Tuesday, 5 December 2017

Kowhai Team 2 – Term 4 Week 8 ending 8 December 2017

Wow, what an amazing year we have had. It is hard to believe that this is our last Kowhai newsletter for the year!  Thank you all so much for your support over the year with trips, odd jobs, and for all that you do at home to help with your child’s learning and ensure that they are ready for school each day. We truly appreciate everything!

Swimming lessons have been a huge success so far. The kids have been so fabulous getting ready each day, looking after their things and listening to instructions from us and their instructors. Well done kids.

It would be really helpful if the children could PLEASE bring jandals or sandals for swimming.  Also, could girls with long hair please have it tied up and wear a swimming cap.

Overdue Library Books
The library is now closed and we will not be having any more library sessions.  Some children have overdue books. Could you please help them to search for the books and bring them in. If there are any problems please email Isa our librarian (isiR@bayfield.school.nz).

Diversity Unit
We had our fabulous Diversity picnic last week. The kids loved it. Thanks again to all of our helpers.
This Friday we have some Bollywood dance instructors coming to teach us some moves. We look forward to posting some photos on Seesaw.

Holiday Reading
It would great if the children could please bring in a book to share for our holiday book club which we will be conducting this Friday 8th December. 

End of Year Organisation
On the final Tuesday of school we will be showing the children a little slideshow of photos from the year. Parents are most welcome to stay and have a look too.

Children will need to bring a strong plastic bag to school on Friday 15th to carry their books home.

Best wishes

Jane, Lucinda & Sarah

Tuesday, 21 November 2017

Kowhai Team 2 – Term 4 Week 6 ending 25 November 2017

Our Junior School Athletics day is on this Friday from 9.15 – 10.50. Please feel welcome to join us. There will be a parent and child three legged races at the end of our rotation for anyone who is keen to get involved.
Children will need to bring their hat, a drink bottle, and wear appropriate footwear.

Scooter Safety with Constable Rob
We also have our scooter safety workshops this Friday. If your child has a scooter please could they bring it to school along with their helmet. Constable Rob will have spares for anyone who does not have a scooter however if you have a helmet please bring it along.

We have our swimming lessons starting in week 8. The children’s lessons will take place on 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th of December and the 11th, 12th, 13th, 14th December.

Guardian Teacher
Leave School
Return to School

Children will need to bring:
-          Swimming cap
-          Goggles
-          Towel
-          A warm jumper to wear two and from the pool  (NB: children will be changing in and out of their togs at school)
-          Girls with long hair will need to have it tied up

Our lessons go over break times so we will be adjusting our timetable to ensure children get time to eat and time to play.

Jane’s class is still short of parent helpers so please let her know if you are available to help.

Diversity Picnic
On Thursday 30th December we will be having a picnic to celebrate some of the cultures in our class and our Diversity inquiry.  Please feel welcome to join us and keep your fingers crossed for good weather as we hope to eat outside on the field by the hall.

Jane, Sarah & Cathy

Wednesday, 8 November 2017

Kowhai Team 2 – Team 4 - Week 4 ending 10 November 2017

We have been really busy in the Kowhai Team over the past few weeks. Children and teachers have been checking maths learning goals and highlighting next steps so that we can plan workshops to target each child’s next steps. The children have been making some amazing progress!

We have also been working steadily on our Don Binney inspired landscapes. The children have made plans, learned some painting techniques and applied these to their final landscape paintings.  They have also created fabulous birds to overlay on their landscape.  We are looking forward to getting  these finished soon so that we can display them in the classroom for you all to see!

Congratulations to all of the children who have led workshops so far this term. We have had some fabulous workshops and it has been amazing to see the children taking on leadership of their workshop.

Many children enjoy creating things with cardboard boxes during Flexi-Friday. We would love it if you could save up you boxes (just small ones that have been food packaging – please no boxes that have contained nut products) and send them into school for our creative children to use.

Upcoming workshops:
Friday 10th November: Sofia S, Dylan and Cameron
Friday 12th November: Bruno

There are still quite a few children who have not led a workshop this year. Please encourage them to have a go.  It can be anything that they are interested in.

Scooter Safety with Constable Rob
On the 24th November the children will be participating in scooter safety workshops with our community constable. Please send you child to school with a scooter and a helmet on this day. 

·         Children must have a hat at school.  If children don’t have a hat they will have to spend their lunchtimes in the shade.

·         We have sunscreen in class and will encourage children to take responsibility for applying their own sunscreen on sunny afternoons. 

Tuesday, 24 October 2017

Kowhai Team 2 – Term 4 Week 2 ending 27 October 2017

Book bags
We are still finding that there are a lot of children without their book bags each day. Please help your child develop a routine for remembering each day. 

Many children are now enjoying reading chapter books. We encourage children to bring in a chapter book for Reading stamina or to choose one from the library. This book can be kept in their book bag for reading at home and at school.

Upcoming student-led workshops:
Friday 27th October: Rebecca, Noah, Tayj, Serena, Madison
Friday 3rd November: Xavier, Brooklyn, Felix
Friday 10th November: Zaiden, Cameron, Sofia
If your child has a workshop scheduled, can you please make sure they come to school prepared with anything they may need or touch base with a teacher if you require school resources.

Diversity Inquiry
This term our inquiry is focused on Diversity. We would love it if we could get some of our families to come and share special parts of their culture with us. This could be cooking traditional food with the children, sharing traditional stories, showing traditional clothing, or doing arts and crafts. Please let us know if you are interested.  We are planning to share our cultures on either Wednesday or Thursday afternoons.

Book Bonanza
We have been having a fabulous time during Book Bonanza.  The children have loved doing buddy reading with children from other classes, we have attended a fabulous story telling session with ‘Spangle’ and this week we will have activities in class that relate to ‘The World’s Worst Children’ Novel.
Thank you for supporting your children to complete their posters. They look absolutely fabulous! The winners of the poster competition will be announced at assembly in week 3.  On Friday at 12.15 we are having our Book Bonanza Buddy Picnic. Children are encouraged to dress up as their favourite book character. Please feel welcome to join us and join in the fun.
Please pass on our sincere thanks to all of the grandparents and special visitors that came last Friday. The children really loved showing their visitors around. We were also so grateful for the contributions that people made to our book fair.
Friday 27th November: House day and Book Bonanza Buddy Picnic.
Children need to bring a sunhat to school every day this term please.
Best wishes
Jane, Sarah & Cathy

Tuesday, 26 September 2017

Kowhai Team 2 - Week 10 Term 3 ending 29 September 2017

Thank you all so much for your help with production!  Thank you to our costume makers, our dance ‘consultants’, our make-up artists/dressers, and our chaperones. Also, thank you all for getting your children to school three nights in a row.

If any of you have photos from the production we would love it if you could send them through so that we can put a slide show together for the kids. Please send them to sarahv@bayfield.school.nz.

Next term our inquiry unit focuses on Diversity.  We hope to investigate and celebrate the cultures in our class through music, art and dance and to also find out about different cultural celebrations. In the final weekend of the holidays the Diwali festival is on in Auckland. If families were interested it would be a fabulous thing to visit as a way to kick off our inquiry. We would love to get our families involved. If any of you have would like to come in at some stage and share something special about your families culture please let us know.

Lucinda is having a knee operation in the holidays and will be absent for the first five weeks of term 4 (approximately). Cathy will be covering for Lucinda in her absence.  Good luck Lucinda, we hope you have a speedy recovery.

Many of the children enjoy creating things out of cardboard boxes during flexi-Friday time. It would be really fabulous if families could bring in their boxes so that we can build up this resource.


Book Fair in the library
Bayfield families have been very generous when purchasing books for our school library.  This year we are focusing on building up our guided reading recourses for yr1-4 and chapter books for yr5-6. These are our main resource for teaching reading on a daily basis and we want Bayfield to have the most inspirational selection for our kids. These will be available to view in the
Books are available to be purchased from the library from:
8.15-9.00am and 2.45-3.30pm on the 18th and 19th of October
Grandparent, Friends and Family Day - Friday 20 October from 8.15am—to 12pm.
We will have an eftpos machine in the library to make transactions more convenient.
All books selected will have a slip placed on the inside cover acknowledging the families who donate books. If you are unable to come to school there will be a helper happy to assist your child in selecting a book. Please complete the form below specifying how much you would like to pay for a book.

Grandparent, Friends and Family Day: Friday 20 October
The Book Fair is open from 8.15am in the library. Our Grandparent, Friends and Family Assembly is from 9-10am in the hall. From 10-10.50am grandparents and family members can visit classrooms to read stories with the children. It is also an opportunity to view our learning spaces and the children’s work.
During this time you are welcome to visit the library with your grandchild to chose a book to donate to the library. At 10.50am there will be a Grandparent, Friends and Family morning tea in the hall.
Book Bonanza Buddy Picnic
Families are invited to attend the Book Bonanza Buddy Picnic.  During the week the children will have some buddy reading sessions where older and younger students will be paired. For the Book Buddy Picnic children can dress up as their favourite character if they wish to and bring along their favourite book to read with their buddy.  Families are welcome to come and join us.  Weather permitting the picnic will be held on the top courts at 12.15 on Friday 27th October.
Wishing everyone well for the holidays!
Jane, Lucinda & Sarah

Tuesday, 12 September 2017

Kowhai Team 2 – Term 3 Week 8 ending 15 September 2017

Thank you again for your support with production preparation. Just a few reminders:
·         Please send children’s costume items to school in a named bag (not a plastic supermarket bag).
·         Children will need to be at school at 6pm on production nights.
·         If you are not attending the show we anticipate that the children will be able to be collected from the classroom at approximately 7pm. 
·         Children will need to be signed out with the teacher before they leave.

Does anyone have a small red jacket that we could use for one of our costumes? It needs to be a fitted plain jacket rather than a coat.

We have been encouraging the children to complete their goal zone activities by themselves or ask one of the teachers for help if they are finding anything tricky.  We have been finding that if parents have helped children with the tasks in the morning that this is leading to some of the children relying on that help. It then makes it difficult for us to set the tasks at the right level if we don't know that children are finding things tricky. The whole idea of the goal zone activities is for children to be able to achieve them independently during maths time. 

As part of our work in Te Reo we are getting the children to write their Mihi and then practise it. Some of our children are telling us that they identify as Maori but we don’t have any records of their tribal affiliations. If your family has some Maori heritage it would be great if you could let us know so that we can celebrate this in class and help the children to include it in their Mihi.

We still have many children who have not completed a student-led workshop. Our aim is for every child to have had a turn by the end of the year. Workshops can be based around any of the children’s interests: card games, sports, craft… Well done to the children who have already done their workshop. The children who have participated in these workshops have loved it.

Workshop forms have been given out several times over the year and we will send an email to make sure everyone has access to a copy.

The workshops should be an activity that your child can do independently, unless it involves cooking. Parents do not need to be there but it is helpful if you can help organise resources needed. The purpose of the workshops is for your child to experience what it is like to teach their peers and be an expert in an area. It is good for their self-confidence and building relationships in the class.

Week 8
Friday 15 September
Paper planes
Make mini bookmarks
Make an animal mask

Week 9
Friday 22 September

Minion operation
Marshmallow towers

Tuesday, 29 August 2017

Kowhai Team 2 – Term 3 week 6 ending 1 September

We have started our production practises and the children are doing a great job helping to create moves for our two dances. We have been so lucky to have so many parents offer to help.  Thank you so much!
Please let us know if your child won’t be here for production as this will affect the number of costumes that are made and our organisation for our dancers and actors.
Children will need to get a couple of their own costume items for the production:
Wolfs: plain black leggings and a plain black long sleeved top.
Fans: plain black leggings and a plain black long sleeved top.
Red Riding Hoods: Plain white long sleeve top.

This term we have introduced the Bayfield Gsccopes. These are qualities that we are working on in class to develop and celebrate our motivated learners. The qualities are linked with a sea animal to help them to stick in the children’s heads. These qualities are also things that are great to reinforce at home – making those links between school and home. The Gsccopes are:
Gratitude green turtle
Socially intelligent starfish
Creative Crab
Curious Clown Fish
Optimistic Octopus
Persevering Puffer Fish
Enthusiastic Eel

We have been reading ‘The World’s Worst Children’ in class recently and the kids have been loving it! We have been linking this in with our writing and focusing on writing character descriptions.  Many of the children have been so ‘hooked’ that they have been creating their own ‘World’s Worst Children’ characters during their independent writing as part of the reading rotation. Well done kids!

The New Bayfield Willo Fund
The Willo Fund has been set up by one of Bayfield’s grandfathers, Willo Stear who is embarking on an epic hike, The Eden To Addo Trail, in South Africa beginning on September 1stThis challenging walk is a twenty day guided trail traversing seven mountain ranges, six national parks and nature reserves and five biomes through the East Cape of South Africa’s wildest and most beautiful landscapes.   It is likely Willo and the other hikers will encounter five (‘of the Big 7) animals including buffalo, rhino and elephants.  See     http://edentoaddo.co.za/maps

As part of this walk Willo is seeking sponsorship to establish a fund for special needs students at Bayfield School.  Willo’s wish is that the educational fund we are establishing at Bayfield will be used specifically for special needs children who are not receiving government funding (or only partial funding), and whose parents are not in a financial position to provide the focussed and individualised support they require in order for such children to benefit from a main stream school environment.  The Board of Trustees encourage the Bayfield community to support the fund and help it grow. Donations can be made via the school bank account with ‘Willo Fund’ as the reference.