After last week’s stormy weather we look forward to a more settled time - in all respects - and offer our support and encouragement to all who have been affected by the storm, especially families in Golden Bay and Riwaka/Brooklyn.
Your school donation - what’s it for?
Thanks to the parent who raised this question recently. The donation is not targeted to any specific purpose, it is absorbed into our operational funding so it contributes generally to the running of the school. For your interest, our biggest costs are wages for support staff (teacher salaries are centrally funded), energy, property maintenance and depreciation (replacing equipment, computers, furniture, books etc). If all families make the donation it accounts for about 1.5% of our operational funding for the year, which seems like a small amount but it allows us to buy some important extras over and above our normal commitments. It may mean hiring an extra teacher aide, purchasing some new technology or restocking reading books. You can make your donation at the school office (Eftpos available) or online to Wakefield School: 03-0751-0225833-000.
Using the school crossing on Edward Street
If you and your child need to cross Edward Street before or after school please use the patrolled crossing point outside the main gate. It is tempting to dash across from your parked car, or to cross at the bus bay if you are approaching from the Pitfure Road end of school, but this sets a dangerous example for our children during these peak traffic times. Local police will be monitoring safe crossing over the next few weeks. Thanks for your cooperation.
Big ups for car parking management
The use of the drop off zone has been really good this year. Thank you! Remind your child not to walk through the car park immediately before and after school unless accompanying you to your parked car.
Removal of National Standards - what does this mean?
You are probably aware that the government has removed National Standards. This means we will no longer use National Standards in our school reports or elsewhere. So, how will we measure your child’s progress and achievement? We continue to have a range of robust tools for this purpose, including: national curriculum levels, Literacy Learning Progressions, Mathematics numeracy levels and others. We’re confident you will continue to receive excellent information about your child, but we’re using the removal of National Standards as an opportunity to talk with you about school reporting. Shortly, you will be invited to give us feedback on some important questions, like: how clear and useful is the school report? What information would you like to see added or removed from the report? How useful are the learning conferences? Is the timing of these right? Think about these things and watch out for the survey, or flick me a response now if you wish.
New website on its way
Our old website has done its dash. Watch out for our new website coming your way very soon; with new information, more ways to interact, online forms and more.
Have a beaut week
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