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Week 7, term 4 notices and reminders


Next week’s schedule 

  • Monday and Tuesday 

    • Pohutukawa and Kauri teams are onsite 

    • Online learning continues for all who are at home 

    • Bubble school continues are per normal

 

  • Wednesday 

    • Online learning for all teams and all students 

    • Bubble school continues are per normal


  • Thursday and Friday 

    • Tōtara and Kōwhai teams are onsite 

    • Online learning continues for all who are at home 

    • Bubble school continues are per normal


Thank you 

We really enjoyed welcoming Kauri and Pohutukawa students back this week. We are so impressed with the way both our children and parents have embraced and accepted all the changes. We are very grateful to you for your support as we navigate our new normal. 


Parenting workshops with Dr Kirsten Davis 

One of our amazing mums, Kirsten Davis, is once again running free workshops for our community. They will be on Zoom this time but free to our whānau again. Please click here for more information and how to book for these. 


These sessions were extremely popular last time, so you will want to get in early if you would like to attend. 


Dates: Tuesday 30 November (part one) and Tuesday 7 December (part two)


Traffic lights and schooling 

As you know, the Prime Minister has confirmed that all of New Zealand will move to the COVID-19 Protection Framework (CPF) at 11.59pm on Thursday 2 December.

 

We have been notified by the Ministry this week that we won’t have to make any further changes before Christmas at school. We will retain our current public health measures and other requirements that are in place at Alert Level 3, Step 2 for the remainder of the year. We will then move to the CPF from 1 January 2022.


As we get information on what the new framework will look like for us at school, we will communicate this with you. 


Pool keys 

With the current restrictions in place, the school and the pool committee have made the decision not to sell pool keys this season. We realise this will be disappointing for some of our community and hope to be up and running again next year. 


School donations and statements 

A very gentle reminder to our families who may be in a position to make a payment toward their school donations, to kindly do so through Kindo. Being a high decile school means relying more heavily on fundraisers and school donations to make our school the best it can be. With the lockdowns most of our usual fundraising activities have been impacted or cancelled, so if you are able to support us by paying your donations, we would be most grateful. We know some families have also felt the impact of lockdown, so please do not feel pressured to do so if this is a difficult time for your whānau. Any support is appreciated by us as we plan for the year ahead. One of our admin staff will send out statements next week. Thank you as always for all the different ways you support our school. 


Christmas gift giving - Painga Project 

With Christmas coming up, it is that time of year where as a community we start thinking about those who are less fortunate than ourselves. As such, we are requesting gifts from our school community for children who may otherwise not get gifts this Christmas. These are given to the Painga Project who distribute them through their networks. We ask that gifts are new and wrapped   Kindly put the gender that it would most suit (if applicable) and approximate age. 


Gifts can come into school anytime from now until Friday 10 December. We would usually present the gifts to a representative from the Painga Project at our Prize Giving but this year, one of Santa’s elves will do a contactless drop off! 


Thank you in advance for your generosity as we support others at this time of year. 


Our end of year big events 

The end of the year is usually pretty busy for us with our events. As I’m sure you know, many of these are cancelled and/or modified. 

  • Christmas Lights - is cancelled this year but will be spectacular next year! 

  • Prize Giving - will be a pre-recorded event sent out to you on Prize Giving night

  • Year 8 Graduation - will be a virtual event 

  • School reports to parents - our end of year reports are modified this year. A written report will either be given to your child, available for contactless pickup or will be posted to you this year and should get to you in week 8. If you have moved recently and have not let the office know, please do this asap. 


Mathathon

Thank you for all your support with the learning of basic facts and with the fundraiser. Teams will be announcing the top winners in each class and the top winner in each team through Seesaw. 


School devices at home

We kindly ask that all families who have school owned devices at home return these back to school no later than Monday 6th December. If you could please give them a gentle wipe down and return them to the school office with the charger, it would be greatly appreciated.


Library book returns

It is time for our annual library stocktake. If you have school library books at home, please return these back to school with your child if they are onsite and to the office if your child is still learning from home. We have quite a large number of books that are currently issued to our students, so it would be greatly appreciated if we could get these back to school as soon as possible.


Captain Awesome 

Please see below for information from Captain Awesome Swim School. Captain Awesome may be able to run lessons under current restrictions as he is able to monitor numbers and distancing requirements. 

 

Captain Awesome's Mobile Swim School is now taking bookings for Summer Swim Schools holiday programme and term lessons for January/February 2022. 

 

Lessons will be held in the Clevedon School pool. Our Summer Swim School offers an intensive, 2-week programme with weekday lessons, during the summer months to learners aged 5-11 years. This allows participants to complete a full term’s worth of lessons in just 2 weeks! Lessons blocks are:

  • Holiday Lessons: 10-21 January 2022

  • Term Lessons: 8-18 February 2022

They are also taking expressions of interest for Holiday Lessons for preschool students to learn in their mobile, heated, indoor pool 10-21 January 2021. If you're interested in this, please let them know.

To learn more or to book, email info@captainawesome.co.nz

Get in quick as spaces are limited and filling fast! www.captainawesome.co.nz/summer-swim-schools/


Week 6, term 4 notices and reminders


Next week’s schedule 

  • Monday and Tuesday 

    • Pohutukawa and Kauri teams are onsite 

    • Online learning continues for all who are at home 

    • Bubble school continues are per normal

 

  • Wednesday 

    • Online learning for all teams and all students 


  • Thursday and Friday 

    • Tōtara and Kōwhai teams are onsite 

    • Online learning continues for all who are at home 

    • Bubble school continues are per normal

 

Links to letters regarding the part-time opening of the school

In case you’ve missed any of the comms regarding school opening, please click on the links below. 


Part-time school

Our start back this week has been pretty smooth and we thank you for ensuring you have read all the comms and for having kept yourself informed. Thank you for observing our pick up and drop off routines, keeping the traffic flowing, wearing your masks at the gate and being mindful of other whānau’s spaces. 


We know school is a bit different for our children but as always they have managed well and are showing us what flexibility and resilience really looks like. It’s been SO good having kids at school again. We look forward to welcoming back Kauri and Pohutukawa kids next week. 


The weather is hot though! Please remember to send your children with plenty of water, a hat and sunscreen


To those of you who are still learning from home it is great to see your Seesaw posts still coming through. Please keep up the good work! Your teachers look forward to seeing what you have been up to at the end of each day. 


Mathathon

Thank you very much to all the families who have already sent in their sponsorship money. We are very grateful for all your fundraising efforts and acknowledge that this has not been an easy year financially for many families in our community. If you are yet to send through your child/ren’s sponsorship money, and intend to do so, please do this by Monday morning.


Please note the following details below: 


Bank account 12-3031-0703239-00 

Reference: Child’s name/room number e.g John S  R6 athon


We will announce our class winners and overall team winners on Friday next week.


Thank you for all your support.


School devices at home

We kindly ask that all families who have school owned devices at home return these back back to school no later than Monday 6th December. If you could please give them a gentle wipe down and return them to the school office with the charger, it would be greatly appreciated.


Library book returns

It is time for our annual library stocktake. If you have school library books at home, please return these back to school with your child if they are onsite and to the office if your child is still learning from home. We have quite a large number of books that are currently issued to our students, so it would be greatly appreciated if we could get these back to school as soon as possible.


Kōwhai team EOTC refunds

For those of you with children in the Kōwhai team you will be aware that we have had to cancel our last EOTC day this term and will be refunding those who had paid. Below are the links to the letters sent out earlier this week that have information regarding the refund process and a form to fill out where you can select how you would like to receive your refund.


Information letter

Refund form


Captain Awesome 

Covid-19 restriction pending…

 

Captain Awesome's Mobile Swim School is now taking bookings for Summer Swim Schools holiday programme and term lessons for January/February 2022. 

 

Lessons will be held in the Clevedon School pool. Our Summer Swim School offers an intensive, 2-week programme with weekday lessons, during the summer months to learners aged 5-11 years. This allows participants to complete a full term’s worth of lessons in just 2 weeks! Lessons blocks are:

  • Holiday Lessons: 10-21 January 2022

  • Term Lessons: 8-18 February 2022

They are also taking expressions of interest for Holiday Lessons for preschool students to learn in their mobile, heated, indoor pool 10-21 January 2021. If you're interested in this, please let them know.

To learn more or to book, email info@captainawesome.co.nz

Get in quick as spaces are limited and filling fast! www.captainawesome.co.nz/summer-swim-schools/


Our end of year big events 

The end of the year is usually pretty busy for us with our events. As I’m sure you know, many of these are cancelled and/or modified. 

  • Christmas Lights - is cancelled this year but will be spectacular next year! 

  • Prize Giving - will be a pre-recorded event sent out to you on Prize Giving night

  • Year 8 Graduation - will be a virtual event 

School reports to parents - our end of year reports are modified this year. A written report will be posted to you  this year and should get to you in week 8. If you have moved recently and have not let the office know, please do this next week. 


Week 5, term 4 notices and reminders

Next week’s schedule 

 

  • Monday and Tuesday 

    • Online learning continues 

    • Teachers are onsite setting up the school

    • Different school areas will be set up to allow the groups of children to operate independently with limited intermingling of groups 

    • ‘Bubble’ school merges into one bubble and moves spaces 

 

  • Wednesday - Teacher Only Day

    • School is closed for students

    • No online learning on this day 

    • No ‘bubble’ school on this day 

    • Teams are planning for dual model of face to face and online learning  

    • Staff back onsite if needed to finish setting up the school  

    • Staff meeting to revisit health and safety guidelines and mitigation measures 


This Teacher Only Day was scheduled for Friday of next week, but we have moved it to Wednesday to allow us time to change how we operate and to give our contractors an additional day to have more toilets operational for us. Currently we have 3 out of the 6 out of action, but we are hopeful that 2 of them will be ready by Thursday when we open. We have taken this into account when we changed our Teacher Only Day. 


  • Thursday and Friday 

    • Online learning continues for those that need it 

    • School opens to Tōtara and Kōwhai students only 

 

Links to letters regarding the part-time opening of the school

In case you’ve missed any of the comms regarding school opening, please click on the links below. 


The Uniform Shoppe

The Papakura store is now open but with some restrictions in place. Please click here for more information.

 

Captain Awesome 

Please see below for some information from Captain Awesome who usually provides swimming classes at our school pool. 

 

Captain Awesome's World has developed two new exciting online home learning programmes, launching 21 November 2021:

 

  • Wellness Warriors - An interactive home learning programme combining fun, mindfulness, meditation, and body movement exercises. Children will learn a range of techniques to enhance their overall health and wellbeing throughout their lifetime. For more information, visit Our Programme 

 

  • Fish Out Of Water - A pirate-themed interactive home-learning programme that complements other in water learn-to-swim programmes, by developing and reinforcing swimming motor skills that make up the core swimming strokes. For more information, visit: Fish Out Of Water

 

Learn more about all our programmes, including our Summer Swim School at www.captainawesomes.co.nz

 

 


Week 4, term 4 notices and reminders


HAVE YOU PURCHASED YOUR XMAS PRESENTS YET?  

PTFA Fundraising – Plant Sale 

Have you considered giving living gifts this Christmas or brightening up your own property? Our PTFA has sourced a wonderful supply of top-quality plants to sell to you at below-retail prices.


Order and pay via Kindo by Monday 15 November and your plants will be delivered to school for you to collect on Thursday 9 or Friday 10 December. Or, if your order equates to $150 or more, you can select home delivery for an additional $10 (within the school zone).


If you purchase a 5 litre hydrangea, you can have it beautifully gift wrapped for Christmas for an additional $5. All proceeds to Clevedon School. Click here for full details. 


Regards

Clevedon School PTFA


2022

We are continuing to plan for 2022 and need to know if any children are not returning. Please contact Karen Pallister, kpallister@clevedonschool.co.nz as soon as possible if this applies to you and you haven’t yet let us know. If you have a younger child starting or know of others in the community that may not have enrolled their child yet, please also let us know that too. It will assist us greatly in being able to structure the school and arrange classes.


Athon testing week 

Thank you for your help with the athon testing this week. There have been some amazing results and some very excited children over how well they’ve performed! If you haven’t finished testing your child, you can continue to do so over the next week and let your child’s teacher know the results. We look forward to seeing the development of basic facts for all our kids. 


If your child has been getting sponsorship for the athon you can deposit the money directly into the school’s account. We appreciate all the support we can get with our fundraisers at present. Please note the following details below: 


Bank account 12-3031-0703239-00 

Reference: Child’s name/room number e.g John S  R6 athon


Thank you as always for your ongoing support. 



Week 3, term 4 notices and reminders

Athon testing week - Let’s get our maths on!  

Lockdown is not holding us back! Next week is testing week for our Mathathon. We know a lot of our tamariki have been working hard to learn their basic facts to build up to testing day. Teachers will send out details of how the ‘testing’ can happen in your home. We look forward to seeing some real movement with the learning of those crucial skills that will help support other areas of maths. 


There’s a bit of ‘healthy competition’ going on between our classrooms too and you may notice who among our staff are the super competitive ones! 


If your child has been getting sponsorship for the athon you can deposit the money directly into the school’s account. We appreciate all the support we can get with our fundraisers at present. Please note the following details below: 


Bank account 12-3031-0703239-00 

Reference: Child’s name/room number e.g John S  R6 athon


Thank you as always for your ongoing support. 


Online learning update 

Thank you for your continued support and effort with your children’s learning. None of us expected to be doing this for this long and we appreciate how difficult it is to keep children engaged and motivated. We continue to review how we do things and make tweaks to our programmes to support our tamariki and you. 


As we have said many times before…our staff will continue to nudge and support - that is our job. This means they will make contact with you and check on your children. However, the control remain in your hands. What the days and weeks look like, how you manage the learning or not, is up to you. I cannot stress enough that everyone’s wellbeing is the most important thing right now. 


That said, if there are some things you can do, we ask that you support your child to attend their class ‘mat’ sessions (Monday and Friday mornings) and their allocated class lessons. These are times when direct teaching is done, and most importantly it is about maintaining routine and continuing to connect with others. 


Please keep in touch with our staff if you have any questions or concerns. We are more than happy to help. 


Waiho i te toipoto, kaua i te toiroa. Let us keep close together, not far apart.


2022

We are continuing to plan for 2022 and need to know if any children are not returning. Please contact Karen Pallister, kpallister@clevedonschool.co.nz as soon as possible if this applies to you and you haven’t yet let us know. If you have a younger child starting or know of others in the community that may not have enrolled their child yet, please also let us know that too. It will assist us greatly in being able to structure the school and arrange classes.


Planning for a return to onsite learning 

We realise that some of you have some questions following the government’s announcement that plans are underway to support the return to onsite learning for our schools at Alert Level 3.  


You can be reassured that any decisions about bringing more children and staff on site will be done in accordance with strict public health guidance, which means what on site learning will look like will be different than Alert Level 2 or Alert Level 1 settings. For example, this might mean attending school two days a week and learning from home for the other three. We don’t know the finer details of this, but will as always, keep you well informed. Educational bodies are working with the ministry over the next week or so and we will be provided with guidelines around this in due course. There is nothing for you to do at this time in regard to informing us on your family’s decision. We will send out communication and we will work with you to ensure we cater for all our children as best we can when we have more clarity. 

 

The earliest a return to school will happen is 15 November, and we will provide more information about this closer to the time, should it eventuate. 


Our school takes health and safety and the wellbeing of our children and staff very seriously and we assure you that these things will be at the forefront of our minds when making decisions to move forward. 


PTFA Fundraising – Plant Sale     

Have you considered giving living gifts this Christmas or brightening up your own property? Our PTFA has sourced a wonderful supply of top-quality plants to sell to you at below-retail prices.


Order and pay via Kindo by Monday 15 November and your plants will be delivered to school for you to collect on Thursday 9 or Friday 10 December. Or, if your order equates to $150 or more, you can select home delivery for an additional $10 (within the school zone).


If you purchase a 5 litre hydrangea, you can have it beautifully gift wrapped for Christmas for an additional $5. All proceeds to Clevedon School. Click here for full details. 


Regards

Clevedon School PTFA


Scholastic Book Club orders

We have now received the Scholastic order at school and Donna will be in touch to arrange contactless pick up for those that had ordered books. 


A special message from Scholastic below:

While we are currently schooling from home, we’ve created a special digital catalogue to help families stay inspired to read and learn. It's jam-packed with bonus Christmas pages and the best of the best books of 2021!


This issue is available by viewing the catalogue online and placing an order on the LOOP platform. All orders will be delivered directly to your home!



BYO iPads for year 3-8 students - 2022

We have included this message a few times now in the notices, however some parents may have missed it. If your child is currently in year 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 or 7 (next year’s year 3-8 students) please read this letter carefully. If you are wanting to purchase an iPad early for your younger child, you may also find the information helpful. 


Please note that the school does not sell iPads, however the letter provides guidance on which type of iPad to get. The letter also outlines the Apps your child will need. 


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 ready for next year. 


Week 2, term 4 notices and reminders


Labour day - Monday

Monday is Labour Day and therefore school is closed. Please note that there will be no online learning on this day. 


Alert levels and school

We will hopefully receive more clarity around school opening next week. As soon as we have information on this and what that will look like, we will let you know. In the meantime please rest assured that the safety of our children and staff will be at the forefront of our minds as we make plans and learn more about what happens next. As we have until now, we will always follow the Ministry of Health and Education’s guidelines in our planning and actions. 


Contractors at school

If you drive past you may notice a hive of activity at times with the toilet upgrade project well underway. We are very excited that this was able to get started and is approved to go ahead at alert level 3. The builders have started with the junior end of the school where they are in their own space well away from our ‘bubble’ school. 


Online learning - team letters 

Our teams regularly review our online learning, gauging engagement, what works and what doesn’t. You will have received a letter from each of our team leaders this week about some changes that have been made to programmes. In case you missed these letters which were sent out via Seesaw, we have linked them in for you below. 

Tōtara team 

Pohutukawa team 

Kauri team 

Kōwhai team 


As always, please feel free to contact your child’s teacher if you need any clarification. Our teachers will often try and reach out to you via a phone call. Kindly answer calls from ‘caller ID blocked’ or ‘unknown number’ as it will most likely be one of our awesome staff! 


Athon

As you will be aware our Mathathon was planned for this term. As we are still learning from home we are going to move this to an online event in week 3. Please rally up sponsors for this event - grandparents, aunties, uncles etc to support our school. Your child’s teacher will send out further information next week around the organisation of the event. In the meantime, please help your child to practice their set questions ready for the big day in week 3! Click here for a link to our Mathathon page on our website, where you will be able to find the set questions.


We really hope that all families get behind this event and help us to continue to make our school the best it can be and do another big push for the crucial learning of the basic facts. 


PTFA Fundraising – Plant Sale     

Have you considered giving living gifts this Christmas or brightening up your own property? Our PTFA has sourced a wonderful supply of top-quality plants to sell to you at below-retail prices.


Order and pay via Kindo by Monday 15 November and your plants will be delivered to school for you to collect on Thursday 9 or Friday 10 December. Or, if your order equates to $150 or more, you can select home delivery for an additional $10 (within the school zone).


If you purchase a 5 litre hydrangea, you can have it beautifully gift wrapped for Christmas for an additional $5. All proceeds to Clevedon School. Click here for full details. 


We would also like to make a very special thanks to Lisa@valebydesign.com for her beautiful graphic design work.


Scholastic Book Club orders

We have contacted Scholastic to follow up on our previous book club order, and it is currently being sorted and will be delivered to Clevedon School in the next week or two. We will contact families once we have the order in our hands.


A special message from Scholastic below:

While we are currently schooling from home, we’ve created a special digital catalogue to help families stay inspired to read and learn. It's jam-packed with bonus Christmas pages and the best of the best books of 2021!


This issue is available by viewing the catalogue online and placing an order on the LOOP platform. All orders will be delivered directly to your home!


Week 1, term 4 notices and reminders


Kia ora e te whānau 


I hope you’ve had a good break and enjoyed time with your families. We are all set and ready to start connecting with our tamariki again on Monday morning. All classes will start with a 9am online meeting to reconnect with each other. To encourage the idea of routine and establish that we’re back to ‘business’, we would like all students to come online in their school uniform if possible. Teachers will have something fun planned to get the term started. The connection and a routine will be good for all of us! 


Please do keep in touch with your child’s teacher if you need any support. Below are reminders and tips for online learning that we’ve shared before:


  • The ball is in your court! Look after everyone’s wellbeing, including your own first and foremost. 

  • Our teachers will continue to ‘nudge’ and ‘nurture’. Feel free to let them know if your child is having a day off and does not want to engage. 

  • If there is one thing you can do above all else to support online learning, is to help your child connect with the set online meetings with their teacher. The connection and maintaining of relationships is important. 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.  


We are continually reviewing our planning and what term 4 is going to look like as events unfold. Please keep an eye on these notices as we will update you as we make any changes, including to some of our big term four events, such as prize giving. Currently we are advised to not hold any events unless we are at alert level 1. 


There is a fair bit of uncertainty around, so we will take each day as it comes and communicate any key changes to you. We need to think in blocks of a week and prepare to make changes as a result of the weekly cabinet announcements. We know this is a tough space to be in, but as always, we will adapt together and find the best solutions to move forward.


In the meantime, I found this article from The Parenting Place useful as we navigate uncertainty in our household - How to talk to kids about future uncertainty. You may find parts of it useful too. 


Have a great weekend and we look forward to working with you this term…in any which way! 


Ngā mihi


Edeh Sullivan

Principal 



Term 4 noteworthy dates CHANGES

Some dates were shared with you in our notices at the end of last term. Needless to say that some if not all will be impacted. Here are the first two weeks! 


  • Week 1 Friday - Athon testing day - POSTPONED - TBC 

  • Week 2 Monday - Labour day (school closed) 


PTFA update 

Lockdowns don’t stop our amazing PTFA from finding ways to support our school. If you’re stuck for Christmas ideas, soon you’ll be able to purchase some gorgeous plants through Kindo at a very reasonable price. Watch this space! 


A huge thank you to the amazing team of mums who are always finding ways to serve our community. 


Thank you and acknowledgments 

You may have noticed if you’ve driven past our school that it has been increasingly looking like a jungle! Mr C lives beyond the border and it’s been difficult to get him exemptions to come across. 


Doug, our friendly neighbour from the pub next door, has popped in this week with his tractor and mowed our field. And we have a group of amazing dads going in this weekend to mow and spray other parts of the school. We are always reminded of what an amazing community Clevedon is and what makes it so special. Ngā mihi nui ki a koutou! 


Letter on alert level 3 and term 4 school opening 

This letter was sent out to all families on Tuesday. In case you missed it, please click here


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. 


Changes to our bus provider 

The Ministry manages the bus contracts for school bus runs. We have been informed that from next year, Howick and Eastern buses will be our bus provider. Previously we have had Murphy’s Buses. No changes have been made to the routes. 


In case you missed it… 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 



End of term notices and reminders


Kia ora e te whānau


I recall writing the end of term message last term and emphasising how term three was going to be our ‘consolidation’ term, where we look to minimise interruptions and utilise all our learning time. Well, I couldn’t have been more wrong! 

 

We will, however, try again next term! It is our hope that for the first 6 weeks, when we will hopefully be onsite, to really knuckle down, minimise interruptions and focus mostly on literacy and numeracy - without forgetting our continued focus on strengthening relationships and ensuring our tamariki are re-settled into school life. You can read more about our learning focus for term four at the end of these notices. 

 

We have some major events coming up in term four such as Christmas Lights and Prizegiving. We will keep an eye on developments with alert levels, gathering sizes etc as we plan for these events. Please keep an eye out on notices as the term kicks in as there will be a few things that may be changed or adjusted.  

 

Again, I thank you for your support and for keeping in contact with our staff over the lockdown period. We know it hasn’t been easy and we appreciate all that you have done to support your children’s learning. 

 

As I’m sure you will agree, we need to acknowledge the incredible work our staff have put into providing online learning. Our teachers and teachers aides have been working tirelessly during this time while juggling their own households too. They are a strong and dedicated team and we are very lucky to have them all onboard. 


Enjoy the holidays and let’s hope we get some great news on Monday. See you all back on Monday 18 October. 


Me te aroha nui atu o mātou katoa. 


Edeh Sullivan  

Principal 



Alert level 2 health and safety guidelines

Assuming (and fingers crossed) we are back on site next term, and at alert level 2, we will reinstate our alert level 2 health and safety guidelines. These will mostly be what we have all been used to previously, however, there will be some changes. Please keep an eye out for these as we get to the end of the holidays. We will wait for the latest Health Order and guidance from the Ministries of Health and Education before we finalise our plans. 


Term 4 noteworthy dates 

Alert Levels pending…


  • Week 1 Friday - Athon testing day 

  • Week 2 Monday - Labour day (school closed) 

  • Week 2 Friday - Athon sponsorship money due in 

  • Week 3 Friday - Athon prize winners announced 

  • Week 5 Thursday - Year 1-4 athletics day (onsite)

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

  • Week 7 Tuesday - Year 5-8 athletics day (onsite)

  • Week 7 Friday - Christmas Lights 

  • Week 8 Thursday - Y8 Graduation 

  • Week 9 Monday - Prize Giving 

  • Week 9 Tuesday - Last day of school 

  • Week 9 Tuesday - Reports come home


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. 


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.


In case you missed it… 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 


Curriculum and learning update for term 4 


Inquiry focus 

In term four, we will be having a school wide focus on the concept of ‘wellbeing’ or ‘hauora’. 


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.

Hauora/wellbeing 


We aim to help our students understand the following:


  • What wellbeing means

  • Factors that contribute to our wellbeing 

  • How our choices can impact our wellbeing 




Context and knowledge: 


  • Te whare tapa whā dimensions

  • taha tinana (physical wellbeing)

  • taha hinengaro (mental wellbeing)

  • taha wairua (spiritual wellbeing)

  • taha whānau (family wellbeing)


  • Zones of regulation 


  • Pause, Breathe, Smile Mindfulness practices 

  • Listing activities/actions for each of the dimensions of wellbeing 

  • Planning for actions to support own wellbeing 

  • Connecting choices that have a positive or negative impact on own wellbeing



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 ‘Character’ in term four. Below is the descriptor of our character disposition. Teachers will teach these in the context of learning and at an age appropriate level


CHARACTER 






Developing my values and virtues. Learning to be a learner and to persevere. Being self-reflective, seeking and acting on feedback.

I put the PRIDE values into practice in my interactions and learning, and support others to do so as well. 


I practise the virtues and know what my strengths are. I deliberately work on the virtues I need to develop.


My grit, tenacity, perseverance and resilience allow me to work through any challenge or setback, and to help others do the same.


When faced with setbacks or negative feedback, I pause, reflect, and work through the challenge to find a solution.

 

I take responsibility for my own learning.


I know what I need to learn in order to improve. 


As I learn, I reflect on my progress and actively seek feedback to improve my learning.

 







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.