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  Thursday 06 December 2018 Facebook share

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


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,

LEARNING ASSISTANT POSITIONS - Applications close tomorrow

STAFFING UPDATE - Please note the following.

  1. We have received Diane Broadbelts resignation from the library position. Diane has served our school generously with her hard work and time since 1989. We will be farewelling her early in 2019. Our year 6’s will get the opportunity to spend some time with Diane before they leave.
  2. We are excited to appoint Rebecca Bateson to the position in the library, and she will work with Lesley Simes and Mie Barton in 2019.
  3. In other exciting news we have appointed Sophia Pederson as our performing arts teacher in 2019. We love Sophia’s passion, expertise, creativity and commitment to our school. She will work with all children next year at class level. She will work with Year 5 and 6 in term 1, Year 3 and 4 in term 2, and Year 1 and 2 in term 3. This will replace our Friday morning classes. We realise some people may be sad about this but we are now offering every student a performing arts curriculum, with an outstanding teacher and at no cost to parents. Sophia will be in our school two and a half days per week. She will also take junior choir, senior choir, a Year 5/ 6 performing arts troupe and a Year 3/ 4 performing arts troupe. We are thrilled to have Sophia working with us.
  4. We have received news from Kate Harland that she will be leaving us this year and moving on to teach year 7/ 8 at Riverhead School. We wish Kate well.
  5. In relation to her position, we are delighted to welcome Claire Hart to our school. Claire is currently Deputy Principal at St Marys School in Ellerslie. Before this she has had teaching experience at Marshall Laing Primary School, International Schools and St Heliers. Her 3 referees describe her as an outstanding teacher and leader. We look forward to Claire joining us and extend a warm Whangaparaoa welcome to her.

Tomorrow afternoon at 2.15 our newly formed Tuakana Hibiscus Cultural Group are going to do a little performance for their parents. This is in the hall at 2.15pm. It is great to see our students performing proudly on so many stages.

Last week I watched our Kapahaka group perform at the Tu Maia Festival. They were impressive and gave everything to their performance. Those of us watching were very proud of them. Thanks to Mr Ross, Mrs Skinner, Mr Fox and Mrs Palmer for all the support and leadership you have provided these students. 

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.

On Monday, December 10 we invite any students who want to wear Xmas accessories with their uniform, to do so. This will fit in nicely with creating the mood for our picnic that evening. Please note, it is not a mufti day, but students can wear their Christmas hats noses, moustaches, reindeer antlers etc.

On Monday 10 December as part of our new Linc-Ed system, you will be able to access your child’s class placement for 2019. Information on this will be sent out via email on Monday. 

On Tuesday 11th & Wednesday 19 December, students will spend part of their day with their 2019 teacher and class-mates..

We hope your child and family will be delighted with their placement. Please remember that our team has spent many hours taking into account many factors when putting these classes together. If you have concerns over their placement we respectfully request that you:

  1. Please stay calm and professional in front of your child
  2. Be open-minded, knowing a lot of thought has gone into each classes formation. Just as we have taken time to consider things, we request the same of parents
  3. Be aware that the friendship requests you make for your child may not compliment the requests made by the other parents or teachers. This may have led to separations for a variety of reasons.
  4. Wait until your child has had their first transition session on Tuesday 11th of December before bringing your concerns before the Principal

We believe it is important for children to move between classes and social groups as they progress through the school. This allows them to experience and appreciate difference as well as meet new children and broaden their social circle.

99% of the time placement-related concerns brought to the Principal do not result in a change of class. In placing children, we have taken into consideration teacher information, parent requests, children’s needs, balancing gender, abilities, personalities, teaching styles and friendships. We have tried our best to honour requests where possible. The simple fact is we can not please all people all of the time.

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.

Information can be found by clicking this link.

The stationery requirements for 2019 for your child are now available to look at online. 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.

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.

Many parents have asked what is going to happen in the area where the old playground used to be. The answer falls two ways:

  1. We would like to develop the area so that it can be available in break times for visual and performing arts activities.
  2. The landscape will be developed so that it includes a sensory garden area. Angela Howse, one of our teaching staff is leading this and she would love lots of help. Below is the vision Angela has.

Something exciting is about to start happening in the area where the old playground used to be! The area has been designated for the creation of a sensory garden.

A sensory garden is an outdoor garden environment designed to stimulate a person’s senses. It involves using a combination of the landscape, the aromas and colours of plants and flowers and stimulating interactive sensory equipment.

A sensory garden is a great place for a wide range of people to have a chance to explore their senses in a safe and fun environment. Those with differing sensory disorders can all take different positives from the sensory garden as well as those without sensory conditions – the benefit being they are all in one place and are combinations and individual sensations that they wouldn’t normally experience.

A sensory garden is a wonderful way for children to explore their senses and learn about the environment around them. It is also a healthy place of discovery and gets children outdoors. Children with a range of needs, (learning, behavioural, emotional, as well as physical) also greatly benefit from exposure to sensory gardens, as they provide a therapeutic and safe way for them to explore their senses. They can be beautiful places to relax, reflect, meditate, contemplate and talk.

We have had a generous amount allocated by the PFA and BOT towards the project. As with all visions though, it can only become reality through hard work and willing helpers. Children will be involved in a variety of ways throughout the project as this will be a space primarily for them and would be neat way for them to take ownership.

As the project gets underway I will be keeping you updated and might occasionally be asking for assistance in various forms eg. time, expertise, items that might be lying around your homes that could keep our costs down and so on. Hopefully this will be a way to engage the community.

I am very excited to be involved in this project and hope you will be too.
Keep a look out in the school newsletters for any updates.
If you would like to get involved please feel free to contact me.
He waka eke noa!  We are all in this together. 

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.

Have a great week everyone

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





We're putting out another call
Let me tell you what we need,
Get some friends together
And choose a stall to lead.

The Gala's just 3 hours
On a Saturday in March,
Your stall could sell some yummy food
Or drinks to those who're parched.

There are slushies and toffee apples,
Sweet treats for every tummy,
And in the under 5s area
The kids wave to their mummy.

Then it's on to all the games,
There's so much to be won,
Who'll win all the prizes?
Who'll end up with none?

Throwing chocolates or racing boats,
Or try the bungy run,
Lucky sticks or lucky keys,
Loo paper throw? Sure! That sounds like fun!

So we need you to volunteer
Just go and click this link
And join us for a great day out
It'll be here before we blink!


No tag to have to hurry off to after school, it is just about the end of term 4, and we have fully stocked all of your favourites.

Yup, that's right folks it's time to get together for another PFA cafe! Bring your picnic blanket and settle in for a relaxing afternoon with friends and some yummy treats.

If you can't make it then you can still buy some items like our Re-usable Bags & Tea Towels at the PFA ONLINE SHOP

Click here to make your order and pay online



*Student Writing

* Past Student Successes 

*Year 1 & 2 Athletics

*Second visit from Whangaparaoa College for their Community Service Day 

To be the best we can be
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