Thursday 17th November 2022 | Term 4 Week 5
Kia ora e te whānau,

The last week has been a riot of events and activities - thank you to all our teachers who are working super hard to ensure the term is filled with exciting learning opportunities. Amongst those events were middle school camps, our marae visit day with the other schools in our Kahui Ako group, the Science Roadshow, Brainwave Presentations for students and a visit to Aoraki for Rooms 9 and 13. We still have our Leavers’ Dinner to look forward to on Friday night!

Don’t expect any let-up on the activities next week! The Primary Marae Day is on the 22nd, middle school camps continue across the week, Junior Athletics (Years 1-3) and the Home and School Disco both on the 24th. Feel free to join the wild ride across these events in whatever capacity you can.

Congratulations to Lily Brophy who has gained a 2022 Midland Choir Music Scholarship. Recipients of this scholarship perform in Timaru on the 19th of November - I know you’ll perform beautifully Lily!

Parents should come along to the Brainwave Trust whānau presentation “Unravelling the Adolescent Brain” this evening if they are available. This presentation is free and held at school (in the Foods Room) from 5 - 6.30 pm. Entry is through the sliding doors to the foyer at the back of the school. Exams are active at the time of this presentation so we cannot use the previously advertised location. The presentation is most suited for parents of students in Year 8 and above, but everyone is welcome. You can have a look at their materials here (select adolescents):

Also, as a “Heads Up”, please don’t forget that school finishes for Year 1-6 students straight after Junior Assembly (12.30 pm) on Friday 25th November as our Primary Teachers must attend a Paid Union Meeting relating to the settlement of Teachers’ contracts with the government. If you need your child to remain at school under supervision on that afternoon, please let the school office know.

He waka eke noa,

Kate Staniford
Tumuaki | Principal

Archery, River Crossings and a dog called Herb

M1 ākonga were finally able to go on their long-awaited, COVID disrupted camp last week. They were treated to superb weather, and they even encountered snow along the way! You can read Year 7 student Paige Firman's recount of the week here...


Science Roadshow Comes to Town

The Science Roadshow was in full swing this week, with ākonga from Year 4-10 enjoying the ride. 🧫 🔬 👩‍🔬 Students were able to enjoy lots of hands-on exhibits with themes ranging from astronomy to ecology, the environment, and the human lab.


Kea Conservation Trust Visits TAS

Junior School ākonga enjoyed a visit from Helen Hamblin of the Kea Conservation Trust last week to share some information about Kea with us. She shared lots of great ways we can help Kea and we learned how dangerous lead can be for Kea. 🦜


Gold Mining With M4

Ākonga from M4, along with Mr and Mrs Potter visited Cromwell this week, with the aim to deepen students' understanding of the consequences of the 1860’s gold discoveries in Otago. ⛏️ 🌟 Their itinerary was filled with trips to the Cromwell Museum and Goldfields Mining Centre, and they even panned for…


Antarctic Explorer Visits Room 13

Continuing with their Antarctic topic for this term, Antarctic Explorer Sean Brooks came and spoke to Room 13 ākonga about his 9 trips to Antarctica and South Georgia Island. 🐧


Caregiver NCEA Course Selection Approval

Parents and caregivers can now log in to view and approve Year 10-12 students' course selections for 2023. ✅ Full, detailed instructions can be found here. For more information regarding NCEA, go to


Wilding Pine Club a Hit With Tamariki

Last Thursday the Wilding Pine Club had a successful first afternoon with four awesome helpers going out with Science teacher Denise Arkless to work on wilding pine removal. 🌲🌲🌲 Ka pai to the tamariki involved in this very important work!


2023 Term Dates

Although we still haven't finished 2022 yet, we thought we'd share our 2023 term dates with you. We will obviously advise you of other dates such as Teacher Only Days once the final details have been ironed out!


Room 8 Dinosaur Challenge

Ākonga in Room 8 have been learning about patterns and relationships this week, creating repeating patterns using a variety of blocks. Students participated in a class Dinosaur Challenge to show a repeated pattern using colours. 🦖 🦕


School Stationery Changes 2023

How you buy school stationery for your tamariki and rangatahi is changing for 2023. ✏️ 🖇 📚 It's a change that ensures whānau members can take a lot more control of students' stationery needs to start the new school year, and beyond. 😉 Read the details here...


Hats, Hats, and More Hats!

Once again, we have an abundance of unnamed Lost Property left at school that needs to be collected. This includes a variety of school hats.


2022 NCEA Exam Timetable

Here is the 2022 NCEA Exam Timetable. Exams run until Friday 2nd December with two sessions per day, 9.30 am and 2 pm. Be organised, be punctual, and if you have any questions make sure you contact Mrs O'Carroll well in advance of your exam.


School Photos Available for Purchase

Parents, caregivers and whānau members can now view and purchase their child's school photo via the email keycode you have been sent. 📸 Order before midnight on November 27th to get FREE DELIVERY.


Emotion Coaching 101: What it is and why kids need it

Big feelings can cause big behaviours - moments that call for a fresh parenting approach. What is the theory of emotion coaching and how can it be put into practice?


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→ Friday, 18th November — Support Staff Day
→ Tuesday, 22nd to Friday, 25th November — M2/M3 Camp
→ Tuesday, 22nd November — Primary Marae Day
→ Thursday, 24th November — Junior Athletics Morning Year 1-3
→ Thursday, 24th November — Junior Disco
→ Friday, 25th November 12:30pm to 3:00pm — NZEI Paid Union Meeting
→ Monday, 28th November — North Otago Athletics
→ Tuesday, 29th November 12:35pm to 3:00pm — PPTA Paid Union Meeting
→ Thursday, 1st December — MoE Accord Teacher Only Day
→ Friday, 2nd December — NCEA Exams End
→ Friday, 2nd December — MoE Accord Teacher Only Day

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