Newsletter 14, Term 4 Week 6 2020

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Newsletter 14, Term 4 Week 6 2020

Wednesday 18 November 2020

Christmas Raffle items still required – please drop off at the Office.

Remember to download the NZ COVID Tracer app on your phone and scan our QR code each time you are onsite.

As well as many things to celebrate, there are lots of important dates in this newsletter as we start to count down to the end of the year – so, please get your calendar out. Since our last newsletter our community spirit has been uplifted by so many of our parents connecting with their child’s school life.  This includes selling raffle tickets, supporting out-of-school trips, supervising at the athletics meet, attending our first term 4 assembly, organising Scholastic Book Club, running PTP reading support, volunteering to be part of our Wellbeing/Hauora group, school patrollers and attending the first Māori hui we have been able to hold this year. Wow! We take our hats off to you – you would have to win the award for most involved school community. Amazing effort – we thank you so much for adding such value to our school!

Māori Whānau Hui

It was fantastic to meet so many parents and grandparents at this hui. The meeting was a time to make connections and further build our tikanga and what we would like to see at Rewa Rewa for our tamariki. Newlands schools traditionally have whānau connected to iwi from all around the country and this, in itself, is exciting because it means that together we can build the community that we want to achieve.

Many ideas were shared at the meeting, but the consensus was that families wanted more opportunities to meet and to have a voice in what is offered at Rewa Rewa School to promote student success and engagement by building a strong sense of self and identity.

We will continue to build on this initiative and already we are looking at how we can promote our Sense of Belonging in 2021 through Te Reo and the arts. Our first task is to work alongside our Māori community to name our two new whānau groups. We are very grateful to have special kaumatua and leaders, such as Todd Wano and Marcella Pakuria to guide us.

Wellbeing / Hauora Parent group

Thanks to the huge generosity and aroha from those in our parent community, our first “We’re Thinking of You” gift boxes were sent home to two of our families this week and their faces said it all. The identity of both those gifting and those receiving is kept anonymous. Please let Jan Otene know if you hear of any of our families who need support. Likewise, if you need a helping hand, please let Jan know so that we can look at helping you in some way.

Student Safety & Access

Our new fences and gates are working really well, allowing everyone to play within safe bounds.  Gates are closed at 9am each day to keep children inside our fenced areas.  The gates are pool safety style, designed so that they cannot be easily opened by children. So, if your child arrives after the bell, remind them to enter school via the Office.

Xmas Raffle to Support Outdoor Education Week (EOTC) 2021

Families should have received a card of 25 raffle tickets @ $2 per ticket to sell, so that we can raise money to support students who are going to camp in 2021, as well as our yr 1 – 4 students who will also participate in outdoor activities during EOTC week. Please return your sold ticket card and money to the Office as soon as possible and return any unsold tickets now, so that we can give these to others to sell. The absolute last day for selling and return is Friday 27 November. We are hoping to have at least 3 large raffle baskets, so now is the time to drop off gifts such as beach balls, goggles, bucket & spades etc. to the Office over the next 2 weeks. Thank you for your support for this parent fundraiser.

NIS Speech Competition

Our congratulations to Pharoah and Ben who represented Rewa Rewa at the recent Newlands Speech competition – your confidence and delivery were amazing to watch.

Student Behaviour

In the past week we have had a small number of serious incidents where rocks, rubble and glass have been thrown, causing injury to people and damage to property, both our own and our neighbours’. We ask that you please talk to your child about these incidents, reinforcing the message that at Rewa Rewa School we expect everyone to show respect and care for each other, as well as beng honest when we have made poor choices and work to put things right.


2021 Classroom Organisation

Last week all parents received a letter from the Board outlining classroom organisation for 2021. With 5 teachers starting at the beginning of the year, we believe that the year 1 – 3 and year 4 – 6 whanau groups will provide a very positive learning environment for all of our tamariki.

New appointments

Our congratulations to Guadalupe Salinas who will be joining the junior teaching team in 2021 as from the start of term 1.

School Community Celebration Evening

Save the date: Friday 4 December @ 6 pm! We will be holding a fun get-together – a time where students and their families can bring food to share, play tabloid games and listen to awesome waiata sung by our students. After a hard year it will be so lovely for our community to meet and celebrate together. A flier will be coming home soon.

End of Year Leavers Assembly

This is a very special assembly held to celebrate our year 6 students who will be leaving us to attend intermediate next year. This assembly will be held 11am, Monday 14 December. Our school community is very welcome to join us.

Learning @ Rewa Rewa School

Our students are learning about how to care for our environment, in our school and locally, as well as actions that they can take to look after their own health and wellbeing. A huge thank you to all of the wonderful parents, grandparents and local businesses who are helping to support our students to access the best learning experiences.

Kowhai class planting seedlings in the new vege bed – all donated by Newlands New World

Year 5-6 students mentoring younger students in technology

Tabloid sports fun – yes, that is mist in the background…

…we breed them tough at Rewa Rewa School!

Waste Heroes in action – Kowhai class learn to Reduce, Reuse & Recycle at Happy Valley landfill

Students competeing at the Wellington Interschools Athletics meet – thanks to our Home & School Parent Group for our new sports shirts!

Strategic Goals Review

The Board, management team and teachers have just completed their annual review of our strategic goals. Despite the disruption caused by lockdown this year we have been able to achieve many of the goals that were set at the start of the year, which is extremely encouraging.

Student Achievement

Our role as a Board is to ensure that our tamariki are successful learners. This term we will be presented with a wide range of data, including Māori Engagement, whole school reading, writing and maths curriculum data, Wellbeing Survey results for both students and their teachers and how our target students have been progressing. We are incredibly proud of the progress that our students are making and we recognise the hard mahi teachers and the leadership team have put in to ensure these successful outcomes.

Sun Protection

We are concerned at the large number of students who still do not have wide-brimmed sunhats at school. We suggest that each child keeps a sunhat at school AT ALL TIMES, so that they can always play outdoors. Hats with ‘under the chin’ cords are best, as the wind in Newlands can be very strong! Sunscreen is available in the walkways for all students to apply. However, if your child has allergies or is susceptible to being burnt, we strongly recommend that you apply your own choice of sunscreen prior to coming to school and place a supply in your child’s bag so that they can reapply during the day, as necessary.

School Policy Review Term 4

If you would like to review school policies on please email for login details. Policies for review before the end of term 4:

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

Pack the Bus Arrives at Rewa Rewa School –

12 pm, Friday 4 December

Each year our student leaders support a charity that helps those in need in our Wellington community. A flier has been sent home with lots of great ideas for suitable donations for the Wellington City Mission in partnership with The Breeze radio station. Just imagine if everyone donated 1 can of food, we would have 123 cans to contribute!! Please place your donation of long-life food or new, unwrapped Christmas gifts in the Pack the Bus box in the Office.

Upcoming Events…

Monday 23 November

Friday 4 December

Friday 4 December            6pm

Thursday 10 December

Monday 14 December       11am

Tuesday 15 December       1pm

Easyswim lessons begin

Pack the Bus

Community Celebration Evening

School Trip

End of Year Leavers Assembly

End of Term 4

2021 Term Dates

Term 1





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.

“Proudly sponsoring our community, I will happily donate $500 to Rewa Rewa School for any property exclusively listed and sold by me!”

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