Newsletter T2W4

Tuesday 24 May - Term 2 Week 4 2022

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Talofa lava (hello in Samoan)

Mālō e lelei (hello in Tongan)

Last week was Bullying Free NZ Week and the theme was was

He Kōtuinga mahi iti, he hua pai-ā rau - Small ripples create big waves. The small actions we take to help prevent bullying will together create a wave of change.

We had a pink shirt day on Friday May 20th. Many children wore pink in support. Check out the pictures further down in the newsletter.

This provides a great opportunity for students to celebrate what makes them unique – such as talents, interests, appearance, disability, culture, beliefs, etc. At Whitney Street we try to provide an environment where everyone is welcome, safe and free from bullying.

We focus on our values of caring, honesty, respect and learning so we appreciate opinions, celebrate differences, and promote positive relationships. We have programmes such as PB4L (Positive Behaviour for Learning) and KiwiCan to reinforce our values and teach children the correct behaviours. We teach children to use their WITS (Walk away, Ignore, Talk it out, Seek help) to prevent them being bullied.

We also have a bullying definition which is ‘Doing something hurtful on purpose repeatedly’. We also have a bullying definition which is ‘When someone says or does something intentionally hurtful and they keep doing it. You have used your W.I.T.S and it keeps on happening.’ We break it down for the children into what it looks like, sounds like and feels like, and it is displayed in every classroom. We explain the difference between being rude, being mean and bullying. You may like to watch this short video which explains the differences with your children.

Although we work hard at school to achieve a bullying free environment, we need everyone – school staff, students, trustees, parents, whānau and communities – supporting diversity, talking about bullying, and working together to help us with this goal. Here is a Guide for Parents and Whānau to tackle bullying and the Bullying Free website is also very informative.

Supporting Your Child Online.

It is also important that parents know how to support their children when they are in an online environment. We have online safety practices at school that the children adhere to, and here is a useful link for parents to read through in order to help your children at home

School Photos

School photos will be coming home later this week. If you would like to purchase them please follow the instructions on the envelope, and online payment would be preferred if possible. Orders and payment are required to the office by Friday 10 June.

If you require more photo orders for family members who do not live together, please organise this among yourselves as we have only been sent one pack per child. If this is an issue please contact school by this Thursday 12 noon.

Mufti Day - Friday 27 May

This coming Friday 27 May we have another mufti day. This is to raise funds for the Westpac Trust Helicopter, which is such an important service, especially living in Marlborough. The Westpac Bank also supports our Lights Over Marlborough Fundraiser every year, providing staff, etc to help with the banking. So this year we are keen to give back. Our mufti day theme is to dress in the colours of the Westpac Trust Helicopter, i.e. red and yellow!


Just a heads up that our wonderful PSG (Parent Support Group) are organising another school disco on Friday 17 June. More information about the event will be available nearer the time.

Tumeke Day

The children have been working hard this year to make positive choices for which they receive Tumeke awards. This builds up towards a whole school reward and we have now reached the first milestone for this year. Next Monday afternoon, as a reward we are having a fun Tumeke Choice afternoon! Ask your child about what they got to do!

Uniform Labelling

We have a wonderful parent who for $5 will embroider your child’s name, or surname on their sweatshirt/fleece. This is a great way to ensure your child doesn't lose their uniform as the name will never wear off. Please contact Karen Benade on 021 1001228.

PSG Meeting this Wed

The PSG would love for new parents/caregivers to join our team. In particular, we are on the hunt for someone to help with the financial side of things. If you join us this year, we are able to ‘train you up’ and you can shadow our current treasurer, Alysha. We would also like anyone else who is interested to join us.

The main fundraising event that the PSG organises is Lights Over Marlborough and we have very effective systems in place around this, so just need people to help with the organisation. It’s a very satisfying role and many hands make light work, so please consider coming along yourself or getting a couple of friends together and supporting the school. Please let Cheryl or Christee know if you are keen. Our next meeting is Wednesday 25 May at 6:00pm in the Staffroom.

Queens Birthday

A reminder that next Monday is the Queen's Birthday public holiday and school is closed. Enjoy the long weekend!

Toki sio (see you later - in Tongan)

Whitney Street Staff

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Drop for Youth - Whitney St Teachers Jumping out of a Plane!!

Whitney JAM are Jade, Adam, and Mary-Anne, all teachers at Whitney Street School. This weekend they are Dropping for Youth Marlborough. This is an exciting and challenging way of fundraising for Kiwi Can - a really important part of our school! The morning milk milos over the last 3 weeks also helped raise the money required, so we thank you for supporting this jaw dropping fundraiser. As a school, and including the Give-A-Little page, we have raised $3,200 for KiwiCan.

We wish Jade Lee, Adam Alexander, and Mary-Annne Dikmans all the best. Go Team JAM!

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Some Whitney Stars to be Proud of!

A huge congratulations to Sage Johnson (Y5), Amelia-Rose Kingi (Y6) and Alice Kingi (Y4) who are currently performing in the local Les Miserables Musical Production. The girls have been practising for 6 months and Mrs Wadworth was so proud to see them perform on stage on Friday night. Sage has a starring role as the young Cosette singing the solo ‘Castle on a Cloud’, while Amelia and Alice act and sing as beggars and rich children, with Alice having a small solo singing part.

Amelia and Alice’s dad, Spencer Kingi is the lead role of Jean Valjean, while Sage’s mum Holly Gleeson is an integral part of the Ensemble. It's a real family affair! Sienna Wheeler, a past pupil, and Daniel Brunel, one of our Kiwi Can teachers, also star in the show.

If you haven’t been to the show already, we can highly recommend it. Our girls are part of the Red Group, and the final night is Saturday 28 May.

The Milk Milo Fundraising Team

Here is the Milk Milo Fundraising Team. They did a fantastic job!
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Bully Free Pink Shirt Day Photos



Each term, we look for a Whakataukī for us to aspire to, and reflect on. Here is this terms.
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Our school calendar is often filled with trips and events and sometimes the dates and details change. The BEST place to keep an eye on what is happening is on the school App in the calendar section.

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 the 2021 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.


If you haven't done so already, please have a go at downloading the Hero App which shows your child’s achievement, progress and learning goals. The instructions are here or you can type into your browser. It really is very important that you access this information about your child so you are able to be involved in their education as much as possible.

Suggestions Box

Do you have any suggestions for us at Whitney Street School? In the school office, there is a 'Suggestion Box' that is checked regularly. Or click here to email it.

Bread Tags for Wheelchairs

In line with sustainability, the Wairau Hub will continue to collect bread tags to help support the Bread Tags for Wheelchairs initiative. Save them up, bring them into Room 1 and we will arrange for them to get to where they need to go.

This cool idea supports The United Nations Sustainability Goals of;

* Goal 1: No Poverty donate what we don't use

* Goal 3: Good Health and Wellbeing

* Goal 10: Reduced inequalities

Automatic Payment Option

We highly recommend setting up an automatic payment to help pay for things like stationery at the beginning of the year, uniform items and camps. It's a great way to help plan your budget and spread the cost of more expensive things. $5 or $10 a week is way more manageable than a large lump sum! Use your child's first initial and last name as a reference.

The Whitney Street School BOT bank details are: 03 0599 0305934 00

Pretty Things Embroidery

Are you after a professionally stitched name on a piece of uniform? Click here to find out more.

Community Notices

Did you know children will have some of their baby niho (teeth) until they are 10-12 years old?

Did you know that if baby niho are not looked after, this can affect their adult niho?

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Covid support for whānau

Kia ora whānau

Ko Fionna Hughes toku ingoa.

As Covid is about in our community, we wanted to make sure whanau are aware there is support available whilst in self-isolation.

We are mindful that a large number of whanau not accessing the supports available, as the information is only sent to them via the DHB, if their positive RATS test has been registered.

Maataa Waka can support whanau with:

  • Picking up and delivering online grocery orders
  • Picking up and delivering prescriptions/medications
  • Picking up and delivering school work/devices for children
  • Picking up and delivering RATS tests

We can also support whanau who are struggling financially, if isolation has affected their income:

  • Kai parcels
  • Home and self-hygiene packs
  • Internet costs (for connecting to school/working from home)

The support is not limited to the above, and will be assessed on a case by case basis.

Whanau can self-refer to these services by:

  • completing the online form on the Work and Income website - and selecting Maataa Waka ki Te Tau Ihu Trust. This referral comes directly to us and we will make contact with the whanau to assess their needs.
  • If they don’t have access to a computer or internet, they can call the MSD Covid Support Line – 0800 512 337 or Maataa Waka Community Connectors on 0800 6282 9252

We also offer longer term support for rangitahi, individuals and whanau that have been impacted by Covid. This may be loss of employment, financial hardship, inability to complete study due to lockdowns, social isolation and health issues.

Whanau can access this service by:

  • completing the attached referral (see button below) for and sending to (whanau can self-refer or be referred by you with their consent)

Our support is free-of-charge and available to anyone in our community.

We would really appreciate if you could extend this information to your whanau networks/add to your newsletters.

Any questions, queries or otherwise, please feel free to contact me directly.

Nga mihi nui

Fionna Hughes

Whanau Tuhono | Community Connector

P 03 577 9256 | C 027 576 9717

Maataa Waka Ki Te Tau Ihu Trust

P.O Box 1016 | 56 Main Street | Blenheim 7240

Nga mihi nui

Fionna Hughes

Kaitohutohu Putea | Financial Mentor

P 03 577 9256 | C 027 576 9717

Maataa Waka Ki Te Tau Ihu Trust

P.O Box 1016 | 56 Main Street | Blenheim 7240

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Scottish Country Dancing

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Heart KIds would like to extend an invitation to you and your clients/students to attend the 2022 Kids Day Out Variety Show. Show Dates below.

This is free to you and fully funded by the local business community. We have a great line up this year including magic, acrobatics, stunts and juggling.

See our full line up here:

To order your free tickets or if you have any questions please email

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