Whānau News

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


Issue :20  4th July 2016

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

Kia ora Whānau

We are looking forward to seeing you all over the next two evenings at our student led conferences. This is a fantastic opportunity to celebrate and share the successes and achievements of all children.

As we approach the end of the term, I would again like to thank all students and staff for what has been another amazing term. There have been many exciting opportunities across the term, many of which would not have been possible without your support. If you have been involved this term as a parent helper either on a school trip or in the learning spaces, thank you.

I hope you all have a safe and enjoyable break with your whānau and I look forward to seeing you all, for the second half of the year, next term.

Ngā mihi nui

Gavin Burn, Principal


Upcoming Events

  • Learning Conferences start tonight Monday 4th of July and tomorrow night 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
  • T3 Staff only Day  - School will be closed on Monday 29/8.
  • The PTA Meeting has been postponed until next term.


Important Notices


Athletics Day Moving Forward One day to Tuesday 20th September

We are sorry to change the date from last week’s newsletter however we have a couple of students traveling on the original date to Wellington competition in a Canterbury Cross Country Event. We don't want these students to miss out on our athletics day when they are representing Canterbury. So the new date is Tuesday 20th September at Hansen Park (Port Hills Athletics Club base).


Reports Year 4-8 Available on Ultranet

Please view the year 4-8 reports on Ultranet by visiting http://cashmereprimary.ultranet.school.nz  there is also a link from the Cashmere Primary webpagewww.cashmereprimary.school.nz

These reports were uploaded on Friday 1 July. 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 Ultranet information please click here.  If you are unable to log on with your password, please email kerry.hall@cashmereprimary.school.nz.


School Notices

40 hour famine

A huge thank you to all those children (and their friends and family who have supported them), who have contributed to 2016's famine. Most children have now returned their packs and we have raised a $3000 so far, which is enormous and will do so much good in the world. There are still a few children to get their packs in and World Vision have asked that we have this done by the end of this week. Please encourage and remind your children to tick this job off and get it back to school asap. Many thanks.  We will let you know the grand total in term 3.


Parent evening with Lucy Hone and John Quinn

We had a great turn out for the meeting last week at school and some very positive feedback from the parents we have spoken to who attended. Lucy and John shared some great insights with us around building resilient children who can and will cope with life’s challenges in a positive way. Lucy and John will be back for another session in term 3 and we will let you know the details early in term 3.


Anneke a Campo , our ESOL tutor across the school and French teacher in Matai has been on leave for Term 1 and 2 and Farah Khosraavi has done a wonderful job in Anneke's place. As Anneke is returning in Term 3 we farewell Farah and thank her for all her hard work. Farah's private French lessons at school on a Thursday lunch time will still continue .

Music Achievements

South Schools' Music Festival - Matai Choir and our Orchestra were involved in this performance last week. All students performed to an incredibly high standard and it was a pleasure for the teachers who were involved to support these talented young people. A special mention to Ruby Geddes, who sang a stunning solo part in one of the massed choir items. Ka rawe!

Christchurch Schools' Music Festival Special Groups

The adjudicators have reported that there was a very high standard from all students who auditioned, which made their decisions incredibly difficult. Congratulations to the following students for gaining places in the special groups, following a successful audition:

Jack Calder (Senior Choir), Ruby Geddes and Hana McMillan (Junior Choir), Lucy Watt (Orchestra -Bassoon), Charlotte Beasley (Concert Band - Flute).

Music Exams

Congratulations to Charlotte Beasley who passed her Grade 2 Flute Exam with Merit - an outstanding achievement. Well done!

Congratulations to Chris Watson who passed his Grade 1 piano exam with 87% distinction.

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)


Twilight Fair

The Cashmere Primary Twilight Fair committee has been busy at work plotting and planning to put together an incredible event for the whole community on Friday 4 November.   We have some fantastic plans for stalls and activities for the whole family, live entertainment, fabulous food, tremendous tipples and more. We have also secured some amazing prizes for the raffle... Watch this space!  

If you have a gazebo you could lend for the event please email katrinaberesford@gmail.com.   

Next meeting is Thursday 28 July 7.15pm in the learning support room - first week back after holidays.  Everyone welcome!!  Questions, queries or ideas to Katie Martin atkatieandmike92@gmail.com or 021 236 1007


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.    

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 2 results

Congratulations to Liz Newman and Sandra Chapman on your win.
Draw 3 - number 35        Draw 4 - number 12
Your $40 winnings are waiting for you at the office.


Sileni Estate and Redmetal Vineyards Wines -Wine Offer Fundraiser for Cashmere Primary Year 8 Wellington Trip 

Sileni Estates will donate $40.00 (incl GST) per case back to Cashmere Primary to assist with fundraising for their Year 8 school trip to Wellington. Included in this offer we have some superb wines to enjoy now or stock up your cellar, click here to view the wines available. Wine can be purchased by the bottle or in case lots. Your support is greatly appreciated  - click here to download order form


Piwakawaka Learning Space Inquiry

For our inquiry in the Piwakawaka Space we are learning about igloos. The Piwakawaka Inquiry group have decided to make a milk bottle igloo. It is a huge job which was started today.  So far we have used approximately 150 milk bottles and we have run out!  We need your help.

What can you do to help?

Please send to the Piwakawaka Space (Miss Wright in the Epicenter) any 2 litre milk bottles (Meadow Fresh, Anchor, Pams, Dairy Dale shaped). They must be cleaned out and come with lids please so that we can avoid a smelly igloo.  We will be collecting for the remainder of the week so keep them coming. Thanks in advance for your help with this!



Luke Jones and Cooper Freeman have both trialled for Canterbury Basketball at the weekend and have made it into the Under 13 Canterbury Basketball team. Well done.



Could we please have all Cross Country, Duathlon and Choir tops to be returned to the office ASAP.


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.  

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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.

Wanted to Rent

A Chinese family with 2 children, are looking for a property to rent in the Cashmere area for a year, commencing shortly. Please contact Cathy Andrew (cathy.andrew@cashmereprimary.school.nz) or the school office if you know of anything now or that is likely to come up in the near  future.


Southern Ballet

Southern Ballet Theatre Trust is a Charitable Trust that provides theatre experiences & dance tuition for children and professional dancers in Christchurch. During most school holidays we have a production in our own unique theatre. Our next performances are part of KidsFest during the July school holidays.

Week 1 - The Junior Ballet Company presents Hansel and Gretel in Act 1 and in Act 2 the Intermediate Ballet Company presents “La Boutique fantasque".

Week 2 – The Senior Ballet Company presents - Petrushka

Southern Ballet’s Senior Ballet Company takes you on a journey into the secret lives of 3 puppets. See what happens in front and behind the big red curtain!

Road Patrol Roster







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

Week 1 Term 3

25 July

26 July

27 July

28 July

29 July


The Green Family

The Davidson Family

Library Sue

The Evans Family

The Wood Family


The Wright Family

The Knowles Family

The Lee Family

The Pepperell Family

The Ward 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