Newsletter T4W2

Tuesday 28 Oct 2021

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Notices Term 4 Week 2 2021

Kia ora Whitney Whānau!

Welcome to Term 4! We hope you and your children had a great holiday and are ready for an exciting term. It certainly is going to race by - it’s already week 2!

This term our whole school curriculum focus continues to be related to ‘Hauora’ which fits in well as we continue to be adjusting to life in Alert Level 2. PE in all Hubs will be based around Athletics. Most of the Ōpaoa Hub have Fundamental Skills in Weeks 6 and 7, and Taylor Hub have an Eco Tour to look forward to in Week 6. Wairau Hub will be working on Keeping Ourselves Safe, Puberty and getting ready for transitions to Bohally and 2022. That’s just some of the learning opportunities that are happening!

As you can see, it is an extremely busy term. Please remember to check out the ‘Calendar’ section of the School App as it clearly outlines what is coming up for the rest of the term. (Android users click here and Apple users click here).

In terms of property development the playground is looking great as it nears completion. We have loved exploring and trying out some of the new equipment over the last few weeks. And our school grounds are looking amazing. Thanks Clive!


The average whole school attendance for Term 3 was 94%. The Ministry of Education considers 90% as attending regularly so as Term 3 is often a time for coughs, colds and flus this is a very good result. This figure is slightly higher than usual due to Covid and all students being marked present/learning off site.

Research shows that attendance has a huge effect on achievement so it is very important that your child is at school as much as possible. They can’t learn if they are not here! At the end of last week we sent a letter home to families of students whose attendance was showing less than 85% so that you are aware of how their attendance is tracking. Obviously many children will have genuine reasons for being absent. For whatever the reason, it is important that you are kept aware of what their percentage is. This can be viewed by logging into Hero and scrolling to the bottom. When you click on the colours in the dial, you will see the percentage. This is updated daily.

The Ministry of Education also monitors attendance as your child legally needs to be at school unless they have a justified explanation. Keeping them home without good reason is parent-assisted truancy. As a general rule we require a doctor’s certificate if your child is away for more than 3 days sick.

If at any time you have trouble transporting your child to school, please contact Cheryl or the Office as we are happy to help organise or facilitate something while assistance is needed.

If you received a phone call or a letter last week from Mrs Lissaman please take heed and work on getting your child to school unless they are really unwell. The routines and work ethic you and your children establish in these early years have a big impact as they become teenagers and adults.


Summer is just around the corner (we hope)! Please remember that we are a Sunsmart School and the children need to be wearing a wide-brimmed school hat during morning tea and lunch times this term. Hats are available to purchase from the office at a cost of $9. If children do not have a hat they will be restricted as to where they can play.

Lights Over Marlborough

Due to the current Covid situation the Parent Support Group has made the hard decision to cancel ‘Lights Over Marlborough’ for this year. We all have our fingers crossed that things will go ahead in 2022.


Later this week we will be taking part in NZ ShakeOut. This is a great way for kids to learn the right actions to take in an earthquake and tsunami. Have a chat with your children at home and talk about the different places they might be and what they will do when an earthquake happens. Knowledge is power!

Enjoy the short week followed by Marlborough Anniversary Weekend (Mon 1 Nov).

Ngā mihi nui koutou - warm greetings to you all,

The Whitney Street School Staff

Kiwi Can Champion

You may have spotted Miller Hocquard in the newspaper at the end of last term. Miller was chosen as our Kiwi Can Champion last term, because he works hard to apply the values he is learning in Kiwi Can to his everyday life. In class he successfully forms positive relationships through working hard and leading by example. Miller knows the importance of fair play on the sports field and calmly navigates his way to support others to get it right! During Lockdown Miller showed perseverance through challenging learning tasks and produced some brilliant results. Ka pai te mahi!

He is an awesome example of someone who demonstrates the Kiwi Can theme of Positive Relationships. Congratulations - Ka mau te wehi!

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Timely word on Cyber Safety - Squid Game

Last week was New Zealand Cyber Smart week and some topics of conversation heard in the classroom and playground after the return from the holidays highlighted a timely reminder to teachers of our obligations under the NZ Education Council Code of Ethics. Under our commitment to our learners, we work to promote the wellbeing of learners and protect them from harm.

At school, we have many things in place that protect our ākonga from harm.

  • Network for Learning (N4L - the internet that the government provides us) is strictly filtered and we have a specific DNS that we connect to as a part of that (nerdy stuff).

  • Google and M365 suites are cloud-based with 2 factor authentication for administrators to prevent threats to our online identity.

  • We pay for a product called Classwize that further filters internet traffic and allows us to watch Chromebook screens live and filter specific websites that N4L might not. It also allows us to focus students on a particular website so the only thing they can access while active is the specified website.

Further to this, online safety is part of what we do when we live The Whitney Way. We talk about being:

  • Honest - by having screens visible, by only using school appropriate sites and by keeping passwords safe.

  • Caring - by only posting safe and appropriate material.

  • Respectful - by looking after the expensive school devices and leaving only a positive digital footprint.

  • Learners - by using devices with purpose, producing quality work and by questioning what we see - not everything online is true or real.

We (and our awesome friends from Kiwi Can) also continually reinforce the messages built into The Whitney Way about building positive relationships, being self-managers and generally being the best humans we can be - it’s part of the Whitney magic.

This term, we will have an extended series about online safety from our digital team - Adam, Josie and Simone. One of the “on top” issues is the topic of conversation that has been heard from some children this week that is not The Whitney Way.

Squid Game

A number of children have been talking about, saying they have seen, or are mimicking the games of the latest Netflix series Squid Game. Purely and simply, Squid Game is rated 16+ and for good reason.There is a blurb on the respected website Common Sense Media which explains in detail the graphic adult content both sexual and violent that children are exposed to. Needless to say, these games and conversations are shut down fairly quickly at school because they simply are not appropriate.

Keep an eye out in the proceeding newsletters. Towards the end of the term, there will be plenty of practical tips and places to get advice from. If you have any questions or concerns around online safety, you are more than welcome to come and have a chat with someone from the digital team or your child’s classroom teacher.

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Whitney Street School Board

29 September 2021 Meeting Summary

Kia ora koutou katoa,

Ko Adam tōkū ingoa. I am the staff representative on the Whitney Street School Board of Trustees. If you don’t know me, I hang out in the Wairau Hub (Y5/6) with Room 2. The door is always open if you want to pop in and say hi!

A couple of members were unavailable this meeting including our Presiding Member Kate, so Fliss stepped up to be our acting Chair. Thanks Fliss.

Our first point of discussion was an update on the Blenheim zoning changes. This is still in consultation with the Ministry of Education and some progress has been made with our Eastern area that crosses with Riverlands but as there is nothing in writing our zone remains as is for now.

The next point was around our Healthy School Lunches; Ka Ora Ka Ako. This is a big piece of mahi that continues to be closely monitored and worked on by the teachers, Lisa and Christee and the providers. We do ask that if there are any questions around the lunches, please see your child(ren)’s teachers. Lisa also gave us a sneak peak at the term four menu and it looks delicious!

Our ongoing ERO review under the new model is going well. Our inquiry is focussed on Māori and community engagement for our ongoing review cycle.

Lisa then shared the Principal’s report. Of note was the fantastic (but sad for us) news that Liz Ives had won the principal position at Linkwater School, starting in 2022. Although we have a term to go, we wish Liz all the best and thank her for her wonderful contribution to our school.

Other than that, it was the usual nuts and bolts of approving financial reports and setting the agenda for the next meeting. We even wrapped up slightly early!

Nga mihi nui koutou.

Taylor Cross Country

Towards the end of Term 3 our Taylor Cross Country was held on our beautiful school grounds again. We were sorry that we could not invite parents to watch the event due to Covid restrictions, but it was lovely to have the support of the other students and teachers. The weather was beautiful and our amazing caretaker Clive did such a great job constructing a fabulous course for the students to run. Well done to all our place getters and all other students for giving the day their best effort.

Congratulations to:

Year 3 girls - 1st Flo Spencer, 2nd Harper McLennan & 3rd Grace Pottinger

Year 3 boys - 1st Arthur Aitken, 2nd Peter Kersten-Brown & 3rd Williem van der Velden

Year 4 girls - 1st Paetyn Collins, 2nd Mckenzie Wyngaard &3rd Earlina Lee

Year 4 boys - 1st Hudson McKenzie-Mattock, 2nd Zander Walker-Rowe & 3rd Conrad McCormick


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.

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 1 and 2 Kiwican Focus

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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Table Talks

Talofa Lava, Kia Orana, Malo e lelei, Ni sa bula vinaka, Fakaalofa lahi atu, Malo ni, Mauri, Kia ora koutou and Warm Pacific Greetings to you all.

After careful consideration, we are excited to announce that our Table Talks event will go ahead week Thursday, 28th of October, 6:30pm. Now more than ever our young people need support in navigating their futures.

What is Table Talks?

We have partnered with Ministry of Education to hold an event called Table Talks - a career and pathways focused night which gives clarity to Pasifika learners and their families on possible and viable career options, using the Pasifika framework of talanoa. This is done by inviting professionals in the Marlborough region who are of Pasifika descent to sit with families and learners and have open discussions about the challenges and successes of their chosen career. The heart of this event is to encourage open and positive dialogue at home between families about the future pathways of our young Pasifika generation. This also has a direct link to help students with subject selections, giving them direction and clarity on how to attain their future goals.

With a focus on education and NCEA, this is a family event, where we know that our learners are not just limited to our school learners, but also our parents as well.

With COVID restrictions in place, we are mindful of the health and safety regulations that are in place to protect one another. Please ensure that safety measures are adhered to and followed upon attendance of this event.

The event will be held on Thursday 28 October at MySpace. The event will run from 6:30pm to 9:00pm. Dinner will be provided as well and we have some amazing prizes up for grabs.

Fa’afetai lava,

Beulah Leitupo

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Blenheim Judo Club (poster below)

Judo is an Olympic sport, a disciplined martial art, a form of self-defence and a great way to meet others, have fun and keep fit. Take this opportunity to enrol your child on a JUDO BEGINNERS COURSE. It will build their confidence, self-esteem and teach them about respect. Your child will enjoy learning a new skill AND for those keen, the course leads to belt grading, competitions and much more.

Term 1Beginner Course starting on Tuesday 26 October 2021:

Beginner Juniors (7-12 year olds): 4.30-5.30pm

Graded/Registered Juniors (aged 7 to 12 years): 5.45-7pm

Seniors (13+ years & adults): 7.00-8.15pm

Fees: $50 per person.

Instructors/Sensei are Shayne Jacks 3rd Dan, former British Champion & Dave Foley 2nd Dan.

At Blenheim Judo Club, Horton Park Pavilion, Redwood Street, Blenheim.
For enrolment and enquiries, contact Judy on 021 207 9240, email or visit our Facebook page:

Loan judo kit available to start you off. Short clean toe and fingernails please. Please arrive 15 minutes before class time to put judogi on.

Shayne (Sensei/Instructor)

Blenheim Judo Club

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