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Week 10, term 3 notices and reminders


Thank you all for another week of supporting your children with their learning. We were very pleased with the announcement to move to level 3 this week and can’t wait till the alert levels drop some more. Thank you for keeping your kids home and maintaining your bubbles at this time. ‘Bubble school’ started this week with the few that had no other options but to send their children back to school, and we are grateful to the staff who are helping supervise those children on site. 


Please note that next week - week 10 - is the last week of term 3, with the last day of term being Friday 1 October. School resumes for term 4 on Monday 18 October and we are hopeful that it will be on site. 


Have a lovely weekend everyone.


URGENT - Planning for 2022 

It’s that time of year when we start to make plans for 2022. If you are not planning to return to Clevedon School next year, please contact Karen Pallister (kpallister@clevedonschool.co.nz) and let us know as soon as possible. If you know of any families that are moving to the area or if you have pre-schoolers due to start next year, and have not let us know yet, please also get in touch. 


BYO iPads for year 3-8 students - 2022

Our year 3-8 classes are BYO iPad classes. For those of you whose children will be in year 3 next year, you may like to start thinking about iPad options. This letter outlines some of the requirements and has a list of Apps that the iPads need. We are sending you this early, as we know some of our families like to think about birthday or Christmas presents leading up to their child starting in a BYOD class. 


For those that already have their iPads and are in years 3-7 already, it will be a good chance to tidy up the Apps on your child’s device and add any new ones that they may not have.


If you have any queries around the iPads or Apps please email Sarah Park, our deputy principal dp@clevedonschool.co.nz 


Lockdown tips with Dr Hinemoa Elder and Nathan Wallis

If you’re feeling a bit anxious about your child’s wellbeing during the extended lockdown or Alert Level 3, you may like to watch this video with tips from Dr Hinemoa Elder and Nathan Wallis. 


It is a great little video with tips and reminders. If you do need any assistance from us, please reach out to your child’s teacher or contact Mrs Park or Mrs Sullivan directly. 


Kelly Club

Kelly club have been putting in the mahi (work) over lockdown to organise an epic holiday programme for when we hopefully have a change to Level 2. If you would like to book your child into the holiday programme please click on this link. There are lots of exciting activities for your child to take part in.


A few reminders from last week, in case you missed them... 


School holidays 

The Minister of Education announced that the school holidays will remain unchanged. Our last day of term will be Friday 1 October. 


Teacher Only Days - date change for term 4 

As per the Education Sector Accord, primary teachers have been granted eight Teacher Only days over the course of the collective agreement, which ends at the end of June 2022. Schools are contractually obliged to ensure these days are used. 


We had originally spaced these out, being mindful not to cause too much interruption to whānau, however, with the timing of lockdowns since 2020, a few of our Teacher Only Days (ToDs) have been postponed, including the one planned for this term. We have tried, with all the interruptions in the last two years, to be mindful of the impact of ToDs on our community, however, we also have contractual obligations to ensure these are provided, and in a meaningful way, to address the workload for teachers. In being mindful of the community, we are now left with 5 to adhere to in the next 3 terms. 


In term four a ToD was planned for Friday of week 1 (22 October). With having been in lockdown, we do not believe it is in our children’s best interest to use this date. We have therefore changed this ToD for Friday of week 5 - November 19th. This change is reflected on the school calendar. 

 

If your family had made plans with the original date of October 22 in mind, please don’t worry and do not feel that you have to change your plans. We know that this may be the case for some. 


Mathathon 

Hopefully lockdown is giving all our children a chance to work on their mathathon learning! Please continue to focus on this as much as possible. The testing day has been postponed until we are back onsite and we will let you know when a decision has been made about a date. Learning to instantly recall basic facts is a crucial step in helping us develop competent mathematicians. 


Click here to access the Mathathon question sets.



Week 9, term 3 notices and reminders


Calendars - LAST DAY FOR ORDERS! 

Remember to get your orders in for your personalised calendars, diaries, mouse pads, sketch pads and greeting cards with your child’s artwork on it. These are great quality and make awesome Christmas presents for relatives and friends. You can make your order through KINDO. Orders close on 17th September.


Planning for 2022 

It’s that time of year when we start to make plans for 2022. If you are not planning to return to Clevedon School next year, please contact Karen Pallister (kpallister@clevedonschool.co.nz) and let us know as soon as possible. If you know of any families that are moving to the area or if you have pre-schoolers due to start next year, and have not let us know yet, please also get in touch. 


Alert level 3 - changes 

With another alert level decision due early next week, we need to know if any children are returning at alert level 3. Please note with the limited staffing due to the health and safety measures in place, and small bubble numbers, we cannot take children at the last minute or any children who just turn up at the gate. As mentioned previously, we would like all families to consider all options before sending children to schoolThis letter was sent to all families via email last week. 


School holidays 

This morning the Minister of Education announced that the school holidays will remain unchanged. Our last day of term will be Friday 1 October. 


Teacher Only Days - date change for term 4 

 As per the Education Sector Accord, primary teachers have been granted eight Teacher Only days over the course of the collective agreement, which ends at the end of June 2022. Schools are contractually obliged to ensure these days are used. 


We had originally spaced these out, being mindful not to cause too much interruption to whānau, however, with the timing of lockdowns since 2020, a few of our Teacher Only Days (ToDs) have been postponed, including the one planned for this term. We have tried, with all the interruptions in the last two years, to be mindful of the impact of ToDs on our community, however, we also have contractual obligations to ensure these are provided, and in a meaningful way, to address the workload for teachers. In being mindful of the community, we are now left with 5 to adhere to in the next 3 terms. 


In term four a ToD was planned for Friday of week 1 (22 October). With having been in lockdown, we do not believe it is in our children’s best interest to use this date. We have therefore changed this ToD for Friday of week 5 - November 19th. This change is reflected on the school calendar. 

 

If your family had made plans with the original date of October 22 in mind, please don’t worry and do not feel that you have to change your plans. We know that this may be the case for some. 

 

Mathathon 

Hopefully lockdown is giving all our children a chance to work on their mathathon learning! Please continue to focus on this as much as possible. The testing day has been postponed until we are back onsite and we will let you know when a decision has been made about a date. Learning to instantly recall basic facts is a crucial step in helping us develop competent mathematicians. 


Click here to access the Mathathon question sets.


Ag day 

We are looking forward to seeing children’s online work around their Ag day animal or plant. In case you missed the message sent on the school app on Monday, with the extension of alert level 4, Ag day has been cancelled. 



Week 8, term 3 notices and reminders


Māori Language Week

This week we celebrate Te Wiki o te Reo Māori. Māori Language Week has been celebrated each year since 1975 and September 14 commemorates the presentation of the 1972 Māori language petition to parliament. 

 

Keep a look out for some additional te reo learning as part of the slides this week. There may even be some bonus House points if parents are caught using te reo! 

 

‘Kia kaha te reo Māori’ - ‘Let’s make the Māori language strong.

Alert level 3 - changes 

With an alert level decision due early next week, we have been busy planning for alert level 3. As mentioned last week, we would like all families to consider all options before sending children to school. This letter was sent to all families via email yesterday. 


ECCS and HPA events - cancelled 

Given the current situation we find ourselves in and not knowing when we will have a return to school the decision has been made to cancel all ECCS/HPA events for the rest of term 3 and 4. We realise this is very disappointing for both staff and students yet again but the organisers felt it was best to make the call now for the health and well-being of everyone in our schools and planning purposes for term 4. This includes ECCS Group day and ECCS Athletics.


Ag Day

We’re keeping a very close eye on things to see if we can go ahead with Ag day or not. The more we look at the timing of things, it is looking likely that the event will be cancelled. We will confirm on Monday after the Prime Minister's announcement, but we just want to make sure you have as much warning as possible. We will work an online learning task around Ag day animals/plants for those that have entered and wish to share their animals or plants with their classmates. 


Either way, we will still add children who have raised and registered a calf, kid, lamb or chicken to the ‘badge’ list, so they do not miss out. 


Calendars

Remember to get your orders in for your personalised calendars, diaries, mouse pads, sketch pads and greeting cards with your child’s artwork on it. These are great quality and make awesome Christmas presents for relatives and friends. You can make your order through KINDO. Orders close on 17th September.


Planning for 2022 

It’s that time of year when we start to make plans for 2022. If you are not planning to return to Clevedon School next year, please contact Karen Pallister (kpallister@clevedonschool.co.nz) and let us know as soon as possible. If you know of any families that are moving to the area or if you have pre-schoolers due to start next year, and have not let us know yet, please also get in touch. 


Weetbix TRYathlon

Due to the current COVID alert levels in New Zealand, Weetbix is holding off registrations at the current time, there will be more information soon regarding when the registrations will reopen. 


Supporting kids through disappointment 

We know things are tough at present and our children are facing various emotions. With a number of things getting cancelled you may find it useful to look at these articles on helping our kids manage disappointment. 

From the Parenting Place 

From Psychology Today 


Parenting online workshop: The Happiness Club

The Happiness Club has added another online parenting workshop next week on ‘tools to support your child’s mental and emotional wellbeing’. Please see here for more information.




Week 7, term 3 notices and reminders


Hari rā Pāpā - Happy Father’s Day

We wish all our dads, grandads, uncles and father figures a very happy Father’s Day for Sunday. We hope you have an amazing day, with lots of baking, cuddles and precious time with your family. Thank you for all that you do to love, raise and nurture our little people. 


Staffing update

Today the staff farewelled Mrs Kirsten Pearse as she leaves us to go on maternity leave. We wish her all the very best and can’t wait to hear her news, and later on have cuddles with baby number 2. We welcome Mrs Jalena Eade back from maternity leave as of Monday to take over from Mrs Pearse in room three.


We can’t promise that’s the end of the ‘pregnancy tag’ at Clevedon School! 


We also acknowledge Miss Samatha McKewon’s resilience and patience as she has had to change her wedding plans for the second time now due to lockdown. As always, Sam has taken this new challenge with her usual grace and calm. We can’t wait to celebrate her and Matt when they finally tie the knot in December now. 


Survey feedback and online learning reminders 

Thank you very much to those that gave us feedback on online learning via the survey sent out last week. Overall the work seems to be just right for most families and easily accessible and understood. It was lovely for our staff to receive so many kind words and appreciation, as they continue to work hard from home, while managing their own whānau too. 


We also really appreciated hearing about some of the struggles some may be having with online learning. Teachers will either have made contact with some of you, or will be making contact next week to help with any issues raised. Please do keep letting us know what is and isn’t working, as this will help us better support you and your child. 


The idea of feeling ‘guilty’ that you are not doing enough with your children in regard to their learning has come up a few times, either in the survey, via email or phone calls with our teachers. PLEASE DON’T FEEL GUILTY! We know what it’s like trying to juggle life at present. Majority of our staff are in the same boat and have the same feelings. Our children will be ok. The first and most important thing right now is that our kids are safe and healthy. The second is that they are happy and not anxious about what is going on. Learning is important, but learning does not only happen at school and at this time online. Your family time, playing outside, cooking, talking to each other on family walks etc all help children’s development, and have a high educational value. Enjoy them and park the guilt! 


Please remember that you are in charge. You can choose to do as much or as little as will work for your family. Wellbeing comes first during these times and this may mean different routines on different days. That’s all ok. Our staff will continue to ‘nudge’ and ‘nurture’, as that is their job, but the ball remains in your court. Look after yourselves and your tamariki. 


Alert level 3 - changes 

Although this is some time away, we do know that alert level 3 at school is going to be very different to the last few times. 


We are giving you lots of warning so that you are able to work on ways to extend your bubble and make alternative arrangements for childcare when alert level 3 comes around. At alert level 3 bubbles remain, but you can bring in additional family members to help with childcare and schools are essentially closed. 


Our threshold for having children onsite will be very high this time. We were fairly lenient with some families last time, when we knew parents were working from home or had alternate options. This time around, this will not be the case as this virus is extremely contagious. Our bubble size has been reduced to 10 and our health and safety measures tightened. 


Again, we ask that you take this time to ensure you do your best to find alternative childcare when alert level 3 does come around. We will communicate further on our measures in the near future. 


We realise this is a hard reality, but we are all in the same boat. We thank you in advance for helping us keep all the families in our community safe. 


Athon 

Our athon testing was scheduled to take place next Friday. We will be postponing this until we are back onsite. The good news is that tamariki will have additional time to learn their basic facts and hopefully find more sponsors. We look forward to seeing how everyone gets on, once we are back onsite.


Ag day

We have had some queries around what will happen to Ag day this year. Mrs Boyle and I have had extensive discussions around this together and with Nicci Pallin-Simmonds who kindly heads the organisation of this day for us. We want to not be too hasty in our decision, as if there is any possible way to still have our Ag day, we want to have it! We have come up with two options, which are explained below. 


Option 1 - Ag day is cancelled 

  • If we are at alert level 3 on Ag day and/or depending on the timing of alert level 3 ending, then Ag day will sadly be cancelled.

  • If alert level 2 settings are different to last time and gathering sizes are smaller than 100, then we will need to cancel. 

  • If we do cancel, we will still add children who have raised and registered a calf, kid, lamb or chicken to the ‘badge’ list, so they do not miss out. 


Option 2 - Modified Ag day at alert level 2 (please read below) 

  • We will make a call on this when we have more information on alert levels. Thank you for your patience.  

  • This will only go ahead if alert level 2 settings allow gatherings of 100 or more. Any gathering size smaller than 100, will mean a cancellation of Ag day, even under alert level 2. If we drop down to alert level 2 too close to Ag day, we may also need to cancel. 

  • We will run Ag day at alert level 2 as we did last year. It will be modified and staggered over 2 days. This is to allow us to manage gathering size restrictions and social distancing. 

  • Having looked at the numbers of animals registered we will only have Ag day (even at alert level 2) for CALVES, KIDS and LAMBS. Unfortunately we will need to cancel chickens, pets and plants. 

  • If we do go ahead with the calves, kids and lambs, children who registered with chickens will still get added to the ‘badge’ list, so they do not miss out. 


Just to be clear, in either scenario, unfortunately Ag day is essentially cancelled for the pets, plants and chicken categories. In option 2, we may be able to have a revised Ag day for calves, lambs and kids. 


Again, we do fully understand how disappointing cancelling Ag day is. We will do our best to make a call as soon as possible but without being too hasty, in case we can possibly make it work for some of the animal entries. 


A message from our amazing PTFA...

The PTFA is thrilled to announce a recent donation of $9,000 to school funds. This money will be used by the school to continue to purchase quality teaching and learning resources, including this year, a portion going toward buying hands-on play equipment for the junior end of the school. We sincerely thank all the families and friends of the school who contributed to the PTFA's recent fundraising efforts, particularly the Easter raffle and the Movie Night.


Weet-Bix kids TRYathlon

Entries are now open to the South Auckland Weet-Bix Kids TRYathlon on December 1st at Mountfort Park. The TRYathlon is all about giving it a TRY and is a rewarding and fun day out for you and your child. 


Participants need to be aged 7-15 years old on event day, and can complete the TRYathlon as an individual or in a team of two. Participants need to be aged 6 years old on event day to complete the Splash&Dash.

Our school has created a School Group which you can join when you enter from home. The direct link to register into our school group is here. By linking to our school group it will give us the chance to win some great prizes.

If you have any school related questions please contact Katie McAra on kmcara@clevedonschool.co.nz otherwise contact the Weet-Bix Kids TRYathlon team; email Sophia@smcevents.co.nz or phone 0800 WEET BIX (0800 9338 249).


Safe TV viewing for students in lockdown

More time at home can see young people watching more TV, and potentially watching outside their normal viewing hours – which can increase the risk they will encounter unsuitable viewing. Tools are available to help parents protect children from TV content that may harm them.

 

A practical guide to the latest tools (including parental locks, classifications, advisories, warnings and timebands) plus an informative video from Jordan ‘How to DAD’ Watson is available at safeviewing.co.nz.

 

These tools are overseen by the Broadcasting Standards Authority, which provides further useful information here.




Week 6, term 3 notices and reminders


Kia ora e te whānau 


We are so very proud of our children over this lockdown! The engagement seems to have picked up and teachers are able to target learning more to group needs. We thank you for the support you are providing your children to complete tasks and stay connected. 


If there is one thing that we ask you to do above all else, is that you check that your children are attending their scheduled meetings with their teacher. This connection, keeping a sense of community and having a routine is important for children’s wellbeing and their learning progress. Please contact your child’s teacher if you would like clarity of the days and times of the meetings so you can encourage attendance at these.  


As lockdown continues, we would like to ask you to give us feedback on the online learning programme. It is a very short survey, but we ask that you fill a separate one in for each of your children, as each team runs a slightly different programme. 


Have a great weekend and please let our staff know if there is anything we can help with. 


Ngā mihi
Edeh Sullivan



Parent survey - online learning

Please click on the relevant links below. Kindly fill one in for each of your children. 


Tōtara team (rooms 10, 12, 13 and the pod) 

Pohutukawa team (rooms 4, 11, 15 and 16) 

Kauri team (rooms 1, 2 and 3) 

Kōwhai team (rooms 6, 7, 8 and 9) 


Mathathon 

Hopefully lockdown is giving all our children a chance to work on their mathathon learning! Please continue to focus on this as much as possible. Learning to instantly recall basic facts is a crucial step in helping us develop competent mathematicians. 


Click here to access the Mathathon question sets.


Team updates on online learning 

Key messages and what we’re noticing across all teams… 

  • Much better engagement and the quality of work is improving - awesome! 

  • Some children are finishing set tasks very quickly - we would love to see the quality of work improve for some before adding in additional work - quality over quantity in some areas. 

  • Improved attendance at the daily meetings - we want to hit as close to all participating. 

  • We want to emphasise the importance of wellbeing during this time - for everyone in the household. If online learning is causing any anxiety or added stress, please talk to us. There may be things we can put in place to support you or your child. Alternatively, watch Home Learning TV or go outside and enjoy the sunshine and each others’ company! 

Google Meetings

From next week your child should expect to attend two teaching sessions with their teacher. Each team has a different focus and this is reviewed regularly. The focus is based on what teachers have noticed needs the most support and where they want to emphasise key teaching in. 


There will also be a whole class session. These will be kept upbeat and focus on our sense of community and keeping our connections strong. 


Google meetings and direct teaching foci for each team is below. This may change in order to respond to class needs.

Tōtara 

Pohutukawa

Kauri

 Kōwhai

Literacy based - either reading or writing 

Writing 

Writing 

Writing

Math


Home Learning TV 

In case you need an alternative or are having device/internet issues, Home Learning TV is now back on.

  • Home Learning | Papa Kāinga TV is back online and on television weekdays between 9am–1pm.

  • It is primarily for learners without internet connectivity. It can be accessed on Duke+1 (Freeview channel 18). Those households who have Sky can also access Duke +1 on channel 504.

  • For households who have internet connectivity they can access the lessons through TVNZ On Demand. Schedules are published on Learning from Home.

  • You can also enable captions – information can be found here.


Wellbeing 

Here are some tips that may come in handy for adapting back to lockdown with children.

Supporting children's social emotional wellbeing

Adapting after lockdown

This is a link to Suzy Cato's book corner where you can access clips of her reading a range of books on emotional wellbeing, including the popular new title "Aroha's way".


Teacher Only Day - postponed 

A reminder that our scheduled ToD for today (Friday 27 August) has been postponed. We will reschedule this at a later day, and give you plenty of warning in advance. 


Calendars

Remember to get your orders in for your personalised calendars, diaries, mouse pads, sketch pads and greeting cards with your child’s artwork on it. These are great quality and make awesome Christmas presents for relatives and friends. You can make your order through KINDO. Orders close on 17th September.


Week 5, term 3 notices and reminders


Dear whānau


We hope you're all well and happy in your bubbles. Thank you to all of you who have supported your children with their online learning over the last few days. Our teachers are enjoying the Hangout sessions and connecting with the children. 


We hope you have a great weekend and please let us know if you need any support from us. 


Arohanui

Edeh Sullivan 



Teacher Only Day - postponed 

Our scheduled ToD for Friday 27 August has been postponed. We will reschedule this at a later day, and give you plenty of warning in advance. 


Agriculture day registration - last day today

Please visit the Ag day site on our school website. Registrations close on Friday 20 August at 3pmYou can click on the link to read further information about Agriculture day 2021


Calendars

Remember to get your orders in for your personalised calendars, diaries, mouse pads, sketch pads and greeting cards with your child’s artwork on it. These are great quality and make awesome Christmas presents for relatives and friends. You can make your order through KINDO. Orders close on 17th September.


Ag Day Photo Competition

The Pohutukawa Coast times are running an Ag day photo competition.

Please click here for more information


Wairoa Rangers Father’s Day Rugby

Just in case we are out of lockdown by then... 

We are taking registrations for any 5-18 year olds interested in a fun day of rugby on Fathers Day, Sun 5 Sept, and the following Sunday 12 Sept. If anyone is interested, please contact Brian Wilmshurst on 0274 973 439 or email: bjwilmshurst3@gmail.com


Week 4, term 3 notices and reminders


Ag day registrations are now open!


  • Wednesday - Waste Free Wednesday 

  • Thursday - Pizzas

  • Thursday - Science Roadshow

  • Friday - Science Roadshow

  • Friday - Friday freeze

  • Friday- Ag day registrations close 3pm


Agriculture day registration

Registration for all Ag day projects is now open. All children wishing to take part in Ag day must be registered. Please visit the Ag day site on our school website. Registrations close on Friday 20 August at 3pmYou can click on the link to read further information about Agriculture day 2021


Teacher only day reminder - term 3 date

Our next Teacher Only Day is coming up on Friday 27 August (Friday before Labour weekend). Our teachers will be taking part in professional development in mathematics on that day.


Road safety and the crossing

Please kindly keep our children’s safety in mind around the crossings and in the bus turn around bay. We know it gets busy at peak times, however we ask that you keep all our kids safe by slowing down and stopping in time at the crossing. Thank you in advance for taking care of everyone’s children. 


Plastic free July/August

During the month of July we set the students the challenge to swap out one plastic item for a more sustainable option. We have extended our challenge beyond July as we had school holidays. We are running a competition and all students who bring in a photo of their family’s Plastic Free July/August will go in the draw to win a family pass for 4 to Paradice Entertainment (thank you Paradice Entertainment for your generosity and supporting our cause). The teachers are also participating in their own challenge committing to their own simple swaps. Thank you to ‘The Clevedon Woolshed’ and ‘Paradice Entertainment’ for donating prizes for this initiative.


Calendars

Remember to get your orders in for your personalised calendars, diaries, mouse pads, sketch pads and greeting cards with your child’s artwork on it. These are great quality and make awesome Christmas presents for relatives and friends. You can make your order through KINDO. Orders close on 17th September.


Inclusive Practices Survey 

As part of our internal review, we are looking at our inclusive practices and asking parents to complete the Inclusive Practices Survey. The survey has a focus on the experiences of students with extra support needs. However, it has been designed so that any parent, whānau member or caregiver can complete it. Participation is completely voluntary. Parents of children with additional needs will get an email invite and we hope you will take the time to give us your feedback. 


The survey is about how well our school supports students (with a particular focus on our children with additional needs) to feel that they belong at school and learn. 


Survey link

If you wish to complete the survey click on this link and use the code: CMPBGJ. This will take you to a web page where you can complete the survey. The survey takes about 10-20 minutes to complete. You have until Friday 27 August to complete this, should you wish to do so. 


Papakura High School - 2022 year 9 digital scholarships

Papakura High School has five digital scholarships on offer - applications close on Tuesday, 26 October at 4:00 PM. Please click here for more information. 


Hampton Downs 2 Hour Racetrack Charity Fun Run

The John Walker find your field of dreams foundation is holding a two hour running/walking fundraiser at the Hampton Downs racetrack. This foundation has given Clevedon School support over the years by funding the water skills for life programme. If you are interested in taking part, please click this link for more information.


Kelly Club

Kelly Club has an awesome before and after school programme onsite at our school. Visit the Kelly Club page on our website for more information about what the programme looks like and booking information. Weekly timetable term 3 week 4 





Week 3, term 3 notices and reminders


Ag day registrations are now open!


  • Wednesday - Waste Free Wednesday 

  • Thursday - Pizzas

  • Thursday - Science Roadshow

  • Friday - Science Roadshow

  • Friday - Friday freeze


Science Roadshow

We are fortunate this year to be hosting the Science Roadshow at our school on Thursday 12 and Friday 13 August. We are very lucky to have this opportunity to host as it means our children can take part, and we do not need to travel to another school, using buses, which has previously limited our participation. 


As a result we are able to have all our students from year 3-8 take part in a session during the two days the Roadshow is here. On these two days, several other schools in the area will be bringing their students to participate as well. 


The cost of the session is $8.50 for students, which you can pay through your school KINDO account. For organisational purposes, please pay for this by Friday 6 August. Parents are welcome to visit the Roadshow at no cost. We are looking forward to this exciting event.


Agriculture day registration

Registration for all Ag day projects is now open. All children wishing to take part in Ag day must be registered. Please visit the Ag day site on our school website. Registrations close on Friday 20 August at 3pm. You can click on the link to read further information about Agriculture day 2021


Please note: all lambs, calves, kids and chickens need to be born between 1st June 2021 and 31st July 2021.


Mathathon

Learning for the mathathon should now be well underway. Please talk to your child’s teacher if you have any questions around the question sets.


This is one our main fundraisers as a school and we do rely on these funds to support our learning programmes. Please help us by supporting your child to get lots of sponsors, as well as pushing the crucial learning around the instant recall of basic facts. We thank you all in advance for making our mathathon a success. 


Calendars

It’s that time of year again! You can order personalised calendars, diaries, mouse pads, sketch pads and greeting cards with your child’s artwork on it. These are great quality and make awesome Christmas presents for relatives and friends. You can make your order through KINDO. Orders close on 30th September.

 

Waste Free Wednesdays

We are starting up Waste free Wednesdays again encouraging students to have no single-use plastic in their lunches. All students on Wednesdays who have a waste free lunch will get an extra entry into the Caught Being Good! We also encourage you to go the extra mile and make every day ‘waste free’! 


Pre loved construction toys 

Our junior school classes are looking for some blocks, construction bricks, click and screw type toys. If you have any pre-loved items sitting in your garage that you no longer need, please drop these off to Jodie Boyle in the Pod. Thank you in advance for your generosity. 

 

Kelly Club

Kelly Club has an awesome before and after school programme onsite at our school. Visit the Kelly Club page on our website for more information about what the programme looks like and booking information. Weekly timetable term 3 week 3





Week 2, term 3 notices and reminders

  • Wednesday - Waste Free Wednesday 

  • Thursday - Pizzas

  • Thursday - Whole school assembly 2pm

  • Friday - Friday freeze

  • Friday - Ag day registrations open 

Dear whānau 


We hope you’ve all had a good start to term 3 so far. It’s been lovely seeing many of our students back at school and we are missing those who are on extended holidays! We would really like to encourage you this term to please ensure attendance is as high as possible, knowing that at times sickness will keep some away. If absences are at all avoidable, please do help us get the most of the term, by having your child here every day and arriving on time (excluding genuine sicknesses of course). 


I like to call term 3, our consolidation term. The term we can really reap the benefits of all the routine and new learning established in term one and two and start to see some real traction. Our teachers have analysed where all the children are at based on recent assessment data, and what the focus needs to be for individuals, groups and classes. This is the term, we start to see learning deepen and strengthen. Attendance matters all the time, but I would encourage you to make it really count this term. 


Our weekly notices are a bit longer this week as there are a few curriculum/learning matters included below for the term. For those who prefer shorter, sharper information, the notices at the top and the curriculum information, including team newsletter links, are at the bottom.


I know I may have mentioned this a few times now, but I would like to reiterate again…please keep in touch with your child’s teacher - pop in before school as often as you can, email or make an appointment. The tighter our relationship is with you, the better we can cater for our children’s learning. 


Fingers crossed for another interruption free term. Have a lovely weekend. 


Ngā mihi

Edeh Sullivan 


Noteworthy dates for term 3 

  • Week 2 Friday (6 August) - Ag day registrations open 

  • Week 4 Friday (20 August) - Ag day registrations close 

  • Week 4 - Kōwhai team EOTC (Education outside the classroom)

  • Week 5 Friday (27 August) - Teacher Only Day - school closed 

  • Week 7 - Year 7/8 Sports Camp (for those participating) 

  • Week 10 Friday (1 October) - Ag day 


Agriculture day registration and sponsorship


Registration

Registration for all Ag day projects will open on Friday 6 August. All children wishing to take part in Ag day must be registered. Please visit the Ag day site on our school website (registrations will be active from Friday). Registrations close on Friday 20 August at 3pm. You can click on the link to read further information about Agriculture day 2021


Please note: all lambs, calves, kids and chickens need to be born between 1st June 2021 and 31st July 2021.


Ag day assembly

There will be an assembly held next Wednesday in the hall at 2:30 for all students and parents who are planning on having a kid, lamb or calf for Ag day. We encourage any new families to come along to find out what to expect on the day and how to care for their animal.


Sponsorship

Ag day preparations are well under way with the committee busy working through the planning, prepping and resources required to organise our annual affair. Unfortunately, the Ag day committee coffers are low and are in need of sponsorship to help fund this treasured school event. Traditionally we have ring and general sponsors and also very appreciatively supplies donated by our local retailers.    

 

For ‘ring sponsorship’ we ask for $500. With each major sponsorship your business will be promoted with signage on a ring and open to further promotion on the day e.g. banners/brochures/stand etc. We also acknowledge a list of sponsor businesses in our school newsletter. Please email kirstyfawdray@gmail.com to put forward your interest. 

 

We are also seeking ‘general sponsorship’ with donations in the vicinity of $100+.  Sponsorship donations are utilised for the day to day operations that make the event happen, leading up to, and on the day. All sponsorship is gratefully received by the Ag Day Committee and Clevedon School.


Inclusive Practices Survey 

As part of our internal review, we are looking at our inclusive practices and asking parents to complete the Inclusive Practices Survey. The survey has a focus on the experiences of students with extra support needs. However, it has been designed so that any parent, whānau member or caregiver can complete it. Participation is completely voluntary. Parents of children with additional needs will get an email invite and we hope you will take the time to give us your feedback. 


The survey is about how well our school supports students (with a particular focus on our children with additional needs) to feel that they belong at school and learn. 


Survey link

If you wish to complete the survey click on this link and use the code: CMPBGJ. This will take you to a web page where you can complete the survey. The survey takes about 10-20 minutes to complete. You have until Friday 27 August to complete this, should you wish to do so. 


Mathathon 

You should have received the sponsor cards for our annual ‘athon’ yesterday. As you would have seen, this year we’ve decided to go ‘old school’! Our focus will be basic facts learning at different levels of complexity. We want as many of our students as possible to be able to instantly recall (without having to revert to strategy) their basic facts. Teachers will continue to teach problem solving strategies and the concepts behind how numbers and our place value system works through their regular maths programmes. Each child will be given a set to learn from week one next term, with testing in week seven of the term. This letter should have come home with the sponsor cards yesterday and shows what is covered in each ‘set’. 


This is also our major fundraiser for the year, so we hope as many children as possible can get behind it as possible. There is a bit of healthy competition between classes (and teachers) to see who will win the top class prize! 


Education Outside the Classroom 

Our Kōwhai team will be taking part in their 3 days of EOTC. These days are in place of the missed camp earlier in the term. 


If you haven’t already sorted out permission and payment, please do so asap to help us with planning.


If you are in a position to help sponsor another child to attend (no pressure), please contact our school office. 


Calendars

It’s that time of year again! You can order personalised calendars, diaries, mouse pads, sketch pads and greeting cards with your child’s artwork on it. These are great quality and make awesome Christmas presents for relatives and friends. You can make your order through KINDO. Orders close on 30th September.

 

Waste Free Wednesdays

We are starting up Waste free Wednesdays again encouraging students to have no single-use plastic in their lunches. All students on Wednesdays who have a waste free lunch will get an extra entry into the Caught Being Good! We also encourage you to go the extra mile and make every day ‘waste free’! 


Pre loved construction toys 

Our junior school classes are looking for some blocks, construction bricks, click and screw type toys. If you have any pre-loved items sitting in your garage that you no longer need, please drop these off to Jodie Boyle in the Pod. Thank you in advance for your generosity. 


Howick enrolment information evening

Howick College will be hosting an Enrolment Information Evening on Thursday 5 August for any students interested in enrolling for Year 9 in 2022. The evening will be run in 2 sessions and families interested in attending will need to register for their preferred session prior to the date. Online registration is available on their website.

 

All details are included in this flyer.


Kelly Club

Kelly Club has an awesome before and after school programme onsite at our school. Visit the Kelly Club page on our website for more information about what the programme looks like and booking information. Timetable week 2 term 3 

 

Curriculum and learning update for term 3  


Inquiry focus 

In term three, we will be having a school wide focus on the concept of ‘sustainability’ - mostly through an environmental lens, looking at water. However, we will consolidate this concept by looking at sustainability of culture and language, particularly during Te Reo Māori week. Each of our teams have explained more in their team newsletters and if you have any expertise, ideas or particular interest in what we are learning, please get in touch with your child’s teacher. 


During our unit this term, we aim to develop the following understandings, skills and knowledge in our children.


Understand

Concepts and big ideas we will develop an understanding of during this unit.

Know

The context in which we will do this learning and the knowledge we will develop in this unit. 

Do 

The skills we need to develop and apply during this unit.

Sustainability 

  • That we have rights and responsibilities to share finite resources with other people 

  • That we have rights and responsibilities to share finite resources with other living things

  • In order for things to be sustained we need to maintain them at a certain rate or level 







Context 1: Water

  • Water is a finite and irreplaceable resource that is fundamental to human well-being. 

  • It is only renewable if well managed.

  • Looking after our waterways is crucial to sustaining our water resources. 

  • Our water sustainability is interconnected with other factors e.g. climate change, population growth, access and equity.


Knowledge: 

  • Pollution 

  • Renewable vs non-renewable 

  • Finite vs infinite 

  • Interconnectedness of systems 

  • Personal responsibility 

  • Conservation


Context 2: Language and culture (te wiki o te reo Māori) 

  • Languages and cultures need to be sustained in order to be passed on through generations

  • The importance and reasons for preserving culture and language

  • What our role is, in preserving language and culture.  


Knowledge:

  • What is culture? 

  • How we learn and pass on language and culture?

  • Majority vs minority 

  • Questioning 

  • Research 

  • Action planning - personal, family class, wider community, global 

  • Making reasonable predictions - using past, present, future

  • Discerning fact from opinion.



Learning dispositions - 6Cs

The Clevedon School learner dispositions (our 6Cs) are Character, Creativity, Critical Thinking, Communication, Collaboration and Citizenship. These are the dispositions we teach systematically at Clevedon School, alongside our curriculum based learning. 


The whole school will be focusing on ‘Citizenship’ in term 3 and reinforcing ‘Critical Thinking’. Below is the descriptor of our citizenship disposition. Teachers will teach these in the context of learning and at an age appropriate level


CITIZENSHIP







Thinking beyond myself and my immediate environment. Thinking like a global citizen and considering global issues. 

I am actively involved in my community. 


I understand the importance of balancing rights, roles and responsibilities. 


I can identify how my actions impact others or my community.


I care about other people and their rights. 


I take action to ensure equity for everyone. 


I care about environmental issues and can generate sustainable solutions that affect the planet and its people. 


I understand and appreciate my own culture and personal history.


I understand and appreciate the history of Aotearoa and the Māori culture. 

 

I am curious about, and respectful of the perspectives, values and traditions of other individuals and communities. 


I seek and evaluate a range of points of view. 

 

Team newsletters 

You can read more about each team’s learning focus by going to their term newsletters, including what is happening is PE, literacy, te reo Māori etc. The links are below, and you can always access these through our school website. 

 

Tōtara team newsletter 

Pohutukawa team newsletter

Kauri team newsletter

Kōwhai team newsletter 





Week 1, term 3 notices and reminders

  • Monday 26 July - First day of term 3

  • Wednesday - Waste Free Wednesday 

  • Thursday - Athon forms coming home 

  • Thursday - Pizzas 

  • Friday - Friday freeze

Thank you 

Firstly we are very grateful to have had a whole term with no lockdowns! Thank you all for your support with all our events at school. It’s been a busy one with Showquest, Science Fair, Cross Country, Netball Funday, Life Ed caravan, movie night, Jammies in June, Matariki...and of course our usual teaching and learning events! Thank you to all of you in whatever capacity you supported us with our events and for showing up and engaging with our teachers. 


As you can see from all that’s gone on, our team has been very busy and have, as usual, gone the extra mile. I am very grateful for the awesome staff for who they are and the passion they have for making school the best it can be for our children. They have all earned a very well deserved break. 


Ngā mihi atu ki a koutou mō tō tautoko o tēnei kaupapa. Have a wonderful break and see you back on Monday 26 July.  


Kind regards

Edeh Sullivan 


Noteworthy dates for term 3 

  • Week 2 Friday (6 August) - Ag day registrations open 

  • Week 4 Friday (20 August) - Ag day registrations close 

  • Week 4 - Kōwhai team EOTC 

  • Week 5 Friday (27 August) - Teacher Only Day - school closed 

  • Week 7 - Year 7/8 Sports Camp (for those participating) 

  • Week 10 Friday (1 October) - Ag day 


A reminder re Teacher Only Days…

As per the Education Sector Accord, primary teachers have been granted eight Teacher Only days over the course of the collective agreement. Teachers at Clevedon School have been granted four days in 2021. These dates are on our school calendar for the year. 


Upcoming dates as follows:

Term 3: Friday 27 August 

Term 4: Friday 22nd October (Friday before Labour weekend)


Student led conferences - feedback 

We would like to thank all our families and students who attended our student-led conferences. It was wonderful to see our students taking a lead role in sharing their learning with their families. There was a really positive feel in the classrooms and we thank you for the time and effort you put into these. 


As this was our second time doing student-led conferences, we welcome your feedback to let us know if there is anything we can improve on, within this format, for next time. We would also love to hear what you feel went well so that we can reinforce these as well. 


Click here for the feedback form. 


Thank you in advance for your feedback. 


Calendars

It’s that time of year again! You can order personalised calendars, diaries, mousepads, sketchpads and greeting cards with your child’s artwork on it. These are great quality and make awesome Christmas presents for relatives and friends. You can make your order through KINDO today. Orders close on 30th September.


Waste Free Wednesdays

We are starting up Waste free Wednesdays again encouraging students to have no single-use plastic in their lunches. All students on Wednesdays who have a waste free lunch will get an extra entry into the Caught Being Good! We also encourage you to go the extra mile and make every day ‘waste free’! 


Plastic Free July

For Plastic Free July we are encouraging Clevedon families to take on the challenge to make ‘one simple swap’. We will be running a competition and all students who bring in a photo, drawing or story about their family’s Plastic Free July will go in the draw to win a family pass for 4 to Paradice Entertainment (thank you Paradice Entertainment for your generosity and supporting our cause). The teachers will also be participating in their own challenge committing to their own simple swaps. Thank you to ‘The Clevedon Woolshed’ and ‘Paradice Entertainment’ for donating prizes for this initiative.


Movie Night

A big thank you to the PTFA ladies who organised the hugely successful Movie Night on Saturday. Particular thanks go to Carol Gibbard, Nicki Henshaw, Nicky White and Sallie Norman for organising everything and ensuring the event ran so smoothly. They were supported by an enthusiastic team of parent helpers, teachers and house leaders who all helped make the event such a success. We are very lucky to have so many people who are happy to help when it comes to giving our kids great experiences. 


In total, approximately 200 children attended the Movie Night and the PTFA raised a whopping $2700. We also thank our parents and caregivers for supporting the event. 


Ag day

Ag day is a big event on our school calendar and a special part of who we are at Clevedon School. Ag day information can be found on our school website. If you are new to our school and you need more information, please talk to your child’s teacher or call the office for support. 


We thank our sponsors who help make this special day happen. 


  • Drainage TV

  • Murdoch Newell

  • Clevedon Co-op

  • Morton Timber


     




Board newsletter for term 2 

This was sent out on our school app this week, but in case you missed it please click here


Auckland School Mountain Biking series

Registrations for race three of the Auckland Schools mountain biking series to be held at Tōtara Park are now open. For more information, please email Craig Smith at csmith@clevedonschool.co.nz


Triple P - Positive Parenting Program

Pakuranga College is holding two Triple P evenings next term. Please find more information on registration here.                       

Topics

Date

Dealing with disobedience, righting and aggression

Wednesday August 4

Good bedtime routines and hassle-free outings

Wednesday August 25



Katie Blundell - School holiday art classes

Please click here to access more information about our amazing local artist Katie Blundell’s art classes in the school holidays. 


Tennis - School holiday program

Please click on the link to access more information on the school holiday program 

Matt Jones Tennis - Clevedon 


Kelly Club

Kelly Club has an awesome before and after school programme onsite at our school. Visit the Kelly Club page on our website for more information about what the programme looks like and booking information. Please click on the link for school holiday program Timetable - July school holidays





Week 10, term 2 notices and reminders

Mānawatia a Matariki! 

  • Tuesday - Progress and Effort assembly 2pm

  • Wednesday - Reports come home 

  • Wednesday - Paid union meetings for teaching staff (class splits will be in place)

  • Wednesday - Waste Free Wednesday 

  • Wednesday and Thursday - Kōwhai team science fair 

  • Thursday - Student led conferences 

  • Thursday - Pizzas 

  • Friday - Friday freeze

  • Friday - Last day of term - school finishes at 2pm 


Paid Union Meetings - teachers off site

NZEI, the primary teachers union, has called all union members to attend a Paid Union Meeting. The Papakura meetings are on Wednesday 7 July 9:30-10:30 or 1:30-2:30.

A timetable of attendance has been organised to ensure we can still run the school safely. Some classes will be split in the afternoon to allow teachers to attend, while ensuring we do not need to close the school. We will be short staffed on this day at different times, therefore your patience is much appreciated. 


Assessment, reporting and Student Led Conferences 

Our mid year reports will be coming out to you on Wednesday next week, followed by the Student Led Conferences on Thursday. Both these things are a big part of our communication and partnership with you. If you haven’t already done so, please make your booking using the instructions below or contact our friendly office staff. 


If you would like to know more about our assessment practices and how we assess your child, please click on the links below, which will take you to our school website.


Click here to read about our assessment and reporting practices. 


Click here to read more about the assessment tools we use and how they link to the New Zealand curriculum. This will be a useful tool for you as you discuss your child’s learning with them at the Student Led Conferences, coming up on Thursday 8 July. 


Booking for the Student Led Conferences

Click on this link 

Enter the code: ktpww (this is case sensitive) 

Follow the instructions to make your booking. You will need to make one for each of your children with the appropriate teacher.


This letter (being reshared) gives you information regarding what to expect on the night. 


Watercare update - North Road 

Today we received a letter from Watercare informing us that they will be working on North Road from Monday 5 July. The work will be one of the final stages of the project. They will be working in 200m sections and wherever possible will keep traffic flowing in both directions. In some cases the road is narrow and they will need to utilise a stop go for the safety of workers. Their working hours will be Monday-Friday 9am-4pm and Saturday 9am-2pm.


For us at school, we ask that you plan your pick ups and drop offs accordingly. We do realise that traffic can be frustrating and kindly ask that you consider our children’s safety at all times. 


Katie Blundell - School holiday art classes

Please click here to access more information about our amazing local artist Katie Blundell’s art classes in the school holidays. 


Tennis - School holiday program

Please click on the link to access more information on the school holiday program 

Matt Jones Tennis - Clevedon 


Kelly Club

Kelly Club has an awesome before and after school programme onsite at our school. Visit the Kelly Club page on our website for more information about what the programme looks like and booking information. Click on the link for next week’s Timetable week 9 term 2

Please click on the link for school holiday program Timetable - July school holidays





Week 9, term 2 notices and reminders

  • Tuesday - Showquest performance at Aotea Centre

  • Thursday - whole school assembly 2pm

  • Thursday - Pizzas 

  • Thursday - children to order baps for Friday in class ($5) - NO orders can be taken on Friday

  • Friday - Matariki celebration - please join us from 9:45-11:00 (assembly, walk around the classes and bring morning tea to eat with your child if you wish)

  • Friday -2.30pm information assembly for chickens, pets and plants 

  • Friday freeze 

  • SATURDAY - Kids night out - movie night! 


Save the date!
There’s quite a bit happening over the next couple of weeks. The date below are on our school calendar on the Website, but you may like to take note of the following: 


Week 9 - see above


Week 10 

  • Tuesday - Progress and Effort assembly 2pm

  • Wednesday - Reports come home 

  • Wednesday and Thursday - Kōwhai team science fair 

  • Wednesday - Paid union meetings for teaching staff (class splits will be in place)

  • Thursday - Student led conferences 

  • Thursday - Pizzas 

  • Friday freeze

  • Friday - Last day of term - school finishes at 2pm 


Covid-19 reminders and precautions 

With Covid-19 giving us a fright again this week, we thought it would be timely to remind ourselves of the following: 

  • Please use the Covid tracer app - including each time you come into school

  • Please keep your child/ren home if they are unwell 

  • Remind children good hygiene practices - we will reinforce these at school too 


Life Education Caravan 

Thank you very much to those who have paid for the Life Education visit. We still have about 30% of the school yet to pay, so if you haven’t already done so, please pay for this via KINDO.

Year 1-6: $6     Years 7-8: $8


Kids' Night Out - Movie night - Tickets are selling like hotcakes! Get yours now! 

Please see below for details of another amazing event courtesy of our wonderful PTFA. 

 

Ticket purchases close Wednesday June 30th - don't miss out!

 

When: Saturday, July 3rd

Where: School Hall

Movie: Kids to vote at school

Time

  • Junior event - 4 pm - 6.15 pm (parents welcome)

  • Senior event - 7 pm - 9.30 pm

 

Tickets are available on Kindo now!

  • Junior (year 1-4) tickets $12 

  • Senior (year 5-8) tickets $15 

 

Tickets include the movie, pizza and an ice cream sundae. Popcorn for sale at intermission - gold coin donation!

 

Adults Grab yourself a Hallertau Token on Kindo for $5

While your kids enjoy the movie, you can head over to Hallertau, cash in your token and receive your first drink on the house. All proceeds go to Clevedon School.

 

Please note that there is a limit of 50 tokens per session and only ONE per family. If you purchase more than one token, you will still ONLY receive one token per family, and the PTFA will not be able to refund you. 


Grab your tickets on Kindo now!


Student led conferences and reports 

Our teachers have been busy carrying out a few assessments and analysing the results to gauge where each child is at in the various areas of their learning and what they need to learn next. They have also started to write the mid-year reports for each child. The mid year reports will be coming home on Wednesday 7 July in the last week of term. 


The following day, on Thursday 8 July, we will be having our very important student-led conferences, which we would like all children and whānau to participate in. Please mark this date in your calendar. This letter was shared with you last week regarding what to expect on the night and how to make a booking. 


How do I make my booking?  

Click on this link 

Enter the code: ktpww (this is case sensitive) 

Follow the instructions to make your booking. You will need to make one for each of your children with the appropriate teacher.


Cohort entry

Cohort entry refers to new entrant children starting school as a group, at the beginning or mid point of a term, after their 5th birthday, rather than on their 5th birthday. 


Thank you to those parents who responded to our survey regarding this. We also put the survey out to our ECE parents and have had over 90% of whānau who responded, support the cohort entry policy. As such, the Board moved to accept this as a policy from term 4 of this year. For any children due to start in term 4, parents will receive a phone call from us regarding how this may impact you. 


Agriculture information assembly 

We will have an information assembly on Friday 2nd July at 2.30pm for those people doing a chicken, plant or pet this year. Parents are welcome to attend this assembly, in the school hall, too. If you ordered chickens through the school this is a great session to attend before your chicks are collected on Tuesday 6th July at 3pm.


Thank you to the following Ag day sponsors:

Drainage TV

Murdoch Newell

Clevedon Co-op


Please click here to access our Ag day page on our website.  


Torpedo 7 discount code - Showquest

As many of you will be aware, we have a large group of students performing at Showquest next Tuesday night. Torpedo 7 are a major sponsor of the event and they've kindly given us a Showquest code for 40% off for today until July 7. Please click here for code and instructions. 


Kelly Club

Kelly Club has an awesome before and after school programme onsite at our school. Visit the Kelly Club page on our website for more information about what the programme looks like and booking information. Click on the link for next week’s Timetable week 9 term 2   

Please click on the link for school holiday program Timetable - July school holidays 


St Paul’s College 2022 enrolments

Please click here for an update about St. Paul’s College 2022 enrolments.



Week 8, term 2 notices and reminders

  • Monday - Life Education caravan final week

  • Thursday - Pizzas 

  • Friday - Friday freeze


Save the date!
There’s quite a bit happening over the next few weeks. The date below are on our school calendar on the Website, but you may like to take note of the following: 


Week 8 - see above 


Week 9 

  • Tuesday - Showquest for those participating and those who have tickets 

  • Thursday - whole school assembly 2pm

  • Thursday - Pizzas 

  • Thursday - children to order baps for Friday in class ($5)

  • Friday - Matariki celebration - please join us from 9:45-11:00 (assembly, walk around the classes and bring morning tea to eat with your child if you wish)

  • Friday freeze 

  • SATURDAY - Kids night out - movie night! 


Week 10 

  • Tuesday - Progress and Effort assembly 2pm

  • Wednesday - Reports come home 

  • Wednesday and Thursday - Kōwhai team science fair 

  • Wednesday - Paid Union Meetings for teaching staff (class splits will be in place)

  • Thursday - Student led conferences 

  • Thursday - Pizzas 

  • Friday freeze

  • Friday - Last day of term - school finishes at 2pm 


Life Education Caravan 

As you’ve seen, the caravan and Harold the Giraffe have arrived and have started lessons with tamariki this week. Information on what is being covered by the Life caravan was shared a couple of weeks ago and you can scroll down to read more about it if you need. Harold will be with us next week too and we encourage you to discuss the learning with your children. 


Thank you to those who have paid for the Life Education visit. If you haven’t already done so, please pay for this via KINDO.

Year 1-6: $6     Years 7-8: $8


Kids' Night Out - Movie night

Please see below for details of another amazing event courtesy of our wonderful PTFA. 

 

When: Saturday, July 3rd

Where: School Hall

Movie: Kids to vote at school

Time

  • Junior event - 4 pm - 6.15 pm (parents welcome)

  • Senior event - 7 pm - 9.30 pm

 

Tickets are available on Kindo now!

  • Junior (year 1-4) tickets $12 

  • Senior (year 5-8) tickets $15 

 

Tickets include the movie, pizza and an ice cream sundae. Popcorn for sale at intermission - gold coin donation!

 

Adults Grab yourself a Hallertau Token on Kindo for $5

While your kids enjoy the movie, you can head over to Hallertau, cash in your token and receive your first drink on the house. All proceeds go to Clevedon School.

 

Please note that there is a limit of 50 tokens per session and only ONE per family. If you purchase more than one token, you will still ONLY receive one token per family, and the PTFA will not be able to refund you. 


Grab your tickets on Kindo now!


Student led conferences and reports 

Our teachers have been busy carrying out a few assessments and analysing the results to gauge where each child is at in the various areas of their learning and what they need to learn next. They have also started to write the mid-year reports for each child. The mid year reports will be coming home on Wednesday 7 July in the last week of term. 


The following day, on Thursday 8 July, we will be having our very important student-led conferences, which we would like all children and whānau to participate in. Please mark this date in your calendar. This letter was shared with you earlier today regarding what to expect on the night and how to make a booking. 


How do I make my booking?  

Click on this link 

Enter the code: ktpww (this is case sensitive) 

Follow the instructions to make your booking. You will need to make one for each of your children with the appropriate teacher. 


Jammies in June

Once again, Clevedon School will be supporting young patients at Middlemore hospital by donating pyjamas through the Jammies in June charity. 


On Friday 25th June Clevedon School students can wear their pyjamas to school and in return, they can bring pyjamas, blankets, beanies, slippers or socks, which we will donate to Kidz First at Middlemore hospital. These must be new-unused items please, for hygiene reasons.


The aim of this charity is to keep the children and families warm over the cold winter nights, especially after being sick. If you are able to help this worthy cause, we will be accepting donations from Monday next week, or on the pyjama mufti day on June 25th right through till the 2nd of July. 


We thank you kindly in advance for your support of this wonderful cause.


Evan Herbison-Scott and Brooke Gardam

(Head Boy and Head Girl)


Education Outside the Classroom (EOTC) - Kōwhai team (rooms 6, 7, 8, 9)  

Kōwhai whānau would have received a letter about the upcoming Kōwhai EOTC event. As you will appreciate, this requires quite a lot of preparation for our teachers and we ask that you kindly read the letter that was sent out and please action the paperwork side of things as soon as possible. 


It is our wish for all students to attend this experience. If payment is a hindrance we are more than happy to work with you to make a plan. Please contact Edeh Sullivan to discuss options if need be. Similarly, if you are in a position to contribute toward, or pay for another student to attend, please also get in touch with Edeh. Any contribution will be much appreciated. 


Matariki

This very special time for Aotearoa is coming up soon. The Parenting Place had a lovely article recently about why Matariki is so special and ways whānau may choose to celebrate. Classes will engage in learning around this special event and we look forward to celebrating with you on Friday 2 July in the morning (starting 9:45am). 


This is the link to the full article from the Parenting Place, which you may enjoy, and below are some excerpts from it.


Matariki is a time of celebration and remembrance that signals the beginning of the Māori New Year, Te Tau Hou Māori.

 

The word Matariki is the Māori name for a cluster of nine stars (representing Matariki and her children) which appears in the eastern sky sometime around the shortest day of the year. The season of Matariki begins with the rising of the Matariki star cluster. According to Maramataka (the Māori lunar calendar), the old year closes and the new year begins when the Matariki stars reappear.

 

Matariki is unique and special to our place in the world. It is a time rich in traditions, many of which centre around whānau and community. For Māori, Matariki is connected to three things. Firstly, it represents a time to remember loved ones who have passed on in the previous year. Secondly, it is a time to celebrate the present. Thirdly, it is about planning for the future. For these three reasons, Matariki is a great time to gather together with the people you love, to reflect, to practise gratitude and to look towards the future. And in the middle of winter, what could be better than some cosy time spent with loved ones? In fact, Pipiri – the Māori name for the first lunar month of the Māori New Year, the equivalent of June/July when Matariki occurs – translates as “to draw close”.


Assessment information - just in case you missed it last week! 

As assessment and reporting is a hot topic at this time of the year, we would like to draw your attention to a couple of sections on our Website that gives you more information around why, what and how we assess


Click here to read about our assessment and reporting practices. 


Click here to read more about the assessment tools we use and how they link to the New Zealand curriculum. This will be a useful tool for you as you discuss your child’s learning with them at the Student Led Conferences, coming up on Thursday 8 July. 

 

Auckland Schools Mountain Biking Y7/8

Round two: Woodhill MTB Park information and registration is available now.


Series information: All the information regarding the Race Series is on the web page https://aucklandmtb.co.nz/schools/


Event sign up: You will need to use the pre-allocated race number for registration so make sure you know this before going on-line to register. You can find that here. If your child is not listed, don’t worry, just email damianmcooper@gmail.com to be assigned a number. Now you can register using https://www.enternowonline.com/4470No registrations will be available after midnight Tuesday, June 22.


Please email Craig Smith at csmith@clevedonschool.co.nz for more information.

 

Kelly Club

Kelly Club has an awesome before and after school programme onsite at our school. Visit the Kelly Club page on our website for more information about what the programme looks like and booking information. Click on the link for next week’s Timetable for week 8 term 1.

 




Week 7, term 2 notices and reminders

  • Monday - Life Education caravan arrives

  • Thursday - Pizzas 

  • Friday - Friday Freeze

  • Friday - Wacky hair day (mufti and gold coin donation)

Support staff week

This week the staff have been celebrating our amazing support staff and all that they do for our tamariki and teachers. We are very grateful for our caretaker, admin team and teacher aides. They have had secret ‘angel friends’ all week who have spoiled them, and we enjoyed a lovely morning tea together this morning, with a ‘tame’ trivia quiz, courtesy of Mr C! We’re sure you will thank them too as you see them around for what they do for our kids. 


Wacky hair day

On Friday we will be having a mufti and wacky hair day. We ask that students please bring along a gold coin donation which will go towards the cost of costuming for our upcoming Showquest performance. We are looking forward to seeing what crazy hair-dos you can all come up with!


Student led conferences and reports 

Our teachers have been busy carrying out a few assessments and analysing the results to gauge where each child is at in the various areas of their learning and what they need to learn next. They have also started to write the mid-year reports for each child. The mid year reports will be coming home on Wednesday 7 July in the last week of term. 


The following day, on Thursday 8 July, we will be having our very important student led conferences, which we would like all children and whānau to participate in. Please mark this date in your calendar and look out for more information on this in the next couple of weeks. 


Assessment information

As assessment and reporting is a hot topic at this time of the year, we would like to draw your attention to a couple of sections on our Website that gives you more information around why, what and how we assess


Click here to read about our assessment and reporting practices. 


Click here to read more about the assessment tools we use and how they link to the New Zealand curriculum. This will be a useful tool for you as you discuss your child’s learning with them at the Student Led Conferences, coming up on Thursday 8 July. 


Please remember that our teachers are always happy to discuss any aspect of your child’s learning with you and you are welcome to email or make an appointment as needed. 


Life Education Caravan 

The Life Education Caravan and Harlod the Giraffe will be visiting our school in weeks 7 and 8 of this term (14-25 June). 


There is a cost for the Life Education visit, which can be paid via KINDO.

Year 1-6: $6

Years 7-8: $8


Agriculture Day - important messages

It is that time of year again, please click on this link to read important information for Agriculture day 2021. All calves, lambs, kids and chickens must be born between 1 June to 31 July 2021. 


Bus students

If your child/children is a bus student and they are not going to be on their regular afternoon bus please notify the office by 2.30pm. 


Showquest 

It is getting closer to our Showquest performance day! It is time to start organising our costumes at school. Please send any costume items that need to be supplied by home to school this week, in a named bag to room 16. This will then give us enough time to source any last costume items.


Tickets are selling out quickly for our performance night on the 29th June. If you still need to buy your tickets please click on this link


Practicing at home is essential as we get closer to the performance date. Here is the link to our Arts at Clevedon School website where there are updated videos of the dances.


Outdoor classroom - mulch needed! 

As we begin to do our initial landscaping in the outdoor classroom, we are firstly on the lookout for some mulch. If you have any you could kindly donate, please email kmcara@clevedonschool.co.nz to arrange pick up/drop off. 

 

Auckland Schools Mountain Biking - Y7/8

Registrations are open for round two of the 2021 Auckland School Mountain Biking Series at Woodhill. Interested participants should register by following this link and let Mr Smith know via email at csmith@clevedonschool.co.nz. Registrations will likely close early in the week before the event so get in quick.


Parent workshops with Dr Kirsten Davis

What a wonderful response to these workshops. Both events are fully BOOKED OUT and we have a waitlist.

 

If you have RSVP’d to these workshops you should by now have received a confirmation message along with a booking number which will be your entry code to the event. If you have not received your booking number please contact Lynette Burton 021341617.

 

NOTE: There will be no door entry on the night.


Jammies in June

Once again this year Clevedon School will be supporting young patients at Middlemore hospital by donating pyjamas through the Jammies in June charity. 


On Friday 25th June Clevedon School students can wear their pyjamas to school and in return, they can bring pyjamas, blankets, beanies, slippers or socks, which we will donate to Kidz First at Middlemore hospital. 


The aim of this charity is to keep the children and families warm over the cold winter nights, especially after being sick.


If you are able to help this worthy cause, we will be accepting donations from Monday next week, or on the pyjama mufti day on June 25th right through till the 2nd of July. 


We thank you kindly in advance for your support of this wonderful cause.


 Evan Herbison-Scott and Brooke Gardam

 (Head Boy and Head Girl)


Kids' Night Out - Save the date!

What: Movie Night

When: Saturday 3rd July

Where: School Hall

Time: 4.30-6.30 pm (Year 0-4) and 7-9pm (Year 5-8)

Tickets: available on Kindo from Friday, June 18th

More info coming soon, including something special for the adults!

 

Jester Pies (for a limited time!)

Jester Pies are now available to order through Kindo, they will be delivered to children’s classrooms on 3 Mondays this term. Pies have to be ordered by 11am the Sunday before. The two remaining dates are: Monday 21st June and Monday 5th of July. 


Kelly Club

Kelly Club has an awesome before and after school programme onsite at our school. Visit the Kelly Club page on our website for more information about what the programme looks like and booking information. Click on the link for next week’s Timetable for week 7 term 1




Week 6, term 2 notices and reminders

  • Monday 7th June - Queen’s birthday (No school)

  • Thursday - Pizzas 

  • Thursday - Whole school assembly (2pm)

  • Friday - Friday Freeze


Staffing update 

We will sadly be farewelling Mr Ben Brodgen at the end of this term as he and his wife head to Papamoa, where they have purchased their first home. While we will miss Ben, we are also very excited for him and celebrate his news. 


We will be welcoming Mrs Elme Meiring back to our school in term three. Elme taught in year 3/4 last year before going off on maternity leave. Elme taught some of the students in room 1 last year and is very excited to be coming back. 

 

Life Education Caravan 

The Life Education Caravan and Harlod the Giraffe will be visiting our school in weeks 7 and 8 of this term (14-25 June). This is a programme that we take part in bi-annually, which delivers positive health-based lessons that help our tamariki develop respect, understanding and appreciation of the human body and its complexities. Life Education lessons are provided for children by an external provider.


There is a cost for the Life Education visit and is as follows: 

Year 1-6: $6

Years 7-8: $8


Payments can be made through KINDO.


Please see below for the programme outline:

Y1-2:

  • How do we deal with change?

  • What makes a good friend? 

Y 3-4:

  • How do we deal with change?

  • Understanding other people’s feelings

Y5-6:

  • What is an upstander?

  • How can our feelings influence the way we act?

  • Why are my reputation and identity important?

Y 7-8:

  • What are the impacts of the decisions we make? 

  • How to be an upstander? 

  • Why is my reputation and identity important?


Please access this link to have a look at their website for additional information.  


Agriculture Day - important messages

It is that time of year again, please click on this link to read important information for Agriculture day 2021. All calves, lambs, kids and chickens must be born between 1 June to 31 July 2021. Order forms for chickens will open on Monday and the cost will be $11 each. Please click on this link for further information about chickens.


Cohort entry for new entrant students

We are currently investigating a 'cohort entry' system for our new entrant students and would like your feedback. Cohort entry refers to new entrant children starting school as a group, at the beginning or mid point of a term, after their 5th birthday, rather than on their 5th birthday. 


Why are we considering cohort entry?

  • Evidence shows that starting school alongside others can help foster relationships and supports smoother entry to school. 

  • There is evidence that successful transition from early childhood education to school has a positive effect on a child’s later social and educational outcomes

  • Allows for a more beneficial transition programme into school

  • Less disruption for new entrant classes 

  • Continuous entry can limit a school’s ability to effectively manage the transition process and can make it difficult for new entrants to build relationships with their peers


As part of our consideration of this, we have consulted our contributing early childhood centres, our staff and gauged what other schools in our area and our Kāhui Ako are doing. Once we have all stakeholder feedback, the Board will make a decision as to whether or not the school will implement a cohort entry policy. 


We would like to invite you to complete a survey by clicking here.

Thank you in advance for your contribution. 


Netball Fun Day - Years 5-8

On Wednesday 30 June we have our annual netball fun day which is open for any year 5-8 students (boys and girls) to take part in and compete against other local schools. This is an optional event for those who are interested. If your child wishes to participate please click here for more information and the expression of interest form.


Friday Freeze 

Next Friday we will have the following options available for Friday Freeze:

  • Lemonade ice-blocks $1

  • Juicy ice-blocks $2

  • Kapiti ‘Feijoa and Pear’ ice-blocks $4


Parenting workshop

The parenting workshop by Kirsten Davis that we advertised last week, was very popular indeed! There is now a waiting list for this. Apologies for those who were keen to attend and may miss out. We were not expecting such an overwhelming response. Kirsten is working on other dates, so watch this space! 


Click here for more information


Alaska Tees (and other goodies) - fundraiser 

We have been given a great opportunity to fundraise for our school through Alaska Tees. Alaska Tees is a New Zealand owned company, who produce high end t-shirts and other clothing items. For those mummas that love Augustine…you won’t be disappointed! There are some gorgeous clothes on their site, and for every item that is sold Clevedon School will receive 20%. That’s a pretty good deal! 


www.alaskatees.co.nz - Please ensure you enter the coupon code clevedonschool


Jester Pies (for a limited time!)

Jester Pies are now available to order through Kindo, they will be delivered to children’s classrooms on 3 Mondays this term. Pies have to be ordered by 11am the Sunday before. The two remaining dates are: Monday 21st June and Monday 5th of July. 

 

Auckland Schools Mountain Biking (Year 7/8)

This year there is an opportunity for your child in year 7/8 to experience mountain biking as a social/competitive sport. Interested families should read this letter closely and direct any questions to Mr Smith at csmith@clevedonschool.co.nz 


STEM lab  - Ice cream containers

In the STEM lab we are currently on the hunt for a lot of 2L ice cream containers with lids. If you have any, please send them to school to the STEM lab (next to the pod) over the next 2 weeks.

 

Outdoor classroom

As we begin to do our initial landscaping in the outdoor classroom, we are firstly on the lookout for some mulch. If you have any you could kindly donate, please email kmcara@clevedonschool.co.nz to arrange pick up/drop off. 

 

Purity Road

One of our very talented students, Purity, has created her own business and website. She makes beautiful jewellery and jewellery making kits which can be purchased through her website. We are super proud of her entrepreneurship. Click on the link below to find out more and support her business.

Purity Road

 

Kelly Club

Kelly Club has an awesome before and after school programme onsite at our school. Visit the Kelly Club page on our website for more information about what the programme looks like and booking information. Click on the link for next week’s Timetable for week 6 term 1



Week 5, term 2 notices and reminders

  • Thursday - Pizzas 

  • Friday - Teacher Only Day (No school)

  • Monday 7th June - Queen’s birthday (No school)


IMPORTANT REMINDER - Teacher only day 

Our next Teacher Only Day is coming up on Friday 4 June - THIS UPCOMING WEEK. 


Our teachers, along with several other schools that make up our Kāhui Ako (Howick Coast Community of Learning) will be attending a conference for the day at Howick College. 


Please also note that Queen’s birthday is on Monday and we look forward to seeing the children back on Tuesday 8 June. 


PTFA update 

Our amazing PTFA has formed for the year and been busy with a bunch of ideas. Please see below for some information from this amazing team. 

 

PTFA Committee Update

A huge thank you to everyone who attended the PTFA AGM on the 12th May and also to the long list of others who have offered to lend their support to the PTFA this year. We're really excited to have so many people on board, and we're looking forward to having some fun fundraising events for our children!

 

We're pleased to announce we've also pinned down some people to take up the key roles to run the Committee. Kirsty Fawdray (Chair), Sallie Norman (Vice-Chair), Leanne Nelson (Treasurer), Summer Deverell (Board Rep) and Catherine Manderson (Communications). Please feel free to get in touch with any of these people personally, or via ptfa@clevedonschool.co.nz

  

PTFA Fundraising Product Ideas

One of the fundraising ideas we're exploring this year is a product that might be able to be "Clevedon" branded and sold (or even just sold without the Clevedon branding!). In the last few years we've done umbrellas and recipe books. We're keen to put the word out to anyone in the Clevedon community who might own, or be associated with, a company that makes a product that could work. If you have any suggestions, please contact us on ptfa@clevedonschool.co.nz


Agriculture Day - important prep messages

It is that time of year again, please click on this link to read important information for Agriculture day 2021. All calves, lambs, kids and chickens must be born between 1st June to 31st July 2021. Order forms for chickens will open on Monday and the cost will be $11 each. Please click on this link for further information about chickens.


Cohort entry for new entrant students

We are currently investigating a 'cohort entry' system for our new entrant students and would like your feedback. Cohort entry refers to new entrant children starting school as a group. There would be two intakes in a term. One at the beginning and one at the mid point of each term. New entrant students would start after their 5th birthday, rather than on their 5th birthday. 


Why are we considering cohort entry?

  • Evidence shows that starting school alongside others can help foster relationships and supports smoother entry to school. 

  • There is evidence that successful transition from early childhood education to school has a positive effect on a child’s later social and educational outcomes

  • Allows for a more beneficial transition programme into school

  • Less disruption for new entrant classes 

  • Continuous entry can limit a school’s ability to effectively manage the transition process and can make it difficult for new entrants to build relationships with their peers


As part of our consideration of this, we have consulted our contributing early childhood centres, our staff and gauged what other schools in our area and our Kāhui Ako are doing. Once we have all stakeholder feedback, the Board will make a decision as to whether or not the school will implement a cohort entry policy. 


We would like to invite you to give us your feedback about this, by completing a survey. Please click here to access it.


Thank you in advance for your contribution. 


Jester Pies (for a limited time!)

Jester Pies are now available to order through Kindo, they will be delivered to children’s classrooms on 3 Mondays this term. Pies have to be ordered by 11am the Sunday before. The two remaining dates are: Monday 21st June and Monday 5th of July. 


Parenting sessions - ‘Growing emotional resilience’

We would like to invite all parents and caregivers to two parenting sessions held at the Clevedon Presbyterian Church at 7:15pm. These sessions will be based around the theme of growing emotional resilience in children.


15 June - Session 1: Supporting our children to manage worries 

This session will focus on understanding the difference between worry and anxiety, learn ways to talk to your children about worries, and leave with simple helpful strategies to manage anxiety. 


6 July - Session 2: Parenting with mindfulness and acceptance

Parenting is challenging and finding ways to navigate the ups and downs using your own mindfulness practice and other strategies to regulate emotion, will be a focus of this session. 


We ask that you bring a koha (donation) which will be given to the church for providing the venue.


Alaska Tees (and other goodies) - fundraiser 

We have been given a great opportunity to fundraise for our school through Alaska Tees. Alaska Tees is a New Zealand owned company, who produce high end t-shirts and other clothing items. For those mummas that love Augustine…you won’t be disappointed! There are some gorgeous clothes on their site, and for every item that is sold Clevedon School will receive 20%. That’s a pretty good deal! 


www.alaskatees.co.nz - Please ensure you enter the coupon code clevedonschool


Kelly Club

Kelly Club has an awesome before and after school programme onsite at our school. Visit the Kelly Club page on our website for more information about what the programme looks like and booking information. Click on the link for next week’s Timetable for week 5 term 1



Week 4, term 2 notices and reminders

  • Monday - Chicken orders open on Kindo

  • Thursday - Pizzas 

  • Friday - Friday Freeze (with special Kapiti ice-cream for $4) 

  • Friday - Cross country day (sausage sizzle, popcorn and ice-cream for sale) 

Cross country day

On Friday we have our annual cross country event at school. Our students have been training hard at school for the big day! We welcome all parents and whānau members to come along and support our tamariki running. Please see below for more information:


Where: School field

Times

  • Kauri & Kōwhai: 9:15am-11:00am

  • Tōtara & Pohutukawa 11:30am-1:00pm


Food: There will be food available on this day for students and parents to purchase. Children will need to bring money if they wish to buy any of these on the day. 


Prices:

Popcorn - $1 bag

Sausages - $2

Lemonade ice blocks - $1

Juicy ice blocks - $2

Kapiti sorbet ice blocks ‘feijoa and pear’ (dairy free) - $4 


Dress: All students are to wear their PE uniform and all year 3-8 students are required to wear running shoes.


ECCS: The top 8 students from year 5-8 will be eligible to attend the ECCS cross country competition (ECCS=East Counties Country Schools)


Click here for more information.


Agriculture Day - important prep messages

It is that time of year again, please click on this link to read important information for Agriculture day 2021. All calves, lambs, kids and chickens must be born between 1st June to 31st July 2021. Order forms for chickens will open on Monday and the cost will be $11 each. Please click on this link for further information about chickens.


Jester Pies (for a limited time!)

Jester Pies are now available to order through Kindo, they will be delivered to children’s classrooms on 3 Mondays this term. Pies have to be ordered by 11am the Sunday before. The three dates are: Monday 24th May, Monday 21st June and Monday 5th of July. 


Parent evening with Karen Tui Boyes - 3 June 

We are very fortunate to have Karen Tui Boyes presenting at our Kāhui Ako conference this year. Karen is a highly engaging speaker who uses the latest research into easy to implement strategies. 


As part of this conference there is a parent evening on Thursday 3 June at 7:00pm at Howick College. The topic is ‘Future Proofing Your Child - how to give them a solid foundation and wings to fly in a world constantly changing’.


Our school has 40 tickets for this event. The tickets are $5 and can be purchased at our school office. 


You can read more about Karen Tui Boyes and the evening by clicking here


Teacher only day reminder - term 2 date

Our next Teacher Only Day is coming up on Friday 4 June (Friday before Queen’s Birthday). Our teachers, along with several other schools that make up our Kāhui Ako (Howick Coast Community of Learning) will be attending a conference for the day at Howick College. 


Alaska Tees (and other goodies) - fundraiser 

We have been given a great opportunity to fundraise for our school through Alaska Tees. Alaska Tees is a New Zealand owned company, who produce high end t-shirts and other clothing items. For those mummas that love Augustine…you won’t be disappointed! There are some gorgeous clothes on their site, and for every item that is sold Clevedon School will receive 20%. That’s a pretty good deal! 


www.alaskatees.co.nz - Please ensure you enter the coupon code clevedonschool


Kelly Club

Kelly Club has an awesome before and after school programme onsite at our school. Visit the Kelly Club page on our website for more information about what the programme looks like and booking information. Click on the link for next week’s Timetable for week 4 term 1




Week 3, term 2 notices and reminders

  • Sunday - Working bee 9:30-12:30

  • Thursday - Pizzas 

  • Thursday - Whole school assembly 2pm

  • Friday - Pink Shirt Day mufti  (wear anything pink) 

  • Friday - Friday Freeze 


Parent evening with Karen Tui Boyes - 3 June 

We are very fortunate to have Karen Tui Boyes presenting at our Kāhui Ako conference this year. Karen is a highly engaging speaker who uses the latest research into easy to implement strategies. 


As part of this conference there is a parent evening on Thursday 3 June at 7:00pm at Howick College. The topic is ‘Future Proofing Your Child - how to give them a solid foundation and wings to fly in a world constantly changing’.


Our school has 40 tickets for this event. The tickets are $5 and can be purchased at our school office. 


You can read more about Karen Tui Boyes and the evening by clicking here


Working Bee - Sunday 16 May 9:30-12:30 

Our school is in need of a bit of TLC and we are hoping to get as many people as possible to our annual Working Bee on Sunday 16th May from 9am-12:30. 


This year we will do a bit of gardening and painting around the school - no experience necessary! 


If you are available to lend a hand that would be great. Please email Kirsten kdavis@clevedonschool.co.nz if you are able to come along. Bring your own gardening gear and paint brushes if you have any, if not, we will have some available here. We can then head over to the Hallertau afterwards for some refreshments together.


Children are welcome to come along. If it is raining we will send out a message to let you know that it has been postponed on Sunday morning, through the school app.


Camp update

Our teams have been busy trying to work out the best way to give our children the experience they missed out on with our two camps being cancelled due to the lockdown earlier in the year. The plan for this year moving forward is to hold some adventure days for our Kauri and Kōwhai teams. 


The Kowhai team will likely have 3 days of outdoor experiences in August and the Kauri team will have 2 days in November. More information about these will come out to you soon. 


The bi-annual year 7 and 8 camp will be held next year in term one at Lakewood Lodge in Huntly. 


The year 5 and 6 bi-annual camp will next take place in 2023. 



Road patrol - help wanted 

We are in need of parent help for road patrol on Monday afternoons. If you are able to help please contact the school office.


Pink shirt mufti day - Friday 21 May

Join us on Friday 21 May, 2021 as we Kōrero Mai, Kōrero Atu, Mauri Tū, Mauri Ora – Speak Up, Stand Together, Stop Bullying! In Aotearoa, Pink Shirt Day works to create schools, workplaces, communities and whānau where everyone feels safe, valued and respected. 

Our students have been learning about what bullying is and how we can be ‘upstanders’ and stand up to those who are not treating others with respect. Students are asked to wear a pink shirt or something pink to school to make a stand against bullying. If you would like to make a donation to the Mental Health Foundation you are welcome to bring along a gold coin donation.

Teacher only day reminder - term 2 date

Our next Teacher Only Day is coming up on Friday 4 June (Friday before Queen’s Birthday). Our teachers, along with several other schools that make up our Kāhui Ako (Howick Coast Community of Learning) will be attending a conference for the day at Howick College. 


Agriculture Day - 1 October 2021

It is that time of year again to start thinking about Ag Day! Please click on the link to read important information for Agriculture day 2021. All calves, lambs, kids and chickens must be born between 1st June to 31st July 2021. Order forms for chickens will come out in the next few weeks. The Ag Day Committee’s annual AGM meeting will be held on Friday 28 May at 3.15pm. If you are interested in becoming involved with this fun, supportive committee please join us at The Corner Bar.


We encourage as many students as possible to participate in our amazing Ag day and there are various categories to encourage those that do not have farm animals to take part.  However, we know that this poses a challenge for some families and therefore registration this year is not compulsory. Students not formally registering will be looked after by their teacher on the day and will have the opportunity to come down to the field and take part in Ag day as a spectator.


Alaska Tees (and other goodies) - fundraiser 

We have been given a great opportunity to fundraise for our school through Alaska Tees. Alaska Tees is a New Zealand owned company, who produce high end t-shirts and other clothing items. For those mummas that love Augustine…you won’t be disappointed! There are some gorgeous clothes on their site, and for every item that is sold Clevedon School will receive 20%. That’s a pretty good deal! 


www.alaskatees.co.nz - Please ensure you enter the coupon code clevedonschool


Orders close 11 June 2021.


Papakura High School

Our local, in zone high school, Papakura High has its enrolment information evening for 2022 on June 8, 2021. This date has changed since previous communications. Please click on their flyer for more information.


Kelly Club

Kelly Club has an awesome before and after school programme onsite at our school. Visit the Kelly Club page on our website for more information about what the programme looks like and booking information. Click on the link for next week’s Timetable week 3 term 2.


Week 2, term 2 notices and reminders


A very happy Mothers Day to all our amazing mums, nanas and aunties in the community. We hope you have a great day and that you get a sleep in! Hari rā māmā!


  • Monday - Gardasil (vaccination) dose 1 for year 7/8 

  • Wednesday - PTFA AGM in Teacher Resource Room at 7pm

  • Thursday - Pizzas 

  • Friday - Mufti day - Bring a grocery item 

  • Friday - Friday Freeze 

  • Sunday (16th) - Working Bee 



Dear whānau 


We hope you’ve all had a good start to term 2 so far. We’ve had a great start here at school and have been enjoying the gorgeous weather. We’re knuckling down this term to make up for some of the lost time from various interruptions last term. We’d like to encourage you to please ensure your children are here as much as possible, and arriving on time every day. We want to make the most out of our learning time and help all our children meet their full potential. 


Our weekly notices are a bit longer this week as there are a few curriculum/learning matters included below for the term. We know some of you like the notices shorter and sharper and some would like more information, so we have separated the notices at the top and the curriculum information is at the bottom for those who would like to read on. 


We’re loving seeing many of you on school grounds before and after school and wish to encourage you to keep this up. As always, please remember to stay in touch with your child’s teacher. You are always welcome to email, call or make an appointment to discuss any aspect of your child’s learning. 


Here’s to a great, interruption free term! Have a lovely weekend. 


Ngā mihi

Edeh Sullivan 


Community wellbeing/mental health fundraiser and school mufti day

A few members of our community are organising a fundraiser quiz night on Saturday 12 June. The funds raised are going towards family support in our local community. Some details for the quiz night are below. 


The school will be supporting this fundraiser, which will directly benefit some of our children, by running a mufti day on Friday 14 May. We ask that students please bring a grocery item to contribute towards raffles that will be sold on the night


Details for the quiz are as follows - Save the date

x12 tables of 10 people - $500 per table 

Clevedon Sports Club - Monument Road 

Grazing platter at each table 

Drinks available - run by the Sports Club 

DJ from 8:30pm till late

Dress up and table decorations - optional! 

Look out for posters in the community for more details - coming soon 


Working Bee - Sunday 16 May 9:30-12:30 

Our school is in need of a bit of TLC and we are hoping to get as many people as possible to our annual Working Bee on Sunday 16th May from 9am-12:30. 


This year we will do a bit of gardening and painting around the school - no experience necessary! 


If you are available to lend a hand that would be great. Please email Kirsten kdavis@clevedonschool.co.nz if you are able to come along. Bring your own gardening gear and paint brushes if you have any, if not, we will have some available here. We can then head over to the Hallertau afterwards for some refreshments together.


Children are welcome to come along.


Winter uniform 

Children should now be in their winter uniforms, including winter shoes. Please go to the uniform page on our school website if you are unsure of what the uniform requirements are. Our second hand uniform shop is always a good place to find a bargain.

 

A reminder to please ensure all children’s clothing - including shoes - are named as our lost property pile is turning into a mountain!

 

Teacher only day reminder - term 2 date

Our next Teacher Only Day is coming up on Friday 4 June (Friday before Queen’s Birthday). Our teachers, along with several other schools that make up our Kāhui Ako (Howick Coast Community of Learning) will be attending a conference for the day at Howick College. 


PTFA AGM

The PTFA AGM will be held on Wednesday 12 May at 7pm in the Teacher Resource Room at school (between rooms 2 and 3). We would love your support of this. It will be a great opportunity to brainstorm some fun events for the year ahead. Please RSVP to sdeverell@clevedonschool.co.nz if you are able to attend.


Alaska Tees (and other goodies) - fundraiser 

We have been given a great opportunity to fundraise for our school through Alaska Tees. Alaska Tees is a New Zealand owned company, who produce high end t-shirts and other clothing items. For those mummas that love Augustine…you won’t be disappointed! There are some gorgeous clothes on their site, and for every item that is sold Clevedon School will receive 20%. That’s a pretty good deal! 


www.alaskatees.co.nz - Please ensure you enter the coupon code clevedonschool


Orders close 11 June 2021.


School based vaccination programme

Please see below for our vaccination programme for our year 7/8 students:

  • Gardasil dose 1 - 10 May (term 2, week 2)

  • Boostrix - 10 May (term 2, week 2)

  • Gardasil dose 2 - 21 October (term 4, week 1)

 

 

Cross Country - Week 4

Please see the attached letter regarding the upcoming school cross country event held in week 4 (Friday 28th May).

 

Kelly Club

Kelly Club has an awesome before and after school programme onsite at our school. Visit the Kelly Club page on our website for more information about what the programme looks like and booking information. 

Click on the link for next week’s Timetable week 2 term 2.

 

Papakura High School

Our local, in zone high school, Papakura High has its enrollment information evening for 2022 on June 1, 2021. Please click on their flyer for more information. 


Curriculum and learning update for term 2  


Inquiry focus 

In term two, we will be having a school wide focus on the concept of ‘change’ - mostly through a scientific lens. Each of our teams have explained more in their team newsletters and if you have any expertise, ideas or particular interest in what we are learning, please get in touch with your child’s teacher. 


During our unit this term, we aim to develop the following understandings, skills and knowledge in our children.


Understand

Concepts and big ideas we will develop an understanding of during this unit.

Know

The context in which we will do this learning and the knowledge we will develop in this unit. 

Do 

The skills we need to develop and apply during this unit. 

  • Change generates additional change 

  • Change can be either positive or negative 

  • Change is inevitable 

  • Change is necessary for growth 

  • Change can be evolutionary or revolutionary

Scientific testing and physical and material world 

  • What is fair testing? 

  • What does change mean - in different contexts?

  • How to do an investigation - using scientific method 

  • Properties of matter - solids, liquids, gases 

  • Forms of energy - transforming 

  • Chemical vs physical change 


Health/social sciences 

  • Changes over time to our emotions, attitudes and thinking 

  • Questioning 

  • Fair testing

  • Recording 

  • Observing

  • Scientific (procedural) writing 

  • Report writing 

  • Debating (year 7 and 8)



  • Critical thinking 



Learning dispositions - 6Cs

The Clevedon School learner dispositions (our 6Cc) are Character, Creativity, Critical Thinking, Communication, Collaboration and Citizenship. These are the dispositions we teach systematically at Clevedon School, alongside our curriculum based learning. 


The whole school will be focusing on ‘Critical Thinking’ in term 2. Below is the descriptor of our critical thinking disposition. Teachers will teach these in the context of learning and at an age appropriate level


CRITICAL THINKING 







Evaluating information and arguments to make informed judgements. Challenging my own and others’ assumptions and perceptions.

I have the necessary skills to conduct inquiry and research.


When thinking about a topic, I can make connections with my prior learning and experiences.


I can evaluate information and ideas, thinking about whether they are true, valid and free of bias. 


I can make reasoned, ethical decisions based on the information gathered, and on my own values. 


I can honestly reflect on my own bias, prejudice, stereotypes and egocentric tendencies. 


I am open-minded and am willing to see a different perspective. 


I don’t rush into making a judgment until I have enough information and/or I am willing to change my thinking if needed.  


I can construct an argument for two or more different points of view. 


I know that my point of view is based on my own values and experiences and respect that others may see things differently. 


I can weigh up the consequences of decisions and actions (cause and effect).

 

Home learning 

Over the last term, we have been busy reviewing our home learning practices - what works and what needs adjusting, and streamlining our processes. You may have noticed a few changes for your children, particularly those in year 3 upwards. This document explains what you can expect from us at different year levels. Please do keep in touch with your child’s teacher if you have any queries. 

 

Team newsletters 

You can read more about each team’s learning focus by going to their term newsletters, including what is happening is PE, literacy, te reo Māori etc. The links are below, but you can always access these through our school website. 

 

Tōtara team newsletter 

Pohutukawa team newsletter

Kauri team newsletter

Kōwhai team newsletter 





Week 1, term 2 notices and reminders

  • Monday - First day back for term 2

  • Friday - Second hand uniform shop open 8:30-9:00am 

  • Sunday - Mothers Day


Thank you

Thank you whānau for your support throughout this term. We’ve soldiered on through lockdowns again and some hard times for members of our community, and have as always wrapped around others in support. Thank you all for your love and care towards our children and community members. 


I also wish to thank our incredible staff for all that they’ve done this term. We have a talented crew whose strength is their passion and care for your tamariki. We are very lucky as a school to have the calibre of teaching and support staff that we do. 


For those of you who have read our Board newsletter, you will have seen some updates around next term, however I do want to reiterate my message to you in that newsletter that we are wanting to strengthen our partnership with you. Please pop in, arrange a meeting, call, Zoom or email if you have any queries about your child’s learning or wellbeing. A reminder that our staff set aside 8:30-9am each day for any parents who want to pop in for a casual chat. Hopefully with us remaining at alert level 1 our gates will remain open for the rest of the year. 


Have a safe and happy holiday. See you all next term. Ngā mihi nui ki a koe koutou. 


Noho ora mai

Edeh Sullivan


Noteworthy dates for term 2 

  • Friday 28 May - Cross country 

  • Friday 4 June - Teacher Only Day - School closed 

  • Monday 7 June - Queen’s birthday - School closed 

  • Tuesday 29 June - Showquest

  • Friday 2 July - Matariki celebration day 

  • Thursday 8 July - Student Led Conferences 


A reminder re Teacher Only Days…

As per the Education Sector Accord, primary teachers have been granted eight Teacher Only days over the course of the collective agreement. Teachers at Clevedon School have been granted four days in 2021. These dates are on our school calendar for the year. 


Dates as follows:

Term 1: Wednesday 7 April (Wednesday after Easter)

Term 2: Friday 4 June - Kāhui Ako Conference (Friday before Queen’s Birthday)

Term 3: Friday 27 August 

Term 4: Friday 22nd October (Friday before Labour Weekend)


Where possible we have attached the Teacher Only days to an existing long weekend so that families can make the most of them and hopefully it will mean less disruption for you all. 


Staffing update 

One of our wonderful teacher aides, Mrs Claire Ferguson, is relocating to the South Island at the beginning of term 2 so will no longer be part of the Clevedon team. We thank Claire for all she has done for many of our learners, often going above the call of duty to provide the necessary support. We will miss her friendly face around the school and her organisation in our school library. Good luck Claire and family for your next adventure. 



Save the date  - PTFA AGM

The PTFA AGM will be held on Wednesday 12 May at 7pm in the Teachers resource room at school. We would love your support of this. It will be a great opportunity to brainstorm some fun events for the year ahead. Please RSVP to sdeverell@clevedonschool.co.nz if you are able to attend.


 

School pool - end of season

The school pool will close for the winter at 3pm Friday 16 April. Thank you for all your support this season, we look forward to seeing you next summer.

 


Alaska Tees (and other goodies) - fundraiser 

We have been given a great opportunity to fundraise for our school through Alaska Tees. Alaska Tees is a New Zealand owned company, who produce high end t-shirts and other clothing items. For those mummas that love Augustine…you won’t be disappointed! There are some gorgeous clothes on their site, and for every item that is sold Clevedon School will receive 20%. That’s a pretty good deal! 


www.alaskatees.co.nz - Please ensure you enter the coupon code clevedonschool


Orders close 11 June 2021.


 

ANZAC service in Clevedon

Please click here for more information about the Clevedon ANZAC service and parade in the holidays. It would be great to see lots of Clevedon School students there.

 

School based vaccination programme

Please see below for our vaccination programme for our year 7/8 students:

  • Gardasil dose 1 - 10 May (term 2, week 2)

  • Boostrix - 10 May (term 2, week 2)

  • Gardasil dose 2 - 21 October (term 4, week 1)


Entertainment membership

Once again we are fundraising with Entertainment memberships for our school. Please click here for more information about how to purchase your membership and support our fundraising efforts.


Showquest 2021

A reminder for parents whose children have shown interest in participating in showquest this year to have your showquest permission and payment completed by Friday 7th May. Please complete the form and payment by going to KINDO


YEAR 5-8 - Academic competitions for schools - University of Canterbury 

If you would like your child to be part of these competitions please complete payment via Kindo. We have an absolute deadline of Monday 3 May for all these entries in order to register our participation. Please see previous notices for more details if you are interested.


Cross country 

This year’s cross country event will be held Friday 28 May in week four of term 2. Students in Y1-4 will be running from 11:30 am-1:00 pm while Y5-8 will be running from 9:00 am-11:00 pm. We are seeking some volunteers to aid and encourage students on the course around school. If you are able to help on this day, please let your child’s teacher know.


Students who are aiming to be selected for our Clevedon School cross country team, who will compete at ECCS cross country in term 3, should aim to run 3 km in training. We are also seeking a volunteer to coach/train those students who are selected on (ideally) a weekly basis. Times and frequency is open for negotiation but would likely be between 8:30 am and 9:00 am on school days. Please contact Craig Smith at csmith@clevedonschool.co.nz if you are interested. Thank you in advance for your support. 


Cycling opportunity

Any whānau of Y7/8 students interested in cycling in the four disciplines/codes of road, track, MTB and Cyclo-cross should register their interest in competing by emailing Craig Smith at csmith@clevedonschool.co.nz.



Week 11, term 1 notices and reminders

  • Monday - Friday - ANZAC poppies for sale

  • Monday - House Spirit Day

  • Wednesday - Year 5-8 girls netball trials for school competition

  • Wednesday - PTFA get together 7-8pm (see details below)

  • Thursday - Pizzas

  • Friday last day of school term early finish 2pm


House Spirit Day - Monday 12 April

SPIRIT DAY is on its way! Students have been working with their house leaders to develop their spirit day items. This event  is led by our house leaders and is an event that helps develop house spirit and the performing arts here at Clevedon School along with our 6Cs and virtues. 

Spirit day this year is on Monday 12 April from 1:00pm and we would love to see you attend. If you wish to have some fun, how about dressing up in your child’s house colour?!

There will be a modified timetable for the day and the Spirit Day activities start with a chant filled march/dance/walk around the block to the hall. 

We kindly ask that if you need your child for appointments etc., to please arrange to collect them from school before 1.00pm, not during the Spirit Day event. Thank you and we look forward to seeing you if you can make it.

A note from your house leaders:

Kākā

Hello Kākā parents! Can we please have your child bring in any shade of blue clothing, dark, light, it doesn’t matter as long as it is blue. If you don’t have a blue t-shirt, please wear white or black clothes but please have some sort of blue clothing. If your kids have any other spare blue clothes please bring them in and make sure they are named. 

Skit members know what to bring. 

Tūī

Hello Tūī parents! Can you please remind your child to bring in any piece of red clothing or if your child does not have any red pieces of clothing just speak to a teacher and they can help you or they can wear black or white, but please make sure that they do have a piece of red even if it’s a little bit of red, that will be wonderful.

Weka

Hello Weka parents! Can we please have your children bring in any colours of green. If you don’t have green, please wear black. If you have any spare green clothes, please bring them in named for others to borrow for the day. 

If you have a covid mask, please bring this in as well. That would be great! 

Kiwi

Hello Kiwi parents! Can we please have your children bring in any colours of yellow. If you don’t have yellow, please wear white. If you have any spare yellow clothes, please bring them in named for others to borrow for the day. That would be great! 

 

PTFA get together 2021

With the disruptions of last year, it’s been a while since we have had a PTFA get together...so we would love you to join us at Hallertau on Wednesday 14 April from 7pm-8pm, to help kickstart 2021. Nibbles will be provided and there will be a cash bar.

 

If you are keen to know more about the PTFA and what is involved, it would be great to meet you.  It would be awesome to have some new members to bring some fresh enthusiasm. It's also a great opportunity to meet other school parents and get involved in creating wonderful memories for our school community. This will be a relaxed and fun evening and a chance for you to ask any questions you may have. We would love to see you come along! Please RSVP to Summer Deverell sdeverell@clevedonschool.co.nz for catering/booking purposes.


ANZAC Day  - Poppies for sale

The poppy reminds us of sacrifices made (both past and present) as they were the first flowers that grew in the battlefields of Flanders in Belgium during World War One and are a symbol of remembrance and hope.

The Poppy Day collection is held each year before Anzac Day. During this year's appeal, our class student representatives will exchange red poppies for a gold coin donation to the Poppy Appeal. They will be stationed at the front entrance to our school at a table with their collection bucket and a box full of bright poppies. All funds raised are used to support both current and ex-service men and women, including the NZ Police, and their dependents, living in the community.

ANZAC service in Clevedon

Please click here for more information about the Clevedon ANZAC service and parade.

Netball trials - Wednesday 14 April

All year 5-8 girls are welcome to come trial for our netball competition on Wednesday 14th April during lunch break. They will need to bring a change of gear and appropriate shoes to school. The competition will be held early in term 2 for those who are successful at the trials next week. 


Remax Edge 

Many of you know the friendly face of Richard Sumner in the community, and may have seen him or his associate Michelle Goodman help pick our ‘Caught Being Good’ names at assemblies... but did you know that these lovely people have been supporting our school by fully sponsoring our hot chocolates and chocolate cake outings for several years now? Richard has for many years also served on our Clevedon School Pool Committee and helped ensure our pool remains open for our students and is open and accessible to the community over summer.  


Remax Edge Clevedon is also giving a $1000 donation to the school if a connection to the school is mentioned when listing and selling your property with them. Please support our school and this amazing local business that is ‘quietly’ doing a lot for us and our kids.




YEAR 5-8 - Academic Competitions for Schools - University of Canterbury 

For many years we have offered our students from year 5-8 the opportunity to enter academic examinations in a variety of curriculum areas. At our school we offer the Kiwi English, Mathematics and Science competitions for both primary and intermediate students, which are written by NZ teachers based on our curriculum, developed by the University of Canterbury. 


The Kiwi competitions are online competitions which will take place in the last three weeks of term 2 and first week of term 3. Students may enter in one or more subjects. The competition will provide parents/caregivers with an Individual Pupil Report of a student’s performance. All participating students will receive a certificate and a prize will be awarded to the top student nationally in each competition. 


If you would like your child to be part of these competitions please complete payment via Kindo. We have an absolute deadline of Monday 3 May for all these entries in order to register our participation. The prices and the subjects are listed below. 


Kiwi Competitions - YEAR 5-8

Science         $9.50

English         $9.50

Mathematics    $9.50


Entertainment membership

Once again we are fundraising with Entertainment memberships for our school. Please click here for more information about how to purchase your membership and support our fundraising efforts.


Kelly Club

Kelly Club has an awesome before and after school programme onsite at our school. Visit the Kelly Club page on our website for more information about what the programme looks like and booking information. 

Click on the link for next week’s Timetable week 11 term 1 and for the April 2021 Holiday Programme



Week 10, term 1 notices and reminders

  • Monday - Easter break (no school)

  • Tuesday - Easter break (no school) 

  • Wednesday - Teacher only day (no school)

  • Thursday - Pizzas

  • Friday - Second hand uniform shop - 8:30-9:00 in the hall


Easter holidays

A reminder that school reopens again to students on Thursday 8 April - next week. We look forward to seeing everyone back then. 


Road safety reminders 

We would like to kindly remind you to put our children’s safety at the forefront during drop off and pick up times. With the recent tragedy at a nearby school we are reminded of how important it is to be extra vigilant around our drop off areas. Please remember that the bus bay is a Kiss and Go zone only. Please do not park there or stop for a prolonged period to say goodbye to your child. Most importantly, we ask that you please do not create a second lane in the bus bay and please watch your speed. 


Our road patrol children and parents are also reporting that at times cars are parked on the yellow lines, making it hard for them to see oncoming traffic. We know the congestion and limited parking spaces nearby can be frustrating and your patience is much appreciated as we put everyone’s safety first. 


YEAR 5-8 - Academic Competitions for Schools - University of Canterbury 

For many years we have offered our students from year 5-8 the opportunity to enter academic examinations in a variety of curriculum areas. At our school we offer the Kiwi English, Mathematics and Science competitions for both primary and intermediate students, which are written by NZ teachers based on our curriculum, developed by the University of Canterbury. 


The Kiwi competitions are online competitions which will take place in the last three weeks of term 2 and first week of term 3. Students may enter in one or more subjects. The competition will provide parents/caregivers with an Individual Pupil Report of a student’s performance. All participating students will receive a certificate and a prize will be awarded to the top student nationally in each competition. 


If you would like your child to be part of these competitions please complete payment via Kindo. We have an absolute deadline of Monday 3 May for all these entries in order to register our participation. The prices and the subjects are listed below. 


Kiwi Competitions - YEAR 5-8

Science         $9.50

English         $9.50

Mathematics    $9.50


Kelly Club

Kelly Club has an awesome before and after school programme onsite at our school. Visit the Kelly Club page on our website for more information about what the programme looks like and booking information. 

Click on the link for next week’s Timetable week 10 term 1 and for the April 2021 Holiday Programme


Papakura Netball Centre - Youth Empowerment Holiday Programme

Papakura Netball Centre are running a Youth Empowerment Holiday Programme from Monday 19 April to Thursday 22 April. Please see the flyer attached for further details of the programme. The Youth Empowerment Holiday Programme has been designed to expose athletes to the current player environment incorporating the following:

  • Character building activities

  • Leadership engagement opportunities

  • Netball Smart Injury prevention programme

  • Andy Rodgers ‘Balance is Better’ philosophy


The program is $30 a day or $120 for all 4 days. Please email admin@papakuranetball.org.nz if you would like to discuss a payment arrangement early to help with the cost.



Week 9, term 1 notices and reminders

  • Tuesday - Photos 

  • Thursday - Pizzas

  • Thursday - Easter raffles drawn (2:15)

  • Friday - NO SCHOOL - Good Friday 


Staffing update 

We congratulate Mrs Banfield who has won a full time DP position at Beachlands School. Mrs Banfield has been an AP with us for approximately 4 years in a part time capacity. Many of you would have worked alongside her in her SENCO role and know that she will be missed. The staff will celebrate her at the end of the term before she heads off to her new position in term 2. 


School photos - Tuesday

Our annual individual and class photos are on Tuesday next week. If you would like to have your children have sibling photos, please see our office ladies for a form and return this by Monday. 


Easter raffle

Thank you to everyone who sent in Easter items for our infamous Easter raffle baskets. Please remember to sell your tickets and return the money to school by Wednesday 31st March. There will be an assembly on Thursday 1st April at 2:15 to draw the winners. Whānau are welcome to come along and attend this.


YEAR 5-8 - Academic Competitions for Schools - University of Canterbury 

For many years we have offered our students from year 5-8 the opportunity to enter academic examinations in a variety of curriculum areas. At our school we offer the Kiwi English, Mathematics and Science competitions for both primary and intermediate students, which are written by NZ teachers based on our curriculum, developed by the University of Canterbury. 


The Kiwi competitions are online competitions which will take place in the last three weeks of term 2 and first week of term 3. Students may enter in one or more subjects. The competition will provide parents/caregivers with an Individual Pupil Report of a student’s performance. All participating students will receive a certificate and a prize will be awarded to the top student nationally in each competition. 


If you would like your child to be part of these competitions please complete payment via Kindo. We have an absolute deadline of Monday 3 May for all these entries in order to register our participation. The prices and the subjects are listed below. 


Kiwi Competitions - YEAR 5-8

Science         $9.50

English         $9.50

Mathematics    $9.50


Showquest 2021

It is that year again! Clevedon School is participating in Showquest 2021. We have had a lot of interest at school from students who are wanting to participate, but now it is your turn parents!

This is a call out to any parents who are interested in volunteering their help and time to support us with choreography, costume making, makeup and hair. Please email Maddy Taylor (room 16 teacher and Arts leader) at mtaylor@clevedonschool.co.nz with what area you can support in. Thank you in advance for those of you who are wanting to help out.


Easter holidays

A reminder that we have our Easter break coming up soon! Please ensure you have the dates below in your calendars:

  • Good Friday - 2nd April (no school today)

  • Easter Monday - 5th April (no school today)

  • Easter Tuesday - 6th April (no school today)

  • Wednesday 7th April - Teacher only day (no school today)


Togs and towel donations

If you have spare togs (any size) and/or towels that you would like to donate to school that would be greatly appreciated. This will help us to support families in our community who may not have these at home and ensure every child is able to enjoy our school pool.


Kelly Club

Kelly Club has an awesome before and after school programme onsite at our school. Visit the Kelly Club page on our website for more information about what the programme looks like and booking information. 

Click on the link for next week’s Timetable week 9 term 1


Social skills and emotional regulation - school holiday events 

Occupational Therapist, Melissa Walker-Tate, is running a three day holiday programme that covers social and emotional skills in a group for primary age school children. She is also hosting a free event around anxiety in children, which parents, educators and teachers are welcome to attend. Please click here for more information. 

Week 8, term 1 notices and reminders

  • Thursday - Pizzas

  • Friday - Friday freeze 

  • ECCS Football Funday


Easter holidays

A reminder that we have our Easter break coming up soon! Please ensure you have the dates below in your calendars:

  • Good Friday - 2nd April (no school today)

  • Easter Monday - 5th April (no school today)

  • Easter Tuesday - 6th April (no school today)

  • Wednesday 7th April - Teacher only day (no school today)


Showquest 2021

It is that year again! Clevedon School is participating in Showquest 2021. We have had a lot of interest at school from students who are wanting to participate, but now it is your turn parents!

This is a call out to any parents who are interested in volunteering their help and time to support us with choreography, costume making, makeup and hair. Please email Maddy Taylor (room 16 teacher and Arts leader) at mtaylor@clevedonschool.co.nz with what area you can support in. Thank you in advance for those of you who are wanting to help out.


Togs and towel donations

If you have spare togs (any size) and/or towels that you would like to donate to school that would be greatly appreciated. This will help us to support families in our community who may not have these at home and ensure every child is able to enjoy our school pool.


Road safety reminder

Before and after school are busy times on the roads around our school. In the interests of safety for all our children we ask that you refrain from doing u-turns by our crossings, particularly the Clevedon-Kawakawa Bay side of the school. Please use the round-a-bout to turn around at. Thank you for helping us to keep our children safe.


Easter raffle

Thank you to everyone who sent in Easter items for our infamous Easter raffle baskets today. Please remember to sell your tickets and return the money to school by Wednesday 31st March. There will be an assembly on Thursday 1st April at 2:15 to draw the winners. Whānau are welcome to come along and attend this.


Kelly Club

Kelly Club has an awesome before and after school programme onsite at our school. Visit the Kelly Club page on our website for more information about what the programme looks like and booking information. 

Click on the link for next week’s timetable Week 8 term 1 timetable.


Week 7, term 1 notices and reminders


  • Tuesday - Year  5-8 Swimming Carnival 

  • Thursday - Pizzas

  • Friday - Year 1-4 Swimming Carnival 

  • Friday - Friday freeze 

  • Friday - Mufti Day - Bring an Easter item for the raffle 


Swimming carnivals 

In case you’ve missed the information letters, please see below. We are thrilled we’ll be at alert level 1 and able to have parents onsite again - these events are always more fun with you cheering our kids on!  


Year 5-8 swimming carnival

Year 1-4 swimming carnival


Easter Raffle 

Our famous Easter Raffle organised by our PTFA is coming up soon. Please send along an Easter item (egg, chocs etc) for mufti day next week and look out for your raffle tickets. There will be amazing Easter baskets and you will be supporting our school at the same time. The raffle is drawn on Thursday 1 April, just before Easter weekend. 


2nd Hand Uniform Shop

The 2nd hand uniform shop is open every second Friday in the school hall. Next time it will be open will be 25 March. You can find many good used items there, so do drop by if you need any extra items. 


Bus students

If your child/children is a bus student and they are not going to be on their regular afternoon bus please notify the office by 2.30pm.


House Spirit Day - change of date 

With lockdown interruptions, we have moved this event to Monday 12 April - giving you extra time to get your house colours sorted! More information will come out closer to the time. 


Teacher only days - reminder 

As per the Education Sector Accord, primary teachers have been granted eight Teacher Only Days over the course of the collective agreement (2020-2022). Teachers at Clevedon School have been granted four days in 2021. These dates were communicated last year and have been on our school calendar, but just in case anyone has missed them, please refer to the dates below. The first one is coming up next month! 


Dates as follows:

Term 1: Wednesday 7 April (Wednesday after Easter)

Term 2: Friday 4 June - Kāhui Ako Conference (Friday before Queen’s Birthday)

Term 3: Friday 27 August 

Term 4: Friday 22 October (Friday before Labour weekend)


Where possible we have attached the Teacher Only Days to an existing long weekend so that families can make the most of them and hopefully it will mean less disruption for you all. 


Road works - Watercare 

Received from Watercare Services Limited - 9th March


Works Heading Your Way

As you are aware, Watercare is constructing water and wastewater networks in Clevedon and has contracted Brian Perry Civil to undertake the construction works.

I wish to advise you that the works are now heading your way at the intersection of Papakura Clevedon Road and Monument Road, starting on the 16th March – 26th March 2021. This will affect you in the following ways:

  • Working hours will be from 7am to 7pm, Monday to Friday and 8am to 2pm on Saturdays.

  • Road layout changes – for south bound traffic traveling down Papakura Clevedon Road, the traffic will be diverted down Monument Road, as this part of the road drops down to a single lane. For north bound traffic travelling up Monument Road, the traffic will be diverted to Hyde
    Road.

  • Emergency services, refuse collectors, business owners, customers and residents within this
    area will still be able to gain access.

  • No driveways will be affected during these works.

  • Working noise – will remain in accordance with levels approved by the Auckland Council.


Week 6, term 1 notices and reminders

  • Thursday - Pizzas

  • Friday - Friday freeze 

  • Friday - Mufti Day - Gold coin donation to raise money for House Chants 

 

Swimming carnival - change of date

Our annual swimming carnival was scheduled to take place here at school this Thursday and Friday. In order to ensure parents can attend and cheer children on, we have moved the date of these in the hope that we are at alert level 1 next week. 

 

The new dates are as follows:

  • Year 1-4 - Friday 19 March

  • Year 5-8 - Tuesday 16 March 

 

Information letters

Year 5-8 swimming carnival

Year 1-4 swimming carnival

 

Please note that we won’t change the date again as it is starting to get too cold. 

 

Fingers crossed for nice weather and a drop in alert levels as we’d love to see you all there. It’s much more fun with parents cheering our kids on! 

 

Give a Little Page 

We are most grateful for all the loving offers of support for two of our children whose mum died unexpectedly. Many of you have asked how you can support the family - we bring your attention to this Give a Little page that has been set up for them. 

 

Covid 19 safety reminders 

Kindly support us at school by...

  • Using the QR code EVERY TIME  you come on the school grounds 

  • Please keep your children home if they are unwell.

 

Camp refund letter

All camp refunds have been processed now. This letter, sent out last week, explained how this was done. If you have any queries around this, please call the office and ask to speak to Karen. 

 

Camp donations - seeking anonymous donor! 

We were very grateful to have received some donations toward our camps. We have now contacted all those people that donated to us to sort out refunds or otherwise. There is one person who we have not located as our office cannot remember who they were. If you have not received a call from us about your camp donation refund, please email kpallister@clevedonschool.co.nz. Thank you again to all the generous donors. 

 

Kelly Club

Kelly Club has an awesome before and after school programme onsite at our school. Visit the Kelly Club page on our website for more information about what the programme looks like and booking information. 

Click on the link for next week’s timetable Week 6 Term 1 Timetable.

 

Week 5, term 1 notices and reminders

  • Thursday - Pizzas

  • Friday - Friday freeze 

 

Give a Little Page 

We are most grateful for all the loving offers of support for two of our children whose mum died unexpectedly. Many of you have asked how you can support the family - we bring your attention to this Give a Little page that has been set up for them. 

 

Water 

Thank you again for your patience with the water. Our final result came through early this morning and our fountains and taps are all back to full use. 

 

Swimming carnival 

Our annual swimming carnival will take place here at school on Thursday 11 March and Friday 12 March. The relevant letters from teams are attached below.  Please ensure you have read these so children have the relevant items on the day. Please note that students are racing in year levels not teams

 

Year 5-8 swimming carnival

Year 1-4 swimming carnival

 

Kelly Club

Kelly Club has an awesome before and after school programme onsite at our school. Visit the Kelly Club page on our website for more information about what the programme looks like and booking information. 

Click on the link for next week’s timetable Week 5 Term 1 Timetable.

 

Road Patrol/Crossing Duty

We are still in need of a parent helper for Thursday afternoon for the North Road crossing. If you are able to help please contact the office.


Week 4, term 1 notices and reminders

  • Monday - only the school app will now be used for letters and communication - are you all set? 

  • Wednesday - 3 way conferences

  • Thursday  - 3 way conferences

  • Thursday - Pizzas

  • Friday - Friday freeze 


Water testing - urgent 

At approximately 2:45pm on today (Friday), we were notified that the school has not passed its regular water test and therefore the water is not safe for drinking. All classes were notified asap. 

 

We will need to pass 3 tests before we use the water at school again, which will take us till Wednesday next week. 

 

We have a plan in place to ensure children do not drink any of the water at school. We will purchase some large water bottles for those that will urgently need it, but ask that if you send your children with PLENTY OF WATER to drink for Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. Toilets are all still working and plenty of sanitiser will be available for children to use. 

 

We understand if you wish to keep your children home from school until the results are clear. Please let the office know through the usual methods if you do wish to do this.

 

We are due to connect to mains later this year, so this will hopefully be the last time we have this issue. 

 

We thank you for your understanding. 


School App

This message was emailed to you (in case our new families do not have the app set up) and also sent out on the app. If you did not get an app notification, please check that you are still logged in and your app notifications are on. We will only be using the app from next week onwards, so please ensure you are set up by then or you may miss out on notices and other comms. 


The app will be our main mode of communication with you, so please do take the time to download this. Please click here to access our step by step guide or call the school office if you require assistance setting up or with your login details. 


 

3 way conferences - have you remembered to book your conference time? 

On Wednesday 24 and Thursday 25 February we will still be holding our 3-way conferences for all students at the following times: 3:15pm-7:00pm on Wednesday 24 and Thursday 25 February. 


If you would prefer a Zoom meeting, please let your child’s teacher know by email with your booking time. They will send you a link in advance of the meeting. You will still need to book a time using the system below and ensure that you have Zoom downloaded on your device before the meeting. 


We will require everyone who comes onsite to scan in using the QR code and record all the names of those present at the meeting on a sign in sheet at each classroom, for contact tracing purposes.


Booking instructions

Please book by entering the code jnj7y on the website by clicking here and following these steps:


Parents on site at Alert Level 2 

Due to the requirement for the school to have a well maintained contact tracing register, and to assist with minimising risk for all stakeholders, parents will be asked to remain off the school site during Alert level 2. 


  • Students will be dropped at the ‘kiss and go’ zone or either of the entrances.

  • Parents who need to speak to the office personnel will be asked to phone the school in the first instance and if they must come in to see someone, enter and exit on instruction of office staff. A one in/one out system will apply. 

  • Parents who come onsite will be expected to use the Covid Tracer App and also use our visitor register. 

  • Email contact with teachers is encouraged and when a meeting is necessary, parents and staff will arrange a mutually suitable time to meet virtually/online. 

  • If you notice a few parents being allowed on site, that is because their children are starting school for the first time. These have been pre arranged by staff where appropriate. 

  • If you are on site, our Ministry guidelines are that 2 metres distance should be observed by all. Please help us with this when you are dropping off and picking up. 


Contact tracing and signing in 

We have the QR code set up and visible around the school and in the office. For the purposes of the Ministry of Health being able to reach you in the event we have a positive covid case at our school, I ask that you please ensure you have the app downloaded and that you scan the QR code every time you come on site from Monday onwards. This will continue into Alert level 1 as well.


If you are coming onto the school grounds, you will also be required to sign in and out of the school office as you normally would, using our Vistab system. This is for our usual health and safety procedures to ensure children's safety with adults on the grounds and in the event that we have a fire evacuation or a lockdown. This requirement will not change, even when you sign in using the QR code. 


Entry and exit of students to/from Clevedon School


Entry (8.30am - 9.00am)

  • Children to be dropped off to school no earlier than 8:30am and no later than 9am. Our school gates will not be open until 8:30. Please use Kelly Club if you need to drop off your child earlier than this time. 

  • Children who need to be dropped off by parents will be able to enter at either of the two main school entrances. In the morning either entry can be used. There are no assigned gates for entry into school. 

  • A staff member will be assigned at each entry to welcome students from 8.30am.

  • Parents must ‘kiss and go’ at drop off and not enter the school premises. 

  • Parents must observe social distancing from other children and families around the school if exiting their cars. 

  • Students will proceed to their classroom on arrival.

  • Crossings will operate as per normal, but we ask that you are mindful of social distancing. 


Exit (3pm)

Three gates will be used for students to exit from school to avoid congestion at the school gates.

  • Gates will be allocated by surname. Please see below.

  • All buses will run at their normal times. Buses will NOT be leaving early. 

  • If you are unable to collect your children straight after school they will need to be booked into the Kelly Club after school programme. 

  • Parents are asked to observe social distancing from other children and families around the school if exiting their cars. 

  • Parents cannot enter school grounds for pickup in order to enable the school to have effective systems in place for contact tracing. 


Afternoon gate allocations 

These allocations are by surname. If your children have a different surname to each other, please choose one and arrange with them which gate they will use. Kindly try and ‘kiss and go’ as much as possible. If you need to get out of your car, keep your social distance from other children and their parents. 


Surname A-G = North Road gate 

Surname H-M =  Clevedon Kawakawa Bay Road gate

Surname N-Z = Field gate (you can use the Hallertau parking)  


Kelly Club

Kelly Club has an awesome before and after school programme onsite at our school. Visit the Kelly Club page on our website for more information about what the programme looks like and booking information. 

Click on the link for next week’s timetable Week 4 Term 1 Timetable.


Week 3, term 1 notices and reminders

It’s camp week! We are envious of the awesome time our year 5-8 children are going to have as they head off to camp next week. We look forward to hearing all the stories on their return! 


  • Tuesday 16 February - Ka kite year 7/8 - camp Raglan begins 

  • Thursday 18 February - He wa pai year 5/6 - on site camp begins 

  • Thursday 18 February - SCHOOL POOL CLOSED to the community due to camp

  • Thursday 18 February - Pizza day

  • Friday 12 February - NO Friday Freeze this week


School App

This message was emailed to you (in case our new families do not have the app set up) and also sent out on the app. If you did not get an app notification, please check that you are still logged in and your app notifications are on. We will only be using the app from week 4 onwards, so please ensure you are set up by then or you may miss out on notices and other comms. 


The app will be our main mode of communication with you, so please do take the time to download this. Please click here to access our step by step guide or call the school office if you require assistance setting up or with your login details. 



3 way conferences

On Wednesday 24 and Thursday 25 February we will be holding 3-way conferences for all students (student, teacher, parents). 3-way conferences will be held at the following times: 3:15pm-7:00pm on Wednesday 24 and Thursday 25 February. Bookings are done online and instructions are below. We would like all children to be a part of these meetings, so if a Zoom meeting is easier for your whānau, please let your child’s teacher know and they will send you a link in advance of the meeting. You will still need to book a time using the system below. 


Booking instructions

Please book by entering the code jnj7y on the website by clicking here and following these steps:




2021 Class ambassadors still needed

We are still after class ambassadors for rooms 1, 4, 8, 9, 11 and 12. Thank you to all our volunteers so far, and we know there are loads more of you out there who would love to help! 

If you think you can help or if you would like to know more about what’s involved we would be happy to chat about it with you. Please contact Summer Deverell 0274596561 summerdeverell@gmail.com 


Team newsletters

Each team has a newsletter which can be accessed through our school website by clicking on the links below. These newsletters give you an overview of what’s happening in your child’s class this term and any upcoming events to be aware of. 

Tōtara team newsletter

Pohutukawa team newsletter

Kauri team newsletter

Kōwhai team newsletter


Kelly Club

Kelly Club has an awesome before and after school programme onsite at our school. Visit the Kelly Club page on our website for more information about what the programme looks like and booking information. 

Click on the link for next week’s timetable Week 3 Term 1 Timetable


Year 5/6 Waterpolo

There is an opportunity for year 5/6 students to participate in Waterpolo held at the Manurewa Aquatic Centre. We are able to field a team of between 8 and 11 students. Each Saturday there will be a coaching session for the team, followed by a game of water polo - using the skills learned in the coaching session. Approximately 50 minutes in total. It would suit children who are keen to try out a new sport, to develop water confidence and fitness, or to maintain and further develop existing waterpolo skills. Please see this link for more information.


If you are interested in your child participating, please contact Chris Morgan before Friday 19 February. cmorgan@clevedonschool.co.nz We are also looking for a parent volunteer to manage the team. Please let Chris know if you can do this.


Touch at the Clevedon Sports Club 

Family friendly touch games are played at the Clevedon Sports Club every Friday from 5:30pm. All welcome. Sausage sizzle follows! 


Clevedon Tennis Club

Matt and his team of coaches run tennis programs and tournaments for kids aged 5-12. Your children will learn tennis skills, gain confidence and make new friends. Please click here for more information.


Week 2, term 1 notices and reminders  

  • Monday 8 February - School CLOSED - Waitangi day observed (public holiday) 

  • Thursday 11 February - Year 8 - Gardasil/Boostrix Talk

  • Thursday 11 February - Pizza day

  • Friday 12 February - PRIDE week open morning - see details below

  • Friday 12 February - Friday Freeze - see details below


School App

This message was emailed to you (in case our new families do not have the app set up) and also sent out on the app. If you did not get an app notification, please check that you are still logged in and your app notifications are on. We will only be using the app from week 4 onwards, so please ensure you are set up by then or you may miss out on notices and other comms. 


The app will be our main mode of communication with you, so please do take the time to download this. Please click here to access our step by step guide or call the school office if you require assistance setting up or with your login details. 


 

PRIDE Week - Friday open morning

Next week students will be reinforcing their learning about our 5 PRIDE values (Passion, Respect, Integrity, Diversity, Empathy). We will be holding an open morning from 9:15-10:15 in classes on Friday 12 February, where students will share what they have been learning. All parents and caregivers are most welcome to come along. If you are here at 9am for drop off, please feel free to come up to the staffroom for a coffee first. We look forward to seeing many of you that can attend. 

 

Pizza day - Thursdays 

We will be continuing with our weekly pizza orders on Thursdays this year. You will be able to order pizzas via Kindo starting next week. A reminder that there are no gluten free options on the menu but you can purchase directly from Domino’s Papakura. Please ask for the pizza box to be clearly marked with your child's name and classroom. You will need to purchase pizzas no later than Wednesday 10am for orders on Thursday.

 

Friday Freeze 

Friday Freeze is back! Starting on Friday 12 February. $2 for a Juicee or $1 for a popsicle. Please bring the correct cash amount, no large notes. Students can purchase these at ‘the shack’ at lunchtime. 

 

Camps - Year 5-8

We thank all the parents who have volunteered to attend our camps and we thank you for sending in your children’s paperwork. If you  haven’t already done so, please complete the payments for these on Kindo. 

 

We are also still accepting any donations to support families that struggle to pay for the camps. If you would like to sponsor another child to attend (no pressure at all), please pay for this via eftpos at the office or via direct debit to the school bank account (12-3031-0703239-00) - reference: camp sponsorship. This cannot be done on Kindo. We thank you in advance for your support. 

 

Lunch Clubs

Our dedicated staff are offering the following lunchtime clubs for our learners this term. Please talk to your child/ren about getting involved in a club. These are advertised to children in the daily notices.  

 

Monday        Coding club (Miss McKeown), Library open (Mrs Ferguson) 

Tuesday        Sport (Mr Morgan), STEM club (Mrs McAra) 

Wednesday    Library/Games/Lego (Mrs Ryan), Showquest (Miss Taylor) 

Thursday    Library/Games/Lego (Mrs Boyle), Sport (Mr Morgan), Showquest (Miss Taylor)

Friday        Library open (Mrs Ferguson), Choir (Mrs Moyle and Mr Sai-Louie) 

 

3 way conferences

On Wednesday 24 and Thursday 25 February we will be holding 3 way conferences for all students - child, parent, teacher. This is an opportunity for parents to talk to teachers about their child and let us know anything you think we may like to know. These conferences are also an opportunity for your child to share how they have settled into school and their goals for the year around our values and learner dispositions. It is vital that all parents and students attend these 3 way conferences.


3 way conferences will be held at the following times: 3:30pm - 8:00pm on Wednesday 24th and Thursday 25th February.

Bookings will be opened next week and instructions will be sent out to you.

Class ambassadors needed for 2021

Would you like to get to know the other families in your child's class a little better? Maybe enjoy the occasional social event with them (with or without the children!)? Would you like to know that someone is looking out for new families to Clevedon School, helping them settle in? 

 

We're looking to put together a new set of Class Ambassadors for each class who will be able to do just a few small things to help build community in each class and across the school. There won't be a lot to do, and what we do, will be fun. 

 

Would you be interested in volunteering, or at least finding out a little more? We would love to have your help. 

 

If you think you can help, please email summerdeverell@gmail.com by 12 February. 

 

Or if you would like to know more about what’s involved we would be happy to chat about it with you. Please contact Summer Deverell 0274596561 summerdeverell@gmail.com 


Kelly Club

Kelly Club has an awesome before and after school programme onsite at our school. Visit the Kelly Club page on our website for more information about what the programme looks like and booking information. 

Click on the link for next week’s timetable Term 1 week 2 timetable




Week 1, term 1 notices and reminders  


  • Tuesday 2 February - First day of school

  • Friday 5 February - Waitangi day picnic lunch 1pm


School App

Our school app is our main mechanism for getting comms out to you. Please check that you are still signed into the app if you have used it before, and if not, ensure you are set up before school starts. For assistance, contact the school office. 


This message was emailed to you (in case our new families do not have the app set up) and also sent out on the app. If you did not get an app notification, please check that you are still logged in and your app notifications are on. 


Again, this app will be our main mode of communication with you, so please do take the time to download this. Please click here to access our step by step guide.


First day of school 

Our first day back is on Tuesday and we are looking forward to seeing all our students ready for learning. You should have received an email from your child/ren’s teacher to introduce themselves and  to let you know which class they are in. Please go directly to the classroom when you arrive at school on Tuesday 2 February as we will not be meeting in the hall this year. It would be great if you could be at school around 8:30am so that your child can settle in and our teachers have a chance to meet and greet you. 


Covid 19

Although Covid is now rearing its head again, we continue to have a large amount of control over how we can prevent the spread. For our school we will:


  • display QR code posters for the NZ COVID Tracer App (we urge you to please scan in whenever you come onto the premises)

  • keep our visitor register and attendance register up to date

  • be monitoring for illness and asking anyone who is unwell to remain at home, or to go home

  • encourage people with relevant symptoms to seek medical advice through Healthline or their GP and get tested for Covid if recommended to do so

  • reinforce the importance of good hand washing and drying

  • reinforce good cough and sneeze etiquette

 

We can reassure you that we will continue to regularly clean all parts of our school.


Road works/parking 

We are hoping that some of the road works around our school is cleared up by Tuesday. However, if it isn’t please ensure you consider our children's safety first as you pull in and out of the busy bus bay area. Please note, there is no parking or stopping in the bus bay as it is a ‘kiss and go’ zone only. We encourage you to arrive early to pick up, or meet/drop off your children at a designated spot away from the school gates where possible. 


School stationery

As per our school organisation we have bulk purchasing power and have all school stationery packs ready to go for the first day of school. All paid stationery will be in classrooms ready for children on the first day. There is no need to cover the exercise books in duraseal or the like. 


Stationery boxes for those that have paid, will be in their classrooms ready to use in week 1. We ask that if you haven't already done so, that you pay for your child’s stationery through KINDO as soon as possible. 


The letter was sent regarding stationery last year. Please look at it as it outlines other requirements for stationery as well. 


iPads and apps for year 3-8 classes 

This letter explains the requirement for the Bring Your Own (BYO) iPad classes from year 3-8. It also includes a list of all the apps that need to be downloaded and ready to go for the first day of school.


Year 5/6 and year 7/8 camps 

If you haven’t already done so, please ensure that all the necessary paperwork and payment for these camps are back at school on day 1. There is a lot of planning for our staff to do, to ensure the camps run smoothly and meet health and safety guidelines, so your support with the documentation is much appreciated. Please email the team leaders if you have any queries around these camps. 


Year 5/6 - Mr Craig Smith csmith@clevedonschool.co.nz

Year 7/8 - Mrs Stacey Connolly sconnolly@clevedonschool.co.nz 


Waitangi day picnic

On Friday 5 February we will be celebrating Waitangi day as a school, and students will be taking part in learning experiences on this topic leading up to this day. We will be having a whole school picnic lunch on the field at 1pm as a way of demonstrating ‘unity’ as a nation and celebrating who we are as New Zealanders. This is not a shared lunch, just a picnic where students eat their own lunch together. Classes will be sitting with their buddy classes and we welcome all families to come along and join in the picnic.


Kelly Club

Kelly Club has an awesome before and after school programme onsite at our school. Visit the Kelly Club page on our website for more information about what the programme looks like and booking information. 

Click on the link for next week’s timetable -  Week 1 term 1


School roof

As you may have noticed over summer, most of our buildings have had much needed new roofing. The roofers will be finishing final touches and doing a clean up over the weekend just in time for our new school year. If you notice a few things around the school needing a bit of TLC, it is because we have not been able to have the usual access to certain areas during the summer. We thank Mr Crowther for all the work he’s done during this major project. 



Notices and reminders for the start of the year


  • Tuesday 2 February - First day of school (children to go directly to new classrooms)

  • Friday 5 February - Waitangi day picnic lunch 1pm


School office opening hours next week 

The school office will be open on Thursday and Friday next week from 9am-2pm, should you have any questions or need anything prior to school opening. 


First day of school and pōwhiri

Our first day back is on Tuesday and we are looking forward to seeing all our students ready for learning. You will receive an email from your child/ren’s teacher next week to let you know which class they are in. Please go directly to the classroom when you arrive at school on Tuesday 2 February as we will not be meeting in the hall this year. It would be great if you could be at school around 8:30am so that your child can settle in and our teachers have a chance to meet and greet you. 


Our pōwhiri is planned to begin at 10:20 to welcome new staff and families. If you are new to our school please meet outside the hall by 10:00 ready to be welcomed in. All families are welcome to come along and there will be kai in the staffroom afterwards.


School structure 2021 and staffing 

There were a few room changes for staff at the end of 2020, so you may like to see below for where our teachers are this year. As mentioned above, a letter from your child's teacher will come out to you next week, so they know where to go on day one. 


  • Totara team - year 0-2 

    • Mrs Jodie Boyle (team leader) - The pod 

    • Miss Damson McGregor - The pod

      • We welcome Damson who is embarking on her teaching career at our school. Damson has recently moved back to Auckland from Whangarei and will be alongside Mrs Boyle with our delightful New Entrant children. 

    • Mrs Rachel Ryan and Ms Lauren Clough - room 12 

      • We are super thrilled to welcome Lauren Clough back to our school, where she started several years ago as a beginning teacher. Lauren left to have and look after her two beautiful babies and has now returned in a part-time capacity. 

    • Miss Stevie Courtney - room 13 


  • Pohutukawa team - year 2-4

    • Mr Chris Morgan (team leader) - room 15 

    • Miss Maddy Taylor - room 16 

    • Ms Samantha McKewon and Mrs Denise Moyle - room 4 

    • Miss Miranda Huang - room 11 


  • Kauri team - year 5-6 

    • Mr Craig Smith (team leader) - room 2 

    • Mr Ben Brogden - room 1 

    • Mrs Kirsten Pearse - room 3 


  • Kōwhai team - year 6-8 

    • Mrs Stacey Connolly (team leader) - room 6 

    • Miss Rachel Walker - room 7

      • Rachel is new to our school this year and has recently returned to NZ from the UK. Rachel is a NZ trained teacher who previously taught at Hingaia Peninsula School before travelling and teaching abroad.

    • Mrs Jules Herlihy - room 8

    • Ms Anna Farrell - room 9

    • Mrs Katie McAra - STEM lab


  • Other key teaching staff 

    • Mrs Kylee Elliot - Reading Recovery 

    • Mr Wayne Nel - Learning Support Coordinator 

    • Mrs Ani Forgie - Te reo Māori (term 1 only)

      • We are very excited to welcome whaea Ani back to our school, who will fill in from Ms Odds until the end of term 1 from maternity leave. We are thrilled that Ani agreed to once again support us with te reo Māori. 

    • Mrs Lisa Banfield - Assistant Principal

    • Mrs Sarah Park - Deputy Principal

    • Mrs Edeh Sullivan - Principal  


School App

Our school app is our main mechanism for getting comms out to you. Please check that you are still signed into the app if you have used it before, and if not, ensure you are set up before school starts. For assistance, contact the school office. 


This message was emailed to you (in case our new families do not have the app set up) and also sent out on the app. If you did not get an app notification, please check that you are still logged in and your app notifications are on. 


School stationery

As per our school organisation we have bulk purchasing power and have all school stationery packs ready to go for the first day of school. All paid stationery will be in classrooms ready for children on the first day. There is no need to cover the exercise books in duraseal or the like. 


We ask that you help us by kindly paying for the stationery through KINDO by the end of the summer holidays. If you have any issues regarding stationery please do not hesitate to call us. The letter was sent regarding stationery last year. Please look at it as it outlines other requirements for stationery as well. 


iPads and apps for year 3-8 classes 

This letter explains the requirement for the Bring Your Own (BYO) iPad classes from year 3-8. It also includes a list of all the apps that need to be downloaded and ready to go for the first day of school.


Waitangi day picnic

On Friday 5 February we will be celebrating Waitangi day as a school, and students will be taking part in learning experiences on this topic leading up to this day. We will be having a whole school picnic lunch on the field at 1pm as a way of demonstrating ‘unity’ as a nation and celebrating who we are as New Zealanders. This is not a shared lunch, just a picnic where students eat their own lunch together. Classes will be sitting with their buddy classes and we welcome all families to come along and join in the picnic.


Year 5/6 and year 7/8 camps 

If you haven’t already done so, please ensure that all the necessary paperwork and payment for these camps are back at school on day 1. There is a lot of planning for our staff to do, to ensure the camps run smoothly and meet health and safety guidelines, so your support with the documentation is much appreciated. Please email the team leaders if you have any queries around these camps, please contact the team leaders for each team. 


Year 5/6 - Mr Craig Smith csmith@clevedonschool.co.nz

Year 7/8 - Mrs Stacey Connolly sconnolly@clevedonschool.co.nz 


Uniform 2021 

Kindly visit our school website for information on uniforms, including where to purchase. 


Term dates for 2021

This is forward notice of our school opening dates for 2021. The year will begin on Feb 2nd (the Tuesday after Auckland Anniversary Day)

Term 1:  Tuesday 2 Feb - Friday 16 April               

Term 2:  Monday 3 May - Friday 9 July                  

Term 3:  Monday 26 July - Friday 1 October             

Term 4:  Monday 18 October - Tuesday 14 December     


Teacher Only Days as per Collective Agreement 2019- 2022

As per the Education Sector Accord, primary teachers have been granted eight Teacher Only days over the course of the collective agreement. Teachers at Clevedon School have been granted four days in 2021. These dates are on our school calendar for next year. 


Dates as follows:

Term 1: Wednesday 7 April (Wednesday after Easter)

Term 2: Friday 4 June - Kāhui Ako Conference (Friday before Queen’s Birthday)

Term 3: Friday 27 August 

Term 4: Friday 22nd October (Friday before Labour Weekend)


Where possible we have attached the Teacher Only days to an existing long weekend so that families can make the most of them and hopefully it will mean less disruption for you all. 


Back to school transitioning tips from the Seasons for Growth programme 

Transitioning back into the new year after the holiday period, may cause feelings of anxiety especially for those who find change challenging. The holidays may provide a reprieve from work or school, but after having weeks of no homework, no school or work hours and later bed-times, it can be difficult to adjust straight back into the usual routine. Here are some suggestions to ease back into the start of a new school year:


Routine - get back into a routine by:

• setting bed-times and wake-times

• reducing screen time

• turning off devices an hour before sleep-time

• reading books


Choices - giving children choices can help them feel they have some c