Week 3 Term 3 Panui

Wednesday - 2nd August 2023

Principal Message

Dear parents/caregivers,

Lots to celebrate this week in addition to the calm and clear days we have been enjoying. It’s great to see the grocery raffle off to a good start and I look forward to sharing our plans for how we will use the proceeds next week.

I extend a warm welcome to Courtney Turner who starts her first week at Witherlea opening a new room for our remaining year 1 students transitioning on from the Pukeko room.

Thank you to our amazing Friends of Witherlea for another successful hotdog lunch this week raising $405.20 for the school while providing a nice mid week treat for everyone!

It was great to see five teams from Witherlea participate in the netball tournament last Sunday to celebrate the end of season for the primary grades. Well done to all our players who have made so much progress over the season and huge thanks to the coaches for enabling this.

Yesterday our ears were delighted all morning with a combined choir practice for the upcoming Music Festival. Our choir of 112 students will combine with students from Whitney Street, Waikawa Bay, Linkwater and Mayfield schools. Keep an eye out for ticket sales in the next couple of weeks as this will be an amazing event!

This year we have implemented changes to our student reporting processes including the format for written reports. We hope these have provided greater clarity around your child's progress and achievement to date and information about how you can support them at home. We are always looking for ways to improve, so if you have any feedback please send me an email (principal@witherlea.school.nz) or pop along for an informal chat in the hall on Monday between 8.30am and 8.50am. Alternatively feel free to grab my ear at pick up/drop off time or book an appointment to see me via the office.

Best wishes to our students representing Witherlea school in the rugby tournament, Jump Jam competition and Interschool Cross Country in the coming week.

Ngā mihi nui,

Symon Beattie

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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;

Maanaki T, Lexi T

Welcome to School Certificates are given out at our assembly on a Monday morning at 9am.

Be Kind, Be Safe, Be Fair Shoutouts

Be Kind, Be Safe, Be Fair Shoutouts

Congratulations to these students who have displayed one or all of our school behaviour expectations and are a model to others;


Alex B - You have shown great fairness in Room 4 and always put your classmates before yourself! You are an amazing member of Room 4.


Sienna B - Your fiercely kind and protective nature you consistently stand up for your friends and are a great example of our Witherlea values. You are a leader within our class.

Alexandra M - Always providing help and support in the classroom. You have also been helping our ferns during lunchtime well done!

Fred D - For showing kindness and care when supporting your classmates. Fred you always are fair and make sure others are fair in a kind way. Keep being a great class member and friend!


Lily P - Being an excellent role model for our Kura. Lily, you are always giving 100% whether it is in class or out on the playground. Your manners are outstanding and you consistently show respect to everyone around you.

Claramay B - You constantly model our school values, making kind and encouraging comments to others and offering to help the teacher and your classmates. We are so lucky to have you in Room 16!

The awards are for recognition in displaying and modelling our school motto and values; Be Kind, Be Safe, Be Fair.

Library News!

We have a new display area in the library to showcase some of Witherlea Schools favourite authors. First up is Room 11 and they have been busy finding out about Lynley Dodd. Come in and find out some interesting facts and have a look at their awesome artwork showcasing some of the cute creatures from Lynley Dodds books. Did you know in Room 11 23 children have one or more Lynley Dodd stories!

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Grocery Grab Tickets

A reminder that all ticket sheets (sold or unsold) need to be returned to the office by Friday the 11th of August. If you have sold all your tickets and would like an additional sheet please contact the office. Thanks for your efforts so far - let's keep going and see how much we can raise for the school!
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Whanau are invited to complete the online enrolment for 2024

  • Out of Zone Enrolments will open on 11 September and close on 11 October

  • Please refer to our website for information regarding our school zone

  • Contact the Bohally Office if you have any queries 03 578 5219


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