Term 4, Week 4 eNews

11.11.22    Week 4  Term 4

Kia Ora from Mrs Cook.  

What a wonderful Whānau assembly we had this morning! Thank you to all community members that took the time to come and celebrate the progress and achievement of our amazing tamariki. 

I really encourage you to be as involved in school life as you can. By coming along and helping out you see your child(ren) enjoying the wonderful opportunities Alfriston School provides, as well as getting to know our staff and other learners. What are some of the ways you can be involved?

  • Attending Whānau assemblies
  • Helping with Reading Mileage – contact Mrs Scott about this
  • Helping with transport to events
  • Attending trips and events
  • Attending Friends and Family meetings
  • Helping in classes
  • Offering to do before or after school gate duty
  • Helping with our Cultural Groups
  • Helping coach sports teams

If you would like information on any of the above please contact me 🙂

Carla Cook – Principal

Important dates for your diary…

Parent Assemblies: Friday 9th December, 9am in the PAC

Cultural Festival: Friday18th November

Weetbix TRYathon:  Wednesday the 30th of November.  www.tryathlon.co.nz/foundation Search for Alfriston School when prompted or use the direct link to register for our school group here

Christmas disco: Friday 2nd December

End of Year Prizegiving: Tuesday 13th December:

Tupu Tahi (Yr0-4) 9am – 10.30am        Kotahitanga (Yr5-8) 11am-12.30pm

End of Year ‘Time to Shine’ Family Picnic: Tuesday13th December 4.30 pm – 7.30 pm

School reports sent home: Wednesday 14th December

Last school day: Thursday 15th December Note: School closes at 12.00pm

In this issue

  1. Message from the Principal
  2. Important dates for your diary
  3. Invitation to “My time to shine” Celebration
  4. Family and Friends 
  5. Learning Celebrations
  6. 2023 dates
  7. Other News and Reminders
  8. Welcome to Alfriston School & birthdays
  9. Term dates, School Times


Family and Friends

Thank you to all who have already got behind our amazing fundraising event of a Fantastic Fun Run.
Please see a link to the  letter that has gone home to whānau and check out what you can do to support this great event.  Here is a link the website https://alfristonfunrun.raiseit.nz/hub
Call out! 
We need some obstacles for the fun run. Are you able to help?  We require obstacles eg large tunnels etc.  We also would like to offer spot prizes to our learners for their fundraising efforts, should you have business where you would be willing to donate an item or a voucher for a service, please contact sdavies@alfriston.school.nz , in return we can promote your business through our community communications.
AND… Would you be interested in joining this amazing group of parents? Come along to a meeting to meet other parents and be part of our amazing school community. Maybe you would be willing to help on a smaller scale and would be happy to part of a mailing list?
Please contact Sarina Davies sdavies@alfriston.school.nz

Learning Celebrations

Room 4

Room 4 have working hard on our throwing, jumping, running and land techniques in preparation for our athletics day!

We learnt about rangoli patterns and made our own scratch art version of these.

Room 11


A huge congratulations to the App. development team who won the app. competition with their app. design called “Let’s Talk”. This app. was designed by young people to support young people with Mental Well-being by connecting them through emoji trackers, youth line support and Whānau to help with their wellbeing.

Well done… Fiona Naivaluvou, Eleanor Montgomerie, Suzannah Montgomerie, Cormack Douglas, Solina Meas and Wendy Shao

They won $2000 for our school and a Prezzy card each for their commitment and their design success.


School Dates 2023


2023 School Dates

TERM 1: Tuesday 7 February – Thursday 6 April

TERM 2: Monday 24 April – Friday 30 June

TERM 3: Monday 17 July – Friday 22 September

TERM 4: Monday 9 October – Wednesday 20 December

Teacher Only Days: 1st and 2nd of February, other dates may be added (TBC)

Other News & Reminders


Sunhats are required for Term 4 and sandals are encouraged. If learners do not have a hat they will be required to sit or play in the shade.

As previously indicated it is vital learners are onsite and ready to start the day by 8.45 am. The first 15 minutes of the school day set learners up for success. We are currently tracking lateness and will be contacting the whānau we are concerned about.
We have also noticed a growing number of children arriving at school very early, please do not send your child/children to school before 8 am.  It is a long time for them to stand on cold/wet days.  We ask that you make alternative arrangements for your child on those days you need to start early.  This is a health & safety concern for us as we do not have a before-school care facility and teachers/staff are unable to supervise children as they are busy preparing for their school day.
 If your child is sick with vomiting they are required to remain at home and away from school for at least 24 hours.  


It is important that we hold the correct details for our learners on file, especially if we have to contact you in an emergency. Have you recently changed your address, email or phone number? Please can you let the office know so we have up-to-date accurate records.



Second-Hand Uniform Shop Re-opened in the Boiler Shed

The school’s 2nd Hand Uniform Shop/Bolier Shed is open on the first Wednesday of every month from 2:15 pm – 3 pm. Open on Wednesday 1 November from 2.30-3pm. All uniform items are sold for only $5 each and the money goes back to the school for our students. If you have any spare uniforms that you are not using and would like to donate to the Boiler Shed please drop them in the next time they are open or drop them off at the school office.  Due to the school holidays, the next time the Boiler Shed will be open is the 2nd of November.  For any further queries or urgent requests please reach out to Jess at jessandstella@gmail.com  


Cattaleya Junior.




Arsh Nezam, Crido Kirubakaran, Riaan Swami, Rubin Verdoold, Jasmeet Singh, Zebadiyah Mohiuddin, Labeeqa Samut, Sophia Hu, Samrath Hundal, Sanaa Kumar, Ahansh Pratap, Mackenzie Harland, Keerat Buttar, Isabella Southgate, Jasmine Singh, Japsirat Grewal, Karissa Chang, Daniel Howe, Nala Burgess, Harry Wright, Mannat Singh.



Thursday 3rd February – Thursday 14th April


Tuesday 3rd May – Friday 8th July

Thursday 23rd June – Teacher Only Day


Monday 25th July – Friday 30th September


Monday 17th October – Thursday 15th  December (12.00 finish)

Teacher Only Day – Friday 21st October

School hours:

We ask that all learners be at school by 8.30am each day to prepare for their school day.

8.45am: Learning starts

10.15am – 10.45am: Morning tea break

12.30pm – 1.15pm:  Lunch break

2.45pm: School finishes

Gates remain open until 3.15pm daily  

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