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  Thursday 21 February 2019 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









Dear Parents and Students

We are already coming to the end of our third week. Amazing how time flies when you are kept busy. It was really encouraging to see the number of children who bought bikes, scooters, skateboards etc and took part in our wheels day yesterday. Thank you to all the parents who took their time to ensure this event was such a success and to all the staff members who helped and participated. See pictures of some of the events of the day here.

One of our key goals this year is that every child feels safe and happy at our school. If we succeed with this, we know there is a great opportunity for learning to happen. We ask parents to let the teachers know if there are any concerns early, so we can nip any potential worries in the bud.

Warren Steel
Acting Principal


The time has arrived for the launch of our Million Dreams Initiative. Check out our new website here and browse the opportunities on offer this term. Bookmark the website and check back from time to time as new opportunities will be added as they come up.

We want to encourage our children to be proactive in seeking out these opportunities and take ownership for completing the application process, though they made need a little help with completing the application form. Please do not persuade your child to apply, or apply on their behalf. Ownership is key to the purpose of this project.

Please consider supporting A Million Dreams in any way you can. More information can be found in the donate section where you can offer time, resources, experts or funds to guarantee the continued success of this project at our school.


  • Lucky Book Orders - Last day for ordering is Friday 22 February
  • School Assembly - Monday 25 February 10.20am
  • Triathlon - Wednesday 13th March - more info below
  • School Gala - Saturday 30th March
  • Swimming Sports - 22nd March - more info coming next week
  • Swimming Lessons - at the Leisure Centre - Y3 to Y6 will be starting Term 2 - more info soon


Did you know that there are approximately 700 school hats on heads every day at our school. Some of our hats are easily recognisable with large names written inside, but sadly a lot of them get left in the lost property boxes around the school.

Children need to wear their hats to go outside during Term 1 and 4 at PE, Break times and may miss out if they don’t find their hat to wear.

Our staff desperately try to find the owners but this is often difficult as the “Name Label” inside is too small to write on properly. Our staff would really like to help SAVE OUR LOST HATS

One of our teachers has a bright fabric pen that she would like to re-write your child’s name on the inside of their hat. If you do not want to us to rename the hat please email your child’s teacher before Monday 25th February 2019.


We would like to inform you that again this year we are going to do our very own school triathlon. We will be encouraging every child to participate and give it a go. Details of the event are as follows:

  • WHY : Fitness, fun and challenge.
  • WHEN : Wednesday 13th March 2018
  • WHAT : Run, bike and swim. If children do not have a bike, they may be able to borrow a friends of another age group. We also have a limited number of school bikes available. If a child is not a competent swimmer they can use a flutter board and people will be there to help them.
  • WHAT TO BRING AND WEAR : All children who are participating in the triathlon can wear sport mufti to school this day. They will also need togs, towel and athletic shoes. Students MUST WEAR SHOES WHILE RUNNING AND CYCLING. They are allowed to wear togs in the running and cycling sections - girls must wear full swimsuits (no bikinis) and boys must wear a t shirt with their togs. While cycling all students must wear helmets.
  • WHO : All students. There will be a triathlon for each year group, as well as a boys and girls event at each year level. Students will be encouraged to support and help each other so all children finish safely and feel good about competing in the event.
  • WHERE : In school and on footpaths around our school. No child will need to cross a road. Maps for each year group are attached. View maps here.

Every child who gives the triathlon a go will earn a point for their learning community.

The year 5 and 6 events will run from 9.30am to 11. The year 3 and 4 events will run from 11.30am to 1pm. The year 1 and 2 events will run from 1.45pm to 3pm.

Parents are welcome to come and support the children, but must stay off the course due to safety reasons.

We are looking forward to the event and supporting our students through this challenge.


The Whangaparaoa Netball Committee are looking for new members to come on board this season. Meetings are held approximately once a month. If you're interested in getting involved in the planning, organisation and decision making for netball at our school now is your chance!

First meeting is set for 7pm Monday 4th March at school, in the boardroom (the room inside the school office opposite the reception desk).


Whangaparaoa Gala will always be remembered fondly by our kids, long after they've moved on.

Help us make this another Gala to remember by volunteering. There are lots of ways you can help, either in the lead up, on the day, or afterwards. We still have some iconic stalls that need leaders, we need people to sort toys weekday mornings once collections start, we need people to setup on Friday afternoon and Saturday morning, people for security, people to help pack up - we need you!

Click here and let us know how you can help us create another great Gala.

Toy collections and mufti days will start in March. Keep an eye out for great deals on bottled goods, chocolates and Easter eggs!


Click here for more photos

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