Welcome to Weymouth Primary!
Kia Ora, Talofa lava, Malo e lelei, Fakalofa lahi atu, Kia Orana, Namaste, Bula Vinaka & Warm Greetings to you all!
Greetings to our wonderful Weymouth Community, parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles, cousins and our beautiful tamariki.
I am privileged and honored to have completed 6 terms as the Principal of Weymouth Primary School. Last year we did really well and achieved all the targets we set for literacy and numeracy. A huge thank you to our teaching staff for their amazing commitment and of course to our wonderful children for working hard every day. We have a saying at our school: Every child. Every day. Everyone responsible. We think with this at the forefront it has led to the high achievement levels of our children.
This year our professional development is in reading, relationships for learning and inquiry. For reading Justine Brock is our facilitator and she works alongside our staff to develop their expertise in teaching reading and then transferring this knowledge across all curriculum areas. Laurayne Tafa from Cognition is supporting our teachers to develop their understanding of the importance of ‘relationships for learning’. Her work comes from Russell Bishop research. Our inquiry learning is based on our motto ‘Strive for the Best’. We use the word strive for our inquiry process and all our children are very good at using this to
support their learning journey.
This year we welcome some new staff to our school. Matua Tipene has come to lead our Te Manu Tukutuku bilingual unit. He will teach in Room 22 and is a member of the Maunga team. Miss Cheyenne Pritchard is in Room 14 teaching a Year 4 class in the Maunga team. Miss Jasdeep Singh is in Room 13 taking a Year 3 class and she is team leader of our Papa team.
2016 has started and it is great to have our children returned and ready to learn. This year our theme is ‘GAME ON’. Our concept for term one is ‘PLAY’. Our curriculum area of focus is Health & PE for Term One where our children will inquire into what it means to be healthy through play. Each team will prepare their own inquiries and at the end of the term we will have a celebration of learning to share our work.
Our Weymouth Way is: We think. We help. We learn. We care. In term one we are going to focus on ‘We think’. Teachers will be embedding this into their teaching and learning programmes.
We have 4 houses - Nga Hau e Wha which translates to the four winds. This symbolises the four corners of the world in which we all stem from. The four winds bring us together.Green - Tonga House (South) Yellow - Whiti House (East) Blue - Raki House (North) Red - Uru House (West). All our children and staff are in a house and each term we will do events that bring our houses together.
Finally what an exciting year we have planned for our children and families of our Weymouth community. My door is always open so please feel free to come in and share any concerns, issues or celebrations. As together we can all achieve more and we are here to serve our children and our community.
Saane Faaofo Oldehaver