Principal’s Pen Week 2 Term 2

Tēnā koutou katoa,


Over the last two weeks I have popped down to watch our basketballers in action, and they were fabulous.  Their passion and enthusiasm were there for all to see.  Well done teams, and thank you to all staff and whānau who support the teams we put on the court, the field and in the pool.  We cannot do this without you!


Interesting sports question while I think about this.  Did you know that there is no such thing as a left-handed field hockey stick?  Well, it’s true.  All field hockey players must play right handed and the rules have been built around that.  So if you ever find a left-handed field hockey stick, keep it, it is rare indeed!


Over the last few days our children have all been enjoying learning with Kylie, the ASB St Johns’ teacher.  They have learned a lot about first aid and how to help themselves and others.


Our Board of Trustees met on Monday and there is much happening for them.  With our new property plan in place, we have been allocated money to replace carpets in Rooms 19, 20 and 21, upgrade the inside of Rooms 5 and 6, and build a new senior playground (among other projects).  While plans have yet to be finalised, this is all exciting, and I am thrilled to see the upgrades.  The students from the 2020-2021 Playground Group have had a big say in what they want for school and it is now a matter of watch this space!


I want to finish by giving you a heads up on some key dates in Term 2 – there is so much going on, including team visits to Te Manawa and Te Takeretanga o kura hau-po.

Please add these dates to your calendar:


  • National Young Leaders’ Day is on tomorrow and we wish our Whānau House Leaders a great day away in Palmerston North


  • We wish the group attending the World Vision Youth Conference next week all the best – you will have a wonderful time


  • Senior Kapahaka have practices at school this weekend in preparation for Te Pae Tamariki on Monday 5th July


  • We have 40 students attending the Tough Guy/Gal Challenge in Palmerston North on Monday 31 May.


  • Our Showquest team hit the stage on Wednesday 16th June, with planning and rehearsals well underway.  A big night for them!


  • 3-Way Conferences. The teacher-student-parent conferences will be held over 3 nights on 22nd, 23rd and 24th June.  School will close at 2pm on the 22nd and 23rd June to allow enough time for all families to book a time to meet with the teachers.  If required, we will arrange some childcare for the days we close at 2pm.


  • Our Senior Swimming Sports are planned for Wednesday 2nd June – keep an eye out on the Hero Community Feed and the weekly newsletter for updates.


  • We have a Teacher Only Day on Friday 4th June.  School will be closed on this day.



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