Leigh School Newsletter
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Inter School Swimming Sports
A small number of Leigh School children went to the Inter School Swimming at Mahurangi College this Wednesday. They all made us proud! Gigi, Poppy Douglas, Freya and Kalani all made it to finals which is fantastic. Poppy, Gigi, Douglas and Joe also came 3rd in the Year 5 Freestyle relay!! Thank you very much to all the parents who helped out for the day.
Goat Island Discovery Centre
Today all the children at Leigh School visited the Goat Island Discovery Centre. As you will know this is part of a research/inquiry project about Salps: The Ocean Vacuum cleaner: Salp bloom effects on the carbon cycle and marine food web. We are working Moira (NIWA), Claudio (AUT), Tim (Goat Island Discover Centre and Tine (Goat Island Dive & Snorkel). We are very lucky to be a part of this project. Today was our second visit to the Discovery Centre were we caught up with Moria after her to research trip to the Chatham Rise. Check out the NIWA website for more info https://www.niwa.co.nz/…/voyag…/tan1810-ocean-vacuum-cleaner
The children had a great time and we are so looking forward to our snorkelling trip which is planned for next Monday were we should see and be able to take photos of Salps. Then the year 5 & 6 children will be working with Claudio and the App his team have designed. Exciting!
Snorkelling in the pool
There was great excitement this Monday as Tine Roland and her crew from Goat Island Dive & Snorkel came to Leigh School to help our kids practice snorkelling. This is in preparation for our Salps snorkelling trip next Monday. The year 5 & 6 children also learnt how to use underwater cameras thanks to Tim (The Goat Island Discovery Centre) and Claudio (Auckland University of Technology). Very cool!
Yesterday afternoon we had a great prize giving at the Leigh Hall. We celebrated our year 6 children who are leaving. We acknowledged the children who have excelled in each class. Celebrated achievement in Hockey. Each class performed and all the children sung for all the parents, whanau and friends. Thank you to everyone involved, it was a lovely afternoon!
Moria Decima on board the Tangaroa answers more questions about salps.
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Surf Life Saving NZ Beach Education
All of Leigh School headed to Mangawhai beach this Tuesday for Beach Ed. It was a fantastic day, the weather was cool but no hail of thunderstorms! The children learnt about staying safe at the while having fun. This is taken by trained lifeguards and the older children learnt how to identify hazards such as rips etc. Thank you to the parents who provided transport those who braved the water to help keep our children safe.
As you are all aware AUT – Auckland University of Technology’s Applab, Goat Island Marine Discovery Centre, Goat Island Dive & Snorkel and NIWA teamed up with students and teachers at Leigh School to develop an underwater citizen science project with a difference: Making salps count!
The students at Leigh School are beginning to work with marine scientists and the Year of the Salps project partners to learn how to count sea salps and understand salp life cycle phases at a local case study site: Goat island Marine Reserve in Northland, New Zealand.
With the #SalpPOOP voyage underway, students are continuing their learning remotely by asking the experts on board Tangaroa questions about salps.
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Read more about the Year of Salps project here: https://applab.ac.nz/portfolio/year-of-the-salps/
We are very lucky to have Hugo Santos from Tennis Monsters coaching our children every Friday morning during November. He works with each class at their skill level. Using fun games to learn tennis skills, the kids really enjoy it! Thank you to the Leigh Tennis Club for letting the school use their courts.
This Thursday we had a visit from Moe Richardson who is an Education Advisor at Swimming New Zealand. She worked with each class in the pool. This was training for our teachers. There was a particular focus on swimming survival skills. The children all had a great time and the teachers had some expert advice. In a couple of weeks we will be using the pool every day after lunch for swimming.
We had fantastic weather for our annual Athletics Day at Leigh School this week. It was awesome to see all the children participating and trying their hardest at shot put, discus, long jump, high jump and sprints. The House Relay is always a crowd pleaser and this year the Whales won! Thank you everyone who helped on the day.
Leigh School Community Meeting
It’s been five years, almost to the day, since our last Community Consultation. We had an excellent turn-out of parents and community members who contributed a total of 378 ideas in response to the same three questions we are using for this consultation. These ideas were collated and reworked over many weeks into the following vision, mission and belief statements. We asked the same three questions at the meeting this week.
How do you want your children to be?
What do you want your children to learn?
What do you want your children to care about?
Thank you very much to everyone who came along, there was some great ideas and discussions. We will be collating all this and letting you know the outcome. Watch this space…
Pet Day at Leigh School is always a wonderful day where our children can share their Art and Design skills with us. This year we had some very clever entries into the Visual Art, Photography, Baking, Miniature Gardens, Sand Saucer and Flower Arrangements categories. It also gives all the children the opportunity to bring a pet to school for judging. Before lunch we had a visit from Julie Thompson who runs Julies Animal Shelter in Kaipara Flats. She spoke with the children and thanked them for their donation earlier in the year. In the afternoon we had House games on the field and the weather was amazing. Thank you to all the judges and whanua who helped out on the day!
Leigh School’s visit to the Goat Island Discovery Centre this Tuesday was fun. It was to kick off our Inquiry work the children will be working on this term and term 1 of 2019, looking at the marine organisms ‘salps’. We learnt that salps are a type of zooplankton and they play a major role in ocean biogeochemistry and climate change. We will be working closely with Tim Haggitt from the Discovery Centre, Claudio Aguayo from AUT, Moira Decima from NIWA Taihoro Nukurangi and Stone Meharry from Goat Island Dive & Snorkel. It is a very exciting project and the children really enjoyed the launch day and they asked a number of great questions. Thank you to all the parents who helped us with transport!
International Talk Like a Pirate Day
Ahoy there all ye landlubbers. Wednesday was “International Talk Like a Pirate Day”. Avast ye, beware there be many a flibustier around this day, shiver me timbers! We’ll need to take care of our duffle and store them abaft as those freebooters are known to hornswaggle and cheat. Batten down the hatches me hearties! Arrrrrhhhhhh!!!
Much fun was had last Wednesday, what an amazing turnout of pirates to get us into the roles that we’ll be taking on in our production next week –“Pirates versus Mermaids”.
Remember that we’ll be performing the show on Wednesday night – 26 September, at 6.00 p.m. with a supper to follow. Please bring along a plate on the night.
Thank you so much to all those who have helped by providing props, getting children’s costumes organized and with the scenery etc – it all looks amazing!
Last week we had a flying visit from Tamati who works for the ASB GetWise schools programme. Through the workshops the children learnt about the fundamentals of money in four different stages – from identifying needs and wants and learning to save, right through to budgeting – giving them a solid foundation to build on. Tamati made this learning so much fun and he told Julie that he was very impressed with how much our children already knew!
Hockey Prize Giving
It was a great night at the Leigh Sawmill Cafe for our Leigh School hockey prize giving. Thank you to Leigh Eats and the Sawmill for donating player of the day vouchers for all our young hockey players. Thank you to parents and grandparents for supporting their children throughout the 15 week season. Special mention to Calla and Poppy’s grandmother Stevi who paid for the children pizzas, chips and lemonade for the evening!!! And all this would not be possible with out our amazing coaches and manager, great dedication/commitment from Kate and Helen (plus me) who are volunteers. Shout out to Nicky for donating our gifts! That leaves our amazing children, they had a great season of hockey and have made us all very proud!!!!
Inter School Hockey
We had a fantastic day at the Warkworth turf today. The children did well and had loads of fun. Thank you to all the parents who provided baking as the hockey is the one Inter School Sports event that Leigh School is in charge of. So the ‘Friends of Leigh School’ where there selling baking, sausage, drinks and ice blocks. Special thank you to Nicky and Kate for proving transport and our awesome umpires from Mahurangi College.
Red Riding Robyn Hood
This term at Leigh School we are focusing on the Arts – Drama, Music, Singing and Visual Art. So, we have a visit from the New Zealand Playhouse on Friday. They performed ‘Red Riding Robyn Hood’ a play that challenges you to think about traditional gender roles, bravery and standing up for what’s right.
King George has lost the plot! In his never-ending quest to build bigger palaces, giant walls and enormous statues of himself he has raised the Land Far Far Away tax rate to 101%! Jack and Jill can’t afford to get a pail of water, Little-Bo-Peep has to sell her sheep, and even the Princess is so hungry she ate the pea.
When even the bravest of Knights are too scared to stand up to him, the Land Far Far Away cries out for a hero to put a stop to the madness of the King.
Luckily their cries are heard by a mysterious red hooded figure with a bow and arrow, a basket of goodies and some very unlikely ‘Big Bad’ backup.
100 day party
Te Waipuna celebrated last Friday because we had been at School for 100 days! During the day the children made 100 paper chains, 100 day party hats, brought in 100 things from home, did a lot of counting and had a load of fun! We finished with a shared afternoon tea and invited parents and the Leigh PreSchool. It was a great day and thank you to all those who helped!
Inter School Cross Country
… it was raining as we travelled to a wet, wintery, Warkworth early Wednesday morning. The rain continued as we splashed across the swishy soft grass to our small oasis from the weather. Spirits where high and so was the mud up our legs!! What a wet fun day the children had and we are all very proud of how well everyone did. Great participation and great effort. Special mentions to Emmy and Poppy who both came 1st in their year races, as well as Tui who came 4th in her race!
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 Māori Dance Theatre
At Leigh School last Tuesday morning we were lucky enough to have the Kahurangi Māori 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 Māori 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!