29th August 2019

From the Principal

Kia ora Parents/Caregivers,

Wow - has spring arrived early? It's awesome to see the students/tamariki spending time outside making the most of the stunning weather! A massive thanks to Phil (and Lisa) for installing the seat that Jillian (previous Principal donated). No doubt the seat will be enjoyed by many present and in the future!

Yesterday an email was sent out to survey parents/caregivers about the potential of committing to a second evening show for our production. Thank you so much to those that replied to the survey and I can now confirm that we are committing to having a second evening performance. Tickets can be purchased on the original Google Form that was sent to all families

It came to light that we very quickly sold out our initial evening performance. We do have limited numbers and seating options in the hall. Initially when we decided on production times we were trying to be flexible with options that would enable our parent community enough opportunities to see your child(ren) on one of the production times offered.  We understand that there maybe a few students who are unable to come for various reasons to the second evening show and we understand and accept this. We will look at having "understudies" for the major roles for this (and other) reason(s). Your child(ren) is/are welcome to sleep in on Thursday the 26th September and Friday the 27th September (with the exception of Year 7/8's who have Technology) and come to school later than normal. We will still be running buses as per normal at the normal times and will ensure we have cover with teachers for students who start school on these days at the normal school times. Those of you who have purchased tickets for show 1 and would like to change to to show 2 (evening performance) can do so (simply contact Carol in the office).

Confirmed production performance times:
Monday 23 September - 12:30pm - Dress rehearsal - gold coin entry. Please note that there could be many stops/starts with this show.
Wednesday 25 September - 11am day time production show - $5
Wednesday 25 September - 7pm evening production show 1 - $5
Thursday 26 September - 7pm Proposed evening production show 2 - $5

Due to the popularity of Scoot and Skate afternoon we intend to continue this Monday - Friday during afternoon break.  All students are welcome to bring their scooter/skates and a helmet each day to participate in this fun afternoon break activity.  

At the last BoT meeting the Board confirmed the starting date for 2020 for our tamariki/students - this will be Monday February 3rd 2020.

Our last day for 2019 is Tuesday 17th December at 12.30pm. As mentioned previously, a reminder that we have a Teacher Only day coming up in term 4 on Monday November 4th 2019 (the Puketeraki Community of Learning). 

All the best for our Choir students who are having their Choir rehearsal next week. You are sounding tops (thank you Jo Gooch and Pip Wyatt for your support with this)! All the best with our Hip Hop dancers Shaun C, Dana F, Macy H, Daniel C and Brooke C who are competing at the Hornby High School Auditorium on Wednesday 4th September. You have put in a lot of practice and are looking awesome!

All the best to our Kapa Haka students performing at the North Canterbury Kapa Haka Celebration on Thursday 5th September.  A big thank you to Mrs Orr and Mr Bishop for all your hard work preparing our students.  Thank you also to everyone else that has supported this event.  

Daffodil day is tomorrow - please wear something yellow. You are welcome to make a donation.

Have an awesome weekend!

Ngā mihi nui
Hayden van Lent

Students enjoying the sunshine while they are engaged in learning
Our E Focus for Weeks 5 & 6 has been Empathy - Use school equipment thoughtfully and respectfully.
A full school assembly was held yesterday Wednesday 28th August and the following pupils received awards.

Principal's Awards:
Ropu Ruru:
Oakley M, Sofia H and Harmony M
Ropu Kereru: Kayla R, Noah H, Bailey W and Magni W
Ropu Kea: Kieran W, Kaylee S, Phoebe M, Shayla Mc, Olivia W and Angus F
Ropu Karearea: Troy G, Matthew R, Max B and Shaun C

E Awards:
Ropu Ruru: Jontae A, Charlotte P, Harmony M, Mira F
Ropu Kereru: Isla M, Emma S, Heitor B, Libby R
Ropu Kea: Finn T, Matthew Mc, Liam B, Holly H, Ben W, Brianna H
Ropu Karearea: Nathan M, Haylee T, Cameron L, Elliott R

The focus for Weeks 7 & 8 is Effort -Demonstrate interest and wonderment in the world around us.
Upcoming Events
3rd September - Australasian Exam - Digital Technology
3rd September - Eyrewell Planting Day - Year 5 - 8
5th September - Australasian Exam - Science - North Canterbury Kapa Haka Celebration Ohoka
6th September - North Canterbury Kapa Haka Celebration Ohoka
9th-19th September - Parenting Week
10th September - Australasian Exam - Writing
11th September - Porters Local School Derby Ski Race
12th September - Lunch Online  - Pita Pit - Australasian Spelling exam
14th September - Ladies Night - 7p.m. - 11p.m. (School Hall)
17th September - Australasian exam - English
18th September - End of Term Sausage Sizzle
19th September - Australasian exam - Mathsr
20th September - Yrs 4, 5 & 6 Eyre Cluster Sports at Oxford 11a.m. - 3p.m.
23rd September - Dress Rehearsal  - (School Production) 12.30p.m. (Gold coin entry).
25th September - Full School Assembly 9.a.m. (Ropu Kea leading the assembly).
 School Production Matinee 11.00a.m. and evening performance 7.00p.m.

27th September - Last day of Term 3
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

School News

New Pupil:
A big welcome to Devon Blanchard who started in the New Entrants (Ropu Ruru) room last week.
We hope you enjoy your time at West Eyreton School.
School Uniform:
It has come to our attention that some pupils are not wearing the correct school uniform.
All students are required to wear the West Eyreton School navy and jade style school top - embroidered with West Eyreton School.
All items should be purchased directly from The Warehouse in Rangiora.
Pupils who do not have an existing navy fleece jacket or sweatshirt need to purchase the embroidered West Eyreton school uniform navy fleece jacket or navy sweatshirt listed on the compulsory school uniform list. These items are regulation West Eyreton School garments and need to be purchased at The Warehouse in Rangiora.
Shorts, skirts, long pants - must be selected from the West Eyreton School uniform list.
If you require more details on the school uniform requirements, please call in at the school office for an information sheet.
REMINDER - If Late To School:
If your child/children are going to be late into school for whatever reason, they must come to the school office and sign in. A ticket will be issued with the time of arrival and must be shown to the teacher. The reason then will be recorded on their classroom registers.
For all absences, please either ring the office via the telephone system, email or use the school app system. 
If we don't have a message with the reason for an absence, then it involves spending time ringing or texting parents/caregivers to find out why they are away. We need to code all pupils for the morning and afternoon registers so please make sure that you contact the office prior to 9.30a.m.
We also ask that if you notify your child/children's teacher of their absence then PLEASE also contact the office as well, as the Secretary does all the finalizing of the registers to complete them for each day's Attendance Reports.

Eyrewell Restoration Planting Project Day - Tuesday 3rd September 2019:

Information regarding this day has been emailed home to all families of Year 5 - 8 students.  We will be participating in stage 2 of a restoration planting project to help preserve and restore an area of land located on Landcorp dairy land with an active Canterbury Skink population. 

We will travel to the site at the corner of Downs and Horrell Rd by bus at approximately 9.30am and we will return by approximately 2pm. 

We would appreciate as many extra pairs of hands from parents as we can. The planting will happen from 10am - 1pm so if you can spare a few hours that would be appreciated.  
It would be appreciated if every child could bring a pair of gardening gloves.

Could any parents intending to come and help us please click on the link below and complete this quick online form.

School uniform does not need to be worn but gumboots and/or sturdy walking shoes are essential. All students will also need to be wearing high visibility vests. 

It would be good if students could please bring the following;
- drink bottle
- morning tea
- sturdy footwear
- sun hats
- suitable clothing for the weather
- hi vis vests
- gardening gloves

Lunch is provided in the form of a bbq, we will also have fresh fruit.

Lisa Duff
Deputy Principal & Enviroschools Co-ordinator

Year 4 / 5 / 6 Eyre Cluster Sports Tournament:
Unfortunately the Eyre Cluster Sport Tournament we had been working towards on the 20th of September has been cancelled due to a variety of factors.  We will continue to support the love of sport by having practises/lessons until the end of term.  For those who have already paid for this, Carol in the office will transfer the $ amount to term 4 accounts.  If you would like a different option please email Carol directly. Thanks for your support.
Rebecca, Mark and Michelle
Rōpū Kea

Scholastic Book Club: 
Issue 6 2019 Due Thursday 5th September

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  Thursday 5th September. 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.

Thank you for your support
Lost Property:
Can you help? We have lots of unnamed last property which we cannot return to families. Are you able to spare a little time to come and take the unnamed home and wash it?  We would also like to put the clean unnamed school uniform up for sale for our community who would like second hand uniform and we need some help to do this. If you are able to help please see Lisa or Rebecca.

Are there any families who could help us out with spare coat hangers and a clothing rail to display all the school uniform items for sale. If you can assist please contact the school office.
World Vision - 40 hr Famine:
At the school assembly yesterday, the World Vision certificates were presented to 22 pupils who participated this year.
We invited Nadia Edmond a representative of the World Vision team who visits schools in our region to join us to assist with the presentation and to give an outline of the work being done in Southern Sudan. A power point visual was also shown to highlight the work of the World Vision team and in what areas the money raised, will benefit these children and families. 
At West Eyreton School we can be very proud of the amount raised this year. A total of $2,355-00 was achieved by our pupils. Well done to you all. A great effort.

Mrs O'Loughlin
World Vision Organiser
Great to see students (and Nicky) out and about enjoying the sunshine yesterday having fun doing some arts/crafts. It was a cracker of a day!

School Events

Here at West Eyreton School we will be supporting the Cancer Society this year on Daffodil Day by holding a special Mufti event.
On Friday 30th August we would love all children to show their support by wearing yellow. We would also appreciate gold coin donations.
Thank you in advance for your support in helping to raise money for this worthy cause.
The Fund-Raising team & Ms Wells

From Friends of the School

Lunch Online

We hope your children enjoyed their Sushi today. 

Term 3 Lunch Online Dates:
Thursday 12 September - Pita Pit
Wednesday 18 September  - Sausage Sizzle

We now have a date for the End of Term Sausage sizzle due to this clashing with the School Production. We have contacted all the very organised families who had already ordered their sausages and they have been given instructions on how to move their order over. The new date is now set on the website ready for orders

Please note - there are different days of the week this term due to the Year 7 and 8's participating in their technology classes up at Oxford Area School - so this way - everyone can receive their orders freshly made.
Mana Ake promotes wellbeing and positive mental health for children in years 1-8. Mana Ake kaimahi can help promote and maintain wellbeing for all students. They can also support groups of students or individuals who are experiencing ongoing concerns that impact their wellbeing, such as anxiety, social isolation, parental separation, grief and loss and managing emotions. Please let Rebecca Searle - know if you are interested in Mana Ake.
Kapa Haka Performance:
The West Eyreton School Kapa haka performance group will be performing at the Tuahiwi Kā Matakura O Ruataniwha 2019 - North Canterbury Kapa Haka Celebration, held at Ohoka School hall, 261 Jacksons Road Ohoka  on Thursday the 5th of September.
We will be performing in the afternoon slot at approximately 12.45pm. We will be on stage for about 10 minutes.
Tickets are $5 per person if you wish to attend and are available from the Tuahiwi School Office 03 313 8521 (50 allocated for West Eyreton School), or they can be purchased at the door – but limited tickets will be available.
Ngai Tahu Farming have kindly paid the cost of the bus to transport us to the venue.


Community Notices

Part-time, fixed term Pool Operator required to work 10.5 hours a week, (1.5 hours a day), 7 days a week.
Position commences 18th November 2019 - 9th April 2020.
Full training will be given, by attending the Introduction to Pool Operations (Unit Standard 20046) course.
For a full job description please see Carol (in the office) during school hours.
Closing date is Friday 6th September. 
If you are interested please apply in writing with the names of two referees. The successful applicant will need to undergo the usual school safety checks (including being police vetted). If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Cust Tennis Club:
Opening day Sunday 8th September.
10am to 12 at Cust tennis courts.
Sign yourselves up for coaching and/ or competition grades, all new and existing members welcome. 
For more enquires call Leanne 0275212500.


I am the Audience Coordinator for the children’s T.V. programme ‘What Now’ (8-10am Sunday on TVNZ 2. 
During 2019 we are broadcasting from around the country, show casing a different community each week.  After filming in Wellington & Auckland What Now is returning to the Canterbury region and I would like to invite your families to be part of the live audience!  Families (including adults) are all invited to come and experience live T.V. being made while being part of our awesome audience…& it’s FREE!!   As space is limited, we work on a ‘first in best dressed’ approach.
When/Where: Sunday 13th October, Kaiapoi North School, 278 Williams Street, Kaiapoi, arrival time 7am.
You are most welcome to include this link in your notices for your families to register online to be part of the audience 
We look forward to seeing you at What Now!
Kind Regards
Suzanne Irvine

Ohoka Cricket Club:  

Ohoka Cricket Club are taking registrations for the 2019-20 cricket season commencing in October.  All primary school-aged girls and boys are welcome to join our progressive club, based at the picturesque Mandeville Domain.  Mandeville provides the best playing and training facilities for cricket in North Canterbury with outstanding grounds and a hospitable club rooms.

The Ohoka Cricket Club offers a Superstar Academy programme for first time players aged 5-8.  This programme is held weekly on Saturday mornings at Mandeville over the summer months.  For boys and girls aged over 9 years of age, Ohoka enters teams in the North Canterbury Cricket junior grades who play on Saturday mornings and train once per week after school.

You can register via our online form 

First time players receive a club cap and club top at no charge.

Mums and Dads, you can be involved too. We are looking for those who may be willing to assist as coaches, managers or scorers.  Full support is provided for all of these tasks.

You might also want to play too. We run a thriving Tuesday night twilight competition, or if you want to take things a bit more seriously, why not sign up for one of our Saturday afternoon social sides.

Check out our website: contact us with any

Orphaned Lambs:
If you require a lamb for Pet Day or for the family as an extra pet, please text Tim on 0274555831- he will be able to help you out.

Gardener Required:
Are you keen on gardening? If so, we would like someone to help us with general gardening tasks etc.
For further information please text Tim on 0274555831.
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