Week 7 Term 4 Panui

Wednesday - 30th November 2022

Principal Message

Ngā mihi nui ki a koutou katoa. Greetings to you all.

The school year is moving into the final countdown with only 12 days to go. Please note that school closes at 12.00pm on Friday 16 December.

It was great to see so many children recognised for their ‘super hero’ contribution to the school at our Service Assembly on Monday. Services and leadership our senior students provide to the school include: Road Patrollers, Librarians, Flag Raisers, Choir Leaders, Witherleads (School Tours), Kaikaranga/Haka (Welcome Ceremonies), Jump Jam Leaders, Worm Farmers, Enviro Ninjas, Techie’s, Assembly Presenters, Welcomers, Breakfast Club Helpers, Buddy Readers, PAL’s (Lunchtime Activities), Medical Monitors, Recharge Team, Junk Shed, Sports Shed, Wet Day Monitors. Thank you to all the children that have contributed to the school through these roles in 2022.

A huge thank you to the parents and staff involved in a highly successful Book Week. Books sales for the week exceeded $10,000 and 20% of this will come back to the school to buy additional books for the library - that's a win/win for reading! Kids loved the dress up day on Friday which capped off a great week!

While we're on the thank yous, I would also like to acknowledge the WSPCG for their efforts with the recent calendar and disco fundraisers. These activities have raised a combined $5000 to go towards our new scooter track. We will schedule an opportunity in the new year for new parents to find out more about the WSPCG and get involved in activities that raise funds for the school and foster community spirit. Also a big thank you to Martina Suleiman who has this year has raised $11,000 for our school to date selling second hand clothing using her facebook group 'The Closet Room'

Congratulations to the children that competed in the Marlborough School Athletics Championships recently, we are proud of you all. The following placings were achieved by the Witherlea team:

Year 4

Benson B - 1st in Boys High Jump

Amelia E - 3rd in Girls Shot Put

Ishana M - 2nd in Girls Discus

Year 5

Ryan B - 3rd in Boys High Jump, 2nd in Boys Shot Put, 3rd in Boys 100m Sprint and 1st in Boys Long Jump

Zara W - 2nd in Girls High Jump, 3rd in Girls Long Jump and 3rd in Girls 60m Sprint

Freddie H - 2nd in Boys Long Jump

Cristina F - 3rd in Girls 100m Sprint

Year 6

Maddie H - 3rd in Girls High Jump

Connor W - 3rd in Boys Long Jump

2023 School Structure and Staffing

In response to staff and parent feedback, we have revised our school structure for 2023. An additional teacher has been employed to provide optimal class sizes with room for growth. Our school roll ideally needs to sit in the low to mid 400’s to provide a good balance of funding with physical space. The board will work to grow the roll through further ballots for students living out of zone while lobbying to extend our current zone to increase our school catchment. We have also made a number of changes to maximise continuity for classes and employed additional staff to provide support to children who need it. Class placement information will be shared on Monday 12 December along with your child's report. Below is a summary of staffing changes for 2023.

Firstly, congratulations to Ariana McIntrye who has won a promotion to Deputy Principal at Blenheim School recently. Hazel Halton has also resigned her position to continue further study in 2023. We thank you both for your significant contribution to Witherlea and wish you all the best for the future.

Maree Herdman, Phoebe Quirk, Richelle Henderson, Jordan Schollum, and Matt Robertson have leave approved for 2023.

Leadership Team:

Phil Funnell - Deputy Principal (Learning Support)

Angela Clark - Assistant Principal (Ferns Team: Y0-2)

Phillip Johnson - Acting Assistant Principal (Kowhai Team: Y3-4)

PJ Muir - Assistant Principal (Kauri Team: Y5-6)

Ferns Team (Y0-2)

Angela Clark, Y0/1, Room 1

Mel Beattie, Y0/1, Room 2

Amy Lucas, Y1/2, Room 3

Hayley Christie, Y1, Room 4

Larrissa Robertson, Y2, Room 6

Dan Stephens, Y2, Room 7

Kowhai Team (Y3-4)

Catherine Stringer, Y3-4, Room 8

Kelsie Brown, Y3-4, Room 9

Phillip Johnson, Y3-4, Room 21

Aimee Fish, Y3-4, Room 10

Shontell Green, Y3-4, Room 11

Kauri Team (Y5-6)

Tracee Lee, Y5-6, Room 15

Naomi Anderson, Y5-6, Room 16

New Teacher, Y5-6, Room 17

Jemma Herdman, Y5-6, Room 18

PJ Muir, Y5-6, Room 19

Additional Teachers

Matt Robertson - STEM Programme/Classroom Release

Marion Barakat - Reading Recovery/ESL Programme

Aoife O’Shaughnessy - Reading Recovery/Management Release

Rachael Pottinger - Classroom/Management Release

Jane Walkenhorst - Classroom Release/Management Release

Sarah Cowan - Management Release

Kelly Ogilvy - Edible Gardens Programme

Teacher Aides

Lynn Glavin

Kate Higgins

Mel Hole

Deb Moran

Sarah Cowan

Kim Robinson

Rochelle WiRepa

Admin Staff

Jen Sim - Executive Officer

Amber Russell - Office Manager

Rochelle WiRepa - Office Support

Stella Machado - IT Support

Grounds Staff

Dave Smit - Caretaker (Fulltime)

Alan Western - Caretaker (Part-time)

We are seeking an additional Teacher Aide to join the team in 2023. If you are interested in this role, please get in touch with me directly - principal@witherlea.school.nz

Finally a few things to action this week:

  • Please send your child to school with a bucket on Tuesday as we require an ‘army of ants’ to refill our sawdust pit.

  • We are collecting wrapped gifts under the Christmas Tree in the office to give to charity. If you would like to contribute, please ensure this is delivered by the end of week 8.

  • We are keen to take a quick poll to hear your preference around whether school newsletters are distributed electronically or via hard copy in 2023.

All the best for the rest of the week!

Ngā manaakitanga,

Symon Beattie


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Marlborough Athletics

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Welcome to Witherlea School

We wish to welcome these new students and their families and whānau to our school and community;

Brooklyn F

Welcome to School Certificates are given out at our Assembly on a Monday morning at 9am.

Last day of term early finish

A reminder that our last day of school for 2022 is Friday the 16th of December. School will finish at 12:00pm and children will need to be collected.

2023 Term Dates

Term 1 - Tuesday 31st January - Thursday 6th April

Term 2 - Monday 24th April - Friday 30th June

Term 3 - Monday 17th July - Friday 22nd September

Term 4 - Monday 9th October - Friday 15th December.

Witherlea Welcome Hour

All Witherlea School students and families are invited to come to school on the 30th of January from 2-3pm and visit their 2023 classes and teachers.

Term 4 Events

Week 7 - Wiki Tuawhitu

Monday 28th November - 2nd December

Monday 28th November

Service Assembly

Wednesday 30th November

Newsletter, School Disco

Thursday 1st December

New Entrant Whanau Hui

Friday 2nd December

Bohally Tech Taster

Week 8 - Wiki Tuawaru

Monday 5th December - 9th December

Monday 5th December

Coffee Cart, Assembly

Wednesday 7th December

Year 6 Leavers BBQ

Thursday 8th December

Year 6 Leavers BBQ (Postponement Date)

Be Kind, Be Safe, Be Fair Shoutouts

Be Kind, Be Safe, Be Fair Shoutouts

Congratulations to these students who have displayed one or all of our school behaviour expectations and are a model to others;


Eleanor H - Showing bravery as you push past challenging situations o be super successful in your learning!


Leni B - Upholding the Witherlea school values and being a respectful member of Room 13


Joey W - Your great attitude to school, putting others before yourself, also kind and considerate in all situations.

The awards are for recognition in displaying and modelling our school motto and values; Be Kind, Be Safe, Be Fair.

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