Kauri Hub Newsletter # 1
Monday 1 Feb 2016
Nau mai, haere mai! A big welcome to all the whanau/families of Kauri Hub
Just a little information about how the senior school is structured this year. Our big senior team name is Nga Rakau Nui, consisting of 3 learning hubs, Kauri, Rimu and Totara. Kauri Hub 2016 has a two 2-class modern learning environment setup whilst the other two hubs are a 3 class modern learning environment. To further identify ourselves we have decided to use the names Kauri 89 MLE and Kauri 12/11 MLE. Kris Miller and Stephen Ford are the teachers in the Kauri 8/9 MLE and Maliana Lowe and Phillip Kenny are the teachers in the Kauri 12/11 MLE.
Tēnā koutou katoa
Ko Maliana Lowe tōku ingoa. I am married to Derek Lowe who is also a Learning assistant at Parkvale school this year. We have seven adult children between us and 16 mokopuna. We live at Te Awanga and enjoy fishing, diving, cycling, rugby, reading and re-decorating. It is really exciting to be leading a 2-2 class Modern Learning Environment this year and I’m equally excited about working alongside Phillip Kenny. I look forward to a warm and productive working relationship with you all.
Nga mihi nui
Kia Ora Koutou
Just a little bit about myself.
I am married to my lovely wife, Megan and we have 4 children. Alex is 21 years old and is studying to be an accountant in Hamilton, Emily (16), Amber (12) and Olivia (7) who attends Parkvale School.
I have now been working at Parkvale for a year now having arrived from the blistery, cold, wet and windy Manawatu where I had been teaching for the past 14 years. I enjoy teaching maths and literacy, using digital technology in the classroom and getting out of the classroom as often as possible for P.E/sports.
I am looking forward to working collaboratively with Maliana and meeting you all.
E noho rā
A little bit about me…Kris Miller
I am married to Lehi and have two children: Georgia (11), Logan (18) and my yellow labrador - Max. I have been teaching since 1990 and have worked at Parkvale for the last 10 years in a variety of roles. I love working at Parkvale and am excited to be starting off a new year in the Kauri Hub working with Stephen Ford. I have lived in Hastings for a LONG time and enjoy being a part of the most beautiful city in New Zealand.
I have lived in Hastings since 1982 when I moved over from Wanganui. I am married to Anne and we have three grown up sons living in various places around the world. 2016 will be my 16th year at Parkvale and I am super excited about working alongside Kris Miller in our MLE class environment. It is going to be an AWESOME year.
Term 1 Events- Please put these on your calendar
Week 1 Friday 5th Feb - Nui House Water Relays
Week 2 Monday 8th Feb - Waitangi Day- NO SCHOOL
Week 2 Wednesday 10th Feb - Camp Omatua Parent Information Evening.
Week 2 Thursday 11th Feb - Meet the Hub/Picnic Evening 5:30-7:30pm
Week 3 Tuesday 16th Feb - Kauri Camp Parent Helper Information Evening 6pm-7pm
Week 3 Wed 17th & Thurs 18th Feb - Parent/Teacher/Student Building Relationships Interviews.
Week 4 Mon 22th - Wed 24th Feb Room 89, Camp Omatua
Week 4 Wed 24th - Fri 26th Feb Room 12/11 Camp Omatua
Week 5 Mon 29th Feb - Nui Competitive Swimming Sports (Invitation only)
Week 6 Tues 8th March - Interschool Swimming Sports (Selected team)
Week 6 Wed 9th March - Teacher Only Day - no school
Week 6 Fri 11th March - Nui Competitive Triathlon (Selected team)
Week 8 Tues 22nd March - Tabloids
Week 8 Thurs 24th March - Beach Five Rugby
Week 8 Fri 25th March - Easter (Good Friday)
Week 9 Mon 28th March - Easter Monday
Week 9 Tues 29th March - Easter Tuesday
Week 11 Wed 13th and Thurs 14th April - Parent/Teacher/Student Conferences - Learning 1.30 - 7pm
Mr Ford, our school Sports Co-ordinator, has created a Google site (accessible through or facebook site) where you can see the dates, teams and any other information about the sports we offer at Parkvale. The URL is https://sites.google.com/a/parkvale.school.nz/parkvale-sports- (Also linked to the Parkvale Facebook Page). Sports notices will be going out soon. If your child is able to participate please ensure notices are returned promptly. We appreciate all parental support whether it’s coaching, supervising or spectating.
Other Items of Importance
Brain Food: Just a reminder that Brain food can be a small piece of fruit, a small portion of vegetables, nuts, unsalted popcorn and crackers. These food items give the brain that energy boost to keep them going till morning interval.
Hats: Your child is required to wear our Parkvale Hat in Term 1. Please purchase a hat from the school office if your child does not have one. If your child does not have a hat, he or she is required to sit in a designated area in the shade for interval and lunchtimes.
Swimming: Swimming is part of our school programme. Aquatic Education is compulsory for all students. If your child is unable to swim for any reason, please ensure you send them to school with a note for the classroom teacher. Swimming is every day, weather permitting.
Book Packets: Your child needs to bring his/her book packet to school each day. All books and notices are placed in the book packet to keep them in good condition.
Stationery: Stationery lists have gone home. Stationery ordered through the school will be sent home for you to check and students to name.
Homelearning: We would love to discuss your thoughts around this topic at the Parent/Teacher/Student Conferences in Week 3.
Blog Site address: http://parkvalekaurihub2016.blogspot.co.nz/
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Parent Email Addresses and Mobile Numbers: Please fill out the slip below with your name and email address, so that communication can flow between home and school.
Nga mihi mahana, Warm regards
Maliana Lowe, Phillip Kenny, Kris Miller, Stephen Ford
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