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After-School Art Classes in Term 2

Wed Mar 29 02:03pm



Checking Ethnicities – Action Required Please

Fri Mar 24 12:59pm

Kia ora everyone,

We are in the process of checking ethnicities on our school system as these are required by the MOE and we want to ensure they are correct. Could you please complete this very quick form by the end of next week (31 March).

Also if any of your personal details that we hold on file have changed recently can you please let the office know eg address, phone number, emergency contacts, etc.

Thank you and enjoy the upcoming weekend.



Sport Teams – Alert Groups

Mon Mar 20 03:19pm

Kia Ora Koutou,

With a lot of Sports available through our kura, messages and game times will often be posted via the School App space. To avoid messages being delivered to all users, we like to put these messages into the specific Sports alert groups.

Please can you ensure that you have signed up to the correct sport alert groups as your child joins a sport, to avoid missing information for these games.

Ngā mihi,

WSS Sports Coordinators 

Alert Group Selection Page

Scholastic Book Club: Issue 2 closes this Thursday 23rd March at 9am

Mon Mar 20 12:41pm


Mon Mar 20 11:50am

Apologies, the link in the Netball letter was incorrect for the Sporty website. The right one is attached below.

Your child MUST be registered in order to play netball this year.

Please continue to return forms to Mrs Dickson in R18. 

Thank you!

Future Ferns Netball

Fri Mar 17 04:19pm

Kia Ora Koutou,

A notice went home today with students who showed an interest in being in a Netball team for WSS this year.

If your child did not come and collect one today at Morning Tea, please let them know to see Mrs Dickson in R18 on Monday. 

Have a lovely weekend.

SCHOOL CLOSED on Thurs 16 March

Fri Mar 10 01:50pm

Dear Parents/Caregivers,

The NZEI  has advised the Whitney Street School Board that its member teachers at our school will be taking strike action on 16 March 2023.

The Board has carefully considered the availability of non-union teaching staff, and unfortunately decided that we can’t provide safe normal instruction during the strike so the school will officially be closed for instruction on Thursday 16 March. 

We know that this is inconvenient for parents and students alike and thank you for your understanding and support. 

Yours sincerely,

Kate McEntee

Board Presiding Member (on behalf of the Whitney Street School Board)

Rippa Rugby Games: ALL games are at 3.45pm this week at Lansdowne park.

Tue Feb 28 01:31pm

Y1/2 – Whitney – Field 7

Y3/4 Whitney Warriors – Field 1A

Y5/6 Whitney Whales – Field 2 (Blue/White Singlets)

Y5/6 Whitney Rulers – Field 4 (Blue/Green Singlets)

Please register your child via the Sporty website link ASAP if you have not already done so. Info is on the front sheet that was sent hime. Also, please pay $5 per player to the office or Mrs Dickson in R18.


Ballet performance by the Royal N.Z. Ballet on Friday 3 March at the ASB theatre. And it is free!

Sun Feb 26 04:10pm

Dear Parents/Whānau,

We have been given the opportunity to enjoy an informal ballet performance by the Royal N.Z. Ballet on Friday 3 March at the ASB theatre. And it is free!

The performance is a combination of dance, humour and time for the children to interact with the dancers with questions and comments. It is a wonderful opportunity for our children to see ballet in a less formal situation, yet with all the ceremony that a trip to the theatre entails.

The children will need their hat, walking shoes, and a coat if it is inclement weather.

We require 1 adult helper per class to assist with walking safely and to supervise the children at the theatre. Please chat to your child’s teacher if you can help. 

We will leave school at 12.30pm, having eaten our lunch at midday. The performance starts at 1.30pm and lasts for one hour. We will speed walk back to school in time for the 3pm hometime.

Many thanks,

Whitney Street School Teachers


Mufti Day Tomorrow (Fri)

Thu Feb 23 04:45pm

Reminder that we have an optional  Mufti Day tomorrow where the children bring a gold coin to support those impacted by the cyclone and flooding.

Thank you.


Please Check your Child’s Bag for an Important School Notice

Thu Feb 23 03:10pm

Hello everyone,

We have given each child a note to bring home today regarding the school’s early finish on Monday. Many of you have completed our online form indicating what your child/ren will be doing on Monday afternoon (thank you), however many of you haven’t so we have sent a hardcopy notice home today in case that is easier. 

Please make sure you respond asap and by Monday morning at the absolute latest, either by following the link or sending back the hardcopy, so we don’t have to call families.

Thanks very much,


If you have not done so already: Please let us know your plans for an early finish on Monday 27 Feb

Tue Feb 21 02:46pm

On Monday 27 February, the teachers will be attending union meetings in the afternoon. Whitney Street School will be open as usual with a skeleton staff so we will only be able to provide some supervision activities. We would therefore appreciate it if you are able to collect your child at lunchtime (1pm) on this day. We understand that this may not be possible for some of you.

Please complete the form once for every child in your whānau by Thursday 23 February. You will be given the option of submitting another response (for another child) upon completion of this.

Thank you!

The Whitney Street School StaffClick this button for the form

Scholastic Bookclub closes this Thursday 23 February. Orders to the office by 9am please.

Tue Feb 21 08:18am

Mufti Day this Fri for Cyclone Support

Mon Feb 20 01:48pm

Kia ora everyone,

We are encouraging our students to think of those in need in our wider community as part of our ‘He Tangata – Community’ learning theme this year. We are going to hold a Mufti Day this Friday 24 February with a gold coin donation to raise funds to support those impacted by Cyclone Gabrielle. 

Thank you for your support.

Ngā mihi,

Cheryl and the Whitney St School Team.

An order for merino school jumpers is going through next week.

Fri Feb 17 04:31pm

Tēnā koutou

At Whitney Street School we offer a merino jumper for the tamariki to wear. An order for the jumpers is getting placed at the end of next week. If you would like to order one please contact Frith Valk at

If you are concerned about sizing, please also contact Frith and she will be able to help you out. 

Have a great weekend!


Community Kai Picnic – it’s on tonight!

Wed Feb 15 10:07am

Kia ora everyone,

We have made the decision to go ahead with our Community Kai Picnic as planned, as the weather is looking ok. Please bring a rug or something waterproof to sit on in case the ground is still wet underfoot. We also have tables and covered decks to sit on if needed, and the hall is available if necessary.

We’d love to see as many of you there as possible as it’s a nice way to meet our teachers and other families, and hear a little bit about what is happening at school this year.

Community Kai starts at 5pm in the school grounds and goes until 6:30pm at the latest. We will have a BBQ with sausages and you are welcome to bring your own picnic food to enjoy with your family. Fingers crossed for a lovely evening together.


Kia ora koutou. Many thanks for all the Summer Football notice returns. Please remember today is the last day for returns.

Wed Feb 08 08:53am

If your child has been away but would still like to participate please email me (Andy Facer) at before 7pm this evening.

Important App Alert Message

Fri Feb 03 08:41am

Please sign up to your child/ren’s new class(es) and groups (eg sports, kapa haka, road patrol) to receive any app alerts this year by clicking the link below. As your child joins groups over the year please remember to subscribe them.

Alert Group Selection Page

We would love to meet you at the Setting up for Success meetings on Monday. Please check you have made an appointment. See you there.

Thu Jan 26 02:39pm

Key Dates & Information for the Beginning the School Year 2023

Wed Jan 18 07:07pm

Kia ora Whitney Whānau,

We hope you are having a relaxing break with friends and loved ones. Just a quick app alert to remind you of a few key dates and some information regarding the beginning of the 2023 school year.

Holiday Office Opening Hours for Stationery and Uniform Purchases:

Monday 23 January
9:00 am – 3:30 pm

Wednesday 25 January
1:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Friday 27 January
8:00 am – 3:30 pm

Monday 30 January
9:00 am – 3:30 pm

Setting Up for Success Meetings – Kanohi ki te Kanohi  – Face-to-Face 

Our Setting Up for Success Meetings are planned for students and their whānau/parents/caregivers on Monday 30 January. We would like the meetings to focus on getting to know our learners in greater depth so that they are set up for success for the year.  You are a vital part of this process as you have knowledge of your children that we may or may not be aware of. Please book your time slot online at and use the code tam8x

Please feel free to answer these questions prior to the conference or just think about them and the teacher can
write in the details at the conference.

(If you have difficulty with this please contact Adele at ). 

First Regular School Day

We look forward to seeing all of your children on Tuesday 31 January for their first regular day of school.

If you have any queries please contact Cheryl at  or phone 027 321 8022.

Ngā mihi nui,

Whitney Street Staff

Setting Up For Success in 2023 Kanohi ki te Kanohi

Term Dates 2023

‘Setting Up For Success’ meetings are on on Monday 30 January

Full school starts on Tuesday 31 Jan

Ends on Thursday 6 April

Wednesday 26 April

Ends on Friday 30 June

Monday 17 July

Ends on Friday 22 September

Monday 9 October

Friday15 December

(Staff Only Day on
Monday 13 November)

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 2023 year. Marlborough Anniversary is on Monday 30 October 2023.



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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.