A good number of volunteers meant the work list was almost completed. Excellent effort by all those involved, many of whom commented that it was an enjoyable afternoon. Nice weather also. Thanks to the school for providing a bbq and refreshments! Big thank you also to Peter Browne for organising another successful working bee!
This term all the children at Leigh School are learning about Road Safety. So, we had a visit from Bernie Watt our Police education officer based in Orewa. He talked to the children about how to cross the road safely, sneaky driveways, zebra crossings and walking along rural roads. The children also learnt about police cars, got to use the loud speaker, try on some police clothes and sit inside the police car. Listening to the siren was also a highlight!
Kahurangi Maori Dance Theatre
At Leigh School last Tuesday morning we were lucky enough to have the Kahurangi Maori Dance Theatre come and perform for us as a final celebration of Matariki. They performed their ‘People of the Pacific’ show. It was a dazzling, rhythmic spectacle, bringing to life the traditional songs and dances of New Zealand’s Maori and neighbouring South Pacific cultures. They also performed using music and colourful costumes from Tahiti, Hawaii, Samoa and the Cook Islands.
Friends Matariki Youth Poetry Literary Motif Award
Congratulations to the fabulous Leigh School children who are collaborative winners of the ‘Friends Matariki Youth Poetry Literary Motif Award’. Fleur Coleman came to our Friday assembly to present Aotearoa to the children, a beautiful book signed by Gavin Bishop and sponsored by Matakana Village Bookshop.
Thank you to all the grandparents, parents and family members who were able to help us celebrate the end of a great term at Leigh School. It is always wonderful to see the children sharing their learning with their grandparents.
Our market day was also a huge success! Some many fantastic products for sale. The children had been learning about working within a group: collaboration, contributing, negotiating and interdependent. They had also been managing themselves: setting goals, building resilience, being focused and organised.
They had worked their way through deciding on a product to make, the resources they will need, making a prototype, testing and then improving their product, gauging other people’s opinions and finally making the product by themselves, to sell!
St John at Leigh School
Last Friday we were lucky to have a visit from Nikoli with St John Ambulance. She spoke with the children about Injury Prevention. The programme provides young people with the skills and knowledge to take responsibility for their own health and well-being and the well-being of others. We learnt that 70 children are hospitalised every week from falls in New Zealand, that is more than all the children in our school. Thank you Nikoli, we had fun learning with you.
International Firefighters’ Day at Leigh School
We had a special visit from our awesome local volunteer fire fighters Friday at Leigh School because it was International Firefighters’ Day! Jenny Marcroft, our local NZ First MP spoke to the children about what an great job firefighters do for us and then we heard from the firefighters themselves. Thank you from all of us at Leigh School, we appreciate the great work they do for our community!!
Te Awa Bake Sale
As part of our Inquiry this term Te Awa decided to have a Bake Sale to raise money to buy a tree to plant at school. We think trees are very important in our environment. We wrote letters to get permission to hold our Bake Sale and to ask for help on our big baking day. We let everyone know about the Bake Sale by making posters, flyers and talking about the sale at Assembly. We also put a reminder in the School newsletter. We had our big baking day in the House of Learning and the next day we held our Bake Sale. We sold everything and made $63.50 to buy our tree. We also received a $10 donation from someone who thought we were being great citizens so we now have $73.50 to spend. Now we just have to research and plan our purchase then plant our tree. A big thank you to everyone who brought our delicious baking and the parents who helped us!
Brighter Seas Brighter Future – Term 1 Inquiry
This term at Leigh School we are all learning about ‘Climate Change’ and as ‘Good Citizens’ we will be working out what we can do to help. As we are part of the Pacific Ocean we are focusing our Inquiry on the Pacific Islands. So week 3 of term the whole of Leigh School went on a fantastic trip down to Kelly Tarlton’s for the day. A huge thank you to all the parents who came and helped out!
2018 Fundraising Event – Summer Fair!
A huge thank you to all of our local and extended area community for your support of our new fundraising venture… the Leigh Summer Festival!
As everyone who came along on the day will know, the weather was a mixed bag, with some showers turning heavy setting in from around 1pm. Regardless, we had an amazing day and will definitely be repeating the formula next year.
The bands and market were fantastic – thank you to all the locals that were involved in some way. The food tent again had lots of local supporters and volunteers, as did the Silent Auction.
There are way too many people to thank individually on here, but special thanks do go out to the community volunteers who helped out with set up, on the day and with pack down. Our major sponsor as usual was Lee Fisheries and this year we also had a major donation from ITM Matakana which helped us pay for the sound and music. All of our exceedingly generous sponsors can be found on the school website and also acknowledgements of many of the larger ones are on the Leigh Summer Festival fb page.
We urge you to check out the list of sponsors (a hard copy form will go up on the noticeboard at the Leigh Store) and ask you to please utilize their services and shops as your preferred vendors in our area.
We hope you all had a great day out and are looking forward to doing it all again in 2019!
School Pool Keys on Sale Now
Ka rawe… pool keys for our incredible newly revamped Leigh School Pool are on sale now!! The BOT has set the price at $60 for this swimming season and you get $10 back when you return the key at the end of the summer. Keys can be purchased from Fay in the office between 8.30-12.30, or ring on 094226031 to arrange a time with Fay if you can’t get in during those hours.
The pool can be used out of school hours starting now, through till mid-late March. This is a great fundraiser for the school – so tell your neighbours and people with baches about our incredible refurbished pool and hopefully we can get lots of sales this year with the newly reduced price. Good for grown ups as well as families, let’s see the school used by the whole community this summer! (See the photos below.)
Classroom Opening Ceremony
Ngā mihi nui to all who came along to our official opening for the classroom opening today! It was perfect weather for it and there was a great turn out from our lovely community, parents and official guests. Special thanks to the kapa haka group, Jake, Lili, Danyelle, Sonny & Te Ao for the powhiri. Thanks to all who helped get the classrooms here and the school looking wonderful – from initial planning & research through to building, landscaping, helping with the working bees etc. It was fantastic to see the school looking so incredible, (maybe the best it’s ever been!), with a revamped playground, lovely gardens and native trees, bright art work & murals, brand new classrooms, the whole school freshly repainted, the AMAZING pool refurbishment and even new library furniture. All ready for a wonderful end of term and a bright new 2018!
Grandparents’ Day 2017
We enjoyed a very well attended Grandparent’s Day on September the 20th. This day is a celebration of our kids and their grandparents, kaumatua & kuia and other special older people in their lives – so as well as Grandparents we also had aunties and uncles and others all come along. The kids took the adults off into their classrooms to show them their school work, various projects they’ve worked on this term and read to them etc. A lovely shared morning tea was enjoyed by all the grown ups and then it was on to sharing the arts projects that the kids have been doing with a generous group of community volunteers (and staff) this term.
Kapa Haka Performance
We raised $1,210!!**
Our amazing ‘Te Whanau o Omaha’ performance group has an evening fundraising show happening on Thursday the 24th August at 6.30pm. Come along to the fabulous Sawmill Cafe in Leigh to watch the rōpū perform new waiata and haka, under the tutorage of Whaea Danyelle Nathan. Entry is by koha and there will be a great raffle on the night too – so please bring some extra cash!
The school has been generously donated $10,500k towards the pool repairs but this is in order to undertake a more expensive, but considerably longer lasting option, plastering instead of painting. So the Love Leigh Peg will continue to help fundraise the difference (she’s raised an additional $2,250 so far already).
Thanks to lovely locals Mike & Fiona Francis, (and the organisational skills of Nicky Jordan), a big bunch of parents and grandparents did a big pinecone harvest from Mike’s recently felled pines. A small truckload of cones were gathered and bagged and have been taken to the Jordan’s to dry so they can be sold next winter.
The classrooms are done! The kids and their teachers moved in at the start of Term 3. We will be holding the official opening on 29th November at 10.00 a.m.
Love Leigh Peg Fundraiser
We currently have a community run fundraiser happening that is rather special and unique. The fundraiser is in the form of a green peg named ‘Peg’ and she is available for people to take home and enjoy / put to work / take to social occasions etc. In return for this honour, the hosts then make a large or small donation to our school. The hosts also take photos of Peg’s adventures with them and we post them on her own Facebook page – ‘Love Leigh Peg’. To date (June 2017) she has raised just over $1500 and we hope to raise as much as we can of the $7,000 that we need to repaint our school pool. For more information visit her on our Facebook page.
In May we were lucky to have the amazing magician & ventriloquist Elgregoe visit us. He brought along his lovely assistant Sue and his menagerie of beautiful birds to teach us a message about positive attitudes, respect and acceptance. The show included magic,fast-paced tricks, puppets, music and more and the kids absolutely loved it!