Tuesday 27 September
Tēnā koutou katoa
We hope you enjoyed the unexpected long weekend in memory of Queen Elizabeth II. We now only have 4 days left until the end of term. Currently, our Year 5/6 students in Rooms 1, 2 & 8 are on camp at Teapot Valley in Nelson, and Rooms 3 & 4 will be going from Wed - Friday this week. We hope they all have a fabulous time learning outdoors in this wonderful purpose-built camp facility.
Our Junior and Senior Pasifika Groups performed at the Pasifika Festival on Saturday 24 September. They were a sight to behold - very colourful and joyful to watch. Both groups performed with pride and represented our school and our Pasifika community well. A special thanks to Susana, Fili and Mr Facer for tutoring the students. Also to Linda Kula and some of our whānau for helping with the costumes. It’s lovely to see the diversity within our school being valued and enjoyed.
Cross Country Results
Thanks to everyone who was able to come along and support our students in our school Cross Country event held on 13 September. It was lovely to see many of our whānau on site again after all the Covid restrictions in recent years. The children had a great time, despite the rain which caused a shortened course for the Year 3’s and 4’s. A big thanks is extended to Clive for setting out the course and keeping our grounds looking so lovely. The first three placegetters in each age bracket are below.
Our two kapa haka groups will be performing at the Taiopenga Festival being held in the Marlborough Girls’ College Hall on Thursday 27 October, which is Week 2 next term so pop the date in your calendars. The junior kapa haka group will be performing at 10:15am and the senior kapa haka group at 10:45am. More information will be sent home early next term.
Thank You Motorworld
We would like to extend a huge thank you to the Motorworld Blenheim team who sponsor Marlborough's Resource Teacher of Literacy’s (RTLit) leased car. Ingrid Hillgrove, our RTLit, is based at Whitney Street School so many of you would have seen her Suzuki car in the car park. Pictured, is Ingrid receiving her new Suzuki Swift from the Motorworld Brand manager, Ronald.
Science Fair Results
The whole school has been working on science investigations this term, some as a whole class, some in groups, and others individually. The Wairau Hub all presented their Science Fair investigations on boards, and these were open to whānau to view last week. It was incredible to see all the work and learning that had gone into the investigations. Marlborough Boys’ College teachers and students judged the investigations. We were very proud to be awarded 15 Bronze, 11 Silver and 10 Gold certificates. All children who received Gold or Silver Awards were eligible to enter the Marlborough Science and Technology Fair held today and tomorrow. We will publish results when they come to hand.
Getting Ready for the Warmer Weather
Terms 1 and 4 are the terms when we wear a wide-brimmed hat as part of our school uniform and Sunsmart Policy. Over the next few weeks please locate, wash, purchase or order a school hat so your child is ready for Term 4. Year 6 students are most welcome to wear a hat that is in keeping with the uniform at their 2023 school.
Lights Over Marlborough - Volunteers Required Please Saturday 12 November 2022
Please remember, if you haven't already to return the pink volunteer form that was sent home previously indicating if you can help at Lights Over Marlborough on Saturday 12 November. Alternatively, you can email your class teacher or Cheryl (email@example.com) or pop into the office this week. A digital copy of the notice home is here and we have sent it via our school app. For quick reference, the stalls which generally run from 5:30pm - 9pm are listed below. Thank you very much in anticipation. If we get lots of offers of help it may be possible to split shifts.
Out of Zone Placements for 2023
With our large cohort of Y6 students (79 of them) heading off to intermediate at the end of the year, our roll will drop quite a bit so we will have places for 25 Out of Zone children. These places include siblings of students who are already in our school but do not live in our catchment area. If you know of any families who may be interested in attending Whitney Street next year please direct them to our website, or get them to ring Cheryl on 027 321 8022.
The last day for ordering the Calendar Art was last Friday. If you are super quick and come in to school with the order, Adele may be able to process it - as long as it is before 9am on Wednesday 28 September.
We are proud to share...
Ōpaoa Poetry Y0-3 Placegetters
Last week the finalists from each class in Ōpaoa presented their poem to the Ōpaoa Hub children, whānau, and friends. All classes had been working on oral language, working on confidence, clarity and expression. The talented tamariki made it a very tough job for the judges: Deb Cox, Mrs Wadworth and Britt Lyons.
As this is our last newsletter of the term we wish you all a safe and happy holiday break with your families. Term 4 starts again on Monday 17 October.
Ngā mihi nui,
The Whitney Street School Staff
The Kiwican Corner
Repeated (But important!) School Notices
Free Period Products for Girls
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 when you let Christee Dalzell know via email (firstname.lastname@example.org), by leaving a wee note on her desk or by contacting the school office.
Hopefully, this initiative is utilised really well by our Whitney kōtiro/girls! We have figured out a system where the students are able to easily access these in an inconspicuous way.
This is a brilliant way to save money on the grocery bill so please take advantage of it.
If you have any questions, please feel free to pop in and talk to Christee.
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 this 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.
Automatic Payment Option
The Whitney Street School BOT bank details are: 03 0599 0305934 00
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Join us this Saturday evening for our inaugural Walk of Light event recognising that after two years of global isolation and introspection it’s time to take gentle steps of light and hope.
Bring your whanau and friends for this free lantern walk celebrating ‘Te Noho Tahi’, being together.
Pollard Park will be dotted with local performers and choirs as the community weave their way with lanterns, celebrating being together through song and not to mention an incredible light display from the ASB Theatre.
You can purchase your lanterns or learn more about our Walk of Light event here https://bit.ly/3CderdX
Thanks to the Marlborough District Council for their support of this inaugural event.