Newsletter 30th November 2023

School Newsletter
Learn to Grow

Term 4 Week 8 Kawerongo

Important Dates 

2023 TERM 4

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

School will close at 12pm on the last day.

2024 TERM 1

31st January – School Uniform Shop OPEN

                              (9am – 12pm)

31st January – Teacher, parent and Student Interviews

1st February – TERM 1 School Starts



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 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. The students who have been awarded these PRIDE certificates this week are: Scarlett Carpenter, Frankie Steele, Cooper Prescott, Ella Kendall, Maya Murphy, Priyaana Choudhury, Isla Ramsey.

Scooter/ Pedestrian Safety

While I do see a lot of our children using their scooters sensibly and crossing roads carefully, I have also had a few messages from parents regarding children stopping not on road junctions. 

Please have a chat with your child if they scooter independently to school about looking for and taking care around pedestrians and road crossings. The hills around us mean kids can get up some speed, and we are hearing of some near misses and accidents. I appreciate your support in keeping all of our community safe.

I also would like to ask all of our adults to use our crossings, especially if walking a child to or from school, this helps set a great example for all of our kids about safe road crossing practices. 

Summer Festival

We are all very excited for the upcoming Summer Festival! The market sounds fabulous and I know you will enjoy our whole school performance and our Kapa Haka group. 

We have a range of stalls, food items and activities which require a ticket or tickets to enter

or purchase from. Tickets are $2.50 each or get five tickets for $10. Tickets can be

purchased at the festival, but save time and avoid the queues on the day and pre-purchase

your tickets on Kindo. These will be given to your child before the Summer Festival to bring

home. Ticketed events include face painting, the balloon artist, the photobooth and the very popular Pluck a Duck, among many others!

The Kindy will be performing at 3.15pm at the Summer Festival and the Greenhithe School Band at 4pm. So make sure you have a listen. Just a quick reminder about our school performance. A bell will go at 5:30 and at this point all the children will go to their classrooms to get ready for the performance! We would appreciate your support in directing your child to go to their room when the bell rings. The performance will begin about 5.45pm opened by our fabulous Kapa Haka group. 

I would like to again thank the PTA, who are putting in hours and hours of work at the moment to ensure we have a fantastic community event. I am really appreciative of the opportunity to gather as a school and community. I look forward to seeing you all there!

Hats and Sunscreen

We are finally having some warm and sunny days! Please remember that your child requires a named school hat (it is part of uniform requirements) in terms 1 and 4. Please also consider sunscreen for your child at this time of year. We have plenty of shaded areas, thanks to the shade sails that the PTA helped us fund. 

Greenhithe Life Magazine

Please find the link below for the Greenhithe Life Magazine, inside you will find another example of our amazing kids doing wonderful things for our community. This story makes me very proud of our children. The way they are looking to improve their community for themselves and others!

Look out for the new issue outside the office very soon!

Survey to support planning for 2024

A big thank you to those who have helped us over this year to gather information during our various consultation events we have held. Please find a link to a survey with our questions that we have asked during the year. These will help us to confirm our priorities for 2024, including topics for parent information evenings for next year. We really value any information you can give us. The survey will close on Tuesday next week. If you would rather come and have a chat, feel free to come and find me at the bottom car park before and after school most days.

Curriculum Refresh and the New Government

We are awaiting information of changes to the current refreshed curriculum that we are working on at the moment from the Ministry of Education. The new Government has given some indication of where this may be headed, but we will be guided by the information that will come to us via the Ministry. As we await these changes we continue to deliver effective teaching and learning in our school and continue to strive for every child in our school to reach their full potential.

As the information around any changes comes to light and we make decisions on the implementation of these changes at Greenhithe, we will ensure we communicate how any alterations to our teaching and learning will be implemented at our school. I look forward to sharing these with you in 2024.

End of term

The end of the school year is hurtling towards us!  Just a quick reminder that our last day is Friday 15th December and that school finishes at 12 on that day!

Ngā mihi 

Stephen Grady


Greenhithe School

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 Kaitiaki have still been busy sending messages out to our students about supporting the environment in a variety of ways. This is one of them! Thank you to Ari, Victoria and Harper.

Sports Corner     Korero hākinakina


The following awards were given out at our sports assembly today.



                 GIRLS  MADISON                                                           BOYS  JJ 


GIRLS  LUCIA                                                                                           BOYS   JJ








On Tuesday we took a team of 48 children to participate in the Northern Bays Athletics held at Kristin School. Greenhithe children represented our school incredibly well and we were awarded best overall school based on points for children placing 1st, 2nd or 3rd. Thank you to all of the parents who helped with transport and/or supervising a group for the day. 

Here are the individual results.






Olivia Stewart

9 & Under girls

Rylee Faaee

9 & Under girls

Lucia Pascoe

10 year old girls


Shot Put


Amelia Newman

10 year old girls



Olivia Stewart

9 & Under girls

JJ Dorday-Bradbury

11 year old boys


Lucia Pascoe

10 year old girls

Long Jump


JJ Dorday-Bradbury

11 year old boys

Sophia Baker

11 year old girls

High Jump

Olivia Stewart

9 & Under girls

JJ Doray-Bradbury

11 year old boys

Rico Nielsen

9 year old boys

800m Open Race

JJ Dorday-Bradbury 


Nyah Slade



Olivia Stewart



9 & under mixed

(Rewan Tonkin, Otis Muller, Olivia Stewart, Rylee Faaee) 

10 yr old mixed

(Zach Stephens, Mohammed Hafez, Lucia Pascoe, Chloe Simpson-Wereszczynska)




All netball and hockey dresses to be handed in to the school office ASAP. Please make sure they are in a bag with your child’s name on it.


If you have a child leaving at the end of this year and would like to donate their sports top to the school, please leave them at my office tomorrow. We often need spare tops for various sporting events so it would be greatly appreciated. 


The 2023 touch,miniball and splash polo teams all have one more round of games so all of the results from their seasons will be in the final newsletter of the year.

Sharon Hilton-Jones

Sports Co-ordinator                                                         

Community Notices


“Our friends at Musiqhub are happy to announce that they’ll have some spaces in Term 1, 2024 for new students!  They currently offer tuition on Guitar and Drums during school hours.  
They’ll be hosting a couple of ‘Have-a-go’ sessions in Week 9 for any keen young musos to can get an instrument in their hands and see what they think.  
Drums – Monday December 4th and Guitar on Wednesday December 6th (both at Morning Tea in the music room).
For more information or to reserve a spot for next year, please email [email protected].nz
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