School Newsletter

Endeavour School February 2021

A Message From Mr Freke

Greetings to you all

A belated welcome to 2021. We have had a great start to the year. Even with our blip back into Level 2, Endeavour School carried on without any issues. Thank you to our parents for adhering to our changed operating procedures, your support is essential in making these transitions work seamlessly.

Teachers have completed all our start of year assessments, so we know about your children as learners but if there is something you would like us to know about your child or family then please email your child’s Ako teacher and make a time to meet. You can also go to the parent page on HERO and share with us what your child likes to do outside of school and how they like to learn.

This year’s strategic curriculum foci are writing and mathematics. Teachers will be engaging in professional learning in these areas and looking at ways we can further develop our programmes to meet the needs of students. Weaving through all aspects of learning at Endeavour School is Te Ao Māori. As a school we are working to see how we can extend our partnership with our local Iwi and our Endeavour School Whānau to ensure we understand our communities’ expectations. We have a Whānau Hui planned for Monday 8th of March from 5:30 – 7:00PM to start this process and set some goals for 2021.

The Board of Trustees met for the first time this year. Congratulations to Karin Adams who was elected Board Chair for 2021. Our Board remains un-changed from last year, their bios are on the school website if you want to see who does what. Board meetings are a public meeting and anyone is welcome to attend. If you are interested please come along and get some insights as to how the Board works. Our next elections are in April 2022 so it might be something you consider standing for.

Summer sport is up and going and it is great to see so many Endeavour students getting involved. This year we have a dedicated sport organiser. Victoria Hatwell is managing our teams this year. Included in the enrolment process is our Code of Conduct which outlines our expectations for how Endeavour School students conduct themselves on the sports field. Please ensure you read this and make sure your children understand it. To all those involved in sport this week play hard but fair.

Marcus Freke


Upcoming Events

  • 04 March - Y5-Y6 Camp Easter Raffle Opens
  • 05 March - FOE Friday Cafe 3pm - 3.30pm
  • 08 March - Y4-Y6 Swimming Sports
  • 16 March - FOE PTA Annual General Meeting
  • 16 March - Inter-school Swimming Sports (selected students)
  • 19 March - FOE Friday Cafe 3pm - 3.30pm
  • 25 March - School Disco
  • 26 March - Y5-Y6 Camp Easter Raffle Closes
  • 29 March - LC3/4 Open Afternoon 2pm - 3pm
  • 30 March - Y5-Y6 Camp Easter Raffle Drawn
  • 31 March - LC1/2 Open Afternoon 2pm - 3pm
  • 01 April - LC5/6 Open Afternoon 2pm - 3pm

A Reminder About Road Safety

We would like to remind all our families that pick up time is a great time to teach your children how to be road safe. Please ensure you are using the school crossings, and parking your cars in a safe and legal manner.

Our staff are concerned around the amount of dangerous crossing behaviour they are witnessing. It is a legal requirement that all Endeavour students use our care crossing.

Winter Beanies Are Only $9

Keep Those Little Heads Warm This Winter!

Beanies are available to purchase online for $9.00 each. Only while stocks last!

Limited DG $20 stock is still available on selected items and sizes. For more information, pop into the school office

Winter Uniform

Due to availability of stock, please make sure you order your winter uniforms in advance before the cold months hit! Orders can be placed through our online school shop (button below) and sizes are available to try on in the school office between 8.30am and 3.30pm

Swimming Sports

Swimming Sports will be held on Monday 8th March. This is for year 4 to 6 students who are competitive swimmers and can already competently swim in their chosen disciplines. This is not a whole school event. There will be a google form sent home if you wish to enter your child. Swimming Sports will be held at Fairfield College from 12.30 pm.

Winter Sports News


More information regarding Hockey and Endeavour Team registrations should be available later in the term.

We rely on parent volunteers to help with the coaching and managing of these teams; please contact Victoria at if you are available to help.


  • Mini (Year 3-6): Begin 8 May

  • Rainbow Funsticks (Year 1-2): Coaches only 8th May, teams start 15 May.

If any Parents / Caregivers are interested: UMPIRING/COACHING WORKSHOP

For all interested umpires, coaches, managers, parents there will be workshops to cover:

This is aimed at potential new umpires for your various teams. To get some basic information, provide confidence and be able to get more involved with their team/s.

  • Briefing, including introduction to umpiring

  • The new rules

  • Umpiring pathways


Click here to register.


Check the website (Click group for more info) for our current offerings for the various age groups (for parents/players) includes programs for


More information regarding Netball and Endeavour Team registrations should be available later in the term.

We rely on parent volunteers to help with the coaching and managing of these teams; please contact Victoria if you are available to help.

Rugby: (Offered Through Clubs Only and Not Through Our School)

Rugby is run by clubs through the Waikato Rugby Union. Many of our students choose to play for the following clubs in our community.

You can contact these clubs for more information on how to register your child for the forthcoming season.

Sunday 7th March: Suburbs Community Sports Club 2021 Junior Rugby Weigh In

At Suburbs Community Sports Club, Flagstaff Park, Commodore Ave, Hamilton.

Ages 4-12 year old, boys and girls all welcome.

All new player are required to bring a copy of birth certificate or passport.

Subs can be paid on the day or online $90 for one child, $60 for every additional child from the same immediate family.

Suburbs Community Sports Club


For further details please email

Junior Sensory Garden


Thanks to all the amazing support from Friends of Endeavour, family donations, and helpers, we have been able to make a wonderful start to the Junior Garden space at the front of LC1/2.

The next aspect of our garden to develop will be the sandpit area due to start soon. We are still looking for donations of soft grasses, hardy herb plants, and some more concrete to finish the sensory path. Please contact Ms Eivers in LC2 if you are able to help.

Friends of Endeavour PTA

About FOE

Friends of Endeavour is the Endeavour school PTA. Our events and items we have for sale can be found within our very own Friends of Endeavour Kindo shop.

Throughout the year we hope to use Kindo for various fundraisers, i.e school disco. For now, you can head to the shop if you would like to buy a house t-shirt or some fire wood.

The t-shirts come in the house colours, GREEN, RED, ORANGE AND PURPLE. They include the school logo on the front and house name on the back.

Please find attached the instructions for how to get set up whether you are a new user here or an existing user here

Head over and order your house t-shirt before Thursday 5th March 2021 to get in the first order. T-shirts will be able to be collected from the school office.

Endeavour School Disco

Let's get excited for a fun Beach Party! The Friends of Endeavour are excited to announce our next Disco & we're going to the beach. Save the date now & keep an eye out for more details to follow soon.

Date: Thursday, 25 March 2021

Time: 5.30pm (Years 1 - 3), 6.45pm (Years 3 - 6)

As always, all our events run smoothly when we have plenty of parent support, so we'd love your help! Contact Alicia to let her know if you can help out on the day or be part of the planning team -


Would You Like WOOD?

Qualitree untreated Firewood suitable for

BBQs, Braziers, Pizza ovens etc

$25 for 20kg bag

“LOG” on to Kindo and order a bag here

Return your bag for $5 off your next purchase

(BYO bags up to 20kg for $20)

Bags must be collected from Endeavour Primary

Thank you to the "Wood Chucking" Team!

A huge thank you to our small group of PTA volunteers who helped bag up fire wood last Sunday. It was hot work so thank you to those who turned out and made light work of this job.

As a PTA we are often after volunteers for one off projects and jobs, so if you would be interested in helping out from time to time with various things please do get in touch via our email: and we can add your name to our email list.

A massive thank you to the Trethowen family for donating the wood and bags to allow us to kick this project off!

Friends of Endeavour PTA AGM

Want to know what we do to support learning initiatives and the school environment at Endeavour Primary?

Come along to our AGM being held Tuesday 16th March at 7pm in the school staffroom. We are always keen to tell people about who we are and what we do and NO you won't be lumped with a job if you don't want one!

We are a fun bunch who like to muck in to raise money for the school to support children and teachers with resources and opportunities that add value to our school.

Gotta catch'em all! Pokemon Club

An eager parent from the school has started a Pokemon club for the students!

We had our first session in December last year with a handful of sessions over the summer break. Our first session for Term 1 was held on Saturday, 20 February 2021 with 20 kids attending on the day & it's been a real hit with all the students that have attended.

The purpose of the club is to introduce students who love everything Pokemon to learn how to play the Pokemon Trading Card Game. Alvin & his wife Alicia show the students how to play the game in a step by step format. They also learn about trading their cards with each other. Alvin gives them some variety throughout the sessions by introducing other Pokemon related games & activities.

The club is open to students who are able to read & understand basic strategy (most of the students that have attended are Year 5 & 6). There is no cost to join the club & students don't need to have cards to join in. Alvin has supplies for the students to learn but if they have their own cards, they're welcome to bring them along to play with and/or trade with others. The club is a great way for students to learn about strategy games & how to improve their strategy skills. The club is also a great avenue for students to expand their social skills & make new friends.

If your child loves Pokemon, contact Alvin to be added to the club's mailing list for more info & details about upcoming events -

Big picture
Big picture
Big picture