Pet Day 8.11.14
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HIKUAI SCHOOL PET DAY
NOVEMBER 8TH 2014
It might seem odd that a notice about pet day starts with a conversation about our science fair, but it is actually quite apt. It is important that from the outset that we all know that the main focus of this term for the students is the science fair whereas in the past it might have been Pet Day as it would have been the main event of the term. This term however it does play second fiddle, so to speak, to the science fair as this is where the teachers and no doubt you as parents (and enthusiastic supporters) will be assisting your child or children the most in and with their scientific endeavours. So with that in mind here is some initial information for you in regards to Pet Day 2014.
WHEN: Saturday the 8th of November
WHERE: At Hikuai School
TIME: 9am – To between 1:30 –and 3pm
IS THIS CONSIDERED A SCHOOL DAY? Yes it is so all children will be expected to attend.
WHAT IS THE DAY IN LIEU? If pet day is not cancelled the day lieu will be Monday the 10th of November. The children will not be expected at school that day as school will be closed.
DO THE STUDENTS HAVE TO WEAR SCHOOL UNIFORM? Yes, they will have to wear uniform.
WILL THE BUS RUN? Unfortunately no it won’t. Parents will need to bring their child to school.
WHAT IF IT RAINS? Conditions will have to pretty poor for us to cancel pet day but if it is cancelled it will be done so by 7:30 pm on the school website and Coromandel FM. The pet day will not be rescheduled if it is cancelled.
IS IT GOING TO BE LIKE THE LAST COUPLE OF YEARS? No it isn’t. As it is a school day it is going to be a lot more structured and the students will be watching and participating in events as a school but as you’ll see we want as many whanau participating too!
SO WHAT WILL THE DAY LOOK LIKE THIS YEAR?
Well, the following will give you an idea and is only provisional but it will go along similar lines….
9.00: Official start to the day
9.00-9.30: Children and whanau to mix and mingle and have a look at all the pets and artwork
9.30: Bell rings and all students meet under the shade cloth in their house lines. Parents welcome too!
9.30 – 10.00: Whole School Events 1 and 2 – with whanau participation (Such as 3 legged race etc.)
10.00 – 10.30: First judging with whole school watching or split between judges. This is so those that did bring their pets get the tautoko they deserve.
10 .30 – 11.15: On the bell ring the children meet under the shade cloth for morning tea. There might be some face painting or other such events that the kids might like to do hence the extended break time. Parents can mingle with staff and kids and have a cup of tea or coffee from the MP room.
11.15 – 11.45: Whole school events 3 and 4 with parent participation
11.45 – 12.15: Second round of judging with whole school watching or split between judges.
12.15 – 1.15: All meet under the shade cloth and have lunch. Sausage sizzle available.
1.15 – 1.30: Last whole school event with Whanau
1.30 – 1.45: Clean up
1.45 End of day School Hui for notices.
A final scheduled will be published in the near future with more detail - this is just to give you an idea.
BRINGING A PET
If your child is bringing a pet to pet day they must have filled in and returned the PET DAY PET FORM by the 24th of October. That’s this coming Friday so you need to be in quick!
WHAT YOU WILL SEE AND NEED TO DO
For pet club this year each class will work on only 2 pieces of artwork. For those of you with past experience of pet day there has been upward of 5 art projects sometimes. We simply can’t afford to do that this year with much of our time and space being devoted to science. This year you may or may not be required to source some artefacts at home but your children’s class teachers will advise you if this is the case.
On the day Rooms 5, 3 and 4 will be closed and all the artwork will be in displayed in the MP Room and depending on size and number of exhibits possibly in rooms 1 and 2 as well.
As more details are confirmed we will forward them on to the community so that you are all fully informed. If you have any questions in the meantime please direct these to your child’s classroom teacher.
Many thanks from the staff at Hikuai School