Tuesday, 9 August 2016

Welcome to Term 3, where has the year gone already.

Kia Ora, Talofa lava, Kia orana, M alo e lelei, Fakalofa lahi atu, Bula,

Who watched the opening of the Olympic games on the weekend?  Wasn't it spectacular.
Good luck to all our kiwi Olympians who are going for gold in Rio!
I hope our children are using their chrome books wisely and utilizing them to maybe watch some of the coverage on the Olympic games, anytime, anywhere.

Term 3, and yes winter is definitely here, the South Island and the lower North Island are getting the brunt of it with heavy snow falls, below zero temps and power outages, us upper North Islanders have woken to our first heavy frosts, and temps in the single digits and having to get that  ice off the car in the morning, let the kids have some fun doing it, with a jug or two of cold water.
I know many schools are feeling this with higher than normal absenteeism due to colds and flues.              This is not helped by our many cold and damp homes that we live in. Try and keep windows covered at night if possible and block any draughts under doors. Only use heaters if really necessary as these are very expensive to run, dress warm, add an extra blanket, hot water cylinders use most of the power consumption, shorten shower times.

 Winter can be a very stressful time for many of our families who are trying to juggle so many balls, let your children know what needs to be done to save power, keep warm, explain things to them, you will be helping them in the long run, if we help educate our children around these issues and get them on board, everyone benefits in the end.  When the sun does make an appearance make sure you get out there and enjoy it, before we know it summer will be here again, but for the mean time rug up and keep warm.

Chromebook training sessions are available, please contact your school or you can contact me directly on :
Mobile       021 216 1039
Landline     09 216 1039
Email         yayleen.hubbard@manaiakalani.org
Website     www.manaiakalani.org

If your child is requesting to bring their chrome book home, but need a parent / caregiver to undertake the training first, please do get in touch and we can get this sorted for you,  as long as the teacher is happy for the device to go home, a training session usually only takes an hour of your time, getting the device home is an integral part of how our children learn beyond the classroom,

UBIQUITOUS - Life long learning, anywhere anytime any pace, from anywhere,

Have a fantastic term three everyone!!