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Te Ara Koropiko West Spreydon School Newsletter
Term 1 Week 4
Thursday 25 February 2021
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Upcoming Dates:         
Cycle Safety - Year 6                                                        23 - 26
Parent information evening - Staffroom  6-7pm       4

Hot cross buns orders due WSSFW                             11

Friends and whanau meeting 7pm Staff room           15
Yr 5-6 Zone swimming sports                                        19
School Closed due to relocation                                    26 & 29 

Easter                                                                                   2 - 6

Mihi Whakatau and Hangi                                              8

Term dates for 2021
Welcome to our new tamariki
Azarius Sager and Corbyn Ponder

Tumuaki / Principal News



This old place is starting to buzz with excitement. Some of the packing boxes and packing tape were delivered today and we are planning to pack up and get ready to move on. Last week we took a walk through the new buildings and teachers took lots of photos which they will be showing the children over the next few weeks. Don’t forget the information evening we are holding on Thursday 4 March, so that you have a chance to ask any questions that are pressing on your mind. 

Planning is already underway for the school hangi, to be held early April, probably after Easter. It will be amazing to be home and to share Kai together. We really are on the clock countdown preparing to go home.

Please take the time to check out the school website. If you click on Our History it will open up a raft of photographs taken from the school archive over many decades. Graham has been posting all of those photos  for us and updating the website. It is a fantastic history of our school. Sadly there are many gaps in the decades of photos. I’m hoping that some past pupils or past staff will have photos and contact us. It’s surprising how many ex-pupils do go looking for photographic records from their school years here. 

It is such a relief to know that the Covid- 19 levels have dropped again over the past few hours. It will always remain important for you to track where you have been. Please make a point of using the QR code or covid app. There is so much sickness in the school at the moment. It is really important to ensure that sick  children are kept home if they are sick. Clean clothes and high standards of personal hygiene are critical. 

Monday marked the 10th anniversary of the Christchurch 6.3 earthquake. It’s hard to believe that 10 years have passed. We know that many people are still suffering the consequences of this event. One of our staff members is part of the longitudinal Dunedin Study, and she is contributing to the research on the effects of trauma. 

We hope that you are all well and that over time your experiences will be able to assist others in times of distress. It’s certainly not something that any of us would like to experience again.

Thank you for your responses to the survey on year five and six, and year four camps. Your comments and observations were very helpful. We are now in a position where we have buildings that comply with health and safety and fire regulation. Our plan is to hold a year four,  overnight camp. We have just announced it to staff so they need a bit of time to process it, and to come up with some plans. Please watch the space for a future announcement.

Jared and I are sweltering in the leadership office, aware that many of the classes are sitting outside in the shade of the trees. Another fabulous reason to return home to classrooms that are fully ventilated.

Join with us as we count down the days to when we return home. Take care

Best regards Marriene

Cycle Safety

The Year 6 children from Room 3 and Room 6 have been learning about cycle safety this week. They learned all about the rules of the road, proper helmet use, bike maintenance and putting it all together on the roads surrounding the school. Well done to all the children involved and a big thank you to the amazing instructors. 
Clued up Kids

On Wednesday, 24 February, some Year 5 children attended the Clued Up Kids workshops at the Justice and Emergency Precinct in town. The children joined workshops run by the Police, St Johns, Civil Defence, Fire and Rescue as well as the Police Dog Squad. The workshops were practical, hands on learning. We all know now what the non emergency number is and what song do we need to sing for CPR? You guessed it! BABY SHARK!
Mihi Whakatau and Hāngi
Nau mai haere mai koutou!

Our annual Mihi Whakatau and Community Hāngi will be held on Thursday 8 April 2021. This is an extra special event as we officially welcome you all onto our newly rebuilt school! We are gearing up for our biggest hāngi yet. Ticket sales are officially open! Please purchase your tickets early so we have a good handle on how many people we will be feeding.

4:30pm - Mihi whakatau
5pm - Hāngi will be lifted

5:30pm - Karakia kai before hāngi is served

  • Please bring your own plates and cutlery. We will not be supplying any. No large trays please.

  • Any donations of kumara, pumpkin, cabbage, carrots and meat are welcome! Please make contact with Jared or Bill before Thursday 25 March if you are able to donate. 

  • We desperately need helpers to put down the hangi at 11:30am and lift the hangi at 5pm on Thursday 8 April. Please see Matua Bill or Matua Jared if you are able to help. 

  • Help needed with vege preparation from 8am on Thursday 8 April (please bring your own peeler and knife)

  • Final ticket sales will be Thursay 1 April

$5 per person
$25 whānau tickets (2 adults and 3 children)
Preschoolers free, Vegetarian and vegan options will be available.


We would prefer if you pay via online banking. 

ASB: 123148 0131756 00

Name of Account: Board of Trustees West Spreydon School

Reference: Hāngi tickets, number of tickets, child’s name and room number


Nau mai, haere mai!

Hāngi Committee 

Friends and Whānau 2021
Friends and Whānau had their first meeting of the year and we had a great turn out with lots of plans to move forward to support the school this year. Our next meeting is 15 March at 7pm in the school staff room. 

We are excited to announce our first fundraiser of 2021 is Delicious Naked Baker Hot Cross Buns. The order forms for these will be sent home this week and need to come back into the Friends and Whānau box at school by 11 March for pick up of the buns at 3pm on 24 March. We will operate 2 pick up sites one at our current school site and one on the lawn outside the home site where the busses drop off the children. We need to reach a minimum order number for this to be able to go ahead so we encourage you all to check with friends, work mates and wider family if they would like to purchase a bag to help support us. All funds from this fundraiser will go towards setting up the kitchens in the new classrooms. 

Any questions please contact us at

Bank details
For all Friends and Whānau run fundraisers the bank account details are:
West Spreydon School PTA  
Skool Loop App

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If you have any questions ask Matua Jared.
Health and safety

Hats, sunscreen and water bottles
On these super hot days it is more important than ever to ensure that your child has a school hat. Unfortunately we have no choice but to ensure that children without hats sit under the shade of the tree at breaktimes. Please ensure that your child has sunscreen on at the start of each day this will help us avoid sunburn. Water bottles are a must on these hot days. Please make sure that your child has a fresh water bottle each day.
Thank you for your help!
Jared Fretwell
(03) 338 8184   |   2 Halswell Road, Hoon Hay   |   |   Attitude, Adventure, Achievement
West Spreydon School Website
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Te Ara Koropiko West Spreydon School
2 Halswell Road
Hoon Hay
Christchurch, New Zealand 8024
New Zealand

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