Week 1 Term 3 Panui

Monday/Rāhina - 26th July

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Principal Message

Kia ora koutou Witherlea whānau,


Welcome back to our families and whānau. We do hope you had an amazing break, had time to rest and relax and enjoy precious time with your children.


We ended the term on such a high with our annual Matariki Hui and Hikoi which was attended in such large numbers that the hall was packed to the rafters. We sent out the 2021 Matariki video on the last day for you to enjoy and the link is below for those who missed it. A huge thank you to the crew in the Hall who set up and served all the Milo and baking. A second thank you to the families and whānau who contributed to the kai and the last thank you to the generosity of New World for supplying the delicious cookies (over 200). This is what Matariki is all about and it brings communities together.


This term we are straight back into the learning with our Pillar: Discovery which is centred around the Science concepts from the New Zealand Curriculum. Each team will connect to this in their own way taking advantage of; our local experts, environment and events which are occurring both locally, nationally and globally.


We have a specialist group of young scientists working with Mr Robertson where they are gearing up for the Marlborough Science and Technology Fair at the end of this term.


We also have our choir practising and polishing for the Music Festival at the end of this term, and all Kapa Haka groups doing the same for Taiopenga at the start of Term 4.


Although the weather can be wet during Term 3 we would like to see children bringing rain jackets to school as they can play outside if it is not raining hard, they just need to be warm and protected; blue thermals can be worn under the uniform.


We have many other activities, events, sports, Marlborough Comps for our Year 5-6 students and the continuation of our learning programmes to ensure that all our students know; what they are learning, why it is important, how to achieve it and what they can tackle next. We are growing our learners into amazing young people and we cannot do it alone.


Be sure to touch base with the classroom teacher if you have any expertise that you think could be useful in the class or with our Pillars. "Experience is as good as expertise' so let us know if you would like to contribute or support any of our programmes.


We look forward to connecting face-to-face this term through our Flag Raising Hui on Monday mornings where we; welcome new students, celebrate the success of learners, highlight what is happening for the week, share waiata, karakia and a focus for the week through our Year 5-6 presenters. They are 10 minutes long and we invite everyone to attend.


Look forward to seeing you all this term at school.


Ngā manaakitanga,

Andrea Harnett - Tumuaki

Witherlea School Matariki Hui and Hikoi 2021
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NetSafe NZ Website for Netsafety Week

Netsafe is our Digital Citizenship platform and a hub of resources and information to support safe practices online for teachers and whānau. Take a look by clicking on the button.

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Welcome to Witherlea School

We wish to welcome these new students and their families and whānau to our school and community;


Arlo K, Charlotte M-M, Jax N, Corbin W, Kiah W



Welcome to School Certificates are given out at our Flag Raising on a Monday morning in the Hall at 9am when we are in Alert Level 1.

New Look Website - NEWS section

We have had all our platforms integrated into our Website so you can see School App Notifications, the Facebook Thread, our School Calendar and the Newsletters all in one place. Click on the button to have a look.

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Events via Parent Calendar

Click on this button to be taken directly to our Parent Calendar - it is also found in the NEWS section in the school website.

Term 3 Events - Wahanga Tuawhā

Week 1 - Wiki Tuatahi

Monday 26th July - Friday 30th July


Monday 26th July

Flag Raising in the Hall = Welcome back to Term Three


  • All Flag Raising Assemblies in the Hall for Term Three


Friday 30th July

Subway School Lunches


Week 2 - Wiki Tuarua

Monday 2nd August - Friday 6th August


Monday 2nd August

Flag raising Assembly = Welcome to School, Early Words, Shoutouts, Sports Certificates


Wednesday 4th - Friday 6th August

Cricket Taster Sessions in school


Thursday 5th August

Southern Jam in our Hall


Friday 6th August

Subway School Lunches


Week 3 - Wiki Tuatoru

Monday 9th August - Friday 13th August

Maths Week


Monday 9th August

Flag raising Assembly = Welcome to School, Early Words, Shoutouts, Sports Certificates


Tuesday 10th August

Marlborough Schools Cross Country


Friday 13th August

Subway School Lunches


Week 4 - Wiki Tuawhā

Monday 16th August - Friday 20th August


Monday 16th August

Flag raising Assembly = Welcome to School, Early Words, Shoutouts, Sports Certificates


Friday 20th August

Subway School Lunches


Week 5 - Wiki Tuarima

Monday 23rd August - Friday 27th August


Monday 23rd August

Flag raising Assembly = Welcome to School, Early Words, Shoutouts, Sports Certificates


Wednesday 25th August

Marlborough Tackle Sevens Tournament = Lansdowne Park


Thursday 26th August

EPro8 Heats at Bohally


Friday 27th August

Daffodil Day = dress up in Green, Yellow or Orange

Subway School Lunches


School Disco

Junior at 5pm-6:30pm

Senior at 7pm-8:30pm



Week 6 - Wiki Tuaono

Monday 30th August - Friday 3rd September


Monday 30th August

Flag raising Assembly = Welcome to School, Early Words, Shoutouts, Sports Certificates


Friday 3rd September

Subway School Lunches


Week 7 - Wiki Tuawhitu

Monday 6th September - Friday 10th September


Monday 6th September

Flag raising Assembly = Welcome to School, Early Words, Shoutouts, Sports Certificates


Tuesday 7th September

Festival of Hockey


Friday 10th September

Subway School Lunches


Week 8 - Wiki Tuawaru

Monday 13th September - Friday 17th September


Maori Language Week - NZ


Monday 13th September

Flag raising Assembly = Welcome to School, Early Words, Shoutouts, Sports Certificates


Friday 17th September

Subway School Lunches


Week 9 - Wiki Tuaiwa

Monday 20th September - Thursday 23rd September


Monday 20th September

Flag Raising = Welcome to School, Early Words and Be Kind, Be Safe, Be Fair Shoutouts


Wednesday 22nd September

Tasman Tackle Sevens = Nelson


Thursday 23rd September

Music Festival Practice = ASB Theatre


Friday 24th September - SCHOOL CLOSED

Teachers Only Day



Week 10 - Wiki Tekau

Monday 27th September - Friday 1st October


Monday 27th September

Flag Raising = Welcome to School, Early Words and Be Kind, Be Safe, Be Fair Shoutouts


Tuesday 28th September

Marlborough Science and Technology Fair


Friday 1st October

Subway School Lunches


Whānau Open Day: 'Arts Exhibition'


  • Talent Show Finalists
  • Kapa Haka
  • Choir
  • Sign Language Club
  • Open Classrooms
Bell Times from the school Website

Below is taken from our school website and are the timing for school operation. Click on this link to be taken directly to the website where ALL information regarding school is kept.

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School OPENING Time

We are having a number of issues with students arriving at school before 8:30am and many between 8am-8:15am.


School is not open before 8:30am and even though staff can be onsite there are many reasons for them not to be actively supervising. School begins at 8:50am so we should see students arriving through the gates from 8:30am-8:45am so they are on time for class - NOT before, NOT after.


At 8:30am teachers unlock their classes and students are able to come in, get organised and go out to play. We have our Deputy Principal and Road Patrollers on duty from this time only.


Many families organise their children into Before School Care which drops off at 8:35am to schools all around Marlborough. If you have to go to work before 8:30am this is something that needs to be organised as school is not an option before this.


We will continue to txt, phone, and email parents who are sending children to school earlier than 8:30am. If your children bike or walk then leaving home at a suitable time is also essential; if it is a 5-minute walk or bike then they do not need to leave till 8:25am or even 8:30am.


Our staff do duty; before school, at morning tea, at lunchtime, supervising our diverse learners and sometimes after school for late pick-ups which are all outside of their paid hours of work. This does not include; lunchtime training, afterschool training, sports games, festivals, competitions, school events and camps that they also do as an extra for your children.


To ensure we are SAFE and FAIR we do ask that you stick to the school operating times.

Subway Website for Lunch Orders

Click on this button to go directly to the Subway Website to create an account and make an order for Friday lunch. Please note this is between you and Subway.

Bread Tags for Wheelchairs

Bread Tags for Wheelchairs was founded in South Africa in 2006, with the tags collected used to manufacture seedling trays. The profits are then used to purchase wheelchairs for those less fortunate. It takes about 200 kilograms of bread tags to generate enough money for one wheelchair.


Bread tags are made from high impact polystyrene and can't be recycled in New Zealand, so they often ended up in the landfill.


Not only are tags found on bread bags but they are also found on fruit and vegetable bags, rice crackers and cereals too. If you have any tags at home, please bring them to Room 9 so we can look after the environment and support others. Tell your friends, family and neighbours too and let's get collecting!

Be Kind, Be Safe, Be Fair Winners Term 2

Ms Harnett had an amazing lunch with last terms winners of the Be Kind, Be Safe, Be Fair Awards. The four students were pulled out of the hat and taken out for 'Lunch with the Principal' on the last day of term.


Congratulations to;


Tobias W

Annabelle H

Vinnie L

Laeland B


Consistently showing our school motto, our values and role modelling to others!

Rippa Rugby 2021

A huge and official congratulations to both the A and B teams this year. They went unbeaten through the Marlborough Rippa Tournament and then travelled to Nelson to face all the schools in the Tasman region. There were 28 in total.


The B Team went through their pool unbeaten and made the Top 4 with a loss in the semi. The A Team also went through their pool unbeaten and made the Top 4.


In the final, the A-Team faced the formidable opponent in Henley School. The game went try for try with the final score 4-4. Chey W the captain did; paper, scissors, rock and won to start extra time and 'Golden Point'. We scored first and it was Henley's ball. All we needed was to defend and that is what happened - Henley dropped the ball on their final rip and the Witherlea A Team won the Tasman champs.


Outstanding players who received recognition on the day; Fionn H, Tom H, Claudia S, Harry R and Chey W.


It was very hard picking outstanding players as every team member played the very best they could and gave it everything - both teams were outstanding ambassadors for Witherlea School.


A huge thanks to Fred Hoani and Mrs Muir for coaching and managing the B Team and Jason Clark for co-coaching the A Team. A special thanks to all the parents who supported the team on the day and got us safely to Nelson and home again.


This is the first time a Marlborough team has won the Tasman Champs for Rippa Rugby - History!

KIWI Spelling Bee Year 5/6

Entries are open again this year for the University of Canterbury KIWI Spelling Bee for Year 5 & 6 students.


The aim of the Spelling Bee is to help students improve their spelling, increase their vocabularies, learn concepts and develop correct English usage that will help them all their lives. It's about inspiring confidence and a love of language that lasts a lifetime.

The cost per student for each competition is $9.50 (inc. GST) and the event will be run towards the end of Term 3.


Students can collect an entry from their class teacher. Please return the completed entry form and money to the office before Tuesday 3rd August.

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