Newsletter Monday 16th October, 2017

Kia ora Koutou

After a week in Fiji for our honeymoon, I feel very refreshed and ready to go for term 4!  Talking to the children this morning it sounds like they had a wonderful break and are very excited about being back at school.

At the end of last term I went to the NZ Principal’s Conference, which was focused around Hauora - Health and Wellbeing.  I wanted to share some of the valuable points that I took away from it from three of the many speakers:

Steve Francis

  • You choose your attitude
  • Attitudes are contagious
  • As a leader of the school, your attitude is the most important.  Is your attitude worth catching?
  • Avoid D.H.S - deferred happiness syndrome (need to live in the moment)
  • Keep perspective- in one year's time will this still matter?

Dr John Edwards

  • School is to find your passion and your reason to be alive on this planet
  • The learning pit - you need to go through this to learn. It is often uncomfortable. You can feel overwhelmed and confused while in the pit before going up the steep learning curve.
  • It doesn't matter where the child is at - the secret is to know where you can take them and how.

Mike King

  • Reach out, tell your children how much they mean to you, remind them how special they are.  
  • Show that you believe in them.
  • Show them you are human - take off your masks.
  • Attitudinal change is the only thing that will make a difference to the the health and wellbeing of our kids.
  • Our kids have self-esteem issues. Resilience doesn't always work. We need to help them with self esteem. Be proactive.
  • They need and want their thoughts and opinions validated by the significant adults in their lives.
  • A kid with great self esteem and inner strength will not be affected by an online bully.
  • We need to create a society where it is ok for people to ask for help and to say they have a problem.
  • Make it ok to spread the message and say we care about you.
  • Our kids just want permission to tell their friends they love them.
  • If we want our kids to open up and talk, we need to open up and talk. Model it.
  • Sometimes it's not the best solution to give your own children advice if they are in crisis. Find someone that loves them that they could talk to.

As I’ve said before, I believe health and wellbeing is so important.   I believe this is just as important for us to be teaching our children as reading, writing and maths.  It is something that along with our whanau and community, we can help to build strong, resilient, confident young people with high self esteem.

Ngā mihi
Maree Lucas
P: 03 314 5857  E:

School Notices

A big welcome to Gineva and Ava who have started in our junior class today.  We are also excited to have Zac starting his school visits later this term.

School Fundraiser
$10 a ticket.  You can either donate $10 onto our givealittle page or drop $10 into school.  Every $10 you donate puts you in the draw to win a prize.  Prizes are listed below.  Prizes drawn on Friday 1st December, 2017 at 2pm.

Sam the dog
I'm sure a lot of you heard that our gorgeous school dog Sam sadly had to be put down in the holidays.  The children wrote letters to him today and we are thinking about a way to honour him in our school so his legend carries on.

Principal’s Award
Congratulations to Evie Croft who received the Principal’s Award at the end of term 3.

We are very excited to be joining up with Greta Valley School to form our first Kapahaka group.  Matua Rihari Walker will be coming out every Thursday to work with our students.

Pet Day
This is on Wednesday 25th October.  Ag Sports in the morning and Pet Day starts from 12pm.   All of the community are welcome.

End of Year picnic
This is on Monday 11th December at Motunau beach from 11am - 1pm.  We would love to see our community there.  Feel free to bring down a picnic lunch and join in or watch our games.

Personalised Calendars/Diaries/Notepads/Cards
The whole school will be working on a piece of artwork in the next couple of weeks.  This will be used to create personalised calendars, diaries, notepads, cards and mouse pads that parents/community will be able to purchase.  Order forms will go out in week 3.

Important dates for this term:
18th - Superhero mufti day - celebrating community wellbeing week
25th - Pet day

2nd - Small school athletics - at Waipara School (7th postponement)
10th - Field of crosses - Amberley
16th/17th - Teacher only day/Show Day                  
21st - Grandparents day
22nd - Cyber Safety - John Parson’s Parent session - Amberley School   /  Kowai Tabloids
28th-1st - Senior camp to Queenstown

11th - Community Picnic at Motunau Beach
13th - Seniors at Sport Challenge
14th - Last day of school.  Assembly at 11.30am


Omihi Fundraiser

A big thank you to all of our sponsors

Tickets - $10.  You can donate on or drop $10 into school.  Every $10 gives you one entry.  Make sure you add your name and phone number to the givealittle donation.


Prize 1
1 x25 minute helicopter flight with Richie McCaw for one person : city and harbour scenic, donated by Christchurch Helicopters

    Prize 2
    Trailer of firewood delivered to within an hour of Christchurch ( donated by Omihinui and Carleton Dairies)

    Prize 3
    A 30min Podiatry Assessment with Bruce Baxter from Podiatrymed and Physiotherapy, worth $115

    Prize 4 - Kid’s Pack
    Antarctic Centre Voucher - one child GA, and Hanmer Springs pool pass for 2 adults and 3 children

    Prize 5
    Piece of Artwork, painted by and donated by Robyn Smith

    Prize 6
    $50 Little vintage voucher and $40 Out of the Bleu voucher

    Prize 7
    Mosaic table, handcrafted and donated by Alison Sloss

    Prize 8
    Scentsy prize pack donated by Michelle Paton and $25 McDonalds Rangiora voucher

    Prize 9
    South Pacific Seed pack and $25 McDonald Rangiora voucher

    Prize 10
    More FM tour of the studio, wine with Gary McCormick and a coffee with Simon Barnett

    Prize 11
    Bottle of Wine and a $25 voucher from Waipara Springs

    Prize 12
    A luxury facial from Amberley Beauty Clinic

    Prize 13
    $100 Countdown voucher donated by Andy Horn Fencing

    Prize 14
    12 bottles of Fancrest Estate Pinot NoiR

    Prize 15
    Black Estate bottle of Riesling

    Prize 16
    6 x bottles of Torlesse Sauvignon Blanc

    Prize 17 - Amberley Fashion

    • $50 Bax and Berg voucher, Clutch bag from Mumma T’s (worth $40)
    • $50 voucher and 2 kids gift packs from Ruby 6, $25 voucher from Sally Macs

    Prize 18
    $100 Z fuel voucher, donated by Longsilver Construction

    Prize 19
    A box of Roseglen Tea, donated by Jennie McWannell

    Prize 20
    1 x $50 Vintage Cafe voucher donated by Hurunui Labour Solutions

    Prize 21
    1 x $50 Vintage Cafe voucher donated by Hurunui Labour Solutions



    Maree Lucas