Week 10, Term 3 Newsletter

22nd September 2023


Kia ora Clive whānau,

A term to celebrate Visual Art's.

It was wonderful to invite whānau and the wider community to view the amazing creations our students have put together with their Kaiako/Teachers, visiting Artists (Brad Donovan, Tony Harrington) and the Napier MTG Staff. The results speak for themselves.

The Arts, (Visual, Drama, Dance, Music) are so important to our world. I cringe hearing the Performing Arts courses at Universities are being cut. Likewise when I listen to our politicians as they bid for our votes discussing narrowing the curriculum. The Arts are about creation, expression, enjoyment. The Arts are important in our world and are good for our Hauora / Health.

To watch our students as they have worked alongside professionals and our staff has been wonderful. The ability to express themselves in other ways. To be mindful in their pursuit of beauty. Having fun, and getting a little messy. This is what education is about.

We hope you enjoyed viewing our students creations as much as the students and staff enjoyed making them.

As we wrap up for the Term 3 holidays, we wish you all a safe and hopefully relaxing two weeks.

We look forward to seeing everyone return in Term 4, Monday 9th October!

Noho ora mai

Chris Birch

A massive thanks to our Friends of School:

The fundraising environment over the last four years has been a challenging space, yet our Friends of School have done an amazing job of continuing to raise money for our tamariki.

Our FOS team demonstrate our school values of Kaitiakitanga / Guardianship, and Kia Manawanui/Perserverance, their efforts provide our students with the opportunities to build their Hauora/Health and Manakitanga/Respect for themselves and others.

Our Friends of School are great role models for our tamariki.

There are some exciting announcements to be made.

Junior School Playground:
Our Junior School playground is in desperate need of replacement. Our FOS team have been fundraising hard and are about to start installing a new playground that has been designed by our Junior team to work on the kore movement patterns that assist children with their development. Early next term we will hold a community working bee to remove the old playground and pull the gravel back so the new structure can be installed. This is a $47,000.00 project!!!!! A massive thanks to our FOS team for all their mahi on this project.

Education Outside the Classroom:

Your kids would have (or will shortly be) benefiting from the FOS team's hard work.
Our Seniors all had their camps subsidised to the tune of $2,000.00 reducing the overall cost to parents.
Our Middle School have finished their learn to swim lessons that FOS paid for $2,000.00 all up.
Our Junior School in weeks one and two will also be undertaking Learn to Swim lessons at the Clive pool. Another $2,000.00 kindly donated by our Friends of School team!

New Sports Uniforms:

FOS have just replaced 50 of the 10 year old sports uniforms so our tamariki look fabulous out on the sports field. How much did that cost? $3,829.50

Additionally they are in full swing planning the FOS water fun day at the end of Term 4 and have made a generous donation towards the year 6 leavers event.

All up that is $56,829.50 that our small team are giving back to our tamariki.

Our Friends of School are always looking to grow their team. You can help a little, or you can help a lot. Reach out to the team to pass on your thanks and show your interest in assisting them with future projects:


For our kids now

A valuable addition to our swimming programme:
A huge thank you to Sue and Mark Moot who have donated these life jackets to school to assist us with our water safety programme.
Teacher only day Term Four
Monday 13th November 2023

The Ministry of Education has directed schools to take two Teacher only Days during the year to assist our staff in familiarising themselves with the changes to the New Zealand Curriculum.
Our Whirinaki Kahui Ako (Community of Schools) will be working together on

Monday 13th November for this purpose.

Please be aware that there will be no school on this date. Lulu and Max have been advised and will have a team available to assist with child care should it be required. Please liaise with Nadia directly to book in your child.


We thank you for your support and understanding.
Winter Sports player recognition
Congratulations to:
Leo - MVP for the Napier Rovers Football club
Magnus - MVP Haumoana Football Club
Ryder - Unison Medal for Haumoana Football club
Skye - Most Improved Player - Haumoana Football club
Munro - Most improved - Haumoana Football club
Heath - Omni Gym
Hawkes Bay Cross Country Champs:

Well done to our amazing runners who competed in the Hawkes Bay Primary Schools Championships this week. Placings in their respective races were:

Briar - 2nd Place
William - 8th Place
James - 13th Place
Bailey - 13th Place
Carter - 19th Place
Coco - 8th place
Dance Festival
Congratulations to our amazing dancers who competed in the Hawkes Bay Dance festival this week.
What is happening around the school?
Year 5 camp, Robotics (coding), feeding the Tuna / Eels, Cross country, sports and just having fun!
School Calendar:
22nd September - Last day of Term 3.
9th October - First day of Term 4
19th October -School photos
20th October - Hawkes Bay Anniversary Day
23rd October - Labour Day
13th November - Teacher Only Day
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