Whānau News

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


Issue : 3

15th February 2016

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

Upcoming Events

New Families BBQ

Invitations have gone home to all our new families inviting them to a PTA run BBQ.  If you have not received an invitation please contact the school office for details.  Please ensure you RSVP to the office.  

Picnic on the Field

Save the Date for the PTA Old Fashioned Family Picnic on the Friday the 11thof March from 5.00-7.00pm.  Bring a picnic and enjoy live Jazz and free ice blocks for the kids !


Important Notices

Our apologies to key holders but the school pool will be closed on Friday 19th of February for the PTA’s New Family BBQ.  The pool will reopen on Saturday 20th of February.  

Wang Family Update

Community Action – Ways to Support the Wang Family

Please check our our new ‘CPS PTA’ page which has a link to a ‘Community Action’ page on the CPS Ultranet.  This page will be used to help support CPS whānau if there is a need at any time.

The link to the CPS Ultranet page is http://cashmereprimary.ultranet.school.nz/Home/   

Here we’ve listed several opportunities where you may want to show your support for the Wang family. Please sign on there if you want to be involved.

A reminder – once you’ve logged into the school ultranet, look for the signpost icon (Navigatior Tool) on the top toolbar to the right or your name. From here you can find your way to the CPS PTA (‘Community Action’ is linked to this page).  Please sign in using your parent login and open the CPS PTA page. If you are unsure of your Ultranet login details please email Kerry Hall (kerry.hall@cashmereprimary.school.nz) and she will reset your password and login.

Highlighting one opportunity –  we hope to arrange a ‘Mucking In’ day to work on the Wang family back yard in order to make it a great space for the family to enjoy – date not yet confirmed. Please if you can help in the planning phase – or know someone who can help us draw up a plan – then we would really appreciate their input. It would be fabulous to put together a simple plan for their medium-sized back yard so we can then set a date and make it happen. This is a very practical way we can show this family we are behind them. Please sign on at the ‘Community Action’ page if you have ideas or want to be involved, or if you are really struggling to get that working email Clare at tonyandclare@vodafone.co.nz  phone 0212295699 or go direct tohttp://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0b4aabab2da1fa7-wang


CPS Earthquake Response

It is timely that we remind you of our procedures should there be an event large enough to necessitate actioning this plan.

At Cashmere Primary school…

  • We define the severity of an earthquake as being “if it feels large then it is large”, this means we will evacuate all buildings (following our evacuation plan, which we practise regularly)

  • We will then check buildings for damage. If there is no visible sign of damage and it becomes obvious the quake is less than a 6 magnitude we may re-occupy buildings

  • In case of severe weather conditions, where it is unsuitable to remain outside, we may occupy the Epicentre

  • If we are outside for an extended period of time we will hand out your child’s emergency pack (which contains an emergency blanket, muesli bar and hat). If you know your child doesn’t have one of these can you please organise one to be taken to the office in a sealed plastic bag

  • Parents are free to come to school at this point to take children home (if someone else is collecting your children we need to have this in writing prior to any event). Please let your child’s teacher know the details. Without this permission we will not let your children go home with anyone else. It is also important here that you inform your child’s teacher before taking your children home

  • We would only close the school if it is too dangerous to be here, therefore we will keep children at school until you turn up even after 3pm

  • We ask that you check our web site, text messages on cell phones and emails as we will endeavour to update you using these methods

  • If you phone school we will have a voice mail message and will not answer the phone in the first instance as this stops us being able to look after children.

How we will communicate with you depending on services available - before you phone school do the following:

  • Look at your text messages, follow instructions via school links.

  • Check emails (school link emails may be in your junk box). Check this as well as the inbox.

  • Check school website

  • Listen to radio.  If the radio says all schools closed remember we will be open until you come.

  • When parents arrive at school, be calm and follow staff instructions.

  • If we are outside or in the Epicentre that means no other buildings can be entered

  • If you stay, your help caring for all children is appreciated

  • Remember to think about what we say near children.  Children look to us for calmness and reassurance.


Communication System: School Links

Remember that we need you to register, visit www.school-links.org.nz and the school will be asked to confirm you as a parent. Once authorised, you can indicate the school "groups" to which you wish to subscribe.


Crossing Duty Notices

These notices have gone home with students and we ask that you please consider helping us on the Hackthorne Road crossing.


School Uniform Shop - Change of Day 

Please note our uniform shop will be open on a Friday morning from 8.30-9.30am.  If you are unable to make this time, we encourage you to email barbara.turner@cashmereprimary.school.nz the item and size that you require.  We will then process your order and advise you when it is ready to collect.

School Notices

Our Beach Mufti Day on Friday was a huge success with $647 raised for the Awaroa Beach. There were lots of creative costumes and everyone had lots of fun. From Molly and Poppy

Beach Mufti Day 2016.JPG


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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.

Gardener – Part Time Work

We are looking for a person to help maintain our garden in Cashmere. Weeding, deadheading, pruning and other general garden jobs. No Heavy work.  Probably 6 – 12 hours per week but we are flexible.  Please email rondsmith@xtra.co.nz

Garage Sale

Whareora Terrace (off Dyers Pass Rd) 8.30am Saturday 27th February. Oak bed ends & dresser, furniture, bathroom ware, CDs, books, games, toys etc. Everything must go. Come and get a bargain.


Spanish Classes after school:Growing up Global


The Christchurch Boys' Choir

The Boys' Choir is a choir for boys with unbroken voices who want to sing and develop their singing amongst like-minded boys. They perform in many concerts during the year and often collaborate with other choirs and performing companies.  If you have a son who likes to sing, the choir would love to hear him audition! Please email Angus Simmons at musicaldirector@christchurchboyschoir.co.nz for an audition time


For more information:

> School Calendar

> 2016 Learning Space/School Organisation

> PAT Information