Whānau News

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Issue 23:  8th of August 2016

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

Important Notices

John Quinn and Lucy Hone return for a Second Evening

Parents and schools are uniquely placed to make a positive difference to students' wellbeing and develop learning skills that enable them to be resilient. Today’s students live in a fast-paced world that is continuing to evolve with the increase of technology.  By teaching kids life-long skills to build wellbeing we are nurturing a generation better equipped to manage stress and building protective factors around their own mental health. We know that mental health issues are on the rise - particularly in Chch after the quakes. By applying a positive lens to their education, through a range of tools and approaches based on the science of positive psychology, they will be more likely to develop a growth mindset that enables and sustains lifelong learning.

Come and join Dr Lucy Hone and John Quinn who will discuss what this can look like with their work already in Christchurch schools.

Where: Cashmere Presbyterian Church, When: Tuesday the 30th of August from 7-8pm.


School Notices

Property Update

To read our latest property update, please click here.


Red & Black Mufti Day

On Friday the 19th of August we are holding a Red & Black [Canterbury] Day. This day coincides with the launch of Canterbury Rugby's Adopt-A-School Programme at CPS and also provides us with an opportunity to support (gold coin donation please) our own Canterbury Representatives at the upcoming National Cross Country Championships (Henry Allott, Finn Allott, Joel Allott and Finella Guttman in Wellington.

Our school Rock Band “A Better Day” will also be performing for you on the 19th of August at 1pm up on the verandah of LS14, 15 and 16.  We encourage you to come and watch this talented group of year 8 students.


Type to learn

Learning to type is one important skill which can be of great value to children as they progress through life. Research has shown that it takes 15 minutes practice a day to become a proficient typist.

At Cashmere Primary we have utilised a server based typing programme called Type to Learn. Each year small groups of identified children have used this programme to help them become more proficient at typing.

The Type to Learn Software has just become web based and we are excited to announce that we have purchased a school licence. We are offering all our Year 4-8 students the chance to purchase a login to the programme for $20 per child. This will give your child access for the rest of term 3 & term 4 2016 and for term 1 2017.

If you are interested please follow this link to the google registration formhttps://goo.gl/forms/nz5ZuGn37qHmqLUX2  and then pay the money by cash or cheque to the school office. Please note it will take Admin a week to generate the log in which will be sent to you.

Some selected children already do ‘Type to Learn’ at school and there will be no cost for these families as the programme will continue at school.


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Caleb has been offered (and has accepted) a Sports Scholarship to Christ’s College commencing in 2017.

Caleb had to put forward an application for the scholarship. Christ’s College then short listed the year 8 applicants down to 15 for interview, which he then went through with the head of sport at college.

The scholarship is worth 50% of Tuition fees per annum for a period of 5 years. The schools expectation is that Caleb will involve himself fully in and make a significant contribution to sporting excellence at the school.


Totara Team ICAS results (to date)

The International Competitions and Assessments for Schools (ICAS) is an independent, skills-based assessment program which recognises and rewards student achievement. ICAS is unique, being the most comprehensive generally available suite of academic assessments for primary and secondary school students.

ICAS award the following certificates following the results of a subject assessment:

High Distinction - the top 1% of participants in the country

Distinction - the next 10% of participants in the country

Credit - the next 25% of participants in the country

Merit - the next 25% of participants in the country

Participation - for all remaining participants


Digital Technologies

Year 7

Oscar Henderson-Walshe - Participation, Ruby Waters - Merit, Thomas Newman - Credit, George Henderson-Walshe - Distinction, Madeleine Carter - Distinction, Elizabeth Milne - Distinction, Grace Newman - Distinction

Year 8

Geonil Park - Participation, Elyssa Cook - Participation, Charlotte Gilray - Participation, Henry Allott - Credit, Tawio Cassidy - Distinction


Year 7

Oscar Henderson-Walshe - Participation, Elizabeth Milne - Merit, George Henderson-Walshe - Merit, Madeleine Carter - Credit, Amos Doogue - Credit, Dian Hermi - High Distinction

Year 8

Geonil Park - Participation, Leona Takemura - Credit, Jack Calder - Credit, Poppy Blake-Manson - Credit, Henry Allott - Distinction, Tawio Cassidy - Distinction

Well done to the following of our team who have earned a Cashmere 'Distinction' award for their Senior Jackets:

George Henderson-Walshe, Elizabeth Milne, Madeleine Carter, Grace Newman, Tawio Cassidy (2), Dian Hermi, and Henry Allott.


Musical News from Miss Divett

Totara Choir

You should have received home with your child a notice with information about ordering tickets to attend the Totara Choir performance. The Totara Choir is performing with the massed choir - it is quite a spectacle!  There is a short timeframe for ordering these tickets, which has been given to us by the CSMF organisers. Your orders need to be given to the CPS Office with payment by tomorrow, Wednesday 10 August.

More details are on the order form, but please be aware of the tight deadline for ordering tickets. Our performance night is Friday 28th October, which seems a long time away!.


Carpet square required

We need a piece of carpet or a rug (approx 2m x 2m) to place underneath our drumkit in our practise room and at gigs. Please contact Kate kate.divett@cashmereprimary.school.nz if you can help! Many thanks!


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)



Strum/Strike/Blow is coming up on August 25th.  Notices for participants are being sent home this week.


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 or click here.  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

A reminder that the Totara ski day payment is also due tomorrow.  Please arrange payment of this to the school account as soon as possible.  Thank you.


PTA School Disco: Friday 26th of August 2016

For further information regarding the school disco please click here.  A hard copy of this notice has been sent home with all children.  Please return permission slips to the box in the office by Thursday 25th of August.


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.    


Bacon and Salmon Fundraiser

Hot Smoke 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.


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.


PTA Meeting

The PTA is holding it’s monthly meeting at  7.15 pm in the Staffroom on Wednesday 10th of August.  Everybody welcome.

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


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.

Child Care Required

Keen to hear from anyone who is available for casual after school care and/or babysitting. We have 2 boys (4 and 7) and need someone to call on when I need to travel for work (every 1-2 weeks). School pick up of one child and care til 5pm ish as needed. Would suit reliable tertiary student perhaps, but needs to have drivers licence ideally/and or be local (Cashmere Hill). Please contact Sarah on 021 0518060. Thanks!

Dogwalking/pet visits

Are your animals at home during the day wanting a bit of a cuddle or walk?  See my link below, offering pet visits, walking services, for your Cats or Dogs.  https://www.facebook.com/Hotdiggitydogwalkers/


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 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

Week 4

15 August

16 August

17 August

18 August

19 August


The Watson Family

The Carnahan Family

The Kennedy Family

The Snelder Family

The Geddes Family


The Davis Family

The Abbott Family

The Cook Family

The Huston Family

The Ellwood 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