Sunday, 24 February 2013

2013 Term 1 Week 3

This week we have been exploring how to keep safe at school by completing fire drills, earthquake and intruder alerts. It is important that we are always assessing our procedures, especially as our roll grows and our environment changes, and holding these drills regularly ensures that we are as prepared as possible for an emergency event.

You will have been asked to complete your student profile to ensure we have all of your contact details up to date. Thank you to those people who have completed these.

One of the other areas we have been looking at in terms of student safety is our car park, riding and walking to school and the roading situation. We are currently liaising with Auckland Council and NZ Police to ensure we have the very best options for our students - their safety is paramount!

Unfortunately this may mean we have to be more stringent on parking, car park access, wheels to/at school etc. We have always know (and communicated to parents) that this would be an area which would evolve and change, and the growing roll number in conjunction with the huge amount of traffic on Hingaia Road and landworks across the road does mean that things are changing.

We are most grateful to those parents who understand that the procedures being put in place are not an attempt to inconvenience parents but an attempt to increase the safety of our students - we really appreciate your support in making these changes as easy to implement as possible - THANK YOU!

Sunday, 17 February 2013

2013 Term 1 Week 2

This week both of our studios had a team building trip to Sonshine Ranch. Huge thanks to the teachers and parents who took care of our students while they tried different activities - some of which were quite scary!

Saturday, 9 February 2013

2013 Term 1 Week 1

It is great to have our children back at school after a beautiful New Zealand summer. Our teachers have been busy reflecting on 2012 to further develop our programmes of learning, organisation and "how we do thing" to meet the needs of our learners.

We have welcomed 15 new students and now have a role of 90 in our two studios. A warm welcome to our new students and families.

Mamaku studio has 41 students in Weka, Kiwi and Takahe whanau groups and Nikau studio has 49 students in Hoiho, Kotare and Kotuku whanau groups. We have changed our 'bells' this year to reflect the birds of our whanau groups where possible and, although some of them are not the most melodious of singers, the students are thrilled to hear 'their' bird!

Our students have all settled into their learning and are creating, thinking, collaborating and learning inside and outside, within their studio and in the wider school. Parents will have received a welcome pack containing school organisation information and also a learning pack which details assessment and learning programmes. As we aim to be paperless there should not be much more paper coming home but these documents are personalised to your child and may need to be referred to hence the envelopes.

Our vision drives what we do at HPS and this year we are looking forward to developing this learning further with our students. As part of our quest to be "inspired learners collaboratively creating" all students will be learning design and technology with Ged and Cole and will visit the workshop area each week. Whanau groups are clustered between studios and it has been wonderful to see the peer support for learning the design process already happening. Ask your children about what they are designing.