Newsletter T3W2

Tuesday August 2 - Term 3 Week 2 2022

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Tēnā koutou katoa

It’s great to see most of the children back having rested and recovered over the holiday break from the many winter bugs we were experiencing at the end of last term. This term we extend a warm welcome to Rachel Earle who is teaching in Room 1 while Megan Shearer is on maternity leave.

This term is rather jam-packed already and we strongly encourage you to keep an eye on the school calendar to keep up to date with what is going on. Also, all Learning Hubs have, or will be, sending home newsletters this week that will outline what is happening in terms of the curriculum at Whitney Street School this term.

Whitney Street Entrance Safety

Please take care when picking up or dropping off children at the main Whitney Street gate entrance. Please also spend time talking to your children about waiting and looking carefully before crossing the road to meet parents/caregivers at their cars.

It is imperative that you do not park on the yellow lines as this obscures the vision of drivers, and we have had incidents of near misses where a small child has run out between cars. We recommend parking further up Percy Street and coming to meet young children, rather than parking illegally and getting your children to run to your car. Thank you for your understanding with this matter.


Please take note in your diaries of the date later in the newsletter regarding a Staff Only Day we have planned on Monday 21 November (Term 4 Week 6). School is closed on this day.

School Vision: ‘The Whitney Way - The Way We Learn’

The start of each term is a great time to remind ourselves and the children about what our school vision means, as it guides our everyday actions. ‘The Whitney Way’ is to be honest, caring and respectful Learners. These are also our school rules/values and we ask everyone to reinforce these at home. Ask your children “Was that an honest... or caring… or respectful thing to do?” Show and explain to your children what it means to be honest, caring and respectful.

‘The Way We Learn’ is through being self-managing, thinkers who are collaborative and connected. Once again talk about what these words mean with your children, as these are life-long skills that we hope every child who leaves Whitney Street School has developed. Refer to the vision section on our website for further explanation.

Icy Morning Frosts

The morning frosts (although beautiful) can be a bit of a hazard around our school. Please take it slowly and be aware of sneaky slippery surfaces. Many thanks to “Mr Clive” who places cones and signs out to remind everybody. He has saved many people from injuries and tear filled eyes with this thoughtful gesture.


Last week was Netsafety Week. The theme this year was about understanding different communities' online safety perspectives and promoting respect and positive relationships online. At school we discuss living our vision online so, as above, being honest, caring, respectful learners online, just as we are in everyday life.

The Netsafe Website is a great resource and has a page (click here) dedicated to parents.

Daffodil Day - 26 August

This year Daffodil Day, which raises money for the Cancer Society is on Friday 26 August. As we have a lot of mufti days for Lights Over Marlborough coming up we are making this an optional fundraiser. Your child is welcome to wear something yellow and/or bring a gold coin donation. You may like to pay online via this link.

Free Period Products for Girls

If your Whitney Street School daughter has her period, she is eligible for two packs of free period products per month. These will be available to her when you let Christee Dalzell know via email (, by leaving a wee note on her desk or by contacting the school office.

Hopefully, this initiative is utilised really well by our Whitney kōtiro/girls! We have figured out a system where the students are able to easily able to quickly access these in an inconspicuous way.

This is a brilliant way to save money on the grocery bill so please take advantage of it.

If you have any questions, please feel free to pop in and talk to Christee.

Wairau Camp

Camp is in week 10 (the last week) of Term Three. This year, we are going to Teapot Valley in Brightwater, Nelson. Camp will cost $115 per student and is due on Monday 19th September. We highly suggest that you break the payments into smaller chunks and begin them as soon as possible.

The Whitney Street School BOT bank details are: 03 0599 0305934 00

  • Rooms 1, 2 and 8 will attend Monday-Wednesday (26th-28th September)
  • Rooms 3 & 4 will be attending Wednesday-Friday (28th-30th September)

If you plan on putting your name forward as a parent helper, you may want to pencil these dates in for leave however this will not guarantee you’re selected. If you have any questions, feel free to contact Mr Alexander in Room 2.

The FIRST NOTICE can be found by clicking here.

Inter-Primary Rainbow Ski Champs

The Solander Inter-Primary Rainbow Ski Championship 2022 will be held at Rainbow Ski Field on Wednesday 14 September (postponement date Thursday 15th September) 2022. Each school is allowed to enter one team. Please let Cheryl ( know if you have a child/ren who is a competent skier and they would like to enter. Parents would need to provide transport and supervise on the day. There are 4 people in a team. Information about the event is here.

Mufti Days and Mad Hair Day (for Lights Over Marlborough)

This term and in the first few weeks of next term we have three mufti days and one Mad Hair Day planned, so that we can gather chocolate and Mystery Bottles for Lights Over Marlborough.

These stalls make us a lot of money and have helped to pay for things like the playground upgrade, the planned astro-turf, gardens, and games for our students. This year we are raising money for a bike/scooter track. Please show your support! Here are the dates to help you plan ahead.

  • Term 3 Week 7 Friday 9 Sept (Mufti Day): Non-consumable bottle

  • Term 3 Week 9 Friday 23 September (Mad Hair Day): Consumable bottle, sealed

  • Term 4 Week 1 Friday 21 October (Mufti Day): Chocolate

  • Term 4 Week 3 Friday 4 November (Mufti Day): Either Chocolate or a Mystery Bottle - tbc)

Please note that for any products donated, it is super important that we consider hygiene, Best Before and Use By dates. All bottles and chocolate must have dates that are after November 2022, and remain sealed. Thank you so much in advance!

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Meet Maiden from Active Families

Maiden is someone who your children may come home and talk about. She is working with us to learn how having an active body helps our mind, well-being and health. To start with, she is teaching us all a few yoga moves. If you would like to call on Maiden to help support your whānau to be more active, let us know and we can connect you or you can contact her directly.

Ko Whakapūnake te maunga

Ko Ruakituri te awa

Ko Horouta me Takitimu te waka

Ko Ngāti Rupani te iwi

Ko Ngāti Hine hika me Ngāti Kohatu te hapu

Ko Te Reinga te Marae

No Tūranga-nui-a-kiwa ahau

Ko Tupara toku whānau

Ko Maiden toku ingoa

Kia ora! My name is Maiden, and I am the Green Prescription Active Families Coordinator here at Marlborough Primary Health.

I come from very sporty background where my passion for sport lies with rugby. I am involved with the local women’s Moutere Club rugby team, as well as helping out with the Marlborough Girls’, and Queen Charlotte Combined 1st XV Team. To be able to help youth/families get active, and to teach about healthy living from my personal experiences makes this role that much more rewarding.

What is the Active Families Programme you may ask?
Active Families is a free 6-month community-based programme that supports children / young people (aged 5-18) and their families to get active and learn about healthy eating in a fun and affordable way.

As a part of my journey with this role I am looking forward to be working with teachers, students, and families within the school!

For further info please head to our website @ Marlborough Primary Health Organisation, or head into the main office at the school.

Toki sio (see you later - in Tongan)

We are proud to share...

Room 10 are proud to share their popart, inspired by Romero Britto. To make personal connections with their art, they explored the concept of LOVE and how people show love in different ways. Here are just a couple of example of their stunning Romero Britto inspired pieces.
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Term 3 Kiwi Can

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Our values at home - something for our whānau to ponder

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Our school calendar is often filled with trips and events and sometimes the dates and details change. The BEST place to keep an eye on what is happening is on the school App in the calendar section.

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Download our school App

We encourage all parents to download our school app from the Playstore or Apple Store, as we find this the most effective way of sending out Alerts to parents/caregivers. You can also access a wealth of information from the app as it has links to the school calendar, newsletters, etc.

Please subscribe to Alerts from the classes/groups that your child belongs to. If you want to subscribe to groups later on, you can do this via the ‘Alerts Subscriptions’ which is in the Menu (top left). Please do this to ensure you are subscribed to the classes and Teams that your child or children are in for the 2021 school year.

This is also the way we would like you to inform us of absences. This system streamlines the morning routine for Tanya and Michelle so that they can easily see who is away and why.

Please click here to download the School App.


If you haven't done so already, please have a go at downloading the Hero App which shows your child’s achievement, progress and learning goals. The instructions are here or you can type into your browser. It really is very important that you access this information about your child so you are able to be involved in their education as much as possible.

Suggestions Box

Do you have any suggestions for us at Whitney Street School? In the school office, there is a 'Suggestion Box' that is checked regularly. Or click here to email it.

Automatic Payment Option

We highly recommend setting up an automatic payment to help pay for things like stationery at the beginning of the year, uniform items and camps. It's a great way to help plan your budget and spread the cost of more expensive things. $5 or $10 a week is way more manageable than a large lump sum! Use your child's first initial and last name as a reference.

The Whitney Street School BOT bank details are: 03 0599 0305934 00

Pretty Things Embroidery

Are you after a professionally stitched name on a piece of uniform? Click here to find out more.

Community Notices

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Private Tuition

Does your child require further support, over and above what can be offered at school?

Would your child benefit from bespoke and nurturing learning sessions from a highly experienced teacher designed to accelerate learning and boost confidence? We would love to help. We are a team of dedicated teachers, specialising in English and Maths support, for primary, intermediate and college students. Visit for more information or contact Jenny 021 223 3349 to book a free consultation.

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