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Newsletter 202017 - 22 July 2020

Welcome back!

Welcome back to everyone after the school holidays. A special welcome to our new tamariki and their whānau: Piki Watene and Stella Graham-Williams

Flooding remediation

Sadly over the weekend Rooms 1-6 and parts of the office were damaged by severe flooding. Currently these areas are being fixed up and classes have been moved to the following spaces: 

Rooms 1, 2 (Ngā Kākano) and Room 6 are in the hall
Rooms 3 and 4 are in the Library
Room 5 (Manawanui) is in Room 11

The areas that are being fixed have been fenced off and we have remediation work underway. Hopefully we can start moving back into rooms in about 2-3 weeks.

Staff changes this term

This term Whaea Joan only will be in Manawanui teaching. Whaea Te Rangi will be teaching in other areas of the school. 

Whaea Barbara is currently relieving for Whaea Tyme who has had to start her maternity leave earlier than expected.

School Holidays

The last day for Term 3 is Friday 25th September, school will close for a 2 week holiday and will reopen on Monday 12th October. 

Matariki Bling Bling

Special thanks to all our staff and whānau who attended the great Matariki celebration held in town late last term. We were very proud of the work that our school roopu contributed to this event. Special thanks to ĀKAU for working with us on this mahi and the great work they did with the organisation.


This Saturday Netball begins at Lindvart Park. All players need to meet coaches at the Park by 8.30am with water and appropriate shoes to play in. Players will be given their uniform before the games start and must return them after their last game. We have registered only two Netball Future Ferns teams – a Year 3 and 4 team and a Year 5 and 6 team. Some girls who brought in their permission forms have not been attending training during lunchtimes so must do so before they can start playing on a Saturday. These are the names of players in the teams for this Saturday

Year 3 and 4 team Sparrows: Mapatongi, Dennis, Paris, Summer, Fern, Sarah, Paige, Amaia, Havani, Kaye'lani

Year 5 and 6 team Beasts: Ataahua, Calaya, Amaliah, Bernie, Daizaleah, Kowhai, Morgan, Sari, Teagan

If your name is not mentioned, come to training during next week and you will start playing next Saturday.


Hockey starts this Saturday, 25th July 2020, at Lindvart Park Turf. 

We had a huge response from tamariki and whānau and below are the teams and coaches.

Mini Sticks Yr 1-4  

Coach/manager: Whaea Michelle

Please meet at 9.30am at the turf

Kiwi development sticks Yr 5/6: 

Coach: Whaea Claire 

Manager: Whaea Ashlee Maihi

Please meet at 10.30am at the turf

Kiwi sticks professionals Yr 5/6: 

Coach: Whaea Claire 

Manager: Bonnie

Please meet at 11.30am at the turf

Children will bring a notice home today stating what teams they're in for this Saturday's draw.

You will need to provide your child with a mouth guard and the school will provide hockey sticks, balls and uniforms.

Could all players please meet your coaches/managers 15 mins before your game to fit uniforms. All uniforms are to be collected after the games.

If you have any queries please contact Whaea Claire 0211124091.


We had a great turn out of players on Monday 20th July for our first games of basketball held at Northland College.

Our U9’s played an amazing game of defence and attack.

Our 2 U11 teams showed superb defence skills during their games.

Monday 27th July at Northland College gym.

U9’s - 3.45pm - 4.30pm

U11’s - 4.30pm - 5.30pm

We’d like to thank Taal and Cheryl Smith for giving our tamariki a great opportunity to experience the game of basketball.

Ngā mihi nui. If you have any queries please don’t hesitate to contact Whaea Claire 0211124091.

Learners Bike Track Workshop

On Wednesday 29th July from 9.30am until 2.30pm a group of children from the Junior and Middle Syndicate will be taking part in a Learners Bike Track Workshop with ĀKAU. The purpose of the workshop is to get ideas from learner bike riders about what they would like to see in a new bike track development especially designed for younger members of our community. It is envisaged that a group of about 8 children will attend this workshop. A letter will come home with children selected.

Room 14 

Last term Room 14 made our own representation of Tūhoronuku. We used dry harakeke from the garden because it was too wet to go and get raupō.  First we practised the lacing technique we would need with string and pencils. Then we made our manu rere.