Week 3 Term 4 Panui

Tuesday/Rātu - 2nd November

Principal Message

Kia ora koutou Witherlea whānau,

It certainly has been an interesting time in New Zealand as we navigate the COVID landscape together. There have been talks recently that our nation is divided however when we reflect on the past and look to history we have seen times like this before; the Springboks Tour is a classic example of even households who were divided. We made it through.

In the education space, we at Witherlea consider ourselves lucky that we have a shared vision for our future and this covers COVID and vaccinations too. We are all in this together, we respect one another and we listen to one another...these times are no different.

The message to my community is one of calm and of consideration of others. We trust that our government has the best interests of the people in their decisions just like you trust that the school has the best interests of our students, your children. We may not agree on everything but we agree on the important things like our culture; Be Kind, Be Safe, Be Fair and our Vision; Empowering ALL learners to reach their potential in an innovative community.

Once we are vaccinated we get to open up our economy, we get to keep our youngest and most vulnerable as safe as we can and our school and community will be reunited.

Many of our events have been either cancelled or have been adapted to the Alert Level 2 environment. This has meant that the 2021 Athletics Day is NOT open to spectators, it also means our End of Year Break Up Picnic is cancelled in its original format and we have had to cancel our Year 6 Leavers BBQ.

You may see more of Ms Harnett's videos in the coming term.

Please note that we will ensure our Year 6 students are celebrated in a different way, all our Year 4-6 students will still go to camp and many of our in-school learning experiences have been adapted rather than cancelled, like; Kapa Haka and Choir.

We try very hard here at school to practice being GRATEFUL. Grateful for all the things we can do, grateful for all of the things we have done and grateful that we have our health.

We thank you for the support as we navigate COVID and make the best decisions we can for our students, school and community.

Ngā manaakitanga,

Andrea Harnett - Tumuaki

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Welcome to Witherlea School

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

Cayden B, Rianne M, Arran D, Lorna D

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

Farewell and Welcome

We wish to let the community know that Sue Holmes, our wonderful New Entrant teacher and kaiako in the Ferns Room will be retiring from teaching at the end of this year. Sue is a magnificent kaiako and colleague who has touched all of our lives so we will send Sue off in style keeping within our COVID protocols.

We have also farewelled Meegan Graham and will be farewelling Evelyn Burrows two our amazing Teacher Aides. Lynn Glavin and Kate Higgins are joining the Witherlea family supporting our diverse learners across the school.

Science Fair

Congratulations to the team for their hard work and dedication last term. A special mention to Charlotte Hogg who won 2 awards; Above and Beyond and Gold for her project on Expansion and Contraction.

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Term 4 Events - Wahanga Tuawhā

Week 3 - Wiki Tuatoru

Tuesday 2nd November - Friday 5th November

Monday 1st November - Marlborough Anniversary Day


Tuesday 2nd November

Athletics Day: No spectators due to Alert Level 2

Friday 5th November

Subway School Lunches

Week 4 - Wiki Tuawhā

Monday 8th November - Friday 12th November

Tuesday 9th - Friday 12th November

Mistletoe Bay Camp 1 = Room 6 and Room 7

Friday 12th November

Subway School Lunches

Week 5 - Wiki Tuarima

Monday 15th November - Friday 19th November

Monday 15th - Wednesday 17th November = Room 15 & 16

Wednesday 17th - Friday 19th November = Room 17 & 18

Pine Valley Camps = Year 4's Kowhai

Friday 19th November

Subway School Lunches

Week 6 - Wiki Tuaono

Monday 22nd November - Friday 26th November

Tuesday 23rd - Friday 26th November

Mistletoe Bay Camp 2 = Room 9

Friday 26th November

Subway School lunches

Week 7 - Wiki Tuawhitu

Monday 29th November - Friday 3rd December

Friday 3rd December

Interschool Football - AMP Showgrounds

Subway School Lunches

Week 8 - Wiki Tuawaru

Monday 6th December - Friday 10th December

Monday 6th - Thursday 9th December

Mistletoe Bay Camp 3 = Room 8 and Room 17 (Year 5's)

Friday 10th December

Service Assembly - Participating and Contributing

Subway School Lunches

Week 9 - Wiki Tuaiwa

Monday 13th December - Friday 17th December


Monday 13th December

Reports Go Home

Tuesday 14th December

Class Swap. - Meet 2022 teacher

Year 6 Final Assembly: 1:30pm

Friday 17th December

School Closes at 12pm

Science is ALIVE in Kowhai

The students in the Kowhai Team this year have been immersed in the area of Science; from Bees in the local community, rock pool studies at Whites Bay, local stream studies with Anna Crowe from EnviroSchools, investigations like the one below to using our digital microscopes to see insects before Pine Valley Camp.

These lucky children are developing wonderful scientific skills and attitudes just like scientists!

Butterfly and Insect Garden

Amelia, Maddie and Ava approached the Council and gained some funding to buy butterfly and insect friendly plants for our school. Great job, girls!
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Planting with other members of the Green Ninjas.
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Camps, Volunteers and Vaccinations

Please note that while we are not cancelling our CAMPS this year we are under strict mandate rules that any volunteers working with children be vaccinated and part of this is providing evidence.

The evidence is a screenshot of your vaccinations emailed to accounts@witherlea.school.nz or put in an envelope and dropped to the office.

If we DO NOT get this before November 16th it will put all camps in jeopardy due to our health and safety protocols for trips/camps.

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Be Kind, Be Safe, Be Fair Shoutouts

The above photograph is two extraordinary young girls, Meg H and Cynthia J, who have written a children's book about our school culture of; Be Kind, Be Safe, Be Fair. The next stage is to complete the illustrations and publish this for the school.

Ferns Team

Oscar H: Oscar you are a kind and caring member of room 3. You are conscientious and can be relied upon to carry out extra responsibilities!

Punga Team

Gus A: For understanding that our class is a shared space that we all need to work together to care for and for being a respectful classmate.

Kenzie F: Quietly getting on with work taking risks in her learning and willingly helping and supporting classmates.

Kowhai Team

Maria R: Maria is a kind and caring member of room 18 through her actions and words. She is fair to others by managing her learning time effectively and displaying a positive attitude towards new things.

Harry L: Great attitude to school work across the curriculum. Harry is kind and thoughtful. He constantly uses his initiative.

Kauri Team

Caleb W: for being a fantastic friend to everyone. I love the way you are so honest in sharing your thoughts and experiences and always show kindness to others.

Claudia S: for always striving to be her very best. A great friend, a curious learner and most of all a fantastic role model. Kia Maia - stand proud!

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;

Eleanor H, Ada P

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.

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Bread tags for Wheelchairs

Bread Tags for Wheelchairs was founded in South Africa in 2006, with the tags collected used to manufacture seedling trays. The profits are then used to purchase wheelchairs for those less fortunate.

It takes about 200 kilograms of bread tags to generate enough money for one wheelchair.

Bread tags are made from high impact polystyrene and can't be recycled in New Zealand, so they often end up in landfills.

Not only are tags found on bread bags but they are also found on fruit and vegetable bags, rice crackers and cereals too. If you have any tags at home, please bring them to Room 9 so we can look after the environment and support others. Tell your friends, family and neighbours too and let's get collecting!

Follow this link to see Witherlea School Enviroschools link.