St Albans Panui

Term 1: Week 5 - Thursday 9th March 2023

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Upcoming Events

  • 13 March - Cohort B starts in Pīwakawaka 22, Water Confidence Day at Lake Rua for Kāhu 9 & 10
  • 13-17 March - Walk and Wheel Week
  • 15 March - Water Confidence Day at Lake Rua - Kāhu 12, 13 & Pouakai
  • 20 March - Book Week starts, North Zone swimming competition, Water Confidence Day at Lake Rua for Kāhu 8 & 11
  • 23 March - Book character dress-up day
  • 22-23 March - TTRR Wairewa Marae
  • 27 March - Whole school Top Team
  • 28 March - Pīwakawaka Rehua Marae visit
  • 30 March - Canterbury Swimming Sports
  • 3 April - Whole school Cross Country
  • 6 April - End of Term 1 (Thursday)
  • 24 April - School Closed for a Teacher Only Day (MOE allocated)
  • 25 April - ANZAC Day - school closed
  • 26 April - Term 2 starts (Wednesday)


Kia ora toku St Albans whānau,

We have a number of initiatives that we NEED your help with. We are wanting to connect, to consult and to collaborate with our whānau and community in ways that will support our ākonga to THRIVE.

We are working super hard to get our Cultural Narrative completed which will lay the foundation for many other aspects of mahi/work and change within our kura/school. A picture has been added below and a google form for feedback. We are so lucky to have had Carmen Aldridge complete MOST of the mahi to gather BOT, staff, students and whānau voice.

We are very grateful to have Stephanie Richardson our Resource Teacher of Māori liaising with local Iwi and ensuring we are clear about the Mātauranga Māori aspect along with Mike Davey our Kaiako o te Reo who is our resident historian and an essential pūrakau/story teller which is why our narrative is so reflective of not just Te Ao but our local history. We completed the last pare/carving for our Kahū space - Waiora at the end of 2022. All of this features in our beautiful narrative.

And, to add to this, Wiremu Gray from Leadership Lab will be working alongside our BOT, leadership, staff and community to weave our cultural narrative through all aspects of school including his 'Te Whare Mauri Ora model' (a model of well-being to support individuals and communities toTHRIVE).

Wiremu states "I am passionate about all our diverse communities, whānau and rangatahi being able to contribute to society with feeling valued and appreciated".

In the last few years Wiremu has been fortunate to have worked alongside Dr Lucy Hone and Dr Denise Quinlan from the NZ Institute of Wellbeing and Resilience where he delivered presentations at two national Positive Education conferences in 2018 and 2019, with a bicultural wellbeing model he developed called Te Whare Mauri Ora, which has been further supported by Prof Angus Macfarlane and Associate Professor Sonja Macfarlane.

We must acknowledge Ngāi Tahu and Ngāi Tūāhuriri who have supported the school and development of our narrative so that we represent not just tangata whenua but mana whenua.

So - what do we want from you?

Click on the google doc and answer 3 simple questions;

  1. Does our Cultural Narrative represent the school you want to have your children at?
  2. Is there a part or are there parts that you really like?
  3. Is there a part or are there parts that do not make sense or may need some more information or learning?

We will make sure that we spend plenty of time unpacking and explaining our narrative with our community including planned Community Hui with our external experts to support us.

Don't forget to CLICK on the Google Forms and HAVE your SAY.

Kia pai tō rā - Have a good day.

Andrea Harnett

Tumuaki - St Albans School

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Message from the Board of Trustees

Board Responsibilities - At the Board of Trustees' meeting on Monday, the election of the Presiding Member and deputy was held as well as confirmation of Board portfolios. We congratulate Karli Bristed on being elected Presiding Member and James Kara on being elected as Deputy.

We would like to acknowledge and sincerely thank Juliet Calder who is stepping down as Presiding Member after holding the role for the past year. Juliet has shown enormous commitment and dedication to her role as Chair. Her leadership, passion and energy has been instrumental in guiding the Board in 2022, particularly through the process of appointing a new Principal. Ngā mihi Juliet!

The following portfolios were confirmed for the year ahead:

  • Karli Bristed - Presiding Member
    Curriculum, Employment, Property (lead), Finance, Communication
  • James Kara - Deputy Chairperson
    Curriculum, Employment, Finance (lead)
  • Juliet Calder
    Curriculum, Employment, Health & Safety, Documentation & Self-Review, Communication
  • Miriam Lonsdale
    Curriculum, Employment, Documentation & Self-Review, Health & Safety
  • Chloe Jolliffe
    Curriculum, Employment, Documentation & Self-Review, Health & Safety
  • Andrea Harnett
    (Principal – Tumuaki) All portfolios
  • Julie Baker
    (Staff Rep) Curriculum, Employment
  • Diane Mawhinney
    (Board Secretary) Finance, Property, Health & Safety

School Pool - With the days now getting shorter, the nightly closure time for the school pool has been brought forward by an hour to 7pm. The end of the school pool season for key holders will be Sunday 26 March, unless the weather deteriorates before then, in which case the closing date may be brought forward.

150th Jubilee - Planning is well underway for the St Albans School 150th Jubilee Celebrations. Please ensure that you note the dates in your calendar - 15 - 17 September 2023, as it would be great to have as many of our past and present tamariki and whānau in attendance as possible. Please also follow the Facebook page for updates and contact if you have any ideas or are able to help with the preparations.

Acorn Fund - We know that times are tough for many families at the moment, so would like to remind families that we have the Acorn Fund available to help families in financial need. This may, for example, be a contribution towards fees for activities, swimming, camp, sports, uniforms or stationery. We welcome contributions towards the Acorn Fund from those who would like to support fellow St Albans School families who may not be in a position to meet all costs. Please contact the office of email for more information about accessing or donating to the Acorn Fund.

Walk or Wheel Week

Next week we are taking part in Walk or Wheel Week, the purpose of this is to encourage everyone to get to school via active modes of transport eg. walk, skate, scoot, bike etc. Our school councillors will be waiting by the gates celebrating those who decide to do so. We encourage whānau who live outside of walking distance to 'park and stride' - park your car further away from school than normal and walk the rest of the way. It is a great opportunity to encourage movement and get some fresh air before the school day begins.

Book Week

Week 7 - Book Week and Book Character Dress Up Thursday 24th March

In week 7 we will be celebrating all things books with lots of fun activities. We will be hosting a Scholastic Book Fair with a great selection of books available to purchase before and after school from Tuesday to Friday.

On Thursday we have Book Character Day - dress up as your favourite book character and bring along the book. All costumes are to align with our values of kaitiakitanga - what do you have at home that can be repurposed into a costume? How can you make what you need instead of buying?

CFC Have a Go Rugby Sessions

A massive thank you to the CFC Rugby Club for coming in yesterday and running fun skills based rugby sessions with all of our classes. The children had a great time and learnt some valuable rugby skills from these sessions. CFC registrations are now open, please see the CFC brochure for more information.

Senior Swimming Sports

On Tuesday we held our Senior Swimming Sports at Jellie Park Pool. It was great to have so many students take part in the various 25m and 50m races. Well done to all competitors who gave it their absolute all and did themselves very proud! A massive thank you to all of the parents who helped out, without you, we could not have done it, and a special mention to Miriam Dewar who took all the wonderful photos of the day. Also a big thank you to all of our spectators, it was fantastic to have such a big crowd cheering the swimmers on!

Click here for results.

Cross Country

Our School Cross Country is being held on Monday 3rd April at English Park from 9.25am- 12.45pm. Now is the time to start training for this! Please encourage your child to wear their house colours. If you are coming to watch, please be seated in the two bays in the stand closest to the Port Hills. You will need to be there in plenty of time and will need to keep clear of the entrance to English Park as this is part of the course. The best place to watch is in the stands at English Park.

For more information including race times click here.

2023 Dates

  • Term 1: Finishes on Thursday 6 April
  • Term 2: Monday 24 April to Friday 30 June
  • Term 3: Monday 17 July to Friday 22 September
  • Term 4: Monday 9 October to Wednesday 20 December


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Akido Classes

We invite the children of St Albans School to try our Aikido classes. Aikido is a fun martial art that promotes physical fitness, mental focus, and discipline. Our dojo offers classes for children aged 5 – 12 and welcomes beginners. Our instructors are experienced and qualified to work with children, and we maintain a safe and inclusive learning environment.

To encourage your school to try Aikido, we offer two free lessons for each child who signs up from St Albans School and a $20 donation to the school for each child that joins.

By participating in our classes, children can develop balance, coordination, and flexibility while learning important life skills such as self-discipline and respect.

If children are interested in learning more or would like to visit to our Burnside Dojo, 35 Morley Street, Burnside – cnr Clyde Rd and Morley St, please contact us at ph. 021 343 672. Kids classes are held Monday, Wednesdays and Thursdays 4.45 – 5.30pm.