Normanby School Newsletter 14

Monday 7 September 2020

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Principal's Message

Tēnā koutou katoa – Warmest greetings to you all.

I hope this newsletter finds you happy and healthy. Spring is definitely in the air - the birds are singing, the grass is growing, the daffodils and rhododendrons are flowering at school, and the days are getting longer and lighter. However, the changeable weather and precautions around COVID has definitely impacted the availability of our staff from time to time. Thank you for your patience and understanding when we have been forced to split classes due to staff sickness/ lack of relievers. We appreciate your understanding as we work hard to minimize disruption.

Thank you for following our COVID Level 2 protocols. These measures are intended to keep us all safe. Keeping children home when they are unwell and encouraging good hygiene practices is a huge help. A reminder to please let the office know by 9am if your child is absent.

The Senior Crosscountry was a real highlight last week as the children worked hard to achieve their personal best. We were really blessed with perfect weather which not only helped our runners but also made it more comfortable for whanau and supporters! Tomorrow we look forward to encouraging our 5, 6 and 7 year olds who will be involved in their crosscountry race around the school grounds.

All the best for a great week ahead.

Ngā mihi nui

Janelle Jones

Ko te tamaiti te pūtake o te kaupapa. The child at the heart of the matter.

Contents of this week’s newsletter

· Welcome to our new students

· Happy Birthday Mrs Le Pine

· Wig Wednesday

· Term 4 School Hats

· Games

· Senior Cross-country

· Junior Cross-country

· Vision and Hearing

· PTA News

· BOT Elections

· BOT Election Information Evening

· Swimming Lessons

· Hero App

· Year 6 enrolments for Hawera Intermediate

· Van Payments

· Birthdays

· School Assembly / Whanau Mornings

· Lions Speech Competition

· Week 8 Normanby STARS

· Term Dates 2020

· Term Three Dates

Welcome to Normanby School

Today we welcomed the following new student to Normanby School:

  • Miranda Seth - Miranda started school today as a new entrant. She has joined Room 5 in Ngahere. Her older sister, Helayna is also in Ngahere but in Room 6.

We look forward to getting to know Miranda and working in partnership with her whanau as she develops and grows in her educational journey.

Happy Birthday Mrs Le Pine!

Today is a VERY special day for one of our much loved and cherished staff members. Kay is the glue that holds our school together. Today we honour her and wish her a very happy birthday and hope for many more celebrations to share in the future.

Thank you Kay, for all you do for our school and community. It is such a privilege working with you. You are one of a kind xxx

Love from the Normanby Team!

Wig Wednesday - Wednesday 9 September

This week we have Wig Wednesday to support Child Cancer.

We have a special wee boy at our school who spent his first two years battling cancer in Starship Hospital so this cause is very close to his families heart. His family really appreciated the support they were given during this challenging time.

We would like to help out other families in their quest to battle this disease. Children can wear mufti for the day at a cost of $2 per child. Wearing a wig is encouraged but optional.

Term 4 School Hats

From the beginning of Term 4, all students are required to wear a bottle green bucket hat. We are doing another order of these, embroidered with your child's name, for a total cost of $15.

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

15 3950 0406446 03

There are three sizes available which can be viewed at the office. Orders close on the last day of day term, Friday 25 September.


It is great to see children learning how to play some of our more traditional games before school in the mornings.

Room 8 have discovered new games this week so have spent time before class learning how to play them and then they are teaching each other how to play. So far we have being playing Pick Up Sticks, Tiddlywinks and Draughts.

We think knuckle bones should be the next game to learn.

Senior Crosscountry results

We are so proud of our students who completed the senior crosscountry last Friday. What a great afternoon! The weather was perfect, the setting was fantastic and it was great to see whanau supporting the children in their quest to do their best. Thank you to the staff for your help in running this event and a huge thanks to Clarissa Dravitzki for her amazing organisational ability.

Well done to ALL children for their great effort!!


8 year old boys

1st - Kyryn Augustine (Room 7)

2nd - Anthony Smith (Room 2)

3rd - Cody Perrett (Room 8)

8 year old girls

1st - Keoni Ratahi (Room 3)

2nd - Dihanna Snooks (Room 8)

3rd - Bella Ruffle (Room 4)

9 year old boys

1st - Leonardeous Snooks (Room 2)

2nd - Kayliss Ross (Room 3)

3rd - Grayson Waiwiri (Room 3)

9 year old girls

1st - Kaia Prince (Room 3)

2nd = Alexa Ogle (Room 2)

2nd = Lily Fabish (Room 3)

10 year old boys

1st - Zavier Augustine (Room 2)

2nd - Lucian Kelly (Room 4)

3rd - Kaden Thomas (Room 3)

10 year old girls

1st - Millah Gray (Room 2)

2nd - Jasmine Campbell (Room 2)

3rd - Kyra Ranford (Room 4)

11 year old boys

1st - Luke Perrett (Room 3)

2nd - Kordae Ross (Room 2)

3rd - Marius Aholelei (Room 2)

11 year old girls

1st - Nevaeh Ratahi (Room 4)

2nd - Aliizae Henry (Room 2)

3rd - Jeila Katene (Room 3)


Junior Cross Country

Tomorrow, Tuesday 8 September we have our Junior Crossountry race starting at 2pm on the Normanby School field.


This involves all 5, 6 and 7 year old children.


Students will compete in an obstacle course style cross country. 7 and 6 year olds will complete 2 laps of the course, while 5 year olds complete one lap.


Times are approximate and races could go earlier if all students from that age group have finished.

  • 1.55pm - 7 year old girls
  • 2.05pm - 7 year old boys
  • 2.15pm - 6 year old girls
  • 2.25pm - 6 year old boys
  • 2.35pm - 5 year old girls
  • 2.45pm - 5 year old boys


  • Children can run in House Colours.

  • Shoes - Optional.

  • Drink Bottles - All children will need to take their own NAMED drink bottle as there are no water fountains available.

  • Students will sit along the playground fence at the end of Room 8 in their age groups.

Vision and Hearing

On Monday 14 September we have the Hearing and Vision Technician coming in to our school. Her role is to identify and refer children who do not meet the vision and hearing requirements for their age as set out by the Ministry of Health. Your child may be screened for vision / and or hearing. You will be contacted if there is an issue.

PTA News

Thank you to everyone for selling and/or purchasing licorice for our latest fundraiser. The licorice has now all been sold. The money raised has gone towards the purchase of new Sports Shirts for the school.

We are super pleased to have our new scooter racks installed. Thank you so much to the Vincent family for organizing the construction and installation of these. This will now make it tidier, safer and easier to maneuver around the scooters in the playground. No more tripping over scooters!!!

We are so privileged to have such an amazing and active PTA who are always looking for ways to provide more opportunities for our children. Our next meeting is this Wednesday 9 September at 7pm in the school library. Everyone is always welcome to attend. .

BOT Elections

School Elections December 4th 2020

Normanby school will have 2 Parent Representative positions available at the next election in December. We will advertise for Nominations in early November.

Why become a Trustee?

Trustees are active leaders in our schools. They have an important role of supporting strong professional leadership and ensuring effective teaching for all students through informed governance.

Parents/caregivers and people in the wider community can be parent representative and other types of trustees. School boards need to represent the diversity of their school communities to ensure a bright future for all our children.

The trustee elections are the opportunity to vote for candidates who will make a positive difference for children’s education. We need more people willing to use their skills and experiences for the benefit of students!

"Board members are entrusted by the community to ensure the success of our schools and a bright future for our children. We need an education system where all children are expected to succeed and one where we all take shared responsibility in ensuring this happens. As a member of a school board you can make things happen - you can make a difference."

- Lorraine Kerr, NZSTA President

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BOT Election Information Evening - NZSTA

New Zealand Trustees Association will be holding an information evening here at Normanby School Hall for all of the South Taranaki Schools who have BOT elections coming up this year. This will be an information sharing evening explaining what the role of a trustee involves for prospective trustees. This will be happening on Thursday 13 October at 7pm. Mark this date in your diary now if you are keen to help our community flourish and succeed.


Unfortunately due to Covid Level 2, we have decided to postpone all swimming lessons at the Hawera Aquatic Centre for the remainder of Term Three. We will reconsider the situation once again for Term Four.

Hero App

Thank you to of the parents who have downloaded our school Hero App and are using it.

If you are having trouble connecting to your child's profile on Hero or viewing our community notices, please let us know and we will help you.

Year 6 Enrolments for Hawera Intermediate School 2021

The process of enrolling Year 6 students for 2021 at Hawera Intermediate School is about to begin at the start of Term Four. A newsletter went home with all Year 6 students last week. If you did not receive this, please check your child's bag or ask the office for a copy please.

Key dates are as follows:

  • Thursday 22 October - Hawera Intermediate Visit our students at our school at 2pm
  • Tuesday 27 October - Parent Enrolments at Hawera Intermediate 1 to 6pm
  • Wednesday 28 October - Parent Enrolments at Hawera Intermediate 1 to 6pm
  • Tuesday 3 November - Parent Enrolments at Hawera Intermediate 3 to 6pm

  • Thursday 12 November - Year 6 students visit Hawera Intermediate School 1.30 to 2.45pm

Van Payments

All families who choose to use the school vans will be receiving invoices 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

September Birthdays

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

Monday 7 September - Mrs Kay Le Pine

Friday 11 September - Kahn Hori - 8 years old

Friday 11 September - Leroy Ashby - 7 years old

Wednesday 16 September - Jasper Green - 7 years old

Wednesday 16 September - Leonidas Fowlie - 7 years old

Friday 18 September - Macey Ogle - 7 years old

Saturday 19 September - Reminise Franzen - 5 years old

Tuesday 22 September - Jordyn Cooper - 6 years old

Friday 25 September - Beck Werder - 6 years old

Saturday 26 September - Ms Tina Ryan

Tuesday 29 September - Tawera Leatherby - 5 years old

Tuesday 29 September - Legion Tohengaroa-McIntyre - 8 years old

Wednesday 30 September - Amber Jordan - 5 years old

School Assembly and Whanau Mornings (Friday's 8.30am to 10am)

While we are at Covid19 Alert Level 2, we will not be holding school assemblies.

Once we are back to Covid19 Alert Level 1, we will start our whanau mornings and school assemblies.

Week 9 - Friday 18 Sept - Room 8 sharing their learning

Week 10 - Friday 25 Sept - Room 5 /6 sharing their learning and Kapa Haka presentation

Lions Speech Competition

On Thursday 10 September we have the annual Lions Speech competition being held at Normanby School Hall at 7pm. There are 19 contestants from schools within the South Taranaki region.

Due to Covid19 Level 2 protocols the following must be adhered to:

1. Every person must sign into our contact tracing register and use the QR code.

2. Hand sanitiser must be used upon arrival and departure.

3. Each student presenting a speech may only have no more than 3 support people attending, in order to keep our numbers below the required 100 maximum.

4. If you are unwell please stay at home.

5. Supporters are welcome to use a mask but this is not mandatory.

Congratulations to the Normanby School students who have been chosen to represent our school.

  • Alexa Ogle - Siblings

  • Lucy Fearnley - Flatulence

  • Nevaeh Ratahi - Funny Things Parents Say

Good luck girls!

Week Eight Normanby STARS

Congratulations to our Normanby STARS who will receive a class certificate or Principal's Certificate and a Duffy Book this week.

Class Certificates

Mrs V’s choice: Kendrick Bennett

Mr Jones choice: Kaiyn Gray

Room 2: Acacia Cook

Room 3: Vinzel Evergreen

Room 4: Kahn-Jahmal Anderson

Room 5: Kendrick Bennett

Room 6: Hunter Ruffle

Room 7: Sativa Browne

Room 8: Maddyn Gray

Welcome: Connor Prince, Te Rau Anderson, Miranda Seth

Principal’s Certificates (Plus a Duffy Book Prize)

Displaying consideration and the ability to work cooperatively with others

Mrs V’s choice: Emily Ross

Mr Jones choice: Emma Apera

Room 2: Zavier Augustine

Room 3: Connah Laupama

Room 4: Nevaeh Ratahi

Room 5: Bella Fabish

Room 6: Helayna Seth

Room 7: Nevaeh Cuthbert

Room 8: Pheonix Upson

Term Dates 2020

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Coming Up in Week 8, 9 & 10

Week 8

Monday 7 September

  • Happy Birthday to Mrs Kay LePine
  • School Council Meeting
  • Basketball at the Hub for all teams

Tuesday 8 September

  • Kapa Haka Performance Group Practice
  • Junior Crosscountry

Wednesday 9 September

  • WIG WEDNESDAY - all donations to The Cancer Society
  • Kapa Haka Whole School practice (split into two groups if at Covid Alert level 2)
  • Basketball at the Hub for Year 5/6
  • PTA Meeting at 7pm

Thursday 10 September

  • Lions Speech Finals in the School Hall at 7pm

Friday 11 September

  • Happy Birthday to Kahn Hori - 8 years old today
  • Happy Birthday to Leroy Ashby - 7 years old today

Week 9

Monday 14 September

  • Basketball at the Hub for all teams

Tuesday 15 September

  • Roald Dahl Quiz Day at the Hawera Library
  • Kapa Haka Performance Group Practice
  • School Council Meeting

Wednesday 16 September

  • Happy Birthday to Jasper Green - 7 years old today
  • Happy Birthday to Leonidas Fowlie - 7 years old today
  • Kapa Haka Whole School practice (split into two groups if at Covid Alert level 2)
  • Basketball at the Hub for Year 5/6

Friday 18 September

  • Happy Birthday to Macey Ogle - 7 years old today

Saturday 19 September

  • Happy Birthday to Reminise Franzen - 5 years old today

Week 10

Monday 21 September

  • School Council Meeting
  • Basketball at the Hub for all teams

Tuesday 22 September

  • Happy Birthday to Jordyn Cooper - 6 years old today
  • Kapa Haka Performance Group Practice

Wednesday 23 September

  • Taranaki Cross Country Day
  • Kapa Haka Whole School practice (split into two groups if at Covid Alert level 2)
  • Basketball at the Hub for Year 5/6

Friday 25 September

  • Happy Birthday to Beck Werder - 6 years old today
  • Last day of Term Three

Saturday 26 September

  • Happy Birthday to Tina Ryan