Normanby School Newsletter 21

Wednesday 18 November 2020

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Principal's Message

Tēnā koutou katoa – Warmest greetings to you all.

Last week we held our PTA Treat Day and what a wonderful day the children had with thanks to our AMAZING team of PTA ladies!

The children dressed up in Christmas themed mufti. After a yummy lunch, they had fun at the dance party and on the obstacle course. Along the way they met up with Mickey and Minnie Mouse. Finally Santa arrived in the Fonterra Milk Tanker and he brought along with him some treats. Thank you so much to our wonderful PTA helpers. We are so privileged to have such a supportive PTA for our school community. The children and staff all had a wonderful time. We hope that our PTA ladies had fun too!!

I hope you managed to see the photos that were shared on our Normanby School Facebook Page. Please check them out.

We are starting to look at classes for 2021. A lot of time and effort is put into ensuring we put children in the class that will best fit their needs. If you have specific information that you need to share regarding classes for 2021 please contact me asap. Once we make up the classes, as you can imagine, one change can have a ripple effect or upset the balance, therefore if we have a chat in advance, it alleviates this issue that can happen at a later date. Feel free to email me at I can call you or meet with you - whatever is the easiest for you.

We are currently going through the process of interviewing and appointing staff for 2021. Once these appointments are confirmed, I will share with you the staffing structure. We are planning to increase Puanga Hub to four classrooms in 2021 - this will mean we will have eight classrooms to allow for lower class numbers. The BOT have supported this decision as we all see the value in having less children in classes which ultimately provides more teacher time for each child.

This Friday 20 November, we have our Teacher Only Day. Staff will be working on Hero learning posts as well as taking part in Positive Behaviour For Learning (PB4L) Professional Development.

As I said in previous newsletters, this year we have been working really hard as a team to improve the quality of writing across our school. We have worked with a facilitator to ensure we are targeting specific children and their ability to write purposeful pieces of writing which can be enjoyed by their audience.

Please keep encouraging your child to practise their writing skills at home. This could be in the form of a letter, postcard or email to a friend or family member.

You can also help your child by supporting them and being excited by their learning.

In each newsletter over this term I will give you some ideas that can be used at home according to the age and / or stage of your child. Over the last few weeks I have given you some ideas for young children in Years 0 to 3. Today we have some tips for children in Year 4. But of course these ideas can be used for any age and stage.

Year 4

Make writing fun

  • Write about their heroes, sports events, tīpuna (ancestors), hobbies and interests. This helps your child to stay interested in what they are writing about.
  • Help your child to leave messages in sand on the beach, send a message in a bottle, do code crackers, word puzzles, crosswords, word finds – these are all fun to do together.
  • Make up a story or think of a pakiwaitara (legend) and act it out with costumes and music. Write down the names of the characters or tīpuna (ancestors).
  • If you or someone in your family has a computer, encourage your child to use it to write, email and publish or print for pleasure (emails, birthday cards, poems, jokes, letters, pictures with captions). Or you could use a computer at the library.
  • Keep writing fun and use any excuse you can think of to encourage your child to write about anything, any time.

Talk about their writing

  • Get your child to talk about their writing and share it.
  • Cut out words and letters to make stories, codes, poems, puzzles and more…
  • Play word games together.
  • Play with words. Thinking of interesting words and discussing new ones can help increase the words your child uses when they write – look words up in the dictionary or on the Internet or talk with family/whānau to find out more about where the words come from.
  • Talk about what your child writes. Be interested. If you don't understand what their story is about, ask them to tell you more about it. Use questions they will want to answer.

Give them reasons to write

  • Get your child to help write the shopping list, invitation lists for family events, menus for special dinners, thank-you cards when someone does something nice.
  • Postcards are a good size for a sentence or two and they are cheap to post, too. Have a special place to keep your child’s writing at home (notice board, fridge, folder). You might frame a piece of writing and hang it up, too.
  • Be a great role model. Show your child that you write for all sorts of reasons. let them see you enjoying writing. Write to them sometimes, too.

With only four weeks left of our school year, we have lots of end of year events coming up. Please read the newsletter and note down some of these dates in your calendar.

All the best for the remainder of this week and wishing you an awesome weekend ahead.

Ngā mihi nui

Janelle Jones


He rau ringa e oti ai

Many hands make light work

Encourages people to work together. It can be used to invite people to participate or to acknowledge the effort and work of many.

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Contents of this week’s newsletter

  • Welcome to Normanby School
  • New Enrolments
  • School Photos
  • Scholastic Book Club
  • Teacher Only Day
  • School Hats
  • New Sports Tops For Sale
  • Week 5 Normanby Stars
  • Puanga Hub Big Day Out
  • Whanau Morning and School Assembly
  • Touch Rugby
  • Van Payments
  • November & December Birthdays
  • Term Dates 2020
  • Term Dates 2021
  • Coming up in Weeks 6 & 7
  • Dates to put in your Diary
  • Secondhand Uniform
  • Community Notices

Welcome to Normanby School

This week we welcomed the following new student to Normanby School:

  • Joseph Karena - Joseph is a new entrant and has joined Room 6 in Ngahere. His older brother, Connor is in Room 7.

We look forward to getting to know Joseph.

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New Enrolments

To assist us with our forward class planning, please let the school know if you're planning on enrolling a child turning 5 years old in 2021. If you know of a new family who has just arrived in the area, please also pass this message onto them.

Thank you.

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school photos

School photos are being taken on Tuesday 24 November. If you didn't receive a named photo envelope for each of your children, please give Kay a call on 06 272 8023. All photos are pre-paid and payment is due by Thursday 19 November.

If you pay by internet banking directly to Photolife, the envelope must still be returned to school please.

Important: The name on the envelope is the name that will be printed on the class photo. If the name is incorrect please let Kay know ASAP.

If you would like to order a group photo of your children who attend Normanby School, please collect a Sibling envelope from the office.

Scholastic Book Club

Issue 8 of the Scholastic Book Club is out now. If you didn't receive one, we have spare catalogues available at the office. This is the final issue of Book Club for this year and includes lots of good ideas for Christmas presents.

There will be no Duffy Books $5 offer this year as all children will be receiving a Duffy Book this term.

Orders for Scholastic Book Club Issue 8 close at 3pm on Thursday 26 November

Teacher Only Day - Friday 20 November

A reminder that we have a Teacher Only Day this week on Friday 20 November. No school for the children on this day.

School Hats

All students are required to wear a bottle green bucket hat during Term One and Term Four.

We are doing another order of the embroidered hats with your child's name, for a total cost of $15, ready for Term One 2021.

If you would like to order one, please make payment into the school bank account quoting 'hat' and the name you would like embroidered.

Normanby School Board of Trustees

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There are three sizes available which can be viewed at the office. Orders close on Friday 4 December.

New Sports Tops

We have our new Sports Tops available from the office if you would like to purchase one for your child.

These can be worn on any sports related days at school such as Athletics. They are $40.

Please make payments to the following account. Please use your child's name and quote "Sports Top" as a reference so we can easily identify your payment. Thank you.

Normanby School Board of Trustees

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Week Five Normanby Stars

Congratulations to our Normanby STARS who received a class certificate or Principal's Certificate and a Duffy Book at our School Assembly last Friday.

Class Certificates

Mr Jones choice: Dametrix Edwards-Todd

Room 2: Olivia Kumeroa-Thompson

Room 3: Sarsha Long

Room 4: Bella Ruffle

Room 5: Judy Ashby

Room 6: Mikayla Sturmey-Stephens

Room 7: Isabella Pratt

Room 8: Paige Jordan

Principal’s Certificates (Plus a Duffy Book Prize)

Displaying growing skills and ability in Athletics

Mr Jones choice: Anthony Smith

Room 2: Leo Snooks

Room 3: Ahmarni Franzen

Room 4: Sienna Vaoga

Room 5: Tangiiau Vakatini

Room 6: Braxton Beets

Room 7: Kayson Irving-Williams

Room 8: Jay Jay Wilkie-Tito

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Details of the day is as follows:

When: Friday 4 December

Where: New Plymouth

Transport: Weirs Bus plus one emergency vehicle

What: Bowlarama – Ten Pin Bowling/ Mini Golf / Todd Aquatic Centre

Time: 8am to 4.30pm

Payment for the $50 fee for this optional activity is due on Friday 27 November please.

Payment can be made through our school bank account:

Please use your child's name and quote "Puanga Hub Big Day Out" as a reference so we can easily identify your payment. Thank you.

Normanby School Board of Trustees

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There is no school assembly this week due to the Teacher Only Day being held on Friday 20 November.


Touch Rugby Reminders

Please ensure your child arrives 20 minutes prior to the start of their game.

If your child cannot play for whatever reason, please let the coach or Team Manager know in plenty of time so they have enough children to play.

Practice Times:

  • Year 3/4 Normanby Titans Wednesday 2 to 3pm (At School)
  • Year 5/6 Normanby Panthers Wednesday 2 to 3pm (At School)
  • Year 3/4 Normanby Broncos Wednesday 3 to 4pm (At School)
  • Year 5/6 Normanby Warriors Wednesday 3 to 4pm (At School)
  • Year 1/2 Normanby Roosters Thursday 2.30 to 3pm (At School)
  • Year 1/2 Normanby Eels Thursday 3.30pm to 4pm (Turuturu Soccer Fields)
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Year 5 & 6 Touch Draw - Thursday 19 November

Normanby Warriors v Manaia Bullets 4pm Field 8

Normanby Panthers V St Joseph's Panthers 4.35pm Field 7

Van Payments

All families who choose to use the school vans will have received an invoice for Term Four. The bank account number for van payments was changed at the beginning of Term Three. Please ensure you put the money into the correct account. Full time users take precedence for the van.

We currently have a waiting list so please ensure you let Kay in the office know asap if there are any changes to your circumstances.

All van payments are made to: -

Normanby School Office

TSB: 15 3950 0406446 03

November & December Birthdays

Happy birthday to the following children and staff who have their birthday coming up in November and December.

Thursday 26 November - Connah Laupama - 10 years old

Friday 27 November - Mrs Whyte

Monday 30 November - Isabella Ogle - 11 years old

Sunday 6 December - Bella Ruffle - 9 years old

Tuesday 8 December - Bella Fabish - 6 years old

Wednesday 9 December - Havana Brown-Hazeldine - 9 years old

Friday 11 December - Tyler Baylis - 7 years old

Saturday 12 December - Phoenix Green - 9 years old

Sunday 13 December - Nahina Taupo - 7 years old

Monday 14 December - Akeelah Laupama - 9 years old

Monday 14 December - Ethan Long - 9 years old

Saturday 19 December - Lucian Kelly - 11 years old

Monday 21 December - Sativa Browne - 8 years old

Wednesday 23 December - Ella Robinson - 6 years old

Tuesday 29 December - Larney Corrigan - 6 years old

Thursday 31 December - Danni Franzen - 7 years old

Term Dates 2020

Monday 12 October - Term 4 begins

Monday 26 October - Labour Day - School Closed

Friday 20 November - Teacher Only Day

Wednesday 16 December - School finishes at 12noon


Here are the Term Dates for 2021.

Monday 1 February School Office opens at 8am

Friday 5 February Head Start Hui (Learning conferences / setting goals)

Monday 8 February Waitangi Holliday

Tuesday 9 February All children at school

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Coming Up in Week 6 and 7

What's happening in Week 6?

Wednesday 18 November

Seasons 2pm

Thursday 19 November

Kapa Haka Practice for whole school at 1.50pm

Student Council Meeting at 1.50pm

Touch Rugby

BOT meeting at 6.30pm

Friday 20 November

Teacher Only Day

What's happening in Week 7?

Monday 23 November

Life Education

Dixon Banner Athletics at Ramanui School

Tuesday 24 November

Life Education

School Photos

Kapa Haka Performance Group Practice at 1.50pm

Wednesday 25 November

Life Education

Student Council Meeting at 1.50pm

Thursday 26 November

Happy Birthday to Connor Laupama - 10 years old today

Life Education

Kapa Haka Practice for whole school at 1.50pm

Touch Rugby

Friday 27 November

Happy Birthday to Mrs Whyte

Whanau Morning from 8.30am

School Assembly at 9.10am

Dates to Put in Your Diary

Friday 20 November - Teacher Only Day

Tuesday 24 November - School Photos

Friday 4 December - Puanga Hub Big Day Out

Monday 7 December - Year 6 Graduation Dinner and Celebration

Thursday 10 December - End of Year School Concert

Tuesday 15 December - School Prize-giving at 10.30am

Wednesday 16 December - School finishes at 12noon.

Secondhand Uniform

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