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Written by Deb Logan

In this 'Blog' Space you will find comments from Deb's Desk, youtube clips, photos and presentations from the students and teachers.
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Our new normal

Posted on 27 March 2020

Day 2

I have just finished a Zoom meeting with all of our staff...and it was so good to see them all.  It has only been days since we were all together but it feels like much longer.  I say it was a meeting, really it was a chance to touch base and actually see each other.  We have been having regular contact through our Whatsapp Well-Being Channel (new for 2020), but actually seeing them is much better.  As we settle into this new normal, a term which I'm sure we will use often over the next few weeks, it was very special to connect again and to be a part of a community that means a great deal to me.  We shared what's on top for all of us...and there is so much.  Like many of you we talked of family members who were essential workings and how we managed when they came home, we talked about our children who were living away from us, and those who were in our bubble, our parents , venturing to the supermarket, what we were doing to stay mentally and physically well, supporting and being supported by neighbours, tangi we were unable to attend, our talents in the kitchen and house renovation!  We also talked about the worry.  Over the past few days the reality of this 'new norm' has certainly hit home and as we head into the 'school holidays' I just wanted to touch base with you all.  The teaching team will be making contact through the seesaw app, and this will be a place where you can share what the children have been up to, if you'd like. The team have also asked me to pass on their email addresses.  All of the teachers emails have the same ending , is mine. Use their first name to get to the correct teacher e.g. michaelad    robp     lorne     rachael    chris

Please know that you are so important to us.  We are thinking about you and your families. A new practice I have recently started is recording 3 reasons I'm grateful.  More challenging than you think after a few days.  Have a go, and get the children to do it to.  I'm grateful for family, a safe place to stay, and technology that keeps me connected with my Mum and Dad.  Stay safe Deb x

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Interesting times ahead...

Posted on 24 March 2020

An opportunity

When thinking about the next 4 weeks...the teachers and I have talked about how we support you.  We have websites and information to share after the holiday break.  However, it is really important to be kind to yourself.  Don’t worry about your children missing out on time at school. Every single child is in the same boat and they all will be OK.  When we are back in the classroom, we will all course correct and meet them where they are.   Teachers are experts at this!  Don’t pick fights with your children because they don’t want to do math.  Try not to get frustrated because they won’t follow the schedule. Don’t mandate hours of learning time if they are resisting it.

If I can leave you with one thing it’s this: at the end of all of this, your children’s’ mental health will be more important than their academic skills.  And how they felt during this time will stay with them long after the memory of what they did during these 4 or more weeks is long gone.   Please keep that in mind every single day.  Deb 

“At the end of the day people won't remember what you said or did,

 they will remember how you made them feel.” ― Maya Angelou

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End of Term 3 2019

Posted on 16 October 2019

This blog post was included in the Week 10 Manakau Matters newsletter. Enjoy the read.

I have now been Principal at Manakau School for 3 years and 3 terms, in fact I have now been a Principal for 3 years and 3 terms. It has been an interesting experience to say the least. Most of the time I love it.  I love the variety, I love the things that the children come out with, their perception of the world, their unique-niss. I love the excitement that is conveyed when our children learn a new skill, or achieve one of their goals. I love the dynamic environment that is created when our children come together from our diverse families. I particularly enjoy the opportunities I get to teach. 


Over the past 2 terms I have had to closely reflect on my role in supporting your children to be their personal best.  Diversity is an interesting challenge.  


“Humans see what they want to see.”   ― Rick Riordan, The Lightning Thief


This quote resonated with me.  Sometimes finding middle ground or reaching a shared understanding is impossible.   It isn’t because one party has decided they just don’t want to…it is, as the quote states, “Humans see what they want to see” and I’d add “hear what they want to hear”.  The role of a school is to provide an environment for diversity, to create a safe space that allows children to be their best.  To face adversity, to challenge perceptions, to build resilience and to learn to work together…whatever we see or hear.  This is the power of schools as I see it, and it’s a challenge.


I don’t write these words lightly.  I have thought about my role in supporting a school that allows for this ‘niss’ in all of us, children and parents, staff, our wider community and myself.   When we gathered recently for the Music Extravaganza, we saw our diversity…for some of our children the challenge was to learn to play an instrument, for others it was to stand on stage in front of their peers and families, and for others it was to sit for an extended period of time while being dive bombed by an angry bee.   Diversity is what makes us human, and it’s a challenge!


As we head into our term break and then into Term 4, I ask that you celebrate diversity…in your children, in the families you connect to, and in others.


Happy holidays 

Together Each Achieves More


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Remembering some of our past antics

Posted on 1 July 2019

The gardeners were hard at work today.

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The flight challenge

Posted on 1 July 2019

Reminiscing - goodness they have grown

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