Whānau News

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


Issue : 18

20th of June 2016

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

Upcoming Events

Parent Evening with John Quinn & Lucy Hone (Week 9) 27th of June from 7-8pm

Learning Conferences (Week 10) Monday 4th of July and Tuesday 5th of July from 3.30 -7pm.

Important Notices

Kahukura Matariki Festival

Last Thursday evening our Year 4-8 Kapa Haka group performed at our Kahukura Matariki Festival. This celebration was hosted by Burnside High School and all schools from our cluster took part.

For those who do not know, we (Cashmere Primary School) belong to a learning cluster named ‘Kahukura’. The other primary schools that are also part of this cluster are; Thorrington School, Somerfield School, Addington School, Sacred Heart School, Christchurch South Intermediate and West Spreydon School.

Every school in our cluster performed to an audience of over 700 parents, staff and whānau in what was a truly authentic celebration of Matariki, Te Reo and Māori culture. Our tamariki performed exceptionally well and we are all very proud of them. A special thanks to Mary, Anton and all adults who support our kapa haka group.

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E mihi ana ki ngā tamariki o te kura nei me ngā kahui Kahukura, mō koutou mahi kapahaka i tēnei wiki.

A mihi to the children of this school and the Kahukura cluster for your kapahaka performance this week.

Parent Evening 7-8pm on the 27th June

We would like to invite you to join us on Monday evening the 27th of June for a parent information evening. Well being and character education are becoming part of the educational offering in many schools - both here in NZ and internationally. Come and join us for an evening seminar looking at why schools are focusing on these skills. Lucy Hone and John Quinn from the 100 Percent Project will present the work they are currently doing with other schools in Christchurch. For more information, visit their website, http://www.100percentproject.co.nz/.

Please use this link to register (this will help determine the venue).


Student Led Conferences

We are looking forward to celebrating your child’s learning in week 10, Monday 4th July and Tuesday 5th July  

Your 10 minute, one on one conference, time with the teacher will be pre-booked by you through the web based booking system. We invite you to go into the class 10 – 20 minutes before the interview or stay in the class up to 10 - 20 minutes after the interview to listen to your child explain their learning and to show you evidence of this. Please question them and provide feedback on the learning that they share with you.

As in previous years up to five families can be in the learning space over 50 minutes together. When you arrive at school just go into your child’s learning space. No more sitting outside in the cold.

Children are to be collected at the normal time of 2.55pm on both days This organisation allows us to fit interviews in over two nights from 3.20pm – 7pm without having to ask parents to collect children early.

Interviews start at 3.20pm for the Kowhai, Matai and Totara teams and at 3.30pm for the Rata team.

NB: if you book the last conference time then you will need to be in the learning space prior to your scheduled conference to hear from your child about their learning.

We have staggered the last conference time as we are aware that our younger children often have an earlier bedtime:

Year 1 and 2 last conference time 6.20pm

Year 3 last conference time 6.30pm

Year 4-8 last conference time 6.40pm

You will be called upon for your 10 minute (one on one) time with the teacher at the time you have booked.

To book your time with a teacher please go to:http://www.schoolinterviews.co.nz/ .

The code is: smwdf. The interview booking site will be open from Monday June 20 and will close on Wednesday 29 June 3pm.



At Cashmere Primary we use Ultranet as our Learning Management System.  Our site address ishttp://cashmereprimary.ultranet.school.nz  there is also a link from the Cashmere Primary webpagewww.cashmereprimary.school.nz

On Friday 1 July the year 4-8 end of year reports will be loaded onto Ultranet. You can access them by logging on with your parent logon and clicking on view school records in the middle of the page. To view further information please click here.

Uniform Shop

Please note the Uniform shop will not be open on Friday the 24th of June.  If you require any uniform items please email barbara.turner@cashmereprimary.school.nz.



School Notices

Drum and Guitar Lessons, Term 3

Clarrie Light will be finishing with us at the end of this term (Term 2). He has been a private provider of guitar and drum instrument lessons in our school for many years, and we acknowledge his long commitment towards working with our students over this long time. We wish Clarrie well for the future.

From Term 3, we will have new arrangements in place to provide lessons for current and new students in both drums and guitars. We will have separate, expert tutors for each instrument, in line with our commitment towards the provision of high-quality music experiences and expert support. We have engaged Jon Biddington (Drums) and Ewen Glasgow(Guitar) as our new private providers.

Click here for more information about Jon and Ewen, and their lessons.

Click here to enrol for guitar and drum lessons from Term 3 (please note, current students will need to re-enrol)


Chess Competition

4 Teams went to the Interschool Competitive Chess competition at Halswell School on Thursday and played among the biggest competitive tournament that has been held by the Chess Trust Board so far.  Our Teams results were

Year 5/6 - Cashmere B  7th, Cashmere A  11th out of 26 teams

Year 7/8  - Cashmere A  12th, Cashmere B  16th out of 20 teams

Well done to all the players who went along and represented Cashmere in this tournament.


40 Hour famine - Year 5-8.

A reminder that all sponsorship money now needs to be collected.  Please hand all money into the school office as soon as possible.


BOT Elections

For those interested in the post election CES nationwide statistics please click here

For Cashmere Primary School, 568 voting papers were sent to parents with 175 or 30.81% returned. This compares with our average return of 18.26%.


Totara Team Ski Days - Save the dates

We are excited to let you know the dates for our two ski days next term.

Tuesday the 9th August  at Mt Hutt ski field and Friday 23rd September (last day of school) at Porters ski area. Full information  and permission forms will be out soon but pop these dates in your diary now. Parent help for both of these trips will be needed.


The Jasper Project - Mufti Day

Recently three students from Christchurch Girls High School came to the Cashmere Executive in need of some funds for a great cause. The CEO of the Jasper Project, Kate Bayliss (a former CPS Student) had a great idea to create ‘Care Packages’ for 90 people from 3 Decile 1 schools. As a decile 10 school they approached student leaders at Cashmere, Ilam, Waimairi and Lincoln High to help raise money for their Jasper project.

To help create the packages we are having a Blue and Yellow Mufti Day on Friday the 1st of July. Please help us raise money for this awesome cause. You can also read more about this fabulous cause on their website; http://yesjasper.wix.com/thejasperproject

Bank Account Details : Name of the account - Jasper YES, Account Number - 06-0829-0218570-00 or a gold coin donation on the day.


Year 8 Wellington Trip Fundraising - Upcoming Events

Sausage Sizzle

A Sausage sizzle will be held every Wednesday.  The sausages can be purchased outside learning space 4 for $1.50 before school.  If it is raining the sausages can be ordered from the back entrance of learning space 4 under the verandah.    


Movie Fundraiser - Finding Dory

Come to the movies with us!  Be part of a fun family event to support the year 8 students with their end of year trip to Wellington.  We want to fill the cinema to make this a success.  Be in quick to secure your seats.  Sunday 3rd of July at 11.00am, Hoyts Riccarton.  Tickets Adults $15 and Children $12.  To order tickets click here, complete the form and return to the school office.


Pinecone Fundraiser

Sacks of pinecones $5 each, Available to purchase at the school office, Free delivery for 5 or more bags.  Please support your school in their fundraising!  For further information email office@cashmereprimary.school.nz.  Pinecones can be collected from the bottom court, please drive up the driveway off Dyers Pass Road, either between 9.00-9.30 or 2.00-2.30 each day.


Subway Day

For those that completed the form and returned to the office Subway will be delivered to CPS tomorrow Tuesday.  Orders will be delivered to children in class.


Year 8 Bonus Ball Bonanza

All  tickets have now been sold. Thank you to everyone who purchased a ticket and for supporting the Year 8 Wellington camp. Please do not forget to pay your IOU to the office as soon as possible.  The first draw will be this Wednesday and I will notify you each week with our lucky winners. Good luck.


Style and Harmony - 7th of July 7.00pm

Join us for nibbles, a glass of bubbles and a fantastic evening of fashion.  Tickets $25 from the school office.  Fashion designer Rebecca Herring will be attending this exciting VIP event to offer style tips and more.  Chryssie from Unique Style will treat two lucky ticket holders to a complete “style makeover”, plus “Art Style” and “Seeking Lola” vouchers will be given away on the night.




Exciting news. There is an inspiring after school program starting at Cashmere Primary School - called SEEDS. It is driven and ran by us parents. Whoop whoop.

Want to know everything about it? Watch the full 7min version.

Only want to know how it works? Watch from 2.20min.

Got only 1 min spare? Watch from 6.02min.

Only want to see the pot plant dance? Watch from 6.36min. :)


Not really into self-made movies? Fair enough - have a look at this poster:  

Love the idea? Want to be part of it as a "teacher" or help with the admin and development of SEEDS in our team?  GREAT!  Send us an email to " passionforseeds@gmail.com " and if you feel like it come to the meeting on Monday the 20th June at 7.15pm at the "old dentist" room opposite of the staff room. There will be brainstorming, laughter, hot cuppas, some vino and chocolate...

SEEDS. BE PART OF IT. love, Steph and the SEEDS team


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


The Colgate Oral Care Brigade

As part of the Success Badge award, Alisha Warwick is organising a new recycling system for CPS.  It involves recycling old toothbrushes and toothpaste tubes and the packaging that they come in.  Not only is this in keeping with the Enviroschool idea of recycling and limiting waste, there is also a competition to see which school can recycle the most with cash prizes to be won.  There will be a box in the office to put the recyclable products in.  Please click here to see what products you can bring in.  For more information visit www.terracycle.co.nz Thanks for your support.


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.

Nanny Required

We are looking for an after school nanny to look after our 2 wee boys from 29 August.  Thomas will be 5 on 24 August 2016 so is off to school (Cashmere Primary) and his little brother Jack will be turning 2 in November.  The role will be Monday to Friday from 3pm to 6pm with school/preschool pick up required.  We may be able to adjust our days/hours somewhat for the right person.  Please contact Kylie on 027 632 1412 or 353 0663 (business hours) for more information if you are interested.

Go Potty

Hi, are you looking for something fun to do in an evening?  Then grab your girlfriends and your wine and come along to our next Ladies Evening on Tuesday 5th July at 7.30pm, for a relaxing evening of pottery painting.  You choose what pottery you wish to paint, I show you all the tips, tricks & techniques for a fabulous finish and it is then glazed and fired for you, the perfect idea for that personalised gift or memento.  Absolutely no creative ability necessary, so c'mon and give it a go!  Tickets only $10, refreshments included.  Email Claire at gopottynz@gmail.com.  Bookings essential.

Aqua Gym

Learn to Swim and Coaching.  July Holiday Courses and Term 3. Fabulous Instructors, Warm all year round, Small Classes.  BOOK NOW !  459 Cashel StPh:381- 0299 info@aquagym.co.nz.  Leaders in Aquatic Education

Road Patrol Roster







Week 8

20 June

21 June

22 June

23 June

24 June


The Hattaway Family

The McQuarrie Family

The Snelder Family

The Gallaway Family

The Carrara Family


The Davis Family

The Harris Family

The Scott Family

The Carter Family

The Geddes Family

Week 9

27 June

28 June

29 June

30 June

1 July


The Mcdonald Family

The Calder Family

The A Warwick Family

The Herman Family

The Traylen Family


The Cook Family

The Didham Family

The Cassidy Family

The Atkinson 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