Newsletter Week 1 Term 4

Shelly Park School - Wednesday 19 October 2022


Dear Parents and Whānau

Class Placements

At this time of the year we are well and truly looking towards 2023. Strategic planning, budgeting and class and teacher placements are top of the list. With this in mind Shelly Park has traditionally given parents the opportunity to contribute to the large puzzle that is “Class Placements”.

If you feel you would like to contribute your thoughts towards your child’s class placement for 2023 please send an email to If you would like to write a letter instead, then please address this to the principal and mark it confidential. Please understand that this is not a ‘choose your teacher’ opportunity. This is a chance for you to indicate certain factors that you believe, as parents, we need to know when placing students for the coming year.

Team Leaders and I will be placing children into classes for next year as soon as we know the number of rooms we will have available. A lot of time and effort is put in by staff as we consider a wide range of factors. Compatibility of peers, siblings, gender, cultural background, the balance of ability/work habits within a class and children’s specific learning needs are all taken into account. It is a very close and personal exercise. Sometimes it is logical for a child to continue with a teacher, or with a group but judgements are made around that and we consider all children. I remind parents that we cannot have “classes of one” when letters seek separation from particular students. Remember, our aim at Shelly Park is to build confident, caring connected community contributors who continue to grow their resilience and empathy toward one another.

Another factor into our class placements for next year is around the New Zealand curriculum refresh. Due to the changes that are being made some of our decisions around composite classrooms may change. We are working on how this will all look.

Similarly, if your family won’t be with us next year, PLEASE LET US KNOW as the placement of pupils in classes affects the balance for all teachers and pupils.

Please send all emails or letters through by Monday the 21st of November.

Fun Fest

Shelly Park Fun Fest 2022 is fast approaching on Sunday 13th November and this is a fantastic family day aimed at bringing the whole community together after these last few years (along with being one of our school's biggest fundraisers). Some highlights include: Face Painting, Food Stalls, Entertainment, Pre-loved Children's clothes, books and toys, A REAL-LIFE DIGGER (huge thanks to Lee Wansbury and his business Restore Landscaping, Garden Design and Property Restoration!) Coffee & Cakes, Games, Mystery Envelopes and so much more!

This event can only happen with your help, so we are asking each school family / whanau to volunteer 1 hour of time (by one person in the family) on the day to ensure the event's success. To those who have already volunteered, a huge thank you!

PTLs will send through the zone and time slot allocation for each family in the next week or so but please hold the date for now, and we look forward to this being one of our most successful school events ever!

Board of Trustees Quiz Night -ROYALTY- Save the date

Get excited, the Board has decided on a date and the legendary Board Quiz Night is confirmed. Please save Saturday 26th of November in your diaries. The theme is ROYALTY, so get your thinking caps on. Tickets will go on sale in the next few weeks.

School Pool Keys

We will be selling pool keys at the school office from next Tuesday, 25th of October. You will be able to use the school pool from next week through Easter. Keys will be $80 for Shelly Park Families and $150 for non Shelly Park Families.


We are currently designing a one pager that gives staff, students and families and overall picture of what we stand for at Shelly Park. In this one pager we have our vision, our motto, our school values, the capabilities we want students to grow and the our anchor stones, which are the things that we are grounded in. We are looking for help from a person or people who have a background in graphic design or creativity that can bring our thoughts together on one page. We want this page to reflect our local community, our history and what we stand for. We are happy with our wording, we are just not happy with how it looks and how it all ties together. We have started the process but we don't feel that it is connected enough, it feels disjointed, so I am putting it out to the community to help us get it right. I have attached what we have so far and would love the communities input.

Ngā mihi

Ed Roper

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PTA News

Newsletter No.22 Wednesday 19th October 2022

Chair: Kieran Lewis Treasurer: Brent Batten

Secretary: Nicola Fletcher-Williams and Danelle Cresswell


Next PTA Meeting date: Tuesday 25th October 2022 @ 7:30pm


Whittaker’s Chocolates Fundraiser

There are a few outstanding payments left to be made, if you have not returned money from the Whittaker’s Chocolate

Fundraiser please do so as soon as possible, Thank you for your support.

Uniform Shop

The second hand uniform shop will be open this Friday in the hall foyer from 8:30 to 9am

Mufti day 28th October

See flyer below

Working Bee - Sunday 30th October

The last working bee in 2020 was a huge success with lots of families getting involved and transforming a number of

spaces around the school. Along with the incredible difference it makes to the physical environment, it’s a wonderful way

to meet other families in the school community.

If you can’t make that date but would still like to do an hour or two over the next 2 months please get in touch and we can

give you a small area to get stuck into

Entertainment Book

Thank you to those who have recently purchased an entertainment book. The PTA truly does appreciate the extra funds

that the school gains from each purchase. All memberships last 12 months from the date of purchase.

Every membership sold gives 20% back to our school! Please support our school with this fundraiser, and share this

link with family, friends and work colleagues. Use this link to find out more!

Monthly meetings

A reminder that all parents are automatically members of the PTA and encouraged to join us for our monthly meetings to

hear from Ed & the Board of Trustees about what is happening at the school, and find out what fundraising activities are

planned for the months ahead.

2022 Dates for PTA Meetings

Tuesday 25 October, Monday 14 November and Monday 05 December.

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Term 4 Events

  • 18 October - Board of Trustees Meeting - 7pm
  • 18-19 October - Tread Lightly Caravan - Pod 4
  • 24 October - Labour Day - School Closed
  • 25 October - PTA Meeting - 7:30pm
  • 30 October - School Working Bee (Sunday)
  • 8 November -School Athletics Day
  • 10 November - Board of Trustees Meeting - 7pm
  • 13 November - Shelly Park Fun Fest (Sunday)
  • 14 November - PTA Meeting - 7.30pm
  • 5 December - PTA Meeting - 7.30pm
  • 6 December - Pod 1&2 Prize Givings - 9:30am
  • 6 December - Pod 3 Prize Giving - 11:00am
  • 8 December - Pod 4 Graduation - 1:30pm
  • 13 December - Year 6 Pool Party
  • 13 December - Learner Updates go home
  • 14 December - School finishes at 12pm