Kia ora

Kia ora,

I hope you have all had a fabulous week and have enjoyed the continued sunny weather. It’s been another exciting week here; a little less frantic than last week, but fun all the same.

So what’s been happening this week?

· Our students have been very busy all week. I am really pleased and proud of how our students have returned to school with fabulous attitudes and are really focused on their learning.  What I am enjoying most about the role that I am in, is that I have moments during the day when I can pop around classrooms and see what everyone is doing. What I am seeing excites and impresses me; students who are on task and making the most of learning opportunities provided by their enthusiastic and inspiring teachers.  What a perfect recipe for success!

· Progress is continuing in the gym. Christian Reynolds has added some fresh paint and the guys from Measure Up Flooring have been busy working on the laying the new flooring. It’s really looking great!

The updated gym rules are included in this newsletter.

· Mrs Osborne, our ESOL students and their pals went on a grand adventure on Wednesday- all aboard the “R Tucker Thompson”! They navigated the beautiful upper harbour, climbed the rigging and even had a turn at the helm. What a way to spend the day!

· Our netball teams have been training hard during their lunch breaks and after school practices. I am so appreciative for the awesome coaches that are giving their time to coach our netball players this year; without them our girls would not be able to compete this season. A big “thank you” goes out to Raeywn Garland, Richard Smith, Tamara Chambers, Kate Knobel, Saphire Sunley, Mattai Taofa and Jessica Bundy-Cooke for their time and expertise .

· On Wednesday, I had a great day in Paihia (I know, what a hardship!) I attended a  Community of Learning (Kahui Ako) leaders hui. Our school is part of Te Raki Kahui Ako, and includes Kamo High, Kamo Intermediate, Kamo Primary, Hurupaki Primary, Totara Grove, Glenbervie School, Blomfield School, Kaurihohore School; our Kahui Ako also includes 17 local Early ChildHood Centres. I will explain more about Te Raki Kahui Ako in next week’s newsletter.

Kia pai tō whakatā -Have a great weekend- Nicole

To all the Mums, Nanas, Grans & Aunties in our Excellere College family,

We want to wish you all a wonderful Mother’s Day this Sunday.  Thank you for all you do for our students. For the lunches you prepare, uniforms you provide (wash, label and locate), for brushing hair, scrubbing teeth, tying shoelaces, wiping noses, and insisting that daily washing of bodies occurs. Thank you for hunting in school bags for home learning books, for calling out spelling words while you’re cooking dinner and signing permission slips as you rush out the door! Thank you for including us in the lives of your children, we know how precious they are to you, so we thank you for entrusting them into our care for a short time each day. We pray for God’s richest blessings and His abundant favour to be upon you this Mother’s Day.

Nui te aroha– Much love, Arohanui from all the staff at Excellere College.

For I, the Lord your God, hold your right hand; it is I who say to you, “Fear not, I am the one who helps you.” – Isaiah 41:13

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