Newsletter 10 June 2022

Clarkville School


Kia ora

Last Wednesday, 20 students competed at the Pegasus Cross Country. Congratulations to Rosa, Ben and Bowen who were placed in their races and will go on to the Canterbury competition.

Thank you to parents who have attended our Whānau Hui, Maths No Problem parent workshop or Early Learning Seminar over the last two weeks. We are grateful for the opportunity to connect with parents face to face to share important aspects of our programme with you.

Netsafe Parent Workshop

Our next parent workshop is on Monday 13 June at 7pm in the MPF and will be run by Netsafe. In this presentation, Paula Wistrand, Netsafe Education Advisor will cover key online safety messages for parents and whānau. She will provide information and tools to support tamariki to safely navigate online environments and manage the challenges and risks, including:

· Quick starter tips for parents, whānau and young people

· Information to enhance your digital parenting knowledge

· Details about the online risks and challenges your child may face

· Advice about how you can help your child if something goes wrong online

Older students are welcome to attend with their parents.

Live Performance

Having opportunities to view live performances is part of the Arts curriculum. We are delighted to offer this experience to our students, thanks to New Zealand Playhouse who delivers educational, inspirational, and extremely entertaining theatre to schools. Next Wednesday afternoon, they will bring their 2022 show to Clarkville School. The Emperor’s New Clothes is a modern and engaging take on this well-known story. Parents are welcome to join us for this performance if you wish. The show begins at 1.30pm in the MPF.

School Logo

Thank you to the families who responded to our logo booklet and provided feedback. A strong theme in the feedback from families was that the design represents inclusivity, bringing people and the environment together and acknowledges the past, present and future of our school. Congratulations to the lucky Clark family who were drawn for the prize of a $50 CBK voucher.

Learning Conference bookings

A reminder that bookings will open on Wednesday 15 June. The booking details will be sent via Hero.

Please note the following dates and times for Learning Conferences:

Monday 4 July: 1.00 - 6.20pm

Tuesday 5 July: 3.10 - 7.30pm

Wednesday 6 July: 1.00 - 6.20pm

Thursday 7 July: 3.10 - 7.30pm

School will finish early at 12.30pm on Monday 4 and Wednesday 6 July. The bus will run at 12.30pm on these days. Skids will be available for families on these afternoons.

Juliana Rae


School Policies and Procedures

Parents are encouraged to view our school policies and procedures on our SchoolDocs website. You can join in with reviews of policies each term and provide feedback via SchoolDocs.

To access the website:

. Visit the website

. Enter the username (clarkville) and password (pathways).

. Follow the link to the relevant policy as listed.

. Read the policy.

. Click the Policy Review button at the top right-hand corner of the page.

. Select the reviewer type.

. Enter your name (optional).

. Submit your ratings and comments.

This term, the following policies are under review:

· Medicines

· Managing Minor/Moderate Injury

· Managing Serious Injury and Illness

· Infectious Diseases

· Reporting and Recording Accidents and Incidents

· Behaviour Management

· Bullying and Online Bullying

· Surrender and Retention of Property and Searches

From our Board

Dear Parents, I am happy to be able to update you on the Principal recruitment process. The board is delighted with both the number and caliber of applicants to date. Applications close this week and short listing and interviews will take place, as per our timeline, before the end of June. It is heartening to see that our Principal position is attracting a wide range of strong applicants offering relevant and valuable experience and coming from a variety of educational backgrounds. The fact that we have such a strong field makes us confident that we will make an appointment before the end of this term, to take up the position at the start of term 4.

Board elections are getting closer and I am hoping that you have at least considered whether the role of board member holds any interest for you. Three of our current board members will not be standing for election so we will need new faces at the board table.

There is no prescribed skill set you need to provide. Board members come from a broad range of backgrounds and a real mix of people is valuable and best represents a school community. However a valid question that is often asked is “what do I need to be able to offer as a trustee?”

The following list is not an expectation, no one could be expected to front up ticking all the boxes, but helpful skills and qualities are as follows;

Key competencies

· Visionary leadership

· Strategic thinkers

· Analytical thinkers

· Practical people

· People who can communicate well

· Team players

Helpful Skills

· Strategic expertise

· Financial Understanding

· Legal understanding

· Risk management

· People management

· Knowledge of education environment

Ideal Qualities

· Integrity

· Honesty

· Curiosity

· Courage

· Interpersonal skills

· Genuine interest in the school and its students

· Time and commitment

· Willingness to learn

I know that we have many parents who possess so many of these qualities. We currently have a high performing board and it is imperative for the ongoing success of the school that our next board continues to govern in a way that puts student achievement and well being at the core of all decision making.

I can honestly say that the role is challenging but rewarding, the responsibility is well shared and the dividends, in terms of the satisfaction of making a positive impact on the lives of young people, deeply enriching.

You are most welcome to have a chat to any current board member to learn more about the role.

Nominations will open in mid July.

Kind regards,

Sarah Long

Board Chair

Sports update

Winter Sport:

Term 2 has been action packed with sports here at Clarkville and it is brilliant to see our students getting stuck in on the sports field again. We have had our first round of winter sports which the children loved and we have our second round today. Thank you for all of your support with this, in particular the parents who are supervising. I would like to say a huge thank you to Boyd for organizing new hockey uniforms for our children through the wonderful sponsors of ..…. The children are very grateful and love their new kit.

Cross Country:

We have also had our 2022 school cross country which was a fantastic event and it was lovely to have parents participating alongside the children again. We had some excellent results with 24 students qualifying for the 2022 NCPSSA Cross Country Finals Rakahuri and Pegasus Zones. These athletes did Clarkville proud and gave it everything. We have had 5 incredibly talented students qualify to attend the Primary Sports Canterbury Cross Country Championships which will be held on Wednesday 22 June 2022.

Rakahuri and Pegasus Zones finals cross country:

Ben - 1st place Yr 8 Boys

Rosa - 1st place Yr 7 Girls

Bowen - 3rd place Yr 6 Boys

Mathieu - 4th place Yr 5 Boys

Daniel - 5th Place Yr 8 Boys

You can see all of the results from the zones CC via the following link: Results

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From our PTA

Hello everyone,

White Elephant / Book Sale - this Sunday, 12 June!

We look forward to seeing you there!

Fish & Chip Lunch
If you would like to partake then don’t forget to order the kids’ F&C lunch for Tuesday 14th. Orders in via Kindo by 9am Monday.

Future Fundraising
Keep an eye out in August for our upcoming Kings Seed fundraiser. Just in time for those that enter the Agricultural Club competition nearer the end of the year!

Friends of the PTA
We have an email group called Friends of the PTA. How this works is that we email the group whenever we need help with something. If you are free and willing to help then great, and if not then maybe the next time. There’s no pressure whatsoever!

If you are interested in joining the Friends of the PTA then please drop the PTA an email at and we’ll add you to our list!

We have a lot of fundraisers coming up this year and can use all the help we can get.

PTA Facebook Page

If you haven’t already done so, please make sure you follow our PTA facebook page. This is where you will get reminders for school lunches, notices for upcoming events, etc.

Thanks, Kristy and Nic

2022 Term Dates

  • Term 2 begins - Monday 2 May
  • Teacher only day - Friday 3 June
  • Queens Birthday - Monday 6 June (Public Holiday)
  • Matariki - Friday 24 June
  • Term 2 ends - Friday 8 July
  • Term 3 begins - Monday 25 July
  • Term 3 ends - Friday 30 September
  • Term 4 begins - 17 October
  • Labour Day - Monday 24 October
  • Canterbuy Show Day - Friday 11 November
  • Term 4 ends - Friday 16 December