Kia ora Clarkville Te Kura ki Waimātao whānau
School is back and the learning spaces are humming! Welcome to the many families new to us this year and welcome back to our 2022 children and their parents/caregivers.
A special welcome to our new tamariki:
Blake and Vatsal in Kaiapoi learning space
Zara, Bella and Fatima in Horotueka learning space
Lina, Neave, Abi, Noah, Evie, Ollie, Emily, Stevie, Isabelle, Charlotte and Iona in Kaikanui learning space
Welcome back to Karl Fisk who has rejoined the team as our school Caretaker. Many of you will remember Karl in his Caretaker role at the school from several years ago. Karl is a qualified builder, has the relevant training and qualification for managing school pools and has excellent knowledge of school health and safety requirements. We are very excited to have Karl onboard again - the grounds are already starting to show the work he has put in over the last couple of weeks! Karl works with us in the mornings until our Interval break at 10.40am, but also has a home handyman business that has been running successfully for the past couple of years. Once Karl finishes at Clarkville, he undertakes a range of jobs as part of his handyman business. If you require a deck, fence, drywall plastering or ground maintenance, you might like to consider Karl…
His contact details are:
Fisk’s Handyman Services
020 4119 8943
The swimming pool is being used daily. The water temperature is usually around 28-29 degrees which is very pleasant. It has also been a refreshing cool break to the warm temperatures this past week for the children. Please make sure your child/ren have their togs/towel each day. We are so lucky to have this as an amazing resource for the children to enjoy!
Please ensure that your child has their named navy blue bucket or wide-brimmed hat each day. This will ensure that they can play outside with their friends and do not have to seek shelter under one of the trees. Please also ensure that the hat is navy blue and does not display any logos or images. This is consistent with our school uniform policy.
It is a good idea to apply sunblock to your child (or get them to do it for themselves) before leaving for school at the beginning of each day. Children having sunblock (and being confident to apply it) in their school bags is also a great idea for a reapplication at lunch time.
It was awesome to see so many parents/caregivers and children at our Connect Day. This was an important opportunity to meet or reconnect with your child’s/ren’s learning space teachers and learn more about the programme for the year ahead. We had over 80% attendance which is great! If you missed the opportunity, please contact your child’s/ren’s learning space teacher to make an alternative time.
Full School Assemblies/Hui
This term, we have changed the time for our Full School Assemblies. Our Assemblies will still take place every fortnight on a Thursday, but will start at 2.15pm. Hopefully this change will allow parents/caregivers to attend just before the end of day pick up. Our first Full School Assembly will be Thursday 23 February.
Year 5/6 Camp
Year 5/6 camp at Hanmer Springs Forest Camp is fast approaching (Wed 22 Feb - Fri 24 Feb). The children are getting very excited and the camp prep is well underway! Please ensure that the parent/caregiver contribution for camp is paid by Wednesday 15 February (as highlighted in previous camp notice). Thank you to those parents/caregivers who have set up automatic payments or have discussed a payment plan with me. If automatic payments have been made, the parent/caregiver contribution does not have to be paid in full by the time of departure as long as these payments continue after the camp.
Thank you to those parents/caregivers who have completed stationery purchases for the 2023 school year. The ‘Maths - No Problem!’ workbooks were not available through the OfficeMax website as these are ordered by the school from the official supplier. If your child/ren is/are in Year 2 - 6, the workbooks are available for purchase through the school Office. You are welcome to visit and purchase one using eftpos or alternatively, purchasing this through your child’s/ren’s school account. The cost of these workbooks is $22.
Year 1 students are using the Numicon programme for Mathematics learning in 2023. There are 4x workbooks available for purchase through the school Office totaling $14 ($3.50 each).
We are currently waiting for the ‘Maths - No Problem!’ workbooks for Year 7 and 8 students. These are currently at the printers and should be available for purchase through the school Office soon.
Parking and Road Safety
Please walk your child/ren across the road when coming to and leaving school. The road can get quite busy and some drivers are not always the best at slowing down as they should.
Please also park across the road if you have a ute, suv, van or other large vehicle. It makes it challenging to cross Heywards Road when viewing is obstructed by large vehicles parked school-side.
Dates for Term 1 2023
Wednesday 22 February - Friday 24 February - Kaiapoi (Year 5/6) learning space at camp
Thursday 23 February - Full School Assembly led by Wairaki (Year 7/8)
Thursday 6 April - End of Term 1
More dates to follow
It’s been so awesome seeing so many smiling faces back at the school gate at the start of every day! The children are working hard in class and starting to get back into routines. Our staff is buzzing to be back in their classrooms!
Nga mihi maioha
From our PTA
Hello from the new Chairperson!!
Just a little introduction. My name is Angela Boereboom, my daughter, Emily, is in Whakarewa and my son, Logan, will be starting school this year in Term 3. I work part time as a Legal Executive at a small firm in Christchurch. My husband, James, and I own a wee ‘lifestyle block’ with our sheep, cows, chickens, one goat and two Poodles (with some resident ducks, quail and pukeko). Please approach me anytime with fundraiser suggestions or just to say hello. I am always around in the afternoon at pick up time. I look forward to assisting a wonderful PTA and contributing to our school this year.
New Families - Buddy Family Programme
The PTA co-ordinate a Buddy Family Programme whereby new and existing families are paired up so new families have someone they can go to when they have questions about the school.
You are more than welcome to contact the PTA via email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or send a message to Angela on 027 3055 439.
We have also prepared a booklet for new families which you can pick up from the office foyer.
The Christmas Raffle was another successful fundraiser. We made $2,480.00. Thank you to everyone who donated to the raffle and sold tickets. Special thank you to Marie Ambrosiussen for organising and putting together the prize packs. Prize for the most tickets sold went to Emily Boereboom in Whakarewa.
A Special Visit from Santa
At the end of Term 4 the fire brigade brought Santa to our school to surprise the students and hand out ice-blocks. The students loved looking through the fire truck (I saw a few lining up multiple times to go back through the truck) and with the very hot weather, all appreciated the ice-blocks. Thank you very much to the Swannanoa Volunteer Fire Brigade for their time in making this an event memorable for everyone.
Clarkville School Gala!
The date has been set for the next school Gala - Saturday 25 March, 2-5pm. You will notice a few changes this year; the white elephant has become a car boot sale, the food stalls are now a sausage sizzle/hot & cold drinks/bake sale. The old favourites are still there though; the Hōpara kids stalls, petting zoo, the chocolate flip game, bake sale and more! Even Kris the Principal is putting his body on the line for the Gala (more on that later). It has always been the intention of our Gala that everyone in the school community contributes in some way, be it their help/time, food donation or monetary. To that end, more information will be coming out about how you can help in our next communication.
Sausage Sizzle Coordinator needed for 2023
Been thinking lately you’d like to be a more active member of our school community? We are looking for someone to take over the coordination of the monthly sausage sizzles. This basically involves: loading the sizzles on Kindo, processing in the morning, sorting the BBQ supplies, and organising the adult help for the day. Full training will be given. Please get in touch with the PTA (ClarkvillePTA@gmail.com) if you think this is something you’d like to take on for the school. We have a wee job description we can give you if you are interested in knowing more.
Scholastic Book Club
The Term 1 Scholastic brochures have arrived and will be sent to the Teams this week. It is our policy to send home one offer per term (4 per year) only.
Payment and orders are made directly to Scholastic via credit card, scholastic voucher or by using LOOP via their link https://mybookclub.scholastic.co.nz/Parent/Login.aspx
If you would like an item or an order to be held in the office please mark this clearly on your order, or order using your own name, otherwise they will be given to the child named on the order once they arrive.
Closing date for this order is: 9am, Friday 24 February
Location: Clarkville School 10 Heywards Rd, Clarkville 7692, New Zealand
Phone: 03 327 8218