23 February 2023
Transport assistance for flood and cyclone whānau
You may be eligible for transportation assistance if you have temporarily moved more than 3.2k's from school due to the latest cyclone and weather events.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you think you meet the criteria.
Leadership Team message from Bhairavi
Ka pakeke te haere, kaua e hemo - Things may be difficult but don’t give up
He moana pukepuke e ekengia te waka - A choppy sea can be navigated
Tēnā koutou katoa,
As we welcome everyone back to school, we want to express how excited we are to continue our learning journey together. Despite the recent disruptions caused by the two major natural events, we are committed to providing a safe and nurturing environment for our ākonga to learn and grow.
In light of these recent events, we want to emphasise the importance of one of our school values - Resilience/Aumangea. We understand that these events may have been unsettling and caused some anxiety. However, it is important that we come together as a community and support one another. Together, we can build the resilience needed to overcome any challenge that comes our way. To help us get back on track, we encourage everyone to establish a daily routine. By establishing a routine, we can create a sense of structure and stability. This can help to reduce stress and anxiety and give us a sense of control in uncertain times.
As always, our dedicated team of teachers and staff are happy to support our tamariki and our Edendale whānau. We encourage parents/caregivers and whānau to continue to work with us to help our tamariki succeed. We are all in this together - He waka eke noa.
Stay well, stay safe and be kind.
Tumuaki Tuarua/Deputy Principal
Mandarin Language Assistant (MLA)
Edendale is very fortunate this year to have a Mandarin Language Assistant (MLA) with us for the whole year. This is a programme supported by the Confucius Institute which facilitates MLA's coming to New Zealand and running mandarin language and cultural lessons.
We have had MLA's at Edendale in the past (before Covid) and we are thankful to have Xiaohan with us this year.
Xiaohan will be working across the whole school at different parts of the year. Currently, she has been working with the Akoranga team, and soon she will be moving to the Tuakana team.
Please ensure your child wears a sunhat or has a sunhat in their school bag every day. Please label it clearly with your child's name.
Students not wearing sun hats at interval and lunchtime are spending the break time supervised in the shade. This is to avoid the negative impacts of the sun.
Edendale bucket hats and caps - $20 each are available on Kindo or at Reception. Payment can be made by cash, eftpos or visa.
If you are looking for a part time job, 2 hours per day during term time until the end of the year, please email Marg on email@example.com
Garden to Table volunteers needed
Nau mai haere mai Edendale Primary School whānau!
Are you keen to help our tamariki in our Garden to Table programme? If so, we would love for you to join us!
Come and create a delicious meal with Kylie, or get your hands dirty with Ali in the maara kai. Any help is appreciated as we share the joys of growing and cooking our own food with our community, and no experience is necessary. All gear is provided.
Sessions run during term time only Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday 9:00am-10:30am and 11:15am-12:45pm.
For more information, or to sign up to join, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. We look forward to seeing you!
Caregiver messages for students
A reminder to caregivers that if you are phoning the office to pass messages to students during the afternoon regarding a late collection/pick up, these messages may not get through. Our staff are unable to leave the office unmanned and not all classrooms have a phone.
Students not collected at 3:00pm will be taken to the office to wait and caregivers are phoned, if students do not normally walk home.
Dogs on school grounds
Thank you for following the school rules put in place term 4 last year. To recap, below is a friendly reminder of the Boards decision and outcome.
- The Sandringham Road gates will be a dog-friendly entrance/exit
- Dogs will not be permitted through the Shorwell Street gates, either for entry or exit
- All dogs on site must be on a leash and under the control of an adult at all times
- Dogs are not permitted in classrooms
- Any messes made by dogs must be cleaned up by owners and removed from the school grounds
Our reasoning for allocating the front gate as a dog-friendly option is it provides a wider means of access, which allows dogs and students more personal space. It also means any students who can only practicably come and go via Sandringham Road still have the option of dog-free passage through the office.
In addition to the above, we request the following:
- Please avoid walking dogs through congested areas (particularly the covered walkway next to the staff room) - please wait until any crowding has subsided
- Please choose a quiet spot for you and your dog to drop off and collect your tamariki
- If you are dropping off or collecting children outside either of the school gates, please keep your dog restrained and at a reasonable distance from the path to allow safe passage for children
- Dogs are not permitted indoors (including the administration block or classrooms)
MEASLES - be prepared
Measles is highly infectious and babies, young children and non-immune pregnant women are vulnerable to serious illness.
Please prepare for measles as there will be more imported cases.
- children and young people should have two MMR vaccinations to avoid disruption to their education.
- Vaccination records are in the Wellchild/Plunket book or ask your doctor.
[Provided by Te Whatu Ora - Auckland Regional Public Health Service]
Save the date: Wednesday 8 March - Whānau Picnic
We will be holding the Whānau Picnic on the Edendale Reserve.
Access to the reserve is down the slope from Sandringham Road, or via the walkway between 7 and 9 Shorwell Street.
We look forward to seeing you there. Please also see PTA message later in the newsletter.
Tours of the School Friday 10 March at 9:00am - 9:30am
We have been asked by some if we could run school tours for existing parents/caregivers/whānau to see our upgraded facilities. We will be running the first of these on Friday the 10th of March at 9:00am.
Please RSVP to email@example.com so we have numbers for planning purposes and meet us at the Flagpole for the start of the tour. We will be stopping by the STEAM room, Art room, Garden to Table kitchen, and new pool area along with some other places we think may be of interest to you. We look forward to seeing you there.
Open to Learning morning [whānau, parents, and caregivers] Thursday 6 April 9:00am - 10:30am
Our classrooms will be open to all for visits and like last year it is an opportunity to see learning in action and hear from children what has been learned during the term. More details to come.
Thank you to our community whānau that have generously donated on Kindo this year.
These donations help support your child's learning and is important as we have had funding decreased by around $40,000 annually, as we moved into the new Ministry of Education Equity Funding mechanism. This is making it harder for our school to provide the extras that we all value so highly, e.g. music specialist teaching, Garden to Table, STEAM, art specialist teaching.
We cannot ask for donations, but if you wish to donate to the school, this can be done through Kindo on https://edendale.school.nz/school-kura/kindo/
You will be able to claim a rebate for school donations through the IRD.
Scholastic Lucky Book Club
Scholastic Lucky Book Club Issue 1 2023 is now open for orders.
Please note that ordering can be done online only through the Scholastic website https://www.scholastic.co.nz/parents/lucky-book-club/.
The last day for orders is Friday 10 March 2023.
Welcome back to 2023
The Friends of Edendale upcoming events/notices:
Bake Sale - Rooms 3 & 20
Thursday 2nd March - 3:00pm
Next Thursday 2 March, rooms 3 & 20 will kindly be baking goodies for our first bake sale of the year. So please bring your gold coins and email the PTA if you can volunteer with set up/selling on the day.
Wednesday 8th March
The Friends of Edendale will be fundraising at the whānau picnic organised for Wednesday 8 March, so make sure you've got cash on hand for snacks and refreshments. Please come and have a chat with us about getting involved with the Friends of Edendale. We're always looking to grow our community. Don't forget to bring a picnic mat, lots of water and sunblock.
Next meeting, 23 February
Friends of Edendale will be meeting this Thursday, 23rd February at the school from 7:00-8:00pm to discuss the 2023 event calendar. We are looking for Project Managers to manage our events, so if you can help out, please do join us. New members welcome as always too. Please contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org
Friends of Edendale (PTA)
2023 Edendale term dates
Term 1: Tuesday 7 February 2023 - Thursday 6 April [Monday 6 February - Waitangi Day; Friday 7 April - Good Friday]
Term 2: Wednesday 26 April - Friday 30 June [Monday 24 April - Teacher Only Day; Tuesday 25 April - Anzac Day; Friday 5 May - Teacher Only Day; Monday 5 June - King's Birthday]
Term 3: Monday 17 July - Friday 22 September
Term 4: Monday 9 October - Friday 15 December [Monday 23 October - Labour Day]
Next Board meeting: Tuesday 28 February 2023 at 7:00am. Please email email@example.com to advise your attendance.
Next Friends of Edendale meeting: Thursday 23 February 2023 at 7:00pm. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Gribblehirst Community Hub in Sandringham
We are reaching out to let you know of our upcoming events, which we would love our wider community to take part in.
Saturday 4 March (and the first Saturday of each month) 12pm - 5pm
Check out our variety of stalls selling handmade and secondhand goods, trial a MeloYelo e-bike, enjoy live music, free family-friendly activities, and face painting.
If you would like to run a stall with us at an upcoming market please email email@example.com
We invite any performance groups or small independent food vendors to contact us for future dates too.
Fees are as follows:
Standard stalls and kai vendors - 10% of earnings capped at $20
Kids stalls - $5
Informational or free family-friendly activities - $0
Perfectly Imperfect Paid Forward Community Shop
Every Friday 12pm - 5pm
Our friends at Perfectly Imperfect rescue fresh fruit and vegetables that are too big, too small, too ugly or too wonky for the supermarket through their gleaning network. Enjoy fresh, seasonal produce at a fraction of the price. Bring your own bag to fill for $15 or pay what you can, alternatively you may order a mystery box from perfectlyimperfect.org.nz
Join the Hub
Do you crave connection with your local neighbourhood and wish to engage with your community in a meaningful way? We are a members-based, community-led space for everybody to share.
As a member, you will have almost anytime access to our community Hub to create and collaborate. Connect with other members of our vibrant, local community at events, shared meals, or as part of an activity-based group.
We have facilities for showering and cooking, and offer a comfortable relax space for respite during times of need.
Find out more about us at: ghub.nz
Please get in touch if you would like any more information about the Hub and our upcoming events and activities. We look forward to engaging and building stronger relationships with our wider community.
Location: 419 Sandringham Rd Auckland 1025
Phone: +64 9 846 6340