2023 Newsletter - Week 4, Term 3

Greenmeadows School, 10th August, Newsletter #12: 2023


Tēnā koutou kātoa,

A special welcome to Bridget Symes and Danielle Gallagher, two third-year EIT Candidate Teachers who are joining Rooms 10 and 12 for their final practicum placements. Their pathway into teaching has not been straightforward, with 2 years of COVID lockdowns and a cyclone to deal with, so I am sure they will be hoping for a much smoother ride towards the end of their degrees.

What a busy time to be joining us! Tomorrow we have many students competing at the Spooner Shield over at Bledisloe School. Regardless of whatever we may achieve on the day, it's always neat for kids to face up to club mates in opposing teams and do their best to get bragging rights.

Next week we look forward to presenting our production of Peter Pan. This has been quite an undertaking by all involved and I am certain that you are going to be impressed! Tickets are still available through Ticketek, for either performance, if you have family members wishing to attend.

A heads up that the school council would like us to recognise Daffodil Day on Friday 25 August (more details closer to the time) and the following week, it's cross country!

A busy place indeed!

Ka kite anō,

Darren Holloway

Acting Principal


We have had six new students start with us since the last newsletter - a very warm welcome to Dizyah Braam, Kiera Smith-Holley, Sanumi Fernando, Tayla Edwards, Max Lua and Charlotte Waite.

Our roll at present is 457.


The school canteen will be closed next Wednesday, Thursday and Friday as Mrs Batt will be away. Normal service will resume the following week.


Our school cross country takes place in a few weeks time on Wednesday 30th August (rain date is Thursday 31st August). As we have done for the past couple of years, this event will take place here, on our school grounds. Anticipated start times will be published closer to the event for parents wishing to come and support.

Our PTA will be running their usual sausage sizzle on the day. Orders are live now on Kindo.


With a large proportion of children arriving at school early next Thursday to prepare for Peter Pan, we are unable to allocate children to road patrol on that day. If any parents are able to assist with supervising our two main crossing points on Gloucester Street and Osier Road, please get in touch with the office or see one of the adults who are supervising the patrols before Thursday next week.


If you have a child who is going to turn five at any stage next year and they are going to attend Greenmeadows School, please let us know as soon as possible.

This also applies to any relatives, neighbours or friends you may have who live in our zone and wish for their children to come to our wonderful school.

Even if you think we may already know, there is no harm in telling us (again).

You can either phone the school or email Sara at saraa@gms.school.nz

Many thanks for your help.


Kia ora whānau,

I hope that you have enjoyed using some of the Te Whare Tapa Wha strategies that have been shared and your wellbeing cup is still full!

Here is a website that will help you slowly, strategically and consistently embed Te Whare Tapa Wha at home https://sparklers.org.nz/parenting/

Sparklers is all about helping kids to:

  • learn to understand and manage their emotions,

  • build their self-esteem,

  • make (and be!) good friends,

  • and long-term, understand all about their wellbeing.

Using Sparklers website is really simple. Here's our best tips to Sparklers success!

  • Honestly, just give it a go and see!

  • Start with an activity that appeals to you, or one your teacher has recommended.

  • End the activity on a high note (sometimes literally)!

  • Be prepared to be 'in this together' with your child – sometimes it's uncomfortable to try new things, but hey, you're a great role-model because here you are!

Ngā mihi,

Hauora Team


Our worms need food - do you have any food scraps you can bring in? In particular they love vegetable greens e.g. lettuce leaves, cabbage leaves, carrot and potato peelings. Send along your food scraps in a bag, any donations would be helpful.
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We are again collecting the Yummy cut-out labels from bags (each cut-out label is worth 10 stickers) and individual Yummy apple stickers. With the apple stickers we can claim for our school’s share of free sports gear. Your child can bring in the stickers and/or cut-out labels and teachers will have a chart in their class to stick them onto.

The final date for returning stickers will be 15 September.


Below is a link to download our school App if you haven't already.

This is how we communicate with the school community any importmant messages or reminders.