Talofa lava, Malo e lelei, Kia Orana, Fakalafa lahi atu, Namaste, Ni sa bula vinaka, Konichiwa
I trust you all had a wonderful holiday. It was a real joy to see the smiling faces flooding back in the gate for the start of term. A very warm welcome to all the new families who have joined our school learning community. I know that you will really enjoy all aspects of school life.
Our school continues to grow fast and we now have 635 students.
We have an exciting term ahead of us including junior tabloid sports and senior athletics days and I personally can’t wait to see our amazing choir perform at the Kids for Kids Concert on Wednesday 13th November at the Vodafone Events Centre.
Year 5 Mangere Mountain Trip
This week our Year 5 children visited Mangere Mountain. The purpose of the trip was to learn about our local history and to be immersed in Maori culture.
Te Pane o Mataoho, as Mangere Mountain was originally known, first erupted around 70 000 years ago and is one of the best-preserved of Auckland’s many volcanic cones. The fertile volcanic soils sustained one of the largest pre-colonial cities in Aotearoa, New Zealand and was a significant pa (fortified village) of the local iwi (tribe), Te Wai o Hua.
Students participated in a Mihi whakatau (welcome), two workshops and had a hikoi (guided walk) up Mangere Mountain.
Junior School Pop Up Museum
Our junior tamariki loved sharing their treasured items at the end of last term.
Our ‘Pop Up Museum’ has been a huge success. A big thanks to all the parents who visited the exhibits in each classroom.
Labour Day Public Holiday
Just a reminder school is closed on Monday 28th October for Labour Day. Enjoy the long weekend!
Full School Assembly
On Friday the 1st November we are holding our first full school assembly for term 4.
Our amazing Chapel Downs Pacific Island group will perform.
Please feel free to pop along and help us celebrate student success.
Students for 2020/Parent Information Morning
We are starting to consider the make-up of our classes for 2020. To help us with this job, it is useful to be informed of any new students who intend coming to Chapel Downs and of any families who are leaving. If you have neighbours, family or friends who are planning to come here please encourage them to pre-enrol. Our parent information morning will be held on Thursday 14th November .
Please ring the office on(09) 274 8002 if you would like to attend.
Term 4-Parent/Student/Teacher Interviews
It is well established that schools with a close home and school partnership are more successful in meeting goals and targets for learning and teaching. The team is looking forward to reporting to you on students’ progress against their learning goals. Parent / Student / Teacher interviews will be held in week seven – Thursday 28th November from 2pm
This year our athletics sports will be held on Tuesday 19th November
• Y5/Y6 Athletics 9.30am - 11.30am
• Y3/Y4 Athletics 12.30pm - 3.00pm
All students will compete in six different events – sprints, 400m run, 800m run, high jump, long jump and softball throw.
The Y1 and Y2 students will participate in the Tabloid Sports day on Wednesday 4th December .