Talofa lava, Malo e lelei, Kia Orana, Fakalafa lahi atu, Namaste, Ni sa bula vinaka, Konichiwa
We are flying through term one and it's wonderful to see the classes all settled into their routines and all students loving their learning.
We are very excited this term to be embarking on our learning focus that will provide opportunities to celebrate different cultures - what is unique about them and how we are connected. Our study will culminate in a Cultural Festival that will show case the students’ learning.
The Festival is planned for Friday 3rd April from 11.00am. In 2014, 2016 and 2018 we discovered how successful these events are and how these events have become a true celebration of every culture represented at Chapel Downs.
You can help in many different ways to make this event a hit -
• Bring your friends and family along on 3rd April from 11.00am
• Dress your children in their cultural clothing on 2nd April Dress rehearsal day and 3rd April Performance Day
• Come dressed in your own cultural clothing
Meet the Whanau
We look forward to seeing you all at our annual Meet the Whanau evening (Meet the Teacher) on Thursday 20th of February. We will begin this evening at 6.30pm in the school hall where we will introduce the team. There will be an opportunity for you to briefly meet your child’s new teacher.
The programme will be as follows:
6:30pm – Principal’s address in the hall
– Opportunity to meet your child’s teacher in the hall
– Free ice blocks/Free Prize Draws - don't miss out!!!
Today a few lucky students were gifted ASICS running shoes kindly donated by ASICS New Zealand and Find Your Field of Dreams Foundation. A huge thanks to ASICS for supporting our students to become more active and run much faster. We were again so fortunate to receive amazing support from our friends from the John Walker Find Your Field of Dreams Foundation.
The John Walker Find Your Field of Dreams Foundation has again selected our school to have free swimming lessons at the Otara Leisure Centre through the Community Swim Programme. Community Swim is proudly sponsored by the Lion Foundation, Auckland Council, Potter Masonic Trust and Water Safety New Zealand.
All Year 4, 5 and 6 children will be involved in this swimming programme with Community Swim during Term One. They will have eight 25 minute learn to swim lessons that are delivered by qualified swimming instructors. The lessons are free and the bus to take the children to the pools each week is also free. Teachers will accompany the children each week. Our Year 3 children will be doing the swimming programme in Term 2.
- Mondays Term One Swimming Sessions - B28/B24/B21/B17/B26/B18/B27/B25
- Tuesdays Term One Swimming Sessions - B19/B23/B22
Your child will need to bring these items each :
- a pair of swimming togs
- a named towel
- a waterproof bag or plastic bag to put the wet togs and towel in after the lessons each week
If your child owns a pair of swimming goggles, the Community Swim Programme manager, Katherine Sugarman, recommends that children bring these along too as goggles will assist considerably with learning to swim.
All swimming staff are trained through Swimming New Zealand and hold a current First Aid Certificate. They also attend in-house training with Swimsation. Instructors are always upskilling with training workshops and appraisals. The goal is to enable all children to develop the basic skills of swimming to help keep them safe in the water.
Our expectation is that all children in Years 4, 5 and 6 will participate in the swimming programme. If your child is medically unfit to participate, a doctor’s certificate must be provided. Thank you for your support.
This term our Year Six children are participating in a series of eight swimming lessons through the Community Swim programme funded by the John Walker Find Your Field of Dreams Foundation. As an additional ninth lesson, on Wednesday the 1st of April our Year 6 children will have a session at the WERO Whitewater Park . This is to familiarise children with moving water and how to be river safe. The children will get to experience river crossing in a fast flowing river and go whitewater rafting on the Grade 2 Tamariki River, both activities are with a guide. A huge thanks to John Walker Field of Dreams, Community Swim and Vector Whitewater Park for providing this wonderful opportunity for our students.
Year 6 Camp Adair
In Term 3 from the 16th to 18th of September 2020 all Year Six students will have the opportunity to attend our Year Six camp. The students will travel to Camp Adair in the Hunua Ranges and stay at the lodge for two nights and experience three days of outdoor adventures. On Thursday 26 March at 7pm we are holding a camp information meeting in the school library. All Year Six parents and students are welcome to attend the meeting. There will be a short presentation at the meeting outlining the following:
- Camp activities
- Camp Costs
- Camp location and facilities
Following the presentation there will be an opportunity to ask questions. This camp is an important part of the Year Six programme and the camp team is committed to working hard to ensure every student has the opportunity to attend this wonderful outdoor education experience.
A2 Ice Cream Fun
Last Friday A2 made their very own frozen banana ice cream.