School Newsletter - 11 August

Endeavour School - August 11th, 2022

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Principal's Message

Good afternoon Whaanau,

Today I write to you from the brisk, but beautiful city of Dunedin. The wonderful history that sits within this city is both rich and raw.

This week, I am privileged to lead a contingent of 42 Waikato Principals on a Study Tour to Otago. We start here in Dunedin and then travel inwards to Queenstown, finishing our Tour in the quaint little township of Arrowtown. The focus of this Study Tour is designed around building our Local Curriculum and the lens we use when designing it. Down here in the South, they are well known for using their local resources and people to support the learning programmes for their tamariki. While though at times being geographically isolated it could be assumed they are forced to draw on their local resources to design their curriculum, what I have found is in their eyes it is also the most appropriate resource, a lens from what I have seen to be quite true!

The learning for me and curiosities that I have generated, is how well do we draw on our local resources at Endeavour, what behaviours and ways of operating do these schools down here do, that we could learn from, adopt and make our own to ensure we continue to build on being authentically Endeavour?

On another note over the past couple of weeks we have been spoiled by several Art performances here at school. Week 1 we had Beatbox NZ, last week the Strike Music group and then this week a more international flavour with Taiko Drummers. It is often thought that the Arts are the poor cousin of the curriculum subjects despite their absolute value. It is nice to note that at Endeavour the range of the Arts Curriculum is visible across our school and I am proud of the richness it provides our young learners.

Thank you to all for your ongoing support of our teaching team and wider staff. It has been a wonderful few weeks into the term.

Warm Regards


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Kids Art Works

This is a reminder that orders for Calendar Art close on Monday 15th August 9 am.

Each product is made from your own child’s art.

These make unique Christmas gifts for family and friends and are perfect for posting overseas.

Follow these instructions to place your order online:

1/. Go to

2/. Use the Entrance Code: KZ3195

3/. Enter your child’s room & name

Payment can be made over the website via credit card or account2account.

Key Dates:

Please see below the key dates for Term 3. These can also be found on our APP under the Calendar button.

  • Wednesday 17th August - Parent Information Evening
  • Friday the 26th August - Daffodil day
  • Thursday the 1st September - Open Afternoon
  • Monday 19th September - BoT Meeting (School Staffroom)
  • Thursday 22nd September - School Disco
  • Thursday 22nd September - Hero Posts will go live
  • Friday 30th September - End of Term 3

2022 Term Dates

Term Three: Monday 25th July 2022 - Friday 30th September 2022

Term Four: Monday 17th October 2022 - Friday 16th December 2022


2022 Board Of Trustee Elections - Check your mail for voting papers!

Voting is now open - look out for your voting papers in the mail.

If you do not receive voting papers within the next week, please contact Lucy on

How to return your voting paper

Please read carefully before voting.

1. If posting your voting paper, post it to:

Returning Officer

Endeavour School

86 Endeavour Avenue




If posted, your vote must be received by the returning officer no later than 5 days after the date of the election. Try to post it as early as possible as New Zealand Post has reduced postal delivery days in most areas.

2. If delivering your voting paper, deliver it to:

Returning Officer

Endeavour School Office

- There will be a voting box located in the front of the school office.

- You must deliver it before 4pm on 7 September 2022.

Voting closes on 7 September at 4pm.

3. Voting papers may not be emailed or faxed as attachments.

A list of candidates can be found on out school website here

Kind Regards,

Lucy Hendry
Returning Officer


Its Time For the Cheesecake Festival at Smith & McKenzie’s

It’s cheesecake eating time again! Last year Endeavour School won the Smith & McKenzie Cheesecake Competition and received a $500 voucher to spend on books at Pennys Bookshop. This year we are in it to win it again! Every slice you buy of our cheesecake “The S’mores”, earns our school $1 and a chance to win the big prize at the end! Here are the books we bought for the school library after winning the competition last year!

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TRACK PANTS - $54.00

Samples are available in the office to try on for sizing

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Whats Been Happening?

Mrs Wells Literacy - LC2

We have been learning about owls. We have read lots of different fiction and non-fiction books. Last week we learnt about what owls like to eat. They have really sharp claws called talons so they can rip their prey. Owls eat small birds, fish, worms, insects and even small mammals!

Friends of Endeavour PTA

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Our chocolate fundraiser is getting closer. What you need to know…

Chocolates will be sent home Wednesday, 17th August 2022.

Once you have sold the box of chocolates you can deposit the funds directly into the PTA account. Instructions will also be attached to the box.

  • Bank account : 12-3171-0061610-00

  • Amount : $72 (assuming full box sold)

  • Particulars : Whittakers

  • Code : Oldest child’s name

  • Reference : Ako Group

If you want to order additional boxes, email and advise how many you think you can sell. Additional boxes will be sent home with the eldest child.

Cash to be banked and partially sold boxes can be returned on 22-25 August 2022 or 30-31 August. We will be looking for volunteers to be onsite before school from 8.30-9.00 and after school from 3-3.30. Please let us know if you are available to help.

Please opt out by close of business Monday, 15 August 2022 if you do not wish to participate.

Thanks for your support

Friends of Endeavour PTA

Second Hand Uniform Buy and Sell

Are you looking for good quality second-hand uniform? Or maybe wanting to sell or gift items you no longer need? Be sure to check out the "Friends of Endeavour - Uniform, Buy Sell and Exchange page on Facebook. This group is purely administered by the FOE committee but is there as an easy and centralised way for you to buy and sell school uniforms. The PTA does sell some items via the page however it is always stated and funds go back into our fundraising account. Happy shopping!

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Community Notices

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.” 07 5950700