Whānau News

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


Issue : 15

30th of May 2016

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


Kia ora Whānau

I can not believe it is week 5 already and it is almost June! 

Thank you to all whānau who were able to make our whole school assembly last week, we were lucky that the sun was shining and it was a great opportunity to come together as a school community.

I would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge some of the achievements across the school from those who received awards (swimming and cross country) at the assembly to those who have received principal awards, to our zone cross country runners who have done so well and of course to everyone else in the school for what they are learning and achieving!

I have been spending some time in all learning spaces across the last two weeks and what I constantly see is, students who are engaged in their learning and who are keen to learn, teachers delivering high quality lessons and teaching to the children’s next steps, parents helping out and learning environments where students can be themselves, step to the summit and look to the horizon.

As the redevelopment happens around us our focus and priority remains the same, that is minimising the disruption to learning and meeting the needs of all learners. If  you have any property related questions, please check our website for the latest information.

Have a great week everyone.

Ngā mihi nui

Gavin Burn



Important Notices


Property Updates for Whānau

Our principal (Gavin Burn) and deputy board chair (Brian Ellwood) will be available on Friday the 10th of June 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. 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 completed the inclusive survey we really appreciate your support with this.  Part “A” closes on the 31st of May so this is your last opportunity to respond to the survey.  For the parents who have not yet received the survey Part “B” will be emailed to you on Wednesday.


BOT Elections

Shortly you will receive by mail a voting paper and candidate profile listing. 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.    


School Notices


South West Zone Competition

On Friday 27th May the Cashmere Primary Cross Country team went to the South West Zone competition at Halswell Quarry where all the children ran fantastic races and managed to bring in the above results. They competed against the best athletes from 9 other schools and a further team will be selected from these races to compete at the Canterbury Primary Schools event in June. Click Here to view results and photos.


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


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.  

Bonus Ball Bonanza - Year 8 Wellington Trip

With great odds, lots of money to be won and only 40 tickets available, you will not want to miss out on this Year 8 Wellington fundraiser.

$20 per number       

Drawn every Wednesday and Saturday for 5 weeks

If the bonus ball in LOTTO is your lucky number, you win $40.

That’s 10 chances to win $40.              

All you have to do is buy a ticket for $20 at the school office and choose your lucky number.  It’s that simple. Be in quick as there are only 40 tickets available.  


40 Hour famine - Year 5-8.

40 hour famine is fast approaching. We hope the children are working hard at getting their sponsors. Check out the information below from World Vision:

Good news! Last Wednesday the government announced it would put up $2.5 million in matched funding for Kiwi NGO projects to help scale up their response to the Syrian refugee crisis. This means the money raised will be will be doubled by the government if World Vision’s projects secure match funding!


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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.



We are looking for an experienced gardener to help us maintain our normally beautiful but currently unkempt Cashmere garden. Hours/time/rate of pay negotiable. If you are interested or know somebody who might be, please contact Rhonda on 021 483 004 or rhondatombros@gmail.com.


Go Potty

Mums - come along and find your inner artist in our warm and relaxing studio.  You choose the piece of pottery you wish to paint, we show you all the tips, tricks & techniques for a fabulous finish and it is then glazed and fired for you.  Absolutely no creative ability necessary!  Tickets for the Go Potty Ceramic Studio June Ladies Evening on Tuesday 7th June at 7.30pm cost $10, refreshments included.  Email Claire at gopottynz@gmail.com Bookings essential.


Road Patrol Roster







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

Week 6

6 June

7 June

8 June

9 June

10 June


Queen’s Birthday

The Wakefield Family

The Watson Family

The Duncan Family

The Gillespie Family


Queen’s Birthday

The Blakely Family

The Lee 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

> 2016 Term Dates