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Te Ara Koropiko West Spreydon School Newsletter
Term 1 Week 6
Thursday 11 March 2021
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Upcoming Dates:         
Hot cross buns orders due WSSFW                             11

Friends and whanau meeting 7pm Staff room          15
Yr 5-6 Zone swimming sports                                       19

Library Van at school                                                      19

Board of Trustees meeting 4pm Staff room                22

Non uniform day - Bright goodbye                               25

School Closed due to relocation                                    26 & 29 

Easter                                                                                   2 - 6

Mihi Whakatau and Hangi                                              8

Term dates for 2021

Tumuaki / Principal News


This is the penultimate newsletter before we leave this temporary site. We will give the children an opportunity to say farewell to the site because, as a parent reminded us at the recent hui, this is the only school site that many of our children have ever known. Thank you to everyone who attended that meeting either in person or by zoom. You have placed so much trust in us to manage the rebuild, and shifting home whilst maintaining our school values and pedagogy. We could never do it without the teamwork, partnership and respectful relationships that you have built with us. Thank you.

It’s time to say thank you to a huge list of people who have brought us to this place in terms of the rebuild and preparing to go home.

Today we saw the new logo and manifestations installed in the new school. Our special thanks to Erin Stewart who worked closely with us to capture everything we wanted to say about our school in a clear clean design. Many people have commented on the simplicity and beauty of the symbolism.

Duane Major and Paul Ferguson have been a huge driving force over several years as board members, to convince the ministry of education that we deserved a new school. Several other board members also stepped up and join the programme to ensure that we got what we were asking for on behalf of our tamariki and school community.

Riki Edmonds our Project Delivery Manager from MOE has faithfully walked alongside us and guided us through design hiccups and possibilities as this project became a reality. He has always responded to us with a determination to be a problem solver. He has always taken our phone calls even when he knows it’s going to be another complaint about the buses. We have shared many laughs during this project and I suspect that we have tried his patience to the nth degree.

Sean Donohoe from TBIG has run our PCG meetings with patience and foresight. There have been a lot of hurdles to overcome and we have been able to rely on his expertise and dedication to seeing this project completed. Sadly we never did get the issue of razor wire around the pool sorted. 

Our thanks to Andrew Richmond who has been a project manager on the ground as part of the Brosnan construction team. Andrew is a details man and has never been prepared to let anything go, if he felt that the job could be done better.

Our support team at the Ministry of Education include people like Averill Manning, Linda Youl, Michelle van Dyke. They listen to our complaints and worries and have supported us through the whole process of being offsite. Our SWiS Jess Bird has been an absolute stalwart working with students who need a little extra help.

Te Mana Ake has also provided many support people for our students particularly in a time of change and turmoil. 

To our exceptional staff and school board members, please accept this as our thank you for all of your support, long suffering and trust that we could see this project through. As I write this there are 11 days left on our temporary site. It’s unreal that we are on the final approach and trimming the foils to land this baby.

I know that I have missed people out and it’s not intentional. Please take this as a personal thank you if you have been one of the many who have helped us on this epic journey towards a brand-new school.


Several sections of the school will be seeded with grass and cordoned off while we wait for the detailed plans and then the tender process. In the big picture it is a small inconvenience and our children and staff will take it in their stride. We have had interest from some in  “ high places” for them to be invited to a grand, grander opening once all of the landscaping is completed and the school is a show piece. I hope our board and staff get credit for their mahi as it has been hard work, but so worth it.

Our thoughts prayers and best wishes go out to all of our school Whanau who were affected by the mosque attacks two years ago. Sadly we live in a world where the actions of a few deeply wound many. We stand with you as our family. We are here for you if you need us. We will not be defined by the violence of a few.

Even though we do our best, from time to time, schools are not safe for children or staff. There are times when children and staff  have to deal with aggression from other students. It makes all of us unsettled and for children it can be frightening. We are not making excuses for the children who do upset their classrooms, but we do understand why sometimes it happens. At the end of each day find time to talk to your child about how the day has gone. If your child mentions that he/she has been upset or frightened by an event at school, please let us know. There are always bullies schools. Bullying is about the deliberate targeting of another student or students on a regular basis. The effects of bullying on a child can be very noticeable, or more seriously,  go unnoticed until the child can’t take it any longer.

Our most important role as parents is to set boundaries for our children. The most powerful word your child will ever learn is “NO”. Often children will cry with frustration when they are told no. No more telly; no more biscuits; no more screen time can lead to full on hissy fits. When those tears of frustration become tears of sadness and they realise that there’s not going to be a negotiation or push back, children will adapt and adjust. We have to teach them that sometimes the only thing that is going to change is them. It’s not easy as a parent to stand firm. I’m hoping to be able to run some parent sessions when we go home on how to deal with issues like counter well, aggression and alpha children. I can speak from experience.

Ten days to home time.

Take care of each other.

Best regards


On Thursday the 4th of March our 10 PALs leaders joined a few neighbouring schools for a PALs Leadership Workshop at Pioneer.
We spent the day learning about what it takes to be a good leader, how to get others involved but most importantly, how to make sure everyone is having fun while being active.
At the end of the day we gave a presentation to the other schools about what we want to achieve this year.
Alleyah Christie-Hilton,Ron Cole,Poppy Ferguson,Ruby Kubiak-Wright,Pasene Letalie Fomai,Peter Nieuwenhuijsen,Tevita Sau,Jayden Taylor,Deborah Time,Serena White
Year 5 & 6 Girls Cricket

The Year 5/6 Superstar Girls Cricket competition has been underway and the Te Ara Koropiko West Spreydon School Tigers have played 3 games so far. A lot of our team are new to cricket, but have given it a go with great attitudes and have shown lots of improvement in skills and understanding of the game. We have played Fendalton and Cotswold Schools with one win and two losses. A big thank you to Cath Ferguson and Pauline Dumbleton for providing transport and managing the team. 
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 

Board of Trustees

So the countdown is on for our move home and if you’re not sure how many school days until then just ask Matua Jared - he’s counting down by the minute!!

The spaces look and feel amazing inside. It is a testament to all of the early work of the previous board, Marriene, Mata and Jared and all of the time and thought that went into creating a design that is functional and that will encourage our children to be creative, productive and successful.

As a board, it is top on our priority that our community connections are rebuilt and strengthened so it was great to see Whanau that attended the Parent hui last Thursday both in person and on Zoom.  

Jodi Apiata, one of our board members has recently put a lot of mahi into capturing the essence of our Te Tiriti o Waitangi partnership, what that means and what that looks like in our Kura.  He worked alongside Marriene and Jared to define our responsibilities and write them into our Charter. We are so grateful to him for his knowledge and for holding us accountable. 

Next year is election year for school boards. If you are interested or curious about what a school board does please come along to one of our meetings as an observer or have a chat to one of our board members. If you do wish to come along just let the office know and they can give you details. 

Our next meeting will be Monday March 22nd at 4.30pm in the staffroom, 2 Halswell Rd. 

Ngā mihi nui
Abbey Parsons
Board Chair


Friends and Whānau 2021
Reminder Hot Cross Bun orders close 3pm Thursday 11 March, get your order in today. 
Delivery is 24 March at either school site or bus site, after school. 
 Our next meeting is 15 March at 7pm in the school staff room. We look forward to seeing anyone interested there, there is lots to fundraise for this year as we move back to our home site. 

Any questions please contact us at

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2 Halswell Road
Hoon Hay
Christchurch, New Zealand 8024
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