WHITNEY STREET SCHOOL
The Whitney Way – The Way We Learn
Ko te ara o te Witini – te ako tika
We are very proud of our school and its place in our community. As a team, we all work hard to follow ‘The Whitney Way –
the Way We Learn’ – ‘Ko te ara o te Witini – te āko tika’. This is our vision statement and is what guides us in our words, actions, thoughts,
beliefs, learning, and the choices we make in our everyday lives. It is what we aspire to i.e. to be ‘honest (matatiki), caring (manaaki),
respectful (whakaute) learners (ākonga)’. ‘The Whitney Way’ encompasses our core values of Honesty, Care and Respect.
‘The Way We Learn’ is our core business. At Whitney Street School, we learn by being self- managing, thinkers who are connected.
We explored the qualities and skills that we want our children to possess so that they can thrive in their ever-
changing and exciting future.
What's happening at Whitney Street School?
School Board Meeting Summary – June 2022Thu Aug 04 11:23am
Kia ora Whānau/Families,
Here is the summary from the Whitney Street School Board of their June meeting. Sorry about the delay in sending this out.
Whitney Street School Board
Nominations for School BoardTue Jul 26 04:39pm
Nominations for our School Board close at noon next Wednesday 3rd August. If you would like to be on the Board please get yourself nominated and drop your form (sent home at the end of last term) into the school office. If you require another form they are available from the school office.
Please email a copy of your completed form with your candidate statement and photo to firstname.lastname@example.org
Mask Wearing for the first four weeks of Term 3Fri Jul 22 03:55pm
Kia ora koutou – hello everyone,
We hope you and your families have stayed well, or managed to get over illnesses during the holiday break. You may have heard on the news that the Ministry of Education and Ministry of Health are recommending that schools implement students and staff wearing masks in Y3-6 again while indoors for at least the first four weeks of Term 3. This letter gives you more information.
At Whitney Street School we will operate as we did with wearing masks previously, in that we ask all Year 5/6 students to wear a mask, unless they have an exemption or you have given school a suitable reason, for the first four weeks of this coming term. Teachers and Teacher-Aides in these classes will also wear a mask.
In Taylor Hub with our Year 3/4 classes, the wearing of masks will be optional, but strongly encouraged, especially for Year 4 students.
We will also not hold any whole school hui in the first four weeks of term.
If you have any further queries, please contact Cheryl on 027 321 8022.
Reminder: Please book in a time for a Progress MeetingMon Jul 04 02:16pm
We are aiming for 100% turnout for our Learning Progress Meetings that are scheduled for this coming Wednesday and Thursday.
If you haven’t done so already, please follow the instructions here and use the code 2pnd6 to book a 15-minute timeslot to discuss how your child is progressing.
Please check your child’s bag for a note asking for their plans for our planned early finish on Wednesday.
If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.
The Whitney Street School Staff
Out Of Zone Enrolments – applications are open now. Click here for more information.Fri Jul 01 03:16pm
After School Art ClassesTue Jun 28 02:44pm
Kia ora koutou,
We have a person who is offering art classes in our school hall after school on Wednesdays starting next term. The lessons look fantastic if your child(ren) is keen, however there is a cost to parents. Please see this link for details.
School Staffing this WeekSun Jun 26 05:18pm
Kia ora everyone,
This is to let you know that unfortunately, we have many teachers sick with Covid, isolation, and colds/flus for the upcoming week. I have managed to get relievers to cover classes, and appreciate your understanding in these unusual circumstances.
The children are very resilient and usually cope well with change, however if you have any issues, please give me a call on 027 321 8022.
I hope you all enjoyed the long weekend and managed to stay well.
Change of Venue for Kapahaka Performance on ThursTue Jun 21 06:30pm
Kia ora everyone,
Please note that our senior kapahaka performance this Thurs at 1:30pm as part of the Hiwa event, has been moved from Seymour Square to the Youth Trust building on Redwood St. This is due to Seymour Square grounds being so wet.
Scholastic Bookclub (Issue 4) closes this Thursday 23 June at 9am.Mon Jun 20 04:24pm
Community ConsultationMon Jun 20 03:58pm
We are currently undertaking a very quick survey related to our strategic planning which only involves 3 tick boxes. We would really appreciate you taking the time to complete this online survey by 1 July, or alternatively, you can complete it via a sticky dot activity at our upcoming Matariki/Community Breakfast morning on Thurs 23 June. Please only complete the survey once.
Cheryl and The Whitney Street School Board
Learning Progress Meetings – Please book in your time and note it on your calendarFri Jun 17 02:26pm
The following notice will be arriving home in your bags on Monday. Please feel free to follow this link to book your time in for the Learning Progress Meetings in Week 10.
Use the code: 2pnd6
DISCO TONIGHT! (Click for more information)Fri Jun 17 02:06pm
Kia ora Whānau
Please read the poster carefully – especially in regards to the time that the different ages attend the disco. The west-facing doors of the hall is where you will be signing your child in. Your child may need a coat at this point as it is sometimes makariri/cold. At the end, please enter the hall and sign your child out via the office door.
From the PSG – Parent Support Group
Matariki Morning Celebrations & Community Breakfast – Thurs 23 JuneWed Jun 15 03:46pm
Kia ora koutou,
Please see the following poster for details of our upcoming Matariki Morning Celebrations and Community Breakfast:
Disco – NEXT FRIDAY! (All information on the poster)Fri Jun 10 11:46am
Our mufti day theme tomorrow is to dress in the colours of the Westpac Trust Helicopter, i.e. red and yellow.Thu May 26 09:16pm
Tomorrow (Friday 27 May) we have another mufti day. This is to raise funds for the Westpac Trust Helicopter, which is such an important service, especially living in Marlborough. The Westpac Bank also supports our Lights Over Marlborough Fundraiser every year, providing staff, etc to help with the banking. So this year we are keen to give back. Our mufti day theme is to dress in the colours of the Westpac Trust Helicopter, i.e. red and yellow.
Could you possibly volunteer 25 minutes per week on Friday mornings to help with Road Patrol supervision on Eltham Road? (8:30am – 8:55am)Tue May 24 05:30pm
Kia tūpato. Me tiaki tātou i a tātou.
Be safe. Look after each other.
School PhotosTue May 24 11:02am
School photos will be coming home later this week. If you would like to purchase them please follow the instructions on the envelope, and online payment would be preferred if possible. Orders and payment are required by Friday 10 June.
If you require more photo orders for family members who do not live together, please organise this among yourselves as we have only been sent one pack per child. If this is an issue please contact school by Thursday 12 noon.
Bullying-Free NZ Week 2022 & Pink Shirt Day – This Friday 20 MayWed May 18 08:06pm
This year’s theme is He Kōtuinga mahi iti, he hua pai-ā rau – Small ripples create big waves. The small actions we take to help prevent bullying will together create a wave of change.
We will be having a pink shirt day this Friday 20 May. Children are encouraged to wear pink to support this cause. Please note this is optional and there is no donation required.