Thursday, August 25, 2016

Newsletter, Term 3, Wk 5

Hello and Kia ora tatou.

Upcoming Events
Wednesday 24th Aug
Thursday 25th Aug
Dotterals in school
Briar – Tapu wae
Friday 26th Aug
Daffodil Day
Tuesday 30th Aug
Fundraising Meeting
Wednesday 7th Sep
TV Cross Country
Wednesday 14th Sep
Vision Hearing

Thanks to everyone who have already returned their cleaned school T-shirts.

Musical Instruments
We would be grateful to anyone who has any musical instruments gathering dust at home if they would like to donate them to our school or lend them for an extended period.

Daffodil Day
Daffodil Day is on Friday 26th August. We support this annual appeal each year to raise money for cancer research. Children are welcome to bring along a gold coin donation, to add to our coin trail and come dressed in their best daffodil shades if possible – yellow, orange, green and white. Thank you for your support.

ERO Update
Michelle Harper and I met with Greg Stuart from the Education Review Office and Cameron Frethy our Ministry of Education manager, last week. They were very happy with the progress the board and staff have made towards meeting the recommendations from our last ERO review and will be returning for a full review in Term 1 2017.

Fundraising Meeting
All parents are invited to the Fundraising meeting to discuss fund raising events for Pet Day. Meeting will be next Tuesday 30th August in the School Library at 3.15pm.

Thames Valley Cross Country
This will be held at Whitianga on Wednesday 7th September. Congratulations to those children selected to compete. Details will be sent home today.

Our children are still running through New Zealand and have now passed Christchurch, by about 20kms and are now headed to Queenstown, a total distance of 1070kms.

Junior’s Farm Visit
Unfortunately the junior room visit to Ashlee’s farm on Mill Creek Road is not able to go ahead at this time. We are investigating alternative dates and venues.. More information will be sent home shortly.

Hearing and Vision
Vision Hearing Technicians from Rural and Community services will be visiting our school on Wednesday 14th September at 12 noon.
Please see the information sheet at the end of the newsletter for more details.

Behaviour on the Bus
All parents of bus users should now have received a letter outlining expectations for behaviour on the bus. We anticipate quiet and safe journeys to continue.

End of Term Performance
We have finished writing the school performance and the children have all received their parts although we a still tweaking them a little. They have been busy with Justine and the teachers learning the songs for the performance. We will be having a final dress rehearsal on Thursday 22nd September which will be open to parents to come along and watch.
After the actual performance on Friday night there will be a presentation for Penny to thank her for 18 years as our Principal.
We are putting together a book of her time with us, if you have any photographs that would be appropriate to be included please bring them to the school or email them to us at

Orchard Spraying
Due to the weather the neighbouring orchard was not sprayed last weekend, but will be spraying the kiwifruit block this weekend. Any residue should be gone by Monday.

The children enjoyed another hockey session with Reiner today.

Have a good week,
from Jean and the team.

With special thanks to our sponsors:

Whitianga Pig Hunting Club

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