Whānau News

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


Issue 22:  1st of August 2016

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

Kia ora Whānau

Last week, as you know our school hosted a team from the Education Review Office (ERO). I would like to thank all staff, students, parents and whānau that spoke to our reviewers. One of the comments made to us was how welcoming and inclusive our school was. The reviewers spent three full days in our school speaking to many students about their learning, the staff and senior leaders and our Board of Trustees.  The exciting part of the review will happen when ERO share their findings of both the things we are doing exceptionally well, and our next steps.

We have another busy week ahead of us and are looking forward to sharing our teaching and learning with you (for those who can make it) at our open morning this Wednesday.

We would like to invite you to spend an hour in any of our learning spaces from 9.15 -10.15am followed by tea and coffee in the staffroom (concluding at 10.45) for those that would like to stay and chat or ask any further questions with the senior leadership team.

Have a great week everyone.

Ngā mihi nui

Gavin Burn, Principal


Important Notices

Whānau Open Morning 

Please diary this date to visit our learning spaces, This Wednesday the 3rd of August from 9.15- 10.15am and from 10.15-10.45 for a catch up with senior leaders in the staffroom.

Please remember that this time is learning time. We respectfully ask that you do not interrupt the teaching and learning by, talking to your children in the learning spaces, talking with other adults inside the learning spaces and if you do need to bring your pre-school children, please don’t let them join in with their siblings (as I’m sure they would want to).


Staffing Update

This term we welcome two new staff members to the team. Natasha Todd and Sophie Huston join us and are teaching in the Nest with our newest of learners. In the next few weeks we will also be welcoming Penelope Blanchfield and Rachael Creighton to full time teaching in the Piwakawaka learning space (Rata Team) as Megan Wright leaves us on maternity leave.

We would also like to welcome Marie Porter who is teaching in the Matai team while Lyn White is away on an overseas trip.

In addition to this we welcome back Dr. Anneke a Campo who so capably provides our ESOL and Languages teaching.

We are also, sadly farewelling two of our permanent staff this term.

Francis Ganderton will be leaving us at the end of this term to be a Science and Technology coordinator at another school. We all know that this is an area that Francis is truly passionate about and we all congratulate him on this position/opportunity.

Sandra Chapman is also leaving us at the end of week three this term, on promotion to a Curriculum Leadership position at St Margaret's College, Middle School. We also congratulate Sandra on her promotion and know that this is well deserved. We are also fortunate that Angie Rayner has accepted the position to take over the teaching in LS18 for the remainder of the year, extending her hours in the Totara team.

Please feel free to contact our principal if you have any further questions around the staffing changes.


School Notices


Zone Winter Sport, South Hagley Park, 27th July 2016

The weather certainly turned up and gave us a beautifully warm morning down at South Hagley Park. All students who competed played with excellent pride and we are very proud of everyone's achievements on the day. Below is an overview of the qualifying placings from this tournament. Teams who have qualified for the Primary Schools Winter Tournament  will represent the South West Zone and Cashmere Primary on Thursday 25th of August. If your child is involved in a qualifying team you will receive information before the end of the week.

·       Year 7/8 hockey 6 aside (mixed gender) Qualified 1st overall

·       Year 7/8 soccer 5 aside (mixed gender) Qualified 1st overall

·       Year 7/8 netball 7 aside (mixed gender) Placed 4th in a very tight competition. Unfortunately did not qualify after winning 5 of their 7 games losing out by points differential.

·       Year 7/8 rugby 10 aside (mixed gender) Qualified by Default

·       Year 5/6 hockey 6 aside (mixed gender) Qualified 1st overall

·       Year 5/6 soccer 5 aside (mixed gender) Placed 6th

·       Year 5/6 netball 7 aside (mixed gender) Qualified 3rd overall

·       Year 5/6 rugby 10 aside (mixed gender) Qualified 3rd overall

I would like to say a huge thankyou from myself and the competitors to all the parents and staff members that assisted as either managers or coaches last Wednesday. We cannot offer these awesome opportunities without your support and we certainly do appreciate everything you do.  

I am looking forward to the next tournament on the 25th of August. Teams will hold practices leading up to this date so please wait for the information from me on dates and times.

Andy Gibson, Sports Co-Ordinator


Children Turning 5 This Year

If you have a child who is going to be starting school in 2016, please pop into the office to collect an enrollment form.  It is really helpful for us when planning our New Entrant classes if we are aware of students who are going to be starting at Cashmere Primary this year.  Thank you.


School Activity Accounts

If you have not already done so, please arrange payment of your child’s term 1 and 2 activity account.  These were due for payment by 15th July.  Any queries please email barbara.turner@cashmereprimary.school.nz


Drum and Guitar Lessons, Term 3

Drum lessons are available for Term 3 - we require more enrolments in order for these lessons to begin! We have engaged Jon Biddington to provide these lessons - a locally renowned expert drum tutor. This is an opportunity not to be missed!

Guitar lessons are close to full capacity - if you would like your child’s name added to a waiting list, please complete the enrolment form (you will receive an email confirming your place on the waiting list).

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)


School Property Update


School Field

Our school field is unfortunately still out of action and will most likely be, for the remainder of this term. Unfortunately we did not get the growth we needed in the autumn months for our new grass seed to establish and strengthen. Of course the new grass has pretty much stopped growing over the winter (due to cold temperatures). It will not be until the springtime before we can fertilise, mow and strengthen the new grass enough to withstand the many excited children that will be running around on it. What we are all hoping for is that if we follow expert advice, then we will have an even better even stronger field in years to come.


 New Build

Many of you will be watching the progress from the Hackthorne Road footpath or from the junior playground area from within the school. Things are progressing well with the concrete foundations/floor being poured last week. If you haven’t had a look at our property blog, check out this link.


PTA School Disco: Friday 26th of August 2016

For further information regarding the school disco please click here.  A hard copy of this notice will be coming home with your children this week.  Please return permission slips to the box in the office.


Uniform Shop

Due to Room 13 being used for other classes the uniform shop will now only operate on Friday’s from 8.30-9.00am.  If you know what you require please email barbara.turner@cashmereprimary.school.nz with you child’s name and the items and size required.  You will then be emailed and advised when they can be collected from the school office.


‘Dog Smart programme' at Cashmere Primary, Thursday 18th August and Thursday,  8th September

All classes will be timetabled to have a 45 minutes session at school, facilitated by the Christchurch City Council Animal Management staff, which promotes safety around dogs, and in particular, children around dogs. The programme is fun, entertaining and takes the form of a PDF slide-show/video animation.

Children will learn:

  • how to avoid being bitten by dogs

  • the correct way to approach a dog they do not know

  • the basic responsibilities of a dog owner

  • the daily routine of an Animal Management Officer.

The team will be bringing a live dog with them. Please let your child's Learning Space teacher know prior to the presentation if there is anything we should be aware of in terms of your child not feeling comfortable around dogs or any bad experiences they may have had with a dog at any stage or if you do not want your child involved in the presentation for any reason.

There is no cost for for the programme.


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.  


Sileni Estate and Redmetal Vineyards Wines

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.  All orders must be into the office by this Friday the 5th of August.


Bacon and Salmon Fundraiser

Hot Smoked Salmon Portions 180g

Two flavours - traditional or cracked black pepper.  Price $9 each or 6 for $50 (note these products are retailing in supermarkets for $11 and selling very fast.)

Hellers Middle Eye Bacon Pack - size 400gm, Price $8 each or 3 for $20

Orders and payment are due to school office by: Thursday 25 August.  Orders will be available to pick up from Cashmere Primary School on: Thursday 29 September. (We will remind you of this date via email.)   


Scrap Metal Collection Fundraiser

For the rest of this term a scrap metal collection skip will be located on the site of the old church (now the Staff carpark). Please put any scrap metal into the skip - ask your friends, neighbours & family to contribute too.  Click here to view further information.

Anyone who can help deliver flyers about the skip around the cashmere area please contact Wendy McLarin 027 258 4231  tawiokura@gmail.com - Thank you.


Bonus Ball Bonanza

Congratulations to all our winners of the Bonus Ball Bonanza.  Thank you for supporting another Year 8 Wellington fundraiser.  You winnings are waiting at the office for you to collect.

Week 1 - Draw 1 - number 22 Diana Gebbie       Draw 2 - number 5 Syd Smith

Week 2 - Draw 3 - number 35 Liz Newman         Draw 4 - number 12 Sandra Chapman

Week 3 - Draw 5 - number 32 Tania McQuarrie   Draw 6 - number 36 Lee-Anne Grosvenor

Week 4 - Draw 7 - number 18 James Knowles     Draw 8 - number 23 Anne McPhail

Week 5 - Draw 9 - number 9 Kate Divett            Draw 10 - number 24 Derek Mui


RDA Gingerbread Horse Fundraiser

The McKay family will be baking up a storm as RDA is holding its annual Gingerbread Horse fundraising campaign.  Speaking of Horse's did you know all Horse's in the Southern Hemisphere celebrate their birthday on the 1st of August!  Why not help celebrate these beautiful animals by purchasing a delicious Gingerbread Horse.

Gingerbread Horse's will be on sale in the office on August 1st, all money raised goes to our branch of Riding for the Disabled, Christchurch.  Riding for the disabled is such an amazing awesome organisation and has helped such a lot of people young and old.  Gluten free biscuits will also be available as well as the normal variety.  All biscuits $2.00.  Your support would be gratefully appreciated.

Many thanks, the McKay Family.


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.  The final day for collection will be the 22nd of August.


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.


Canterbury DHB message to parents:

Make your GP team your first call 24/7 GP teams provide care around clock

This week the Canterbury DHB kicked off a ‘care around the clock’ campaign to raise awareness of the fact that you can call your usual general practice number 24/7 and when they’re closed, a team of nurses is available to answer your call. The nurses provide free health advice, and if you need to be seen urgently by a doctor, they can tell you what to do and where to go. It’s always important that people access the most appropriate health care. In most cases this is provided by general practice teams, even after hours. Canterbury DHB would appreciate any support your school could give letting Canterbury parents know about the care around the clock service General Practices provide. It would be great if your school could use communication channels such as your newsletter and Facebook page to help us inform parents of the following:  Make your GP team your first call 24/7  After-hours (when the practice is closed) a team of nurses is available to give free health advice. If you need to be seen urgently, they can tell you what to do and where to go.  It’s easy – phone your usual General Practice number 24/7  Put your family doctor’s phone number in your contacts in your phone – then you’ll have it at the ready whenever you need it – any time of day or night. When a child is unwell it's always good to seek medical attention sooner, rather than later. It’s best to phone your own general practice team any time of the day or night. If a child does need to have an appointment, most practices in Canterbury have free consultations for those under 13. More information is available at www.cdhb.health.nz/carearoundtheclock

Thanks for your support,
David Meates Chief Executive Canterbury District Health Board


Go Potty - August Ladies Evening

Tickets available now for Tuesday 2nd August at 7.30pm, come join us for a relaxing evening and satisfy your creative urges.  


Learn how to be Mindful for Yourself

Starting Tuesday 2nd august 2016, 7.30-8.30pm at Cashmere Primary School, 8 weekly 1 hours sessions - please click here to see further information.


Road Patrol Roster







Week 2

1 August

2 August

3 August

4 August

5 August


The Smith Family

The Winter Family

The Allott Family

Mr Smith

The Buckley Family


The Blackie Family

The Melton Family

The To Family

The Miu Family

The McLarin Family

Week 3

8 August

9 August

10 August

11 August

12 August


The Wheeley Family

The Wakefield Family

The Snelder Family

The Duncan Family

The Gillespie Family


The Townsend Family

The McHarg Family

The Plumridge Family

The Abbott Family

The Kelly 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