Newsletter week 8 Term 3

East Gore School September 16th 2021

Principal's Report

Tena Koutou, Talofa, Namaste, Hello and Greetings

It is so good to be back at school after the last lockdown. The students and teachers were super excited to be back and seeing their friends and classmates. It always great to see how resilient students are returning after a lockdown and how ready they are to carry on with their learning. You are all super parents and my hat is off to you all. It is a challenge to juggle running a household, working from home as well as supervising home learning and tackling online learning sessions. You are all amazing.

It is with excitement that I can let you know that Hannah Coyle returns from maternity leave next term. Hannah will be supporting classes and individuals across the school with a variety of programmes.

Kate Stiven will continue teaching Room Totara for the remainder of the year and we are very lucky to have her for all of 2021. I know that the students in Room Totara will be excited to hear that Kate is going to be there teacher for the rest of the year.

Kia pai tō rā whakatā (have a great weekend).

Wendy Kitto


We welcome a new student to East Gore this week, in Room Kauri is Khala and Kaydin and in Room Totara is Grayson. We hope that you have a wonderful time learning lots of new things at East Gore School. It is great to have you here.

Camp Update

With the recent lockdown we have had to change our camp until next term. We were very lucky that the activities in Te Anau and our parent helpers are able to change their days so we didn't have to cancel this event. We are now heading off to camp on Tuesday 2 - Friday 5 November. There is a parent information evening to be held on Tuesday 28 September at 6:30pm. At this meeting we will share our expectations about camp and all the exciting activities.

School Notices


The onset of winter illness is starting to affect our students. Please keep students home if the are unwell and help slow the spread of these coughs and colds. We have also had a vomiting bug doing the rounds, remember that a student must be 48 hours clear of any vomiting or diarrhoea before returning to school.

Reporting an Absence

If a student is away from school for any reason we need to know. Please text, phone or use the school app to report an absence. We need a reason for absence please, this a legal Ministry of Education requirement so please don't be offended if we ask for this.

Cellphones at School

We are noticing a few students are bringing cellphones to school. They do not need them at school because we have numerous devices for the students to complete school work on. If your child needs to bring a cellphone because of an after school activity, they must hand it in at the office. At the end of the day they can collect it from Mrs Nicholson.

Lunches in School

Unfortunately the daily fruit we were enjoying last term is not been supplied this term, we would ask parents to please send morning tea and something for healthy snack each day - ie: piece of fruit/cheese/nuts/yogurt.

Koha Kai are suppling a lovely range of lunches that our students enjoying this term - mac cheese is a definite hit!

Staying in Touch

Please remember to update any changes in your contact details to the school office, its very important that we have you latest details in case of an emergency. Thank you.

Spare Clothes

We are running short of spare clothes at school. If you child has come home in school clothing could it please be returned asap. A spare set of clothes in the school bag is a good idea this time of year.

Mīharo Murihiki Polyfest 2021

Unfortunately the live Mīharo Murihiki Polyfest is another casualty of the Covid alert levels. The committee have made the decision to cancel the live show for this. Instead they are looking at having an Online Polyfest for Murihiki. We will share more information about how this will look once we have a plan for our students. Watch this space - all the students practice will not disappoint.


The PTA held this cookie dough fundraiser during the lockdown. The dates were changed due to this event and now the cookie dough will be available to collect 30th September. The PTA will be in touch for collection on this day.

Rachel Mitchell - PTA secretary

Play is the Way for Term 3

Some Play Is The Way language you could use at home:

“Are you doing the right thing or the wrong thing?”

“Are you making a strong decision or a weak decision?”

“Are you being the boss or your decisions, or are you asking me to be your boss?”

Senior Camp - Chocolate Fundraiser

We still have 8 cartons of chocolate to sell. Each box contains 30 bars @ $2 each.

$24 profit is made from each box sold which comes off your camp cost.

Please see Debbie in the office to collect your chocolate!

Breakfast Club

We need a couple of people to help with breakfast club on a Mondays morning's. 8.30 - 9.00 am.

You would need to supervised helpings of weetbix and make and spread toast and clean up after wards. If you can help we would love to hear from you.

Just a reminder Breakfast Club starts at 8:30am and finishes at 8:53.

Thank you again to our volunteers who provide this service - if you would like to be involved for half an hour any day of the week please contact the office - helpers are always very welcome.

A huge shout out to BP Gore who very generously donate bread to Breakfast Club.

Upcoming Events

  • Sept 20 - Board Meeting
  • Oct 1 - End of Term 3
  • Oct 18 - Start of Term 4

Community Notices

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