Normanby School Newsletter 20

Tuesday 3 November 2020

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Principal's Message

Tēnā koutou katoa – Warmest greetings to you all.

I hope you all managed to find time to come and see our Art Exhibition. If not please check out the "Normanby Primary School" Facebook Page as you will find several photos displaying the children's amazing masterpieces.

It was wonderful to see so many families and friends visit our Art Exhibition and also purchase some PTA Raffle tickets at the same time. If you missed out, do not despair, we still have a few left to sell. You will be able to send money with your child or come into the office to purchase these.

We have three raffles:

  • $100 note - $2 per ticket
  • Scratchies - $2 per ticket
  • Guess how many Jelly Beans in the Jar. - $1 per guess

Thank you for your continued support. We really do appreciate everything you do to help us give the children the best opportunities whilst at Normanby School.

As I said in previous newsletters, this year we have been working really hard as a team to improve the quality of writing across our school. We have worked with a facilitator to ensure we are targeting specific children and their ability to write purposeful pieces of writing which can be enjoyed by their audience.

Please keep encouraging your child to practise their writing skills at home. This could be in the form of a letter, postcard or email to a friend or family member.

You can also help your child by supporting them and being excited by their learning.

In each newsletter over this term I will give you some ideas that can be used at home according to the age and / or stage of your child. Over the last two weeks I have given you some ideas for young children in Year 0/1 and 2. Today we have some tips for children in Year 3. But of course these ideas can be used for any age and stage.

Year 3

Make writing fun

  • Talk about interesting words with your child, especially ones that are fun to say, like "hippopotamus" or "ringaringa". Short and simple games could involve finding how many little words can be found using the letters in the word 'elephant'.
  • Make up a story or think of a pakiwaitara (legend) or traditional tale and act it out with costumes and music, write down the names of the characters or tīpuna (ancestors).
  • Make up a play with your child. You could help your child to write the play down. Use puppets they design and make themselves to give a performance to the family.
  • Keep writing fun and use any excuse to encourage your child to write about anything, any time.

Give them reasons to write

  • Writing for a real purpose can help your child want to write. For example, writing invitations, typing emails or writing and posting notes.
  • Personalizing notes by cutting, decorating, sticking or stamping are great skills for coordinating fingers and creative. Postcards are a good size for a sentence or two and they are cheap to post, too.
  • Encourage your child to write what they need to pack for a holidays, dictate your shopping list to them, or get them to write a list of jobs that need doing.
  • Talk to your child about what they write. Be interested. If you don't understand what your child's picture or story is about, ask them to explain.

Supporting your child's writing

  • Talk to your child about what you are writing - let them see you making lists, writing emails, filling in forms.
  • Keep envelopes, forms you don't need so that your child can do their 'grown up' writing.
  • Display your child's writing where others can admire and read it.
  • Play with words. Find and discuss interesting new words - this can help increase the words you child uses when they write - look words up in the dictionary or on the Internet or talk to family and whanau members to learn the whakapapa (origins) of the words.
  • Be a great role model. Show your child that you write for all sorts of reasons. Let them see you enjoying writing.

This week we have our School Athletics Days. I look forward to seeing children doing their personal best and having success in whatever they try to achieve. Don't forget to send through your child's PTA BBQ lunch orders by tomorrow (Wednesday) 3pm.

Ngā mihi nui

Janelle Jones

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He rau ringa e oti ai

Many hands make light work

Encourages people to work together. It can be used to invite people to participate or to acknowledge the effort and work of many.

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Contents of this week’s newsletter

  • Welcome to Normanby School
  • Community Consultation Survey
  • Athletics Day / Tabloids - Thursday 5 November
  • New Enrolments
  • School Photos
  • PTA Update from Linn Vincent
  • BBQ Lunch - Thursday 5 November
  • Normanby SUPERSTAR
  • School Hats
  • New Sports Tops For Sale
  • Week 4 Normanby Stars
  • Puanga Hub Big Day Out
  • Whanau Morning and School Assembly
  • Touch Rugby
  • BOT Election Results
  • Van Payments
  • Year 6 Enrolments for Hawera Intermediate School 2021
  • November Birthdays
  • Term Dates 2020
  • Term Dates 2021
  • Coming up in Week 4 & 5
  • Dates to put in your Diary
  • Secondhand Uniform
  • Community Notices

welcome to normanby school

This week we welcomed the following new student to Normanby School:

  • Melah Cook - Melah is a new entrant and has joined Room 5 in Ngahere. Her older sister, Acacia is in Room 2.

We look forward to getting to know Melah.

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School Community Consultation Survey

Today a survey was sent out to all families electronically. If you would prefer a paper copy, please contact Kay in the office and she will send one home.

The purpose of the survey is to consult our school community and hear about your opinions. We value your thoughts and feedback. Next Monday 9 November at 7pm the BOT and staff are all meeting to discuss our Charter and Strategic plan for 2021. Your responses will be shared at this meeting.

If you choose to add your name (optional) to the survey then you will go in the draw to win a $100 Warehouse Voucher. This will be drawn on Monday 9 November. Please ensure your survey is completed by the end of Sunday 8 November. Thank you.

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School Athletics and Tabloids - Thursday 5 November

All students will be involved in athletics and tabloid activities on Thursday 5 November at school. During the athletics rotations the 5 - 7 year olds will be doing a modified version of long jump and ball throw. Children who own a School Sports Top may wear them for the day or they can wear a coloured top representing their School House colours.

All students will need to ensure they have drink bottles, sunhats and sunblock for the day.

We hope you are able to come along and support our students on these days. If there are any questions regarding the events please speak to your class teacher or contact us.

We look forward to seeing some great competitions and sportsmanship.

Below is a brief outline of the day's events.

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New Enrolments

To assist us with our forward class planning, please let the school know if you're planning on enrolling a child turning 5 years old in 2021. If you know of a new family who has just arrived in the area, please also pass this message onto them.

Thank you.

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school photos

School photos are being taken on Tuesday 24 November. This week all children were given a named photo envelope to take home. If you didn't receive one for each of your children, please give Kay a call on 06 272 8023. All photos are pre-paid and payment is due by Thursday 19 November.

If you pay by internet banking directly to Photolife, the envelope must still be returned to school please.

Important: The name on the envelope is the name that will be printed on the class photo. If the name is incorrect please let Kay know ASAP.

If you would like to order a group photo of your children who attend Normanby School, please collect a Sibling envelope from the office.

PTA Update from Linn Vincent

Term 4 is the last term for the year and what a year it has been!

Thank you to everyone for supporting our Licorice fundraiser. We sold out pretty fast - I think it is safe to say that we all love licorice! All the money raised is going towards Swimming Lessons in Term One and the PTA End of Year Treat.

Also we had a Bobby calf fundraiser. Thank you to all the farmers who donated towards this and also to Josie Werder for organising. All money raised went towards some new Sports Uniforms.

Coming up we have the PTA Sausage Sizzle on the 6th November after the children's Athletics Day. There will be sausages for sale for family and friends bring along your money. If we have any raffle tickets left on Thursday, we will also have these available for sale.

The Children's PTA Treat takes place on Friday 13th November. We are keeping most of the activities as a surprise for the children but a couple of things you need to know:

  • The children can dress in a Christmas Themed Mufti for the day (no cost)
  • They will be provided with a lunch on the day. (no cost)

BBQ Lunch - Thursday 5 November

This week on Thursday 5 November we have our PTA BBQ lunch straight after the School Athletics / Tabloids events. Order forms went home yesterday (Monday 2 November). These need to be returned to school by 3pm Wednesday 4 November please.

$1 Fizzy Drink

$1 Water Bottle

$1 Cookie

$2 Sausage Sizzle

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Last week Lucy Fearnley selflessly and courageously gave up her hair to raise funds for the NZ Cancer Society. Lucy had been growing her hair specifically for the reason of donating her hair for a wig to be made for those suffering from cancer. This is absolutely amazing for someone so young. Great to see a student showing leadership skills and characteristics not just at school but also in the wider community. Well done Lucy!

School Hats

All students are required to wear a bottle green bucket hat during Term One and Term Four.

We are doing another order of the embroidered hats with your child's name, for a total cost of $15, ready for Term One 2021.

If you would like to order one, please make payment into the school bank account quoting 'hat' and the name you would like embroidered.

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There are three sizes available which can be viewed at the office. Orders close on Friday 4 December.

New Sports Tops

We have our new Sports Tops available from the office if you would like to purchase one for your child.

These can be worn on any sports related days at school such as Athletics. They are $40.

Please make payments to the following account. Please use your child's name and quote "Sports Top" as a reference so we can easily identify your payment. Thank you.

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Week Four Normanby Stars

Congratulations to our Normanby STARS who will receive a class certificate or Principal's Certificate and a Duffy Book this week at our School Assembly. We also have Room 8 sharing an item at assembly this week.

Class Certificates

Mr Jones choice: Elijah Harris

Room 2: Caprice Winstone

Room 3: Connah Laupama

Room 4: Ruby Jordan

Room 5: Jorja Paul

Room 6: Isabelle Vincent

Room 7: Freeman Bennett

Room 8: Braedyn Baylis

Welcome: Melah Cook

Principal’s Certificates (Plus a Duffy Book Prize)

Being a great role model and displaying developing leadership qualities

Mr Jones choice: Alexa Ogle

Room 2: Jasmine Campbell

Room 3: Curtis Bennett

Room 4: Lucian Harper

Room 5: Evie Schrader

Room 6: Ivana Katene

Room 7: Maddison Webb

Room 8: Kahn Hori


Details of the day is as follows:

When: Friday 4 December

Where: New Plymouth

Transport: Weirs Bus plus one emergency vehicle

What: Bowlarama – Ten Pin Bowling/ Mini Golf / Todd Aquatic Centre

Time: 8am to 4.30pm

Payment for the $50 fee for this optional activity is due on Friday 27 November please.

Payment can be made through our school bank account:

Please use your child's name and quote "Puanga Hub Big Day Out" as a reference so we can easily identify your payment. Thank you.

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This week on Friday 6 November you are welcome to join us for whanau morning from 8.30am. Check out what your child has been doing in their classroom. At 9.10am we have our School Assembly and Room 8 will be presenting an item. Everyone welcome.


Touch Rugby Reminders

Please ensure your child arrives 20 minutes prior to the start of their game.

If your child cannot play for whatever reason, please let the coach or Team Manager know in plenty of time so they have enough children to play.

Practice Times:

  • Year 3/4 Normanby Titans Wednesday 2 to 3pm (At School)
  • Year 5/6 Normanby Panthers Wednesday 2 to 3pm (At School)
  • Year 3/4 Normanby Broncos Wednesday 3 to 4pm (At School)
  • Year 5/6 Normanby Warriors Wednesday 3 to 4pm (At School)
  • Year 1/2 Normanby Roosters Thursday 2.30 to 3pm (At School)
  • Year 1/2 Normanby Eels Thursday 3.30pm to 4pm (Turuturu Soccer Fields)

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BOT Election

Normanby School Board of Trustees Election

Declaration of Parent Election Results

At the close of nominations, as the number of valid nominations was equal to the number of vacancies required to be filled, I hereby declare the following duly elected:

  • Marion (Maz) Prince
  • Adam Werder


Adrienne Cooper

Returning Officer

Van Payments

All families who choose to use the school vans will have received an invoice for Term Four. The bank account number for van payments was changed at the beginning of Term Three. Please ensure you put the money into the correct account. Full time users take precedence for the van.

We currently have a waiting list so please ensure you let Kay in the office know asap if there are any changes to your circumstances.

All van payments are made to: -

Normanby School Office

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Year 6 Enrolments for Hawera Intermediate School 2021

The process of enrolling Year 6 students for 2021 at Hawera Intermediate School is about to begin. A newsletter went home with all Year 6 students last term. If you did not receive this, please check your child's bag or ask the office for a copy please.

Key dates are as follows:

  • Tuesday 3 November - Parent Enrolments at Hawera Intermediate 3 to 6pm
  • Thursday 12 November - Year 6 students visit Hawera Intermediate School 1.30 to 2.45pm
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November Birthdays

Happy birthday to the following children and staff who have their birthday coming up in November.

Tuesday 3 November - Kendrick Bennett - 6 years old

Sunday 8 November - Olivia Kumeroa-Thompson - 10 years old

Monday 9 November - Curtis Bennett - 10 years old

Tuesday 10 November - Acacia Cook - 10 years old

Thursday 12 November - Lily Fabish - 10 years old

Friday 13 November - Joseph Karena - 5 years old

Sunday 15 November - Hope King - 7 years old

Sunday 15 November - Lucas Harris - 7 years old

Thursday 26 November - Connah Laupama - 10 years old

Friday 27 November - Mrs Whyte

Monday 30 November - Isabella Ogle - 11 years old

Term Dates 2020

Monday 12 October - Term 4 begins

Monday 26 October - Labour Day - School Closed

Friday 20 November - Teacher Only Day

Wednesday 16 December - School finishes at 12noon


Here are the Term Dates for 2021.

Monday 1 February School Office opens at 8am

Friday 5 February Head Start Hui (Learning conferences / setting goals)

Monday 8 February Waitangi Holliday

Tuesday 9 February All children at school

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Coming Up in Week 4 and 5

What's happening in Week 4?

Monday 2 November

Happy Birthday to Paige Jordan - 7 years old today

Happy Birthday to Killian Fowlie - 10 years old today

Student Council Meeting at 1.50pm

Tuesday 3 November

Happy Birthday to Kendrick Bennett - 6 years old today

Puanga Hub Athletics at Normanby Domain

Parent enrolment session at Intermediate 3 - 6pm

Wednesday 4 November

Seasons 2pm

Thursday 5 November

Athletics Day / Tabloids for the whole school

Touch Rugby

Friday 6 November

Whanau Morning 8.30am

School Assembly 9.10am

Sunday 8 November

Happy Birthday to Olivia Kumeroa-Thompson - 10 years old today

What's happening in Week 5?

Monday 9 November

Happy Birthday to Curtis Bennett - 10 years old today

School Council Meeting at 1.50pm

BOT and Staff Charter / Strategic Planning Meeting at 7pm

Tuesday 10 November

Happy Birthday to Acacia Cook - 10 years old today

Kapa Haka Performance Group at 1.50pm

Wednesday 11 November

Seasons 2pm

PTA Meeting at 7pm

Thursday 12 November

Happy Birthday to Lily Fabish - 10 years old today

Y6 visit to Intermediate 1.30pm - 2.45pm

Touch Rugby

Friday 13 November

Happy Birthday to Joseph Karena - 5 years old today

Whanau Morning 8.30am

School Assembly 9.10am

PTA treat for children

Mufti Day - Christmas Theme - no cost

Sunday 15 November

Happy Birthday to Hope King - 7 years old today

Happy Birthday to Lucas Harris - 7 years old today

Dates to Put in Your Diary

Tuesday 3 November - Athletics - Seniors only

Thursday 5 November - Athletics Day - Whole School

Friday 13 November
- PTA Treat

Friday 20 November - Teacher Only Day

Tuesday 24 November - School Photos

Friday 4 December - Puanga Hub Big Day Out

Monday 7 December - Year 6 Graduation Dinner and Celebration

Thursday 10 December - End of Year School Concert

Tuesday 15 December - School Prize-giving at 10.30am

Wednesday 16 December - School finishes at 12noon.

Secondhand Uniform

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