WEEKLY NEWSLETTER

6 May 2022 | Tiakina te Taiao - Kia hono ngā ākonga

COMING UP

Monday, 9 May 
Life Education Truck final day

Tuesday, 10 May
Kapa Haka begins

Friday, 13 May
Whānau Friday 8:30am - 8:55am
Assembly Kiwi and Pīwakawaka 9am

Tuesday, 17 May 
BoT Meeting 6:30pm

Wednesday, 18 May
Year 1/2 Movement Madness at Ōmata 1pm

Thursday, 19 May
Year 3/4 Movement Madness at Ōmata 1pm

PLAYERS OF THE DAY

Netball
Talia Antill
Ellie Skittrup
Peyton Valentine

WELCOME

A very warm welcome to our new students that have begun at Ōmata School in Ruma Kiwi this week, Darcy Smith and Hayven Bennett.

SCULPTURE AT ŌMATA ORCHARD ENTRANCE

A new sculpture has been installed at the entrance to our school orchard. You may have already noticed that the Koru design is the same design on our Ōmata sports uniforms. It represents the tuakana-teina relationship that exists between our tamariki, while conveying the growth in learning and spirit which unfolds, as children develop into young adults. The wai symbols below the two koru acknowledges the Waireka Stream and the importance of water, as the essence of life.

COVID - ORANGE SETTING

With the relaxing of the covid restrictions it has been wonderful to be able to resume some of our more regular activities and programmes. These include assemblies, inter-school sports, Art Gallery visits, Movement Madness, Life Education, Kapa Haka and more. 

It was also wonderful to reconnect this morning with a number of our parents who came along to the ‘Whānau Friday’. This is a weekly event, so please feel free to come along next Friday before school. It is an opportunity for you to visit your child’s classroom, see some of the wonderful learning that is taking place and catch up with other parents over a tea or coffee.

On all other days, we would encourage parents to continue with how things have been operating around pick-up and drop-off times. This seems to be working extremely well and is not only fostering independence in our tamariki, but is also minimising any disruptions to the classrooms.

While masks are no longer compulsory, Ministry of Health advice is that masks continue to be strongly encouraged when indoors. For that reason, we ask that visitors to the school, including parents and whānau, wear a mask whenever they are indoors on school grounds. 

As always, if you have any concerns or are unsure of anything, please make contact.

TEACHING STAFF

A warm welcome to Mr John Elliot and Miss Devon Gray. John is working alongside Renee Coffey in Korimako for Term 2. While Devon will be working closely with Mrs Aylward in Tūī for 7 weeks, as part of her teacher training.

TERM 2 CALENDAR 2022

The Term 2 planner is available on our website and also shown below. This is good to keep handy, although please note it is up to date as of today and that sometimes things need to be changed. Keep an eye on the newsletters every week for confirmation or any alterations. Please make sure you are subscribed to our newsletters so you can keep up to date on these.

ASSEMBLIES TERM TWO - 9AM START

Week 2 - Friday 13th May - Kiwi & Pīwakawaka
Week 3 - Friday 20th May - Pūkeko & Tūī
Week 4 - Friday 27th May - Kōtare & Korimako
Week 5 - Friday 3rd June - Ruru
Week 6 - Friday 10th June - Kiwi & Pīwakawaka
Week 7 - Friday 17th June - Pūkeko & Tūī
Week 9 - Friday 1st July - Music Assembly (Kiwi, Pūkeko, Pīwakawaka & Tūī)
Week 10 - Friday 8th July - Music Assembly (Kōtare, Korimako & Ruru)

SPORTS AWARDS

Sports awards are going to be handed out in classrooms on a weekly basis. If your child has won ‘Player of the Day’ please email office@omata.school.nz by Wednesday and include a short description as to what the ‘Player of the Day’ was awarded for. 

SCHOOL FIELDS

A big thank you to the Pardington family, who came in over the holidays and repaired the football goal areas with soil and grass seed. Also, thank you to the teachers who marked out the fields during the holidays in preparation for winter sports.

GARDEN CLUB

As we are now able to have parents onsite we are pleased to inform you that Garden Club will be recommencing next week on Thursday 12th of May at 1:30pm. Garden Club will be run fortnightly over the winter. Please ensure children involved in the Garden Club bring old clothes on those days. Any whānau that would like to help out on these days are more than welcome to come along. 

ORCHARD WORKING BEE

We are having a working bee in the orchard on Saturday the 21st May from 10am-12pm. The orchard is in need of a good tidy up in preparation for new planting. Please bring along any gardening equipment you might have. If you have any questions please contact Vicky at vicky@omata.school.nz. We look forward to seeing you. Many hands make light work!

LIFE EDUCATION

We are lucky enough to have the life Education truck with us at school this week. Megan and her trusty sidekick, ‘Harold the Giraffe’, have been covering a number of different topics with the classes. Here is Pīwakawaka learning all about ‘Food and Nutrition’.
 

COMMUNITY NOTICES

New Plymouth Harriers
Ōmata School
Holloway Road, RD 4, New Plymouth 4374
(06) 751 2308

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