Newsletter T4W6

Tuesday 23 November 2021

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Staff Notices Term 4 Week 6 2021

Tēnā koutou katoa - Hello everyone,

We are now half way through the final term of the year and teachers are busy assessing students to inform the end of year reports. Schools are very busy, dynamic places and there is lots happening in the last few weeks. Please ensure you read the newsletter, app alerts, and facebook notifications carefully to be fully informed. The newsletter is always available through the app and our website (

KEGs (Kids Edible Garden)

Our KEGs Programme for 2021 has finished for the year. We would like to thank Rose Bayliss for working with our children in the garden and doing the KEGs programme. It is wonderful seeing the enthusiasm and skills they are developing in growing and tending a garden. Thank you Rose!

Alert Level 2 Restrictions Reminder

While we are still in Alert Level 2 please note that children need to go home straight after school, which means they are not to play on the playground. Parents/caregivers are asked to stay outside the school grounds unless necessary e.g. to see the teacher, go to the office, or pick up a new entrant child. In these situations please sign in at the gates and please remember to wear a mask. If you have a mask exemption we would appreciate you bringing evidence of it. Once again thank you for your understanding in these matters.

Ōpaoa Fundamentals

This week and next week various Ōpaoa classes are attending the Fundamental Skills Programme at Stadium 2000. Please ensure notices have been returned and children have the gear they need to participate. School lunches will be delivered to the stadium.

Last Assembly

In our current alert level situation we will be following the MOE recommendations and will be celebrating the End of the Year Assembly with the children and possibly limited numbers of Year 6 parents/whānau only (tbc). We also hope to live stream the assembly so anyone who wishes to attend digitally will be able to do so. Thank you for your understanding, as we know this is disappointing.


Due to the cancellation of Lights Over Marlborough, the PSG are running a chocolate/ mystery bottle raffle. Tickets are $1 each and your child(ren) brought them home last week.

Each student is asked to please sell 10 tickets and there will be 1 draw per classroom. Each class draw will have 5 prizes and some spot prizes so lots of chances to win!

Tickets need to be returned to school (sold or unsold) by Wednesday 1 Dec for the draw to be held on Friday 3 December in each class.

School Playground

Last week a small group celebrated the ‘official’ opening of our amazing new playground.

The Mayor John Leggett and Robyn Dunn (from the Parks and Reserves department of the council), Elaine McFarlane (a previous long serving teacher-aide, whose husband Wayne was part of the original build), Rod McCloy (the playground designer), some of the building crew, and some student representatives from each class attended the opening. It was great to formally celebrate the opening even with a smaller group than usual.

Swimming Pool

Maintenance is continuing on the pool. Once this is completed and if the weather permits, we will open it up and class lessons may start during the last two weeks of term. Teachers will send their own notices home regarding this.

Limited swimming pool keys can be ordered from Adele in the office. They cost $50 for the season, and the pool should be available for keyholders use from 11 December.

Year 6 Leavers Dinner

Invitations for our Year 6 students to attend their graduation dinner were sent out last week. The date for this event is set for Wednesday 15 December from 5:30pm - 9:40pm. Please save the date in your calendars and return the RSVP card ASAP.


All Year 6 students have been invited to attend an orientation morning for a tour of Bohally Intermediate School and a hands-on visit at the Technology Centre on Wednesday 8 December (Week 8). The orientation experience is an important part of the transition process from Primary to Intermediate School.

All students who will be in Year 7 next year are welcome to attend as the major focus for the day is exploring the Technology Centre and this is not exclusively for Bohally students. Students attending other schools (such as Redwoodtown School) will find themselves at the Technology Centre on a weekly basis in 2022.

For this orientation visit to Bohally, we are asking that your child is dropped off at Bohally Intermediate school by 8:50am and no earlier than 8:30am. A teacher will be waiting for them at the red brick entrance way. Over the next few weeks, it may be a good idea to discuss how your child will be getting to and from school next year. Maybe you would like to go on a family bike ride to explore the safest route?

Please note that this is different from in the past. If you think it may be challenging for you and your child to meet us there, please email or discuss it with Christee or the teacher of your child. We will support you in getting your child to Bohally Intermediate School for this orientation visit.

All Year 6 students will then walk back to school with the teachers and support staff along the Taylor River at the end of the visit.

Your child must wear the correct Whitney Street School uniform, have their hair tied up and wear sneakers or covered shoes as this is a requirement of the Technology Centre. For a full copy of the notice that was sent home last week, please click here.

Repeat: Assessment and Reports - IMPORTANT INFORMATION

Teachers are busy assessing student progress in preparation for their End of Year Reports which will come home at the end of Week 8 (Friday 10 Dec). Academic progress and learning goals will be reported online via Hero for Reading, Writing and Maths. The End of Year Hardcopy Reports will contain general comments and key competency progress.

You will need to ensure that you have logged into HERO so that you can access your child’s learning progress. Information on how to log in and/or get help with this is here, and we recommend you do this before 10 December when the paper copy part of the report is sent home so you can read them alongside each other. Please be aware the information on Hero may not be up to date until 10 December when teachers will have finished inputting and updating the data.

Manuia le vaiaso (have a great week)

Whitney Street Staff

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Board of Trustees Meeting Summary

Board of Trustees Meeting Summary

10 November 2021 Awatere Room 7-9pm

Today, the Board received Simon Green’s verbal resignation and are looking to coopt another Board member until the next election. The next election round is in September 2022. We would like to thank Simon for his support for the duration of his time on the Board.

Next on the agenda was a look into how ‘The Arts’ have been integrated in the school curriculum over a 5 year period. ‘The Arts’ includes drama, music, visual art and dance. We were reminded of some fantastic activities and experiences our tamariki have been exposed to. We are very fortunate to have access to the dance, music, and drama programmes either in the region or brought here by other professionals, and extremely lucky to have a skillful and talented community to also support our children in their artistic learning.

Adam also shared information on the Maths progress of target students. Despite another challenging year, our teachers and tamariki have been rising to the challenge and are well positioned to finish the year strong.

With the year quickly coming to a close, we need to start looking at the year ahead. The new school year starts 1 February 2022, however there will be an NZEI day 1 February, Setting up for Success Meetings on 2 February, and children officially starting back Thursday 3 February. There will be another NZEI day taken later in the year, but this date has yet to be decided.

We looked over the school’s budget for 2022. The school is looking like it’s in a good position and it was moved by Tracy that we accept the 2022 Budget and seconded by Fliss. We also had a review of the Strategic Plan and Annual Goals for 2021, the challenges and successes the school faced, and what we can do with the learning from those. This will then advise the Annual Goals for 2022, which can be found in the School Charter.

A regular part of our Board responsibilities is to review the School Policies on School Docs to ensure they remain applicable. These can be found on the Whitney Street School Docs page and the details are below. This meeting we reviewed the Harassment Policy and the Maori Educational Success Policy.

For the past few months, we have been having discussions and meetings with the MoE and surrounding schools to discuss the Marlborough District School Zones. This is still in progress and when, or if any concrete changes are to occur, the Board will keep families up to date.

Finally, the Board discussed how we can acknowledge and appreciate the hard work of our teachers and support staff throughout the year. This year has been one of uncertainty and many changes, and the teachers and support staff have risen to the challenge and helped create a safe and settled environment for our tamariki to continue learning. We are very grateful.

The final Board Meeting for the year will be held on 8 December. We hope you enjoy Term 4, and the wind down towards Christmas and a well-deserved break.

Kate McEntee

Presiding Member

Whitney Street School Board Casual Vacancy for a Parent Representative

A casual vacancy has occurred on the school board for an elected parent representative. The board has decided to fill the vacancy by selection. If 10% or more of eligible voters on the school roll ask the board, within 28 days of this notice being published, to hold a by-election to fill the vacancy, then a by-election will be held. Request for a by-election should be emailed to: Kate McEntee, Presiding Member (Chair), Whitney Street School Board, by 21 December 2021.


Dear Parents and Whānau,

If you didn’t get around to it mid year, please have a go at downloading the Hero app which shows your child’s achievement, progress and learning goals. To login to Hero 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.

If you did manage to download the app and login to Hero mid year, your username and password remain the same.

Should you require any assistance please contact Cheryl (027 321 8022, Christee (021 211 5638 / or Lisa ( Sometimes it is as simple as a dot in the wrong place at our end!

Thank you,

The Whitney Street School Staff


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.

Week 5 and 6 Kiwi Can Focus: Integrity

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.

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School Docs Review Link here

USERNAME: whitneystreet PASSWORD: learners

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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via Zoom.
Eight one hourly sessions, weekly at a time convenient to you, available
Topics covered include Communication, Empathy, Setting Limits, Quality
Time, Consequences, Choices, Redirection, Problem Behaviour, Praise vs
Acknowledgement, Time In vs Time Out, The Pause, Erickson’s Stages of
Growth, Personality Types and how it affects your children. WINZ
funding assistance where eligible.
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Life Education and Harold: Have you heard about the campaign weare running with The Good Sell NZ?

Life Education Trust NZ have partnered with the kind folk at The Good Sell NZ from now until the 6th December to raise $20,000 to reach tamariki around the country with our Healthy Harold programme, teaching children important knowledge and strategies to grow their well-being and make positive choices now and in the future. The Good Sell is an online marketplace, where you can shop online and support the efforts of Life Education Trust. Think of it as a massive crowd-funding garage sale, where the proceeds go to a good cause.

How can you help support the campaign to reach Life Education Trust’s goal of $20,000 nationwide? Jump onto and list an item for sale (donating some of the proceeds to Life Education Trust) or make a bid on some of our great items or experiences up for sale! It’s that easy!

Here’s a list of items and products for sale with donations going to Life Education Trust Marlborough;

You can see all the items for Life Education Trust here with more being added over the next few weeks!

If you are interested in donating an experience or item and not sure how to navigate the online platform, please get in touch with Dayna at and she can help!

We would like to thank all the incredible local businesses who have got behind us to support this campaign and help us continue to support tamariki and rangatahi to make positive choices!

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Understanding Mental Health in Children

Life Education Trust Marlborough are excited to announce our third event in our Whanau Whanaungatanga Workshop Series - UNDERSTANDING MENTAL HEALTH IN CHILDREN on Wednesday 24th November, 7pm - 9pm.

This is a FREE online event for educators and caregivers, creating a conversation around children in our community and how they are impacted by mental health and what we can do to support them, especially during these uncertain times.

Educators and caregivers play an enormous role in supporting tamariki and rangatahi with anxiety and wellbeing, so we have pulled together four expert panel guests to join the conversation around mental health and children;

Each of our panel guests have a wealth of knowledge and experience in mental health and tamariki, with the purpose of this event to open a discussion and give caregivers and educators an avenue to ask questions to our expert panel with the hope to better equip and support our tamariki and community with the right skills to create mentally healthy children.

Register for this insightful and open panel event here, and please remember to share event information with your schools, family and friends.


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Elements nature based play

Elements nature based play: Are you looking to give your children an active & creative experience over the summer holidays? Let’s be out amongst nature. Think huts, ropes, trees, water play, tools, arts n crafts. Time and space to be a kid! Elements is offering ‘Going Wild Xmas (sold out), ‘Barefoot n Buckets’ (Wed 19 to Fri 21 Jan), and ‘Kiwi Summer’ (Wed 26 to Fri 28 Jan). 9am-3pm $60 per day incl afternoon tea.

See our website or facebook page to see what we get up to. Bookings are through .

For more info email

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