Week 9 Term 2 Panui

Wednesday - 21st June 2023

Principal Message

Ngā mihi nui ki a koutou katoa. Greetings to you all.

It has been a busy time with lots of school events recently. We are thrilled at the level of participation shown in the Jumping June, Helicopter Appeal and School Cross Country. As a community, we have raised over $34,000 for the Heart Foundation and $570 for the rescue helicopter - amazing stuff! It was awesome to see the level of skill and fitness gained through the combination of skipping and cross country training this term. A huge thanks to the Friends of Witherlea for running the bake sale and sausage sizzle yesterday which was a lovely enhancement to the day and generated $650 for the pastoral care that removes financial barriers to enable all children to access the curriculum at Witherlea. Well done to all runners for their excellent participation, effort and sportsmanship shown in the races yesterday and congratulations to the following students for placing in their age groups:

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The board met to review interim achievement data on Monday which shows a positive trend compared to the end of last year and historical averages. It is great to see very little disparity between cohorts, gender and ethnicity and that Māori learners achieve slightly better outcomes compared to Non-Māori. We believe the prioritisation of core curriculum teaching, smaller class sizes, increased learning support and a recent review of assessment and reporting processes underpin the gains made. Overall achievement trends are summarised in the table below:
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Next week the Term 3 events calendar will be distributed to the eldest/only child in each family - keep an eye out for this in your child's bag.

On Wednesday 28th of June we have our annual Matariki Hikoi followed by an open morning where you can pop into classes and see some of the amazing learning that's been happening and also check out a Matariki Art exhibition that will be displayed in the hall. For new families, we start on the top court at 7.00am with a short ceremony consisting of a welcome address and some kapa haka performances. At 7.20am we will walk up to the Tea House and sing some waiata while enjoying the sunrise. When we return there will be milo (BYO mugs) and scones made by our school staff. If you wish to contribute to the kai you are most welcome to drop this at the hall upon arrival. Following this our classrooms will be open for families to look at wall displays and see the progress in children's books. We hope you can make it to this special community event.

Written reports will be sent home with children in sealed envelopes next Friday and you are encouraged to book a Learning Conference for the first week of next term to discuss your child's progress and next steps in more detail. Thank you to our amazing teachers for the enormous amount of thought and time that goes into producing individualised reports alongside their day to day teaching responsibilities.

Ngā manaakitanaga

Symon Beattie


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Welcome to Witherlea School

We wish to welcome these new students and their families and whānau to our school and community;

Andres S, Aria H, Annaya D, Blake A, Addison M

Welcome to School Certificates are given out at our assembly on a Monday morning at 9am.

Be Kind, Be Safe, Be Fair Shoutouts

Be Kind, Be Safe, Be Fair Shoutouts

Congratulations to these students who have displayed one or all of our school behaviour expectations and are a model to others;


Imogen B - For being a kindness superstar! I love how inclusive you are, always ensuring that no one is left out. You will willingly work with anyone in class, offer help and are always complimenting others. Room 6 is so lucky to have you in our class!

Arlo K - Arlo, every day you make me smile, laugh and feel proud. You are such a kind young man and I feel like the luckiest teacher, having you in room 7.


Sophie C - For being an awesome role model in our class. You always help others when they need it with a kind smile. Ka pai Sophie!

Charlie M - Stepping up as a leader in the classroom by supporting others and setting an example by focusing on your learning.


Beau T - Beau, you are always looking for ways to help, encourage and show appreciation to your classmates and your teacher. This makes you such a role model for our school values.

Finn M - Consistently, going out of his way to lend a helping hand, offer words of encouragement and show empathy towards his peers. Continue to inspire those around you Finn, you are a star!

The awards are for recognition in displaying and modelling our school motto and values; Be Kind, Be Safe, Be Fair.

Learning Conferences Term 3

Witherlea School Learning Conferences will take place on Tuesday 18th of July 2023 1.30pm - 7.00pm. Please note that school will close at 1pm on this day.

Parents can book for this event by going to the School Interviews website and entering the event code cf3yp



Upcoming Important Dates

27th June - Concert at ASB theatre

28th June - Matariki Hikoi and Hui

29th June - Matariki Hikoi and Hui - Postponement

30th June - Reports Home

Jumping June

On Thursday 15th June, every child at Witherlea School participated in our Jumping June event. We began the day with a 10 minute whole school skipping session and then each child rotated around a variety of skipping stations, practicing all of their skills and tricks. In total, our school raised an incredible $34,000 for the Heart Foundation. Thank you all for your generous donations. The children have enjoyed taking part in this event and have all brought a skipping rope home with them.

You will be able to claim your prizes until 30th June.

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Grocery Grab 2023

It's coming up to that time of year again, where in Term 3, New World have kindly offered to sponsor another grocery grab to raise funds for Witherlea School! Look out for a sheet of ticket numbers (no books this year) coming home with your student(s) in week 2. Friends of Witherlea thanks you in advance for your support.
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Table Tennis Tournament

Mitchell Sportspower’ Marlborough Primary/Intermediate Schools table tennis tournament Sunday 25hth June, 9am start, Simcox Stadium.

Open to all children up to and including Year 8. You do NOT have to belong to a club to enter. Separate boys and girls events, lots of prizes. Entries are available here, or from Mitchell Sports Power, 15 Queen St. Info phone Debbie 0211632140 e-mail deb_e_j@hotmail.com

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