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Newsletter 202007 - 11 March 2020


A very special welcome to our following new tamariki and their whānau: Dallazae Mau-Collins and Creed Gardner.


We are following Ministry guidelines around Corona Virus/ COVID-19 and are aware whānau are concerned, the following information is what we have been provided with. Avoiding contact with sick people and taking everyday preventive measures to avoid the spread of germs is still the number one course of action at this point in time.

Focus on prevention - the best preventative steps for any communicable disease include...

  • wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds and dry thoroughly

  • avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands

  • avoid sharing anything that has come in contact with saliva, whether in your living or social environments

  • stay home when you are sick and seek medical attention

  • cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the rubbish

  • get adequate sleep and eat well-balanced meals to ensure a healthy immune system.

At the time of writing we have no cases of CoronaVirus/COVID-19 in schools or early learning services.

If you require further information or have any questions please use the Freephone helpline 0800 358 5453 or visit the website www.healthy.org.nz

Book Character Parade

All whānau are invited to join us for a celebration of books, with a whole school book character parade to take place on the turf

in front of the office, at 12 noon on Thursday 2nd of April.

Pedestrian Crossing on Broadway

Every morning from 8.15-8.30am and 3-3.15pm Mrs Maihi is on road duty at the pedestrian crossing closest to Paper Plus and the Doctors. Please be sure your child gets to the crossing so that they can cross during these times.


Basketball starts on Monday’s with Taal Smith at Northland College from 4-6pm…

Skills sessions are on Monday 16th and March 23rd. The purpose of these sessions is to build basketball skills and confidence to help players and teams to be more game-ready for the upcoming modules. These skills sessions are available for all tamariki that are keen to participate in the modules.

Whakapakari Challenge

A group of senior students will be participating in the Whakapakari shield challenge Thursday 26th March 2020 playing against Ōhaeawai School. Chosen sport is soccer. They will leave at 10.15am from school and return by 2.00pm.


Many of our Tryathletes are doing a great job and coming to training however there are some children that need to put more effort into making sure they are at training please. Training will continue every Tuesday and Thursday at 1pm. The school has paid for all registrations so we need all children to be committed. We only have 3 weeks left of training, the event is on Sunday 29 March. We are concerned that a few children are missing training and won’t be ready for the event. If your child is one of these expect a call from Whaea Lydia this week or feel free to contact her to check in. Children must bring their bikes to school for training.

Breakfast Club

Breakfast Club has started and runs from 8:00 - 8.45am. 

All tamariki are welcome to come to the school hall to have a breakfast kai to start their day. Weetbix, fruit, yoghurt, baked beans and toast. Yum!


There is a Year 5 and Year 6 Kī-o-rahi tournament being held at Lindvart Park on Thursday 19th March 2020. Our school will be participating in this event. All are welcome to come and support.

Waitangi Marae visits

This term we have planned day visits to Waitangi to coincide with our term topic – Who are we?

Dates for classes are as follows:

16th March - Room 8 - Rangimārie and Room 9

18th March - Room 5 - Manawanui and Room 7

19th March - Room 3 and 4

20th March - Room 14

There is no cost for this trip as it is part of our learning programme. The children will travel by bus leaving school at approximately 9.15am and returning to school by 2.15pm. Any queries, come and see your child’s teacher.


Water Safe with Whaea Beth 

For the next 3 weeks Rooms 10-17’s sessions are on a Monday. Please ensure your child brings their togs every Monday as this is a really important and effective program to keep our water babies safe. Any queries please see Whaea Lydia in Room 6.

Water Saving Tips

Here are a few tips for at home to keep saving water:

  • Flush the toilet less

  • If you have half flush use that or put a soft drink bottle in your toilet cistern to reduce quantity of water you flush

  • Use hand sanitiser or wipes instead of washing them from time to time

  • Place a large tub in the shower, stand in it and collect water for reuse

Keep a bottle of water in the fridge to drink rather than running water to fill a glass of water