School Newsletter June 11th, 2021

Endeavour School June 11th, 2021

A Message From Mr Freke

Greetings to you all,

I heard a great saying from an educational psychologist the other day. He said we should “prepare the child for the road, not the road for the child”. This idea really resonated with me. He said it in the context of building resilience in children. In his view parents are often too quick to swoop in and ‘fix’ their child’s problems for them instead of leaving the child to solve it themselves. Obviously, there are times when a parent needs to advocate and support their child but on other occasions it might be better to give the child skills and dispositions to work through problems themselves. Another saying he used was “failure isn’t the opposite of success; it is part of success”. Failing is part of learning, if you’re not failing occasionally, you’re not learning. As parents at times, we can be quick to try and protect our children from failing when it is an important part of learning. Our children need to learn to be resilient, accept failure, reflect on their mistakes and learn from them. There are many challenges living in our modern world, we need to prepare our children to walk the road because it will be impossible to change the road to suit them.

A massive congratulations to our EPRO8 team who have made it through to the finals of the EPRO8 challenge. This is a great achievement and I know you’ll do us proud on the 7th of July. Thank you Mrs Atkinson for all your hard work organizing the team.

A big congratulations also to our team that participated in the Chess Power Tournament this week at Tamahere. I hear that you all did a fantastic job and that some of you will be going through to participate in the Inter school National Finals! Thank you to Mr Trotter for organising this day.

Thank you to everyone for your kind words of support regarding my appointment to the Director of Education position with the Ministry of Education, it is a massive new challenge for me. I am leaving Endeavour School with very mixed emotions. I am sad to leave my wonderful colleagues, awesome community and amazing kids and I am excited and nervous about what lies ahead, it’s been a long time since I have been out of a school! I leave Endeavour School in extremely capable hands and the Board of Trustees are planning the appointment process for the new Principal.

Good luck to all those involved in sport this week. Remember to thank the referees and umpires, without them you can’t have a game. Go the Chiefs!

Marcus Freke

Upcoming Events

  • 18 June - School Wide Open Afternoon 2.10pm - 3pm
  • 25 June - Pizza Day
  • 28 June - Y5 & Y6 Matariki Education Trip
  • 02 July - Mufti Day
  • 05 July - Students Farewell Assembly for Mr Freke
  • 06 July - MusiqHub Concert 2.15pm - 2.45pm
  • 07 July - Matariki House Day
  • 07 July - Save The Date - Endeavour Parent Community Farewell Evening for Marcus
  • 09 July - Tabloids House Day
  • 09 July - End of Term Two

Important Notices

Pizza Day - 25th of June 2021

On Friday, 25th of June 2021, Endeavour School will be having another Pizza Day (after the great success of our first one last month!) to help our senior students to raise enough money for their camp at Lakewood Lodge in October this year.

Pizza's can be ordered on the Endeavour Online School Shop, under "School Events" for $2 a slice.

Cut off for ordering will be Wednesday the 23th of June, midnight. (After this time we will not be able to accommodate any late orders).

If for some reason you experience issues with the online school shop and ordering you can contact the school office, but please be aware that the cut off date will still be the same.

Don't forget if you would like to make a donation towards the camp this option is available on the school shop.

Picking Up Students During School Hours

Please keep in mind our break times when picking your children up for an appointment during school hours.

Students can be very difficult to call off the playground or hear outside intercom messages during break times, so if you do need to pick your child/ren up during one of these times please make arrangements with the office beforehand.

Bell Times

  • 8.30am Children are allowed into their Learning Communities
  • 9.00am Instruction Starts
  • 11.15am First Break
  • 11.55am First Break Ends
  • 1.15pm Second Break
  • 1.55pm Second Break Ends
  • 3.00pm School Day Ends

Please remember your wet weather plan . Do not leave it to the last minute to advise the office of pick up/ collection changes for the safety of your children. We cannot be held responsible for children once the 3pm bell has rung if our office staff/ teachers have not been notified if a parent is running late or changes have occurred.

Absentee's - An Important Notice

What do I do if my child needs a day/ time off school?

We are legally obliged to adhere to strict guidelines around student absenteeism and all attendance records regarding our students are sent through to the Ministry of Education on a weekly basis.

At present we are reviewing our processes around parental reporting of student attendance and would like to remind our families of how and what we require from you. We appreciate that sometimes your children will need to be away from school due to a multitude of reasons e.g illness, family vacations, cultural reasons etc. It is really important that you let the school office know when this occurs so that we can inform their teachers and mark them correctly on our attendance registers.

As part of our review we have identified that absent reporting via the absentee voicemail line is no longer a reliable method of communication and therefore by the end of this term, 9 July 2021, we will no longer be able to accept notifications via this process and the line will be closed. The best way to inform us is through our School App [Download App Here]. It is quick and easy to use and goes directly through to our attendance administrator. Please aim to do this by 9am on the day they will be away. You can also inform us of a period of time your child will be away through the App Absentee button and comment section.

A reminder also, that absentees should not be sent through our school phone text number.

We appreciate that you might personally like to let your child's teacher know when they might be absent, but you will still need to inform the office as this information may not filter through to our admin team.

If you do not inform the school your child will be away, you will receive an automated text message about them being marked absent and requesting confirmation. If by the end of the day we do not receive confirmation on why your child is away they will be marked as Truant.

Free Throat Swabbing at Anglesea Pharmacy

Think Anglesea Pharmacy first for sore throats. A sore throat can lead to Rheumatic Fever and heart damage.

If your child has a sore throat and they are between 4 and 19 years of age* PLEASE bring them into Anglesea Pharmacy for a FREE THROAT SWAB - NO APPOINTMENT NEEDED!!!!

If the child has a positive result we are able to give antibiotics to treat the infection over the counter without a script, we can then also swab other family members too*

*Some conditions apply, please talk to one of our friendly staff members or click link below to see if you fit the criteria.

Call in or phone us on 07 839 3999

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Senior Camp - Community Support Needed

We are now moving on to our second phase of fundraising for term two and would like to ask for some community support. If you run a business and would like to give a corporate donation towards this camp please contact Jo on We would certainly ensure that your business got plenty of coverage via our newsletter and Facebook pages which reach over 500 views a fortnight/post.

There is also an option on our School Shop where anyone can hop on and donate towards another child’s camp. Thank you so much for those families who have already donated, your generosity is greatly appreciated.

What's Been Happening?


"Tech-Tok" is our new Digital Technology club that runs every Thursday during the second break in the Library. We explore Computational Thinking and learn how to Code and Programme different robotics. Last term we learnt about Edison Bots - how to scan special barcodes to programme them to do particular things, as well as creating our own code on EdScratch. This term we are exploring our new Bee-Bots and they are proving to be lots of fun. Tech-tok is open to all ages, so come along and check it out!

EPRO8 - Endeavour School Master Engineers

On Friday 4 June, the Endeavour EPro8 team E.S.M.E (Endeavour School Master Engineers) Cooper, Estel, Mauli and Rushil, competed at the inter-school semi-final event held at Maeroa Intermediate. All 12 teams who were there, had two and a half hours to complete as many of the criteria from their chosen challenge as possible.

E.S.M.E made a Solar Power Station which moved slowly with a push button, and they almost finished all of the criteria on their challenge. At the end of the competition, E.S.M.E won with a whopping 180 points, beating the other 11 teams by 20 points or more!

Congratulations to Cooper, Estel, Mauli and Rushil who all worked extremely well together. I was super proud to see you all in action! - Mrs Atkinson

Comment from Estel about the day:

"I was really nervous on the way there but as we started I got more relaxed. We had to build with a solar panel, making it move and make sound. We were winning at the start and all the way through. It was really exciting when we won and hard to believe".

Chess Power Waikato Regional Chess Tournament

On Wednesday, our top 20 chess players went to Tamahere School to compete in the Chess Power Waikato Regional chess tournament.

Our A team of Minh, Dakshveer, Tyler, Daksh, Ethan, Brooklyn and Max finished second place overall and qualified for the Interschool National Finals.

The top 5 players from this team will be training hard to try take out this tournament in late October.

A special congratulations to Brooklyn who came 1st place out of all the girls and Minh for placing 5th overall.

Winter Sports

Winter sports are well underway. This season we have several teams for both Hockey and Netball. Unfortunately we were not able to pull together a team for Miniball (Basketball). The weather has been semi kind to our teams, although the first netball games were a bit wet!

A super start by all our teams. A BIG Thank You to the parent coaches who volunteer their time to get our kids playing sports, you are awesome!

Shout Out!

A very big thank you to Mark Divehall of Woods Furniture NZ for supplying the school with some educational and learning support furniture! These have been well received and are making a big difference to the learning in the classroom!

Friends of Endeavour PTA

Cruella - PTA Movie Night

Tuesday the 15th June - Grab your 'fur coat' and your friends and come join us for a mid week night out at Event Cinemas, Chartwell, for CRUELLA!

The reviews say you won't be disappointed! "The beloved story of Cruella de Vil and those 101 Dalmatians has never been so well-dressed as we find out how a rebellious young Cruella (nee Stella) becomes the Queen of 70s Londontown". By all accounts the music, costumes and makeup is also something else!

Just $25pp for the movie and a small popcorn, or if you fancy getting out of the house earlier for a drink and nibbles at Smith and Mackenzies first (from 5:30pm) tickets are $39pp. Those of you who purchase the $39 tickets are in the draw for some amazing spot prizes that will be drawn on the night and include:

  • 2 x $50 Smith & Mackenzie food and beverage vouchers
  • Handmade repurposed rimu cheeseboard platter with knives and Countdown voucher
  • Small BonBon scrub face mask and chocolates pack
  • Outdoor Kid Guidebook
  • 2 x Paper Munchkin craft class vouchers

Friends of Endeavour will have the EXCLUSIVE use of the cinema and we can't wait to host you and your friends and family.

Tickets can be purchased via Kindo.

Please find attached the instructions for how to get set up whether you are a new user here or an existing user here

"People always underestimate a girl in diamonds and furs" - Cruella

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