Whānau News

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


Issue 30:  10th of October 2016

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

Kia ora Whānau

Welcome to Term 4! I hope you have all had an enjoyable break with your whānau and are looking forward to the summer term. We have many exciting events planned for our final term of the year and are looking forward to sharing these with you. Please diary these important events (for the end of year events see below) and check out the School Calendar.

Today we welcome a new staff member to our team, Nicki McFadzien. Nicki will be teaching for the remainder of the year in LS16 (Matai Team) and takes over from Francis Ganderton.

I hope you all have a great first week back as we settle into our school time routines :)

Ngā mihi nui

Gavin Burn



Important Dates

Friday November the 4th - Twilight Fair

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Tuesday 13th December - Whole School Picnic on the school field starting at 5pm until 6.30pm. Bring along the family and some kai. We will have students performing throughout the event. This will celebrate the end of the year and will replace our traditional end of year assembly that we normally have on the last day for Rata, Kowhai and Matai.

Thursday 15th December: Final Assembly for Matai and Totara when we farewell our year 8 students as they move onto high school and welcome our year 7's who step up to become our year 8's in 2017. This will be held at Cashmere High School's Performing Arts Centre from 7-8.30pm. At the conclusion of the assembly, year 8 children and their Whānau are invited to stay for a catch up and a cuppa.


Important Notices

Children's safety

Your child's/children's safety is of absolute paramount importance for us and we have systems in place to ensure we know where your children are once they arrive at school until they are collected at the end of a school day. No child is ever permitted to leave the school grounds during the school day unless they are accompanied by their parents/designated caregiver and the teacher has been notified. In the unlikely situation where a child is seen to be leaving the school grounds by you, during school time, and they are unaccompanied please encourage them to remain at school and contact the school office immediately for support.


Sun Hats

A reminder that children are required to wear school regulation sunhats in term 4. These may be purchased through the school uniform shop at a cost of $15 each.


School Notices


Property Update - Cultural Narrative

We will soon be able to share with you the new Māori names for our buildings, learning spaces and learning teams. Our cultural narrative and associated names will be based around the Kererū.

Whilst there is likely to be a significant change in the current names we use to identify our learning teams and buildings this is a unique opportunity and a very exciting time for the school. These names will be significant to our local area, unique to our school and they will be names (in te reo) that the children, staff and whānau will (in time) use everyday.


Property Update : School Field

We are hoping to be able to use the school field, or parts of it this week. This is still weather dependent and initially, it might just be used during learning time for PE, fitness and sport.


New Build: Notice of Road Closure

This Thursday the 13th, there will be a lane closure, on Hackthorne Road due to lifting of roof panels from the roadside. This is due to happen between the hours of 9am – 2 30pm, weather permitting.



During the holidays the TIDA 2016 NZ National Irish Dancing Championships was held in Christchurch. Results for CPS students as follows:

Amelia Sullivan 2nd in Minor Girls under 12 years

Alisha Warwick 5th in Sub-Minor Girls under 11 years

Imogen Rouse 1st in Elementary Girls under 10 years.


The 2016 Inter Regional Cross Country Champs were held in Waikanae on Thursday the 22nd of September with 5 Cashmere Primary Students representing Canterbury. It was a tough course but a great day for Canterbury winning the Phil Costley Shield for the first time since 2011. Thanks for the great support from Cashmere Primary School in helping to get Finella, Joel, Will, Finn and myself to Waikanae for this great event.


Athletic Day Results and Year Group Overall Winners

8 Year Old Boys 1st - ​Santiago Monasterio-Marcos 2nd - ​Zak Mowatt 3rd - ​Isaac Jackson

8 Year Old Girls 1st - ​Belize McQuarrie 2nd - ​Stasia Tapsell 3rd - ​Lucia Wright

9 Year Old Boys 1st - ​Will Allott 2nd = ​Charles Sullivan and Felix Huston

9 Year Old Girls 1st - ​Tyra Watkinson 2nd - ​Hana McMillian 3rd - ​Brooke Manson

10 Year Old Boys 1st - ​Matthew Winter 2nd - ​Jack Armstrong 3rd - ​Marshall Blakely

10 Year Old Girls 1st - ​Holly Gilray 2nd - ​Raphaella Watene 3rd - ​Fabriana McQuarrie

11 Year Old Boys 1st - ​Ben Scott 2nd = - ​Finn Allott and Jed Gimblett

11 Year Old Girls 1st - ​Olivia Herman 2nd - ​Eliana Roelefs 3rd - ​Emily Atkinson

12 Year Old Boys 1st - ​Henry Allott 2nd - ​Goenil Park 3rd - ​Luke Jones

12 Year Old Girls 1st - ​Charlotte Gilray 2nd - ​Pixie Cockerill 3rd - ​Emma Melton

13+ Year Old Boys 1st - ​Caleb Manson 2nd - ​Tim Thomas 3rd - ​Fergus O’Neill

13+ Year Old Girls 1st - ​Laura Kopu 2nd - ​Chloe Donaldson 3rd - ​Maddie Ragg


Jed Gimblett 2016   Leo O'Neill 2016


Coin trail for Maddie

Thanks you to everyone who gave a gold coin donation to help support Maddie Collins. Overall we raised $150.  If you forgot to give your coin or would like to donate more, the link for Maddie's Give-a-little page is: https://givealittle.co.nz/cause/givethegiftoflifetomaddie

Thanks, Harriet Fleury


Sports Uniforms

Please keep returning sports uniforms to the school office asap.


Home Stay required Term 1 and 2, 2017

We have a girl from China coming into the Totara Team for 2 terms in 2017. She will require a family to live with who will treat her as their own whist she is here. The Chinese family pay the Homestay family weekly to have their child looked after. The girl would need her own room. It would be a great cultural experience for any family.  Does this sound like you?

Please contact Cathy Andrew (DP)  cathy.andrew@cashmereprimary.school.nz or phone CPS if you would like to be considered for this or if you have any other questions.


Year 8 Wellington Trip Fundraising - Upcoming Events

Urban Surf -Night of Fashion

When: Friday 21 Oct

Where: Urban Surf, Sumner

Time: 6pm onwards

Cost: $25

We have a limited amount of tickets for sale for our Year 8 fashion fundraiser.  The team at Urban Surf have invited us to join them for an evening of shopping and fun, food and wine, style advice, hair and make up styling tips, and a chance to choose your Cup Day outfit!  Those who purchase homeware or clothing on the night will receive a 15% discount.  Tickets for sale at the office.


Scrap Metal Collection Fundraiser

The scrap metal collection skip is located on the site of the old church (now the Staff carpark). Please put any scrap metal into the skip - ask your friends, neighbours and family to contribute too.  Click here to view further information.


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.  Stock up now for next winter or purchase for your outdoor brazier for those cool summer evenings.


From the PTA

Minutes from our September meeting can be read here.


Cashmere Primary Twilight Fair

 Just under 4 weeks to go until the Cashmere Primary Twilight Fair on Friday 4 November!  There are still lots of ways you can help....

 1)Sign up to volunteer for one hour on the night - follow this link to add your name to the list. https://docs.google.com/document/d/1bsKp34O9cEJzE5kB6eprXT7yLoPflz3jhuwHzKDuDv4/edit?usp=sharing

2)Bring in those lemons to put in the bucket in the office - the more lemons, the more homemade lemonade we can make!

3) We'd love to have a great selection of jams and preserves to sell on the day -  leave your donation in the box in the office

4) Keep selling those raffle tickets!  Some great prizes up for grabs and a prize for the class who sells the most...  More tickets available from the office.


PMH Mother and Babies Unit

The PTA are pleased to be coordinating a collection to support the families in the Mother and Babies Unit at PMH. They have limited resources to help these mothers and would greatly appreciate any donations of the following:

1. Baby clothing 0 -12 months

2. Large cushions (floor type if possible)

3. Cheerful fabric to recover cushions

4. Hard toys for babies that can be disinfected

5. A large rug - teaching mums how to be down on the floor with their babies


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.

Rental Required

Young family living on Kidson terrace is looking for a house-sit or independent sleep-out arrangement in the Cashmere neighborhood from early December to mid-February to cater for visiting grandparents from France. Please contact Vincent by email (vintz75@gmail.com) or on 022 673 2601. Merci beaucoup


Sumner Running Club

Athletics season is here! We are a small friendly club with training sessions based at Ferrymead Park, starting Term 4  Tuesdays and Thursdays 5-6.30pm. See our website for more information. https://sumnerrunningclub.org.nz/


Go Potty Ceramic Studio

Go Potty Ceramic Studio is proud to present another session with ceramic artist, Rachel Murphy Hansen. Join Rachel and learn how to apply real gold to a set of 3 hanging heart decorations and add some fabulous bling to your Christmas tree this year.  Spaces are strictly limited and bookings are essential.  For bookings and further info please email Claire at gopottynz@gmail.comor call 03 332 2361.


Mindfulness Classes

Click here to see further information.


Summer Writing School

January 16-20, 2017 10.00am to 3.00pm daily, Hagley Community College, Christchurch

Five days of writing with fabulous guest tutors.  1:1 mentor time.  A chapbook launched on the last day.  A selection of daily workshops including, flash fiction, fantasy world building, song lyrics, slam poetry…  Places strictly limited so be in quick to register your interest.

More exciting details to come. Please register your interest here:



Road Patrol Roster







Week 1

10 October

11 October

12 October

13 October

14 October


The Muirhead Family

The Stewart Family

The Gardiner Family

The Defregger Family

The Geddes Family


The Broadbent Family

The Collins Family

The Scott Family

The Sullivan Family

The Ellwood Family

Week 2

17 October

18 October

19 October

20 October

21 October


The Green Family

The Davidson Family

The Buckley Family

The Andrews Family

The J & A Wood Family


The Sharpe Family

The Onions Family

The B & S Lee Family

The Gebbie Family

The McLarin 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