Week 10 Term 4 2018
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Reflecting on 2019

2019 has been a year full of learning and change with many things to celebrate.  As we continue to prepare for and work towards 2020, it is important to take time and acknowledge the many successes and achievements made by our students this year.

These successes are many and varied with our students demonstrating consistently high levels of achievement in ICAS examinations, at zone sports events and Mathex competitions.  This year a school zone was established, the first time in our school's history. 

As a school community we have continued to deepen the impact our school values of Inquiring Minds, Self Belief, Creativity, Excellence and Respect have on the learning environment in our school.

To our previous and new Board of Trustees, thank you for providing the support and direction in your governance that ensures as a school we have the means and the purpose to achieve our goals for the school.

A huge thank you to the Friends of Ōrākei School for their ongoing dedication and service in support of both our school and staff.  This hard work, in both friendship and fund raising, has been critical in helping us to achieve our goals this year. Congratulations on the Art exhibitions 10th anniversary.

To our parents,our school truly values the way that you prioritise your child's learning and we encourage you to continue this in 2020.

To our students, thank you for the efforts that you have all made in your learning this year.  It has been fantastic to see and share in the milestones that you have achieved on your learning journey. We wish you the best.

To our staff, you are a wonderful team and I thank you for your dedication and commitment to ensuring that our children are successful.  I value the warmth and thought that you show each child in helping them to achieve and get the most from their time in your care.

To our wider community and alumni, thank you for continuing to engage and support our school.

2020 is set be an exciting year.

I wish you all a happy and safe holiday.

Michael Earl

New Teachers for 2020

We warmly welcome Miss Katrina Barber to our teaching team for 2020.  Katrina joins us from Remuera Primary School and will be teaching one of our Year 2 classes. Katrina has strengths in early literacy and prides herself in developing and nurturing creative thinking, independence and self-regulation in her learners. 

It is a pleasure to welcome Miss Isabella Stryj to our teaching team in 2020.  Isabella joins our school from Kingsford Primary School and will be teaching a Year 4 class in K-Hub. Isabella is focused on delivering teaching programmes that prioritise students engaging in literacy and numeracy through science and inquiry learning. She also has a strength and passion for teaching languages.

2020 Term Dates

Term 1: Monday Feb 3 – Thursday April 9
Term 2: Tuesday April 28 – Friday July 3
Term 3: Monday July 20 – Friday Sept 25
Term 4: Monday Oct 12 – Thursday Dec 15

The first day of school in 2020 is Tuesday 4th February however, on Monday 3rd February you are invited to make an appointment with your child’s teacher. This is designed to allow you to talk about your child and begin the essential learning relationship with that teacher.  

A letter giving you the details on how to make this appointment on was sent home with your child.

The event code for scheduling an interview is 5bbzk.

Hub Locations 2020

In 2020 the hubs will be as follows:

O1 Year 8 - Mrs Lau
O2 Year 7 - Mr Jolly
O3 Year 6 - Teacher to be confirmed

R- Hub
R1 Year 1 - Miss Good
R3 Year 1 - Mr West
R5 Montessori - Teacher to be confirmed

A1 - Year 0/1 - Whaea Terri-Anne
A2 - Year 2/3 - Kaiako to be confirmed
A3 - Year 4-8 - Matua Taurua

K2 - Year 3 - Miss Pennington
K3 - Year 3 - Mrs Evans

K1 - Year 4 - Mrs Kaur
K4 - Year 4 - Miss Stryj
K5 - Year 5 - Miss Farrelly
K6 - Year 5 - Mrs Povey

E1 - Year 2 - Mrs Widger
E2 - Year 2 - Miss Hunt
E3 - Year 2 - Miss Barber

Office Hours

The school office will be open from 10am - 2pm during the week of the 28th to the 31st of January.


Riley F, Isaac B - R6


If you have a child or know of a child that will be starting at our school in 2021 please collect an enrolment pack from the office. Alternatively In Zone and Out of Zone Application forms can be downloaded from the school website. Returning these will allow us to prepare resources and allocate our teaching staff accordingly.

Key Events for Term 1

Parent Teacher Interviews                                    Monday February3
Frist Day of School                                               Tuesday February 4
New Whanau and Families Powhiri @ 9:00         Tuesday February 4
Waitangi Day - SCHOOL CLOSED                      Thursday February 6
School Trip to Orakei Marae                                 Friday February 7
Board of Trustees Meeting - Staffroom                 Monday February 10
Meet the teacher Evening                                     Wednesday February 12
Year 4-8 Assembly - O1 hosting                            Friday February 21 
Year 0-3 Assembly - K2 hosting                            Friday March 6 
Board of Trustees Meeting - Staffroom                 Monday March 9
Starting New at School Meeting                            Friday March 20
Year 4-8 Assembly - O2 hosting                            Friday March 20 
Transition Visits                                                      Friday March 27
Year 0-3 Assembly - K3 hosting                             Friday April 3
Board of Trustees Meeting - Staffroom                  Monday April 6
End of Term One - School Finishes @ 1pm          Thursday April 9

School Uniform Purchases

The Mt Wellington Store will be closed over Christmas & New Year.
They will re-open on Saturday 25th January.
You can still order through The Uniform Shoppe website during the holidays & their orders will be sent to them via courier.

Absences/ Lateness

If your child is absent from school or is going to arrive late, please assist our front office by letting us know. There are FOUR ways in which you can do this:

1) Flexibuzz: Open the App then click on the 'Whole School' tab, then the 'Absence' tab.
2) Text: 0226806743
3) Call: 521 0657 and leave a message
4) Email:


NEW!! 2 hour school readiness class – February, 2020. We are 2 early childhood teachers starting an interactive learning session for 4 and 5 year olds. Focusing on phonics, numeracy, maths, self-help skills, music and movement and confidence building. For further information please refer to our website
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