2023 Newsletter - Week 6 Term 2

Greenmeadows School, 31st May Newsletter #8: 2023


Talofa lava,

Manuia le vaiaso o le gagana Samoa! We have been flying the Samoan flag since Monday in recognition of Samoa Language Week. I was lucky enough to recently meet with members of our Pasifika community to explore ways which we can better reflect the varied cultures that make up our special community here at Greenmeadows. They had some pretty exciting ideas.

I would like to extend a huge thank you to our entire staff for working to keep our school open today. Almost all of our teachers are members of the NZEI and were entitled to attend union meetings onsite this afternoon. We managed to allow this to happen whilst still maintaining adequate supervision for your children so we did not have to ask you to collect them early. Fa’afetai!

The biggest news of late surely has to be the recent opening of our new senior playground. This has certainly proved to be very popular among our older children, and we greatly appreciate the efforts of our amazing PTA who were instrumental in gaining funding for this project. They will need your help soon, as they've already started to work on the next project - a new junior playground!

Manuia tele,

Darren Holloway

Acting Principal


We have had 4 new students start with us since the last newsletter - a very warm welcome to Kiana Martin, Akasha Newbitt-Ruwhiu, Jonathan Feng and Scarlett Smith.

Our roll at present is 434.


Our new papa tākaro has recently been blessed, early one Saturday morning, by Chad Tareha from Ngāti Pārau. Since then we have cut the ribbon and our older children are now enjoying using this fabulous facility.

A reminder that this playground (particularly the slide) has been designed for use by older children. Parents who arrive early to collect children at the end of the day should exercise caution if you are allowing pre-school children to use this area. If you need to lift a child onto a piece of equipment, then it probably hasn't been designed for someone that small.

What about our juniors? Well, our incredibly motivated PTA have already set about planning for a new junior playground! Watch out for information that will come home soon about a Walkathon, aimed at raising money for this new project.


From Term 3, we will be starting up a new class of new entrants in Room 4. We are delighted to welcome back Leah Haronga and Rebecca Start, who will co-teach in this space.


This week we are introducing the dimension/pillar or wall of

‘Taha Whānau’

Taha - aspect (in this case of overall all well being/hauora)

Whānau - family

Taha whānau is about who makes you feel you belong, who you care about and who you share your life with. Whānau is about extended relationships – not just immediate relatives. It's your hoamahi/colleagues, friends, peers, community and the people you care about.

Activities to support Taha Whānau at home and out and about …

  • Play games together.

  • Enjoy a pot luck meal together

  • Create and enjoy together an at home family meal where each person cooks a different course.

  • Go for a walk with somebody who is part of your whānau group.

  • Watch and support a member of your whānau group play sport.

  • Invite whānau and friends to watch you play sport.

  • Write a letter or postcard to those whānau and friends that live further away.

  • Zoom call or facetime those whānau and friends that live further away.

  • Make a surprise visit to somebody you haven’t spent time with in a while.

  • Talk with an older member of your whānau about your whakapapa - where you come from.

Ngā mihi,

Hauora Team

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We are again collecting the Yummy cut-out labels from bags (each cut-out label is worth 10 stickers) and individual Yummy apple stickers. With the apple stickers we can claim for our school’s share of free sports gear. Your child can bring in the stickers and/or cut-out labels and teachers will have a chart in their class to stick them onto.


If your child is going to be absent from school, please let the school office know before 9.00am on that morning.

To report your child being away please use the school app. Find the absence button then use the email function.

Please let us know why your child is sick so we can track the illness, especially if it is covid or the tummy bug.

If we cannot make contact with you or receive notification, truancy will be called.

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Just a reminder of our mobile phone policy, if your child brings a phone to school, it must be handed into the office on arrival and collected at the end of the day.
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Below is a link to download our school App if you haven't already.

This is how we communicate with the school community any importmant messages or reminders.