Whānau News

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


Issue : 4

22nd February 2016

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

Kia ora Whānau

I hope you are all well and are enjoying the more settled weather and the amazing summer we are now having. Following on from Friday, I would like to thank the wonderful school PTA for organising and running a hugely successful ‘new families BBQ’. All of the new families that I spoke to commented on how welcoming, friendly and supportive everyone was and what an amazing, positive feeling there was in our school. This reinforces to me that Cashmere Primary School is a very special place and it is the people that make it so.

I hope you have all had a good day today (5 years on), as a staff our thoughts are with you and if we can be of any help, please let us know.

Ngā mihi nui

Gavin Burn


Upcoming Events

School Swimming Sports

We are holding our Cashmere Primary Swimming Championships on Monday 29th February, 2016, at Wharenui Pool, commencing at 9.15am and finishing at approximately 1.00pm. This event will involve those children who wish to enter competitively in their chosen events. The age group of the children involved will be 8, 9, 10, 11 & 12+ year olds.

Children who have entered (via Ultranet) will need to make sure they have their togs, towel, lunch and a drink bottle (of water). Children who choose not to take part in this event will come to school as usual.

From the PTA

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!


The next PTA Meeting is being held on Tuesday March the 15th at 7.15 pm in the staffroom.  If you would like to learn more about the PTA or join our team come along.  


Important Notices


Celebrating Educational Success


The model school status is a fantastic achievement for Cashmere Primary School. Most importantly it represents the hard work, continued commitment and professionalism shown by all staff, in their goal to improve student outcomes. Read the full media release here.

Thank you (from the Board of Trustees)

The Board of Trustees would like to briefly acknowledge and thank all staff for the smooth and professional start to the year. In particular we wish to thank the Rata Team staff for the huge amount of work that they all put into setting up the epicentre during mid-late January. This building has now been completely transformed into a wonderful learning space for our children.  What has been more impressive has been the establishment of systems, routines, procedures and high expectations around both learning and behaviour. The feedback that we have heard has all been positive, we can see that you as teachers are enjoying working collaboratively and most importantly the children are happy and engaged. Margot McKeegan (BOT Chair).


[Reminder] 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 for your child.  We will then process your order and advise you when it is ready to collect.


HPV Vaccinations

A reminder to year 8 girls who have received the HPV Vaccination information to please return this to the office as soon as possible so that a date can be scheduled for the vaccinations to take place.  Please return the form even if you do not want your daughter to participate.  Thank you.   


School Notices


Property Update:


Over the past few weeks the school has been working very closely with the design/project team on the finer details of our plans.

The CPS property development project has now gone out to tender. Tender closes on the 11thof March. We are anticipating that work (stage 1) will begin at the end of term one with the removal/demolition of the classroom blocks (old rooms 5-8) to make way for the new build.


Music Lessons: There are still a few spaces available for students who are wishing to learn a musical instrument at school. Our music tutors are very talented musicians! Music lessons are primarily for students in Year 4 or above, however Year 3 students may learn Recorder or Ukulele. Please contact Miss Divett if you have any queries. Music lessons start this week - we can add new students as the term progresses. There is a cost for these lessons, which is explained on the Arts at Cashmere page on the ultranet.

Lessons available for violin, flute, clarinet, saxophone, recorder, voice/singing, guitar and drums.

Music Lesson Enrolments are via this form


Music Groups: Students now register their interest in joining one of our music groups. Playing in a group is a valuable component of musicianship training - working as a team, listening to others, as well as adding to confidence. The groups we have for 2016 are: Orchestra, Jazz Combo, Concert Band, and Rock Band.

Miss Divett and Miss Provan will form these groups based on instrument combinations and skill. Students do need to be able to play their instrument and read basic music (ie not suitable for absolute beginners), but we can add to the groups as the year progresses. Music groups will begin in Week 5. Students can sign up for more than one group, however they will need to catch up on any class work that has been missed, and we may check with classroom teachers to ensure that classroom learning is not adversely affected. Commitment needs to be for the whole year.

Sign-Up for Music Groups here


Helping Hampstead School


Hi my name is Charlotte Andrews and as part of my success awards I am taking up a collection of small items which will be used as encouragement gifts by the principal Mr Peter Melrose for a job well done at Hampstead School in Ashburton which is a low decile school.  The items which could be donated are pens, pencils, rubbers, stickers, hotel size toiletries, balls and any other items you think the children would like to receive as gifts; all new please no second hand or used items.  A box will be in the office to receive the items.  Thank you for your support.


Totara Team - Motivationz


Over the past two weeks a group of Totara Team students have been taking part in a specialist sport programme ‘Motivationz’  as part of their regular Tuesday Interchange. Read more here.


From the Board of Trustees : Notes from our first Meeting of the year.


facebook.pngDon’t forget to like us on Facebook:  Cashmere Primary School https://www.facebook.com/Cashmere-Primary-School-156671411067141/


Helping children cope following a stressful event: Click on the link to view an article that was published by EAP services and provides some valuable information on dealing with stressful situations families may be going through.Some children may be anxious and upset following the recent Earthquakes in Christchurch may find this information helpful. If your child is not coping please let your child’s teacher or Cathy Andrew (DP)know and we will do all we can to support your child through a difficult time. Helping children cope following a stressful event

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.

From a Cashmere Family

We have suddenly got job offers in Queenstown and are looking to relocate. Unfortunately we signed a 1 year lease agreement on our rental property (61 Dyers Pass Road) and so are ungently looking for someone/a family to take over the lease. It's a 4 bed house at $535/week, it has a large kitchen/diner /separate lounge and it has a pool (recently earthquake repaired)! It is currently advertised on Trademe.  Any questions please feel free to call me on 0272 865000 (Lisa).


The River of Flowers has grown from small beginnings to become a key way that communities come together to commemorate the 2011 earthquake.  On Monday 22nd February 2016, River of Flower sites will be set up along the Avon and Heathcote rivers, and at the estuary. To find a site close to your school go towww.healthychristchurch.org.nz.


Tickets still available for Tuesday night at The Cup - a Katie Jane Event with Andrew Johnston.  Wine and food matching with the difference.  Join us for a fabulous, social evening on the hill.  Tickets $35 at www.katiejaneevents.co.nz


The Weetbix Tryathlon has now reached capacity and sold out in Christchurch.  At present we only have 14 registered against the school and need at need at least 16 in order to qualify for prizes.  Could you please email Joanna Kelly at jjpkelly@gmail.com with your child’s name so we can check you have been included as a participant registered for Cashmere Primary.


Fancy getting creative and painting a piece of pottery which is then glazed and fired for you to use or give as a gift?  Then book into the Go Potty Ceramic Studio March Ladies Evening on Tuesday 1st March at 7.30pm and bring your girlfriends for an evening that's a little bit different.   Tickets cost $10, refreshments included.  Email Claire atgopottynz@gmail.com for tickets and further info.  Bookings essential and only a few spaces remain.


For more information:

> School Calendar

> 2016 Learning Space/School Organisation

> PAT Information