eNews – Term 4, Week 5. Reminder Teacher Only Day on Monday 13th Nov.


From the Principal


I want to start today’s eNews piece with a HUGE thank you to our caretaker extraordinaire Mr Beehre. This man is really a jack of all trades! From brewing the coffee for staff in the morning to keeping our grounds in an impeccable state Mr Beehre continues to support us all and improve our wonderful school.

So what’s he done recently? This………

Mr Beehre is in the process of upgrading our signage around the school and it looks amazing! Our school vision, whakatauki and values are front and centre for all to embrace. Thank you Mr Beehre.


Next Friday (17th November) we will host 400+ local learners for the Hunua Cultural Festival. Due to the number visiting, we are having to manage space. Alfriston School whānau are able to watch our performances between 10.20am – 10.40am.

We do however need volunteers to help sell food and drink items on the day, so here’s a way to be involved throughout the day 🙂

Please note that Kindo Sushi orders will be on a Thursday for his week only

If you are available between 9.00am and 1.00pm on Friday 17th November please email Mrs Galvin (cgalvin@alfriston.school.nz).

Today we are sending home a paper plate with the eldest or only learners – if you are able to provide a plate of goodies (baking) for our bake sale we would be extremely grateful. This is not compulsory however the funds raised will go towards new equipment (eg: outdoor reading space and mud kitchen) for our learners.


We had a small but mighty (and fun) group of helpers at the Year 4-8 Athletics Day last week and I want to say a massive thank you from all of us. Running these events takes a lot of time and effort and we couldn’t have done it without you!

All learners had a great day so thank you, thank you, thank you!


Teacher Only Day – Monday 13th November

I know there is a lot going on so for the remainder of the term I’ll try and help you a little bit more by providing ‘The Fortnight Ahead’……

Monday 13 Nov Tuesday 14 Nov Wednesday 15 Nov Thursday 16 Nov Friday 17 Nov

Teacher Only Day – no learners at school today



Museum Trip – Rooms 15, 2 and 4


Museum Trip – Rooms 16, 1, 5


Hunua Cultural Festival 

Home / School Partnership comm

Monday 20 Nov Tuesday 21 Nov Wednesday 22 Nov Thursday 23 Nov Friday 24 Nov

Rooms 8,10 and 14 – TIMMS testing



Rooms 8,10 and 14 – TIMMS testing

Weetbix Tryathlon


Tupu Tahi Athletics Day – at school

Year 8 Graduation Dinner

Term 4 Powhiri 9am – all welcome



The full Term 4 calendar is at the bottom of this eNews.

Planning for 2024 

While we are busy enjoying the End of Year activities and learning, we too are planning for 2024.

At the end of this year, we will be farewelling a few teachers.

Firstly, we will say goodbye to Mr Wallis. Mr Wallis has been at Alfriston School for 3 years and in that time many learners have enjoyed his energetic, fun personality and the engaging learning programmes he provides. Mr Wallis has been the Whānau Leader of Whanaungatanga Team and the team in Year 4-6 have loved and appreciated his leadership style. Mr Wallis is returning to Dunedin in time for his eldest son Jordan to start school at 5 and we wish the Wallis whānau all the very best. We will miss Mr Wallis’s gentle, positive presence around the school.

Secondly, we will farewell Mrs Jambhulkar. Mrs Jambhulkar joined us at the beginning of this year and has been part of the Kotahitanga Team. Mrs Jambhulkar has embraced the Alfriston School positive, learning focussed culture and guided Room 11 on their learning journey. We thank Mrs Jambhulkar for being willing to get involved (eg staff swimming race) and for all her efforts this year. We wish her all the very best with her future teaching career.

2024 School Dates

TERM 1 – Wednesday 7th February 2024 to 12 April

TERM 2 – Monday 29 April to Friday 5 July

TERM 3 – Monday 22 July to Friday 27 September

TERM 4 – Monday 14 October to Friday 20 December

TEACHER ONLY DAYS: Friday 31 May and Friday 15 November

We are already adding dates to our school digital calendar (found on school website) so keep an eye on this 🙂


A reminder that all dates are on our google calendar (school website) and we update the pdf calendar (at the bottom of this eNews) all the time. Please regularly check what’s coming up and ask if you have any questions. We are organising multiple (actually 10+) events at a time and we get information out as soon as we can.

UNIFORM Reminders

Hats! Hats! Hats! Hats!

  We ask that caregivers support us by ensuring our uniform expectations are followed. A few reminders:
  • Learners are to wear plain black shoes to school.
  • The only jewellery items to be worn are a watch, stud earrings and if required an item of cultural significance (this should be discussed with Mrs Cook or Mrs Galvin).
  • Additional layers of clothing under our uniform for warmth should be grey in colour.
  • Hair below the collar is tied up using black, brown, white or navy hair ties.

Learning Celebrations

 Congratulations to Sienna Chapman, her team “24 Karat Gold” from Alpha Cheer NZ came 1st in their level at NZ Super Nationals.  

Room 1


Whānau Assembly Learning Celebrations

Gumboot Day

Gumboot Day was great success! Everyone enjoyed the freedom to wear their gumboots to school and it was a perfect choice as it rained!

Thank you for conturbuting to this great cause

Reminder – Wheels Day!

Congratulations to all our learners who have worked hard together to earn their Term 4 reward.  They earnt their coins and posted them in the shoots to win…

Congratulations to…

Ravneet Khosa, Sanjam Khanna, Arsh Nezam, Crido Kirubakaran, Rubin Verdoold, Zebadiyah Mohiuddin, Labeeqa Samut, Sophia Hu, Samrath Hundal, Sanaa Kumar, Ahansh Pratap, Keerat Buttar, Adab Sidhu, Isabella Southgate, Jasmine Singh, Japsirat Grewal, Karissa Chang, Mairah Jambhulkar, Harry Wright


Asees Kaur, Dawson Lewis



Monday 9 October – Tuesday 19 December

Teacher Only Day

Monday 13th November (School is closed to learners)

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

No Dogs allowed on the school site


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