School Newsletter
Learn to Grow

Term 3 Week 4 Kawerongo

Important Dates 

22nd – 23rd August – Tread Lightly Caravan

26th August – Daffodil Day, non uniform, gold coin

26th August – Greenhithe PTA School Disco

31st August – New Entrant Parents Evening

1st September – Maths Information Evening

7th September – Northern Bays Football

14th – 15th September – Greenhithe Art Exhibition

27th September – Sports Awards Hui

30th September – End of Term 3

Principal’s News

I have enjoyed seeing the children learning in class and participating in school life, full of enthusiasm and energy. I have already seen many examples of our children showing our school values. In the last two weeks we have awarded the following children PRIDE certificates: Ellie Mcdonald, Olive Whitehead, Ava Laursen, Honour O’Hagan, Yanxi Yang, Elijah Wimpory, Rebecca Qi, Jake Nell, Ellie Overington, Sofia Turner, Chloe Chamberlain, Milla Jury, Georgia Saunders.

The Whānau Afternoon was a great success. Thank you to those who were able to attend. It has been far too long since we were able to invite you into our school. We love being part of our amazing community, and having you back in our classrooms, sharing in the learning and working alongside your child. A particular mention to those parents who were involved in treasure hunts around the school! You certainly were modelling the values of perseverance and initiative!  

Thank you to those who have taken the opportunities to give feedback on our consultation questions. Your input is valuable to us as we look to develop our school’s strategic plan for the next three years. There will be a further opportunity to contribute at the disco, when we will hold a consultation session, with refreshments onsite in the school staffroom, while your children are at the disco! This means you can stay onsite, have a look at our questions, and meet up with other parents.

I was lucky enough to attend (and coach) at the Kristin Winter Sports day. Thank you to all the parents who took time out of their busy schedules to support, transport or coach a team. This was a lovely day and I am always pleased to take the opportunity to get out of the office and be involved with the coaching myself! Our kids, as usual, displayed a great attitude, tried hard and showed wonderful sportsmanship. Thank you to Sharon for her work in organising the day.  

Maths week was a big success at school! It was good to see the kids involved in daily maths class challenges, competitions and generally enjoying maths! Thanks to Jo Snowden for the organisation of this fun week in school for our children.

We have our Maths Parent Information Evening coming up on the 1st September, in the school hall. This will be an opportunity to learn how maths teaching has evolved and how our kids learn. We will have some activities out for you to see and some of our kids will be demonstrating some maths classroom activities at different levels. We hope you are able to attend. More information will be provided shortly.  We hope to be able to hold more of these curriculum information events in the future.

Thank you to those who have placed orders for your child’s calendar art. The orders will be open until the 31st August and will be back in time for posting overseas for Christmas gifts. then use your individual code for your child. Please let the office know if you have any issues with ordering using the provided code.

Ngā mihi 

Stephen Grady


Community Connections

Over the last few weeks of term 2 and 3, some of our year 4 students have been taking part in a local education programme through Whitebait Connection. The students have been learning about our local environment in Greenhithe and our local stream near Oakford Crescent. On returning to school they have devised an action to support our local environment and the school grounds. The Litter Detectors have been busy auditing how much litter Greenhithe students make. Their concern is that some of this ends up in our school drains and then into the waterways of Greenhithe. Here are some photos of the Litter Detectors in action.

Litter Detectors of year 4 with the support of year 6 Kaitiaki.

The results of the collection will be in the next newsletter along with some actions for our community.

Sports Corner     Korero hākinakina


As previously mentioned in the Sports Corner, all registrations for sport activities from next term will be done on the new Kindo platform as we will no longer be using Enrolmy. This will include Touch which is played by Years 1-6 children and Splash Polo for returning players only. You will be notified once it is open.


Yesterday we took a team of Year 5 and 6 children to the annual Northern Bays Winter Sports Day held at Kristin School. We had such a great day with all of the children representing our school with great sportsmanship and skill. Thanks to the parents who transported the children and supported them during the day.

Congratulations to our netball team who won a close final against Glamorgan Primary School. Our Hockey team coached by Paula Turner came third which was a great effort. Our football team coached by Mr Grady came fourth and our Miniball team coached by Cam Harrison came 8th – awesome work considering this was mainly a Year 5 team. Thanks to all of these coaches, you did a wonderful job and the children were lucky to have your expertise for the day. 

Here are some photos from the day.


If there is anything that you would like included in the school newsletter, an achievement that you think is worth sharing, please email me at [email protected]   

Sharon Hilton-Jones

Sports Co-ordinator                                                         

Community Notices

The Whale Rider

by Witi Ihimaera

Adapted for the stage by Tim Bray

Created for Ages: 5 – 10

Show Run Time: 50 mins

24 Sep – 12 Nov

More information on

A modern classic of Aotearoa 

We are thrilled to bring Witi Ihimaera’s classic story The Whale Rider back to the stage in a children’s theatre show unmatched. This beautifully rich story of whānau and tikanga is masterfully translated into a live performance that will absorb the viewer, from start to end. A poignant tale of forging paths and self-belief, this is the show all children need to see.

Destined to become leader of her tribe, no matter how hard she tries to show her worth, Kahu’s koro (grandfather) won’t accept that a kōtiro (girl) can take over his role of chief. But a rescue of the ancient whale beached in the Whāngārā Harbour, changes things.

Hailed the ‘most intelligent Tim Bray production’ in 2014 by KickArts

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