Welcome back for Term Two.
This term, while we continue to seek a replacement principal, Sharon will be overseeing the class from Mondays to Thursdays, with assistance from parent volunteers. I will also be at Living Way on Tuesdays and Thursdays, providing oversight of the school’s programme as Principal, teaching in class on Tuesdays, and keeping on top of Principal administrative responsibilities on Thursdays. On Fridays, all students are to be home schooled, please.
Thank you to Kerry Watson, Elizabeth Becroft, Catherine Kennedy, and Rachel Rewi for continuing to provide volunteer help in the classroom this term. We very much appreciate this support, which enables us to ensure that each child can receive a suitable level of individual attention for their learning. Thank you, too, to Marianne Coop for continuing to run a weekly garden programme for our primary students.
Should you have matters you need to discuss with staff, in the first instance, make an appointment with Sharon after school. However, if you need to meet with me after school for any reason, I will be available for appointments on Tuesday or Thursday afternoons.
On Charter Schools, Private Schools, and our purpose at Living Way….
You may have seen some articles in the press recently about the government’s plans to abolish charter schools. Living Way is not a charter school, so these changes do not affect us or other private schools like us. However, it is interesting to note that a recent report to the government on the effectiveness of charter schools shows that they have by and large been getting very good results [one would not think so from the media coverage we regularly see!].
Like charter schools, private schools such as Living Way continue to provide valuable educational alternatives to parents, and they quietly set about achieving great results. Thank you for enrolling your child at Living Way. Our vision is to assist you, the parents, to raise your children in a way that honours God, and that equips them to a find and fulfill the purposes God has for their lives.
A calendar for the term is being sent home with your child’s notebook today, but our school calendar of events can also be found in the Living Way website under “Upcoming Events” as well as in the side panel of the “School Newspaper” section.
Events for May are listed below…
FOS Meeting tomorrow night:
Tuesday, 1 May 2018, 7.30-9.00pm
We have our next FOS meeting tomorrow night. Please can we have a representative from each school family at this meeting to plan fundraising and social events. We will also update you on plans for this term.
Minutes of the last meeting were sent out at the end of Term 1 but are attached again for reference.
Careers Expo, Senior Students [Yrs 10-14]:
ASB Showgrounds, Thursday, May 24
We are planning to take our senior students to this event at the ASB Showgrounds, Greenlane, Auckland, again this year. It will give them an opportunity to find out about a wide range of career and study options. To help make the most of the day, we will be encouraging the students to choose in advance at least 3 exhibits that they would like to visit, and prepare relevant questions to ask.
- Departing, Living Way, 9.00am
- Returning to Living Way by 3.30 pm
- Cost: $15 petrol money [charged to your stationery account]
Bring lunch and drink and spending money [optional] for snack food on the return trip.
We also need an adult to provide transport and supervision for the day. Contact Sharon if you are keen to help.
Junior School Tabloid Sports [Years 1-3]
Tomarata School, Thursday, 24 May
At present, we only have the one student in this age group, but if any home schooling families would like their little ones to participate in this event under a Living Way banner, please contact the school for details.
Mouth-guards for Hockey
Students in Years 4-8 will need to have mouth-guards at school as we practice for the hockey and soccer tournament over the next few weeks, please. Older students [years 9-13] should also bring their mouth-guards along if they still have them and would like to participate in the practices, too.