Kia ora koutou BDS whānau, Week 1, Term 1, 2023
Welcome to 2023 at our Botany Downs kura. We look forward to welcoming our tamariki back to school tomorrow (Thursday 2 Feb). Thank you so much for your patience and understanding while we followed directions from the Ministry of Education to navigate the recent weather emergency.
We are ready for school and teachers have been busy planning engaging programmes for an awesome time of learning.
We have had a large number of tamariki enrolling last week and we extend a special welcome to these tamariki and their whānau. We look forward to meeting you all.
You will have received a welcome email from your child’s teacher and the team newsletter will be sent to you on Friday. This will include further information about each team. All staffing and classrooms have been included again in this newsletter below.
Our teacher-only days have been a very valuable learning time for professional development from Julie Shumacher. We also unpacked our refreshed BDS Values as well as our new Capabilities and how they will be reflected in everything that we do and learn at BDS. Thank you very much for completing our surveys last year to help us establish our new school Values and Capabilities. We look forward to providing further information around these as we implement them in our school. (See our new values and capabilities below).
The holidays have been extremely busy with the progress of our six-classroom rebuild. The fencing is organised and all of our gates are able to be used for arriving and leaving school. We have met with the development team and the ministry to ensure all our health and safety protocols are in place. As you will already be aware we no longer have a bus bay. This area is for staff car parking only. It is blocked off by our new haul road and it is also going to be turned into more parking for staff before the end of the year.
Terms One and Two will also be busy as we build our new replacement playground for the seniors (see design below), build an addition to the junior playground for climbing, install the turf for our third canopy, and the holes in our netball and basketball courts created by the trucks will be filled in.
We are all looking forward to our Whānau Picnic and Meet the Teacher this year. Bring a blanket and a picnic and come and meet other BDS whānau before meeting the teacher in their room.
Ngā mihi nui,
Vicki Parkins, Principal – Tumuaki (firstname.lastname@example.org)