Dear Parents and Caregivers

My thanks to our students for remembering to wear their hats when outside. Last Thursday some of our students participated in the Eden/Albert Zone Athletic competition at Margaret Griffen Park in Lynfield. Well done everyone on your efforts and sportsmanship. We came third overall. A special thank you to our Sports Specialist, Martin Rodwell who organised this event for all the schools involved.

End of year Lewis Eady concerts  – Well done to the students who performed at the end of year Lewis Eady concerts last week. I was especially impressed with your skill level, and the enthusiasm and passion demonstrated by the music tutors. This is an excellent opportunity for your children to receive music tuition on site, during a couple of afternoons each week and after school. I would encourage you to explore this opportunity.

Lewis Eady Lunchtime Concert 2018

Report from a student who participated in the APPA choir festival this year –
This experience has just been amazing. From when you get in, to the big show at the end, it’s always a fun challenge and you have a wonderful time. I think being in the APPA CHOIR made me want to sing out more, and I know it gave me a more open view of the songs out there. All of the songs we sang were so different from each other, so everybody had a song that they felt was their style. Mrs Pearce is so helpful and fun (we learn all of the songs in such cool, fun ways.)
At the end, the show, it was AMAZING! To hear all of the different people singing in unison was awesome. The band was stunning. Their fingers ran all over, and the music wafted over the entire hall. Mr Bond even played the organ!
I loved being in the APPA CHOIR and I wish that I could do it all over again.
BY: Nina

APPA Concert Night

As the last three weeks of school ramp up in terms of events, please keep an eye on our school calendar, newsletter and any notices coming home.

Have a great week,
Delanee Dale



School Pool Keys Available for Purchase – Our school pool has opened for key holders until the end of term 1 2019, weather permitting. There are still a few keys available to our school community. They are only available from the school office at a cost of $190 each (inclusive of a $50 refundable key bond). Terms and conditions apply and keys can only be purchased by a parent or caregiver.

Calendar Art – You should have received your child’s unique code last Tuesday (with the exception of room 18 students). Orders were open from Wednesday as mentioned in the last newsletter. If you tried the night before when you received the code it would not have worked. Please note all orders need to be placed by this Wednesday, closing at midnigh, to ensure they are here for the last week of school. If you are experiencing any difficulties with ordering please get in touch with Karen in the office ASAP.

Ice Block and Cupcake Sale – This Wednesday 28 November there will be an ice block and cupcake sale run by our year 6 students with support from their parents/caregivers.
Ice Blocks $2 each, Cupcakes $3 each. For sale in the Junior Courtyard or outside the Library from 3pm.

Lunch Boxes/Change of Clothes – We have several children coming into the office daily saying they have eaten all of their food. A gentle reminder to please make sure your child has enough food for the whole day (sometimes it is as simple as “I don’t like” and we do our best to knock that issue on its head) and a change of clothes, especially if they are prone to accidents. Water play is available to our juniors at break time and sometimes they just end up wet! We ask that if the school has provided a change of clothes that these are cleaned and returned asap as they come from our emergency supply.


The busy bees at Garden to Table are having an end of year sale.

  • plant labels
  • worm tea (fertiliser)
  • seedlings
  • veges

Bring your spare change and a reusable bag to school this Wednesday 28 November from 10:45-11:30am


Library Shut for Stocktaking 
The Library is now shut for annual stocktaking which involves scanning around 16,000 books.
It is not open before, during or after school until this is completed.
Please return any books, no matter how overdue, to the blue box by the front door ASAP.
If you want to check whether your child has returned all their books, please check on the Library Link on the school website or pop into the Library.
Thanks in advance, Lisa


Please check an email sent home tonight with reminders of what’s going on in the Whanake Junior School over the next couple of weeks.


Term 4, Week 6
Again Room 28 have taken out the top class and top student participation awards. Amazing Room 28!
Top Student: Dion Smith from room 28 with 30,433 points
Top Class: Room 28 with 60,090 points


Term 4  (please check the school website calendar, notices coming home for more details/updates on upcoming activities and events)

  • Calendar Art Orders Close – Wednesday 28 November
  • Volunteers Thank You Morning Tea – Wednesday 28 November, 11am in the hall
  • Garden to Table Sale – Wednesday 28 November 10:45-11:30am
  • Ice Block and Cupcake Sale – Wednesday 28 November, 3pm 
  • Whanake Junior School Beach Ed Trip Days – Monday 3 December (rooms 4, 6 & 10), Tuesday 4 December (rooms 1, 2 & 7), Wednesday 5 December (rooms 11, 12 & 18), Thursday 6 December (rooms 8 & 9), Monday 10 December (rooms 3 & 5)
  • Year 6 Graduation and Prizegiving – Tuesday 4 December 6:30-8:30pm
  • Year 6 Disco – Friday 7 December 6:30-8:30pm (TBC)
  • Transition to School Open Morning – Friday 7 December
  • Matauranga Senior School Picnic – Wednesday 12 December
  • Whanake Junior School Picnic – Thursday 13 December
  • Waipuna Middle School Picnic – Thursday 13 December
  • Term 4 ends – Friday 14 December 12 noon finish

Term 4 Assembly Timetable (Assemblies start at 2pm. Please note there will be limited room for parents and caregivers at whole school assemblies)

  • Matauranga Senior School Assembly – Friday 30 November led by Mr Fahey
  • Maungawhau Whole School Assembly – Thursday 6 December led by Staff


Meetings are held in the school staffroom and start at 5:30pm.

  • Tuesday 27 November
  • Thursday 13 December


New Leaf V3 Dec18
Songs from Oliver 2018
1 Dec Holiday
January Holiday Programme 2019
2January Holiday Programme 2019
3January Holiday Programme 2019

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