Normanby School Newsletter 18

Tuesday 20 October 2020

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Principal's Message

Tēnā koutou katoa – Warmest greetings to you all.

We have had a great start to the term. The children are settled and making the most of all of their learning opportunities.

This year we have been working really hard as a team to improve the quality of writing across our school. We have worked with a facilitator to ensure we are targeting specific children and their ability to write purposeful pieces of writing which can be enjoyed by their audience.

Please keep encouraging your child to practise their writing skills at home. This could be in the form of a letter, postcard or email to a friend or family member.

You can also help your child by supporting them and being excited by their learning.

In each newsletter over this term I will give you some ideas that can be used at home according to the age and / or stage of your child:

Year 0/1 (Ngahere Hub) - Make writing fun

  • Help your child write a letter of the alphabet, then go letter hunting in your house or in a book to find that letter.
  • Let your child see you writing
  • Encourage them to write shopping lists or make birthday cards
  • Water and a paintbrush on a dry path and a stick on sand are fun ways to write letters and words.

Don't worry if your child's letters or words are sometimes backwards or misspelt at this age. The important thing is that they have fun writing and making an effort.

Give them reasons to write

  • Write to each other. Write notes to your child and leave them in interesting places, like their lunch box. Ask them to write a reply.
  • Help them email, text or write to family, whanau or friends.
  • Work with them to put labels on special things - like the door to their room or their toy box.

Display their work. Put it on the fridge. Be proud of it. Share it with others.

Talk about their writing

  • Talk about the letters in your child's name and where the name comes from.
  • Help them create a scrapbook with pictures. Encourage them to write stories under the pictures and talk to you about them.
  • Ask them to write about pictures they draw - on paper or on the computer. Or get them to tell you the story and you write it under the picture.

Talk to your child about what they write. Be interested. If you don't understand what your child's picture is about, ask them to tell you about it.

Encourage Writing

  • Have felt pens, crayons and paper available
  • Put magnetic letters on the fridge - ask what words they can make with the letters.

Finally, thank you to our wonderful parents, caregivers and whanau who are giving up their time to support our Touch Rugby teams as either coaches or team managers. We could not provide the children with these opportunities in the sport arena without this essential support.

Ngā mihi nui

Janelle Jones

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50 Things You Can Say To Encourage A Child

50 Things You Can Say To Encourage A Child

  • Thumbs up.
  • You’re on the right track now.
  • You’ve worked so hard on that.
  • I heard you say how you feel. That’s great.
  • Oh, that turned out very well.
  • That’s coming along nicely.
  • I’m proud of the way you worked today.
  • You’ve just about got it.
  • That’s the best you’ve ever done.
  • You stayed so calm during that problem.
  • That’s it!
  • Now you’ve figured it out!
  • That’s quite an improvement.
  • I knew you could do it.
  • Congratulations.
  • I love hearing your words.
  • What a superstar you are.
  • You’ve solved the problem.
  • Keep working on it, you’re almost there!
  • Now you have it.
  • Your brain must be working hard, you figured that out quickly.
  • I bet you’re proud of yourself.
  • One more time and you’ll have it.
  • Great idea!
  • You’re amazing!
  • Terrific teamwork!
  • Nothing can stop you now.
  • You have such creative ideas.
  • That’s the way to do it.
  • Sensational!
  • You must have been practicing.
  • You handled that so well.
  • I like how you think.
  • Good remembering.
  • You know just what to do!
  • You really are persisting with this.
  • You expressed yourself so well.
  • You did it!
  • I knew you two could figure it out together.
  • Excellent job saying how you feel.
  • I know it’s hard, but you’re almost there.
  • Fantastic problem-solving!
  • I love hearing about your ideas.
  • I know that was hard for you, but you stayed so calm.
  • Yes!
  • Looked at how you help each other.
  • You finished faster because you worked together.
  • You kept trying!
  • Excellent try!
  • You are a creative thinker.

Contents of this week’s newsletter

  • Welcome to our new students
  • New Enrolments
  • School Hats
  • Touch Rugby
  • New Sports Tops For Sale
  • Scholastic Book Club Issue 7
  • Week Two Normanby Stars
  • Last week's Normanby Stars
  • Puanga Hub Big Day Out
  • Whanau Morning and School Assembly
  • Mufti Day - Get Spotted for Melanoma Awareness Week
  • Touch Rugby
  • Art Exhibition
  • BOT Election
  • Van Payments
  • Year 6 Enrolments for Hawera Intermediate School 2021
  • October Birthdays
  • Term Dates 2020
  • Term Dates 2021
  • Coming up in Week 2 & 3
  • Dates to put in your Diary
  • Community Notices

Welcome to our new students

This week we welcome the following new students to Normanby School.

  • Azariah Kelly has shifted from Stratford. He is a Year 3 student and has joined Room 8
  • Darcy Werder has just turned 5 years old and he has joined Room 5. Darcy has two siblings already at school, Esmae and Beck.

We look forward to getting to know our new students and their whanau.

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New Enrolments

To assist us with our forward class planning, please let the school know if you're planning on enrolling a child turning 5 years old in 2021. If you know of a new family who has just arrived in the area, please also pass this message onto them.

Thank you.

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School Hats

All students are required to wear a bottle green bucket hat during Term One and Term Four.

We are doing another order of the embroidered hats with your child's name, for a total cost of $15, ready for Term One 2021.

If you would like to order one, please make payment into the school bank account quoting 'hat' and the name you would like embroidered.

Normanby School Board of Trustees

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There are three sizes available which can be viewed at the office. Orders close on Friday 4 December.

New Sports Tops

We have our new Sports Tops available from the office if you would like to purchase one for your child.

These can be worn on any sports related days at school such as Athletics. They are $40.

Please make payments to the following account. Please use your child's name and quote "Sports Top" as a reference so we can easily identify your payment. Thank you.

Normanby School Board of Trustees

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If your child didn't receive a pamphlet for the Scholastic Book Club Issue 7, we have spares available at the office. Orders will close at 3pm on Thursday 29 October.


This week the following students will be receiving certificates and Duffy Books for Week 1. These will be presented at our School Assembly this Friday 23 October. Room 7 will be presenting an item at assembly this week - please come and join us in celebrating our children.

Mr Jones choice: Lucian Harper

Room 2: Mea-Maria Laupama

Room 3: Lucas Cole

Room 4: Max Surgenor

Room 5: Jordyn Cooper

Room 6: Zoe Brewer

Room 7: Kayson Irving-Williams

Room 8: Nevaeh Brown-Hazeldine

Welcome: Azariah Kelly, Darcy Werder

Principal’s Certificates (Plus a Duffy Book Prize)

Displaying a kind, caring and friendly attitude towards others.

Mr Jones choice: Keoni Ratahi

Room 2: Aliizae Henry

Room 3: McKenna Cleary

Room 4: Emma Apera

Room 5: Miranda Seth

Room 6: Bella-Tiare Laupama

Room 7: Isabella Clarke

Room 8: Joel Harris



Has your child returned their permission slip for the Puanga Hub Big Day out (they were due last term).

Details of the day is as follows:

When: Friday 4 December

Where: New Plymouth

Transport: Weirs Bus plus one emergency vehicle

What: Bowlarama – Ten Pin Bowling/ Mini Golf / Todd Aquatic Centre

Time: 8am to 4.30pm

Payment for the $50 fee for this optional activity is due on Friday 27 November please.

Payment can be made through our school bank account:

Please use your child's name and quote "Puanga Hub Big Day Out" as a reference so we can easily identify your payment. Thank you.

Normanby School Board of Trustees

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This Friday 23 October we will have our whanau morning from 8.30am and then our school assembly starts at 9.10am. We would love you to join us. Come and have a look at your child's classroom and view some of their work! Room 7 will be presenting an item at assembly on Friday.

MUFTI DAY - Get Spotted Melanoma Awareness Week

Tomorrow we have Mufti Day.

This is for Melanoma Awareness Week. Children can dress up in anything that is sunsmart (a bit like going to the beach!) They can wear brightly coloured spotted clothes, rash shirts, sun hats, sunglasses. Children to bring $2 for mufti Day. All proceeds to Melanoma New Zealand.

Get Spotted Melanoma Awareness Week

Help make a difference by raising awareness of melanoma in New Zealand.

Encourage your family and friends to take care of their skin in the sun and to check their skin regularly for any changes.

Melanoma New Zealand is the only charity organisation dedicated to preventing avoidable deaths and suffering from melanoma, by:

  • Providing information about all aspects of melanoma
  • Promoting regular skin checks for early detection
  • Advocating for increased access to high quality clinical care

If melanoma is recognised and treated early enough it is almost always curable.

UNDERSTAND MELANOMA: have you got questions about melanoma – what is it, how is it treated, what are the possible signs and what can we do to help prevent melanoma.

Check out the Melanoma website for more information.

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Touch Rugby Reminders

Please ensure your child arrives 20 minutes prior to the start of their game.

If your child cannot play for whatever reason, please let the coach or Team Manager know in plenty of time so they have enough children to play.

Practice Times:

  • Year 3/4 Normanby Titans Wednesday 2 to 3pm (At School)
  • Year 5/6 Normanby Panthers Wednesday 2 to 3pm (At School)
  • Year 3/4 Normanby Broncos Wednesday 3 to 4pm (At School)
  • Year 5/6 Normanby Warriors Wednesday 3 to 4pm (At School)
  • Year 1/2 Normanby Roosters Thursday 2.30 to 3pm (At School)
  • Year 1/2 Normanby Eels Thursday 3.30pm to 4pm (Turuturu Soccer Fields)

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Art Exhibition

The children have made some amazing art master pieces and these will be showcased at our Art Exhibition on Thursday 29 October 1pm to 7pm and Friday 30 October 9am to 3pm in the Normanby School Hall. Lock in these dates and times please. This is a great event to bring along grandparents, aunties and uncles! The PTA will also have some great raffles for sale so bring along some money as well!

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BOT Election

Please find attached a notice from the returning officer regarding the upcoming BOT elections.

Information packs were posted to all school families on Saturday 10 October.

Nominations close at noon on Sunday 1 November.

Thank you.

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Van Payments

All families who choose to use the school vans will have received an invoice for Term Four. The bank account number for van payments was changed at the beginning of Term Three. Please ensure you put the money into the correct account. Full time users take precedence for the van.

We currently have a waiting list so please ensure you let Kay in the office know asap if there are any changes to your circumstances.

All van payments are made to: -

Normanby School Office

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Year 6 Enrolments for Hawera Intermediate School 2021

The process of enrolling Year 6 students for 2021 at Hawera Intermediate School is about to begin. A newsletter went home with all Year 6 students last term. If you did not receive this, please check your child's bag or ask the office for a copy please.

Key dates are as follows:

  • Thursday 22 October - Hawera Intermediate Visit our students at our school at 2pm
  • Tuesday 27 October - Parent Enrolments at Hawera Intermediate 1 to 6pm
  • Wednesday 28 October - Parent Enrolments at Hawera Intermediate 1 to 6pm
  • Tuesday 3 November - Parent Enrolments at Hawera Intermediate 3 to 6pm
  • Thursday 12 November - Year 6 students visit Hawera Intermediate School 1.30 to 2.45pm
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October Birthdays

Happy birthday to the following children and staff who have their birthday coming up in October.

Tuesday 20 October - Darcy Werder - 5 years old

Tuesday 20 October - Lucian Harper - 10 years old

Sunday 25 October - Kenzie Boyd - 8 years old

Thursday 29 October - Ruby Skinner - 7 years old

Friday 30 October - Melah Cook - 5 years old

Friday 30 October - Freeman Bennett - 7 years old

Term Dates 2020

Monday 12 October - Term 4 begins

Monday 26 October - Labour Day - School Closed

Friday 20 November - Teacher Only Day

Wednesday 16 December - School finishes at 12noon


Here are the Term Dates for 2021.

Monday 1 February School Office opens at 8am

Friday 5 February Head Start Hui (Learning conferences / setting goals)

Monday 8 February Waitangi Holliday

Tuesday 9 February All children at school

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Coming Up in Week 2 and 3

What’s happening in Week 2?

Tuesday 20 October

Happy Birthday to Lucian Harper - 10 years old today

Happy Birthday to Darcey Werder - 5 years old today

Wednesday 21 October

Mufti Day - Sunsmart Theme

Thursday 22 October

Hawera Intermediate School visit our Year 6 students

Kapa Haka for whole school

Touch Rugby

BOT Meeting at 6.30pm

Friday 23 October

Whanau Morning 8.30am

School Assembly 9.10am

What's happening in Week 3?

Monday 26 October

Labour Day holiday

Tuesday 27 October

Assessment Week

Parent enrolments for Intermediate 1 to 6pm

Kapa Haka at 1.50pm Performance Group

Wednesday 28 October

Parent enrolments for Intermediate 1 to 6pm

Seasons 2pm

Thursday 29 October

Touch Rugby

Art Exhibition Open 1pm to 7pm

Friday 30 October

Art Exhibition Open 9am to 3pm

Dates to Put in Your Diary

Monday 26 October - Labour Day

Thursday 29 October - Art Exhibition 1pm to 7pm

Friday 30 October - Art Exhibition 9am to 3pm

Tuesday 3 November
- Athletics - Seniors only

Thursday 5 November - Athletics Day - Whole School

Friday 13 November
- PTA Treat

Friday 20 November - Teacher Only Day

Tuesday 24 November - School Photos

Friday 4 December - Puanga Hub Big Day Out

Monday 7 December - Year 6 Graduation Dinner and Celebration

Thursday 10 December - End of year School Concert

Tuesday 15 December - School Prize-giving at 10.30am

Wednesday 16 December - School finishes at 12noon.


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