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Term 2 2019 – Monday 29th April 2019 to Friday 5th July 2019

School is also closed on Friday 31st May (Teacher Only Day) and Monday 3rd June (Queen’s Birthday public holiday)

Kia ora koutou.  Hello everyone.

Choices and Challenges mornings —what is this?

Tomorrow Friday 10th and on Friday 17th May we have “choices and challenges” mornings at school. So what is this all about?

The teaching staff have offered a variety of options for the morning that may be different to the regular curriculum such as clay, origami, science toys, cartooning, music and performance and construction for example. The children choose their preferred activities. We then organise them into multi level classes and they complete four of their chosen activities over the two Friday mornings.

Why do we have these mornings?

They provide an opportunity to experience other areas of learning  with a different group of children and each class is made up of children from years 2-6; our youngest and newest children in Year 1 do not take part this year. Along with events like The Big Day In, it is an opportunity for children and teachers to form friendships and associations with other year levels of the school. We often see children asking others for help or playing with new friends after these days and we hope this will not only enrich their learning experiences but  provide the children with a different social  grouping also.

Bullying Free New Zealand Week

Bullying-Free New Zealand Week starts 13th May and ends with the Mental Health Foundation’s Pink Shirt Day on Friday 17th May. The theme this year is ‘Whakanuia Tōu Āhua Ake! Celebrating Being Us!’ The week provides a great opportunity for students to celebrate what makes them unique and encourages schools to build environments where everyone is welcome, safe and free from bullying.

The week ends on 17th May with Pink Shirt Day where children and adults  can wear a pink shirt  in support of Bully-Free NZ week. We realise not everyone has pink in their wardrobe and we do not expect families to buy especially for the day. A pink hair tie or wristband is just as welcome. Our student leaders will be available each morning tea outside Te Whare Toi during the week to put a pink shirt day stencil on a blank t shirt for one dollar if your child would like to bring their t shirt and dollar to school. You can also buy a pink cupcake for $3 on Friday morning tea from one of the stalls in the playground.  (Please do not buy cupcakes if your child has allergies). Teachers will take a quick count up tomorrow of children who are interested in buying a cupcake next week so we can have an order number for the caterers. Please discuss this with your child tonight so they can let the teacher know tomorrow. All monies raised will go to the Mental Health foundation.


Scholastic Book Orders

The last day to order from Issue 3 is Tuesday 14th May.

Pool closed

The pool is now closed and this is the end of the 2018/19 swimming season. If you have a key please return this to the office before 24 May in order to get back the key deposit of $20. Please note: money will not be given to children. 

Travelwise Tip for this week

Never stop on yellow lines or double-park around the school. Parking like this can block the view of students and motorists making it hard for students to safely cross the road. Develop your child’s road sense and let them walk the last 500 metres to school.


Resilience Information Evenings – Thursday June 6 and June 20

This June we are offering two free information evenings with John Meeske who is a specialist in supporting children, teenagers and adults to cope with anxiety, boost resilience, self esteem and cognitive flexibility. John has a been working in mental health for 20 years and is the director of psychological consultancy ‘On Form Consultants’. We invite you to attend one or both of these evenings in our upstairs staffroom, from 6:30pm to 7:30pm. Below is a short summary of what will be covered during each one hour session.

Thursday 6 June

Seminar 1: The Truth about Resilience Today

Resilience, or our ability to persevere with challenges and recover from setbacks, is the biggest factor when it comes to our success and well-being and this is particularly important for our children.

Why is resiliency decreasing in our kids?

What impact is our current society and technology having on our children’s well-being?

What action do we need to take?

This seminar brings together the key psychological and social factors influencing resilience in children and teenagers today. Parents and students alike will benefit from the ideas presented in this seminar and will leave knowing a great deal about how we function as humans, why levels of resilience are going down and where we need to turn for solutions.

Thursday 20 June

Seminar 2: Resilience Forum – Mind over Mood

As part of our ongoing series on Growing Resilience, this free seminar examines the impact our thoughts have on our mood. I will look at strategies for managing our mood using the latest cognitive (mind) techniques and I will share important insights from my therapeutic background.

We will look at:

Resilience and self-control

What is self-esteem really?

Stinking thinking

Being proactive

Cognitive flexibility

Friends Of The School news

Friday, 17 May – school disco – see below
Saturday, 24 August – Quiz night and auction – see below
Friday, 1 November – school disco
The theme for our first event is Disco Fever! $5 entry, door sales only. 
Juniors (Years 1-3): 6-7pm
Seniors (Years 4-6): 7.30-8.45pm
We’re looking for volunteers to help set up, pack up and to run stalls during the disco. If you are interested, please email Katie Elliott at, stating which you are happy to help with. 
Thanks to Karin Blaauw at Barfoot & Thompson for sponsoring the photobooth.
We’re starting to seek prizes and donations for this year’s quiz night and auction. If you or your business would like to donate a prize or sponsor the event, please contact Katie Elliott at All donations gratefully received!


Long Bay Regional Park Planting day
Sunday 19th May 2019
Representatives from each school in our Community of Learning will be supporting efforts to improve our local environment by planting trees in the Long Bay Regional Park. Bring your friends and family and come along and join us!

Upcoming Events

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