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Term 2 ends at 3pm on Friday 5th July 2019

Kia ora koutou.  Hello everyone.

Whole School Assembly

Team 4 will be leading our whole school assembly tomorrow Friday 14th June. You are all welcome to come along. In two weeks time on Friday 28th June Team 3 will lead our whole school assembly. 

New Zealand-a-Thon

All the children completed their NZ- a-thon tests on Tuesday and should have brought home their sheets signed by the teacher in their bags. The children have until Friday 21st June to gather their sponsorship funds. Please put the sponsor sheet and money in an envelope and send to school.

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.

Travelwise Tip for this week

What children would like drivers to know:

We are not little adults, so don’t expect us to act as you do. We are small and often can’t see over parked vehicles. This also means you can’t see us.

Please don’t park on the yellow lines outside our school – you are stopping other drivers from seeing us on the crossing.

We can freeze when we find ourselves in danger, instead of taking quick action as you might. Walk with us or join a Walking School Bus with us.

Help to keep us safe around schools.

Jammies in June

Every year there are children who leave hospital in the winter to go home and have no pyjamas to wear. The Middlemore Foundation started Jammies in June a few years ago to help these children from ages 0-16. 

The reason behind KIDZ FIRST Jammies in June ​2019

Jammies keep little chests toasty during chilly winter nights. 

About 320 children are admitted to Kidz First in January, but that increases to more than 700 in August. Kids that are warm at night are less likely to fall sick and be admitted to hospital due to preventable illnesses such as Acute Rheumatic Fever, a disease usually only found in third world countries but prevalent in Counties Manukau.

How you can help

If you would like to donate a pair of new flannelette PJs (any size but don’t forget the teenagers too!) there is a box in the office to pop them in or you can donate a gold coin. We will also have a school wide Jammies in June Day on 25th June when the children can come to school in their pyjamas for the day.

Annual Report

The school’s annual financial report for 2018 is now complete and available on the school website under the Parent Information tab should anyone wish to read it.

Mid year reports

On Thursday 27th June your child’s mid year report will come home. Please check your child’s bag.

Each term we report to you about your child’s progress. In term 1 we held learning discussions where the children helped tell you about their learning and goals for their next steps along with their teacher. This term we have a written report. In term 3 we will have Sharing the Learning where children can share their learning with all their family and whanau and in term 4 we will have the end of year written report.

The mid year report is designed to inform you about your child’s learning for this term in numeracy and literacy, where they are in relation to the New Zealand Curriculum and provide next steps to work on with ways you can support learning at home.  Included with the report is an explanation of the levels of the New Zealand Curriculum and expectations of where children should be working for their year level.

In case there are any concerns teachers or parents wish to discuss, we have set aside a limited time for teachers to meet with parents on Thursday 4th July from 3.15pm until 6pm. Please note, these meetings are only for parents whom the teacher has indicated  they would like to meet again OR for parents who have a concern about their child they wish to discuss.  The letter enclosed with the report will tell you how to make any appointment needed.

Of course, any time you have a query, concern or something to celebrate during the year and would like to meet with a teacher, you can phone the office or email the teacher to make an appointment.

Resilience Information Evenings – Session 2, Thursday 20th June 

This June we offered 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 worked in mental health for 20 years and is the director of psychological consultancy ‘On Form Consultants’. The first session held last Thursday was very well attended and the feedback has been extremely positive.

We invite you to attend the second evening on 20th June in our upstairs staff room, from 6:30pm to 7:30pm.

Please RSVP to if you would like to come along. Please note that due to popularity of the first session, places will be on a first come first served basis.

The notes from the first session are attached here. For those who came to the first session – John is not happy to have his sessions recorded and shared digitally which we completely understand and therefore you will not receive a link to the recording made on the evening.

Below is a short summary of what will be covered during the next session.

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

Our next meeting is next week, Tuesday 18 June at 7pm in the staff room – all are welcome! Contact for more info. 
End of term PJ Party – 5 July
We’re really excited to announce our next fundraiser…an end of term PJ Party! Put your PJs/onesies on, grab a beanbag and come join us in the school hall on Friday 5 July for an evening of fun, food and flicks! Doors will open at 5.30pm and you can visit our food and fun stalls, before settling down to watch Sing! with your friends and family. We will be selling hot dogs, popcorn, lollies, Whittakers chocolates and drinks, and have some fun things planned for before the movie. Entry is a gold coin donation, and our stalls will be cash only. 
Please note this is a family event, so parents, come and join the fun! (Read: parents/guardians need to stay.) All ages are welcome, so bring the littlies too 🙂
Contact if you have any questions. 
Quiz night – 24 August
Registration is now OPEN so grab your mates and sign up for an evening of grown up quizzy fun from 7pm on 24 August! The link to register is; $20 per person to register and there’s a maximum of 10 people per team. Make sure you put the same team name if you’re registering separately. 
This is our biggest fundraising night of the year, so don’t miss out! Bring some coins to join in some fun games, BYO food and drink, and remember there’s a prize for the best dressed/themed team… 
We will also be running a silent auction during the evening as well as a live auction for some BIG prizes, including two very generous photography vouchers, worth $1400 each, from Michael Overend Photography. We will arrange EFTPOS machines for auction payments on the evening. 
If you/your business would like to sponsor the event or donate an auction or raffle prize, please contact Katie Elliott on
Entertainment books
Thanks to those of you who have returned books, bought books or bought the digital version. Every bit helps the school and our kids! It’s not too late to buy the digital version – the link is Feel free to pass it to friends and family too!
Yummy stickers for sport

Please keep collecting ANY Yummy cut-out labels from bags (each cut-out label is worth 10 stickers) and individual Yummy stickers. Yummy apples are available from New World, Pak ’n Save and participating Four Square stores. The more we collect, the more sports gear we get!

Sticker sheets to be collected from 16 September 2019. The sheets can be downloaded at:

Yummy stickers and sheets can be taken to either Mrs Spanhake in Room 9 or to the Front Office.

Upcoming Events

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