BOARD OF TRUSTEES
After several years as Chairperson of our Board, Nathan Taylor has stood down from office but remains on our board as a valued member able to share his wisdom and experience. Iain Bamber has been elected to the Chair and we welcome his understanding of education and his passion to ensure we keep our students as the central focus of our efforts. We are fortunate to have great depth of governance on our Board as we take Bluestone into the future.
Message from the Ministry of Health
The Ministry of Health has asked that we pass on to you the attached letter from the Director of Public Health, Dr Darren Hunt, concerning the measles outbreaks. A copy of this letter will be on our the Ministry of Education website at: www.minedu.govt.nz/HealthMeaslesUpdates, or click on the letter below.
3 WAY CONFERENCE BOOKINGS
To create your booking simply click on the Interview bookings tab on the left of this page and follow the instructions. Bookings close Sunday 9 March.
EDUCATION REVIEW OFFICE VISITING BLUESTONE
Bluestone was last reviewed by ERO in 2009. With a highly successful review the school was placed on a 4-5 year review cycle. After 5 years we have learned ERO will revisit us in Term 2.
The purpose of ERO’s reviews is to give parents and the wider school community assurance about the quality of education that schools provide and their children receive. An ERO school report answers the question “How effectively is this school’s curriculum promoting student learning - engagement, progress and achievement?” Under that overarching question ERO reports on the quality of education and learning outcomes for children and for specific groups of children including Māori students, Pacific students and students with special needs. ERO also reports on the quality of the school’s systems for sustaining and continuing improvements.
RELAY FOR LIFE
More than 50 of our Year 7-8 students are walking in the Relay For Life event at Caroline Bay March 8 & 9.
They will help raise money for the very worthy cause of supporting people with cancer and their families at a local level. We are proud of the efforts of our students. If you would like to sponsor our children please contact the office. Our Mufti Day on Thursday 27 February raised a terrific $640 towards Relay For Life. What a result!
We appreciate students being well turned out in tidy, clean uniforms. It is a credit to see the high standard this year. We remind you that black shorts and track pants are just plain black and do not have logos or words visible. Thankyou for your attention to this matter.
Welcome to the 2014 SCHOOL YEAR
We remind you that any students biking or riding scooters or skateboards to and from school require a helmet.
As we are a sunsmart school all children and staff are required to wear a brimmed hat when outside in term 1.
TIMARU SCHOOL OF MUSIC
Timaru School of Music offers free tuition in small groups for strings, wind, brass, guitar and ukulele. Lessons are held after school. Hire instruments are available and a one-off fee of $20 is payable. Enrolments continue on Wednesday February 12 from 4-6pm at Waimataitai School Hall. Thereafter phone 684 8479 or 684 4465 or email email@example.com
News and Information at Bluestone in 2014
In 2014 newsletters will be sent home on the first Wednesday of each term and every second week thereafter. Weekly news will be published on our website and via the Principal's email tree to parents. If you want to receive these email updates (including breaking news) then just email firstname.lastname@example.org and ask to be included in parent emails
New Learning Team at Bluestone
This year at Bluestone we are creating a new learning team.
Our three New Entrant Reception classes will work together in a team called Te Tahi
We have created a new space designed as a Modern Learning Environment. Three teachers will work together. Two teachers in the team will have uninterrupted, focused teaching with groups of children while the third teacher works with the other students to ensure children are on task and involved in purposeful activity that challenges them and adds to their learning. The teachers will rotate their roles during the day. This approach will ensure our New Entrant children have a great start to their learning at Bluestone.
Otipua Wetlands area for development by Bluestone School
We have adopted an area of the Otipua Wetlands to further develop. The area does have some trees and shrubs planted but these have become very overgrown. We will de-stress these by pulling the grass away from around the bottom of them. We will also do further plantings. This is a long term project so students will be involved in planning what we do. Look under the Our Learning tab and select Otipua Wetlands for pictures of progress and for further detail. If you would like to get involved in this project we would love to hear from you.
Student Safety extending to helmets for those on scooters or skateboards
We are asking all students who ride scooters or skateboards to school to wear a helmet.
If children are involved in an accident the helmet could prevent injury.
Students riding scooters or skateboards on paths need to take extreme care with motorists pulling out of or in to drive ways. Our students need to look and listen and not assume the motorists will stop.
We appreciate the support of parents in discussing this important matter with students. We will also reinforce this through class lessons and through sessions with our Police Education Officers.
Email updates for parents
If as a parent you would like to get emails telling you about important news each week then simply email to email@example.com and in the subject line type Parent Information please
BOARD OF TRUSTEES
SCHOOL YEAR CALENDAR
Our board consists of Parent Elected Reps, Iain Bamber, Andrew Dyne, Adrian Gray, Leola Smith, Nathan Taylor, and a Staff Rep, Justine Reihana, and Principal, Ian Poulter.
You can view the calendar of this year's events by clicking on the Our Information
tag and then the Calendar
THE WEEK THAT WAS
You can view this by clicking on the Our Media tab on our home page.