Week 5 Term 2 Newsletter

Monday/Rāhina - 31st May

Thanks South Fuels for donating a TV to Witherlea School Room 15 - happy kids and teacher!

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Principal Message

Kia ora koutou Witherlea whānau,


We are already at our Week 5 point and we have our last four classes to complete Fundamentals at the Stadium. It never ceases to amaze me how motivated our students are by competition and how much it means to them to have the 'Player of the Day' or support their team to win. The pride on their faces and how hard they work all week to display the attitudes of 'good sportsmanship' is one of those unseen factors that come out of this wonderful programme.


We use Fundamentals to engage our learners with the Pillar of Hauora (wellbeing) for Term Two and throughout the classes, you will see and hear about aspects of the Whare Tapa Whā which is the Māori model of wellbeing created by Dr Mason Durie. It is a regular feature in the Pep Talk Magazines and considered one of the essential models for supporting wellbeing. Make sure you talk about this with your children to see their growing knowledge and understanding.


Witherlea School is part of the Piritahi Kahui Akō with all of the schools in Marlborough. We have developed and created many consistencies across all our schools from; ECE, Primary, Intermediate to Secondary. One of these things is our Piritahi Framework which talks about 'Equity, Excellence and Belonging'. We ensure that as a group we have shared understanding of these principles as they are the principles of the New Zealand Curriculum document - what we ALL want for our learners.


Here is one of the agreed/shared understandings regarding Mauri Ora which links to wellbeing.


Mauri Ora

Durie (2016) uses the term Mauri to help us understand how identity, language and culture are essential for student’s wellbeing and sense of belonging in schools. He describes mauri as the particular vitality, integrity, uniqueness and energy that exists within every person, ora refers to one’s holistic wellbeing.


Therefore Mauri ora, or wellbeing, is demonstrated by a spirit that is enlightened, a mind that is alert and inquiring, a body that is fit-for-purpose and free of pain, and with relationships that are nurturing and mutually beneficial. (refer to Whare Tapa Wha Model - picture below).


We are asking two things from our community this term;

  • The first is to just read about this model and definition and discuss it at home so that we all develop a shared understanding of this and its place in schools.
  • The second is to take the time to fill in our Health Survey Form which will be essential to our Health and Wellbeing planning for Witherlea School.
  • The Form is attached to this Newsletter and should be very simple to fill in.



Your voice, your perspective and your input are vital for our continued creation of a local curriculum.


Wellbeing is one of the most important topics and/or issues facing our society; young through to old and it will take a shared understanding, collaborative approach to problem-solving to ensure that our young people are mentally, physically, spiritually and socially strong. That is why we are linking up with you to create a 'Wellbeing Team' at Witherlea. It is part of the Survey that is in this Newsletter and in LINKs on our School App.


Together, anything is achievable.


Ngā manaakitanga,

Andrea Harnett - Tumuaki

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2021 Health Education Survey - click here

Please fill in the above survey in the next two weeks and we will be in touch regarding the Wellbeing Team.

Nau mai ki te kura o Witherlea

We wish to welcome these new students and their families and whānau to our school and community;


Clara A, Eva A, Macie T



Welcome to School Certificates are given out at our Flag Raising on a Monday morning at 9am when we are in Alert Level 1.

Term 2 Events - Wahanga Tuarua

Week 5 - Wiki Tuarima

Monday 31st May - Friday 4th June


FUNDAMENTALS = Kauri Team Group A: Room 6, Room 7 @ Stadium 2000


Monday 31st May

Flag Raising = Welcome to School, Early Words and Be Kind, Be Safe, Be Fair Shoutouts


Friday 4th June

Subway School Lunches - Order Online (Not for Room 6 and 7 this week)



Week 6 - Wiki Tuaono

Tuesday 8th June - Friday 11th June


Monday 7th June

Queens Birthday Holiday = School Closed


Tuesday 8th June

Flag Raising = Welcome to School, Early Words and Be Kind, Be Safe, Be Fair Shoutouts


Thursday 10th June

Whole School Cross Country - Coffee Cart onsite


Friday 11th June

Westpac Helicopter Charity Day = RED dress up and Gold Coin Donation

Subway School Lunches - Order Online



Week 7 - Wiki Tuawhitu

Monday 14th June - Friday 18th June


FUNDAMENTALS = Kauri Team Group B: Room 8, Room 9 @ Stadium 2000


Monday 14th June

Flag Raising = Welcome to School, Early Words and Be Kind, Be Safe, Be Fair Shoutouts


Wednesday 16th June-Friday 18th June

Life Education Bus = Ferns Team


Wednesday 16th June

Marlborough Rippa Rugby Tournament = Lansdowne Park


Friday 18th June

Subway School Lunches - Order Online (Not for Room 8 and 9 this week)



Week 8 - Wiki Tuawaru

Monday 21st June - Friday 25th June


Monday 21st June

Flag Raising = Welcome to School, Early Words and Be Kind, Be Safe, Be Fair Shoutouts


Friday 25th June

Subway School Lunches - Order Online



Week 9 - Wiki Tuaiwa

Monday 28th June - Friday 2nd July


Monday 28th June

Flag Raising = Welcome to School, Early Words and Be Kind, Be Safe, Be Fair Shoutouts


Friday 2nd July - SCHOOL CLOSED

Teachers Only Day



Week 10 - Wiki Tekau

Monday 5th July - Friday 9th July


Monday 5th July

Flag Raising = Welcome to School, Early Words and Be Kind, Be Safe, Be Fair Shoutouts


Friday 9th July

Subway School Lunches


Matariki Celebration and Open Morning = Friday Last Day of Term

More information to come

Cross Country Timetable (APPROXIMATE TIMING ONLY)

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Be Kind, Be Safe, Be Fair Shoutouts

See above the winners for Term One - selected from all the nominated students in each team.


Ferns Team


Punga Team

Taylor Thompson: always showing kindness, empathy and compassion to her peers in Room 12 and supporting them in what they do.


Kowhai Team

Zoey She: you always think carefully about the work you are doing and give 100%.


Kauri Team

Fionn Heagney: For displaying compassion, kindness and being a good friend to those around him. Fionn actively approached a member of Room 8 to make sure he was ok after seeing he was upset. He put an arm around his shoulder, pulled him aside and talked before coming back to class. Ka Pai Fionn.


These students have been using their kind, safe and fair qualities within our school, towards other students and supporting our culture at Witherlea.

Kowhai enjoying the Water Challenges and Swimming Lessons at Fundies

FUNDAMENTALS TERM 2

Please ensure you pay the $25 per child for Fundies as this covers the cost of buses to and from, Swim Safe Lessons from experts at the Stadium and extra-curricula expert training in small groups from Stadium experts.


WEEK 5: Kauri Team Group A - Room 6 and Room 7

WEEK 7: Kauri Team Group B - Room 8 and Room 9


No Subway lunches on the week your children are at the Stadium. All children need togs and towels.

Early Words Recognition

Congratulations to these students for completing their Early Words;


Ethan H, Mason M,


We are very proud of the effort towards learning that our youngest students put in as the Early Words is the start of mastery at Witherlea School.

After School Arrangements

Please ensure that your children are aware of any after school arrangements before they come to school each day. If changes to plans are unavoidable, we will try our best to pass on any URGENT changes if we are made aware of them in good time. Thank you for your assistance in helping us reduce the volume of message requests.

Marlborough Riding for the Disabled

Do you have a few hours a week to spare?

The Marlborough Riding for the Disabled are on the lookout for some amazing volunteers to help us with preparing horses for lessons, leading horses, side walking and general stable-hand duties!

Horse experience would be great, but this isn’t essential as all training is provided.

Contact us for more info at : admin@mrda.org.nz or give us a call on 03 578 3051.