Newsletter 14 April 2022

Clarkville School


Kia ora

Welcome to Ayana who has joined Whakarewa.

Teams have taken time to hold some fun activities for students this week, bringing the term to a close with some light relief. Yesterday, Hōpara spent the day at Sumner surfing, body boarding and making some spectacular sandcastles. It was good to see students, teachers and parents enjoying the sunshine and trying some new skills. Matawara held a fort day and Tūhura and Whakarewa held a very exciting football match with Hayden commentating.

It has been wonderful to see the school back to more normal levels of attendance this week. I would like to acknowledge the work of our fabulous staff for stepping up to go above and beyond over the last few weeks at the height of our Omicron wave. Their calm, supportive approach enabled the school to keep functioning with few disruptions. I know they are looking forward to a well-deserved break over the holidays!

The change to the orange setting is welcome and from next term, we are delighted to invite you back on to the school site before and after school. Please use the main gate at both ends of the day.

We have some events on our calendar for next term that we would like to invite parents and whānau to attend. Please note these dates for your diary:

9 May - Launch of our new school logo (morning)

16 May - Early Learning Seminar for parents of new Year 1 students (evening)

17 May - Cross Country and Family Fun Run (morning)

24 May - Whole school planting at Silverstream Reserve (morning)

26 May - Whanau Hui, 8.15am

1 June - Maths No Problem workshop for parents (evening)

14 June - Netsafe parent workshop (evening)

23 June - Matariki Breakfast (morning)

4-7 July - Learning Conferences

The details of each event will be forthcoming. We look forward to connecting more closely with parents and whānau next term.

I wish all Clarkville families a happy Easter and a restful holiday break.

Juliana Rae


From our Board

When I started writing this piece for the newsletter it was to communicate the Board’s excitement about our new school logo. However, since learning of Juliana’s resignation it would be remiss of me not to acknowledge the huge part she has played in taking our school on this amazing cultural journey. This journey began with our gifted name Clarkville Te Kura Ki Waimātao and the cultural narrative that accompanies it. Since then students have been learning through inquiry about the Waimakariri river, braided rivers, local flora and fauna and the history of Clarkville.

Recently the Board was lucky enough to speak with the designer of our new school logo, Maia
Gibbs. He was able to explain the unique themes that have been woven into our logo. One of

these themes that stands out for me now is the acknowledgment that everyone adds to our school by their presence. He went on to explain that this includes present students, whanau and staff, all that have gone before us, and those that will come. This concept of connecting the future, past and present allows us to be grateful for the enormous contribution our principal/tumuaki has made to our school but to also continue to seek great things for our future. There are many inspiring themes and concepts which have been incorporated into our logo that will bring it to life for our students. We are so very lucky to have Maia visiting Clarkville Te Kura Ki Waimatao on the 9th of May to share with the school community the narrative behind his beautiful logo. We are hopeful that by then the school community will be able to come together in person, if this isn’t the case then we will ensure that the school community has access to watch Maia speak.

I will leave you with this whakatauki which also forms part of the narrative of our logo.
“Whaia e koe ki te iti kahurangi, ki te tuohu koe, me maunga teitei”

-Seek the treasure you value most dearly; if you bow your head, let it be to a lofty mountain.

Rachael Spencer
On behalf of the school board

School Dental Treatment during the holidays

Due to the pressures on our health system from Omicron, the Community Dental Services have suspended their school services. Their staff have been redeployed to support the delivery of essential health services.

Emergency care is still available, by appointment only. To make an appointment or to ask for dental advice call their contact centre on 0800 846 983.
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Sports at Clarkville, Term 1

We have had fantastic sports at Clarkville school and we are very proud of our students for getting out there and giving it a go. COVID has presented some challenges surrounding sport this term and we thank you all for your patience and support in navigating around these.

I would like to send out a massive thank you to all of our coaches and managers who have stepped up this term. Without your support our children would not be able to participate in sport and we are very appreciative of your time and commitment.

Celebration of Term 1 Sport from our coaches and managers:


Kat: The Clarkville Blue team was great. They started working as a team and passing the ball to each other. Miniball is a great introduction to basketball with the drills at the start.

Eddie: We have finally wrapped up the first 2022 season of miniball. All of the kids did very well in practicing their skills. With layups, passing, rebounds and shooting. I hope all of them decide to come back and play again for term 2. Thank you all for your help when I was away.


Nick for the Year 7/8 Blue Team: It has been a tough term 1 basketball season as Omicron peaked during March, with COVID affecting everyone to some extent. There were several weeks where both year 7/8 teams dug in deep and provided players to each other’s teams, meaning some of the children played 2 games in a night. By the end of the term our wee group had gelled really well and were playing awesomely together, constantly helping each other out.

It was obvious that everyone’s skill sets had grown throughout the term and they should all be proud of themselves and how they played the game.

Krissie for the Clarkville Black Yr 5/6 team: We had a great season. A team of year 6 boys, we were grateful to have 5 players in the team because some weeks we struggled to get a team together due to Covid and other commitments. We had 5 strong players and the boys won most of their games. The focus this season was on defence and marking their player, and passing. The boys played really well as a team and I noticed a step up this season in the way they played together rather than as individuals. Thanks to Izzy for her coaching, she did a good job of keeping the boys in line and without her the boys wouldn't have learned much in the way of basketball skills (with me as their coach!). And thanks to North Canterbury Basketball for running a great programme yet again.


Jodi for Clarkvile green hockey team: They had a great season. Although there were a few canceled games due to weather and COVID they all really came together as a team with every game. We had plenty of wins but what stuck out to me was the children's amazing sportsmanship that would make the school proud. Because the adults were not allowed near the field it was just amazing to see the maturity of the kids with doing their own changes of positions on the field. They all shared the field and positions really well and although a lot of them had not played with each other before - they really just gelled. There were some beautiful stick work and amazing defence. It was just a pleasure to watch.

Ka pai tō mahi

Well done team! Super proud of you all.

What to look forward to with sport in Term 2:

It is now time to think about winter sports. Term 2 winter sports include; Miniball Year 3 & 4 and Netball, hockey and football for Year 5 - 8. We will also be hosting a cross country event where we are welcoming all parents and caregivers to attend. Please see attached flyers for other sporting opportunities offered through the Canterbury Sport and Recreation Trust.

Please note the restrictions around COVID and sports have changed for next term. Please have a look at this information which will be attached to the winter sport sign up information posted on Hero over the break.

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From our PTA

Hello everyone,

Easter Raffle
A huge thank you to Marie Ambrosiussen for organising the raffles. All 21 winners have been notified. Special mention goes to Bradley and Ethan for selling the most tickets – 261!

The PTA would also like to thank the following generous sponsors: SuperValue – Mandeville, Bunnings Shirley, Mitre 10 Rangiora, Canterbury Trees, JC Electrical, New World Kaiapoi, Cookie Time, Little Foxes, Rangiora Vet Centre (RVC), the Red 8 Cafe; and of course, all our wonderful families for their donations!

Canterbury Rams

We still have quite a few tickets left so don't forget to buy yours. An awesome social event and a lot of families raved about the event last year.

The event is on 8 May at 3pm, at Cowles Stadium. Email the PTA to let them know how many tickets you want, then pay into the PTA account 12-3240-0114721-00. Tickets are $22 pp.

Remember, the tickets are available for family and friends as well. Great for team building if you are part of a wee rugby, soccer, netball, hockey etc team!!

Upcoming White Elephant and Book Sale

******** Save the date: Sunday, 12 June ********

We will be holding a White Elephant and Book Sale next term. Please start collecting anything you want to donate. Drop off of donations at school will be from 6th - 8th June to the MPF. This year we will also be accepting small items of furniture (ie. can be carried by one person) .

Scooter Track Update

We know things have been pretty quiet about the scooter track since announcing it as one of our fundraising objectives. It is a very exciting project for the school with a bit of chatter amongst the kids and a few questions from parents raised already.

We want to make sure that everyone feels a part of this project so early in Term 2 we will be:

a. Working with the students to contribute their ideas to the design

b. Putting the call out for parents who would like to be part of a Working Group.

The intention of the Working Group will be to guide the project end to end (design, planning and construction) by:

  • Representing the voice of parents and Teaching Staff
  • Providing advice through knowledge and experience across the life of the project

It will also be responsible for supporting communication out to the wider school community through information sessions with updates and/or regular written communications about progress as things start to gain momentum.

The PTA encourages everyone to feel a part of this awesome project so give some thought to whether you are interested in joining our working group, or if you have another way that you want to contribute or be a part of it. We will send a notice out next term asking for interest but feel free to email us now if you just can't wait!!

Have a safe and enjoyable break everyone

Nic and Kristy

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2022 Term Dates

  • Term 1 ends - Thursday 14 April
  • Term 2 begins - Monday 2 May
  • Teacher only day - Friday 3 June
  • Queens Birthday - Monday 6 June (Public Holiday)
  • Matariki - Friday 24 June
  • Term 2 ends - Friday 8 July
  • Term 3 begins - Monday 25 July
  • Term 3 ends - Friday 30 September
  • Term 4 begins - 17 October
  • Labour Day - Monday 24 October
  • Canterbuy Show Day - Friday 11 November
  • Term 4 ends - Friday 16 December