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Te Ara Koropiko West Spreydon School Newsletter
Term 2 Week 6
Thursday 10 June 2021
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Upcoming Dates:         

Yr 5 & 6 Winter sport                                                       10

Friends and Whānau Meeting at 6.30pm                    14

Board meeting at 4.30pm                                               14

Yr 5 & 6 Winter sport                                                      17

Kahukura Music Festival Performance                       23

Dancing like the stars                                                     24

 Yr 5 & 6 Winter sport                                                     24

Hui / Fono for Māori and Pasifika Whānau              28


Yr 5 & 6 Winter sport                                                       1

Ngā hua o Matariki Night Market                                 2

Board Meeting                                                                  5

Friends and Whānau Meeting 9am                              9

Term 2 Ends                                                                      9
Term dates for 2021

Tumuaki / Principal News

I hope you enjoyed the long weekend and had a chance to relax. My goal was to get out for three bike rides. We managed one to Kairaki Beach. We were amazed at how much wood had flooded up onto the beach during the recent rains. There were car tyres and lots of plastic too. The photos made the news that night. The power of the water must’ve been phenomenal. I hope you all made it through the threat of flooding safely and that you stayed dry and warm.

It was brilliant to see so many parents turn up to the Better Start Literacy Whānau Hui on Wednesday afternoon. Change can be quite difficult and there are so many questions that we need answers to. The new literacy programme is being trialed at our school and we will be collecting data along with the university to make sure that we are seeing good results from it. Thank you for giving up your time to come along and to learn with us. If you have any questions or wonderings don’t hesitate to contact Amy Scott or your child's classroom teacher. It’s a different way of doing things even though many of the elements were already in place in school. We are thinking that this way the children will see the clear links between phonemes, phonetic awareness and vocabulary as they learn the skills of reading.

We have been undertaking a lot of professional learning on children’s writing. I have the privilege of going through all of the classrooms and being able to see a wide range of finished work. The standard of the work is mind blowing. We can see the progress of the children as the teachers hone in on the skills that they need. We can see wonderful talented writers from five years old, right up to our 11-year-olds. Sometimes when we read the children’s work it’s almost like you can hear them talking out loud. Their personalities and funny little quirks come out in the writing. That is a special skill.

Last Friday we had our teacher only day at Christchurch South Karamata Intermediate. It was fabulous to have the seven Kahukura schools together to do some work around well-being and particularly to look at creativity in the school curriculum. Dr Jean Clinton zoomed in with us and we had the pleasure of listening to her talk about well-being. She has also studied with  Dr Gordon Neufeld so lots of the things she talked about we were familiar with.

Perry Rush, the NZPF president, spoke about drama, music, art and poetry as essential elements of the school curriculum. He’s a Naenae boy too, so I could relate to how he made his journey into education. Our leadership team has completed a study on Brene Brown's book “Dare To Lead” and it was fun to go through some of the book about having courageous conversations even when you are worried about how the other person might react. We’re all in the game for the benefit of the children.

Please collect your children promptly at 3pm when school finishes. We have been very worried to find some children left in the playground until quite late or instructed to go down the street outside of the school and wait for a parent to collect them. It simply is not safe because children do not have the capacity to make good judgements. If you are working, you will need to make other arrangements for your children to be looked after. There are after school programmes available like MASH or SHARP.

We have incredibly generous people who support our school. We can access food parcels, shoes and socks and sometimes good clothing. If you need help please don’t be embarrassed to ask for help. We have stocks of food in the school. We are very aware of how difficult times are at the moment for many  of our families. We are still reeling from the effects of Covid 19 and the loss of jobs. We are here to help.

Our board is living in hopes that we are able to press the go button on our school landscaping. There has been a lot of to-ing and fro-ing as the board needs to be assured that our money is being well spent. The ministry of education also insists on documentation that supports the application to spend taxpayer money. I have this wild and wonderful dream that by summer we will have our landscaping completed. I am always an optimistic person. Yeah right.

You may have noticed that the hall has been closed until further notice. Currently we have many contractors going through the building, working out how much work needs to be done to bring it up to safety and useful standards. Some of us have other ideas for the hall and we would love to see a wealthy benefactor walk up the path with a cheque for $2 million. We are hoping for a miracle and trying very hard to see a positive message in the communications back-and-forth.

Thank you to everyone who has volunteered and helped out over the last few weeks. When our architect was in the school one afternoon he could not believe the amount of parents in here and the amount of parents involved with the children or helping out. When we talk about being a community based school, other people can see the difference. I love seeing parents shooting baskets with their children before school or playing a ballgame. If you are able to stay on a Friday morning the coffee caravan is here and Te Mana Ake are available every second Friday morning to catch up with parents if you need to make contact. If you would like some advice please talk to Marina our SENCO and she can put you in contact with our SWIS or Te Mana Ake worker.

I guess we hunker down for the next few weeks as  the cold weather settles in. It’s still time, on the fine days, to go to the park or to play a game outdoors and enjoy the fresh air. I used to love playing in the rain and much as a kid. I’m not so sure my mother was an enthusiast. Take care of yourselves and stay well.

Best regards


Junior School
Toetoe and Raupō have been investigating with the House of Science kits. We have been learning all about invertebrates and water clarity in the Waimokihi stream that runs behind our kura.
School Leaders Corner
Talofa lava. My name is Fomai. I am eleven years old. I am a school leader at Te Ara Koropiko West Spreydon school. My hobbies are netball, basketball and art.
What I do as a school leader is helping and looking after the middles and the juniors on rainy days. For me I think a school leader has the Triple A's and the Six C's.
A leader also has a can-do attitude.
Hi. My name is Millie.
I am one of the eight School Leaders at Te Ara Koropiko West Spreydon school.
I am ten years old and a Year 6.
My interests are roller skating, ice skating, art, netball, cricket, athletics and running
What I do as a School Leader is helping little kids if they’re anxious, scared, sad or just need help. We also help on rainy days as well.
What you need to be a School Leader are the Triple A’s and a great attitude. A School Leader also needs to be creative, caring and kind.
Winter Sports Scores

Kia ora koutou,
Winter Sports for the Year 5/6 tamariki began last Thursday. There are four sports being played this year; football, netball, hockey and rippa rugby. The games are played all over South Hagley Park from 1.15pm until 2.00pm for 10 weeks. The scores for May 27 are as follows;
Rippa Rugby
TAKWSS Lions 11, TAKWSS Tigers 3
TAKWSS Blue 0, Parkview Card Raiders 10
TAKWSS Red 4, Parkview Striking Gold 4
TAKWSS Attitudes 0, St Francis Bees 18
TAKWSS Adventurers 10, Selwyn House Orange 3
TAKWSS Achievers 7, Waitakiri Blue 9
TAKWSS Black 4, Heathcote Gold 10
TAKWSS White 1, Ao Tawhiti White 1

We extend a huge Kia ora to our parent helpers Pauline Dumbleton, Rachael Jamieson, Cath Pratten, Aaron Mooney, Donna Cox and Jess Bird who are working alongside Whaea Taylor and Lou, Matua Matt and Glen to coach, travel with and provide encouragement both on and off the field. He rawe koe!
South West Zone Cross Country

The fog didn't dampen the spirits of our 12 SW Zone Cross Country Team members as they ran the course at the Halswell Quarry on Wednesday June 9. The 2km course had recovered from the weather event last week with only a few muddy patches. Our Year 5 runners were Lilly-Rose Simson, Renee Cox, Mischa Jamieson, Jack Burtenshaw, Connor Goucher, Pasene Foma'i and our Year 6 runners were Millie Dumbleton, Tiana White, Jasmine Eade-Hall, Jono Day, Nikolai Mitchell and Sebastian McKirdy. Well done on a big effort and congratulations to Millie, Tiana and Jono who have made it through to the next round at the Central cross Country competition. A big thank you to Donna Cox and Pauline Dumbleton for helping with transport.
Tino pai!
Student Achievement

Stevie Loveridge entered a writing competition to celebrate the book launch of "There's No Such Thing as Humans," by New Zealand author Helen Vivienne Fletcher. Her story Nebula came in at 9th place for year 5 & 6 writers from all around the country. Well done Stevie! Kei te pai rawa!
Click here to read NEBULA by Stevie Loveridge
 Mana Ake Information Sessions 

A reminder to all parents - Mana Ake is running parent sessions, fortnightly on a Friday morning, between 8.30 - 9.30 am. Individual sessions will run for 15 minutes. These sessions can cover specific parenting challenges that you may be experiencing with your child.
We would highly encourage you to take on this opportunity and add to your parenting kete.
The link below will allow you to book sessions and work with a Kaimahi (Children's well-being support worker).

The dates for this term are 
- Friday 11th June
- Friday 25th June
- Friday 9th July
Board of Trustees

The next Board meeting will be Monday 14th June at 4.30pm at school in our new board room. If you wish to attend as an observer please let the office staff know. 

Our agenda and minutes are always available on the website once approved by the board. 

We are starting to think about the pool opening and safety which is exciting and are continuing  to push on with the landscaping project which hopefully is not too far from getting underway. 

Next year is election year for the board so if you are interested in Governance and the more strategic planning side of our tamariki’s education check out NZSTA website where there is lots of info about what being on a school board is about. Alternatively ask one of the Board members in the playground or at Friday morning coffee. 

Abbey Parsons

Board Chair

Lockdown Practice Drill 
As a school, we are due for a lockdown practice drill. These drills ensure that children and staff are aware and familiar with these procedures in case of a real event and help us ensure the safety of your child/ren and staff. We understand that practicing a lockdown drill can be very unsettling for our child/ren and that this can be an anxious time for some. Please prepare children at home for this event, as this will take place in the coming week. 

Wheels at school
The school has now got 25 scooters and helmets at school for children to be using them at morning tea and lunchtimes. Children will be given a hair net to wear underneath the school helmets. They have been encouraged to keep a hold of these in their bags so that they can reuse them when on the scooter.
Please remind your child/ren to only ride on the basketball courts before school time. We encourage children to be active in the morning but we are also aware of the health and safety of everyone being dropped off in the morning. It becomes very busy in the mornings.

Parents on site
Parents please, if you are coming on-site for any reason you must sign in at the office.
If for any reason you are dropping lunch or sports gear, then please leave it at the office and we will make sure it reaches your child. 

Low cut classroom window facing the playground
We have had multiple injuries with children banging into this low cut window and hurting themselves. We have contacted the Ministry right away and they are working on solutions for this. In the meantime, Bill has placed some foam about the windows so that children can see it but also take extra precaution. 


- Thursday 11th of November 

These dates have changed to previous communication that was sent out. Parents, please take note of the new dates.

Friends and Whānau 2021

Lucky Book Club orders are due 18th June.

Our next meeting is Monday 14 June at 6.30pm in the school community library. We would love to see anyone there..

Any questions please contact us at

Bank details
For all Friends and Whānau run fundraisers the bank account details are:
West Spreydon School PTA  
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2 Halswell Road
Hoon Hay
Christchurch, New Zealand 8024
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