Coming Up

Tuesday 23 June

Year 5 Speeches

ESOL Parents Meeting 2:15 pm

Wednesday 24 June

Board of Trustees meeting 7:30 pm in our staffroom.

Thursday 25 June

Student Learning Conferences 3.20-7 pm

Tuesday 30 June

New parent meeting 9 am in our staffroom

Wednesday 1 July

Nano girl visiting Years 3-6

Mrs Smail’s farewell assembly 2:00 pm in our hall.

Thursday 2 July

Years 1-2 Butterfly Creek visit

Friday 3 July

Whole School Assembly in our school hall, 11 am. All welcome

Last day of term 3 – School reopens on Monday 20 July

At a glance

  • Welcome to our new students and their families
  • Farewell Assembly for Mrs Smail, Wednesday 1 July at 2 pm.
  • Alert Level 1
  • Student Led Conferences
  • At 3pm..
  • Year 6 Speech Finals
  • The EPro8 Experience
  • Parking in Mayfair Crescent
  • Meeting for parents of English Language learners
  • Te Reo sessions for adults
  • The Hell reading Challenge
  • Sports News
  • PTA News

Principal’s Message

Kia ora tatou

Jeanette Smail has served our school and community over the last 16 years. She has made a significant contribution. She will be missed. You are invited to her farewell assembly next week. See School Notices. 

Welcome to Mrs Donata Gray who joins the teaching team, taking over Room 9 from Mrs Claire Worthington Blair . We are delighted to have appointed Donata who will be visiting to get to know the children and routines before taking over full-time next term. Congratulations to Claire who has won the acting deputy principal role.

Thank you to everyone who has contributed to our distance learning review.

Our school values cups will be awarded to senior students at the end of term assembly on 3 July at 11am. All welcome.

Now some way into Level 1, we have a lot of very tired kids. Thanks for ensuring they get sufficient sleep.

Congratulations to all our senior students who worked so hard to deliver their speeches.

Ngā mihi

Bruce Warren, Principal

Kia hikaka, kia maia, kia pono te ngakau.

School Notices

Welcome to our new students and their families

William Gray.

Farewell Assembly for Mrs Smail

You are invited to a special assembly for our DP Jeanette Smail. This will be our opportunity for children and parents to say thank you to this dedicated educator. The assembly will be on Wednesday 1 July at 2 pm. All welcome.

Alert level 1

We continue to monitor our systems for managing health and safety at Alert Level 1. Our plan is working well. Tiredness seems to be the biggest challenge as we enter the last two weeks of term.

Student Led Conferences this Thursday

We will love to see parents coming into school for the student-led conferences and see our kids talking about their learning. This will certainly be a bit different this year as the mid-year interviews have been postponed to make them more productive (they are usually before the SLCs) and of course, our kids have had so much time away from school. Look out for the question prompt cards (in English and Chinese), that teachers will place on tables, to help you ask questions that will help your young learner.

At 3 pm

It is good to see parents and kids using the playground at 3pm again after the restrictions at Alert Level 2. This short time after 3 pm is a time for kids to play and parents to talk.

A bell goes at 3.15 which signals the time to get ready to leave.  Thank you everyone who leaves by 3.30 pm. That then provides the optimal conditions for our teachers to attend meetings and plan their programmes.

Year 6 Speech Competition Winners

Well done to our talented year 6 speech finalists who presented speeches on Wednesday. A big thank you to our guest judges Andrew Cowie and Alysha Osborne, who did a wonderful job at judging and providing feedback to all the contestants.

A special congratulations to our place winners:

Ruby Ullrich (1st)

Jimmy Zhou (2nd)

Isobel Stoner (3rd)


An insight into our visit from EPro8 – by Isobel Stoner.  The EPro8 Experience

Do you park in Mayfair?

We encourage you to do so to relieve congestion in Galaxy Drive at 3 pm, BUT please do not park on the no-stopping zone. It makes it unsafe for children and limits access for our neighbours to their properties. It is also illegal.

Meeting for parents of English Language Learners

Reminder: Parents are invited to attend a meeting to learn about our programme for English Language Learners. We will meet in the staff room at 2.15 pm tomorrow  Tuesday 23 June.

Te Reo sessions for adults

We are interested to hear from parents who are interested in learning Te Reo and Tikanga Maori. Keri Hadfield, our kaiako in the middle and senior teams will be the tutor. Classes will be 90 minutes and will be held on Mondays. The session time will be 3.15 pm or 6.30 pm .The cost will be approximately $150 for ten weeks.
Please email Jeanette Smail to register your interest and your preferred time.

School Library – Reading Challenge is back for 2020!

From this term the School Library is taking part in the well-established Reading Challenge programme, which is designed to get kids reading and enjoying the pleasures of stories – with the bonus of free pizza rewards.   In conjunction with the NZ Book Awards and sponsored by Hell Pizza, the Hell Reading Challenge has proven to hook many reluctant readers into books with the aim to get even more young readers to discover the thrill of a great book.

The HELL Reading Challenge is an opt-in challenge, it is free, and it is so easy! Children receive a stamp on their pizza wheel for each book they read and once seven books have been read, the wheel gets signed by their teacher or the school librarian, Mrs Hopkins.  Once officially stamped they can redeem their pizza wheel for a free 333 kids’ pizza at a HELL pizza store.

Reading Challenge rules:

–          Each pizza wheel is good for one 333 Kids’ Pizza from any Hell Pizza store nationwide

–          The wheel must be signed by a teacher/librarian and stamped with the official school stamp

–          One pizza per visit per child

–          Wheels are non-transferable for money

–          Children must redeem their free pizza in person and expires 31 January 2021

If you have any queries about the Hell Pizza Reading Challenge, please contact your classroom teacher or school librarian, Mrs Hopkins.

Sports News

Hello, my name is Jenna Maisey, I will be the Sports Coordinator going forward.
We are happy to announce that most sports will be resuming as normal from term 3.

If your child has registered for a team sport, please expect contact from their team manager in the next couple weeks. If you have registered for a sport but have not given in a registration form, please fill one out and hand it in at the school office or email in at

We are also looking for two year 3-4’s to join the Flippaball team, if you would like to register, please bring in a Sports Registration Form to the school office, or send one in at

PTA News

For all PTA related enquiries please email

PTA Meeting
Our first PTA meeting of the term will be held tomorrow Tuesday 23rd June at the earlier time of 7 pm, in the staff room. It’s a great way to get involved meet new people and have some fun. We welcome all to come along, share in some refreshments and brainstorm activities and events.
Second-hand Uniform
The Second-hand uniform shop is now better stocked, and we will open the shop on Monday 29th June, then hopefully in Term 3 be open regularly, a flier will be posted on the door with details.

Yummy stickers

Don’t forget to keep collecting those yummy stickers, for more info go to
You can print the collection sheets or just use a sheet of paper and place in the PTA box in the school office foyer.
Keep collecting until term 3, the more we get the more sports equipment we get for the school.

Entertainment App

Check out the entertainment app and receive discounts on a huge range experiences. Receive a free countdown gift card, two extra months free, up to 4 logins per membership and go in the draw to win 1 of 5 x $1000 JB Hi-Fi eGift Cards.
The school receives $14.00 for every membership purchased.
Click on the link for more details:

Community Notices

Notices are put in this section as a service to our community.  The school does not necessarily endorse these community advertisements and you are advised to check for yourself, the reliability of providers, events, camps, and courses.

Skids holiday Programme 6-17 July

Skids holiday programme

Lake House Arts – We have a variety of classes to offer including painting, drawing, craft and Virtual Reality:

A new program has also been created for working parents of 5-6 year olds who are in need of longer supervision hours during the school holidays: