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Newsletter 17 November 2020
Week 6 ~ Term 4
From the Principal
Dear Parents & Caregivers

Kia ora whanau ma


By all accounts the PTA organised disco was successful and enjoyed by all present. Thanks to all concerned and especially to Gavin Ross for securing the equipment and for dj-ing. 

Staff News

As signalled last week, Mrs. Kewene-Edwards is moving to the College of Education at the end of the year. Whaea Tricia is going to move to Te Roopu Manaaki next year to work alongside Whaea Mel. Whaea Tricia is an experienced junior school teacher. Whaea Tricia's whakapapa is to the Hokianga. Ms Ballantine will take over the role of syndicate leader for the senior school for 2021, a role Whaea Maria has held for some years. Ms. Ballantine will move to C3 and job share with Mrs Hesson in 2021. We have employed a new teacher to take the H2 class for 2021 - Ross Bennett. Ross is from Dunedin and is currently teaching in Wellington. 

We will farewell teacher-assistant and after-school-care supervisor, Shelley Kennedy, who is heading to greener pastures. Shelley has worked with us for a number of years and is part of the furniture. We will miss her caring and her no-nonsense approach to her role as a support to teachers and the children. We also farewell Cherry Toeke and daughter Jayla. Cherry has worked in before- and after-school-care for the last couple of years. Cherry and her whanau are heading back to their home in the North Island.


We had some political graffiti scrawled on the memorial archway last week. I noticed some related graffiti on the fence at the old post office today. Please keep an eye out and report any suspicious behaviour to the police.


Please do not send your child to school if he or she is unwell. This is especially important as part of our Covid response but is good practice generally. If we see a child is unwell at school we will call home and ask you to collect your child.


As the term flies by we are seeing some children getting niggly with each other. This is mostly low-level but is disruptive. Please exhort your children to try their hardest to behave well at school – ask them to be sensible and to consider the feelings of others. We are all still living in a topsy-turvy world and there is a lot of anxiety about. Let’s all work together to keep each other well.

Kia kaha tatou katoa ki te tautoko o tatou tamariki mokopuna hoki.

John McKenzie

School notices


We warmly welcome Sequoia in H4 to our school. We look forward to getting to know her.


There will be no assembly this week.

Sun Hats

Children must wear a brimmed hat at school while outside this term.

Absences Reminder

A reminder for parents and caregivers to please remember to report any absences for your child.

You can do this via the following:

  • Text 027 NEVN ABS (027 638 6227)
  • Ring the office on 03 473 8246
  • Notify us through the school app

PTA Information

Hot Lunch Helpers Needed

If anyone is free to help for Friday hot lunches please pop in and see Ashley & Lisa in the school hall kitchen on Friday morning.

  • Prep & Cook 9-12pm
  • Serving 12 -1pm

PTA Lunches

Hot lunches are available on Fridays. You can get:

  • Sausages, saveloy, vegetarian, gluten free $2
  • Ice block $0.50

To order, bring your money to the school hall on Friday mornings before school.

A very successful PTA disco was held last Friday night. Thank you to the PTA for organising and running the discos. Thank you also to DJ Gavin Ross for lending his skills to the event.

The PTA wish to express their thanks to Gavin as well. They would also like  to thank Gravity Events for supplying disco gear, Suburbia Eatery and Nightlife, as well as Biggies Pizza.

Rainbow Class

Our transition to school classes for term four will be held in room H4 from 1.15pm to 2.45pm on the following dates:

  • Thursday 26 November

All four-year-olds are welcome!

Contact Mr Andrew ( or the office ( for more information.

Ava (left) and Rickyalley (right) competed with five of their teammates in Team Stardust at Cheer and Dance Factor in Auckland over the weekend and took first place!
They were practicing hard right up until their time to shine, trying their hardest to perform stunts without falling. Their practice paid off because they only received one deduction throughout their entire routine! This is especially impressive because they had to rework their routine on the day due to a sudden illness of a teammate.
Congratulations to both Ava and RickyAlley for their stunning accomplishment.

TennisPlus+ Coaching

TennisPlus+ Coaching (at Edgar Centre) is running free 1/2 court tennis coaching sessions in term 4 as a taster for term 1 2021. There will also be a draw before Christmas for term 1 free as well.

Term 4 2020 free 1/2 Court Coaching Details:

Dec 8th, 10th, and 15th at the Edgar Centre for children 5 to 11 years old. Times of 3:45 - 4:20 pm or 4:25-5:00 pm are available through enrolment. All equipment is provided and the door charge will be reduced to $1.00. There will be, at most, 4 children per coach.

Free Coaching Enrolment Options:

Please choose only one day/time option for the Free Coaching! 


Please include in your email your child's name, date of birth, school, cell phone and parent/caregiver name

Cell Phone: 0274366166 Send a text with above details.

Sports Fees

Sport fees for futsal $50, flippaball $50, and touch  $20 are due. Payment may be made online to account 03 1726 0055515 00, or eftpos/cast at the office.

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