Week 5 Term 4 Panui

Thursday - 17th November 2022

Principal Message

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

Firstly, a huge thank you to our Kowhai and Kauri staff who have gone above and beyond with our recent camps at Teapot Valley and Mistletoe Bay. Camps are a huge undertaking in terms of logistics and responsibility, but worth it for the independence, challenge and strengthening of connections they provide. We look forward to hearing some of the highlights over the coming weeks as we celebrate our leavers.

I also want to acknowledge the amazing work that Dave and Alan our caretakers are doing to maintain and improve our school grounds, it is a big job at this time of year and things are looking pretty top notch!

Over the last couple of weeks, I have meet with a number of parents to discuss how we formally report on student progress and achievement. These conversations have provided really clear feedback to guide changes and direction for 2023. Thank you to those who have given their time to this process and I invite anyone who missed these meetings to email me your thoughts - principal@witherlea.school.nz

We are hearing lots in the news at the moment about attendance with only 58% of children nationally attending school regularly (>90%). A report produced by the Ministry of Education compares our schools attendance with those of a similar type, decile and region. I am pleased to report that our attendance rates outperform most other schools by a significant margin with no gender and ethnic disparity. While we are doing well, there is still room for improvement with 13% of children missing on average half a day a week. Please carefully consider unjustified absences, as learning is developed over several days and these can disrupt momentum for both the class and individual if happening often.

Remind the children to dress in Red tomorrow and bring a gold coin donation for the Rescue Helicopter appeal. The pool will reopen for class swimming from Monday.

Have a great week!

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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;

Lucas B, Ruwan E, Archie M, Evie W, Hugo W

Welcome to School Certificates are given out at our Assembly on a Monday morning at 9am.

Bohally bi-lingual class information session

Bohally Intermediate School will be offering a bi-lingual class again in 2023 which will be run through a tikanga Māori viewpoint. This class will be covering all regular subjects (maths, literacy, PE etc) however it will be having a larger increase in learning te reo Māori and the opportunity to cover these core curriculum subjects through a Māori lens. If you are the parent or caregiver of a year 6 student and would like to find out more, come along to Witherlea School at 2.30pm on Monday 21st November where you can meet Whāea Pera who leads this class and Jo Sena (Deputy Principal). If you are unable to attend but would like to hear more, please email Jo - (jo.sena@bohally.school.nz) before Friday 25 November.

Scholastic Book Fair

Witherlea School Book Fair is being held in the school library Monday 21st November until Friday 25th November from 8.30-9:30am and 2.30-3.30pm. Milo night Wednesday 23rd 6pm-7pm. Come along and support our school, some great ideas available to purchase for Christmas.

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Witherlea School

Wednesday 30th November

Years 1-3 5.15pm - 6.45pm

Years 4-6 7pm - 8.30pm

$5.00 (Witherlea students only)

Tickets will be available from the school office next week (21st November - 24th November).

Please note ticket sales are CASH ONLY

On arrival at the disco, all children will receive a goodie bag with water, popcorn, some treats and a glow product.

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Top of the South Taekwondo Championships

Blenheim Olympic Taekwondo Club hosted the Top of the South Championships.

We want to congratulate the following Witherlea student's who participated.

Zoey S, Joy X, Jade T and George T

Term 4 Events

Week 5 - Wiki Tuarima

Monday 14th November - Friday 18th November

Friday 18th November

Mufti Day Fundraiser (Westpac Rescue Helicopter Appeal)

Subway School Lunches

15th - 18th November Kowhai Camp 2

Week 6 - Wiki Tuaono

Monday 21st November - Friday 25th November

Monday 21st November

Assembly, Coffee Cart

Wednesday 23rd November

Marlborough Interschool Atheltics

Milo Night 6pm-7pm

Thursday 24th November

Bohally Open Day (Year 6)

Friday 25th November

Book Character Dress Up Day

Subway School Lunches

21st - 25th November - Scholastic Book Fair

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;


Lehan V - Being a curious member of our class, who loves learning. You are a great role model for us all.


Dylan S - Always coming to school with a huge smile and for being courteous and showing great manners in the classroom. Dylan you are a kindness superstar!!


Sophia C - Always being a kind friend. You know what is right and what is fair and manage yourself and your friendshsips so well!!

Flynn M - Leading by example everyday. You epitomise what a Year 6 leader should be with your wonderful attitude to everything you do.


Jonny M - You are always very considerate and thoughtful towards the children and adults in our syndicate. Thank you for being a great role model.

Edward J - You are such a caring and kind student Edward. Everyday you display our school values and we are very lucky to have you in Kowhai!

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, Casper F, James S, Logan J, Phebe H, Dorian B

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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