Whānau News

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


Issue : 11

2nd of May 2016

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

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Kia ora Whānau

Welcome back! I hope you have all had an enjoyable break with your children.

There were many excited faces this morning, both from children who were excited to see their friends and be back at school and from parents who were excited to see their children return to school.

We are all looking forward to another enjoyable and productive term. Welcome to Zach and Noah Olette, Samantha Brown, Imogen Rouse, and Kyan Irvine, who are new families to our school and a special welcome to the children who have had their first day at CPS today, Maia Wakefield, Kurumi Smith, Sarah-Lin Evans, Matilda Tombros and Innes Flyger.

As our property redevelopment begins there are many changes around the school. Whilst we realise that the redevelopment is providing challenges for all of us, safety must be our priority. Throughout this process we are being guided by the experts.  If you would like to discuss any property related concerns, please see me, thus leaving our teachers to focus on the teaching and learning of our children.

It is our intention to communicate as best as we can with you through our regular whānau news, the school website, and the school facebook page. If at any time you have feedback for us on how we could improve, or to share with us the things we are doing well, please let us know.

Enjoy the beautiful autumn days we are having.

Ngā mihi nui

Gavin Burn


Important Notices

Property Update

For those who have not heard or seen, there has been a lot happening at school over the April holidays.

Please note that the most important change to date (apart from the removal of rooms 6-8) has been the change of entrance to the school, from Hackthorne Road.  Please click on the following links for more information.

How to find your way into school from Hackthorne Rd : Communication to Whānau.

How to enter the school from Hackthorne Rd : A bird’s eye view (click here to see the plan for this).


Term 3: Staff Only Day

Advance Notice: The school will be closed on Monday the 29th of August, Week 6 of Term 3 for a staff only day.


Cashmere Primary School Cross Country, Halswell Quarry,  Monday 9th of May from 10.30-2.00pm

We still require some parent assistance for this event. If you are able to help Click Here.  We require help by being, stationed on the course and setting up/packing up the course.

We urgently require assistance from year 8 parents for the BBQ at the Cross Country.  All the proceeds from the BBQ are going towards the year 8 Wellington trip.  


School Notices

Inclusive Survey Term 2

Mā te tika o te toki o te tangere, me te tohu o te panaho, ka pai te tere o te waka i ngā momo moana katoa.

By designing and shaping the keel of the waka to perfection, your canoe will overcome obstacles.

As part of our on-going review process we are going to take part in an Inclusive Survey which has been written by the Ministry of Education for schools.

For those Whanau who were at Cashmere in 2015 you will be aware of the Wellbeing Survey we completed. The Inclusive Survey is similar in that we will survey parents, children and staff. We will then look closely at the data and from this will determine our strengths and where we can make changes and improvements.

Inclusive education practices are about ensuring all students are made to feel welcome at school and are able to take part in all aspects of school life. Diversity is respected and school-wide practices and classroom programmes respond to students’ different needs, skills, interests, cultures and backgrounds.

The following questions will be explored:

·         Do we have a shared view of what inclusion means at our school?

·         Do staff and students feel comfortable sharing their views?

·         Are there mechanisms in place for staff, students and whānau to make suggestions for improving school practices?

·         Are the concerns of staff, students whānau taken seriously and acted upon?

The information and subsequent report will ensure we are building a caring and safe school where all students can take part fully in school life.

If you would like more information check out the link below.


Early in term 2 we will share more of the process with you.


Sharing the Warmth

Our PTA has contacted Rowley Ave School to see if their community could use some warm winter jackets.  It is the time of year where we clear out the cupboards and see what we can and can't use anymore. If you have any unused jackets (both preschool and primary aged children) that you would like to donate to families in need, please drop off at the school office into labelled large box. Keep warm this term!!



Please see the sport page on the ultranet in regards to expressions of interest for Basketball


PTA Fair Meeting

Tuesday 3 May, 7.15pm, learning support room.  Meeting for all those interested in playing a part in Cashmere Primary's main fundraiser this year.  The twilight fair is taking shape and we have some amazing ideas to work with.  For more information get in touch with Katie M 021 236 1007, katieandmike92@gmail.com


Cashmere High School Open Day

On Tuesday 24th May 2016 from 4pm until 6.30pm Cashmere High School will be “open” for all prospective students and parents.

The Principal, Mark Wilson, will address visitors in the school’s Performing Arts Centre (PAC) at 4pm and again at 5pm.  Guided school tours will then be available at 4.30pm and 5.30pm.

The school’s prospectus, enrolment and scholarship forms are available from the school or from the website:www.cashmere.school.nz

Closing date for Year 9 enrolments for 2019 is Friday 29th July 2016.  It is vital that all out-of-zone applications are received prior to this date, as there will be very limited places available and as a result any late enrolments will be placed at the bottom of the waiting list.

For further information please phone the school office on 332 9129.


Dental Service

The community dental clinic will be coming to Cashmere Primary School early in Term 2.  Click here for more information.


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PTA Fundraising 

Entertainment books are coming soon - click here for a preview

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.

Go Potty

Come along and try your hand at gilding, the art of covering an object in real gold.   Go Potty Ceramic Studio is delighted to announce our first guest artist evening, with Rachel Hansen Murphy,  who will offer step by step instruction on gilding ceramics, a very addictive and luxurious craft that will look fabulous in your home.  Join us on Thursday 19th May at 7pm, tickets cost $40 plus materials and bookings are essential as spaces are strictly limited.  To book or for further information please email Claire at gopottynz@gmail.com or call 03 332 2361.  

Hockey Player - any girls from Yr5 or 6 interested in playing

Our Southern United hockey team has lost a player for the season due a broken arm.  As rest of the team are all Cashmere Primary students it would be quite handy if a Cashmere girl could replace her.  

The players are all reasonably new to hockey. Practise is on Wednesdays from 3.30-4.15 at Sydenham Park.  Games are on Saturdays, morning or early afternoon. Email me if your child might be interested kristen_soper@yahoo.com and I call you with more details.

Red Bricks Wanted

We are a Cashmere family who are almost on the point of completing a project. We need 100 red bricks to finish. If you have any amount (even 10!) lying in your garden unwanted and unloved, we will happily collect. We will also happily take away any broken and unusable ones to dump with our (rather large pile)!  Please contact Katrina 337 9156 or 02102210093

The Homework Club

The Homework Club Cashmere After School Programme is located at New Life Church in Cashmere. The children are transported from Cashmere Primary School daily by a reliable bus company. We are currently taking bookings for both this term and 2016. The club offers a high standard of quality care and operate from 3-6pm daily. You are most welcome to visit our website www.thehomeworkclub.co.nz or call Sara 021 274 1963, for further information.

The Parenting Place - click below for more information.

Middle Years Toolbox course in Cashmere - 24/05/16 | The Parenting Place


Road Patrol Roster







Week 1

2 May

3 May

4 May

5 May

6 May


The Smith Family

The Winter Family

The Gallaway Family

The Knowles Family

The Wood Family


The Sharpe Family

The McHarg Family

The Ward Family

The Pepperell Family

The Blakely Family

Week 2

9 May

10 May

11 May

12 May

13 May


The Wheeley Family

The Allott Family

The Marshall Family

The Herman Family

The Andrews Family


The Blackie Family

The Harris Family

The Cook Family

The Miu Family

The McAllum 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