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Nga mihi nui ki a koutou katoa – warm greetings to everyone

Kia ora, Nameste, Talofa, Konnichiwa, Guten Tag , Gidday, Vannakkam, ni Hao, Kia orana, Hola, Salam, Sa wat dee kha, Dia Dhuit, Goeie Dag, Bonjour, Hello, (please let us know the greeting in your language if it is not here)

Towards 2023:

Next year is galloping towards us at an incredible pace! We are currently deciding on classes and year group mixes that will be the best for our students and their learning.

In 2023 we will not be having a bilingual class as there were not enough enrolments to create the class. We will continue to offer bilingual next year providing we have a staff member capable of running it. All of our teachers are increasingly integrating te reo throughout the day as normalised practice, so all students are improving on their te reo knowlege across the whole school.

With the roll out of the new ‘Curriculum Refresh’ we have decided to organise our teams into Junior – years 0, 1,2 3 and Senior – years 4, 5 and 6. This is because the refreshed curriculum has bench marks at the end of year 3 and at the end of year 6. Because of our numbers, some year 3 students will have to go into the senior team. Please note that these students are NOT streamed on ability. We take lots of things into consideration when placing your child in a class. ALL children are taught where their level is, so academic ability is catered for wherever our students are placed. There will be some teacher changes in level as well.

As a parent, we have many roles in supporting our children. Some of these jobs include providing food and shelter, sending them to school and being their advocate. It also includes preparing them for the real world. As we know, in the real world we do not always get what we want. Dealing with this is often termed resilience.
Developing resilience in our children is such an important part of our role as we help them deal constructively with the inevitable setbacks they will meet. We make a special mention of this as we are organising the new class placements.
When you see the placements later this term, it may not be your preferred choice but please be reassured that teachers and leaders in the school have spent countless hours pondering the best place for each child. We take into account social, emotional and academic needs when establishing the best fit for them. Your child may not be with their best friend. This is OK. They can still see them every day, and it allows them to develop other relationships. Your child may be the youngest or oldest in a group, we might have recognised the need for them to develop leadership skills or to develop an understanding of what it means to be led. Every decision has thought behind it.
If your child will not be returning next year please notify the office ASAP if you have not done this already.
We only accept parent requests directly to the principal for the following reasons:
  • there is a personal conflict between your family and the teacher (e.g. this teacher is our neighbour and we socialise together)
  • if you wish your child to be separated from another child for social reasons (e.g. my child is becoming overly dependent on Jimmy, please place them in separate classes.)
Please note I will not be accepting requests:
  • for your child to be placed WITH another child, as that then dictates the other child’s placement and only that child’s parent has that right
  • based on your child’s perceptions of a teacher (e.g. my child wants to be in this teacher’s class because she’s nice or she does lots of sport etc.). All of our teachers are professional practitioners
  • for “the male teacher”
  • for any particular class because you perceive that there will be “harder” or “easier” work on offer. None of our classes are streamed, each learner is catered to from their own skills and abilities.
Please also be aware:
  • We always make sure that your child has at least one friend with them in their new class
  • We also juggle gender counts, ability levels, social groupings, special needs, siblings/cousins and teacher-fit to ensure a good mix in each class
  • If you request a certain teacher or class for your child we may not be able to place them with their friends or with the correct ability group as your request would hamper us from doing so
Class placements are a long and laborious task for us. In many ways, it is a labour of love. We spend hours pouring over our class lists and individually placing each child in the right place. Every class list has several pairs of eyes on it – the child’s current teacher, their new teacher, their team leaders, the SENCo and our Senior Leadership Team all have input. We ask you to trust us that we do have your child’s best interests at heart.



Cluster Athletics: 

Congratulations to the team who went to Cluster Athletics yesterday. They were amazing sports people and I have had multiple adults comment of the fantastic behaviour and positive attitudes of the team. Our children were polite, supported each other and even congratulated children from other schools. Thank you to the parents and teachers that assisted in making the day run smoothly!

Is it Bullying?

This week I have been dealing with several incidents that occurred last week after athletic sports which have highlighted to me an unsettled and unacceptable culture of disrespect and in one of these cases bullying in our school. I have spoken to the whole school at assembly, met with parents, interviewed all students and met with Regan Framp (our local police officer). We have unpacked what bullying is with the students. Bullying is certainly a word that parents seem to like to shout from the rooftops, so I have included the image for you to unpack as well.

One of the hardest things for us is the lack of communication. If it is a case of students being rude or mean, please see your child’s teacher for help. If it is a case of bullying, please make an appointment to come as see me as soon as possible. It is not OK to say nothing and hope it goes away! Rest assured we always take bullying seriously and will deal with it.

How can parents help?

Being a Keyboard Warrior and posting your frustration on social media DOES NOT help your child.

Being in the Car Park Mafia and having a good complain at the school gate DOES NOT help your child.

Come in and have a conversation with me. I will listen and I will act. I always gather the facts from all sides of the story as often as a parent you will only get one perspective on the matter. If, after a while, the issue starts up again let us know and we will continue to deal with it again. These problems sometimes take a couple of times before children learn. Let us do our job by communicating clearly and in a timely manner with us.

Please also bear in mind that while you have one side of the situation, there are other factors involved. I sit with the big picture. I cannot share with you the personal issues of another child and their whanau but trust that I will be working with them. All behaviour is communication and there is always a reason to unpack behind every incident. No child is “bad” or “naughty” simply for the sake of it. When we find out what the root cause is, we can deal with it more effectively.

Stars of the week: 

Ka rawe te mahi to Ruby Leslie and Greer Sandford.

Congratulations to these outstanding young girls. They were nominated for the Fred Hollows Award which recognises yr 6 students who show passion, integrity, kindness and are active in their community. We acknowledged them at our school assembly and shared with the school how special and important it is to be nominated for this award. You girls will go far! We will miss you next year!

Athletics Results:

Here are our school athletics results. Bear with us while we make up the certificates. It’s a very big job!

Social Media:

It has been bought to my attention that some of our tamariki have social media accounts and that this is causing some social issues between them. PLEASE TAKE CAREFUL NOTE OF THE FOLLOWING ADVICE published in the Herald. In particular, the ages restrictions. Our children do not have the maturity to be able to manage this level of social interaction yet.

1. Engage in open discussions

Parents should sit down with their children and learn about technology together. Work out a plan for monitoring, and how to behave safely. Find out more about applications such as Facebook and Instagram on their websites.

2. Meet minimum age requirements

Parents should not permit children under the minimum age requirements to register on social networking sites. The minimum age requirement is 13 years on most social media sites including Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. For information on minimum age restrictions see the website.

3. Teach respect for others

Teach children to respect others when using social media, including posting, sharing, tagging and commenting on information. Examples of respectful behaviour include: check before sharing photographs of other people online; treat others as you would want them to treat you; and not to post “funny” material that could be hurtful for someone else.

4. Information is not easily removed

Online activity can become a permanent digital footprint of a young person’s life. It can affect a young person’s reputation and how they are perceived by future employers.

Information is not easily removed once it has gone public. While removal can be achieved, deleted posts remain available for viewing once they have been copied and shared.

5. Share less detail

Sharing less personal information can reduce the risk of identity theft. Children should refrain from posting sensitive personal information online, such as phone numbers, addresses or IRD numbers, which can assist predators or perpetrators of identity theft. From time to time, parents should check that their children’s personal details are not in public places online.

6. Learn about privacy settings, user settings and content filters

Encourage your children to use privacy settings wisely, and to understand the dangers of sharing sensitive information in a public setting. Find out more information about security features such as encryption and the importance of having a security PIN on a smart phone, on the OWLS website.

It is important to protect your family computer through up-to-date antivirus software and firewall settings. Use a child safe search engine, and internet content filters like Google’s SafeSearch filter to change browser setting to prevent adult content appearing in search results.

7. Beware of Predators

Children should take care before accepting “friend” requests – it’s easy for people to pretend to be someone else online. Parents should remind their children not to interact inappropriately with people they do not know, and not to meet online “friends” in the real world unless accompanied by an adult.

8. Deal with bullying

Discuss parameters around behaviour and the impact the online world can have on real world friendships. Parents should encourage children to let them know about any online or text bullying, and discourage their children from responding to it.

Staff Changes:

We are sad to be saying goodbye to Mary Fagerlund who has been working with Maddy for the last two year. Mary is the most patient, friendly and fun person we know and we will miss her wonderful contributions to our school. We wish Mary all the very best for her future well deserved retirement.

Camps next year:

Every second year we have camps during term 1. It is tradition at Reporoa Primary School for our year 1&2 students to have a sleepover, our year 3&4 students to go somewhere local for a night or two, and our year 5&6 students to go further afield.
In 2023 our year 3&4 camp will be from the 15-17th March and will cost around $100 (venue TBA).
Our year 5&6 camp will be on the 20-23rd March at Papamoa Beach and will cost between $160 and $180.
If you start paying into your child’s account now, it will be $10 per week. We are determined to get everyone to camp. If you know you will struggle to pay or you have multiple children going, please come and see me to make arrangements. We can help!


REMINDER: We need ALL sports uniforms returned to school now thank you.


Reminder the fees $12.50 needs to be paid to the school office now for the children who are in teams.


Swimming is starting up again this term. Students who do not bring their togs will take work to another classroom to complete so that they do not disrupt the swimming lesson. Please remind your child to put their togs and towel in their bag. Last year 131 people drowned in New Zealand and 152 people were hospitalised due to water incidents. We are surrounded by water in Aotearoa so it is very important that our children learn to swim and stay safe in the water. It is part of our curriculum and therefore compulsory.



Wed 23rd Nov TONIGHT – Whanau Group Meeting 7pm – All welcome
Thurs 24th Nov Bake Sale – Fundraiser for Y5/6 camp 2023
Fridays Ice blocks for sale $2 each, every Friday until end of term
Mon 28th Nov Year 6 Leaders Trip
Tues 29th Nov Cluster Maths Quiz
Wed 30th Nov CBOP Athletics
Tues 6th Dec Whanau Group Open Afternoon 4:30 – 7:00 time to be confirmed
Tues 6th Dec BOT Meeting 7pm
Thurs 8th Dec Junior School Sleepover
Fri 9th Dec Reports Go Live
Tues 13th Dec Fun Day
Thurs 15th Dec Year 6 Graduation
Fri 16th Dec Last Day of Term – 3pm finish
Tues 31st Jan First Day of Term 2023 – 9am Start
Wed 1st – Fri 3rd Feb Life Ed Caravan

Have you got our app downloaded for all current communications?

Other Notices:

School Account Details:

Account payments can be made directly to our school ASB account using online banking.  The account number is: 123155 0134517 00


Remember if you change address, get a new cell phone number or email address  to notify the school so we have up to date records. The office needs your up to date email address so the newsletter can be emailed out – thanks.


We are part of the governments healthy lunch programme. Children are provided lunch everyday. If they have any allergies, please let the office know so that allowances can be made. Children still need to bring a drink bottle (water only please) and morning tea every day.


Reminder – if your child is absent either text, phone and leave a message, or fill in an on-line absent form. We also are required to fill in the reason they are away, so remember to include this in your message – thanks. IF CHILDREN ARE SICK PLEASE KEEP THEM AT HOME.

Car Parks:

Please use the car parks provided at the front or back of the school. No vehicles are permitted on the school grounds except for staff or service vehicles.

Nãku i runga i aku mihi ki a koe – Yours with thanks

Richelle McDonald

and our team – Nikkole, Korkz, Gemma, Tanissha, Steven, Pip,  Julie, Maureen, Heather, Mary, Bridget, Sarah and Linda.