School Newsletter Thursday 6 April 2023

Principal's Patch

Kia ora koutou

Happy Easter to everyone in our community who celebrates this as part of their family values and beliefs.  For some whānau, Easter is a very important part of their Christian faith and holds a significant place in their calendar. For some, Easter has a variety of family traditions that include hunting for eggs in the garden or around the house, spending important family time together, and lots of indulging in chocolate and Hot Cross Buns. Whatever your whānau do over the long, Easter weekend, we wish you a safe and hopefully relaxing break!

Staffing Update

We have welcomed a number of new students into the school during Term 1, and have more students enrolled to start in Term 2. We are seeing a particular growth in our Year 3/4 team, which was a big team to begin with. Therefore, from the start of Term 2, our Year 3/4 Kōwhai Team will be spreading out and using both their hub and the Pūkaki hub as key learning spaces. We have also been fortunate to have allocated some funding to appoint Kathryn Moore as a part-time teacher to support the Year 3/4 team. Kathryn will be in from 9:30am-12:40pm Monday-Thursday and will be taking Numeracy and Literacy groups in the Kōwhai Team. Kathryn is well-known to our school as one of our current preferred relievers.

Kathryn Moore - Year 3/4 teacher

Reminder - Term 2 starts on Wednesday 26th April

We have a Staff Only Day on Monday 24th April and Tuesday 25th April is ANZAC Day.

Ngā mihi nui
Sandy Hastings
Tumuaki - Principal

Important Dates

Upcoming Events

Term 2

Mon 24 Apr - Staff Only Day (School closed)
Tue 25 Apr - ANZAC Day (School closed)
Wed 26 Apr - First day of Term 2
Fri 28 Apr - 9:15am - Welcome Assembly
Mon 1 - Wed 3 May - Year 5/6 Camp - Living Springs
Tue 9 May - 1:30-2:40pm - Whole School Cross Country
Fri 12 May - PTA Discos - save the date!
Tue 23 May - Zone Cross-Country - Y5-8, Hansen Park
Thu 25 May - Board meeting 5:30pm Staffroom
Mon 5 Jun - School Closed - King's Birthday
Wed 13 Jun - Learning Conferences (school closing at 1pm)
Thu 14 Jun - Learning Conferences (school closing at 1pm)
Thu 21 Jun - Whānau Hui and PTA Hāngi
Wed 28 Jun - Board meeting 5:30pm Staffroom
Fri 30 Jun - Last day of Term 2

Citizen of the Week

Harriet Parawa - Year 7

Harriet, you are a superstar in our team. You are a motivated learner and always try your best at everything that you do. You consistently demonstrate a positive and caring attitude and are a great friend to others. You have excellent self-management skills, are a positive role model and a ray of sunshine. You are extremely reliable and are always willing to lend a helping hand. We love having you in our team. Well done!

School Notices

Whānau Junior Playground Support Roster

We have a wonderful group of whānau, parents and grandparents, who come along to school during lunch play to support our tamariki in the junior playground. We have had a couple of time slots become available for Term 2. The benefits of being on the 'parent supervision roster' include the opportunity to be a part of the school community, and getting to know other whānau, parents and your child's friends. Please email Katie if you would like to offer your help for Term 2.

'Kiss & Go' Drop Off Area

A huge "Thank you" to all those who have supported the 'Kiss & Go' zone. This area is for whānau to pull in and drop off or pick up their children kerb side and then leave. We have noticed cars moving on more quickly which has freed up the space for drop offs, making Sandwich Road move more freely.

The area works best when it is just the children getting in or out of the car (on the kerb side).  If whānau need to come into the school please park elsewhere on Sandwich Road and surrounding streets.

Sports News

Swimming Finals

Well done to Emma Vaile, Olivia Yeates, Lily Miller, Lilly-Anne Bone and Izzy Clarke who went to the Canterbury Swimming finals last week. All students represented our kura with pride and should feel very happy with their achievements. Tino Pai!

Community Notices

(Notices placed here are contingent on space and do not reflect the views or opinions of the school.)


Craft & Wellbeing workshops for children & families. 
Encouraging creativity and sparking mindful connections through craft.
Based from a friendly little studio in Cashmere.

April school holiday workshops for children aged 5-12 years:

Hot Air Balloon sculpture Wed 12 April  10-1pm  $50
Craft a whimsical hot air balloon from papier mache, complete with a little flying friend. Express your imagination and learn new skills.

Tree House Miniature Thurs 13 April  10-1pm  $50
Design your own treehouse using twigs and found objects, perfect for Lego people and other small toys.

Autumn Nature Table  Fri 14 April  10-1pm  $50 
Celebrate Autumn & connect to the change of season. Make your own beautiful little ritual table topper with crafts such as a snow globe and candles.

Tea Making & Tasting  Mon 17 April  2-3.30pm  $25 
Make your own special blend of tea from herbs & flowers, and package it up beautifully to take home & share. We will talk about connecting to our senses while nourishing ourselves with something yummy!

Party Puppet Tues 18 April.  2-3.30pm   $25
Make a bright festive puppet that moves, using beads, straws and cardboard. This fun craft creates a joyful dancing character to take home. 

Self Portrait Poster  Weds 19 April   2-3.30pm   $25 
You will make a self portrait good enough to frame. We'll talk a little bit about our 'inner worlds' while having fun expressing who you are.

Bookings & enquiries via email
Facebook @theMakeStudioChristchurch