Tuesday 22nd November
Talofa lava - Hello in Samoan,
Welcome to a short Week 6 of term. The teachers and support staff had a productive Staff Only Day yesterday with professional development and assessment analysis among some of the work completed without having the children present.
LOM - Thank You!
Thank you so much to all the wonderful people who put a lot of time and effort into Lights Over Marlborough. It was a great success this year with a huge crowd and a profit of a minimum of $30,000 (final costs are still to be determined, and expenses were a lot higher this year) which will go towards a wheels track for bikes, scooters and roller blades/skates. The PSG in particular spent many hours behind the scenes leading up to the event, and all their organisation showed on the day as everything ran so smoothly.
There are way too many people to mention individually but in particular, once again, we would have been lost without the incredible organisation, communication, and direction from our PSG: Rebecca Kane (who is our PSG Chairperson and the main co-ordinator of LOM), Cameron Benner (who took days off work and borrowed his workplace truck and trailer for pick ups and deliveries - thanks Central Express Ltd), Christee Dalzell, Leah Fairgrieve, Alysha van de Water, Sonia O’Regan, Paula Saad, Samantha Jacobs, Michelle Street, Rachel Roberts, Jade Lee and Genevieve Facer. Many of our PSG are new this year as several previous members have left due to their children having moved on to intermediate since our last LOM in 2020 so it was a huge effort.
The magic happened with the stunning fireworks display set to music, and a huge thanks is extended to our wonderful pyrotechnic team. They were capably led by the extremely enthusiastic Michelle Harris and her immediate team of Phil Rayner and Kelvin Holdaway who donated several days of their time setting up the display, as well as other team members, some of whom travelled from Nelson. The pyro crew are all passionate about what they do, and enjoy giving back to the community, so we are very grateful.
We are also grateful to Chris Holdaway and his sound crew for putting in so much extra time and effort to allow the fireworks to be set to music. We really appreciate it and the sound certainly gives the display that ‘X factor’.
Lots of other volunteers helped out and once again there are way too many to mention, however in particular we would like to acknowledge the following who gave up their time and are not actually part of our school community:
Simcox Construction who were fabulous helping on the day and evening to set up and dismantle marquees & signage, and transport equipment
Mike King from King Electrics, and his team from Aotea Electric (Matt Kerr, Kevin Wyngaard, Johnny & Dan) who once again ensured all the power supplies, etc worked well;
Crafar and Crouch for providing the Big Sweeper truck that cleaned up on Sunday morning;
Alex Lloyd from Creative
Erica Hobbs who kept the stage running to schedule and looked after ‘lost’ children.
The entertainment this year was amazing. Sincere thanks to: our own WSS Kapa Haka group and their fantastic leaders (Whaea Connie and Adam Alexander); Emile McKenzie (Ezael’s talented dad) and his brother Troy; Marlborough Boys College groups under the expert guidance of Barbara Song (Harper’s mum): ”Heart Failure” (Finn Brown, Archie Cooke, Ben Kenny, Miko Manson & Taylor Sutherland), “Breath Mints” (Rico Chen, Thomas Clark, Oliver Price, Jackson Takimoana, & Cael Yockney), & Jack Fransen (supported by Poppy Lane); Eliza Kersten-Brown (a young Whitney Street student who is only 10 years old with an amazing voice and fantastic future ahead of her) and her mum, Sarah Brown.
They all had the crowd totally engaged and enjoying themselves. It was also great to see our Year 5 and 6 students showing leadership, innovation, community support, and financial literacy skills, to name a few, by organising and running the amazing Kidzone area - lead by the Wairau teachers (Jade Lee and Rachel Earle)
Apart from the many volunteers we also had an incredible number of sponsors, and a formal thank you will be published in the newspaper shortly.
The PSG will take a well deserved break before planning for LOM 2023 starts in the new year. If you have any feedback to help make the event even better next year please let us know. We are also always looking for more members on our PSG so perhaps you might like to consider joining us next year?
Clive is looking to open the pool before the Christmas holidays. If the weather permits, we will open it up and class lessons/ free swims may start during the last two weeks of term. Teachers will send their own notices home regarding this.
Limited swimming pool keys can be ordered from Adele in the office. They cost $50 for the season, and the pool should be available for keyholders use from 12 December.
End of Year Hui / Assembly - Wed 14 Dec
We will be holding our End of Year Leavers’ Assembly on Wednesday 14 December. As we have a large number (78) of Year 6’s moving onto intermediate, they will not all fit on the stage in our school hall, so we have booked the Richmond View School Auditorium. Details are still to be firmed up but our tentative schedule for the day would be to: walk to Richmond View ready to start at 1pm; hui from 1pm - 2pm; walk back to school to arrive by 2:30pm; and end of year ice blocks and special visitor from 2:30pm. We will send out confirmed details nearer the time, but tentatively put these in your diaries, especially Y6 parents/whānau.
Year 6 Leavers Dinner
The date for this event is set for Wednesday 14 December from 5:30pm - 9:40pm. Please save the date in your calendars. Invitations will be coming out in the next few weeks. Like previous years, we will be having dinner at the Marlborough Youth Trust followed by a movie at Event Cinemas.
Bohally Orientation Visits
Reminder: Year 6 visit to Bohally this Thursday 24 Nov and next Thurs 1st December. For more information click on the link below.
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 9 December). Academic progress and learning goals will be reported online via Hero for Reading, Writing and Maths at this time also. 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 here, and we recommend you do this before 9 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 9 December when teachers will have finished inputting and updating the data.
2023 Class Placements and Stationery
2023 Class placement letters will go home on Monday 12 December. These letters will also contain the stationery and camp requirements for 2023.
Dance Curriulum Lessons and Performance
Next week we have our fabulous ‘Dance Curriculum’ programme taking place. Each class has a daily dance lesson facilitated by professional dancers, culminating in an exciting energetic performance that parents/whānau will be invited to come and watch in the school hall on Friday 9 Dec. We will let you know in the next newsletter the time/s of these performances.
Attendance - Thank you!
We have recently been given an Attendance Report from the Ministry of Education that shows Whitney Street School had a better attendance in Term 2 in general than other schools of similar size and demographics, and nationally, so well done everyone for getting your children to school. It’s great to see that you understand the importance of having your children at school so they can learn, make friends, and be happy. We try really hard as a school community to make Whitney Street School a welcoming, happy place, and encourage you to let us know if there is any way we can help get your child/ren to school.
Wairau Hub Athletics
Congratulations to the following students who were chosen to represent us in the Marlborough Primary Schools Athletics this Wednesday. We know they will make us proud at this event.
Year 4 Boys
Year 4 Girls
Year 5 Boys
Year 5 Girls
Year 6 Boys
Year 6 Girls
Manuia le vaiaso (have a great week)
Bohally Orientation Visit for Year 6 students
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Health School Lunches
Rm 12 met with Libelle a few weeks ago to share their thoughts on the menu for school lunches as well as learning about what makes up a healthy balanced meal. They then got to make their own wraps. Delicious!
Sporting Achievement for Zidi and Zihan
On October 22nd the Blenheim Olympic Taekwondo Club hosted the Top of the South Championships here at Marlborough Lines Stadium 2000. There were competitors from as far as Auckland and Invercargill entered. It was a huge day with amazing results. We couldn't be more proud of Zidi and Zihan and we're sure you are too!
Results for the boys as follows:
Poomsae - teams - gold
Kyrougi/Sparring - gold
Poomsae - singles - silver
Kyrougi/ Sparring - bronze
Summer is just around the corner. Please remember that we are a Sunsmart School and the children need to be wearing a wide-brimmed school hat during morning tea and lunch times this term. Hats are available to purchase from the office at a cost of $9. If children do not have a hat they will be restricted as to where they can play.
The Kiwican Corner
The Kiwi Can Team Would Love To Hear From You!
The Kiwi Can team have put together a couple of very quick questions about your child/family's experience of Kiwi Can - and they genuinely would love to hear what you have to say.
Just a few questions, which will only take a few minutes!
You can find it via this link: www.bit.ly/KCWhanau2022
Manuia le vaiaso (have a great week)
Whitney Street School Staff
Repeated (but important!) School Notices
Free Period Products for Girls
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 when you let Christee Dalzell know via email (firstname.lastname@example.org), by leaving a wee note on her desk or by contacting the school office.
Hopefully, this initiative is utilised really well by our Whitney kōtiro/girls! We have figured out a system where the students are able to easily access these in an inconspicuous way.
This is a brilliant way to save money on the grocery bill so please take advantage of it.
If you have any questions, please feel free to pop in and talk to Christee.
Merino School Jumpers
Kia Ora Whitney St whānau,
I am passionate about my children wearing natural fibres and have been putting through orders for merino jumpers for the last couple of years. I try to put through two orders a year at the start of the year and at the end of term 3. I use True Fleece, https://www.truefleece.co.nz/collections/kids-tops/products/kids-coast-quarter-zip.
I need at least four jumpers to go ahead with the order. If you would like to see what the jumpers are like, the school office has one or you can see me personally.
The cost will be slightly reduced from the website price and will be $80 per jumper.
If you could please contact me at email@example.com and let me know of your interest.
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 this 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.
Automatic Payment Option
The Whitney Street School BOT bank details are: 03 0599 0305934 00