Westbrook School [email protected]
www.westbrook.school.nz Absence Phone Line 0220815756 Newsletter No 2 Week 3 Term 1
PARKING DANGERS We realise that parking and in particular dropping children off and picking them up again is a significant issue for parents at our school. I have met with members of the Council and Police to try to resolve this problem. At this time we have not been able to find a solution. I respectfully request that all parents please avoid putting children in danger at these critical times. Some parents are parking illegally, in particular making it difficult for our Road Patrol students to safely do their job, by parking in a manner that obscures their vision. This applies to all of the streets that surround our school. The Police have issued infringement notices to over a dozen drivers in the past few days for illegal parking. We very much want to avoid this happening, but more importantly we need to keep our students safe. If you have any ideas about how we can resolve this problem I would love to hear from you. Crossing our Busy Roads: We teach all of our students to use the pedestrian crossings when walking to and from school. We also talk to them about where and how to across roads when there is not a pedestrian crossing available. I would appreciate it if our parents or other caregivers who walk with children to and from school could please support us by using the crossings available, rather than crossing in potentially unsafe areas. Colin Watkins — PRINCIPAL
GALA MEETING If you are able to spare some time to help organise this year’s gala please come along to a planning meeting on Tuesday 21st February at 7.00pm in the staffroom. Many hands make light work!! If you are unable to attend but are willing to help, please email Rachel Weinberg: [email protected]
This year’s gala will be held on Thursday 23rd March between 4.00pm and 7.00pm. Please start sending canned or packet food to make up grocery raffles. We would appreciate it if you checked the “best by” dates to make sure the products have not expired.
SWIMMING LESSONS Our Year 4-6 children have been attending swimming lessons at the Rotorua Aquatic Centre each day this week. $4.00 per child is due by the end of this week please.
Visiting Performers We are fortunate to be hosting a group called "Red Thunder" at our school. They are a Native Canadian Performing Arts Cultural group and will be visiting Westbrook on Monday 20th February. They will perform for 45 minutes, followed by some time to answer questions. The cost of the performance is $2 per child. Please send this money along to your child's teacher prior to the 20th, so that they can attend the performance.
IMPORTANT DATES FOR YOUR DIARY AND NOTICES Mon 13 - Fri 17 Feb Fri 17 February Wed 22 February Wed 22 February Fri 24 February Wed 1 March Fri 3 March Fri 3 March Tues 7 March Wed 8 March Thurs 9 March Thurs 16 March Fri 17 March Wed 22 March Thurs 23 March Fri 31 March Fri 31 March Tues 4 April
Year 4-6 Swim Lessons Whole School Assembly 11:30am Kickstart begins BOT Meeting 6.30pm Westbrook Swimming Sports Years 4-6 BOT Meeting 6.30pm Postponement Senior Swimming Sports Whole School Assembly11:30am RATS Duathlon Year 2 Community Walk 9:00 - 11:00 Top School 3:30pm—6:00pm Year 4 Sleepover Whole School Assembly 11:30am BOT Meeting 6.30pm Gala Day - 4-7pm Year 2 Grandparents Day 9:15 - 11:00am Whole School Assembly 11:30am BOP Swimming
Our next school assembly will be held in the school hall at 11.30am this Friday. Our Road Patrollers, Student Councillors and House Captains will be receiving badges.
Westbrook Junior Soccer Club: If your child is interested in playing soccer we will be taking online registrations on Thursday 23rd February, Thursday 9 March and Wednesday 15 March at 3.15pm to 4.15pm in the Computer Suite at Westbrook School. Fees are $70.00 per child for the first two children and $20.00 per child for 3rd or 4th child per family registered at the same time. This year all registrations must be online , our registration form can be found at: https://membership.sportstg.com/ regoform.cgi? aID=7675&pKey+2808afee59f9a36fe5 a4ebbf2c4dce07&cID=44626&formID =54784 Registrations close Tuesday 28 March. Rotorua Hockey Rotorua Hockey is running a development programme for children in Years 4-6 in March. It is for all children interested in playing hockey and not just current players. If your child is interested in taking part, please send them to Room 10 to obtain a flyer and information. RATS Duathlon A reminder that entries close on Friday 24th February. Entry fee is $10.00 (an individual or $10.00 a team). Permission slips must accompany your entry fee. Rotorua Model Aircraft Club Model Airshow is being held on Sunday 5 March 10.00am to 2.00pm. This is being held at the airfield on Mead Road. Turn right, 1km past the Green Lake on the way to the Buried Village. Free entry, BBQ and refreshments available. No dogs allowed.