Week 8, Term 4 Newsletter

Friday 1st December 2023

WE NEED YOUR HELP TOMORROW (Saturday 2nd December):
To prepare the site for the new Junior School Playground.

When: 9:30 am - 12:00 pm
Where: Outside the Explorers
Bring - shovels, wheelbarrows


Kia ora Clive whānau,

The end of year is fast approaching. Next week on Friday, your child will visit their new classroom (if applicable) to meet their fellow class mates and teacher. There will also be a second transition visit on Tuesday of week 10. Your child will bring home a letter introducing their teacher after the first visit on Friday 8th December. For those moving to the new Room 4 (old Room 2), Miss Start will be visiting on Friday so the children can meet her before she starts with us in 2024.

2024 see's a slight change in the organisation of school as we balance cohort numbers in the different areas of the school along with classroom numbering. The start of year is as follows:
Classroom Numbers 2024

Teaching Staff:
Junior School

Explorers Room 1
Year 0/1
Explorers Room 2
Year 1
Room 3
Year 1/2
Room 4
Year 1/2
Mrs Sherryl Scott
Miss Rochelle Witbrock
Mr Rob Bryant
Miss Rebecca Start
Middle School

Room 5
Year 3/4
Room 6
Year 3/4
Room 8
Year 3/4
Ms Anna Cushing
Mrs Sara Tyson
Mrs Sandra Cornelius
Senior School

Room 9
Year 5/6
Room 10
Year 5/6
Mr Adam Russ
Mr Mike Bassett / Mrs Sacha Garrett

Miss Heidi Tyler returns in 2024 after her Maternity Leave as our Deputy Principal, she will also be assisting with literacy and numeracy groups in the Senior School .

We have a very busy two weeks ahead of us. Please ensure you look carefully at the events below so you are aware what your child is up to as well as prize-giving event times and the last day of school.

Noho ora mai

Chris Birch
Last Two weeks of School: IMPORTANT INFORMATION

Week 9:

Monday 4th December
  • Kapa Haka Ropu performance at the Clive Rugby Club and Voguehaven
  • Room 8 Fishing trip
Tuesday 5th December
  • Middle School Scooter Trip
Wednesday 6th December
  • PALS Amazing Race
  • Junior School Santa Grotto and Cornwall Park trip
  • Drama recital in the hall 6:00 pm
Thursday 7th December
  • FOS Water Fun Day
Friday 8th December
  • Transition visits to 2024 classrooms - Notice coming home to whānau from new teacher.
Week 10

Monday 11th December
  • Year 6 Funday at school and BBQ lunch (full day)
Tuesday 12th December
  • Student Learning Summaries come home
  • 2024 Classroom transition visits
Wednesday 13th December
  • School Prize Giving 1:00pm start in the School Hall (Please Note: time change)
Thursday 14th December
Friday 15th December
  • School finishes at 12:00 pm
    • Bus running at 12:00pm for Whakatu whānau
School Term Dates 2024:
Please put these in your calendars now.

As usual, a fridge magnet with these dates will also be coming home in your child's end of year report.

Term 1:
Wednesday 31st January - Friday 12th April
Public Holidays:
Waitangi Day - 6th Feb
Good Friday - 29th March, Easter Monday & Tuesday - 1st and 2nd April

Term 2:
Monday 29th April - Friday 5th July
Teacher Only Day: Friday 31st May
Public Holidays: Kings Birthday 3rd June

Term 3:
Monday 22nd July - Friday 27th September
Public Holidays - None during term time

Term 4
Monday 14th October - Tuesday 17th December
Teacher Only Day - Friday 15th November
Public Holidays - HB Anniversary 25th October, Labour Day Monday 28th October

BOT Elections: Close of voting
Our Board of Trustees Mid Term election for the two available seats has now closed.

The successful applicants were:

  • Rebecca Sheppard
  • Andrea Rakete
We thank everyone who put their names forward for this important role and look forward to Andrea and Rebecca starting at our next meeting on Monday 4th December 5:30 pm in the Library (All welcome).

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.