Week 11, Term 1 Newsletter

Friday 12th April 2024

Nau mai haere mai, Welcome

Kia ora Clive whānau,

What a busy term we have had. Our students, staff and community have jammed what feels like a years worth of events into one term. From Swimming, Sports events, the school fair, two camps the list goes on. What is evident in all of these opportunities that we give our students is the power of community. Without each and every one of you, stepping in to volunteer your time, bake a cake (or my style, buy one), transport our students to this park or that, none of it would be possible without a strong community spirit. From the staff, Board of Trustees and I, we thank you!

We hope the next two weeks gives you some quality time with your children, an opportunity to breath before the winter sports season begins and hopefully recharge everyones batteries.

Noho ora mai / stay well

Chris Birch
Tumuaki/Principal

Important Changes to be aware of Term 2 onwards:

Assembly times and Speech and Drama

One of the key tasks we are continuously performing is evaluating the effectiveness of our programmes to ensure our students receive the best education possible.

For a long time our Wednesday at school have been a very interrupted day for our Middles and Seniors with a significant number of our pupils going out of class for Speech and Drama lessons. This has often left half a class behind which impacts the continuity of classroom teaching programmes. From Term 2, Sam our Drama teacher has agreed to change her lessons to a Friday afternoon in the hall to allow our teachers a straight run through the week with our Literacy and Numeracy programmes (Monday to Thursday).

School assemblies will now be at 9:10 am on a Friday morning in the school hall so Drama can have the hall in the afternoon.

Reminders will be sent out next term regarding this change so you do not miss your child's assembly.

Music: as the groups are only two to three children will still continue on a Wednesday with Ethan.

Hastings District Libraries:

Do you want something to do in the holidays?
Visit the Hastings District Libraries for some awesome activities.

"This School Holidays 15 - 26 April we've got heaps to keep the kids entertained. Don't forget to keep checking in with us on Facebook and Twitter, too, for more ideas to keep the kids trucking through the holidays!
You can pick up a guide from each of our three libraries at Hastings, Flaxmere and Havelock North. We've also got an online version, as well as registration buttons for all the things to make your holidays Totally Unboring!

Without our parents support we couldn't go on camps - THANK YOU!

Our year 5 and 6 tamariki had a fantastic time at camp a couple of weeks ago. Firstly I want to thank the teachers for their huge effort they put into planning and preparing for these. Hours and hours of additional work goes into organising a camp not to mention the time they take away from their own whanau to run them.

Secondly I would like to thank the large number of parents who put their hand up to take time away from their jobs and whanau to come on camp. There isn't a moment to rest on camp as they get into the mahi and support our staff. They become a parent to many children and have to rely on very little sleep to ensure that the students are happy, eating, sleeping and making the most of the awesome opportunity.

Lots of photos have been sent out through Facebook and Seesaw. Here are a few of the people we need to thank.

Thank you!

A huge thanks to Tony Guy, Carters Napier and Steel and Tube (Shane Ru bay) for the donation of materials and time to build these awesome new additions to our playground.

You would have noticed that our playground was built to the side of the existing area. This was due to a planned new classroom. As you probably have also heard, the government have reduced investment in schools, and thus, this new classroom after years of planning and expense will not be taking place. Hence we have a large gap to fill.

Tony whipped these tables up for us so our students and staff can sit and do their mahi under an umbrella. Mary Lou will be anchoring these into the gravel area over the holidays, so expect to see them there upon your return.

A huge thanks to everyone involved!

New Enrolments:


If you have a child who is turning Five in 2024 or 2025. Please ensure you add their name to our prospective enrolments list. Please email Jo in the office: admin@clive.school.nz
Please include their name and Date of Birth along with your address and contact details. This allows our leadership team the opportunity to pre-plan classes and ensure a smooth transition to school for your child/ren.