Newsletter T1W2

10 February 2023

From The Principal

Kia ora tatou katoa,

It has been a great start to the school year, helped in part – I believe – by our students arriving on the first day knowing who their classmates will be and having met their teachers at the end of last year.

A lot of work goes into making a classroom ready to receive a new group of students, and so I thank our awesome group of teachers and the support staff for all they have done to make the smooth transition to school possible.

Nude Food

As previously mentioned, this year we are on a mission to eliminate playground rubbish. So, we are starting a campaign to make sure lunch boxes only contain ‘nude food’, that is they are free from wrappers and glad wrap. A reminder that if students do have wrapped food items in their lunch boxes they will need to take packets and food waste home with them. The goal is to have no bins in the playground and far less rubbish as a consequence.

Meet the Teacher

We are looking forward to seeing many of our parents next Wednesday evening, 15th February. The schedule for the evening is as follows:

5.30 - 6.00 Session 1 Years 1-4 (and Mont R27)

6.10 - 6.40 Session 2 Years 5-8 (and Mont R28)

Room 22's meet the teacher will be rescheduled for a later date, as per the information sent home.

Camp Meetings

Please note that there will be meetings for the upcoming camps (Y7 and Montessori) at 6.45 - 7:15pm in the Mini Hall next Wednesday 15th February after session 2 of Meet the Teacher.

Teacher Only Day

The MOE has allowed schools to have two teacher only days during 2023. The Board agreed at their meeting last week that the first of these will be taken on Monday 24th April. We have scheduled this directly after the school holidays and the day before ANZAC Day (a public holiday), as we thought this would have less impact on parents. School will be closed to students on this day while the staff undertake professional development.

Voluntary Donations

All families are requested to make a voluntary donation to the school each year to help us to meet the shortfall between Government funding and the costs of running the school. Each year we budget on receiving funds from parents and this year the budget is a deficit one, making this contribution even more important.

The amount of the donation has remained the same since 2015 and is:

$400 for one student

$740 for two students from the same family

$950 for three students from the same family

$1,150 for four or more students from the same family

Donation payments, in full or part, can be paid online and our preferred method of payment is through Kindo. You can also pay by cash or eftpos at the school office, or direct to our bank 12-3027-0305676-00. Remember that you can claim a tax rebate of up to 1/3 of the donation made.


Our preferred method of payment for donations, school trips and activities, and for Parents' Association events, is through your myKindo account. You can pay via POLi or bank transfer (no fees) or with Visa, Mastercard, American Express, UnionPay (fees apply). Add regular top-ups if you'd like, then allocate to payments when you're ready, or just pay as you go. Go to or via the link on our school website. For more information visit


Welcome to our new staff for 2023:

Mrs Nikki Mackay - Year 4 teacher and Year 3-4 syndicate leader

Miss CJ Heard - Year 8 teacher

Miss Calista Callaghan - Year 1 teacher

Miss Amy Hewitt - Year 1 teacher

Miss Madie Freeland - Year 5 teacher

Miss Hayley Donald - Year 2 teacher

Miss Chae-Yeon Park - Year 8 teacher

Miss Louise Lynch - Learning Support Co-ordinator

Mrs Lucy Nathan - ESOL teacher

Mrs Carolyn Freeland - Learning Support Assistant

Congratulations to the following staff who have taken up senior positions this year:

Miss Brittany Buchanan - Year 1-2 syndicate leader

Mr Logan Ganley - Year 7-8 syndicate leader (acting).

Health Concerns

If your child develops a health issue and you haven't already notified the office of this, we would appreciate knowing. Please drop us a line at so that we can make a note on your child's file.

Weekend Weather

Finally, with the cyclone approaching please mind your emails over the weekend in case of any disruptions to school.

Happy weekend,

Paul Crowhurst | Principal

From the Board

The Board welcomed the staff back with morning tea on Day 1 – the staff only day. There was a great buzz in the staffroom as new people were quickly made to feel part of the team. At our first Board meeting Dawn Garbett was elected as the Presiding Member and Allyn Glaysher as the Deputy.

Paul reported on the end of 2022 overall teacher’s judgement data. The impact of COVID on our junior students in writing and reading was apparent as we compared data from 2019-2022. Paul was quite confident that now school is fully open and settling into a face-to-face routine that we will see the students quickly making gains. The results in Maths haven’t shown the same bounce back so we are pleased that this will be a focus for our teachers’ professional development in 2023. What the results highlighted was the value and importance of students being in class with our wonderful teachers to teach them. So, another big thank you, from all of us, for their commitment and professionalism. They are our greatest resource.

In a previous newsletter we told you that the percentage of parents who wanted religious instruction in school was 44%. With less than half of our parents wanting the Launch Pad programme to be offered, the Board moved at the December meeting to discontinue religious instruction in 2023.

Dawn Garbett, Presiding Member of the Board

Welcome to Year 8

As the year begins we start with new leaders of the school. Our year 8s are looking forward to leading by example, extending their learning (to get ready for high school) and of course having a little fun on the way.

I am really excited to be in Year 8 for multiple reasons. We are the seniors of the school, and we get to connect to our friends a lot before we move apart for college. I'm excited to learn new things, and to experience old things. Bring on college!!Jacob C

“I am looking forward to exhibition because I will be trying something new. Choosing a specific topic, researching about it and presenting it.” Manon

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SchoolApps Alert Groups

Have you downloaded SchoolAppsNZ onto your phone?

Our school app has direct easy access to upcoming events, the latest newsletters, links including our website, Kindo and tuckshop items. Within the app you can notify us of your student’s absenteeism by filling out the email form within the app. Most importantly, you are invited to subscribe to class and sport notifications.

It is a timely reminder to ensure you have subscribed to the correct alert groups.

To access your Alert Subscriptions, select the “Menu” drop down, Alert Subscriptions, click on Sport or Classrooms and select the appropriate radio buttons. Ensure you have allowed push notifications for this app for this important feature to work.

If you haven't downloaded yet, please follow this link on your phone:

Weet-bix TRYathlon Postponement

We know that the past week has had a significant impact on many of our Auckland families and schools and we hope that this email finds you safe.

In the past 48 hours, after the last heavy rain event, we have reviewed the current state of the fields and water at Pt England Reserve, as well as speaking with many schools and families affected.

We have made the decision to postpone next Sunday’s Central East Auckland Sanitarium Weet Bix Kids TRYathlon event to Sunday 26th March.

Term Dates for 2023

A reminder of the terms for this year. These dates can be seen on the school website

Term 1: Wednesday 1 February - Thursday 6 April

Term 2: Wednesday 26 April - Friday 30 June

Term 3: Monday 17 July - Friday 22 September

Term 4: Monday 9 October - Friday 15 December

Uniform Shop

The wonderful PA will have the second-hand uniform shop open for a one-off day on Wednesday 15 February from 8.30-9am. It will be held in a room between the mini hall and the office - look for our directions.

Upcoming Events

  • Wednesday 15 February - Parent Information Evening for Y7 Camp 6.45pm
  • Wednesday 15 February - Meet the Teacher:

    5.30 - 6.00 Session 1 Years 1-4 (Mont R27)

    6.10 - 6.40 Session 2 Years 5-8 (Mont R28)

  • Monday 20 February - Y3-8 PATs begin

  • Wednesday 22 February - Y7/8 Eastern Zone Softball

  • Thursday 2 March - Y5/6 Bay Suburbs Softball

  • Monday 13 March - Y7/8 Swimming Sports at Sacred Heart

  • Tuesday 14 March - Y5/6 Swimming Sports at Sacred Heart

  • Wednesday 15 March - Y7 Camp (day 1 of 3)

  • Thursday 16 March - Y5/6 Eastern Zone Swimming Sports

  • Friday 17 March - Y7/8 Bay Suburbs Swimming Sports

  • Tuesday 21 March - Y1-4 Swimming Sports

  • Sunday 26 March Weet-Bix TRYathlon

Community Notices

Taekwon-Do for parents and children 8-12 years. Contact Mark Banicevich on 021 314 503 or register at

Stow Austin Studio 2023 Enrolments: Jazz, Hip Hop, Contemporary, Musical Theatre, Ballet. For students from 4 years and above. See the flyer below or phone 021 440 088/0275 456 778 or or visit

Baradene College Open Day Tours – Wed 1 March / Thurs 2 March 2023. Bookings online REQUIRED (opening 9.00am Mon 20 Feb) Tour times: 9.00am, 10.00am, 11.30am. Book by 3.00pm Monday 27 Feb at Enrolments for Year 7, 2024 and for limited places in other year levels are being accepted now and will close 3pm Fri 17 March, 2023.

Daniel Tran Piano Lessons: I have completed Trinity LTCL Music Performance Certification and have been teaching piano and music for a number of years. I can teach any level up to Grade 8 and prepare students for ABRSM Royal School of Music and Trinity Graded examinations. Feel free to give me a ring or email: Mobile: 0210 283 7682

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