Newsletter 4th May 2023

School Newsletter
Learn to Grow

Term 2 Week 2 Kawerongo

Important Dates 



19th May – Pink Shirt Day Gold coin donation

23rd May – School Cross Country years 3 – 6

31st May – Board Meeting 6.45pm


1st June – Rippa Tournament

5th June – Kings Birthday School Closed

6th June – PTA Meeting

7th June Interschool Cross Country

9th June – PTA School Disco

9th June – Year 6 visit AJHS

13th June – Year 6 planting at Wainoni

14th June – Bays Performing Arts

14th June – Junior Cross Country

16th June – PTA Pizza Lunch

20th June – Year 3 Zoo Trip

21st June – Netball Field Day Year 6

28th – 29th June – Parent Interviews

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 and Caregivers,

Our PRIDE values of Perseverance, Respect, Initiative, Diligence and Excellence are very important to us at school. The children are reminded about what these values look like in many contexts around our school, including in the playground, on the sports field and when learning in the classroom. The leadership team of myself, Kelly Knowles and Michelle Butler give out PRIDE certificates when we catch children obviously showing our values, these are displayed in the office, before coming home with the children. It is one of our highlights to see these values being shown around our school. We acknowledge those children who get these awards in the newsletter. In the last two weeks, the children who have gained these awards are: Ella Williams, Poppy Neale, Carter Cathcart, Israel Patridge, Theo Cadness-Aspinall.

Welcome back to term 2! 

I would like to acknowledge ANZAC day and also the dedication and sacrifice made by the men and women of the armed services both in the past and those currently serving. As a school we take part in the service and our school community is represented by our House Leaders. These wonderful year six children walked as part of the parade and two of our leaders laid a wreath on behalf of our school. I thank them for taking part and representing our school so beautifully. Our children always make me so proud.

I have loved seeing the kids back in school and things like winter sports kicking in. A massive thank you to all our coaches and managers who have stepped up to give our children such amazing opportunities to stay fit and healthy. 

Holiday Troubles

Unfortunately in the holidays we suffered some vandalism and theft. During the first week we had some characters break into the building site and destroy the ceiling tiles, which were to be reused and are now out of production. The cost of the vandalism was close to $40K in total. This matter has been referred to the police and thanks to our CCTV system, we were able to identify the culprits and provide that information to the police. In the second week we had another group of men come to try to take our outdoor speakers again. After the last theft we installed cages over these. The cages worked a treat! These characters spent 30 minutes at 8.30pm trying to take them down. They ended up with only one and gave up. The money spent on the additional measures and the CCTV system allowed us to pass the footage onto the police and stopped them from again removing the whole system!

Building Works

We are always continuing to try to create the best environment for our children to learn in. Whether this has been the development and draining of the field, the shade sails, classroom upgrades, library upgrade or the current work on the block along Isobel Road. This current work will create an amazing space for our learners. The weather this year, supply issues and the recent vandalism has hit our timeline, but we hope to have this work completed during term 3. With the support of our Board and with the amazing fundraising work of our PTA we continue to plan for some new facilities that will support and enhance the experience for our children at Greenhithe School.

School Donations and Activity Contributions

These donations and contributions allow us to be able to run special days at school and have amazing trips for your children. Our team leaders are working on their trips for term 2 and 3 at the moment, without the activity contributions, these trips will be unable to go ahead. Thank you for supporting us to give your child the best opportunities we can.

School Donation – $55 per term or $220 for the whole school year. The amount for 3rd or

subsequent children will remain at $37.50 per term or $150 for the whole school year.

Classroom Activity Contributions – $40 per term or $160 for the whole school year.

Kindo is our preferred method for all your school payments. We also have links for you to follow on our school website in the Community Connect section or in the drop down on the Info tab.

If you have any trouble setting up or accessing your Kindo account, please follow the help links on the Kindo website.

Industrial Action

There is a little confusion about the industrial action in the education sector at the moment. The primary school teachers are not currently involved in any industrial action. They have received an offer from the Government and this is currently being considered. The vote will take place shortly and we will see where this goes. 

The principals are on a different negotiation path and we are currently undertaking a work to rule industrial action, in response to the lack of response from the Government. This action is designed to affect the workstreams of the Ministry of Education. I am working between 8am-5pm only and not engaging with the Ministry, except through some areas that directly affect our kids, such as learning support. 

We are trying to have an impact on those who need to listen. The action throughout the sector is aimed at improving the supply of teachers, improving the support we get to fund and enhance teaching and learning in the school, improving the support for diverse learning needs and trying to ensure your child gets the best education possible. 

Nga mihi

Stephen Grady

Principal/ Tumuaki

Community Connections



Our wonderful school kaitiaki have been busy planting herbs and flowers for the winter season.

Our group of students are planning for term 2, which will involve adding to our Bug Shelter area. Ensuring that we continue to provide habitats for our minbeasts and birds in our Greenhithe area.

Bunnings Constellation are in the process of supplying us with some timber to build a raised vegetable garden. We are so excited. Thank you.

Sports Corner     Korero hākinakina


Our Years 3-6 annual school cross country is coming up on Tuesday 23rd May (saver day Thursday 25th May). It will once again be held at Wainoni Park and the Pony Club, starting around 11am and finishing around 1pm. A letter came home yesterday asking for parent help to walk the children down to the park to have a ‘practice walk’ over the course on Tuesday 16th May in the afternoon. Another letter will be sent home with all of the details of the actual event,  so keep an eye out for that. For those keen runners, 7, 8 and 9 year olds run approximately 1.5km and 10/11 year olds run approximately 2km.


We have an amazing opportunity for any keen Years 0-3 hockey players who would like to participate in a lunchtime programme for six weeks. It will be run by Anil Nathoo assisted by Nick Capizzi. Both Anil and Nick are very familiar faces to North Harbour Hockey and Hockey NZ, both having represented to high levels. There will be a small fee charged of $30 with all proceeds going back into buying more hockey sticks and balls for the school. All children must have a mouth guard for safety purposes, otherwise they will miss out on all the fun activities.The first session will be on Monday,  May 15th. If any children need equipment and want to buy gear, we have teamed up with Go Hockey to provide a great deal (see flyer below). Alternatively, there will be  some gear for the kids to use if they want to give it a go first. You will need to register by going on Kindo.


On Tuesday we sent a small team of swimmers to represent our school at the North Shore Swimming Champs. Thank you to those parents who helped with transport and managing the children on the day. We had some fantastic results which are listed below.

Max Shi  9 yr old boys

6th 25m backstroke

6th 25m freestyle

10th 25m butterfly

Chelsea Li 9 year old girls

4th 100m freestyle

1st 50m backstroke

6th 25m butterfly

Coco Zhu 9 year old girls

5th 50m breastroke

3rd 50m backstroke

5th 25m freestyle

Mikah Roberts 10 year old girls

5th 100m freestyle

3rd 50m backstroke

9th 25m butterfly

Lexi Biffin 10 year old girls

2nd 50m breastroke

3rd 25m butterfly

4th 50m freestyle

Nikita Strombeck 11 year old girls

1st 100m freestyle

2nd 50m backstroke

1st 50m freestyle

Finn Durbin 10 year old boys

20th 50m breastroke

9th 100m freestyle

18th 50m freestyle

Max Wang 10 year old boys

4th 50m breastroke

7th 50m backstroke

3rd 25m breastroke

 We also entered into two relays. Our team of Max, Mikah, Nikita and Lexi came 4th in the 100m medley relay and 3rd in the 100m freestyle relay.

There were 24 schools competing and our school came 9th overall which was an awesome achievement considering the size of our team.

Here is a picture of the team

 Lexi, Coco, Chelsea, Mikah, Nikita, Max S, Max W and Finn


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   


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