March 2023 Edition

Newsletter Week 7 Term 1 2023

Friday 17th March 2023

Ngā mihi o te ahiahi

Our school is a busy little place some times! Check out all the photos and all the information in this week's newsletter.

Digital Safety at School on Monday 6.00pm!

PLEASE come and learn how to keep our children safe in the digital world.

If you have young ones and need a babysitter bring them along. We will set up a movie and popcorn for our young ones. We STRONGLY encourage all our whānau to attend this. Our children have grown up in a digital world, and many after all are more digitally literate than we are.
Our Pool!

Thank you for using our pool this summer. Use of the pool has dropped off and we will be closing the pool for public use next Friday afternoon. Continue to send swimming togs to school when the weather is warm.

We are looking for feedback on your experience at the pool this season. Please let us know how we can improve. Please return your pool key to the office as soon as possible.

Ski School

We have the opportunity to attend Mt Hutt at our very own ski school for four Fridays in a row. Mt Hutt can accommodate us on the dates of 28th July, 4th August, 11th August and the 18th of August. However, to make this work we need to find out the numbers of students and adults who are willing and able to attend. Students would need to commit to all four dates, and have parent support when up the mountain. We have early morning lessons booked (9AM) so there are early starts involved. There is a large cost of $80 per child, per day which includes a 2 hour lesson, full mountain lift pass and rental equipment (ski, poles, boots and helmet).

Unfortunately, due to health and safety risks our adult - student ratios will need to be very small. This means we would need a large number of adult support to make this happen. We know August is a busy time of the year for our community but our community asked us to try and make this happen - so let Trudie know if you think you can make it work.

Our annual Ski and Skate day will be in late August.


Please reverse into the car park opposite school when picking up or dropping off your child. We had a close call where a student was almost hit by a reversing car. This will reduce the likelihood of an accident.

Bus Audit and Bus training

For the first time in many many years Carew Peel Forest had our School Transport Assistance Service audited by the transport division of the Ministry of Education. We are pleased to report that apart from a faded bus sign and a few missing pick up drop off (PUDO) inspections we received some very positive feedback. Please come in and have a chat if you have any questions or concerns about our School Transport Assistance Service.

BUT - if you think your child MIGHT need to get off at their grandparents, non school friends, or your place of work YOU MUST let us know so we can complete a PUDO form. No PUDO form - NO STOP.

Constable Sean visited last Friday to check in with our knowledge of safety on the bus. We also took over his car! Whoop whoop!

Professional Learning for Staff

All our staff have been involved with Storytelling professional learning over the past few weeks. Come in and see some of the work the students and teachers have been up to!

Susanne has been out with Rob Proffitt-White learning about new and effective ways of teaching and learning maths. We have a day planned in the coming holidays where we will all up school in our maths teaching and learning.

Thank you to all who came to see the triathlon. Please check out the images below! A thank you to Mr John Hands who created the challenging bike track!
Rippa Rugby!

Check out the action when the Mid Canterbury team came to teach us Rippa. Who should we challenge? Hinds, Mayfield, or Woodbury?

Digital Safety at School on Monday 20th at 6.00pm!

PALs Training

Do you know what a PALs is??
PALs are Physical Activity Leaders, and within our school we have 10 PALs. The PALs program is supported by Sport Canterbury and gives students the opportunity to become leaders with a focus on encouraging students to be active and working collaboratively. We hold regular sessions at school where the PALs plan and lead the activities, these sessions are either run in our hubs or Care Crews.
Last week our 10 PALs travelled to Ashburton and took part in a workshop with other students from schools around Mid Canterbury. At this workshop they learnt different characteristics of a good leader, the importance of planning, being organised plus also being able to adapt if things aren’t going to plan. They also learnt a couple of new games “On the River Bank” and “Pirates Treasure” that they are looking forward to teaching everyone.
At the end of the session they worked as a group and brainstormed a motto for this years PALs


Term 1: Wed 1st February 2023 - Thurs 6th April
Monday 20th March - Digital Safety and Wellbeing Lessons
Thursday 23rd March - Garden to table 11am-12.30pm
Friday 24th March - Assembly 2pm
Tuesday 4th April - Enviro day at Staveley
Thursday 6th April - Assembly

Term 2: Mon 24th April - Fri 30th June
Monday 24th April - Teacher Only Day
Tuesday 25th April - Anzac Day
Wednesday 26th April - Term 2 begins
Tuesday 9th May - Tarahaoa trip to Ashburton Gallery
Wednesday 17th May - NZ Playhouse show
Wednesday 28th June - CPFS Production at the Carew Hall

Term 3: Mon 17th July - Fri 22nd September
Korimako overnight camp - more details to follow
Ski and Skate Day

Term 4: Mon 9th October - 18th December