Newsletter Week 8 Term 1

Shelly Park School - Wednesday 23rd of March 2022


Dear Parents and Whānau

With the wet weather we are starting to experience, it feels like Autumn is well and truly upon us. With it now being 8 weeks into the term, classroom programmes are well and truly up and running. Teachers, initially, spent a lot of time gathering information around their student’s understanding and knowledge in the different curriculum areas. This has given our teachers the direction needed to cater for the range of needs in the classroom and they have been able to identify those students who need extending.

As we head towards the end of March this is just a reminder about the school donation. If you are able to pay this donation before March 31st, you will be able to claim 33% of this back from the government this year. I do understand that Covid has had an impact on many families, so I do stress that this is a voluntary payment.

Thank you to those families that have already paid the school donation. As Shelly Park is considered a high decile school, the amount of funding we receive from the Ministry of Education is less than other schools classified as middle to low decile. We use the school donation to provide the best learning experiences for your children. Teacher aides, classroom resourcing, curriculum support, building upgrades and keeping class sizes as low as possible are all able to happen due to the ongoing donations that we receive from our families. In advance, thank you for your support

As a school we have been doing a big push on Citizenship and how students need to conduct themselves at SPS. While 99% of our students are doing the right thing and living up to the school values of responsibility, determination and respect, a few students still need a gentle reminder about some of their behaviour. Please talk to your child about being kind, looking out for one another and treating others as they would want to be treated.

On Monday, 28th of March a booking form will come out to all parents for our Two Way Conferences at the end of Term 1. Please book in a slot with your child's teacher on either Tuesday 12th of April, between 1pm and 8pm of Wednesday 13th fo April, between 3:30pm and 6pm. These first conferences are two way meaning Teacher and Parent. In Term 3 we will host our second set of conferences and these will be three way, Teacher, Parent and Child.

A reminder that the closing date for Scholastics Book Order is Friday 25th of March.

Finally, thank you for the way you have been picking up and dropping off your children. So far, things have been running smoothly. A gentle reminder not to stop over the Dental Clinic driveway and please park within the lines so our neighbours’ driveways are not being blocked.

Ngā Mihi

Ed Roper


PTA News

Newsletter No.4 Wednesday 23 March 2022

Chair: Kieran Lewis Treasurer: Brent Batten

Secretary: Nicola Fletcher-Williams and Danelle Cresswell


Next PTA Meeting date: Monday 11 April 2022 @ 7:30pm,


  • Hot Cross Bun orders close 8pm Thursday 24 March - order through Kindo!

    • Orders will be sent home Friday 01 April

  • PTA Meeting, Monday 11 April, 7.30pm

  • Pizza Lunch, Friday 8 April

    • Orders close 8pm Wednesday 06 April

Bakers Delight Hot Cross Bun Fundraiser - Orders close 8pm Thursday 24 March

Shop local and order your Hot Cross Buns this year with Bakers Delight Howick. Bakers Delight Howick are a continuing supporter of the school. Place your order today for some yummy treats and raise funds for your school as well!

Please note that bank transfer and credit card payments will not process in time from Tuesday 22 March. We suggest that you use the POLi payment method!

Yellow Pages

We have our annual Yellow Pages delivery coming up in May. These deliveries raise a huge amount for the school and the more hands (and feet!) that can help out with a run the better. Keep an eye on the SPS Parent Network Facebook page for more details in coming weeks. If you are keen to help please email

Pizza Lunch Friday 08 April

Take a day off lunch duty and order your children pizza for lunch! Orders open Wednesday 23 March through Kindo.

Orders close 8pm Wednesday 06 April. Please note that POLi is the preferred payment method to ensure that your order is processed before the cut off.

Don’t forget to send your child along with a container to collect their pizza in!

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  • Teacher Only Day - Monday - March - 28th
  • School Triathlon - Friday - April - 1st
  • Two Way Parent/Teacher Conference - Tuesday - Wednesday - April - 12th and 13th
  • Last day of Term 2 - Thursday - April - 14th