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Thursday 1 April 2021
As a school, we have now completed 6 out of the 10 coaching sessions at Splash Palace. It is great to be able to have consecutive lessons that build momentum and enable students to make easy connections with what they were learning the previous day. However, it comes with a toll and our staff and students are tired! I think it is fair to say that we are all looking forward to Easter!
Today we honour Ray McKay who has decided to hang up the keys after 33 years of postal service to Myross Bush School and the wider community. We thank him for his timely and helpful service but also want to acknowledge the gentleman-like way he performed his role. Ray you are a legend - thank you!

Congratulations to ex-pupil Sophie White who won the Southland-Otago Dairy Trainee of the Year award last week in her first season in the dairy industry. Good luck for the Nationals coming up Sophie.
“I’m so proud of where I am in all aspects. I started farming without knowing a cow’s teat from her ear, and now I feel I have such a broad range of knowledge and can care for cows throughout each part of the season.”

We are excited to share that the school has invested in two new tools to further strengthen our Learning Support Program:
1) CoPS is a child friendly assessment, for those aged 4-7 years, to identify cognitive strengths and weaknesses, and difficulties with literacy learning.
2) LASS assesses the literacy and cognitive skills of children aged 8–11 to develop detailed profiles of their particular strengths and weaknesses, including an indicator of dyslexia.

These advanced tools will help Mrs Watt (our Special Education Needs Coordinator) and staff to target areas of need earlier. It will also enable us to measure progress within areas of learning that have previously been difficult to gain data on. 
Staff professional development for Term 1 has been intentional on developing Te Reo (language) and Tikanga (culture) Māori.
We are supported in this process by Raiha Johnson who is a credited Professional Development Facilitator.
Staff are excited about the journey we are on as we build on last years growth and continue to develop our knowledge and confidence in the Māori world view. 
We are running an Amnesty until the end of Term 1 for any school resources that are discovered at home. These may include school visi-vests, student readers, tracksuits, etc.
Now is the time to bring them back, no questions asked. Thank you!
Sports News
Reminder: The final day for taking Sports Registrations will be today. No registrations will be taken after 8pm tonight.

Please log into Enrolmy to register your child for the following sports: Table Tennis, Hockey, Future Ferns Netball and Squash.
This year Myross Bush School are running the Southern Zone Cross Country. It will be held at Woodlands Agricentre on Friday 11 June.
We will require help from our community to set up the course on the afternoon of Thursday 10 June and then to run this event on the day.
There will be a variety of jobs that you can support us with. If you would like to be a part of the Cross Country organising team please email Mel Lemin at Thanks in advance.
Congratulations to Charlotte Hawkes who represented Southland for Athletics in Dunedin at the "Tyson Challenge" (comp between Southland, Otago & Canterbury) recently. 
Charlotte got 1st in 60m, 100m, 200m, 4x100m relay team and 2nd in long jump. She also got personal bests in all her running events!

Congratulations to Charlotte Gentle on winning the Novice Jazz competition under 8yrs last weekend.
Congratulations to Pippa Gentle who won the Junior Jazz Championship Under 10 years section last weekend and also a special award....'Miss Junior Personality'!

Congratulations to Pippa Brown who came second in the Otago Junior Tennis Open Under 10 girls.
MB Dolphins lost to Middle Sharks 8–7
POD: Oliver
MB Dolphins won against Otatara Orcas 11–9
POD: Charlotte
Friends of School
To maintain many of the great services we run for students and families we require parent helpers. Please click on the link below if you could help with one of the following: Journal group, book covering, production costume sewing, Enviro Schools programme, BBQ Fridays in Term 2, Pet Day organisation, Disco, Book Club organiser, laminating class photos, Cross Country stall helpers, reading to children, etc.
Support Myross Bush School by grabbing an Entertainment APP.
For every two apps purchased, a new plant will be purchased for the Ngahere (planting area) that is being developed in Term 2.

2 for 1 offers, special rates and up to 50% off dining, takeaways, shopping, & activities throughout Southland, Southland, Central Otago, Otago & Oamaru.
Until the 15th April receive a bonus $10 or $20 Countdown or JB HiFi voucher with your purchase. Valid for 12 months from activation. Downloadable on up to 4 devices.
Whakatauki (Proverb)
“Ka whāia te wāhie mo takurua ka mahia te kai mo te tau.”
If you look for firewood in the winter, you will have plenty of food all year round.
School Calendar
Week 9
  • Friday 2 April
    • Easter Friday
Week 10
School Swimming - Wed and Thurs from 1.15-2.15pm at Splash Palace
  • Monday 5 April
    • Easter Monday
  • Tuesday 6
    • Easter Tuesday + Southland Anniversary Day
  • Thursday 8
    • Kids Lit Quiz - Gore
  • Friday 9
    • Southern Zone Swimming Champs
    • 2.15pm Kawaka are leading our School Assembly
Week 11
School Swimming - Tues and Wed from 1.15-2.15pm at Splash Palace
  • Tuesday 13 April
    • 2.45pm Mahitahi Hui - Library
  • Thursday 15
    • 12-2.30pm School Swimming Sports - Splash Palace
  • Friday 16
    • 2.15pm Matai are leading our School Assembly
    • Last day of Term 1
Community Notices

We are in the process of completing a feasibility survey for the installation of a privately funded Fibre Broadband network for the Myross Bush community.  This will require an initial contribution per property owner of an estimated $2,000.  However, this will be followed by 12 months of free ultra fast fibre connection.  

Please complete the following survey which has more information on the proposed project.  It would be greatly appreciated if you could also discuss this with your neighbours to help us canvas the entire community.  

Thank you for your time.  
Michal Gray & Nick Redding. 
Fundraiser for the Dipton Volunteer Fire Brigade.

Dipton “Big Dipper” Trail Ride  Two 30 to 40 km loops suitable for all ages and ATVs, plus lots of expert loops for a bigger challenge.  Sunday 4 April from 8:30 am at 106 Spirit Burn Road, Dipton (Signposted from Dipton village).  Food and drink are available on the day. 
Check out the details on Facebook. (including trail videos).  
Raewyn Hansen (Bachelor of Education & Adv Dip Teaching) Owner NumberWorks'nWords
Ph: (03) 218-6804
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Applications for funding for Ngai Tahu registered children to receive tuition in either Maths or English (at least a term) close on line 19 April 2021 for term 2 tuition. Go to this link for more information:
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