Newsletter T1W10

Wednesday 7 April - Term 1 Week 10 2021

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Guten tag - Hello in German

We hope you have all had a wonderful relaxing Easter break and enjoyed the time with loved ones alongside a few chocolate treats. We know that the end of daylight savings can cause a few issues regarding changes to sleep routines and hope that everyone adjusts with ease. In the final weeks of school, we have a few things happening around the school that we would like you to know about.

Year 4 Overnight Camp

Next week, over Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday the Year 4’s will attend an overnight camp at Te Hora Marae in Canvastown. While there, they will experience a powhiri, flax weaving, the tikanga of e noho marae, discover the different parts of a marae and many more fascinating things. Thank you in advance to the parents and community for their support in helping our students learn about Māori culture - a culture that is unique and valued within our school and Aotearoa.

Playground upgrade

We have broken soil! As many of you have noticed, the playground has been fenced off so that Stage 1 of our long-awaited playground upgrade can begin. The first stage involves new seating around the perimeter of the playground, a new covered structure, and the fort upgrade completed. Once Stage 1 is finished the fencing will come done for a while until the poles and ropes etc are ready for Stage 2. These have been ordered but will take a couple of months to arrive. Once the project is fully completed we will have a much safer and even more interesting playground for the community to swing, run, balance, climb, bounce and form friendships in, so it will be worth the wait and inconvenience!

Free Healthy Lunches

Just a reminder that as of the first day of Term 2, your child will be provided with a Healthy School Lunch. You will still need to provide a healthy brain snack, morning tea, and water bottle for your child on a daily basis. For more information click here.

Parent Support Group (PSG)

The PSG (Parent Support Group) do an amazing job of raising money for the school, primarily through organising our annual ‘Lights Over Marlborough’. They contribute funds to the school and over recent years have helped pay for such things as devices, kapa haka uniforms, Archgolas over Blocks B and C, new pathways, and scooter stands. They have recently offered to pay for an additional two scooter stands.

We love that our school community is encouraging our tamariki to scooter to school. There are many benefits including less congestion around the school gates and scootering is a great bit of physical exercise to start the day for our students. The next PSG meeting will be an Annual General Meeting (AGM) on Wednesday 5 May at 6pm, in Room 1. We would love to see you there.

Community Breakfast - Friday 16 April

Our first Community Breakfast for 2021 is being held on the last day of term, Friday 16 April. If you are new to the school it is a great opportunity to meet other families in a relaxed atmosphere. See details further in the newsletter.

Week 11 - Whole School Hui on the last day of term

Due to our large roll and small school hall, we have decided to limit how often we hold a Whole School Hui. Twice a term we will hold a whole school hui on Friday morning for 30 minutes starting at 9:05am. In the other weeks we have Hub Hui on Monday i.e Ōpaoa at 9:05am, Wairau at 10:30am and Taylor at 12:30pm. We also catch up and mingle as a school with our buddy classes so that we continue to build relationships across the school. Our next whole school hui is Fri 16 April at 9:10am after the Community breakfast.

Winter is Coming

Last week, Tanya decided to count the school fleeces on the Lost Property Trolley. There were 35 and they were worth a total of $2030. If your child is missing their school fleece, please take the time to look on the trolley. While our classrooms are warm, the colder weather is coming. Primary school students tend to feel a sense of belonging, and like they are all in the same team when they are wearing the same uniform so it is important.

Parking - School Drop Off’s and Pick Up’s

Finally, parking. The following message was sent out in an App Alert but it is so important that we wanted to make sure that ALL MEMBERS of the Whitney Community have the chance to read it - in case they missed it through the school app. This is after all, a matter of our children’s safety.

It has been brought to our attention that there are a lot of cars stopping and/or parking illegally to drop off or pick up students. It is particularly bad near the Whitney Street entrance. People are stopping on yellow lines, doing U-Turns where children cross the road, etc.

Please be aware that the parking restrictions are in place to protect our children against possible injury. Our children can’t always be seen if we park illegally. If you choose to stop or park illegally you are liable for a fine.

Please always choose safe parking - take a few more minutes to park further up Percy Street or on Maxwell Road, and also at the Eltham Road entrance.

If you see someone parking or stopping illegally we encourage you to take a photo of the car’s number plate and bring it to the school office so that we can pass the information onto the police. We are sorry to have to do this but our children’s safety is paramount, and we are worried that if current practices continue an accident could potentially happen. Thank you for your understanding.


Congratulations to the following students who were in the Whitney Wonders Tennis Team that won Division 4 for the 2020/21 season: Georgie Hickin, Lucy Simmonds and Zihan Hong. We and are very proud of you all! Thanks also to Loren Hickin for coaching the team and Gill Construction for sponsoring the team shirts.

Repeat notice: Preschool Enrolments

We are asking for our Whitney families, with children who are aged under 5, to take the time to check with the office that they are pre-enrolled at school. This allows for us to plan the classes more effectively and to ensure that we have spaces available.

Enjoy the rest of the short week and happy holidays at the end of next week!

The Whitney Street School Staff

Staff Only Day on 28 June - Term 2 Week 9

This is advance notice that there will be a Staff Only Day on Monday 28 June. Your child will be required to stay at home as school will be closed on this date.

What's Been happening in the classrooms?

The Attack Of Willeas Jones

One day I was walking in the forest and I saw… a giant cheetah. It looked at me like it was about to feast. He crouched and pounced and as he was in the air I ran like the wind!

By Mason Ewing

Room 4

Room 17 and 18

This term Room 17 and 18 have been working on Measurement at Maths time. We have been using different equipment to measure length, height, width and area. The students have been working together to come up with different ways of measuring and sharing back their ideas to their peers. It has been a lot of fun!

Marlborough Primary Schools' Swimming Sports

Congratulations to the following students who were selected to represent Whitney Street School at the recent Marlborough Primary Schools' Swimming Sports:

Alex Wood, Cameron Sievewright, Eva Jenkins, Haley Goodwin, and Lucy Parker (who was unfortunately sick on the day). A special congratulations to Alex who reached the Y6 Boys finals for freestyle, breaststroke and backstroke; Cameron who was in the Y6 Boys backstroke final, and Haley who was in the Y5 girls freestyle final.

RideOn Cycle Safety for Our Year 6 Students

This year Whitney Street School is participating in the RideOn cycle skills training programme delivered by the Marlborough District Council for our Year 6 students. Our intention going forward is to deliver this programme every year to our Year 6 students so our Year 5’s will be involved next year.

ACC and the NZ Transport Agency (NZTA) have introduced a national cycling education system called BikeReady (delivered in Marlborough by RideOn), which provides subsidised training opportunities for bike riders. This is because better-trained riders are believed to have fewer accidents and fewer (as well as less severe) injuries. For ACC and NZTA, this should reduce cycling injuries and help get more people biking safely. For more information visit: This programme is aimed at delivering best practice cycle skills training. Riding a bike is a life skill - just like swimming. With the right learning and experience, your child is ready for a lifetime of getting around by bike.

Parents/Whānau of Year 6 students, please click here.

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Our school calendar is often filled with trips and events and sometimes the dates and details change. The BEST place to keep an eye on what is happening is on the school App in the calendar section.

2021 Winter Camp - For Wairau Hub Students

In 2021 the Year 5 and 6 students are going to Lake Rotoiti and Rainbow Ski Field for a two-night stay. This camp involves a range of activities that encourage our Wairau Hub students to develop more independence, be risk-takers, problem solvers and build new friendships. Please budget between $130-$160 for this camp to help pay for the accommodation, a day skiing and food.

  • Tuākana and ½ of Room 8 Camp Dates - Term 3 Week 3

August 9 - 11 (Over on Monday and back on Wednesday for 3pm)

  • Marohi and ½ of Room 8 Camp Dates - Term 3 Week 3

August 11 - 13 (Over on Wednesday and back on Friday for 3pm)

We urge you to begin payment as soon as possible to avoid having to pay one large lump sum (see costs above).

If you would like to set up an automatic payment, please do so and use your child’s first initial and last name as a reference. The Whitney Street School BOT bank details are: 03 0599 0305934 00.

Download our school App

We encourage all parents to download our school app from the Playstore or Apple Store, as we find this the most effective way of sending out Alerts to parents/caregivers. You can also access a wealth of information from the app as it has links to the school calendar, newsletters, etc.

Please subscribe to Alerts from the classes/groups that your child belongs to. If you want to subscribe to groups later on, you can do this via the ‘Alerts Subscriptions’ which is in the Menu (top left). Please do this to ensure you are subscribed to the classes and Teams that your child or children are in for the 2021 school year.

This is also the way we would like you to inform us of absences. This system streamlines the morning routine for Tanya and Michelle so that they can easily see who is away and why.

Please click here to download the School App.


If you haven't done so already, please have a go at downloading the Hero App which shows your child’s achievement, progress and learning goals. The instructions are here or you can type into your browser. It really is very important that you access this information about your child so you are able to be involved in their education as much as possible.

Suggestions Box

Do you have any suggestions for us at Whitney Street School? In the school office, there is a 'Suggestion Box' that is checked regularly. Or click here to email it.

Bread Tags for Wheelchairs

In line with sustainability, the Wairau Hub will continue to collect bread tags to help support the Bread Tags for Wheelchairs initiative. Save them up, bring them into Room 1 and we will arrange for them to get to where they need to go.

This cool idea supports The United Nations Sustainability Goals of;

* Goal 1: No Poverty donate what we don't use

* Goal 3: Good Health and Wellbeing

* Goal 10: Reduced inequalities

Subway Orders

Orders to the office or online by clicking the green button below by 9:00am on Thursday for Thursday lunchtime delivery.

Automatic Payment Option

We highly recommend setting up an automatic payment to help pay for things like stationery at the beginning of the year, uniform items and camps. It's a great way to help plan your budget and spread the cost of more expensive things. $5 or $10 a week is way more manageable than a large lump sum! Use your child's first initial and last name as a reference.

The Whitney Street School BOT bank details are: 03 0599 0305934 00

Pretty Things Embroidery

Are you after a professionally stitched name on a piece of uniform? Click here to find out more.

Community Notices

Don’t Forget Your Roots - Community Concert

(Visiting contemporary choir from Christchurch, The Vocal Collective, showcases Kiwi classics and artists.)

The Vocal Collective presents The Great Kiwi Songbook.

A powerhouse of 60 voices, The Vocal Collective is a Christchurch contemporary choir which sings pop and rock music. For the Top of the South tour, TVC presents a programme devoted to classic numbers which have helped define the sound of Aotearoa New Zealand popular music. From Blue Smoke (1949), through Nature (1969) to Kia Mau Ki Tō Ūkaipō (2019) you are sure to enjoy this showcase of fresh and engaging new arrangements.

Lead by Artistic Director, Richard Marrett, the shows will be a unique celebration of what it means to be a Kiwi. Expect to be reunited with The Feelers, the Finns, Fourmyula, Footrot Flats, Fat Freddy’s Drop, For Today and Forever Tuesday Morning. Expect to fall in love with The Great Kiwi songbook all over again.

The choir is excited to be performing in Nelson and Blenheim, where they are joined by local choir Marlborough Singers. With a pop-up appearance in Kaikoura, be sure not to miss this vibrant, energetic, and uplifting performance.

Link here for more information

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