Connect Communication

11th December 2019

Kia ora Whanau

Not long to go now until we release your cherubs into your care for the duration of the summer break. School will finish on Friday 20th December at 1pm.

We invite you to our final hui on Thursday 19th December at 2 pm. This is the chance to see our fabulous kapa haka perform. The whole school have been learning waiata with Whaea Hinehau and Whaea Chloe and are excited to share their items you. We will farewell our Year 8 students and hand out certificates to Year 4 - 8 leaders.

As the year ends and we reflect I am immensely proud of the wonderful school community that we have become. I feel like we are working in partnership with you and that Ararira is a school to which we all belong. It has been a year of firsts and has been wonderful to see the children grow over the year.

Thank you to the teaching and learning team and to you for joining us on this journey and entrusting your tamariki to us.

This will be the final panui for the year. Learning comments will be available on Friday and you will be able to see next years classes on Monday.

Thank you for a wonderful year, we have loved working with you, growing our learners, school and community.

Enjoy the summer break,
Claire and the team

Welcome to Our New Families

Our Ararira Springs Family continues to grow! A warm welcome to Noah who has joined Teretere. We know that you will soon love our school as much as we do. We look forward to getting to know you and working with you.

If you know of other children planning on joining us in 2020 can you please encourage families to contact Trine in the office on 420 0888 before 19th December to assist us with our planning.

Events to Diary

Wed 11th Dec: Board Meeting
Held in the staff room from 6 - 8:30 pm

Thurs 12th Dec: Selwyn Sports Spectacular
A fun event for Y 0 - 4 with a range of fun and skill-building activities. Children will be involved all afternoon from 1:30 pm. Come along and join the fun!

Fri 13th Dec: Reports Live
We are excited to share our latest caring, curious and capable comments with you.

Mon 16th Dec: Class Placements Shared
You will be able to view your child's 2020 ako class.

Tu 17th Dec: Thank You Morning Tea for Our Volunteers, 10 am
If you have been one of our wonderful helpers during 2020 please come down and have morning tea with us.

Thurs 19th Dec: Final Hui, 2 pm
Join us for our end of year Hui celebrating our year of 'first's and farewelling our Year 8 students as they prepare to head off to high school in 2020.

Fri 20th Dec: School closes at 1pm
Kelly Club is offering after school care from 1 pm - 6 pm - Book online

Monday 27th January: Office re-opens
Mon - Tues 10am - 2pm
Wed 11am - 3pm
Thu - Fri 9am - 3pm

Monday 3rd February: Expect notification asking you to book an information-sharing session with your teacher for next year. This will be a 15min time with the teacher but you are welcome to stay for longer.

Tuesday 4th February: School Starts at 9am, Mihi Whakatau 9:30 am
Tuesday 10-11am 17th december (1)

Thank you Morning Tea Dec 11th, 10-11 am

They say it takes a village to raise a child and it certainly takes one to make a school tick along smoothly. As just a small way to say thank you we would like to invite our parent helpers to come along to a morning tea as a small token of our appreciation.

If you have helped out on camps, trips, sports events, curiosity club, THT events, road patrol, book covering, the list is endless, please join us for morning tea on December 17th from 10-11 am.

Please RSVP to Trine for catering purposes.

2020 Hubs and Teams

We are excited to finally be able to announce the newest members of our Ararira teaching team. In 2020 we welcome Deb Wesley from Lincoln Primary and Carolyn Sutherland from West Melton. Both bring a wealth of experience and expertise. You can head to the teaching team page of the website if you would like to read more about these two amazing teachers, we are incredibly lucky!

We continue to work on class placements so if there is anything we need to know or consider please email us.
Team Structure for 2020
Hurarapa - Year 0-2: Andrea, Nicky, Lydia and Chloe
Kaunuku - Year 4-8: Carolyn, Blair and Sam
Teretere - Year 2-4: Deb and Hinehau

Starting in 2020

Monday 3rd February - will be an information sharing day. Look out for an invitation to book a slot with your child's new ako teacher, come on down, bring the stationery and settle in. Have a play and get used to school returning.
Tuesday 4th February - we are back into the swing of things and will welcome all our new whanau and children with a mihi whakatu at 9:30 in Ararira | Hall

Children Living Our Mission and Vision

The plight of the wildlife in the Australian fires touched the heart of some of our children. Our school vision is 'enhancing our world' and our mission, 'it starts with me!'
These young learners are doing both. Eva-Rose, Olive, Libby Hunter and Jacob organised a mufti day and sold iceblocks, raising over $500. Lucy is selling bows as a fundraiser. A third group (Mya, Isabella, Em, Paige, Neve ) have sold raffle tickets and lucky dips

Starting School Feedback

We recently invited you to a morning tea where you had the chance to feedback on your child's start to school and how we could make this better. A big thank you to the parents that made time to attend.

If you were unable to attend but would still like to contribute, please take the time to complete this short survey. We would love to hear from you.

Te Hapori Tautoko

Kindo Online School Shopping – coming soon!
We are excited to let you know about our Te Hapori Tautoko online shop, which will be opening next year!

You will be able to order your child’s sushi lunch, purchase disco tickets and support our school by purchasing Bento Ninja lunch boxes and other accessories!

Our shop will be open 24/7 and available on our school website, making it easy for you to complete payments and purchases when it suits you!

More information will be coming soon – so watch this space.

Calendar Art
Thank you to everyone who supported our calendar art fundraising. It was so exciting receiving the calendar art last week.

THT Tuesday Morning Get-Togethers
These take place in Putahi (Library) every Tuesday morning once you have dropped your child or children at school. It is a warm welcoming environment where preschoolers are welcome. Please come along for a cuppa and a chat.

From the Office

End of year accounts
If you have stationery or uniform items on your account, could you please ensure that these are settled before the end of the school year. Full-year receipts will be sent home in the next few days. You can claim back any donations (voluntary school donations and camp donations) in your tax return - please visit the IRD website for additional information.
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Kelly Club Ararira will be running a HALF DAY PROGRAMME on December 20th (last day of term)
Half session 1pm - 2:30pm $11
Full session 1pm - 4pm $18
Extra hour 1pm - 5pm $23
Extra hour 1pm - 6pm $28
There is no special event to book into this day, instead, you book normally on the aftercare sessions and book in for a half session or full session for the desired times. If you are needing the extra 1 or 2 hours past the full session just book in for a full session and the extra costs will be added once the role for that day is uploaded. The max cost from 1 pm to 6 pm is $28.

Any questions please contact Katy on or 021 029 59281
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Merino Jumpers Care Instructions
We have been communicating with True Fleece Merino for the best way to care for their jumpers. They offer three care instructions;

  1. Buy the correct size to avoid extra wear and tear on long cuffs
  2. Use a liquid, eco friendly wool wash product
  3. Avoid drying the garment in the sun.
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