Monday 14th October, 2019

Kia ora Whānau


We hope you have managed to have some family time in the holidays and for your children to have recharged their batteries ready for term 4.

Term 4 is always a fun and exciting term so we are looking forward to what is coming up. Please check the calendar for updates to ensure you are aware of everything going on.

Ngā mihi

Maree Lucas

School Notices

Term 4 dates
Tuesday 15th Oct - Pedal mania at Omihi, Paemoana to the Lucas farm
Tuesday 22nd Oct - Tūpari to the Little’s farm
Thursday 24th Oct - School Photos
Monday 28th Oct - Labour Day, School closed
Wednesday 30th Oct - Pet Day
Thursday 31st Oct - Athletics Day
Friday 1st Nov - Mufti Day for Waikuku Surf Life Saving Club
Thursday 7th Nov - Preschooler morning
Friday 8th Nov - Junior assembly (2pm)
Wednesday 13th Nov - Awaawa to Lucas farm
Thursday 14th Nov - Teacher only day, School closed
Friday 15th Nov - Show day, School closed
Wednesday 20th Nov - Kowai Sports Spectacular at Omihi School
Wednesday 27th Nov - Canterbury Triathlon
Thursday 28th Nov - Paemoana to Santa’s Grotto
Friday 29th Nov - Senior assembly (2pm)
Tuesday 3rd Dec - Year 0-4 Amberley Rest home visit
Tuesday 10th Dec - Tūpari Tiromoana Walk
Wednesday 11th Dec - Whānau picnic - Waikuku beach
Thursday 12th Dec - Year 8 Day out
Friday 13h Dec - Prize giving at 12pm, last day of school

Term 4 Sun hats
A reminder that children must wear an Omihi sunhat everyday in term 4. We have new ones in the office if you need one.

Mainpower Community Fund
Voting ends this Friday 18th October for the Mainpower Community Fund. Please remember to vote for us if you haven’t already - or vote again under a different email address!

Pet Day
There will be entry forms sent home this week for pet day. Thanks to Nick and Julie who are organising the pet day and Nicholas and Leighton who are organising the Agrisports in the morning. We would love some parents to help with Agrisports in the morning. Please let me know if you are available.

A big thank you to everyone who donated prizes to our raffle, the list is amazing! We will be sending home raffle tickets today with each child. We ask every child to please sell 10 tickets each. These are due back Friday 22nd November. There are extra numbers if you want to sell more.

Community Notices


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Maree Lucas
Monday 16th September, 2019

Kia ora whānau

Yo presenting our speech prize winners - 1st Maggie, 2nd Sylvia, 3rd Charlie

Yo presenting our speech prize winners - 1st Maggie, 2nd Sylvia, 3rd Charlie

Last week our Year 3-8 children performed their speeches. We were so proud of them all. It is wonderful to see how much their confidence has grown since last year. Public speaking isn’t always easy and I love how every one of them gave it a go and tried their best.

This is our last newsletter of the term, so have a wonderful holiday and thank you so much for all of your support this term. Enjoy making memories in the holidays.

Ngā mihi
Maree Lucas

School Notices

Principal’s Award
The latest Principal’s award went to….Toby Murphy

Kiwisport Day - Thursday 19th September
Here are the transport details for our kiwisport day at Scargill Domain. I will put a message on Facebook before school if this is cancelled.

We are a finalist in the 2019 MainPower Community Fund! We could receive a share of the $30,000 fund. We really need you to vote for us. As a small school it would be awesome if you could share this around with your family and friends so we can get as many people as we can to vote.

Term 4 Raffle
Please can you send in your raffle prize by the end of term 3. We ask for one per family, of a value of at least $10.

Farmlands are having a birthday celebration on Friday 11th October and they have asked us if we would like to join them to sell raffles at their shop between 10-2pm. I am away that day so I’m not able to be there, but please let me know if your child would like to be a part of this. If we have enough they could do one hour shifts. They are going to donate some prizes to our raffle as well.

Working bee
Thanks so much for the support of our working bee. Please let me know when you want to do the job, so I can make sure we have everything ready for you.

Dental Van
A reminder that the dental van will be at school this Friday, 20th September.

Linc ed
All Year 3-8 speeches and kapahaka performance are now on Linc ed. You can login like you did with reports to see it, or click on the link from the email that comes to you from Linc ed. I will add Paemoana’s in week 10.

Celebration of Learning
As our children have just shared their learning with you at our 3 way learning conferences and speeches, we have decided not to have our celebration of learning on Friday. We will give out extra certificates at our next assembly in term 4.

Community Notices

Maree Lucas
Monday 2nd September, 2019

Kia ora whānau.

How exciting to reach spring! It’s such a lovely time of year seeing the lambs frolicking in the paddocks and the blossom and daffodils out in bloom. From a school point of view, it’s been a great winter for us. I can count on one hand the amount of days we have had to have the children playing inside at lunchtime, which makes life a lot easier when teaching in the afternoon.

The teachers and I had a very productive and inspiring day on Friday at Rangiora New Life School with our colleagues from our Kahui Ako (Community of Learners). It was great to be able to collaborate and learn alongside other small schools and rural area schools. We hope you enjoyed your day off. I saw some gorgeous photos of skiing at Porter Heights!

Ngā mihi
Maree Lucas, Principal

School Notices

3 Way Learning Conferences
These are coming up on the 10th and 11th September. Please book in your time with your child’s teacher here.

Working Bee
We haven’t had great support with the working bee jobs. If you are able to help with any of these jobs, even if it is at a later date, please add your name or contact me for more details.

Dental Van
The dental van will be at school on Friday 20th September. Please see information below for more details.

Pet Day - Wednesday 30th October
Julie Wells is happy to run this again, alongside someone else. Is there anyone that is able to work with Julie for this year’s pet day to ensure it goes ahead? Please contact me if you are.

Kapahaka - Thursday 5th September
The kapahaka tickets were sent home today. Transport details are here.

Year 5-8 Kowai Top Team Challenge - Wednesday 4th September
Children need to bring a change of clothes and a towel. Parents are very welcome to come and watch. Transport details here.

Fundraising Raffle
We are starting to collect items for our raffle in term 4. If you have anything you would like to donate or a business you could contact to donate, please let me know.

Community Notices

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Maree Lucas
Monday 19th August, 2019

Kia ora whānau


We had a fantastic community night at the Winter Ball on Saturday. It was great to see so many different groups of people come together and have such a fun night out, and also raise money for our community hall.

Thank you for all of your support and we look forward to the Winter Ball 2020!

Ngā mihi
Maree Lucas

School Notices

Working Bee
We have a few jobs around the school that we would like a hand with. Instead of making one set day for a working bee, we have listed jobs on the google doc and you are welcome to do them when suits you. Our aim is to have them all completed and ready for term 4.

Teacher Only Day - 30 August and 14 November
A reminder there is a Teacher Only Day this term on Friday 30th August, where the teachers and I will be at Oxford Area School for an all day hui with our Kahui Ako (Community of Learning). There will also be a Teachers Only Day in term four on Thursday 14th November.

Preschooler Morning
We welcome all preschoolers to our Preschooler morning on Tuesday 27th August from 9-10.30am.

Kapahaka Festival - Year 3-8
Tickets are for sale from school until mid next week. These are $5 each. Please either send cash or transfer online and email Ruth to let her know. We are performing on Thursday 5th September at Ohoka School at 10am.

Kowhai Top Team Challenge
The Year 5-8 children will be competing in the Kowhai Top Team Challenge at the Amberley Domain on Wednesday 4th September.

Transport - Kapahaka Festival and Kowhai Top Team Challenge
We are looking for help with transport to the following events. Please let me know if you are able to take a car.
Kapahaka festival, Year 3-8 - Thursday 5th September
Kowhai Top Team Challenge, Year 5-8 at Amberley domain - Wednesday 4th September

Community Notices

August: Thurs 29th, Friday 30th, Sat 31st,
September: Weds 4th, Thurs 5th, Friday 6th at 8pm. Also 2pm matinee August Sat 31st. Tickets $25 adults, $15 children. Available from Sally Mac's Amberley and Waikari Auto Services, or online

Fiddler's Green Halloween Masquerade
Fiddler's Green Vineyard & Bistro, 244 Georges Road, Waipara ,
Saturday 26 October 2019 6:00pm – 10:00pm

 Tickets available at Bistro or on line on Eventfinda  or  0800 BUY TIX (289 849)

Not your mother’s cover band  · )

Food & refreshment will be available on the premises.

$20 admission ticket or $34.00 Admission Ticket with round trip shuttle bus to Christchurch. $10 food & refreshment coupon for any who arrive in costume.

$100 Gift Certificate to Fiddler's Green Vineyard & Bistro for the best costume.

Great music, Fantastic Location, Amazing food, Wines of Waipara Valley, 6 craft beers on tap and Full bar with Shuttle service available.

Bus Shuttle pick up at various locations in Christchurch. Drop off at same location
16:20 City Bus Interchange, Lichfield St (Bus Stop on Lichfield St) 
16:28 Cartlon Bar & Eatery, Papanui Road (Bus Stop) 
16:32 McDonalds, Merivale (Bus Stop) 
16:37 Northlands Mall (Super Stops on Main North Road) 
16:45 New World Northwood (Bus Stop outside New World on Main North Road) 
17:00 McDonalds Kaiapoi (Bus Stop outside Night N Day on Williams St) 
17:40 Arrive at Fiddlers Green

Any questions contact email on website,

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Maree Lucas