Mothers Day in New Lynn
Children from New Lynn Primary handed out flowers to mothers in New Lynn for Mother's Day. Thank you to the New Lynn Business Association for their contribution. 
Here are some photos from the day. 
    

Showcase 2012: Letters of a Spanish Explorer
Every year our teachers and students  showcase their classrooms for our parents, whanau and community  come and view the work that we are doing in our classes. Before the viewing our whole school puts on a performance to give the guests a taste of what to expect at our school concert in the months to follow.
 Here are some photos of our Showcase presentation


     

      

    

Whanau Hui     
 On Wednesday 5th September whanau, parents and staff of New Lynn School met in our Learning Centre to discuss learning and teaching at New Lynn School. Four Year Six  students shared their reflections as pupils of our school; Greg Roebuck (Principal) spoke about student achievement and assessment; Julie Mana'o (Senior Teacher) presented the Virtual Classroom webpages across the school; parents/whanau shared their views and perceptions of learning and teaching at New Lynn School.  The evening concluded with parents, children and staff sharing a meal together.  
 
Photos of our Whanau Hui:  
      

        

Pasifika Fono Evening

On Wednesday 22nd August a Pasifika Fono evening was held where our Pasifika families were invited to come and listen-to and discuss what New Lynn School offers their children. Six senior students spoke about their appreciation of the education that they have received  at NLS since their enrolment in Year 1. The students then concluded their presenations with a ukele item and song. Parents and extended family members were informed about student achievement and ways to help at home. A presentation of e-learning using our school website and virtual classroom pages was also explained and viewed. Parents had time to contribute suggestions in small groups regarding their childrens' education at NLS followed by a communal dinner.

Some photos of our Pasifika Fono evening:

      

      

                                             Our School Disco Night 

We had so much fun at our school disco. Thank you to our teachers, Police Blue Light organisers, our DJ and our parents and whanau for making it so much fun. Here are some photos:

 
 
 



Reporting to Parents

Reporting in Years 5 & 6 (.pdf) 
Reporting in Years 3 & 4 (.ppt)
Reporting in Years 1 & 2 (.ppt)



Chinese Lantern Festival

The Chinese Lantern Festival was held in Albert Park during the weekend 3rd-6th February. On the 7th of February New Lynn School was privileged to have the Lantern Festival performers visit our school. Here are some photos to enjoy:

 
 
 


Our School's Showcase:
Lao Lao of Dragon Mountain

Our whole school sat outside in the courtyard under the maple tree and we presented items from our Kapa Haka, orchestra and concert groups to our parents, whanau and caregivers. Afterwards we showed our Lao Lao of Dragon Mountain classroom displays to our visitors and shared activities- icing dragon biscuits, stick and reel spinning, as well as Smartboard and iPad interactions,. Here are some photos of the fun event:

 
 
 


ICT Community Involvement

During New Lynn School's parent teacher interview evening, we had iPads and mini-notebooks set up in our learning centre. Parents and whanau were invited to come and learn some 'e-learning skills' (skills on the computer) from their children.

Seeing our classroom activities presented on the New Lynn School website and exploring our iPad literacy and numeracy apps were highlights for our parents, whanau and students (and some pre-schoolers).

Below are some photos of students teaching numeracy and literacy computing skills to their parents and whanau:


Transition to School

In June 2011 Ann Hatherley and her team from CORE Education worked in our Learning Centre with 50+ Preschool Educators and School Teachers from designated West Auckland Centres. The focus was on both Preschool and School staff sharing their concepts about what constitutes readiness for school and how this process is provided for preschool children and their parents/whanau.

A highlight was a booklet created by six students who had just begun school. They took photos of the things at school that they thought their peers back in pre-school might need to know in readiness for school. Some considerations included:

  • the tone of the bell
  • putting bags on the rights hook
  • not getting wet when drinking from the fountains
  • putting rubbish in the bin so that the caretaker doesn’t get angry
  • knowing the right doors to enter the school

The presentation was amusing and it was refreshing to hear some student voice in the transition to school process (sometimes an overlooked consideration).

Further Transition to School workshops will be held throughout the year at different locations.

Photos of the New Lynn School workshop:


Reuben Wiki visits Room 9

One of our Year 1 students entered a radio competition and won a bag of rugby league goodies.  Reuben Wiki (rugby league star) came to present the prizes.  it was a happy day in Room 9!


Bike Safety


Every year Bike West teach our Year 5 and 6 pupils how to ride a bike safely on the road.  Helmets, hand signals, road rules and bike riding skills are all taught to improve our safety when riding a bike on the road.

Here are some photos of instruction given inside the classroom:



Whanau Hui

Parents of our Maori students where invited to an evening involving a community dinner followed by a presentation showing our New Lynn website of student and community activities and learning, National Standards, ways to encourage students who are speakers of languages other than English, and to informally korero about student achievement.

Here are photos taken of our Whanau Hui:


School Showcase

Every year just before our annual school concert we have a school Showcase. This year the theme was The Legend of the Seven Whales.

Our parents, friends and whanau come to our school in the evening. We assembled in our beautiful courtyard and presented choir, kapa haka and concert snippet items before showing our visitors the displays in our classrooms. We also provided a sausage sizzle and food stalls for people to enjoy from during the evening. The Showcase was alot of fun. 

Here are two photo collages of our Showcase event: Inside our classrooms and our outside performances.

  


National Standards

Parents/Whanau/Caregivers  Information Evening - 22nd September 2010

Presenters: Jane Van der Zeyden - Learning Media

Greg Roebuck - Principal

Our Learning Centre left standing room only for parents/whanau to hear and discuss the reasons why National Standards have been introduced by the Ministry of Education.


Greg Roebuck and Jane Van der Zeyden presenting National Standards information to parents and whanau at New Lynn School


Why have National Standards?

  • 20% (1 in 5 students) are leaving school without the skills to succeed in our adult world
  • Leaving school with NCEA Level 2 opens doors to a child with many options
  • Therefore what do students need to do at each Year Level to achieve Level 2 by the end of Year 12?
  • The 2008 National Curriculum is our roadmap to how we get there
  • Reading ,writing and numeracy standards give us the signposts along the way

This PowerPoint presentation will give you detailed information as presented during our parent/whanau information evening for you to refer to.



ICT Community Presentation

Robin Tapper and Liz Clarkson presented Information Communication Technology (ICT) programmes that currently take place in our classrooms. Staff from our local preschools: Rainbow Cottage; Lollipops Educare Lynmall; Planet-Kids; Learning Curves as well as our school parents and whanau attended the workshop presentation.

Coverage included a Youtube video about 21st Century Learners and the importance of how teachers deliver their ICT curriculum to our computer-savvy students. The website for this video is found on: http://vodpod.com/watch/398866-a-vision-of-k12-students-today. 

“Young people are managing technology, they will face challenges, they need skills for these challenges.” Teachers and staff at New Lynn School are preparing their students for their world by communicating, collaborating and customising their teaching and learning programmes.

Other ICT programmes presented included: Marvin animation in a virtual classroom; lego robots built around a small computer and programmed to do intricate moves according to what the students’ want them to do; Digital Citizenship demonstrating the Hector’s World series of cyber safety scenarios; the importance of a class web page embedded into the school website as a communication tool for families and whanau; using the whole-school website www.newlynn.school.nz to gather school information.


                                   Local preschool staff and parent/whanau attendees                     Robin presenting topic visuals

ICT Feedback from local preschool and parents’ afternoon

As an advocate for ICT I was really pleased we could see new entrant classrooms where this was very visible - a good wake up call for centres to consider how they might integrate new technologies into their curriculum and the potential benefits of this to the transition process.   ann.hatherly@core-ed.ac.nz

Hi Liz and Robin
Thank you for the opportunity to attend the ICT presentation. 

We had not seen the smart board before and were amazed by the technology that is available for the use of young children, in the early years of school.  Also how this can be integrated into early childhood centre’s.  It also brought to our realization that as teachers we need to have some knowledge in regards to technology, making us aware of our own need to up-skill ourselves in the use of ICT.

Regards
Rainbow Cottage Staff



Hello Liz and Robin

We feel that these workshops that the school invites us to attend are beneficial, and we always come away with something new to discuss. Thank you for opening our eyes up to the wider world of technology.

The possibilities are endless… Thanks again

Regards

Shelley and Roz: Centre Manager, Centre Supervisor