Kia ora Clarkville whānau
Year 5/6 Camp
Our Year 5/6 ākonga/students returned from their camp at Hanmer Springs last Friday after 3 wet but fun and memory filled days away. The tamariki/children participated in many amazing activities that are difficult to experience anywhere other than on a school camp. An amazing race, harnessed tree climb, mountain biking and the thermal hot pools. The team even found time to take the tamariki on an enjoyable bush walk - so essential for any school camp! There were a few curveballs with the consistent rain and a road closure on the way back to Clarkville on the final day, but Bridget, Nick, our super AMAZING group of camp parents and the tamariki all took it in their stride. A very special thanks to Bridget for leading the camp away! This is one of the more challenging experiences that a teacher can undertake, leading a camp with all of the health and safety and management requirements and massive responsibility, but Bridget was a pro!
Thank you again to the AMAZING parent helpers - you were all fantastic and the camp would have not been as successful without this group of dedicated adults so prepared to ‘muck in’.
Early Pick Up - Friday 3 March
Thank you to those parents /caregivers who have arranged an early pick up for their child/ren today at 1pm so our teachers can attend their NZEI union meeting. Attending the meetings is a collective contract obligation for any union members and as such, we did not have enough non-union teaching staff to supervise the children.
We also received information on Wednesday that PPTA union members (usually secondary school teachers) have voted to strike on Thursday 16 March 2023. At this stage, this will have no implications for the school day at Clarkville as we are a primary school. Those parents/caregivers who have students at secondary school may need to make alternative arrangements for these tamariki.
School Gala - Saturday 25 March 2-5pm
The Gala has a different format this year with the PTA deciding to hold a Saturday afternoon event with car boot sale rather than the usual white elephant in the school MPF.
It is hoped that this will draw more attendees to the event - it is certainly worth a try. After the event the PTA will complete a review to determine the format for the next gala day/stalls/format etc.
It would be awesome to see as many tamariki/parents/caregivers and whanau attend as possible. Many tamariki from Year 5 - 8 have some pretty significant responsibilities - it will be a great learning experience for them.
Thank you so much to Kristy P, Angela B and the rest of the PTA and Friends of the PTA that are doing so much work behind the scenes. This is such a massive event to plan, it is the school’s main fundraiser during the year and has so many moving parts. Those involved in the planning are doing such an amazing job for the school.
Working Bee - Sunday 12 March
Come along to our school working bee on Sunday 13 March between 8.30am and 12pm. We have lots of work to do. Thank you to those who have already reached out to Paula H and have said they will attend. If you are unable to attend for the full time, that is cool, we would love to see as many parents/caregivers helping out for any amount of time they are available. There will be a sausage sizzle, ice blocks and a swim in the school pool between 12pm and 1pm at the conclusion of the event for those that have helped out and their child/ren.
Please bring ladders, chainsaws, extension leads, hedge trimmers, wheelbarrows, spades, garden forks and portable steel pole grinders (for the old fence), secateurs and trailers :)
We even had a short building project planned if enough parents who are builders or handypeople can attend. Please let Paula H from the School Board know if this is you as we will have to purchase some bagged concrete before the day. Paula’s contact details are - firstname.lastname@example.org
Dates for Term 1 2023
Tuesday 7 March - Physical Competency Test - NZ Police - selected Year 7/8 students
Thursday 9 March - Pegasus Zone Swimming Champs
Thursday 9 March - Full School Assembly @ 2.15pm
Sunday 12 March (8.30-12pm) - School Working Bee
Monday 13 March - Annual School Triathlon
Saturday 25 March - School Gala
Thursday 6 April - End of Term 1
Friday 7 April - Good Friday
Noho ora mai
Clarkville Te Kura ki Waimātao Annual Working Bee
Sunday 12th March from 8.30am finishing with a sausage sizzle for lunch and swim.
We are very fortunate to have such a large covered swimming pool facility which our tamariki have access to every day in the summer season. The pool will be open from 12-1pm for families to enjoy after the Working Bee!
This year the working bee will focus on the garden, some tree trimming, some small building jobs and a general tidy up of areas.
Coming to the working bee is a great way to get to know new people in our school community and be part of creating a fabulous environment for our tamariki to enjoy. It allows us as parents to demonstrate to our tamariki the school values in action.
Please come, bring your tamariki, gardening gloves, gardening tools, spade, wheelbarrow, trailer, weed eaters, hedge trimmers, ladder, chainsaw and enthusiasm.
Ice blocks, games and spot prizes for the children.
Let’s come together, make our school a beautiful place to thrive and learn.
Paula Hawkins on behalf of the Board of Trustees
From our PTA
Clarkville Te Kura Ki Waimatāo Gala - Sat 25 March!
As the Gala nears we are still looking for people to volunteer to help out with various things; such as manning the sausage sizzle, helping at the bake sale etc. Please email the PTA clarkvillePTA@gmail.com if you can help in any way. Many hands make light work and this is a community Gala with us needing everyone to play a part.
Our Gala is very much a DIY affair, and all our children are involved in the running of the Gala, with the support of their teachers and parents. It is the intention that every family contributes in some way.
We can only run the Gala with the support of the community and with each of us contributing in a small way the load can be shared. There are plenty of ways that your family can get involved. If you are unable to give us your time on Gala day perhaps you could add an item on the list below to your grocery list. Or if donating goods isn’t for you where else can you contribute? Some families will be able to help more than others, but if we all do a little bit then the workload is manageable.
We have created a list of jobs and donations of things we need below – please get in touch with how you are able to help.
The car boot sale is open to the public, as well as our school community, to bring in their vehicles, and the advertising for this has started.
How can you help??
As usual our objective is to begin the Gala incurring as few costs as possible so that all the money made on the afternoon remains with our children for their school. To do this we rely on donations of time, goods and money from our community.
Monetary donations or supermarket vouchers are always appreciated, and can be used to top up the food donations if they are not all covered, advertising etc
Thank you to those of you that have already put their names down for some items. The below is what we still require.
5 x bags of ice
1 box of disposable gloves - large size
4 x packets of 100 serviettes
17 loaves of white toast bread
1 x margarine spread 500g
1 x small bottle of cooking oil
5kgs of bacon
100 bottles of fizz - Suggestion: Nice Mixed Tray 99% Sugar Free Soft Drink 24 x 350ml
If you can donate one or more of these items, please contact us via the PTA email address.
Please note if we have asked for a large quantity of one item you don’t have to donate the whole lot, perhaps you could donate part of it?
There are many jobs to do on the day, below is a list of things we still need to make sure we have covered.
Chocolate Flip game - we have a lead, we need one more adult to assist
Sausage Sizzle - the 4-5pm shift, we need one more adult to assist
Coordinator for the emergency services area for the kids - one adult needed to check in occasionally
Bouncy Castles - Year 8’s will help cover, 2 x adults needed to supervise
Signage - does anyone have a fence in a prominent position we could use for our signage?
Please email us at ClarkvillePTA@gmail.com to let us know what you can donate or help with.
Please tell your friends and family about the Gala and encourage them to come along on the afternoon. Share the event on Facebook in your community groups – spread the word!
If you have any questions or feedback, please don’t hesitate to contact us at clarkvillePTA@gmail.com.
Thanks for taking the time to read through this information. We look forward to hearing from you!
PTA Gala Committee
Our PTA very kindly arrange lunch orders for us. All ordering is done through the My Kindo app. The close off times and dates are usually by 9am on the day before the lunch is to be delivered but times are on Kindo.
Sushi is available every Wednesday (order before 9am on the Tuesday)
Subway is once per term, this term it is on Friday 10th March. Orders need to be placed via Kindo by 9am Wednesday 8th. Please note that this is 2 days before.
Fish & Chips are available once per term. The next order will be 9 May.
Location: Clarkville School 10 Heywards Rd, Clarkville 7692, New Zealand
Phone: 03 327 8218