Whānau News

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


Issue 25:  22nd of August 2016

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

Important Notices

Summary for Whanau News - Board meeting 15 August 2016

The Board met at 6.30pm on 15 August 2016, following its meeting in June.  The Board met with ERO in July.  There was no separate July meeting.

The main focus of the Board’s August meeting was the presentation by team leaders of the mid year achievement data, and the predicted end of year achievement data, for each year group.  There were 3 accidents recorded as having occurred in the school since the last meeting.  There was a discussion around whether any trends could be identified.  However each of these particular accidents were as a result of non-preventable trips.  Spencer Beasley was appointed BoT deputy chair.  The school expenses for the past 2 months were reviewed and it was agreed that the budget for September to December should be re-forecast to reflect changes to the budget and new expenses approved at the August meeting.  Staffing and physical arrangements for each year group will be discussed at the next meeting.  The Board recently completed an internal survey evaluation.  This was will be discussed at the next meeting.  The PTA have previously raised the Board co-opting a member of the PTA onto the Board.  The Board discussed this and communications with the PTA.  The Chair will discuss with the PTA.

The meeting ended at 10pm.


Reminder - John Quinn and Lucy Hone return for a Second Evening:

Tuesday the 30th of August from 7-8pm. Tea and coffee will be  served afterwards so please feel free to stay on after the session.  Venue isCashmere Presbyterian Church, 2 Macmillian Avenue, in the church hall.

As we informed you last week we are fortunate enough to have Lucy and John with us for a return visit. They will build on the first session so if you came last time it won’t repeat the same information. If you didn’t come last time you will still learn some valuable insights.

Lucy and John will share with us how 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.


School Notices


Working Bee

Working Bee at CPS Saturday 3 September from 1-3 to begin digging out for the school edible garden.


Getwise Programme

In Week 5 and 6 all children will take part in the Getwise Financial Literacy Programme which is presented by the ASB Bank. Each class will have a 45 minute lesson about understanding money, and how it is used.

Rata Team: Thursday 25th August

Kowhai Team: Tuesday 30th August

Totara Team: Wednesday 31st August

Matai Team: Thursday 1st September

If you have any questions about the programme please contact:  rose.lewis@cashmereprimary.school.nz

Rose Lewis, (Teacher Responsible for Maths)


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.


Strum/Strike/Blow Performance August 25th, 7:30pm, Horncastle Arena

Our marimba group, along with some keen ukulele and recorder players will be performing with over 500 students from other schools in Christchurch and Canterbury. Tickets for this performance can be purchased at the door, $5 each. (No tickets available prior).


PTA School Disco: Friday 26th of August 2016

Don't forget to get your Disco Tickets! This year we are hosting a glow in the dark disco at the Cashmere Presbyterian Church. It is a fantastic space for a disco!

Numbers are looking great so far but some may not have got their tickets orders in yet! Have you?  We have face paint to stripe you luminous and t-shirt prizes for best shapes being thrown on the dance floor. Goodie bags with glow sticks and treats will be handed out as you arrive so you have MAX time for dancing and being with your friends x

Tickets can be ordered at the office, your teachers will have the consent form.  Everyone Gotta GLOW! :0)

Please note there will be some gluten / dairy free bags available. If you have a special request for this please contact disco team direct Jen: 02102307322 or Meg 0212619789

Click here to download the permission slip.


Keeping Ourselves Safe

Over the next few weeks we will be teaching the personal safety programme Keeping Ourselves Safe.

Keeping Ourselves Safe has been designed to give students the skills to cope in situations involving abuse. It has three overall aims:

  • to develop and strengthen children’s skills to keep themselves safe with other people;
  • to support and encourage abused children to get help from caring adults;
  • to make teachers and parents/caregivers more aware of the need to keep children safe from abuse by adults or other children.

A parent and caregiver meeting will be held as follows: Tuesday 30th August, 2.00-3.00pm in the Staffroom.  Information will be sent home with your child regarding this programme.


Touch Rugby

St Martins Smart Touch will be starting from 13 October at Waltham Park.  Please click here for further information on this exciting event.


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.    



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

Please note the new pick up date from Cashmere Primary School: Thursday 22nd of  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.


Save the date...Friday 21 October @ 6pm

We have another fantastic fashion evening in store for you! Urban Surf in Sumner will be the backdrop for our Pre Cup Day evening where you can enjoy the latest style tips, fashion trends, nibbles, bubbles and spot prizes...not to mention the shopping!

Ticket sales and 10 % of all sales at the event will go towards the Wellington trip and the girls at Urban Surf have promised a few bargains on the night as well.  

Tickets sold out quickly last time so get in quick and reserve your ticket today!

(Tickets are $25 and include nibbles, a glass of bubbles and a chance to win spot prizes on the night. If you would like another glass of bubbles, we would appreciate a $5 donation.)

Urban Surf Logo


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.  Pine Cones 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.


Mt Cheeseman Primary and Intermediate Ski  Races

Congratulations to the children who participated in the Primary and Intermediate School ski races on Sunday at Mt Cheeseman. The children were amazing given the poor conditions they were competing in with strong winds and extreme cold – what legends! There were some great placements from the Cashmere students within the 220 individuals that participated in the event across Canterbury. Big thank you to the parents who supported their children on the day too.   To check the official race results go to www.mtcheeseman.co.nz.       Well done to Harriet Abbott, Oscar Abbott, Ann-Ann Chang, Laura Dyson, Amelia Gibbons, Audrey Gibbons, Fabriana McQuarrie, Gus McQuarrie, Belize McQuarrie, James Martin, Santiago Monasterio-Marcos, Millie Palmer, Geonil Park, Lucas Patterson, George Patterson, George Rookes, Ben Rookes, Molly-Mae Walsh, Lucia Wright.


Cards & Calendars PTA Fundraiser

Over the last few weeks children have been creating a piece of artwork to turn into greeting cards, calendars, diaries or notepads. These items make great Christmas gifts for grandparents, aunts, uncles and friends.

Art work will be available to view at the end of this week. Order forms will be coming home in children’s bags over the week as well.

Orders need to be in by Friday 9th September for delivery early in Term 4. Any questions please contact Wendy McLarin 027 258 4231 or tawiokura@gmail.com


Riding for the Disabled

A huge thank you to all who purchased a gingerbread horse.  We raised a whopping $566.00 many, many thanks.  It will certainly be put to good us.


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.


Holiday Programme

If your child is interested in Sport then this is the holiday programme for them! Over three fantastic days your child will be taught different aspects of sport from Nutrition, Music in Sport, New International games and sport psychology. If you would like to register or read more please CLICK HERE


Looking for a house sitter during Sept- October?

We have 2 girls at Cashmere Primary and we are interested in any potential house-sits in the Cashmere area during September-October.  Looking after pets would be a bonus!

Please contact Paula on 021 041 3396, paulaeden11@gmail.com


Junior Tennis Coaching

Cashmere Tennis Club welcomes new members of all ages and ability to participate in our highly regarded Junior Tennis Programme. We provide Hot Shots for young beginners (4-8 years old), Intermediate for players with some experience or older newcomers (9-12 years old), Interclub for all ages with current tennis experience.

For all information, please visit our Website: www.cashmeretennis.org.nz, Facebook page @cashmeretennisclub, or Contact James Meredith, Ph: 027-423-5494, email:juniors@cashmeretennis.org.nz.


Active Kids Holiday Programmes

September registrations now open!

Week 1 - Monday 26th - Friday 30th Sept

Week 2 - Monday 3rd - Friday 7th Oct

Active Kids is an exciting structured programme of sport, physical activity and play for primary school aged children. The programmes are safe and affordable; there are a number of programme/venue options to suit you and your children’s needs. OSCAR subsidies available.

Visit our website for full details:        



Road Patrol Roster







Week 5

22 August

23 August

24 August

25 August

26 August


The Wang Family

The Rickard-Green Family

The Strydom Family

The Clayton Family

The Gallaway Family


The Armstrong Family

The Petrie Family

The Sullivan Family

The Cook Family

The Elliott Family

Week 6

29 August

30 August

31 August

1 September

2 September


Staff Only Day

The Carter Family

The Snelder Family

The Wang Family

The Carrara Family


Staff Only Day

The Harris Family

The Ward Family

The Wright Family

The Defregger 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

>Uniform Shop