Week 7 Term 2 Newsletter

Monday/Rāhina - 14th June

Principal Message

Kia ora koutou Witherlea whānau,


What a wonderful turnout for our Whole School Cross Country and we are so grateful for the spectacular weather not to mention the determination of our tamariki as they pushed themselves in a variety of ways.


This term we enquire into Hauroa (Wellbeing) and learn new skills and knowledge. Cross Country is one of those events that students practice towards and whether they are at the front or the back, reaching personal goals is what it is all about. Then the children cheering one another along and singing and dancing their way through the day.


A very special shoutout to those students who came first, second, third and top five for Year 5-6 as they will be training to head to Marlborough Champs.


We have had a few responses to our Health Education Survey and would love more of you to have your say. It really is about 5 minutes of your time to connect with what we are currently doing and help us to reshape what it could be in the future. Here is the LINK, it is also in School App Links and the button below.


We love connecting with you formally, informally like Cross Country days and sports days and via our Seesaw, Facebook and School App. Take a look at our updated website that has integrated all of the above so families and whānau can easily access information. I have added a picture below.


Make sure you leave the last Friday of the term open for our Annual Matariki Hikoi and Hui which will see the Hall open for the first time to our community. Kapa Haka, staff and the whole school will perform before we enjoy our milo and maybe something else this year?


Ngā manaakitanga,

Andrea Harnett - Tumuaki

2021 Health Education Community Survey

Please take 5 minutes to read and have your say. Sexuality Education Pamphlet attached below

Nau mai ki te kura o Witherlea

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


Victoria A, Maddie P



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

Amazing Writing Award

Congratulations to Maggie from Room 9 who has won an award for writing where she entered a competition through Warehouse Stationery about "Changing the World". Maggie has won a $200 Warehouse Stationery prize. Here is her writing;


Changing the world can take a while, but if you get everyone on your side then it may not be as hard as you think! First thing you need to do is get online! Make a website, post something on YouTube or Facebook, anything to get people inspired! Your website could be videos saying and showing just how much litter is in the ocean, beaches, side of the roads and down drains. Or you could post a comment saying and showing how much trees are cut down each day. You could even make signs or posters to put up in your town! I think my next idea might have taken it a bit too far, but if you have the money then you could make an ad for the tv. But don't forget 1000 likes on Facebook or YouTube for your videos or pictures cannot save the world. To celebrate Earth Day the seniors at my school went to the park to pick up rubbish. We filled all the rubbish bags to the brim which is not good, so there is definitely room for improvement. Now that you have spread the word you need to actually get out there and plant some trees, water some plants, or you could even gather up a little club where twice a month you go for a walk to pick up rubbish or to plant some trees!

So that's how I would save the world but you can do it however you like!



“Often its the smallest changes we make that can change the world!”

Term 2 Events - Wahanga Tuarua

Week 7 - Wiki Tuawhitu

Monday 14th June - Friday 18th June


FUNDAMENTALS = Kauri Team Group B: Room 8, Room 9 @ Stadium 2000


Monday 14th June-Tuesday 15th June

Life Education Bus = Punga Team


Wednesday 16th June-Friday 18th June

Life Education Bus = Ferns Team


Wednesday 16th June

Marlborough Rippa Rugby Tournament = Lansdowne Park


Friday 18th June

Subway School Lunches - Order Online (Not for Room 8 and 9 this week)



Week 8 - Wiki Tuawaru

Monday 21st June - Friday 25th June


Monday 21st June

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


Tuesday 22nd June

WSPCG meeting in the staffroom - 6 pm to 7 pm.


Friday 25th June

Subway School Lunches - Order Online



Week 9 - Wiki Tuaiwa

Monday 28th June - Friday 2nd July


Monday 28th June

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


Friday 2nd July - SCHOOL CLOSED

Teachers Only Day



Week 10 - Wiki Tekau

Monday 5th July - Friday 9th July


Monday 5th July

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


Friday 9th July

Subway School Lunches


Matariki Celebration and Open Morning = Friday Last Day of Term

More information to come

Be Kind, Be Safe, Be Fair Shoutouts


Ferns Team

Dylan; for showing kindness to others and being a role model to our new students.

Lili A; For always being kind and helpful to your peers.


Punga Team


Lily B; You are a superstar, rocking our school values in all that you do. I love how you help others in their learning and respect others ideas.


Kowhai Team

Vinnie Leegwater; you constantly show kindness and compassion to all of your classmates.


Kauri Team


Jayden King - You made everyone very proud at Fundamentals by modelling our school values all the time and giving everything a go. Well done Jayden.


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;


Aanisah M, Oliver M, Oisin 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.

School Photo Orders

All school photo orders were sent home with students last week. Please contact the office for any queries.

FUNDAMENTALS TERM 2

Please ensure you pay the $25 per child for Fundies as this covers the cost of buses to and from, Swim Safe Lessons from experts at the Stadium and extra-curricula expert training in small groups from Stadium experts. The last group to go this term is our second Kauri Group.


WEEK 7: Kauri Team Group B - Room 8 and Room 9


No Subway lunches on the week your children are at the Stadium. All children need togs and towels.

WSPCG meeting - Tuesday 22nd June

A WSPCG meeting will be taking place in the Witherlea School staffroom from 6pm until 7pm - all welcome. This is an open invitation to all parents who would like to learn more about how the WSPCG can help support the children at Witherlea School through fundraising events. Please come along.

Second hand uniforms wanted

The Witherlea School Parent and Community Group are low on uniform shirts (NOT fleeces -too many of those) for the uniform shop. Please donate any CLEAN unneeded uniform shirts (good condition with names removed please) to the uniform shop after school on Tuesday in Room 20 - which was Mr Robertson’s old room in 2020. If you can’t do Tuesday, please give them to Val in the office.
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