FRIDAY 16th MARCH 2012
KIA ORA, MALO E LELEI, TALOFA LAVA,
FAKAALOFA LAHI ATU,
KIA ORANA,NAMASTE, NI HAO,
Greetings everyone – I trust that the year has started well for you all, and that your children (and you) are enjoying being part of Viscount Learning Community.
Welcome to the 110 new students we have enrolled so far this year!
Many thanks to all those parents who let us know when their children are absent, either by phoning, visiting or e-mailing us.
Also, it is much appreciated when a student brings a note to school when they are returning from being away! If we do not know why your child is absent on any day,
we will assume that you do not know either, and we will contact the Truancy Services available to us. Please make sure that your children get to school every day (unless they are sick),
as we know that those students with the best attendance are the students with the best learning outcomes!
Mangere College is recently having some trouble ensuring that children do not use their pool after the school has closed each day, and on the weekends. I have already spoken to a couple of families about this problem – please make sure that YOUR children are not going into these pools – the dangers of kids drowning whilst unsupervised are very great.
We have a policy of NOT allowing students to bring these devices to school, as we cannot ensure that they will be safe, and we are not prepared to be responsible for monitoring children’s use of mobile phones (especially TEXTING!). If any students are caught bringing these devices to school we will take them away and store them in the office for the day, where they can be picked up at 3p.m.
If any students persist in bringing them along, we may have to keep them for longer!
Well done to all those families who have their children in uniform everyday – it certainly looks impressive walking into classrooms where all the students are wearing their uniforms proudly. It is really important that all children have a t-shirt and shorts for P.E. or Sports each day – this helps to keep their school uniform clean (and not smelly!).
We have quite a bit of second-hand uniform available – just ask at the office if you need some of this.
Thanks to a very keen of dedicated teachers our Breakfast Club will continue to run each Tuesday and Thursday mornings at 8.15a.m.
Our Y.7/8 students are again enjoying taking part in a wide-range of Second Language classes organized for them. Under the leadership of Ms. Mes (our Information Studies Specialist), we have a strong group of very committed teachers who have all done significant extra studies to enable them to teach a second language effectively. This year our students are learning Maori, Samoan, Mandarin, Spanish and French. We recently welcomed the arrival of Ms. Chung, our new Chinese Language Assistant straight from Shanghai in China. We also wish Ms. O’Dwyer (R.21 teacher)
good luck for her adventures starting next week, when she travels to Argentina on an A.F.S. Scholarship to improve her abilities to speak and teach Spanish.
Our B.O.T. is very keen to get to know their teachers and community better, so that they can ensure that their time spent supporting Viscount Learning Community has maximum impact.
- Ms. Leanne Anaru is our Chairperson and has been a committed, hardworking board member since 2002. Leanne has lived locally for many years, her husband Norman is an ex-student of Viscount, and Leanne currently is the C.E.O. of a Maori Language Pre-school Centre at A.U.T.
- Ms. Ioana Mulipola has been a board member for 5/6 years now. Ioana also has lived locally for several years, her children have all attended Viscount, and she currently works in the Health sector at Middlemore Hospital.
- Mr. Sakeasi (Lulu) Taumalolo has been a board member for several years also, all his children have attended Viscount, and he is a strong supporter of all things happening at school. Lulu was a rugby player of some note in his time, playing on the wing for the Auckland Provincial team, and now he is a Security Officer in Auckland City.
- Ms. Sala Brown is in her second term on our board, and is an ex-student of Viscount. Sala is full Tongan, has lived in Mangere most of her life, and currently works for one of the largest logistics company in the world as a Global & Multi-National Account Manager.
- Ms. Josephine Samuelu is in her first term on our board, and is of Samoan descent, coming from Apia and Papa Sataua in Savaii. Josephine has worked in the Health sector for 20 years, and currently works at Counties Manukau District Health Board as a Workforce Consultant. Both of Josephine’s children have attended Viscount, with Lana still in Year 8.
- Ms. Anna Hunkin is also in her first term on our board, and has lived locally for some years now since relocating to Mangere from Samoa. Anna still has a daughter at Viscount, and Anna currently works for Air New Zealand.
- Ms. Amy Charles is our Staff Representative on the board, and has been doing this job now for 6/7 years. Amy has taught at Viscount since arriving in N.Z. from England 10 years ago.
Your Board of Trustees members are all keenly interested in making sure that Viscount is the BEST school to work and learn at. They are all hard working people in their own lives and families, and are always enthusiastic to talk with any parents/teachers about ways that we can continue to improve the opportunities we provide for our students to become GREAT LEARNERS!
Y. 7/8 SOFTBALL
Congratulations to our 3 teams here:-
- Y. 8 Boys – Won 2 Lost 2 Drew 1 at their Zone Day
- Y. 7/8 Girls – Finished 3rd at their Zone Day
- Y. 7 Boys – Won their Zone Day and competed strongly at the Auckland Championships this week.
Y. 7/8 CRICKET
Our Girl’s Team practised hard for their competition games this term – due to a lack of entries from other schools in our area, the girls only got to play one game, going down by 1 run to Somerville Intermediate – a disappointing lack of opportunities for a very keen group of cricket girls.
Our Boy’s Team has played and beaten their first 2 opponents, Sancta Maria College and Papatoetoe Intermediate, and now face Bucklands Beach Int. in the Auckland Quarter Finals. Good luck to the boys next week – CONGRATULATIONS to Ofa Fangupo for being the FIRST boy at Viscount to ever score a century in a game when the team played Papatoetoe Int. recently.
PRIMARY SOFTBALL & CRICKET
Our Primary teams are all looking forward to their Field Days next week (Thursday 22nd March). Softball will be at Aorere Park, and Cricket at Centre Park.
Building is on track for our new Dental Clinic to be open for business in early May.
Until then dental services for your children will be available at:
Buckland Road Community Dental Clinic
225 Buckland Rd East, Ph: 4427208
Koru School Dental Clinic
71 Robertson Rd, Ph: 2759647
For any Dental Emergency and/or Relief of Pain (ROP) options please contact the above clinics, or call 0800 Talk Teeth (0800 825 583)