Whānau News

Ngā Whānau Kōrero o Te Kura Tuatahi o te Iringa o Kahukura.


Issue : 2

9th February 2016

Please remember to regularly visit the School Calendar to see all events that are happening across the school.

Kia ora

What an amazing first week we have all had. A personal highlight for me was the mihi whakatau (welcome) on Monday morning. A special thank you to all those involved in the preparation and planning of this, to all the parents and community members who were able to be here and of course the children (including our awesome kapa haka group). It was a very special day for all involved and one that I will treasure for a long time.  

I would particularly like to mention the support, and thank my whānau and friends. Firstly, my wife Deborah and our children Dexter and Oswin, without their love and support I would not be who I am today. I would also like to thank Anaru White for speaking on my behalf, Anaru is both a friend and professional colleague who works for Core Education. I would also like to thank Julie Calder for taking time out of her busy day to be here in support and finally I would like to thank Bruce Topham, the principal of Halswell School for his support in the handover/welcome and for allowing some of my ex colleagues (including Cathie Zelas) and some of the school’s kapa haka group (so ably led by Cailin McVicar) to sing in support.

With day one over I then spent the rest of my week visiting learning spaces, spending time in the playground and trying to meet as many families as I could before and after school. What was reinforced during this time was what an amazing school and community we have at CPS.

To conclude I would like to thank all staff, children, parents and whānau for what has been a very positive start to the 2016 school year.

Ngā mihi nui

Gavin Burn


Upcoming Events

Collaboration meetings Wednesday 10 February and Thursday 11 February

Meet your child’s  collaborative teaching team – This is a chance for you to meet the teachers who will be leading learning with your child in 2016.  

The teachers will share important information about learning within their collaborative team.

Each collaborative teaching team will run two sessions, one at 5.30pm and then repeat the session at 6.15pm so that Whānau can choose the session time that works best for them.


Wednesday 10 February: Totara and Matai Teams (Years 5-8)

5.30-6.00pm: session one

6.15-6.45pm:  session two

6.45pm Onwards: Totara Team Camp Information Evening


Thursday 11 February: Rata and Kowhai Teams (Years 1-4)

5.30-6.00pm: session one

6.15-6.45pm:  session two

Please note this is not a time to discuss the individual needs of your child, later in the term we will hold individual learning conferences to discuss your child’s learning needs.


Important Notices

The Wang Family update.


The Wang family have 2 children at CPS; Josie, in Learning Space 9 with Mrs Cadillac and Annushka, in Miss Wright’s Learning Space in the Epicentre.

Unfortunately Eugenie, Josie and Annushka’s mother, has been diagnosed with a malignant brain tumour. Treatment will be under way shortly. The children are aware of the situation. The family have given us their permission to share this information with you.

Please be mindful that if parents are discussing this at school do it away from the children so there is no chance of them hearing. We want to keep school a place where the girls can concentrate on having fun and not be reminded of what is happening in their lives outside of school. Thank you for your cooperation and understanding of this.

Some of the community are already aware of what is happening and have been supporting the family. The family would like to thank everyone for their support in so many ways.

As we move forward we feel it would be good to have someone to co-ordinate/manage future support. If you have any ideas or offers of support please contact Claire Palmer (0212295699) or Cathy Andrew (CPS 3326786) and we will work with you on this.

It goes without saying that as a school and community we will support the family in anyway we can. Our thoughts go to Eugenie,Tim, the children and families.


Mufti Day this Friday 12th February

We apologise for the short notice here but one of our Sustainability Leaders for 2016, Poppy Blake-Manson has come to us with a proposal that we are keen to support.

This Friday there will be a beach themed mufti day (no togs) to try and save the Awaroa beach in the Abel Tasman National Park through the ‘give a little’ website.  Please bring a gold coin donation to help reach the 2 million dollar target, so far NZ has raised 1 375 000 dollars. If the target is not reached then the school will donate the money to Surf Life Saving. Wouldn’t it be awesome to say that Cashmere Primary helped save the Awaroa beach In the summer of 2016?  From Poppy.

For more information about this project, please click here.

Road Safety

Parent help with Road Patrol

In the coming weeks we will be looking to all of our school parents to help supervise our road patrollers on Hackthorne Rd. This is probably one of the most important roles in the school and another way that you can get involved to support both the students and wider school community (ensuring that all students and whānau arrive and leave the school safely).  We will be looking for parents to cover both the 8.25 - 8.55 am and 2.50 -3.10pm shifts.


Over the last week we have observed a number of drivers doing U-turns from the P3 so they can drive down the hill and also drivers parking on the yellow lines near the crossing - both these actions make it very hard for our road patrollers.  It is our objective to keep our children safe while on the roads and your help here is greatly appreciated.

Enrolments for music lessons are now open. All enrolments are now through our online enrolment form, which is available on the Ultranet, on The Arts page. Available instruments are: Flute, Clarinet, Saxophone, Violin, Guitar, Drums, Ukulele, Recorder, Voice.  Enrolments will close on Monday of Week 3, with lessons beginning in Week 4. We will confirm your music lesson time prior to the lessons starting.  Please contact kate.divett@cashmereprimary.school.nz or the Office if you have any queries


2016 Term Dates

Term 1

Monday 1 February to Friday 15 April

Term 2

Monday 2 May to Friday 8 July

Term 3

Monday 25 July to Friday 23 September

Term 4

Monday 10 October to Friday 16 December


Statutory Holidays:

Waitangi Day      Observed on 8 February

Good Friday        25 March

Easter Monday    28 March

Easter Tuesday   29 March

Anzac Day          25 April

Queen’s Birthday 6 June

Labour Day         24 October

Show Day           11 November


This allows for one Staff Only Day (TBC).

Community Notices

If you would like a notice put into the Whānau News please email it by Friday each week to: office@cashmereprimary.school.nz and write ‘for Whānau news’ in the subject line.

RED CROSS: 16 February, Tuesday 7.30-9pm, Red Cross Recovery Matters workshop at,

Cashmere Presbyterian Centre hall, 2 Macmillan Ave - facilitated by a trained psychosocial facilitator on impacts experienced by communities after disaster, the effects of long-term stress and then on the positive side some tools and strategies for support and well-being that we can all use to help ourselves, our family, friends, colleagues and communities - all welcome, with CREST.  

Weetbix Triathlon - If your children are interested in entering into next years Weetbix Triathlon at Jellie Park on Sunday 13th March, we have registered Cashmere Primary as a school group for 2016. To register simply go to try.weetbix.co.nz and register under Cashmere Primary School. The registration fee is $35. In order to qualify for the school group prize draws and to receive the school group discount, you must be registered by Tuesday 23 February 2016. If you have any questions please contact our school co-ordinator Joanna Kelly on jjpkelly@gmail.com or 021 061 4302."

Junior Tennis Coaching Term 1.  Cashmere Tennis Club welcomes new members to our Hot Shots coaching programme for Term 1 2016. Hot Shots is a national coaching programme focusing on learning through playing actual games.  For session times and registration form visit the club website www.cashmeretennis.org.nz or contact Mel Cross ph 0272903556 email juniors@cashmeretennis.org.nz

Experienced Nanny seeks work I have been a Nanny and Home Manager for 20 years plus and currently seeking part time work of approx. 20 hrs pw. I am a caring, reliable, energetic and physically fit lady with good references. I have worked with families for long periods (7 years plus) and formed close relation/friend ships with them. As well as caring for the child/children, I am also prepared to do odd chores while child is napping, if required. My Philosophy revolves around building a special bond, earning trust, teaching and having fun. It’s rewarding as they grow to have been involved in teaching of good manners and behaviour. My preferred days/hours are Monday to Thursday afternoons, but can be flexible to fit in as necessary. Phone Kerry – 021 266 1966, ​kerryhall23.kh@gmail.com

Experienced Nanny - Qualified and experience nanny educator looking for a new family to care for 30-40 hours a week.Hello I'm Jenna, I have cared for the Willems family up at school for the pass 4 years and sadly now it's time for me to move on. I have worked full time as a nanny for the last 7 years with children across a range of ages.  I have a full drivers licence, current first aid certificate and am a non smoker.  For more information please call 0220259099

Bass guitar teacher.  Cashmere area.  $25 per half hour, Winner of Rock Quest 2014.  Please phone or text Zac Knopp at: 022 0905 968

BARRINGTON YOUTH CHOIR: We are accepting new singers for 2016, ideal for beginner or experienced singers alike aged 7-13 years. Rehearsals run Saturdays 1.30-3.00pmwith an opportunity to participate in a holiday workshop with a visiting Nelson choir in the April school holidays. Membership fee is $45.00 per term. Contact choir director Jamiee Trethowan for further information jamieetrethowan@live.com 027 505 8818.


Sydenham Rugby Football League Club.  Junior Registration Day.  Sunday 14th of February 2016, 11.00 am - 1.00 pm Bradford Park.

Cashmere Technical Football Club  Registration is now open and trials for our Div 1 and A Band teams begin on 14th February.  Please check our website www.ctfc.co.nz for details.  Come and join us for the 2016 season!

Time for another Katie Jane Event - Classic Pairings - a wine tasting with a difference.  The Cup, Tuesday 23 February, 7pm, $35.  Tickets at www.katiejaneevents.co.nz.  Get a group together for a great new year catch up!


For more information:

> School Calendar

> 2016 Learning Space/School Organisation

> PAT Information