Dear parents, caregivers, students and friends of the school. Tena koutou katoa. Nga mihi nui ki a koutou katoa,
As the gravity of what occurred in Christchurch sinks in I've been reflecting, with pride, at the way in which our community responded.
Our stand for Christchurch tribute is a hallmark of our community values. It was a fitting response to an unspeakable tragedy.
After the tribute 10 parents joined us for a cuppa in the staffroom and we spent some time chatting about this tragedy. Parents offered the Yasser family support and fellowship.
I'd like to thank everyone who helped to organise it and who sent in messages of support and those who brought in some baking to share.
You will also be pleased to know that a bouquet of harekeke roses, that our children made, will be making its way to a Christchurch mosque courtesy of the Neru family.
Harekeke Roses for ChCh
We were horrified to discover that someone had intentionally defecated in our swimming pool one weekend.
We had to close the pool, clean up and then add a high dose shock treatment and run the filter at full bore for 48 hours. This vile act, together with the spate of recent break-ins at the rugby changing sheds have prompted us to install security cameras on site.
You will notice over the coming weeks that we will be putting up signage to alert the public that video surveillance is operating. It is indeed very sad that we have to resort to this in order to protect our community asset. Vandalism, theft and anti social behaviour will be reported to the police.
A huge thank you to Cory F and his grandpa Allan, for organising a very special surprise. Allan is a coastguard volunteer and look at what he brought to school this week.
Needless to say our children had tonnes of questions and a few spits of rain was not going to stop them from climbing into that boat! Thank you Cory!
The paid union meeting on 22/3 has been postponed. The NZEI Te Riu Roa National Executive has postponed ALL paid union meetings for primary teachers and principals due to begin nation-wide. This is as a mark of respect for the 50 children, men and women murdered in Christchurch on Friday and to ensure schools and ECE services can focus on children and their needs. School will close at the normal time of 2.50pm.
Wet 'n Wild
Due to the cancellation of the Paid Union Meeting PUM, we have been able to slot in the Wet 'n Wild event, which is organised by the school leaders. Proceeds go to the leader's gift to the school. For a gold coin, students could participate in water games on the field straight after lunch break this Friday. Bring your water bottle, water pistol, goggles, water balloons, togs 'n towel. Join the school leaders in crazy water mayhem! The event is not compulsory - you could decide to merely spectate. But if you decide to take part - you will need to have your togs, goggles and a gold coin donation to participate in the whole event. Total donation $1 to $2.
1.50pm - gather on the field.
2.00pm - 2.40pm - It's Game On!
2.40-2.50pm - Get dressed and ready to leave.
Mini Gala - Friday 29th March
The Kakahu team will be running a Mini Gala next Friday to raise funds for their upcoming Wellington Camp in September.
There will be a variety of fun activities and stalls for all students to enjoy and prizes to be won.
Quad bike sled rides, Monster Target throw,Waterslide, and Arcade games are just a few examples of what to look forward too. There will also be a selection of food stalls and raffles.
The cost of activities will range between 50c and $2.00.
They will run during morning tea and lunchtime; so raid the piggy bank and bring your pocket money!
Thank you for your support. - Kakahu students & Teachers :)
Netsafe has received a number of reports of online content relating to the attacks in Christchurch. Footage of the attacks has been deemed objectionable under New Zealand law which means that possessing or distributing the footage is an offence. Anyone who finds footage of the attacks online should report it to Netsafe at netsafe.org.nz/report but they should not keep copies or share it. Netsafe encourages schools to speak with students about what to do if they come across the footage and about the fact that sharing the footage with this classification is against the law.
The footage of the Christchurch attacks is disturbing and will be harmful for people to see. If students have viewed the video and are struggling with what they have seen it’s likely they will require additional support. Agencies which can provide free support include Youthline, Need to Talk and Kidsline
While the content is online there is some risk that children or young people may come across it. Netsafe encourages schools and parents to proactively discuss with young people what they should do if they come across distressing content online. Further information is available atnetsafe.org.nz/upsetting-content
If parents or schools have questions relating to this incident or other distressing online content they can contact Netsafe for free and confidential advice at netsafe.org.nz or call 0508 NETSAFE
My extra pudding award this week goes to three siblings, Hoda, Nour and Rahma. This week's events will be especially traumatising for you. We stand with you and your whanau.
Warm regards to all, Paul
Bombay School & Community Pool Project Meeting
28 March 2019 @ 7pm - Staffroom
Dear Bombay Community Members,
Please come along to our next meeting on Thursday 28th March at 7pm in the staffroom. We are progressing with our project and at the next meeting we will begin to discuss and determine a set of criteria that will help us to establish the best site choice/s available. We will also be seeking and appointing committee roles.
We will be making important decisions on behalf of the school and you, the community. We need a larger voice to be able to confidently make it.
Please commit to coming to our meetings to stay well informed and up to date.
This will reflect on your children and grandchildren.
Imagine the amazing feeling of contributing to something much larger than yourself. Your kids will thank you.
Imagine the possibilities, now bring us your ideas.
Meeting Date : 28th March 7pm
Location : School Staffroom
For more information contact: Andrea 021723390 or Marieka 021 166 1295
Home and School Meeting Dates:
8 April | 13 May | 10 June | 22 July – 2nd Monday is in the holidays | 12 August | 9 September (could change due to CC) | 14 October | 11 November | 9 December | We would love to see you all there.
Sandpit Toys - the junior children are really enjoying their new sandpit. We only have a limited supply of sandpit toys. If any families have sandpit toys they would be happy to donate please send to Ms Lemon in Rm 8. Thank you
ASB Banking day is Wednesday. Bring your banking in to the office. If you would like to open a bank account please collect forms from the office.
Kapa Haka is in need of some new poi this year, so if you have any old plastic bags or bread bags could they please be sent to Room 7 so we can begin the poi making process.
How to review our policies
We invite comments and suggestions on the following policies: