Newsletter 13, Term 4 Week 3 2020

18 Padnell Crescent Newlands Wellington 6037

Newsletter 13, Term 4 Week 2 2020

Wednesday 21 October 2020

Term 4 has begun with a hiss and a roar – our students have been busy entering technology competitions, learning about coding, tending our gardens and participating in mixed year level class groups to enjoy painting, dancing, cooking and technology challenges. It has been so lovely to be able to all meet together each morning for karakia, kapa haka on Fridays and to play together during intervals. We feel very lucky to be able to participate in ordinary, everyday opportunities that allow us to enjoy each other’s company.

Community Events / Happenings

Hauora / Wellbeing Volunteer Group

Wow – the response to this community survey has been very humbling. A huge thank you to everyone for your offers of support. We will be contacting our first group of volunteers shortly. Please don’t be surprised if you are not contacted in the first round, we will only contact you when we need to. As we have so many offers of help, we are able to spread the load.

We have also been undertaking Engagement in Learning and Wellbeing surveys with our students and teachers to give us a clearer picture as to the hauora of those in our learning community.

Enrichment in Learning

Two teams of our Year 5-6 students entered the EPro8 Challenge this year and due to COVID-19, the 2020 challenge has been undertaken online. Earlier in the year we invested in a $1700 EPro8 kit which supports creative problem-solving and this has been well-utilised.  The teams are now awaiting results from adjudication.

Instead of attending the traditional Orange Day Parade where banners are judged, patrol teams across Wellington entered an online video competition. Rewa Rewa School won the Best Special Effects category, which we are thrilled about. Creating a video rap with the Wellington City Council in term 3 had obviously given them skills to build on!

The annual speech competition at NIS is coming up soon and Year 6 students in Kahurangi are busy writing their speeches and hoping to be selected to represent our school.

School Policies for Review

Policies are reviewed online at – please email for login details.  Policies for review this term are:

  • Privacy
  • Salary Units / Management Allowances
  • Classroom Release Time / Timetable

Learning @ Rewa Rewa School

Despite working in spaces such as the hall, learning is alive and well at Rewa Rewa School. Over the last 2 weeks our students have had a range of experiences including learning how to save and make money (ASB financial group), enjoying live theatre (including a performance at NIS), and Harold from Life Education Trust visits us next week. The theme is Keeping Safe – a topic that our community rated as important in the Biennial health survey. Sessions will include a wellbeing focus, as a direct response to anxiety that may have been heightened as a result of this year’s unusual events.

NZ Playhouse theatre group comes to Rewa Rewa.

Community Celebration Evening

Finally, we can invite our parents and students to meet each other, share food and play tabloid sports. Please put the following date onto your calendar:  6pm, Friday 4 December. More details available soon.

Māori Hui Meeting

We will be contacting parents/whanau of our Māori students very soon to invite you to a hui to be held 6pm, Thursday 12 November. Everyone in our community will, of course, be welcome to attend this gathering.

“Pack the Bus 2020” – Friday 4 December

This is an annual appeal run by The Breeze and Wellington City Mission for those who need some extra support at Christmastime and is a great way for us to give back to our community. Our student leaders will be sending home a flier soon for your support. Last year there was an amazing free show involving characters from the movie “Frozen”, so we can’t wait to see what happens this year.

Xmas Raffle

To support our current Year 4 & 5 families with students who will be attending camp next year we are holding a Xmas raffle this term. Expect to see more information and $2 raffle tickets coming home shortly with the eldest child in each household. If you are interested in selling more than your allocated tickets, please let us know at the Office. Alternatively, unsold tickets should be returned to the Office as soon as possible for others to sell. We are also asking for Xmas donations to create 3 fabulous prizes for this raffle. Thank you for your support.

Class Organisation for 2021

A notice will be coming home after Week 6 with information as to how our classes/teachers will be organized next year.  This will give parents plenty of time to plan ahead for school stationery.

Rewa Rewa School Christmas Bauble Fundraiser – $13 each

Christmas is coming soon, so let’s get the celebrations started! Handmade Personalised Glitter Baubles for Christmas 2020 make great gifts and are a fantastic way to celebrate or remember those precious to you.  $2 from every bauble sold goes directly to the school.

Add the names of friends and family and choose from the colors below, orders close 14 November for delivery before the end of term.

Click here to order now!

Alert Level 1 – remember to download the NZ COVID Tracer app on your phone and scan our QR code each time you are onsite.

Make your online Scholastic Book Club order now!

Upcoming Events…

Monday 26 October

Tuesday 10 November

Thursday 12 November    6pm

Friday 13 November

Monday 23 November

Friday 4 December

Friday 4 December            6pm

Thursday 10 December

Tuesday 15 December       1pm

Labour Day – School Closed

BoT Meeting

Māori Hui

NIS 2021 Enrolments Orientation Morning

Easyswim lessons begin

Pack the Bus

Community Celebration Evening

School Trip

End of Term 4

2021 Term Dates

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Term 2


Term 3

Term 4


Wed 03 February – Fri 16 April

Waitangi Day Mon 08 February – School Closed

Good Friday 02 April – School Closed

Easter Monday 05 April – School Closed

Easter Tuesday Holiday 06 April – School Closed

Mon 03 May – Fri 09 July

Queen’s Birthday Mon 07 June – School Closed

Mon 26 July – Fri 01 October

Mon 18 October – Wed 15 December (1pm)

Labour Day Mon 25 October – School Closed


Teacher Only Days (TOD) to be confirmed.


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WDC turns 30 – Star Wars meets springboard diving at Kilbirnie Pool

Wellington Diving Club is turning 30 and to celebrate we’re putting on a spectacular display & show that will be hugely entertaining!

Saturday, 14th November – 11.00am

Free entry plus vouchers for all spectators for a free Sunday have-a-go session.

Trial Lessons also available throughout Term4 – Tues, Wed, Thurs (4pm) or Saturday 10.15am. T&C’s apply.

For more information please call Barbara on 027 485 8888 or

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