Inglewood Primary School

NEWSLETTER No 14- July 3 2020

Our Mission:

Learning to think, to do, to be

Ako ki te whakaaro, ako ki te mahi, ako kia ora ai te mauri

Our Vision: To provide a teaching and learning environment where of those involved: demonstrate respect, expect the best, achieve through opportunity, communicate actively & feel good and safe

Nau Mai Haere Mai, Talofa, Faʻafeiloaiga, Bula

Fantastic Final Week of Term 2

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We all have experienced an interesting twenty six weeks. We have learnt many things about ourselves and others.

We have asked all staff (where possible) to make sure they have a week of no school work.

We acknowledge that for some staff, they have not had a break from working or planning school learning opportunities and programmes for twenty six weeks.

We understand that there is a perception that teachers have all 'these' holidays. We also appreciate all of you who understand and appreciate the time and energy that is put into learning programmes, when your children are not at school and understand that we call the holidays "non-contact time" as a result.

Since Jan 20 Staff have been planning learning opportunities, understanding evaluations and assessments with regard to your child / children. We do this as teachers to ensure we know where best to pitch the learning opportunities for each individual child to provide opportunity and guidance for progress.

Of course back in January we had no idea that the COVID-19 Pandemic was going to impact Aotearoa and more explicitly Inglewood Primary School in the manner it did. As the news hit the weekend of March 21 - 22, when it was announced we were moving into Alert Level 3, we firstly had to have conversations with our parents of health compromised, vulnerable children and also staff members, who were advised not to attend school.

Tuesday 24 March we were informed that we were moving to Alert Level 4 complete lockdown starting midnight 26 March and that the school "holidays' had been moved forward starting the following Monday 30 March.

These actions as we know, were made in the best interests of the country.

Never before had any educator experienced an event such as this and as a Staff and BoT we navigated the vast information coming to us from Ministry of Health and Ministry of Education.

Overall we are proud of the way we communicated throughout this time.

We are proud of the way our staff worked tirelessly to prepare online learning platform for parents and children to access, kept the school administration operating and providing support for families with assistance from agencies and staff.

We are proud of the way we ALWAYS remained true to our values and asked whanau to ALWAYS put Hauora first and if learning at home became stressful or cause anxiety then NOT to do it, Health and Wellbeing was more important.

Over this time as staff we learnt about Zoom and responding to online requests through Seesaw and Google Classrooms. Our teachers, Middle and Senior Leaders learnt about Zoom fatigue - which we now understand is a real thing. We appreciate our Board of Trustees for their continued support and also learning about Zoom.

From tonight, we are asking staff to pop a note on the bottom of their emails for this break, stating they are having a digital break and will get back to you just prior to the start of Term 3 starting Monday 20 July.

As a staff we are appreciative of the many and varied ways you, our community, have and continue to support our school. We as a staff of Inglewood Primary feel VERY privileged to work within such a supportive community. We are also ALL very grateful we are in a business sector where our jobs have remained safe, unlike some of our own and school community families.- thank you all.

Students of the Week - Term 2 Week 12

Happy Birthday

Happy birthday to Maddy Adams-Wilson, Izzy Wilson, Luka Broughton, Floyd Armstrong, Jasmin Charles-Wilson, Charlotte Gillett, Quinn Muir, Malek Ferguson, Jaxyn Adams-Wilson, Harper Bailey, Eli West, Maggie Cairns, Caitlin Roscoe, Ruby Marshall-Smith, Taliah Sciascia, Hannah Williams, Tahlia Marrriner, James Boyd, Khalessi Schoenmaekers, Nyrelle Ritchie, Christopher Davy, Liam Hemi, Brooklyn Tubby, Isabella Pepperell, Chloe Johns, Eva Jamieson, Ava Baeyertz, Cameron Catlin-Maybury, Connor Catlin-Maybury and Darien Lowcay who are celebrating their birthdays this week and in the holidays.

School Goal - Term 2 Week 12

Keep ourselves and others safe by walking bikes and scooters into the grounds and around buildings.

Current IPS School Roll - 393 students

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Student Led Conferences and Reporting to Parents

We have really enjoyed our reporting to parents process, incorporating our Student Led Conferences this week. Thank you to the 85% of parents who were able to make the interviews we appreciate your time and conversation.

Thank you for the positive feedback with regard to our written reports. Our teachers have taken time to consider where your child is operating within the curriculum. To do this, analysis and evaluations are considered from time with your child at school, how they respond to all learning activities, speaking with your child about their learning and of course feedback from you, as parents have given us over the lockdown period.

Panitahi O'Connor's Classroom

Panitahi O'Connor was taking part in the NZ national bird survey today. The children recorded their sightings and entered the data in the national database to be used by scientists to make wise decisions about how to enhance local environments for our native species.

Puanga with Panitahi Team

It was fantastic to see lots of whanau in yesterday working alongside our Panitahi tamariki celebrating Puanga. Thank you to all who came
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Construction Activity Starting July 4

Over the next two weeks there are areas within our grounds which will be out of bounds due to Salvage, Asbestos Removal and Demolitions of four classrooms. Please do NOT enter any of the fenced off areas and be mindful heavy machinery will be working on our site.

We are excited about the construction starting as we have been in the planning stages for a little while now.

We are grateful to the tireless work of Mr Ray Smillie for his expertise and assistance with our many and varied property projects. We are very grateful that Ray now has Paul Edwards and Chris Gyde joining him on the Property Team to help with the projects also.

Our Property Projects include

  • Demolition of four classrooms
  • Building newly designed TWO buildings incorporating three teaching spaces each. These builds include a kitchen area, wet areas, breakout rooms, staff space, green screen and awesome storage. There is a similar design just being finished at Waitara East School, pop out and have a look. We are hoping these will be operational 2021.
  • Autex composition in Puke Haupapa on the walls - finishing project
  • Vinyl in the Staff toilets and Hall Kitchen
  • Upgrade Hall Toilets
  • New Modular Teaching Space - site for this is extending out from Panitahi O'Connor
  • Sandpit, Mud Kitchen and rocks will be relocated and then Parent Link are funding a shade sail for this area. We are hoping this will be operational mid Term 4.
  • Complete interior painting in A Block
  • Repair the power to the Swimming Pool
  • Lining our Tractor Shed, installing power and benches to provide a spaces for our Whakaro (Carving) with Matua Moni raua Matua Barry to work with Tamariki creating a Waharoa and Teko Teko. Also utilising the same space for our New Horizon Personnel to work with our tamariki creating various projects.

We have also planned Supplementary Improvement Property Projects awaiting approval with the MoE which include:

  • Retaining Wall in the Senior Playground
  • Moving the Car Park to the Lower Tennis Court (Health and Safety)
  • Astro Turf for Multisport Area.

Our Student Leadership groups are working on the following projects throughout Term 3 & 4

  • Developing the Learner Mountain Bike Track along the length of the Rugby Field
  • Moving the bottle house
  • Getting tiger worms for our Worm Farms
  • Continue planting in our Raised Garden Beds
  • Tidying and replanting our Driveway Garden

As you can see we have a lot planned to benefit all tamariki and whanau here at IPS - it is indeed exciting times.

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Term 3

Term 3 finish time

Monday 20 July our finish time will move to 3pm

Thank you all for your support during Term 2.


Please remember to notify the office if your child will be absent from school. Please state your name, child's name and reason for absence each day. Thank you

Staff Only Days to diarise please

The following days were designated Staff only days approved by our Board of Trustees last year.

Monday 31 August 2020 (week 7 of Term 3)

Tuesday 27 October 2020 (week 3 of Term 4)

Please lock these in as there will be NO ability to take students on these days.

The Government is considering an additional National Holiday, IF by chance one of our days is chosen, we will make another day for the Staff Only Day.

Senior Camp - Chocolate Fundraiser

We still have some chocolate money to be returned to the office. Please return as soon as possible to enable credits to be popped on your school accounts. We have a few more boxes left over if you would like anymore to sell. Thank you
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IPS Uniform Sale - While Stocks Last

Hoodies $45

Fleece Jacket $30

Showerproof Jacket $30

Showerproof Pants $30

We have a limited number in all sizes. Please see the school office if you would like to purchase. These can be added to your school account and paid off throughout the year. Photos are at the end of this newsletter.

Urgent Help Please

Do you have a buggy with a raincover that you no longer require, suitable for a three year old.?e have a young family in need of one. and are asking if you can assist, please ring the office 7568040 or email us

Term 2 Calendar (This may change on a weekly basis)

Friday 3 July

Last day of Term 2

Monday 20 July

First day of Term 3

Friday 24 July

Year 8 Inglewood High School enrolments 2021 at IPS all day

Wednesday 29 July

Senior Interschool Sports - Puketapu School

Tuesday 4 August

Year 8 Inglewood High School enrolments 2021 at IPS all day

Friday 14 August

Senior Interschool Sports - Waitara East School

Monday 17 August

Whole School Assembly - 11am

Tuesday 18 August

Inglewood Primary School Cross Country

Thursday 20 August

Inglewood Primary School Cross Country Postponement Day

Monday 31 August

School Closed - Staff Only Day

Tuesday 8 September

School Photos - PhotoLife

Monday 14 September

Whole School Assembly - 11am

Tuesday 15 September

Sports Photos

Wednesday 16 - Friday 18 September

Senior Team Camp - Vertical Horizon

Wednesday 23 September

Taranaki Cross Country - Hawera

Friday 25 September

Last day of Term 3

Monday 12 October

First day of Term 4

Monday 26 October

School Closed - Labour Day

Tuesday 27 October

School Closed - Staff Only Day

Before and After School Care

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Inglewood Primary School App

Please remember to download the School App in readiness for Alerts which we will send to you from time to time.

We would appreciate ALL parents to have this App.

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Downloading SchoolAppsNZ App

IPS Clothing

Please click on the link to order directly from our school website or pop into the school office.