Week 2, Term 2 Newsletter

19th October 2023


Kia ora Clive whānau,

WATER SAFETY. Such an important thing we should be teaching children from a young age. Yet something that is not mandated in our New Zealand Curriculum. Yes you read that right, the New Zealand curriculum does not mandate swimming be taught in schools, hence tens of thousands of children across New Zealand are missing out due to the costs involved.

The last two weeks have been dedicated to this at school with our Junior School undertaking Learn to Swim lessons with the Clive Pool instructors (Middle School at the end of Term 3), whilst our Seniors have been learning about boat safety through Optimist Yachting.

New Zealand has an atrocious record of drownings every summer (94 drownings in 2022 and already 67 this year). Those figures are the equivalent of both our Junior and Middle school roll's combined.

As more and more schools remove swimming from their core curriculum due to the cost of either transporting children for lessons or having their own school pool, I reflect on how lucky we are here at Clive. Thanks to our amazing FOS team all of our Junior and Middle school children have received swimming lessons for two weeks before the start of our summer swimming season. The school pool costs thousands to run every year and tens of thousands to repair and repaint (every 5 - 6 years). Yet, we receive no additional property funding to do so. Swimming is teaching a child how to save their lives. It is essential. It is something every child in New Zealand should have a right to do.

Our kids are lucky!

We could not have taught our kids this valuable skill this term without the support of Pakōwhai school's van. In a cost of living crisis we are finding it more and more difficult to transport our students to events due to parents having to work (we get it!) and increased transport costs to hire a bus. A huge thanks to Tim and his team at Pakōwhai for generously lending us their school van to transport our students!

Enjoy a well deserved long weekend Clive whānau!

Noho ora mai

Chris Birch

2024 Enrolments:
If you or someone you know has a child starting in 2024 please let us know as soon as possible. This will assist us with planning classroom placements and class organisation for the 2024 school year. Please contact Jo at

We thank you for your assistance.
Outgoing Board of Trustees members:

At our BOT meeting on Tuesday 24th October we will be farewelling two dedicated members from our Board of Trustees. Our sincere thanks to both Sarah Beckett and Paul Heaps who have been on the Board for a considerable time and have led our school through their governance role. You will both be missed greatly.

We thank you both for the significant contribution you have made to our Board of Trustees, school and community.

Our next meeting is in the School Library, 5:30 pm on Tuesday 24th October.

All welcome to attend.
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.
School Calendar:
20th October - Hawkes Bay Anniversary Day
23rd October - Labour Day
24th October - Shake out drill at school (earthquake)
- BOT Meeting 5:30 in the Library
25th October - Mathletics competition @ school
31st October - Helpers Afternoon Tea 2:30 - 3:00 (Hall)
1st November - Coastal Cluster Literacy Quiz (selected students)
3rd November - Napier Intermediate orientation day
4 - 5 November - Robotics Regionals.
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