Newsletter T3W10

Tuesday 28 September 2021

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Notices Term 3 Week 10 2021

Kia ora Whitney Whānau!

Welcome to the last newsletter for the term. It has been an unusual time with three weeks of lockdown interrupting some timetables and programmes this term. However, we have rescheduled what we could, caught up with what was possible, and continued with some wonderful teaching and learning opportunities. Lots of exciting things have happened in the past few weeks including; Life Education lessons for all classes; Te Wiki o te Reo Māori; the Ōpaoa Poetry Competition and Ōpaoa Spring Festival: the Taylor cross country and a Wacky hair mufti day. Although our community breakfast and school hui have had to be cancelled this week (see notice below) we will finish the term with a mufti day on Friday (refer to the notice below).
Of great excitement last week was the playground reopening. Gosh it looks great and it’s so good to see our tamariki playing in and on it! We are still waiting for the ropes, so different areas will be fenced off as these are ready to be installed.
Next term it will be great to have Mrs Wadworth back as our Principal, and we hope she has enjoyed her time off to complete her sabbatical and to relax!

Repeat Notice: Safety at the School Gates
Since we have been in Alert Level 2 we have noticed more cars dropping students off near the school gates, and it is posing a safety issue particularly by the Whitney St entrance. Please take extreme care driving near the gates and do not park on the yellow lines. We strongly suggest dropping your children a bit further down the road (e.g. on Percy St or Maxwell Rd or the side streets off Etham Rd) and letting them walk to the gates. Thank you for your understanding in this matter, as our children’s safety is paramount.

Community Breakfast - Friday 1 October - Cancelled
Unfortunately due to Covid and being in Alert Level 2 we have had to cancel our Term 3 community breakfast and hope to hold it one day next term if possible.

Opawa Poetry Competition Finals
Congratulations to all the finalists in the Opawa Poetry Competition on Tuesday 28 September. Our judges Deb Cox, Mrs Barton and Constable Josh had a very tough job! The results were:
New Entrants
1st: Maddi Shortland
2nd: Tuesday Street
3rd: Sethil Jayasinghe

Year 1
1st: Hetty Ellis
2nd: Charlie Gardiner
3rd: William Lin

Year 2
1st: Alex Davies
2nd: Alexandra Paulo
3rd: Mac Rosene

Year 3
1st: Archie Taylor
2nd: Charlotte Driver

Well done everyone!

As part of our school uniform and Sunsmart Policy all students need a wide brimmed black hat in Term 4. Over the school holidays or before, please locate, wash, purchase or order a school hat so your child is ready for the new term. Hats are available from the school office for $9. Please ensure the hats are named, preferably on the outside. We have a special pen for this at the office so you or your child can ask Adele or Michelle to write it on for you.

Naming Uniforms
Please take the opportunity in the holidays to check and rename all uniform items. We highly recommend the embroidery service (for naming items) as advertised further down in the newsletter.

Lights Over Marlborough
Last week a pink notice was sent home asking for volunteers for Lights Over Marlborough. Thank you to all those who have offered to help. It’s not too late to sign up so if you’re available, please return the notice sent home or email

Lastly, fingers crossed for some warmer spring weather, and have a relaxing and enjoyable break with your children over the holidays.

Ngā mihi - warm greetings,
The Whitney Street School Staff

The Playground is open! Happy Days!

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Mufti Day Friday 1st October

A reminder that this coming Friday, October 1st is a mufti day.

Mufti means you can wear your own clothing and you don’t have to wear your uniform!

If you want to wear mufti, please some chocolates as a donation to Whitney Street School, in preparation for our quickly approaching Lights Over Marlborough major fundraiser. We use this chocolate on the Chocolate Wheel. It’s always nice to get a range of different chocolates - different shapes, sizes and flavours to add a bit of excitement to the spin of the wheel. The more chocolate the better! But please keep an eye on the 'Best Before Date' as it needs to be after November 13.

In the morning, just give your chocolate to your classroom teacher and it will be collected.

Thank you for your support.


The access to period products initiative aims to provide free period products to children and young people in all state and state-integrated schools and kura across New Zealand during 2021.

If your Whitney Street School daughter has her period, she is eligible for two packs of free period products per month. These will be available to her by her parent/caregivers letting Christee Dalzell know via email ( or by leaving a wee note on her desk :-)

Hopefully this initiative is utilised really well by our Whitney kōtiro/girls! It is a brilliant way to save money on the grocery bill.

If you have any questions, please feel free to pop in and talk to Christee.

Helping out at Whitney with Road Patrol - are you keen?

As you would appreciate, it is not ideal for us to put teachers on Road Patrol as they need to be in or near their classrooms at this time to help settle students into class, talk with parents, prepare resources, and deal with any issues that arise.

We would like to know if there is anyone willing to volunteer for;

  • Friday after school on Maxwell
  • Friday before school on Maxwell

Please flick Christee an email if you're willing to give it a go.

A BIG thank you to those who are already helping with Road patrol to help keep our tamariki safe around our kura.

Kia tūpato. Me tiaki tātou i a tātou.

Be Safe. Look after each other.

Advance Notice: Staff Only Day on Monday 22 November (Monday T4W6)

This means that our school will be closed on this day as teachers and support staff receive Professional Learning and prepare for reports. Please note it in your calendar or dairies.

Week 10 Kiwican Focus

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School Docs Review Link here

USERNAME: whitneystreet PASSWORD: learners

We are a PB4L School - Positive Behaviour For Learning

Our school calendar is often filled with trips and events and sometimes the dates and details change. The BEST place to keep an eye on what is happening is on the school App in the calendar section.

Download our school App

We encourage all parents to download our school app from the Playstore or Apple Store, as we find this the most effective way of sending out Alerts to parents/caregivers. You can also access a wealth of information from the app as it has links to the school calendar, newsletters, etc.

Please subscribe to Alerts from the classes/groups that your child belongs to. If you want to subscribe to groups later on, you can do this via the ‘Alerts Subscriptions’ which is in the Menu (top left). Please do this to ensure you are subscribed to the classes and Teams that your child or children are in for the 2021 school year.

This is also the way we would like you to inform us of absences. This system streamlines the morning routine for Tanya and Michelle so that they can easily see who is away and why.

Please click here to download the School App.


If you haven't done so already, please have a go at downloading the Hero App which shows your child’s achievement, progress and learning goals. The instructions are here or you can type into your browser. It really is very important that you access this information about your child so you are able to be involved in their education as much as possible.

Suggestions Box

Do you have any suggestions for us at Whitney Street School? In the school office, there is a 'Suggestion Box' that is checked regularly. Or click here to email it.

Bread Tags for Wheelchairs

In line with sustainability, the Wairau Hub will continue to collect bread tags to help support the Bread Tags for Wheelchairs initiative. Save them up, bring them into Room 1 and we will arrange for them to get to where they need to go.

This cool idea supports The United Nations Sustainability Goals of;

* Goal 1: No Poverty donate what we don't use

* Goal 3: Good Health and Wellbeing

* Goal 10: Reduced inequalities

Automatic Payment Option

We highly recommend setting up an automatic payment to help pay for things like stationery at the beginning of the year, uniform items and camps. It's a great way to help plan your budget and spread the cost of more expensive things. $5 or $10 a week is way more manageable than a large lump sum! Use your child's first initial and last name as a reference.

The Whitney Street School BOT bank details are: 03 0599 0305934 00

Pretty Things Embroidery

Are you after a professionally stitched name on a piece of uniform? Click here to find out more.

Community Notices

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