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  Thursday 02 March 2017 Facebook share

Food for thought/Whakatauki (proverbs)


 I orea te tuatara ka patu ki waho.mp3

A problem is solved by continuing to find solutions.


karere: message

He karere māu: There is a message for you.

 - this is an example of a classifying sentence


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!


Dress in mufti and bring along Treat Items for our Gala Raffles
(Boys - Savoury, Girls Sweet).


In the last 3 weeks I have been challenged by getting into classes and communities and trying to learn our students names. Spending time in classrooms, supervising lunchtime swims, water slides, going to battle with water guns and water bottles has been fantastic ! It has reinforced to me what a great place Whangaparaoa School is and how lucky we are to have such cool students and staff. The energy and cheerful greetings of our students is so invigorating. The effort our staff give to try things and do the very best for children is inspiring.


We are delighted and overwhelmed with the interest expressed in the performing arts options for our Fridays. It is exciting that students will be trying Irish dance, hip hop, theatresports, band jam, jazz and many more activities. We are looking forward to starting on Friday March 10. The first roll-out of classes will be distributed tomorrow and any payment required is due before Friday 10 March. No pay = No go unfortunately. Please note that the student numbers are higher so we are able to keep the fees lower.

The most commonly asked questions about Passion Fridays have been, will there be more options and will there be options where there is no charge ? The answer to both these questions is yes. We are starting with the performing arts but as time rolls on more options like kapahaka, art, sport, languages and many more things will be introduced.


It was wonderful to see our chess team running back into school last Friday afternoon so proud of their achievements in the Interschool Chess Tournament. Our school was placed first overall and there were many personal achievements.

Out of 134 kids the top individual was Jamie McCutcheon - the only one unbeaten in all games. He has been invited to the national champs later in the year. Olivia Lawn won best girl award - she was 5th overall.
Leon Brenner got third place, Finn Dickie 6th place, Ike Stratton 7th place, Louis Brenner 9th place... all did so well.

A big thanks to Debbie Thompson for organising this experience for the students.


ORCA - is the acronym for our values Ownership, Respect, Collaboration, Achievement. We are currently unpacking these with our students. A particular focus we have currently is on manners.Things like children replying to greetings, children saying thank you when they are given opportunities or when they have enjoyed teaching, children when going to the office or anywhere - GREET, REQUEST, THANK e.g. Good morning Cathy, can I please have a plaster. Thank you. We are working on children not walking through 2 people talking, or interrupting them instead of waiting to the side, people opening the doors for others. We are working on this in our vertical learning communities and would appreciate you reinforcing the same basic manners at home. Our aim is to have a culture of grateful and well mannered students.

We would like to welcome Hannah Hughes back to our teaching staff this week. Great to have you back Hannah.

Have a great week everyone!

From Kevin

The netball season for 2017 will begin at the start of term 2. Registration days will be held at school in Tindalls 4 between 3.00 – 3.30pm. Year 5 & 6 Wednesday March 8th, Year 3 & 4 Thursday March 9th, ALL Wednesday March 15th. Registration Letter view here. Registration Form download here . If you require any further information please contact

All those who have walked on a walking school bus this year are invited to come for a FREE treat in B9 before school on FRIDAY from 8.30am. Thanks to Sally and Kelly from Auckland Transport for organising this. All walking school bus children should also have a walking School Bus week bag tag - please see Mrs Thompson if you didn’t get one.

All welcome - no charge. A walking school bus is a group of children walking to school together supervised by adults. It’s a great way to get to know others in your community, learn road safety skills, and start the day a healthy way.

MANLY VILLAGE WALKING SCHOOL BUS is up and running (walking!)again. It will leave daily (weather permitting) at 8.30am from the corner of Rawhiti and Brixton Road, walking down Rawhiti Rd and Zealandia, entering school through the walkway. Anyone is welcome to join, parent helpers welcomed. Thanks Krista Dedden for co-ordinating this route. Sign up here if you would like to join.

PLAZA WALKING SCHOOL BUS HAS STARTED - walking Monday -Thursday. Sign up your kids on the link below. Meet outside Westpac at the plaza at 8.15am to leave at 8.20am. Thanks to the ladies who have stepped up to start this - Julie O’Mara, Meryn Straker, Chantelle de Beer, and Elaine Randell. More parents are welcome to join - your help is always appreciated. Sign up here

MORETON WALKING SCHOOL BUS IS STARTING UP - planning to walk just Fridays at the moment. Leaving the bottom of Moreton Drive at 8.20am - walking along Glengarry, to Ladies Mile and on to school. You can join on the way if you like. Please sign up here if you would like to join. We would love more adults to help so this bus can go more often. Please contact Debbie Thompson if you have questions about walking school buses.

Each year since 2009 Whangaparaoa School has offered Cognitive ability screening to further help identify our gifted students - those with high cognitive ability. An assessor from Educational Assessment Services comes to school to carry out this screening. Teachers help to identify students in a number of ways, looking at school test results and observing specific traits or abilities in children, and some of these students are put forward for cognitive screening. However, we may not see the same child that you see at home. If you feel that your child is possibly gifted, you may put their name forward to be looked into further. Some characteristics of giftedness can be found here Please contact Debbie Thompson if you would like to chat or to nominate your child. Please note that there will be a charge for parents to contribute to the cost if selected for Cognitive testing - approx $30. Screening will start late March for this term.

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 if interested


Shop at your local New World, Pak ’n Save and participating Four Square stores. Purchase Yummy apples, either bags with cut-out labels or individual apples with Yummy stickers. One cut-out label is worth 10 apple stickers. Place the Yummy
stickers on Sticker Collection Sheets and the cut-out labels on Cut-Out Label Collection Sheets. Sheets are in the classroom. Filled sheets are collected regularly and they all get sent to The Yummy Fruit Company. The New Variety sticker sheets available. We earn double points! The more you collect, the more sports gear you get for your
school so get going and start collecting your Yummy cut-out labels and stickers now!

We have 2 x Size 4, 1 x size 8 and 1 x size 12 summer shirts  left over from our December bulk order. If you would like to purchase any of these items contact the school office. Thanks.

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

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!



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PFA News

WGP School Gala - 11 March 2017

GALA - 10 days to go!

We appreciate that we have put a lot of requests for help out to parents in the last few weeks, but without the support of our school families, the Gala just doesn't happen.

This is the biggest fundraising event each year, last year the Gala made over $30,000 - which went back into our school for items like readers, maths equipment and the bike track. The funds raised help the school provide awesome opportunities for our kids - so it would be fabulous if we could beat last year's figures!

We still need more volunteers - specifically in the following areas:

  • Security - we need people to help act as Security on the day, no special skills required.
  • Games - get in on all the fun on the field, help out on a game!
  • Garage Sale - the hall is going to be a busy place, with the Great Gala Garage Sale, put your name down to join the crew!
  • Clean Up - no one likes to clean up after a party, but the more people we have, the quicker and easier it is. Please consider lending a hand!

Remember - Dads / Grandparents / Aunties & Uncles / Older siblings - anyone can volunteer to help!

Contact Sam on or 021 527 965 to add your name to our list!

THE GREAT GALA GARAGE SALE (WHITE ELEPHANT / BOOKS / CLOTHING / TOYS) can be dropped off at the back of the school hall until WEDS 8th MARCH. We will be opening the hall this Saturday 4th March 10-12 for donations. (please nothing broken or damaged, no TVs / large furniture / computer equipment including printers / shoes / expired car seats)

Raffle Tickets - Please return your sold raffle tickets to the office ASAP! So many awesome prizes to be won!

We look forward to seeing you and your families on GALA DAY!

Next PFA Meeting:
Date to be confirmed. All Welcome.

Warren Rogers

PFA President


The Sanitarium Weet-Bix Kids TRYathlon 2017 is just around the corner and registrations are now open. Over 300,000 kids across New Zealand have given it a TRY over the past 25 years! Our one is being held on the Hibiscus Coast on Sunday March 26 at Manly Park in Whangaparaoa.

Our school is registered and looking forward to your entries, so if you child is interested, PLEASE ENTER HERE NOW - TODAY IS THE LAST DAY FOR SCHOOL REGISTRATIONS where you'll automatically get a discount on your registration fee. The school coordinator is Leah McNee - Ph: 09 424 9029.



Community Notices



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

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

With Artist Jo Bain Classes 3.20 - 4.30pm - spaces available. If you wish to join us, it is for 4 - 9 years old $17 a class. Held at the Art Lab - (pay only for what you attend this term - 6 lessons left in term 1). Term 2 bookings open. Contact Jo at Ph: 09 424 3677.                

We have a job opportunity for a casual/contract cleaner. The work will be during school hours. Casual to start building to more regular hours. Work will be based on the coast. Transport provided leaving from and returning to The Circle, Manly. For more information, please email Susan at "

Sunday 5 March from 3.00 - 5.00pm. We hope to inspire families to start growing their own food & save money. Workshop details in the link below.

Friday 17 March.Prospective students entering Year 7 - 10 in 2018 are very welcome to attend our Try Day on Friday 17 March. These days are very popular, so please register your child's attendance as soon as possible by contacting Linda Teagle, Registrar Ph: 415 9566 ext 2324 or




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