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To be the best
we can be

Kia eke ki nga taumata

Connect Challenge Empower
Hono - Whakatara
- Whakamana

Together we inspire learning
Whakahui, whakamanawa, tatou, ako






Food for Thought/ Whakatauki (proverbs)


Community Notices

View Our New Yummy Sticker Sports Equipment Here


Please check for lost property in the hall for any items your child may have misplaced. On Wednesday 19th December
All remaining lost property will be understood as unwanted and will be removed. Items will then be distributed to those in need within our community, on sold by the PFA or disposed of depending on condition.


If your child no longer needs their uniform, the PFA is always looking for uniform donations for resale to fundraise for our school. It would be greatly appreciated if items could be handed into to the office.


Dear Parents and Students,


We have been very impressed with our learning assistants this year. Their commitment to help our students and teachers has been outstanding, and with this in mind, we have asked if they can be available in 2019. Most are available and keen, but we do have a couple of vacancies at the year 5/ 6 level of the school.

If you would be keen to be a learning assistant in 2019, working four days a week for 3 hours each day, helping our teachers and children learn, please send a cover letter and CV to Applications close on Wednesday, December 5.

PLEASE NOTE WE ARE ADVERTISING EARLY as some LA’s may  start their role when the year starts for the students.

For 2019 most uniform items need to be ordered online. The details of how to do this will be outlined in next weeks newsletter. The one item we are still going to sell at our school office will be the school sunhat. We have received emails from parents concerned at the current price of the sunhat, and asking if they can buy an alternative hat. The Board of Trustees have discussed this and the answer is no, as they are worried about the different hats that may be introduced, the quality of the hat and our branding. What we have been able to do is negotiate a lower price for the sunhat with suppliers. In 2019, our sunhats will sell through the office at $10.

Having 760 sunhats can be a huge mystery if they are not named. Please ensure your childs hat is named on the inside.

The stationery requirements for 2019 for your child are available to look at online from December 1st. A note will be coming home to explain how this ordering system works. 
Year 5/ 6 exception. Parents of 2019 Year 5 & 6 students - Please note: there are 2 different stationery lists for Year 5/6. You will need to wait until December 10 when classes are announced to know which stationery list applies to your child.

We invite our students, staff and families to come together on Monday, December 10 to have a family picnic on our field. Some Xmas music will be playing, so get in the festive spirit and pack a picnic, or buy some takeaways and join us between 5.45pm and 7pm.

Thank you so much to the parents who turned up on Wednesday to discuss Collaboration and our Collaborative Learning Environments in 2019. We appreciated your time and the opportunity to share thoughts, questions and information.


As Term 4 rolls out and 2019 comes closer, we want to be able to celebrate as many things as we can with our parent community. Please note the following dates and events:

  1. Weather depending, we are encouraging our families to bring a picnic and come together as a school community for Xmas on the Green. This will be on Monday, December 10 from 5.45 to 7.00pm.
  2. The end of year assemblies will be held on Tuesday, 18 December. Year 1 & 2 from 9.30 - 10.30am. Year 3 & 4 from 11.15am - 12.15pm. Year 5 & 6 from 1.00 - 3.00pm.
  3. The last day of school this year is Wednesday, December 19. School closes at 12.30pm.
  4. Start of year information 2019 - the days where all children and their parents are requested to meet with their teachers are Monday February 4, and Tuesday February 5.
  5. Year 6 Graduation - Our wonderful year 6 team and parents are organising a graduation. This will be on Monday evening, December 17.

Information can be found by clicking this link.


We are pleased to share with you that in 2019
we will be welcoming Kora the dog to our Whangaparaoa School family.
Further information about Kora can be found by clicking this link.

Noel Leeming have once again given us a fantastic deal on a chromebook computer. If you are a year 2 parent or just looking for a great computer for your child, click here for an awesome device & deal.

Have a great week everyone.

The Kapa Haka group will be performing at the Tu Maia Festival next week on Friday 30 November at Dairy Flat Primary School. They will also be performing at our whole school assembly tomorrow Friday 23. All welcome.

We have a few items of summer uniform left over from a previous order. Dresses  -1 x size 4,
2 x size 8 and 1 x size 12. Shirts - 4 x size 4, 1 x size 12 and 4 x size medium. Contact Cathy in the office if you wish to purchase.

Pokémon club has been postponed for a week due to some cards going missing.


We need your help running a Gala stall,
Get your friends together, you'll all have a ball,
Click this link to pick one
It'll be lots of fun
C'mon let's raise some money, y'all!

Our kids love Gala and want it to stay
If we don't get your help it might go away
Be a volunteer!
Save Gala next year!
Let's get 30 stalls for the day!

Games, competitions, food, and more
Join in the fun, don't be a bore,
Be in quick
To get first pick
Sign up before the end of Term 4

Would you like to buy one or more of these beautiful reusable bags with the school name and logo on it?

  • High quality, reusable cotton bags
  • Use for your shopping, kids swim or sports gear, or anything that needs to go in a bag
  • Roll them up and pop them in a pocket or your handbag to have ready when you need it
  • They also make a beautiful Christmas stocking filler!
  • Sample can be viewed in the school office
  • Only $6 each

We are happy to deliver the ordered bags to your child's classroom once paid.

Click here to order and pay


The PFA want to say a massive THANK YOU to everyone that has volunteered at any of our events this past year.

Whether you've helped out as security at the Halloween Disco, ran a games stall at Gala, handed out prizes at Quiz Night, been a Class Rep, or in any of the other dozens of ways volunteers have supported our events - we Thank You.

Please join us at the Thank You Social to be held on 28 November at 7pm in the staffroom. Send RSVPs to by 25 November


*Tag Competition

*A Glorious Day

*Gardening Club

*Student Writing

To be the best we can be
Whangaparaoa School | 39 Ladies Mile | Whangaparaoa
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