books. Scholastic donate a number of books to the school based on how much money was made, so the more books we sold the more we can select for the HBs. The final total is yet to be calculated, but hopefully we have made enough to add to our Home Base libraries.

The highlight of Book Week was definitely the parade on Thursday. It was fantastic to see the effort that so many of the tamariki went to, and what I really loved was that every single child joined in the parade, whether they had chosen to dress up or not. This shows real whanaungatanga, and once again reflects how welcoming and inclusive our wonderful kura is. Once again, I feel very privileged to work in such an awesome place.

IEMs

If you have not yet made a booking to spend time with your tamaiti and their Learning Advisor this coming Thursday or Friday, please do so. Individual Education Meetings are a vital part of LAs being able to provide appropriate and relevant opportunities for the students, and underpin our special character. We are holding IEMs at the end of term because our dedicated LAs want to spend some of their holiday time preparing for next term so they and the students can hit the ground running.

Some of you have also indicated that your child/ren will need supervising during those days. These will be covered by relievers and our wonderful Learning Support Staff. While we understand that people work, remember that Learning At Home days are also a good option for IEM days.

Thank you…

… for your support this term. I have thoroughly enjoyed my first term as DD of Years 1-6, and while I know I have not always got it right, there have been some incredible highlights. I have enjoyed getting to know all of the children and many of you families. PINs and camp were huge successes, the Book Fair was fun, as was swimming and summer sports. I have enjoyed attending CoLs, and when Maaka came in to do kapa haka, the roof of the whare nui was jumping! It has been great reconnecting with Music Mary, and I have loved going in to the HBs; the atmosphere in all of them is wonderful, and the LAs, LSS and children and families make me proud to work here.

Next term I am looking forward to working with Erica and Johanna from Mindful Mover, as they come in to work with the children on mindfulness and yoga. It is also the beginning of winter sports, and HB Hawk will go on their Hanmer Springs camp. So far it looks like a quiet-ish term, but in my experience there is no such thing and we soon get very busy!

Once again, thanks for all of your support. Have a wonderful break with your children, I look forward to seeing you all in Term 2.

Niki Stephenson – Deputy Director

 

Message from Ian

Steve and I were chatting on Friday night as we wandered from the Crate Escape ( very awesome activity for you to try….http://www.crateescape.co.nz) to Mumbai Wala for dinner about how real this whole move back to the CBD is quickly becoming. Possibly more for staff as we start to really focus on the sorts of things we need to be prepared for and how we are going to successfully transition students, parents and staff into our new building. As we walked to dinner we talked about how it’s really starting to feel like an exciting place to be, as new and interesting opportunities pop up and old ones are re-established. There is a real  buzz around the city. One of the things we always used to comment on was how quite the CBD used to be before the Earthquake, as shopping malls seemed to be where most people flocked to. If it wasn’t for tourists it always felt like the CBD would have been pretty dead. I don’t get that feeling now, it definitely feels like it’s been re-designed as a place that Christchurch locals want to be and it always seems pretty busy when I’m in there. I’m really excited about thew opportunities that lie ahead of us when next year rolls around!

One of the things that we need to be prepared for before this move is the Trust Licence….

Since the establishment of both Discovery 1 and Unlimited Paenga Tawhiti the students have had access to a Trust Licence. Essentially the Trust Licence gave students the opportunity to leave either school without an adult, to access learning experiences across the CBD. Sitting behind this was a rigorous process that gave all parties confidence that each student with a Trust Licence would be safe and responsible while out in public.

The Trust Licence has had to change since our move from the CBD in 2011. What the students currently have access to has changed, it’s pretty limited. However the idea that this is a ‘privilege not a right’ hasn’t. We are acutely aware that the Trust licence will change again as we move back to the CBD in 2018. So with that in mind we are wanting to create some better habits and expectations around the Unlimited Campus before we move to the CBD. Over the next few weeks we will release a new process for the Year 7-10 students to work within….it will require you guys, as parents, to read through the new process and then sign off on it if you are happy with your son or daughter getting a Trust Licence. I know  some of you have already done this at the start of the year but this is a new process and there will be some new expectations.

So keep an eye out for an email about this in the holidays…. 

Ian Hayes – Deputy Director

Message from Duncan

IEMs

IEMs are taking place this week on Thursday and Friday. When I last looked on Friday there were about 95 year 11 – 13 IEMs booked in. Leaving about 80 yet to make a time. If you have yet to book an IEM please do so here: http://aotawhiti.school.nz/book-a-meeting-unlimited-campus/

Good things to focus on in the IEM include:

  1. Progress against goals
  2. Qualification progress and requirements to achieve any qualification goals
  3. Attendance – we know that those who attend less than 90% of the time struggle to achieve their goals.

2.1 Timetable

There have been some minor changes to the timetable to accommodate some staffing changes. EFS will no longer run in blue block. However, it will continue as a 67 course in orange.

Errol will cover Brent/Jo’s Homebase for 3 weeks until Mattias starts. Errol will cover all the HB obligations and teach 7BIO, 8BIO, 4MAT, 67SCI, and 6MAT.

Laura begins at the start of the term and will take over Florian’s 11-13 CL roll. She will teach a 4ENG, 5ENG and 78CRE (creative writing) course.

Florian will lead Deb’s 7-10 community.

Relief

If you know of anyone who might be interested in relief at the Unlimited campus please ask them to contact me. For the Discovery campus they should contact Nikki.

Student Teachers

I’m lucky enough to get to spend time with Trainee Teachers who visit us for a day as part of their program. I meet them at the start of the day to give them a brief picture of how we do things. At 1pm after they’ve been through a couple of classes I check in with them. Almost without exception they are full of questions, inspired and asking what it would take to get a placement with us. They are amazed at the strength of relationship, the behaviour of the students, the care shown by our staff and the quality of what we do. It’s a real testament to our community that after such a short visit our point of difference is clear and obvious and that it paints a very different picture to what is experienced elsewhere.

Thanks

Finally, a huge thanks from me for all your efforts in term 1. It’s felt like a smooth start to the year and that’s in no small way due to all you do to make this place an amazing school. Enjoy the holidays and I look forward to seeing you all in term 2, refreshed and ready to go!

Duncan Woods – Deputy Director

 

Message from Ian

Steve and I were chatting on Friday night as we wandered from the Crate Escape ( very awesome activity for you to try….http://www.crateescape.co.nz) to Mumbai Wala for dinner about how real this whole move back to the CBD is quickly becoming. Possibly more for staff as we start to really focus on the sorts of things we need to be prepared for and how we are going to successfully transition students, parents and staff into our new building. As we walked to dinner we talked about how it’s really starting to feel like an exciting place to be, as new and interesting opportunities pop up and old ones are re-established. There is a real  buzz around the city. One of the things we always used to comment on was how quite the CBD used to be before the Earthquake, as shopping malls seemed to be where most people flocked to. If it wasn’t for tourists it always felt like the CBD would have been pretty dead. I don’t get that feeling now, it definitely feels like it’s been re-designed as a place that Christchurch locals want to be and it always seems pretty busy when I’m in there. I’m really excited about thew opportunities that lie ahead of us when next year rolls around!

One of the things that we need to be prepared for before this move is the Trust Licence….

Since the establishment of both Discovery 1 and Unlimited Paenga Tawhiti the students have had access to a Trust Licence. Essentially the Trust Licence gave students the opportunity to leave either school without an adult, to access learning experiences across the CBD. Sitting behind this was a rigorous process that gave all parties confidence that each student with a Trust Licence would be safe and responsible while out in public.

The Trust Licence has had to change since our move from the CBD in 2011. What the students currently have access to has changed, it’s pretty limited. However the idea that this is a ‘privilege not a right’ hasn’t. We are acutely aware that the Trust licence will change again as we move back to the CBD in 2018. So with that in mind we are wanting to create some better habits and expectations around the Unlimited Campus before we move to the CBD. Over the next few weeks we will release a new process for the Year 7-10 students to work within….it will require you guys, as parents, to read through the new process and then sign off on it if you are happy with your son or daughter getting a Trust Licence. I know  some of you have already done this at the start of the year but this is a new process and there will be some new expectations.

So keep an eye out for an email about this in the holidays…. 

Ian

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Schoolwide Notices

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1-6 News

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Nadine’s Community: End of Term Notices

Hiya All,

Well here we are just about at the end of term 1.

I wanted firstly to say a big thanks to the wonderful LAs and Learning Support staff your children and I get to work with each day. As you will all be aware your children’s LAs and our fab Claire work incredibly hard to meet the needs and interests of your children, and to provide exciting learning opportunities on and off campus. Highlights this term have included swimming, camp, PINs, clip and climb, literacy and numeracy workshops, science experiments, core value play, book weeks. These are the things you see day to day. What I also get to see are late evening emails, numerous meetings, google docs, EOTC forms, contact with outside organisations, professional development commitments, extra study, professional conversations about how to support each child – I could go on.

Next week we are ending the term as we began – as one big community. On Wednesday we are going to have a shared picnic lunch on the school grounds (hopefully the sun will shine). This will be followed by a movie and popcorn. Please provide a plate of food to share (preferably healthy-ish).

As I’m sure you are aware IEMs are on Thursday and Friday. Please ensure you have booked an IEM with your child’s LA as soon as possible. You can do this through the “connect” button on the website. Most children stay at home on IEM days and just come in for their meeting, however if you require supervision for your child on these days please notify Niki. Supervision is between 9am and 3pm. A reliever (or two) will run an alternate programme for children needing to be at school.

Please return any school reading books you may have at home. We really need to have these books back so we can use them for other children. Just a reminder too – please ensure your child has a book bag each day for transporting books. The books cost between $8-$14 each so you can imagine what a precious resource they are. In HB Tuatara alone we send out books to the value of $250 per reading day!

We would love to see as many parents in as possible next week to help with the end of term clean up. If you are unsure what to do please talk to the LAs. Helpful jobs include sorting games, putting away books, wiping down surfaces and sharpening pencils. Even half an hour of your time is valued.

Finally, thank you to all the parents who have been involved in making our school as special place for our children. Whether you run workshops, provide transport, wipe tables, put out chairs, file reading books or sharpen pencils you enhance the learning experience for children and lighten the load for staff. We appreciate each and every act.

Arohanui!

End of term clean up!

The end of term is upon us and we’d love help getting our home bases ship-shape for term 2. Helpful Jobs include:

  • sharpening pencils
  • wiping tables
  • cleaning art sinks
  • sorting games
  • filing reading books

Even half an hour of your time is valued!

Thanks in advance.

Nadine Walmisley – Community Leader

Tuatara to Clip’n’Climb

Suze Keys – Learning Advisor

Book Week – Making Bookmarks

Making Bookmarks with Libby on Thursday, as part of Book Week activities

Libby Boyd – Learning Advisor

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7-13 News

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Visiting ARA

Kirsty McMillan – Careers Advisor

The New Stage Challenge

This year the school is entering an exciting new competition performing at the Isaac Theatre Royal. This is acting as a replacement for stage challenge which was cancelled earlier this year. This is a chance for anyone who’s interested in learning an amazing dance (loosely) based around the characters/theme of Alice in Wonderland and then performing it with an awesome group of people. You may have seen the posters around the school regarding this. You don’t have to be a dancer or have any past experience to be a part of this.

This will be a class held in Term 2 in blue with the performance happening early in Term 3. Anyone from yr 7 to yr 13 is welcome. There are credits available. Sophie, Mitarina, and Nikita will be choreographing for and leading the class. We are really looking for commitment  from everyone involved as went want to put on our best performance. That means some mentoring times and days in the holidays will have to be committed. If you really want to come but maybe have other commitments during class times talk to me (Sophie) and Sarah to see if we can work something out.

Auditions for lead parts are 10th and 11th of April (next week) at lunchtime in DW2. You will need to come both days as Tuesday we will teach you the dances and Wednesday you will perform them.

If you have any questions or queries please email me (sophie.brown@unlimited.school.nz) or Sarah the dance LA (sarah.burnett@unlimited.school.nz).

Thanks,

Sophie, Mitarina, Nikita and Sarah

Kaha Community Newsletter

Kia ora Parents and Caregivers of the Kaha Community

This is my last newsletter contribution before I hand over the reins of Kaha Community Leader to Florian Maisonneuve. I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for being a part of my time at Ao Tawhiti. I have now experienced the kura as a parent and a Learning Advisor and am quick to claim the time as one that has been both unique and enriching.

During next week’s Community time we will be sharing our achievements and reflections in Home-base, in preparation for coming together on Tuesday for our Community Celebration of Learning. With the IEM’s to follow on Thursday and Friday it feels like a big week of reflection upon personal efforts and achievements. If you haven’t already made a booking for the IEM please do so as this involvement and support of the learner directly impact your child’s focus during the term.

“Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.”

Benjamin Franklin

The last two weeks have seen students of the Kaha Community busy with their projects and also involved in their courses. They are involved in a diverse and engaging programme and are often sees many effervescent when relaying their discoveries. Please see below Alex and Emily’s visit to the SPCA and also Wiremu’s train club success! Also a couple of Masterchefs.

With the holidays ahead I wish the students a restful break and one that inspires their next adventure at Ao Tawhiti.

Deborah Dunlop – Community Leader

Geography Field Trip

Level one geographers, Kate and Liam headed out to the Coes Ford and Glentunnel to gather data last week for their internal research project.  Here they are in action working with the Waterwatch Team.

Kate Armour – Learning Advisor

Kay’s Community Newsletter 3rd April

Camp Success!!

Camp was a great success. It seemed as though most students really enjoyed spending the extra time with each other. For staff it was a great opportunity for us to see many students using our Core Values. We saw a huge number step up and help out. Our camp was deliberately designed so that students could choose to help out rather than be forced to. This meant a number of students chose to prepare dinner while others played and then at other times a number of different students chose to wash the dishes whilst others hung out.  As an LA t is always nice to see our young people step up for others.

There were also a lot of team challenges and once again most students stepped up to this and started to think of others more than themselves. Camp is a unique opportunity for students to be the best that they can and many tried really hard.

Then there were the parents. It was great to have so many out for dinner and hopefully the will be the start of us being able to get people together. A special thanks needs to be given to those parents who stayed over and those who also got involved with the jobs about camp. I couldn’t name you all but thank you. Thanks also to Susie Compton for organising all the food. A mammoth job and we had such fabulous food.

Courses for 2.1

These should be available by the end of this week. Students will need to choose these before the IEM’s so that we have time to deal with any classes that might need adjusting.  Course are found on the website under Learn. Here is a link but remember to change the filters to 2018 and 2.1.

Schedule

IEM’s

Yes it is almost that time. This year we are aligning our IEM days with the Discovery Campus so they will be happening on Thursday 12th and Friday 13th April. Like last time it is really helpful if families had chatted about a students goals, courses and and Self Directed Learning.

Here is the link to the website to book your IEM. You need to find your child’s Learning Advisor under Kay’s Community and click on them.

IEM bookings Unlimited

Kay Hayes – Community Leader

Dance Unlimited Update

During the term we have been working on many things… this is just one piece which is still a work in progress.

If you would like to join us, you are welcome to come along to senior dance in purple or for Dance NZ Made in blue next term. 🙂

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Sarah Marshall – Learning Advisor

 

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