School Newsletter

Endeavour School March 12th, 2021

A Message From Mr Freke

Greetings to you all,

Once again thank you for your support with our changes in Covid Levels last week. I suspect this is how things will go in the future, we will be in and out of the various levels and being understanding and flexible will be the key.

Well done to all the Year 3-6 students who took the plunge and trialled for the Inter-school swimming team. It was a cold afternoon and I was impressed with the great spirit and positive attitude that all students showed. The Inter-School team competes next Tuesday (16/3) and hopefully we will have some warmer weather.

This week we had 7 University of Waikato trainee teachers start in our school. They will be with us every Tuesday through to October when they do a 4 week ‘full time’ practicum. Having trainee teachers at our school adds real value because they bring fresh perspectives and ideas straight from the University.

Our Year 5 & 6 students have started fundraising for their camp in Term 4. Don’t be surprised if you are asked to buy a raffle ticket for our Easter raffle. This is a great fundraiser and in the past some students have funded the entire cost of their camp by selling tickets.

Most afternoons I am out the front of the school helping students connect with their parents as they leave. I have a major concern with how our students are crossing the road. There seems to be total disregard for the law. ALL students must use the Kea crossing. It is against the law to cross the road within 20m's of an operating crossing. The children have been given this message so please support us with the important health & safety message.

Good luck to all those involved in sport this week, and go the Chiefs!

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Upcoming Events

  • 16 March - FOE PTA Annual General Meeting
  • 16 March - Inter-school Swimming Sports (selected students)
  • 19 March - FOE Friday Cafe 3pm - 3.30pm
  • 25 March - School Disco
  • 26 March - Y5-Y6 Camp Easter Raffle Closes
  • 29 March - LC3/4 Open Afternoon 2pm - 3pm
  • 30 March - Y5-Y6 Camp Easter Raffle Drawn
  • 31 March - LC1/2 Open Afternoon 2pm - 3pm
  • 01 April - LC5/6 Open Afternoon 2pm - 3pm
  • 02 April - Good Friday SCHOOL CLOSED
  • 05 April - Easter Monday SCHOOL CLOSED
  • 06 April - School Holiday SCHOOL CLOSED
  • 09 April - Crazy Hair Day
  • 16 April - Tabloid Sports Day!
  • 16 April - Last Day of Term One

Expressions of Interest - Out of Zone Priority Ballot

Endeavour School is now accepting Expressions of Interest for our Out of Zone Priority Ballot. If you have moved out of zone, and you have a child who is eligible to start school between 03/05/21 - 09/07/21 (Term 2) and 26/07/21 -01/10/21 (Term 3) and they have current sibling/s at Endeavour School, please show your interest by emailing before Monday the 15th of March, 2021.

Please visit the following links to view our enrolment zone and enrolment form.

Zone Map:

Enrolment Form:

Please be aware this does not affect students already attending Endeavour School but it does preclude siblings wanting to start in the foreseeable future.

Year 5 & Year 6 Camp - Easter Raffle

It's time again for our Senior Camp Easter Raffle! Our Year 5 & 6 Students are off to camp later on this year and have started their fundraising efforts with an Easter Raffle! Please support them if they approach you by purchasing a $2 raffle ticket to win a fantastic Easter hamper! Alternatively you can purchase a ticket from the school office between 8.30am and 3.30pm during the week.

Winter Uniform

Don't forget to get in early and order your winter uniform! We still have Endeavour Thermal Tops and Track Pants available to keep your little people warm and snug!

Our school rain jackets are a must have and, being fully fleece lined, they are great to have in our coldest months!

Hit the button below to visit the online school shop.

We also have sizes available to try on in the school office between 8.30am - 3.30pm during the week.

Lunar Lantern Festival - 26th Feb 2021

Endeavour held our first Pop-Up Cultural Festival for 2021. Luckily we managed to fit it in during Level 1!

Students and staff across the whole school enjoyed participating in lots of fun learning activities set up in the hall during the day on Friday 26th February.

We feel very proud of our Year 5 & 6 students who represented their culture through sharing wonderful, informative speeches about the significance of Lunar New Year & Lantern Festival to their families. They helped us all to understand about the variety of ways this special time of the year is celebrated in Malaysia, Vietnam, China, Korea, Cambodia, Indonesia and the Philippines.

A huge thank you to the families who were able to attend on the day or supported us to make this event such a success!

Have a look at this selection of photos from Lunar Lantern Festival 2021 below to see the great variety of experiences and activities your children had the opportunity to participate in. More photos from the day are available to view on our school website

Visiting Author Sarah Johnson

Miss Edwards organised an author Sarah Johnson to come and speak to us about what makes a great writer.

She has written a lot of books!

We learnt that great writers:

-Spend time planning exciting ideas about their characters and settings

-Have amazing ideas for their stories at strange times (like when they’re out walking)

-Keep a notebook with them so they can write down their ideas (so they don’t forget them)

-Get inspired from objects like this glass buoy

-Have to re-write/level up their drafts lots of times before they get published

Sarah read us one of her books called The Garden’s Secrets. It is all about the Hamilton Gardens!

Some of us were even lucky enough to be given a book! And guess what, if we wanted to, she signed it for us.

We loved it so much we started to read it during our break time!

Swimming Sports News

On Monday 8th March we held our Endeavour School Swimming Sports. 37 students were involved in the event which had freestyle, backstroke and breaststroke races for Year 4 to 6 students. It was awesome to see how positive all competitors were and the fantastic sportsmanship as they encouraged each other. From this event, 15 swimmers were selected to attend the North Hamilton inter-school swimming next Tuesday 16th March.

Thank you to all the parents that provided transport and came to support the students.

students attending inter-schools:

  • Ruby Stewart
  • Ruby Johnson
  • Shamika Ram
  • Blake Crocker
  • Jackson Low
  • Travis Elwin
  • Macey Dixon
  • Tayla Pope
  • Taylah Greene
  • Tyler Ashford
  • Brodie Hill-Liddle
  • Anabelle Martin
  • Charlotte Runciman
  • Stella Cornes
  • Rylan McPherson

Winter Sports 2021

Hockey (Endeavour School Teams) Years 1-6

Teams play 6-aside with 25-minute games and are available for Years 1-6. Games are played on Saturday mornings at the Gallagher Hockey Centre off Queens Ave in Frankton from 8 am.

We rely on parent volunteers to help with the coaching and managing of these teams. Please contact Victoria Hatwell via the details below if you are available to help.

Please register your child for Endeavour Hockey via our school’s online shop which can be found on our school website before the specified dates.


Year 1/2 (Rainbow FunSticks) - $55 per person

Start date: Saturday 8th May (Term 2, Week 1) - First game is Saturday 15th May.

Last game: Approximately 28 August.

NB The Year 1/2 (Rainbow Grade) will be a coach only session for the first date. All other levels will have their first game.

Year 3/4 (Kiwi Sticks) teams - $ 80 per person

Year 5/6 (Kiwi Sticks) team - $ 80 per person.

Start date: Saturday 8th May (Term 2, Week 1)

Last game: Approximately Saturday 28th August

NB: Each quarter field team is to provide an umpire for his/her own game who may also be the coach.

Kiwi Sticks teams are to provide an umpire for their own game – this must NOT be the coach. This development stage is where coaching and umpiring needs to be clearly separate for players and spectators. The Junior Hockey committee will monitor adherence to this.

Hockey Registrations must be completed by Monday 22 March - midnight! No late registrations will be accepted

When you enter the school shop, it will possibly show different age groups depending on your Learning Community. Please ensure that you register and pay for the year group that your child is in, e.g. If your child is a Year 3, then sign them up to join a Year ¾ Team and not a Year ½ Team.

Netball (Endeavour School Teams) Years 1-6

Please register your child for Endeavour Netball via our school’s online shop which can be found on our school website before the specified dates.

Year 5&6

Teams play 6v6 games. These are played on Wednesday afternoons (approx 4 pm, 5 pm, 6 pm) at Minogue Park. The season begins on Wednesday 19th May (Week 3, Term 2) to Wednesday 25th August (Week 5, Term 3)

Please note that there is a festival on 4th September.

Fees: $75 per person

Year 3&4

Teams play 5v5 games. These are played on Tuesday afternoons (approx 4 pm or 5.15 pm) at Minogue Park. The season begins Tuesday 18th May (Week 3, Term 2) to Tuesday 24th August (Week 5, Term 3)

Please note that there is a festival on 4 September.

Fees: $75 per person

Year 1/2

Netball for our Year 1&2 students will be held at Endeavour School from 3.15 - 4 pm every Monday for 8 weeks (NB we run the same programme format as the Future Ferns but do this at our school to make it easier for parents). This will be largely focused on skills with short 4v4 games at the conclusion of each session.

Sessions begin on Monday 10th May (Week 2, Term 2) - Monday 5th July (Week 10, Term 2) - No Play Queen’s Birthday 7th June

Fees: $35 per person

We rely on parent volunteers to help with the coaching and managing of these teams; please contact Sarah Shearer via the details above if you are available to help.

Netball Registrations must be completed by Monday 22nd March - midnight! No late registrations will be accepted


(Offered Through Clubs Only and Not Through Our School)

Rugby is run by clubs through the Waikato Rugby Union. Many of our students choose to play for the following clubs in our community.

You can contact these clubs for more information on how to register your child for the season if you have not done so already.


(Offered Through Clubs Only and Not Through Our School)

Registrations are now OPEN for 2021 football for First Kicks (4-6 year olds), Fun Football (7-8 year old), Mini Football (9-12 year olds), Youth Football (13-14 year olds) and Senior Men and Women.

Registrations 2021

For any general enquiries please email:

For Junior Boys enquiries please email: Jenny on

For Junior Girls enquiries please email: Brooke on

For First Kicks enquiries please email: Donna on

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Kind regards,

Victoria Hatwell

Sports Liaison Person

Lets Recycle!

This year, Endeavour School has started a new initiative to recycle writing instruments that are broken or that don't work anymore. Every Learning Community has now received and decorated a box to collect all their pen recycling in. At the end of every term, we are going to have a 'weigh in' where we weigh every box and this will be added to a running total throughout the year. At the end of the year, the Learning Community who has collected the heaviest amount of recycling will be rewarded a special treat from Mr. Freke.

If you would love to support this initiative and have any pens, highlighters, sharpies, whiteboard markers, felts or twink pots at home that no longer work, please feel free to give them to a student at Endeavour School so they can put it in their Learning Communities box.

See the video below that shows you the recycling process at Terrcycle.

TerraCycle: What happens to the waste?

Friends of Endeavour PTA

Beach Disco!

When: Thursday, 25 March 2021

Where: School Hall

Juniors (Yr 1-3): 5:30 - 6.30pm (doors open at 5:15pm)

Seniors (Yr 3-6): 6:45 - 8:00pm (Yr 3 can choose either session)

Bring money for cool glow items, slushies & snacks!

Prizes for best dressed in theme & awesome dancing.

No door sales - purchase tickets on Kindo ($5 per child)

Sales close at 11:59pm Monday, 22 March 2021

All Friends of Endeavour events and fundraisers are found in Kindo, while you are ordering your tickets be sure to check out all the other exciting ways you can support the school

Please find attached the links to Kindo, whether you are a new user
or an existing user


Would You Like WOOD?

Qualitree untreated Firewood suitable for

BBQs, Braziers, Pizza ovens etc

$25 for 20kg bag

“LOG” on to Kindo and order a bag here

Return your bag for $5 off your next purchase

(BYO bags up to 20kg for $20)

Bags must be collected from Endeavour Primary

Friends of Endeavour PTA AGM

Want to know what we do to support learning initiatives and the school environment at Endeavour Primary?

Come along to our AGM being held Tuesday 16th March at 7pm in the school staffroom. We are always keen to tell people about who we are and what we do and NO you won't be lumped with a job if you don't want one!

We are a fun bunch who like to muck in to raise money for the school to support children and teachers with resources and opportunities that add value to our school.