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  Thursday 04 May 2017 Facebook share

Food for thought/Whakatauki (proverbs)


Mauria te pono

 Believe in yourself

tae: colour

He aha te tae o tōu whare?

What is the colour of your house?

- this example uses he aha to ask what



We are looking to employ a teacher aide to work with a medically fragile student with high complex needs, to start Monday May 29 2017.
Please contact Mrs Gordie Palmer for more detail



Welcome to term 2 and an exciting term of learning and opportunities at Whangaparaoa School. We hope you all had some great family time and fun together over the last two weeks. Our schoolwide inquiry this term unpacks the concept of “Change” in a science context. We have learning celebration time in week 4 this term with our families. Your children will be working hard to present their learning to you - where they are at, their goals and their proud moments to date. We hope you can take some time to share what they are doing and where they are going.

Looking after our teachers - We are very lucky to have committed and hard working teachers in our school. We have systems and people in place to observe, support and develop our teachers to be the best they can be. Every staff member in our school has things they want to work on to try and be better at what they do. Please realise, that as much as they want to, they can not be all things to all people. To help them in their job, they have a buddy teacher, a team leader, a management person and curriculum coaches. These people go into rooms regularly to work with the teachers and these positions are held by staff who have considerable experience and success in schools. These people also know the teacher and their current workload and pressures. With this in mind they give our teachers feedback and feedforward to help them grow.

We are lucky to have caring parents in our community who are frequently asking what they can do to help. Here are a couple of suggestions.

  • If your child has learning concerns ask the teacher how you can help them and work together as a team to help your child.
  • If your child comes home with a worrying statement, please find out all sides of the story before jumping to conclusions. Your child will see things from their perspective which can be very different to others’ perspectives.
  • When your child comes home and you want to ask about school, ask for a highlight in the day or a positive thing they did to make someone else’s day,
    what they thought their best effort was or did anything funny happen?
  • Our teachers are all very different in terms of experience, curriculum strengths, sense of humour, sporting expertise and personality. This is our strength as a
    staff and why we select them. Please celebrate this with us.


Next Tuesday 9 May, weather permitting, we will be having a Tsunami Drill. If your child suffers from anxiety around these emergency evacuation practices please discuss this with them.


Our school has been invited to work with other schools on the Hibiscus Coast and form a Community of Learning (COL). Please find attached a newsletter that outlines the reasons for forming a COL and information about our COL. Also attached is the opportunity for someone to enter a competition and create a logo for our new COL. View newsletter hereClick here for Logo Competition


Passion Fridays commences in week two and there is much to look forward to during Term 2. We have had lots of enquiries about people wishing to participate this term, so if your child is keen and you have not yet returned a form to us now is the time to do it.

We ask that these be filled in by Monday 8th May at the latest please so we can add them to the list ready to start next week. Please fill out the form attached to this newsletter and hand it into the office or alternatively email it to View Details Here


On Wednesday 24 May, our school will finish at 12.30pm so we can have a learning celebration afternoon and evening with our parents.

We are offering parents the opportunity to choose a 45-minute timeslot. In this time students will share their learning, their goals, their proud moments, examples of their work and details of their classroom. The teacher will also schedule a time slot per family (during the conference time) to answer any specific questions the student or parents may have.


  • Students will lead this celebration time.
  • There will be between 5 and 10 minutes time planned for the teacher to share with each student and family.
  • If there are bigger matters that need discussing, these need to be deferred to a separate meeting time.
  • The student should be a key person in this time. Our belief is that if the discussion is about the student, their learning and wellbeing, then they need to be involved.
  • If there is something personal that you would like to discuss only with the teacher, please let the teacher know.
  • In the time, your child will have lots to share with you.
  • There will be up to 5 other families in the room at the same time sharing their child’s learning journey.
  • If your child gives you all the information you need, it is your choice whether you take up the time with the teacher, or not.


  • Our staff are working from 12.30 to 8pm to provide this opportunity. Please look after them.
  • On a rare occasion when we have a parent come in who is upset about something; our advice is – Respect the Person.“The problem is the problem; the person is never the problem” 
  • Control your emotions and think “How can I help?”
  • Book a separate time with the teacher.


  • Go to the website and enter our school code: k23pp
  • You will need your child’s 2017 year, classroom, and name of teacher, to complete your booking.
  • Enter these details and choose a time that suits you. You will receive an emailed confirmation of your booking.
  • If you are unable to complete your booking online, please either:
     - Email with child/rens names and preferred times or
     - Call into the school office and fill out a booking sheet.
  • A brochure outlining what to expect, frequently asked questions and how you can make this a successful and positive experience can be viewed here.




If you have a regular booking on Wednesday - you are automatically booked into After School Care. There may be a few casual places on that day available - please contact Karen on 021 705 804 to put your name on the list.


If you have been into school you would have seen that once again our hard working property team of Troy and Graham have been upgrading our environment and organising wall coverings in Tindalls, a deck for the bike container, new lino for many classes, new basketball backboards, new sinks and cupboards for a couple of rooms, modern learning furniture for many rooms, painting of lines for outdoor games, sandpit work, new toilet roll and soap dispensers, gutter care and electrical tagging to name a few things. We had 18 contractors in our school over the holidays working on various projects to make our school a better place. We are very lucky to have such a committed property team who want to make a difference to our environment. Thanks Troy and Graham.

The school is beginning to look really great and refreshed with its newly painted classrooms and some of the old fixtures removed. However we think we could make it look even better with a touch of colour and paint to some of the seats and benching around the school. We would therefore like to organise a parents working bee over a weekend in May in an effort to make the rest of the school look beautiful! If you are keen to lend a hand, please drop us an email with your availability over the weekends of 13/14th and 20/21st May and we will be in touch!
Thanks Helen and Rick.


Below is an article from the President of the New Zealand Principals Federation. This is an issue all schools in New Zealand (including our schools on the Hibiscus Coast) are facing. With election year it will be interesting to hear what solutions parties are offering as this issue effects our children directly, or indirectly. View article here


For extra warmth, plain polypropylene or woollen thermal undergarments in plain navy blue, black or white may be worn.

Black or blue tights (not leggings) may be worn with dresses and cullottes in winter.

Non School Jackets can be worn to and from school only.

Only plain black shoes, plain black trainers with plain black laces, or, plain black sandals with heel straps, are permitted. High heel shoes and shoes above ankle height are not permitted. Shoes must be worn to and from the school grounds and on school trips. Socks are to be plain black, plain navy blue or plain white. See requirements below.



Any shoe with a white or any colour other than black rim is not acceptable. The shoe must be plain black as you look at it from the front, back and side.

To view full Uniform Policy Click here

Have a great week everyone!
From Kevin

We have a qualified chess coach available to come to school on Thursday lunchtimes in B9. If you would like your child to learn new skills and tricks and practice their chess game please fill in the form attached here or email There is a charge for the tutoring on Thursdays to cover the cost of the coach - approx $12-$15 per week depending on numbers. This will be confirmed by email once numbers are clear. Please note: This is separate to the free chess club run at school on Tuesday lunchtimes - anyone is welcome then from beginners to experts. Children can come to both if they want.

Is your child interested in Science? These certificates and badges are self-paced Science learning - choose activities to complete from a menu. Science certificates aimed at year 5&6 but available for anyone keen on Science. $2 for the menu of activities. Science badges are more complex and aimed at year 7-10 students, but available to keen primary school scientists who have completed a Science certificate - $6 each for a menu of activities to choose from, and a metal badge on completion. See Mrs Thompson in B9 if interested

Does anyone have a space for a Year 5 student wanting to play basketball? If you can accommodate this please contact the school office. Thanks.

We have quite a few siblings of current students listed to start school this year. It would be a great help to us for confirming staffing for the rest of the year if you could complete an enrolment form for your child as soon as possible. Please call into the office to pick up an enrolment pack.

These are continuing in Term 2 on Fridays. However, these lessons now need to be self-funding. Therefore, those children returning will need to be aware that payment of $30-00 per term will be required. This can be arranged with Miss Truebridge once the children have registered their interest this Friday when they meet for their first lesson of the term. For further details contact Leigh Truebridge email: 

First Term is over but we are just getting started with our Yummy Sticker Challenge! The aim is to collect as many Yummy Stickers as you can and bring them to your class. You will find the Yummy stickers on your fruit. Each class has a sheet for all the Yummy stickers. Once full the sheet is returned to the office and the tally is added to the master sheet. Every year we exchange the stickers for awesome sports equipment for the school. The more we collect the more we get! So save up those Yummy stickers in the holidays and bring them in at the the start of the Term. Go Yummy Stickers!

The uniform shop is open every 2nd Wednesday from 10.15 - 11.00am and on the New Entrant Orientation days from 10.15 - 11.00am. 



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BOT News

NEXT BOT MEETING: Tuesday 23 May in the school Staffroom at 7.00pm.



PFA News

The PFA held its AGM on 12 April 2017 where results were celebrated, challenges addressed, executives elected and the committee members confirmed, plus the fundraiser calendar was drafted.

Your representatives are:

  • President - Warren Frogley
  • Vice President - Sam Cranston
  • Treasurer - Warren Rogers
  • Secretary - Sigi Hense

Committee Members are:

  • Donna Nicolson
  • Helena Humphries
  • Katie Clark
  • Melissa Kearney
  • Mardie Wilson
  • Sam Munnings
  • Sian Stimson
  • Wunny Harman
  • Kevin Cronin - Teacher representative
  • Barbara Taylor - Teacher representative
  • Deb Brewer - BOT representative



We have had some great recipes in at the end of last year and have been busy sampling them all but we need more.

Your school's PFA are embarking on a journey to create an amazing cookbook. With an emphasis on healthy, wholesome and fresh food, we would love to receive your recipes to our email address -

Initially we are asking for submissions under the following headings:

  • Lunchbox Ideas
  • BBQ
  • Picnic
  • Brunch
  • Take a Plate
  • Sweet Things
  • Birthday Food
  • Entertaining

We are hoping that we receive a wide variety of recipes, including, but not limited to Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Vegetarian, Sugar Free, and those traditional family favourites. Submissions that include a photo of the finished product would help when sorting recipes. Not every recipe will be included but we will do our best to provide a fantastic collection of dishes from our amazing students and their families.

The next PFA meeting is at 7.30pm Wednesday 31 May in the staff room.
If you have any questions, feel free to contact Warren Frogley at

Warren Frogley
PFA President



Community Notices

Want to learn to Ski or Snowboard?!?

Snow Planet 10 week Snow Sports programme for Whangaparoa School students interested in learning to ski or snowboard or looking to improve technique and ability. The programme includes:

  • 1 hour group lesson and snow access for the lesson only*
  • 1 hour rental equipment hire, skis & boots or snowboard & boots. (clothing not included) 
  • 1 hour Helmet hire (Helmet’s are compulsory, and must be worn to participate in the programme)

*An extra hour snow access after the lesson is available for $9. This can be paid for on the night and is not included in the program pricing

Dates: Thursdays 4 May - 6 July.
Time: 5.45pm-6.45pm
Cost: $260.00 - $26.00/session

A skills awards program is available as part of entry level training. There are various levels of achievement and recognition of each level. The program emphasizes skill development designed to allow an individual to enjoy the sport of skiing for life. To book please go to: Any questions please contact Selena

Powerhooping coming to school hall starting Saturday 22nd April, 10am - 11am Beginners welcome. 1st class FREE to any parent. Please phone Margaret 09 428 4817. This is necessary to book a place as places are limited. Would love to see you there.

Spanish lessons at Whangaparaoa Primary School on Thursdays after school from 3.00 pm. Please contact Cristina for more info Ph: 021-0734528


Orewa College Arts and Events Centre Saturday 6 May 2017- Art viewing, a pop up shop and cafe are all open from 10.30 am til 3.30pm. Evening Gala Auction from 6.30-9.30pm. This event is to raise funds for Orewa College Drama and English senior students to travel to the London's Westend and Stratford-upon-Avon.


Drum Lessons at Whangaparaoa Primary School with Pete Warren. For further info


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