Newsletter T3W6

Tuesday August 30 August

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Tēnā koutou katoa,

Thank you so much for taking the time to read our newsletter.

Whitney Street School Board

We are pleased to inform you that the following three parent Board Members have been re-elected unopposed - Kate McEntee, Fliss Spencer, and Marcello Pinheiro. We are lucky to have such a committed Board with a variety of strengths. Thank you to these three for standing again and being so giving of their time and skills to support our school.

PB4L - Positive Behaviour For Learning

We are a PB4L School and have been focusing on recognising positive choices and how our values apply in different settings. The ‘Whitney Way’ part of our vision (i.e. Honest, Caring, Respectful, Learners), along with the Kiwican values of Integrity, Positive Relationships, Respect, and Resilience, guide the behaviours we expect. A great way to reinforce good choices is for you to comment to your child(ren) at home when they are showing the positive behaviours we expect at school, and when they don’t, teach them how. Together we will continue to make a difference in teaching your children important life skills.

Every week, we focus on something different to make sure that our students are trying hard to live and breathe our vision. Students who are spotted living our vision receive Tumeke Awards. During our Hub Hui, these go into a draw where a winner is selected from each class to win a cupcake. Each child then goes into the draw for that chance to pick something from the prize box. As a school, all of our Tumeke are combined and added to the Tumeke Tower. When we reach a certain point, our students are all the winners of a Whole School Tumeke Reward.

School Hours

Please note that children are not supervised at school before 8:30am and after 3:15pm. If your child arrives earlier than 8:30am they must wait on the hall deck, not in classrooms as teachers often have meetings or are preparing resources, etc. This means that they may not be present in the classroom which is a safety issue.

The same applies after school when we encourage children to leave the school grounds by 3:15pm. We understand that some people may require a bit longer to get here to pick children up, so if it is after 3:15pm we ask that children wait on the playground or hall deck, as teachers often have meetings in classrooms, or are offsite. Therefore please note that teachers are not responsible for supervising students after 3:15pm and they are the parents’ responsibility. If you would like your child to play on the playground after school, then parents need to be here supervising them. All grounds should be cleared of unaccompanied children by 3:30pm. Thank you for your understanding.

Calendar Art - Your children are in the process of creating a masterpiece!

This is an annual school fundraiser. The money we make goes towards classroom resources. Your child’s pictures can be turned into calendars, cards and/or diaries. These are perfect Christmas or birthday presents or just a nice keepsake, featuring your child’s artwork. The artwork will be displayed in your child’s class at the beginning of Week 9, 19th September. Pop in and have a look. An order form will be sent home in Week 9 and needs to be returned to the school office with payment. Please note this is a quick turnaround! They will be ready in Term 4.

Hockey Prizegiving

Well done to our two hockey teams and thanks to Mel Davis and Dana Goodwin for coaching the Y5/6 team and Frith Valk for coaching the Y3/4 team. The children had a great season and the coaches commented that ‘All the children played really well and improved during the season. They were all a real credit to the school both on and off the field’ which is wonderful to hear. Congratulations to the following prize winners:

  • Y5/6 Team Most Valuable Player - Jayden Long

  • Y5/6 Team Most Improved Player - Annie Bella Nolan

  • Y3/4 Team Most Valuable Player - Amelie Davis

  • Y3/4 Team Most Improved Player - Flo Spencer

Young Leaders Day

Last week 14 of our Year 5/6 students attended the Young Leaders Day held at the ASB Theatre. They were motivated and inspired by leaders such as by Karen Tui-Boyes, Mark Ingils, Jake Bailey an Ti’i Paulo. Our children represented our school with pride and were extremely well-behaved, living our vision out in the community.

Preschool Enrolments

We are asking for our Whitney families, with children who are aged under 5, to take the time to check with the office that they are pre-enrolled at school. This allows for us to plan the classes more effectively and to ensure that we have spaces available.

We will also have some out-of-zone placements available in most year groups for 2023 and will put an advert out via our app and website later in the term, so let any friends or family know.

Lights Over Marlborough - Saturday 12 November

It’s that time of year again! The PSG (Parent Support Group) have been busy behind the scenes organising our main fundraising event ‘Lights Over Marlborough’ being held on Saturday 12 November (postponement Sunday 13 Nov). For new parents … this is a huge community fireworks event combined with other stalls and entertainment that the PSG organise, and which we hope all parents can help out with. As always, our goal is to provide a massive community event where the people of Marlborough can unite and celebrate something beautiful in the night sky. We are especially looking forward to it this year, since we had to cancel due to Covid-19 last year.

In the next few weeks, we will be sending home a Volunteer Sign Up form so start thinking about what stalls you would like to help out on. Stalls include: Mystery Bottles; Drinks; Glow Sticks; Candyfloss & Popcorn; Chocolate Wheel; First Aid; Bouncy Castles; Security; Trailer Rides; and Kidzone. We’ll also need set up and take down crews as well.

Lights Over Marlborough is a real community event that usually attracts up to 5000 people on a fine night. It is our school’s main fundraiser so please keep the date free and sign up to help when the form is sent home.

We usually have 4 mufti-days leading up to LOM. This is so we can gather a massive stash of chocolate for the Chocolate Wheel and Bottles for the Mystery Bottle Stall. Please see the image below for the dates of these mufti-days.

Thank you for your support!

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2023 Enrolments for Bohally Intermediate School - Now OPEN

Click here to be directed to the enrolments page.

We are proud to share...

Our values at school and in the community

We are learning how to be a great audience using our values as a guide.

We show we are whakaute (respectful) by;

- Listening to the speaker

- Standing and sitting quietly

- Respecting the need for silence

We show we are caring (manaaki) by;

- being happy for the achievement of others

- Claping

- Singing

Our values - something for our whānau to ponder

As parents or teachers, we can’t always be there to solve every problem for our children. In fact, this isn’t our job. Our job is to TEACH our children how to solve problems by themselves. This way, they can become confident, independent, and successful individuals.

Term 3 Kiwi Can

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Repeated (But important!) School Notices

Wairau Camp

Camp is in week 10 (the last week) of Term Three. This year, we are going to Teapot Valley in Brightwater, Nelson. Camp will cost $115 per student and is due on Monday 19th September. We highly suggest that you break the payments into smaller chunks and begin them as soon as possible.

The Whitney Street School BOT bank details are: 03 0599 0305934 00

  • Rooms 1, 2 and 8 will attend Monday-Wednesday (26th-28th September)
  • Rooms 3 & 4 will be attending Wednesday-Friday (28th-30th September)

If you plan on putting your name forward as a parent helper, you may want to pencil these dates in for leave however this will not guarantee you’re selected. If you have any questions, feel free to contact Mr Alexander in Room 2.

The FIRST NOTICE can be found by clicking here.

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 (, 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 able to quickly 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.

Our school calendar is often filled with trips and events and sometimes the dates and details change. The BEST place to keep an eye on what is happening is on the school App in the calendar section.

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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 the 2021 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.


If you haven't done so already, please have a go at downloading the Hero App which shows your child’s achievement, progress and learning goals. The instructions are here or you can type into your browser. It really is very important that you access this information about your child so you are able to be involved in their education as much as possible.

Suggestions Box

Do you have any suggestions for us at Whitney Street School? In the school office, there is a 'Suggestion Box' that is checked regularly. Or click here to email it.

Automatic Payment Option

We highly recommend setting up an automatic payment to help pay for things like stationery at the beginning of the year, uniform items and camps. It's a great way to help plan your budget and spread the cost of more expensive things. $5 or $10 a week is way more manageable than a large lump sum! Use your child's first initial and last name as a reference.

The Whitney Street School BOT bank details are: 03 0599 0305934 00

Embroid a Stitch (Previously known as Pretty Things Embroidery)

Are you after a professionally stitched name on a piece of uniform? Click here to find out more or text/phone 0211001228, or email

Toki sio (see you later - in Tongan)


Are you and your children members of the town library?

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We think our Blenheim town library is amazing! Library members can borrow books, talking books, DVDs, magazines, and more to take home and enjoy.

All you need to join Marlborough District Libraries is be a permanent resident in Marlborough and present some valid ID at the library. If you are under 18 you will need permission from a parent or guardian to become a Junior Member.

How to join

Visit your local library to join or register online by completing the online registration form HERE


Following on from the successful pilot program of High School Musical Jr in 2022, we are excited to announce our Summer Intensive production for 2023 is Seussical Jr!

Our Summer Intensive is a 2 week program during the summer holidays. Students will rehearse, create, stage, and perform an entire show in just 2 weeks! This year we have opened up our age range to include school years 3-13.

We are also offering 4 internships to students who are year 13 in 2022/2023. Our interns will receive full training and personal mentorship in what it takes to produce a theatre production and working with children.

Attached is a flyer with information about auditions.

Thank you,

Alison Dight

Director - Marlborough Academy of Music

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Blue September Breakfast

Join TvA Chartered Accountants, along with this year’s sponsors; Sport Tasman & CBD Eatery on Friday 9th September 2022 for our annual Blue September Breakfast held at the new Sports Hub at Lansdowne Park.

We have Guest Speaker: Sir Wayne 'Buck' Shelford (All Black legend & Prostate Cancer Ambassador) here to talk to our men & woman about his journey with Prostate Cancer. To help raise awareness for the foundation, along with some chat about well-being, general health & fitness. Oh and of course RUGBY!

Tickets can be purchased online $40.00 p/p + booking fees (includes hot Egg Bene in a bun with a hash brown). $25.00 of all ticket sales go to the Prostate Cancer Foundation. Entry by ticket only.

Doors will be open after 7am & we kick off at 7.30am

We will have 2 coffee carts onsite for your hot drinks to purchase on entry.

Donations are encouraged to help to raise funds for the Prostate Cancer Foundation.

Wear something blue to show your support.

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