Newsletter Week 7 Term 4

Golden Sands School Tuesday 29 November 2022


Tēnā koutou e te whānau

I hope everyone had a fantastic weekend. We haven’t got long to go now until summer break. We have a very busy time ahead so here is a quick overview of what’s coming up!

2022 Dates

5 December - Whanau day - Fun athletics

7 December - Students meet next year’s teacher 11am

8 December - Year 6 Graduation and Awards Ceremony 9am

9 December - Reports get sent home

14 December - Last day of the year 12.15pm finish

2023 Dates

1 February 8.30am - First day of 2023 - Tamariki go straight to their new class

16 March - Teacher Only Day - Staff learning about trauma

6 April - Term 1 ends

24 April - Term 2 begins

30 June - Term 2 ends

17 July - Term 3 begins

22 September - Term 3 ends

9 October - Term 4 begins

15 December - End of Term 4

2022 year book

A big thank you to Jemma Dickson who has put together this year's Yearbook for us. She has spent many hours taking and collating photos and putting them together. The draft of the Year book can be viewed at the office and orders are being taken now. Books are $20 and will be able to be picked up before the end of the year. Great Christmas present idea for extended whānau or for the children themselves. Go to Kindo to order a 2022 Yearbook.

Car park and crossing

We are just waiting for the gardens to be completed and the painted parking spots to be painted on the side closest to the road and then the front will be done! We are hoping to install more permanent bollards or similar on the side of the crossing so that the wardens can step out to see if cars are coming. Please be careful driving through this area, especially as it is changing regularly.

Unpaid accounts

Please check Kindo to see whether you owe money for any events your child has attended. We also appreciate any whanau who can pay the Voluntary Donation. We do not get funding for library books, playgrounds, play equipment. These things are provided through fundraising or parent donations. I know it is very financially difficult for many people at the moment. We really appreciate any amount of this donation that you can afford so that we can continue to provide the environment and opportunities that are best for your children’s learning.


A reminder that it is compulsory for all tamariki to be wearing a hat when outside. Please ensure that your child has their hat with them at all times and that they have put sunscreen on in the morning.


This week’s focus continues to be on problem solving. The key ideas we will be working on are

  • I can be proactive in using problem solving skills

  • I think about how others might feel/react, before I act

  • I use kind and respectful words to talk about how I am feeling

  • I follow classroom and school expectations for solving problems

  • I listen respectfully to the opinions of others, even if when they differ from my own

Have a great week everyone!

Melanie Taylor

Principal /Tumuaki

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New Stationery Supplier

For 2023 and going forward we have a new school stationery supplier - see attached poster.

You can order your child's stationery as soon as you know their class for 2023. It helps with the start of the year if your child is equipped with their stationery supplies for Day 1!!!

Second Hand Jumpers

There is a substantial amount of jumpers in lost property that have been there most of the year. These jumpers are either un-named or have the name of an ex-student.

On Whanau/Athletics Day next Monday we will be putting the box of jumpers out and you can help yourself. Please be mindful of others and only take what you need.

Term 4

Monday 5 December - Whanau Day/Fun Athletics

Thursday 8 December - Year 6 Graduation Assembly 9.15am to 10.15am in the MPS

Thursday 8 December - Year 6 Leavers Dinner 5.30pm
Wednesday 14 December - Last day of 2022 - school finishes at 12.15pm

Term 1

Wednesday 1 February - First day of school for 2023 - Thursday 6 April

Term 2

Monday 24 April - Friday 30 June

Term 3

Monday 17 July - Friday 22 September

Term 4

Monday 9 October - tbc

Sport Notices

Fun Athletics and WHANAU DAY Monday 5th December 9am - 1pm

Children can come to school dressed in their whanau colours.

Starting at 9am, they will rotate through 14 different fun activities during the morning (some of which will involve water, so it may be a good idea to pack a change of clothes)

This is followed by a lunch time disco.

Families are invited to come along and join in the fun and bring a picnic lunch to share with your whanau.

Parents are welcome to take their children home with them after lunch provided they let their guardian teacher know or sign out at the office.

Sports News

Our Golden Sands Year 3/4 Boys Touch Rugby team took part in a Tournament last Friday at Gordon Spratt Reserve and were winners of their grade. Marley Taylor also received the Player of the Day for his grade.

Fantastic effort boys! We are very proud of you all!

Many thanks to the parents that were able to take them.

Library Helpers Needed Please

Library books and Readers

The learning centre will be closing to students this Friday 25th November. Please can you help your child/ren to have all library books and readers returned by this date. It would also be appreciated if you could check at home for any extra books or readers and send them back as well. We don't mind if you have had them for ages - we would just like them back!

Library Stocktake Helpers

We are just starting our end of year stocktake and need some helpers! This involves scanning the library barcodes on the back of our readers and books, tidying shelves etc. If you are able to help with this, or have any questions, please contact Lynley Gillanders Any help would be very much appreciated.

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All school payments, donations, sports registrations and school lunches (ezlunch) can be paid for via Kindo! Create a Kindo account - Click on this link to find out how!

Term 4 School Lunches (ezlunch) Menu below....
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After School Activities

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Community Notices