Key Kids T1 Wk 4

Congratulations to this weeks Key Kids who demonstrated the Competency of: Using Language, Symbols and Texts. Well done to: Joy,  Emily, Ashton, Olivia, Harry, Shaniah and Olivia.

Visit from the Prime Minister

Yesterday we had the privilege of hosting a visit from the Prime Minister, John Key and our local MP, Nathan Guy.

We officially welcomed the Prime Minister to our school with a Powhiri and our children did an amazing job with the powhiri! They sang brilliantly and the haka from the boys was superb.

Mr Key then addressed the whole school, and answered questions from our children. The questions the children asked were excellent and the Prime Minister commented that they were indeed, very good questions. We then escorted Mr Key to Room 6, where the children in that class had a chance to mix and mingle with him.

It was certainly incredibly for our children to have a visit from the Prime Minister and we thank him and Nathan Guy for coming to our school.

Would you like to be a part of our school?

Permanent Scale A position, An opportunity is available to be a part of our supportive, vibrant and dynamic school. Every day we aim to Inspire Minds on the Journey of Learning and we seek someone who will pursue this vision with our children.  Strengths in The Arts, Inquiry Learning and Tikanga an advantage.

The Principal, Regan Orr, welcomes your inquiries and/or visit. Position commences the start of 2015.

Information and application forms can be found in the Vacancy section of our school website (or click HERE).

Applications close 12.30pm, Friday 31 October.

Cycling Success

After training for two and a half terms, our 10 cyclists can be very proud of their efforts at the National Road Cycling Championships that were held over three days from 27 – 29 September 2014. We entered three teams into the Team Time Trial on Saturday 27 September and for the first time in the 46 year history of the event, one of our teams placed 3rd earning themselves a Bronze Medal each – this means we have the third fastest Year 7/8 team of riders throughout the entire country.

Our Bronze Medalists were Koputaroa A: Dannielle (Captain), Logan , Matthias  and Campbell  who completed the 16km course in 30:52 minutes. We were up against schools like Saint Kentigern, St Peter’s College Auckland, Scotts College and Palmerston North Intermediate – all big players on the cycling circuit!

Our Koputaroa B team consisted of Henrietta  (Captain), Heath  and James. Unfortunately a crash wiped this team out very early in the race so they weren’t able to finish the event.

Our Koputaroa C team was made up of Katarina  (Captain), Alina  and Nikkita . They completed the race in a time of 36:08 minutes.

The racing on Sunday was cancelled due to the appalling weather conditions so we were back into it on Monday at Manfield in Feilding. This day was host to the Points Race which involved a set number of laps around the race track.

Henrietta Christie earned herself a Silver Medal in this event coming second in a field of 21 riders. The remainder of the Koputaroa cyclists did a fantastic job and were placed as follows:

Key Kids T3 Wk 9/10

Congratulations to these Key Kids who displayed the Competencies and Values of Ambition and Excellence and Thinking.

Year 5/6 Netball Success

Last Sunday our Year 5/6 Netball Team competed at a Netball Tournament. They played exceptionally well and competed against teams from Wanganui, Feilding, Levin and Upper Hutt.

They won four games to make it into the final against Rahui. The final against Rahui was a great game, but our team lost 11-6.

Our team can be congratulated for coming Runners Up at the tournament. Well done girls!

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Key Kids T3 Wk 7

Congratulations to this weeks Key Kids for demonstrating the Value of Empathy and Respect. Well done to: Riley, Cameron, Hana, Campbell, Quinn and Sophie.

Learning and Teaching Snippets

Here are a few snippets about Learning and Teaching from our recent newsletters:

The staff have have been reading a lot of research lately about learning and teaching and what supports effective practice. We keep reading similar elements: when students understand the purpose of their learning, they achieve better; when they are shown how to do they learning, they achieve more, that children learn more from their peers through conversation and collaboration and that feedback through the process of learning (from both peers and the teacher) is one of the most powerful indicators to support learning. The staff are using this research and other elements of effective learning and teaching to support and meet the Mission of our School Charter: To develop a community of innovative learners in a supportive environment.

Have you asked your child recently what they’ve learnt at school? What they have enjoyed doing? How they have helped planned their learning? We have exceptional teachers and children at Koputaroa who are designing the learning together. We have been researching and investigating the best ways for children to learn and much of what we read, shows  that when children are involved with planning and designing their own learning, their motivation, engagement and achievement improves. This has to be a good thing! It’s great to see that on a daily basis we are fulfilling our school vision of: Inspiring Minds on the Journey of Learning. As indicated last week, early in Term 4, the staff, myself and the Board will host an information evening about Modern Learning and our vision for 2015.

Key Kids T3 Wk4

Congratulations to the Key Kids from Term 3, Week 4, for demonstrating the Competency of: Relating to Others.

Well done to: Chelsea, Saxton, Alexis, Carmel, Jessica, Haylee and Finn