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Term 1 – Week 3 – 18th February 2021

Term Dates 2021
Term 1 Thurs 4 Feb – Fri 16 April (includes Waitangi and Easter)

Term 2 Mon 3 May – Fri 9 July (includes Queen’s Birthday)
Term 3 Mon 26 July – Fri 1 Oct
Term 4 Mon 18 Oct – Thurs 16 Dec (includes Labour Day)

Teacher only Days – School Closed
Curriculum Professional Development.  School will be closed for teacher only days on the following dates.
Monday 3rd May, Friday 4th June & Monday 30th August

Important Dates
22nd – LZ1, LZ2 & LZ3 – Parent information meetings
24th – LZ4 – Parent information meetings
25th – Vision and Hearing Testing – Parents of children affected will be notified
26th – 9.00am – Assembly

3rd – LZ1 Swim Sports – Stanmore Bay Leisure Centre
5th – School Picnic – Wenderholm Regional Park Site 2 -Time: 9.00am – 2.30pm (School closed) Information & permission slips will be sent home next week
10th – 1.45pm – LZ3 & 4 Swim Sports
11th  – 1.30pm – LZ2 Swim Sports
11th – (16th – Rain saved day) – Ultimate Frisbee Year 5/6 Metro Park
12th – 9.00am – Assembly
17th-19th – Year 5/6  Camp at Marsden Bay
23rd – Parent Interviews
25th – Year 5/6 Swimming Northern Arena
26th – 9.00am – Assembly

2nd April – Good Friday – School closed
5th April – Easter Monday – School closed
6th April –  Easter Tuesday – School closed
8th – (13th Rain saved day) Year 5/6 Softball Victor Eaves  – TBC
10th – High Tea -PTA Fundraiser event
16th – End of Term

Some information to start thinking about! 
Notices will come home in the next few weeks
Year 0-6 
Saturday mornings Pinehurst School Bush road.
Season goes from 15th May – 11th September (not including school holidays and public holidays).
Fees will be approximately $80 plus a uniform charge
Stanmore Bay Park Saturday mornings
First Kicks 5 and 6 year olds – $65
Fun Football 7 and 8 year olds $100
Junior Football 9- 11 year olds $150
North Harbour Hockey Bush Road Monday nights
Year 3/4 Minsticks
Year 5/6 Development
Year 5/6 Advanced 
No Fees provided yet
Stanmore Bay Leisure Centre Brightside Road
Year 1-2 Wednesday  3.40- 6.00pm Mixed teams 
Year 3-4 Thursday 3.40- 6.00pm  Mixed teams
Year 5-6 Tuesday 3.40- 6.00pmMixed teams
Fees are approximately $40 per term


Kassidy Boucher for enthusiastic engagement with Google classroom at home leaning
Ella van de heever for your awesome perseverance with our learning at home
Zoe Knight-Van Biljon for being the lone ranger of lockdown
Sascha Henwood for focus and effort in completing your speech at home
Maddison Logan for focus and effort in completing your speech at home

Charlotte Howard – Responsible
Matthew Crampton – Resilient
Samuel Esterhuyse – Responsible
Adeline Yap – Respect

Ryan McLeod for being a respectful, caring member of our classroom. You are always willing to help others
Mason West for having an incredible start to the year. You are showing excellence and pride in your learning
Nevaeh Brown for being an excellent role model in everything you do in our learning space
Jemma Howard for always having a positive attitude towards her learning

Sienna Russell – Responsible
Charlotte BowmarResponsible

Campbell Shriane – Respect
Kieran Murrell – Respect

Leo Neal for your efforts at home learning especially with writing
Ryder Heath for your efforts at home learning
Emily-Rose Senekal for great home learning and working at your writing

Cole CutlerResponsible
Kaylah ScottResponsible
Lilah Lloyd – Respect

Indi Devine – Awesome Lockdown work
Aidan Rigby – A great start to school
Diaz Hackney for focused home learning
Mateo Carson Neufeld for focused home learning

Keagan Tarr Responsible

Leila Brough – Respect
Max LiuResponsible

Jake Lowdon-Bird – Resilient


Principals Pen

We were very excited to welcome all our students back to school today.  I’d like to acknowledge the work of all our parent community, who stepped in to become teachers for the three days.  If you had any issues or concerns about accessing learning for your child, please let us know so that we can refine our systems and processes for any future lockdowns.

Plans for both level 3 and level 2 have been sent out to the community through our newsflashes and newsletters.

Please note that at level 2, we request that students are dropped off and picked up at the gate.  It is important to minimize the number of visitors on our site.  If your child is a new entrant you may bring them into the site, otherwise please say goodbye to your child at the gate.  If you need to go to the office please drop your child off at the gate first.

Buses are running as normal.

School is operating as usual and we have sanitizer in all classrooms and soap and hot water in most bathrooms.  I hope we can remain at level 2 or lower for the rest of 2021.

Many thanks for your support.

Debbie Marshall

Picnic information sheet and permission slip attached.  Please complete and return to your child’s class teacher asap

School Uniform – Argyle website closure
We have been notified by Argyle that due to declining sales on the website since
the opening of the
retail store in Silverdale they have decided to close the website
Uniform is now only available to purchase direct from Positive Image, Unit B, 16 Silverdale Street, Silverdale

If your child is not attending school would you please inform the school office either by phone, email – or using the school app
It is a Ministy of Education requirement to notified school of any pupil absence 
Could we also ask that if your child is late arriving to school that you come through the office to sign the late arrivals book – this will avoid us having to contact parents of children that are in school but have not been marked as present

Next meeting: The next meeting of the PTA will be  held on Thursday 25th February at 7pm in the School Staffroom. New parents welcome. If you cannot attend and have something to raise at the meeting please email the team at
Honey fundraiser: We still have a few Manuka blend honey pots left. $40 for 1kg. Please contact Sarah Richardson to order:
High Tea: Will be held on Saturday 10th April. Tickets will go on sale soon. If you own or work in a business that can donate items for the Silent Auction please contact Sarah Richardson:
After school programmes
Our after school programmes are back for another term and we are really excited to get back outside with the students and have some fun! These programmes are for the year 0-4 students and we focus on 4 different sports each term throughout the year


Weetbix Kids TRYathlon 2021
Registrations are now open, use this link to join the school group

Sunday 28 March, Manly Park, Hibiscus Coast

For ages 6-15 years. Spot prizes, food trucks and loads of fun for the kids.

Early bird entries are open until 7 March 2021

Come and join in a great day with fellow school families!

Play Hub
This is a new funded and ALL FREE initiative for kids aged 5-12 to come down to Western Reserve in Orewa any time between 3:00-5:00pm from Tuesday the 19th Feb – Thursday the 1st of April. We will have loads of equipment that the children can play with for the allocated time in whatever way they see fit! It’s a great way to get them off the devices and out active. 
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