Newsletter 11, Term 4 Week 6 2021

18 Padnell Crescent Newlands Wellington 6037

Newsletter 11, Term 4 Week 6

Wednesday 24 November 2021

School Photos

School Photos are next Monday 29 November – please have your child at school by 9am. Photolife operate an online ordering system; detailed instructions will be sent home once photos are ready for purchase.  Individual photos are taken of every child on the day and you can choose to purchase this, along with your child’s class photo.

Reminder – please ensure that all toys stay at home, in particular, fidget toys and Pokemon cards, as trading rules are causing issues.  Thank you!

Only 3½ weeks to go and a lot to do before we close for the school year. Even at this late stage of the term, it is great that our students are still trying to reduce the amount of disposable rubbish in their lunch boxes and wear their wide brimmed sunhats whilst in the sun. We were hoping to have an end of year gathering for our families, however, with the current Covid Level 2 restrictions still in place, we have had to admit defeat. Let’s hope that 2022 brings more settled times.

Extracurricular Opportunities

EPro 8

Our two teams competed 2 weeks ago at Queen Margaret College in the EPro8 competition. They spent many weeks practising their technology challenges and then videoing their journey for the judges to see. On competition day each team worked with construction equipment, as well as an electronics kit. We congratulate Matilda, Brooklyn, Muhammed, Pranesh, Alex, Terry, Ananyaa and Eddy for the competent way in which they worked together as a team and completed their tasks with precision.

Hip Hop Dance

Our Dancesplash group enjoyed a great Hip Hop session with dance instructor Lila recently. Lots of wiggling and giggling and definitely lots of smiles as new moves were learned.


Every child in the school has participated in free cricket lessons over the last fortnight with our provider.

ASC – Hoops & Swimming

Basketball skills are being taught to those who attend ASC on Wednesdays. This is part of the Y programme ethos which encourages children to be active.  Their current programme features swimming lessons in our school pool – check out the ad in Community Notices below.


End of Year Data and Assessment

Our teaching team is busy testing, moderating and finalising end of year data so that they can report back to the board at our next meeting. The Board uses this information to look how we can put resources and staffing in place to support our students where it is most needed. This term we have increased the number of teachers we have working in classrooms and been able to offer enrichment programmes, as well as employing additional teacher aides in classrooms.

Board Elections 2022

The MOE has advised that 2022 Board of Trustee elections have been deferred to September next year. In preparation for this, our current board will be organising a series of events as from term 1 next year, so that prospective candidates can have the opportunity to learn more about what this important role involves. We urge you to start thinking now about whether you would like to put your name forward for election.

Board Survey

We would love to have your feedback, to assist the Board in knowing what our community values.  If you would like to add your voice, please complete the short online survey being emailed to you this week.

Meet the Teacher in 2022

Next year we will be introducing a new system for meeting with your child’s teacher in term 1. Instead of meeting in week 5, we will be inviting parents to book an interview on Monday 31 January, two days before school opens on Wednesday 2 February. Other schools in our area are using this approach and have found it to be a really great way to start the year, with a shared approach for each student. We will be sending out online booking information prior to the week when school starts back.

2022 Class Organisation

We welcome Liz Martindale from Crofton Downs to our teaching team next year. Liz will bring a wealth of experience and we welcome her to Rewa Rewa.

At the end of this term we will be saying farewell to some of our team, whose fixed terms are ending, including Phillippa Brosnahan, Danielle Matthews, Guadalupe Salinas and Laura Smith.

Your child’s end of year report will be sent home on Friday 10 December along with information about classes, teachers and stationery (which can be purchased online from

Kathryn Berkett Fundraiser

This takes place this evening in our school hall. Fabulous raffles to win – bring your gold coins!

Working Bee

Thank you so much to the team who supported Lynnda Bouzaid to get the front garden under control. Despite the rain and mist, we beavered away and managed to fill the skip bin quickly. Our next working bee will be on Saturday 11 December and we’d love to see you then, as we’re attacking trees with berries! Please bring your own tools and we’ll supply the morning tea! RSVP to Lynnda (, if you are able to help out and for catering purposes.

L-R: The front entrance gets a makeover; the Principal’s raincoat; Job done – skip bin full!

Pack the Bus

Our student leaders are busy planning for a fun day on Thursday 2 December when The Breeze ‘Pack the Bus’ arrives. Please see the list below for suggested items.  Note: Gifts for children should not be gift wrapped.  We have plenty of empty boxes to fill, so let’s get giving!

Please place goods in the Christmas boxes located in the school office area.

Essential Items

Spreads and Muesli bars

Weetbix, Oats & Muesli

Sugar and Milk Powder

Pasta Sauce

Tinned Soup/fish/meat

Biscuits and Crackers

Body Wash and Deodorant

Baby Food, Wipes and Nappies

Laundry Powder and Dishwashing Liquid

Christmas Items

Small Christmas Cakes

Fancy biscuits/crackers

Fancy relishes/sauces

Salts/roasted nuts


Toiletries for the whole family

Retail vouchers

Toys (new toys only please – and unwrapped)

Construction Toys – Lego/Meccano

Art equipment

Educational toys and books


Baby toys for 0-2yr olds


Board games

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Upcoming Events…

Monday 29 November

School Photos

2021 Term Dates

Term 4

Mon 18 October – Wed 15 December (1pm)

Labour Day Mon 25 October – School Closed

2022 Term Dates

Term 1

Wed 02 February – Thursday 14 April

Mon 07 February – Waitangi Day Statutory Holiday Observed, School Closed

Thu 14 April—Teacher Only Day, School Closed

Fri 15 April—Good Friday, School Closed

Term 2

Monday 02 May – Friday 08 July

Fri 03 June—Teacher Only Day, School Closed

Mon 06 June—Queen’s Birthday, School Closed

Fri 24 June—Matariki, School Closed

Term 3

Monday 25 July – Friday 30 September

Term 4

Monday 17 October – Thursday 15 December (School closes at 1pm)

Mon 24 October—Labour Day, School Closed

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