Newsletter Week 8 Term 4

Golden Sands School Tuesday 6 December 2022


Tēnā koutou e te whānau

What a day yesterday! We were blessed with fantastic weather and an awesome event! A big thank you to all whanau who came to join in or supported their children to wear their whanau colours. I know everyone had a fantastic time. Thank you to Jane White, our sports co-ordinator who spent many hours organising and delivering such an awesome event!

House of Science

I would like to take this opportunity to thank a very generous whanau member, Mr Bruce Crosby. Bruce has donated over $2000 to the school to provide a platinum membership for the House of Science. The House of Science provides wonderful science boxes ready for classes to use and learn about the theme within, for example electricity, weather ready, may the force be with you and much much more. This membership will allow all children to access these boxes. Our staff and children LOVE these boxes so we are very grateful to Bruce. We are so lucky to have such amazing whanau!

2022 Dates

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 Dixon 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. Orders close this Thursday (8 December) and will be delivered early next week.

Year 6 Graduation Assembly

We warmly invite all whanau of Year 6 students to join us for their graduation ceremony in the MPS on Thursday at 9.15am. The ceremony will last approximately an hour and will include all one hundred Year 6’s receiving their graduation certificate! The Year 6 trophies are also being presented. This is a formal assembly and we are excited to be able to host it in this format after so long in Covid. See you there!

New classroom block will soon be open!

Get ready to be confused….. The new block is going to be named Hillary and Rutherford. The existing Rutherford classes are being removed off site and we wanted to retain the team name so we opted to transfer the name to the new block. The existing Hilary block is going to become a pastoral centre and will be renamed Te Puna Atawhai Puna (noun)= wellspring, flowing spring as in freshwater | Atawhai (verb)= to be kind, kindness, to care for others.

The new block will have year 5 and 6 learners working in the spaces therefore in 2023 the senior classes will be Hillary and Rutherford.

Meet the (2023) Teacher

Tomorrow, tamariki will get to meet their 2023 teacher. Classes are as follows.

2023 Classes (please note year levels are in different locations for next year)

Year 0 & 1 Cooper and Batten

Lyndsey Whettingsteel (Team Leader and new entrant liaison)

Natasha Van Greunen

Kevin Turanga

Year 1 & 2 Sheppard

Helen Bonis (Team Leader)

Ange Taggart

Rhianna Roper

Molly Thornton

Year 3 & 4 Blake

Angela Zillwood ( Team Leader)

Kevin Rushton

Melissa Burgess

Nikki Fenton

Year 3 & 4 Mahy

Dylan Parry ( Team Leader)

Eilir Davies

Paulina Romero

Koren Loots

Year 5 & 6 Rutherford

Naomi Davoren(Team Leader)

Georgia Haggerty

Josh Martelli

Year 5 & 6 Hillary

Tom Noake (Team Leader)

Sophie Calcinai

Lianne Goodwin

Moving week

Next week the majority of the school classes will be moving spaces as our new block is almost ready. As you can see above the majority of the year levels will be in new spaces for next year.

From Monday, tamariki will be helping move the classroom equipment and small items of furniture to their new spaces. Formal classes will not be taking place.


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!!!

Term 4

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

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