Normanby School Newsletter 23

Monday 30 November

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Principal's Message

Tēnā koutou katoa – Warmest greetings to you all.

We certainly have had our fair share of rain recently. We are super impressed with the way the children have been managing themselves during wet morning tea and lunchtimes. Here's hoping for fine weather for our Puanga Hub Big Day Out on Friday. However, regardless of the weather this trip will still be going ahead.

At the moment teachers and children are working hard in preparation for our End of Year Concert. Please make sure you share the date and time with family and friends - Thursday 10 December - starting at 7pm.

Last week, I forgot to mention that our Board of Trustees had approved a year's sabbatical leave for Clarissa Dravitzki for 2021. Thank you to the observant parents who wondered why Clarissa's name was not on the list of teaching staff in last week's newsletter! Clarissa is not leaving - just take a year away to do some things she has wanted to do for some time. We wish her well during her time of refreshment.

As I said in previous newsletters, this year we have been working really hard as a team to improve the quality of writing across our school. We have worked with a facilitator to ensure we are targeting specific children and their ability to write purposeful pieces of writing which can be enjoyed by their audience.

Please keep encouraging your child to practise their writing skills at home. This could be in the form of a letter, postcard or email to a friend or family member.

You can also help your child by supporting them and being excited by their learning.

In each newsletter over this term I have given you some ideas that can be used at home according to the age and / or stage of your child. Over the last few weeks I have given you some ideas for children in Years 0 to 5. Today we have our final set of tips for children in Year 6. But of course these ideas can be used for any age and stage.

Year 6

Make writing fun

  • Encourage your child to write about their heroes, tīpuna (ancestors), sports events, hobbies and interests to help keep them interested in what they are writing about
  • Play word games and do puzzles together. Games and puzzles such as crosswords, tongue twisters and word puzzles help build your child’s knowledge of words, spelling, thinking and planning skills
  • Start a blog about a family interest. Find a topic you’re both interested in and set up your own blog.
  • Be a great role model. Show your child that you write for all sorts of reasons. Let them see you enjoy writing.

Talk about their writing

  • Talk about ideas and information they are going to write about. Talk about experiences, diagrams, graphs, photos, treasures and taonga, waiata, pictures, whakapapa and material that your child is planning to use for school work. Discussing the information and main ideas can help their planning for writing and their understanding, too
  • Share enjoyment of their writing. Read and talk about the writing that your child does. Give praise for things they have done well and say what you liked and why – this all supports their learning
  • Play with words. Thinking of interesting words and discussing new ones can help increase the words your child uses when they write – look words up in the dictionary or on the Internet to find out more about what they mean. Talk to family and whānau members to learn more about the background and the whakapapa (origins) of the words
  • Share your own writing with your child – lists, planning for family events, song lyrics or letters and emails. You can help them to see that you too use writing for different purposes.
  • Talk about what your child writes. Be interested. Use it as a way of starting conversations. Listen to their opinion, even if you don’t agree with it.

Give them reasons to write

  • Suggest your child is responsible for the weekly shopping list, equipment list for weekends away and holidays, task lists for the week
  • Encourage your child to write to others - emails, letters, texts, postcards. It will help if some of what your child writes about is for others
  • Short stories or a journal – on paper or on a computer – can help them to write about their experiences and their own feelings about things that have happened at school, in their family, on the marae, in the world, at sports events and on TV
  • Report on a new baby or pet addition to the family. This might be a slide show, scrapbook, page on the computer
  • Make an argument in writing for a special request – trip, event, present etc
  • Draw up written contracts for agreed jobs; eg Every day I will…(make my bed, do one lot of dishes, and when I complete the contract I can choose…).
  • Keep writing fun and use any excuse you can think of to encourage your child to write about anything, anytime.

With only 12 days weeks left of our school year, we have lots of exciting end of year events coming up. Please read the newsletter and note down some of these dates in your calendar.

Ngā mihi nui

Janelle Jones


He rau ringa e oti ai

Many hands make light work

Encourages people to work together. It can be used to invite people to participate or to acknowledge the effort and work of many.

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Contents of this week’s newsletter

  • Welcome to Normanby School
  • Are you leaving Normanby School?
  • New Enrolments
  • Drop Off / Pick Up Zone
  • Classes and Head Start Hui for 2021
  • 2021 Staffing Schedule
  • Year 6 Graduation Dinner
  • PTA Christmas Raffle Tickets
  • PTA Christmas Raffle Donations
  • End of Year Concert
  • Desktop PC Computers for Sale $100
  • School Hats
  • New Sports Tops For Sale
  • Puanga Hub Big Day Out
  • Whanau Morning and School Assembly
  • Touch Rugby
  • Touch Rugby Draw for Thursday 3 December
  • Van Payments
  • November & December Birthdays
  • Last day of school for 2020
  • Term Dates 2021
  • Coming up in Weeks 8, 9 & 10
  • Dates to put in your Diary
  • Secondhand Uniform
  • Community Notices

Welcome to Normanby School

This week we welcome the following new student to Normanby School:

  • Amber Jordan - Amber is a New Entrant who turns 5 years old today - Monday 30 November. Amber joins Room 6 and also her older siblings who are also at Normanby School - Ruby and Paige Jordan. We look forward to getting to getting to know Amber over the last few days of the school year and know that she will have a great start in 2021!

Unfortunately Amber has had the chicken pox so has been able to start school today - but we will get a photo of her on her first day of attendance.

Are you leaving Normanby School?

If your child is NOT in Year 6 but is leaving Normanby School at the end of this year because you are shifting or moving to another school, please let Kay in the office know. If you have already informed the school office, there is no need to do it again. The reason we need this information now is twofold:

1. We like to ensure we farewell students appropriately.

2. We are currently making up classes based on children's needs - every change has an effect on the make up of classes.

Thank you for your help.

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New Enrolments

To assist us with our forward class planning, please let the school know if you're planning on enrolling a child turning 5 years old in 2021. If you know of a new family who has just arrived in the area, please also pass this message onto them.

Thank you.

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Drop Off and Pick Up Zone

It is really important that we keep our children as safe as possible. We are noticing more and more people breaking the road rules outside our school. Please can you help to keep everyone safe by abiding the following guidelines:

1. Do not double park to let your child out of the car or to pick them up in the afternoon.

2. Please park your car and then come to the front gate to collect your child OR make arrangements for them to meet you at a pre-arranged place.

3. Do not call out to your children to cross the road. Staff are instructed to escort all children across the road and we do this in groups at a specific time. If you want your child to cross the road to get in your car, please get out of your car and come and collect your child and cross them yourself.

4. All children are to meet in Room 1 if they are crossing Hunter Street after school - we have three staff who escort the children and cross them. No exceptions.

5. All children who cross Waihi Road meet in Room 3. We have two staff who cross the children. These students MUST wear their high visibility vests - no exceptions.

6. Do not park in the NP area.

7. Do not park on yellow lines.

8. Do not park in the Mini Van area - this is marked by yellow lines

9. Do not park in the disabled park unless you are displaying the required disabled permit.

It is not the job of our staff to police the traffic before or after school. We would prefer not to have to speak to you about illegal parking. We would prefer that you follow the road rules.

Thank you for your co-operation.

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Classes and Head Start Hui for 2021

We are getting near the end of planning all classes for 2021. A lot of time and effort has been put into ensuring we put children in the class that will best fit their needs. If you have specific information that you need to share regarding classes for 2021 please contact me asap. Once we make up the classes, as you can imagine, one change can have a ripple effect or upset the balance, therefore if we have a chat in advance, it alleviates this issue that can happen at a later date. Feel free to email me at I can call you or meet with you - whatever is the easiest for you.

We will be sending out letters near the end of this term letting you know what class you child is in, who their class teacher is, plus providing you with the information that you need to book your time for our head Start Hui Conference that takes place on Friday 5 February 2021.

2021 Staffing Schedule

Our staffing schedule for 2021 is as follows:

(Of course, things do happen from time to time where changes may occur at the last minute - so this is subject to change)

Matariki Hub

Room 5 - Year 0 and 1 - Miss Samantha Dalley

Room 6 - Year 0 and 1 - Ms Jude Sklenars (Deputy Principal)

Room 7 - Year 1 and 2 - Miss Morgan Cowper

Room 8 - Year 2 and 3 - Mrs Geraldine Sumner

Puanga Hub

Room 1 - Year 3 and 4 - Mrs Tash Campbell

Room 2 - Year 3 and 4 - Miss Taylah Gilberd

Room 3 - Year 5 and 6 - Ms Tina Ryan (Team Leader)

Room 4 - Year 5 and 6 - Mr Cameron Jones

Release teacher - Mrs Amy Boyd (Term One and Four Only)

We are very fortunate that our Board of Trustees agreed to increasing our classes from 7 classrooms to 8 classrooms in 2021. One of our classes is partly Board funded to allow for this to happen. The reason this was requested, was to ensure our numbers in classes stay lower and also to enable a better split for composite classes due to the numbers in some of our year group cohorts.

As stated earlier in the newsletter, we will be sending home letters to families communicating what classroom your child is in next year, their class teacher and information on how to book a time for the Head Start Hui on Friday 5 February 2021 (first official school day).

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Year 6 Graduation Dinner

On Monday 7 December we will be holding our special Graduation Dinner and Presentation evening. A separate letter will be going home to all Year 6 families with invitations and details about the evening, but in the meantime, here are the times so that you can plan around this special event. There is no cost for the children. We hope all Year 6 children can attend.

5.15pm Year 6 students start to arrive at school

5.30pm Photos of Year 6 students

6pm Dinner

7.30pm Year 6 presentations (whanau are invited to this part of the evening).


Tickets for the PTA Christmas raffle were sent home last week. They are $1 each and are due back at school on Friday 4 December.

If you sell these before this date and would like more tickets, please send the tickets and money in and request another book of tickets from Kay in the office.


From Wednesday 25 November until Monday 7 December, we would really appreciate donations being sent to school for our Christmas Raffle.

Each child who brings in an item for the raffle gets 200 points for their House. Plus they get their name in a draw for some daily prize draws.

The Christmas Raffle will be drawn at our End of Year concert on Thursday 10 December.

On Wednesday 2 December we will be holding a Mufti Day - children can either bring an item for the Christmas Raffle or make a money donation towards buying goods for it. The theme for the Mufti Day is "Kiwiana".

End of Year Concert

The theme for this year's End of Year Concert is "Kiwiana" and is being held on Thursday 10 December. The concert starts promptly at 7pm. All children need to be at The Hub no later than 6.30pm please.

Desktop PC Computers For Sale $100


  • Desktop PC
  • 17 inch LCD monitor
  • Fresh install of Windows 10
  • Intel Pentium Processor
  • 4GB Memory RAM
  • 250GB Hard Drive

Comes ready to go with keyboard, mouse and all cables - plug into your modem for internet access

Used at school for Minecraft and Internet based apps, it is good for basic gaming and home office use.

If interested, please contact the school office. Names and contact details will be collected. You will be called by the ICT staff to arrange payment and collection at a suitable time.

School Hats

All students are required to wear a bottle green bucket hat during Term One and Term Four.

We are doing another order of the embroidered hats with your child's name, for a total cost of $15, ready for Term One 2021.

If you would like to order one, please make payment into the school bank account quoting 'hat' and the name you would like embroidered.

Normanby School Board of Trustees

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There are three sizes available which can be viewed at the office. Orders close on Friday 4 December.

New Sports Tops

We have our new Sports Tops available from the office if you would like to purchase one for your child.

These can be worn on any sports related days at school such as Athletics. They are $40.

Please make payments to the following account. Please use your child's name and quote "Sports Top" as a reference so we can easily identify your payment. Thank you.

Normanby School Board of Trustees

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Details of the day is as follows:

When: Friday 4 December

Where: New Plymouth

Transport: Weirs Bus plus one emergency vehicle

What: Bowlarama – Ten Pin Bowling/ Mini Golf / Todd Aquatic Centre

Time: 8am to 4.30pm

Payment for the $50 fee for this optional activity was due on Friday 27 November please.

Payment can be made through our school bank account:

Please use your child's name and quote "Puanga Hub Big Day Out" as a reference so we can easily identify your payment. Thank you.

Normanby School Board of Trustees

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Due to the Puanga Big Day Out on Friday 4 December, there will be no School Assembly this week.


Touch Rugby Reminders

Please ensure your child arrives 20 minutes prior to the start of their game.

If your child cannot play for whatever reason, please let the coach or Team Manager know in plenty of time so they have enough children to play.

Practice Times:

  • Year 3/4 Normanby Titans Wednesday 2 to 3pm (At School)
  • Year 5/6 Normanby Panthers Wednesday 2 to 3pm (At School)
  • Year 3/4 Normanby Broncos Wednesday 3 to 4pm (At School)
  • Year 5/6 Normanby Warriors Wednesday 3 to 4pm (At School)
  • Year 1/2 Normanby Roosters Thursday 2.30 to 3pm (At School)
  • Year 1/2 Normanby Eels Thursday 3.30pm to 4pm (Turuturu Soccer Fields)

Touch Rugby Draw for Thursday 3 December

Year 1 & 2 Teams

Normanby Eels play Araukuku at 4pm on Field 2B

Normanby Roosters play PAS 12's at 4pm on Field 6B

Year 3 & 4 Teams

Normanby Titans play Normanby Broncos at 4.40pm on Field 3A

Year 5 & 6 Teams

Normanby Warriors play Matapu Mustangs at 5.15pm on Field 5

Normanby Panthers play Kak Kats at 4pm on Field 5

Van Payments

All families who choose to use the school vans will have received an invoice for Term Four. The bank account number for van payments was changed at the beginning of Term Three. 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

November & December Birthdays

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

Monday 30 November - Isabella Ogle - 11 years old

Sunday 6 December - Bella Ruffle - 9 years old

Tuesday 8 December - Bella Fabish - 6 years old

Wednesday 9 December - Havana Brown-Hazeldine - 9 years old

Friday 11 December - Tyler Baylis - 7 years old

Saturday 12 December - Phoenix Green - 9 years old

Sunday 13 December - Nahina Taupo - 7 years old

Monday 14 December - Akeelah Laupama - 9 years old

Monday 14 December - Ethan Long - 9 years old

Saturday 19 December - Lucian Kelly - 11 years old

Monday 21 December - Sativa Browne - 8 years old

Wednesday 23 December - Ella Robinson - 6 years old

Tuesday 29 December - Larney Corrigan - 6 years old

Thursday 31 December - Danni Franzen - 7 years old

Last Day of School for 2021

A reminder that the last day of school for 2021 is:

Wednesday 16 December at 12noon


Here are the Term Dates for 2021.

Monday 1 February School Office opens at 8am

Friday 5 February Head Start Hui (Learning conferences / setting goals)

Monday 8 February Waitangi Holliday

Tuesday 9 February All children at school

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Coming Up in Week 8, 9 and 10

What's happening in Week 8?

Monday 30 November

Happy Birthday to Isabella Ogle - 11 years old today

Happy Birthday to Amber Jordan - 5 years old today

  • Nativity Play at 9.30am
  • Student Council meeting at 1.50pm

Tuesday 1 December

  • Kapa Haka Performance Group Practice at 11.40am
  • Special treat for Student leaders - lunch provided

Wednesday 2 December

  • Mufti Day - Kiwiana Theme - donation for our Christmas Raffle (money or an item)
  • Touch Rugby practices
  • Final PTA meeting for the Year at 6.30pm

Thursday 3 December

  • Kapa Haka performance Group Practice at 11.40am
  • Touch Rugby Games
  • Final BOT meeting for the Year at 7pm

Friday 4 December

  • All Raffle tickets and money to be returned to school please.
  • Puanga Big Day Out
  • Last day to order named hats for Term One 2021

Sunday 6 December

Happy Birthday to Bella Ruffle - 9 years old today

What's happening in Week 9?

Monday 7 December

  • Year 6 Graduation Dinner - children to be at school at 5.30pm
  • Year 6 Presentation Evening - whanau to be at school at 7.30pm

Tuesday 8 December

Happy Birthday to Bella Fabish - 6 years old today

  • Thank you Morning Tea in School Hall
  • Kapa Haka performance Group Practice

Wednesday 9 December

Happy Birthday to Havana Brown-Hazeldine - 9 years old today

  • 9.30am - Turn on the Light Play for Matariki Hub
  • 11.40am - Hawera Library Visit to talk to children about the Summer Reading programme
  • Touch Rugby practices
  • Final PTA meeting for the Year at 6.30pm

Thursday 10 December

  • At the Hub all day - practising for the End of year Concert
  • Finals of Touch Rugby Games
  • Children to be at the Hub at 6.30pm
  • Concert starts at 7pm - Gold Coin Donation
  • Last opportunity to purchase Christmas Raffle Tickets
  • Christmas Raffle Drawn at the Concert.

Friday 11 December

Happy Birthday to Tyler Baylis - 7 years old today

Final School assembly at 9.10am

School Patrol Leaders for 2021 trained at 1.50pm

Saturday 12 December

Happy Birthday to Phoenix Green - 9 years old today

What's happening in Week 10?

Monday 14 December

Happy Birthday to Ethan Long- 9 years old today

Happy Birthday to Akeelah Laupama - 9 years old today

Tuesday 15 December

  • School prizegiving at The Hub (upstairs) 10.30am to 12noon

Wednesday 16 December

  • Last Day of school for the year - term 4 finishes at 12noon

Dates to Put in Your Diary

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 7pm

Tuesday 15 December - School Prize-giving at 10.30am

Wednesday 16 December - School finishes at 12noon.

Secondhand Uniform

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