Week 2  -  Term 2 Newsletter - Thursday, 12 May 2022

'Mā te huruhuru ka rere te manu.'
Adorn the bird with feathers so it may soar.

Welcome back to Term 2! It's been great to see the school firing on more cylinders and our busy humming tone is back. 
The courts and fields have been full of children practicing for winter sports and almost all of our regular school activities are up and running. 

Our building project on the senior side is coming along nicely and we are currently on track to have handover at the end of this term.  

We have a chocka Newsletter today so thanks for taking the time to take it all in. 

Phil Toomer
The shift to Orange has meant we have started the term with far fewer restrictions and school has a feeling of pre-lockdown times. We are enjoying the return of collaborative practices, whole year group activities, buddy class catch ups, Pacific Eats and Meets, lunchtime clubs, Friday lunches, in-person assembly presentations and booking off-site excursions. However, Covid has not gone away and we continue to be notified of cases amongst both staff and students. Please read the reminders below of how we are operating under Orange.
  • We continue to strongly encourage mask use when learning inside. The more people in masks the safer our community. Please ensure your child has a mask in their bag for any occasions where they may be required (Years 4-6 children)
    • Masks will be required for Year 4 up when they have year level assemblies in the hall 
  • It's been fabulous having the buzz of whānau back on-site. Please continue to wear a mask when entering any indoor space
  • If your child is sick with Covid symptoms they must stay at home and get tested. If your child develops symptoms throughout the school day we will be phoning parents to have them collected from school
  • If your child or someone in your household tests positive for Covid-19 please continue to notify the office
As a Green-Gold Enviro School, we are pleased to partner with Nicola Turner from Mainstream Green, for an evening full of inspiration and tips on how to live a life with less stuff, less waste, and less impact.
She will share how, as a family of four, they have simplified their life, freed up time and significantly reduced their impact on the planet.

A passionate advocate for keeping it real, Nic will show you how living more sustainably is about making simple changes that don't have to take any more time or effort.

The event will cover lots of do-able ideas and practical hacks to help you simplify your life and reduce your impact. You will leave the event inspired and with lots of tools to help you and those around you create change.

Topics covered include:
- Food
- Beauty & Fashion
- Kids
- Getting around
- Inspiring others

About Nicola:
Author of the new book 'Living Lightly - The busy person's guide to mindful consumption', Nic is on a mission to make sustainability easy, normal, and feel good. A renowned speaker, she helps kickstart and inspire everyday people on their sustainability journey.

This event is thanks to support from Auckland Council. 
All profits go to Meadowbank School. 

Please note that these events are suitable for adults and children aged 12 and over. 

Event Details:
Day: Tuesday, 21 June
Time: 7.00pm
Location: Good George Mission Bay (The Mission Room)
Cost: $35pp ($20pp for 12-18year olds)

The theme of Road Safety Week 2022 (9-15 May) is ROAD SAFETY HEROES.

We have our own Meadowbank Road Safety Heroes who volunteer for the many Walking School Bus routes we have. We encourage the use of these buses and want to give a big thank you to the Pukeko Express, Meadowbank Millipedes, Duck Express, Walkie Talkies and Gully Crossers groups. Please contact the office if you would like your child to join a Walking School Bus, assist one or start a new route!

This is a timely reminder to reinforce road safety practices for students.
Please remind your child about:
- Sneaky driveways (check before crossing a driveway for exiting or entering cars)
- Using a crossing - students must ALWAYS use a crossing where one is available and still check before crossing. Crossing over Remuera Rd is particularly dangerous so it is vital to use the crossings on this road.
- Use Stop, Look and Listen. STOP before the curb, LOOK for all possible directions a car may be coming from, LISTEN for any sounds of oncoming or unseen traffic.
- If your child needs to cross Remuera Rd, please insist they use one of the controlled crossings (near BP or Kelvin Rd)
At Meadowbank School we promote an environment that is respectful and inclusive for all. Each year we support NZ Mental Health Foundation's 'Bully Free Week' with Pink Shirt Day!  

This year Pink Shirt Day will be held on Friday 20th May. We encourage our children to enjoy this mufti day and bust out a pink shirt or two!

Kōrero Mai, Kōrero Atu, Mauri Tū, Mauri Ora – Speak Up, Stand Together, Stop Bullying!
Now that we are in Orange of the Covid Protection Framework we are pleased that Education Outside the Classroom can resume. Teams are currently planning class trips. You will receive an invoice shortly of only 75% of the annual excursion fee to reflect the limitations that Term 1 brought. 
What a great first meeting we had with our Pasifika families! We had a large number of families turn up to support Pacific Eats. It was wonderful to see our students come together, celebrate and honour their culture and have a delicious lunch. There were home grown taro leaves, fresh mussels, and delicious chicken dishes to name a few. We have some outstanding chefs in our school community!

Our Fono celebrated the progress our Pasifika students have been making over their time at Meadowbank School and emphasised the importance of home school partnerships. Thank you so much to our families for attending, teachers in support of this group and a big shout out and fa'afetai lava to our local hero, Miss Lologa for all of her hard work and commitment to our students.  

Pacific Meets will continue to meet in Room 19 on a Monday afternoon until 4pm.
MBS News Episode 5
At Meadowbank School we report student progress regularly throughout the year via a number of channels: Seesaw, Parent-Teacher Interviews and written reports.

Seesaw is used a number of times a term to communicate your child's Next Learning Steps in Reading, Writing and Maths. These are in the moment posts that highlight an area of learning your child is yet to master. These updates provide an opportunity for you as a parent to collaborate with your child's teacher to support your child to achieve and progress. Likes and comments are appreciated. Check out MBS News to see this process in action.

Parent-Teacher Interviews are held twice a year in Terms 1 and 3. These are 3 way conferences that provide an opportunity for your child to outline their learning progress. These face to face meetings with your child's teacher allow you to discuss their academic achievements, as well as their social and emotional progress.

Written reports are sent home at the end of Terms 2 and 4. These are a formal evaluation of your child's progress and achievement, which state exactly where they are achieving within the curriculum and against expectations.
The Mountains to Sea programme empowers schools and communities by providing hands-on experiences in marine and freshwater environments. For the past 3 years, Judith Hannan and the Year 6 team have been working with The Mountains to Sea Conservation Trust, investigating local marine and freshwater biodiversity. Earlier in the year, they visited Goat Island as part of this initiative. Their learning continues this term as students compare unprotected and protected areas and will be supported to put their knowledge into action within the community. 

The Mountains to Sea Conservation Trust is organising a free guided kayak day at Tahuna Torea on the 21st May to celebrate World Fish Migration Day. If you are keen to get involved please see the event details below.

Event link: www.eventbrite.co.nz/e/332362092967/?discount=TOREA
This year we received 129 applications from keen Year 5 and 6 students for our Leadership Development Crew. This programme provides opportunities for students to grow their leadership skills while at Meadowbank School.
Our first official combined meeting is in the Bruce McLaren School Hall tomorrow morning at 8am. We are lucky to have leadership guru and local celebrity, Phil Toomer speaking! 
The latest issue for Scholastic Book Club is available now. If you wish to order, please order and pay online via Loop

Orders close 3pm Friday, 20 May.
You can purchase your membership at any time -  your membership is valid for 12 months from the date of purchase.  To order click on https://nz.entdigital.net/orderbooks/954w53 choose your membership - there are 3 options, Single City $69.99, Multi City $119.99 or 24 months $229.00 -  and search for Meadowbank School in the fundraiser section. 

Money raised will be going towards outdoor seating in our Year 6 students' quadrant.
Year 5 & 6 - Tuesday sports practices & exchanges 13:30 - 15:00
I would greatly appreciate those parents who are interested in either supporting Year 5 & 6 sports programme through coaching at practices or assisting on exchange days to please complete the form linked below.  Please note the permission letter must be completed and returned to classroom teachers.  The online form below is in addition to this as it makes managing information more streamlined for those wishing to help out.   

We have noted that some issues have arisen from parents using phones to complete google forms so please complete this form from a computer where possible. 

Parent Support form 

Although registrations for netball closed in Term 1 there is still space for a few more year 5 and 6 players. If you are interested please email sport@meadowbank.school.nz

Both the year 3 Dolphins and Year 4 Manta Ray flippaball teams could do with a couple more players. The league is played on Sunday afternoons at Sacred Heart College. If you are interested in joining one of these teams please email gsullivan@meadowbank.school.nz

Ski team
The Meadowbank School Ski Team are looking for skiers to join the fun and represent the school at this year’s North Island Primary School (NIPS) Snow Sports Champs at Whakapapa, Aug 29th - Sept 1st.

Training starts at SnowPlanet on Sunday May 15th.

For more information about training and racing, please email Amanda Bethell: meadowbankskiteam@gmail.com

The fun is starting again... the community spirit, the fundraising, the FOMS magic! This year we are thinking about producing a school cook book, a quiz night and a colour run and we need YOU! If you might like to be involved in these initiatives in any capacity, please email us now and we will keep you updated FOMS@Meadowbank.School.nz.

FOMS Friday lunches are back in full swing. Please order your Jesters Pie, St Pierres Sushi or Neat Meat Sausage Sizzle on kindo. Students love Friday treat lunches and parents love not having to pack them - win win! We do need some help on Fridays so in order to keep these lunches going please volunteer here - great for working from home parents or grandparents. Senior side desperately needs helpers - currently we do not have enough helpers to run the senior side sausage sizzle NEXT week - can you help? 11.15am - 12.35pm? Sign up here.

Iceblock Fridays are back for May at the SPECIAL PRICE OF ONLY $1. Sold on the junior side outside the office, and by the footpath close to the field on the senior side. We need some help to sell these so if you can spare 15 mins after school sign up here.
20  Pink Shirt Day

03   Teacher Only Day - School Closed
06   Queen's Birthday Weekend

21   Matariki Breakfast
24   Matariki Holiday

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