School Newsletter - 16th April 2021

Endeavour School April 16, 2021

A Message From Mr Freke

Greetings to you all,

Term 1 one has flown by and as always, we can reflect on a busy and productive term. As we had no interruptions, we were able to really focus on student learning and ensure that quality programmes are running for all students in our school. Thank you to the parents who attended our open afternoons. I hope you left with a better understanding of how Mathematics is being taught at Endeavour and a sense of what your child has been working on this term. Parent/Teacher Learning Conversations are planned for week 3 term 2 so keep an eye out for the booking link next term.

The Beach Party disco was a great success. Thanks to Alicia and the team from Friends of Endeavour for running the night. Thank you also to the teachers who attended and made sure things went smoothly. The students love these nights and the funds raised will go toward Friends of Endeavour projects.

Crazy Hair Day was awesome! The effort that went into some of the hairstyles was amazing. I think it’s important that children learn the importance of giving and supporting charities that make a difference in our community. The Leukaemia and Blood Cancer Society is certainly a great cause.

Thank you also to all the parents who are supporting my message about road safety around Endeavour School. The recent tragedy in Auckland reminds us that accidents do happen and we need to be super careful and follow the rules at busy times around our school.

Term 2 starts Monday 3rd of May. The uniform shop is fully stocked with all our winter uniform items if you need them. Endeavour School has a uniform and the students are required to wear it. Students will be asked to remove non-uniform hoodies or sweatshirts so please double check your winter uniform is good to go.

Winter sports get going next term and it is great to see such large numbers of students getting involved. All the great players started by running out for school or club teams. Speaking of which: go the Chiefs.

I hope everyone has a restful term break and come ready for another busy term of learning.

Marcus Freke


Upcoming Events

  • 16 April -Last Day of Term One
  • 03 May - First Day of Term Two
  • 18 May - Parent Teacher Learning Conversations
  • 20 May - Parent Teacher Learning Conversations
  • 04 June -Teacher Only Day

Important Notices

Journey Kids - Our New Before and After School Care Program

Something exciting is happening! We have partnered with JOURNEY KIDS ( to deliver our Before and After Care services at Endeavour School from Term Two 2021.

We are proud to announce that our students will be available to attend Journey Kids interactive and exciting After School Clubs that focus on Sports, S.T.E.M, Robotics, Science Experiments, Life Skills, Homework Club, Music, The Arts, Wilderness Skills and more. With something for everyone we know our students will be excited to head to something new and something exciting!

Booking is the same as before and can be done through your already existing AIMY PLUS account.

Visit this link to book in :

PLEASE NOTE: If your child/ren currently attend before and after school care with the YMCA you will need to contact Journey Kids and re-enrol them.

For more information, head over to to see what amazing things lie in wait for our children! You can also view the information pack by clicking the link below!

A Change to Lunch Orders

From Term Two, the Lunch Orders company is reducing its delivery days to Endeavour School. This is a decision the company has made due to the limited amount of orders being made and limited resources on their side.

They have stated that "Our team has concluded that in order to successfully continue our service at your school we will need to limit the days of deliveries to Wednesdays and Fridays. We are planning for this change to take effect starting Term 2".

This means that orders will only be able to be placed on Wednesday's and Friday's from the beginning of term two. We are sorry for any inconvenience this may cause to those who regularly order. If you would like to contact the Lunch Orders team they can be reached on the following email :

Senior Camp

In Term Four 2021 our Year 5 and 6 students will be going on School Camp to Lakewood Lodge as part of our Education Outside The Classroom Programme (EOTC). Lakewood Lodge is an amazing, well-resourced camp, located in Glen Murray, just outside of Huntly. It is an adventure farm camp with a wide range of activities to suit and appeal to many different tastes.

We are currently fundraising so that all our Year 5 & 6 students at Endeavour School can participate in this camp. We are relying solely on donations to fund this.

Our students ran an Easter Raffle and this was a huge success, thank you to all those families who donated eggs and purchased tickets. We raised a whopping $7,743.75 and there were 12 gift baskets which were won by our lucky participants.

We are now moving on to our second phase of fundraising for next term 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.

Beach Party Disco!

Our Beach Party Disco was a huge success! There was lots of dancing throughout the sessions, everyone joined in & enjoyed themselves. The costumes were amazing & it was great to see everyone going all out & embracing the theme. There was a long line for the slushy machine & we sold out before the end of the senior session, so we can say for sure that it was a fan favourite. The photo booth line was long too & it was cool that the students had the opportunity to take home a photo strip to remember the evening.

A huge thanks to all the teachers who supported the event & danced the evening away with all the students. Special shout out to our MCs Ms Eivers & Mrs Shearer plus our awesome DJ Mr Trotter. They definitely added to the atmosphere of the evening.

Lots of thanks also to all the parent helpers who supported the event from planning & the smooth running on the day. It's the parent support that makes our events as successful as they are. If you know you can add value to our next event & would love to support the FOE PTA, be sure to contact us & be added to our helper list -

Crazy Hair Day!

On Friday the 9th of April Endeavour School held its first charitable fundraiser of the year to raise money for the NZ Leukaemia and Blood Cancer Foundation.

Our students were encouraged to come to school with wild and crazy hairstyles, and they didn't disappoint! See all the pictures from the day by clicking the button below.

Students were also asked to bring along a gold coin donation and together we raised $643.80!

A big THANK YOU and well done to our school community for getting behind this event to support the NZ Leukaemia and Blood Cancer Foundation.

Tabloid Sports Day Term One

What an awesome morning we had today with everyone participating in our cool new version of Tabloid Sports! A big thank you to Mr Castle and the Health/ PE Team for running the morning and creating this awesome new tradition for the end of terms! It's such a great opportunity for our "big kids", to grow and practise their leadership skills.

Keep an eye out on the school website for the all Tabloid Sports Day photos.


To our Endeavour Muslim Community; Ramadan Kareem!

Ramadan began on Monday April 12th, 2021. At the end of Ramadan, Muslims celebrate one of their major holidays called Eid al-Fitr or the “Festival of the Breaking of the Fast.”

In 2021 the holiday will be held on May 13th.

If you would like to, you can wish Muslim friends “Ramadan Kareem” or “Ramadan Mubarak” which both loosely translates to “Have a Blessed Ramadan.”
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Sport at Endeavour

Term 1 - Touch and Hockey:

A huge well done to all our students who participated in Cricket and Touch in Term 1. It was full on at times going in and out of Covid levels during the season but games were played and most importantly the kids had FUN!

Sports Celebration

Last week we held a sports celebration to recognise all the players and to award the teams ‘Most Valuable Player’ and 'Most Improved Player’ for the season.

Awards presented:


Endeavour Black Caps

MVP: Ethan Wilson

MIP: Harman Parihar


Endeavour Raiders (Yr 5&6)

MVP: Kingston Denham-Robinson

MIP: Ethan Wilson

Endeavour Pythons (Yr3&4)

MVP: Van Wilkie

MIP: Ishan Sangam

A massive thank you goes to the Coaches of the teams: Sunny Parihar (Cricket), Ben Haughey (Touch Yr 5&6), Hauturu Hale & Ashley Gaby-Sutherlan (Touch Yr 3&4), Miss Stanton for touch training and a special mention to her sidekicks - Ruby Stewart and Cooper Reed who ran and organised the touch training on her behalf in their break time, good job on being Great Endeavour Citizens!

Many thanks also to all the parents for their continued support this term.

Touch and Cricket will return in Term 4.

Term 2 Sports:

Hockey: Registrations have now closed.

Netball: Registrations for Yr 3&4 and Yr5&6 have now closed.

If you are new to the school and your child is in Year 1 & 2, there is limited space available for Netball for Term 2. Please contact Victoria if you are interested in knowing more.

Tennis (Offered by Kiwi Tennis)

Tennis coaching at Endeavour School is a fantastic introduction to tennis!

Tennis coaching is run by Pete and his team from Kiwi Tennis. Lessons are on Wednesday afternoons on the Endeavour school turf. For further information and to book your place, check out their website:

or email:

Gymnastics (Offered by The Gymnastics Academy)

Gymnastic sessions are run by Marie and her team. Sessions are held at Endeavour School on Thursdays.

For further information and to book your place check out their website:

Friends of Endeavour PTA


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

Hamilton and Waikato Outdoor Kid Guides

Looking for fun, free outdoor adventures for your children to do over the holidays?

These guide books have 50 of the best “off the beaten track” adventures Hamilton and the greater Waikato has to offer and the PTA have some to sell!

All sorts of options from glow worms and native birds, to waterfalls and cycle ways can be found in this awesome booklet.

From buggy-friendly strolls through to overnight tramps. Clear accessibility information for little legs, bikes, buggies, wheelchairs and the family pooch is also provided.

Get the kids off the device and out the door – these adventures are seriously fun for all ages.

For $20 through KINDO you can get your hands on one today. PTA can arrange for “local collection” during the holidays

*Please note this book isn’t their most recent publication hence the reduced price – but still a fantastic buy and all still relevant!

Uniform to Buy, Sell or Exchange?

Did you know the Friends of Endeavour PTA group administer a Buy, Sell and Exchange page specifically for School Uniform?

We have set this up to facilitate:

  • Selling uniform items you no longer need

  • Gifting uniform items you no longer need

  • Looking for second hand items to buy

We strongly encourage you all to find this page on Facebook and make use of it.

Please do check out the “Announcements” tab within the group to ensure you’re familiar with how we intend for the group to operate. Happy Shopping!

Community Notices

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