Newsletter 4, Term 2 Wk 3 2021

18 Padnell Crescent Newlands Wellington 6037

Newsletter 4, Term 2 Week 3 2021

19 May 2021

Home & School Parent Group Meeting next week –

5.30pm, Wednesday 26 May

All welcome, we would love to see you there!

What a flying start to the term.  It’s hard to believe that two weeks have passed so quickly.  In the first week our tamariki enjoyed a three day visit from Harold and Marsha from the Life Education Trust.  Marsha commented on how incredibly impressed she was with how clever our students were in exploring the neuroscience behind their decision-making process and then applying their understanding in the sessions. Our tamariki are learning how to utilise their brains so that when they are stressed they don’t go straight into the lower brain where reacting to a situation comes from.  At Rewa Rewa School we promote and apply our R.I.D.E. values as a way of being.  This requires us to remember to use proven strategies that help us when making decisions that affect ourselves and others (cause and effect, friendships, feelings and resolution skills and understanding).

Harold & Marsha from the Life Eduaction Trust

Last Friday we held a Mihi Whakatau to welcome our new families.  We hope you settle in quickly and enjoy your experience with us at Rewa Rewa School.

A recent initiative that Jan Otene (Principal) spearheaded before heading off to her sabbatical, was lunchtime clubs.  This term has seen the introduction of a selection of opportunities offered at lunchtime for any child that wants to participate.  The clubs available to our tamariki include the Nature Defenders Club (run by Frances Reilly), Kapa Haka Performance Group (run by Charlotte Hills), Library Crew (run by Helen Pine) and Ukulele Group (run by Guadalupe Salinas).  Thank you to the teachers who are sharing their strengths during lunchtime sessions so that our children are extended outside the classroom.

With the rain in the second week we thought we wouldn’t be able to run our school cross country for the third year in a row.  However, the sun came out and it was a glorious day.   Thank you to those in our community who came to support and cheer on our tamariki.  A special shout out to Barbara, Richard, Matthew, Rowan and Jamie for being course marshalls. Thank you to Miranda who was our official photographer on the day.  As well, a shout-out to the staff for running the event so smoothly.  You were all amazing!

Placings (First, Second, Third):

Yr 6 Boys – Muhammed, Alex, Sam

Yr 6 Girls – Brooklyn S, Matilda

Yr 5 Boys – Benjamin, Kash, Eddy & Terry (tied)

Yr 5 Girls – Anastasia, Ananyaa, Eva-Rose

Yr 4 Boys – Izak, Tānara, Lucas

Y4 Girls – Clara, Miki, Emily

Yr 3 Boys – Hirusha, Isaac, Owen

Y3 Girls – Sophia, Mia, Suvi & Brooklyn W (tied)

Yr 2 Boys – Curtis, Oscar, Freddie

Yr 2 Girls – Hanae, Bella, Prajwala

Yr 1 Boys – Samuel P, Raf, Jerry

Yr 1 Girls – Anh, Emily S, Chloe

This term sees the return of whole school rotations.  Our students are put into mixed-year groupings and rotate through the teachers who provide learning opportunities around science in the morning and passion projects in the afternoon.  Whole school kapa haka returns every Friday morning and our tamariki are looking forward to performing at our Matariki evening towards the end of term.

This Friday 21 June students will be fundraising for ‘Pink Shirt Day’.  The focus is around anti-bullying.  Money raised will go to support InsideOut (rainbow community).  Wear a pink shirt and bring a gold coin donation.  To find out more go to:

We would like to thank the Sports, Education, Community & Cultural Foundation (SECC), for donating cricket gear for our students to use.  What a wonderful surprise it was to walk into the reception area and be greeted with such a gift! 

School Librarians announced at the end of last term are:  Miki, Anastasia, Clara, Ollie, Terry, Eddy, Ananyaa, Dash, Hai Na & Kelly.

On a final note, if you are available to support our staff on road patrol, we are still looking for three people. The spots are Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday afternoons.  If you can assist, please contact Charlotte Hills in person or by email (

Board News

School Closure dates

Rewa Rewa School is closed this coming Friday 4 June (Teacher Only Day), and Monday 7 June (Queen’s Birthday Weekend). A reminder that school re-opens 9am, Tuesday 8 June.  Please make sure you call or email if your child will be returning to school at a later date.

Out of Zone Enrolment – Terms 3 & 4 2021

Applications for Out of Zone enrolment in Terms 3 & 4 2021 close 12 noon, Friday 28 May. Dates for 2022 Out of Zone enrolments will be advised in due course.  A number of our families live Out of Zone and have younger siblings turning 5 next year – dates for 2022 Out of Zone enrolment applications will be advised in due course.

Happening in Our School

  1. The Māori Hui at Newlands Intermediate has been rescheduled for 1-3pm, Wednesday 26 May.  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. This will be explored further with the wider community following the hui.
  2. Community Matariki evening Friday 2 July – all students to attend, as they will be performing in class and whole school groups.
  3. School assemblies will be held at 2pm Monday 17 May, Tuesday 8 June and Monday 28 June.
  4. Student reports will be sent home to parents on Friday 2 July, the second to last week of term.
  5. On Wednesdays this term we are encouraging children to bring less no waste to school in their lunchboxes.  The idea behind it is to look for more sustainable packaging options and ways we can ease the burden of rubbish going to landfills.  When your child is packing their lunch for school on Wednesdays, please talk to them about the food packaging and look at what other containers could be used.

We welcome Ariki, Anh, Cassidy, Emily, Jerry, Lewis, Lyric, Peter, Sylvie & Taimutu, along with their families, to Rewa Rewa.  We hope you enjoy learning with us!

Upcoming Events…

Tuesday 25 May                  5.30pm

Wednesday 26 May            1-3pm


Friday 04 June

Monday 07 June

Thuesday 01 – Fri 09 July

Thursday 01 July                7-8pm

Friday 02 July

Friday 22 July

Tuesday 27 July                 9-10.30am

Friday 22 October

BoT Meeting

Māori Hui at Newlands Intermediate

Home & School Parent Goup Meeting

Teacher Only Day – School Closed

Queen’s Birthday – School Closed

Bee Healthy Dental Service Onsite

NIS Information Evening for Yr 6 Parents

School Reports Sent Home

Matariki Evening

NIS School in Action Morning for Yr 6s

Newlands Cluster Teacher Only Day – School Closed

Friday 12 November         9am-12 noon

NIS Orientation Day

2021 Term Dates

Term 2



Term 3


Term 4



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)

Newlands Cluster Teacher Only Day Fri 22 October – School Closed

Labour Day Mon 25 October – School Closed

Sunshine Drama offers creative drama and singing classes in a supportive, fun and action packed learning environment. Sessions engage and challenge imaginative minds to build acting or singing techniques and ability, whilst growing student confidence, communication and social skills. Our timetable provides classes for students aged 4-16 years and runs after school and on Saturdays. For further information, enrolments or to arrange a free trial class, visit  or contact Jenae 0274 380 533 /



12th – 23rd JULY 2021 from 7.00am-6pm daily. Interactive Activities and NO TV or Video Games, 
Kai Cubs Cooking, Keep Fit Karapu Fitness, and Life Skills Programme creating healthy Breakfast, Lunch and Afternoon Teas. One-on-one care and shuttle services available. 
Daily $81.04/cub per session or $137.77 for two siblings per session; Weekly: $324.16 per cub/week or $551.07 for two siblings/week
. MSD Approved & WINZ subsidies are available for eligible families.

Please contact us: 0800 PRIDE 4 U Or Register online: or Visit our Facebook page:

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