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Awakeri School


Dear Parents
It's an exciting week at school. The space net is open! Classes have been rostered to play on it in break time. Classes have also been using the net in class time for fitness. The space net is due to our Top School fundraiser, which has bought us many things over the years. So, on behalf of the children using the space net, a big thank you to all those who have helped with Top School over the past few years.
A glorious day yesterday for the interschool cross country at Manawahe. The day was organised by Thornton School. Our team was put together by Louise Howard and trained by Naomi Courtney-Tennent. They performed brilliantly, with lots of high placings and wins. The results will be available very soon. Congratulations!
Three mornings a week the day at school starts with jump jam. This is a fitness to music programme and it is a great way to warm up for the day. Nic Laurent has organised things so a teacher leads the first jump jam song each day, then a volunteer group of students leads the second jump jam. There are lots of children keen to lead the school in this, about ten different groups, from Room 4 upwards have turns at leading the school. It always leaves people with a smile to start the day, including a number of parents who have just dropped their children at school and who stay to watch the jump jam!
Welcome back to Pete and Cathy next week from their well-earned break.
Good luck to the senior students who get into the speech finals, held at school this coming Wednesday at 7pm. All welcome. The attention of senior students then turns to Science Fair. They should have all received a notice about the requirements for science fair and they should be deciding on their topics.
Disco!! The group going to Singapore are holding a fundraising disco on Friday 16 June. It is a fancy dress disco with a theme of Sports Stars. More details further on in the newsletter.
Helping your kid succeed (ideas from our web site Helping page) – Read to them, play games involving maths with them (e.g. card games), check out this online Maths dictionary http://www.amathsdictionaryforkids.com/dictionary.html Be positive! "I'm sure you can do it / work it out" goes a long way. Don't tell your child he/she is slow / stupid / just like his father etc. Don't compare your child to other kids / older brothers & sisters. Children should be trying to be themselves. Children will live out negative prophesies.
To finish… a Maths challenge. First correct answer emailed to me wins a chocolate bar! Supa Cycles make both two-wheeled bicycles and three-wheeled tricycles. Last week they made 12 in total, and used 31 wheels. How many tricycles did they make?
Kia ora tatou katoa
Barrie Hawkes, Acting Principal. email barriehawkes@awakeri.school.nz

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