Week 3 Term 3 Panui

Monday/Rāhina - 9th August

Principal Message

Kia ora koutou Witherlea whānau,


Time flies when you are having fun! Even with the wet, cold and frosty winter we still have the sun and children just love being outside using their investigation skills from this terms Pillar: Discovery.


We have had children in the Farm Park looking at the animals, students making Beeswax Wraps, students investigating Bees and Honey with visits in the local community and our senior students discovering other countries through the Olympics.


We just love connecting with our local experts who are also part of our community. This is how we are able to bring our local curriculum to life through planned pathways of learning that are tailored to the Witherlea School student. Click on this LINK to see an amazing local learning story with our own; Mr Robertson, Anna Crowe and the Enviro Team to see how rich our science learning is at Witherlea.


One of the main aims for our students is to have a; LOVE of LEARNING. Through the rich experiences, connected to their lives, they learn how to observe, investigate and are challenged to create and meet new learning goals. This drives them to further challenge and success. And, everyone's success looks different - that is the amazing thing about children and adults; our potential is as limited as we think and as diverse as the human race.


So, our role is to ensure that we expand what every child knows and believes so they are not limited in any way. This is why we endeavour to motivate and engage each learner in dynamic and rich learning experiences each term through our Pillar.


Ask your children about their learning goals and how they might achieve them. What they could practice at school and at home. Be mindful that learning goals could even be about friendships or being Kind, Safe and Fair.


Together we can; Empower ALL learners to reach their potential in an innovative community.



Ngā manaakitanga,

Andrea Harnett - Tumuaki

EnviroSchools Learning Story about Witherlea LINK

Click on the button to read the article about Mr Robertson, EnviroSchools, our student Enviro Group and Witherlea School.

Ferns Team celebrating 100 days of learning at school with a Pyjama Day

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Welcome to Witherlea School

We wish to welcome these new students and their families and whānau to our school and community;


Finn P, Xavier S, Wyatt T



Welcome to School Certificates are given out at our Flag Raising on a Monday morning at 9am when we are in Alert Level 1.

Cough Lozenges/Drops at School

Just a reminder if you are giving your child cough drops of any kind, to have at school, they need to be given to their classroom teacher.


It is important these are not kept in bags where others may have access to them.


Reminder; if your children are sick they do need to stay at home and this includes having a persistent cough.

Term 3 Events - Wahanga Tuawhā

Week 3 - Wiki Tuatoru

Monday 9th August - Friday 13th August (Maths Week across New Zealand)


Monday 9th August

Flag raising Assembly = Welcome to School, Early Words, Shoutouts, Sports Certificates


Wednesday 11th August

Marlborough Schools Cross Country (this was postponed from Tuesday)


Friday 13th August

Subway Lunch Orders



Week 4 - Wiki Tuawhā

Monday 16th August - Friday 20th August


Monday 16th August

Flag raising Assembly = Welcome to School, Early Words, Shoutouts, Sports Certificates


Week 5 - Wiki Tuarima

Monday 23rd August - Friday 27th August


Monday 23rd August

Flag raising Assembly = Welcome to School, Early Words, Shoutouts, Sports Certificates


Wednesday 25th August

Marlborough Tackle Sevens Tournament = Lansdowne Park


Thursday 26th August

EPro8 Heats at Bohally


Friday 27th August

Daffodil Day = dress up in Green, Yellow or Orange

Subway Lunch Orders


School Disco

Junior at 5:15pm-6:45pm

Senior at 7pm-8:30pm



Week 6 - Wiki Tuaono

Monday 30th August - Friday 3rd September


Monday 30th August

Flag raising Assembly = Welcome to School, Early Words, Shoutouts, Sports Certificates


Friday 3rd September

Subway Lunch Orders



Week 7 - Wiki Tuawhitu

Monday 6th September - Friday 10th September


Monday 6th September

Flag raising Assembly = Welcome to School, Early Words, Shoutouts, Sports Certificates


Friday 10th September

Subway Lunch Orders



Week 8 - Wiki Tuawaru

Monday 13th September - Friday 17th September (Maori Language Week - NZ)


Monday 13th September

Flag raising Assembly = Welcome to School, Early Words, Shoutouts, Sports Certificates


Tuesday 14th September

Hockey Festival


Friday 17th September

Subway Lunch Orders



Week 9 - Wiki Tuaiwa

Monday 20th September - Thursday 23rd September


Monday 20th September

Flag Raising = Welcome to School, Early Words and Be Kind, Be Safe, Be Fair Shoutouts


Wednesday 22nd September

Tasman Tackle Sevens = Nelson


Thursday 23rd September

Music Festival Practice = ASB Theatre


Friday 24th September - SCHOOL CLOSED

Teacher Only Day



Week 10 - Wiki Tekau

Monday 27th September - Friday 1st October


Monday 27th September

Flag Raising = Welcome to School, Early Words and Be Kind, Be Safe, Be Fair Shoutouts


Tuesday 28th September

Marlborough Science and Technology Fair


Friday 1st October

Subway School Lunches


Whānau Open Day: 'Arts Exhibition'

  • Talent Show Finalists
  • Kapa Haka
  • Choir
  • Sign Language Club
  • Open Classrooms

Tuakana Teina at Witherlea

Tuakana/teina refers to the relationship between an older (tuakana) person and a younger (teina) person and is specific to teaching and learning in the Māori context. Within teaching and learning contexts, this can take a variety of forms:


  • Peer to peer – teina teaches teina, tuakana teaches tuakana.
  • Younger to older – the teina has some skills in an area that the tuakana does not and is able to teach the tuakana.
  • Older to younger – the tuakana has the knowledge and content to pass on to the teina.
  • Able to less able – the learner may not be as able in an area, and someone more skilled can teach what is required.


See our wonderful Kauri students working alongside our Ferns, who are the newest to school. We have buddy classes operating at Witherlea which supports Tuakana Teina. This is also reflected in our composite classes where we recognise the diversity of students beyond their ages and stages. Both sets of students are rewarded in this reciprocal exchange.

2021 Netball Helpers and Volunteers THANKS

Mrs Davies, Miss Higgins, Ms Webster and Mrs Ogilvy have been helping with Netball this season. We wish to thank these generous people for their time, energy and commitment to our young sports people.


Also to our senior team coaches Mrs Allen and Ms Brinsdon who give up their time for practices and for the games at the weekends.


Without these volunteers, we would not be able to have teams representing our school.

Be Kind, Be Safe, Be Fair Shoutouts


Ferns Team

Ava J; being a kind friend to her peers and always trying her hardest in her learning. Tino pai!

Victoria A; being the most amazing role model by showing kindness to others and always trying her best.


Punga Team

Hazel B; consistently shows kindness to her friends and all her classmates.


Kowhai Team

Grace M; a self-motivated learner who can manage different parts of her day by being organised and displaying initiative.


Kauri Team

Sam L; for consistently pushing himself out of his comfort zone with his learning, showing curiosity and being an exceptional member of Room 7.



These students have been using their kind, safe and fair qualities within our school, towards other students and supporting our culture at Witherlea.

Early Words Recognition

Congratulations to these students for completing their Early Words;


Ava J, Gwen K, Archie P, Leo S


We are very proud of the effort towards learning that our youngest students put in as the Early Words is the start of mastery at Witherlea School.

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