Wednesday 16 September Silverdale School Newsletter

School Newsletter
Learn to Journey – Journey to Learn
Ako ki te Haere – Haere ki te Ako

Thank You

Thank you to everyone for your support of our school during alert level 2.5. Our procedures are to keep everyone safe here at school. We take our procedures from the Ministry of Education and Ministry of Health. 

School Grounds

It’s great to see so many people use our school grounds over the weekends. What’s not great is all the rubbish that is left behind for us to pick up. If you use or know people who use our school grounds please remind them to take their rubbish home with them. 


Our children have spent a lot of time maintaining and developing our garden behind the school. This garden is used for our Garden to Table programme. Unfortunately some time in the last couple of weeks we have had plants stolen from the garden. This garden is for the children of our school and I hope that our community can help us keep the garden flourishing for our children.

2019 End of Year Report

At the end of 2019 some families ended up with their child’s 2019 End Of Year Report going to their Spam/Junk email folder instead of their Inbox. SchoolTalk would like to investigate this further to ensure we do not have the same issue again this year. Can all parents that received a 2019 End Of Year Report please complete this quick survey so we can let SchoolTalk know of exact numbers. If you have more than one child can you please fill in it for each separate child as we would like to see if it was a class, year level or an issue across the whole school. Can the survey please be completed by Friday 18 September. Please click on this link to complete the survey. 


Welcome to Evie Wakelin, Serena Yu, Chase Bouwer, Shino Sarai and Sasuke Sarai. Our current roll is 830.

Happy Birthday

Happy birthday to Sean Boyd, Deniz Kaplan, Hunter Boyd, Harini Nellipudi, Sky Terrence De Los Reyes, Sebastian Eade, Portia Wulf, Annabel Pipkin, Carla Van Der Nest, Ju Won Ahn, Zac Adams, Zoe Grobler, Amelie Donaghy, Pita Lin, Teagan Bouwer, Evelyn Kim, Brodie Easton and Lily Gordon.

Getting to and from School

If your child/ren are walking/biking/scootering to or from school can you please go over with them how to do this safely. Below are some general tips.

How to stay safe when walking

  • Use pedestrian crossings or cross at traffic signals.
  • Stop and check at every driveway.
  • Walk on the footpath, close to the houses and away from the road.
  • Hold hands if walking with a young child near roads or in carparks.

Crossing the road, when there’s no pedestrian crossing

  • Be patient and cross the road only when it’s safe to do so (it takes time for a vehicle to stop)
  • Then use the kerb drill:
    • Stop one step back from the kerb.
    • Look and listen for traffic coming from all directions.
    • If there is traffic coming, wait until it has passed and then look and listen for traffic again.
    • If there is no traffic coming, walk quickly straight across the road.
    • While crossing, look and listen for traffic, wherever it may come from.

When using a pedestrian crossing

  • Use official crossings where possible – in fact, if you’re within 20 metres of a pedestrian crossing, the law requires you to use it.
  • Check that approaching vehicles have seen you and can stop before you step out.
  • Cross as quickly as you are able.
  • For crossings with signals, only cross when the green person or message shows.

Not Returning in 2021

If your child is currently in Years 1-5 we would appreciate you letting us know if they will not be returning to Silverdale School for 2021 as this will assist us in our staffing and class organisation. Please email the office, to let us know. Thank you.


P.E.A.K.S (Participation, Effort, Action, Knowledge, Skills) 

P.E.A.K.S is our home learning programme where we celebrate the effort and commitment of students who take on a challenge and complete it in their own time.  It gives us the chance  to recognise the depth and wealth of learning opportunities students engage in in their leisure time. 

Each team offers slightly different challenges they can engage in and there is also the opportunity to design their own challenge.  

Each year level has a set number of challenges to achieve in the year. Those that complete these will be awarded a trophy at the end of the year in recognition of their efforts.


Lost Property

This week we are going to get our staff to sort through the lost property and return all named items to the children.

At the end of the term we will have the rest of the lost property displayed and will allow parents to come on site at the end of the day to have a look for their children’s lost items.

Thank you for your support with this.

Kia Kaha Te Reo Māori

The chosen theme for 2020 is again ‘Kia Kaha te Reo Māori’.

‘Kia Kaha’ is well understood in New Zealand English with its meaning of ‘be strong’. We often talk about languages as if they are people – talking about language health, strength and revitalisation. So when we say ‘Kia Kaha te Reo Māori’ we’re saying  – ‘Let’s make the Māori language strong’.

Strength for an endangered language comes from its status, people being aware of how to support revitalisation, people acquiring and using it and from the language having the right words and terms to be used well for any purpose.

On this site ( you can find resources, ideas and reports about revitalisation and its increasing success. 

It’s a part of the national promotion of te reo Māori undertaken by Crown agencies and coordinated by the Māori Language Commission as part of the Crown’s Māori language strategy, the Maihi Karauna. This strategy supports the revitalisation strategy of Māori and iwi, led by Te Mātāwai.

Te reo Maori is a taonga of Māori, guaranteed under the Treaty of Waitangi. But the Māori Language Act 2016 also makes clear it is for every New Zealander and a valued part of our national identity.

Goals of Māori Language Week

  • Create a positive environment for the use of Māori language.
  • Promote Māori language initiatives and events.
  • Encourage non-Māori speaking New Zealanders to use reo Māori.
  • Encourage speakers of Māori to support others who are just starting out.
  • Encourage community, business, government and media organisations to participate.
  • Promote resources to make Māori language more accessible.
  • Contribute to awareness of the Crown Māori Language Strategy and the Māori and iwi strategy that work together for revitalisation. 
Cameron Lockie


Quiz Night Saturday 14 November

Quiz Night FAQs

 Do I have to be good at quizzes to go to Quiz Night?

Absolutely NOT! Quiz night is just an excuse to get out the house and have a fun time without kids around.

How many people do we need for a team?

Teams of 4 and Teams of 8 are encouraged to register. However, if you want to participate and need help organising a team, just email us at and we can help you out.

Do teams dress up?

Yes, teams dress up. We will even have a prize for best dressed…however, this is not a requirement! Feel free to just come as you are.

Do we need cash, or can we bring cards?

We will have one Eftpos machine site, but bring cash to keep the lines shorter, get your drinks faster and be able to join in on some games and raffles.


What can I buy at Quiz Night?

Drinks: Beer, wine and soft drinks will be available for purchase.

Food: Teams will be given  the opportunity to buy pizzas from Northern Union which will be delivered on site. Teams are also encouraged to bring nibbles for their table.

Hampers and games: We’ll have some awesome hampers to raffle off and some games to keep you entertained throughout.

Where does Quiz Night take place?

The Silverdale School Hall.

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