Term 1, week 6, 7 March 2017 school newsletter
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From the principal

Dear parents and caregivers

Kia ora koutou katoa

The school roll is 243 this week and I estimate the roll will peak at around 275 near the end of the year. We can cope with this number with the resources and the accommodation we currently enjoy.

As many of you will know, our roll was much lower some years ago and a lot of Valley families went to George St or Opoho Schools. What surprised me when I first started here was that this school had very high achievement, but the roll was not strong.

So our aim back then was to highlight to the community that this was a great school. We started telling people that their neighbourhood school offered as good, if not better, than schools beyond. We also painted the school, tidied up a few of the aesthetics and became more involved in the community.

But the most significant factor I highlighted, and still highlight, is that the first duty of our staff is to care for the children. That was very evident when I started here and is still evident today. All else came later.

Therefore, I was really taken with this meme when I saw it. It sums up for me what we strive for at our school:

“A recent large-scale review of the factors associated with student achievement showed that 
teacher-student relationships
outweighed the contribution of
teachers’ subject knowledge,
teacher training, or home and
school effects.”

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

John McKenzie 


Congratulations to Charisse who, along with her family, was granted New Zealand citizenship last week. Jean-Paul, her older brother, was a former pupil at the school.We are sure it was an exciting and special day for the family. 

Senior swimming

The senior school (rooms C3, S4,S3, S2 and S1) start their swimming block with JC Swim School next Monday. Timetables have been sent home with children.
Children will need to bring their swimming togs, towel, goggles and cap. Parent helpers are welcome. Please let your child’s teacher know if you can help. 

Beach Education Day

The senior school will be leaving school at 8.45am on Thursday for their beach visit to Warrington.
Children will need suitable footwear for on the rocks and beach, as well as warm clothing in case the weather changes. Pack plenty of lunch, a drink, sun hat, sun block, swimming gear, towel, and a wetsuit and bogey board if they have one.
Parent helpers are needed for this trip. Please talk to one of our teachers. 

School activities payments

We have a busy few weeks coming up and all these great opportunities for children are paid for by the school donation.
The senior school will be exploring the rocky shore and having a beach education day at Warrington on Thursday and then start their swimming block the following Monday.
The middle syndicate will be looking at how creatures adapt to living in tidal zones and how to look after our oceans during a visit to the Portobellow Aquarium on 13 and 14 March.
This week the junior and middle school have enjoyed a lesson with St John Ambulance educators. 

Dates to note


8-10   Goal-setting interviews, C3
9        Rocky shore, beach education day, Warrington
13-23 Swimming block, seniors
13      Portobello aquarium, H1 and H2
14      Portobello aquarium, H3
24 - 4 Apr  Swimming block, juniors
16      PTA meeting, Simon's Bistro, 7.30-8.30pm
20      Otago Anniversary Day

11      Cross-country, Chingford Park
13      End of term 1

1       Start of term 2


Want to play football this year?

Don’t forget to register by 12 March for the Northern Junior Football Club at If you have already registered come meet your team at the NJFC fun day on Sunday 19 March at Chingford Park, noon–2pm. 

Girls junior rugby grades

U9, U11 and U13 girls grades are offered at the following clubs: Alhambra-Union, Harbour, Southern, Pirates, Kaikorai, Green Island and Taieri. For more information contact Warren Kearney, the Highlanders Region Women’s Developoment Coordinator New Zealand Rugby on 027 405 3490 or 

Rainbow class

Our transition to school class is held in room H4 fortnightly from 1.15 to 2.45pm on Thursday. Term 1 dates are:
  • 9 March
  • 30 March
Contact Mrs Marshall or the office for more information or email

After School Care

After school care is available from 3–5.45pm.
The cost is $14/child per day and includes afternoon tea.
Enrolment forms are available at the school office or email

Before School Care

Before School care is available from 8–8.30am in room C1 for a gold coin donation.
Teachers are in their classrooms ready to receive children from 8.30am.


Assembly will be held in the hall at 2.10pm on Friday.
It will be led and have items presented by H1.
Parents and caregivers are welcome to attend.

Wheels Days

On Friday lunchtime children may ride their bikes, scooters, skateboards etc to school. Children who bring their bikes will need to wear a helmet.
Peter McDonald will be here to help with any bike repairs.

School lunches

Easy lunches

Available Mon & Thur
Has a pizza bun, fruit, muffin, popcorn and a dessert.
Cost $4, or $5 for larger lunch.
Orders with money need to be in office by 9am.

PTA lunches

Available on Fridays
A sausage or saveloy with bread and onion for $2.
Vegetarian sausages also available.
Please have orders with money in an envelope with child's name and room number on it.
Money must be left at office by 9am.

School App

Get the FREE school app from the App or Play Store.
Will alert you to important dates and events. Has up-to-date term and upcoming events dates and teacher contacts.
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The school cell number for texting absences is 
027 nevn abs
(027 638 6227)
Or let us know via the school app.
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