2023 Newsletter - Week 2, Term 3

Greenmeadows School, 28th July, Newsletter #11: 2023


Tēnā koutou kātoa,

Welcome back for Term 3. You may have noticed a few small changes that took place over the holidays? The landscaping outside the office will look fabulous once the plants become established, and the extra concrete near the Oscar building will be undergoing further development in the near future. Watch this space!

I would like to thank everyone who made it along to our Matariki evening last week. Our event was well supported by our school community, which meant that our PTA members were incredibly busy serving food. It was really neat to see a number of our ex-pupils lending a hand when the queues got really long.

The PTA confirmed this week that we raised just over $27,000 from the Walkathon, held last term. That is a staggering amount of money that will now be directed to devloping a new junior playground.

Thank you for supporting our Teacher Only Day on Monday. I know that these days can be inconvenient for parents, but the longer term benefits will allow us (along with other schools in our area) to develop our mathematics learning programme to align with the refreshed NZ Curriculum. What a day it was! We all finished our day of learning suitably invigorated and ready to start sharing our learning with your tamariki.

Ka kite anō,

Darren Holloway

Acting Principal


We have had these new students start with us since the last newsletter - a very warm welcome to Zane & Kayden Kaukau, Georgia Bokkerink, Xavier Addis, Alexandra Mzeraa, Arielle Sharplin, Micah Dol, Conleth Hughes, Matthew Lolagi, Noah Lowe, Archie and Evie Hunt.

Our roll at present is 451.


If you have a child who is going to turn five at any stage next year and they are going to attend Greenmeadows School, please let us know as soon as possible.

This also applies to any relatives, neighbours or friends you may have who live in our zone and wish for their children to come to our wonderful school.

Even if you think we may already know, there is no harm in telling us (again).

You can either phone the school or email Sara at saraa@gms.school.nz

Many thanks for your help.


We are officially out of small sizes of underwear and shorts and skorts to give out when a child has an accident. If your child has worn home a change of uniform and underwear they have been given at school, can you please, please, return them.

At this stage we will be ringing parents to bring down a change of clothes for their child as we have nothing to change them into.

It would also be helpful to pack a change of clothes in your child's school bag - just in case!


Kia ora whānau

Taha Wairua is your spiritual wellbeing - who and what you are, where you have come from and where you are going.

The way people view wairua can be very different. For some, wairua is the capacity for faith or religious beliefs or having a belief in a higher power. For others, wairua is an internal connection to the universe or the sacred. There is no right or wrong way to think of or experience wairua, but it is an important part of your mental wellbeing.

Spiritual wellbeing can be expressed through beliefs, values, traditions and practices that support self-awareness and identity. https://www.healthnavigator.org.nz/

  • Allow quiet time for reflection

  • Spend time in nature

  • Find a spiritual connection or community

  • Be open to inspiration

  • Cherish optimism and hope

  • Be aware of non-material aspects of life

  • Identify what is meaningful to you and notice its place in you life

  • Appreciate beauty (eg music, art, literature, nature)

  • Practice gratitude

  • Meditate

  • Contribute to causes in which you believe (eg charity, community)

Ngā mihi,

Hauora Team


Our worms need food - do you have any food scraps you can bring in? In particular they love vegetable greens e.g. lettuce leaves, cabbage leaves, carrot and potato peelings. Send along your food scraps in a bag, any donations would be helpful.


The PTA are holding their annual fundraising again this year for calendars, cards, diaries, mouse mats and sketch pads, personalised with the children's artwork.

Orders are to be completed through Kindo, no cash orders. Orders have been extended to Friday 4th August so get in quick youve only got a week to go!

Please support this PTA fundraiser as the funds raised will go towards the new junior playground.

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We are again collecting the Yummy cut-out labels from bags (each cut-out label is worth 10 stickers) and individual Yummy apple stickers. With the apple stickers we can claim for our school’s share of free sports gear. Your child can bring in the stickers and/or cut-out labels and teachers will have a chart in their class to stick them onto.

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Below is a link to download our school App if you haven't already.

This is how we communicate with the school community any importmant messages or reminders.