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Newsletter 17th May 2019

Newsletter 17th April 2019

Talofa lava, Malo e lelei, Kia Orana, Fakalafa lahi atu, Namaste, Ni sa bula vinaka, Konichiwa

We are already into week eight of term 2 term which is very hard to believe. Time flies, too fast at times.

Thank you for your wonderful support at last weeks Parent Teacher Interviews. It is certainly one of the highlights of my year and I know our teaching team certainly enjoys finding out more about the students so we can work in partnership to do the best for our children. I am very proud to announce we achieved 89% attendance.

We are very pleased to report our roll continues to grow rapidly and last week Mrs Fiona Smith opened a new entrant room in A2.

Last month we recognised our support staff for 'Support Staff' day. Chapel Downs School has a remarkable team who support our children. The dedication and hard work of our language assistants, caretaker and office staff cannot be underestimated. The school simply could not function without them. What always impresses me is the genuine passion they have for Chapel Downs School. They care about our children and they make a real difference everyday. No amount of thanks can truly express the appreciation we have for this team.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank our current Board of Trustees for their dedicated efforts over the last three years. They work hard behind the scenes on the governance of our school and their work has resulted in a quality learning environment for our students and ensuring that our students receive quality education and a wide variety of experiences.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank Jason Papali'i and Luke Chalmers for the support and guidance they have provided while serving on our Board of Trustees.

Congratulation to our new board who held their inaugural meeting this week.

  • Bryce Turner (Board Chair)
  • Gill Roberts York (Staff Representative)
  • Vaughan van Rensburg (Principal)
  • Shirley Chapman
  • Amanda Faraimo
  • Amy Tusa
  • Semisi Telefoni

Year 3 Learn to Swim Programme

We are very pleased to again report that the Field of Dreams Foundation has selected our Year 3 students for free swimming lessons at the Otara Leisure Centre. This is a wonderful opportunity for our children to be taught to swim in small groups with trained instructors. This term the programme involves all Year 3 students and will run every Friday.

Y3 A12 Swimming Action

Reading Open Morning

We are holding a Reading Open Morning for Parents on Thursday 20th June from 9.15 am until 10.50 am. Please meet in the hall for a short presentation. Then there is an opportunity for parents and caregivers to see what students are learning in reading at the different levels throughout our school.

You are welcome to join the staff for morning tea in the hall from 10.30am

Read Together

This term we are running the ‘Reading Together Programme’ in our school library. ‘Reading Together’ comprises of 2 workshops, with each workshop lasting 1 hour and 15 minutes.

1. Workshop One Thursday 27th June

2. Workshop Two Thursday 4th July

Please ring the school office on (09) 274 8002 or email office@chapeldowns.school.nz or fionas@chapeldowns.school.nz to book a place for this term. The Read Together series of workshops will be again held next term.

Chapel Downs Music Programme

We are very excited to now have a specialist music teacher on our team. Miss Toops runs our senior music programme in our new music studio. She has also started a school band and is supporting our Kapa Haka and Pacific Island Groups.

It was wonderful to have our Ukulele group perform at our last assembly. Huge thanks to Mr and Mrs Louw for working with the Ukulele Group.

Enrollments

If your child is turning 5 in the next 12 months (born in 2015) please ensure you enrol them as soon as possible. With the roll steadily growing at Chapel Downs this will enable us to keep a track of how many New Entrants we can expect in the future. Enrolment packs are available at the office. Our term two Pre School Morning will be held at 9.15am on 27th July. Please click below to download our enrollment form.

Sports News

This term senior school students are working on developing their running skills and building fitness. Every second week students have a cross country practise to prepare for the big event. Our Senior School Cross Country Event will be held on Thursday 4 July, starting at 1.45pm out on the field. Parents are welcome to come along and support our students.

Last month our netball team represented us at the Otara School Tournament at Lloyd Elsmore.

School Uniform

It is wonderful to see so many students wearing the correct uniform with real pride. Just a reminder that the students must wear the Chapel Downs fleece tops or zip up jackets. Student must also wear black shoes only.

Intermediate School Enrollment

Just a reminder to all parents of Year 6 students - it is now time to get your enrollment process under way for Intermediate in 2020. Please check each school's website for enrollment details. Each school has a different timeline for when in zone enrollments and out of zone applications are due.

Important Dates

  • JUNE 20 - READING OPEN MORNING
  • JUNE 27 - PRE SCHOOL MORNING
  • JUNE 28 - SCHOOL ASSEMBLY 1.45PM
  • JULY 4 - SENIOR SCHOOL CROSS COUNTRY 1.45PM
  • JULY 5 - TERM TWO ENDS
  • JULY 22 - TERM THREE STARTS
  • JULY 30 - Y5/Y6 AUCKLAND ZOO TRIP
  • JULY 31 - Y4 AUCKLAND ZOO TRIP
  • AUGUST 9 - SCHOOL ASSEMBLY
  • AUGUST 9 - OTARA SCHOOLS FOOTBALL TOURNAMENT
  • AUGUST 29 - EPro8 CHALLENGE
  • AUGUST 30 - OTARA SCHOOLS RUGBY TOURNAMENT
  • SEPTEMBER 27 - END OF TERM 3

2019 School Terms

  • Term Two - 29th April - 5th July
  • Term Three - 22nd July - 27th September
  • Term Four - 14th October - 13th December
ACHIEVING TOGETHER
Created By
Vaughan van Rensburg
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