29th November 2019
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The end of term is fast approaching (our next newsletter is the last for 2019), but the pace of work is certainly not subsiding! Teachers are in the final stages of putting together our Year 1-9 reports (seniors from Years 10 and above have already had their exam reports), students continue to work on a variety of different projects including their Yellow-Eyed Penguin Trust information posters. Please note that the last day of school for 2019 is Thursday 12th December - it will be a half-day. We will conclude with a final assembly at 12pm, and departure/buses at 12.30 pm. 

Over the last two weeks, Rochelle Gordon from NZ Police and the Year 1-8 teachers have been delivering the ‘Keeping Ourselves Safe” Programme. Constable Gordon delivers three lessons to each class, our teaching team supplements this with 7-9 other lessons focusing on health and wellbeing; the content of which depends upon the age of the class. This biennial programme teaches skills such as: “My body is my own”, “Confident me” and “Families working together”. To support this work, one of our items in this newsletter relates to Cyber Safety. This element of student safety should be at the forefront of parent’s consideration as we approach the school holidays.

Throughout the term, our staff have been engaging in PLD (Professional Learning and Development) in Digital Fluency across the age range. Greg Carroll, our Core Education facilitator for NPDL (New Pedagogies for Deep Learning) has led drop-in sessions for all teachers and wider scope training in “Leveraging Digital” opportunities within the classroom. We’re excited to continue our work with Greg into 2020.

With so many activities planned before the end of term, please keep your eye on the reminders and letters home.

He waka eke noa,

Kate Staniford



Life Skills Prog Yr 9s, Yr 10 & 11

When: Monday, 2nd to Tuesday, 3rd December
Location: School

Year 7/8 Camp

When: Monday, 2nd to Wednesday, 4th December

House Meeting

When: Tuesday, 3rd December

Touch Semi Finals

When: Thursday, 5th December


When: Friday, 6th December

Rm 19 - Dunedin Trip

When: Monday, 9th December

Year 1-10 Reports sent home this week

When: Monday, 9th December

Beach Day

When: Wednesday, 11th December

Last newsletter of 2019

When: Thursday, 12th December

Touch Finals

When: Thursday, 12th December


When: Thursday, 12th December

Last day of school for 2019

When: Thursday, 12th December

For your information:

Kiwibird Invitation (1)

Pet Day is fast approaching, so please make sure that you have submitted your entries. Click on the image below to see information on how to enter, along with guidelines and a timetable for the day:

Pet Day 2019

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