Connect Communication

11th December 2019

Kia ora Whanau

Claire and the team
Welcome to Our New Families
Our Ararira Springs Family continues to grow! A warm welcome to Noah who have 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 later in the year or even in 2020 can you please encourage families to contact Trine in the office on 420 0888.

Events to Diary

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

Thurs 12th Dec: Selwyn Sports Spectacular f
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
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
Join us for our end of year Hui celebrating our year of 'first's and farewelling our Year 8 students as they prepare head off to high school in 2020.

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

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

Monday 3rd February: School starts 9am

Thank You
Thank you Morning Tea - please save the Date: Dec 11th, 10-11am
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 10-11am.

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 has 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. A small group of children (Eva-Rose, Olive, Libby Hunter and Jacob) have organised a mufti day and the selling of iceblocks, Lucy is selling bows as a fundraiser. A third group (Mya, Isabella, Em, Paige, Neve ) are selling raffle tickets and lucky dips outside Tāhuna | Admin.
More details from these initiatives are below.

SchoolDocs Review

Our school uses this site to manage its policies and procedures. You are invited to participate in the current review.

As this newsletter is on our website, Trine will email a reminder of the login process to access the site.
  1. Follow the link to each policy in the table above.
  2. Read the policy.
  3. Click the red Policy Review icon at the right-hand top corner of the page. A new screen will appear.
  4. Select your role (board member, staff member, or parent/caregiver) from the drop-down list.
  5. Enter your name (optional).
  6. Submit your ratings and comments.
  7. If you don't have internet access, school office staff can easily provide you with printed copies of the policy and the review form.
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Te Hapori Tautoko THT

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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