Newsletter week 1 Term 3

East Gore School July 30th 2021

Principal's Report

Tena Koutou, Talofa, Namaste, Hello and Greetings

I hope that you have had a relaxing break over the last two weeks. It is fabulous to return to some great learning in the classrooms. The students have definitely carried on where they left off at the end of last term with their learning.

We have also started back to the term with a lot of laughter and fun coming from the new senior playground. There are also a few juniors who have enjoyed playing on it after school. The junior classes are going to have go on the new playground when the swings are installed, which we are hoping will be next week. I cannot thank the team of volunteers enough to get this installed in the timeframe they have. It is a huge accomplishment, so thank you from all staff and students. You are all super stars!!

This term we have a lot of exciting learning happening. We will change our science focus from around water to technology where we will be focussing on how we can use water to create energy. This will be more hands on learning for the students where they will be learning about, designing and creating their ideas.

Later in the term, the Year 5 and 6 students will be heading off to Te Anau for school camp. Mrs Morton has planned a number of exciting activities for these students. We will be having a parent meeting about this in the coming weeks. During this time, I am always impressed by the Year 4 students stepping in as responsible leaders and taking on extra responsibilities.

Keep an eye on the SchoolApp and Facebook with updates from the school and Seesaw to see what your child/ren are learning during the term.

Kia pai tō rā whakatā (have a great weekend).

Wendy Kitto


Red Black and White Day

We had fun dressing up in Red/Black & White today in support of the Southland Charity Hospital. We raised $155 that we will forward on the the Charity Hospital.

Don't our kids look happy!

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School Notices


The onset of winter illness is starting to affect our students. Please keep students home if the are unwell and help slow the spread of these coughs and colds. We have also had a vomiting bug doing the rounds, remember that a student must be 48 hours clear of any vomiting or diarrhoea before returning to school.

Reporting an Absence

If a student is away from school for any reason we need to know. Please text, phone or use the school app to report an absence. We need a reason for absence please, this a legal Ministry of Education requirement so please don't be offended if we ask for this.

Cellphones at School

We are noticing a few students are bringing cellphones to school. They do not need them at school because we have numerous devices for the students to complete school work on. If your child needs to bring a cellphone because of an after school activity, they must hand it in at the office. At the end of the day they can collect it from Mrs Nicholson.

Lunches in School

Unfortunately the daily fruit we were enjoying last term is not been supplied this term, we would ask parents to please send morning tea and something for healthy snack each day - ie: piece of fruit/cheese/nuts/yogurt.

Koha Kai are suppling a lovely range of lunches that our students enjoying this term - mac cheese is a definite hit!

Staying in Touch

Please remember to update any changes in your contact details to the school office, its very important that we have you latest details in case of an emergency. Thank you.

Spare Clothes

We are running short of spare clothes at school. If you child has come home in school clothing could it please be returned asap. A spare set of clothes in the school bag is a good idea this time of year.


We are doing another hoodie order, orders will need to be into the office by August 11th. Hoodies should be ready approx 2 weeks after order has been sent.

This will be the last opportunity to order named hoodies for this year.

Hoodies are $40 each and payment is due when hoodie is picked up. Sample sizes will be in the office for you to try on if needed. Contact Debbie in the office if any questions.

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Play is the Way for Term 3

Some Play Is The Way language you could use at home:

“Are you doing the right thing or the wrong thing?”

“Are you making a strong decision or a weak decision?”

“Are you being the boss or your decisions, or are you asking me to be your boss?”

Senior Camp - Chocolate Fundraiser

We still have 8 cartons of chocolate to sell. Each box contains 30 bars @ $2 each.

$24 profit is made from each box sold which comes off your camp cost.

Please see Debbie in the office to collect your chocolate!

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Breakfast Club

Just a reminder Breakfast Club starts at 8:30am and finishes at 8:53.

Thank you again to our volunteers who provide this service - if you would like to be involved for half an hour any day of the week please contact the office - helpers are always very welcome.

A huge shout out to BP Gore who very generously donate bread to Breakfast Club.

Upcoming Events

  • August 2nd Elegrego show
  • August 3rd Clued up Kids (year 6)
  • August 6th Assembly 2.30pm

Community Notices

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