Newsletter - Term 1 Week 3

Friday, 24rd February 2023

From the Principal

Kia ora koutou,

Swimming Sports

It was great to see so many parents at the swimming carnival yesterday. Thank you to the parent helpers who were the timekeepers and also those who volunteered to be in the relay team.

Senior Shorts

Information will be going home next week about another option we are adding to the uniform list. The board have decided that in the senior school (Year 5-8) we will be introducing a Canterbury sport short option. If they do not want to wear the Canterbury shorts then they will still be able to wear the cargo short option that we provide through uniformNZ.

School Athletics Timetable

Next Thursday we have our school athletics. I have pasted below the timetable for the day. We have a slightly different format this year. All students will be completing the running events in the morning and the field events will be in the afternoon. We would appreciate it if parents could assist the staff during the field events - this will help with the smooth running of the event.

Nga mihi,

Simon Bell

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Re-thinking Athletics Staff PD

This week we had Mark Tree from Active Southland come and run a staff professional learning meeting called 'Re-thinking Athletics'. What we are wanting to achieve to do is engage all children in athletics and take them through a series of fun progressions for shot put, discus, long jump and high jump. We will be introducing some of the progressions during our athletics rotations for the 5 to 8 year old age groups on athletics day. Teachers will also be introducing these progressions over the next week during our practise sessions.

One of the new National Education Learning Priorities (NELPs) is 'Learners at the Centre' where we strive to provide inclusive learning environments. This is one way we are showing as a staff that all children can be catered for in a fun way during physical activity.

Completed Tau cards this week

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Thank you

The school would like to thank the Otautau Community Health Trust for their grant to enable swimming lessons for the whole school over the past 2 weeks.

We are extremely grateful that we can offer this programme to our children through the Trusts generosity.

Teachers Stop Work Union Meeting

Wednesday 1st March school will be finishing at 12.30pm with the buses running at this time.

There will be limited supervision available for those children that need to stay at school.

Touch Draw - 27th February

Remember to pay your touch entry fee of $23
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Term 1 happenings...

Wed 1st March - School finishes at 12.30pm

Thurs 2nd March - School Athletics

Mon 6th -Thurs 9th March - Year 8 Technology at Winton

Mon 13th March - Western Athletics at Nightcaps

Mon 20th – Thurs 23rd March - Year 7 Technology at Winton

Sat 25th March - Southland Athletics at Surrey Park

Mon 27th – Wed 29th March - Year 7/8 Camp to Queenstown

Thurs 30th March - Board of Trustees meeting

Mon 3rd - Wed 5th April - Year 6 camp to Borland Lodge

Mon 3rd April - GRIP leadership course at Gore

Thurs 6th April - TERM 1 ENDS

Mon 24th April - TERM 2 STARTS

Tues 25th April - ANZAC DAY HOLIDAY


Room 3 Swimming


Room 8 has had a super busy week. We have been creating ourselves using playdough and lego, as part of My Story. Yesterday we had a ball at our Swimming Carnival and many Room 8 students received ribbons for placing 1st, 2nd and 3rd.

Room 5 and 7

After reading ‘Mr and Mrs Brown Sunflower Went Flop’ Room 5 and 7 headed down the road to visit Mrs Brown and her very tall sunflowers. Thank you to the whole neighbourhood who heard us coming and a special thanks to Mrs Brown.
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Room 9 having a fun swim together

Lost Property

Anyone missing some shoes??

We still have LOTS of towels etc from swimming if you are missing some from home!!

School Bank Account Details

Below is the school bank details which is our preferred payment method.

There is also eftpos available at the office.

Westpac: 03 1748 0003820 00
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BRICKCLUB - At the Otautau Southland District Council Library

These run fortnightly on a Monday

27th Feb

13th March

27th March

Commencing term 2

24th April and fortnightly thereafter

The George Begg Festival

Southland: it’s time for something completely new! The George Begg Festival (30 March – 2 April) is a retro motorsport event like never before. If you’ve noticed the flags in Invercargill’s inner-city, or you’ve spotted the George Begg Festival exhibit at Invercargill Central, and you’re wondering what it’s all about, keep reading. Combining the best in classic racing with fun for the whole whānau, there’s set to be something for everyone. See motorsport legends like Greg Murphy, Paul Radisich, and Jim Murdoch take to the track; dress up and enjoy the atmosphere of the Kids Zone, retail precinct, and food and beverage vendors; check out live entertainment including festival headliners The Beat Girls and the Trends On The Track best-dressed competition; give little ones a go on the track with the pedal car race; or get amongst the fun of the Begg’s Barmy Rally (a scavenger hunt throughout Southland in support of charity Cure Kids) and Studio GB (retro disco at Bill Richardson Transport World). Visit for more information and to buy tickets.

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