Willowbank Tuesday 6th December - children and parent helpers here at 8.30 - 8.35am please.

Kia ora Netherby School Community.

Willowbank is tomorrow, yay. We wish for all children and parent helpers to be here at 8.30 - 8.35am. Children need to go straight to their classes.
We advise everyone to bring a big drink of water, good walking shoes, extra food, though Kai for Kids is provided, and their school bags.

Thank you for your help and support.

Talking with your child is gold.



Pasifika Face to Face Fono - Wednesday 26 October from 2.30pm

Pasifika Community Annual Consult Wednesday

26 October 2.30 – 3.45 pm

Talofa lava, Malo eleile, Bula Vinaka, Kia orana 

I write to you all on behalf of the Pasifika Consultation group and invite you to school

for our annual consultation and connection to our valued Pasifika Community. 

The agenda set;

  • 2.30 Seated in the hall to support the Pasifika Cultural performance group. 

  • 2.40 - Prayer led by Hedy

  • Quick principal welcome

  • Integrated learning links to Pasifika culture

  • Survey

  • Open forum

  • Shared kai

Feel free to contact me as well if you wish to offer ideas and information. 

We really look forward to your attendance. 

Kind regards 

Pasifika Fono Group 

Jordyn Love

Phil Wheeler


3 way conferences Tuesday 8 and Wednesday 9 November 2022

Kia ora koutou Netherby School Community.

We are as promised holding our 3 way conferences in Term 4 to make up for the missed conferences this year in Term 1 due to Covid.  We would like to see all parents.   If a booking has not been made by Thursday 3rd November we will allocate you a time in the hope you are available to attend.  

The dates are: 

Tuesday 8 November 1pm to 6.30 pm. Note that school will close at 12.20pm, straight after lunch eating  Wednesday 9 November 3.15 to 6pm.  A normal school day.

To make a booking follow the link or scan the code. Thank you.



At a loose end this school break and interested in basketball? Free basketball lessons in the school break for girls.



Health Consult 21st September, 3.15pm in the staffroom.

Kia ora koutou.

Ashburton Netherby School invites all community interested to attend the bi - annual health consultation scheduled on the 21st of September at 3.15 in the school staffroom.

An email has been sent with the necessary documentation fro your perusal.

Kind regards


Whānau Hui - Tuesday 9 August 3.15pm in the staffroom. All welcome.

Our Termly Whānau Hui will take place Tuesday 9 August at 3.15pm in our staffroom. All whānau invited. Refreshments provided. We look forward to seeing you all in the capacity of being the voice for our school for our tamariki. This hui will also be used to designed the annual consultation. Ngā mihi nui.


Board Elections and Mask Wearing Term 3 2022

Kia ora Netherby School Community.

I trust you are all well. The break is coming to an end and I assume your children are keen to get back to school, mine certainly are.

In Term 3 the Ministry of Health highly recommends mask wearing for students Yr. 4 and above for the first four weeks of term. We send this message, but ultimately like many schools in our area and afar, leave the call up to you, as in it is optional to wear a mask until mandated. For more information on masks please visit the Ministry of Health websites.

School Board Elections
The Board elections are taking place.
Dates are as follows.
Monday 25 July - nominations posted out
Wednesday 27 July - main roll closes
1st August - supplementary roll closes
17 August - nominations close at noon
24 August - voting papers issued before this date assuming we need to go to a vote. Voting box will be in the school office
Monday 26th September - postal votes accepted to this date
27 September - votes counted at noon
28 September 2022 - New Board takes office

So look out for the nomination form and if you are keen to be involved with the school at the Governance level get nominated, or at the least have a chat with current School Board Members or speak to me, the principal.

Enjoy the weekend.

Ngā mihi nui

Subway Cup Success

 Yesterday, the full Netherby Ripa Rugby Team headed to Oamaru to contest the Subway Cup, having qualified here in Ashburton a few weeks back. We made it all the way to the grand final where we lost to a better team on the day. However, 2nd place out of 20 other teams to make the finals, is a sterling effort and one worth celebrating. Credit to the wider team who all contributed to training practice, injury and illness cover, and for being there to support us on the field on the day. A shout out to Roz for her coaching of many of these players over the years, Tuvale for his on the day support, and Semi for coaching us to another level to be more competitive in this tournament. We had a truly awesome day. Great work Netherby Community. Not bad for a small family oriented school.


A big shout out to the Netherby School Support Staff!

A big shout out to the Netherby School Support Staff for all you do for our ākonga and kura.  Great work Andrena, Cassie, Jan, Maureen, Rachel and Jodi.  Enjoy the accolades, the morning tea and the NZEI paid union meeting today!  We look forward to the annual parade in the hall!   Have a great day.  From us all.

Both Annie Lee and Linda Bullock, first two on the left of the photo were also recognised for the support they provide to ākonga and the support staff themselves in their role.  Absent: Roz Cuter and Graeme Dowie. 


Netherby School Open Evening, Tuesday 14 June between 7 and 7.45pm.



School open evening - Tuesday 14 June 7 - 7.45pm


We invite all zoned families with prospective children to visit Netherby School. 

Why: As a general information evening to see and hear about our great family-oriented school

When: Tuesday 14 June from 7 - 7.45 pm in Room 7.

  We look forward to seeing you all then. 

Ngā mihi nui 

Phil Wheeler Principal


3 way conference reminder

Just a reminder that school will close tomorrow at 12.20 after lunch so we can have 3-way conferences. Normal day Wednesday. Also, Room 1 conferences in person are canceled, but you are able to phone Mrs Watson as detailed in the email at the scheduled conference time for both days.

Ngā mihi nui

NZSTA - School Board Elections

Morena Ashburton Netherby School Community. This year is the NZSTA Board elections year. This email is just a heads up to start thinking about if you would like to stand for election as a School Board member. Further information can be found here. https://www.education.govt.nz/school/boards-information/boards-of-schools-and-kura/board-elections/triennial-school-board-elections-2022/

Of course, if you want to talk more about being on the School Board, you should speak to any of our current board members, Sarah and Nathan Bartlett, Amber Winter, Jenny Doak, or Samantha Halafihi.

Have a think or speak to someone else in the community whom you think would be great on the School Board. Look out for the election papers and further information here and in our newsletter.

Ngā mihi nui.

3 Way Conferences - Term 2, 17th and 18th May.

 Kia ora Netherby School Community.

Below is a link for 3 Way Conferences scheduled to be held on:
Tue 17 May 2022 1:00pm - 6:45pm
Wed 18 May 2022 3:15pm - 6:00pm
The school will close at 12.30 on Tuesday 17 May to allow for teachers to eat lunch and get prepared for the conferences.
We encourage all parents to attend the conferences. If bookings are not made the school will book a time for you and send it home with your child/ren.


Kind regards


3 - Way Conferences

 Kia ora whānau.

We are pleased to announce that 3-way conferences will be held in Week 3 of Term 2 due to this event being missed in Term 1.
Tuesday 17 May from 1pm - 6.45pm (school closed from 12.20pm)
Wednesday 18 May from 3.15 to 6pm
Please follow the link and follow the instructions to book.
Your ability to book will close on the 12 May. Bookings will then be made by staff and given directly to you on Friday 13 May.
We look forward to seeing you all.
The school booking code is q7kvn
Ngā mihi nui.

School attendance and Kai for Kids

 Dear parents/caregivers.

I write to all families to ask you to get your children to school as much as possible if they are not covid positive or not household contacts. 

I am aware that the fact we have cases connected with our school has made some parents and caregivers anxious. 

While nothing is certain Dr Jin Russell a medical researcher from New South Wales has found that onward transmission within the school setting is very low. For every child who is infected and attends school only 3.7% of their close contacts at school subsequently tested positive. We are beginning to see that trend in New Zealand too –public health teams on the ground have seen that even though cases pop up in schools, there has been very little onward spread through the school because of the protective measures in place. This is why we remain open at Red. It’s great for a child’s wellbeing and learning to be at school with their friends and school staff, and we have very good systems in place to keep everyone as safe as possible. 

Transmission of COVID-19 is still most likely to happen in your home –so please keep doing all those good things to keep your whānau safe. Wash your hands, get lots of fresh air, cover any coughs and sneezes, clean surfaces regularly, and seek advice if anyone is not feeling well. And please wear a mask when you are out and about.

Kai for Kids during Omicron:
Kai for Kids will continue to make enough lunches for all of our school children during the omicron period, meaning we need to get them out to families or have families collect them so they are not wasted during this time.   

Isolating Families.
If you are a family who is positive we are organising for the Kai for Kids outfit to deliver a lunch to your house for the isolation period. Watch out for Mrs. Duffell's email. 

Spare Lunches
Spare lunches will be put in the school hall entrance in the covered area from 12.15 pm where the driveway is off the street.  Anyone can grab these lunches for free.

Any leftover lunches from the hall-covered area will be available for children to grab from the gate as they leave for home.

Keep well

Great learning opportunities at the Hakatere Marae.

 Are you wanting to grow your understanding of te reo Māori and tikanga. Here are some great opportunities you can book into at the Hakatere Marae. Kindly organised by Te Huka Tai Trust.

April 2nd Sat morning - natural wall hangings
April 2nd Sat afternoon - bracelets & flowers
April 3rd Sunday, all day - pop up kete
Tukutuku Panels course 30th April
Just follow the links or copy and paste the links into your browser and book in.

Ngā mihi nui.

School is a safe place for your child.

Kia ora koutotu. School is open as normal today and still is a very safe place for your child. We only ask for children who have family members unwell or are unwell themselves to take the precautions and get tested, otherwise, school is a safe and great place for your child to be. Feel free to email the principal or the office for any queries. Ngā mihi nui


3 Way Conferences Canceled

 3-way conferences canceled

In light of the number of cases we now have in Canterbury and Ashburton, we are going to cancel the 3 Way Conferences to do our bit. We were hopeful we would still be free of omicron at this point.
If you really need to speak to your teacher about your child's learning you can set up a phone conference by emailing your child's teacher.

Monday the 28 February: School will be closed for instruction for teacher only day.

Tuesday the 1st March: Now a normal full school day.

Sorry for any inconvenience and thank you to those who set a conference time.

Ngā mihi nui

Important Dates Coming Up.

 Kia ora koutou.

I trust this email finds you well.
Some important information to lock into your calendar.

Monday the 28 February 2022: Netherby School will be closed to children so the teachers can attend professional development in localized curriculum.

Tuesday 1 March: Netherby School closed from 12.30 so we can undertake 3-way conferences. 

Wednesday 2 March: Normal school day. 3-way conferences from 3.15 pm

Booking 3-way Conferences
Click on ‘make a booking’
Enter the school code: q7kvn
Fill in your details and follow the 3 staged prompts
You can also ring the office and have Mrs Duffell can book you in.
If you have not made a booking by Thursday 24 February we will do what we always do, which is make a booking for you and send this out to you in your child’s bag.
At this point, a few weeks out, we ask for parents to scan in and please wear their masks during 3 way conference time. If anything changes we will let you know beforehand.

Thank you.

Ngā mihi nui

3 Way Conferences - Tuesday 1st March 1 - 7pm, Wednesday 2nd March 3.15 - 6.30pm

 3 Way Conferences:

As you know we always have three-way conferences within the first six weeks of school starting back. The rationale behind this is the teachers know the children a little by then and the early conferences assist in parents supporting teachers in getting to know their children better, as well as this being a good time to set learning goals. 

This year we are having our Term 1 conferences on Tuesday 1st March and Wednesday 2nd March.

School will close for interviews at 12.30pm on Tuesday with interviews starting at 1pm, and close at the normal time of 3pm on Wednesday with interviews starting at 3.15pm on this day.

Please go to https://www.schoolinterviews.co.nz/

Click on ‘make a booking’

Enter the school code:  q7kvn

Fill in your details and follow the 3 staged prompts 

You can also ring the office and have Mrs. Duffell can book you in.

If you have not made a booking by Thursday 24 February we will do what we always do, which is make a booking for you and send this out to you in your child’s bag.

At this point, a few weeks out, we ask for parents to scan in and please wear their masks during 3 way conference time.  If anything changes we will let you know beforehand.

Ngā mihi nui.


 Talofa lava, Kia orana, Malo e leile, Fakaalofa lahi atu, Bula Vinaka, Talofa ni, Kia ora and hello.

Welcome back.  We trust you had a great school break and fabulous Christmas. It was nice to see the children bounce back into school, eager to be with their friends and to be in their new classrooms.  The teachers have worked hard preparing the classrooms to be inclusive and rich learning environments over the last week, despite both Rooms 1 and 2 having to work around building renovations. 

A thank you note to commend both teachers and children on returning to school with the public health mask-wearing order.  I was in class on Tuesday teaching Room 1 and as a result, got an insight into just how difficult it is to operate this way. Well done to the Yr. 4 - 6 children and teachers who are doing their best during this difficult time.

Despite the pandemic, we are in for a great year ahead at school.

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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