Newsletter 3, Term 1 Week 9 2021

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Newsletter 3, Term 1 Week 9 2021

Wednesday 31 March

Reminder: Home & School Parent Group Meeting

6pm, this Thursday 1 April in the Staffroom

Come and join us!

Postponement – today’s Māori Hui at Newlands Intermediate has been postponed until further notice.  Updates will be advised in due course.

The weather gods shone on us last week, with the sun out every day – just in time for our happy campers at Forest Lakes, day trippers to Matiu/Somes Island and the Yr 1-3 students who undertook bush walks, compass-reading and outdoor challenges, including water activities. We can only offer Outdoor Education with the generous support of our parents and grandparents – thank you for your amazing turnout. My huge thanks to our teachers and their helpers for the hours of work which went into ensuring that this was a great week of fun and learning. Please look at our closed group Facebook page and Seesaw posts to see the week that was!

Hauora Wellbeing Group Support

We have been overwhelmed by the number of people who have signed up to belong to this group. Lauren Hewitt, our Parent Coordinator, will be in touch with you as the need arises (if you have given permission for your details to be shared). If you are contacted and cannot help at the time, please just say ‘No, not at this time’. If you know of families who are going through hard times, please just let Jan Otene (Principal) know, so that we can help support those within our community.

Home & School Parent Meeting – 6pm, Thursday 1 April

We welcome all parents & whanau to come to our first meeting of the year. This is an opportunity for you to have a voice in helping make decisions that will improve our school community in some way. Organising fundraising events is one of the tasks that this team undertakes, but there are many other ways that they contribute – e.g. Scholastic Book Club, environmental work groups, morning teas etc.  It is a great way to meet other families and be a part of our fantastic school community. Last year Covid-19 stopped us in our tracks, so we’re keen to get underway again this year!

Naomi Godfrey, H&S Chair

Student Leaders

Congratulations to the following students who have either volunteered or being chosen by their peers for the following leadership responsibilities:

Peer Mediators

Alex, Brooklyn, Danny-Lee, Malachii, Matilda, Muhammed, Nathan, Ollie, Pranesh, Riki, Shane & Teina.

Student Leaders

Anastasia, Hai Na, Hanae, Isaac, Matilda, Ollie, Pranesh & Terry.


To be announced later this week!

Swimming @ Rewa Rewa

All students will be given 8 lessons, sponsored and taught by Easyswim. Lessons begin this Thursday 1 April – remember to pack your child’s togs, towel and goggles each day until the last day of term (no swimming on Thursday 9th April).

Board News

School Closure dates

Schools in NZ are closed this coming Friday 2 April (Good Friday) and on 5 April (Easter Monday), as well as Tuesday 6 April. A reminder that school re-opens 9am, Wednesday 7 April.  Please make sure you call or email if your child will be returning to school at a later date.

Principal’s Sabbatical

We wish our principal Jan Otene all the very best for her sabbatical next term and look forward to hearing all about her studies on her return in Term 3. As advised in the last newsletter, Charlotte Hills will be Acting Principal during term 2 and Michelle Thwaites has been appointed to undertake her teaching role in our Yr 4-6 class, working alongside Frances Reilly.

Out of Zone Enrolment – Terms 3 & 4 2021

A reminder that if you live out of zone and would like your child to attend Rewa Rewa School in terms 3 and 4 2021, you MUST submit an enrolment application before 12 noon, Friday 28 May. This will be advertised in the Independent Herald during the holidays and late applications cannot be accepted. We know that there are a number of our families who live Out of Zone and have younger siblings turning 5 this year and next – please do not miss this deadline.  Dates for 2022 Out of Zone enrolments will be advised in due course.

Professional Development for our Teachers

This term our teachers have participated in Learning Through Play and DIMC (maths) professional development. This involves staff being observed in action and working with facilitators to develop their next steps in learning. Next term we will be adding Digital Technology to this learning.

Horokiwi Cluster – Tikanga Māori Hui

Today’s hui has been postponed due to a number of unforeseen circumstances.  We will advise updated details when these become available.  The purpose of the hui is to start developing a collective understanding about the needs of all Māori students and their whanau in our area, as well to start developing a shared tikanga. In term 2 this will be explored further with the wider community.

We welcome Raf, Tānara and Samuel to Rewa Rewa School, along with their families.  We hope you enjoy learning with us!

We farewell Jake & his family at the end of term.  We wish you all the very best at your new school!

Upcoming Events…

Thu 01 April                        6pm

Tue 13 April                        5.30pm

Fri 16 April                          3pm

Thu 01 – Fri 09 July

Home & School Parent Group mtg – Staffroom

BOT meeting

Term 1 Ends

Bee Healthy Dental Service Onsite

2021 Term Dates

Term 1





Term 2



Term 3


Term 4


Wed 03 February – Fri 16 April

Waitangi Day Mon 08 February – School Closed

Good Friday 02 April – School Closed

Easter Monday 05 April – School Closed

Easter Holiday Tue 06 April – School Closed

Mon 03 May – Fri 09 July

Teacher Only Day Fri 04 June – School Closed

Queen’s Birthday Mon 07 June – School Closed

Tue 27 July – Fri 01 October

Teacher Only Day Mon 26 July – School Closed

Mon 18 October – Wed 15 Decmber (1pm)

Labour Day Mon 25 October – School Closed

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