Newsletter Issue 4
Term 2 - 14 June 2023
Kia ora, Nameste, Talofa, Konnichiwa, Guten Tag, Gidday, Vannakkam, ni Hao, Kia orana, Hola, Salam, Sa wat deekha, Dia Dhuit, Goeie Dag, Bonjour, Καλημέρα, Greetings everyone
Thank you for your consideration of our team in the car park!
Today we have the pohutakawas on the jubilee path being tidied up as well as the ongoing construction project. For today and tomorrow staff have parked in the (closed) middle school playground, but the team have commented on the increased ease of using the limited spaces in the car park since the communications from Kapai Kids and the school a couple of weeks ago. We appreciate our families finding alternative ways or times to drop off their children while the school is under construction.
It is that time of year where sickness is taking its toll on school staff. We have had a number of our teachers and teacher aides away (some for extended periods) over the last couple of weeks. We are very fortunate to have a few trusted and reliable teachers who we can rely on to cover in these situations, but at times there is a need for more than a few and relievers are hard to come by. Our Bellevue team does their utmost to keep things consistent at school and minimise the impact to learning, but there are times when your child may talk to you about their teacher being away, or we need to offer an alternative programme to allow us to support more students when staffing is short. Thank you for your patience and understanding as we work through the 'winter blues'!
The Deep Ocean Disco on 1 June was a huge success and raised $1409.85!
Thank you to the student council and Deeann Daniels for the massive amount of work that went into organsing this and to our staff who all pitch in (and have a wee boogie too!) on the night.
Now the student council will begin deliberations about what they will use this for to improve our school.
We also appreciate our families respecting the need to remain outside the hall so the students have enough space to move. We hope you got to enjoy a cuppa and a biscuit if you stayed.
As always there are some refinements (particularly around connecting children with their parents at the end of the night) that we will work on for next time!
Professional Learning Day 2 June
Our whole staff had a wonderful day at the Te Korowai ō Horokiwi Cluster Professional Learning Day on Friday 2 June. Throughout the day, staff attended a range of workshops where leaders from each school shared examples of best teaching and learning practice. We also enjoyed the opportunity to learn more about the New Zealand curriculum refresh from MoE curriculum leads , along with colleagues who are part of our cluster. These days are so important to ensure our staff continue their professional development, gain new ideas and strengthen professional networks that have a positive impact in their own classrooms. Thank you for your support.
Pohutakawa Removal and Deadwooding
As a result of the removal of three of our very unwell Pohutakawa trees (two by the gate and one from above the car park) and the deadwooding of the remaining trees, from Friday 16 June there will be a stock of firewood to the left of the jubilee path at the Bancroft Street entrance to the school. Families are welcome to help themselves to this, providing the pile is left tidy and clear of the path.
If you do, you may wish to koha the school. Any koha recieved will be used for learning resources for all of our tamariki.
Asbestos removal complete, the team from Niche are continuing to forge ahead with the weathertightness and administration block improvement work. A reminder that we anticipate this work will continue throughout Term 3 also, but we hope it will be worth it to greet families in a fresh new space (and not to have rain coming into the office!)
New Dates to Note
There are a couple of new dates to note in the list below:
- The second teacher only day allocated by the Ministry for responding to the refresh of the New Zealand Curriculum will be on Tuesday 24 October. This is the Tuesday directly following the Labour Day weekend with Monday as a holiday and has been coordinated with our cluster schools in the hopes of minimising the impact on our families.
- We also have a tentative date for our hui for our whānau Māori - Thursday 27 July. As our numbers of whānau Māori are not huge, every voice counts. If you are keen to be a part of this, but not able to attend this session, or just want to know more please get in touch with Annette at email@example.com (or by popping in!) as soon as possible. An invite will come out to our whānau Māori nearer the time with more details.
Over the next two weeks we have a number of exciting events coming up. This Friday I am looking forward to attending the Year 4-6 swimming sports oragnised by our Sports leader Cassie in the morning. On Monday 19 June all hubs are timetabled to visit Pukehuia Park at some point to celebrate reaching 5000 Dojo points (Dojo is our positive behaviour acknowledgment system)! Ka rawe tamariki mā! Then on Tuesday 20 June our Northern Zone Hockey team are off to compete against other schools. We wish all our students competing in these events the best of luck and know they will represent our school with Aroha!
Conversations to Inform Future School Planning
2023 is the final year of our three year strategic plan for Bellevue. This means it is timely to start conversations with our community about how we have gone with our school goals, what is working well, what is not, and what our community would like to see next for their school. All the information gathered will be used to identify key themes which will be shared back with you to check we have understood before informing our next round of strategic planning.
These conversations will begin next week in the form of a digital form sent home to families or available hard copy from the office. It is our aim to provide multiple opportunities, mechanisms and avenues for you to share your thoughts - of which the digital form is just one. For this reason, this process will run throughout July and August, during which time we encourage you to get involved.
You may wish to stop by one of our 'conversation stations' at Matariki or one of our family evenings, have a kōrero with one of our team (please let them know that you wish your thoughts to be captured), complete the online form, catch us in the playground or drop an email. Whatever you choose, we look forward to hearing your thinking!
As you are aware, 15 September is the date for our annual whole school evacuation and reunification practice. In preparation for this we ask all families to make sure their emergency contacts are up to date. We intend to send your existing emergency contacts home for you to review in the first two weeks of next term. We are letting you know now and will remind you in our final newsletter for the term so you can begin considering this.
Just For Fun
I thought you may also enjoy the photo below from my playground walk today. I came across these students at the bottom of the slide pretending to be unicorns! I promised I would pop this in the newsletter. What a wonderful celebration of the imagination on a damp winters day - really made me smile.
Finally a reminder that our fortnightly newsletters can also be found on our Bellevue Website - scroll down to view 'previous Bellevue Newsletters' - and for more timely updates, you could follow our closed group Bellevue Facebook Page, if you are not already.
Nāku noa, nā
Te Korowai o Horokiwi Cluster Schools Professional Learning Day - 2 June 2023
Bellevue, Rewa Rewa, Paparangi, Newlands Primary and Intermediate staff learning about the NZ Curriculum Refresh from Primary Curriculum Leads
Haere mai ki te kura o Bellevue. Welcome to the following students and their whānau. It is great to have you in our Bellevue Learning Community.
Anant and Ahaan in Room 3
Rahav in Room 9
Yenuka in Room 10
- Thank you to Icazia's Mum, Kimberley, who visited Hub 4 last week to talk about how she uses data in her job. The children were really interested to hear about maths in a real world context. We spent some time afterwards discussing how we could collect data to improve our tūrangawaewae!
- Thank you to the parents who will be accompanying the Year 4, 5 & 6 students who are taking part in the Swimming Sports at Keith Spry Pool this Friday. We could not have these events without your support.
- We wish to thank all parents who will be joining us next Monday at Pukehuia Park to acknowledge the great work by our students in reaching 5000 Dojo points.
- Many thanks to the parents who will be supporting our students and teachers on the Northern Zone Hockey tournament at the National Hockey Stadium in Berhampore next Tuesday 20 June .
New Entrants—Enrol Now!
New Entrants—Enrol Now!
We encourage you to enrol your preschoolers as soon as they turn 4. This assists with future planning for our kura and classes. Out of zone enrolment applications close approximately six months prior to commencement date so it is important to submit these early to ensure you are in the ballot. We accept up to five out of zone new entrant applications per term.
Important information about the Bellevue School enrolment scheme (zone)
Important information about the Bellevue School enrolment scheme (zone)
If you have preschoolers at home that you are planning to enrol at Bellevue School in the future, here are a few important things to know and put into action:
1. If you are living outside of the Bellevue School enrolment zone, then your preschooler(s) will need to be processed as an out of zone application. Please let us know, if you haven’t already, of any future enrolments at Bellevue School from your family. It helps greatly with our planning to know well in advance. And if we know then we can also prompt you as to when you need to get your out of zone application in.
2. It is very important that out of zone applications are received by the application deadline of 9am Friday 30 June 2023, for enrolment from Saturday 23 September 2023 to Friday 15 December 2023. We cannot accept any out of zone applications if they are not received by the deadline advertised for the enrolment period your child is due to start school in. The deadline can sometimes be up to six months prior to your child actually starting school.
3. Even if your preschooler(s) are in zone, please get your enrolment in to us as soon as possible to enable us to plan ahead. We need this information to be able to work out how many out of zone applications we can accept in each enrolment period.
If you have any questions or are unsure about anything, please call the school office and talk to Amanda.
Bellevue School Board
Casual vacancy for a parent representative
A casual vacancy has occurred on the school board for an elected parent representative.
The board has decided to fill this vacancy by running a by election. More information about this is included below. Please note that nominations for candidates with skills in property would be a huge advantage for the school.
Nga mihi nui
Bellevue School Board
Bellevue School, Newlands School Board Elections Parent Election Notice
Parent Election Notice
Nominations are open for the election of one (1) parent representatives to the school board.
All eligible voters will receive a nomination form via email. Use this form to nominate yourself or someone in your community. You will also receive a nomination cover letter calling for nominations. Information on who is not eligible to be a board member is provided with the nomination form.
If you need more nomination forms, contact the school office.
Nominations close at noon on Friday 30 June 2023. You may provide a signed candidate statement and photograph with your nomination.
The electoral roll is held at the school and can be viewed during normal school hours.
As nominations are received there will be a list of candidates’ names kept at the school up until election day, which you can view.
Voting closes at 4pm on Friday 4 August 2023.
Signed Amanda Beauchamp
Matariki Evening Thursday 29 June
Your children are excited about presenting their Matariki learning during our Matariki evening. A notice will be sent prior to the evening to give details of the events and where they will be held.
Many parents mentioned that the hangi was delicious last year so please see the FUNdraiser's section of the newsletter for information and the link to order a Hangi meal.
We warmly invite whānau to come along and play, explore and learn alongside your child/ren during our next Whakawhanaungatanga Friday session next week (Friday 23 June). There is no need to commit in advance and you are welcome to stay for as little or as long as you are able. We would love to see you. Sessions run from 1:30pm - 2.30pm on any of these afternoons. On arrival, please head to the office and you will be able to find where your child/ren will be for the afternoon.
Dental Van Visit
The Bee Healthy Dental Van was due to visit our school in Term 4, but due to a number of School Events happening in Term 4 this has been postponed until Term 1 2024. A date has yet to be confirmed. If you have any concerns about your child's dental health or need to make an appointment please contact the Dental Hub on 0800 825583.
For all you wonderful book readers...
The big Wellington City Libraries book sale is happening:-
Where? St Patrick’s College Hall, Kilbirnie
When? from 7-10 July,
Time? 10am – 4pm daily.
This is only the second book sale they've had since the Central Library closed, and there are literally tens of thousands of stockpiled items to pass on to loving new homes!
The book sale includes all kinds of items from children’s and YA fiction, nonfiction, graphic novels, and picture books through to CDs, music scores and songbooks, ‘coffee table books,’ DVDs and Blurays, magazines, and much more.
Most children’s and YA items will be 3 for $1, with other prices as marked.
ICAS Assessments 2023
Bellevue School offers interested families the chance for their children to participate in the ICAS Assessments in:
All of these assessments are online. The cost of each of the assessments is $20.70, EXCEPT Writing which is $27.03.
This competition takes place each year in schools throughout Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Malaysia, Brunei, the Pacific region and South Africa. ICAS Assessments are designed to recognise and reward academic excellence. Students are asked to demonstrate a deeper, integrated, and thorough level of learning. For more information please follow THIS LINK.
The assessments are challenging and provide an opportunity, particularly for students of high academic ability, to gain a measure of their own achievement in an external assessment situation. We would not advise that your child sit these if they are a less confident learner or would become anxious in an exam situation.
If you are uncertain about whether or not your child should participate please talk to their whānau teacher.
The dates for the ICAS Assessments at Bellevue in 2023 are:
Writing - Thursday 10 August
English - Thursday 17 August
Science - Thursday 24 August
Maths - Thursday 31 August
A notice has already been emailed to all Hub 4 and 5 families about registering for these assessments. A reminder that entries and payment must be in no later than 3pm on Tuesday 18th July (first week back in Term 3)
Newlands Intermediate School—Important Enrolment Dates and information for 2024 Year 7 students
Newlands Intermediate is holding 2 events in the coming weeks for Year 6 students, our 2024 year 7 students.
Open Evening - Thursday June 29th 7pm, in the Intermediate school hall.
School in Action Morning - Thursday July 20th 9am, meet in the Intermediate front office.
Enrolments are open and completed online. www.newlandsint.school.nz
Please look out for the reminder leaflet that will be sent home with all students this week. On the back is a form to complete if you would like a family/sibling photo taken on the day. Please return this form to school prior to Photo day.
Family/Sibling photos that include children outside of school (eg. pre-schoolers) will be taken between 8.30am - 9.00am. All other family photos (where all siblings attend Bellevue) will be taken throughout the school day. All photos are taken in the school hall.
Payment and ordering of photos will be ONLINE ONLY through School Memories. The school office will not be able to process any payment (cash or online) for photo orders.
Payments need to be made directly to School Memories.
Please also note that you do not pay for any photos prior to photo day. You will receive an order form featuring a photo of your child after photo day. All students who are at school on Photo day will have an individual photo taken (no obligation to purchase).
Miniball Results for 6 June:
Lightning tied 38 all against Johnsonville Tigers, Pyper was player of the day
Storm lost 33-18 against Cashmere Celtics, Lillian and Benji were players of the day
Miniball Results for 12-13 June:
Thunder won 35-19 against Paparangi Pistons. Toby was player of the day.
Hurricanes lost 22-8 against Newlands Hyenas. Theo was player of the day.
Lightning lost 40-42 against Amesbury Pukeko. Mickey was player of the day.
Storm Lost 42-14 against Crofton Downs Kereru. Grayson was player of the day.
We are always looking to strengthen our partnerships and relationships with those in our local community, If you work for a company that may be interested in supporting our school, please get in touch with firstname.lastname@example.org.
Good Day Bellevue Family!
This week is New Zealand Blood Donor Week. Specifically, today 14 June is World Blood Donor Day…
OK it’s not FUNdraising related, but it an incredibly worthy cause to consider if you are eligible to donate blood!!
Hāngī for the Matariki Celebration – Thursday 29 June
Hāngī is here for a second year for our Matariki Celebration in 2023!
The Bellevue School Matariki Celebration night is just around the corner. You will hopefully have seen in the last newsletter that we are offering the hāngī meal.
It was very popular last year and we received such great feedback, that we had to have it again! However, there are a limited number that we can order this year, so please, be in quick to ensure you don't miss out.
Please note that only ONLINE ordering is available for this event as we have limited meals available, and this is how we can best manage the process this time. If you have trouble ordering via the google form, please get in touch via email with your order details and phone number to email@example.com for assistance.
The link for online ordering is: https://forms.gle/xkoirAX8e1DkSiGk8
Orders will close Friday 23 June
End of Term Pizza Lunch – Friday 30 June
Pizza Lunch will be available for the last Friday of Term 2. Order forms have been sent home to all families, with online ordering available here: https://forms.gle/tnmHhf4v4Yyq1uVBA.
Orders will close Friday 16 June.
Can you help us? FUNdraisers Committee Meetings
Our little team of 5 need more support – WE NEED YOU!
Gosh do we LOVE to bring the FUN to our kids with events through the year, and we have some really
interesting ideas we would like to bring to the school. We however don’t have quite enough resources to make it all work. Do you have some of that elusive ‘spare time’ and would you like to give back to our cool school? If so…
Our next committee meeting is scheduled for 7pm on 20 July 2023, location TBC.
We hope to see you there! Or get in touch with Rebecca: firstname.lastname@example.org
What’s all this fun and FUNdraising for you ask?
What are we fundraising for? What have we spent our funds raised on?
Our wish list is updated often, and is linked via our FUNdraisers webpage:
If you work for a company that may be interested in supporting our school with any of these targets, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with our principal Annette with details :)
Upcoming Events or Activities for Term 3 and Term 4
Kids Art Work!
End of Term Pizza Lunch.
Alana Estate Wine Fundraiser
More information to come as and when it is available.
Matariki Celebration Hāngī
Bellevue FUNdraisers are delighted to make hāngī available for pre-order for the school Matariki Celebration on Thursday 29 June.
Kai will be delivered hot in individual foil trays, cooked by CJ’s Hāngī.
Hāngī has a special place in Māori culture. It is traditionally a shared feast, which is what our Bellevue Matariki Celebration is all about, coming together to celebrate and share our meal time.
If your whānau would like to enjoy a hāngī at the celebration, meals are $15 each and can be ordered online here -
This year we have a limited number available, so to avoid disappointment get your order in early! The latest date for orders will be Friday 23 June.
Mānawatia a Matariki!
Wednesday 14 June
BOT Meeting - 6.30pm - 8.30pm
Tuesday 20 June
Northern Zone Hockey
pp Thursday 22 June
Tuesday 27 June
School Photo Day
(Please note change of date from 20 June as this conflicted with Northern Zone Hockey)
Wednesday 28 June
Reports go home
Thursday 29 June
Thursday 29 June
Newlands Intermediate Open Evening for 2024 Year 7's
7.00 - 8.00pm
Friday 30 June
Last day of term 2
Thursday 20 July
Newlands Intermediate School in Action Morning for 2024 Year 7's
9.00 - 10.30am
Thursday 27 July
Whānau Māori hui
Wednesday 9 August
BOT Meeting - 6.30pm - 8.30pm
Friday 18 August
Northern Zone Swimming
Thursday 31 August
Newlands Intermediate enrolments close for 2024
Wednesday 6 September
BOT Meeting - 6.30pm - 8.30pm
Friday 15 September
Whole School Emergency Evacuation Practice
Friday 22 September
Last day of Term 3
Monday 9 October
First day of Term 4
Tuesday 24 October
Teacher Only Day for NZC Refresh - School closed