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Te Ara Koropiko West Spreydon School Newsletter
Term 3 Week 10
Thursday 24 September 2020
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Upcoming Dates:         

End of Term 3                                             25


Start of Term 4                                            12

Library Van Visit                                         16   

Friends and whanau meeting                   16    at 9am in the staffroom

Harakeke Year 5 & 6 School Camp          19 - 22 

Athletics                                                         27

Athletics postponement day                      29



School Photos                                               2

Library Van Visit                                         11

Teacher Only Day                                        30

End of term 4                                               17
Term dates for 2021

Tumuaki / Principal News


The last few weeks have been really busy at school with meetings, hui, sports events, preparation for camp, site meetings on our new school and staff training. Our Harakeke Team has 2 days of Education Outside The Classroom (EOTC)  training before they take the children on camp. Our board of trustees takes their responsibility very seriously and they need assurance that our staff is up to speed with all planning and procedures. I need a little lie down.

Worries and concerns

Thank you to all parents who follow the right pathways for raising a concern, worry or complaint. We don't use Facebook as a school channel so the danger is that it becomes a playground for negativity with no chance of any resolution. It does upset some of our school whanau unnecessarily, and there's nothing we can do as a school. This is the time to be kind, tolerant and problem solvers.

Be courageous and bring your worries to the attention of the teacher, senior leadership or board of trustees; whichever channel is the right step to take.

Demolition Derby

 When we came onto this site, we made everyone aware that it was a demolition site that had been revived so we had a home to go to for 18 months. That state of the buildings is not pretty and there is not enough room for us. Actually the buildings are possibly in a better state than what we left to the bulldozers on the Lyttelton Street campus.

We left ants, and vermin behind and we inherited their cousins on this site. Bill has dozens of bait stations in all of the spaces but ants and vermin don’t read signs and follow directions. They are the scourge of our lives here and as soon as Bill destroys one nest, the next one pops up. It is Caretaker Whack a Mole every day.   I know it can be frustrating when ants arrive at your home in a bag or lunch box. Please destroy them at your end and we will keep up the baits here. All of us have to be patient as we see the next 7 months through. Our staff make few complaints about their conditions here, and the huge amount of extra duties they have had to pick up to manage the tricky site. Please “bear with,” as Miranda would say. The end is in sight and it will be so worth it to have the new school.


Please use the crossing at Lyttelton  Street and don’t move out between the buses. Did you know that the speed to pass a school bus is 20kph?

School Pool

The board has been doing a very hard think about whether the pool can reopen for this season or not. We are working with the contractors and the pool committee to see if we can get access.

Last season was a tough one for our pool committee, volunteers and school families, as there were several incidents of young men using standover tactics with our families, breaking into the pool and letting their mates in on a household card. Unfortunately they weren’t the only ones who opened up the household card to friends.

We are currently looking at high definition cameras as one of the conditions for reopening. It would be our pleasure to publish photos of the clowns who made life miserable for our school whanau and to immediately block the card. It makes me so cross just thinking about it as our dream has always been about a first class pool available for our school community, where families can relax and have fun.

Distancing, hygiene and illness

Thank you for taking notice of the Covid-19 levels and respecting the boundaries we have been asked to set. This is a new world and hard to adjust to. We are distanced from the danger here, for the moment, and we have no concept of the real danger we are in. Matua Matt has returned from his BIG OE and has told us about life in the Uk and the reality of losing people you know to this deadly virus. None of us is more special than anyone else and we all need to think of the greater good and not our individual rights. I’m really proud of the ways in which the majority of our school whanau have put aside their rights, and shown kindness and caring to others.

New Zealand Army Band

At 0930 hours, a contingent of NZ Army personnel armed with trombones, trumpets, tubas and drums came to Te Ara Koropiko West Spreydon School and played for the tamariki. The children were up, dancing and singing along with the cool tunes the Army Band played. Many teachers and support staff were also seen joining in as the sun beamed down. The Army Band would have been proud of the military precision as all of the chairs from the classrooms were picked up and returned quick smart. One of the band members mentioned the well behaved, energetic children. Tino pai!

A huge thankyou to Juila Mallett for organising the visit and to the children who helped set up the chairs.
Junior Neighborhood Support

On Friday 18th of September, the Junior Neighborhood Support Leaders, Alyssa, Millie and other Harakeke students, alongside Whaea Elissa, learnt to weave baskets with Harakeke from the home site. All together they made 5 baskets that were all different shapes and sizes. The whole reason they were doing this was to add to the nature play area. They are enjoying the area, observing lots of different play. They are seeing how it works, so they could make changes once they return to the home site. There will be a new nature play area included in the playground at the home site. Here are some photos of the process.

School Leaders News

On 18th of Friday,  the Te Ara Koropiko West Spreydon School leaders hosted their version of The Chase for the Te Pihinga Team. The students had so much fun answering as many questions as they could in 1 minute, earning their team points. We all had so much fun! Here are some photos of The Chase!

News from Room 6

This week in Room 6 we are celebrating the learning and achievement of some of our friends who have made amazing progress in their reading! Congratulations and Ka pai to Freya, Audrey, Cecilia, Alice, Bentley, Ollie, Nico and Leo!

Congratulations to Eda from Room 6, the winner if our Wero (challenge for Te Wiki o Te Reo Maori) in the Te Pihinga team! Ka pai to everyone from the Te Pihinga team who took part in the challenge!
News from Room 7

In Room 7 we have been learning how to publish our stories like authors do! We need to write our stories in pencil in case we make mistakes. Then we go over it with a pen and rub out the pencil behind it. Then we have to illustrate our work.
News from Room 8

Room 8 has been busy learning to write! We are now able to write a whole sentence that makes sense! We can even share our reading with others so they can read it too! We share our writing on Seesaw most days.
News from Room 9

Room 9 children are doing some amazing writing. Here are Bede, Lekay, Leo and Kaitoa. They have been working hard on independent writing and finding words they know. We are very proud of their efforts

Opawaho River Network News

A group of year 5 and 6 children have been taking photos showing their connection to the stream that runs around our present site and behind our home site. I entered the photos for 8 children and found out this week that 5 children have been selected as finalists. Congratulations to Alexis, Danica, Stevie, Max and Finn. Final judging is at 1.00pm on Sunday, 27 September at the South Christchurch Library. The photos are on display until the 16 October for public viewing so if you have time it would be great to pop down and see all the photos displayed. 
Whaea Janice

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Health and Safety
Annex Road Cycleway Roadworks:
As reminded about last week, city council are currently working on Annex Road. Isaac Construction are carrying out these works. Please click this link to see the details of these works. We know the difficulties this raises. Isaac Construction are opening up the 'extra parking' section in the attached document at drop off and pick up time. We ask that you follow the guidelines in order to keep everyone safe. 

Jared Fretwell

West Spreydon School Friends and Whānau Group (WSSFW) Update
Next meeting Friday October 16th 9am in staff room
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Bank details
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West Spreydon School PTA  

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2 Halswell Road
Hoon Hay
Christchurch, New Zealand 8024
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