With the year coming to an end we would both like to wish all families a safe and happy holiday. This time of the year marks the last days of our Year 8 students. What a fantastic bunch of students! We wish you well for the next stage of your journey. To the Year 7 students leaving to go to other schools we wish you well for your Year 8 experience.
Thank you to all the families that supported our camp. Without the hard work and your dedication the students would not have been able to have the fantastic experiences that they did. A special thank you to Darren, Ginna, Annette, Brett, Anna, Josh, Barry and Sonya for being our fantastic parent helpers. You were a big part of the experiences that the students will remember.
A couple of reminders, the Year 8 and Whanau Leaders trip to Jelli Park needs to be paid by Monday. All forms or an email stating that they have permission to attend needs to be returned no later than Monday. No form/ payment will mean your child has opted out the optional day out.
The Year 8 leavers dinner is also on Wednesday 11 December. Please ensure if your child is attending (Year 8s) that you have emailed myself or Anna to confirm how many people will be attending. The cost of the evening is $20.00 payable at the restaurant.
Aaron and Anna
This week has seen WMI students taking part in some awesome local events:
Ryder, Nash, Oli and Luke represented WMI in the school choir and took part in the Christchurch Schools' Choir Festival at the Town Hall last night. Everyone who went reports that they sounded amazing!
We sent a team of boys to the Summer Tournament Cricket Tournament (unfortunately no other schools entered a girls' team for us to compete against). The boys had a great day and showed great sportsmanship throughout the event.
Today 20 WMI students are attending Zone Athletics, competing in a wide range of events against the best from other schools in the area.
17 students have been interviewed to become 2020 Ambassadors, and did an awesome job. Next stage of selection is voting by all staff and year 7 students.
We say goodbye to Mr Gaskin (Henry) , our Grad Student who finishes with us today. Henry has been a real asset to our community and has built great relationships with our students. He has secured a job for next year in Wellington and we wish him all the best for his teaching career.
We will email out an information sheet on Monday with further details about our Wellington Camp, including a KIT list. Please note that students will be able to bring a carry-on bag and a check-in bag. Their sleeping bag will need to be in one of these bags.
Some dates for your diary:
Friday 15th November: No School - Canterbury Anniversary Day
Monday 18th November: Teacher Only Day - no school
Monday 25th - Friday 29th November: Wellington Camp
Friday 13th December - Prizegiving 1pm WM Community Centre
Have a great weekend!
Anna and Aaron
Welcome back to Term 4!
Well done to all our students who competed hard and had fun at the Senior Athletics on Monday. We had some senior school records broken and will be sending students to Zones - names will be announced very soon. A big thanks to all parents who came along to help out on the day.
Camp newsletter and forms came home on Tuesday, along with an indication of how much your child has raised through fundraising (when Hannah is back in school she will be adding this amount as a credit on your school account). Please return the forms asap and make any outstanding payment. Any questions or issues you would like to discuss please don't hesitate to contact Anna or Aaron.
We have been finalising the activities for Wellington, and we are really confident that the camp will be challenging, interesting and a heap of fun for us and your kids.
Applications are open for School Ambassadors for 2020 (closing date Monday 4th November 2019 - week 4) - all information is under 'Leadership' on this website. Any questions please speak to Anna.
Remember hats every day please for Term 4, and keep uniform standards high.
Anna and Aaron
Wow! We've made it through to the end of Term 3 and, as we hoped, we are ending on a real high for WMI. The team has experienced success both individually, in groups and as a community, and we are very proud of every single learner.
This week has seen WMI actively taking part in Book Week, with a visit from Bob Docherty (who runs the blog Bob's Books bobsbooksnz.wordpress.com/), supporting the younger children in buddy reading, a visit from Selwyn Library talking about graphic novels and the end of week Book Character Parade.
Koru Games was a massive success for all concerned - the students were organised, enthusiastic and showed off WMI students in the very best light. Thanks to all parents that came along to help and support.
We have collated our final totals for all the fundraising towards the Wellington camp. A massive thank you to all students and families that have organised and taken part in fundraising projects. We have raised more than $14000 which will be shared out to the students based on the projects they have taken part in (as a credit on student accounts by the start of term 4). We have sold all the tickets now for cow poo bingo and so this will be run in the next few days (watch out on this website for cow pat updates!).
A final car wash is planned for Sunday 20th October, the proceeds of which will be split between the families that turn up on that day.
Here is a link to the sign-up sheet:
Next term will be another busy one too - here is a heads up of some of the major events that are coming up:
Tuesday 15th October (week 1) - year 5-8 Athletics Day (pp 21/10/19) (see programme below)
Friday 18th October (week 1) - Mihi Whakatau
Week 2 and week 3 - West Melton's Got Talent (final 1/11/19)
Friday 8th November (week 4) - Selwyn Central Athletics
Thursday 21st November (week 6) - Tough Kids Challenge Year 7-8
Monday 25 - 29th November (week 7) - Wellington Camp
Monday 9th December (week 9) - Rolleston College welcome morning
Friday 13th December (week 9) - Prizegiving (details tbc)
Dates to be confirmed:
Year 8 leavers' dinner
Leadership day out
Term 4 is a hats and sunblock term - there is a bag of un-named lost hats in WMI if you can't find yours from Term 1! All students will need a school sunhat from the start of week 1.
We will be starting a unit called 'Sexuality Road' during Term 4. This will be taught by both Aaron and Anna, in mixed groups and sometimes to separate boys and girls groups. This unit has been developed by Family Planning and the Ministry of Health. If you would like to discuss this unit further, or would wish for your child to opt out of this unit, please contact us.
Thanks for all your support this term, and have restful and fun break. See you all in Term 4!
Aaron and Anna
We are very excited about the Koru Games next week, where students from WMI will be competing against other local intermediate school in a wide range of different sports in Lincoln, Rolleston and Prebbleton from Tuesday to Thursday. What a great way to celebrate such a busy and successful term for WMI! Students will be provided with sports gear which they should wear each day. They will also need a sunhat, extra named layers in case it turns cold, plenty of food and a named water bottle. Students will take a bus to and from the events from school each day.
Some congratulations to WMI students over the past few weeks. Hamish and Bryn competed in the Ellesmere Speech competition. They both did an amazing job and Hamish managed to win the first prize for year 7. Our two Hip Hop teams competed at Hornby High School and won first and second in their competition! Well done to everyone involved!
The fundraising car wash and sausage sizzle is taking place on Sunday from 10.30am to 4.30pm on the school carpark. Come along and help out, or come and get your car washed!
We have almost finalised the timetable for Wellington from the plans that the students produced - a draft copy is attached here. We are estimating the total cost will be $580, this amount will be charged to your account, and then all extra fundraising (both individual and whole class) will be credited to your student's account to offset this total.
Please make sure that your students are relaxed and well rested ready for the last two weeks so that we finish the term well and successfully. Thanks again for all of your support over the past three terms.
Some upcoming dates:
Tues 17th -Thurs 19th September 2019 - Koru Games
Friday 20th September 2019 - Celebration of Learning with Hip Hop performance
Mon 23rd September - Fri 27th September - Book Week
Tuesday 24th September - Bob's Books visit
Friday 27th September - Book Character Dress Up Parade
Friday 18th October School Disco Years 4-8 - 6:45pm-8:00pm
Have a great weekend! Aaron and Anna
Welcome to the KIT notice for Term 3 Week 6! We are over half way through, and have a really busy time leading to the end of term.
We welcome two amazing student teachers into our community until the end of term - Miss B (Johanna) who is visiting from Germany, and Miss Martinez (Vera) who is on her second year placement from UC.
We are continuing to work hard with our fundraising to reduce the costs of the Wellington camp, and alongside the students are starting to book in the activities to make the camp a fun-filled and challenging experience for all.
Thank you to all families that have returned their cow poo bingo money. As soon as all squares are sold we will let Sophie the cow loose in the paddock!! Results will be posted on the Cow Poo Bingo tab of this website. Please return money and the list of ticket purchasers as soon as possible.
Please sell as much bacon and baking paper etc. as you can - orders need to be back by Monday 9th September and payment made by Tuesday 10th September.
The Fundraising Committee (previously the Ball Committee) are organising two fundraising car washes and sausage sizzles on Sunday 8th September and Sunday 22nd September between 10.30 and 4.30. Attached is a link to a sign up sheet - we are hoping that all families who are coming to Wellington will help out with these events, especially those that have not been involved so far in our fundraising activities. If you are not able to get there but your children can, we can arrange help with transport.
This week the students have had some tennis taster sessions from the Bishopdale Tennis Club, and information on joining the Bishopdale and West Melton clubs will be coming home this week.
Two teams competed in the CantaMaths competition on Wednesday night at Horncastle Arena - for the year 8s Cru, Sophie, Joe and Josh, and for the year 7s Zoe, Alex, Meredith and Luke. Well done to both teams for your grit, determination and problem solving skills. They all competed with vitality against the other schools taking part in this competition.
We are busy writing speeches ready for the Ellesmere Speech Competition which is taking place at West Rolleston School on Monday. Your children have shown creativity, personality and great oral language skills in the writing and delivery of their speeches, and we have been very impressed with their work. Two students will be going forward to this competition, and we wish them the best of luck!
Two fantastic WMI teams will be competing in the Hip Hop competition at Hornby High School on Wednesday. Miss Howden has worked tirelessly with these teams nearly every day, and we wish them every success on Wednesday.
Some dates for your diary:
Monday 2nd September : Ellesmere Speech Competition, West Rolleston School, 6pm
Wednesday 4th September: Hip Hop competition, Hornby High School
Sunday 8th September: Fundraising car wash and sausage sizzle
Tuesday 10th September, Thursday 12th September, Monday 16th September: Learning Conferences
Tuesday 17th-Thursday 19th September: Koru Games
Sunday 22nd September: Fundraising car wash and sausage sizzle
Monday 23rd -Friday 27th September: Book Week - book character dress up day on the Friday
Have a great weekend
Anna and Aaron
Welcome to the WMI KIT Notice for Term 3 Week 4
This has been a rollercoaster start to the term, and the pace is not slowing down!
WMI students competed with vitality and integrity at the Winter Netball and Rugby Tournament, with a first place from the WMI Rugby Team.
Gala Day was an amazing success and showed the WMI students as the amazing role models that they are. Fundraising for the Wellington Camp is continuing to reduce the cost of this amazing camp for you and your family. We really need to sell 60 more tickets for the ball or the event can’t go ahead. Please convince friends and family to join us for this unique event. A massive thank you to all the parents who have put so much work so far into planning this event.
Your child will be bringing home three further fundraising opportunities today which we hope that you will get involved with:
1.Selling baking paper, first aid kits and other household products - return by 9th September, payment by 10th September
2.Hellers Bacon - return by 9th September, payment by 10th September
3. Cow Pat Bingo - each child to sell 6 x $2 tickets
All information is included in the packs coming home today, Please ask your child if you do not receive them today.
Any questions please email firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
We have checked this week that each student has the correct equipment and uniform for school. Please check with your child if they need any replacement books or stationery after this check. Also can you please check names in uniform as some students have lost hoodies and jackets.
Dates for your diary:
Tuesday 20th August : Court theatre visit
Thursday 22nd August : Canterbury Winter Tournament: hockey and netball
Friday 23rd August : Cow Pat Bingo ticket money due
Have an awesome weekend and thanks for your continued support.
Aaron and Anna
Gala Day was a massive success today, and all the WMI students exceeded our expectations in terms of their organisation, their collaboration, their vitality and their effective communication with teachers and students of all ages. Early estimates suggest the whole event raised in excess of $2500 as well as being a rich, authentic (and exhausting!!) learning experience. Thanks to all of the help provided by parents and families, and the teachers at WMS.
Full KIT notice will be uploaded over the weekend.
Anna and Aaron
Welcome to the final KIT notice for Term 2. Our community has battled through high levels of illness this term, but the students have shown great resilience and flexibility throughout. Thank you for your support in keeping sick students away so that we can try and rid the community of infection.
The students made the decision to postpone Gala Day until Friday of Week 2 of next term. There will be a major relaunch of Gala Day at the start of week 1 and pre order sheets will be sent out again to collect any extra orders. Two groups have already completed their enterprise activities - the car wash and the quiz, and each group raised more than $700! Amazing work Da Group and Adults' Night Out teams.
Your child brought home their goal setting sheet last night for Term 2-3. This sheet contains the goals that we agreed together at the Goal Setting meetings. Please keep this sheet in a prominent place and check in regularly with your child to discuss their progress towards their goals.
Next term will see the students planning, scheduling, costing and organising the activities that they will take part in during our Wellington Camp. Fundraising is reaching fever pitch with more than 1000 pies sold (well done team!), pizza sales occurring weekly and our amazing parents' fundraising committee organising the ball and a range of other fundraising activities.
We have sold approximately $10000 worth of pies, and profit from these will be distributed to all those families that have sold pies. Pick up will be from school on Tuesday 30th July, time will be confirmed.
Dates for your diary for next term:
Mihi Whakatau Friday 26th July
Naked Baker Pies pick up day Tuesday 30th July
EPro8 competition Wednesday 31st July
Gala Day Friday 2 August 11.30-1pm
Rugby / Netball winter tournament Tuesday 6th August (pp Thursday 8th August)
New Hall First Ball - Wellington Fundraiser - Saturday 7th September
Have a wonderful holiday and enjoy some quality time with your amazing WMI kids.
Aaron and Anna
Our students continue to challenge themselves at the highest level in sports and physical activity in WMI. We have had wins in both the hockey and football Winter Tournaments, with both teams going to Canterburys. 30 WMI students tried out for the school Hip Hop team, and two teams will be entered into the Schools' Hip Hop competition in Term 3. Students have been selected for the Netball and Rugby Winter Tournament that will take place in Term 3 Week 3.
Please keep selling your Naked Baker Pies - remember Mr T is shouting lunch for the most pies sold!
Some dates for your calendar:
- Naked Baker Pie Forms returned Wednesday Week 10 3rd July
- Gala Day fundraiser - Tuesday 2nd July (week 10)
- Quiz night fundraiser (Otis, Joe, George and Dallas) - Two Fat Possums Monday 1st July, $10 per person
- Winter Rugby and Netball - Term 3 Week 3
- EPro8 Competition (Clearview School) - teams to be confirmed - Wed 31st July
Have a great weekend
Anna and Aaron