Newsletter 10, Term 4 Week 3 2021

18 Padnell Crescent Newlands Wellington 6037

Newsletter 10, Term 4 Week 3

Wednesday 03 November 2021

Dear whanau

As the saying goes, it takes a village to raise a child. In this newsletter we recognise and say thank you to the many volunteers who contribute so much to the success of our school. Whether it be spending time with students, capturing special moments on camera, looking after our gardens, dropping off fresh fruit for every child in the school – every act of kindness helps to create a sense of belonging and hauora.

New families at Rewa Rewa School

Welcome to our new families this term. Our roll now stands at 136, the highest it has been in the last 7 years, which we are thrilled about. We believe that a lot of this success is due to the high quality of care, teaching and learning that our students receive. This term professional development for our teaching team has included how to support our English as a second language students, recognising anxiety in students in order to support their wellbeing, Learning through Play provocations and DMIC maths. It is our aim that through this quality PD we will continue to improve student outcomes at Rewa Rewa School.

Junior Playground

Each day we have watched the development of the grounds for this area with excitement and Stage 1 is nearly ready for us to use. We are planning to have an official opening later in the term, but in the meantime, our junior students are going to be using it as soon as the fencing and pagoda are installed. In Stage 2 we are hoping to add equipment, such as work benches and mud kitchens to support Learning through Play.

Help Rewa Rewa Students Become Better Readers

 We are seeking some additional helpers for 1½ hrs a week to listen to individual students reading.  Volunteers listen to one student at a time for 10 minute blocks and chat with the student about the story, building a supportive relationship with each student.   The school has been running PTP (Parent Tutor Programme), for six and a half years now with huge success.  Teachers and parents have seen the positive impact it has had on students’ reading progress.

We hope you can help, or perhaps you know of someone who can.   It is only an hour and a half (9.10am to 10.30am) on any Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday. We will provide you with training and support. If you would like to know more about the programme, please contact Lynnda (  Please note: to work with our students, you must have received your first dose of Covid vaccine by 15 November and be fully vaccinated by 1 January 2022.

Gardening Working Bee

The last few months of rain have been great for the school gardens, but we need helpers to get on top of the weeds at the front of our school. If you have an hour or so free from 10am, Saturday 13 November we’d love to see you. Bring your own gardening tools, buckets etc and meet Lynnda in the staff carpark – even the principal is bringing her favourite spade! If you can’t help with the gardening, you might like to drop off some morning tea to our staffroom for the workers. We will be there rain or shine, so if you can help out, please email for catering purposes. Thank you!

ASC – the Y

We welcome the Y as they begin their partnership and new programme with our school this week. We would like to thank all of our ASC staff who, over the years, have worked hard to support those who attend our ASC programme. We wish the final team of Miss Tonni, Frances, Nazneen and Neve all the very best for their future. For information and to book after school care, please book online at Out of School Care – Y Central.

Pack the Bus – Thursday 2 December

Our student leaders are busy preparing for The Breeze Pack the Bus. Watch out for their flier coming home soon so that you can help others and brighten up their Christmas.

Kathryn Berkett “Device Zombies” Fundraiser Evening – 6.30pm Wednesday 24 November

This promises to be an entertaining evening. The theme is the ‘Neuroscience of Device Zombies‘, which builds on Kathryn’s engaging TED talk and will touch on whether technology is good or bad for us (and our children), as well as understanding the neuroscience behind our interactions with technology. Fabulous raffles to be won by those who bring their gold coins to purchase a ticket. This fundraiser is helping us to raise money that will be used to support our students and we are looking forward to a great evening.

Community Voice – Reporting to Parents Survey

We are currently reviewing how we report to parents during the year. As part of this process we will be inviting our parent community to share their opinions.  Watch out for an online survey this term for you to offer your feedback.

Hauora Group

We have a wonderful group of volunteers who have helped several families from within our school community when times have been tough. Wonderful meals, grocery baskets and vouchers have been very gratefully received. If you know of a family within our school community who may need support in some way, email to let us know. Likewise, if you’d like to have your name included as someone who can offer support if called, please email or co-ordinator Lauren (

Road Patrol Volunteers

Keeping our children safe is something that takes just 15 minutes a day of your time – we would love to have some new volunteers join the orange brigade out on road patrol before and after school. Please email if you can assist.  Please note: to work with our students, you must have received your first dose of Covid vaccine by 15 November and be fully vaccinated by 1 January 2022.

Early Morning arrivals

This term we, as we remain at Level 2, we have started to reintroduce some of the previous protocols which have supported our families. As from this week, students who need to be dropped off at school between 8-8.25 am may enter the school grounds and report to Ahi Whare iti. We do ask though that, if at all possible, students continue to arrive after 8.30am please, as this allows teachers to undertake meetings with each other and prepare for the day ahead. We thank you for your ongoing support with this matter.

School Photos – Monday 29 November

A reminder that school photos are coming up soon AND they’re on a MONDAY!! Please do not leave haircuts until the same day, as we cannot guarantee when each class will be photographed. It will also be important for students to arrive at school on time. The photographers operate an online ordering system and detailed information will be sent home once photos are ready for purchase.

Community Facebook Page

We have a closed school Facebook page where school and parents can share in news and events. If you have a current student at Rewa Rewa School and would like to join this group, please look for Rewa Rewa School on Facebook and send a request.

We welcome Annora, Aria, Elin, Heron & Karman, along with their families, to Rewa Rewa School.

We hope you enjoy learning with us!

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Upcoming Events…

Friday 12 November         9am-12 noon

Monday 29 November

NIS Orientation Day

School Photos

2021 Term Dates

Term 3

Tue 27 July – Fri 01 October (school closes at 3pm)

Term 4

Mon 18 October – Wed 15 December (1pm)

Labour Day Mon 25 October – School Closed

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