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  Thursday 09 February 2017 Facebook share

Food for thought/Whakatauki (proverbs)


Kāhore taku toa i te toa takitahi, he toa takitini

We cannot succeed without the support of those around us


On the 6th of February 1840, the Treaty of Waitangi was signed by Rangatira Māori and representatives of the Crown. This year is the 177th anniversary of the signing of the Treaty.



 We are very proud to share our latest ERO (Education Review Office) report with you. This has just been released. The link to the complete report is below. Here is a small snippet from the report:

Leaders and teachers:

  • know the children whose learning and achievement need to be accelerated
  • respond effectively to the strengths, needs and interests of each child
  • regularly evaluate how well teaching is working for these children
  • act on what they know works well for each child
  • build teacher capability effectively to achieve equitable outcomes for all children
  • are well placed to achieve and sustain equitable and excellent outcomes for all children

Whangaparaoa School is well placed to accelerate the achievement of all children who need it.

Trustees and school leaders have a clear vision for school development. School leaders are strategic, motivated and improvement focussed. They are growing staff leadership and have introduced processes that promote collaboration to accelerate learning and empower learner.

Well done everyone, this is a reflection of the effort we all put in to help make our school an enjoyable place to learn. View complete ERO report.



On Friday 17 February from 10.00-11.00 am, all parents are invited to join their children and teachers here at school to welcome our new children, families and staff. The focus of this occasion is on bringing us all together as one big family and enjoying a successful year together.

There will be a few speeches and waiata followed by everyone sharing morning tea together.

To support this occasion our Learning Communities will be asking students to provide a small plate of nice food to share.

Well done to our students and staff for making such a fantastic start to the school year. We already see our students helping others, challenging themselves, using their manners, having a go, working hard and sharing respect.

Our staff too have taken up the challenge - most in different classrooms, many with different colleagues and all sharing their cycling prowess on teacher only day !! Thanks staff for the hard work you are putting into setting up the learning environment for a successful year.

Thank you parents too for helping the students set up successfully for the school year. We have really appreciated your support to get stationery and uniform sorted. We are also very grateful for the support in paying our school donation. As you can see, we really want to upgrade our school environment. Further work on the hall, painting of rooms and adventure playgrounds is needed so we can provide the students with an environment that they can be proud of and enjoy being a part of. Your contributions to our school donation, no matter how big or small are valued. Thanks.

In terms of e-learning and devices for year 3 to 6 students, thank you for your positive feedback, concerns and questions. We are adopting a growth mindset to this change as a staff and we are committed to working hard with parents and students to use this valuable tool to support teaching and learning. We will be taking small steps and working with everyone to increase confidence and capability in this area. This will include organising times for parents to share in our learning and knowledge.

After a successful trial of learning assistants at the end of last year, we are supporting our teachers and students with learning in the classroom this year by employing a learning assistant between two classes.
Learning assistants will work up to 14 hours per week, preferably in the mornings and from Monday to Thursday. A learning assistant is like a teacher apprentice - someone who will learn on the job with their teachers and students. This year there will be professional development most weeks to support our learning assistants to enable them to make a difference to student learning. The main goal is to impact student achievement positively.
If this sounds like something you would love to do, then write a cover letter to and outline a little about yourself, why you think this job is for you and list any experiences or qualifications you have for the position. Please note you will be paid for this work, between $18 and $20 depending on experience. The job will start in week 6 this term and finish in week 5, term 4.
Applications for learning assistant positions close on Monday 20 February 2017. If you have any questions, email Kevin at the address above.

We would like our students to have the opportunity to climb trees on our grounds that are identified as safe for climbing. We will mark these trees and talk to the children about managing their tree climbing. If you do not want your child to have this opportunity, can you let the office know via email by Monday 20 February 2017 please.

Next week the water slide will be up and running again as well as lunchtime swimming. Children who would like to participate need to bring their togs and a towel.

This year we are going to introduce a range of different learning opportunities for our students on Fridays. We are going to start with focussing on the Performing Arts. Peaches and Pickles are excited about the opportunity to join with us in offering a broad range of options. Some of these will be user pays and some won't. If you want to find out more, come to our assembly Friday 17 February at 2.15pm as Peaches and Pickles will be sharing their programme information and you can meet the tutors. If you can't make it, we will get some information to you.


PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE come and see us at the first sign of any concern so we can work together to be informed and help stop niggles before they grow into problems.
Any concerns in the classroom, please involve your child’s teacher straight away. Further concerns would be directed to the team leader of your child’s learning community and then the deputy principals.
If it is a school policy or school decision you are unhappy about or disagree with, bring it straight to Kevin, Barbara, Gordie or Warren.

From Kevin


Click here for information on how to order a Chromebook and accessories including the 12 month interest free information.

This offer is still available until the end of February so please take advantage of this low price if you haven't already.

You can find lots more valuable information to view on our website.

Click here to watch how to set up your Chromebook 




We have 4 x size 4, 1 x size 10, 2 x size 12, ;5 x size 14 summer shirts and 2 x size 4 summer dresses left over from our December bulk order. If you would like to purchase any of these items contact the school office. Thanks.

The cafe is back THIS Friday outside B block. Come and get a nice cool treat for the whole family! The funds this week will go to the 7 Whangaparaoa students who have qualified for an international cheer competition by coming first in their ability level out of all age groups, that was over 40 teams!



Upcoming Events


FRIDAY 10 FEBRUARY 2.25 - 2.45PM







BOT News

NEXT BOARD OF TRUSTEES MEETING: Thursday 23 February 7.00pm in the staffroom.



PFA News

WGP School Gala - 11 March 2017



Can you donate an hour of your time to volunteer on the day?
Make new friends and great connections, whilst supporting the school and having a whole lot of fun!
We need over 200 parent / family helpers on the day to make it a success - can you be a part of that?
Contact Sam on or 021 527 965 to add your name to our list!


We will be holding Mufti Days, and asking for donations over the coming weeks - please have a look at the Request List that we will be sending home with your child. Pop it on the fridge and start cleaning out those cupboards!

WHITE ELEPHANT / BOOKS / CLOTHING / TOYS - can be dropped off at the back of the school hall from Monday 13th onwards. (please nothing broken or damaged, no TVs / large furniture / computer equipment / shoes / expired car seats)

Raffle Tickets

Gala Raffle Tickets will be coming home soon with your child. $2 a ticket for a chance to win some fantastic prizes that have been donated for the Gala.



Let's face it, we all love food. At Whangaparaoa School this is no different, food brings us together as a family, a classroom, an entire school and as a community!

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.


Next PFA Meeting: Wednesday 22 February 2017 at 7:30pm in the staff room. All Welcome.

Warren Rogers
PFA President



Community Notices

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

Spanish Lessons available at the school,
for more information contact Cristina
Ph: 021 073 4528

Early evenings at Whangaparaoa Primary School with Luke Wesbonk for Year 3-6 students.  More details here.

Enthusiastic and experienced Piano Teacher offers lessons for beginners and advanced students of all ages. All lessons (1/2 hour each) held after school either at 26B Scott Road, Stanmore Bay (near the new New World shops) or at KingsWay School Senior Campus Music Department, 4pm – late, Mondays to Friday. Book early to ensure you get your preferred time slot. Contact: Ruth Goodenough 021 145 6816

Students of all ages and abilities. Silverdale, Orewa, Whangaparaoa. Stanley Bolton - ARCM (Hons Performance - London), Ph: 09 424 7868 or 021 530 680 or

In conjunction with Whangaparaoa Coast Plaza, All Star Infinity Cheerleaders are brining “Ice Tour” Ice skating rink to the Rodney district on February 10th – 12th 2017. This is a wholesome, affordable community event that we hope will bring our community together and create some healthy fun! Venue: Whangaparaoa Coast Plaza. Cost: $7 for kids and $13 for adults (ice skates included and Eftpos onsite). Time: Friday 12pm - 8pm, Saturday 10am - 8pm, Sunday 10am - 5pm. Facebook Link for Ice Skate Tour

Pottery classes for children aged 7 and up. Hand-build using coil, pinch and slab techniques to make a range of items that may include; animals, imaginary creatures, castles, wind-chimes, wall art, boats and food! Throw a plate, cup, bowl or vase on the potters wheel. Pieces are decorated, glazed and fired to make permanent. Term 1, 2017 Wednesdays - 15th Feb – 12th Apr, 3.30pm to 4.30pm. Thursdays – 16th Feb – 13th Apr, 3.30pm to 4.30pm.  $126 for the term. All materials included.The Art Lab, Basement of Whangaparaoa Hall (entrance opp. Library) Ph: 021 452 545

Sunday 26 March 2017 at Manly Park, Whangaparaoa. Registrations are now open. If you want to register with our school it is listed as Whangaparaoa Primary School.

A programme of fun and adventure and learning life skills for girls aged 8 - 10 years. This is held on Wednesdays at the Whangaparaoa Baptist Church from 4-5.30pm. Cost $35 per term. Contact Sue Abercrombie Ph: 09 424 0183.

Local Artist, Jo Bain, is running an Art class at ART LAB, at Whangaparaoa on Fridays 3.20 - 4.30pm. Fun class encouraging individual expression. Term starts February 10. $17 per class - All materials provided - $153 for the term. Contact Jo

For all new and existing players.
J1 – J6 Rugby Players, Rippa Rugby Players for girls and boys 5-7 years.
Girls Rippa Rugby Players 7-13 years.
2016 players will receive a personalized registration form via email. (Check your junk mail). If you don’t receive it or are new to the club: Register online here All players MUST attend a registration evening to weigh in and make payment.
Registration evenings at Silverdale United Rugby & Sports Club
Monday 27 February, Tuesday 28 February , Wednesday 1 March 6.00pm - 8.00pm. Players must be turning 5 by 30 June 2017 to be eligible to play.
Fees: $90 per player, $135 for 2 or more players from the same family.
NHRU levy of $25 pp will also apply.
Please contact Janine Rutter 09 426 5605 or
for any further enquiries. Come join the fun at Silverdale Rugby Club.


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