Te Kura o Tihiōtonga

Otonga Primary School

FOUR WINDS NEWS - 19th June 2024

PRINCIPAL’S NEWS – TERM 2 WEEK 8

Kia ora Koutou - Dear Parents and Caregivers

The Rainbow Fish Musical Production Term 3 2024

We have some very exciting news to share with you. An Otonga School Te Kura o Tihiōtonga first… in association with Lakes Performing Arts Centre will be
performing…

Coming to our school aquarium near you!


Rainbow Fish Launch Video here:

Are you ready?

All of our students will get an opportunity to take part in The Rainbow Fish production.
We are calling for lead role auditions now for students from Y4-6.
If you think you've got what it takes, let your teacher know and collect an audition notice from the office!


OPP Meetings

It was fantastic to see over 92% of our families at OPP Meetings! Parent feedback to our teachers was overwhelmingly positive. As always, these are very special events discussing student’s learning progress, goals and achievements.

If you are unable to attend a meeting, please get in touch with your child's teacher.
Kind regards
Mr Gareth Cunliffe

JUMPING JUNE

On Friday 21st June we will be participating in Jumping June. A skipping event that will help get kids moving and raising funds for an incredible cause! Proceeds raised in Jumping June will support the Heart Foundation in their goal to help everyone in New Zealand keep their hearts fit for life. On top of this each child that raises above $10 will receive an awesome prize. The more raised the more awesome the prize. A letter went home with a sponsor booklet. Everything is done online and there is no cash involved, sponsors can come from all over the world! Details of how to sign up are in the booklet. The letter sent home also explains the event in more detail. Please sign in at https://www.jumpingjune.co.nz/ and create a student profile. The sign up is open now!

Whittaker's Chocolate Fundraiser

All money and unsold chocolates are now due back at school, please return these as soon as possible! Thank you.

LEARNING SNAPSHOT AT OTONGA SCHOOL

TE KURA O TIHIōTONGA

Term 2, Week 8 - Ako Kiwi (Year 2)

Marvellous Machines in Ako Kiwi

Term 2 has been an opportunity for great learning for the Kiwi Ako, Year 2 team. Our classes have interpreted

Marvellous Machines

according to the interests of the students, with many kinds of machines and vehicles being the motivation for the learning. Students have been excited to learn new knowledge and practise the skills for reading, writing, maths, science and the arts while engaging in this context.
Different kinds of cars were crafted, including some that were powered by balloons! Students used truck videos as a motivation for drawing and writing about their own truck, imagining a brand and the contents of their truck. Train carriages were made by recycling the chocolate boxes and used to display word families for learning
Hot air balloons were also a fascination. Some students learnt about how they worked, then used a crafted version to display words they remembered how to spell.
Catapults were tested and simple machines, such as incline, pulleys, wheels and axles were all explored in contexts of play and investigation.
Marble runs were created and experimented with and trialling the use of different materials and styles.
Deconstruction is a play urge and a way of encouraging curiosity and understanding. Some classes have been taking apart small machines to find out what’s inside! Writing about thoughts, ideas and findings is fun when it relates to students' experiences.
Paper phones were made, tested and were used in imaginary play.
Finally, the International Day of Play fitted seamlessly into our theme. We created robots and used them as a vehicle for collaboration, working with classmates and with older students from across the school.

We will be able to blend our learning into our next theme for the remainder of the term, Matariki. Rockets will take us into the sky to the realm of stars, planets and the changes that occur with reaching and celebrating the shortest day!

First Credit Union - KIDS FIRST Newsletter

The KidsFirst newsletter is back! and it is packed with tips/information to help whanau achieve their financial goals and this term there is a Matariki themed colouring competition where the kids can WIN one of 5 x $20 Warehouse Gift Cards.

Colouring competition closes at 4:30pm on Friday 5 July!
Bring your completed entry to the office or email them to marketing@firstcu.co.nz.

Please click on the
link to view a pdf of this newsletter.

Term 2 Diary

(Please note: dates/events may be added or changed without prior notice)
12 Jun Otonga Progress Plans (OPP) Meetings
13 Jun Otonga Progress Plans (OPP) Meetings
14 Jun Hui-a-Kura - Hosted by Rm 13
18 Jun Otonga Progress Plans (OPP) Meetings
21 Jun Hui-a-Kura - Hosted by Rm 18
21 Jun Jumping June Event
24 Jun Ako Ako Korimako Year 6 - Tangatarua Marae visit
25 Jun Ako Tui Year 1 - Tangatarua Marae visit
25 Jun BOP Cross Country
25 Jun BOT Meeting 6pm
27 Jun Matariki Celebration Day
28 Jun Matariki Day - Public Holiday - SCHOOL CLOSED
5 Jul Hui-a-Kura - Hosted by Rm 19
5 Jul Last Day of Term 2 – School closes at 3pm

Term Dates 2024

TERM 2: Mon 29th April – Fri 5th July
(Rotorua Central Kahui Ako Teacher Only Day – Mon 27th May - School Closed)
(King’s Birthday Holiday - Mon 3rd June)
(Matariki Holiday - 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.

By-election to be held

In the coming weeks we will be conducting a by-election for two parent representatives on the Otonga Board of Trustees. The calendar of events for this is below:
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.
If you would like to support Te Waarakihi's journey while he fights
to get healthy again, here is a link to his give a little page if
you would prefer to donate $ or cannot donate blood.
https://givealittle.co.nz/cause/what-is-aplastic-aneamia

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.

Lost Property

Please ensure your child's clothing, sunhat, book bag, drink bottle and lunch box are named so that if they are left behind at school they can be returned to your child. Any unnamed items will be placed in the Lost Property shed beside the hall. This will be open daily. On Tuesdays and Fridays (weather permitting) all items from the shed will be on display on the wall at the rear of the hall for students and parents to check.

ORAL HEALTH

If your child needs to be seen by the Community Oral Health dental team please call 0800 525 378.

After hours or emergency – please contact Lakes Primecare
or ED at Rotorua Hospital

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.

Pedestrian Crossings and Roundabouts

We need to remind our children that road crossing (at any point) should only be done at walking pace (ie not running or riding) this gives drivers an opportunity to see people crossing roads and react if necessary. While pedestrian crossings are the safest place to cross, they still need to be used safely.
Crossing the Road
Students should cross the road using kerb drill:
Stop one step away from the kerb, or edge of the road.
Look all ways that traffic might be approaching.
Listen for traffic.
When the road is clear, walk briskly across, looking each way for traffic.

Using the Pedestrian Crossing
Students should use the pedestrian crossing if there is one available. The law says that if you are within 20 metres of a pedestrian crossing or traffic lights, you must use them. This is very important to pedestrians who cross over Springfield Road by Jackson Park Kindergarten as some are crossing straight over the road without using the crossings.

Children sometimes believe that being on the pedestrian crossing is quite safe and that cars will automatically stop. They need to be reminded to use the kerb drill in the usual way.

More useful resources:
https://www.police.govt.nz/advice-services/personal-community-safety/school-portal/resources/travelling-safely/road-safety

Protect against MEASLES

Just a reminder to be vigilant in the face of an increased risk of measles around the motu. Keep registers up to date and remember the best protection against measles is two doses of the MMR vaccine.

Check your immunisation register:
Measles information – Ministry of Education

Find out if you need a measles vaccination – Te Whatu Ora

Te Whatu Ora has more information on measles on its website:

Measles – Te Whatu Ora

Riding Safely in Otonga School

SCHOOL PARKING & TRAFFIC MANAGEMENT

A reminder for everyone!

No U-turns and No 3-point-turns along Otonga Road outside School.

Drop Off / Pick Up Zone

This area in front of the school (adjoining the school crossing, inside the blue bollards) is a 5-minute loading zone only. Cars are not to be left unattended or parked for longer than 5 minutes. As this area is a drop off / pick up zone only - your child must be able to get in and out of the car by themselves.

Admin/Office & Staff Car Parks

These are Staff ONLY areas – Strictly No Entry for Parents/Pupils. Please DO NOT use these areas as a drop off or pick up zone. Our staff car park cannot fully cater for all the staff cars. For safety reasons, parents and visitors are asked to park on the road paying careful attention not to park on the yellow lines or across our neighbour's driveways.


Car Parking and Pupil Safety

In the interests of child safety, we ask that parents take particular care when driving or parking near the school. Please be vigilant towards pedestrians and cyclists!

A reminder for everyone!

No U-turns along Otonga Road
outside School.
There is an official traffic no
U -Turn signposted.
• No parking in the bus bay.
• No parking or blocking driveways.
• No double parking.
• No parking on the grass verge.
• No parking on traffic islands or
yellow lines.
• No blocking or stopping on
pedestrian crossing
Watch out for cyclists!
• Only cross Otonga Road at the
crossing with your children.
The main issue concerning the roads and traffic flow is CONSIDERATION of others. Please: CONSIDER Children’s safety, on foot and on bikes. CONSIDER local residents’ access. CONSIDER other drivers.


Suggestions for making traffic flow easier:

• Arrive a little later to pick up children (by 3:10pm, Otonga Road is half empty)
• Find pick-up/drop off points a little distance away from the school.
(eg above Kiwi St going up Otonga Rd)
• Use the McDowell Street circuit to put you on the school side of the road.

Spare Clothes

Please ensure that all students have a set of spare clothes packed in their bags at all times. The weather can be unpredictable and accidents do happen. Slipping over in the mud & getting wet through are regular occurrences, as we encourage outdoor play in all weather. It is bound to happen at some stage, so best be prepared.

Sun Safety

Please ensure your children are coming to school with a sunhat and sunblock applied every day during Term 1 and Term 4. Even on overcast days, you can get burnt. Hats are really important. A full drink bottle for water is a must. Students without hats will need to play in the shade while outside.


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

After school art lessons with Janet Keen enrolling NOW

Drawing, painting, mosaics, over 30 lessons to choose from.
Wednesdays 4:35pm to 5:35pm and Thursdays 4:35pm to 5:35pm
Enrolling for remainder of term 2, and terms 3 & 4.
Small classes, friendly, safe, quiet, organic environment
All Enquiries welcome.
Text or Phone 027 351 3887 or email janet@jkeen.net. 374 Clayton Road, Rotorua

Matariki Drone Show

AROUNI Indigenous Arts Festival with First Lights presents ‘Matariki’, a drone light, sound and story event this midwinter at the Rotorua Lakefront, Aotearoa. Created by Māori artists Cian Elyse White (Ngāti Pikiao) and Mataia Keepa (Ngāti Whakaue), Matariki (the Māori name for the cluster of stars also known as the Pleiades) tells the stories of environmental markers connected to this star cluster, as well as the large Waka or Canoe (Te Waka o Rangi) and it’s captain Taramainuku.

Throughout the year, Taramainuku traverses the sky with a large net, collecting the souls of our loved ones who have passed away across the year. During the month of May, Te Waka o Rangi sails beneath the horizon, rising again in June/July. When it rises, Taramainuku casts his net into the sky, releasing the collected souls to be immortalised forever as stars. Signalling the start of a new year, ‘Matariki’ invites audiences to look to the night sky and consider their human connection to the celestial realm.

When: Thursday the 27th and Friday the 28th of June
Time: Rotorua Night Markets from 5:00PM.
Drone light show starts at 8:00PM on the dot.
Where: Rotorua Lakefront | Kouramāwhitiwhiti
Cost: Free and suitable for the whole whānau

Waiariki Women's Refuge - Call for help!

WWR is needing to a big supply drive for whānau that are coming into the service. At the moment, there are 3-4 families in crisis accessing the service. (Rotorua has one of the highest incidences of Family Harm in New Zealand, so our help will be very much appreciated.)

Please drop the following off at the School Office:
Nappies (all sizes), Wipes, New underwear and socks for our mums and tamariki, Shampoos and bodywashes.
Non-perishable food items such as: Snacks and lunch items for tamariki, pasta sauces, food preparation items, tinned sauces and foods, food bases, gravies, sugars, coffees, long life milk, and other food items, breakfast cereals, ready to heat meals (like noodles, soups etc.).

Things for the deep freezer like bread, frozen veggies and frozen food.
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