Newsletter week 3 Term 3

East Gore School August 13th 2021

Principal's Report

Tena Koutou, Talofa, Namaste, Hello and Greetings

Last week I was privileged to attend the New Zealand Principals Conference in Rotorua. At this conference I was able to connect with principals from Southland and the rest of the country. During discussions with other school leaders I was able to hear some the stories from their schools about what exciting things are happening, along with sharing about what is happening right here at East Gore. Throughout the conference I was able to listen to some fantastic speakers on a range of topics who have given me a range of ideas that I am excited to share with the staff and see how we can put the East Gore way into it. I also learnt that we are doing an awesome job here at East Gore and we can be very proud of our students and staff. Good job everyone here at East Gore.

This week has been all about Maths week and I know there are photos below in this newsletter. I just wanted to say that my heart was warmed while I watched our senior classes (Rata and Rimu) support the junior classes (Puriri, Totara and Kauri) with a range of Maths activities. Some feedback from across the school

" Gosh this Maths is fun"

"I lost count because I was giggling"

"Can we do this every day"

"Keeping track of the junior students is hard work"

After this fun the teachers are now coming up with other curriculum areas we can do something similar with... watch this space.

Keep an eye on the SchoolApp and Facebook with updates from the school and Seesaw to see what your child/ren are learning during the term.

Kia pai tō rā whakatā (have a great weekend).

Wendy Kitto


We welcome a new student to East Gore this week, in Room Kauri is Adelynn, Chance Lee, Hinemoa, Sandrine. and we welcome Seth to room Rata. We hope that you have a wonderful time learning lots of new things at East Gore School. It is great to have you here.

Camp Updates

Students that are going to camp received camp info on Monday, this included invoice, gear list and a letter. Any question please do not hesitate to contact camp teachers Ms Kitto and Mrs Morton. A camp meeting for all parents of students attending camp will be held on Tuesday 24th August 6.30pm at school. This is a good opportunity to ask questions.

School Notices


The onset of winter illness is starting to affect our students. Please keep students home if the are unwell and help slow the spread of these coughs and colds. We have also had a vomiting bug doing the rounds, remember that a student must be 48 hours clear of any vomiting or diarrhoea before returning to school.

Reporting an Absence

If a student is away from school for any reason we need to know. Please text, phone or use the school app to report an absence. We need a reason for absence please, this a legal Ministry of Education requirement so please don't be offended if we ask for this.

Cellphones at School

We are noticing a few students are bringing cellphones to school. They do not need them at school because we have numerous devices for the students to complete school work on. If your child needs to bring a cellphone because of an after school activity, they must hand it in at the office. At the end of the day they can collect it from Mrs Nicholson.

Lunches in School

Unfortunately the daily fruit we were enjoying last term is not been supplied this term, we would ask parents to please send morning tea and something for healthy snack each day - ie: piece of fruit/cheese/nuts/yogurt.

Koha Kai are suppling a lovely range of lunches that our students enjoying this term - mac cheese is a definite hit!

Staying in Touch

Please remember to update any changes in your contact details to the school office, its very important that we have you latest details in case of an emergency. Thank you.

Spare Clothes

We are running short of spare clothes at school. If you child has come home in school clothing could it please be returned asap. A spare set of clothes in the school bag is a good idea this time of year.

Mīharo Murihiki Polyfest 2021

Thursday 26th August - Stadium Southland Invercargill.

Our students will be travelling by bus to this event and will be on stage performing at 12.30pm.

We recommend that if any whanau want to go and watch East Gore perform that they are seated in the stadium by 12.00pm. There is also a $2 entry fee.

Those students involved received an information letter this week please check school bags for this. Any questions please contact school.

Maths Week

We enjoyed doing different activities for Maths Week. We especially loved getting to complete the maths trail around the school with our buddies. The seniors took the juniors under their wings and had great fun finding out the answers to all the questions. Many thanks to parents that also got involved during the week - it just shows that maths can be fun!

Here are some photos.

Native Trees

Willow, Kymani and Erica from NZ Forestry Service with 5 lovely native trees for us to plant at school. Many thanks Te Uru Rakau for these natives.


The PTA are running a "Frozen Cookie Dough" fundraiser. A flyer has been sent home with all students today outlining how to join in with this fundraiser.

All profits from this go to the final expenses for the installation of the senior playground.

many thanks for your support with this.

Rachel Mitchell - PTA secretary

Play is the Way for Term 3

Some Play Is The Way language you could use at home:

“Are you doing the right thing or the wrong thing?”

“Are you making a strong decision or a weak decision?”

“Are you being the boss or your decisions, or are you asking me to be your boss?”

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Contact Mrs Morton if you have any questions re touch or mini ball

Touch link for term 4

Mini ball link

Senior Camp - Chocolate Fundraiser

We still have 8 cartons of chocolate to sell. Each box contains 30 bars @ $2 each.

$24 profit is made from each box sold which comes off your camp cost.

Please see Debbie in the office to collect your chocolate!

Breakfast Club

We need a couple of people to help with breakfast club on a Mondays morning's. 8.30 - 9.00 am.

You would need to supervised helpings of weetbix and make and spread toast and clean up after wards. If you can help we would love to hear from you.

Just a reminder Breakfast Club starts at 8:30am and finishes at 8:53.

Thank you again to our volunteers who provide this service - if you would like to be involved for half an hour any day of the week please contact the office - helpers are always very welcome.

A huge shout out to BP Gore who very generously donate bread to Breakfast Club.

Upcoming Events

  • August 16th BOT meeting
  • August 20th Assembly 2.30pm
  • August 26th Polyfest - Invercargill
  • August 31st PTA meeting
  • Sept 3rd Life Ed bus
  • Sept 3rd Assembly 2.30

Community Notices

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