2023 Newsletter - Week 10, Term 2

Greenmeadows School, 30th June, Newsletter #10: 2023


Tēnā koutou kātoa,

Not only has this been the last week of Term 2, it's also been a chance to celebrate Support Staff Week! We are incredibly lucky to have such capable support staff here at Greenmeadows School. Our office staff, classroom assistants, cleaners and grounds staff all work incredibly hard to keep our school running smoothly for the benefit of your children. If you should be popping into the school on our last day, please do make sure you acknowledge these very special people.

Thank you for your attendance at Parent Teacher interviews earlier this week. We are proud of the fact that we get close to 100% attendance at these evenings and I'm sure that you and the teachers exchanged valuable information about the progress your child has made at the halfway point of the year. Our teachers work hard to ensure that the time spent with you is personalised and meaningful for you.

It's has been a rather wet end to the term and I'm hopeful that now the daylight hours are gradually increasing that perhaps we might see less rain next term. Looking ahead to Term 3, there are a couple of early important dates to be aware of:

  • Monday 17 July - School starts for Term 3
  • Wednesday 19 July - Matariki celebrations (see below)
  • Monday 24 July - Teacher Only Day (children do not attend school)

I wish you well for the break ahead, make sure you spend time with the people that matter to you. If you are lucky enough to be going somewhere, then travel safely. See you next term.

Ka kite anō,

Darren Holloway

Acting Principal


We have had three new students start with us since the last newsletter - a very warm welcome to Jedun & Vidun Gunarathna and Lokan Jeffares.

Our roll at present is 441


What an incredible effort by all the children who walked (or ran) last week for an hour during our Walkathon. Greenmeadows Perseverance on display all round!

It's been an even more incredible few days since then as the sponsorship money has started to roll in. The PTA ladies are still counting but to date, we've raised around $25,000.

Our main prize winners will be announced in assembly on today.


This year, the date designated for Matariki falls in the school holidays. We have chosen to wait until after this date to celebrate Matariki as a school. Please keep the evening of Wednesday 19 July free to come down to the school for a community gathering to catch up with everyone after the holiday period.

Our Matariki event has been through a few small changes over the last couple of years. This year, we intend to start our celebrations in the hall, so kindly ask that you head along there from 5:30 pm on the night. There will be a couple of activities based in the hall before we head out for our short hīkoi.

After the hīkoi, food will be available to purchase, including marshamallows to roast over one of the fires! You can also expect to be entertained by our incredible kapa haka rōpu at some stage in the evening.

As this event takes place in the early evening when it's dark, we would appreciate your assistance in keeping children off the playground.


Kia ora whānau

Taha tinana is the physical dimension of Te Whare Tapa Whā. It is about how our body feels and how we care for it. To nourish our body and to support others with taha tinana, here are some activities to try out:

  • Mindful eating by using your senses

  • Make healthy snacks together to share

  • Talk about the importance of sleep

  • Opt for water over sugary drinks

  • Balance screen time

  • Garden together - plant some vegetables that turn into your healthy snacks

  • Have a whānau activity of the week e.g. go for a walk or a bike ride, take turns at choosing music and have a dance party…

If we’re caring for each area of the whare, our whare remains strong!

Ngā mihi,

Hauora Team


The PTA are holding their annual fundraising again this year for calendars, cards, diaries, mouse mats and sketch pads, personalised with the children's artwork.

Order forms were sent home this week. Orders are to be completed through Kindo, no cash orders. Ordering opens online on the1st July and will close 31st July 2023.

Please support this PTA fundraiser as the funds raised will go towards the new junior playground.


GMS OSCAR is in urgent need of a cleaner. It’s a wonderful part time position of an hour a day from 4.30 to 5.30pm (or other times could be arranged to suit). If you are interested, or know of anyone who might be interested, please contact 0276034568 or email gmoscar@xtra.co.nz.

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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.

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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.