School Newsletter June 25th, 2021

Endeavour School June 25th, 2021

A Message From Mr Freke

Greetings to you all

Winter has certainly arrived with a vengeance over the last few weeks. The cold and wet weather has led to an increase in cold and flu-like ailments. If your child is unwell, please keep them home. Everyone was very supportive of this Kaupapa during COVID and we need to keep this going.

Thank you all for your support of our ‘Open Afternoon’. It was great to see the children sitting with family sharing what they are working on in writing. I heard some amazing conversations; the children know exactly what their next steps for learning are and how they know when they have achieved it. Our ‘Open Afternoons’ are one way we try to give some insights into what is happening with your child’s learning. It is also a chance to celebrate the achievements they have made throughout the term. These Open Days have replaced our learning celebration assemblies. We believe they are a personalised and an authentic celebration of what your child is learning.

The next opportunity to be a part of your child’s learning will be our Matariki Celebration on the 7th of July. The children will be working in their Whānau groups doing a range of Matariki focused craft activities. We will be making vegetable soup and there will be an opportunity for you to ‘plant your aspirations’ for your child’s learning for the following year. I encourage you to discuss this with your child to plan what your ‘aspiration’ might be.

I often remind our students in this ‘message’ to play hard but fair and that they are representing our school and their family on the field. Not only are our children representing our school but our supporters are too. Remember supporters are an important part of the sports experience for our children. We have high expectations of our supporters as we do for the players on the courts and fields. Please ensure that you remember this when you are out there with the children. Good luck to all those involved in sport this week.

Marcus Freke


Upcoming Events

  • 28 June - Y5 & Y6 Matariki Education Trip
  • 02 July - Mufti Day
  • 05 July - Students Farewell Assembly for Mr Freke
  • 06 July - MusiqHub Concert 2.15pm - 2.45pm
  • 07 July - Matariki House Day
  • 07 July - Save The Date - Endeavour Parent Community Farewell Evening for Marcus
  • 09 July - Tabloids House Day
  • 09 July - End of Term Two
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Endeavour School Kaunihera/ Student Leaders Charity Fundraiser

We are supporting the Ronald McDonald House Charity to raise funds for families to stay together at Ronald McDonald House while their child is undergoing treatment at a nearby hospital.

We are having a MUFTI DAY on Friday 2nd July at Endeavour School

Endeavour students please join in, wear mufti on Friday 2/7, and bring a GOLD COIN to donate to our charity.

  • All the money we raise will go towards funding a night for a family from the Waikato to stay at Ronald McDonald House in Auckland.

  • This is a way that Endeavour Kids can help other New Zealand kids.

  • We want to show that we’re Endeavour Citizens by doing a little bit to help families who are going through tough times.

"When a child is fighting for their life, their family fights with them. Help us house families with hospitalised children. Join the fight to fund a night."

Matariki Whaanau Day

Kia ora te whaanau

Week 10 of Term 2 is our School wide focus on Matariki learning. During the week our tamariki will be exploring the many aspects of Matariki and how and why we celebrate this momentous occasion of the Maramataka (Lunar Calendar).

The week will include a Whaanau day with shared soup on Wednesday, 7th July.

This day will be celebrated in house groups (Pukete , Cobham , Whitiora and Victoria ), where tamariki will spend time together as a house whaanau, enjoy activities provided and share in our collective soup making.

Students are invited to wear their house colours, or school uniform. Please name all clothing as children will be in different spaces.

Wednesday 7th July, 9:15am - 1:15pm

- bring ONE root vegetable (carrot, potato, kumara, turnip, parsnip, or 1/4 of a pumpkin)

- bring a plastic mug for the shared soup as well as a wet bag / reusable plastic bag to take it home in.

- invite your whaanau to pop in and spend some time with you if they can.

We look forward to celebrating Matariki with all of our Endeavour whaanau.

LC1/2 Victoria (purple)

LC3/4 Pukete (green)

LC5/6 Whitoria (orange)

Hall Cobham (red)

Kiss And Drop Reminder

A reminder to all parents/ caregivers who use the Kiss and Drop in the mornings that this is a no parking zone. This area is strictly for drop offs only. Lately we are noticing more and more cars being parked there to walk children to their classrooms. At peak times this causes congestion and safety issues. We appreciate your assistance with this.

Head Lice

Our teachers have noticed a surge in head lice recently around our learning communities (which is fairly common for this time of the year). We would like to ask our parents and caregivers to please check your child/rens hair over the weekend and treat accordingly. Attached is very informative link regarding head lice and how to treat and prevent them.

Click Here For Head Lice Information

Please remember that as a school community we all need to do our part in checking and treating head lice, to be able to break the cycle.

What's Been Happening?

A Visit From Brooke Neal

On Wednesday, LC4 were lucky to be visited by Olympic Ambassador Brooke Neal. Brooke has been part of the Black Sticks Women's Hockey team for the past 8 years.

She shared stories with us about her childhood and how she ended up representing NZ at both the Olympic and Commonwealth Games. She even brought her Commonwealth Gold Medal in for us to see!

She talked to us about how important it is to have lots of people in your 'boat' to support you to reach your goals and shared some of the secrets behind her success.

We all loved her visit ( as you can see by the photos) and got to ask her lots of questions!

Brooke has retired from competitive competition now but we will be looking for her on TV as she commentates on the Olympic hockey matches next month.

Gymnastic Super Stars!

Some of our fantastic Endeavour students competed on Saturday, the 12th of June in the Gymnastics Academy Competition. They did an AMAZING job and we are so proud of them!

A special congratulations to Leah who came in 3rd place and Ayda who came in 2nd place in their groups.

How The Kiwi Lost Its Wings

Last week our year 1-4 students got a real treat in the form of a wonderful performance by the 2nd year Wintec Musical Theatre students. They told the story of how the kiwi lost its wings. This group spent a week touring around Waikato primary schools with their performance as part of an internal assessment. Here are some of things our students had to say about the performance:

  • Mila (LC1) "I liked when they were singing".
  • Lina (LC1) "I liked them doing silly things and when the kiwi helped".
  • Abigail (LC2) "It was silly! I liked it. Cool costumes and ten thumbs up!"
  • Yura (LC3) "It was funny when all the birds got told off. It was good when the kiwi said yes he would help and look for the bugs".
  • Max (LC4) " I liked all the singing and rapping. I liked how the kiwi chose to help. The pukeko was the funniest, how it only really cared about itself and didn't want to get its feet wet. And also its funny how the pukeko after had to live in the swamp
How The Kiwi Lost Its Wings - A performance a Endeavour

Sport at Endeavour

Our Netball and Hockey teams continue to do well, winning the majority of their matches and taking learning opportunities from the more challenging games. Team work has been a really positive message from all our coaches. Well done Teams!

Friends of Endeavour PTA

Digging Around

The Friends of Endeavour PTA are looking to do a bit of a maintenance project at the school sandpit. We are looking to purchase a few cubic metres of "pit sand" suitable to replenish our sandpit which is getting a little low. Do any of our families have any contacts or recommendations of where we should acquire this from? Ideally we would need it delivered to school and dumped into the sand pit area.

If you are able to assist us with this project please send details to our email

We are also looking to update and replace some of our sandpit toys. If you have any old or unused toys sitting around home that could be suitable for sandpit play and would like to donate them to the children of Endeavour then we would happily take these off your hands. Donations of toys can be left at the school office.

We thank you for your ongoing support.

Ice Block and Cookie Day! 09 July 2021

Friends of Endeavour will be selling cookies and ice blocks for $2 each on House Tabloids Day at first break - 11:15am

We need some awesome volunteers to run the tables on the day, please express your availability via email -

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Movie Night with the PTA

Fantastic to have such an awesome turn out for our first Friends of Endeavour movie night at Event Cinemas Chartwell and WOW Cruella was a great pick!

Our group for pre drinks and nibbles at Smith and Mckenzie Steakhouse were all entered for spot prizes on arrival thanks to our kind sponsors:

  • Monique and Mackenzie received a $50 Smith and McKenzie Steakhouse vouchers each
  • Katie received a beautiful repurposed Rimu cheeseboard from local craftsman Robert Forsyth paired with a set of cheese knives and a Countdown voucher from Ngaruawahia Automotive
  • Alicia received a copy of Outdoor Kids Guidebook donated by Friends of Endeavour PTA
  • Maria received a lovely pamper pack from Hamish Tattoos including Bonbon Factory body scrub, Glowlab face masks and chocolates
  • Kristen received vouchers for two paper craft classes with Alicia Yap Independent Stampin' Up Demonstrator

Entertainment Books

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FREE upgrade from Single to Multi City until Wednesday, June 30th 11.59pm NZST!

To make it even more exciting, Entertainment Book are also giving away a QLD holiday for two. Anyone who purchases a Single City Membership during this period automatically goes into the draw to WIN!

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Community Notices

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