Newsletter 18 March 2022

Clarkville School


Kia ora

Welcome to Declan who has joined Whakarewa this week.

Today we enjoyed a modified version of our school triathlon. All students biked, ran and swam and students cheered for each other when waiting for their year group to race. The exercycles were a novelty for our Year 3-8 students who usually ride their bikes on the road. Thanks to Nick Burson for his organisation of the triathlon and to all staff for their support. The triathlon marks the closing of our school pool for the winter. Togs won’t be required at school from next week.

On Tuesday this week, we said farewell to our guinea pig, Alfie, who passed away. Alfie has been a feature of our school community for about 7 years and he leaves behind his hutch-mate, Richie, who is enjoying some extra cuddles this week. Thank you to the Year 8 students who prepared a resting place for Alfie and a sign to mark the spot. Each team had a chance to say goodbye and place some flowers in Alfie’s grave.

Covid-19 case notifications

With low numbers of Covid-19 in the school, we are currently only notifying the team concerned when a new positive case is identified. If case numbers grow, we will begin to provide a daily summary of case numbers in each team. I will keep you informed when we make this change.

Reporting to parents booklet

Our approach to reporting to parents is outlined in our booklet (below). It explains our beliefs about reporting and outlines the schedule of reporting for 2022. Continuous reporting posts will be appearing in Hero over the next few weeks and these will include samples of work from your child and teacher and student reflections. We invite you to look at these with your child and celebrate their progress. You can also comment on the posts.

The reporting is Hero is one way that we communicate learning with you. If you have additional queries about your child’s learning, please contact the teachers who can answer your questions or make a time to meet with you.

Driver safety near school

Please take care with driving near the school. There was a near-miss this week when a car overtook a bus on Heywards Road, causing the bus to swerve into a student who was biking home from school.

Road safety around the school is the responsibility of us all. Please take action on the following to help keep everyone safe:

· collect your children from the school gates and walk them to your car

· park tall vehicles (SUVs, vans, utes) in the hall car park so that cars backing out of the parks on the Heywards Road side can do so safely

· the bus stop outside the school gate is not a stopping bay for cars. Please park your car in a designated park.

· Take care not to park on yellow lines

· The legal speed for passing a stationary school bus is 20km/h for traffic travelling in either direction

Thank you for your support!

Support for parents

Triple P - Positive Parenting Programme is a free resource that parents can access online. It contains ideas to support parents to support children with worries or anxiety. Also on offer is an online course that you can work through in your own time. You can access the site at

Hero app - finance accounts

Parents can now view school accounts from Hero and you can select items for payment. Payments can be made via Stripe, a third party finance app, using a credit card. Please note, there is a charge for this service. Alternatively, you can view the account in Hero and make payments directly to the school account (12-3240-0099920-00). Please contact Kathryn if you have any queries at

Juliana Rae


Farewell to Alfie

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Introducing a staff member

Jenny Collinson - Teacher in Team Matawara (Year 7-8)

It is exciting to be back at Clarkville School this year! I moved to North Canterbury back in 2016 with my young family after living in England for a number of years. Our daughters are now all at school in Rangiora. We enjoy exploring our local area, especially Waikuku beach, and visiting family down in Mid Canterbury. Last year we welcomed a puppy to our family and many more adventures! I also like to read and go walking in my spare time. The 2022 school year has started a little differently than usual however it has been great getting to know the students and I look forward to things getting back to 'normal'.


School Policies and Procedures

Parents are encouraged to view our school policies and procedures on our SchoolDocs website. You can join in with reviews of policies each term and provide feedback via SchoolDocs.

To access the website:

  1. Visit the website

  2. Enter the username (clarkville) and password (pathways).

  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.

  7. Enter your name (optional).

  8. Submit your ratings and comments.

School Dental Treatment

Due to the pressures on our health system from Omicron, the Community Dental Services have suspended their school services. Their staff have been redeployed to support the delivery of essential health services.

Emergency care is still available, by appointment only. To make an appointment or to ask for dental advice call their contact centre on 0800 846 983.

From our PTA

Hello everyone,

School special lunch date reminder for your diaries:
Fish and Chips - Friday 8th April

** Pies and Hot Cross Buns **

Thank you for all your orders! Don’t forget all payments due by Monday 21st March. All payments are to be online, into the PTA bank account: 12-3240-0114721-00.

Pertinent dates as follows: Payments due Mon 21st March, delivery date Thursday 31st March, collect from the main school gate from 2.40pm.

PTA Support for Isolating Families

The PTA has a number of families who are volunteering their support for those in our school community who are having to isolate due to COVID.

If your family is isolating and are unable to get out for essentials or need any support with home cooked meals or a run to the pharmacy/grocery store, please let either Kristy or Nic know via the PTA email:

We will be more than happy to help arrange (in confidence) the support you need.

Easter Raffle

Your help needed.

From Monday there will be a box in each classroom for donations from families for our Easter Raffle being held at the end of the term. We ask please that each family donates something easter themed that can go into hampers we make up for the raffle.

Or if you can support us by a donation or vouchers etc from business owners as a prize for raffles that would be very much appreciated also.

Boxes will be in the classrooms from Mon 21st. Raffle tickets will be going home with the kids shortly, to sell as many as we can!

Many thanks, Kristy and Nic

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2022 Term Dates

  • Term 1 ends - Thursday 14 April
  • Term 2 begins - Monday 2 May
  • Teacher only day - Friday 3 June
  • Queens Birthday - Monday 6 June (Public Holiday)
  • Matariki - Friday 24 June
  • Term 2 ends - Friday 8 July
  • Term 3 begins - Monday 25 July
  • Term 3 ends - Friday 30 September
  • Term 4 begins - 17 October
  • Labour Day - Monday 24 October
  • Canterbuy Show Day - Friday 11 November
  • Term 4 ends - Friday 16 December