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Te Ara Koropiko West Spreydon School Newsletter
Term 3 Week 8
Thursday 10th September 2020
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Upcoming Dates:         

Teacher Only Day (School Closed)      11

Board of Trustees Meeting                              14 at 4.30pm in the staffroom

Fono/Hui                                                           15 at 5.30pm in the staffroom

Library Van Visit                                               16

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 

Atheletics                                                             27

Atheletics postponement day                          29



School Photos                                        2

Library Van Visit                                   11

Teacher Only Day                                 30
Welcome to our new tamariki in Room 8
Mae and Teddie Fretwell and Halena Lyell

Tumuaki / Principal News


Just when you think that Spring is sprung, there is another hard frost. I love hearing the birds sing again in the mornings and evenings.

It’s been lovely to catch up with Angie Malae, Natalie and Lucy Denne, Jude Lange, Christie Michalko (in Canada) and Matt Brörens. Matt is back home from Europe and pleased to be here in Aotearoa after seeing the way Covid 19 is being handled in Europe.

Generosity and Gratefulness

Our special thanks to Erin Stewart who redesigned our school logo, manifestations and letterhead. We love her mahi. Erin completed that work at a fraction of the cost she would normally charge as a way of giving back to the school. Thank you so much Erin. I can’t wait to see the designs in and on the school buildings when we go home.

A little bit of nepotism goes a long way. Graham Langton, my first husband, and my current one for that matter, has redesigned the school website to incorporate the rebranding. He does that as a freebie and I want to acknowledge his generosity to the school over the last 12 years. Thanks Graham. We love your mahi too.

So many parents have generously donated money, food, clothing, vouchers and time to support our Tamariki. Families have given from their hearts because they want others to have the same opportunities to learn and have fun. These families are not giving because they have heaps of spare cash or goods; they give because they are kind and caring. They are grateful for what they have and want to share with others. Many children have been supported to go on camp, have a great breakfast at school, have new shoes and uniform, eat fresh fruit and vegetables. If you have been on the receiving end of kindness, find a way to show gratitude and when you can, pay it forward. Being thankful is a fabulous habit to practise. 

Landscaping at Te Ara Koropiko West Spreydon School

Our board has some huge decisions to make regarding the landscaping of our “home.” Thank you to everyone who has contributed to ideas. There’s still plenty of time to add your thoughts or drawings.

We are keen to have a bike/scooter track, nature play area, vege and flower gardens, 2 hard courts, shaded areas and shelter, and a permanent hangi pit with amphitheatre type seating. The where, when and how are the clinchers.

If you have talents and willing hands, it’s the right time to let us know.

We would love to hear from you if you are :

A landscape designer

Property manager (as in construction)

Construction contractor

Asphalt /concrete layer

Pathway and driveway constructor

Raised garden builder

Volunteer with a few hours to spare 

We are meeting with Riki our MOE Project delivery Manager this week to make some decisions. We’d love to go home to a totally completed site.

Bus and parking safety

Thank you to everyone who has been patient with the road works on Annex Road that have just complicated the already limited parking here. We have appreciated how the majority of families have shown respect to local businesses and to us by not parking in their car parks or ours.  Please do not come into our carpark or the Southern Health School carpark. Good relationships depend on everyone doing the right thing.

Alert Level 2

We have discouraged lots of adults coming into the school under alert level 2 even though the rules are relaxed a little. We do have parents, staff and children who are vulnerable because of existing medical conditions. You are able to come in as long as you sign in and use the Covid 19 QR  tracer and keep the 2m distance. Please be careful for yourself and others if you have any colds, or flu like symptoms.

The buses at Lyttelton street end are running much smoother. We still see some shockers when adults run out from between the buses and avoid using the crossing. Children learn by example and these aren’t good one. Yikes. Let’s do better for the sake of the children.

Every school has is a shameful fact of what happens when hundreds of children mix together with few adults to direct play, and monitor interactions. 

Bullying is usually longer term and is a deliberate plan to hurt and humiliate someone else. It can be hard to uncover. Bullying has terrible long term effects. Bullying  has moved to include social media. Bullying is vicious and destructive.

Bullying is not about children arguing over a game, a heated fight,  a falling out of friends, or exchanging name calling. Bullying is not mutual. Sometimes children will wait days and payback for a previous hit or insult, and what appears to be a bullying incident can be clearly linked to a history of niggle. This still doesn’t make it right. 

You will notice subtle changes in your child, if they are being bullied. Sometimes the changes are hard to spot because children can have different reasons for reluctance to come to school, bed wetting, trouble sleeping, anxiety, bursts of anger and frustration.

If you think your child is being bullied please contact the classroom teacher. Best case scenario we will uncover children not getting along and we can mitigate friendship issues and better ways of dealing with frustration.  Our goal is to uncover bullying and to bring families on board to stop it and to heal the harm that is done.

Please help us to identify any bullying problems in our school. 

We have found so many parents are not monitoring what their children are doing online. You can’t trust children because they are immature and unable to filter dangers for themselves. I know from personal experience that children try to hide what they are doing and they all play the, “You don’t trust me,” card. Dang tootin’ I don’t!   Even worse, the internet is full of opportunities to bully, be bullied or be groomed by some creep lurking in the ether. Don’t underestimate how clever online ‘ratbags’ are.  It could be other children or older adults. Children are incredibly vulnerable. Your children need to know that you will be checking their histories, gaming, texts and social interactions on line.  Remember there is an age limit of 13 before children can use “Facebook.’ 

We are racing towards the end of term and we can see how exhausted everyone is. I hope that you are in good health and that worries over jobs and finances are being resolved positively for you all. we do think of the whole community as part of our school whanau. We are here to help if we can.

Take care.

Marriene Langton 


EPro8 Challenge

Congratulations to our four Harakeke students. Jessica Nuienhuijsen, Elliot Tait, Briar Lynne and Genevieve Graham all made it to the Semi-Finals and came 6th overall. They had to problem solve and work together to create this amazing motorised shopping trolley. Tino pai koutou!

Room 6

Greetings from Room 6! We have been very busy this term! Everyone in Room 6 has become a member of the Little Garden League.  We wrote letters of application and posted them into the special Club Letterbox. We had so much fun passing the official membership test. We were all so proud when we received our Pledge Card and Badge. Each week the Little Garden League sends us secret messages that we need to crack. We have had so much fun learning the names of the 24 founders of the Little Garden League and planting the seedlings that go along with them. Each new Little Garden League member promises to grow, protect and taste vegetables in a quest for a healthier life.

School Leaders News

Kia Ora from the Te Ara Koropiko West Spreydon School Leaders,

This term our focus has been on looking at what makes a strong leader. We have spent time looking at a number of different qualities we believe makes a positive leader in our school community.  We have explored Building a Positive Team, Setting the Culture, Showing Initiative and Excellence. We have participated in a range of activities to help us explore these qualities in depth. Take a look at our journey of becoming the Te Ara Koropiko West Spreydon School Leaders for 2020.

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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
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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Te Ara Koropiko West Spreydon School
2 Halswell Road
Hoon Hay
Christchurch, New Zealand 8024
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