Week 3 Term 4 Panui

Wednesday - 2nd November 2022

Principal Message

Ngā mihi nui ki a koutou katoa. Greetings to you all.

Two short weeks in a row is really making the term fly!

Congratulations to all children for their behaviour, participation and achievements on our recent Athletics Day. Many thanks to Dan for his excellent organisation of the event and to all our supporters on the sideline.

I popped over to see our Year 5-6 classes who are camping at Teapot Valley last night. They are having a great time together and the weather has enabled their programme to run uninterrupted. While I was there, they were doing activity rotations which involved abseiling, confidence course, archery, rock climbing, target shooting, damper making, puzzles and the most crazy, bone shaking downhill karts. I was proud to see the children supporting each other in these activities and to hear the camp staff speak so highly of our school - well done team! Over the next two weeks our Year 4-5 classes will be heading over to Mistletoe Bay for their camps. We are hugely appreciative to all the parents who made themselves available to help with our camps this term.

Teachers are in the process of completing end of year assessments and writing reports which will be sent home in the final week of term. We are currently reviewing student reporting processes and considering changes for 2023. I would really appreciate some volunteers to form a reference group to provide some feedback and help shape the changes. If you would like to be involved and have an hour to spare, please email me principal@witherlea.school.nz

Our recent ballot has resulted in a number of new enrollments which will see our 2023 roll grow to 400 students, meaning we will start with 16 classrooms with 2 additional new entrant start up classes during the year. In 2023 we will operate in three teams. The Junior Team (Year 0-2) will have eight classes with average sizes of 20. Most junior classes will be straight year levels with one composite. The Middle Team (Year 3-4) will have five classes as will the Senior’s (Year 5-6) all with an average size of 24. This structure was developed in response to staff, parent and student voice and enables optimal teacher to student ratios.

We are seeing a few devices and smartwatches turning up at school. We ask that these don’t come to school as they can be distracting and have potential to cause issues.

There are several improvement projects happening around the school at the moment. The amphitheatre seating has been replaced, fields resown and the pool repainted over the term break. In the next few weeks the translucent roofing will be replaced over all the decks, new shade sails installed in the Village and over the Sawdust Pit and an upgrade of Room 19 will commence. Early next year we plan to start the refurbishment of a further two classrooms, remove some internal fencing and enhance our entrance way.

On Monday we have the coffee cart back followed by an assembly where the Kauri Team will be showcasing their project based learning “Sunset City” - come along if you can make it!

Ngā manaakitanga,

Symon Beattie

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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;

Bryn D

Welcome to School Certificates are given out at our Flag Raising on a Monday morning at 9am. During Red Light, ONLY parents of New Students receiving Welcome Certificates can be onsite.

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Witherlea School Disco

Wednesday 30th November

Years 1-3 5.15pm - 6.45pm

Years 4-6 7pm - 8.30pm

$5.00 (Witherlea students only)

We are excited to announce the school disco is back!

Tickets will be available from the school office one week before the disco date. On arrival at the disco, all children will receive a goodie bag with water, popcorn, some treats and a glow product.

Ange Clark is overseeing the disco organisation and is looking for some parents to help with:

Making up goodie bags (everything will be provided)

Decorating the hall on the day (we have the decorations)

Assisting with supervision at the disco

Helping with clean-up at the end of the night

More details about the disco will come out in the next few weeks but in the meantime, if you would like to help with the disco organisation, please let Ange know angelac@witherlea.school.nz or pop up to the Pukeko Room.

Scholastic Book Fair

The Scholastic Book Fair is on from the 21st - 25th of November

Book Character Dress Up Day - Friday 25th of November

Mountain Biking Madness

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On Friday 21st October a team of 18 students represented Witherlea at the 2022 Marlborough Primary Schools Mountain Bike Champs at Richmond Brook Station. All 18 completed the course successfully - Year 4 riders completing 2.5km of farm tracks, hills, river crossings, and Year 5/6 riders completing 5km.

Our stand out riders this year were Harry N who came third in the Year 3/4 boys race and Hugo F who came third in the Year 5/6 boys race.

Witherlea School placed second overall in the coveted overall schools standings.

Thank you to all the parents who provided transport and supported us on the day, a great day was had by all.

Bring on next year!

Karearea (NZ Falcon).

The Kowhai children have adopted their very own Karearea and have named him Jet. He lives with his partner Whistler at the Marlborough Falcon Trust Aviary. Have a look next time you're at the office, you'll see the adoption certificate and a little soft toy Karearea!

Term 4 Events

Week 3 - Wiki Tuatoru

Monday 31st October - Friday 4th November

Monday 31st October

Marlborough Anniversary

Wednesday 2nd November

Newsletter Day

1st-4th of November Kauri Camp (Teapot Valley)

Week 4 - Wiki Tuawhā

Monday 7th November - Friday 11th November

Monday 7th November

Coffee Cart, Assembly, Board Meeting, Tennis Tournament

8th-11th November Kowhai Camp 1 (Mistletoe Bay)

Be Kind, Be Safe, Be Fair Shoutouts

Be Kind, Be Safe, Be Fair Shoutouts

Congratulations to these students who have displayed one or all of our school behaviour expectations and are a model to others;


Henry T - Showing aroha and compassion towards your peers, both in class and in the playground. It's great to see you looking out for others.


Ava L - being super motivated and working hard on all class activities. Your work ethic is outstanding and you finish tasks to a very high standard. Keep up the great work!


The awards are for recognition in displaying and modelling our school motto and values; Be Kind, Be Safe, Be Fair.

Early Words Recognition

These certificates will be given out at Flag Raising on a Monday at 8:50am - you will be contacted if your child is getting an award so you can join us.

D'arcy C

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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