eNews Term 4, Week 6. Have a wonderful weekend :)

25.11.22    Week 6 Term 4

Kia Ora from Mrs Cook.  



Last Friday our Senior Kapa Haka group and Year 3/4 Jump Jam group performed at the Hunua Cultural Festival. Our learners were praised for their performance and behaviour whilst on another school site, they made us very proud!

Thank you to Mrs Johnson, Lamepa and Celene for their work with the Kapa Haka group and to Miss Groom and Miss Mouncey for their efforts with the Jump Jam team. 

I would also like to thank the parents that provided transport to and from the event, your support is truly appreciated.



For the past few weeks we have had various coaches working with our Year 5-8 learners. The focus has been on developing learners fundamental movement skills through cricket opportunities, while supporting teachers and schools to understand the use of cricket as part of the ‘small-ball skills’ curriculum.

The sessions have been engaging and all learners have thoroughly enjoyed the experience. If your child is talking ‘cricket’ at home more information about this great game is available on the Counties Manukau Cricket website.


This event was definitely a highlight of the term! Every learner crawled, jumped and run through, round and under obstacles with massive smiles in their faces 🙂 A big thank you to Mrs Davies and her team for the amazing efforts leading up to and on the day.



A big thank you to everyone who is following safe pick up procedures at the back gate and using the large packing space available. I’m sure like us you will have noticed the safety and efficiency of pick up has improved significantly. Please continue to not park on the yellow line, not park in the bus bay and walk to the gate to collect your child rather than have them run to the car.


I would like to remind all caregivers that concerns must be brought to the attention of staff. As per our school policies parents/caregivers are not to approach other children to discuss concerns. I thank you for understanding and respecting this request. 

Carla Cook – Principal

We are in need of some help!!

Call out for Help!  We are in desperate need to move some production props from Alfriston to another local school but they are too big for a regular trailer.

Do you have or do you have a contact for a small truck, car trailer or hydraulic truck that we can borrow?

Important dates for your diary…

Rainbows EndTuesday 29th November – (Year 7 & 8 only)

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

WPC Trip – Caving – Thursday 1st December

Pool PartyFriday 2nd December – (Year 7 & 8 only)

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

Christmas Disco: Friday 2nd December

Year 8 Graduation Dinner – Thursday 8th December (Urban Soul, Karaka)

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: Tuesday 13th 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 “Alfriston School’s Tme 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


Learning Celebrations

Room 5 has been enjoying buddy reading through their literacy time. Each Reading group breaks off into pairs and they read their book of the week to each other before they discuss the book together and then move on to their tumble.

This has been such a great confidence builder for all Room 5 readers and they have enjoyed learning from each other! They love being social butterflies!

Last Tuesday the Whole school participated in the ‘Alfriston Schools Fantastic Fun Run’.

Room 5 had the best time completing the course. They jumped, bounced, ran, hopped and crawled their way through different stations to see how many times they could get around the course within a time limit. They even got a little wet under the sprinkler tent and the inflatable obstacle course was a hit! 

Room 5 also came 2nd in the school for the most sponsorship raised in total by classes. What an outstanding job everyone did to support our school. And a very big thank you to Mrs Davies for organising it!  Here’s us having a super duper time!

Room 5 is super excited about Summer, even though we know it’s still SPRING! 

We just can’t wait for days at the beach where we can run on the hot sand, swim in the beautiful ocean, build sandcastles, have picnics, fish and chips and ice cream, have warm nights and most of all make memories with our friends and family.

Room 5 decided to ‘Look forward to Summer’ and completed a piece of artwork that shows exactly what we are ‘Looking forward to in Summer’ Come and check them out in Room 5 and ask us about them! We also wrote a class acrostic Poem about SUMMER.

Room 6


In Room 6 we have been learning all about how to stay safe in the sun and safe around water. We have been talking lots about wearing sunhats, drinking lots of water and covering up in the summer months, with sunscreen, sunglasses and shirts while out in the sun.

We had lots of fun designing our own sunhats and putting the correct items you would need in your beach bag for a trip to the beach.


Every day we spend time learning our phonics, using whiteboards. We have a special ‘phonics or sound’ focus for the week and we practice using that sound in our writing. Some days we write as many words as we can in 5 minutes on a whiteboard and see if we can beat our own score from last time. We can all write a lot more words correctly now than we could in Term 1 and 2. Sometimes we get to play fun games like BINGO to help us recognise the sound of the week in words that we read.


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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