SCS Newsletter

T3W1 2022

Tumuaki Korero

Tēnā koutou

Welcome back to Term 3. A warm welcome to Harley and his family. We wish them happy school days at SCS. Welcome also to Melissa Bryant who joins us this term and will be teaching in Te Tipu until the end of the year. It's great to have Melissa join our team, and know she is a great fit for our school. We also welcome Bec Boniface who is with us for three weeks as a teacher's aid. It's great to have Bec working with us.

We continue to have staff impacted with sickness, both COVID and seasonal flu. Please understand that we are working very hard to cover any staffing absences and there is currently very limited reliever availability across Marlborough. We will do all we can to keep classes operating as normal. If staffing levels are unsafe, we will need to move to home learning. While this is the last resort, it is something that may happen in the coming weeks. Please as always, if your child is unwell, keep them at home.

Congratulations to all the runners who participated in the Wairau Cluster Cross Country at the end of the last term. Lena, who finished first (by a large margin!) in the Year 6 girls' race, has been selected to represent the school at Interschool Cross Country on 9 August. We wish her all the best for the day.

We had Learning Conferences, on Tuesday and Wednesday. Thank you to everyone who attended these. We have had to reschedule the Ngā Whetū conferences until next week. You will have been contacted by the office to reschedule your time. Thank you for your understanding and flexibility around this unavoidable change.

A reminder that our School Board Elections are underway. Details are further down in the newsletter. Nominations close next Wednesday 3 August. Please consider putting your name forward or nominating someone. We need great people, like you, to step up and help lead our school into the future.

Next Monday school will be CLOSED for a staff-only day. Staff will all be participating in training on this day.

Ngā mihi

Debbie Stanger

Tumuaki - Principal

Hui Awards

These are presented each fortnight at our school hui.

They are linked to our vision, mission and values.

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Waka Hoe Focus:

Week 1-2: Respect - Manaaki
Setting: Playground

Staff will be working with children, showing them what the value means and looks like.

Term dates 2022

Term 1: Wednesday 2 February to Wednesday 13 April
Term 2: Monday 2 May to Friday 8 July
Term 3: Monday 25 July to Friday 30 September
Term 4: Monday 17 October to Friday 16 December tbc

Upcoming Events 2022

Term 3, 2022


  • Wednesday 27 SCS Learner Conferences (3.30 - 6.00 pm)


  • Monday 1 Staff Only Day - SCHOOL CLOSED
  • Tuesday 2 School Hui 9 am Awhi Leading, Rescheduled Ngā Whetū Learner Conferences
  • Tuesday 9 Interschool Cross Country (pp Thur 11)
  • Monday 15 School Hui - Ngā Whetū Leading
  • Tuesday 23 Marlborough Young Leaders Day (MYLD) - Year 6 leaders
  • Monday 29 School Hui - Te Tipu Leading

Term 3 Mask Wearing

For the start of Term 3, 2022, the Ministry of Education and Ministry of Health strongly recommend that all schools require mask wearing in all indoor settings (where it will not have a significant impact on teaching and learning – see below) for students in Year 4 and above.

This recommendation does not include any situation where mask-wearing might not be practicable, such as while eating and drinking, playing certain musical instruments, indoor sports, where it will have a significant impact on teaching and learning (for example, students with particular learning needs), certain activities such as singing or drama performance on stage, and PE. In these situations, particular attention should be paid to ensuring there is good ventilation during the activity and physical distancing where practicable.

In line with the recommendations, we will be ensuring that the staff working with Year 4-6 children are wearing masks, and encourage our Year 4-6 children to wear masks.

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Fire Wood

We had a number of birch trees cut down over the holidays, as they were too close to the power lines. We have the wood from these available in return for a donation to the school.

If you are interested, please contact the school office, or 03 5705514.

MYLD 2022 - an opportunity for our Year 6's

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Community Consultation Feedback

Thank you to those who completed the Two Stars and a wish? Community Consultation last term at the SCS Matariki Celebration.
We have collated the responses and the staff and board have looked through them.

Feedback on the SCS Curriculum was very positive. We will ensure that we make links to the local community resources and people clear, as this is an important part of this SCS Curriculum. Edible Gardens and nutrition is also an area we will ensure is shared specifically.

Everyone was very proud of the school. We have revisited our hui award systems to ensure families are contacted when a family is getting an award.

Thank you for your feedback. We really value this and use it to improve all we do.

Spring Creek School Board Elections 2022

Elections for Spring Creek School Board parent representatives will be held in Term 3.

This is an opportunity for whānau who are interested in taking an active part in the governance of our school to help guide the education provided at Spring Creek School.

We would like our SCS Board to be representative of our diverse community, with a balance of skills and experiences.

You don’t need to be an expert in education and there is plenty of training offered. If you are interested in finding out more check out this online information or feel free to make contact with any of our current board members.

Spring Creek School Board currently has the following members:

You are also welcome to come along to observe our next Board meeting on Wednesday 17 August at 6.00 pm at the school. Please let Cara (, the Board Secretary, know if you will be attending.

The following are the dates for our SCS Board Election:

Friday 15 July 2022 Nominations open

Wednesday 3 August 2022 Nominations close

Wednesday 10 August 2022 Voting issued

Wednesday 7 September 2022 - 4 pm Election Voting closes

Wednesday 14 September 2022 Board Takes Office

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Uniform Orders

Orders will be sent to our supplier at the beginning of each month.

Please see Cara in the office for an order form.

KiwiCan 2022

This year we have Laekin and Aliyah returning as our leaders, and our sessions are on Friday mornings.

Kiwi Can themes will follow in this order over the year:

Term 1 = Respect / Manaakitanga
Term 2 = Resilience / Taikaha
Term 3 = Positive Relationships / Whakawhanaungatanga
Term 4 = Integrity / Pono
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Legion Taekwon-Do is a dynamic martial art, and it is also an exciting sport suitable for all ages and abilities. Classes are for everyone from beginners to advanced levels.

Focused mind, disciplined body and pure spirit through community participation is our motto. Keeping this in mind, we encourage individual growth through a family feel atmosphere whilst practicing Taekwon-Do techniques.

Fees will be free to any Spring Creek School students and to the Spring Creek community. Classes will be Monday 3:15 - 4:15 pm in the Spring Creek Hall from this term. Families need to arrange for their children to go to the hall after school.

School Docs

Our school uses SchoolDocs as a website for our policies and procedures. This site is now live and available to our school community.

We invite you to visit the site at (note that there's no "www"!). Our username is springcreek and password 7202.

Policies being reviewed this term are:

  • Student Wellbeing and Safety section
  • Staff Wellbeing and Safety section

This is done by following these steps:

  1. Visit the website

  2. Enter the username (springcreek) and password (7202).

  3. Follow the link to the relevant policy as listed.

  4. Read the policy.

  5. Click the Policy Review button at the top right-hand corner of the page.

  6. Select the reviewer type "Parent".

  7. Enter your name (optional).

  8. Submit your ratings and comments.

If you don't have internet access, the school office staff can provide you with printed copies of the policy and a review form.

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