Message from Deb - 11 September 2020

With only three weeks left of term, things are certainly busy on all fronts. We completed a successful whole school fire evacuation drill, we've had a visit from Wellington Cricket who ran sessions for all our classes, and it's been all about birds, fish and lizards in Margaret's art workshops. Check out the great gecko tree in the foyer outside the hall! Or see our kids in action on our website.

Another highlight this week was the fabulous display of Harakeke Hub's personalised Spark inquiry. The kids worked really hard on their personalised inquiries, which put simply, are an opportunity for learners to pursue questions, interests, passions or challenges of their choosing. It was great to have so many parents pop through to see their work (see some photos here).

Over last two weeks, our staff have focused on Gratitude. All of us have had a secret buddy who's mission was to do three lovely things in secret for their buddy to show their appreciation of that person. I was lucky enough to receive some delicious baking from my secret buddy and a mystery letter each day - which created this display. Thanks secret buddy!

The kids have helped us with our mission by secretly delivering small packages and cards across the school, and I think they have enjoyed the surprise and suspense as much as the staff! Again, it's been a fantastic way for us as adults to model ways in which we can show empathy to others, one of our key school values.

Looking forward to next week, as a school we will be celebrating Te Wiki o te Reo Māori, Māori Language Week. At 12pm on Monday, we will take part in Te Wā Tuku Reo Māori | Māori language moment. The aim of this moment is to get one million people speaking, singing and celebrating te reo at the same time. Kia kaha te Reo Māori!

Finally, I'd like to remind and encourage you to fill in our Parent Insight Survey which closes on 18 September. We really value your thoughts and feedback. Please take the time to fill in this survey. Have a great weekend and stay safe, Nga mihiDeborah Fenton
Island Bay School Principal

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