Kia ora koutou,
We have loved catching up with the children over the course of this week, and hearing all about their holidays! It's been lovely to see all of those happy smiles, and the excitement about being back at school.
Everyone, of course, is extremely excited about our new building which many of you will have had the chance to look around on Monday at the official opening. We are loving the spaces, and feel very lucky to have such a beautiful outlook over Ōpāwaho, and through the trees with all of their birds and wonderful birdsong.
You are welcome to come into Hangere on any day after school, and have your children show you around.
The children are showing impressive respect for the environments they're learning in, as well as the resources we're using. Their level of tidiness is to be highly commended!
Here is a guided tour for you, in photo form...
|Our games and jigsaw puzzle 'shelves'|
|Soft toys awaiting a good book!|
|View beyond the al fresco dining area and into one of our breakout spaces|
|A closer view into the same breakout space|
|The small group teaching space|
|The wet area and kitchen|
Structured Literacy Home Learning:
|The 'sign in' form|
|The al fresco dining area, with a very busy kitchen beyond|
|Orders being taken|
|Checking the baking in the oven|
|Queueing at the door into the cafe|
|The QR code ready for scanning|
|Opening up for business|
|A VERY enthusiastic team of chefs|
|The cafe menu, including orange juice, apple juice, blueberry muffins and strawberries|
- Please ensure, when you drop off and pick your child up each day, that you are using the main school gates or the entrance from Eastern Terrace, rather than walking through one of the school carparks. At school, we ensure that the children know that the carparks are out of bounds
- Also please continue to encourage your children to be as independent as possible at these drop off and pick up times. Your children are able to take responsibility for their own schoolbags, both carrying them as well as packing and unpacking them. This independence is encouraged even further when you say your goodbyes in the morning, outside the classroom doors, where there will most likely be a staff member waiting to greet them
- Literacy folders need to be returned to school every day (please remind your children to unpack their folder and take it indoors each morning when they arrive at school)
- Friday is our library day so your children need to ensure that they unpack their library folders and bring them indoors each Friday morning. Library folders will come home again each Friday after school, and can remain at home until the following Friday
- Poetry books will also come home on Fridays, and need to be returned to school on the following Monday.