Redcliffs School Newsletter

2 August 2017 - Term 3, Week 2

He manako te kōura i kore ai

Wishing for the crayfish won't bring it

Principal's Note

Kia ora whānau,

Welcome back to Term 3. We are thrilled that our senior students finally got out to sport today to play at the South East Zones after a run of bad weather.

Our amazing kapa haka group are doing themselves, their whanau and their school proud with all the hard work involved to prepare for the Cultural Festival next Wednesday 9th August at 1pm - Sumner School hall. They are working as a real team. We hope to see many of you there ready to be entertained.

We hope to see some of you at our Wine and Design evening on tomorrow night at 7pm in the staffroom. This will be a fun social time to share your ideas on how our learning spaces might look at our new school.

On Monday some of our senior students will present their thoughts on the land swap to the hearings panel. They are working hard on their speech this week and gathering the thoughts of their fellow students on why the land swap should occur. Such an authentic learning experience contributing to their community. The BOT and myself will also present. We will keep you updated on how the hearing goes and expect an outcome from the Council in early September.

Our learners are right into the Maths-a-thon to improve their speed and accuracy with basic facts. We are working hard on this at school and your nightly support with Mathletics will really help.

The Barndance is coming up on Saturday 26th August. We know this will be an amazing social event and a major fundraiser for our school. Grab your tickets now and invite friends and family to come along and take part in the fun!

Have a great week and we wish Team Rangi a great day skiing on Friday.

Ngā mihi nui

Rose McInerney


Coming Events

Thursday 3rd August - Wine and Design 7pm

Friday 4th August - Year 7 & 8 Ski trip

Monday 7th August - Hearings Panel for land swap 9am-1pm

Wednesday 9th August - Bays Cluster Cultural Festival 1pm

Friday 11th August - Mufti Day - please bring the food item listed below for your House colour (these will be used as finger food at the Barn Dance)

Tuesday 15th August - ICAS Maths

Wednesday 23rd August - Team Moana at Antarctic Centre

Thursday 24th August - Canterbury Winter Tournament

Saturday 26th August - Redcliffs Barndance

Monday 28th August - BOT Meeting

Wednesday 30th August & Thursday 31st August - Science Alive (Team Moana)

Monday 4th September - Yr 7/8 Attitudes technology presentation

Monday 4th September - Yr 6/7/8 parents evening on technology safety at Heathcote Valley School 7pm (presented by Attitudes Health)

Tuesday 5th September & Wednesday 6th September - Bays Cluster Tech Fest

Wednesday 6th September - Friday 8th September - Year 5/6 Camp at Pudding Hill

Friday 8th September - Art's Festival - An Awfully Big Adventure

Tuesday 12th September - What do Parents want in a High School? A drinks and nibbles evening with Dick Edmundson from Linwood High (time to be confirmed)

Friday 15th September- PTA meeting, 9am, staffroom - all welcome

Friday 15th September - Team Moana Shop Day

Monday 25th September - Team Moana Speech finals @ 9:15am

Thursday 28th September - Maths-athon final

Friday 29th September - End of Term Assembly

Sunday 26th November - Redcliffs Fair

Wednesday 13th December - End of Year Prizegiving at Sumner School hall @ 6:30pm

Friday 15th December - Year 8 Formal

Monday 18th December - last teaching day

Tuesday 19th December - School closes at 12 noon (no buses will run)

Wednesday 31 January 2018 - Goal setting interviews

Thursday 1 February 2018 - First teaching day starting with a powhiri

You can find and subscribe to all coming events for this term on our website (School Calendar)

From Bays to Aupaki

Tena koutou te whānau

In April, the Minister of Education announced the formation of a new Kāhui Ako (Community of Learning) in our area comprising of Heathcote Valley School, Our Lady Star of the Sea School, Sumner School, Linwood College, Mount Pleasant School and Redcliffs Schools.

We are very pleased to announce that our Kāhui Ako will be known as Aupaki. This beautiful ingoa (name) has been gifted to us by mana whenua and has the approval of local rūnanga. Aupaki translates to ‘sloping hillside’ which is a geographical feature that all of the schools in our Kāhui Ako have a natural affinity for. The words Au (meaning wave) and Paki (meaning crashing) also recognise the importance of the ocean and inland waterways that connect our kura.

We are very excited about the rich opportunities that lay ahead for the Aupaki Kāhui Ako. At the heart of this will be the development of a strong educational pathway for our tamariki from early childhood through to secondary school and beyond. We very much look forward to collaborating with our staff, whānau and learners for many years to come.

A big welcome to our new students this term!

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Meet Grace, Sienna, Nina, Travis and Braxdyn from Room 9 - they are already producing fabulous work!

PTA News

Second Hand Uniform

The PTA have a stock of second hand uniforms that have been collected over the last few years that are for sale. $5 for the decent fleeces, $2 all other items. Grab yourself a bargain! Call Zoe on 021 031 8700 to arrange a time to have a look through the uniforms. They are currently stored in Celia Street.

Student Achievement

Values Certificates

Congratulations to these children who received values certificates at recent school assemblies:

Manaakitanga: Eddy Stanton & Harriet Holden

Responsibility: Lachlan McGrail, Sophie Lumb, Flynn Halliwell, Mia Cooper, Jessie Wayman & Caleb Jansen

Excellence: Charli Watts, Nate Herewini, Sophia Cook, Lenny Parker, Zoe Mulling & Nao McLauchlan

Resilience: Tane Harrison, Jade Harrison, Coco Joseph & Charlie Davis

Congratulations to Tane, Jade, Coco and Charlie who have now achieved their Values badge.

Good news stories in the media about our kids

Mia and Althea have made it to the semi-finals in the Maggi Pop-Up Kitchen Showdown competition with their meal of Greek Lamb Pizzas with tzatziki. The filming took place in the holidays and was screened on the Adam and Eve show on Tuesday 25th July. If you missed it, you can view the segment here (1:23mins in). Depending on what device you are using, you may need to login to TVNZ.

The winner will be announced on 1st September.

10 Good Stories - 6 Schoolchildren's grants

Health and Safety


Please remember to let the office know each day (before 9am) if your child is going to be absent from school. You can do this via one of the following options

  1. the school app (if you haven't already downloaded this, please go to the Apple Store and search Redcliffs School). This is our preferred option.
  2. emailing
  3. leaving a message (phone 384 3853)

Please note that it is important to advise the reason for absence as the Ministry requires us to code each absence. Thank you!

Bus Drop Off Time

Please remember that the drop off time for the bus is the same as at school – 8:30am. Bus supervisors will be present to ensure the safety of the children from 8:30am onwards.

This term's value is:

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This term our core value is Responsibility. Responsibility incorporates many lifelong traits: honesty, doing what’s right, having ownership of our learning, our actions and our words, using initiative, plus stepping in and stepping up to help where needed. Having a growth mindset attitude helps us to contribute responsibly to our school community. This value links nicely with our practice of growth mindset attitudes, mindfulness activities and our developing understanding of well-being.

The Learning Pit -The staff and BOT learnt about The Learning Pit when we were in Auckland. The Learning Pit is recognising when you get stuck and something is hard. Excellence and learning in The Learning Pit is making an attempt, having confusion, questioning and breaking the problem down, making mistakes, trying to solve it, making connections, wondering and asking questions again, changing your thinking - "I used to think this but now I think...", trying again and getting closer, collaborating and keeping on going, keeping a growth mindset and a can do attitude. Being able to explain something to someone else will help you as much as them! The Learning Pit is something we will keep talking about as part of our Character Education and Growth Mindset work. The more that our children learn what to do when they don't know what to do the great their own abilities will be.

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School News and Information

School App

If you haven't already got the app it's a great way to receive reminders and to let the school know that your child is absent. Rose has sent 8 messages via the app this term already and the office staff find the app is an efficient way for them to record who is absent. You can download it at no cost from the app store.

Do you have any old coins/notes or loose change left over from overseas holidays?

We are acting as a collection point for the Lions Club "Given old money new value" drive.

We have a can in the office that you can deposit any old NZ or foreign coins/notes that you no longer need.

Parking outside Main Road Site

A reminder to all school parents NOT to park over people’s driveways when dropping off, or collecting children from the bus.

Merino School Jerseys

We now have the exciting option of getting a 100% merino jersey as an alternative to our polar fleeces.

The cost is $85 and they have the Redcliffs emblem embroidered on them. We have one to view in the school office.

If you want to know more about the product you can go to

If you want one please leave your name, size, quantity and email with Leanne or Rachael in the office. Going forward you will be able to order them directly from merino wool for school.

Culottes available for purchase

We have very kindly been donated a limited quantity of new winter and summer culottes in size 5. If you are interested in purchasing these, please contact the office.

Sports shirts

Unfortunately, these tops are no longer available to purchase through the office.

If you need to purchase a top, they are available from Mainland Uniforms (either in store or online), or Zoe Fidler may have a few second hand ones available through the PTA.

Uniform Supplier

Mainland Uniforms at 189 Peterborough Street (between Manchester & Madras Streets) stock all Redcliffs School uniform pieces including sports shirts, kapa haka shirts and senior jackets.

Shop Hours: Mon – Fri: 9am – 5pm and Sat: 10am – 1pm

They also offer an order online service, with prompt delivery.

Barn Dance News

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Mufti Day for the Barn Dance Fundraiser - Friday 11th August

In lieu of a donation, please send the item listed beside your child's house colour (see poster above).

Get the kids to dress in theme if they are keen!

Last years Barn Dance was a huge success, great fun & brilliantly supported by many school families and the local community. We raised around $40000.00 to help with our children's education!!

This years Barn Dance is under 4 weeks away!!

Last year we got all the finger food needed as mufti day donations, saving us a huge cost. So we'd like your support to do that again.

Tickets for the Barn Dance are available at the school office. You can pay by cash, cheque (made out to Redcliffs School) or online to this account 03-1599-0408698-00 (please state your name in the reference details).

Thank you and we look forward to seeing you at the Barn Dance 26 August 2017.

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Other fundraising events this year

Fair - 26th November 2017

The planning stages for the 2017 School Fair are coming along nicely. However, we are looking for a couple of key people to help out with the running of stalls.

Plants: Do you have green fingers? Would you like to be in charge of the plant stall? If so, we would love to hear from you.

Food stall: We are looking for a key person to support the food stall leader

White Elephant: We are looking for a key person to support the white elephant leader.

Logistics: Are you keen to talk to people on the phone? Are you a great organiser? If so, we would love to hear from you. This role involves booking all the things we need for fair day (tents, chairs and tables, containers etc). We have a great list of local businesses and others who lend or rent us these things so it's about getting in touch to book them in. The collection of items will be done by someone else

For all of these roles, you'll get to work with a great team of parents

If you are interested please email Kathy & Zoe on Many thanks.

Learning News

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Term 3 Spellodrome

If you would like your child to have access to this programme, please contact Sandy Thomas by email ( It costs $10.35 per child and ensures registration until the end of February 2018.

Arts and Cultural News

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Cultural Festival – Term 3

The Bays Cluster Cultural Festival is coming up on Wed 9th August at 1pm at Sumner School Hall. Our school kapa haka students will be performing along with Sumner, Star of the Sea, Heathcote Valley and Mount Pleasant Schools. Once again the concert is in the afternoon and not in the evening. Children in kapa haka need to bring their kapa haka uniforms to school that morning and they will be given time to change into them before the performance. We hope to see you there.

Sports Report - Term 3, Week 2

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Canterbury Primary and Intermediate Ski Races

Mt Cheeseman is the venue for the Canterbury Primary and Intermediate Ski Races, an event where teams representing their schools participate for both individual and team awards.

The minimum number to enter the Teams competition is 4, if you have less than this, they can still enter individually (same forms, including the Team form).

This fun skiing event consists of dual slalom course for boys and girls of all age groups from Year 1 to Year 8. No previous ski-racing experience is necessary, merely sufficient skill to ride a T-bar Ski Lift and ski groomed, easy slopes.

There will be medals for individual performance, plus an overall team trophy for both primary and intermediate school teams.

The emphasis is on fun, and introducing children to the excitement of ski-racing. Most of the children’s time will be spent just skiing freely and enjoying other activities on the day.

Race Day: Sunday August 20th 2017

Postponement day: Sunday August 27th 2017

Entries close: Saturday August 12th 2017

Practice Day: Sunday August 13th 2017

If you are interested please email and Jess will forward you the sign up form.

Do you (or anyone you know) bank with ANZ?

Did you know that for every ANZ home or business loan (or home loan top up of $50,000) our school can earn 800 credits to spend at the ANZ Awards Centre and get the chance to secure an Olympic Ambassador visit? All that needs to be done is to nominate Redcliffs School to receive the credits. 800 Credits equates for approximately $400 purchasing power that we could use to purchase sports equipment. If you have any further queries, please see Jenni Williams (Rm 1).

All Canterbury and Hagley Sport Information is available online

All the draws, maps, rules, cancellations and general information about Hagley and Canterbury events are available on this website.

Parent Tips

Have you checked out all the wonderful parenting tips on the All Right? website?



Worry is the state of feeling or being anxious and troubled over actual or potential problems. It is a normal and natural part of life. As adults, we can be so consumed by our own worries we fall into the trap of believing children have nothing to worry about. Childhood is a carefree, stress-free time, devoid of responsibilities and pressure right? Sadly not.

Children worry about all sorts of things – stranger danger, school tests, the cross-country, their changing bodies, fitting in with friends, not being invited to parties, making speeches, bullying, moving to high school, their parents' relationship... And that was before the internet brought previously remote events such as wars and terrorism into their bedrooms.


When anxiety stays at a high level for a long time, it can make everyday life difficult to cope with.

"The difference between normal worry and an anxiety disorder is severity: although feeling anxious is a natural reaction to a stressful or dangerous situation, a child may need help if his anxiety is out of proportion, if it persists or if it impedes the activities in their daily life and constrains their healthy development," explains Mel Churton.

Knowing how to respond to childhood anxiety can be hard for parents. If they are staunch by nature, they may dismiss or minimise a child's anxiety, but if they are a worrier themselves, they might inadvertently reinforce it. Parents might also be embarrassed by their child's anxiety and the "fuss" it causes, especially in social contexts where children are supposed to just fit in and cope.


Once you've established this is anxiety (and not a worry that will pass), the trick is to listen, acknowledge and offer the reassurance of support. Don't confuse this with giving advice or attempting to fix the problem. I really rate Churton's suggestion not to "rush to rescue the child to alleviate the distress you feel". Remember, it is not your worry, but theirs.

Support them to identify (and use) behaviours that will decrease the intensity of their feeling – talking to a friend or family member, doing physical activity or another engaging activity. Help and educate, but don't tell, direct or take over; all that teaches them is they cannot manage their own worries and have to rely on you. Keep your language simple, the talk short and follow a basic discussion structure that, used regularly, will become safe and familiar:

What is the worry?

Can you solve it by yourself or do you need help?

Have you been in this situation before? What did you do last time? How did that work for you?

What type of help do you think you need this time?

Who do you think is best to give this?

What do you want from me?

Above all, don't tell them not to worry or minimise their worries as silly. Once we're worried, we're worried, end of story. If we make people feel they have no right to worry, they will stop talking. Teach children that setbacks are part of life. They are not insurmountable, but a chance to problem solve, to learn more about themselves and others and to work out which coping strategies work best for them.


This is a great short clip about Growth Mindset that you can watch with your child/children to help them do positive self talk when they go into their fixed mindset mode of operating.


School Website - parent education page

We are going to start sharing some reading about the future of education that you can access from the school website under the heading parent education. We gather these readings or links to educationalists who have come recommended through our expert friends of the school. This will be valuable reading before we start the consultation period which will help direct how education will look at Redcliffs School.


Following on from last term's "Ways to teach your child values", this term we will publish a few questions in each newsletter that are great for keeping in touch with kids (courtesy of Parents Inc.)

Whether it is at the dinner table, walking to the park, in the car, getting ready for bed, waiting for food at a restaurant.....there's some quiet space. What do you do? How about asking a question or two? Listening to your kids' answers for just five minutes may do more to build your relationship than five months of telling them what to do.

1. What is your favourite time of day? Why?

2. What do you most enjoy doing with your family?

3. Other than play time and lunch time, what did you enjoy most at school today? Why?

4. If our family had to move to another town, what would you miss the most?

5. Why do we have laws/rules?

6. If you could invent one thing what would it be?

Community Notices

Fuse after school Programmes are on and running strong!

Every Monday we have Flux! This programme has a fun relaxed atmosphere where we will hang out with your kids and Jam the Xbox’s and other games here at Fuse.

On Tuesdays we have Blank Canvas, this is our arts based programme! All materials and afternoon tea are provided and there's something to take home most weeks, we have a brand new rebooted programme for term two so come along and check it out!

Email us at:

Also you can check Fuse out on Facebook come along and give our page a like!

The Dyspraxia Support Group holds fun groups for children aged between 5 to 13 years of age on Saturday afternoons during term time. The groups participate in a programme put together and delivered by a team of enthusiastic supervisors.

If you have a child or know a child with Developmental Dyspraxia/DCD who would be interested in attending, please contact Sue on 358 3249 or email

The Redcliffs Playgroup meet during term time on a Monday 9:30-11:30am at the St Andrews Church, 75 Main Road. All welcome. $2 per family. Any queries, please phone Vanessa on 3841815 or 02102751900

Forget Me Not Photography My name is Zoe and I am a local photographer, living in Redcliffs. I specialise in children and families and would love to get some natural photographs of your families. If you mention Redcliffs School when you book in with me, you will get one free mounted 5x7 print of your choice. Please contact me or 021 031 8700

Moa Kids Community Early Learning Centre based in Barnett Park, Redcliffs is the only community based, not-for-profit preschool in the Bays Area. We offer low ratios and an excellent purpose built preschool. We have a strong learn through play philosophy with an inspired Emilia Reggio approach. We accept children aged 3 months to school age and have a separate nursery area for our under 2’s. We offer sibling discounts and up to 30 hours free to all children aged 3+. Please call Hayley on 03 384 1910 or email to arrange a visit.

Babysitter Available

Hi my name is Lily. I am a year 10 at Christchurch Girls’ High School and an ex head school leader at Redcliffs School. I am available to babysit in the weekends and in the school holidays. Please call me on 0277229179

Redcliffs Mainly Music Are you looking for a fun activity to do with your baby or pre-schooler? Do you want to get to know other families in the Sumner-Redcliffs-Mount Pleasant area? Mainly Music is a fun, educational half hour music and movement session followed by morning tea and a social/play time.

Fridays 9:45 – 11:15 am during school terms

St Andrews Church, 148 Main Road, Redcliffs. Come along and try it out- the first session is free! $4 per family casual rate. $30 for a 10-session card.

Babysittter Available

I am a 22yr old (ex Redcliffs student) currently studying Secondary teaching at Canterbury University and I am available for babysitting. I have my full drivers licence. Please phone/txt Hannah 027 739 1960.

Christchurch Speech Therapy

Currently working in the Sumner area on Fridays. Limited spaces available.

Please call Carmel Olsen (ph 027 2007 686) to book your free 30 minute parent consultation to see if our service would be right for your child.

Blended Family Success

Discover how to help children adjust in your step family and create a united, supportive home life. Overcome common challenges and learn practical strategies that really work from New Zealand’s leading stepfamily presenter. Live happily ever after in your stepfamily! ONE NIGHT ONLY. Numbers limited. You must register to secure your place.

When: Tuesday 22nd August, 7pm – 9pm

Venue: Christchurch Community House, 301 Tuam Street, Christchurch City

For more information go to: email: Or phone/txt: 021 404 742

Redcliffs Tennis Club Inc.

Notice of Annual General Meeting To be held

Date; Sunday 13 August 2017 Time; 1 pm

Venue - the Tennis Club Rooms 75 Main Road, Redcliffs Christchurch

Invitation to all

Senior members, parents of members, interested key holders and residents to attend the Annual General Meeting of the Redcliffs Tennis Club Inc.

The meeting will be preceded by family fun time on the courts. Children are welcome to play on the courts while the meeting is in progress.

We especially invite everybody who would like to become involved in the administration of Club activities. We need you and your fresh ideas! Self nominations welcome.

NB Junior membership is renewed annually. Fees will be set at the AGM. Interclub Teams trials will take place early in September

Membership registration for 2017/18 season, club coaching, interclub teams and hotshots beginners will be available ONLINE from 20 August 2017 at .

Please email nominations and enquiries to or post nominations 75 Main Road

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Are you planning a Function?

Did you know that the Function Centre at 9 James Street, attached to the Bowling Club, is an excellent facility for any gathering from 10 to 160 people with Bar Facilities, a Commercial Kitchen and warm comfortable surroundings at a reasonable hire rate. Those who have used this Facility have been very impressed. Plan your Winter or Christmas Functions early by phoning the Bowling Club on 3843733 and leave a message, your call will be returned as soon as possible.

Have you thought about playing bowls while the children are at School?

Opening Day for the Redcliffs Bowling Club is Saturday 16 September at 1.30pm. Everyone is welcome to come along and enjoy the Club facilities. As a bowler, games can be played throughout the week and free coaching is provided. Come and join a very friendly group and have fun and exercise.
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Scouts for children aged 6-8 years

The Mt Pleasant / Sumner Scouts now have a Kea section up and running with a new keen Kea Leader for children aged 6 to 8 years.

Keas runs on Tuesdays from 4 to 5pm each week of the term at the Scout Den at the Old Mt Pleasant School Reserve on Major Hornbrook Road

For more information, contact Roger Horton (Group Leader) on or phone / text to 021 051 6160.

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Our local Redcliffs New World will be hosting their session on Thursday (3rd August) morning between 8am and 8:30am and have sent the children and families of our school a warm welcome to join them. It will be held in Produce, Grocery, Checkouts and along the pedestrian walkway of the main entrance.

The photo's will be uploaded to their store Facebook page and then to Starship's website. Anyone is welcome to share the photos to their Facebook pages.

Ray White Prier Manson Real Estate Ltd supports education at Redcliffs School

2017 Term Dates

Monday 24 July to Friday 29 September

Monday 16 October to Tuesday 19 December (12 noon)

2018 Term Dates

Wednesday 31 January to Friday 13 April

Monday 30 April - Friday 6 July

Monday 23 July - Friday 28 September

Monday 15 October - Wednesday 19 December