Newsletter – 28/10/2021

Dairy Flat
School Newsletter
Strive for Excellence – Care for All

Term 4 – Week 2 – 28th October 2021

Important Dates

1st – 6.30pm – Year 6 – Positive Puberty Parent Information Evening – Cancelled due to Covid Alert Level 3
11th – LZ1 – Zoo Trip – Cancelled due to Covid Alert Level 3
19th – 9.30am – WHOLE SCHOOL Athletics and colour run rotation – 23rd Rain saved day 
22nd – Skillz4Life swimming Yr0-6 begins – Cancelled due to Covid Alert Level 3
30th – 9.00am – Year 5/6 Cluster Athletics Day – Metro Park TBC – 2nd December Rain saved day

3rd – 9.00am – End of Term Assembly
10th – 1.30pm – Prize Giving
10th – Reports to be sent home
14th – 12.30pm – Year 6 Graduation Lunch (Hall)
16th – End of Term 4

8th Term 1 begins


Kia ora e te whānau

As you are aware the Minister has announced an indicative date of 15th November for the return of year 1 – 8 students in Alert Level Three zones.

We know this will be great news to some and cause others angst and concern. 

There is nothing we will do just yet. We need to wait until more information becomes available and we have a solution that is good for everyone.

Now is a time to breathe, be calm and wait…

If you have any further questions or comments please do not hesitate to contact the classroom teacher, office or myself.  

My email address is 

Ngā mihi nui

Katie Hills 


Kia hikaka, kia māia, kia pono te ngakau. 

Learning together to create a better tomorrow




Packs are available on Monday 12.30-2.00pm.  After Monday we do have some packs and books available by the front door of the school office.

To be sure you get a pack that is suitable for your child, please fill in this form


If you, your household and support network need to return to work outside the home, please email Katie Hills 


We are currently working on organisation for 2022  If you have a preschooler or know anyone with a preschooler who has not yet enrolled please contact the office so we can cater for them in our organisation 


BOT and staff are planning ahead to 2022.  If you have any suggestions or comments for next year regarding learning, class placements, programs etc please do not hesitate to contact the principal Katie Hills 


Photos and Videos are steadily coming in.  They are fantastic.  Please send AG day photos or videos of projects and animals before 1 November and we will collate and create a special 2021 COVID ag day video.  Share or send to

Here are a few received already


Will’s lamb

Aroha’s pet


What do teachers teach?  What are our expectations?  At Dairy Flat we use the NZ curriculum.  We focus on where the child is at and what the next step will be. All children are at different stages and we teach the next step using a variety of strategies.

The Ministry of Education website has tips on how you can support your child’s learning and what the curriculum means.

Click on the image below that represents your child’s year at school to view more information.  These brochures are a guide only.  We assess children based on their stage, not on their age.


Year 1

Year 2

Year 3

4th November

Go to for ideas to get your tamariki outdoors learning and looking after their hauora.

 Join the Tāmaki Makaurau Outdoor Classroom Day facebook event .

There will be regular prizes to win, resources and ideas posted over the next couple of weeks. Simply go to the ‘discussion’ tab on the facebook event page to see resources/ideas/challenges/questions and enter to win! 

 Get outdoors and go wild about nature during outdoor classroom day.

Get inspired to make every day an outdoor classroom day by joining Auckland Council Park Rangers and Sustainable Schools educators to celebrate learning in nature.


We are wanting to set up a community library for our tamariki.  Similar to others that you may have seen.  Any clever handy person who may be able to create one?  To be placed by the gate, between library and hall.  Contact  




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