Great start to the year with the "meet the teacher" night already over. We had it from 5.30 for 30mins, then families brought blankets and picnics and sat around for an hour in the sun. The cool thing is that when these events are in weeks three or four the parents actually think you have something to tell them, after three days of school, meet the teachers is exactly that. No speeches, no microphones, just chick chat, introductions and lots of community. 300+ turned up.
Teacher only day was a bit of talk and lots of fun. We had an hour at school followed by three hours at Wenderholm, food, refreshments followed by another 2 hours on the water kayaking from Wenderholm to Puhoi. The fun bit was that the kayak was wind and tide assisted. Add an ice cream on the way home and it was the perfect way to slide back into (or out of) the office.
Had to share this gem. One activity happening @sumprimary last week was around four classes mixing groups and taking photo stories of the school and its people. These groups were mixed year levels and I was a victim who was needed for pictures. So as kids carefully approached my door I would always ask the older kids "who is this little guy" it was an easy way for me to start to learn the new entrants names. This one young fella walked in and I said "hey mate come and sit over here you ninja" the 5 yr old replied immediately "i'm not a ninja i'm a maori". After a week of school I think his teacher might be calling me Nostradamus.