Newsletter - week 3, Term 3

Term 3 Week 3 - 12th August 2022


Tena Koutou, Talofa, Namaste, Hello and Greetings

Teachers are very excited, as we are going to create our very own East Gore Museum in our school hall at the end of the term which will showcase our learning about the migration of Māori across the pacific. Children will spend time learning about how Māori used a range of navigation skills and science in their explorations and migration. As a part of this learning we will also have a guest speaker come in and visit us to share some myths and legends. Our community can also be an amazing source of knowledge and skills so please get in touch with us if you have any knowledge or skills you could share with us. We are especially looking for people with mātauranga Māori (traditional knowledge of Māori people) who may have something to share with our children.

Whānau in Puriri will be aware that Mrs Victoria Buchanan is still away on sick leave and Puriri have previously had both Mrs Colleen Watt and Mr Richard Sutherland teaching during Term 2. This term Mrs Watt is teaching full time in Puriri, Mr Sutherland has not disappeared as he will be in all of the classes for teachers classroom release time and in Room Rimu once a week. Colleen and Richard have been a great team and we are very grateful to have such amazing teachers who are able to step in and step up for our community.

On Monday we were able to give all children at school a toilet bag that they could take home. These have been donated to us from the Rapid Relief Team. They are an organisation that are intent on helping communities and our children were very excited to receive their “present”.

Thank you to those of you who have already completed our communication survey, these are due back on Monday the 15th of August. To get accurate data across the whole school it is important that every family completes this and returns it to school. If you require another copy please let us know and we will get another copy sent home.

This term we are trialling free wifi for our parent community. It will be open from 2:45 until 3:15 on school days. The network name is East Gore Families and the password is learning. We are hopeful that this will help our families access our school communication better whether it be via Facebook, seesaw or the newsletter.

Absenteeism is of huge concern to educators around New Zealand. Simply put- if children are not at school they miss out on aspects of learning that may hamper their progress academically and socially. We understand that winter bugs are around at school and in the wider school community and we do want you to keep your children at home if they are sick but if they are well we want them here at school everyday. This term we are sitting on 84% attendance with only a small number of our families affected by covid. Across a term a child with only 84% attendance they miss nearly a week and a half of school and across a year that would mean they would miss 30 days of school. Spread across a year this may not seem like much but it is significant in terms of the learning being missed.

Luckily for us funding has been made available to schools to encourage families to send children back to school. We are going to use this funding to give back to our community. At each assembly we will announce two family winners of either a $50 fuel or grocery voucher for their family and a small spot prize for themselves. Every time your children are at school and on time they will get an entry for your family into the draw so if they are at school and on time every day for 2 weeks your family will get 10 chances to win. It is still important for children to stay home if they are sick so an absence justified by illness will still get an entry into the draw.

If your child is absent please remember to inform us when and why your child is absent as this is a legal requirement from the ministry of education and prevents families being followed up by truancy officers. It is especially important for us as we like to keep our children safe and knowing where they are helps us to do this.

Sarah Gilbert

Acting Principal

Kia pai tō rā whakatā (have a great weekend).

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We were lucky to have Elgregoe come to our school last week.

His show confirms our school values and the anti bullying message. His show is always entertaining the the whole school thoroughly enjoyed it.

Board of Trustees Election

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Clued up Kids

On Wednesday we attended the Clued up Kids event at the T & C hosted by Te Whatu Ora Health

At this event the students rotated around eight activities such as CPR, Police safety, Fire Safety, Earthquake drills, First aid and Search and Rescue.

Huge thanks to all those involved in presenting this amazing opportunity for our students.

Assembly Winners 5th August 2022

Certificate Winners

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Thank you to our great volunteers Emma & Co, Grace Church team and Phillip for your help with allowing this service to be offered to all students. If you would like to help you would be most welcome - more the merrier.

Breakfast Club will open in the hall at 8.35am and finish at 8.50am - weetbix followed by toast will be on offer.



We are unable to heat up lunches for students at lunch times. Staff use this time getting ready for the afternoon programmes and having their own break. We appreciate your support by not sending pies/noodles etc to school. School lunches are provided to every student in the school.


Headlice cases have popped up across the school this week. If you could all check your child/rens hair and treat if necessary. We appreciate you help with the control of this.


If your any student is unwell we will ring home to ask them to be picked up.

Ministry of Health guidelines say that students must stay away from school 48 hours after the last vomit or diarrhoea episode.

Upcoming events

25th July - Term 3 commences

19th August - Assembly 2.30pm Room Rimu hosting

30/31st August - Life Education bus here

2nd September - Assembly Room Puriri presenting



Term 3: July 25th - September 30th

Term 4: October 17th - December 15th


Measles Information

Here are some links for more measles information

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