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

School is also closed on Wednesday 29th May (due to teacher strike action) Friday 31st May (Teacher Only Day) and Monday 3rd June (Queen’s Birthday public holiday)

Kia ora koutou.  Hello everyone.

Bullying Free New Zealand Week

Tomorrow is Pink Shirt Day!
Come to school wearing as much pink as you can to show your support for the Bully-Free NZ campaign. If you don’t have anything pink to wear, perhaps make yourself a pink bracelet or badge with an anti-bullying message written on it?
Remember to bring your $3 to buy a yummy pink cupcake for morning tea – we ordered numbers based on the interest shown last week but it is first come first served!
A gold coin donation to the NZ Mental Health Foundation would be greatly appreciated.

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. 

New Zealand-A-Thon

This year’s a-thon is a New Zealand-a-thon and on Monday 27th May your child will bring home their fact sheet to learn and a sponsor sheet. The New Zealand-a-Thon was chosen to support the children’s learning about their country, it’s geography, history, bird plant and sea life. Fundraising from the a-thon supports items such as extra learning resources in the classrooms, furniture, ICT equipment and library. Please help your child to learn their facts and ask the teacher if you are unsure of anything.

The testing day will be Tuesday 11 June and children will have until Friday 21st June to gather their sponsorship funds following the testing day. We do not encourage children to go ‘door knocking’ and prefer that you monitor the soliciting of sponsors. Donations are welcomed should you not approve of gaining sponsorship.  We appreciate your assistance in this regard. Please complete the sponsor sheet and send this to school on the test day.

There is a ‘pizza for lunch’ prize for each team across the school to be won.  The winning class in each team will have the highest percentage of children return their sponsor sheet with money. Pizza will be on Tuesday 2nd July for the winning classes.

Thank you for supporting the New Zealand-A-Thon, raising money for the school and increasing your child/ren’s knowledge at the same time!

Whole School Assembly

Team 6 will be leading our whole school assembly at 2pm on Friday 24th May. You are all welcome to come along.

Travelwise Tip for this week

Keep safe getting out of cars – the safest door opens onto the footpath side. This will keep children away from the busy road.

FOTS news
The next FOTS meeting is on Tuesday, 28 May at 7pm in the staff room. (Not a typo; we thought we would try an earlier time.) All are welcome, please email for more info or come along on the night.
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
Thanks in advance to all our volunteers – we couldn’t run events without you.
Thanks to Karin Blaauw at Barfoot & Thompson for sponsoring the photobooth and to Countdown in Browns Bay for donating ingredients for our popcorn machine! (NEW!)
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!

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






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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