Dear Parents and Students,
This is our last school newsletter for 2018. It has been a magnificent
year, and on behalf of our staff I would like to thank our parent community for the tremendous
contribution you have given to enable our school to achieve so many things.
Whether it be class trips, sport trips, camp, donations, learning celebrations, community events, assemblies, productions, performing arts shows, PFA functions and so much more - we sincerely thank you for the help and support you gift us and your children.
We wish you safe and happy holidays with your children, and we look forward to returning with them
in February all bright eyed and bushy tailed, ready to rock into 2019 !!.
We sadly farewell the following staff members and wish them all the very best in their next endeavours.
We thank them wholeheartedly for their valued contribution to our school in so many differing ways
- Diane Broadbelt, Maurice Collins, Paul Toghill, Kate Harland, Jessica Woodcock, Bronwyn
We also wish our “mums to be” - Nairi Steidinger, Kendall Maxwell - Brown and Lucy Osborne all the
very best as they start their families.
Lastly we hope Susannah Franks has a productive year, taking leave to work on her new home.
We would like to farewell our Year 6 families, especially those who have been with us since year
1 and have no more siblings attending our school. Thanks for your loyalty and support over the
We hope our year 6 students will flourish as they move on to intermediate. We hope they look back at
their times at Whangaparaoa School with a sense of achievement, pride and happiness. They are always
welcome back to “their primary school”.
Finally, to our students and families who are moving out of the area, we wish you all the best as you
settle into your new environments. We know you will miss the marvellous “coast” and we will miss
you too !
TO OUR STAFF
I have often said you have the best job in the world when you are around our young children every
day. I believe this, and I also believe it is one of the toughest jobs.
Thank you very much for the commitment you offer this school and our children in the hope of making
a significant difference to their world. The vast array of needs and demands you plan for every
day is massive. It often gets taken for granted and I just wanted to say how much it is appreciated.
As a school community we are lucky to have a full staff next year. I hope all our children and
all our parents thank our teachers and are grateful for your efforts. The future of teaching and
teachers in our community relies on such gratefulness.
TO OUR CHILDREN
You are the special people who we work so hard for. We see the sparkle in your eyes and your many
talents - you give us the greatest motivation to come to work every day. Thank you for the cheerful
hellos, the laughs, the challenges and the opportunity to work with you each day as you grow. Have
happy holidays, with lots of fun and family time. We look forward to seeing you early February.
Take care. Kevin
IMPORTANT BITS AND PIECES
Next Monday morning you will receive a “Back to School - 2019 email. It will have all the information
you need on stationery, uniform, donations, bulk class purchase, Linc -ed, Whanau Connect meetings.
Look out for this one !
- General comments and reports will be released via Linc-ed tomorrow, December 14.
- Classroom furniture moving day will be happening throughout the day on Monday 17 December, parent
- Year 6 Graduation - Our wonderful Year 6 team and parents are organising a graduation. This will
be on Monday evening, December 17
- 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.
- The last day of school this year is Wednesday, December 19. School closes at 12.30pm.
- Whanau Connect - the days where all children and their parents are requested to meet with their
teachers are Monday February 4, and Tuesday February 5. View booking information here.
Thanks everyone, let’s have a great week and end to our school year. Kevin