Dairy Flat
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Striving for excellence while caring for others.

Week 2 – 13th FEbruary 2020

Term Dates 2020
Term 1 Mon 3rd Feb – Thurs 9th April
Term 2 Tues 28th April – Fri 3rd July
Term 3 Mon 20th July – Fri 25th Sept
Term 4 Mon 12th Oct – Mon 14th Dec (mid-day) – TBC

Important Dates

13 – Year 5 & 6 Waterwise – LZ1PJ
14 – 9.00am – Assembly
17 – 3.00pm – LZ4 Meet the Teachers and Information day
17 – 5.00pm – Camp Meeting (tbc)
18 – Yr5 & 6 Waterwise – LZ1SG
20 – Year 5/6 Waterwise L:Z1JF – TBC
21 – School Picnic at Wenderholm – Letters will come home next Monday
25 – Art Gallery Visit – LZ1
28 – 9.00am – Art Gallery Visit – LZ1

13 – 9.00am – Assembly
17 – 12,30pm – LZ3 and LZ4 Swim sports
18 – 12.30pm – LZ2 Swim Sports
19 – 9.30am – Year 5-6 Swim Sports at Stanmore Bay Leisure center
20 – 9.00am – Assembly
25 – 2.00 – 6.00pm – Teacher/parent interviews TBC
26 – 9.30am – HBC Cluster Swimming sports at Northern Arena

2 – 9.30am – Ultimate Frisbee Year 5/6 Cluster tournament – Metro Park
8 – 9.00am – Year 5/6 Cluster Softball tournament – Victor Eaves Park
9 – 2.00-pm – END OF TERM ASSEMBLY


We are looking for someone to help with our gardens 5 hours a week -please email the principal if you can help ([email protected]). 

Lost Property

All lost property from last year will be on display out the staffroom after school today, anything that is not reclaimed will be recycled into the clothing bin 

Principal’s pen

Welcome to 2020 at Dairy Flat school. We are very excited to greet all our students both new and returning to our school. We have welcomed two new teachers to our team. Victoria McGowan is teaching in Room 6/7 in LZ4. Kayla Huntingford is teaching in LZ2. 


Office – Suzanne Hayward, Paula Lucas

Caretaker – Jim Meacock

Principal – Debbie Marshall

Deputy Principal – Susan Thompson

LZ1 – Penny Jefferson (Team Leader), Jenny Forlong, Shayne Grice, Fiona Sutherland (Part-time)

LZ2 – Courtney Ryder (Team Leader), Hayley Campbell, Kayla Huntingford, Liz Cotter (Part-time)

LZ3 – Fran Earwaker (Team Leader), Robyn Mowat, Marama Waaka, Julie Atkinson (Part-time, ESOL, Quick 60 learning support programmes)

LZ4 – Lyndy Committie (Team Leader), Jody Costello, Rhonda Blair, Victoria McGowan, Helen Guise (Part-time)

Teacher aides – Debbie Anthony, Vickie McMahon, Dafydd Evans, Karen Moss, Tracy Shiells, Ngaire Greenhill, Martina Dobbyn

We will not be having our usual ‘Meet the Teacher’ evening in week three this year. Information will be provided through emails and blogs and open days in each team. In week eight we will have teacher/parent interviews where parents and teachers will get together in 10 minute time slots to discuss their students learning goals and needs. The date and booking format will be confirmed shortly. 

Our curriculum concepts this year are;

Term 1 – Identity

Term 2 – Function

Term 3 – Time

Term 4 – Discovery

All curriculum learning areas will be woven into these four concepts. 

We have a number of sports zone days organised as well as a production in Term 3. This year we have outside facilitators working with teachers to provide expert tuition in music, dance, swimming and squash as well as other sports. 

We are having a huge focus on ‘being kind to each other’ so that we truly express our school motto – Strive for Excellence – Care for All. Our values are – Respect, Responsibility, Resilience and these feature strongly in our curriculum delivery. This year we are introducing a programme that helps students manage their feelings and emotions and helps them to communicate these clearly. We will hold a parent information on this programme and our behaviour expectations towards the end of term one. 

It is fitting that I am writing this on the day we celebrate being the awesome nation of New Zealand, Waitangi Day. We are a nation of many people, built on the Treaty of Waitangi. Our strength as a community lies in our bicultural foundation on which multiple layers of other cultures have blended. This term we look at Identity. 

My own family has been in New Zealand for over 180 years and includes mainly Irish and Spanish ancestors. My children are a quarter Scottish and my grandchildren have Maori, Dutch and European heritage. My extended family includes Maori, European, Malaysian and Pacifica people. 

Our school includes people from the Pacific Islands, Australia, Wales, Scotland, Zimbabwe, South Africa, England, China, India, The Philippines, Ireland, Europe and Asia. We are New Zealand. 

Be kind to each other. Have a great 2020 with us!!! 

Information received from the MOE


Next PTA Meeting will be held on Tuesday 18th February at 7pm in the school staff room. Hope to see your there.

Manuka Blend Honey $40 for 1kg is available for sale from the school office. Cash or EFTPOS. All profits to PTA fundraising for school hall upgrades.

Fashion in the Field – A High Tea Affair will be held in the school hall on Saturday 4th April from 2-5pm. $40 per ticket including a glass of bubbles. Fashion show by Siren Boutique. Delicious treats prepared by Chef Kevin Blakeman. Tickets will go on sale at the school office from Monday 17th February.  A flyer will also be sent home that week. Grab your girlfriends for a great afternoon. All profits to PTA fundraising for school hall upgrades.



Auckland Transport is improving road safety on Dairy Flat Highway, Dairy Flat. They will be adding broken yellow lines (no stopping at all times) outside 1220 Dairy Flat Highway. These changes respond to requests from parents at Dairy Flat School to address the issue of parked cars blocking visibility when exiting the school. To improve the visibility, we will remove three parking spaces at the exit driveway.

This information will also be published on our website within the next 2 weeks. (Please note this is a new webpage and will become live within the next 2 weeks).

A map of propsed work is displayed on the outside of the office window

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