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Another top swim
Jackson Wright represented the Pegasus zone at the Canterbury Primary Schools finals last week and was placed 6th in all of Canterbury in the 10 yr Boys’ Breaststroke. A great swim, Jackson.
Working Bee
Thank you to all the parents and children for the help on 6th April at our working bee. We managed to get the gardens tidied, flax bushes removed, the branches and rubbish carted to the burn heap next door, gutterings cleaned out, repairs to the shed door and pool sheds completed, and hooks welded to the basketball goals. Whew! Good job everyone.
If anyone can help with the following jobs over the next few weeks, please see (or email) Mark:
  • Clean out furniture shed and re-stack desks
  • Trim overgrown bushes by pool
  • Disconnect & drain solar panels above Room 1 (to avoid frost damage)
  • Grind/clean basketball goals so they rotate
  • Sand/ paint basketball goals
Annual Report
Our Annual Report for 2013 is being emailed to families who have provided us with an email address, and a copy displayed in the foyer. If you would like a paper copy sent home, or have any questions about the report, please see Mark.
PTA News
The PTA Annual General Meeting is to be held on Monday 12th May at 7pm in the school library. You are all welcome and we’d love to have you join us.

Please come along if you’re interested in joining the PTA, or if you’re interested to learn about what we achieved last year.
The PTA very much welcome new members – we meet about once a month – it’d be great to have you join us on the team!

Ouruhia School Centennial (31 Oct – 2 Nov)
If you have ideas for this celebration weekend, or can help with preparations in any way, please see Sonya Boyd, or Mark.
Term 1 finishes this Thursday. Have a safe and happy Easter break. See you again on Monday 5th May (aiming for 8.45 a.m.)
Ka kite ano,

Mark and the team at Ouruhia

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Important Dates: 2014 Term Dates:
Term 1: Mon 3rd Feb – Thurs 17th April
Waitangi Day Thurs 6 Feb; School closed Fri 7th Feb Good Friday 18 Apr (in holidays)
Term 2: Mon 5th May – Fri 4th July
Queen's Birthday Monday 2 June
Term 3: Mon 21st July – Fri 26th September
Term 4: Mon 13th Oct – Thurs 18th Dec
Labour Day Monday 27 October Canterbury Show Day Friday 14 November




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Edible Garden Award winners!
Ouruhia School has won the Edible Garden Award for the Shirley/Papanui area. Angela, Zoe, Jo and Blake were at the presentation ceremony last night, and the news was announced at assembly this morning.

Congratulations to Angela, Jo and their team of enthusiasts, and of course the children, who worked on the garden and harvested the fruit and vegetables. What an achievement!



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We have added a new Curriculum section to our wiki.

This is designed to help you understand what your children are learning at school and to explain some of the jargon.

Our first link focuses on Maths and Numeracy, and coincides with our Parent Information evening on May 13th.

There are ideas on this page for helping your children think Mathematically at home...in the kitchen, at the shops, in the car...Maths is everywhere.

There is also a brief description of the Numeracy Stages, showing the progressions your children make as they develop their knowledge and ability to use more complex strategies.

Click here to have a look.




Minister's Announcement - Ouruhia to stay open!
19th February 2013

We were delighted and relieved to hear yesterday that Ouruhia School will remain open.

This marks the end of a difficult time for us all; there was uncertainty and emotional upset, anger at the unfairness of the decision and the process, but also a pulling together of our families and so many people putting up their hands to help. I am so grateful to our whole community for the amazing support during the past five months. Thank you.

The teachers and support staff now have certainty about their futures, the children and parents now know that they can keep coming to Ouruhia; the only down-side is that in five or more years we will move to a new site. That in itself will be exciting to plan and move to a brand new, modern school, but there will not be a school as close to home for some of you.

I was pleased to hear that the process of relocation is not set in concrete...the Ministry is prepared to wait and see how the population evolves in this area, and they will place the new school at the centre of the growth. (Waiting to see where the population settles following the quakes is something that needed to happen before the schools renewal process began. Surveys are showing that the population is starting to bounce back in the city, and I don't believe any sensible decisions about schools can be made until we know where people are living.) Good decisions are not rushed decisions!

For those of you who did not see Ouruhia School featuring on Campbell Live last night, you can view it here.

Here is the Minister's letter which we received yesterday:



The Education Report which contained the executive summary and recommendations to the Minister about our submission can be found on-line here, or download this document:



Thank you again, everybody, for your support. Now we look forward to a stronger, brighter future.

Kia Kaha,

Mark

Welcome to 2013

We are all set and ready to go for another great year.

School starts for children on Monday 4th February...please ensure they bring their swimming togs and their stationery (-lists were given out at the end of last year, or you can phone the office and leave a message for Raewyn to send you another one.) Children should be at school by 8.45 a.m. each morning to ensure they are ready to start classes when the bell goes at 8.55.

The Term dates for 2013 are...
Term 1: 4th Feb - 19th April (Waitangi Day 6th Feb; Easter 29th March - 2nd April)

Term 2: 6th May - 12th July (Teacher Only Day 31st May; Queen's Birthday 3rd June)

Term 3: 29th July - 27th September

Term 4: 14th October - 19th December (Labour Day 28th Oct; Show Day 15th Nov)


Looking forward to seeing you again soon,

Mark



Ministry Announces School Closures - see Principal's Page
Below are the key points of our submission to the Ministry of Education, opposing the proposed closure of Ouruhia School, and our counter-proposal.
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