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I will be using this newsletter to ensure the parent body are kept abreast of matters relating to the governance of the school.  The school newsletter remains your key communication for day-to-day happenings and upcoming events.  Regards, Mark



2015 ERO Report

A Note of Congratulations to our Hikuai School Community and to the Greater Community Locally from the desk of Jared Stein – Hikuai School Principal.

Well, our 2015 ERO report has been officially confirmed and is up for all to view on their site.  Its contents fills me with a sense of gratitude and humbleness in the respect that I have the opportunity to work within a community that has made such a great report possible.

 

As a community we have every right to be extremely proud of what we continue to accomplish at our school. Our rock solid foundations have again been recognised and we can continue to spread the message to other community members and parents that we are the PINNACLE of primary school education here in the Coromandel.

 

A significant theme that came across to us and which is evident within the report is that we are in such good shape because we are extremely effective, reflective practitioners.  In short, because we know where we have been on our journey, we continue to be able to identify where we are going, ensuring that areas of development are recognised through constant re-evaluation and reflection.

 

I would urge each of you to use this document as a means to promote our school to families you know who may be looking for a school in the area for their children to come to, or even to show it to others who have children at other schools in the wider district – perhaps it’s time they looked to a school where innovative teaching and learning practices are supported firmly by strong traditional values such as honesty and respect.

 

Again well done to us all.  Thank you all, for standing tall and standing strong.

 

Kind regards

Jared Stein



What More Could a Poor Boy Do? by Rebecca

Depressed, ashamed, broken-hearted the boy stood alone observing all the rich and happy people.

Jacob is very lonely boy, as he was abandoned at the age of seven.

When people see Jacob, they hardly pay any attention to him. People just walk past with the expression on their faces that he doesn’t deserve to be living , and that because he doesn’t wear neat, dry clothes and look clean, he shouldn’t get any respect or kindness that others get.

This boy doesn’t go to school and dosen’t get the privalige of attending to all the things that people with money can do.But still he tries to always hold his head high, keep calm, and carry on.

You never know, maybe one day someone selfless and caring will see, that inside he is actually a fragile, kind little boy whom disereves a chance in this world. Because he, is human too.  



The life of Bob by Kiara

His name is Bob...

His name is Bob and he owns a giant milk factory in Hamilton. That is also where he lives… the milk factory.

He will always be walking on the beach because it is his favourite thing to do. He has never had a date in his life because he keeps on yelling non-stop, so it is pretty clear that he doesn’t have a wife,. He wishes every day that he could stop his habit, but no matter how hard he tries he can’t, so he lives a life without a wife or kids.

His factory is going out of business because he keeps on yelling at his employees and they kept on quitting and it all went down the drain. In 2000 he was a nice, calm, non-yelling guy until he opened his company…then he found a chance to yell, but it became a habit.

Some people say that he is a crazy weirdo but he is a really nice guy inside and he just wishes that people would stop thinking like that. Even when he says hello in the morning they ignore him but they don’t know how it makes him feel - but it feels like being an old pair of shoes. He never wants to be seen in public ever again just because of peoples actions and words. He is embarrassed about himself he thinks there is no one there for him.

He is scared to face the world because he knows people don’t think much of him, why would he ever want to step outside the factory since he knows people will tease him if he ever shows his face to the world?

He goes to the hospital every day just to see if they can help him with his problem but they don’t help him because he yells at them.

 This is Bob and he is afraid.    



Ricardo by Ryan

This is Ricardo

This is Ricardo. He lives on K Road and is 23 years old. He has got 2 brothers and 3 sisters. His brothers and sisters are both smart and good at sport but Ricardo isn't good at anything. But... he is good at surfing. No-one knows about his secret skill because he thinks no-one would care.

He has got got scars all over his body from when he was a kid because his parents used to go mad at him because he wasn't good at anything.

He got kicked out of the house when he was 16 and forced to live on the streets. He now wakes up at 6:00 in the morning and begs for money so he can survive. He hopes one day he will have enough money to buy a surfboard, so he could do something with his life, and hope to become a profesional surfer. But it doesn't look like he will have enough money because he spends most of his money on drugs and alcohol.

He never knew he would get so addicted to drugs and alcohol but he thought it was cool because everyone else did it but now he's so addicted he can't stop buying drugs and alcohol. Everytime he goes to sleep he wishes he would never wake up because he is so dissapointed in his life. He wishes he could start his life again.

This is Ricardo.



The Teacher Modelled Work by Mr Stein

The Invisible Man

This is an invisible man. He lives on the streets. His house, on a good day, sometimes has 4 walls, but those walls are made of cardboard. The walls don’t keep the cold out, but they do let the rain in. The best thing, he thinks, about the walls is that they stop the outside world from seeing him. The world, the people, tell him he is nothing, so why should he want to be seen? Why would he want to be seen? Isn’t he doing the world a favour by making sure his light is kept well hidden?

Sometimes his house has no walls at all, just a hard concrete floor that people have walked on and over all day. Funny that….that’s how he feels. Walked on and over by the very people who use the footpath he sleeps on at night. Do they know they’re trampling on his bed? Probably not. Why would they? After all, he knows he’s an invisible man.

They don’t pay him any attention, they don’t even look at him, they don’t smile at him, and they don’t even acknowledge that he is there. He is, for all wants and purposes, an invisible man. An invisible man who is rather quite visible to each individual person that passes him. He’s sure they hear him when he says good morning…..he’s sure they do. Don’t they?

 This man is an invisible man. He has very few possessions that he can call his own. He has his tatty old clothes that are damp most of the time. It’s not the sweet smell of his first born that lingers on his chest now but rather the smell of a slow cold death.

This man is an invisible man. He has his bible for children that his Dad gave him when he was five years old. He keeps that in a plastic bag, it reminds him of a better time. He looks at the words, he looks hard at the words. He knows they are good words, yet they mean nothing to him. He wish he knew what they said.

This is the picture of an invisible boy.



Rosie by Grace

This is Rosie.

This is Rosie. She is 18 and lives in Twizel in a small rundown flat near the petrol station.

Rosie’s mum, Tanya, is mean and doesn’t spend any time with Rosie. That is because Rosie has to look after 5 other girls. The oldest sister is 23 and her name is Danika. Her boyfriend Robbie bullies Rosie and hurts her.

Rosie has a very hard life but always tries to keep happy for 8 year old sister Daisy.  Daisy doesn’t understand everything that goes on in her family and Rosie wants to keep it that way. Every day Rosie makes it her priority to teach Daisy a little bit about maths, reading and writing as Daisy doesn’t attend school.

On Monday to Friday Rosie works at the petrol station from 6am until 4pm. Her salary is $100 a week which feeds the whole family. Along with Jessie’s money she earns from being a hairdresser, the family just manage to get by. Jessie is Rosie’s older sister.

Rosie likes spending time with Jessie, but not too much time. The only person Rosie feels she can be herself with is Daisy and that is because Daisy is really the only one who enjoys being around Rosie.

With her Mum, Rosie feels she has to do and say everything that her Mum would want to hear and see. Rosie is afraid to say what she really thinks, which does not help her confidence. If she could come out of her shell and live her life then she would be happy. But she’s not. And so it is. She is Rosie



Sharna by Donelle

Depression and shame: feelings she is fond of...but shoudln't be.

Depression and shame; feelings she is fond of…but she shouldn’t be.

She has many amazing talents that she keeps hidden out of fear of disappointing those around her. She fears being a disappointment and being looked down upon. She’s afraid to step out of line and the shadow that’s been cast over her. She’s ashamed to show off her true colours due to high expectations that her parents had bestowed upon her.

She is afraid to be different.

She is one of many siblings that all know who they are and show it with confidence, but she was born without it. She became the forgotten child and was left to fend for herself. She never left her comfort zone to become who she had the potential to be. She was never strong nor particularly smart so her parents never thought much of her.

She does have an escape. Her escape is when she picks up her paint brush, pencil or pen. Her emotions spill onto a piece of paper or a canvas and her worries and fears fade away for a short amount of time. She creates beautiful art work and poems…..but nobody ever sees or hers them. It’s the few things that keep her together and from falling apart. She makes up for having such a plain, boring life when she makes these amazing masterpieces. Each piece tells a completely different story even though there a never any words. She writes words she wishes she could speak and pictures she wishes she could live

It’s a shame she doesn’t have the courage to smile more: she has the most beautiful unique smile anyone could ever witness.

She is Sharna.



The Boy With No Soul by Eve

You are meant to find your destiny.

You are meant to find your destiny. It was……well your destiny, some people never find theirs but it’s the person you are.

There is a little boy who lives in Syria: no one knows his name. People call him the boy with no soul because of his eyes….those big, beautiful brown eyes. If you look into them, they’re full of…nothing. The only feelings there are is pain and loneliness.

The boy with no soul was brought up with his Mum and Dad and his five brothers and sisters. In Syria there’s not a lot of good jobs to go around so his Dad did as much as he could to financially secure them while his mother stays at home cooking and cleaning, yet there’s not a lot to cook with and not a lot to clean.

This boy left home because he felt like he wasn’t loved….he was forgotten. Through that soulless body he had a dream. A dream to be heard. He maybe a kid but he has a voice and he uses it.

He writes all his emotions on a piece of paper. His perspective on life. He writes it down whenever, wherever and he has a lot to talk about, yet no one sees or hears these majestic poems. His words just flow like water going down a stream.

The boy with no soul had a soul but it’s stuck on pieces of paper.



Room 5 Heroes and Role Models Part 1

Room 5 have been researching some of New Zealands most noted heros and role models. Click on any of the PowerPoints below to find out some amazing facts and the history behind their rise to that status in our country.



Student Leadership Team Term 2 (click pic)

We are exceedingly happy to congratulate Rebeccal (left) Dannielle (centre) Eve (right) to their position as school and student leaders for Term 2. This is a great representation of the houses at Hikuai School too.



Totara Student - Ethan

At Hikuai School our behaviour management procedures are focussed on two different but equally important facets of school life

In 2015 each letter within the word Totara will be aligned with a principle or principles that we deem to be core as to who we are at Hikuai School. When a parent or guest walks into Hikuai School we want them to see these principles and values embedded in the actions, interactions, thoughts and conversations of students and staff alike. We want them to be able to see that at Hikuai School we don’t just pay lip service to these principles and values but we actually walk the walk and talk the talk.

 

With the above clearly in mind, in 2015 and onwards the ‘Totara Student’ will be the student who has reflected these principles and values the most over the fortnight within their classroom and within the playground and will be rewarded for their dedication to our school and its values and principles. 

The Totara Student  is:

  • Trustworthy
  • Organized
  • Thoughtful
  • Ambitious
  • Respectful & resilient
  • Aware



Student Leadership Team Term 2 (click pic)

We are exceedingly happy to congratulate Rebeccal (left) Dannielle (centre) Eve (right) to their position as school and student leaders for Term 2. This is a great representation of the houses at Hikuai School too.



2015 ERO Report

A Note of Congratulations to our Hikuai School Community and to the Greater Community Locally from the desk of Jared Stein – Hikuai School Principal.

Well, our 2015 ERO report has been officially confirmed and is up for all to view on their site.  Its contents fills me with a sense of gratitude and humbleness in the respect that I have the opportunity to work within a community that has made such a great report possible.

 

As a community we have every right to be extremely proud of what we continue to accomplish at our school. Our rock solid foundations have again been recognised and we can continue to spread the message to other community members and parents that we are the PINNACLE of primary school education here in the Coromandel.

 

A significant theme that came across to us and which is evident within the report is that we are in such good shape because we are extremely effective, reflective practitioners.  In short, because we know where we have been on our journey, we continue to be able to identify where we are going, ensuring that areas of development are recognised through constant re-evaluation and reflection.

 

I would urge each of you to use this document as a means to promote our school to families you know who may be looking for a school in the area for their children to come to, or even to show it to others who have children at other schools in the wider district – perhaps it’s time they looked to a school where innovative teaching and learning practices are supported firmly by strong traditional values such as honesty and respect.

 

Again well done to us all.  Thank you all, for standing tall and standing strong.

 

Kind regards

Jared Stein



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Chair Chat

I will be using this newsletter to ensure the parent body are kept abreast of matters relating to the governance of the school.  The school newsletter remains your key communication for day-to-day happenings and upcoming events.  Regards, Mark



Behaviour Management System 2015 (click)

Please read on...

 

Please find attached the 2015 Hikuai School Behaviour Management Document. As mentioned in the Back to School newsletter this is not a change of Behaviour Management policy but rather illustrates the form that policy takes within the school yard at Hikuai School.

The emphasis will always be on the positive, the good and the kind at Hikuai School and as you read on you will see the TOTARA STUDENT takes on a new and pivotal dimension in this regard. At the same time however, there must be clear guidelines for staff, students and parents if a child chooses not to adhere to or deviates from the behaviour expectations of a student at Hikuai and this document conveys the consequences and the actions taken if this is indeed the case.

Please take the time to read through the document and talk about it with your  children. Staff will be working through the expectations and consequences at school with the students as well.

Like all good systems and procedures they will be reviewed on a regular basis to ensure they are best serving the mission and vision of the school.



Pauanui Pre-School Newsletter

We have a wonderful relationship with the Pauanui Pre-School and many of our current whanau have been through there. We would like to share with our wider community the goings on there as well. Check out the attachement for their news.



Pauanui Post (click pic)

The Pauanui Post is a great read about an important part of our community and often has articles about whats happening at our school in it. We're happy to save a place for it here on our website as we like to support those who support us!