Newsletter T2W4

Tuesday 25 May - Term 2 Week 4

Big picture

School Notices Term 2 Week 4 2021

Mālō e lelei (hello in Tongan)

As you are no doubt aware Tanya, our wonderful office administrator is leaving soon to move to Texas, USA with her partner Mark. Tanya has been working at Whitney Street School for 15 years and will be greatly missed. Tanya has given so much to Whitney Street School during her time here as we all know she is very capable and efficient, and knows our students and whānau well. We wish Tanya all the best on her next adventure in life and look forward to regular updates on all she has been up to. Please see the message below about a final assembly for Tanya.

Tanya’s replacement is Adele Large and we warmly welcome her to our Whitney Street family. Adele started working with Tanya last week and in total will have had two weeks for Tanya to impart her specialised Whitney Street knowledge and skills on. Adele has big boots to fill but she comes extremely highly recommended and we are sure the transition will be smooth, and everyone will make her feel welcome. Feel free to pop into the office and say hi to Adele and bye to Tanya before Tanya’s final day on Tuesday 1 June.

Special Assembly

We will be having a special assembly in honor of Tanya, to say thank you and au revoir as she ends her time at Whitney Street School. You are welcome to come to celebrate and show your appreciation at this special assembly, Tuesday 1st June at 2:15. Space may be an issue so we will open the hall doors and you may have to stand along the back - thanks for your understanding if this is the case.

Last week was Bullying Free NZ Week and the theme was was He Kōtuinga mahi iti, he hua pai-ā rau - Small ripples create big waves. The small actions we take to help prevent bullying will together create a wave of change.

We had a pink shirt day on Friday May 21st. Many children wore pink in support. Check out the pictures further down in the newsletter.

This provides a great opportunity for students to celebrate what makes them unique – such as talents, interests, appearance, disability, culture, beliefs, etc. At Whitney Street we try to provide an environment where everyone is welcome, safe and free from bullying.

We focus on our values of caring, honesty, respect and learning so we appreciate opinions, celebrate difference, and promote positive relationships. We have programmes such as PB4L (Positive Behaviour for Learning) and KiwiCan to reinforce our values and teach children the correct behaviours. We teach children to use their WITS (Walk away, Ignore, Talk it out, Seek help) to prevent them being bullied.

We also have a bullying definition which is ‘Doing something hurtful on purpose repeatedly’. We break it down for the children into what it looks like, sounds like and feels like, and it is displayed in every classroom. The Bullying Free website also has a short video (see link below) which explains the difference between being rude, being mean, and bullying that you may like to watch with your children.

Although we work hard at school to achieve a bullying free environment, we need everyone – school staff, students, trustees, parents, whānau and communities – supporting diversity, talking about bullying, and working together to help us with this goal. Here is a Guide for Parents and Whānau to tackle bullying and the Bullying Free website is also very informative.

Uniform Labelling

We have a wonderful parent who for $5 will embroider your child’s name, or surname on their sweatshirt/fleece. This is a great way to ensure your child doesn't lose their uniform as the name will never wear off. Please contact Karen Benade on 021 1001228.


Just a heads up that our wonderful PSG (Parent Support Group) are organising another school disco on Friday 18 June. More information about the event will be available nearer the time.

Thank You!

A huge thank you is extended to Diana Couper (mum of Storm in R18) who has very generously donated a defibrillator to Whitney St School for use by the school and wider community. Diana tragically lost her brother Aaron Couper last year, and wanted to donate the defibrillator to the school in memory of him. We are very appreciative of the donation and know it will give many in our close community reassurance to know the defibrillator is within easy access. We will position it in the office foyer.

Brewer Street Construction

Kāinga Ora (Homes and Communities) have informed us that work is starting on the demolition of the properties 27-35 Brewer St. Please take care when parking in Brewer St to drop off and pick up children as there may be big machinery such as trucks and diggers using the road.

Teacher Union Meetings

The NZEI have scheduled teacher union meetings throughout the country this month. Teachers in Marlborough will be meeting on Thursday afternoon June 24. School will remain open with a skeleton staff but we would appreciate it if you could pick up your child at 1:00pm. Supervision will be available for those that remain at school, and a notice will be sent home nearer the time to indicate whether your child will be going home or staying at school.

While we regret the inconvenience we know this will cause, these are government approved meetings and it allows teachers to meet as a group, and to hear and be part of important decisions going forward. Thanks for your understanding.

Toki sio (see you later - in Tongan)

Whitney Street Staff

What has been happening in Room 11

In R11 we have been learning about stretching a sentence to make it more interesting. Here are a few examples.

Who? - The cat.

Doing what? - The cat was eating food.

When? - The cat was eating food in the morning.

Where? - The cat was eating food in the morning at the house.

Why? - The cat was eating food in the morning at the house because he was hungry.

By Maddison Munden

Who? - The eagle.

Doing what? - The eagle is getting food for its babies.

When? - The eagle is getting food for its babies in the morning.

Where? - The eagle is getting food for its babies in the morning in the jungle.

Why? - The eagle is getting food for its babies in the morning in the jungle so they were ready to take their first flying lesson.

By Tyquin Radka

Who? - The clown.

Doing what? - The clown was juggling on a unicycle.

When? - The clown was juggling on a unicycle at sunset.

Where? - The clown was juggling on a unicycle at sunset in the circus tent.

Why? - The clown was juggling on a unicycle at sunset in the circus tent to make people laugh.

By Arthur Aitken


Last term we did some research about an animal and we also did a mirror image sketch of it. Here are some examples. If you click on the images below you will see who produced the work.

Room 11 also worked hard on designing and completing our paddles about ourselves for our class waka. Thanks Clive for making our AMAZING waka! He waka eke noa - We are all in this together!

Other School News and Happenings

Pink Shirt 👚 Day Fundraiser

A BIG shout out to everyone who supported the Pink Shirt Day fundraiser last Friday. We were overwhelmed with pink shirts on the day which was awesome to see. The gold coin donations raised $266.50. Thanks again for supporting this good cause.

Go Go Go Gymnastics!

A little something to make you smile. Here are a few photos from the gym festival on Friday. After a few nervous twitches the children settled into their routines and were very proud of themselves. A few individuals received top scores from the judges as follows:

C Grade with 5 as the highest possible score:

Leon 5 on Vault

Mikalio 5 on vault

Eliza 5 on beam, 5 on skipping

Izzy 5 on floor, 5 on bars, 5 on skipping, 5 on vault

Jorgia 5 on skipping

Ava 5 on floor, 5 on skipping

Bella C 5 on floor

Olivia H 5 on bars, 5 on skipping

There were also lots of 4's achieved too, so well done to everyone! Sophie, Savannah, Ava, Bella C and Olivia H also achieved a perfect team score of 20 for skipping.

B Grade with 10 as the possible highest score:

Our boys team consisting of Jed, Alex, Finley, & Donte all received 10's to achieve a perfect team score of 40 for their vault. Jed, Trysten and Alex also received several 9's.

Our girls B team:

Ada 10 in skipping

Elizabeth 10 in skipping

Harriet 10 on Beam

In our mixed B grade team:

Cameron 10 in skipping

Amelia 10 on Beam, 10 in skipping and 10 on vault

Our A grade was scored out of 10 and had fierce competition. Hayley, Georgia and Matthew should be very proud of themselves. All achieving several 8's and 9's and Hayley a 10 on beam.

Congratulations to all our gymnasts!

Whitney Street School Board Of Trustees News

12 May 2021 Meeting Summary prepared by Fliss Spencer

The theme of this meeting for Board members was "Self-Managing". Board members reflected on how we can be self-managing in our roles and contribute to our school.

Adam Alexander presented the MOE Target Student Report to the Board. At the end of Term 1, 19% of MOE Target Students are predicted to make accelerated progress and reach their expected curriculum level by the end of the year. This percentage is expected to improve as we make progress throughout the year.

The Board undertook initial planning for community consultation during Matariki at the start of July.

ERO (Education Review Office) have been working in the school with Cheryl this week. ERO now use a new model where one person from ERO (Carole Clark) works with the school over time eg 3 years. They establish relationships with the school and help to improve practices through regular self review.Currently together with the school, they are working on a focus for evaluative inquiry for our school, finding ways of measuring progress, achievement, equity and excellence.

Cheryl delivered her Principal’s Report, with updates on the 10-Year Property Plan, attendance and feedback on staffing. Approval for the Y5/6 camp to Rotoiti also featured in the report. There is some fantastic work happening around our school.

The Board reviewed the following two SchoolDocs Policies: 1. Protected Disclosure, and 2. Reporting to Parents on Student Progress and Achievement

Big picture

The Name Says it All!

At the end of last year, students in Room 1, Ms Edward's class, worked with Kāinga Ora (Homes and Communities) to help suggest a name for the new street off Brewer Street. They researched the area and our school, and sent a selection of names to Kāinga Ora. Kāinga Ora loved the suggestion of Mahi Ahi Street, which recognised the significance of the Lights Over Marlborough Fireworks display. Kāinga Ora then ran the name past the Iwi in Marlborough who advised that the correct translation for fireworks was Pahū Ahi Street. With this in mind Pahū Ahi Street was chosen, as it recognised the feedback from the students and has approval from Iwi.

In order to thank the students Kāinga Ora provided a delicious morning tea and gave each student who was involved and who are in Year 6 this year, a certificate. In years to come it will be special for the students to know they had a say in the meaningful naming of a local street near their school.

We are a PB4L School - Positive Behaviour For Learning

Rude, Mean or Bullying

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.

Big picture

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.

Bread Tags for Wheelchairs

In line with sustainability, the Wairau Hub will continue to collect bread tags to help support the Bread Tags for Wheelchairs initiative. Save them up, bring them into Room 1 and we will arrange for them to get to where they need to go.

This cool idea supports The United Nations Sustainability Goals of;

* Goal 1: No Poverty donate what we don't use

* Goal 3: Good Health and Wellbeing

* Goal 10: Reduced inequalities

2021 Winter Camp - For Wairau Hub Students

In 2021 the Year 5 and 6 students are going to Lake Rotoiti and Rainbow Ski Field for a two-night stay. This camp involves a range of activities that encourage our Wairau Hub students to develop more independence, be risk-takers, problem solvers and build new friendships. Please budget $105 for this camp to help pay for the accommodation and food.

  • Tuākana and ½ of Room 8 Camp Dates - Term 3 Week 3

August 9 - 11 (Over on Monday and back on Wednesday for 3pm)

  • Marohi and ½ of Room 8 Camp Dates - Term 3 Week 3

August 11 - 13 (Over on Wednesday and back on Friday for 3pm)

We urge you to begin payment as soon as possible to avoid having to pay one large lump sum (see costs above).

If you would like to set up an automatic payment, please do so and use your child’s first initial and last name as a reference. The Whitney Street School BOT bank details are: 03 0599 0305934 00.

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

Pretty Things Embroidery

Are you after a professionally stitched name on a piece of uniform? Click here to find out more.

Community Notices

Big picture
Big picture
Big picture
Big picture

Junior Badminton

Junior Badminton (ages 8-16) is on Mondays for Term 2 from 5.30-7pm at St Mary's Hall, cnr Hodson & Francis Streets. Come along to learn about badminton and have fun. $5 a night. Please wear non-marking shoes and bring a drink bottle. For more info ph Anna or Mike 579-1954 or see our website at: