Normanby School Newsletter 12

Sunday 23 August 2020

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Principal's Message

Tēnā koutou katoa – Warmest greetings to you all.

Week 6 is about to get underway which marks the half way point for Term Three.

With Covid reappearing in Aotearoa again we have more easily adjusted to life in Level 2 and are grateful that, for now, we are still safe in our community and able to attend school. We have followed all safety measures as outlined by the Ministry of Education and the Health advice that we have been given and are following the guidelines which are:

· Closed water fountains

· Everyone signing in and out of school grounds whenever on site.

· Following good hygiene etiquette.

· Extra cleaning of high touch areas such as sports equipment, tables etc.

· Hand sanitiser for using before entering and when leaving a room.


We have really appreciated, once again, all of the help and support you are showing in also following these guidelines. Should we ever need to move to Level 3 again, we have everything in place and will be ready to support your child and whānau during that time.

Ngā mihi nui

Janelle Jones

Ko te tamaiti te pūtake o te kaupapa. The child at the heart of the matter.

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Contents of this week’s newsletter

  • Welcome to our new students
  • BOT Elections
  • New Parent / Whanau Information Evening
  • Daffodil Day
  • Hero App
  • Year 6 enrollments for Hawera Intermediate
  • School Crosscountry
  • New School Sports Shirt
  • Swimming Lessons
  • Van Payments
  • Birthdays
  • Staff News
  • PTA News - School Disco
  • PTA News - Licorice Fundraiser
  • School Assembly / Whanau Mornings
  • Week 5 Normanby STARS
  • School Docs - School Policies and Procedures
  • Term Dates 2020
  • Term Three Dates
  • Dates to put in your diary.

Welcome to our new students

Recently we welcomed the following new students to Normanby School

  • Liam Brocket - Liam and his family have moved to a farm in our area. He is in year 3 and has joined Room 7 in Matariki. .
  • Jahkaylah Muggeridge - is a new 5 year old who lives in Normanby with her family. She is a new entrant and has joined Room 6 in Ngahere.
  • Emily Ross - is a new 5 year old who also lives in Normanby. her other brother recently started at our school when they moved from Hamilton. Emily is a new entrant and has joined Room 5 in Ngahere.
  • Braxton Beets - is another new 5 year old who also lives in Normanby. Braxton is a new entrant and has joined Room 6 in Ngahere.

We look forward to getting to know our new students and their whanau.

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BOT Elections

School Elections December 4th 2020

Normanby school will have 2 Parent Representative positions available at the next election in December. We will advertise for Nominations in early November.

Why become a Trustee?

Trustees are active leaders in our schools. They have an important role of supporting strong professional leadership and ensuring effective teaching for all students through informed governance.

Parents/caregivers and people in the wider community can be parent representative and other types of trustees. School boards need to represent the diversity of their school communities to ensure a bright future for all our children.

The trustee elections are the opportunity to vote for candidates who will make a positive difference for children’s education. We need more people willing to use their skills and experiences for the benefit of students!

"Board members are entrusted by the community to ensure the success of our schools and a bright future for our children. We need an education system where all children are expected to succeed and one where we all take shared responsibility in ensuring this happens. As a member of a school board you can make things happen - you can make a difference."

- Lorraine Kerr, NZSTA President

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New Parent / Whanau Information Evening

This week we will be holding our "New Parent / Whanau Information Evening" .

Date: Wednesday 26 August

Time: 7pm to 8.30pm

Location: Normanby School Library

Supper: 8pm to 8.30pm - provided by our PTA

This is an opportunity to meet some key people such as Staff, BOT and PTA members as well as find out information about:

Ÿ Our vision and mission statement

Ÿ Our values and principles

Ÿ Relationship-Based Learning

Ÿ Positive Behaviour for Learning

Ÿ School Uniforms

Ÿ Learning through Play

Ÿ Behaviour Management and our expectations

Ÿ Newsletters, Hero, Facebook, and communication

Ÿ Reporting to parents

Ÿ Learning Conferences

Ÿ Lunches

Ÿ Camps and Trips

Ÿ Sport and Cultural activities

Ÿ Lunchtime activities

Ÿ Open-door policy – what does that mean?

Ÿ Questions will be answered

Ÿ Supper provided – time to get to know our school community

Please feel free to extend this invitation to families in the community who you know have pre-school children and may be interested in attending our school in the future.

If you are able to attend please RSVP to Kay in the office with numbers by Tuesday 25 August on (06) 272 8023 or email

We look forward to meeting with you.

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Daffodil Day - Friday 28 August

Daffodil Day next Friday 28 August.

We will be holding a Mufti Day - dress up in anything yellow. $2 donation for wearing mufti - all donations go to the NZ Cancer Society.

We will have 350 daffodils for sale (Lions club are providing the daffodils).
2 daffodils for $1 OR
5 daffodils for $2

Kay will be taking pre-orders in the school office. All money raised from daffodil sales goes directly to the Cancer Society. Please email Kay at or send money into school with your child to order the daffodils.

Thank you for supporting this worthy cause.

Hero App

Thank you to the many families who have downloaded our new Hero App and are now receiving all of our notifications. In the future this will be our "One Stop Shop" and Facebook posts will be phased out.

Earlier this term we sent out a newsletter explaining how to download and use our new Hero App. If you are having trouble accessing this App or need some help please let us know as we are more than happy to help you out. If you need another newsletter explaining how to download the App, please let the office know and we will arrange for one to go home with your child.

In order to sign in you must use the email address you have provided us. This is the email address where you receive your school newsletters. Parents can log in with separate email addresses, however we must have them in the system first. If you would like to do this, please contact Kay with the required email address.

Our aim has been to implement a robust system that allows teachers, parents, and students to access learning in an online environment that is secure, easy, and effective.

Your home page is the Community Feed. This is where we post messages, our school newsletters and announcements. In time this will take the place of Skool Loop and Facebook.

You can go onto the App to follow your child's learning journey. On the 2020 Report Page you will be able to see your child's current goals, as well as the goals they have achieved and their current progress graphs for reading, writing and maths. The report is designed to build year on year so that over time you will have access to written posts, assessments, images, video and helpful resources all in one place.

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Year 6 Enrolments for Hawera Intermediate School 2021

The process of enrolling Year 6 students for 2021 at Hawera Intermediate School is about to begin at the start of Term Four. A newsletter went home with all Year 6 students last week. If you did not receive this, please check your child's bag or ask the office for a copy please.

Key dates are as follows:

  • Thursday 22 October - Hawera Intermediate Visit our students at our school at 2pm
  • Tuesday 27 October - Parent Enrolments at Hawera Intermediate 1 to 6pm
  • Wednesday 28 October - Parent Enrolments at Hawera Intermediate 1 to 6pm
  • Tuesday 3 November - Parent Enrolments at Hawera Intermediate 3 to 6pm

  • Thursday 12 November - Year 6 students visit Hawera Intermediate School 1.30 to 2.45pm

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School Crosscountry

Due to the uncertainty of the current situation with COVID-19 we have decided to run two separate cross country events this year. They will be held on the following dates:

Friday 4th September - Senior Cross Country. This is for all 8, 9, 10 and 11 year olds.

Tuesday 8th September - Junior Cross Country. This is for all 5, 6 and 7 year olds.

SENIOR CROSS COUNTRY INFORMATION - 8, 9, 10 and 11 year olds:

A big thank you once again to Harley Ogle and Ted Gane for allowing us to have our School Cross Country on their farm during this busy time. We respectfully ask that no animals are brought along on the day, such as dogs, and that footwear that has been worn on other farms is clean please.

All details for the day are listed below.


Friday 4th September (postponement Tuesday 8th September or the next available fine day)


Gane Farm, Ngarongo Road Normanby (Dairy number 40448), just south of the Egmont Street intersection - look for the school flag.


Please park safely on the side of the road. It has wide verges so there is plenty of room.

(Please leave the tanker track clear in case the tanker comes)


First race will begin at 1.50pm.


1.50 – 11 year old girls and boys

1.55 – 10 year girls

2.00 – 10 year boys

2.05 – 9 year girls

2.10 – 9 year boys

2.15 – 8 year girls

2.20 – 8 year boys


  • Ages for the 8, 9, 10 and 11 year old races are as of the day of our cross country.
  • Children can run in mufti - they will be climbing fences, logs and possibly hay bales. We encourage them to dress in their house colours. Students are to come to school in their normal full school uniform.
  • Shoes are optional to run in, however, they will all need shoes for walking to the course. They will be running on grass, concrete and dirt tracks. As this is a farm there could be the odd fresh cow pat :) We will be walking around the course on Wednesday 2nd September so that all students know where they will be running.
  • Drink Bottles - All children will need to take their own NAMED drink bottle as there are no water fountains available.
  • Warm clothes are needed for putting on after they compete. We will be away from school for approximately 1 and ½ hours.
  • Children will be taking their school bags with them to carry spare items of clothing and drink bottles.
  • Parents are able to find a spot around the course in the first two paddocks to support and encourage their child, however, we ask that you do not run with them as this could give them an unfair advantage.
  • Parents are able to take their child home after their race. Any parents wishing to do so will need to sign their child out with Ms Ryan first.
  • If you are able to help out as a course marshall please fill out the form below and return it to school, or contact Clarissa at school.
  • There will be NO PTA BBQ on either cross-country days this year.



Tuesday 8th September (postponement Thursday 10th September or the next fine day).

Please note if the Senior Cross Country is postponed then the junior one is also postponed.


A fun obstacle course will be set up around the Normanby School field for the students to race around.


First race will begin at 2.00pm.


These times are approximates only. Races may start earlier if all students in the previous race have finished.

1.55 - 7 year old girls

2.05 - 7 year old boys

2.15 - 6 year old girls

2.25 - 6 year old boys

2.35 - 5 year old girls

2.45 - 5 year old boys

If you have any questions regarding the day or you are able to help out as a course marshall then please contact us at school.

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New School Sports Shirt

This week we will be putting in our first order for our new school Sports Shirt.

These shirts can be worn for any school sport event i.e school athletics, crosscountry, fun tabloid sports days, athletics days - so they are for everyone at any age.

We are also hoping for most children to have the new sports shirt for Touch Rugby. If your child is planning on playing Touch Rugby in Term 4, we encourage you to purchase a shirt to own. You will then not be required to pay the $20 bond to borrow a school top.

Orders and payment need to be into the school office no later than 12 noon Thursday 27 August please.

They are $40 and are of a high quality dri-fit material. The school is charging parents what we pay for them (i.e. no profit – this is about providing you with a service). Payment can be made at the school office or online.

Normanby School Bank Details

TSB 15 3950 0406446 03

Please make sure you write your surname and reference what the payment is for e.g. sports shirt.

Orders, along with your child's size, need to be given to Kay in the office.

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Swimming Lessons

The PTA are very generously paying for all children at Normanby School to receive six swimming lessons by qualified swimming instructors at the Hawera Aquatic Centre during Term Three. This costs $24 per child for the 6 lessons. We are extremely grateful to the fundraising and support we receive from both the PTA and community.

Due to Covid19 we have put our lessons on hold for now. Once we go back to Alert Level One, we will continue the Puanga Hub lessons (any missed will be caught up). A new timetable will be issued.

Ngahere and Matariki will have their lessons in Term 4.

Children who forget their swimming togs and towel will remain at school.

If you are available to help out with transport or supervision, please let the class teacher or Kay know. Thank you.

Van Payments

All families who choose to use the school vans will have received invoices on the last day of school for Term Three. The bank account number has changed for van payments. Please ensure you put the money into the correct account. Full time users take precedence for the van.

We currently have a waiting list so please ensure you let Kay in the office know asap if there are any changes to your circumstances.

All van payments are made to: -

Normanby School Office

TSB: 15 3950 0406446 03

August and September Birthdays

Happy birthday to the following children and staff who have their birthday coming up in August and September.

Tuesday 25 August - Ms Adrienne Cooper

Saturday 29 August - Connor Prince - 5 years old

Saturday 29 August - Jay Robinson - 7 years old

Friday 4 September - Mrs Tash Campbell

Friday 4 September - Miranda Seth - 5 years old

Friday 4 September - Jeila Katene - 11 years old

Saturday 5 September - Marius Aholelei - 11 years old

Monday 7 September - Mrs Kay Le Pine

Friday 11 September - Kahn Hori - 8 years old

Friday 11 September - Leroy Ashby - 7 years old

Wednesday 16 September - Jasper Green - 7 years old

Wednesday 16 September - Leonidas Fowlie - 7 years old

Friday 18 September - Macey Ogle - 7 years old

Saturday 19 September - Reminise Franzen - 5 years old

Tuesday 22 September - Jordyn Cooper - 6 years old

Friday 25 September - Beck Werder - 6 years old

Saturday 26 September - Ms Tina Ryan

Tuesday 29 September - Tawera Leatherby - 5 years old

Tuesday 29 September - Legion Tohengaroa-McIntyre - 8 years old

Wednesday 30 September - Amber Jordan - 5 years old

Welcome to Shelley Whyte

A warm welcome to Shelley Whyte, who has recently been appointed as one of our relieving Learning Assistants. Shelley is familar to many of our children in Ngahere Hub as she is also training to be a teacher and has been volunteering to help once per week. We are super happy to have Shelley join our staff.
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PTA News - School Disco

Thank you to the PTA and staff who helped out with the recent School Disco. Thank you also to Shaun Campbell from Campbell Vibe Entertainment who was an amazing DJ.

PTA News - RJ's Licorice Fundraiser

RJ’s Licorice Fundraiser

  • 750gm bags of licorice offcuts - $5/bag.

  • Please return the order form and payment to the school office asap.

  • Once payment is received, the licorice will be available for pick up the next day.

  • Direct credit payments can be made to: Normanby School PTA 15-3950-0342198-00

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School Assembly and Whanua Mornings (Friday's 8.30am to 10am)

During Term Three we will have school assemblies and whanau mornings on most Fridays.

While we are at Covid19 Alert Level 2, we will not be holding school assemblies. We will inform you about this week's assembly once we have a report from the NZ Governement about the Covid level for this week.

You are welcome to visit your child's classroom from 8.30am on a Friday, so that they can share their learning with you. Then we would love you to stay on for our assembly which starts at 9.15am.

Week 6 - Friday 28 August - Ngahere to share learning

Week 7 - None due to Crosscountry

Week 8 - Friday 11 August - Room 2 sharing their learning

Week 9 - Friday 18 Sept - Room 8 sharing their learning

Week 10 - Friday 25 Sept - Kapa Haka presentation

Week Five Normanby STARS

Congratulations to our Normanby STARS who received class certificates or principal certificates and a Duffy Book in Week Five (unfortunately no assembly due to Covid).

Class Certificates

Mrs V’s choice: Zavier Augustine

Mr Jones choice: Leshae Young

Room 2: Shelby Boyd

Room 3: Kayliss Ross

Room 4: Killian Fowlie

Room 5: Judy Ashby

Room 6:Jakaylah Muggeridge

Room 7: Teila Hill

Room 8: Riley Vincent

Principal’s Certificates (Plus a Duffy Book Prize)

Showing improvement in Creative Writing

Mrs V’s choice: Angus Clarke

Mr Jones choice: Broly Bennett

Room 2: Jesha Brown - Hazeldine

Room 3: McKenna Cleary

Room 4: Max Surgenor

Room 5: Layla Cole

Room 6: Joelle Buisson

Room 7: Isabella Pratt

Room 8: Kenzie Boyd

School Docs

All of our School policies and procedures can be found on School Docs. Currently, we are reviewing the following policies:

  • Learning Support (Nag1 Curriculum)

  • Appointment Procedure (Nag 3 Employer Responsibility)

  • Child Protection (Nag 5 Health, Safety and Welfare)

Please read these policies and then follow the instructions if you have any feedback to provide.

School Docs

Passwords for School Docs



How the review process works:

School Docs have explained what happens before, during, and after a review takes place in our Policy and Procedure Review Process document.

Also see Review Schedule for links to printable copies of the annual, and three-year schedule.

Instructions for reviewers

1. Follow the link to each policy in the table above.

2. Read the policy.

3. Click the red Policy Review icon at the right-hand top corner of the page. A new screen will appear.

4. Select your role (board member, staff member, or parent/caregiver) from the drop-down list.

5. Enter your name (optional).

6. Submit your ratings and comments.

Term Dates 2020

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Coming Up in Week 5 & 6

Week 5

Due to the uncertainty of what COVID19 announcement will be made by the NZ Government tomorrow, we will continue to put swimming lessons "on hold" for this week.

Monday 24 August

  • Puanga Hub Speech finals 11.40am
  • School Council Meeting
  • Basketball at the Hub for all teams

Tuesday 25 August

  • Happy Birthday to Ms Adrienne Cooper
  • Kapa Haka Performance Group Practice

Wednesday 26 August

  • Kapa Haka Whole School practice (split into two groups if at Covid Alert level 2)
  • Basketball at the Hub for Year 5/6
  • New Parent / Whanau Information Evening 7 to 8.30pm - school library

Thursday 27 August

  • Project Reef Life Visitors - Three different lessons for the three Hubs.

Friday 28 August

  • Daffodil Day Mufti Day $2 donation - wear something yellow
  • 8.30am to 10am Whanau morning and School assembly if at Covid19 Alert level 1
  • 10am Kelly Sports for Room 7 & 8

Saturday 29 August

  • Happy Birthday to Connor Prince 5 years old today
  • Happy Birthday to Jay Robinson 7 years old today
  • Netball Games

Week 6

Monday 31 August

  • School Council Meeting
  • Swimming lessons (to be confirmed)
  • Basketball at the Hub for all teams

Tuesday 1 September

  • Happy Birthday to Ms Adrienne Cooper
  • Kapa Haka Performance Group Practice

Wednesday 2 September

  • Kapa Haka Whole School practice (split into two groups if at Covid Alert level 2)
  • Basketball at the Hub for Year 5/6

Thursday 3 September

  • Swimming lessons (to be confirmed)

Friday 4 September

  • Senior Crosscountry
  • Happy Birthday to Mrs Tash Campbell
  • Happy Birthday to Miranda Seth - 5 years old today
  • Happy Birthday to Jeila Katene - 11 years old today

Saturday 5 September

  • Happy Birthday to Marius Aholelei - 11 years old today
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Dates to put in your Diary

Tuesday 8 September - Junior Crosscountry

Wednesday 9 September - Wig Wednesday

Wednesday 9 September - PTA Meeting at 7pm

Thursday 10 September - Lions Club Speeches

Monday 14 to Friday 18 September - Art Week

Wednesday 16 September - BOT meeting at 7pm

Friday 25 September - Last day of Term three

Monday 12 October
- First day of Term Four

Monday 26 October
- Labour Day

Friday 30 October - Family Fun Day

Tuesday 3 November
- Athletics - Seniors only

Thursday 5 November - Athletics Day - whole school

Friday 13 November
- PTA Treat

Friday 20 November - Teacher Only Day

Tuesday 24 November - School Photos

Friday 4 December - Puanga Hub Big Day Out

Monday 7 December - Year 6 Graduation Dinner and Celebration

Thursday 10 December - End of year School Concert

Tuesday 15 December - School Prize-giving at 10.30am

Wednesday 16 December - School finishes at 12noon.

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