From the Principal
Welcome back to the final term of the year!
Having a highly engaged community is one of the reasons why our learners are so successful, and there are a number of figures from recent activities which illustrate how incredibly engaged our parents are in the life of their children and school.
At present, 93% of our students have been represented at a Student Led Conference, and have had the privilege to share their learning in front of their parents and teachers. This is an impressive attendance rate, and our teachers are working hard to engage the final 7% of parents who may not have been able to attend the original conference dates- if you are one of this group, please make every effort to confirm a conference meeting with your child’s teacher!
Our 2023 Biennial Community has now closed, and details of the responses will be shared in a subsequent newsletter this term, BUT we are very proud to say that we received 304 responses, representing 365 (65%) of our students. Your voice and thoughts about our school are very important to us and help us steer our waka in the right direction!
Student-Led Conferences Feedback
Thank you to those that have filled out our student-led conference survey. This is invaluable feedback that helps us to deliver the most effective reporting methods for our community. Currently we have only reached 18% of our parent community. We ask that if you have not had a chance to fill this survey out that you do it before the end of the week. https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScvQqp6FdCvKrKXDcfEU92GDGmyzYu1dkqkW24lZ1vgKTOnSA/viewform?usp=sf_link
Mental Health Education (using the MITEY approach)
At the foundation of the Mitey approach to mental health education is the Mana Model. Mana is related to one’s sense of belonging and connectedness, motivation to achieve, and personal and collective identity. We hope that the mana model shines through in our classrooms and our interactions with students, staff and community. You may like to watch this short video to learn more about the mana model (https://www.mitey.org.nz/about-mitey/the-mana-model).
Mental health education is primarily about learning rather than solving mental health issues. However the learning will over time have positive effects for tamariki in giving knowledge, skills and strategies for them to manage their mental health.
Over the course of the term, we will take a snapshot to show how three different teams in our school teach mental health: Manuka, Pohutukawa and Kahikatea. Look out for these snapshots in the upcoming newsletters.
PMPS Community Group – How you can help!
On Wednesday 11th October we held our fifth PMPS Community Group meeting. We had a great discussion about the impact our parents and whānau have made in school life over the past term.
A major progression that we have made is the release of our new Community web page on the school website that we’d love for you to visit – https://www.pigeon-mountain.school.nz/communitygroup/
Please take time to fill in the Google form with ways that you can help at PMPS in Term 4.
Our next meeting is Week 8 – Wed 29th November 6.30pm. Anyone is welcome to these meetings and we are always looking for new recruits – Light refreshments will be provided.
Dates for your Diary
Tuesday 17 October – Kapa Haka at BBI
– Team Kauri at Te Tui Art Gallery
– Team Kahikatea at Tip Top
– Mathex Team competing at Sunnyhills School
Wednesday 18 October – Team Kahikatea at Tip top
Thursday 19 October – HPPA Touch Rugby
Tuesday 24 October – Team Kauri at Te Tuhi Art Gallery
Thursday 26 October – Pie Day
Students leaving school during the school day.
Please contact the office by phone or email to arrange to collect your child from school. It would be appreciated that you did not collect your child during morning tea or lunch break as it is difficult to find children whilst they are out of class. Our Morning tea is at 10:50 am – 11:15 am and lunch is 12:45 pm to 1:45 pm.