Newsletter Week Four Term One

St Claudine Thevenet 20 February 2023

Message from the Principal

Kia ora tatou,

As we reflect on our value for the week Courage- we acknowledge the amazing courage shown by so many people during and after the cyclone as they rescued others, cleared roads, checked in on neighbours and friends, shared resources with those who have lost so much. Our prayers and thoughts are with all of those affected.

We have experienced a very settled start to the year and classes are working well. It is lovely for us to begin our school week together in prayer. Well done to our senior students who are taking on the role of leading prayers this term.

We also congratulate all of our students who are now our Student Council. I am looking forward to working with them and excited about what they will contribute to our village.

Student Council 2023

Student Leaders – Rebecca Isaako and Aurora Lilley

Student Liaisons- Jacey Morgan and Jessica Keomany

Special Character Captains- Osati Fa’amao and Jamilah Yalong

Cultural Captains- Olivia Teisi and Harlow Toheriri- Tangipo

Literacy Captains- Anais Bonneau- Le Phong and Ysabella Olivar

Sports Captains- Zariah Aiomata-Suafa and Milan Leo-Patea

Peer Mentors- Abigail Hynam- Nyberg and Zara Wirihana

House Captains/ Vice Captains

Geraghty- Grace Ricketts/ Levi Time

Kelly- Ariana Holder/ Travis Lord

McGowan- Blessing Olene/ Gemma McNamara

Mc Guire- Jakob Nanai- Vermeeren/ Daksha Shankar

O’Halloran- Kauea Barauti/ Jerika Miles

Please keep them all in your prayers as they begin their leadership journey.

Have a wonderful week

Sue Jury


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Athletics Day

We are looking forward to having athletics day and hope that the weather plays its part to enable us to go ahead on Thursday.

Students are to come to school in uniform and will then get changed – We encourage students to wear a House coloured T-shirt. They will need to have shorts, appropriate running shoes, and a hat.

School lunches will be provided but students will need morning tea and a named water bottle

It would be great if you could sunblock them before they come to school – sunblock will be available to reblock during the morning.

We would love you to come and join us- first races are 9am. We hope to conclude races by 12.30pm


Fundraiser for those affected by Cyclone Gabrielle

Sausage Sizzle

On Thursday 23 February

(Athletics Day)

We will be selling Sausages on stick to raise money to help the many people in the North Island who have been affected by Cyclone Gabrielle

$2.00 per sausage.

If you are available to help cook the sausages that would be fantastic, please contact the office and let us know if you can help



It was disappointing last week to see so many parents stop on yellow lines when dropping off and picking up children. This happens predominantly when it is wet… Your children will not melt in the rain so please just make sure they have a jacket and drop them in legal parking zones.

We would like to remind parents to always park legally and considerately when outside the school.

Our road patrollers are doing an amazing job and we ask that you respect that they are doing this job to keep everyone safe. The patrollers ensure students can safely cross the road before and after school – Our expectation is that students who need to cross use the crossing – it would be a great thing if the adults could model this behaviour for our tamariki.

Sun smart

Simple tips for being sun smart:

  • Slip on a shirt of shade
  • Slop on some sunscreen
  • Slap on a hat that covers your face and neck
  • Wrap on a pair of sunglasses

For more information:

Water only

Water IS BEST at home and school: give your child a drink bottle they can fill with plain tap water

  • At home, keep sugary drinks for extra special occasions only.
  • New Zealand tap water is safe to drink straight from the tap and it's FREE.
  • Unlike sugary drinks, water doesn't cause tooth decay, obesity, or diabetes.
  • When we're thirsty, water is perfect.
  • Add fruit slices to plain water to make it more appealing.

For more information:

Dental care

Tips for keeping tamariki's teeth clean:

  • Brush teeth with fluoride toothpaste for two minutes, twice a day
  • Spit, don't rinse after brushing
  • Avoid drinking sugary drinks. Tap water is still the best drink for thirst
  • Eat snacks with no added sugar
  • FREE dental care is available for under 18 year olds

For more information: or

Additional resources


Here’s five things you can do in your family routine to improve well-being for your tamariki:

  1. Connect with people who make you feel valued
  2. Be Active: do what you can, enjoy what you do, and move your mood!
  3. Take Notice: Remember the simple things that give you joy. When did you last stop, breathe, be curious, and enjoy the beauty around you?
  4. Keep learning: Embrace new experiences. What can you learn together?
  5. Give: Your time, your words, and presence. How can your family show kindness to the community?

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Measles is a very serious illness. It spreads through the air by sneezing and coughing.

The first signs are a high fever and runny nose, cough, and red eyes.

Tamariki are at risk of measles if they haven’t had their MMR vaccines that are usually given at 12 and 15 months.

The best prevention is two MMR vaccinations. If you are unsure how many your family have had, check with your doctor. Vaccines are free for tamariki and adults who have not had two doses.

Call Healthline on 0800 611 116 if you have symptoms and need advice or see

Youth Music Group

Youth music group at Our Lady of the Rosary Church once a month. This is for year 7 and 8 students and older.

Spirited - Music jam for youth starts up again on Sunday 26th February 11:15-1pm at Our Lady of the Rosary Church, Waiwhetu. For Intermediates and older. Please bring a donation/koha toward pizza lunch. Contact Lucy 0226539525 for more info.