School Newsletter - 30 June

Endeavour School - June 30th, 2022

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Principal's Message

Good afternoon Whaanau, Tamariki and our Wider Community,

This afternoon I have just arrived back from the Junior Tough Guy/Gal Challenge held out at Ngaruawahia Christian Camp. With over 1800 children from around the Waikato the vibe was very energetic and it was fabulous to see 70 of our Year 3 - 6 children in and amongst it.

Ensuring our children develop a greater confidence with taking risks is a key part to learning. In our assembly on Monday I shared an interview clip with the children from the new Top Gun movie. The interview was centered around how while filming the movie several mistakes were made, but the directors decided to use the clips anyway. Essentially they turned mistakes into success by looking at it differently. I used this example with our children as we often see children (as well as ourselves) make mistakes and think we have to start over, or panic as it wasn't how we had planned it to look/happen etc.

In learning we must take risks, make mistakes and be comfortable with both. Often, (especially in a sporting context) mistakes come from trying, having a go. This is a behaviour we want to foster and focus on, not so much the outcome, especially with our children as they continue to develop and learn about themselves.

So at our assembly I challenged our children that when they make a mistake in their learning, to be ok with it and look at it differently and see how they could turn it into a 'win'.

This afternoon your child's progress graphs go live on HERO as part of our Reporting to Parent Process. This means you will be able to see both the Learning posts and graphs when you log in. Please take some time to log in, have a look and celebrate with your child/ren. Next week we have our Parent / Teacher Learning conversations to discuss the progress of your child/ren over this half year. Thank you to the many who have booked in. If you have not yet, it is not too late. Simply visit and enter the code: 5avd6. Find your child's Literacy Teacher and make a booking.

Finally, this will be our last newsletter for the term. It has been wonderful to be able to host many of you back onsite and see some of our annual events reappear on our calendar.

Warm regards


New Appointment - Learning Support Coordinator Role

Over the term Kylee, Karin (our BoT Chairperson) and myself have been going through the recruitment process to replace Mrs Katrina Steele and appoint a new Learning Support Coordinator (LSC). We are delighted to let you know that Mrs Antonia Fong - Molenaar (Currently in LC2) has won the position. Antonia brings a strong background in supporting children with greater learning needs, while at the same time has the benefit of already having excellent relationships with many children throughout our school. Antonia will begin this role at the start of Term 3.

We are very fortunate to have Mrs Marie Wells on our team who currently fills the role as release teacher in LC 1 and LC 2. Mrs Wells will replace Mrs Fong - Molenaar in LC 2 for the remainder of the year. In addition we look forward to welcoming back Mrs Olivia Atkinson from maternity leave 2 days a week to provide release in both LC 1 and LC 2. I know that Olivia is excited to return and support our little ones with their learning.

School Fun Run

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Ordering Fun Run Prizes

To order Fun Run prizes simply log onto your child's Fun Run profile at between 8th-17th July. Once on the site click on the ‘CLAIM YOUR PRIZE’ button and follow the prompts.

All prizes must be ordered online between 8th-17th July.

Prizes will be distributed from school next term.

Please note all children who receive a prize in the $700-$999 range will be presented with their prizes at an Assembly. We will contact these families to let them know when the Assembly is.

If you have any questions, please contact the School Fun-Run team on 0800 377 170 and they will gladly assist!

What to wear on the day!

This Fun Run is a colour powder run. This means children run through a fun course and at the end have some powder sprayed over their clothing.

Please send your child to school on the 8th July wearing clothing you are happy with them getting powder on. In the past some children have worn house colours and others chose to wear white so the powder showed up more! It’s your choice!

Reminder about our School Fun Run

Dear Parent/Guardian,

We are pleased to launch our major school fundraiser – the Endeavour School Fun Run!

This is a sponsored programme through which we hope to raise some money to go toward new sports equipment and uniforms for our sports teams. The event will be held on 8th July giving students three weeks to get excited and to collect online sponsorship for their big day!

About the Programme

The School Fun Run is all about FUN! Your children will have the opportunity to run alongside their fellow classmates, friends and students... sometimes even the teachers get involved! This exciting event is not one to be missed, so we hope to see everyone there!

How Does My Child Fundraise?

Firstly, go to and create a student profile page. Everything to do with your fundraising revolves around this page.

Students who raise just $10 will be able to choose a prize! The more they raise, the better their reward – you will find the full range in your sponsorship form.

Online Fundraising

This is the easiest way to support your child to collect sponsorship. The sky is the limit when it comes to online fundraising with students across the country raising thousands of dollars, all to support their school, and to earn some pretty cool prizes along the way…. Online fundraising is also safer and easier than going door to door, and you don’t have to worry about handling money!

To start fundraising, go to your student profile page at and share your fundraising link via email, SMS, or social media!

Getting Involved

Not only can you support the school and students with your sponsorship – but you can join in on the fun! We would love to welcome parents and family members to attend the School Fun Run. We can’t wait to see you at our event!

Lastly, we have made students aware of the dangers of doorknocking without adult supervision, but we encourage you to reiterate this message at home.

Your child/ren will have brought some further details regarding this home today.

Thank you, good luck, and happy fundraising!

Upcoming Events

  • 06 and 07 July - HERO Posts - Parent / Teacher Learning Conversations
  • 08 July - Fun Run
  • 08 July - Last Day of Term Two
  • 25 July - First Day of Term Three

2022 Term Dates

Term Two: Monday 2nd of May 2022 - Friday 8th July 2022

Term Three: Monday 25th July 2022 - Friday 30th September 2022

Term Four: Monday 17th October 2022 - Friday 16th December 2022


Please remember to collect any uniform orders from the school office before the end of Term!

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2022 Board Of Trustee Elections

Our next Board of Trustee (BOT) election is coming up this September. More information about this election will be sent out in the coming weeks, but if you think you might be interested in joining our BOT or would like to find out more, please do not hesitate to contact Geoff on or Karin Adams (BOT Chair) on

Whats Been Happening?

Matariki Celebration 2022

Endeavour School Library

Last week in the School Library, Ms Hatwell and Miss Searancke helped children school-wide to decorate stars and make bookmarks decorated to the theme of Matariki. The student librarians and other students within the school were amazing leaders supporting other students of all ages across all learning communities to complete these tasks too. Everyone who got involved had a great time and should feel proud to know their works are now displayed in our school library for everyone to appreciate. We would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who participated, we couldn’t have achieved our amazing display without your help. Check out some of the photos we captured if you didn't manage to pop in!

Paige - LC4 - “I loved helping people to make bookmarks in the library because I liked being a leader”

Pranamya - LC4 “I feel good to teach other people and to be kind to other people”

Mikayla D - LC4 “I feel awesome to help people”

From LC2

LC2 has been using visual art to retell stories and share what they have learned. The stories that we have been exploring are all Pūrākau - Māori Narratives.

From LC3 & LC4

What is Matariki?

"Matariki is making new goals. My goal for this year is practising rugby and back flips."


"Matariki is remembering family that have passed and turned into stars."


"When you see the Matariki stars, it reminds you of your family that have passed. The stars are important to Māori people because they believe the stars are the seven sisters and tūpuna."


"Matariki is when we celebrate. We have a feast, fly kites and read stories such as pūrakau (legends)."


I" woke up to look at the Matariki stars and they were so shiny. I enjoyed the celebration on Thursday because I liked colouring in the Matariki stars."


"Matariki is spending time with my family like my brother, Mum and Dad."


"It might bring memories from those who have passed but Matariki can also have good memories that make you and your family feel happy and calm."


"Amazing Matariki gets up to see the sunrise and then say, ‘Go play!’"


"Matariki is having a kai nui like tuna and fish and hangi.

It is having new goals, making a wish and doing new things like making new friends."



The Celebration of Matariki

Matariki is a time to remember your fantastic whānau and your whetū tūpuna who have passed away.

It is also a time to celebrate and have so much fun.

Matariki is a time to spend altogether, connecting and reconnecting with people you have not seen for a long time.

It is a time to fly fluttering kites and play fun games with family and friends.

It is also a time to be there for each other and fabulous whānau

Matariki is a time to thank nature because nature gives water, food (kai) and everything that humans need to live.

Matariki is a time to plant some crops but before you plant these, you need to check the weather and the stars to see if the crops will grow nicely.

Matariki is a time to gaze at the marvellous, starry Matariki sky.


P.E. with Rototuna Senior High Students

In LC3 and LC4, we have been lucky enough to have a group of Year 11-13 students from RSHS come and practice their coaching skills and play games with our students on Wednesday afternoons. These students are using this time to volunteer and give back to the community and our students have been the lucky recipients. This is a new initiative, but our kids are loving it and we hope to keep working with these super students next term as well.

Thanks, RSHS students and teachers!

Amazing Writing From LC6!

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Friends of Endeavour PTA

Second Hand Uniform Buy and Sell

Are you looking for good quality second-hand uniform? Or maybe wanting to sell or gift items you no longer need? Be sure to check out the "Friends of Endeavour - Uniform, Buy Sell and Exchange page on Facebook. This group is purely administered by the FOE committee but is there as an easy and centralised way for you to buy and sell school uniforms. The PTA does sell some items via the page however it is always stated and funds go back into our fundraising account. Happy shopping!

Sand Pit Toys

Do you have any used, but in good working order toys or items that would be suitable for our school Sand Pit that you would like to donate? Spades, buckets, off cuts of plumbing pipes, sieves etc? We will gladly accept them and add them to our collection. Drop off to the school office. The sand pit at Endeavour is a hit with our kids and we love to keep it fun and well stocked for play.

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Community Notices

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Soccer United Football Supplies is Hamilton’s newest soccer store – determined to meet all your soccer requirements. We are located at 137 Alexandra st (very close to Garden place). We hold heaps of kids boots, shinpads and footballs and other training equipment. We hold a lot of Northern United shorts and socks as well. If you do pop into the shop use the secret code ‘Mr Booth likes soccer more than rugby’ and get a discount off your purchase. Check us out online and facebook and we hope to see you soon.” 07 5950700