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MBS Newsletter Term 2 Week 2 Issue 2

Mangere Bridge
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Term Two – Week 2 – Issue 2 

Student Inquiry Theme 2023

 ‘Te whakatipu tahi I to tatou heke mai’ – ‘Growing our future together’ 

Our Community, our gardens, our knowledge, our hauora, our future

Term Two: ‘Growing’

Curriculum Focus Area: Science


Kia Ora Koutou, Talofa lava, Malo e lelei, Kia Orana, Fakaalofa lahi atu, Ni Sa Bula Vinaka, Malo Ni, Noa’Ia and warm pacific greetings.

Welcome Back 

Nau Mai, Haere Mai

We would like to welcome all of our students back to school for the beginning of Term 2 and especially our new students and whaanau who were welcomed by Maangere Bridge School students, teachers during the Poowhiri. It was a pleasure to also have one of our ex-students Josiah Lea’aetalafo’ou who responded on behalf of the manuhiri with such pride, confidence and mana. Our two new teachers who are starting this term are Gharpreet Shergill in Room 12 and Nelmari Balsdon will be teaching in Room 14 starting in Week 5. 

New Students starting Term 2 

Welcome to all of our new students: Oka Evalu, Semisi Fifita, Zhiraydon Richards, Rylee King, Jakob Kurta, Mason Levy, Oliver Miller, Fredrick, Tevita and Luisa Tovi, Melizza Yosalina, Johnathan Lea’aetalafo’ou and Umair Dean. 

Teacher Ony Day

The Kahui Ako- ‘Te Iti Kahurangi Kāhui Ako’ team organised and planned the Teacher Only Day held last Monday 24th April where all staff from the Kahui schools came together for Professional development to learn and improve our understanding of the changes in the new curriculum refresh ‘Te Mātaiaho’. Waterlea Primary school hosted the event and it was a great opportunity for staff to attend a range of workshops and presentations that focussed on unpacking:
* “Why” the New Zealand Curriculum is being refreshed
* Te Mātaiaho: Whakapapa and “What” it means for us as educators
* Suggested next steps for schools 
The focus also aligns with ‘Te Iti Kahurangi Kāhui Ako’ Strategic goals. 
It was lovely to have Te Rito whaanau from Te Papapa School open the day as part of Poowhiri. 
Our staff shared lots of good feedback from the day and look forward to the journey ahead for our school in terms of the ‘Curriculum Refresh’ – ‘Refreshing the New Zealand Curriculum’. 

Student Inquiry Learning

Term 2 – ‘Science’ 

This term our Student Inquiry is all about the concept ‘Growing’ and our Curriculum area focus is ‘Science’. Our teachers will be focussing on our students growing their knowledge and understanding as young scientists through the different strands in the Curriculum. We are delighted to have the ‘Science in the Van show’ return to our school and this will be held on Friday 26th May where our students will experience science in a fun and innovative way. 

Talanoa Evenings

Parent Partnership Meetings

We will be having two talanoa evenings for all whaanau to attend. The purpose for the Talanoa Evenings is for our parents/caregivers to participate in a ‘Talanoa’ of their child’s learning progress and next steps. A booking schedule will be sent out for you to make an appointment either on Tuesday 20th June or Thursday 22nd June. The school will finish at 1 pm and the Talanoa evenings will start at 1.30 pm and finish at 7 pm. We will provide more information for all whaanau before that time.

Winter Weather

Winter Weather 
As we head into winter weather we would like to remind all of our students to wear their school jackets to school. At the end of last term we had a lot of school uniforms in the ‘lost and found’ property. You can see the office if your child has lost their jacket and other overall school uniform enquiries.  Please remember to label all school uniforms.

Term 2 Staff Updates

This term Whaea Dale is on ‘refreshment leave’ and we look forward to her returning at the beginning of Term 3. Mrs Waitangi Tofilau has stepped into the role of Acting Deputy Principal for Term 2 while Whaea Dale is on leave. Initially Mrs Tofilau will be teaching in Room 14 together with Whaea Karina until the new classroom teacher starts in Week 5.  Mrs Tofilau’s tamariki have found new homes with the teachers in Tuii for the rest of the year. Thank you to all of our Room 8 parents for your understanding and support for Mrs Tofilau. Whaea Italia Taouma will be the acting Team Leader for Tuuii for T2  supporting the teachers and students in this Team.. 

Board Notices 

Board Notice – Casual Vacancy for Parent Rep 
A casual vacancy has occurred on the school board for an elected parent representative.The board has decided to fill the vacancy by selection. 
If 10% or more of eligible voters on the school roll ask the board, within 28 days of this notice being published, to hold a by-election to fill the vacancy, then a by-election will be held. Requests for a by-election should be sent to: by the 26th May 2023.
Community Consultation – Draft Statement of the Health Curriculum and Relationship Sexuality Education Document 
As required by legislation the Mangere Bridge School Board of Trustees is required to prepare a draft statement on the delivery of the health curriculum every 2 years. Last year we held a community hui for all whaanau including a Pacific Fono as part of our consultation with the community for our Pacific families. We will be having a community hui specifically for all our Māori whaanau at MBS.  We will send out more information with a date very soon.

School Photos

We have ‘School photos’ on Thursday 11th May. Please remind your child to wear their full school uniform and the photos will be scheduled for the whole day. 

Health and Safety

Health and Safety
We would like to remind all parents who enter through the gate on Domain Road and are picking up or dropping off your child to the White Heron Early Childhood Centre to please close the gate behind you. This is due to health and safety reasons as we have noticed the gate is left open during school hours. Thank you for your cooperation.

General Notices

Swimming Pools The swimming pool is closed for Term 2 and Term 3. We will inform all whaanau and families when the pool will be opened in Term 4 during the summer time.

Year 5 and 6 Community Swim
The Year 5 and 6 Community swim Swim is held every Monday starting Monday 22nd May Week 5 to Monday 26th June Week 10. 
We encourage all whaanau if you have any questions with regards to your child’s learning to please speak with your child’s classroom teacher. We also have our team leaders who can support you if needed. If you would like to speak with me you are most welcome to book an appointment at the office and if urgent email me or leave a message at the office. 

Thank you

Successful Community Grant – Four Winds 
We would like to thank the Chairman and the Directors of Four Winds Foundation who have approved our grant application and will provide the funding for our new active panels that will be set up in some of the classrooms. These will benefit our student’s ongoing learning using digital technology and also for teachers to use and interact with in their classroom. A huge thank you to Candace also who completed the application on behalf of the school.

Important Dates

Term 2

This term we look forward to the many special events throughout the term. You can refer to the school calendar for all the events. We also understand that some dates may change if necessary due to the weather. 
Important Term 2 Dates
Board Hui  – Thursday 4th May 6.30 pm 
PTA Fundraiser ‘A night at the movies’ – Friday 5th May 
Whole School Singing Assembly – Friday 5th May – (This assembly will be a singing assembly hosted by the team leaders)
Rotuman Language Week – 8th – 12th May
NZ Sign Language Week – 8th – 12th May
Netball Zones – Start 8th May
School Photos – Thursday 11th May
Engagement/Attendance Hui for Māori and Pacific Whaanau  – Thursday 11th May 5 pm at Te Papapa Primary School (See Mrs Mata’utia for more information)
Bully-Free Week – 15th – 19th May
NZ Road Safety Week – 15th – 19th May
Pink Shirt Day – Friday 19th May
League Zones – Monday 22nd May
Science in the Van (At school) – Friday 26th May
PTA Hui – Wednesday 7th June 7 pm (TBC)
Samoan Language Week – 29th May – 2nd June (Whole School Assembly on Friday 2nd June) (Fiti Tigafua Rm 16 or Whaea Maxx for more information) 
Poowhiri New students – Monday 29th June
Kings Birthday – Public Holiday – Monday 5th June (School Closed)
International Language Week – 5th – 9th June  (Whole School Assembly)
Talanoa Evenings x 2 days – Tuesday 20th June (School finishes at 1 pm) and Thursday 22nd June (School finishes at 1 pm) – More information will be sent out to our whaanau and families to book a time. 
Last Day of Term 2 – Friday 30th June
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