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Te Ara Koropiko West Spreydon School Newsletter
Term 2 Week 4
Thursday 27 May 2021
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Upcoming Dates:         

Yr 5 & 6 Winter sport                                                       27

School Photo's                                                                   28  


Library Van at School                                                      2

 Yr 5 & 6 Winter sport                                                      3

Teachers Only Day                                                           4

Queen's Birthday Weekend                                            7

Yr 5 & 6 Winter sport                                                       10

Friends and Whānau Meeting  6.30pm                       14

Board meeting 4.30pm                                                   14

Fono/Hui                                                                           16

Yr 5 & 6 Winter sport                                                      17

Kahukura Music Festival Performance                       23

Dancing like the stars                                                     24

 Yr 5 & 6 Winter sport                                                     24


Yr 5 & 6 Winter sport                                                       1

Library Van at School                                                      2

Ngā hua o Matariki Night Market                                 2

Board Meeting                                                                  5

Friends and Whānau Meeting 9am                              9

Term 2 Ends                                                                      9
Term dates for 2021

Tumuaki / Principal News

One of the perks of being a principal is that I get to visit classrooms and to see children and other environments. I was thrilled to see so many parents and family members at the school during cross country. Special thanks to Cath Pratten who has been running before school running club and we sure saw good results from their training. It was lovely to see the children who were determined to break through the wall when they hit the psychological barrier during the cross country. The tears came, the children looked up for help, and then they were determined to keep going to finish. Well done everybody. It’s very important for children to hear the encouragement in their parents voices and we sure heard that on the day, not just for their own children but for others. This is one of the things that makes us a very special school. Our senior children also took the responsibility of running alongside some of the children to encourage them to finish. My goal is to have every child attend school on sports events days so that every child can learn to face things that are difficult and give it the best shot.

There were a few glitches in terms of children leaving the assembly area and going off with parents. This does create a safety issue for us. We are a water only school so things like juice, fizzy, flavoured milk or hot drinks are not part of what we do. I guess it’s all part of the learning of the school culture and working together in partnership.

Last night I went to the basketball and watched three games and managed to take a few photos. It was fantastic and despite two losses I looked at the determination on the faces of our children and I felt so proud. Thank you to the parents and to the teachers who are coaches, supporters and managers for the children.

Tomorrow is photo day. Please remember to have the children in correct school uniform and clean and shiny. Make sure you do return your order on time because it makes it far easier for the company to ensure that your photos are returned to the school.

We have a teacher only day Friday 4th June, which we share with our kahukura schools. Please remember that school will be closed on that Friday. The leadership team have also been looking at the proposed teacher only days for the rest of this year and we will give you a heads up on plenty of time as we have made changes to suit the availability of professional learning.

Our junior school staff are currently undertaking professional learning on the better start literacy program. This requires a complete rethink of how reading and writing are taught and how children acquire language. This is new learning for our staff and we know that you will have lots of questions as parents because reading does not look the same as it has in the past years. We will be holding a parent information afternoon where we can tell you some facts and you will have the opportunity to ask lots of questions. We are fortunate to be working with Amy Scott who is also a parent at school so she too has a vested interest in the success of this program.

We are also working on 2022 term dates and teacher only day dates which we hope to have out to you at the end of Friday. We do try to coordinate this with our kahukura schools but it doesn’t always work.

Thank you to all of the parents, teachers and teacher assistants  who continue to help us to unpack and to sort out the myriad of boxes that still require unpacking and removing to other areas of the school. 

We have had the first of the winter frosts  just as winter sport is beginning. I now understand  the meaning of the song we used to sing at high school which went something like” jolly Rugger weather, frosty Tang in the breeze.’ We had to sing traditional English songs and sometimes songs in Latin. Go figure.

We are still waiting for the Ministry of education to press go on our landscaping plan. There are some issues around the repairs and maintenance of the home, but I’m sure that commonsense will prevail. We look forward to the construction company coming in to start to build all of the wonderful things that we have planned for the children.

Thank you to all of the parents who volunteer on a regular basis and help us with reading, writing and maths, not to mention all of the parents who help with sports. We simply could not function as a school without this amount of volunteerism.

Keep warm, stay well and be safe

Te Pāhuri 1

The Senior classes have had a busy start to term 2 with Dancing Like the Stars practice, House of Science stream health project, utlilising the new class room cooking facilities and developing our Matariki Night Market stalls.
School Leaders Corner
Hi, I'm Jensen Brough. I am 10 years old. My hobbies are hockey, basketball, football, cooking, running, Touch, rippa rugby, biking and swimming. Being a school leader means I have responsibilities.

Some of my responsibilities are looking after the younger children and making sure we are respecting our guests. These are some of my responsibilities as a leader at school.
Thank you.
Hi, I am Marlee Halbert-Pere. I am 10 years old. My hobbies are netball, Touch, art, baking, swimming, dancing and kapa haka. Being a school leader means that you have to take on responsibilities and be the best role model you can be.

I also help children if they are hurt or upset. Being a school leader also means you have to be respectful to others. That’s what I think being a school leader means.
Thank you.
 Mana Ake Information Sessions 

A reminder to all parents - Mana Ake is running parent sessions, fortnightly on a Friday morning, between 8.30 - 9.30 am. Individual sessions will run for 15 minutes. These sessions can cover specific parenting challenges that you may be experiencing with your child.
We would highly encourage you to take on this opportunity and add to your parenting kete.
The link below will allow you to book sessions and work with a Kaimahi (Children's well-being support worker).

The dates for this term are 
- Friday 11th June
- Friday 25th June
- Friday 9th July

Pedestrian Crossing
Please continue to remind tamariki to safely use the pedestrian crossing when crossing the road.

Wheels at school
The school has now got 25 scooters and helmets at school for children to be using them at morning tea and lunchtimes. Children will be given a hair net to wear underneath the school helmets. They have been encouraged to keep a hold of these in their bags so that they can reuse them when on the scooter.
Please remind your child/ren to only ride on the basketball courts before school time. We encourage children to be active in the morning but we are also aware of the health and safety of everyone being dropped off in the morning. It becomes very busy in the mornings.

Parents on site
Parents please, if you are coming on-site for any reason you must sign in at the office.
If for any reason you are dropping lunch or sports gear, then please leave it at the office and we will make sure it reaches your child. 

Low cut classroom window facing the playground
We have had multiple injuries with children banging into this low cut window and hurting themselves. We have contacted the Ministry right away and they are working on solutions for this. In the meantime, Bill has placed some foam about the windows so that children can see it but also take extra precaution. 


- Friday 4th of June
- Thursday 11th of November 

These dates have changed to previous communication that was sent out. Parents, please take note of the new dates.

Friends and Whānau 2021
Thank you to parents who came along and helped make the shelving on cross country day, there was a bit of learning to get it right but then they went up pretty quickly. 

Our next meeting is Monday 14 June at 6.30pm in the school community library. We would love to see anyone there..

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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