Newsletter Friday 17th November 2023

School Newsletter
Learn to Grow

Term 4 Week 6 Kawerongo

Important Dates 

2023 TERM 4

17th November – Whole School Assembly and READATHON winners

20th November – Year 1 Athletics

21st November – PTA Meeting

22nd November – Year 2 Athletics

24th November – Ministry assigned Teacher Only Day School CLOSED

28th November – Northern Bays Athletics

30th November – Sports Assembly

1st December – Pizza Lunch

5th December – Last day Uniform Shop on site

8th December – Summer Festival

13th December – Year 6 Graduation

15th December – End 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,

Congratulations to the children who have been awarded a PRIDE certificate in the last week. It is always lovely to see our school values being used around our school. In the last little while, these children have been awarded a certificate: Indi Kennedy, Evie Williams, Indi McTague, Mila Holmes, Patrick Hooper and Nicole Wong.

Camp 2023

I was lucky enough to be able to get out to Camp Adair in Hunua last week to share a day with our amazing kids during their camp experience. I am so pleased that we continue to give our children these wonderful experiences. I saw children taking controlled risks, facing fears, climbing, balancing and most importantly, enjoying facing challenges. It is vital that children are moved out of their comfort zones, in a safe and supportive environment. I was so proud of the teamwork and perseverance I observed. I was most proud of the encouragement and support they gave each other, as they climbed a pole, abseiled (they gave me lots of support as I abseiled!) or worked collaboratively on a team challenge. 

Firstly I’d like to thank the amazing parent volunteers. They were so supportive and their kindness and enthusiasm helped the children to face challenges and have a great time.

I’d also like to offer my gratitude to Zara Fletcher and the Year 6 team, for the hours of organisation, careful planning and taking time from their families to ensure our tamariki had an amazing experience that I know will be a highlight of their time at Greenhithe School.

New Playground

We opened our new Waka playground last week. It was lovely to see our kids (and big kids!?) enjoying the new facility. I spent a bit of time out there with the year 2 and 3 children as they came to have their first turn on the playground. It is a great design and I know our tamariki will love the new facility.

Athletics Day

It was lovely to see the Year 3 children have their athletics day this week and the Year 4-6 children had theirs down at Wainoni Park on Tuesday. A big thank you to the teachers responsible for the organisation of these events and to our parent community for coming along to support the children.

While in the Year 4-6 event the highest placed children can go on to another cluster event and have their achievements celebrated, I loved seeing everyone participate, compete and enjoy the whole day. The key is participation and perseverance, while not every child can win or place in an event, every child can try their best, encourage others and give everything a go! I was very proud to see how hard our children tried, how determined they were to do their best and the volume of encouragement they supported each other with!

Ngā mihi 

Stephen Grady


Greenhithe School


Our playground depicts the histories of Greenhithe. 

A double hulled waka represents the first arrivals of Māori settlers who fished off the local wharf. Gum was harvested from giant kauri trees that covered the area and then sold at the Cuthill Gum Store. Later on cutters, steam boats and row boats were used to transport fruit from local orchards, and passengers to other parts of Auckland, as well as delivering mail to local residents. Today Greenhithe wharf is used for fishing, water sports and family events.

Greenhithe READATHON

Congratulations, Greenhithe Community, family and friends! The final amount of how much we raised will be shared soon.

Our individual winner – George Moore. Family winner – Adi and Eli Heine. House winner – Te Wharau. Congratulations!

Watch this space for updates! Thank you so much to all the students who took part and the family and friends who sponsored our students! Another fantastic fundraiser organised by our PTA.

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.


Level 1 outcome: Explain that not everyone feels the same at the same time, or feels the same about the same things.

Level 1 outcome: Identify different feelings that I experience, and describe how I experience these feelings in different situations

In year 2, the students have been sharing and noticing the feelings that they have and others’. Some of the teachers use these wonderful resources to support the learning.



Another HUGE thankyou to Bunnings in Constellation (especially Pooja)for supporting our habitat project. They have now provided us with these wonderful feeders and habitats aswell as extra food and some of our HOUSE colour paint!

Sports Corner     Korero hākinakina


On Tuesday, we held our senior School Athletics Day. Thank you to all of the parents who walked down with our children and a special thanks to the parents who helped on an activity – it was really appreciated! We are sending a team to the Northern Bays Athletics Day in two weeks time at Kristin School  and the results from this day will be in the next school newsletter.


If your child still has a netball or a hockey dress and is no longer using it, can it please be returned to the school office as soon as possible. Once all Spring Leagues are finished, please make sure your daughter’s dress gets returned then.


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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