Endeavour School Newsletter

2nd March 2023

Principal's Message

Dear Parents, Caregivers & Students,

While I am sure this is not the first time you would have either read or heard the below comment this week, I will say it anyway... How nice is it to get some sunshine and a regular dose. This morning I heard of a child having a pool party, not for a special birthday or event, but just because. I thought that was brilliant.

This week in assembly I shared a story with our children about an accomplishment of mine from the weekend (well at least I thought it was). Saturday night Amy and I attended the Waikato Symphony Orchestra as part of the Waikato Music festival week hosted at the Hamilton Gardens. Attending a Symphony Orchestra is not typically how I would spend my Saturday evenings and as we were travelling there by car, I was still wondering how I ended up in this position (obviously, this was an internal wondering and not one I communicated). However, it proved to be a decision that I would only end up being grateful for! The show and evening was nothing short of spectacular. There was a wonderful atmosphere full of a diverse range of people and the talent of the performers, including our Symphony Orchestra was exceptional.

I shared this story with our children, as I felt there was some good learning in there about trying things, starting new, being open minded and broadening ourselves culturally, academically and physically. For me it would have been easy to go "ahh, no thanks", and I wonder how many of us adults do this; unintentionally starving ourselves of new experiences and learnings.

Every accomplishment starts with a decision to start. The accomplishment for me was not attending this particular event, that turned out to be a privilege. The accomplishment was making the choice to go and giving myself the opportunity to broaden my perspective around the Arts.

Therefore, the challenge I set for our children on Monday was to say "yes", keep trying new things, have courage and take up the opportunities on offer. This is what being an Endeavour Explorer is all about.

On another note, I would like to finish off by acknowledging our team. Yesterday the NZEI held the Paid Union Meetings for our teachers in Hamilton, with close to 1000 attending. Due to the support of our teachers and wider team, we were able to ensure there was no disruption to you our parent community, as well as minimise the disruption to our children's learning programme, by keeping our school open for instruction. I would like to thank those of you who have emailed through your appreciation, and of course our team, it was a genuine collaborative approach.

Warm Regards


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Term 1 - 2023

3rd March - NZ Royal Ballet - Tutus on Tour Trip

8th March - NZ Symphony Orchestra Zoom Session

10th March - Birdlife Productions Show - Mufti Day ($5 Donation on Kindo)

15th March - Swimming Sports (details to be confirmed)

16th March - Inter-school Swimming Sports

21st to 23rd March - Student Led Conferences

6th April - Term 1 Ends

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If your child requires medication to be given at school please complete our Medicine Consent Form. Forms are available at reception or you can download a copy from our website:


Please ensure all medication is handed in at the office and not left in your childs school bag.

As we move into the cooler days/months ahead, and asthma inhalers are needed, consent forms will need to be completed for inhalers also.


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Are you and your whānau protected from measles?

With people travelling overseas again, there’s a risk that someone with measles could

unknowingly bring the disease back to Aotearoa.

Measles spreads easily and quickly, usually between people who are unimmunised or only

partially immunised. It can be serious and life threatening. In the 2019 measles outbreak in

Aotearoa more than 30% of the people infected had to be admitted to hospital.

The best protection against measles is the free MMR vaccine. It will protect you and your

whānau, and prevent the virus from spreading.

You will be protected against measles if you:

• had 2 doses of the MMR vaccine

• had measles before

• were born before 1 Jan 1969.

If you’re unsure if you or your tamariki have had any or both doses of the MMR vaccine,

check by calling your GP or hauora provider. Alternatively, check your Plunket Well Child

Tamariki Ora book. If you’re still not sure, be safe and get immunised – there are no safety

concerns with having an extra dose. MMR vaccines are free at your local health provider and

many pharmacies.

As measles still occurs in many countries, if you’re travelling overseas these holidays it’s

especially important to be immunised to prevent the risk of being unknowingly infected and

causing an outbreak in Aotearoa on your return.

More information about the measles vaccination can be found here:

Measles vaccination – Ministry of Health


Over the 2022 year we took some time to relook at our school uniform. As a result and after discussion with our BoT, Friends of Endeavour, Students and Staff we came up with a new design and fabric.

While the changes are only subtle, we feel that it provides a fresher look and a more comfortable feel. We have also simplified the uniform into a polo, shorts or skorts, a blast fleece and a bucket hat or cap. This new uniform will be slowly transitioned and please note that all children who have the current / old style uniform are still ok to wear it for as long as it lasts them.

We still have some old stock left in a few sizes which we are selling at a discounted rate.

Please see below, the new pricing and designs.


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Friday cafe is next week on the 10th of March from 3 pm - 3:30 pm located outside the staffroom.

For those who are new, a few Friday afternoons during the summer term's we have our cafe.

While this is a fundraising effort our bigger goal is to give our community a chance to slow down, connect and get to know each other - and a wee treat just makes it sweeter!

We sell ice blocks and sweets along with home baking. However, this is only possible with the support of families donating baked goods.

That can include slices, cupcakes, etc. These items are then sold with the proceeds going back to our school.

If you are interested in joining our baker's list please respond via email - friendsofendeavour@endeavour.school.nz

Families taking part, we ask that you please deliver to the staffroom before 3 pm on the day of the event. If any containers or plates are left with us, please label them. They will be washed and ready to pick up the following Monday.

If baking isn't your thing, we also need some hands to ensure this runs smoothly, we are looking for some helpers to set up and sell goodies too!

If you are unable to join in the fun this time, please save the date for our next one Friday the 31st of March.

Kind regards,




In LC2 we have started the year by learning about and exploring the Chinese New Year. We have reflected on ourselves as learners and set a Term 1 goal to work towards, with a focus on being an Endeavour Citizens and using our knowledge of Whare Tapa Wha. As collaborative learners we have worked together to create bold and colourful backgrounds, that incorporate different art techniques to showcase our Ako Group birds - Kakapo, Kiwi and Matatā.
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We still have places left for KENDO in Term 2. This is the same programme that is running in Term 1, so preference will be given to those that have yet to experience this course.

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Suburbs Community Sports Club - 2023 Junior Rugby Weigh In

Sunday 5th March - Times :

6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th grades from 9:00am and

11th, 12th and 13th grades from 11:00am - 1:00pm

At Suburbs Community Sports Club, Flagstaff Park, Commodore Ave, Hamilton.

Ages 4-12 year old, boys and girls all welcome.

All new player are required to bring a copy of birth certificate or passport.

Subs can be paid on the day or online $90 for one child, $60 for every additional child from the same immediate family. Please reference your child/ren's names.

Suburbs Community Sports Club


For further details please email suburbsjnrrugby@gmail.com

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Introducing myWellabee: FREE food allergy resource & tool for families

Kia Ora,

I hope you and your whanau are safe and well despite the unprecedented weather.

My name is Aysu and I’m a registered dietitian working with the team at myWellaBee to help make living with food allergies, intolerances or preferences easier for kiwis and their families.

Here's a short reel that gives a good quick overview of myWellaBee: myWellaBee brief demo reel

We know that navigating allergies can be very challenging for families, especially with young children. It can become even more challenging for education centres, as one child with an allergy can then impact all the children’s food options in order to keep everyone safe. With back to school season upon us, a lot of families will be thinking about what foods they can put in their child’s lunchbox, and we can help with that.

We have created a search engine that works by filtering out foods based on allergens or preferences. We have all of the major retailers on our website, so families can search what foods in the market are safe. Our team of experts is made up of dietitians, nutritionists and doctors and we are hard at work doing the due diligence on the foods available: https://mywellabee.com/backed-by-experts Here’s the link to our website if you’d like to have a look: https://myWellabee.com

Our platform is FREE to sign up and search. We believe this can be a very useful tool for families and ECE, schools and after-school programs too.

Kind Regards,

Aysu Shahin | Registered Dietitian

myWellaBee - Discover Food Freedom


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Soccer United Football Supplies is Hamilton’s newest soccer store – determined to meet all your soccer requirements. We are located at 137 Alexandra st (very close to Garden place). We hold heaps of kids boots, shinpads and footballs and other training equipment. We hold a lot of Northern United shorts and socks as well. If you do pop into the shop use the secret code ‘Mr Booth likes soccer more than rugby’ and get a discount off your purchase. Check us out online and facebook and we hope to see you soon.”

Soccerunited.co.nz 07 5950700

2023 Term Dates

TERM 1 - 1 Feb 2023 - 6 April 2023

TERM 2 - 24 April 2023 - 30 June 2023

TERM 3 - 17 July 2023 - 22 September 2023

TERM 4 - 9 October 2023 - 12 December 2023