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I will be using this newsletter to ensure the parent body are kept abreast of matters relating to the governance of the school.  The school newsletter remains your key communication for day-to-day happenings and upcoming events.  Regards, Mark



Beach Planting



Teacher Only Day 1.12.14



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200 Science Project Ideas

Check ot some of these! There might be some that you like. Remember thuogh - most of the project has to be done at school - not at home. Remember to the most difficult project doesn;t always equal the best!



Pauanui Pre-School Newsletter

We have a wonderful relationship with the Pauanui Pre-School and many of our current whanau have been through there. We would like to share with our wider community the goings on there as well. Check out the attachement for their news.



ICT - An open letter to all whanau

Dear parents and caregivers of Hikuai School students:

This letter is an invitation to you all. It is an invite so that you may both share in and help direct our children’s eLearning future. 

Not so long ago you had the opportunity to fill out a community survey and from said survey ICT was recognised as an important element of our students education that you saw as requiring renewing and updating. This is now your chance to have that say, to tell us  precisely your opinions about what you think we need to do or what you would like to see at Hikuai School to enhance our children's achievement through the use of digital technologies and ICT. I would invite you all to email me personally at jared@Hikuai.school.nz  with your thoughts. As you do this I ask that you keep the following in mind, “The challenge lies in shifting from teaching and learning about ICT to teaching and learning with, and through, ICT with the aim of improving student achievement. Rather than using technology to do old things in new ways, it is about doing new things in new ways.”

As you our community and whanau set to this task the staff will be doing much the same with the added commission of starting to align the future use of ICT and digital technologies at Hikuai School with our vision statement and strategic plan.  (The students at Hikuai School will also share their voice on the same subject matter.) The blending of your thoughts, those of the children and that of the staff will ultimately result in a eLearning Vision Statement that will set the balance and direction for the implementation of ICT as a way of learning and achieving within the curriculum at Hikuai School for all students.

How the eLearning Vision Statement is worded will be fundamental as to what hardware the school purchases in the final instance; after all the tools we use must be the most suited to fulfil our vision.

Please, if you feel unsure about what to say but do have some thoughts, do call me and chat or see me because it is important your voice is heard as an effective ICT plan will enable us to foster innovation amongst staff and students, and accelerate better learning outcomes for all.

I look forward to hearing from as many members of the Hikuai School community as possible.

Kind regards

 

Jared Stein

Associate Principal and Room 4 Teacher

Hikuai School

Tu Ake Tu Kaha  - Stand Strong Stand Tall



Science Fair Booklet

Tena Koutou whanau. Please scroll down to find our "Hikuai School Science Fair Booklet". This booklet is our one document that all will work from. 

It shows parents what, and how teachers will be teaching during the lead up to the science fair and gives the teachers reference points to teach their akonga (students) from. It gives the students scaffolding as to what is expected from their science fair project and it offers parents tips on when and where to help during the process.

If you have any questions arising from this please feel free to email me directly at jared@hikuai.school.nz 

We look forward to some very exciting and informative science fair projects!

 



Term 4 Athletics Dates & Info

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Hikuai School Athletics 3.11.14

WHOT Athletics 11.11.14: 9:30 am start Back up Day Thursday 13th of November

TV Athletics 24.11.14

Junior Tabloid Sports 25.11.14
To be held at Tairua School this year. More details will appear here closer to the day of the event.

 



Science Fair Project Tips

Read here for some good advice and tips about preparing for the science fair.

Tip 1: Allow plenty of time. Waiting till the the last minute is a bad idea. Even for an investigation that can be completed in a short amount of time you need to ensure you have enough time to perform research. You also need to build in enought ime so that if the project doesn't work the first time you have the chance to perform the necessary steps again.

 

Tip 2: Once you've selected your investigation of change, plan ahead. Be sure to read carefully what is expected as well as the materials you might need so you have a good sense of what steps you might be taking.



Library News


End of year book amnesty. 

As the school year draws to a close the library's thoughts turn towards the annual audit. The library will be closed for withdrawls at the end of Week 8. Please ensure all library books are returned as soon as possible so we can complete our audit for 2014.

The school is holding an amnesty on any library books or readers, so if you happen to look under the sofa and find a small treasure trove of books, please just send them back to school. No-one will give you a hard time or look down their nose at you because books may be weeks, months or years overdue! We would just appreciate getting them back.

Thank you for your support in this matter, remember that the more books and readers we have at school, the better we can teach your child.



Totara Student - Pippa

Term 4 Week 2

Congratulations to Pippa for getting three Totara leaves. Oliver and Aria also received three leaves this fortnight but Pippa had her name picked out of the three. Well done all of you.



Teacher Only Day 1.12.14



Join us on Facebook too!

https://www.facebook.com/hikuaischool



ICT - An open letter to all whanau

Dear parents and caregivers of Hikuai School students:

This letter is an invitation to you all. It is an invite so that you may both share in and help direct our children’s eLearning future. 

Not so long ago you had the opportunity to fill out a community survey and from said survey ICT was recognised as an important element of our students education that you saw as requiring renewing and updating. This is now your chance to have that say, to tell us  precisely your opinions about what you think we need to do or what you would like to see at Hikuai School to enhance our children's achievement through the use of digital technologies and ICT. I would invite you all to email me personally at jared@Hikuai.school.nz  with your thoughts. As you do this I ask that you keep the following in mind, “The challenge lies in shifting from teaching and learning about ICT to teaching and learning with, and through, ICT with the aim of improving student achievement. Rather than using technology to do old things in new ways, it is about doing new things in new ways.”

As you our community and whanau set to this task the staff will be doing much the same with the added commission of starting to align the future use of ICT and digital technologies at Hikuai School with our vision statement and strategic plan.  (The students at Hikuai School will also share their voice on the same subject matter.) The blending of your thoughts, those of the children and that of the staff will ultimately result in a eLearning Vision Statement that will set the balance and direction for the implementation of ICT as a way of learning and achieving within the curriculum at Hikuai School for all students.

How the eLearning Vision Statement is worded will be fundamental as to what hardware the school purchases in the final instance; after all the tools we use must be the most suited to fulfil our vision.

Please, if you feel unsure about what to say but do have some thoughts, do call me and chat or see me because it is important your voice is heard as an effective ICT plan will enable us to foster innovation amongst staff and students, and accelerate better learning outcomes for all.

I look forward to hearing from as many members of the Hikuai School community as possible.

Kind regards

 

Jared Stein

Associate Principal and Room 4 Teacher

Hikuai School

Tu Ake Tu Kaha  - Stand Strong Stand Tall



Science Fair Project Tips

Read here for some good advice and tips about preparing for the science fair.

Tip 1: Allow plenty of time. Waiting till the the last minute is a bad idea. Even for an investigation that can be completed in a short amount of time you need to ensure you have enough time to perform research. You also need to build in enought ime so that if the project doesn't work the first time you have the chance to perform the necessary steps again.

 

Tip 2: Once you've selected your investigation of change, plan ahead. Be sure to read carefully what is expected as well as the materials you might need so you have a good sense of what steps you might be taking.



Science Fair 10.12.14 (click pic)

Hi Hikuai parents, children and community.

  • The finalized date as the 10th of December  (Week 9)
  • The topic is "CHANGE"

 

Very shortly (within the fIrst week of term 4)  you will all be issued with a small booklet about the science fair. This booklet is for teachers, parents and students and it gives us all reference points for starting and completion of the science projects.

If you have fiuther questions after the publication of the booklet then pleae feel free to email Matua Jared at jared@hikuai.school.nz

Please keep returing to the website for further updates at your convenience.

 



Science Fair Booklet

Tena Koutou whanau. Please scroll down to find our "Hikuai School Science Fair Booklet". This booklet is our one document that all will work from. 

It shows parents what, and how teachers will be teaching during the lead up to the science fair and gives the teachers reference points to teach their akonga (students) from. It gives the students scaffolding as to what is expected from their science fair project and it offers parents tips on when and where to help during the process.

If you have any questions arising from this please feel free to email me directly at jared@hikuai.school.nz 

We look forward to some very exciting and informative science fair projects!

 



200 Science Project Ideas

Check ot some of these! There might be some that you like. Remember thuogh - most of the project has to be done at school - not at home. Remember to the most difficult project doesn;t always equal the best!



Totara Student - Pippa

Term 4 Week 2

Congratulations to Pippa for getting three Totara leaves. Oliver and Aria also received three leaves this fortnight but Pippa had her name picked out of the three. Well done all of you.



Term 4 Athletics Dates & Info

click for more information

 

Hikuai School Athletics 3.11.14

WHOT Athletics 11.11.14: 9:30 am start Back up Day Thursday 13th of November

TV Athletics 24.11.14

Junior Tabloid Sports 25.11.14
To be held at Tairua School this year. More details will appear here closer to the day of the event.

 



Library News


End of year book amnesty. 

As the school year draws to a close the library's thoughts turn towards the annual audit. The library will be closed for withdrawls at the end of Week 8. Please ensure all library books are returned as soon as possible so we can complete our audit for 2014.

The school is holding an amnesty on any library books or readers, so if you happen to look under the sofa and find a small treasure trove of books, please just send them back to school. No-one will give you a hard time or look down their nose at you because books may be weeks, months or years overdue! We would just appreciate getting them back.

Thank you for your support in this matter, remember that the more books and readers we have at school, the better we can teach your child.