2023 Newsletter - Week 8, Term 2

Greenmeadows School,12th June, Newsletter #9: 2023


Tēnā koutou kātoa,

As we race towards the end of the term, I have published this newsletter a litte early this week in order to advise of two big events that will take place in the weeks ahead:

  1. The Walkathon takes place on Thursday 22 June. A notice has already been sent home.
  2. Parent Interviews will be taking place on 26 and 27 June. Please note that school finishes at 2:00 pm on both of these days to allow all interviews to take place over the two days.

More details below on both of these events.

Our Y4-6 swimming sports takes place this Thursday. This event runs a little differently these days due to the occupancy restrictions at the Green Family Taradale Pool. We no longer attend this event en masse, so please check your child's notice for their expected event time. I hope to see you there!

Ka kite anō,

Darren Holloway

Acting Principal


We have had 5 new students start with us since the last newsletter - a very warm welcome to

Tyce Hoera, Cosima Weston, Kyrie Versoza, Alessio Russi and Taegue Meehan.

Our roll at present is 438


In two weeks the whole school will be holding parent-teacher interviews. We urge all families to participate in these interviews and have set aside two afternoons and evenings for these to occur:

Monday 26 June 2.15 pm – 7.15 pm Tuesday 27 June 2.15 pm – 6.30 pm

You can request an interview by using our online booking program:

  • Go to our school website www.gms.school.nz and click on the ‘Parent – Teacher Interviews 2023’ tab.

  • There you will see instructions to take you to the interview booking website, along with the necessary code for booking dates and times at our school (remember to use the school code which is g3d5u)

  • Once your booking is completed you will receive an email confirming your interview. These details can be rescheduled if your availability changes.

If you are unable to access the school’s website, then you can ring, or visit, the school office and Carolyn or Sara will book a time for you.

We aim for 100% attendance of families at these interviews, so please let us know of any difficulties you may be having booking a time.

Each child will have a summary sheet of their achievements and progress so far this year prepared for them available at the interview.

Because of the interviews, school will close early at 2.00pm on the afternoons of Monday 26th June and Tuesday 27th June.


We are hoping our field dries out a bit before the Walkathon, which is due to take place on Thursday 22 June. This is a fundraising event organised by our very motivated PTA, who are keen on a new junior playground.

I do hope that you are able to get behind this event and help your child to get sponsorship, no matter how far they are able to walk on the day.

Main prizes for the top fundraisers (one set of 1st - 3rd prizes for each syndicate):

1st Invert Stunt Scooter

2nd $50 Rebel Sport & $35 TimeZone vouchers

3rd $30 K Mart & $21 TimeZone vouchers

There are also heaps of spot prizes available for anyone who raises at least $10.

  • Reading Cinema vouchers 3 x $30
  • Smiggle vouchers 5 x $20
  • School Shop vouchers 5 x $20
  • Napier Aquatic Centre 3 x Family & Slide Passes
  • Bayskate 12 x passes
  • Breakers vouchers 3 x $50
  • Subway vouchers 3 x $20
  • Ocean Spa vouchers
  • Chocolate bars x 90

A huge thank you to all those who were able to support us in supplying the above prizes.


Today we held a fire drill and were able to evacuate the entire school to the field in just 4 minutes and 40 seconds!

Later in the year we will practice a lockdown drill and a tsunami hīkoi. While we hope that neither of these things ever happen to us, the earthquake back in Week 1 of this term was a great reminder why it is important to be prepared for the unexpected.


A random selection of our Year 3 and Year 6 parents will shortly be receiving a letter from the National Monitoring Study of Student Achievement. These studies, conducted on behalf of the Ministry of Education, are used to improve the education our children receive.

Participation is not compulsory. If your child has been randomly selected, you will receive an email and a letter home this week with full details.


This week we are focusing on strengthening our understanding of ‘Taha Hinengaro’, our mental and emotional wellbeing.

TKI Definition of Taha Hinengaro

Mental and emotional wellbeing including coherent thinking processes, acknowledging and expressing thoughts and feelings, and responding constructively.

Your taha hinengaro is about your mind: how you feel, how you think and how you communicate. Look after your taha hinengaro by doing things that make you happy.

Recognising how we are feeling and what to do when we need support are skills we are strengthening in our ākonga. Talking about and modelling how you deal with your emotions in a positive way can help support the wellbeing of your tamariki.

Activities you could do at home to support your Taha Hinengaro -

  • Enjoy a coffee with a hoamahi or whānau,

  • Listen to music,

  • Talk with a friend

  • Give compliments

  • Do random acts of kindness,

  • Get fresh air on a family walk,

  • Find your quiet place to read a book

  • Practice Mindfulness

  • Find time for yourself to reflect and enjoy.

Wellness is a connection of paths. Knowledge and Action. - Joshua Holtz

Ngā mihi,

Hauora Team


GMS OSCAR is in urgent need of a cleaner. It’s a wonderful part time position of an hour a day from 4.30 to 5.30pm (or other times could be arranged to suit). If you are interested, or know of anyone who might be interested, please contact 0276034568 or email gmoscar@xtra.co.nz.

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We are again collecting the Yummy cut-out labels from bags (each cut-out label is worth 10 stickers) and individual Yummy apple stickers. With the apple stickers we can claim for our school’s share of free sports gear. Your child can bring in the stickers and/or cut-out labels and teachers will have a chart in their class to stick them onto.

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Below is a link to download our school App if you haven't already.

This is how we communicate with the school community any importmant messages or reminders.