Please take a few minutes to catch up on what's been happening at school this week, coming events, or things to plan for with your children.

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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,

Welcome to week 7.

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. 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 to allow our LA’s to start their role when the year starts for the students.

I have been lucky to be granted for the first time a Principals sabbatical. This is where the ministry gives a Principal 10 weeks paid leave. The aim of the sabbatical is to give people time to step outside the day to day busy-ness of their job, to reflect on where things are at in their school, to look at new learning and opportunities across New Zealand and abroad and to have some personal time. I will be taking my leave in term 1, 2019.

Warren Steel, Gordie Palmer and Jo Kember will assume the leadership of the school in my absence.

For 2019 most uniform items need to be ordered online.The details of how to do this are being sent home tomorrow in hard copy. Please find details attached here.

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 child’s hat is named on the inside.

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. 

The stationery requirements for 2019 for your child are available to look at online from December 1st. View the flyer for online ordering here.
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.

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. Classes for 2019 announced via Linc-ed on Monday, December 10.
  2. 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.
  3. General comments and reports released via Linc-ed on Friday, December 14.
  4. Classroom furniture moving day will be happening throughout the day on Monday  17 December, parent help welcome. 
  5. Year 6 Graduation - Our wonderful Year 6 team and parents are organising a graduation. This will be on Monday evening, December 17
  6. 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.
  7. The last day of school this year is Wednesday, December 19. School closes at 12.30pm.
  8. 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.

Time is flying by, less than three weeks until school finishes for the year.

Have a great week,

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.

The Kapa Haka group will be performing at the Tu Maia Festival, tomorrow, Friday 30 November at Dairy Flat Primary School. All welcome.

Friday 14 December will be the last day for ordering Munch Box and Ezi Lunch on line for 2018.

We have a few items of summer uniform left over from a previous order. Dresses  -1 x size 4 and 1 x size 12. Shirts - 3 x size 4 and 4 x size medium. Contact Cathy in the office if you wish to purchase.


Hey, you. Yes, you! We want you to know,
We've got some stall leaders, still there's more to go,
So click on this link,
And give it a think,
As to how you can join in the show.

The games are always a lot of fun,
So go on and sign up for one to run,
Chocolate throw you could do,
Maybe teddy toss too,
Or pop the balloons till there's none.

Then on to the contests, you'll win for sure!
Kids against parents, who will endure,
The egg and spoon race,
Jelly and cream in your face
You know they'll all come back for more!

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




Do you remember the amazing Beeswax Wrap Stall at our Gala in March?

Well if you missed out or want some more they are back for Christmas!  One of our Passion Friday groups has been busy creating wraps with a Christmas theme. The proceeds will be going towards environmental projects in the school in 2019.

We will be selling them at CAFE FRIDAY on December 7th straight after school outside the Tindalls Block.


*Community Clean Up Day

*Prime Ministers Christmas Card Competition

*Year 5 & 6 Interschool Athletics

*A visit from Whangaparaoa College for their Community Service Day 

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