Newsletter week 10 Term 2

East Gore School July 9th 2021

Principal's Report

Tena Koutou, Talofa, Namaste, Hello and Greetings

We have come to the end of the term. What a wet and cold end it has been.

We have had numerous exciting events at East Gore this term. Hosting many whanau to our Matariki afternoon last week was amazing. It is fantastic to see so many people supporting our school. If you haven't planted a tree yet, pop into the office next term and grab a tree for planting. We held a successful school Cross Country where the sun came out for us to enjoy the afternoon of races. We had a number of visitors to the school to support the development sports throughout the term - Josh (rugby), Emma and Cheyenne (Tapa Ae), and Cherie (adaptive games). Again having these people supporting our school, lets us trial new activities in the school.

At the end of this term all the teachers completed assessment and wrote reports for every student. As the principal I take this information and analysis it to see the progress across the school for all the year groups. It is exciting to say that majority of students are on track at the mid year point to finish the year at their expected level. All students need to keep up the hard mahi (work) in the classrooms to ensure this happens. I know they can do it and look forward to seeing this data later in the year.

Another playground update, we may not be able to install the playground in the middle weekend of the holiday. They are shipping the playground to us on Tuesday, however with the bad weather in Cook Strait they are potentially expecting delays with the crossing. I will post to the school Facebook page the confirmed dates for the install when I know more.

I would also like to take this opportunity to thank all the staff. We are very lucky to have a dedicated bunch of teachers, support staff, caretaker and cleaner. We all come together to create exciting programmes for all students in the school so they are able to achieve to the best of their ability. Thank you for all your dedication, and enjoy the non contact time while you plan for Term 3.

Keep safe and warm these holidays, we might finally get the snow they keep forecasting for us. We look forward to welcoming you back after the holidays.

Kia pai tō rā whakatā (have a great weekend).

Wendy Kitto


School Notices


The start of winter illness is starting to affect our students. Please keep students home if the are unwell and help slow the spread of these coughs and colds. We have also had a vomiting bug doing the rounds, remember that a student must be 48 hours clear of any vomiting or diarrhoea before returning to school.

Reporting an Absence

If a student is away from school for any reason we need to know. Please text, phone or use the school app to report an absence. We need a reason for absence please, this a legal Ministry of Education requirement so please don't be offended if we ask for this.

Cellphones at School

We are noticing a few students are bringing cellphones to school. They do not need them at school because we have numerous devices for the students to complete school work on. If your child needs to bring a cellphone because of an after school activity, they must hand it in at the office. At the end of the day they can collect it from Mrs Nicholson.

Lunches in School

Unfortunately the daily fruit we were enjoying last term is not been supplied this term, we would ask parents to please send morning tea and something for healthy snack each day - ie: piece of fruit/cheese/nuts/yogurt.

Koha Kai are suppling a lovely range of lunches that our students enjoying this term - mac cheese is a definite hit!

Staying in Touch

Please remember to update any changes in your contact details to the school office, its very important that we have you latest details in case of an emergency. Thank you.

Spare Clothes

We are running short of spare clothes at school. If you child has come home in school clothing could it please be returned asap. A spare set of clothes in the school bag is a good idea this time of year.

Jerome - Adding to our school Haka

Last week we welcomed Jerome Kavanagh to our school again. Jerome first visited East Gore about 4 years ago. This is when we started the development of our school haka with Jerome's advice and guidance. Since then we have performed our haka numerous times, however we have felt that it wasn't quite finished. We felt that it captured where the school is situated, but it didn't capture us as a school and our values. Therefore, we invited Jerome back in to work on adding this to our haka. We have now added some of this to our haka and are continuing to add a bit more in the coming terms.

We were excited to present this last week at our Matariki celebration. Ajay did an amazing job leading this for our school. The next event we will be performing in is Miharo Murihiku Polyfest in Invercargill in August.

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Our Play is the Way focus for Term 2 is.

Last Term we had a big focus around ‘doing the right thing,’ it has been a good lead in to this terms focus - treating others as you would like them to treat you.

Respect is a very important quality to have at East Gore School and this focus will help to encourage this.

Some Play Is The Way language you could use at home:

“Are you doing the right thing or the wrong thing?”

“Are you making a strong decision or a weak decision?”

“Are you being the boss or your decisions, or are you asking me to be your boss?”

Its nice to have the pots around school that our students painted.

Rugby Goal Posts

Thank you to those that have offered help with goal posts. We think we have some coming so lets watch this space...
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Senior Camp - Chocolate Fundraiser

We still have 8 cartons of chocolate to sell. If you would like some to sell over the holiday's please call into the office to pick up. . Each box contains 30 bars @ $2 each.

$24 profit is made from each box sold which comes off your camp cost.

Please see Debbie in the office to collect your chocolate!

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Breakfast Club

Just a reminder Breakfast Club starts at 8:30am and finishes at 8:53.

Thank you again to our volunteers who provide this service - if you would like to be involved for half an hour any day of the week please contact the office - helpers are always very welcome.

A huge shout out to BP Gore who very generously donate bread to Breakfast Club.

Upcoming Events

  • July 9th Assembly 2.30pm
  • July 9th End of term 2
  • July 26th Start term 3

Community Notices

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