Whānau News

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


Issue : 19

27th of June 2016

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

Kia ora Whānau

We are all looking forward to sharing our learning with you next week at the upcoming student led conferences. Please refer to the information below if you have not yet booked a time. Please remember that the focus is to listen to your child explain their learning and for them to show you evidence of this.

Next term we are also looking forward to inviting you to attend our Whānau Open Morning. This will provide you with the opportunity to see learning in action, across the school. As always if you have any concerns or questions about your child’s learning or wellbeing, please let us know.

This week we will also farewell Margot McKeegan at a whole school assembly on Friday morning (11- 11.25am). At this brief assembly we will acknowledge all the work that Margot has done for our school over the past 6 years whilst being on the Board of Trustees. Please note that the date of this assembly has changed from the originally planned date of Wednesday 29th.

Have a great week everyone, keep warm.

Ngā mihi nui

Gavin Burn, Principal


Upcoming Events

  • Parent Evening with John Quinn & Lucy Hone : Tonight 27th of June from 7-8pm in LS4. Please use this link to register
  • Whole School Assembly this week - Friday (1st) at 11-11.25am, A farewell to Margot McKeegan
  • Learning Conferences (Wk 10) Monday 4th of July and Tuesday 5th of July 3.30 -7pm.
  • ERO (Education Review Office) will be visiting our school Week One of next term
  • T3 Whānau Open Morning - Please diary this date to visit our learning spaces, Wednesday the 3rd of August from 9.15- 10.30am
  • CPS Athletics Day - The date is Wednesday 21st of September and this event will take place at Hansen Park, Opawa which is the location of the Port Hills Athletic Club.
  • Jasper Mufti Day - Friday 1st of July, Blue and Yellow Mufti Day, gold coin donation.

Important Notices


Student Led Conferences (Bookings close 3pm Wednesday 29th of June )

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.


Inclusive survey update

The committee comprising of  parents, staff  and RTLB (Resource Teacher of Learning and Behaviour) met last week and after discussion and debate reached a consensus from the survey data we received recently from parents, students and staff. Now we have this we will look at it as a school and celebrate our strengths and look at the areas we need to do some more work around and plan for this.  Once the plan is complete we will share the overall data and our action plan with all Whānau.  Thank you to all those Whānau who took the time to complete the surveys.



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.


School Notices

Athletics Day (date is confirmed)

We have decided to host the 2016 Cashmere Primary School Athletics Day on the last week of term 3. The date is Wednesday 21st of September and it will take place at Hansen Park, Opawa which is the location of the Port Hills Athletic Club.

We have moved the date forward to term 3 to dedicate term 3 as our athletics term, this will be seen through the teaching of the different events skills and movements during class time. Another reason for the change is to give the students who qualify for the Zones Athletics day (3rd of November) ample time to practice and prepare.

The planning of the day will begin very shortly and documents will be added to the Ultranet as they are completed.  If you have any questions please email me on the email address below.

Kind regards, Andy Gibson,
Sports Co-ordinator sport@cashmereprimary.school.nz


Drum and Guitar Lessons, Term 3

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)


Canterbury Primary Schools Cross Country Competition

What an awesome morning we had on Wednesday with the Cross Country Event. The sun was shining and we hit 22 Degrees on the day. Everyone competed really strongly and we are proud of everyone's achievements on the day.  A huge thank you to the parents who transported students back and forth, we truly couldn't compete at events like this without your support so thank you.

A special mention to the students below who placed in the top 10 for year 5/6 and top 20 in the year 7/8 races which means they advance  to the next stages of Canterbury Cross Country events.

Selected for the Inter-Regional Cross Country Event (IRXC 2016) Phil Costley Shield: Canterbury v Tasman v Wellington v South Canterbury

Year 5 Girls: Finella Guttman placed 4th,  
Year 5 Boys: Joel Allott placed 4th,
Year 6 Boys : Finn Allott placed 2nd.

Competing at the Intermediates Vs Primary top 20 event on the 6th July with the chance to place in the top 10 to be selected for the Canterbury Team to compete in the IRXC 2016 event.

Year 8 Girls: Pixie Cockerill placed 10th , Chloe Donaldson placed 16th,
Year 8 Boys: Henry Allott placed 3rd.

Again well done to all the students that competed in Wednesday's event you all did yourself and Cashmere Primary proud. To see all results click here.  
Andy Gibson, Sports Co-ordinator.


Gymnastics Results

Congratulations to Alexander Stardom (LS10) who placed 3rd in the Vault and Floor for level 1 and 2 Competitive boys Artistic Gymnastics.

Sophia Cook (LS10) placed 1st equal in her Level 2 Rhythmic Gymnastics Event.


40 Hour famine

The money is pouring in and thank you to everyone. We are keen to get it all sorted by the  end of term so please encourage your child to get it back to the the office as soon as possible.  Once it is all in we will let you know our grand total raised.


2016 Cantamath Team Announcement

We have selected 5 individuals to unite as a team of 4 plus a substitute. They will compete at the Horncastle Arena on the 24th of August.

Year 7:Dian Hermi, Brenden Lee, Lucy Watt, Emma Melton and Amos Doogue

Year 8: Henry Allott, Poppy Blake-Manson, Samuel Ward, Nic Blackie and Jono Blackie


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.  Last few tickets available - be in quick.


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.


Year 8 Bonus Ball Bonanza - Week 1 Results

Congratulations to Dianna Gebbes and Syd Smith on your win.
Draw 1 - number 22        Draw 2 - number 5
Your $40 winnings are waiting for you at the office.


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.


Support for our school families - A message from the PTA

There has been a tab set up at Taste@20 as a small but practical gesture of support for the three families in our school community who we know are directly dealing with illness . As well as their yummy food, coffee and hot chocolate Taste@20 make the most amazing juices which are highly nutritious and delicious.

It's just a little thing we can do to show our ongoing support to Eugenie Wang, Jonty Gray and the Pawson family.

So if you are popping into Taste@20 or just passing by on your way up/down the hill, please consider asking the lovely ladies to add your change (or a bit more) to the tab for these lovely Cashmere Primary School folk.

We'll let you know if other ways to show our ongoing support and aroha come up over the weeks ahead.

Kind regards, The PTA


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The police vetting form can be found here.


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.

Christchurch City Choir presents: "Sonnets and Lullabies", featuring the Christchurch Boys' Choir and Helen Charlton (Soprano).

Saturday 9th July, 7:30 - 9:30pm at the Transitional Cathedral

Miss Divett is singing in the Chch City Choir and this performance might be of interest to some families. The pieces of music are a beautiful collection of 20th Century works: a stunning French-Latin mass by Louis Vierne; some Shakespearean Sonnets set to music by British jazz pianist George Shearing; and a delightful piece by NZ composer Anthony Ritchie called "Lullabies", featuring the Chch Boys' Choir (and a song about penguins... Could be interesting!).

Adults $35, Children $10.  Tickets can be purchased via Eventfinda.

Go Potty

Only 2 more weeks until the start of the school holidays, so make sure you come along to our next Ladies Evening on Tuesday 5th July at 7.30pm, for some 'me' time.  You choose what pottery you wish to paint, we show you all the tips, tricks & techniques for a fabulous finish before it's then glazed and fired and ready to use.  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.

“Calm & Cake”

Treat yourself to some peace and quiet. Friday 1 July at Cashmere Presbyterian Church (Macmillan Ave). 9.30 quiet space in the church, 10.30 Mindfulness session, 10.30 morning tea. No charge.

Cashmere Music Group

Preschool music at Cashmere Presbyterian Church is going great! All babies & littlies are welcome, with an adult, Thursdays @10am. Koha & piece of fruit entry.

Road Patrol Roster







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

Week 10

4 July

5 July

6 July

7 July

8 July


The Muirhead Family

The Stewart Family

The Gardiner Family

The Gebbie Family

The Wang Family


The Sharpe Family

The Ellwood Family

The Gimblett Family

The Wright 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