Te Kura o Tihiōtonga

Otonga Primary School

FOUR WINDS NEWS - 22nd November 2023

PRINCIPAL’S NEWS – TERM 4 WEEK 7

Kia Ora Koutou - Dear Parents and Caregivers,

As we head into the last few weeks of term and the usual end of the year business, please take note of the dates in our newsletter - The Four Winds News - so that you can attend.
Things to look forward to this week:
21 Nov Rotorua Primary Schools Ahurei
23 Nov Year 0 & 1 Ako Tui - Unison Swim Magic
Year 4 - Maketu Trip 9am-3pm
24 Nov Year 0 & 1 Ako Tui - Unison Swim Magic
On the 30th November, we will have our Celebration of Learning Day. Parents are welcome to come into school to celebrate our fabulous learning environment. Times and details to follow.

There are also a number of end of year trips and other events so keep an eye on our SeeSaw, newsletter and FB posts.

Have a lovely week.
Kind regards
Gareth Cunliffe

We Take Play Seriously!

Learning Through Play in Year 5 Ako Kārearea

Learning through Play. “Geometry”

Room 17 demonstrated their knowledge of rotation, reflection and symmetry in our recent Diwali activities. This had been covered in our recent geometry unit.
They made traditional Rangoli patterns for around our classrooms. Using 1 /4 base templates to complete the circular patterns.
By recognising, learning and celebrating each other's cultures it gives a better understanding of each other and tolerance of those different from ourselves.
Essential skills for our future citizens!
The art and science of sewing is a valuable skill that allows children to enjoy the creative process, develop fine motor skills, improve concentration and work with their hands.

Room 19 was inspired by the recent ‘Monster Book Week’ and created their own Monster Dolls.

Children had to design their dolls, cut the pattern, thread a needle and sew their monster dolls together. Finally, filling them and embellishing them.

Seeing flight in action:

Nella the cockatiel paid Room 18 a visit twice over the last two weeks. We observed her in flight and her wingspan was very impressive in comparison to her body size. After a wing trim we noticed that her wingspan surface area was smaller, and although she was still able to achieve lift, she could fly for shorter bursts than before.

We had so many questions about Nella, like “Do birds have ears?” and “How long do cockatiels live?” We are still researching the answers to some of our questions and we have learned so much already.

Room 18 students have had a wonderful time learning about the science behind flight with a real life example to support our learning. We have discussed concepts like lift, gravity, drag and streamlining.
Nella even inspired a talented sketch artist from Room 18 to write and illustrate a graphic novel. Sammy Wu used what he had observed about Nella: things like her wing shape, that she does not enjoy loud noise, and that a cockatiel’s crest goes up when it is on high alert. Here is his entertaining comic for you to enjoy.

Structured Literacy - Writing

The Writers Corner - Year 3 Ako Ruru

In writing this term, Room 9 has been focusing on using adjectives, nouns and verbs to add detail. We have also been working on listing reasons to help expand our writing. Finally, we have been studying the poem “Life Doesn't Frighten Me” by Maya Angelou, focusing on rhyming words in order to further develop the student’s phonological awareness.

Who’s your favourite superhero and villain? Listing reasons why/expanding ideas

Rhyming words

Students are learning that rhyming words are often but not necessarily spelt the same way. Rather, it is the sound of the word (phoneme) that makes them rhyme.
Identifying rhyming words in the poem “Life Doesn’t Frighten Me”
The next step for writing in Room 9 is to create our very own 4 line rhyming stanza, following the same theme as Maya Angelou’s poem.

OTONGA SCHOOL STRATEGIC PLANNING 2023-2025

What is a Strategic Plan?
A planning document by the BOT until 2025 that communicates strategic goals and priorities, and describes plans to achieve these.

Please have a look at our draft plan here:
Otonga School Te Kura o Tihiōtonga Strategic Plan

The 2024 annual plan to support implementing our goals is being developed at the moment.

If you have feedback for us on this, please feel free to email: botpm@otonga.school.nz or gcunliffe@otonga.school.nz

FILL THE BUS is back again!

Once again 2023 has provided a range of challenges for an increasing number of our local families. And that is why Paul Hickey and the team at The Hits Rotorua are once again facilitating the annual FILL THE BUS campaign, supporting the Rotorua Salvation Army Christmas Foodbank Appeal.

Just a reminder about what FILL THE BUS is all about; Paul and the team spend a full day driving all over Rotorua visiting schools, shopping centres and businesses, collecting cans and non-perishable food items.

Last year they collected 10,041 items during the day, which equated to a whopping value of just over $25,000 of food for the cause!

Once again, we would love your support in making this worthwhile cause a huge success, by bringing donations (cans and non-perishable food items) to the school office before 9am on Wednesday 6th December 2023. Every little bit makes a BIG difference to those in need. Thank you.

ATHLETICS RESULTS:

Discus Girls:

8 years
1st Georgia Shuttleworth
2nd Kyla Harvey
3rd Mackenna van der Heyden

9 years
1st Hargun Kaur
2nd Cadence Wylie
3rd Mila Mansell

10 years
1st Kiriana Le Comte Hepburn
2nd Mykie Tauiliili Pelesasa
3rd Yasmin Henderson

11 Years
1st Bailee Tauiliili Pelesasa
2nd Ava Fiske
3rd Zoe Mansell

Shot Put Girls:

8 years
1st Georgia Main
2nd Georgia Shuttleworth
3rd Avery Woollett

9 years
1st Olivia Newald
2nd Evie Muggeridge
3rd Cadence Wylie

10 years
1st Kiriana Le Comte Hepburn
2nd Yasmin Henderson
3rd Olivia Bang

11 Years
1st Bailee Tauiliili Pelesasa
2nd Nina Boylen
3rd Riley Vedder

Long Jump Girls:

8 years
1st Georgia Shuttleworth
2nd Avery Woollett
3rd Mia Perrett

9 years
1st Olivia Newald
2nd Nane Dunn
3rd Evie Muggeridge

10 years
1st Violet Thomsen
2nd Bella Dallaway
3rd Paige Bedford

11 Years
1st Riley Vedder
2nd Brooklyn Cairns
3rd Ava Fiske

High Jump Girls:

8 years
1st Georgia Shuttleworth
2nd equal Carly Perham / Mia Perrett

9 years
1st Olivia Newald
2nd Nane Dunn
3rd Equal Bella Campbell/Samantha Lowe

10 years
1st Yasmin Henderson
2nd Paige Bedford
3rd Ayla Tindle

11 Years
1st Riley Vedder
2nd Ava Fiske
3rd Lexy Muspratt

60 Metres Girls:

9 years
1st Olivia Newald
2nd Selina Zhou
3rd Nane Dunn

100 Metres Girls:

8 years
1st Georgia Shuttleworth
2nd Payton Vave
3rd Carly Perham

9 years
1st Olivia Newald
2nd Selina Zhou
3rd Nane Dunn

10 years
1st Rachel Van Rensburg
2nd Nina Saathof
3rd Olivia Bang

11 Years
1st Ava Fiske
2nd Riley Vedder
3rd Nina Boylen

200 Metres Girls:

8 years
1st Georgia Shuttleworth
2nd Georgia Main
3rd Mackenna Van Der Heyden

9 years
1st Olivia Newald
2nd Nane Dunn
3rd Evie Muggeridge

10 years
1st Rachel Van Rensburg
2nd Nina Saathof
3rd Nina Cochrane

11 Years
1st Ava Fiske
2nd Riley Vedder
3rd Nina Boylen

400 Metres Girls:

10 years
1st Rachel Van Rensburg
2nd Nina Saathof
3rd Paige Bedford

11 Years
1st Ava Fiske
2nd Riley Vedder
3rd Nina Boylen

800 Metres Girls:

9 years
1st Evie Muggeridge
2nd Olivia Newald
3rd Selina Zhou

10 years
1st Nina Saathof
2nd Carissa Billing
3rd Paige Bedford

11 Years
1st Nina Boylen
2nd Riley Vedder
3rd Rose King

Discus Boys:

8 years
1st Arlo Sheehan
2nd Makaire Reweti
3rd Ted Saathof

9 years
1st Nga Hazeldine
2nd Landre Deetlefs
3rd Corban Fletcher

10 years
1st Carter Smith
2nd Kyser- James Kiore Turner
3rd Lucas Pahl

11 Years
1st Marcus Ryan
2nd Antony Zhang
3rd Coby De Loryn

Shot Put Boys:

8 years
1st Makaire Reweti
2nd Ted Saathof
3rd Yuvraj Gahlan

9 years
1st Nga Hazeldine
2nd Landre Deetlefs
3rd Corban Fletcher

10 years
1st Kyser- James Kiore Turner
2nd Carter Smith
3rd Eli Cyca

11 Years
1st Marcus Ryan
2nd Tayden Kaya
3rdEason Liao

Long Jump Boys:

8 years
1st Zach Lovell
2nd Ted Saathof
3rd Jayden Williams

9 years
1st Rhys Hamon
2nd equal Lockie Wade / Logan Cameron

10 years
1st Dylan Naude
2nd Carter Smith
3rd Kyser- James Kiore Turner

11 Years
1st Marcus Ryan
2nd Eason Liao
3rd Coby De Loryn

High Jump Boys:

8 years
1st Edward Saathof
2nd equal Jayden Williams/Zach Lovell

9 years
1st Corban Fletcher
2nd Leyon Syben
3rd Floyd Sanford

10 years
1st Carter Smith
2nd Dylan Naude
3rd Kian Lovell

11 Years
1st Marcus Ryan
2nd Leo Osborne
3rd Antony Zhang


60 Metres Boys:

9 years
1st Eli Liddell
2nd Leyon Syben
3rd Robert McMurdo

100 Metres Boys:

8 years
1st Zach Lovell
2nd Jayden Williams
3rd Jake Paki

9 years
1st Robert McMurdo
2nd Eli Liddell
3rd Leyon Syben

10 years
1st Dylan Naude
2nd Carter Smith
3rd Boston Mcmillan

11 Years
1st Marcus Ryan
2nd Samuel Chong
3rd Eason Liao

200 Metres Boys:

8 years
1st Zach Lovell
2nd Ted Saathof
3rd Ben Pahl

9 years
1st Robert McMurdo
2nd Tommy Flinn
3rd Logan Cameron

10 years
1st Carter Smith
2nd Dylan Naude
3rd Eli Cyca

11 Years
1st Marcus Ryan
2nd Samuel Chong
3rd Jack Duckett

400 Metres Boys:

10 years
1st Carter Smith
2nd Dylan Naude
3rd Boston McMillan

11 Years
1st Marcus Ryan
2nd Samuel Chong
3rd Jack Duckett

800 Metres Boys:

9 years
1st Robert McMurdo
2nd Floyd Sanford
3rd Tommy Flinn

10 years
1st Carter Smith
2nd Eli Cyca
3rd KiaLiam Wickett

11 Years
1st Marcus Ryan
2nd Jack Duckett
3rd Antony Zhang

LIBRARY & INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY CENTRE NEWS:

Annual Stocktake and Return of Library Books

Library Stocktake Update: Thank you to everyone who has helped by returning books, however we are still waiting for the return of 187 Library books issued to pupils!Please keep on searching and return any school books promptly (this includes classroom ‘Readers’). If books are not returned Emails/text messages/Invoices will be sent to parents/caregivers over the next few weeks.

Volunteers to help during Library Stock Take:

If anyone can offer assistance on the following days it would be greatly appreciated: Monday 27th November through to Friday 1st December at the following times 9:15am to 10:30am or 11:00am to 12:30pm or 1:30pm to 2:45pm. Please call 3486443 Ext 712 or email me patkinson@otonga.school.nz Thank you.

Reminder Scholastic Book Club Brochures

Offer 8 - closes tomorrow, Thursday 23rd November and Loop online orders will close on Friday 24th November.

Thank you everyone for your support.
Mrs Atkinson, Library Manager

Term 4 Diary

(Please note: dates/events may be added or changed without prior notice)
23 Nov Year 0 & 1 Ako Tui - Unison Swim Magic
Year 4 - Maketu Trip 9am-3pm
24 Nov Year 0 & 1 Ako Tui - Unison Swim Magic
27 Nov Y2 Ako Kiwi - Unison Swim Magic
28 Nov Y2 Ako Kiwi - Unison Swim Magic
BOT Meeting
Room 19 - Lara Lodge Visit 10-11:30am
29 Nov Y3 Ako Ruru - Unison Swim Magic
30 Nov Celebration of Learning Day
Y3 Ako Ruru - Unison Swim Magic
1 Dec Road Patrol Fun Day
Y4 Ako Kererū - Unison Swim Magic
Hui a Kura 11:45am-12:20pm – Hosted by Room 4 Ako Tui
4 Dec Y4 Ako Kererū - Unison Swim Magic
5 Dec Y5 Ako Kārearea - Unison Swim Magic
Interschool Year 4-6 Athletics
Year 2 Ako Kiwi - Fun Day 10:30am - 3pm
6 Dec Y5 Ako Kārearea - Unison Swim Magic
Y6 Ako Korimako - Graduation Dinner and Disco 4:45pm
FILL THE BUS - Please bring donations to the school office by 9am
7 Dec Y6 Ako Korimako - Unison Swim Magic
Y3 Ako Ruru - Whakaue Marae 9:15am-2:15pm
8 Dec Y6 Ako Korimako - Unison Swim Magic
12 Dec Leavers/Leadership Assembly 11am -12pm
13 Dec Last Day of Term 4 – School closes at 3pm

Term Dates 2023

TERM 4: Mon 9th October – Wed 13th December
(Labour Day – Monday 23rd October)
(Teacher Only Day - TOD) - Monday 13th November


New Entrant – Cohort Start Dates 2023

TERM 4 Cohort 8: Term 1, 2024

Term Dates 2024

TERM 1: Tue 30th January - Fri 12th April
Tues 30th January - OPP ‘Know me before you Teach me’ Meetings Day
Wed 31st January - All students back
(Waitangi Day - Tues 6th February)
(Good Friday – Fri 29th March)
(Easter - Monday 1st April)
(Easter - Tuesday 2nd April)

TERM 2: Mon 29th April – Fri 5th July
(Teacher Only Day - TOD) – Mon 27th May)
(King’s Birthday - Mon 3rd June)
(Matariki - Fri 28th June)

TERM 3: Mon 22nd July – Fri 27th September

TERM 4: Mon 14th October – Fri 13th December (TBC)
(Labour Day – Mon 28th October)

REGULAR WEEKLY NOTICES

ARRIVAL TIMES AT SCHOOL & BEFORE SCHOOL CARE

Students may only come to school at 8:15am please as any time before that creates a health and safety issue as there are no teachers available before this time unless in exceptional circumstances. Children will not be allowed into the classrooms until after 8:15am. Students arriving early need to be enrolled in before school care. If you need care before school or after school, this service is provided in the hall. To enrol your child or for more information please contact Leandri on 027 348 7707 or email info.otonga@osprograms.co.nz

BOT NEWS

If you would like to view our BOT Minutes, please contact Antonia Magness our BOT Secretary via amagness@otonga.school.nz.

BYMC (Bring Your Managed Chromebook)

A reminder for 2024 that chromebooks are encouraged
to be brought to school for years 4-6.

HEAD LICE

Head lice and nits are a common problem among school-aged children and can affect the whole school community. Lice and nits can easily spread from one person to another through close head-to-head contact or sharing personal items. The Ministry of Health recommends that students with live lice should stay away from school until treatment has started.
Parents/Caregivers are primarily responsible for identifying, treating, and preventing head lice by:
  • checking their child's hair regularly for signs of head lice or nits
  • treating the head lice or nits (e.g. combing and using a head lice shampoo/lotion)
  • informing the school if their child has head lice so that notification and treatment information can be shared as appropriate.

KINDO - Helpdesk Ph 0508 454 636

Kindo recommend that if you are having a problem using KINDO either on your computer or on the mobile phone app, that you contact the Kindo Helpdesk straight away. This way you can explain the exact problem you are having and KINDO can troubleshoot the issue while you are on the phone. Issues can arise for various reasons, usually they have to do with the web browser
(Firefox/Safari/Google Chrome etc) or the app platform (such as Apple iPhone/Android Google Play) being used. Because of this the issues can be quite different and not the same for everyone.
Please Note: St Andrew’s Bakery is no longer able to provide school lunches on Monday's for the indefinite future.

OTONGA SCHOOL APP

Absentee Email Function

A number of parents have contacted us to advise that they are having issues with our SchoolApp Absentee function, not being able to scroll down further on the screen to be able to type in a reason for the absentee. It seems this problem occurs if you are using an out-of-date version of our SchoolApp or if you are using an iPhone. Please make sure you are using the most current version of the SchoolApp, you may need to go to the Apple App Store or Google Play to download this. If you have an iPhone, when entering an absentee email, you need to select an 'Absent From' Date and click DONE before it will allow you to scroll further down. The 'Absent From' date automatically appears in the box, however you still need to click on this box, select a date and then click 'DONE'. If you have any further problems, please let us know.

SCHOOLDOCS - School Policies

We invite you to view/review our school policies at https://otonga.schooldocs.co.nz (Note that there is no "www.")

Our username is: otonga and password is: fourwinds

VisTab Sign-in Sponsor Needed

We are in search of a business to sponsor our VisTab - People Management System. All visitors sign in and out using VisTab on arrival/departure at reception in the school office. We will add your company logo at the bottom of the default screen. It is seen by many, even through the window when the school office is closed. The cost is $63.25 per month. Please contact the school office if you would like the opportunity. First in first served.

COMMUNITY EVENTS, NOTICES & SERVICES

Do the kids fancy themselves as the next Tom Abercrombie? Take them along to a BNZ Breakers game and show them the best of New Zealand basketball.
There are 8 home games remaining in Auckland this season and every game will have epic basketball and entertainment for the whole family. Mark your calendar and get behind the BNZ Breakers. Tickets on sale now at www.ticketmaster.co.nz
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