CBay + Library books

Good morning all.  We are scheduled for CBay in Timaru as part of school wide big day out. The bus will be leaving on Monday 12 December in the morning at 8.45am, which means we need all children here at school by 8.30am at the latest.

Also please have a look for library books that belong to the school and are overdue.


2nd Whanau Hui Meeting Monday 14 November 3.30pm in library

Kia ora koutou. A welcoming reminder that our 2nd Whanau Hui is taking place in the library on Monday 14 November at 3.30pm.  All welcome.
A loose agenda at this stage will be to look at the developed action plan - follow up on some of the actions as well as decide on a suitable display spot and purpose for our Aotearoa Iwi Map and set a meeting time for Term 1 2017.
Regards Phil Wheeler - Principal

School closed Friday 9th September from 12.30

Just a friendly reminder note that school will be closed this Friday September 9 so all staff can attend the Paid Union Meeting at Ashburton College. Children need picked up at 12.30. Thank you for your understanding in this matter.
Kind regards

Whanau Afternoon – Every Wednesday (14 September) on Week 8 from 2 – 3 pm Termly

All parents are welcome into our school to support and help with the important job of educating our children at anytime. We do also understand people are busy working etc. But from now on once a term on the Wednesday 14 September of Week 8 from 2 – 3pm we are having a special time to really encourage as many parents as possible to get into our school and into their child’s class and help out, get involved and be part of the learning environment.  So mark this date on you calendar. We look forward to seeing you at this time.  

Reading Together - 3rd Meeting

Reading Together

We look forward to our third Reading Together Workshop in the library on Wednesday 31st August at 3.20. All are welcome to come. Just show up if you are interested.  We have targeted the junior area of the school, but actually EVERYONE is invited. See you there!

Whanau Group Inaugural Hui

Whanau group inaugural meeting day is set for Monday 12 September at 3.15 in the library.  All welcome.  A text will be sent out a week or so before to remind all of those community members who put their name forward to be on the Whanau Group.  

Free Te Reo Māori Classes at Hakatere Marae

Free Te Reo Maori Classes for Parents and Children

Basic te reo is now being taught by Kath on Mondays at the Hakatere Marae from 7 until 8.30pm every fortnight, next class is 5 September.  These classes are generally for adults at level 1. All welcome, just go along and see if it is for you.

Fa'a Pasifika Invitation to all

It is with pleasure for me to announce that the Fa'a Pasifika Playgroup is having an open morning on Saturday 9th April from 10 am until 11.30 am.   There will be activities for pre-schoolers, information about what the Playgroup offers and a few short information speeches as well as food and refreshments.

All are welcome. We strongly encourage our Pasifika Community to support by attending this fun Saturday morning.

Phil Wheeler, Principal

3 way conference reminder

 3 Way Conferences Reminder

It is close to our cut off date and we do not have many bookings just yet.  
Thank you to those parents who have booked in already, it helps tremendously.

Tuesday 1st March from 1 – 7pm (School closes from 12.30pm)
Wednesday 2nd March from 3.15 until 6pm (Normal School Day).

Please book go to  Our special code is 4HW6P.  Type this in and follow the prompts.  It is very easy.  If you don’t have a computer ring us on 308 5799 and we will log in and book you a time.  Or call into the office and we will book you in right their so you can choose the best time for you.   

If by February 22nd we don’t have a booking we will close the booking site to parents, and make bookings for all of those who have not booked a time.  But it is much easier and quicker for everyone if parents choose their own time.  So we urge you to choose a time.

Thank you kindly


Phil Wheeler


On Friday 5th February at 2.30 we will be holding a 10 minute powhiri for our two new teachers, Miss Patrick in Room 6 and Miss Hannah in Room 4, and our new children. All parents welcome to come in to watch. Please be seated in our school hall before 2.30 if you wish to be part of the powhiri.
Kind regards
Phil Wheeler

Welcome back

A great big welcome back to all of our children who have started school today, and a warm welcome to our new families and their children.

We are in for a great term.  Remember, the uniform shop is open from 2.45 - 3.15 pm on a Tuesday and from 8.30 - 9.00 am on a Thursday.


Tip For Parents

Give your child every opportunity to read to you daily. Ten minutes of reading five times a week = 50 minutes of reading time a week.

If you did this for a minimum of 35 weeks a year we have your child engaging in text for 29 hours extra every year! That 29 hours helps your child read better because they do more miles, are exposed to many words, and importantly are exposed to many ideas through the text.

It is a win - win for all concerned!

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