Newsletter 1st September 2023

School Newsletter
Learn to Grow

Term 3 Week 7 Kawerongo

Important Dates 


2nd September – PTA Quiz Night

4th – 6th September – Year 6 Bike Ready Lessons

5th September – PTA Meeting 7pm

11th – 15th – Maori Language week

15th September – Maori language open afternoon

20th September – PTA Pizza Lunch

21st September – Year 1 Cultural Dancing

22nd September – End of Term 3

9th October – Start of Term 4 


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,

I often hear of the initiative shown by our students at our school, the excellence they are able to produce in their learning and the respect they show to peers and staff. I continue to look forward to seeing the values of  Perseverance, Respect, Initiative, Diligence and Excellence being shown across the school through the rest of the term.  I have certainly seen our values shown in our school production this week!  I look forward to passing out some of our special certificates to those who are observed using their PRIDE values. This week the following students have been awarded a PRIDE certificate: Jack Farr, Paige Rawson, Ilhan Ali, Riley Henry, Rewan Tonkin, Rico Neilson, Judah Patayon, Jungmin Han, Luka Schultz, Harry Steele, Roman Duff, Taylor Watts, Isla Ramsey and Carter Guest.

Night at the Movies

We have had a very busy week at school! The performance of the ‘Night at the Movies’ ’show was amazing. All four performances were fantastic! I am so proud of each and every dancer, from year 3 to year 6 who took part, many putting themselves outside their comfort zones to perform on a stage in front of a packed hall. We had over 300 children perform, offering opportunities for those who excel in the arts. I would like to thank our teachers and support staff, who worked tirelessly for many weeks to bring this together. I’d also like to thank our PTA who supported us with ticketing, those stunning programmes and merchandise. I would like to thank Charlene Boyd. She coordinated, planned and executed a fabulous show, giving our children such an amazing opportunity. 

As a school we continue to strive for academic excellence, but it is vital that, at primary school, the children get opportunities to show excellence and participate in the arts and sports. In these areas our children can embrace new experiences and opportunities, and take risks to try new things. Watching these performances over this week has made me very proud of our children and our teachers and support staff. 

School Office

We are undertaking some office renovations, this means our friendly office staff will be based in our Board Room until further notice, just round the corner. We are doing some redecoration of the office area.

You still need to come to the temporary office to sign children in and out and to drop off any items for the team to take to your child’s class. The door may be closed to keep the warm air in, but please just come in!

If possible we ask that any other requests are sent in by email or phone until further notice.

2023 and 2024 Enrolments

If you have a child who will be joining our school in either 2023 or 2024 can you please contact the office to begin the enrolment process. This is vital to ensure we can secure the best teachers for our school. With the well publicised teacher shortages it is important we know our numbers to help us secure the best available teachers for your children. If you know of any families through daycare or kindy that also may have children joining us in 2023 or 2024, can you please ask them to come and see us. 

School Protocols

Thank you for supporting our health and safety protocols for adults on site. These are important so we know who is at school and to ensure the safety of your children.  Please do not go to the classrooms to pick up a child to go home early.

Please remember:

  • To drop any items to the office (now located in the boardroom), such as lunchboxes.
  • To call into the office if you are picking your child up for an appointment or to leave early. Our office staff will then send for the child to meet you up at the office, this ensures we know who is on site at any time.

Ngā mihi 

Stephen Grady


Community Connections


Greenhithe is a MITEY School

At Greenhithe School we are mentally healthy and feel a sense of belonging when we feel respected, valued and heard. Ideas and well being are valued, ensuring that everyone feels supported and appreciated.

Time is taken to build and nurture relationships.

A Night at The Movies

What an amazing show. Here a few photos of the fun that was had by all! A huge thank you to everyone who supported and Mrs Boyd for leading the direction of the show.

Popcorn anyone?

Sports Corner     Korero hākinakina

In the next newsletter, we will do a round up of the final placings for  the Winter Sports that have been playing over the last couple of terms.


Next term Touch will be recommencing for all Years 1-6 children. Touch is played on a Wednesday afternoon at Moire Park Massey after school. We are still working out details of this competition and  will send out a notice once it is opened up on Kindo.

We also will be holding our annual Years 4-6 Athletics Day at Wainoni Park on November 14th. Lots of details to follow.


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   

Welcome to the inaugural Saints Junior Rip Rugby Spring League!

The purpose of this league is to provide an opportunity for:

  • new players to experience the game of Rip Rugby
  • for school players to play more than one-day tournaments
  • for existing club players to extend their season

It is being delivered in association with the Marist NH Rugby Club, with all games played at the NH Domain (Marist fields).

Grades are: U9, U11, U13, U15 | Boys, Girls, Mixed

Season Dates: Friday 13th Oct – 8th Dec 2023 (8 weeks in Term 4)  No game Labour Weekend (Fri 20th Oct)

Entries Due: Friday 16th September 2023

We accept entries from:

  • rugby club teams
  • school teams
  • independent teams

We would greatly appreciate it if you could either include the attached flyer in your school notices, or circulate to your students between 7 years old and 15 years old.

If you are not the correct contact for Rippa/Rip Rugby at your school, we hope you wouldn’t mind forwarding to them for us.

For the entry pack & rules & regulations, go to, or email [email protected]

Play Cricket with East Coast Bays Cricket 

Registrations for the cricket season are now open.

Please register online at

East Coast Bays Cricket is one of the largest clubs on Auckland’s North Shore, providing cricket for all ages and all levels.

The Club is focused on fun, teamwork and performance providing children of all skill levels a chance to learn the game in an enjoyable environment.

We cater for all children’s cricket from Year 1 through to Year 8, both girls and boys.

The uniform comprises a club shirt, club shorts or trousers, and club cap. The Club has the clothing available for purchase and the full range will also be available on Muster Day, our annual start of season Cricket Day to be held on 15 October 2023 at Windsor Park.

The Club provides all playing equipment required, although you are welcome to use your own.Please contact the Club for more information at [email protected]


Community Notices

Megaland Inflatable Obstacle Course

Attention, students and parents! We are thrilled to announce that the MegaLand inflatable obstacle course will be making its way to North Harbour Stadium during the upcoming school holidays, from September 23rd to October 1st. 

Prepare yourself for an unforgettable experience with MegaLand! This vibrantly thrilling inflatable obstacle course, spanning a staggering 345 meters, promises hours of non-stop fun and excitement for all, regardless of age. It is bound to surpass all expectations!

Gather your loved ones and join us at MegaLand for an epic school holiday adventure. We eagerly anticipate your presence! It will be truly remarkable!


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