Inglewood Primary School

NEWSLETTER No 32-- 7 November 2019

Our Mission:

Learning to think, to do, to be

Ako ki te whakaaro, ako ki te mahi, ako kia ora ai te mauri

Our Vision: To provide a teaching and learning environment where of those involved: demonstrate respect, expect the best, achieve through opportunity, communicate actively & feel good and safe

Nau mai haere mai, talofa ,koutou

We have experienced another wonderful week of weather this week.

Athletics 8 Years and up

Athletics - 8 years and up.

Many, many thanks to Mrs Vicki Ritchie nad Ms Nell Franklin for their organization around our Annual Athletics event held this week at IPS for our 8 years and older students. It was awesome to see so many children participating in both the events and dress ups. Thank you to all the parents and whanau that came along in support.

We extend a huge thank you to the students of Inglewood High School and the parents who volunteered their expertise and assistance on the day also, we could not run such events without your assistance - thank you.

Our 5 - 7 year olds are practising for their Athletics Day Tuesday 12 November, we look forward to seeing you here in support of the little people of our school.

Kāhui Ako o Kōhanga Moa, Te Kura o Kōhanga Moa at Te Kōhanga Moa Marae

Thank you Parent Link, Clint and Debbie for your mahi regarding the Maori Achievement Collaborative hui yesterday. As a kura, it was our turn to host the hui and as we are “ space poor” at IPS and have strong relationships with our Kōhanga Moa Marae, we were able to host it there. We had 14 Principal and Leaders from Arahou O Taranaki, members of our Kāhui Ako o Kōhanga Moa and also Kāhui Ako o Kōhanga Moa Kapahaka rohe who united in supporting waiata. Our Chairperson /Trustee Rumatiki Timu and Kuia / Trustee Kathy Patu supported the Kaupapa of the day, where we got to share the Partnerships, mahi and learning within IPS.

Transition Hui Thursday 7 November

Thank you to all parents , tamariki, existing staff and future staff from both Puke Haupapa and Waiongana iti whanau teams for your attendance and mahi around the transition evening last night.

The attendance was outstanding and I was receiving positive feedback while I was at BoT Strategic Planning training at the same time.

We are developing a common language within IPS as we move to focus working in whanau teams (not year levels) as year levels may be mixed from 2020.

Within this common language we are making deliberate actions around our Kāhui Ako and IPS Strategic Goals around transitions - hence the name of the evening to now be a ‘Transition evening”

We will discuss further opportunities to provide support to ease transitions into,within and out of, other whanau teams at IPS.

Farewell to Staff

This time of year is busy with Strategically Planning for forthcoming 2020 year ahead. As part of this process we also learn about staff wishing to take leave or move on. We are able to share that both Mrs Kelly Edwards and Mr Andrew Birchler have been granted leave from their permanent positions for the 2020 year ahead. Kelly is taking time to refresh and enjoy her young family and Andrew has won a study award to gain qualifications to become a tutor to Reading Recovery Teachers. We wish them both well.

We have also learned that Mr Clint Frost is leaving us after beginning his craft as a teacher four years ago. Clint has brought a wealth of expertise and enthusiasm to IPS, especially in the area of hockey and cricket. Clint has been coached into a leadership role within our Cultural Proactiveness Team, gaining many opportunities to attend various conferences and hui to extend his knowledge and thinking within this area. Clint will be joining the teaching team at Highlands for 2020, we wish both Maia and Clint all the very best.

It is with a heavy heart, I also inform you that Mrs Vicki Ritchie is leaving us after twenty years of teaching and leading at IPS. Vicki has not made this decision lightly, however has made the decision as the stress and demand of her role of Associate Principal and at times, Acting Principal, has taken its toll on her health and wellbeing.

Vicki is a highly skilled practitioner in all areas of the curriculum. Vicki has provided learning opportunities which compliment and extend the thinking of both students and adults. Vicki's quiet humble approach to all she does, means often people do not notice all she does each and every day.

We hope to get the Bike Track Stage 1 completed before Vicki leaves us as it was her initiative which started this project. Vicki's students have always thought highly of her, especially the quirks and enthusiasm she brings to every lesson. Her Japanese Language Camps, hikes up the Mountain, Fit Club, EOTC initiatives, Ground Crew and Envio Team to name a few will be missed. Vicki's attention to detail and dancing prowess is going to be missed at the Dinner Dance, we aim to make this one a very special one for her last dance

Vicki is a collaborative Leader who provides insight and wisdom within the Leadership discussions. Vicki has enjoyed coaching and mentoring many, many staff members over the years. There is so much more to say about the tireless contribution that Vicki has given to IPS over the years, which will be shared publicly at the End of Year Assemblies.

Both of Vicki and Doug's children attended IPS and have also been strong advocates and support to their Mum and IPS over the years. Vicki's husband Doug has been on our Board of Trustees and is a behind the scenes supporter of all Vicki does.

Thank you Vicki, you will be sorely missed. We wish you, Doug, Amelia and Josh all the very best. Vicki is moving to Lepperton School where she will enjoy 'simply teaching in the year 4-6 hub there.

Welcome to 2020 Staff

We are delighted to announce the following appointments for 2020.

Mrs Brooke Gibson is returning to us as an Associate Principal 2020. Brooke has held this role in the past when Mrs Vicki Ritchie won a Study Award for 2018. Brooke has a wealth of knowledge in all areas of the school. Brooke will oversee the Year 1-4 area of the school and have responsibility for Assessment and Mutukaroa amongst other areas to be confirmed. We are fortunate to have Brooke back with us in this role.

We also can confirm Mrs Candice Bailey, Mr Rangi Adams, Mrs Libby O'Connor and Mrs Michaela Krook are joining our permanent teaching team here at IPS. All of these teachers are currently teaching full time within the Panitahi (Junior) and Waiongana iti (Senior) area of the school . We are delighted they are remaining with us.

We welcome new members to our teaching and learning team also. Mrs Tracy White is joining us as Puke Haupapa Team Leader. Tracy come to us from Stratford Primary where she demonstrates she is a highly skilled practitioner in the craft of teaching and learning. Tracy has many strengths including digital technology, Japanese, sport and inquiry based learning.Tracy has held many leadership roles including Across School Teacher for Kāhui Ako Central Taranaki.

Ms Katherine Banks is joining us in Puke Haupapa to start her teaching career. Katherine is an ex student of Inglewood Primary School and brings a genuine care and enthusiasm to teaching and learning. Katherine holds a conjoint degree in Bachelor of Teaching and Health, Sport and Humanities. Katherine has strong values and ties to her family. Katherine is a highly skilled athlete and is passionate about sport and wellbeing.

Mr Rob Wheatley is also joining our Puke Haupapa team, coming from Highlands. Rob has strengths in technology, science and international languages. Rob is also a Children's Cross Fit Instructor which will add value to our Health and Wellbeing programme. Rob enjoys singing, drama and sports also.

I am sure you will welcome our new staff and make them feel at home here at Inglewood Primary School.

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From Parent Link

We are having a Dress UP day Friday 15 November. Please send a grocery item along with you child on the day to go towards the annual Parent Link Grocery Raffle - thank you.

From the Board of Trustees


We are looking for helpers who have skills in operating chainsaws safely or mixing concrete Saturday 17 November. If you are available to assist here at IPS please let Chris Gyde know You must have reasonable skill and safety gear please.

REACH Goal for Week 4-5 Term 4

Being prepared for indoor and outdoor activities.

Te Reo: Kei te noho rite mo nga mahi o roto, o waho hoki.

REACH Celebration

We would like to celebrate REACH at home. Please email the school office at or drop in to the office a wee note including the information below.

REACH At Home ………………………… has displayed the following Inglewood Primary School REACH value/s at home or community.


Please write the details of what you observed:

Name:…………………………………………………………………………. Date: ……………………………………...

Happy Birthday / Ra Whanau

to Jonathan Brooking, Mila Minnear, Isabelle Benseman, Jurnee Elliott, Lewis Marriner, Sofia Allerby, Matthew Boyd, Hezakaiah Taitoko and Kadence Gear who are celebrating their birthday's this week.

Our school roll is currently 394.

Welcome to Annalyse Reid and Brock Murphy-McKee who have joined Inglewood Primary School this week.

Students of the Week - Term 4 Wk 4

Naki Plumbing and Gas Y7 & Y8

Nathan Gillett - For the enthusiasm and mahi he has put in to his latest passion projects and for being such a kind and helpful member of Puke Haupapa.

Athletics - Age 5-7 Years

5-7 years Tuesday 12 November 0900-1200

All students will require sunscreen, hats, water bottles and be dressed up (in suitable clothing) in their house colours where possible.

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Miro Street Crossing

Huge thanks to those 4 parents that have stepped up to keep our students safe at this crossing. We welcome more parents to join as reserves when our lovely volunteers are sick or away. This is really essential.

As we move into 2020 we will call on your support again. If you already think you may be able to help next year, let the office know.

Thank you for all the donations of plastic bottles for our bottle house. We now have enough :)

School Involvement and Achievements for 2019

As we come to the end of the year we like to ensure we have all the details of your child’s achievements over the year. If your child has competed at national level in any sporting or cultural field, we want to know. This is especially important when considering nominations for awards. We cannot act if we do not know. Send a list of your child’s achievements to the office, including the grade or placing, the date/s and the event or competition. Or email Thank you.

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Important Information for Parents / Whanau

School Absence: If your child is absent from school for any reason, please leave a message on the school answer phone or use the School App. Please state name and reason why the child is away. Thank you.

Sports Uniforms: Please check your cupboards, under beds, drawers etc for any sports uniforms that belong to the school office. We have a lot not returned. Thank you

School Accounts: Please ensure all accounts are brought up to date by the end of the term.

Kids Calendar Art Work - Orders close Friday 15 November.

Turning your child's pictures into unique products! Order forms will come home with all children today. Please note - Each child has a unique code. Orders close Friday 15 November at 9am. Please view your child's artwork and order online directly with Kids Art Works.

2020 School Term Dates

Please note the school will be closed for Waitangi Day Thursday 6 Feb and also Friday 7 Feb 2020, enjoy the long weekend whanau.

Term 1:
31 January - 9 April

31 January - Learning Partnership Day

6 February - Waitangi Day

7 February - School closed

6 March - School Closed Teacher Only Day

9 March - Taranaki Anniversary

Term 2: 28 April - 3 July

(Note Monday 27 April - Anzac Day mondayized)

1 June - Queens Birthday

Term 3: 20 July - 25 September

Friday 4 September - Teacher Only Day - School Closed

Term 4: 12 October - 18 December

26 October - Labour Day

27 October - Teacher Only Day - School Closed

ParentLink News

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Friday, November 22, 2019 at 6:30 PM – 9:30 PM

Book this date whanau and get in early for your purchases to avoid the Christmas rush. Inglewood Town Hall. We have 25 stalls booked in so far, so there will be amazing variety of wares. There will be light nibbles and a cuppa available, raffles for sale as well as awesome festive cheer.

Taranaki Tu Mai Competition comes to Inglewood

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Softball, Kapa Haka, fun, games and stalls - Saturday 30 November

We are fortunate to experience the Taranaki Tu Main event here in Inglewood this year. There are eight Taranaki iwi coming together from around the country and overseas to compete in Softball, Kapa Haka and other events.

The two venue for the fun filled competitive day are Inglewood Primary and Inglewood High School. The event starts around 10:00am and goes through to 3:30pm. We here at Inglewood Primary will be having our Mega Slide, and Pool in operation.

We are inviting anyone who would like to register their interest in having a car boot stall (outside only) to email We will also be sending plates home to fill for a cake stall. If anyone is able to assist with the running and organisation of this day, please ring school 7568040, we would gratefully accept your assistance.

The jobs on offer are;

Sausage / Steak Sizzle

Cake Stall

Car Boot Marketers Liaison

Pool Monitor

Mega Slide Operator and Monitor

Raffle Table

If you can think of anything else we may be able to do - let us know

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Congratulations to Erini Fruean for winning the Pukekura Toastmasters speech competition with her speech titled 'Lying Should Be Eliminated'. Erini came first place out of ten competitors from North Taranaki schools.


Lucas Flay competed in the Giant 2W Enduro Mountain Biking race in Rotorua last weekend. Lucas caught a shuttle to the top and rode to the bottom on a very challenging track. At one point, he came off his bike after hitting a tree stump on a tricky turn. He got straight back on his bike and finished the race. Tino pai Lucas!


Amber Conrick's team Adrenaline placed 3rd in August at the Olympia Cheer in Auckland. In November the team also placed 4th at the NZCU Nationals in Wellington.

Term 4 Calendar (This may change on a weekly basis)

Thursday 7 November

Inglewood Primary School Athletics - 8 to 13 year olds PPD

Year 6 Information Evening - 7pm

Friday 8 November

Year 8 Orientation Day at Inglewood High School

Year 6 Orientation Day - 11am

Monday 11 November

Full School Assembly - 11am

Tuesday 12 November

Junior School Athletics Day 5 to 7 year olds (9am to 12 noon)

Thursday 14 November

Pita Pit lunch orders due at the office by 3pm

Friday 15 November

Pita Pit Lunch

Monday 18 November

Full School Assembly - 11am

Tuesday 19 November

Town v Country Athletics - TET Stadium

Monday 25 November

Full School Assembly - 11am

Tuesday 26 November

Road Patrol Appreciation Day

ParentLink Sausage Sizzle Lunch Order Forms due at the office by 3pm

Wednesday 27 November

ParentLink Sausage Sizzle Lunch

Monday 2 December

Full School Assembly - 11am

Friday 6 December

Year 8 Graduation Dinner Dance - Inglewood Town Hall

Monday 9 December

Full School Assembly - 11am

Thursday 12 December

Pita Pit lunch orders due at the office by 3pm

Friday 13 December

Thank you helpers lunch - 12.30pm Staffroom

Pit Pit Lunch

Monday 16 December

Full School Assembly - 11am

Tuesday 17 December

Meet the 2020 teacher - 2pm

Wednesday 18 December

Service Award Assembly - 2pm

Final Junior/Middle Assembly - Time to be confirmed

Thursday 19 December

Final Senior/Intermediate Assembly - Time to be confirmed

Friday 20 December

School finishes at 12noon

... nga mihi koutou

Regards Karen & Staff

Office – 7568040 Fax – 7566060 Mobile – 0274 - 961654 Dental – 7568041

Email – Website:

Community Notices

Help Wanted: Between Friday 10th and Sunday 12th January, Athletics New Zealand will be hosting the North Island Colgate Games, a youth athletics competition, at the TET Inglewood Stadium, Taranaki. A few of your students at Inglewood Primary School may be participating which is great and we hope your school will be supporting them in their prospects. We are looking to get some volunteers to help us with our children’s break out zone, where over the course of the three days we will be hosting fun games and activities to give the children a break from competing. We would love any teachers or parents who have any face painting capabilities and would like to come down and help us on any of the three days. Please contact Megan Walklin at Athletics New Zealand or 021912815.

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Cricket Superstar Academy

A fantastic programme for 5 to 8 year old boys and girls!!!
The Superstar Cricket Academy is a fantastic 6 session fundamental skills programme to start children on the road toward the Black Caps or White Ferns. The cost is $50 for the programme and your child will also receive fantastic giveaways including a bat, backpack, ball and cap throughout the sessions. For those children doing this programme for a second year the giveaways have changed so that the children will not receive the same kit as last season

INGLEWOOD – Register at Inglewood Cricket Clubrooms, Karo Park, Inglewood on Friday 1st November from 5pm-6pm. The sessions will begin the following Friday 8th November and run on Friday afternoons from 5.30pm-6.30pm.


Netball Taranaki Coaching Workshops

This workshop is designed for coaches at all levels to learn new and inclusive ways to develop players in a fun and engaging environment.

Click on this link to register

Date: 23rd November 2019

Time: 9am - 4:00pm

Venue: Waiwhakaiho Courts

Cost: $10

Lunch provided

Workshop Content:

  • Session Planning
  • Teaching Games for Understanding (TGFU)
  • Attacking Skills
  • Defence Skills
  • Q&A

Attack and Defence workshops presented by:

Jaqua Pori Makea Simpson

· Head Coach - Tonga National Netball Team

· NNZ Performance Coaching Qualification

· Netball Australia Coaching Accreditation

· NSW Coach of the Year

Jane Parker

· Assistant Coach Tysons Premier 1

· U17 Taranaki Representative Coach

· NNZ Community Coaching Qualification Participant

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IPS Clothing

Please click on the link to order directly from our school website or pop into the school office.

Food Scraps

Thought about feeding our pigs Marmite & Toast? You have a new scrap bin from the council that would be handy for you to bring along when you are walking your child/children to school. Wow farm life and experiences at our door.

We will readily take these scraps.

We are proud to be Smoke Free

We all have a right to quality air. Thank you for respecting this and enforcing this.