WE NEED YOU!! – Waiouru School Working Bee.

Are you available for our Waiouru School Working Bee?

Friday afternoon 20th November and Saturday Morning 21st November.

If you are able to help on either of these days we would really appreciate it, especially if you could help project manage different projects for the day.

Our plan of action is as follows:
Friday afternoon – All students will be engaged in the prep-work for the actual working bee day on Saturday. Please send your kids to school in old, working clothes that do not matter if they get a bit dirty, or painty. They will be involved with working on their classroom projects, as well as weeding, tidying, touching up paint, and moving stones from the in-school gardens to the front gardens outside the gates.

On Saturday we are asking for teams of workers to help us with the following projects:

  • Redoing our stony gardens with mulch – weed and tidy included.
  • Cement and lay the Ninja Ratas’ path between the office and classrooms.
  • Tidy and spruce up the Kiva (the concrete pit at the front, it’s actually a stage) with bright coloured paint or possibly a mural.
  • Bulk plant our Koru garden with tussock and plants transferred from other gardens.
  • Dig and plant the Minion’s Tyre Dragon.
  • Build a mini fort on the large stump at the back.
  • Dig and build a couple of jumps on Rangatahi’s bike track.
  • Build a Sandpit – under purple shade sail.
  • Transporting sand from the old Daycare to the new sandpit.
  • Box in Mana’s garden.

Louise Tweeddale has taken on the role of co-ordinating and sourcing materials. What we need now are a few adults who will lead the different projects by telling Louise what is needed and managing the working parties on the day. Please click on the link below for an online sign up form or alternatively speak to Kerry to put your name down.

http://goo.gl/forms/w3zNNDfAOt

Here’s a gallery of the potential projects on the day:

Nathan Mikaere-Wallis Is Coming To Waiouru!

After months of planning and sponsorship sourcing I am pleased to announce that Nathan Mikaere-Wallis will be speaking at two educator focused, and one parent focused presentations on Wednesday 14th and Thursday 15th October 2015.

You are all invited to:

A Parents Evening with Nathan Mikaere-Wallis on Wednesday 14th October, 7.30pm to 9.30pm in the Waiouru School Hall.

Topic Coverage:

Using recent discoveries about the nature of how children’s brains develop and work, Nathan will share parenting strategies that work with this research. For this seminar Nathan will focus particularly on transitions for children – specifically the transitions of a parent leaving long term for work, or returning after a lengthy absence. The presentation is designed to be easy to understand and interactive – so feel free to bring your questions about the brain along!

Nathan is part of the Brain Wave Trust, and X Factor Education, Christchurch. He has been a lecturer at the Christchurch College of Education, lecturing in human development, brain development, language and communication and risk and resilience.  He is an amazing, dynamic speaker with a nack for translating complicated science into a format easily understood by all.

If you are a Waiouru based educator (home care included and most welcome), or a parent who would like to hear more from Nathan please contact Marama directly as there are limited seats available at the educator presentations.  You can see more information here.

You can listen to a snippet of his 3 to 7 years presentation here: http://www.radionz.co.nz/audio/remote-player?id=2595176

Or watch this video about 0 – 3 years:

Thanks to the support from the following organisations this presentation is free:
Ruapehu REAP
NZEI Taihape/Ruapehu Branch
The Waiouru Military Training Facility (WMTF) Padres
Waiouru School
WMTF Headquarters
And the WMTF UPF Fund.

Excellent PLD in Waiouru with Nathan Mikaere-Wallis

Calling all educators you are invited to two presentations by …

Nathan Mikaere-Wallis

At the Waiouru School Hall on

Wednesday 14th October 2pm – 6pm and Thursday 15th October 9am – 3pm

Nathan Wallis is a father of three & foster parent with a professional background in child counselling, teaching and social service management. Until recently he lectured in Human Development at the University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand. Nathan is also a board member and senior trainer with the highly respected Brainwave Trust.

Presentation One (4 hours @ $20pp) – Wednesday 14th October 2pm – 6pm:

0 to 3 Years – The majority of the major discoveries about the growth and development of the human brain which led the 1990’s to be labelled the ‘Decade of the Brain’, were about the brain from conception to 3 years of age. From a neurological perspective this is clearly the most important time in your life for influencing your entire life span. Participants will explore with Nathan how this works and what it means for how we interact, nurture and educate our youngest citizens. We will explore the implications this has for early childhood/infancy and the type of environment that best facilitates the full development of the child’s potential. Nathan’s aim is to make this as jargon free and easily relatable to practice as possible.

Presentation Two (All Day @ $40pp) – Thursday 15th October 9am – 3pm:

Morning as above – 0 to 3 years

Afternoon 3 to 6 Years – With the huge emphasis placed on the development of literacy and numeracy in education, many people assume that the 3 and 4 year old is basically a little 7 year old, and a watered down more basic version of the 7 year old curriculum is appropriate. Its not.

This is a unique stage of development in which the child has unique needs specific to this age group. These needs relate to the development of social emotional skills, which as well as developing resilience, play a crucial role in the subsequent development of cognitive skills such as literacy.

Together with participants, Nathan will explore the research field that relates to this development, and how this impacts on our practice, interactions and relationships with young children. He hopes to infuse the session with humour and make the information easily relatable to your daily life.

Any questions please contact Marama – principal@waiouru.school.nz

Book online at:

https://goo.gl/IBe0LR