Our Principal - Whaea Kim Nikora
Tena koutou katoa ma,
Ko Tainui te waka
Ko Maniapoto te iwi
Ko Motakiora te maunga
Ko Ngati Rora te hapu
Ko Mangaokewa te awa
Ko Te Tokonganui a Noho te marae
Ko Kim Nikora taku ingoa
END OF YEAR REPORT TO THE COMMUNITY 2015
Tena tatou katoa, nga hau e wha! Nau mai, haere mai ki tenei hui whakanui.
Nga mihi, nga mihi, nga mihi
We began 2015 with the enthusiasm and motivation that is Thames South School. This meant packing up the whole school and heading for the Kauaeranga Valley to enjoy the learning opportunity that sits right here in our back yard. It was an amazing event that set the scene for the rest of our year…
We engaged in the 100 year commemorations for ANZAC and learned of the sacrifice and heartache of war, planting trees, making poppies and laying the mosaic in for future generations
We connected to our community goals, finishing Jacob’s Ladder, being part of the Porritt park re-design and just today our school mural has been unveiled on site to represent the past, present and future of Thames, learning about design, local councils and community voice.
We set the vision of our bike track in motion with bikes arriving in time to embed into our school curriculum in 2016.
We set our sights on an international exchange to Japan in 2016
We successfully hosted the 140th School Reunion Weekend.
We had a resounding win at the 2016 Hauraki Kapa haka festival.
And most recently, brought the wider community together for our 2015 Xmas Fair.
All of these opportunities for learning sit within our scope for success. As well as engaging in the core literacies of reading, writing and maths, our students connect to their community and the events that are in action as a way to use these skills in real life situations. Our school curriculum is everything we do from the caring we show for visitors and each other to the belief we have that language, culture and identity is the foundation for every child’s success.
We make a difference for every student, we strive for academic success and we work to ensure the success of our entire learning community.
And who is the “WE” in these words? The success we have would not be possible without the team of players who keep us moving towards our goals and aspirations.
Thank you to the Board of Trustees for their commitment to our school’s strategic direction.
Thank you to the parents and whanau who are in partnership with us on this journey
Thank you to the teaching staff who give of themselves day in and day out.
Thank you to the support staff, who do just that - support and tautoko, in their important roles what we value here at Thames South School. And thank you to the wider community who have been with us on this year’s journey in many varied yet supportive ways.
And finally, today’s prize giving is about acknowledging the reason we are all here, our tamariki. They have shone in many ways this year, so let’s get down to the business of celebrating their successes.
December 14th 2015
Term 4, 2015: The first year comes to an end...
As is the norm with schools, the year has flown by, along with the normal ebb and flow of learning and teaching, some very major events have played out successfully for us as a school;
The 100 year commemorations for ANZAC was a thread of learning that continued throughout the year from April to our recent focus on Armistice Day. Students celebrated the lives of real soldiers and nurses who served, laid wreaths, made poppies and planted trees at the newly established World War 1 War Memorial Forest.
The strong showing once again of our Hoterini ki te Tonga Kapahaka, meant taking first place once more at the Hauraki Kapahaka Festival 2015 held in Te Aroha.
The establishment of a cycle track on site that will grow our engagement in hands on experiences, healthy living and sustainability for the future.
The engagement of our students in the creation of local playgrounds in conjunction with the Thames District Council.
The 140th year reunion weekend was an amazing success for all involved. This included the recording of personal stories to be stored and accessed from our local heritage trust building, The Treasury.
The confirmation that we will make our inaugrual trip to Osaka Japan in 2016 as a way to strengthen our long standing links with the international student programme coordinated by Evakona Education.
All of these important life experiences form the basis of a curriculum that strives to make a greater difference in our students lives and ultimately their academic success.
As the year draws to a close, I acknowledge the teachers and staff who give their all to make this possible. I acknowledge the partnership with whanau and families who work alongside us to follow our strategic directions and support our professional practices. I acknowledge the many agencies who also connect to our vision and do their part to uplift our students, their families and the learning community in which we are all an integral part. He aha te mea nui? He Tangata, He Tangata, He Tangata.
Term 1, 2015: Moving Forward...
2015 brings a sense of who we are as a school. Our unique strands that form the binding for our vision at Thames South School.
Our philosophy is evident in the way our team work so tirelessly to ensure positive outcomes and academic achievement for our tamariki. It is evident in the way our families and whanau support events and give of their time to assist us in achieving our goals and growing the future of our students our country and our world.
Our strength comes from language, identity and culture and embracing community as a philosophy for learning. We strive to;
Care for self
Care for others
Care for property
Care for the environment
We believe a vibrant and modern learning environment that encompasses our local, national and global communities will foster our ability to learn together. Our school curriculum is designed to engage and challenge the learner both individually and collectively as a kaihautu i tōna ake mātauranga – self directed and reflective learner. We strive for excellence, creativity, sustainability, strong relationships, diversity, service, honesty, cultural awareness and knowledge. Together we learn.
There are many exciting events coming our way and I look forward to what 2015 has to bring.
Term 2, 2014: As my journey begins...
As I write this it is week 6 and I have been here for three weeks already! It has been a great time of jumping in boots and all, with the busy term four calendar, an education review office visit and many, many people to meet and connect to.
My first message is one of gratitude for the kindness and manaakitanga that i have experienced since I began. Thank you to all who have made us feel welcome.
My second message is one of hope and excitement as we move forward and begin to build the where to from here strategic direction for Thames South School.
My final message for today is one of expectation. high expectations for our tamariki, professional expectations for our teachers and support staff and collaborative expectations for our whanau, families and wider community as we bring 2014 to a close and start to prepare for the journey that will be 2015.
Thames South School develops life long learners empowered with a sense of identity in a vibrant, safe community.