Whānau News

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


Issue : 7

14th March 2016

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


Upcoming Events


On Friday 18th March the student council will be hosting a mufti day to raise money for Fiji after the destruction caused by Cyclone Winston. Please wear bright and happy mufti and bring along a gold coin donation!!


Ice Blocks

There will be ice blocks (lemonade) for sale after school on Friday 18th March in front of the school office.  $1.00 each. Proceeds to “World Vision” supporting Fiji.  Be in quick as there is a limited number.  We hope that you will support this great cause.  

Thank you for supporting us.

Eliana Roelofs, Lucy Rickard-Green, Siena Laird


Teacher and Parent Information Sharing Interviews - Bookings Closed

Interviews will be held on Tuesday 15th March from 3.20pm –6.50pm and Wednesday 16th March from 3.20pm 6.50pm this week.  Interviews are only with your child’s homeroom teacher and these last 10 minutes, please be mindful of your timing as other parents will be waiting, a bell will be rung after 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.  If you have missed making a booking online please see the office.



Rata Team Walk Through 17 March

Parents with children in the Rata Team are invited to see learning in action in the Epicentre on Thursday 17 March. We will start the session in the library at 12:00, with a brief talk outlining the systems we have put in place to make the Epicentre work successfully as a learning environment.  This will be followed by a 'walk through' of the Epicentre and will conclude with a Rata picnic lunch by the Junior Playground.

What: A tour of the Rata spaces

Who: For parents with children in Year 1 or 2

Date: Thursday 17 March

Time:12:00 start in the library

Venue: Library then tour of the Rata block (Epicentre).

Picnic Lunch - 12:45 - 1:30pm on the hill area by the Junior Playground.

We look forward to sharing our wonderful learning with you.

From the Rata Teachers

Important Notices


Message from Megan Wright

Mark and I are thrilled to announce to the Cashmere Community that we are expecting our first child. We are extremely excited about this next stage in our lives and can't wait to welcome our new arrival in September.


Chch Schools' Music Festival - Special Group audition applications 

These are currently open and applications close on April 15th.  We want to ensure that our high-achieving musicians – singers and instrumentalists – get the opportunity to gain a place. This is an incredible experience for those who do apply. Information about the audition process and commitment required are on the festival website. Please email kate.divett@cashmereprimary.school.nz in order to get the code you will require to complete your application.http://musicfestival.school.nz/?p=2635



Easter Tuesday school holiday

This year Good Friday falls on 25 March. As the first term break does not start until 15 April, the Easter Tuesday (29 March) school holiday is observed as required by Section 65C(1) (a) of the Education Act 1989


School Notices


REMINDER: Working Bee This Saturday 19th of March at 1pm

Reminder to please complete the google form or let the office know if you are able to assist.  Thank you.


Weetbix Tryathlon

Huge thanks to Joanna Kelly for organising the Cashmere Primary school tent at the Weetbix ‘Try’athlon on Sunday. It was an extremely well run event and thoroughly enjoyed by those children who participated on the day as well as the families and friends who came to support. Thanks Joanna for making this happen!


Home Stay required: Private boarding - UPDATE

We have a girl from Taiwan coming into the Totara Team in June, there has been a change of plan in that she will only require accommodation from June until the end of the 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.


Update on CPS Sport - Click on this link to find out what has been happening in the world of sport at Cashmere Primary School.  Please also check the school Ultranet page under Sport 2016 for further information on the South West Zones Swimming Sports and also registering for Netball for 2016.  We have a Mountain Bike Relay on Friday 8th April- See ultranet folder if interested.


New Keyboard Tutor

We have secured a keyboard tutor who is keen to offer one-to-one lessons for a small number of students as part of our school's music lesson programme. Emma is a local musician and tutor who has a Jazz degree and comes with good recommendations. Lessons are $20 for 30 minutes on Thursday mornings. Please register your interest by using the google form http://goo.gl/forms/i1nK15wfY4  Lessons times will be filled in order of enrolments.


BOT Elections

In the lead up to the 2016 BOT Elections (May) parents who are interested in finding out more about the role of the board of trustees can collect an information booklet from the office or download a copy from: http://www.nzsta.org.nz/media/324231/w_6809_sta_information-for-parents_10.pdf


SPCA Donations

We are doing a collection for the SPCA, please try and donate some of the following items:

Quality tinned food for dogs and cats, puppy and dog toys, cat toys, bedding - old towels, blankets, sheets, old jerseys.  

This is part of our community success award all donations will be taken to the SPCA.  A box will be in the school office over the next four weeks, the last day for collection will be Friday the 8th April.  Any questions come and see Charlotte Andrews LS18 and Grace Newman LS17.  Thank you for your support.


Emergency Packs

Have you received a letter asking for an emergency pack to be sent to school for your child?  We are currently stocking our emergency shed and would like every child to have a thermal blanket, a hat and 1 - 2 muesli bars.  Please send in a named plastic bag to the office as soon as possible.


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


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.

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

Hi there all,

Attached is the leaflet for The Bothy Garden Party, an event on 19th March 4pm - 9 pm to support a family in our community that needs our help . Please take time to read and consider attending! Tickets are $20 per person and they are now available via the Cashmere Primary school office or Via Jen Duncan on 02102307322 (adults only please)

You will be served drinks and nibbles and be able to spend time together as a community. We have had amazing donations from local wineries, from lovely individuals who have sponsored our bar, from artists and other businesses in our community so there will be a blind auction and a lucky dip where everyone is a winner!

We may also be treated to some entertainment from some wonderfully talented people from the community!  Above all it will be fun!  Please come!  For any other information or if you know of anyone who would like to donate to the event please contact Jen on 02102307322

Check out the event facebook page . please let us know if you are coming so we can be sure to have correct number of nibbles and glasses of fizz!


Regards Jen xx


Open Night for Marian College

Marian College is holding it's open night on Thursday 7 April, from 4.30-6.30pm, 122 Barbadoes Street.


Open Day Christs College - the Open Day is on tomorrow Tuesday 15th March 1-5pm.


Planning to Go Away over Winter? Wondering who will look after your Pets?

Emma Cooper offers a personalised service to look after your pets in their own home while you are away.  Based in Hoon Hay, she will feed and exercise your pets and even email you with photos and updates.  Give her a call on 022 058 7539 or go to epetcare.co.nz


Church Fair

Cashmere Presbyterian Church (2 MacMillan Avenue) are having their annual fair this coming Saturday, 19th March, starting at 8.30am.  All welcome.


Road Patrol Roster







Week 7

14 March

15 March

16 March

17 March

18 March


The Knowles family

The Winter family

The Warwick family

The Allott family

The Clayton family


The Blackie family

The Kelly family

The To family

The Miu family

The Broadbent family

Week 8

21 March

22 March

23 March

24 March

25 March


The Hattaway Family

The Watt Family

The Carnahan Family

The Gebbie Family



The Townsend Family

The Abbott Family

The Harris Family

The Atkinson Family


Week 9

28 March

29 March

30 March

31 March

1 April




The Wang Family

The Buckley Family

The Gillespie Family




The Cassidy Family

The Huston Family

The Elliott Family

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

>2016 Term Dates