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Te Ara Koropiko West Spreydon School Newsletter
Term 4 Week 4
Thursday 5 November 2020
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Upcoming Dates:         

Library Van Visit                                                                             11

Kahukura Cultural Festival - 4pm South Intermerdiate         18

School Disco                                                                                     20

Athletics                                                                                            24
Teacher Only Day                                                                            30
Fono Hui                                                                                            3

Mufti Day - Theme 'Kiwi Summer'                                                4
Friends and whanau meeting - 9am Staffroom                          4

Year 6 Leavers dinner                                                                      8

End of term 4 - School Finishes 1pm                                           17
Term dates for 2021

Tumuaki / Principal News

My goodness you need a good dollop of longsuffering and patience to overcome the hurdles we all face at present. Cancellation of athletics twice, continued road works, (scheduled to finish in another week) changeable weather that limits what we can do outside and the usual with ants, leaks and a few vermin in the mix. Hang on to the promise of going home. That’s how we get through all of it.

So far we are still on target for April 2021.

The buildings are taking shape quickly and we can see mounds of dirt being shifted around ready for contouring and sowing with grass seed. Outer Space are finalising the concept drawings for board approval and  public tender. We have been busy applying for funding and taking note of folks who have offered materials or labour at greatly reduced costs.

Sport Canterbury have developed a very generous partnership with us. Thanks to Tu Manawa funding, who gave us a $13K grant for  helmets, scooters and a GaGa Dodgeball pit. Last Friday I went to a bike shop to buy 20 scooters and helmets and was genuinely shocked to learn that the demand for bikes and scooters far exceeds  the supply. We have an order being processed but we have to wait for scooters to come in from overseas.

In the meantime we are looking for skilled builders and handymen/women  with generous hearts and willing hands, who will construct a wooden  GaGa Dodgeball pit on this site and then help us to dismantle it when we leave, so it can be permanently installed  in our new school. Jared and I have searched out some plans and we have the money for the materials. If you are thinking of helping us out with a working bee, please let Jared know so we can spend the grant and complete our milestone report with lots of photos of the children playing. If you can’t help with this project there are plenty more opportunities waiting in the wings.

December 1 is the staff hosted Thank You morning tea for all of our volunteers and helpers. We rely on your goodwill all year and this is our time to say thank you with a cuppa and a bikkie. Please let Helen Ross know if you are attending so our staff can cater for you.


Camp was amazing. No major accidents, a few tears and lots of challenges. My takeaway memories are about the 5 children who couldn't ride a bike and who learned to ride within an hour. The patience of the parents and staff was brilliant. The children fell off a few times but got back on the bikes and kept going. Their grins were from ear to ear.

I took my bike and followed Donna into the forest on several bike rides. The best parts were watching children recover from tumbles and keep going.

We played heaps of games and on the second to last day, every game seemed to involve more and more water, until it was just the hose turned on full.

Our teaching and support staff worked so hard before and during camp to make this successful. It was worth it.  Thanks Jared, Lou, Glen and Taylor. Thank you to all of the parent volunteers Donna, Abbey, Rob, Simon and Anna, our SWiS Jess, Inga trainee teacher and Isaiah TA who gave their time to make this such a wonderful event. Camp is such a highlight experience for everyone and we often see the most unexpected children shine.


Sexuality Education is taught from years 0-6 in our school. This is part of the New Zealand curriculum and is specifically addressed in the Education Act. It is not necessarily taught in a block of time. It is not just about sex and pubertal change. It is about healthy eating, positive body image, online safety, good choices, family values, friendships and caring for others.

In our recent survey, we got the best feedback from parents that we have ever had. It was thoughtful and very protective of children and their developmental stages. Sadly, only three parents attended the information night, which would possibly have put to rest a lot of parental questions and worry about the content of the programme.

Please read the Education Act carefully. There are specific exemptions for parents and teachers. There are specific steps that you need to take if you want your child excluded from the programme, and even then, there are exceptions to that.

As a parent and a grandmother I was determined that our children would learn about all of this from us first, so that they could have our take on values and beliefs. I’m really glad we did it that way. Children deserve to learn from mum and dad first,  and the school programme should just be a refresher course. Please talk to your children about what they are learning. It is surprising what misinformation children pick up and how important it is for them to know that mum and dad have got this. 

We have undertaken professional development as a staff and talked about the importance of “reading the audience” and making sure that information is age and stage appropriate. Children do not mature at the same rate, which is why it is important that they learn from you first.

We are in the throes of appointments for next year as fixed term contracts end and we plan for 2021. One they are settled we will organise classes based on the information we have. If there is a special fact about your child that we may not know, that could influence where he/she is placed, please contact the leadership team or send an email.  Special requests for a specific teacher are not possible for us to meet, unless there is an exceptional reason. Our roll is still on  a slight decline since the zone was applied and this does have an impact on staffing. Things will change when we go home. We love our staff team and our school community gets the benefit. 

The athletic sports are causing a few melt downs as we try to navigate fickle weather. One day!! We are going for our third attempt and after that I think we have run out of time. Fingers and eyes crossed.

Take care of yourselves as we come into the last weeks of the school year. It is busy for everyone. If you have a little worry niggling away, please speak to the classroom teacher. Mostly a good conversation brings resolution.

Thank you for your kindness and help over the last weeks

Best regards


Working Bee

If you have building skills we would love for you to come along on Saturday November 21 to a working bee. We need help and tools to build a Gaga Dodgeball Pit. We are looking to start work at 10am. This work will take place just outside the staffroom at our temporary school site on 2 Halswell Road. Please note you can park in our staff carpark for this working bee.

Our PALS were privileged to be invited to the Sport Canterbury Hui.
The purpose of the invite was to get tamariki voice around motivations and barriers to physical activity. Our PALS were asked some twisty questions, but they gave the Sport Canterbury staff some really great feedback to help them think about how to help more tamariki in Canterbury to get involved in physical activity.  

News from Room 3

Room 3 has been producing James Rizzi inspired art based on our Hanmer Springs camp. Check out the cool art work!

We have also been writing thank you letters to the parents who attended the camp. Without them, camp would not have been possible. These days, emails seem to be the main way that people communicate with each other. In Room 3, we still like to learn about how to structure a letter because it is still a cool way to communicate with people.

Skool Loop App

Please get the Skool Loop App so that you are receiving all current school information!
If you have any questions ask Matua Jared.
Board of Trustees Update

As a board, seeing the new school come along is really exciting. We must raise our hats to the boards before us whose blood sweat and tears went into the planning and negotiating to get something we will be proud of for a long time. It is now our job to think big and set strategic goals to utilise those facilities to help our students thrive and flourish in more than just reading, writing and math. 

We recently audited the teachers on asssesment, resources, planning and implementation of programs for our children with exceptional gifts and talents. Te Ara Koropiko has students with a range of creative, cultural and sporting talent which can be nurtured and recognised within their education. 

Please remember you are welcome to attend our meetings as an observer. Our next meeting is December 10th. If you are interrelated in school Governance or just want to find out more about what the school Board do then sitting in on a meeting is a good start. 

Thank you
Abbey Parsons
Board Chair 

West Spreydon School Friends and Whānau Group (WSSFW) Update
Next meeting Friday December 4 9am in staff room

Lucky Book Club

The next order to come out will be the last one for 2020 this is due on Thursday 12 November so make a note to stock up on any Christmas items that you may like. 

We are hoping to hold a disco for the whole school on 20 November 2020 as a chance to bring the students and parents/caregivers together in what has been a difficult year. The Friends and Whānau committee are a group of parents who run events for the benefit of Te Ara Koropiko School. We are in need of help of other volunteers in order to run a disco as this year especially our committee have other commitments and cannot all be available for this. We need volunteers to:
 - help set up the location on the night
- provide baking for the parents to enjoy on the night
- help with clean up after the event
- assist with the planning and preparation including picking up and dropping off hire items 
- creation of flyers to advertise the disco to school members

Mā tini, mā mano ka rapa te whai! (Many hands make light work!) 

If you are able to help with one or more of these please contact us on
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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Hoon Hay
Christchurch, New Zealand 8024
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