Newsletter 4 March 2022

Clarkville School


Kia ora

This week, we warmly welcome Samar who has started school in Whakarewa.

Earlier this week we held modified swimming sports for Hōpara and Matawara on consecutive days. This enabled our competitive swimmers to record times for this year and for all of our year 5-8 students to enjoy an event at school. The competitive results are recorded later in the newsletter. We are now planning a modified triathlon for the whole school for Friday 18 March and will keep you posted as planning is completed.

Introducing new staff members

Due to the current public health restrictions, we are aware that the community is limited with opportunities to get to know our new staff members. Hopefully, this will change as the year progresses. In each newsletter, we will introduce a staff member, beginning with those new to our community this year. Today we introduce Sophie Lawson, who teaches in Year 5-6 (Team Hōpara).

COVID-19 at school

Thank you to families for notifying the school promptly when there is a positive case in your household. This enables us to let the team affected know when an infectious person may have been present at school and this is important for members of our community who have underlying health conditions. The graphic below from the Ministry of Health outlines the isolation and testing requirements at phase 3.

Our thoughts are with families who are working through the symptoms of the virus and those isolating at home. The level of support in the community for families has been outstanding with offers to deliver shopping or learning packs. Please let us know if you are in need of support.

School charter and annual plan

Each year, our school charter and annual plan are completed and sent to the Ministry of Education. The 2022 document is available on our website under the Governance tab.

Our annual plan outlines new initiatives we are working to develop because they are in the best interests of the wellbeing and learning of our students. Our focus on constant improvement means that teachers are always reviewing their practice and continuing to learn professionally. I am consistently impressed with the calibre of our teaching staff, their passion and drive for the job and their openness to learning. You can be assured that your children are at the heart of what they do.

Juliana Rae


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Introducing a staff member

Sophie Lawson - Teacher in Team Hōpara (Year 5-6)

Kia ora! I’m originally from Wellington and made the move South to Christchurch at the beginning of this year to be with my partner. I’m really enjoying exploring Christchurch city and trying out the cafes and coffee spots! Outside of teaching I enjoy relaxing running, hiking, travel and baking. Clarkville School has a wonderful community atmosphere. I have loved my start here and getting to know the students and building relationships with them. I’m looking forward to meeting the wider Clarkville community once we get through Covid!


Communication between home and school has never been as vital as it is right now. The fact that parents are currently not able to physically be part of the school goes against everything that our teachers, management and the Board believe in.

Clarkville School is very much a community school and we fully understand how easy it is for parents to feel a little dislocated from school at the moment. Those informal “on the hop” chats with teachers at drop off and pick up, and the parent catch ups that make for supportive and helpful connections and friendships between parents are being missed by all of us.

It is vital that we keep the communication between home and school flowing. To that end please have a read of the Communication Plan the Board developed last year. It outlines all the ways that information can flow, in both directions, between home and school. Inherent in the plan is our commitment to ensuring that lines of communication are always open so that you know exactly what is happening at school, when and why, and our commitment to involving you in your child’s learning.

I urge you to stay in touch with the school. There are so many ways for you to stay fully in the loop and for you to tell us whatever it is that you think we need to hear. That open, honest and respectful communication, on both sides, will enable us to best support your child and you.

Kind regards,

Sarah Long

Board Chair


Swimming Sports Results

Congratulations to the following students in Years 5-8 who recorded first place in their races:

Yr 5 boys:

Freestyle - Sam Payne

Backstroke - Sam Payne

Breaststroke - Richard Wang

Yr 5 girls:

Freestyle - Kate Spencer

Backstroke - Sienna Hunkin

Yr 6 boys:

Freestyle - Tommy Drummond

Backstroke - Tommy Drummond

Breaststroke - Tommy Drummond

Butterfly - Tommy Drummond

Yr 6 Girls

Freestyle - Annabel Sutherland

Backstroke - Paige Tiplady

Breaststroke - Harlow Mercer

Y7 Boys

Freestyle - Ted Jiang

Breaststroke - Ted Jiang

Backstroke - Caiyu Grant

Butterfly - Hamish Bilton

Y7 Girls

Freestyle - Lily Parry

Breaststroke - Alice Hawkins

Backstroke - Ella Sharpe

Year 8 Boys

Freestyle - Cooper Payton

Breaststroke - Richie Hazeldine

Backstroke - Joshua Pascoe

Year 8 Girls

Freestyle - Clara-Jane Long

Breaststroke - Clara-Jane Long

Backstroke - Clara-Jane Long

Butterfly - Piper Tiplady

Zone Swimming Sports

Swimming Sports

Zone swimming sports and North Canterbury swimming champs have been cancelled due to MOE COVID-19 directive. We have however held an in school swimming sports that went really well.


Hello everyone,

A huge thank you to Racheal Anderson who, despite being a new parent to the school this year, she has Max in Hopara; has stepped up and saved our sushi! Racheal is now the sushi order processor and the sushi kids thank her from the bottom of their pukus!

School special lunch dates this term for your diaries:
Subway - Friday 11th March (ordering open on Kindo)
Fish and Chips - Friday 8th April

** Pies and Hot Cross Buns from the Naked Baker **

During March we will be running two fundraisers from the Naked Baker (after March the prices go up!) Students will bring home an order form for each fundraiser. These fundraisers will be running at the same time.

All payments are to be online, into the PTA bank account: 12-3240-0114721-00.

Pertinent dates as follows: Orders in by Monday 14th March, payments in by Mon 21st March, delivery date Thursday 31st March, collect from the main school gate from 2.40pm.

Note: Please take note of these dates as we cannot accept late orders and payments. Order forms can be given to your child's teacher or scanned to It is your responsibility to collect your payments for your order form and deposit the total of your form into the PTA account, with your name as the reference.

Let’s invite our friends, family and neighbours to buy, and stock those freezers! The more we sell the more we make for our school.


Despite the Gala being cancelled we are still looking to run some raffles. Can you donate a prize for the raffles, or do you have a contact that would like to support our school with a raffle prize? Please get in touch with the PTA, or Marie Ambrosiussen.

PTA Facebook Pages

If you haven’t already done so, please make sure you follow our PTA facebook page (Clarkville School PTA). This is where you will get reminders for school lunches, notices for upcoming events, etc.

There are also three class FB pages that are not run by the school, but instead run by the parents. A good place to ask any questions.

  • Unofficial Whakarewa parents at Clarkville
  • Unofficial Tuhura parents of Clarkville
  • Unofficial Hopara parents of Clarkville School

2022 Term Dates

  • Term 1 ends - Thursday 14 April
  • Term 2 begins - Monday 2 May
  • Teacher only day - Friday 3 June
  • Queens Birthday - Monday 6 June (Public Holiday)
  • Matariki - Friday 24 June
  • Term 2 ends - Friday 8 July
  • Term 3 begins - Monday 25 July
  • Term 3 ends - Friday 30 September
  • Term 4 begins - 17 October
  • Labour Day - Monday 24 October
  • Canterbuy Show Day - Friday 11 November
  • Term 4 ends - Friday 16 December