Newsletter 15th September 2023

School Newsletter
Learn to Grow

Term 3 Week 9 Kawerongo

Important Dates 


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 

23rd October – Labour Day School Closed

24th October – Book Fair begins

25th October – PTA Pizza Lunch

26th October – Nest Positive Puberty evening for year 5 and 6 parents only

27th October – Character Book Parade 9.15am

6th November – Year 3 – Athletics

8th November – 10th November – Year 6 Camp

14th November – Year 4 – 6 Athlletics Day


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,

It was great to see so many parents and families at our event to celebrate Te Wiki o te Reo Māori at our school. We hope you enjoyed seeing and taking part in the activities in each of the classrooms!

Building Works

In the next week or so we will complete the work on Block 8, the classes at the front of the school. These will be a real asset to us and be used for our New Entrant classes each year. We also hope to have our new Junior Playground underway very shortly as well. These are exciting developments and continue to develop our site to provide amazing facilities for our children.  

Thank you for your patience while we upgrade the admin and office area. The work is progressing well! Please remember to call in to the temporary office to drop any items for your child or if you are picking them up for an appointment.

During the upcoming school break there will be some drainage work occurring on the school site. If your children do come on our site during the holidays, please talk to them about staying away from the fenced site. 

Ministry of Education Teacher Only Day

We have a Ministry of Education assigned teacher only day in term 4. Every school will be using this day to prepare staff for implementation of the refreshed New Zealand Curriculum. Our school is taking this day on Friday 24th November. We have liaised with some local schools to ensure our day will align to make this easier for you. Therefore Greenhithe School will be closed for students on the 24th November.

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.

Our Mitey Mediators finishing their training ready to support our MITEY children in the playground in term 4. 

Kaitiaki are busy checking their habitats that they have created and they have found a new nest and wetas moving into their Weta Hotels! So exciting, great job Kaitiaki of Greenhithe!

Sports Corner     Korero hākinakina


Registrations are now open for Touch on Kindo. Touch is for all Years 1-6 children and  is played on a Wednesday afternoon at Moire Park Massey after school. All other relevant information is on Kindo. 

We have recently formed a touch committee composed of Emily Tromp, Claire Steele and Sam Rowe, so if you need to ask any questions you can email [email protected] and one of our committee members will get back to you.


We are running the hockey lunchtime sessions for all Years 0-3 children again starting on Monday 9th October for six weeks. This is being taken once again by one of our wonderful keen hockey parents Anil Nathoo. You can register through Kindo.

Last term, Anil did not charge his time for taking these sessions and donated all the money to the school. We bought a set of hockey goals which were used extensively by our hockey teams in the latter part of the season. Thank you Anil.


We have had a busy winter of lots of sports being played. It is so good to see so many children representing our school either after school or on the weekend.  I just wanted to thank anyone who has helped with coaching, managing or being a supportive parent on the sideline this season. Without you, our children wouldn’t be having so many wonderful sporting opportunities.  

Here are the results for our Hockey teams. Thank you Nui McGregor for doing an outstanding job coordinating these teams.


We have had lots of success with our hockey teams this season. Congratulations to all the teams, you have done a fantastic job! Special mention to our Year 4 and our Year 6  girls who were unbeaten all season!

Year 6 Girls 1st 

Year 6 Boys  4th

Year 5 Mixed 9th

Year 4 Boys 8th

Year 3 and 4 Girls 1st

Here are a couple of pictures from our winning Year 6 girls team and Year 3 and 4 girls team


Our Year 5 and 6 children who played on a Wednesday night and have had some fantastic results

Year 5/1  Grade  3 2nd

Year 5/2  Grade 6  1st

Year 6/1  Grade 1  3rd

Year 6/2  Grade 2  5th

Year 6/3  Grade 8 1st

Here are our three teams which received a runners up or winning of a grade medal or certificates at the prize giving held at Netball North Harbour on Monday.

Our Year 1-4 Netball team also had a wonderful season with some fantastic results.

Year 4 Magic  Grade B   5th

Year 4 Mystics  Grade D  8th

Year 3 Emeralds  Grade A  6th

Year 3 Rubies  Grade E  7th

Year 2 Stars  Grade Matai  4th

Year 2 Diamonds  Grade Rimu  1st

The final game of the season saw each team being given the opportunity to dress up and have a ‘fun’ game. Here is a photo of our Year 3 Rubies looking great in …RED and our Year 2 Diamonds glittering in the sun.


We are waiting for confirmation of places for Semester’s One teams so in the next school newsletter we will have the final placings.


Our Splash Polo teams still have another week to run on its competition so we will share their results in the next newsletter. 


Congratulations to the football players who were selected by Greenhithe FC for an U8  tournament last weekend and came away undefeated! Cody, Wyatt, Jeremy, Luca and Lachlan in Year 3. Caleb, Toby, Jackson, Ash and Austin in Year 4 were invited to join two squads who played teams from across Auckland. They won all 10 games, and scored a total of 42 goals between them! Way to go boys!


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

Yummy Apple Sticker Promotion

Thank you to all the wonderful children who have handed in stickers or bag tags.  Your contribution is being recorded and the class that collects the most stickers or yummy bag tags will win a pizza lunch.

The promotion ends at the beginning of October so you still have a couple of weeks to collect as many stickers and bag tags as you can.

Remember, this promotion is for you.  The collected stickers etc are redeemed for sports equipment which will restock our PE shed which is there for you to enjoy.

ART DAY FOR CHILDREN (ages 7 – 12 yrs.)

With step-by-step instruction children will draw then create a vibrant acrylic painting learning tips and techniques along the way. Fun and focused. Venue: St Annes Hall, Browns Bay, 28th Sept., 10.00am – 3.00pm.  Cost $60.  Bookings: [email protected], ph.021132703.


Skateboarding, Safety, Responsibility, Respect and Perseverance taught by top NZ skateboarders. The Hobsonville Skate School runs on Fridays after school at Hobsonville School. Lessons run from 3:30pm to 4:30pm.  All skill levels are welcome from beginners and up. No full term bookings are required and skateboards and helmets provided. Tech Deck prizes to be won at all classes. For all bookings and more information, visit the Hobsonville Skate School page on our website: 


 Join us for a thrilling Engineer Topic Science Holiday Programme! Get ready to explore the magic of barometers, kaleidoscopes, and wind works! 

 Dive into weather science with barometer experiments.

 Create mesmerizing patterns in our kaleidoscope adventure 

 Harness the power of wind as we explore wind turbines

 Save the date: 25 Sep-28 Sep

 Time: 9am-3:30pm ( please chat with us if u need to pick up kids later) 

Morning only session is available too. 

 Venue: Scott Point Tech Room

 Limited spots available, so grab yours now!

Let’s engineer a fantastic science holiday together!  #ScienceHoliday #EngineerTopics #BarometerKaleidoscopeWind

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