Dairy Flat
School Newsletter
Strive for Excellence – Care for All

Term 3 – Week 3 – 12th August 2021

Important Dates

17th – 9.00am -12.00pm – Year 6 Student Visit to Orewa College – only for pupils who have returned signed permission slips.
19th – Year 5/6 Hockey tournament Metro Park – 9:30am – 2:30pm – 24th Rain saved day
27th – 9.00am – Whole School Assembly
27th – Daffodil Day – Gold coin donation
30th – Teacher only day – School closed

3rd – 9.00am – Whole School Assembly
10th – WHOLE SCHOOL Cross Country event Shakespear Park TBC – 14th Rain saved day
17th – 9.00am – Whole School Assembly
17th – Tu Maia Festival at Orewa College Arts Centre
22nd – 1.30pm – Winter Sports Prizegiving
23rd – Year 5/6 Cluster Cross Country event – Shakespear Park – 28th Rain saved day

1st – 2.00pm – End of Term 3 Assembly
21st – Individual Photolife Photos
30th – Ag Day



Quade R for your awesome effort in your learning.
Harrison C for excellent work organising and running the invasion games for all of LZ1.
Sierra B for effort across the curriculum.
Sam FS for working hard in your writing to create a sentence that includes 3 descriptive ideas.
Kingston W – Respect
Briella BC – Resilience
Jamie S – Resilience
Skyla G – Responsibility

Emily S for trying really hard with your writing and maths. You are an awesome role model in our  classroom.
Brody W for your enthusiastic contributions during our guided reading workshops.
Aubrey D for being a wonderful Upstander in our school.
Riley M for trying hard to focus on learning and avoiding distractions.
Jaxson W – Resilience
Jericho H – Resilience
Arabella Wijlins – Resilience
Daniel Dw – Respect

Angelina L for your positive progress in all areas of learning and always showing the school values.
Aroha L for always having a positive attitude in class and being a responsible learner.
Layla-Rose G for working hard at your reading.
Opal J – Responsible
Kaylah S – Respect
Zahn B – Respect

Harvey R for always happy and helpful in the classroom.

Jed R – Confidence and progress in reading.
Mateo CN for being a dedicated learner.
Esmé Oxford for excellent reading and writing.
Navaiea WEC for a great start to school and a positve attitude.

Zeke R – Responsible
Keagan T – Respect
Cohen J – Responsible
Luca C – Responsible
Bodhi R – Responsible


Ag Day Information
  • Chickens arrive Wednesday 18th August. Must be collected with a suitable container to transport home safely. NO CHICKENS HOME ON BUSES.
  • They will be ready to pick up after 3pm from the resource room.
  • Mystery seeds for sale from Mrs Mowat’s room downstairs in LZ2 before 9am and after 3pm every day. $2 each. Comes with an information sheet and judging criteria.
  • Entry forms are due now to classroom teachers
  • School website and Ag day folder (in the office) has all the information needed for each activity.
  • Vets will be coming to school to do vaccinations and docking, date to be confimedc.             


Hi Parents & Caregivers, You will notice over the coming weeks lots of communications about Ag Day which is to be held on Saturday 30th October.  This is Dairy Flat School’s major fundraiser of the year.  Last year we raised approximately $24,000 from the day.  The money raised is used to make the school a better environment for our children and staff. The PTA funds projects that are not funded by the Ministry of Education. Projects funded in recent years included upgrading the hall kitchen and toilets, painting of the courts area, and upgrading the staffroom. We intend to put future funds raised to further hall upgrades and we are exploring opportunities to improve the school pool. We really appreciate any help you can provide either in person or through donations and sponsorships. You can contact us through the PTA email:
Ag Day Grocery Collection: Thank you for your Week 1 & 2 grocery donations – they will be fabulous in our silent auction hampers and raffle wheelbarrow. The week 3 (this week) theme is Around the World – Tacos, Curry, Stir Fry, Pasta, Chow Mein or Chili, Marmite and Chippy Sandwiches. What’s your favourite? The week 4 (next week) theme is Fancy or Fun – Something a little fancy for entertaining or something fun for celebrating. Chutneys, Crackers, Nuts, Pickled Onions, Olives, Birthday Party Supplies, Candles, Party Poppers, Sparkling Grape Juice, Drink Mixers etc. Items can be placed in the donation box in your child’s classroom. Wine or other alcoholic beverages can be donated but must be left with Suzanne or Paula in the school office.
Ag Day Market Stalls: If you are (or know) a crafter or have (or know) a business you would like to promote, why not come and have a stall within our market area at Ag Day (Saturday 30th October) @ $35 per standard stall.  Our boutique market area hosts around 25 stalls selling a variety of goodies from plants, jewellery, relishes, homewares, baby woollens and clothes to art and even goldfish. The size of the stall is usually 3x3m but we can accommodate larger if needed. Ag Day attracts a huge range of people from extended whanau from around the school – Aunts, Uncles, Grandparents etc, friends of the school, neighbours and a variety of people from within the community. People also travel from all over the North Shore to see the gorgeous lambs, baby goats, calves, chickens and even pet turtles, birds and bunnies. We expect up to 3,000 visitors on the day. To book or any questions email Jen – or text/call 021 138 3962.
Ag Day Silent Auction Donations – can you help? We are keen to secure products or services/vouchers that we can include in the silent auction. If you own or work in a business that can help please let us know at
Do you have a business that can sponsor an animal ring, food stall, or activity? You get the chance to advertise your business with signage on the day and social media in the lead up to Ag Day. For more details see the form below. If you would like to help with sponsorship please reach out to Sarah Richardson:
Honey Fundraiser: There are only 2 pots of Manuka blend honey left. $40 for 1 kg. To order contact Sarah Richardson:

 If you would like to sponsor an Animal Ring



Register soon – don’t miss out on a spot to play in a Dairy Flat team. Open to all ages Year 0-6.

Please fill in the attached form and return to the school office before Thursday 19th August 
Hard copies are available in the school office

Student Voice

Whakaaio Whenua Garden

When the garden opened, I walked in and I felt the crunching of the shells under my feet. I looked around the garden and it was so beautiful and peaceful. I saw the Taniwha and I walked along the Balance Boards. I look forward to many more peaceful minutes in this garden. 
By Ruby C

It was peaceful. After several months of waiting, I finally got to go in. It was magnificent. The Taniwha was extraordinary. The Mosaic Couch was very cool. When I walked through the Mindfulness Garden for the first time I was amazed. I felt so calm when the gentle breeze touched my cheeks. 
By Millie R
The breeze was whooshing through the garden. It made me feel calm. I thought “what is that?”, then I realised it was a Taniwha! When I passed the Taniwha I saw a wooden plank. It felt soft like fur. The garden is a calm and nice place.
By Mason W


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