Whānau News

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


Issue : 13

16th of May 2016

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

Kia ora Whānau

What a great start to the term we have had. Two weeks into the term and we can already celebrate some great opportunities and experiences. The Matai camp at Living Springs, the whole school cross country and our first Whānau Hui of the year. In addition to this we have also had students compete in the Canterbury Primary Schools Duathlon. Thank you to all parents who supported these events.

In addition to this you will of course have noticed the steady progress on the HRS construction site. For a fantastic view of the project, check out the webcam, which is updated every 15 minutes and for more information about the project please refer to the property redevelopment section of our website.

Finally I would like to take this opportunity to recognise and celebrate the recent graduation of two of our staff. Our Assistant Principal Kerry Hall, who in the school holidays graduated with a Master of Education (MEd) with first class honours and Mary Bastion who graduated with a Diploma in Te Ara Reo Māori.

Have a great week everyone.

Ngā mihi nui

Gavin Burn



Important Notices

Inclusive Survey

Dear Parents,

We informed you of our up and coming “Inclusive survey” a few weeks ago in our Whānau news.This survey was written by the Ministry of Education and many schools have taken part in the survey across New Zealand. It is part of our on-going review process.

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. Inclusive education also ensures that diversity is respected and school-wide practices and classroom programmes respond to students’ different needs, skills, interests, cultures and backgrounds.

All parents from New Entrant to year 8 will be given the opportunity to complete the survey and all staff and children in Years 4-8. It asks questions about how well Cashmere Primary School includes children in school life and supports them to learn.

We would love it if you would participate in the survey as it will give us some valuable information about what is happening at Cashmere and what our next steps are. The survey will be sent out in a staggered manner and you will be emailed  the link for the survey when it’s your turn. Also attached to the  email will be an information sheet. The children from Year 4-8 will also be surveyed during school time and this will be facilitated by the homeroom teachers.

Your responses are anonymous. The survey is very straightforward and user friendly. You will have 2 weeks to complete the survey from the date the link is emailed to you. We will share the results with you later in Term 3

Thank you in advance for your support with this.


Term 2 Student led learning conferences

Advance Notice: Learning conferences this term will be held on Monday the 4th and Tuesday the 5th of July (Week 10 this term). More information to follow.


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.


BOT Elections

BOT Election information has now been sent home to all families.  Please get your nominations into wayne@cessl.org.nz.


School Notices

The Homework Club

The Homework Club (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 the remainder of 2016. The club offers a high standard of quality care and operates 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.


Year 8 Wellington Fundraiser - Sausage Sizzle

Please support the Year 8 Wellington trip fundraiser being held every Wednesday.  The sausages can be purchased outside learning space 4 for $1.50 before school.    

Edible gardens

Cashmere Sustainability group is looking for 1 or 2 fabulous parents to help us set up our new edible gardens.  We have a hard working group of students who would like to grow some veggies and maybe do some cooking, we are hoping to make something that we could possibly deliver to someone in need in the community.

If you can help us out, even if it is to start us off and give us some advice, please contact Mrs Cadillac at meg.cadillac@cashmereprimary.school.nz


40 Hour famine - Year 5-8.

Harley, from the 40 Hour famine, did a great presentation last week and explained the plight of the people in Syria and how the funds raised will go to support them. He also talked about the "Backpack" idea and putting your life in a backpack for the duration of the famine. This is only one idea and children are free to choose what they wish to do in order to get sponsorship for the famine. We have impressed on the children not to go door knocking to unknown people.

We ran out of packs, which is a great problem to have. More packs will arrive in the next few days. If you don't want your children to participate please return the pack to school.

Thank you for supporting your children with this as we encourage them to think about those who have a lot less than they do and to actively do something about it.


Marimba Group for Strum/Strike/Blow (SSB) Festival

Miss Divett would like any interested Year 4-8 students to sign up for this group asap! The SSB Festival is a concert held on Thursday 25 August featuring Marimba, Ukulele and Recorder players from schools across Canterbury. Miss Divett is going to lead the Marimba Group, practices are Monday lunchtimes, starting Week 3. Students must be able to read music, but no previous Marimba/Xylophone experience is required - more information on the sign-up form here: http://goo.gl/forms/mTw4MWZbw4

Please email kate.divett@cashmereprimary.school.nz if you have any queries.


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.


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PTA Fundraising

Entertainment Books have arrived and will be distributed this week. It's not too late to purchase a membership to support Cashmere Primary. Remember that $13 from every purchase (that's 20%!) comes to us.  This is a great fundraiser and makes an excellent gift. Please click on the link below, or use the envelope order form that was sent home with your child. There are also order forms in the school office. Many thanks for your support. 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

Fancy getting creative?  Then book into the Go Potty Ceramic Studio June Ladies Evening on Tuesday 7th June at 7.30pm and bring your girlfriends for an evening that's a little bit different.   Tickets cost $10, refreshments included.  Email Claire at gopottynz@gmail.com for tickets and further info.  Bookings essential.


Katie Jane Events

Some tickets are still available for a fantastic wine tasting event at the Cup on Tuesday night.  Greystone wines matched with food from Katie's Kitchen - a wonderful way to spend an autumnal evening with friends.  Tickets at www.katiejaneevents.co.nz $35, 7pm, Tuesday 17 May.


Cashmere Scout Group

Cashmere Scout Group is based at the Sign of the Takahe Reserve Scout Den on Hackthorne Road & currently has spaces available for boys and girls in Keas, Cubs and Scouts!

Keas – Monday 6-7pm for school years 1-3, Contact: Nellie Vink nellievink@gmail.com

Cubs – Tuesday 6.30-8pm for school years 4-6, Contact: Steve O’Neill steve.helen@paradise.net.nz

Scouts – Monday 7.15-8.45pm for school years 7-10, Contact: Dave van Leeuwen panda123m@gmail.com

See http://www.scouts.org.nz/scout-sections for more information


Child Care

Child Care Wanted for 3 kids aged 8-11. 35 hours per week, $20 per hour. Car provided or mileage reimbursed. Phone Sheena 021 870 469.


After School Nanny

We are looking for a nanny to pick up our 2 children ages 7 and 9  from Cashmere Primary after school on Tuesday (or Friday) afternoons and look after them and our 11 year old until about 5.30-6pm.  Full driver's licence and car preferable. Duties include taking children to afterschool activities, preparation for dinner, help with homework.  Please telephone Victoria on 021344556 if interested.


Cashmere Netball Club -  Looking for year 6, 7 and 8 Players

Would you like to give netball a go this year? It’s not too late to join our club for the winter season. If you are year 6, 7 or 8 student and would like to play netball this winter, please email us at cashmerenetball@hotmail.com . We are a family friendly club and welcome players of all ages and abilities. For more information please go to our website,www.sporty.co.nz/cashmerenc or Facebook page, search for Cashmere Netball Club.


Road Patrol Roster







Week 3

16 May

17 May

18 May

19 May

20 May


The Warwick Family

The Davidson Family

The Stewart Family

The Carter Family

The Clayton Family


The Sullivan Family

The Melton Family

The To Family

The Kelly Family

The Defregger Family

Week 4

23 May

24 May

25 May

26 May

27 May


The Green Family

The Traylen Family

The Gardiner Family

The Muirhead Family

The Geddes Family


The Atkinson Family

The Ellwood Family

The Petrie Family

The Gimblett 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

> 2016 Term Dates