Term 4 – Week 5

Kia ora koutou

Week 5 Newsletter Contents

  • Central Ag Day – Results
  • R7 & 7 Beach day and $10 reminder
  • Zone Athletics Day – attach pdf from MKG
  • 2021 visiting new entrant day
  • Teacher Only Day reminder
  •  Pool update – closed before we start
  • Otaika Valley Hall Market Day – flyer attached
  • Music Teacher 2021
  • Mangakahia Lions Club Meal 


Central Ag Day – Results

Last week we had a team of representatives competing at the Whangarei Calf Club ‘Central Day’ event.  Luckily it was postponed to Friday and ended up being a beautiful day with some great results.  Thank you to the parents who continued to support their children’s interest in animals.

Results:  Liam – first intermediate (lamb) calling, second rearing.  Kayla – Third intermediate leading, forth calling, third rearing.  Isla – second intermediate calling, fourth rearing.  Will – second senior rearing, fourth calling.  Tyler – third Junior calling.  Keira – first intermediate rearing, overall first rearing.  Tyler, Keira, Isla and Kayla came forth in team parade.  Sam – first senior leading (Calf), second overall leading, third rearing, first beef type. Sam also had a champion of ring ribbon.  Ephraim – first intermediate beef type.  Well done everyone.  The true prize is actually the journey and enjoyment that lasts a lifetime.

Room 6 & 7 Surfing Beach Day

This is tomorrow and is all organised and communicated through the class teachers.  Firstly, I wish to apologise for not being able to make this day, as I am travelling to Hawkes Bay to support my wife’s family through tough times.  These types of school days are a highlight for me as principal meeting parents, engaging with students in fun activities and generally have a really fantastic school community event.  I pictured myself and parents having a bit of fun on the surf boards ourselves.  Enjoy the day and thank you to the parents supporting the day. I look forward to the pictures, wipeouts and stories.

A reminder to pay the $10.00.  This event replaces the cancelled camps and we need to charge for it.  The school has subsidies  $20.00 of the $30.00 per student total cost, through the donation scheme that we are using to cover the bus and the Kiwi-sport targeted funding will subsides $10 of the $20 per student cost.


Zone Athletics Day – Next Tuesday – see attached notice from the organising school Maungakaramea

Athletics notice


New Entrant Visiting Day

We are inviting new entrant children who are starting in term 1 2021 to come for a school visit on Thursday 3rd December at 0930 to 1030. This is an opportunity to meet the new entrant teachers and to meet other children starting in their class. Some children are coming with their daycare teachers, others with parents.

Regards Maggie and Anna



Teacher Only Day Reminder

We have our 3rd  accord TEACHER ONLY DAY  on the 30th November 2020 – This day is a teacher planning day for next years cultural competency planning ‘Tō mātou wāhi – Our Place.’

There is no school on this day.  This is in three Monday’s time.  Staff will be gathering resources, meeting with staff from the town library and following through on resources already gathered to help us plan for next years work.  You may see us visiting key areas of significance in Whangarei’s history.  It may look like we are out for a stroll, but looks may deceive.

Pool Update – Closed before we start

I feel like typing a line of those symbols that sit above the numbers on my keyboard!  We are again having trouble with ‘people’ who are jumping the fence to our pool in the weekend.  Last year we had to shut the pool due to the water quality failing laboratory tests.  AGAIN, before we start the season pool fence jumpers have shut our pool.   Now it looks doubtful for our opening next week???

Chris a past parent and I have put considerable work into preparing the pool for the season.  Part of the requirements are a monthly lab test for water quality.  I had shock dosed chlorine to make sure all bugs where killed.  I overdid this last week and the chlorine readings on Friday were 13.  The safe swim amount is 1 to 3, so I turned off our salt water chlorinator for the weekend and was going to put in some chlorine reducer on Monday.  This means this group of pool jumpers swam in unsafe high levels of chlorine and knocked it back so much they have made it fail the E coli test.  E coli is indicative of faecal contamination and indicate the possible presence of pathogenic (disease causing) bacteria.

Your children now miss out again.  I have emailed the board to get permission to spend school money on an electric fence as all else has failed.  This spending or discussion with the board of trustees has not happened yet.  This will take time.  Time I do not have at this time of year as principal dealing with 2020 finances/2021 financial planning/staffing/class organisation/strategic planning/school reports.  This is not my full list in the least.

To our parent community if you have links to fencing contacts/businesses or can help me out please give me a ring.




  • Otaika Valley Hall Market Day 



Music Teacher 2021

For a number of years Sharron has been teaching music at school to children whose parents wish to pay for lessons at school.  Sharron has been a regular on Wednesday’s and children have enjoyed her tuition.  Sharron has chosen other options for 2021.

NZ Modern School of Music Ltd has found a replacement teacher for 2021.  Please read the description of what music tuition is offered and your interest in 2021 tuition, so that I can following through with the school policy requirements for people working in the school under the Vulnerable  Children’s Act.

To those who are interested…

The instruments I am able to teach are: guitar, ukulele, bass guitar and drums.

I was a percussionist in the Central Band of the Royal NZ Air Force (which did many school concerts!) and played drum kit in many musicals. (Amongst other things, jazz bands, dance bands etc.). My guitar learning was mainly classical style.  These skills enable me to teach pupils to learn to read music, both drum style and guitar style.  My bass guitar is mainly self-taught learning from charts and listening to rhythms.

My thoughts are that as we don’t have a drum kit I could teach drumming and sticking techniques that would lead into the ability to do fills and rolls on a drum kit and snare drum.  If the pupil wants to peruse full drum kit techniques then I would have to look further into purchasing more equipment.

I am available any day of the week except Wednesday late morning and early afternoon.

 Thanks again for the opportunity,

Karleen Glen



  • Mangakahia Lions Club Meal 

This Friday 13 November is the Mangakahia Lions Country Meal at the Mangakahia Sports Complex at Poroti beginning at 6.00pm

As well as the Country Meal, the bar will be open for drinks and there will be a lolly scramble and a magician for the kids.  Come along and enjoy a nice meal as well as community company and support your local Mangakahia Lions Club.  Thank you.  Rob Soar Mangakahia Lions Publicity Officer.




By |2020-11-12T13:40:17+00:0012th November 2020|Newsletters, Updates - Email, Updates - Home Page|Comments Off on Term 4 – Week 5

About the Author: