Nga mihi nui ki a koutou katoa – warm greetings to everyone
Kia ora, Nameste, Talofa, Konnichiwa, Guten Tag , Gidday, Vannakkam, ni Hao, Kia orana, Hola, Salam, Sa wat dee kha, Dia Dhuit, Goeie Dag, Bonjour, Hello, (please let us know the greeting in your language if it is not here)
Korero from the Principal:
The world is at their fingertips, so let’s keep an eye on them!
Nurture, Love and Guardianship: The three most important assets a child needs to use technology safely are self-control, empathy and a strong sense of self-worth and all of that can be found in a home that nurtures, loves and protects the child. The most important relationship a child has is the one they have with family it is not the one they have with technology. John Parsons C21
1) Become your child’s “friend” in any social network environment they create.
2) Maintain easy access to your child’s profile via their log in……you will see everything.
3) Ensure that you can always have access to your child’s phone to help them stay safe (i.e. it is not a no-go area) and check the quality of how they are communicating with
others. Talk about how they connect and communicate with friends. Is it consistent with the values of your family?
4) Educate your children about the importance of protecting family and friends images ….teach them to seek permission of another before they send or upload images to the
5) Try to always maintain open lines of communication with children. Do not over-react if you see something that alarms you or makes you angry…. share your concerns, and always talk about the issues and how they relate to them and their friends safety.
6) Agree on a time in the evening to stop using the technology within the home…that’s everyone. “Remember, what we model today will either come back and embrace us or bite us tomorrow” – John Parsons.
7) Talk/ask about their friends and social activity as a way to reduce the opportunity for cyber-separation to develop……encourage being open about new friends and what they are up to, and who their parents or guardians are. When in doubt, call the parents and introduce yourself.
8) Teach your children to protect their online identity, as a way to future proof themselves for employment…..we need to nurture and protect them online and teach them how to protect themselves as they engage in information technology.
9) Paedophiles & online gaming platforms – Paedophiles gravitate to areas where children play, communicate and congregate. Pay attention to the online games your children play.
Questions to ask:
> Are the games age appropriate?
> Is the quality of the language used in the games suitable for a child?
> How does the game make money out of a child’s use?
> What processes are available to adults, should they need to make a complaint about a user?
Parents/guardians need to familiarise themselves with the game the child wants to play before the child enters the game; alternatively sit alongside the child and experience the game with them. Online gaming platforms provide paedophiles with the ability to observe minors interacting with other minors, all the time learning about the child. This gives the paedophile the opportunity to target select and then build a relationship with a child once the grooming starts.
10) Teach your children how to communicate with strangers safely….by leaving out personal information.
11) No images in the bedroom or bathroom
12) Pictures with family, friends, teachers…. this shows they are connected and demonstrates love and loyalty
13) Identify all of the support agencies that are available to them
14) Talk to them about the importance of movement…. challenge sedentary behaviour
15) Encourage them to talk to you about anything that worries them
16) Online Pornography: Based on age and level of maturity talk about the dangers
17) Teach them to cross roads offline and online…. don’t helicopter as this makes them vulnerable
18) When they want to talk to you, put your device down…. respect is a two-way street
A digital life is a shared responsibility – John Parsons
Student Learning Conferences:
This year our SLC’s (Student Learning Conferences) will be held on
Wednesday 26th July 2023 3:30 – 5:00pm
and Thursday 27th July 2023 9:00am – 5:00pm
They will be 15 minutes and will include a range of work examples from books, SeeSaw and your child’s report.
Please note, on Thursday 27th July while school is still open for those who need it, please make arrangements for your children as teachers will be conducting their SLC’s. Children are expected to attend the SLC with their parents/caregivers for 15 minutes. Children who need to remain at school will be in the hall with a reliever and teacher aides.
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Stars of the week:
Ka rawe te mahi to Aaliyah and Marley for their fabulous writing today!
100th Centenary Celebrations:
Remember to register.
Forms are at the office, or online through our website https://www.rep.school.nz/history-2/
Please note whanau, sports notices will be posted in our community feed on Hero. You will need to download the app and sign up using your email address you have given to Mrs J in the office. See instructions below.
School and Cluster Cross Country
Thankyou to all our whanau and staff that navigated our school cross country, despite major staff absences, you all banded together to make sure our tamariki had an enjoyable day. Cluster was another success with lots of whanau on board to get our tamariki out there representing our kura. Well done to Saige Phillips who will move on to represent our kura in the Bay of Plenty Cross Country event in Opotiki next week.
The school was filled gorgeous smiles as our junior syndicate returned back from their Weetbix Tryathlon. They enjoyed the obstacle course, a yummy breakfast, new t-shirt and their flash medals. A big mihi to our whanau once again for helping to run an excellent day. Ka mau te wehi!
Whaea Tanissha – Sports Coordinator
Have you got our app downloaded for all current communications?
School Account Details:
Account payments can be made directly to our school ASB account using online banking. The account number is: 123155 0134517 00
Remember if you change address, get a new cell phone number or email address to notify the school so we have up to date records. The office needs your up to date email address so the newsletter can be emailed out – thanks.
We are part of the governments healthy lunch programme. Children are provided lunch everyday. If they have any allergies, please let the office know so that allowances can be made. Children still need to bring a drink bottle (water only please) and morning tea every day.
Reminder – if your child is absent either text, phone and leave a message, or fill in an on-line absent form. We also are required to fill in the reason they are away, so remember to include this in your message – thanks.
Please use the car parks provided at the front or back of the school. No vehicles are permitted on the school grounds except for staff or service vehicles.
Nãku i runga i aku mihi ki a koe – Yours with thanks
and our team – Nikkole, Gemma, Tanissha, Steven, Pip, Jenni, Julie, Allie, Maureen, Heather, Becky, Bridget, Kate, Kylie and Linda.