Whānau News

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


Issue : 14

23rd of May 2016

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

Important Notices


Whole School Assembly

Whānau are invited to our next whole school assembly (weather permitting). This will be held this week, on Wednesday(25th) at 2.15pm on the top court. If postponed we will aim for Thursday at the same time and place. At this assembly we have some swimming and cross country certificates to present.


Property Update

For the latest update from our project manager click here or for further information visit the property redevelopment section of our website. We have also uploaded to our website the most up to date/finalised plans of the rebuild and refurbishment.


Property Updates for Whānau

Our principal (Gavin Burn) and deputy board chair (Brian Ellwood) will be available on the following Friday mornings from 8.30 - 8.55am in the staffroom to chat and answer any property/rebuild related queries or wondering  that you may have. Feel free to join us for a tea or coffee and a chat.

Friday the 27th of May and Friday the 10th of June.

For those parents who are unable to make this time feel free to make another time with the principal or ask any questions through our online google form.



Inclusive Survey

Thank you to those parents who have already completed the Inclusive Survey. Your support is appreciated. If you didn't receive a link yet, you will receive it in a couple of weeks. As explained earlier we have staggered the roll-out of the survey.


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

Nominations have now closed for the Board of Trustees Election.  Our schools will be going to election.  You will receive a voting paper and candidate profile listing. These will be in the mail Tuesday and with some through into Wednesday . For those of you that do not receive your papers by Tuesday 31st May, please contact the school.  Votes will be counted on 9th June and candidates advised of results.  Friday 10th of June - New Board takes office..

Please ensure that you take the time to read the candidate profiles and vote.  Voting for a candidate on the Board of Trustees is the best way to ensure both you and your children have the best people governing Cashmere Primary School.    


Wet and Muddy Conditions

Some of our play areas are getting muddy and unfortunately some children are getting muddy as a result. Unfortunately some of this is a result of children not behaving responsibly. We are unable to change children's clothing as we have a lack of clothing at school. If your child is muddy because they have deliberately chosen to play in the mud we will be ringing parents to bring a change to school. We are trying very hard not to close off areas of the playground as it is already restricted with the field out of action. Please talk to your children about playing sensibly and we will also. Thanks for your support.


School Notices


Student Council update

On Wednesday 8 June the CPS Student Council are holding a ‘Wacky Wednesday’ Mufti Day.  Students are encouraged to come along in weird, wonderful, wacky clothing and make a donation.

Funds raised will go towards the purchase and decoration of Friendship Seats.  This is an initiative of the CPS Year 8 Inclusive Executive. Friendship Seats are designed for students who find themselves with no one to play with during their break times.  By sitting on the seat, the student will alert teachers and other students that they are lonely and other students will be encouraged to include the student in their activities. The Inclusive Learning Group are painting the seats so they look attractive with kind support of parents Juliet Milne and Kate Carter. Once complete the seats will be placed in the playground.

Click here to view some examples of Friendship Seats

Money raised will also go to the Aorangi Foundation which was set up by Living Springs Camp with the aim to support children from decile 1 schools to attend camp.

We are looking forward to a fun day & raising funds for two great causes.  Thank you

Cashmere Primary Student Council


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 onThursday 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.


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.    

Please keep an eye out for future fundraising to assist our year 8 students in getting to Wellington.  In June we are having a Subway Lunch day, a notice will be coming home shortly regarding this.  


40 Hour famine - Year 5-8

The excitement is building and there are some great ideas of how the children will earn their sponsorship money. Thanks to everyone for getting behind this event.


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PTA Update


Keeping Warm in Winter!

Thank you to all the families of CPS who generously donated jackets to the collection for Rowley Avenue Primary School. They were really pleased to receive the gift from one community to another. We collected approximately 35 jackets and warm tops - enough to keep one and half classrooms of children warm. Rowley has a Kohanga Reo on site so the preschool clothing was put to good use as well. Once again, thank you to the kind and thoughtful group of families that make up our school, it felt great to drop them off.


Main Field

As many of you will have noticed, the main playing field has had a new 'top coat'. The proceeds of the Home and Garden Tour were pledged to upgrade our field as it was bare in places and boggy in others. It is growing back nicely and the next step is to replace the soccer goals. We will all enjoy the newly refurbished field in the coming months.


Entertainment Books

Thank you to Mandy Martin who, once again, organised the Entertainment Book fundraiser for our school. We have had lots of orders but it is not too late to order if you have been meaning to do so. If you would like to support this fundraiser but do not want an Entertainment Book, the profit margin is $13 per book and this amount could be donated online to PTA 03 0855 0334364-02.

We really appreciate the support our community gives the PTA. As CPS is a Decile 10 school and receives no funding from the Ministry of Education for 'extras', we rely on community support to provide for our kids a great school environment. Recently they may be wearing sports uniforms purchased by the PTA, played on the junior and senior playgrounds or very soon, be able to use an excellent field - all with money raised by the PTA!


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.

House Wanted to Rent

We are a family new to Cashmere Primary School and are looking for a house to rent in the area with a minimum of 3-4 bedrooms. If you know of any that may be available to rent please call Deb 0226 436006

Go Potty

Do you fancy a relaxing evening out to catch up with your girlfriends?  Then book into the Go Potty Ceramic Studio June Ladies Evening on Tuesday 7th June at 7.30pm for an evening that offers you the chance to get a little bit creative.   Tickets cost $10, refreshments included.  Email Claire at gopottynz@gmail.com for tickets and further info.  Bookings essential.


This is a very real issue facing families in NZ, but there are easy practical steps to help prevent it. Christchurch South Intermediate School invites you to a free presentation on the issues and dangers associated with the inappropriate use of computers, mobile phones and the internet.

Hosted by NZ Cyber Security expert John Parsons who gives you real life examples of children who have been affected by cybercrime. You will leave with the knowledge to help, support and protect your family.

Venue: Christchurch South Intermediate School Hall

Date: Tuesday 24/5/2016 7:00- 8:30pm

Click on this link for more information and details about registration.


Road Patrol Roster







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

Week 5

30 May

31 May

1 June

2 June

3 June


The Townsend Family

The Rickard-Green Family

The Wang Family

The Gallaway Family

The Buckley Family


The Wright Family

The Abbott Family

The Plumridge Family

The Duncan Family

The Blakely 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