St Albans Panui

Term 1: Week 3 - Thursday 23rd February 2023

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Kia ora toku St Albans whānau,

How lucky are we to be in this part of the country while parts of the North Island have been battered by the cyclone. This has caused heartbreak and disruptions of many kinds and many yet to come. We will, over the coming weeks, hold fundraising events so we can support North Island schools. We will keep you posted.

The year has really kicked off with summer sport starting tomorrow (weather permitting) with almost 100 students from Year 5-6 participating. We have Aquagym, Arts on a Friday with our specialist Liv and some staff are even taking Ukelele lessons with Monster Music (see if you can spot them as they earn their wrist bands!).

Ms Harnett, Mrs Lidstone and Mr McKenzie have been in and out of classes supporting our teams to develop consistent school-wide practices and our amazing kaiako/teachers who are improvement focused. Part of a teachers journey is focused on continual professional learning and development, collaborating with colleagues and acting on feedback, which is something that is so important for our ākonga/learners and school too.

At the leadership level it is about reviewing our systems, our practices and our procedures regularly to ensure they are fit for purpose and achieve our ultimate goal that EVERY LEARNER THRIVES. We use SchoolDocs as a platform to support our Board, leadership team, teachers, support staff and you, our community. You are able to send feedback via the GREEN tab at the top right of each page or take part in the review process (go to Current Reviews at the top of the page). The video below outlines this and the link button takes you there.

In ScholDocs you will find our official complaints pathway that is designed to support whānau and families to have their concerns alleviated and complaints resolved with a solutions focused process. We aim to solve and/or resolve issues and concerns quickly and collaboratively.

This year our Board will be reviewing our 'Complaints Pathway' to ensure it aligns with our new Cultural Narrative and our values: Kaitiakitanga, Manaakitanga, Rangitiratanga.

We are an ever changing community and want to ensure we work towards being totally inclusive where we live our whakatauki each and every day.

Rere mai ai te kāhui manu ki te māpuna wai,

he momo rere tō tēnā tō tēnā,

he kōrero, he kāinga, he kura

The flock of birds fly to the water source. Each of them fly differently.

They connect in a place of learning, nurture and growth.

This being said, we would like to set up a way for our community to be able to suggest or give feedback (ideas and positives WELCOME).

Of course, if it relates directly to your child then our wonderful kaiako/teachers are the FIRST and BEST port of call. However, if it relates to ideas, suggestions, improvements and/or any systems/school related feedback we would love to hear from you. Having a way that our community can help shape our school is vital....we want you to know how important you are!

Here is a LINK to a Google Form (click) so we can capture this, use in our decision making and regularly review all aspects of our school.

Secondly, we want to have MORE opportunities to connect with our whānau. This term we are bringing to you the "Coffee with the Principal" series which will be interactive information sessions and I will be pulling in some local experts too.

The idea would be:

  • You grab a coffee from the Oak Leaf Cafe
  • At 9am join the Principal, Sam Pelham, our resident digital expert, or Michaela our Public Health Nurse in the staffroom
  • We will cover topics to better navigate and/or support your tamariki at school and home

And, we want to know the TOPICS that are top for you too.

We can discuss, unpack and explain how our school operates and responds. This is ideal for both NEW and existing whānau members. Many concerns and complaints that arise in a school are often where the shared understanding is missing, things are vague or unclear or mixed messages occur - we want to take a proactive approach to change this. It will also be a way to connect and build our relationships which is at the HEART of our school.

  1. Sam will cover - Hero, Skool Loop and Seesaw - navigating these platforms, getting signed up and any issues parents are having so that you can connect more seamlessly
  2. Michaela our Public Health Nurse will bring sessions related to health and wellbeing
  3. Ms Harnett will bring topics like Friendships, Behaviour, Anxiety plus any other ideas from our community

We will endeavour to record these so if whānau are unable to attend then they can watch in their own time - this will be a 'work-on' feature.

Thank you all for the way you have started the year. It is a real highlight for our senior management team seeing all the smiles in the morning, to see our ākonga/learners running through the school gates eager to begin the day, to see our values in action and all the ways the teachers are supporting our tamariki to connect with our cultural narrative, each other and the innovative teaching and learning already happening.

We are a school that focuses on progress and improvement. Small steps forward making sure we bring everyone on our waka!

Ngā mihi nui,

Andrea Harnett

Tumuaki - St Albans School

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SchoolDocs LINK (Click here)

Username: stalbans Password: learning

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Upcoming Events

  • 27 February - Year 3-6 AquaGym Lessons - all week
  • 2 March - School closes early at 1.30pm for Teachers' Union Meeting
  • 6 March - Cultural Week starts
  • 7 March - Senior Swimming Sports at Jellie Park
  • 20 March - Book Week starts
  • 22-23 March - TTRR Wairewa Marae
  • 27 March - Whole school Top Team
  • 28 March - Pīwakawaka Rehua Marae visit
  • 29 March - Whole school Cross Country
  • 6 April - End of Term 1 (Thursday)
  • 24 April - School Closed for a Teacher Only Day (MOE allocated)
  • 25 April - ANZAC Day - school closed
  • 26 April - Term 2 starts (Wednesday)

Teacher Only Day - Monday 24 April

The Ministry of Education has allocated schools two teacher only days in 2023 and two for 2024. These will be used for staff professional development to support significant changes in curriculum and assessment. The first teacher only day will be on Monday 24 April, which is the day before ANZAC Day, therefore Term 2 will now start on Wednesday 26 April. The second Teacher Only day will be later in the year and we will let whānau know as soon as it has been determined.

School Closing at 1.30pm on Thursday 2 March

A reminder that school will close at 1.30pm on Thursday 2 March so teachers can attend their paid union meeting. We would appreciate whānau making arrangements to collect their tamariki promptly at 1.30pm. Children who are enrolled with MASH will be picked up at 1.30pm (please contact them directly to confirm arrangements).

Whare Pukapuka 2023

Our whare pukapuka (library) is open at lunchtimes on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday to issue and return books, as well as a relaxed space for reading, drawing and board games. We have lots of exciting things planned for this year starting with our Book Fair and Book Character Day in Week 7 (more details coming soon).

Notifying Student Absences

We have three ways you can notify us if your child is going to be absent:

  • Skool Loop (preferred - both the office and class teacher are copied into the notification)
  • Absentee Phone Line - 03 355 9132 (press 1)
  • Text Only - 027 750 3559 (no reply)

If we haven't received a message regarding a child's absence, the main caregiver will receive a text once the whole school morning roll is complete. We would then appreciate caregivers making contact with the reason for the absence as otherwise your child will be marked truant.

School Costs

  • Yr 0-2 AquaGym $30
  • Yr 3-6 AquaGym $42
  • Activity Donation $100 or $25 each term
  • School Donation $100 for one child at school or $180 families
  • Yr 5/6 Summer Sport $34 (for those participating)

Thank you for your support in paying school costs. Online payments are preferred to our bank account 12-3151-0178176-00. There is also the option to pay by credit card through the HERO app via STRIPE (fees apply) or by eftpos or cash at the office. Please reference online payments with your eldest child's name.

You are most welcome to set up a weekly or fortnightly automatic payment to take care of school costs. We have many families who choose to do this.


Contact us via Email -

St Albans school PTA Facebook page

St Albans School Volunteers page

Lunch Orders

We offer three lunch options: Sushi Monday, Subway Wednesday and Sausage Sizzle Friday. Order online with ezLunch/mykindo. Set up your mykindo account and place orders. You can cancel up to 9am on the day if your child is going to be away sick or for any reason.

Here is the link to ezlunch:


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He aha te mea nui o te ao? He tāngata! He tāngata! He tāngata!

What is the most important thing in the world? It is people! It is people! It is people!