Normanby School Newsletter 13

Monday 31 August 2020

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Principal's Message

Tēnā koutou katoa – Warmest greetings to you all.

Thank you to our school community for all of your support in everything we do here at Normanby School, whether it be purchasing / selling licorice for fundraising, helping out with our new parent information evening, getting forms back to school promptly, ensuring your children come to school with the right uniform and lunch....all these things help to ensure our children get the best opportunities possible.

Tomorrow is the first day of spring, which means summer is on its way with longer and warmer days. It is hard to believe that we have only 4 weeks left of this term. We continue to provide many fun learning opportunities for our children. Coming up in week 9 is the much anticipated Arts Week. If you are available to help out during Arts Week please either contact Kay in the office or the class teacher.

A reminder that we need all touch rugby return slips back no later than this WEDNESDAY 2 SEPTEMBER. As you can imagine, putting together the teams and registering them is a big job as traditionally we have half of our school who choose to play.

The new sports shirts have been ordered. If you missed the deadline, I did order some extras. These will be available on a first in first served basis. Please make contact with Kay at if you are keen to buy a sports shirt for your child and we will keep a list of names to contact once they arrive.

Have a great week everyone.

Ngā mihi nui

Janelle Jones

Ko te tamaiti te pūtake o te kaupapa. The child at the heart of the matter.

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Contents of this week’s newsletter

  • Welcome to our new students
  • BOT News form our Chairperson - Maz Prince
  • BOT Elections
  • Daffodil Day
  • Hero App
  • Touch Rugby
  • Basketball Draw
  • Year 6 enrollments for Hawera Intermediate
  • School Crosscountry
  • Scholastic Book Club
  • Swimming Lessons
  • Project Reef Life
  • Maths Week Reward Afternoon
  • Van Payments
  • Birthdays
  • PTA News - Licorice Fundraiser
  • School Assembly / Whanau Mornings
  • Puanga Speech Finalists
  • Week 6 Normanby STARS
  • School Docs - School Policies and Procedures
  • Term Dates 2020
  • Term Three Dates
  • Dates to put in your diary.

Welcome to our new students

Recently we welcomed the following new students to Normanby School

  • Kayson Irving-Williams - Kayson and his family have moved into the area and he comes to us from Whenuakura School. He is in Year 2 and has joined Room 7 in Matariki.
  • Te Rau Anderson - is a new 5 year old who lives in Normanby with his family. He joins his big brother Kahn-Jahmal at our school. Te Rau joined Room 5 in Ngahere today.
  • Connor Prince - is a new 5 year old who joins his big sister Kaia at our school. Connor also joined Room 5 in Ngahere today.

We look forward to getting to know our new students and their whanau.

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BOT News - School Hours for 2021

Dear All

On behalf of the Board of Trustees I would like to thank the Normanby School families and staff for their input into the consultation process regarding the proposed possibility of the school changing its hours in 2021. The Board of Trustees are grateful and appreciate the time you have all spent on having your say. The Board has considered and discussed all feedback and a decision has now been made.

The school hours will remain status quo for 2021, therefore meaning 9am - 3pm.
Please remember that no children should be on school grounds prior to 8.30am unless, prior arrangements have been made with the Principal.

Maz Prince
BOT Chairperson

BOT Elections

School Elections December 4th 2020

Normanby school will have 2 Parent Representative positions available at the next election in December. We will advertise for Nominations in early November.

Why become a Trustee?

Trustees are active leaders in our schools. They have an important role of supporting strong professional leadership and ensuring effective teaching for all students through informed governance.

Parents/caregivers and people in the wider community can be parent representative and other types of trustees. School boards need to represent the diversity of their school communities to ensure a bright future for all our children.

The trustee elections are the opportunity to vote for candidates who will make a positive difference for children’s education. We need more people willing to use their skills and experiences for the benefit of students!

"Board members are entrusted by the community to ensure the success of our schools and a bright future for our children. We need an education system where all children are expected to succeed and one where we all take shared responsibility in ensuring this happens. As a member of a school board you can make things happen - you can make a difference."

- Lorraine Kerr, NZSTA President

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Daffodil Day

Thank you to our wonderful school community for your outstanding support of Daffodil Day. We raised $160 from selling daffodils and $197.20 from the Mufti Day. A cheque was presented to the Lions Club today for NZ Cancer Society totaling $357.20

Hero App

Thank you to the many families who have downloaded our new Hero App and are now receiving all of our notifications. In the future this will be our "One Stop Shop" and Facebook posts will be phased out.

Earlier this term we sent out a newsletter explaining how to download and use our new Hero App. If you are having trouble accessing this App or need some help please let us know as we are more than happy to help you out. If you need another newsletter explaining how to download the App, please let the office know and we will arrange for one to go home with your child.

In order to sign in you must use the email address you have provided us. This is the email address where you receive your school newsletters. Parents can log in with separate email addresses, however we must have them in the system first. If you would like to do this, please contact Kay with the required email address.

Our aim has been to implement a robust system that allows teachers, parents, and students to access learning in an online environment that is secure, easy, and effective.

Your home page is the Community Feed. This is where we post messages, our school newsletters and announcements. In time this will take the place of Skool Loop and Facebook.

You can go onto the App to follow your child's learning journey. On the 2020 Report Page you will be able to see your child's current goals, as well as the goals they have achieved and their current progress graphs for reading, writing and maths. The report is designed to build year on year so that over time you will have access to written posts, assessments, images, video and helpful resources all in one place.

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Touch Rugby newsletters went home to all families last week.

If you would like your child to play, permission forms and signed code of conduct forms must be back at school no later than Wednesday 2 September. All fees ($10 + $20 bond for shirt) to be paid no later than Thursday 24 September please. If you have ordered and paid for a new school sports shirt then you will not need to pay a $20 bond to borrow a school owned sports top.

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Here is the basketball draw for the week beginning Monday 31st August. A reminder that Alert Level 2 protocols remain in place for dropping children off and collecting them after the games. Thank you for your support with this.
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Year 6 Enrolments for Hawera Intermediate School 2021

The process of enrolling Year 6 students for 2021 at Hawera Intermediate School is about to begin at the start of Term Four. A newsletter went home with all Year 6 students last week. If you did not receive this, please check your child's bag or ask the office for a copy please.

Key dates are as follows:

  • Thursday 22 October - Hawera Intermediate Visit our students at our school at 2pm
  • Tuesday 27 October - Parent Enrolments at Hawera Intermediate 1 to 6pm
  • Wednesday 28 October - Parent Enrolments at Hawera Intermediate 1 to 6pm
  • Tuesday 3 November - Parent Enrolments at Hawera Intermediate 3 to 6pm

  • Thursday 12 November - Year 6 students visit Hawera Intermediate School 1.30 to 2.45pm

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School Crosscountry

Due to the uncertainty of the current situation with COVID-19 we have decided to run two separate cross country events this year. They will be held on the following dates:

Friday 4th September - Senior Cross Country. This is for all 8, 9, 10 and 11 year olds.

Tuesday 8th September - Junior Cross Country. This is for all 5, 6 and 7 year olds.

SENIOR CROSS COUNTRY INFORMATION - 8, 9, 10 and 11 year olds:

A big thank you once again to Harley Ogle and Ted Gane for allowing us to have our School Cross Country on their farm during this busy time. We respectfully ask that no animals are brought along on the day, such as dogs, and that footwear that has been worn on other farms is clean please.

All details for the day are listed below.


Friday 4th September (postponement Tuesday 8th September or the next available fine day)


Gane Farm, Ngarongo Road Normanby (Dairy number 40448), just south of the Egmont Street intersection - look for the school flag.


Please park safely on the side of the road. It has wide verges so there is plenty of room.

(Please leave the tanker track clear in case the tanker comes)


First race will begin at 1.50pm.


1.50 – 11 year old girls and boys

1.55 – 10 year girls

2.00 – 10 year boys

2.05 – 9 year girls

2.10 – 9 year boys

2.15 – 8 year girls

2.20 – 8 year boys


  • Ages for the 8, 9, 10 and 11 year old races are as of the day of our cross country.
  • Children can run in mufti - they will be climbing fences, logs and possibly hay bales. We encourage them to dress in their house colours. Students are to come to school in their normal full school uniform.
  • Shoes are optional to run in, however, they will all need shoes for walking to the course. They will be running on grass, concrete and dirt tracks. As this is a farm there could be the odd fresh cow pat :) We will be walking around the course on Wednesday 2nd September so that all students know where they will be running.
  • Drink Bottles - All children will need to take their own NAMED drink bottle as there are no water fountains available.
  • Warm clothes are needed for putting on after they compete. We will be away from school for approximately 1 and ½ hours.
  • Children will be taking their school bags with them to carry spare items of clothing and drink bottles.
  • Parents are able to find a spot around the course in the first two paddocks to support and encourage their child, however, we ask that you do not run with them as this could give them an unfair advantage.
  • Parents are able to take their child home after their race. Any parents wishing to do so will need to sign their child out with Ms Ryan first.
  • If you are able to help out as a course marshall please fill out the form below and return it to school, or contact Clarissa at school.
  • There will be NO PTA BBQ on either cross-country days this year.



Tuesday 8th September (postponement Thursday 10th September or the next fine day).

Please note if the Senior Cross Country is postponed then the junior one is also postponed.


A fun obstacle course will be set up around the Normanby School field for the students to race around.


First race will begin at 2.00pm.


These times are approximates only. Races may start earlier if all students in the previous race have finished.

1.55 - 7 year old girls

2.05 - 7 year old boys

2.15 - 6 year old girls

2.25 - 6 year old boys

2.35 - 5 year old girls

2.45 - 5 year old boys

If you have any questions regarding the day or you are able to help out as a course marshall then please contact us at school.

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Scholastic Book Club

Scholastic Book Club

Issue 6 of the Scholastic Book Club is out now. If you didn't receive a copy we have some available at the office. Orders for this issue close on Thursday 3 September at 3pm.

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Swimming Lessons

The PTA are very generously paying for all children at Normanby School to receive six swimming lessons by qualified swimming instructors at the Hawera Aquatic Centre during Term Three. This costs $24 per child for the 6 lessons. We are extremely grateful to the fundraising and support we receive from both the PTA and community.

Due to Covid19 we have put our lessons on hold for now. Once we go back to Alert Level One, we will continue the Puanga Hub lessons (any missed will be caught up). A new timetable will be issued.

Ngahere and Matariki will have their lessons in Term 4.

Children who forget their swimming togs and towel will remain at school.

If you are available to help out with transport or supervision, please let the class teacher or Kay know. Thank you.

Project Reef Life

We were super lucky to have a visit from Karen, Rebecca and Josh who are marine scientists and educators for Project Reef Life.

What is Project Reef Life?

It is a regionally and nationally recognised project aimed to discover and document the subtidal rocky reef communities found in the South Taranaki Bight.

Initially focusing on one target reef (approx. 11km offshore and depth of approx. 23 metres), a number of surveys will be conducted throughout the year allowing the scientists to capture the ecological variance across seasons. A range of basic scientific methods are employed by local community groups to survey the reef. It is hoped that this research effort will continue into the future and expand to incorporate additional reefs.

How do they survey the Reef?

Six survey methods employed are: A camera (situated for many weeks at a time on the reef, until retrieved for maintenance) taking short video bursts overnight and day, benthic (reef floor) surveys involving a diver transect method, with the diver capturing images of 0.5m2 quadrats randomly situated around the reef, fishing surveys (conducted by Hawera High School and Patea Area School), baited underwater video, acoustic surveys through a loaned hydrophone and also conducting plankton trawls.

Who is involved in the Project?

Partners in the Project are: South Taranaki Underwater Club, Hawera High School, Patea Area School, Te Kaahui o Rauru and Te Runanga o Ngati Ruanui Trust.

Learn more by checking out these websites:

'Dive in' & check out Project Reef's NEW website! (best viewed on a desktop computer/laptop)...

Also check out their Facebook page to learn more:

Maths Week Reward Afternoon

Last week the children were able to spend their Normanby Dollars( that they won throughout Maths Week), on a reward. The children had a fantastic afternoon participating in a vairety of activites including, sport, crafts, minecraft, party games. Ask your child what reward they managed to do.

Thank you to Mrs Campbell for organising Maths Week and the fun reward afternoon too!!

Van Payments

All families who choose to use the school vans will have received invoices for Term Three. The bank account number has changed for van payments. Please ensure you put the money into the correct account. Full time users take precedence for the van.

We currently have a waiting list so please ensure you let Kay in the office know asap if there are any changes to your circumstances.

All van payments are made to: -

Normanby School Office

TSB: 15 3950 0406446 03

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September Birthdays

Happy birthday to the following children and staff who have their birthday coming up in September.

Friday 4 September - Mrs Tash Campbell

Friday 4 September - Miranda Seth - 5 years old

Friday 4 September - Jeila Katene - 11 years old

Saturday 5 September - Marius Aholelei - 11 years old

Monday 7 September - Mrs Kay Le Pine

Friday 11 September - Kahn Hori - 8 years old

Friday 11 September - Leroy Ashby - 7 years old

Wednesday 16 September - Jasper Green - 7 years old

Wednesday 16 September - Leonidas Fowlie - 7 years old

Friday 18 September - Macey Ogle - 7 years old

Saturday 19 September - Reminise Franzen - 5 years old

Tuesday 22 September - Jordyn Cooper - 6 years old

Friday 25 September - Beck Werder - 6 years old

Saturday 26 September - Ms Tina Ryan

Tuesday 29 September - Tawera Leatherby - 5 years old

Tuesday 29 September - Legion Tohengaroa-McIntyre - 8 years old

Wednesday 30 September - Amber Jordan - 5 years old

PTA News - RJ's Licorice Fundraiser

RJ’s Licorice Fundraiser

Thank you to our amazing PTA and school community for all of your support with the Licorice Fundraiser. We only have 12 bags left. First in first served tomorrow. Cash only.

  • 750gm bags of licorice offcuts - $5/bag.

Huge thanks to Linn Vincent and Kay Le Pine for all of their hard work running this fundraiser.

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School Assembly and Whanau Mornings (Friday's 8.30am to 10am)

While we are at Covid19 Alert Level 2, we will not be holding school assemblies.

Once we are back to Covid19 Alert Level 1, we will start our whanau mornings and school assemblies.

Week 7 - None due to Crosscountry

Week 8 - Friday 11 August - Room 2 sharing their learning

Week 9 - Friday 18 Sept - Room 8 sharing their learning

Week 10 - Friday 25 Sept - Room 5 /6 sharing their learning and Kapa Haka presentation
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Puanga Speeches

Well done to all of our Puanga students for their excellent effort with their speeches over the last few weeks.

Congratulations to the students who have been chosen to represent our school at the Lions Speech Competition on Thursday 10 September.

  • Alexa Ogle - Siblings

  • Lucy Fearnley - Flatulence

  • Nevaeh Ratahi - Funny Things Parents Say

Good luck girls!

Week Six Normanby STARS

Congratulations to our Normanby STARS who received a class certificate or Principal's Certificates and a Duffy Book in Week Six.

Class Certificates

Mrs V’s choice: Charlie Cleary

Mr Jones choice: Caprice Winstone

Room 2: Marius Aholelei

Room 3: Tristan Potroz

Room 4: Elijah Harris

Room 5: Charlie Cleary

Room 6: Karai Kelly

Room 7: Ruby Skinner

Room 8: Danni Franzen

Principal’s Certificates (Plus a Duffy Book Prize)

Being a great role model and displaying developing leadership qualities

Mrs V’s choice: Larney Corrigan

Mr Jones choice: Alexa Ogle

Room 2: Olivia Kumeroa-Thompson

Room 3: Kaitlyn Bensley

Room 4: Ruby Jordan

Room 5: Angus Clarke

Room 6: Jai Epae

Room 7: Esmae Werder

Room 8: Aaliyah Henry

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School Docs

All of our School policies and procedures can be found on School Docs. Currently, we are reviewing the following policies:

  • Learning Support (Nag1 Curriculum)

  • Appointment Procedure (Nag 3 Employer Responsibility)

  • Child Protection (Nag 5 Health, Safety and Welfare)

Please read these policies and then follow the instructions if you have any feedback to provide.

School Docs

Passwords for School Docs



How the review process works:

School Docs have explained what happens before, during, and after a review takes place in our Policy and Procedure Review Process document.

Also see Review Schedule for links to printable copies of the annual, and three-year schedule.

Instructions for reviewers

1. Follow the link to each policy in the table above.

2. Read the policy.

3. Click the red Policy Review icon at the right-hand top corner of the page. A new screen will appear.

4. Select your role (board member, staff member, or parent/caregiver) from the drop-down list.

5. Enter your name (optional).

6. Submit your ratings and comments.

Term Dates 2020

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Coming Up in Week 7 & 8

Week 7

Monday 31 August

  • School Council Meeting
  • Basketball at the Hub for all teams

Tuesday 1 September

  • Kapa Haka Performance Group Practice

Wednesday 2 September

  • Kapa Haka Whole School practice (split into two groups if at Covid Alert level 2)
  • Basketball at the Hub for Year 5/6

Thursday 3 September

  • Scholastic Book orders close at 3pm

Friday 4 September

  • Senior Crosscountry - First Race at 1.50pm
  • Happy Birthday to Mrs Tash Campbell
  • Happy Birthday to Miranda Seth - 5 years old today
  • Happy birthday to Jeila Katene - 11 years old today

Saturday 5 September

  • Happy Birthday to Marius Aholelei - 11 years old today

Week 8

Monday 7 September

  • Happy Birthday to Mrs Kay LePine
  • School Council Meeting
  • Basketball at the Hub for all teams

Tuesday 8 September

  • Kapa Haka Performance Group Practice
  • Junior Crosscountry

Wednesday 9 September

  • WIG WEDNESDAY - all donations to The Cancer Society
  • Kapa Haka Whole School practice (split into two groups if at Covid Alert level 2)
  • Basketball at the Hub for Year 5/6
  • PTA Meeting at 7pm

Thursday 10 September

  • Lions Speech Finals in the School Hall at 7pm

Friday 11 September

  • Happy Birthday to Kahn Hori - 8 years old today
  • Happy Birthday to Leroy Ashby - 7 years old today
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Dates to put in your Diary

Thursday 3 September - Scholastic Book orders close at 3pm

Tuesday 8 September
- Junior Crosscountry

Wednesday 9 September - Wig Wednesday

Wednesday 9 September - PTA Meeting at 7pm

Thursday 10 September - Lions Club Speeches

Monday 14 to Friday 18 September - Art Week

Wednesday 16 September - BOT meeting at 6.30pm

Friday 25 September - Last day of Term Three

Monday 12 October
- First day of Term Four

Monday 26 October
- Labour Day

Friday 30 October - Family Fun Day

Tuesday 3 November
- Athletics - Seniors only

Thursday 5 November - Athletics Day - whole school

Friday 13 November
- PTA Treat

Friday 20 November - Teacher Only Day

Tuesday 24 November - School Photos

Friday 4 December - Puanga Hub Big Day Out

Monday 7 December - Year 6 Graduation Dinner and Celebration

Thursday 10 December - End of year School Concert

Tuesday 15 December - School Prize-giving at 10.30am

Wednesday 16 December - School finishes at 12noon.

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