School Newsletter - 25 August

Endeavour School - August 25th, 2022

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Principal's Message

Good afternoon Parents, Caregivers, Children and wider Whaanau,

This morning I had the privilege of hosting one of our Transition to School visits (T2S) with some new families. It is always nice to be a part of this process, meet new people and share with them more about our school, our beliefs and principles around learning, our Kaupapa. One part of the session led to a conversation around competition and the growing nature of competition in education.

We often compare our children against other children, it is a natural thing to do, how are they tracking, how are they 'stacking up' against their peers, ultimately the driver is our desire for our children to be doing well and be set up for success. Healthy reasons.

When it comes to education the healthiest type of competition is the one against yourself. As essentially, by nature competition results in a winner and a loser and I do not see any great societal benefit in having losers in education. We must aspire to a win/win model. One child's success in learning does not come at the cost or comparison to another's, they simply are not competing. As parents ( I include myself in this) we must develop our children's efficacy around learning with benchmarks they can relate to and that sit within their zone of proximal development, not around other external factors that are beyond their control i.e: how their peers are going.

At Endeavour I am proud in how we deliver on this belief, with our focus being on each child's needs, talents, goals and aspirations. It is what ensures that as educators we know your children individually... their personal story.

I feel this quote below from Seth Godin sums it up well...

We often point to competition as a tool to bring out the best in people.

You will run faster or work harder or fight more ferociously if there's someone breathing down your neck or a record to be broken.

The problem with competition is that it takes away the requirement to set your own path, to invent your own method, to find a new way. When you have competition, it's the pack that decides what's going to happen next, you're merely trying to get (or stay) in front.

Competing with yourself is more difficult, requires more bravery and leads to more insight.

Finally, as we meet the mid way point of Term 3 I am consistently encouraged by the tenacity and energy of our children. They certainly ensure our school remains a vibrant place to be.

Warm regards


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Fundraising Efforts

Thank you to the many families who have and continue to support us with our fundraising efforts. As you have heard a significant focus of our efforts has been centred around purchasing Sports Equipment for our children.

Below is a brief update with how much we have fundraised so far, how much we have spent and how much more we have to spend.


  • Fun run = $11,000.00
  • Friends of Endeavour Chocolate = $8500.00 (approx and anticipated)


  • Rugby/Soccer Goal posts = $7500.00
  • Second Outdoor Basketball System = $2500.00
  • Basketball uniforms = $4,500.00

Yet to Purchase:

  • Touch Singlets = $3000.00
  • Indoor basketball System: $1500.00
  • General Purpose Sports Tees: $6000.00

With the very generous support from our Friends of Endeavour (PTA) and their previous raised funds we are able to fast track many of the purchases above for Term 4. The only barrier to date is production and installation.

Thank you again for your collective support and enabling us to provide our children with these resources.

Key Dates:

Please see below the key dates for Term 3. These can also be found on our APP under the Calendar button.

  • Friday the 26th August - Daffodil day
  • Thursday the 1st September - Open Afternoon
  • Friday the 2nd September - School Photos
  • Monday 19th September - BoT Meeting (School Staffroom)
  • Thursday 22nd September - School Disco
  • Thursday 22nd September - Hero Posts will go live
  • Friday 30th September - End of Term 3


School Photo Day - Friday 2nd September

All students will now have received an information flyer about school photo day which will be happening next Friday, the 2nd of September. Please check your child’s bag for this. If this has not made its way home to you please feel free to pop into the school office to pick up another one.

Each student at Endeavour School will have a portrait photograph taken of them, as well as an Ako Group/ class photograph. A few weeks after the photos have been taken, your child will come home with a Photo Shoot Keycode. This is an individualised code that will bring up your child's photographs on the Photolife website. This is the only way to view your child's photos - without this code no one else can view these.

All photo orders MUST be completed through the Photolife website. There will be instructions on how to do this attached to your child’s Photo Shoot Keycode. Orders will be delivered free of charge to Endeavour school when ordered before the Free Delivery Expiry Date which will be outlined in the instructions.

Endeavour School is only the facilitator for this outside agency and is unable to process any orders or accept any money on behalf of Photolife. If you have any issues regarding your child’s photographs or online orders and payments - please contact Photolife directly ( / 0800501040)

If you have more than one child at Endeavour School and would like Sibling Photos, please fill out the Sibling Photo form on the back of the information flyer, or you can pick one of these up from the school office. This can be taken home to fill out or completed in the office. These need to be returned to the school office before the school photo day on the 2nd of September.

Unfortunately, we will not be accepting Sibling Photo requests with children that do not currently attend Endeavour School.


The generalised structure of the day will be that our LC1 and LC2 Ako groups will start the day - followed by LC3, LC4, LC5 and LC6. There is not a specific timeframe that Photolife will be following and some Ako groups from other year levels might go at a different time time - the photographer will simply be moving through as quickly as possible, and as such, we are not able to move classes around if your child has an appointment.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the school office.


We are excited to announce that Endeavour School has made the move over to Kindo for all online payments and transactions.

This means that Kindo will now be your one-stop shop for all school-related payments, including purchasing school uniform, stationery packs, and fundraising items alongside registering for school sports and paying fee's and school donations.

Our old Spike Online School Shop is now no longer active.

New users can click on the link below to set up their family myKindo account.

For more detailed information regarding Kindo, please refer to the Hero email that was sent out last week.

2022 Board Of Trustee Elections - Voting

A reminder that voting is still open for our 2022 BOT elections. You should now have recieved your voting papers in the mail. If you have not received these please contact Lucy on

How to return your voting paper

Please read carefully before voting.

1. If posting your voting paper, post it to:

Returning Officer

Endeavour School

86 Endeavour Avenue




If posted, your vote must be received by the returning officer no later than 5 days after the date of the election. Try to post it as early as possible as New Zealand Post has reduced postal delivery days in most areas.

2. If delivering your voting paper, deliver it to:

Returning Officer

Endeavour School Office

- There will be a voting box located in the front of the school office.

- You must deliver it before 4pm on 7 September 2022.

Voting closes on 7 September at 4pm.

3. Voting papers may not be emailed or faxed as attachments.

A list of candidates can be found on out school website here

Kind Regards,

Lucy Hendry
Returning Officer



A visit from Coach Rolz and Georgia

Coach Rolz and Coach Georgia from Waikato Rugby came to do some Rugby sessions with all the girls today. The girls had such a great time. The coaches are so impressed with how well our girls did today that they want to come back and do some more sessions!
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Whats Been Happening?

LC1 - The Gruffalo

In Miss Lemmens literacy group this term we have been reading, The Gruffalo. We have done lots of writing about the gruffalo and some artwork. Here are our Gruffalos that we made using dye and sharpie.

LC2 - Onomatopoeia

In Ms. Eivers Literacy Group we have looked at words that have blends and digraphs in them. We discussed that some of these are onomatopoeia words. These are the words that we have created to show some of our learning.

LC3 & LC4 - Cultures From Around The World

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Friends of Endeavour PTA

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Once you have sold the box of chocolates you can deposit the funds directly into the PTA account. Instructions will also be attached to the box.

  • Bank account 12-3171-0061610-00
  • Amount $72 (assuming full box sold)
  • Particulars Whittakers
  • Code Oldest child’s name
  • Reference Ako Group

Cash to be banked and partially sold boxes can be returned 22-25 August 2022 or 30-31 August. We will be looking for volunteers to be onsite both before school 8.30-9.00 and after school 3-3.30. Please let us know if you are available to help.

Thanks for your support
Friends of Endeavour PTA

Community Notices

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Soccer United Football Supplies is Hamilton’s newest soccer store – determined to meet all your soccer requirements. We are located at 137 Alexandra st (very close to Garden place). We hold heaps of kids boots, shinpads and footballs and other training equipment. We hold a lot of Northern United shorts and socks as well. If you do pop into the shop use the secret code ‘Mr Booth likes soccer more than rugby’ and get a discount off your purchase. Check us out online and facebook and we hope to see you soon.” 07 5950700

2022 Term Dates

Term Three: Monday 25th July 2022 - Friday 30th September 2022

Term Four: Monday 17th October 2022 - Friday 16th December 2022