9 March 2023

Leadership Team message from Marg

Kia ora koutou,

Ngahuru (Autumn) is upon us, and whilst the days are getting slightly shorter, and the mornings a tad cooler, it is critical to keep putting sunblock on all tamariki at home in the morning, and to ensure they have an appropriate sunhat in their school bag. We are having students without sun hats limited to shade areas during interval and lunchtime to reduce the risk of sunburn. PLEASE name hats you send to school so that they are able to be returned quickly if lost during the day. We appreciate your help in keeping our tamariki sunsmart and safe.


Today we have had Kellie from the Mitey Sir John Kirwin Foundation come in and model the delivery of Mitey curriculum lessons for all of our teachers. This is an exciting step for us as we embark on the journey towards ensuring all tamariki have the learning to help “them build the necessary and age appropriate skills, knowledge and understanding they need to nurture their own emotional wellbeing and that of others”

Whānau Picnic

Thanks to everyone for coming along and making the whānau picnic such a vibrant and enjoyable evening. Face painting, music, picnics, pizza, ice-blocks, cricket, football, tamariki connecting with each other and with extended whānau and so much more. Parents and Friends did a fantastic job bringing it all together and keep an eye out for their future events. If you would like to become more connected with our Edendale community you can join the Parents and Friends group and volunteer for one or more events.

Ngā mihi


Tumuaki Tuarua/Deputy Principal



Designed for NZ children, Mitey supports schools to deliver an evidence based approach to mental health education.


Whānau/Kaiako conferences update:

We will be holding our first formal meet the teacher hui on the following dates and times:

Tuesday 9th May 12:45pm - 7:00pm

Wednesday 10th May 12:45pm - 3:00pm

On both days school will have all staff involved in meeting parents and whānau so children will need to be collected at 1245pm.

Detail about booking a face-to-face meeting time will come out early next term.


International students

Edendale Primary is proud to announce that we have officially welcomed our first international student to school. We also have a couple more international students starting in term 2 of this year.

We have been approached by some international agents about hosting some small groups of international students. As part of this arrangement, the agents are wondering if the school would be able to find homestays for these students. This would mean providing a room for a student or a student and parent to stay in. These homestays would be with you for approximately two weeks and there would be a payment for this.

If this is something that you think you would be interested in please contact Chriss at . This will enable us to know if this is a possibility for us as a school.


Sun hats

Please ensure your child wears a sunhat or has a sunhat in their school bag every day. Please label it clearly with your child's name.

Students not wearing sun hats at interval and lunchtime are spending the break time supervised in the shade. This is to avoid the negative impacts of the sun.

Edendale bucket hats and caps - $20 each are available on Kindo or at Reception. Payment can be made by cash, eftpos or visa.


Garden to Table volunteers needed

Nau mai haere mai Edendale Primary School whānau!

Are you keen to help our tamariki in our Garden to Table programme? If so, we would love for you to join us!

Come and create a delicious meal with Kylie, or get your hands dirty with Ali in the maara kai. Any help is appreciated as we share the joys of growing and cooking our own food with our community, and no experience is necessary. All gear is provided.

Sessions run during term time only Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday 9:00am-10:30am and 11:15am-12:45pm.

For more information, or to sign up to join, please email We look forward to seeing you!


Tours of the School Friday 10 March at 9:00am - 9:30am

We have been asked by some if we could run school tours for existing parents/caregivers/whānau to see our upgraded facilities. We will be running the first of these on Friday the 10th of March at 9:00am.

Please RSVP to so we have numbers for planning purposes and meet us at the Flagpole for the start of the tour. We will be stopping by the STEAM room, Art room, Garden to Table kitchen, and new pool area along with some other places we think may be of interest to you. We look forward to seeing you there.


Open to Learning morning [whānau, parents, and caregivers] Thursday 6 April 9:00am - 10:30am

Our classrooms will be open to all for visits and like last year it is an opportunity to see learning in action and hear from children what has been learned during the term. More details to come.


Art Room request

If you have the following items, please drop off to the office for Kus.

  • Clean cardboard tubes (no toilet rolls please)
  • Egg cartons
  • Clean 2L ice cream containers

Thank you


Auckland Council

Help Council make the difficult budget decisions

Auckland Council is facing budget shortfall of $295 million for the 2023/2024 financial year and may need to reduce or stop some projects, facilities and services that you use or funding you receive. It is important that you tell Council if you agree with the proposed changes.

More information and feedback forms are available at the website akhaveyoursay, at your local library or at the Have Your Say drop-in session.

  • Have Your Say drop-in, Wednesday 22 March 5pm – 7:30pm at the Mt Eden War Memorial Hall, 489 Dominion Road.
  • Have a quick chat, get help to complete a feedback form, provide feedback at a glance, translations will be available.
  • All are welcome


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Thank you to all the parent volunteers who helped out with the Bake Sale and the Whānau picnic. The friends of Edendale have been busy planning an action-packed year of events for 2023 to fundraise for a new multi-synthetic turf surface with basketball and netball lining to go under the new basketball hoops.

Key Dates

Please see our events calendar below for Key Dates to help you with planning your year. We'll keep you updated with any changes and details for these events closer to the time. In the meantime, we need your support to make these events happen so if you can get involved in any way, please reach out to us on

Hot Cross Buns and Cookie Dough Fundraiser

Keep an eye on your email and SeeSaw tomorrow for order forms being sent out for this delicious fundraiser.

Colour Run

The Colour Run is back. We are thrilled to announce that the hugely popular colour run is going to be held in Term 1 this year during school hours. The dates are:

- Thursday, 30 March 2:00-3:00pm Years 1-3 (Akoranga and Atawhai)

- Friday, 31 March 2:00-3:00pm Years 4-6 (Mahitahi and Tuakana)

Like last year, family and friends will have the chance to sponsor students for their run and are welcome to come and cheer the kids on the day. We will be giving regular updates on fundraising progress and will be calling for volunteers to help at the event. More information will be sent out separately, including a link to the fundraising pages, so watch this space.

Key Dates

The friends of Edendale are looking forward to an action-packed year of events with you in 2023. This year we are supporting the school with fundraising for a new multi synthetic turf surface with basketball and netball linings to go under the new basketball hoops worth $42K. We are really excited about this project and the difference it will make to the school environment for the kids.


· Whānau picnic: Wednesday, 8 March, Edendale Reserve 5:30-7:30pm

· Cookie Dough Fundraiser & Hot Cross Buns Fundraiser: Order forms will go out via SeeSaw and email on Friday, 10 March

· Colour Run Year 1-3: (Akoranga and Atawhai), Thursday, 30 March, 2:00-3:00pm

· Colour Run Year 4-6: (Mahitahi and Tuakana), Friday, 31 March, 2:00-3:00pm

· Baking Class: Wednesday, 5 April, an adults event held in the School kitchens in the evening.

· Tea Towel fundraiser: Available all year, details TBC

· Bake Sale: Thursday, 30 March - Rooms 11 and 22


· Disco (whole school): Thursday 18 May, School Hall, Times TBC.

· Cooking Class: Wednesday 31 May, evening, School kitchens.

· Bake Sales: Thursday, 11 May - Rooms 7, 14 and 21; Thursday, 8 June - Rooms 1 and 12


· Matariki, breakfast under the stars: Friday, 21 July at dawn. School field.

· Music Bingo Event (AO): Friday, 11 August. School Hall in the evening.

· Multicultural Festival: Friday, 22 September - Years 0-3

· Math-athon Fundraiser run by the School, details TBC. (Term 3)

· Baking or cooking class: date TBC

· Bake Sales: Thursday, 3 August - Rooms 2, 15 and 16; Thursday, 31 August - Rooms 8 and 18


· School Production: Thursday, 19 October, School Hall, evening - Years 4-6

· Diwali Long Lunch: Friday, 10 November

· Baking or cooking class: date TBC

· End of Year School Picnic: (final day of school) – 1:00-3:00pm.

· Bake Sales: Thursday, 19 October - Rooms 9, 17 and 19; Thursday, 16 November - Rooms 4 and 6; Thursday, 7 December - Rooms 5 and 10

Note: regular Bake Sales are held each term, please keep an eye out for emails and SeeSaw for your child's class and turn to contribute baking.


2023 Edendale term dates

Term 1: Tuesday 7 February 2023 - Thursday 6 April [Monday 6 February - Waitangi Day; Friday 7 April - Good Friday]

Term 2: Wednesday 26 April - Friday 30 June [Monday 24 April - Teacher Only Day; Tuesday 25 April - Anzac Day; Friday 5 May - Teacher Only Day; Monday 5 June - King's Birthday]

Term 3: Monday 17 July - Friday 22 September

Term 4: Monday 9 October - Friday 15 December [Monday 23 October - Labour Day]

Next Board meeting: Tuesday 4 April 2023 at 7:00am. Please email to advise your attendance.

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