TU AKE TU KAHA
Stand Tall - Stand Strong

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Chair Chat

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



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!



Mufti Days 24th and 31st of Oct

There will be 2 consecutive Fridays that we will be having mufit days - the 24th and 31st of October. There is a gold coin donation required but it is for a good cause - to help pay in part  for the RAPUNZEL performace.



Our Wonderful Neighbours

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

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.



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.



Pet Day 8.11.14

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HIKUAI SCHOOL PET DAY

NOVEMBER 8TH 2014

 

It might seem odd that a notice about pet day starts with a conversation about our science fair, but it is actually quite apt.  It is important that from the outset that we all know that the main focus of this term for the students is the science fair whereas in the past it might have been Pet Day as it would have been the main event of the term. This term however it does play second fiddle, so to speak, to the science fair as this is where the teachers and no doubt you as parents (and enthusiastic supporters) will be assisting your child or children the most in and with their scientific endeavours. So with that in mind here is some initial information for you in regards to Pet Day 2014.

WHEN: Saturday the 8th of November

WHERE: At Hikuai School

TIME: 9am – To between 1:30 –and 3pm

IS THIS CONSIDERED A SCHOOL DAY? Yes it is so all children will be expected to attend.

WHAT IS THE DAY IN LIEU? If pet day is not cancelled the day lieu will be Monday the 10th of November. The children will not be expected at school that day as school will be closed.

DO THE STUDENTS HAVE TO WEAR SCHOOL UNIFORM? Yes, they will have to wear uniform.

WILL THE BUS RUN? Unfortunately no it won’t. Parents will need to bring their child to school.

WHAT IF IT RAINS? Conditions will have to pretty poor for us to cancel pet day but if it is cancelled it will be done so by 7:30 pm on the school website and Coromandel FM. The pet day will not be rescheduled if it is cancelled.

IS IT GOING TO BE LIKE THE LAST COUPLE OF YEARS? No it isn’t. As it is a school day it is going to be a lot more structured and the students will be watching and participating in events as a school but as you’ll see we want as many whanau participating too!

SO WHAT WILL THE DAY LOOK LIKE THIS YEAR?

Well, the following will give you an idea and is only provisional but it will go along similar lines….

9.00: Official start to the day

9.00-9.30: Children and whanau to mix and mingle and have a look at all the pets and artwork

9.30: Bell rings and all students meet under the shade cloth in their house lines. Parents welcome too!

9.30 – 10.00: Whole School Events 1 and 2 – with whanau participation (Such as 3 legged race etc.)

10.00 – 10.30: First judging with whole school watching or split between judges. This is so those that did bring their pets get the tautoko they deserve.

10 .30 – 11.15: On the bell ring the children meet under the shade cloth for morning tea. There might be some face painting or other such events that the kids might like to do hence the extended break time. Parents can mingle with staff and kids and have a cup of tea or coffee from the MP room.

11.15 – 11.45: Whole school events 3 and 4 with parent participation

11.45 – 12.15: Second round of judging with whole school watching or split between judges.

12.15 – 1.15: All meet under the shade cloth and have lunch. Sausage sizzle available.

1.15 – 1.30: Last whole school event with Whanau

1.30 – 1.45: Clean up

1.45 End of day School Hui for notices.

 

A final scheduled will be published in the near future with more detail - this is just to give you an idea.

BRINGING A PET

If your child is bringing a pet to pet day they must have filled in and returned the PET DAY PET FORM by the 24th of October. That’s this coming Friday so you need to be in quick!

WHAT YOU WILL SEE AND NEED TO DO

For pet club this year each class will work on only 2 pieces of artwork. For those of you with past experience of pet day there has been upward of 5 art projects sometimes. We simply can’t afford to do that this year with much of our time and space being devoted to science. This year you may or may not be required to source some artefacts at home but your children’s class teachers will advise you if this is the case.

On the day Rooms 5, 3 and 4 will be closed and all the artwork will be in displayed in the MP Room and depending on size and number of exhibits possibly in rooms 1 and 2 as well.

In conclusion

As more details are confirmed we will forward them on to the community so that you are all fully informed. If you have any questions in the meantime please direct these to your child’s classroom teacher.

Many thanks from the staff at Hikuai School



Library News


An active place

Even in the summer terms our school library is a very active and alive place. Each lunchtime there is a duty librarian in the library and this practice has encouraged more and more students to spend time in the library. As well as books, we have several board games set up, colouring in and art stations. It is particularly satisfying to walk past the library and see an older student curled up in a bean bag reading a book to one of our younger students. Our library has become a very alive place. All thanks must go to our wonderful team of librarians from Room 5, Rory, Samantha, Aria, Eve and Rebecca.

Special thanks must go to Celia, our BOT secretary who has donanted a brand new world atlas. This book is huge, colourful, detailed and up to date. We are very grateful to Celia for her generous gift to the children of Hikuai School.



Totara Student - Zoe

Term 3 Week 10. Well done to Teagan, Rebecca, Tomas, Cedric and Zoe who all received 3 totara leaves over the last two weeks. All children chose a prize from the prize box but it was Zoe's name that Mr Couling picked out of the hat, so she has the cup and certificate until our next assembly. Congratulations Zoe.



Story Jumper Sensory Poems- The Triceratops

A collection of sensory poems written by the Cougar Literacy Group about the mighty Triceratops.

http://www.storyjumper.com/book/index/15361762



Totara Student - Zoe

Term 3 Week 10. Well done to Teagan, Rebecca, Tomas, Cedric and Zoe who all received 3 totara leaves over the last two weeks. All children chose a prize from the prize box but it was Zoe's name that Mr Couling picked out of the hat, so she has the cup and certificate until our next assembly. Congratulations Zoe.



Pet Day 8.11.14

click for more information

HIKUAI SCHOOL PET DAY

NOVEMBER 8TH 2014

 

It might seem odd that a notice about pet day starts with a conversation about our science fair, but it is actually quite apt.  It is important that from the outset that we all know that the main focus of this term for the students is the science fair whereas in the past it might have been Pet Day as it would have been the main event of the term. This term however it does play second fiddle, so to speak, to the science fair as this is where the teachers and no doubt you as parents (and enthusiastic supporters) will be assisting your child or children the most in and with their scientific endeavours. So with that in mind here is some initial information for you in regards to Pet Day 2014.

WHEN: Saturday the 8th of November

WHERE: At Hikuai School

TIME: 9am – To between 1:30 –and 3pm

IS THIS CONSIDERED A SCHOOL DAY? Yes it is so all children will be expected to attend.

WHAT IS THE DAY IN LIEU? If pet day is not cancelled the day lieu will be Monday the 10th of November. The children will not be expected at school that day as school will be closed.

DO THE STUDENTS HAVE TO WEAR SCHOOL UNIFORM? Yes, they will have to wear uniform.

WILL THE BUS RUN? Unfortunately no it won’t. Parents will need to bring their child to school.

WHAT IF IT RAINS? Conditions will have to pretty poor for us to cancel pet day but if it is cancelled it will be done so by 7:30 pm on the school website and Coromandel FM. The pet day will not be rescheduled if it is cancelled.

IS IT GOING TO BE LIKE THE LAST COUPLE OF YEARS? No it isn’t. As it is a school day it is going to be a lot more structured and the students will be watching and participating in events as a school but as you’ll see we want as many whanau participating too!

SO WHAT WILL THE DAY LOOK LIKE THIS YEAR?

Well, the following will give you an idea and is only provisional but it will go along similar lines….

9.00: Official start to the day

9.00-9.30: Children and whanau to mix and mingle and have a look at all the pets and artwork

9.30: Bell rings and all students meet under the shade cloth in their house lines. Parents welcome too!

9.30 – 10.00: Whole School Events 1 and 2 – with whanau participation (Such as 3 legged race etc.)

10.00 – 10.30: First judging with whole school watching or split between judges. This is so those that did bring their pets get the tautoko they deserve.

10 .30 – 11.15: On the bell ring the children meet under the shade cloth for morning tea. There might be some face painting or other such events that the kids might like to do hence the extended break time. Parents can mingle with staff and kids and have a cup of tea or coffee from the MP room.

11.15 – 11.45: Whole school events 3 and 4 with parent participation

11.45 – 12.15: Second round of judging with whole school watching or split between judges.

12.15 – 1.15: All meet under the shade cloth and have lunch. Sausage sizzle available.

1.15 – 1.30: Last whole school event with Whanau

1.30 – 1.45: Clean up

1.45 End of day School Hui for notices.

 

A final scheduled will be published in the near future with more detail - this is just to give you an idea.

BRINGING A PET

If your child is bringing a pet to pet day they must have filled in and returned the PET DAY PET FORM by the 24th of October. That’s this coming Friday so you need to be in quick!

WHAT YOU WILL SEE AND NEED TO DO

For pet club this year each class will work on only 2 pieces of artwork. For those of you with past experience of pet day there has been upward of 5 art projects sometimes. We simply can’t afford to do that this year with much of our time and space being devoted to science. This year you may or may not be required to source some artefacts at home but your children’s class teachers will advise you if this is the case.

On the day Rooms 5, 3 and 4 will be closed and all the artwork will be in displayed in the MP Room and depending on size and number of exhibits possibly in rooms 1 and 2 as well.

In conclusion

As more details are confirmed we will forward them on to the community so that you are all fully informed. If you have any questions in the meantime please direct these to your child’s classroom teacher.

Many thanks from the staff at Hikuai School



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!

 



Our Wonderful Neighbours

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.



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!



Mufti Days 24th and 31st of Oct

There will be 2 consecutive Fridays that we will be having mufit days - the 24th and 31st of October. There is a gold coin donation required but it is for a good cause - to help pay in part  for the RAPUNZEL performace.



Term 4 Athletics Dates

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


An active place

Even in the summer terms our school library is a very active and alive place. Each lunchtime there is a duty librarian in the library and this practice has encouraged more and more students to spend time in the library. As well as books, we have several board games set up, colouring in and art stations. It is particularly satisfying to walk past the library and see an older student curled up in a bean bag reading a book to one of our younger students. Our library has become a very alive place. All thanks must go to our wonderful team of librarians from Room 5, Rory, Samantha, Aria, Eve and Rebecca.

Special thanks must go to Celia, our BOT secretary who has donanted a brand new world atlas. This book is huge, colourful, detailed and up to date. We are very grateful to Celia for her generous gift to the children of Hikuai School.