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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