Newsletter 20 January 2023

Clarkville Te Kura ki Waimātao

Kia ora Clarkville Te Kura ki Waimātao whānau

Welcome to our first school newsletter for 2023

I hope you are all having/have had a relaxing holiday break and have made many cool memories with your child/ren families and friends :)

I have caught up with many of the staff back at school and they all have all had wonderful breaks! They are getting ready to start back and can’t wait to meet their new and returning learning space children.

Just a reminder about the learning space structure for 2023:

Wairaki/Matawara - Year 7/8 - Kristie Morrison (Team Leader), Linda Baran and Jenny Collinson

Kaiapoi/Hopara - Year 5/6 - Bridget Chilton (Team Leader) and Nick Burson

Horotueka/Tuhura - Year 3/4 - Paula Gray (Team Leader) and Holly Greenslade

Kaikanui/Whakarewa - Year 1/2 - Sue Edwards (Team Leader), Hayden Smythe and Kate Colbran (part time)

Connect Day

On Tuesday 31 January, we will be holding our annual Connect Day. This is an opportunity to meet/catch up with your child/ren’s learning space teacher/s, find out more about the classroom programme/s, and gather some important upcoming dates and information.

Connect Day Blocks:

6 sessions

Session 1 - 8:30am to 9.30am - Years 1, 3, 5 and 7

Session 2 - 9:30am to 10.30am - Years 2, 4, 6 and 8

Session 3 - 11:00am to 12:00pm - New Entrants, Years 3, 5 and 7

Session 4 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm - Years 2, 4, 6 and 8

Session 5 - 1:30pm to 2:30pm - Years 1, 3, 5 and 7

Session 6 - 2:30pm to 3.30pm - Years 2, 4, 6 and 8

Parents/caregivers are asked to select a 10 minute block of time fortheir child/ren. This then indicates the hour of time you will spend in each learning space. For example, if you select 8.40am, the Connect Day block that you will attend is from 8.30am-9.30am for that child in their learning space. Alternatively, if you selected 9.20am-9.30am, you will attend from 8.30am-9.30am for that child in their learning space. If you have 2x children in a learning space, please book 2x 10 minute slots in the same 1 hour block.

The 1 hour blocks will be structured with a 10 minute catch up with all of the children and parents/caregivers at the start. Then for the other 50 minutes, you will stay in the learning space, connecting with other children and their parents/caregivers and maybe completing some information gathering activities with your child/ren. During this 1 hour block, you will also meet with one of the learning space teachers at the time you have selected.

Please email me if you have any queries - I am always happy to help (this will be my first Connect Day at Clarkville also - every school always does it a little differently).

The link to book your Connect Day session is:


Congratulations to Sophie Lawson who won a teaching position at Harewood School in Christchurch. We were sad to lose Sophie as a member of our team, but very happy that she has secured a position at another great school. This was initially announced to the community at the Prizegiving Assembly on the final Friday of Term 4 2022 - I thought I should include this information here also in the event you were not able to make it. This information was not available for the final newsletter of 2022.

Dates for Term 1 2023

Tuesday 31 January - Connect Day (students attend for 1 hour with their parent/s/caregiver/s) - details above

Wednesday 1 February - First full school day

Thursday 2 February - Wairaki/Matawara learning space at Tech for full day

Monday 6 February - Waitangi Day - Public Holiday

Wednesday 22 February - Friday 24 February - Kaiapoi (Year 5/6) learning space at camp

Thursday 6 April - End of Term 1

More dates to follow

Teacher Only Day for Term 2

Towards the end of 2022, The Ministry of Education announced that New Zealand primary and secondary schools will receive 4 Teacher Only Days, 2 in 2023 and 2 in 2024. These days have been provided by the Ministry of Education for schools to work on the implementation of the refreshed national curriculum. The first of these for 2023, must be taken during the first 2 weeks of Term 2 2023. Schools are still waiting for information on rules regarding when the other 3 days must be taken.

ANZAC Day, a Public Holiday, is Tuesday 25 April, the second day back of Term 2 2023. This would mean that the children would return for one day at the start of Term 2 and then this would follow with ANZAC Day on Tuesday. Clarkville Te Kura ki Waimatao will take the Ministry of Education announced Teacher Only Day on Monday 24 April 2023. This will move the start of Term 2 back to Wednesday 26 April for children. We think this makes the best sense and is easier for families to plan for. Just wanted to give our community an early heads up.

Looking forward to catching up with all of the children and parents/caregivers on Tuesday 31 January, initially for 1 hour depending on the time you have chosen for Connect Day and then everyone together on Wednesday 1 February. Enjoy the end of the holiday break and make good use of this awesome weather. Tell your child/ren that Kris hopes that they have been looking after their parent/s/caregiver/s!

Take care

Nga mihi maioha



Our uniform is supplied by supplied by MAINLAND UNIFORMS, 511 Wairakei Road, Burnside, Christchurch.

Shorts, culottes and hats can be purchased from other suppliers as they are not monogrammed

Choices can be made from the following:

Culottes: Navy

Cardigan: Royal / monogrammed

Shorts: Navy (drill)

Track pants: Navy (sweat shirting/ double knee)

Polo Shirts: Royal Blue / monogrammed

Sweatshirts: Royal Blue / monogrammed

Polar Fleece: Royal Blue / monogrammed

Runner Pants: Navy (taslon / zip leg)

Sports Shorts: Navy (rugby knit) (optional)

Sports Jacket: Royal / white: monogrammed

Hats: Navy bucket (Hats are also available at other stores)

Child’s first name may be embroidered on the rear of the hats.

Kaiapoi Monograms currently charge $5.00 per name, ph 03 327 7058

All tops are royal blue and are monogrammed. Shorts, culottes, track pants are navy blue and are not monogrammed.

Footwear – your choice, however we recommend sensible and sturdy shoes, no crocs

Second Hand Uniform – our PTA sell second hand uniform, most items are $2.00 each

To inquire - please text Jenna on 021 104 2819

Sport uniform - In 2023 a sport top will be available for purchase, more details to come

Stationery Lists

Stationery can be bought from a retailer of your choice however if purchased via Office Max My School we earn rewards for our school. All stationery lists are available on the My School site

Year 2-8 students will require a Mathematics exercise book that is not available through Office Max. This links with our exciting Mathematics curriculum - ‘Maths - No Problem!’ The cost of this book is $22.00. Your child/ren will be issued with this exercise book once this payment has been made to the school.

2023 Term Dates

  • Term 1: - Tuesday 31 January - Thursday 6 April 31 (31 Jan is Connect Day)
  • Term 2: - Wednesday 26 April - Friday 30 June
  • Term 3: - Monday 17 July - Friday 22 September
  • Term 4: - Monday 9 October – Friday 15 December