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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. 
View PDF

Netball Players Subs Now Due

Wed May 05 10:41pm

Year 1-2 $28 per player
Year3-4 $34 per player
Year 5-6 $55 per player

Our preferred method of payment is by online banking to the school bank account number:
03 0599 0305934 00
Thanking you in advance,

Future Ferns Netball Yr 1-4 starts this FRIDAY 7th May

Wed May 05 09:16am

The draw is available every week on the Marlborough Netball site. Please check there each week to find out what time and court your child is playing on.

This Week:

Yr 1-2 Whitney Wanderers v Springlands crt 2A at 3:45pm

Yr 1-2 Whitney Wonders v Renwick crt 3 at 3:45pm

Yr 3-4 Whitney Stars v Fairhall crt 7 at 3:45pm

Yr 3-4 Whitney Gold v Rapaura crt 5 at 3:45pm

Coaches should have been in touch by now. I will check in witht the players today to ensure they know their team name.

Have a great netball season everyone!


School KEGs (Kids Edible Gardens) Facilitator Vacancy

Mon May 03 03:30pm

We are looking for someone to take on the role of KEGs (Kids Edible Gardens) Facilitator here at Whitney Street School. It is a paid position and will be 5 hours over 2 days. All resources and planning will be provided. It will involve working with all age groups, teaching small groups about growing and caring for gardens and plants. You do not need to be a qualified teacher, just keen on gardening and working with children. We have available an Environmental Educator,  Angela Wentworth, who will help set up the programme.

If this sounds like you (or someone you know), please contact Liz Wheeler nz or Jodie Lovell  by 10 May. Thank you.

Ka Ora Ako – Healthy School Lunches Programme starts on Monday

Sat May 01 11:32am

We just wanted to send a reminder that from Monday, Whitney Street School will be included in the Ka Ora Ako – Healthy School Lunches Programme. You may wish to factor this into your weekly grocery shopping plans.

We are very lucky to be involved in this great programme, which means almost all of our students will receive a healthy school lunch everyday from Pita Pit (four times a week) and Subway (once a week). You will still need to send your child/ren along with a healthy morning tea, brain snack and water bottle.

We look forward to seeing you on Monday for the start of Term 2. 

Please register your child on Sporty for Hockey ASAP tomorrow is good. Any problem, email

Thu Apr 22 06:55pm

Community Breakfast and Whole School Hui – in the hall tomorrow morning

Thu Apr 15 02:46pm

We really hope to see you tomorrow for our Community Breakfast so we can all come together to celebrate the end of an awesome first term. Check out the details by clicking the button below. 
Conveniently, there is also a Whole School Hui starting at 9:10 am that we would love you to come along to as well.
It’s ALL happening!

Community Breakfast – More information

Can all hockey players please register as soon as possible on the sporty link that was in the last notice home.

Wed Apr 14 02:18pm

Hockey skills session tomorrow taken by Hockey Marlborough for any year 3-6 children who have enrolled in hockey. It’d be great to see you.

Mon Apr 12 04:38pm

Hockey players, skills session at the turf tomorrow from 4.15-5 p.m.

Mon Apr 12 02:37pm

ALL Netball Players

Sun Apr 11 08:48pm

We have 84 students who have registered their interest in playing netball this year! The last day to return the permission slip is tomorrow, as we will be organising players into teams at lunchtime.

Please ensure your child has returned their permission slip to Mrs Ives in Room 3.

NOTE: Year 3-6 will need to  wear sport shoes tomorrow and meet on the netball court at 1pm.

Thank you!

Liz Ives

Sport Shirts & Singlets to be Returned

Sun Apr 11 08:13pm

NOW URGENT: All Rippa Rugby singlets and Tackle Rugby shirts are due back tomorrow. Please make sure that your child has placed it in their bag tonight. We need to reissue these uniforms to other sport teams. children please return all uniforms to Mrs Ives in Room 3.

NOTE: There are still TWO Rippa teams that need to return their Rippa Belts, Balls and Bags.

Thank you.

Liz Ives

FINAL CALL for Netball Players 2021

Thu Apr 08 08:53am

If your child is interested in playing Netball this year, but has not yet registered interest at school, please ask them to come and see me in Room 3 today to get a permission form.

For all those who received their notices yesterday, I would really appreciate permission slips returned no later than FRIDAY, as we will be making up the teams early next week.

Thank you.

Mrs Ives ( Room 3)

Rippa Rugby Draw for Wednesday 7th April 2021

Tue Apr 06 08:54pm

Year 1-2 Whitney v St Marys Ground 1 at 4:15pm

Year 3-4 Whitney v Witherlea Ground 2 at 4:45pm

Year 5-6 Whitney v Rapaura Ground 4 at 3:45pm

Please note that this is the FINAL week for Rippa. A very big thank you to all our parents for your support. Please return belts and balls to Mrs Ives in Room 3.

**Players please return your washed singlet to Mrs Ives as soon as possible. Thank you!

Reminder: There is no school tomorrow (Tuesday 6 April)

Mon Apr 05 06:17pm

The Easter holiday period for schools across New Zealand includes the Tuesday after Easter Monday. This often falls in the school holidays.

We look forward to seeing our students on Wednesday 7 April.

There were 36 school fleeces on the lost property trolley. The named ones have been taken to the classrooms for the child to bring home.

Thu Apr 01 01:59pm

The remaining 20 fleeces are on the lost property trolley.  They are either unnamed, the name is unreadable or the child has left and there is no obvious connection to a current student.  If your child is missing their fleece, please take the time to check the trolley which is in the office foyer. Please take the time over the 5 day Easter break to check your childs fleece is clearly named.

Parent Support Group AGM

Thu Apr 01 01:02pm

The Whitney Street School Parent Support Group (PSG) AGM will be on Wednesday 5 May 2021 at 6pm in Room 1. 

You are most welcome to attend. 



Netball Winter League – Registration of Interest

Thu Apr 01 11:25am

We are calling for all students who are keen to play netball this year to register their interest by signing up in Room 3 . Some students have already done this today, but if your child missed this opportunity, please come to see Mrs Ives in Room 3 next Wednesday. Permission slips and registration notices will be issued once we receive more information from the Netball Association.

If you are keen to coach a team, please let me know as soon as possible.

Thank you

Mrs Ives – Room 3


Rugby 7’s Tackle Tournament

Thu Apr 01 07:41am

Unfortunately Marlborough Year 5 – 8 Tackle Tournament is CANCELLED (Today) due heavy rain yesterday and last night.

A huge thank you to Clive Gappin ( our wonderful caretaker) for taking the time to coach our team and to our  players for all your dedicated training sessions. 

Stopping and Parking Near School

Wed Mar 31 03:34pm

It has been brought to our attention that there are a lot of cars stopping and/or parking illegally to drop off or pick up students. It is particularly bad near the Whitney Street entrance. People are stopping on yellow lines, doing U-Turns where children cross the road, etc. 

Please be aware that the parking restrictions are in place to protect our children against possible injury. Our children can’t always be seen if we park illegally. If you choose to stop or park illegally you are liable for a fine. 

Please always choose safe parking – take a few more minutes to park further up Percy Street or on Maxwell Road, and also at the Eltham Road entrance.

If you see someone parking or stopping illegally we encourage you to take a photo of the car’s number plate and bring it to the school office so that we can pass the information onto the police. We are sorry to have to do this but our children’s safety is paramount, and we are worried that if current practices continue an accident could potentially happen. Thank you for your understanding.

Cheryl Wadworth, Principal

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Rippa Rugby – CANCELLED

Wed Mar 31 12:50pm

Due heavy overnight and forecasted rain

Rippa will be cancelled tonight

 We will have 2 more Wednesdays left 8th and 14th April.

Rippa Rugby Draw Wednesday 31st March

Mon Mar 29 07:56pm

Yr 5/6 Whitney V Rapaura 3:45pm ground 4

Yr 3/4 Whitney V Witherlea 4:45pm ground 2

Yr 1/2 Whitney V St Mary’s/RVS comb.  4:15pm ground 1

Please remember to bring the belts. Thanks to all our parent coaches both on and off the field.

Hockey skills with Emma Sorenson Brown, tomorrow lunchtime . All children invited to have a go and see if they would like to play this year.

Mon Mar 29 01:33pm

Call up for children interested in playing Winter Hockey. Your child may have brought a notice home, please check!

Thu Mar 25 05:10pm

Lucky Book Club – Last day for orders – 25 March at 9am

Tue Mar 23 08:02am

REMINDER ALL PLAYERS: No Rippa Rugby this week. as per the Draw.

Mon Mar 22 08:03pm

URGENT: If you have not done so already – please complete the Healthy School Lunches Allergy Check

Fri Mar 19 11:38am

(If you have not completed this already, please do so now.)

We are very excited to announce that we are hoping to have the Healthy School Lunches Programme operating next term. This is where all children are given a free lunch every day for at least the rest of the year. Please complete this online form by Monday 22 March so we can ensure a Term 2 start.

If you prefer, a hard copy is available at the office.

For any queries please contact Cheryl on 0273218022.

Ngā mihi. 

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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