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Principal Reminder – Term 3

Sun Jul 25 12:33pm

Dear Parents/Whānau,

Just a reminder that I will be away on sabbatical leave for all of Term 3. In my absence our two Deputy Principals, Lisa Lissaman and Christee Dalzell, will be sharing the role. Christee will be Acting Principal on Monday, Tuesday and Thursdays, while Lisa will be Wednesday, Thursday and Fridays. They are very capable and approachable, so please contact them if you have any queries or issues. 

Also I wanted to update you on the playground upgrade progress. We were hoping to have it completed in time for the start of the term, however unfortunately, due to the unprecedented amount of rain the trucks could not get on-site because of the sodden grounds. Consequently it will be at least another week before the playground is finished. I’m sure it will be worth the wait and the children will love playing on the new improved version!

I hope you have had a lovely holiday break with your children and that they have a fantastic Term 3. I look forward to seeing everyone again in Term 4.

Kind regards,

Cheryl Wadworth

Progress Meetings – Please collect your child at 1pm tomorrow

Tue Jul 06 05:32pm

A reminder that our progress meetings begin tomorrow and that we would love for your children to be collected at 1pm. Please ensure that you have sent the note back to school letting us know if they are being collected, making their own way home or if they are staying at school. 

The Taylor and Wairau Hubs will be returning from the trip to the ASB theatre by 1:00pm. Please make sure they have a raincoat and/or an umbrella in case it rains. 

Nga mihi

The Whitney Street School staff

Community Consultation about Rooms 1-4 Upgrade

Mon Jul 05 02:36pm

The next Ministry of Education property project for our school is the upgrade of the Rooms 1 – 4 learning spaces, including cloakrooms and bathrooms. The Board of Trustees would like your input on what you would like to see. Please provide your suggestions in this form by the end of the week. If you would prefer a hard copy please email the office and we will give one to your child to bring home.

Thank you.

Soup Day this Tuesday

Mon Jul 05 11:28am

Kirsten, one of our wonderful Teacher-Aides, is making soup with the children using the leftover fresh vegetables from our Matariki Day. If your child would like a free cup of soup with their lunch tomorrow please put a named plastic cup in their school bag. The soup is dairy, gluten, and nut-free.

School Sport Shirts & Singlets

Mon Jul 05 10:24am

We still have several outstanding sport shirts and singlets, some dating back to last year.

We ask that the tops are returned at the end of each season/competition and  NOT at the end of the year.

Please check at home and return all Whitney Street sport tops to Mrs Ives in Room 3, so that we can distribute them for other sports.

Thank you for your support.

PE Team





School Marching Team Competition

Mon Jul 05 10:14am

Students are now being asked to register their interest to enter a School Marching Team competition, which will be held at the end of the Term 3 holidays on 17th October.

The program is aimed at primary school aged boys and girls to encourage a strong sense of team spirit, self discipline, personal achievements, and lifelong friendships. 

Practice times will be once a week, 30 -45 minutes, either a lunchtime or after school.

We already have a coach!

If you would like your child to be involved please ask them to register with Mrs Ives in Room 3 before Friday this week.

More information will be available early next term.

COVID Vaccination Opportunity for Māori and Pasifika Whānau

Thu Jul 01 08:12pm

The PHO (Primary Health Organisation) are offering COVID Vaccinations for Māori and Pasifika families on Saturday 24 July in Blenheim. If you would like to take advantage of this opportunity please complete this form and someone will be in touch with you. Alternatively, we will have a clipboard at our hangi and Matariki celebrations tomorrow.

Ngā mihi.


NEXT WEEK: Learning Progress Meetings, two trips for Taylor and Wairau Hubs, and a 1pm finish on Wednesday.

Tue Jun 29 08:37pm

Kia ora te whānau
Please read the note below that will also be in the bags of Taylor and Wairau students today. This is in regards to two trips on Wednesday and Thursday next week. 

RVS and BIS Productions – Wairau and Taylor Trips

Also, please make an appointment for your Learning Progress Meeting next week Wed or Thurs), if you haven’t done so already. See the note below. 

Learning Progress Meetings

Finally, please note that we are asking that our students are collected at 1 pm on Wednesday 7 July. This is to allow more time for the Learning Progress Meetings. 

We hope to see you on Friday for our Matariki and Hāngi celebrations.
Haumi ē Hui ē Tāiki ē!

A reminder that school will be closed tomorrow (Monday 28 June) while teachers and support staff participate in a Staff Only Day.

Sun Jun 27 07:05pm

Netball : Whitney Gold

Thu Jun 24 11:43am

Your game time has been ammended to 4:30pm this week.

Kia ora koutou…Hangi next Friday! Please remember orders need to be placed by tomorrow to ensure we have the right amount of kai. 🙂

Thu Jun 24 10:26am

Matariki and Hangi Helpers: Thank you so much for the offers of help and food! We will get in touch with you individually tomorrow. Pō mārie

Wed Jun 23 08:21pm

Thanks for all the returned Basketball notices! We are still short of coaches for all boys teams. Please let Mr Facer know if you can help.

Sun Jun 20 03:18pm

Disco – Tonight!

Fri Jun 18 03:34pm

Kia ora
Please see the poster for information about the disco.
A reminder that you will need to drop your child/ren off at the west-facing hall deck. When the disco is over, please enter via the deck to collect your child/ren and exit via the office. This is so we can sign children in and out quickly and safely.
Also, please note that our students will not be needing their phones. Any phones will be collected and held until the end of the disco.
Disco Poster – Information

Learning Progress Meetings – Bookings for School Interviews Online are open

Thu Jun 17 10:33am


Please see a notice in the bag of your oldest child regarding our upcoming Learning Progress Meetings in Week 10. There is also a link to the note below along with a link to School Interviews Online. 

On Wednesday 7 July: We would appreciate your child being picked up at 1:00pm. Supervision will be provided if this is not possible.

Have a great day! 
Notice: 2021 Learning Progress Meetings 
Use the code 2nrf8 to book your time slot through the School Interviews Online website. 

Basketball notices for Year 3/4 and Year 5/6 went out yesterday. Please return by Friday. Thanks for the offers to coach!

Wed Jun 16 09:49am

Basketball notices for Year 3/4 and Year 5/6 came home yesterday. Please read and respond by Friday. Thanks for the offers to coach. 🙂

Wed Jun 16 09:39am

Kiwi can Open Day – This Thursday and Friday

Tue Jun 15 02:22pm

Kia ora

We would love to invite our Whitney Whānau to come and experience Kiwican this week. 

Kiwi Can is the highlight of the week for many of our students… and now you get to see why everyone loves it so much! If you are planning on coming along, please arrive at the class of your child at the times in the note below.

Kiwi Can Open Day Invite

Teacher Paid Union Meetings – Thursday 24 June – Optional Early School FInish at 1pm

Mon Jun 14 03:21pm

This is a heads up that on Thursday 24 June all of the teachers will be attending a Paid Union Meeting in the afternoon starting at 1:30pm. We encourage you to collect your child at lunchtime (1pm) if possible on this day, and please let your teacher know if this is the case. If you require your child to bike or walk home on their own please write a note for the teacher. 
School will still be open for those who are unable to collect their children, and they will be supervised in the hall until 3pm. If you wish to collect your children during the afternoon please sign them out with Mrs Wadworth who will be in the hall.

Thank you.

Orchestra Performance at ASB Theatre on Tuesday 15 June

Fri Jun 11 12:01pm

The following note will be in your child’s bags regarding an awesome opportunity for our tamariki. Please note the slightly different times that each hub is leaving. 

We apologise for the short notice as we were waiting for confirmation. 
Notice: Orchestra Performance at ASB Theatre on Tuesday 15 June

PSG Meeting this Wednesday from 6pm-7pm (ish) in the Staffroom – New members are most welcome!

Tue Jun 08 10:57am

For this meeting, we will be spending a bit of time organising the school DISCO on Friday 18 June. Please do come along and join us. We are hoping to get more people to join the Parent Support Group in preparation for our major fundraiser, Lights Over Marlborough.

In particular, we are hoping to get someone to help with the finances and someone else in the secretarial position. Joining now will mean there is time to train alongside Kate and Alysha to learn the ropes.

School photo proofs are heading to the classrooms today. The preferred payment method is online direct to the photographer.

Fri May 28 11:19am

Their details are on the order form.  The order form must be returned to the school office regardless of how you pay.  Please ensure the small ID photo stays on the envelope.  The last day for orders is Friday 19 June. 

Netball Queen’s Birthday Weekend

Thu May 27 08:17pm

Just a reminder the Future Ferns WILL be playing on
Friday 4th June 2021 but there will be NO play on
Saturday 5th June 2021.

SAVE THE DATE: Kiwican Open Day (17 & 18 June)

Thu May 27 09:24am

Have you heard your child talking about Kiwi Can at home and are keen to know more?

Please come and watch your child’s class take part in
a Kiwi Can lesson – and see what it is all about!

Please click the button for more information on dates. 

Thank you! 
Kiwican Open Day – Save the Date

Hāngi & Matariki Celebration

Wed May 26 09:44am

Kia ora whānau

The notice below regarding our upcoming Hāngi & Matariki Celebration is going home today with the eldest child in your family at school. Please take the time to read through and fill in the form at the bottom of the notice. The form needs to be returned to your child’s classroom teacher.

Thank you!

The Whitney Street School Staff

Hangi Celebration 2021- letter home

Future Ferns Netball Yr 5-6

Thu May 20 09:08pm

Netball starts this weekend for Year 5-6. All players should check the Draw to keep informed on game times and which court to meet on. Check in with your Coach if you are unsure.

Yr 5-6 Whitney 4 you have a BYE this week.

The new shirts for Whitney 2, 3 & 4 are expected to arrive tomorrow morning. Please meet in Room 3 at lunchtime to collect your shirt.

Thank you to  our coaches who have worked hard to prepare our teams for the season.

Enjoy your games everyone!

Blenheim Schools’ Gymnastics Festival

Thu May 13 05:06pm

Thank you to the parents who have offered to help shift our gym gear from the club to the Stadium tonight. Please meet at the Blenheim Gymnastics Club in Opawa Street at 7pm.

We are still in need of helpers to move the gear around the Stadium on Friday morning. If anyone is available between 7am – 8am it would be most appreciated. Just meet down at the Stadium.

Friday 14th May

Our C grade gymnasts perform at 9:15am

Our A & B grade gymnasts perform at 12pm.

Thank you all for your support.

Netball Players

Thu May 13 08:57am

Reminder Future Ferns Year 5-6 starts Saturday May 22nd. Please contact your coach in regards to practice times and days over the season.

We are awaiting new sports tops for our teams, and these will be issued as soon as they arrive.  Bibs and balls are provided at the game.

ALL players ( including Year 1-4) should refer to the Marlborough Netball Draw for game times. The Draw will be available and updated earlier in the week of play.

Thanks once again to our wonderful parents who are coaching our teams this year.

If you have any queries please contact Liz Ives in Rm 3.

We suggest your child locks their scooter or bike in the stands while at school. Our cameras have shown a scooter being removed this week.

Wed May 12 03:35pm

School Photos Tomorrow!

Mon May 10 08:21pm

Please click the button below to view more information. 
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Term Dates

Term 1

Term 2

Term 3

Term 4

The first day for students
is Tuesday 9 February

Ends on Friday 16 April

Monday 3 May

Ends on Friday 9 July

Monday 26 July

Ends on Friday 1 October

Monday 18 October

The final day is TBC

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 2021 year.

Marlborough Anniversary is on Monday 2nd November 2021.



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