17th October 2019

From the Principal

It's super cool to see the students back after the holidays refreshed and ready for our final term of learning for 2019. I hope you all enjoyed the school holiday break with your families/whanau! A reminder that there is a Teacher Only Day Monday the 4th November (all teachers from schools in the Puketeraki Kāhui Ako/Col will be attending professional development). Our last day for the term is Tuesday 17 December.

We have a busy week next week with Pet Day Monday (PP Tuesday) then Assembly followed by the Senior Athletics on Wednesday. I have heard so many cool things about Pet Days at West Eyreton School in the past and am looking forward to my first experience here on Monday! Thank you in advance to everyone involved (Staff, Parents, families/whanau, FoTs, and students) for the work involved! Please could you ensure your child(ren) brings their sunhats, drink bottles and apply sunblock - thank you.

The Board of Trustees would like to hear from you - please save the date(s)! We are offering three opportunities (two evening and one day session) for you to listen in person at one of the sessions in regards to where our school is at currently and what you would like to keep/change/create for the future. These opportunities are for us to listen to your ideas. Information gathered from our School Community will be used in the future to set our strategic direction and explore ideas further. If you are unable to attend any of the three sessions below we will be sending out questions via a survey monkey (and will also seek feedback about the school reports for 2020 and beyond at the same time).

School consultation opportunities at the West Eyreton School Hall:
  • Monday November 18th - 7pm
  • Friday November 22nd - 9am
  • Monday November 25th - 7pm
Have a great weekend.

Ngā mihi nui,
Hayden van Lent
Pet Day Update

Tomorrow a special edition newsletter will be emailed out with all the information that you will need about Pet Day on Monday.  

If you have any questions please contact -
Our E Focus  for Weeks 1 & 2 is Example - "Be a positive example to others through our effort, behaviour and attitude".
Term Four is a compulsory sunhat term.  All children need to wearing a regulation school hat at school from next week. Bucket hats are available from the office to purchase for $13.50.  

Upcoming Events:

18th October: Yr 7/8 Technology Oxford
21st October:  Pet Day (postponement date 22nd October).

23rd October:  Senior Athletic Sports
28th October:  Labour Weekend
6th November: Junior Athletic Sports 10.30a.m. - 2.00p.m. (p/p 13th November)

7th November: Mihi Whakatau welcome to new families - 11.00a.m.

Please note the change of date for our Mihi Whakatau.
You can find school events on the website calendar and also on the West Eyreton School App that is downloadable from the Apple Store or Google Play.

School Calendar Link -
View School Calendar
Shaun C was selected for the U13 Canterbury Hockey team who played in a tournament at Palmerston North. The team came third! Superb effort!

To Mika T who competed in the Regional Cross Country Championships.
He came 17th out of 39 - he was very pleased with the result. Well done!!                       

School News

Senior Athletic Sports
On Wednesday 23rd October we are holding the Senior Athletic Sports. 
Below are the prices for the variety of ice creams that will be available from Mr Whippy on the day. 

Help Required:
We require three helpers if possible for the Senior Athletics Sports day on Wednesday 23rd October.
If you are able to assist us on that day please email the Principal Hayden van Lent.  His email address is

Junior Athletics 2019

Wednesday 6th November 

10:30am - 2:00pm

p/p 13th November 

Dear Parents/Caregivers,

Our Junior Athletics day will be on Wednesday 6th November in Week 4. The children will rotate around six different stations throughout the day. As the children will be outside for most of the day, please ensure they have sunscreen on, have their sunhat with them, plenty of food in their lunch box and a drink bottle with them.

We will be practicing for the first three weeks so all students know what is expected at each station. The focus for the day is participation, encouraging others and having fun. If you are able to join us for some or all of the day we would love to see you at school.

If you have any questions please come and see Ms Reed in Rōpū Ruru.

Ladies Night Update:
A huge thank you to everyone who supported our fundraiser for the 2020 Year 5-6 camp. We are happy to tell you that we raised a whopping $4,687.00. This money will be split evenly between all Year 5-6 children on camp. Once again a massive thank you to everyone.

Transition Programme:

Monday’s 2:00 - 2:50pm

Please note the next transition programme will be on Monday 11th November. There will be no transition programme for the next three weeks due to pet day, Labour Day and a teacher only day. If you have any questions please contact Ms Reed in Rōpū Ruru.

Scholastic Book Club 
Issue 7 2019 Due Friday 25th October

The latest brochure will be coming home in the next few days. Order via return the form on the brochure to the school office by the morning of  Friday 25th November. If paying by cash, please send the correct amount.

Select Gift online or comment Gift on your paper order for it to be held for collection from the school office.  If you have any questions, please contact me

Remember that every purchase earns 20% back in rewards for our teachers to spend on books and classroom resources.
Virgenia de Lima, Book Club Coordinator 

Merino School Jersey

We have an option your children to wear a Merino School Jersey as part of the Uniform.
This will only be able to be purchased through the school and we have samples for your children to try on.

So why are we introducing this option?
As you know - it gets very cold in our area so wearing Merino clothing is a much warmer option. It allows the children's skin to breath, less bulk allowing the children to learn to write without rolling up their sleeves, stretchy yet durable allowing your child to play freely. The garments don't fade or pill easily and best of all they are machine washable. 

Cost: $80.00 including GST and embroidery when purchased amongst a bulk order. A $5.00 surcharge per jersey  applies for 1 off individual orders under 5 garments.

Please contact Maryann Read if you would like to try on a jersey. Email: 

There will be order forms at the office or you can email Maryann to receive one. All money for the orders are to be made to the school bank account and there will be no order submitted prior to garments being paid. . 

From Friends of the School

Pet Day
Monday 21 October (pp Tuesday 22nd) we will have our BBQ Breakfast running. This will start at approximately 8.30am and go through until midday.
This year on our menu we will have Sausage Sizzle (Regular, Gluten Free and Vegetarian options), our famous Bacon and Egg Ciabattas with Beatric's Fabulous Alioli, Cold Lemonade and Water, small packets of chippies and bags of sherbet. 
A coffee cart will be onsite to wake you up after the early start of loading up the animals, creations and children.

Also this year we are running a couple of fun extras:

CAKE RAFFLE - this is the Adult Section of the Cake Decorating Competition - you can purchase tickets to win a cake.
For the first time at West Eyreton School's Pet Day we will be introducing an incrediably fun, ridiculous crazy game of
COW POO BINGO!!! Full instructions of the game will be at the BBQ Tent and at the grid board.
Volunteers Needed
We are requiring people to help us with some fun events. Please sign up NOW so we can be sure we have enough manpower for the events.
Oxman (inaugural year of a multi sport event run from the Sparks Property) 
Sunday 15 December
We require people to act as marshals and to help with our food tent
(Senior Students are eligible when accompanied by an adult)

Coast 2 Coast
Saturday 8 February 2020 at the Waimak Gorge Bridge
Marshalls and Strong People required for giving directions and pulling kayakers out of the river.
There is also an overnight option for Friday 7 February for overseeing the kayaks (a vehicle that can haul a trailer is a bonus as we need to transport kayaks)
Adults only can marshal at this event

Please register your attendance to either of these events at our Facebook Page "West Eyreton FOTS" , email or provide your details to the school office.

AGM Meeting

Our Annual General Meeting is going to be held on Monday 4 November at 6.30pm in the school staff room. If you wish to attend - all welcome. If you wish to be nominated as an officer or onto the committee but are unable to attend - please send your apologies to 
Farmers Market Stall
With the spring and summer months now in full swing - the new seedlings and produce will be in ample demand. If you have any seedlings or fruits of your labour that you are wanting to hand on - please pop them on our Farmers Market Stall. Remember all proceeds from this stall go back into the schools gardens. 

Community Notices

Issy Carmody in Ropu Kea is being interviewed by FANIMALS Television Show and will be screened on Thursday 4.00p.m. on T.V.2.


Beach Clean Up:
Sunday October 20th  
Kairaki Beach Hall
2.00p.m.  - 4.00p.m.
 I have shared post on my Eco Educate page
The beach  belongs to us all.

Waimakariri Kea Scouts 

We would like to invite 5, 6 and 7 year olds to come along to see what we do.

Come along to West Eyreton Hall (corner of Earlys and North Eyre Rds) for an hour of fun starting at 4:45pm

Monday 21st October - Science Theme

Monday 4th November - Conservation Theme

For more information contact Virgenia de Lima (0210446984), or Rachel Vorster (0275216437)

Bayleys Rangiora Colouring Competition:
If you are attending the Rangiora Show this year, your child/children may like to enter their Colouring Competition which is open to children 0-8 and 8-12 years.
Please call into the school office for a competition form. Once completed it can be dropped into Bayley's office in Rangiora or taken to the Bayley's tent at the Show.
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