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

Term 3 starts at 9am on Monday 22nd July 2019

Kia ora koutou.  Hello everyone.

Resilience Information Evenings – Session 2, TONIGHT 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 was very well attended and the feedback has been extremely positive. We invite you to attend the second evening tonight 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.

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

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.

New Zealand-a-Thon

All the children completed their NZ- a-thon tests last week and should have brought home their sheets signed by the teacher in their bags. The children have until tomorrow Friday 21st June to gather their sponsorship funds that are counted towards the class total for the pizza prize. Please put the sponsor sheet and money in an envelope with your child’s name and room number on the front and send to school or alternatively you can pay in the office by cheque, EFTPOS, Visa or online banking. Our bank account details are ASB 12-3080-005948600. Please ensure you complete the reference section with your child’s name and specify “a-thon”.

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.

Photolife Photos

Online ordering shoot keys will be sent home today and your children’s photos are now uploaded on the Photolife system and ready to view online. Please note all accessing, viewing and ordering is done through Photolife and not through the school.

ICAS (International Competition and Assessment for Schools)

A letter/entry form will come home today with the year 5 and 6 students who requested one for the 2019 ICAS tests. If your child does not have a letter/entry from and you wish them to participate you can download the form ICAS_Parents Letter 2019 Entry forms need to be returned to school by Friday 5thJuly.

Whole School Assembly

Team 3 will be leading our whole school assembly 0n Friday 28th June. You are all welcome to come along. 

School Cross Country  

Well done to everyone who took part in the cross country this year — some children had personal goals to reach and they were so proud when they achieved them. It was a great effort. Good luck to the team who will represent our school at the inter schools cross country run on 24th June. We welcomed our local Kindy children along again and they started the cross country with a race of their own. All the children were amazing, not only in their own races but giving support and encouragement to others too. Our winners are listed below. 

Cross Country Results

Kindy Race:

Boys:  1st  George Kong         2nd Finn Simpson   3rd Byul Koo  

Girls: 1st  Eunice Masikip     2nd Isla Hendry        3rd  Layla Southgate 

Junior Cross Country Results 

5 year old girls       1st Charlie Dawson     2nd Phoebe Parfitt                   3rd Zara Poland

5 year old boys       1st Leo Norton             2nd Carter Murray                   3rd Filip Golubovich

6 year old girls       1st Isla Griffiths           2nd Indie Metu                         3rd Statyne Rameka

6 year old boys       1st Lukas Lynch           2nd Dominic Bishop               3rd  Cooper Armstrong

7 year old girls       1st Harriet Boyens      2nd   Emilia Reynolds Capel   3rd Nicci Willson Louw

7 year old boys       1st   Jaiden Brown      2nd  Hendrix Taylor                  3rd   Yuto Han

Cross Country Team









Jammies in June

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.

Mid year reports

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

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.

Scholastic Book Orders

The last day for orders from issue 4 is Friday 21st June.

Board of Trustees meeting

The next Board of Trustees meeting will be held on Wednesday  26th June at 7pm in the administration building and anyone is welcome to come along.

Declaration of Parent and Staff Election Results

Parent representatives votes:

Name                                               Votes

Natalie Bouvet                               45

Iain Carmichael                             75

Irene Gaigg-Wirtenberger           80

Cameron Holm                               60

Allan House                                    65

Jon Irving                                        76

Nicole Thompson                          79

Morag Ward                                   81

Invalid Votes                                   9

I hereby declare the following duly elected:

Iain Carmichael

Irene Gaigg-Wirtenberger

Jon Irving

Nicole Thompson

Morag Ward

Staff representative:

There was only one nomination therefore Nayth Loft was duly elected as staff representative.

Lost property

Our lost property box is full! If your child has lost property this term please check the box at the back of the hall. Any lost property left at the end of term will be donated to charity.

And finally a lovely poem to end our week from Emma Turpin in Year 6:

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:



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