Newsletter 13 May 2022

Clarkville School


Kia ora

Welcome to Antonia, Fionn, Lusha and Tilly who have begun school in Whakarewa.

On Monday, we welcomed designer, Maia Gibbs, to a special assembly to present a new school logo to the school. Maia has worked with our cultural narrative to create a design that strengthens our connection to the Clarkville area. It acknowledges our proximity to the Waimakariri and the tributaries that flow into this significant river.

The logo reflects the Māori name gifted to the school last year, Clarkville Te Kura ki Waimātao. You can view the logo below.

The stars are the Matariki constellation that speaks to reflection, hope, our connection to the environment and the gathering of people. The snow-capped peaks of the Southern Alps are represented in the centre of the logo and they feed the Waimakariri. These mountains pay reference to the whenua (land) that sits around the school and the history that it holds. The Waimakariri flowing to the sea and its tributaries are depicted in the bottom part of the logo. From the mountains to the sea, they carry the life of the people with it.

This synopsis provides a brief insight into the significance of the logo and there is a richness of understanding that we are developing in collaboration with the students. This term, we will continue learning more about the significance of our cultural narrative and share our knowledge with families and whānau as it grows.

Cross Country

We would love to see parents joining us for our Cross Country next Tuesday morning at the Kaiapoi Pony Club. You are welcome to dress up with your children for the family fun run. Our more serious competitors will be striving for a fast time to help them qualify for inter-school competitions. We will have a coffee cart available for purchasing coffee, muffins and scones.

Approximate race times:

10am: Year 8 – 3km - 2x around the Silverstream Portion

10:15am: Year 7 –3km - 2x around the Silverstream Portion

10.30am: Year 6 – 2 km

10.45am: Year 5 – 2 km

11.00am: Year 4 - 1km

11.10am: Year 3 - 1km

11:20am: Juniors run Years 1 and 2 - (approx 500m)

11:30am: Fun run begins

Whole school planting at Silverstream Reserve

Parents are also welcome to join us at Silverstream Reserve on Tuesday 24 May for a morning of planting, activities and a picnic lunch. More details will be forthcoming about this event.

Juliana Rae


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From our Board


Thank you to those of you who responded to our invitation last week and submitted the attributes and qualities you most want in our next Principal.

Those responses are most helpful and they have been collated as below and will be included in the Person Specification element, alongside responses from staff, students and the board, in the Information Pack for applicants.

The board has worked hard to ensure that, as per our timeline, the position will be advertised and applications will open on Friday 13 May. The appointment will be made by the end of term 2, with our new Principal taking up the position at the start of term 4.

Our parents would like a Principal who:

· Has presence and acts as a role model in the school.

· Is forward thinking and brings new initiatives.

· Is fun loving/outgoing and inspires the children.

· Has a working knowledge and understanding of tamariki with disabilities and those experiencing poor mental health. Demonstrates a commitment to support their whanau.

· Is understanding and supportive of all diversities and acts inclusively of all.

· Is kind and fair, has conflict resolution skills.

· Is able to make tough decisions.

· Is warm, approachable and knows every student and their whanau in the school.

· Has a commitment to, and an understanding of, Te Tiriti o Waitangi and supports the teaching of Te Reo and the history of Aotearoa.

· Is a good listener, able to understand and see things from others perspectives.

· Is empowering of children, staff, and volunteers.

· Is realistic and down to earth.

· Acts with integrity and honesty, is hardworking and reliable.

· Ensures that learning standards are met and, where possible, exceeded.

Kind regards

Sarah Long

Board Chair

Board Elections


If you are open to taking on a role new to you at Clarkville School then I strongly encourage you to consider a nomination to the Board of Trustees.

2022 is election year for school boards. Schools seek approximately 12 000 parent representatives and “new blood” and “fresh perspectives” are critical for Boards to remain dynamic, innovative, open minded, current and fresh.

The timeline for the elections states that nominations will be called for in July/August and the elections will take place in September, so there is no urgency for you to make any commitments at this stage. I will share relevant information about the role of a trustee and what it entails in terms of time, over the coming months.

In a nutshell Boards provide strategic leadership and direction to the school. The vehicle for this is a strong partnership with Principal and teachers and the common goal, the overarching imperative, is always to achieve the best possible outcomes for students. A Board does not manage a school, it governs it and this distinction is important.

If you do have an interest in finding out more NZSTA are providing a webinar in July designed to provide members of the public with an opportunity to find out more about what it means to be a school board member and to answer any questions you have about the election process and board member role. During the session you will have the opportunity to direct questions to a panel of experienced school board members and NZSTA advisors.

This session is open to anyone with an interest in school governance.

The NZSTA website is also a very helpful source of information.

I can honestly say that the role of Trustee is challenging but rewarding, the responsibility is well shared and the dividends, in terms of the satisfaction of making a positive impact on the learning and lives of young people, deeply enriching. I do hope that you will give this opportunity consideration.

Sarah Long

Board Chair

Hall Car Park

The Clarkville Hall Association have advised that the Hall has been booked from 23 - 27 May, so parking will be very limited. In the mornings please leave the parks near Playcentre for their use. Thank you in advance for your co-operation and patience.

Jumping June

This term our charity fundraising focus will be Jumping June. This is similar to the Jump Rope for the Heart fundraisers in the past, and all money raised goes to the NZ Heart Foundation.

Our event will be held on Tuesday 28 June. There will be two parts:

1. The sponsored skipping session. This will be:

60 mins for Years 5-8

40 mins for Years 3-4

20 mins for Years 1-2

2. Skipping Showcase.

Each team will showcase a choreographed skipping routine that has been developed during the term.

We will ‘launch’ the event on Monday. Every child will be invited to start their own fundraising online profile page. This is linked to Clarkville School on the Jumping June website. All fundraising happens online, and is a safe site. We will provide instructions to do this at home.

Once students are signed up, your child’s free skipping rope will be sent to the school.

This is going to a fun school wide focus for the children, and will be the basis of our fitness programmes.

Once the event is completed, children can go to their profile page and order prizes based on the funds earned. Prizes start with fundraising as low as $10!

All students will receive an information booklet on Monday.

More information is on

Bring What you Can

We are very pleased to be supporting the “Bring What you Can” collection. All cans will be distributed to our local food banks, who are much in need at the moment.

If you can, bring a can or nonperishable food item into our school office or to your team over the next two of weeks - all donations gratefully accepted and will be collected b Bayleys at the end of May.

From our PTA

Hello everyone,

Easter Raffle - update
Firstly an apology, in our last newsletter we incorrectly spelt one of our wonderful sponsors; his company name should have read JC Electric.

Now for some great news … we wanted to let you know that we made just over $3,400 for our school community! Thank you all for your support, it means alot.

Canterbury Rams vs Auckland Tuataras

Thanks to those families that supported the PTA and bought tickets to the basketball game on Mother’s Day. We hear a great time was had and the Auckland Tuatara stay undefeated with a victory over the Rams. We were also able to give back to a fantastic organisation, that gives so much to our community, by donating a number of tickets to Big Brothers, Big Sisters of Christchurch.

Pinecones for Sale

We are now selling the pinecones we collected last year, for $5 a sack.

  • Please order them by the sack via the PTA email address (, with “pinecones” in the subject line

  • Pay for them directly into the PTA account (12-3240-0114721-00), with your name and “pinecones” as a ref

  • Collection of the pre-paid sacks from the school front gates on Friday 20th May from 2.40pm

White Elephant / Book Sale - Sunday, 12 June

Please start collecting anything you want to donate. Drop off of donations at school will be from 6th - 8th June to the MPF. This year we will also be accepting small items of furniture (ie. can be carried by one person).

PTA Notice Board

We’ve not been able to use the board the past wee while due to no one coming on site to see it! Now that we are back on the grounds don’t forget to check it on a regular basis for any PTA news.

Thanks, Kristy and Nic

Scholastic Book Club, Term 2

The second Scholastic book club brochure for the year has arrived and has been sent to the classrooms.

Ordering is via their online system called LOOP (Linked Online Ordering & Payment), see website details below. Please no cash orders to the office.

To order: -

¨ If you would like your order to be held in the office for collection rather than be given to your child, please let Kathryn know or place the order under your own name.

¨ To allow time for orders to be processed before the end of term, please order by Fri 10 June

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