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Te Ara Koropiko West Spreydon School Newsletter
Term 3 Week 4
Thursday 13 August 2020
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Upcoming Dates:


Harakeke Camp Info Night        3 at 5.30pm in Kōrari
Friends and Whanau Mtg          7 at 7.00pm in the staffroom

Teacher Only Day                     11
Board of Trustees Meeting       14 at 4.30pm in the staffroom

Fono/Hui                                   15 at 5.30pm in the staffroom

End of Term 3                           25


School Photos                           2

Teacher Only Day                     30
Welcome to our new tamariki

Tumuaki / Principal News

We’ve had a fantastic couple of weeks with our children involved with cross country, winter sport and basketball tournament. Congratulations to all of the children who have taken part. On Monday, Jared and I did a runner from the office, and had a chance to watch some of the basketball games at Pioneer Stadium. It was very exciting. I do admit that we were very noisy supporters.

Thank you to all of the teachers, parents and coaches who have supported the children over the year. 

Ellie has been busy with school leaders and the House Picnic went well this week.

Our PALs have been working with Megan and Vikki Cowley from Healthy and Active Schools and the Playpods are about to be launched in the school.

We have met with the Community Support Group from SWBC looking for ways to rebuild the strong connections we had with our school community, especially in preparation to return home to Lyttelton Street.

We don’t know if the pool will be in use this summer because of access to the building site. We will be meeting with the pool committee if it looks likely that we will be open, to sharpen up on our control of the pool so that it is a lovely experience for everyone. Our current school community comes first as we rebuild our hub at home.

We have all been aware for some time of the possibility of Covid 19 raising its ugly head again in New Zealand. We have watched our cousins across the ditch struggle with restrictions and we have seen the results of Covid 19 spreading in places like Victoria and New South Wales. No one likes being told what they can or cannot do, but this is about putting others before our own rights. As one parent said to me, “I have the right to remain healthy”. This means we have to act to protect others even if it means we can’t do what we want to do. Our community has shown that we understand what it takes to keep everyone safe. 

My role as principal is to take the tough stand in order to protect the most vulnerable people in our school community. We want to prevent the spread of this virus and have life return to normal for long periods of time. I also need to protect our staff. Sometimes I have to do a “4x2 hit” approach in order to get the message out quickly and to reach those who need to take action. I know it creates a shock wave but Covid 19 is a life threatening event. Sometimes everyone has to get the message even though only a few need it.

In the absolute worst case scenario a return to Alert Level 3 would see children learning from home. Please contact the office by email if you have any concerns about access to  devices or internet connection. Last time we were not a priority as a city primary school. The ministry of education had an initiative to loan devices to families who needed them. This may be an option again. We don’t know at this stage, if the offer will be on the table. Before you request a device, do your homework on who is liable for excess or replacement if the device is damaged, stolen or lost. Some schools are still struggling to have the devices returned from round one.


  • Personal hygiene standards affect others

  • Hand washing is critical

  • Staying home when sick is important

  • Social distancing is mandatory

  • Contact tracing is advised and available 

  • Sign in via the ‘check in’ feature on the Skool Loop App or at the office if you have to come into the school. 

  • Think of others rights before your own. We all have the right to be healthy.

It was exciting to be down at the school site this morning to watch the stream of concrete trucks driving in and out of the school and pouring thousands of meters of concrete. Every day is one step closer to going home. 

The buses are running smoothly at the moment. Please use the crossing. The adults set the example for safe road use. Your children learn from you and every risk you take is one that they will copy at some time.

Take care of each other.

I’m optimistic that we will knock this virus out of the park if we work together for a better future.

Marriene Langton

Basketball Central Tournament

An absolutely awesome effort from the Te Ara Koropiko West Spreydon School Year 5/6 Boys and Girls basketball teams at the Central Tournament, held at Pioneer Stadium on Monday, 10th of August. The teams joined the very best players from around the Christchurch districts, and battled it out in some very physical games, while also helping with scoring the other games in between. 
The girls team played 6 games with a record of 3 wins and 3 losses, taking 8th place out of 14 teams.
The boys team played 7 games with a record of 4 wins, 2 losses and 1 draw, coming 5th overall from 14 teams and were unlucky to not be higher on the ladder, but for an incorrect score sheet. 
Thank you to Dave Langrell and Ruth Major for the huge support they provided in both coaching and transport and also to the whanau who came and cheered the players on. 
Nga mihi,
Sports Committee


Room 7

Room 7 has been on an adventure around the world! We visited 5 different countries and loved seeing and learning about each one! We designed the incredible landmarks of the countries we visited. It was challenging building some of these! 

We have been learning about measurement and finding out how long our bodies are using string, We then created monsters and measured them using our non unit standard rulers we made together!

We have Will from Canterbury Hockey working with us on a Monday afternoon. It has been awesome learning all the different skills that make us good hockey players and it is so much fun!
Skool Loop App

Please download the Skool Loop App so that you can easily access all the notices and heaps more. All of the information for you to download the app is below. Once you get the app select 'Te Ara Koropiko West Spreydon School' and you will be set. If you have any questions ask Matua Jared. 

Out of zone ballot 2020

Term 4 2020:
For children who are living outside of our school zone and wish to enrol in term 4, 2020
Advertisement Date: Wednesday 22 July 2020
Applications close: 4 pm Wednesday 19 August 2020
Ballot Date: Friday 21 August 2020

To apply please fill in this
form and give it to the office before the above closing date. 
If you have any questions contact Matua Jared at

Health and Safety
COVID-19 Alert Level 2 Reminders:
  • Hand washing is number 1
    • Wash your hands with soap for at least 20 seconds
  • Children will be required to use hand sanitiser and soap at school throughout the day
  • Personal hygiene is critical 
    • Children need to be showering and wearing clean uniform each day. The virus stays active on skin and material for longer than you think
  • Masks are optional. You will need to provide your own if required
  • Keep children at home if they are unwell and notify the school using the Skool Loop app, texting or ringing through to the office

We are actively discouraging caregivers/parents from coming onto the school grounds as per the guidelines for schools under Alert Level 2. If you are required by us to come onto the school grounds or have a valid reason for doing so (pre-school visits or collecting an injured child) please do one of the following:

  • use the Skool Loop 'Check In' feature to sign in and out


  • sign in and out at the school office using the tablet

Buses reminders:
  • Please make sure you are getting your children onto the bus on time
  • To ensure the health and safety of all please ensure that you don't enter the buses in the mornings before school
  • Please use the pedestrian crossing to get across the road to the buses

West Spreydon School Friends and Whānau Group (WSSFW) Update

Thank you for the $274 of donations for the Lego day.. and all the Lego! We are topping this up to $500 and so that we can get a good supply. We hear from Whaea Anna that Lego club has started and is going well.

We have also installed a lost property storage in the foyer of the office so have a look here to find that missing uniform.

We have Entertainment books for sale. These are purchased through the app and last for 12 months from purchase and much easier than having to carry the book around with you as it is all on your phone! If you would like to purchase one please contact us at and we will provide the details.

We would love new members to help us with our plans for the rest of the year please join us at our next possible meeting at 7th September 7pm in the staff room at school.


Bank details

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

West Spreydon School Website
Our mailing address is:
Te Ara Koropiko West Spreydon School
2 Halswell Road
Hoon Hay
Christchurch, New Zealand 8024
New Zealand

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