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A Note from the Principal

Tena koe,

Students Lead Learning at Market Day

One of the cornerstones of a democratic curriculum is that students have opportunities for real-life learning that has an effect on the world around them.  As somebody said, “childhood should not be a rehearsal for life - it is life.” 

This was very evident at our market day last Friday.  The idea of market day came from children in Totara Rua who wanted to support the victims of the Nepal earthquake.  They sold the idea to others and market day was hatched.  Teachers adapted their learning programmes so, for a short period, reading, writing and maths were based around studies of Nepal and the enterprises children prepared for market day.  The interesting thing was that this market day was driven largely by the children themselves, building on the experiences most of them had with last year’s markets.

Of the many skills and concepts the children practised by running a market day, one that’s worth mentioning is the honesty of the children in handling money.  Each group had complete control over their cash, including managing a float and expenses, and all were involved in counting money, involving hundreds of dollars.  At all times the children acted with complete integrity: they were proud of the money they had earned but made no claim on it themselves - it’s for Nepal.  I’m impressed by that.

For the record, they raised around $2,000, which will go to a group of Nelson-based volunteers who are repairing a community centre in Kathmandu to rehouse orphans.  Our children will continue to have contact with the group as they work on the project. 

Our PTA Supports Performing Arts

A big thank you to our PTA for funding the show Jack Flash and the Jumping Bean that performed for the school last Friday.  The show was entertaining and educational and much enjoyed by the children.  We appreciate the hard work of the PTA to raise money for our programmes. 

Learning Conferences Next Week

Today you will receive a mid-year progress report for your child (some Year 1-3 children who had reports in term one will not receive one today).  The report is the first half of our reporting process, the other part being the learning conference next week.  Learning conferences are for the parent, teacher and child to get together and discuss the report, talk about progress in more depth and plan the next learning goals.  You can book your learning conference online - see the information in this newsletter - or by phoning the office. 

Board of Trustees Community Survey

Community survey forms are due back at school by Thursday 2 July.  Thank you for taking this opportunity to have your say about the school and offer ideas for the future.  Remember, all completed surveys earn a free family pass to the next disco in term three.

Billets Wanted for Victoria University Students

Wakefield has been given a unique opportunity to host 25-30 third-year students from Victoria University Wellington who are studying urban design.  They will be staying in Wakefield from 20 - 25 July (the first week of term three for us) to begin work on design projects aimed at improvements to our community.  The finished projects will contribute to our community’s future planning and enhancement.  We are lucky to have this opportunity and we are looking for families willing to host a student for the week of their stay. Billets are for bed and breakfast only, students will self-cater their other meals. 

We are also looking for community members to talk with the students about Wakefield.  If you have ideas that you want to be considered as part of the design project, or you have an area of special interest in the community (for example local history, ecology or a local issue) please contact us here at school, 541 8332, or email me:

Have a good week,

Peter Verstappen

Ph. 021 047 1092



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