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To be the best
we can be

Kia eke ki nga taumata

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Hono - Whakatara
- Whakamana

Together we inspire learning
Whakahui, whakamanawa, tatou, ako






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Community Notices


Dear Parents and Students,

Hi Everyone
This is going to be an exciting and action packed Term 4. We would like to welcome everyone back and extend a special welcome to our new families and children. On Monday we opened T3 and welcomed sixteen new five year olds and Nichole Stratton as their teacher.

8.30am WELCOME
Our school opens for children and families each morning at 8.30am. We ask our teachers to be preparing for their day before this and can only provide supervision for children from 8.30am. Parents, if you need your children to be at school before 8.30am then they need to be supervised and attend Before School Care - Phone Karen on Ph 021-705804 to book in. Likewise, at 3pm our children are expected to go home. They can not be at school unless there are authorised adults supervising them. Once again, Karen at After School Care provides a great service for our community.

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. Next Friday, October 26 at 6.00pm is our school halloween disco evening. Everyone is invited to come along and enjoy the fun.
  2. Our Year 6 Camp Meeting is on tonight, 6.00 - 7.00pm in the staffroom. We would like all Year 6 parents to attend if possible.
  3. On Wednesday, November 14, from 7 - 8.15pm, we will have our Term 4 Community Meeting. This meeting will cover areas like: class levels, teachers and classrooms for 2019; meet the teacher on day 1, 2019; changes for 2019: end of year assemblies, reports, stationery, class placement and a few other things. Hope you can put some time aside to be there.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. The last day of school this year is Wednesday, December 19. School closes at 12.30pm.
  7. 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.
  8. Parent information forms for class placement of their children in 2019 - see notice below. PLEASE NOTE THE FORMS ARE DUE MONDAY, OCTOBER 29.
  9. Athletic days - Year 5/ 6 = November 13, Year 3/ 4 = November 14 and Year 1/ 2 = November 17.
  10. Year 6 Graduation - Our wonderful year 6 team and parents are organising a graduation. This will be on Monday evening, December 17.

As a school we want to keep high standards being maintained, and improved on, until the last day of school, December 19. This applies to learning and behaviour, and it also applies to uniform. Please help us ensure your child complies with the school uniform requirements LINK . A reminder that if you are buying footwear, ONLY plain black footwear is acceptable.

With the recent warm weather, we are certainly advocating that students wear sunhats from now on at break times and any outside activities. This will be closely monitored after Labour Weekend and if children do not have their hats they will need to stay in a sheltered area.

Every year schools take on the complex challenge of placing children into classes for the next year.

When doing this, staff take into consideration many factors such as learning needs, strengths, friendships and personalities to create balanced classes. If you would like to contribute information to assist us in placing your child, please complete this form for consideration, before Monday 29 October, 2018.

The nature of this task means there are many tough decisions to be made. As a staff, we will always come back to what we think is best for the child - taking into account what we know about their needs, the needs of other children, the teachers and the school direction. Our teachers know our children well, and we know our teachers well. We ask that you respect the process, the collective thinking and opportunity, as well as the decision made.

Wendy and the team at Whangaparaoa Kindergarten have introduced a fantastic fruit and vegetable stand in Motutapu Rd (at the exit of our school carpark). Members of our community are invited to provide any surplus fruit or vegetables they have, so that others can enjoy. Everyone can prosper from such an initiative. Our collective responsibility is to ensure our children respect the stand and look after the food. If you see any children not showing the respect required, please remind them that this stand is to help others. If they are in our uniform, see if you can find out a name and then let us know please. Initiatives like this only work if everyone pulls together.

Does your child want to know how to do a Cook Island hula (dance), a Samoan siva (dance), a Niue and Tongan dance? Do they want to learn a Lilo and Stitch or a Moana dance? Tuakana Hibiscus cultural group is coming to our school to teach a combination of Pacific Islands / Polynesian cultural dances. There will be lots of fun and laughter in our Friday afternoon lessons so children can come and learn from our young and experienced tutors from the Pacific. Once they know Pacific Island/Polynesian dances, we will have a small performance (Fiafia/Kai time) at the end of the term to showcase the talents and skills of Pacific culture to our parents and we will end it with some yummy Pacific Island/Polynesian food! Everyone is welcome to join us on Friday afternoons at 2.20pm after the Kapa Haka group. Our first get together is this Friday.

We have many exciting things happening this term. Tomorrow we start Friday clay classes and have 15 enrolments. There are also athletics days, personal inquiries, a year 6 camp, beach visits, water slides and water battles. We also have a new Polynesian cultural group starting up this term. Add to that our normal reading, writing and maths focus and many school events like Halloween discos, Christmas on the Green and end of year prizegivings the time is going to fly by quickly !

We look forward to working with our parents and embracing every opportunity we can to help our children grow and learn.

Have a great week

Desperately seeking donations of 'loose parts' for our Problem Solving / Discovery / Inquiry sessions at lunchtime! If you have any of the following that you no longer need, we will be able to make excellent use of them:


  • Driftwood
  • Shells
  • Stones
  • Pebbles
  • River stones
  • Sand
  • Corks
  • Wood offcuts (untreated)
  • Planks
  • Tree offcuts/stumps (manageable sizes for stacking safely or sitting on)


  • Bottle lids
  • Cardboard tubes
  • Hosing / tubing
  • Plumbers pipes, incl. guttering sections
  • Ropes
  • Nails
  • Screws
  • Bolts
  • Tools
  • Wood offcuts
  • Buckets, plastic crates/boxes

Please email Lenora Skinner: or Judy Eyre before bringing larger items in so we can make plans for storage.

Smaller items can be dropped off in O1 (beside the Admin block).

There are times that school families are faced with a traumatic situation, such as critical illness or unexpected bereavement. The PFA offers support to some of these families by way of petrol vouchers, childcare, food vouchers or similar. To ensure we can continue to do this, and to have a discreet pot of money available, the PFA has decided to hold one fundraising event a year dedicated to raising money for the Care Fund. If you are aware of a family who is coping with a traumatic situation and you would like the PFA to provide some assistance, please speak to a member of the PFA or a member of staff who can point you in the right direction. We know that we can’t work miracles, but we hope that by supporting these families, we can ease some of the burden.The inaugural fundraising event for the PFA Care Fund is the ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ Movie Night on 7th Nov. Please click on the image for more info including how to buy your tickets!

This week orange stickers have been placed on items located in the school hall to assist with knowing how long an item has been sitting there unclaimed. Due to the high volume of lost property any items, with the orange stickers, still remaining at the end of week 2 in Term 4 will be removed. Should you have misplaced property at any time during the year we highly recommend that you check the lost property prior to the 26th October.


We know you are busy, and we know you are probably already planning to bring your kids to the Halloween Disco, but... We can't do it without you! If you're available for setup, manning stalls, security or packing up, please let us know and fill out this form - or email Sigi here.



*Steve Hathaway from Young Ocean Explorers

*Students Writing 

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