our school information
2017 TERM DATES:
Term 1: Wed 1st Feb - Thur 13th Apr
Term 2: Mon 1st May - Fri 7th July
Term 3: Mon 24th July - Fri 29th Sept
Term 4: Mon 16th Oct - Mon 18th Dec
Absences: Txt 027 247 2765
Please include your childs full name, room number and reason for absence.
Phone: 03 385 2019
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Next Board of Trustees Meeting: The Board meets Thursday week 4 and Thursday week 8 each Term at 7pm
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A note from the PRINCIPAL
Shirley Primary is a fabulous, multi-cultural school where we encourage all of our S*T*A*R learners to reach for the stars, whaia te iti kahurangi! We do this by Striving for excellence, Taking responsibility, Actively collaborating and showing Respect.
I am privileged to be the principal of this fabulous school, working alongside our dedicated and talented staff, supportive and involved community and caring, hardworking students. We are excited to start 2017 with Stage One of our extensive refurbishment complete. Our new learning spaces will enable us to work more collaboratively as we continue todevelop ourfuture focussed learning programmes. Stage Two is expected to be completed by May 2017 and our Board of Trustees will then address the landscaping.
The building and developments around our school are exciting to be a part of and we welcome you to come and have a look around.
our school inquiry
Our school wide focus for 2017 is HOME
Throughout Term One we will be focusing on working together to create a sense of belonging at Shirley Primary School. Looking at what it means to be part of our home-bases, class spaces and school community. How we use different spaces within the school and the ways we embrace our many and varied cultures and backgrounds. Our special focus is on how each student can feel at home in our school.
As we learn more we will broaden this view to look at belonging in Christchurch and New Zealand - how the rebuild is changing our communities, different types of homes in New Zealand, the many varied cultures that make up our country and how this is reflected in home lives.
A focus will also be on looking at science, technology and engineering concepts around homes - how homes are built in different environments, heating and cooling, security and smart homes, climates, environmental considerations and future proofing our homes.
Through our Inquiry process our students will look at how we are all part of a large global community and will also explore the way homes are viewed around the world, displaced people, refugees, and the homeless, and our place in the world.