Newsletter Thursday 6th April 2023

School Newsletter
Learn to Grow

Term 1 Week 10 Kawerongo

Important Dates 



6th April – End of Term 1

24th April – Teacher Only Day Conference

25th April – ANZAC Day

26th April – Term 2 Begins

26th April – Board Meeting 6.45pm

27th April – Pre loved uniform sale 2.30pm


23rd May – School Cross Country years 3 – 6

31st May – Board Meeting 6.45pm


1st June – Rippa Tournament

5th June – Kings Birthday School Closed

7th June Interschool Cross Country

13th June – Year 6 planting at Wainoni

14th June – Bays Performing Arts

21st June – Netball Field Day Year 6

30th June – End of Term 2


17th July – Term 3 Begins


Before School Care:   Lorna: [email protected]

After School Care:      Karen: 027 223 5934

Piano:  Susan Fraser: 021 378 007

Guitar/Drums: Paul Barry – [email protected], ph:  022 198 0044

School Uniform Shop on-site: – Tuesday 2.45 – 3.15pm

Principal’s News

Dear parents,

The term has flown along! A term that started with such disruption and hardship on some of our families finished today with a wonderful assembly and demonstration of learning. I was so proud of the kids who led the assembly so beautifully and all of the children in the classes who presented. This summed up for me the effort I have seen in all of our classrooms. It demonstrated how our school curriculum continues to celebrate art, sports, singing, science and New Zealand histories and drama as well as the key skills of literacy and mathematics, which continue to unpin all of our learning areas.

I am so proud of the staff, who have again shown skill, passion and dedication this term, giving our children an amazing start to the year. They will continue to work over the school break, preparing for next term and the many opportunities I know they will be offering our children.

Last week we held a parent evening about cyber safety and provided information on our school wellbeing programme ‘Mitey’, which is a New Zealand based programme supported by the Sir John Kirwan Foundation. Graeme Muller, from NZ Tech and a former Greenhithe parent, gave some frightening statistics about the online harm from social media that children face today. Greg Duff, Head of Education and Engagement with N4L, a parent and one of our Board, provided some information on how the school network, provided by Network 4 Learning (N4L), protects our school from cyber attacks and how the filtering helps protect the kids at school. Finally our amazing school team gave some information on our wellbeing programme. 

This meeting came out of the parent consultation from last year and was something we also thought would be useful for the community. Thank you to those who attended and we hope you took some great information and support away with you. We have put the presentation slides in our newsletter as was requested.

I wish all of our children and their families a wonderful time away from school and we are looking forward to continuing the great start we have made in term 2.

Nga mihi

Stephen Grady

Principal/ Tumuaki

Parent Information Evening 30th March 2023

Parents Supporting Our Kids Online

Supporting Cybersafety @Greenhithe School

Mitey Mental Health Programme @Greenhithe

Room 7 and 8

Rooms 7 and 8 have been learning about how to use soft drawing pencils to make different marks. They have been practicing good observation and blending by drawing themselves.

Room 17 have been inspired to create portraits by studying work by artist Robyn Kaukiwa.

Year 6 Collaborative Artwork

We were inspired by the origin story Paikea and the reworked version “The Whale Rider” by Witi Ihimaera and the whale tails as an art exhibtion around Tamaki Makaurau.

Rooms 9 and 10 used oil pastels to create colour and then carefully traced over their photographs with pencil.

Community Connections

Kaitiaki Update

Our wonderful school kaitiaki have been busy moving mulch and planting herbs and flowers.

Thankyou to Tania who is one of our parents at Greenhithe who has donated some herbs for our planters on behalf of her work Gardens4Health (part of the Diabetes Foundation Aotearoa). We so appreciate it thank you.

Sports Corner     Korero hākinakina


Congratulations to our 2023 School Swimming Champions!!!

Mikah and Max


Rippa registrations are now open on Kindo. Rippa is for all children Years 3-6. There are two tournaments held at Moire Park Massey – one in term two and one in term three. The cost is $10. These tournaments are held during school time and practices are held during lunchtime or before school. We also need any parents who could help by coaching a team – it does not need to be every week, these two tournaments are lots of fun and it is all about giving it a go as there are no competition points given.


Marco from Room 23 recently represented and captained Team Tahiti in the Oceania Tag Nationals. The team came first in the under 11 boys age group. Way to go Marco. Here is a photo of Marco and his team.

Community Notices

Jazz School, School holiday Big Band workshop

This will be an exciting three day school holiday workshop where year 6, 7 and 8 students will learn to play in a Jazz Big Band and then perform a concert for family and friends on the final afternoon. The Big Band is for Saxophone, Trumpet, Trombone and Clarinet players plus Electric Guitar, Piano, Bass and Drums. The music we play will range from jazz standards to modern pop classics with an emphasis on having fun while producing music at a high standard. April 12, 13 and 14. Please visit or email [email protected] for more information.

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