Whānau News

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


Issue : 5

29th February 2016

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

Kia ora Whānau

I have spent this morning at our CPS Swimming Championships and would like to take this opportunity to congratulate all competitors on their achievements and thank them for their exemplary behaviour and sportsmanship. I would also like to thank those parents and grandparents who were able to join us, for their support and encouragement. Finally I would like to thank Sue Andrews, Tom Houghton and all the teachers who contributed to this well run event.

I would like to also welcome back the Totara Team from their Wainui camp. I had the privilege of going over to Wainui last Wednesday to visit  (for some coasteering and kayaking) and what I experienced was a hugely successful camp where students were working together, supporting each other and stepping outside of their comfort zone in some very challenging outdoor activities. A huge thank you to all of the Totara teachers for the amazing care and support that they gave to all children whilst on camp.

Have a great week everyone.

Ngā mihi nui

Gavin Burn


Upcoming Events

Teacher and Parent Information Sharing Interviews

Interviews will be held on Tuesday 15th March from 3.20pm –6.50pm and Wednesday 16th March from 3.20pm 6.50pm.  


Interviews are only with your child’s homeroom teacher and these last 10 minutes.  Children don’t need to be there but they are welcome if you want them to be. Many parents prefer this first interview to be with teacher and parent only.


Bookings can be made from Monday the 29th of February at 3pm and will close on Thursday the 10th of March at 3pm. Please go to www.schoolinterviews.co.nz and enter the code 3r3ww then follow the instructions to book your interview.

Turning 5 Seminar

We will be holding the first 'Turning 5 Seminar' for the year, this Friday 4 March at 8:55 am in the Staffroom.  This seminar is for parents of children who are turning 5 over the next few months.  Pre-schoolers are welcome and will be cared for by our wonderful Year 8 students in the library.  All are welcome to attend.

Children Turning 5 This Year

If you have a child who is going to be starting school in 2016, please pop into the office to collect an enrolment form.  It is really helpful for us when planning our New Entrant classes if we are aware of students who are going to be starting at Cashmere Primary this year.  Thanks you.

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


[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


Staff News

"Robin and I are happy to share with the community that we are expecting our second child in June. We are looking forward to meeting our new baby and growing our little family. Sharlene Sallabanks"

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.

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Home Stay required: Private boarding

We have a girl from Taiwan coming into the Totara Team in June for possibly one year. She will require a family to live with who will treat her as their own whist she is here. The Taiwanese family pay the Homestay family weekly to have their child looked after and she would need her own room. It would be a great cultural experience for any family.

Please contact Cathy Andrew (DP)  cathy.andrew@cashmereprimary.school.nz or phone CPS if you would like to be considered for this or if you have any other questions.


Pedestrian Crossing - Last year I sent a message in the Whanau news asking if anyone felt strongly and wanted to support having a pedestrian crossing along Hackthorne road between the Dyers pass road and the Kidsfirst kindy. A few parents emailed me, thank-you (if you did not get an email back I have lost your details sorry!). Our query is eventually being dealt with. The traffic engineer is going to assess the traffic / pedestrian pattern over the next few days. If you have not emailed me yet and are keen on supporting this request please send me an email to andrea.spratek@gmail.com. Many thanks, Andrea Strydom

Uniforms - Please return all Cashmere Primary Basketball and Triathlon uniforms to the office ASAP.

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 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.


The Bothy Garden Party - Saturday 19th March 4-9pm

There is nothing like a garden party! Especially for a good cause. Come and join us smile, laugh and talk in a relaxing environment . Only got an hour? No matter drop in at any time!

In addition to drinks and nibbles we have been so lucky to receive donations from many local sources and some fantastic artists via Bothy Events which will be part of a lucky dip or a blind auction on the day x I hope that there will also be a couple nice surprises for guests on the day!

Including drinks and nibbles we ask for a $20 dollar per head donation and all funds raised will go to the Wang Family of Cashmere Primary who are currently seeking as much family time as funds will allow x

Any questions? Please don’t hesitate to contact me (Jen) on 02102307322, come and show your support! Please feel free to invite those that would also wish to come.

Middle Years (6-12 years) Toolbox Parenting Course - Cashmere, Starts March 1st  @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm, St Augustines Church, 5 Cracroft Terrace, Cashmere

Over six sessions participants are equipped with practical skills. Key parenting principles are explored in an informal and friendly environment.

The Middle Years Toolbox is designed to help you stay connected, teach skills and build memories.  Make the most of these years while your children still want to be a part of your team.

Single  $75.00 Couple  $110.00.  Please note that subsidies are available.

For more information and to register, please phone Margaret Sandes 03 960 9898 or email mmsandes@gmail.com


Road Patrol Roster







Week 5

29 February

1 March

2 March

3 March

4 March


Angus Wheeley

Maddie Davidson

Annalie Marshall

Olivia Herman

Gabriel Gallaway


Lucia Wright

Avi Sharpe

Nate Plumridge

Lily McHarg

Joseph McAllum

Week 6

7 March

8 March

9 March

10 March

11 March


Pippa Traylen

Maddie Carter

Toby Stewart

Charlotte Andrews

Justin Wood


George Green

Emma Melton

Max Sullivan

Cameron Petrie

Lesley Ellwood

Week 7

14 March

15 March

16 March

17 March

18 March


Jonathon Knowles

Matthew Winter

Alisha Warwick

Henry Allott

Miles Clayton


Jono Blackie

Jessica Kelly

Marcus To

Derek Miu

Sophie Broadbent


Please contact Sue Meehan if you are able to assist with crossing duty on Hackthorne Road, sue.meehan@cashmereprimary.school.nz

For more information:

> School Calendar

> 2016 Learning Space/School Organisation

> PAT Information