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School Board Meeting Summary – June 2022

Thu 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.

Ngā mihi,

Whitney Street School Board

Nominations for School Board

Tue 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


Mask Wearing for the first four weeks of Term 3

Fri 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.

Kind regards,


Reminder: Please book in a time for a Progress Meeting

Mon Jul 04 02:16pm

Good afternoon

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. 

Kind regards

The Whitney Street School Staff

Book a slot through School Interviews Online

Out Of Zone Enrolments – applications are open now. Click here for more information.

Fri Jul 01 03:16pm


After School Art Classes

Tue 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 Week

Sun 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.

Ngā mihi,



Change of Venue for Kapahaka Performance on Thurs

Tue 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.  

Ngā mihi

Scholastic Bookclub (Issue 4) closes this Thursday 23 June at 9am.

Mon Jun 20 04:24pm

Community Consultation

Mon Jun 20 03:58pm

Dear Parents/Whānau,

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.  

Thank you,

Cheryl and The Whitney Street School Board

Learning Progress Meetings – Please book in your time and note it on your calendar

Fri 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. 

Thank you!

Use the code:  2pnd6 

School Interviews Online

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 June

Wed 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

We would love to hear from you! Please contact Christee at or send a text to 0212115638 if you think you might like to give it a go. For more information click here.

Kia tūpato. Me tiaki tātou i a tātou. 
Be safe. Look after each other. 

School Photos

Tue 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.

Thank you

Bullying-Free NZ Week 2022 & Pink Shirt Day – This Friday 20 May

Wed 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.

For more information Click HERE


Scholastic Bookclub closes this Thursday 19th May at 9am

Wed May 18 09:25am

Term Dates 2022

Term 1

Term 2

Term 3

Term 4

The first day for students
is Thursday 3 February

Setting Up For Success meetings
are on Wednesday 2 February

Ends on Thursday 14 April

Monday 2 May

Ends on Friday 8 July

Monday 26 July

Ends on Friday 1 October

(Staff Only Day on
Monday 21 November)

Monday 17 October

Thursday 15 December

The above dates are subject to change.

Please check out the School Calendar on the School App for the most up-to-date information regarding dates, public holidays and events.

Here is a list of the NZ public holidays for the 2022 year.

Marlborough Anniversary is on Monday 31 October 2022.



Seesaw is a platform for student engagement that inspires students of all ages to do their best, and saves teachers time! Students use creative tools to take pictures, draw, record videos and more to capture learning in a portfolio. Teachers find or create activities to share with students.The Seesaw platform is used for homework activities as well as in class work.

Parents are also notified by the class teacher about classroom and school activities and events via the Seesaw platform. Parents can also Seesaw their child’s teacher.


Families only have access to their child’s journal. This means you will see student work tagged with your child’s name and posts the teacher tags with ‘Everyone’. Families will also be able to see any comment made by another user on their child’s journal posts.

Download the app or open Seesaw here

Download the School App

Our School App is what we use for general School-Wide communication. You can download the School App to receive Alert Notifications, read the latest newsletter, view upcoming events, submit absences and more.

To download the School App, search SchoolAppsNZ in the App Store or Google Play Store, and then search Whitney Street School in the search bar in the app.

If you are on a mobile you can click this link to download the App.