Newsletter T4W4

Tuesday 9 November 2021

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Notices Term 4 Week 4 2021

Talofa lava - Hello everyone,

Term 4 is always a busy term with lots happening so please ensure you read class newsletters, the school newsletter, Alerts, Seesaw, Website, and Facebook page for details and dates of upcoming events.

Staff news! We would like to congratulate Liz Wheeler and Megan Shearer for recently being appointed permanently to our staff, and to Stef Ellis who has taken on the fixed term New Entrant position in Room 5 for 2022. We are rather lucky to have such consistency within our staff as it helps maintain relationships, expectations and a feeling of whānau in our kura.

We would also like to congratulate Liz Ives for gaining the Principal position at Linkwater school and Rachael Pottinger for gaining a position at Witherlea School in the juniors. Both school’s are so lucky to be getting you! Our loss is definitely their gain.

School Roll

Our school roll has continued to grow and we have now reached 400 students. This is probably the largest we will get to as we are filled to capacity. Our roll is predicted to drop a lot at the end of next year due to the large group of our current Year 5 students who will move onto intermediate level. The Ministry of Education is also reviewing the enrolment zones of all Blenheim schools so we may eventually have changes to our zone, and we will keep you informed about this.

Lights Over Marlborough - Cancelled Due to Covid

A few weeks ago, the Parent Support Group made the incredibly hard decision to cancel this year's Lights Over Marlborough. With so much uncertainty around the Covid levels, the call had to be made. The fact that we remain in Level 2 at this point reinforces that it was the best decision. Financially, this is a huge blow for us as Lights Over Marlborough helps us raise tens of thousands of dollars every year. Ultimately, the health and safety of our community is paramount.

School Raffle - Ten Tickets to sell - $1 each ticket

You may be wondering what we are going to do with the chocolate and bottles that were collected in exchange for Mufti Days. Usually, these help go towards the Mystery Bottle Stall and Chocolate Wheel at Lights Over Marlborough. To make the most of the situation, we have decided to raffle these items off to try and fundraise a fraction of what we would at L.O.M.

This will mean your child/ren will be coming home with a raffle sheet, with ten tickets to sell. Each ticket will cost one dollar and the chances of winning are high! There will be more information about this coming out soon. We understand that this is a busy time for you all but appreciate your support to fundraise what we can to put towards the Astro Turf and a larger area for our tamariki to play on during wet weather.

Assessment and Reports - IMPORTANT INFORMATION

Teachers are busy assessing student progress in preparation for their End of Year Reports which will come home at the end of Week 8 (Friday 10 Dec). Academic progress and learning goals will be reported online via Hero for Reading, Writing and Maths. The End of Year hardcopy Reports will contain general comments and key competency progress.

You will need to ensure that you have logged into HERO so that you can access your child’s learning progress. Information on how to log in and/or get help with this is below and also here, and we recommend you do this before 10 December when the paper copy part of the report is sent home so you can read them alongside each other. Please be aware the information on Hero may not be up to date until 10 December when teachers will have finished inputting and updating the data.

2022 New Entrants

If you have a New Entrant who is turning 5 and intending to start at Whitney Street School next year please check that they are enrolled. This helps with our planning of class numbers and teachers.

Swimming Pool

Clive, our amazing caretaker, is busy preparing the swimming pool for the upcoming season. If the weather permits and the maintenance work gets completed in time, we will open it up and class lessons may start before the end of the term. Teachers will send their own notices home regarding this.

In the coming week we will be making a decision about the issuing of swimming pool keys for the community for the summer season. Watch this space.

Staff Only Day - Monday 22 November - SCHOOL CLOSED

A reminder also that school will be closed next Monday 22 November while teachers and support staff participate in a Staff Only Day.

Year 6 Leavers Dinner

Invitations for our Year 6 students to attend their graduation dinner and movie will be coming out shortly. The date for this event is set for Wednesday 15 December from 5:30pm - 9:40pm. Please save the date in your calendars.

Manuia le vaiaso (have a great week)

Whitney Street Staff


Dear Parents and Whānau,

If you didn’t get around to it mid year, please have a go at downloading the Hero app which shows your child’s achievement, progress and learning goals. To login to Hero the instructions are here or you can type into your browser. It really is very important that you access this information about your child so you are able to be involved in their education as much as possible.

If you did manage to download the app and login to Hero mid year, your username and password remain the same.

Should you require any assistance please contact Cheryl (027 321 8022, Christee (021 211 5638 / or Lisa ( Sometimes it is as simple as a dot in the wrong place at our end!

Thank you,

The Whitney Street School Staff


The access to period products initiative aims to provide free period products to children and young people in all state and state-integrated schools and kura across New Zealand during 2021.

If your Whitney Street School daughter has her period, she is eligible for two packs of free period products per month. These will be available to her by her parent/caregivers letting Christee Dalzell know via email ( or by leaving a wee note on her desk :-)

Hopefully this initiative is utilised really well by our Whitney kōtiro/girls! It is a brilliant way to save money on the grocery bill.

If you have any questions, please feel free to pop in and talk to Christee.

Advance Notice: Staff Only Day on Monday 22 November (Monday T4W6)

This means that our school will be closed on this day as teachers and support staff receive Professional Learning and prepare for reports. Please note it in your calendar or dairies.

Week 3 and 4 Kiwican Focus: Integrity

We are a PB4L School - Positive Behaviour For Learning

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Our school calendar is often filled with trips and events and sometimes the dates and details change. The BEST place to keep an eye on what is happening is on the school App in the calendar section.

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School Docs Review Link here

USERNAME: whitneystreet PASSWORD: learners

Download our school App

We encourage all parents to download our school app from the Playstore or Apple Store, as we find this the most effective way of sending out Alerts to parents/caregivers. You can also access a wealth of information from the app as it has links to the school calendar, newsletters, etc.

Please subscribe to Alerts from the classes/groups that your child belongs to. If you want to subscribe to groups later on, you can do this via the ‘Alerts Subscriptions’ which is in the Menu (top left). Please do this to ensure you are subscribed to the classes and Teams that your child or children are in for the 2021 school year.

This is also the way we would like you to inform us of absences. This system streamlines the morning routine for Tanya and Michelle so that they can easily see who is away and why.

Please click here to download the School App.


If you haven't done so already, please have a go at downloading the Hero App which shows your child’s achievement, progress and learning goals. The instructions are here or you can type into your browser. It really is very important that you access this information about your child so you are able to be involved in their education as much as possible.

Suggestions Box

Do you have any suggestions for us at Whitney Street School? In the school office, there is a 'Suggestion Box' that is checked regularly. Or click here to email it.

Bread Tags for Wheelchairs

In line with sustainability, the Wairau Hub will continue to collect bread tags to help support the Bread Tags for Wheelchairs initiative. Save them up, bring them into Room 1 and we will arrange for them to get to where they need to go.

This cool idea supports The United Nations Sustainability Goals of;

* Goal 1: No Poverty donate what we don't use

* Goal 3: Good Health and Wellbeing

* Goal 10: Reduced inequalities

Automatic Payment Option

We highly recommend setting up an automatic payment to help pay for things like stationery at the beginning of the year, uniform items and camps. It's a great way to help plan your budget and spread the cost of more expensive things. $5 or $10 a week is way more manageable than a large lump sum! Use your child's first initial and last name as a reference.

The Whitney Street School BOT bank details are: 03 0599 0305934 00

Pretty Things Embroidery

Are you after a professionally stitched name on a piece of uniform? Click here to find out more.

Community Notices

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Life Education and Harold: Have you heard about the campaign weare running with The Good Sell NZ?

Life Education Trust NZ have partnered with the kind folk at The Good Sell NZ from now until the 6th December to raise $20,000 to reach tamariki around the country with our Healthy Harold programme, teaching children important knowledge and strategies to grow their well-being and make positive choices now and in the future. The Good Sell is an online marketplace, where you can shop online and support the efforts of Life Education Trust. Think of it as a massive crowd-funding garage sale, where the proceeds go to a good cause.

How can you help support the campaign to reach Life Education Trust’s goal of $20,000 nationwide? Jump onto and list an item for sale (donating some of the proceeds to Life Education Trust) or make a bid on some of our great items or experiences up for sale! It’s that easy!

Here’s a list of items and products for sale with donations going to Life Education Trust Marlborough;

You can see all the items for Life Education Trust here with more being added over the next few weeks!

If you are interested in donating an experience or item and not sure how to navigate the online platform, please get in touch with Dayna at and she can help!

We would like to thank all the incredible local businesses who have got behind us to support this campaign and help us continue to support tamariki and rangatahi to make positive choices!

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Understanding Mental Health in Children

Life Education Trust Marlborough are excited to announce our third event in our Whanau Whanaungatanga Workshop Series - UNDERSTANDING MENTAL HEALTH IN CHILDREN on Wednesday 24th November, 7pm - 9pm.

This is a FREE online event for educators and caregivers, creating a conversation around children in our community and how they are impacted by mental health and what we can do to support them, especially during these uncertain times.

Educators and caregivers play an enormous role in supporting tamariki and rangatahi with anxiety and wellbeing, so we have pulled together four expert panel guests to join the conversation around mental health and children;

Each of our panel guests have a wealth of knowledge and experience in mental health and tamariki, with the purpose of this event to open a discussion and give caregivers and educators an avenue to ask questions to our expert panel with the hope to better equip and support our tamariki and community with the right skills to create mentally healthy children.

Register for this insightful and open panel event here, and please remember to share event information with your schools, family and friends.


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Elements nature based play

Elements nature based play: Are you looking to give your children an active & creative experience over the summer holidays? Let’s be out amongst nature. Think huts, ropes, trees, water play, tools, arts n crafts. Time and space to be a kid! Elements is offering ‘Going Wild Xmas (sold out), ‘Barefoot n Buckets’ (Wed 19 to Fri 21 Jan), and ‘Kiwi Summer’ (Wed 26 to Fri 28 Jan). 9am-3pm $60 per day incl afternoon tea.

See our website or facebook page to see what we get up to. Bookings are through .

For more info email

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Blenheim Judo Club (poster below)

Judo is an Olympic sport, a disciplined martial art, a form of self-defence and a great way to meet others, have fun and keep fit. Take this opportunity to enrol your child on a JUDO BEGINNERS COURSE. It will build their confidence, self-esteem and teach them about respect. Your child will enjoy learning a new skill AND for those keen, the course leads to belt grading, competitions and much more.

Term 1Beginner Course starting on Tuesday 26 October 2021:

Beginner Juniors (7-12 year olds): 4.30-5.30pm

Graded/Registered Juniors (aged 7 to 12 years): 5.45-7pm

Seniors (13+ years & adults): 7.00-8.15pm

Fees: $50 per person.

Instructors/Sensei are Shayne Jacks 3rd Dan, former British Champion & Dave Foley 2nd Dan.

At Blenheim Judo Club, Horton Park Pavilion, Redwood Street, Blenheim.

For enrolment and enquiries, contact Judy on 021 207 9240, email or visit our Facebook page:

Loan judo kit available to start you off. Short clean toe and fingernails please. Please arrive 15 minutes before class time to put judogi on.

Shayne (Sensei/Instructor)

Blenheim Judo Club

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