Whānau News

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


Issue 35: 7th of November 2016

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


Twilight Fair

The sun shone, the food was delicious, the drinks cold, the stalls were fabulous and the entertainment was amazing, so a great time was had by all. A huge thank you to Katie Martin and her Fair committee who have worked tirelessly to bring it all together in what was a fabulous community event. Thank you also to the staff who worked with their classes on their various events and Kate Divett for organising the entertainment. Without the community coming along to support the fair it wouldn’t have been the success it was so thankyou for coming along and sharing in this very special occasion. Details of the amount raised will be published shortly but more importantly we can’t quantify the opportunity this provided to all get together and have a relaxing time. Well done everyone.

We wish everyone a safe,  happy and relaxed show weekend.


Important Dates

Monday 14th November - Whole School Sport Assembly - 2.15pm

Tuesday 13th December - Whole School Picnic 5 - 6.30pm.

Thursday 15th December: Final Assembly for Matai and Totara 7- 8.30pm.

Wednesday 23rd November - The last “Green” Mufti day for the term



From the Fair Committee and PTA

We have some beautiful designed teatowels for sale from the office ($12) – great for Christmas presents!  

Also remember you can order wine using the order sheet, just click here print off, fill in and take to the office – remember $3 from each bottle goes to the school, and it will be delivered to your door!  

Also remember to please return your lil' puds jars (ideally clean!) so they can be used next time.


Winners of the Christchurch Squash Junior Memberships

Congratulations to -

Caleb Thompson-Marr (CPS)

Ingo Holmes (Cashmere High School)

Will Greenstreet (CPS)

Amelia ? (CPS)

Georgia Rayner (CPS)

They were the lucky five winners of a Christchurch Squash Junior Membership.  Someone will be in touch with you this week with more information.  Thanks also to Squash Canterbury for providing the Air Court for our Twilight Fair.

School Notices

CPS Junior Athletics Sports - 9 November

We are holding our Junior School Athletics morning on Wednesday 9th November here at Cashmere Primary School. T​he postponement date is​ Wednesday 16th November.  Parents are welcome to come and cheer the athletes on!

Who?Children from the Rata and Kowhai Teams, aged 7 years and under ​(as at the 1st of October 2016).

Where? On the main field at school

When? Wednesday 9 November (Postponement 16 November)


  • 10:00 AM start with a rotation around fun athletic activities.    
  • 11:15 AM  morning tea
  • 11:45 AM sprint races starting with the 5 year olds
  • 12:45 PM lunch.  You are most welcome to stay on for a picnic lunch with the children.

What to wear?House t-shirt, sunhat and comfortable shorts and sneakers for the day.  

Also bring:

  •  A warm jacket/fleece
  • Water  bottle
  • Normal fruit break and morning tea
  • Packed lunch (or a picnic that you bring later on

We look forward to seeing you at our Athletics Day.


Our Cultural Narrative

Please click here to see the overview of our cultural narrative, including all of the new names for our buildings, learning teams and our school.  In addition to this, please feel free to listen to a brief audio file where Corban Te Aika shares the correct pronunciation of these new names.


SchoolDocs Update

The board of trustees and the school are excited to share with you that we are now a ‘SchoolDocs School’. This will mean that there is a significant change in the way that our policies and procedures are presented and reviewed. We have now adopted all SchoolDocs policies and procedures and these can be accessed through our school website. Please note that as we work through this transition there may be some differences between current policy/procedure and practice, e.g. some of the EOTC documentation will be used from the beginning of 2017.


Sports Uniforms

Please return all Totata Choir and Tennis uniforms plus any others that have not been returned from other events.


Property Update

As things continue to progress on the build site (check out the blog) we are getting closer and closer to moving into our new learning hub (Karamū). If you have any questions around any aspect of the redevelopment or teaching and learning at CPS then please feel free to drop in and see me for a chat, call or email principal@cashmereprimary.school.nz

In addition to this myself and Brian Ellwood (BOT Chair) will be available on Friday the 18th of November from 8.30 - 9.15am for a coffee and a chat in the staffroom if you have any questions you would like answered.


Year 8 Wellington Trip Fundraising - Upcoming Events

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.



Welcome to the new SEEDS programme! Sign up is easy, do it now as spaces are limited....  There is a limit of 2 spaces per child per term as the sessions are popular!  Please enter your child's year group and name in the box provided.  Do let us know if your child has any medical requirements and if your child cannot make it to a session tell us ASAP as there is a waiting list.  Any questions just contact us at passionforseeds@gmail.com!  By signing-up you agree to your child's image being used for SEEDS promotion across any and all media.

Location: CPS Library

Just to let you know - if you are a tutor or an assistant for a course you have first pick for your children before the courses get released to the whole school community!

If you like to become a tutor/assistant - send us an email to "passionforseeds@gmail.com" and fill out a police vetting form at the office (it takes 6 weeks).

Please go here to sign up for the courses asap as spaces are filling fast.



Here again the link to sign up: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e094eaea72fa7fc1-passion

Thanks so much!  Love  THE SEEDS TEAM


Weetbix Triathlon

If your children are interested in entering into next year’s Weetbix Triathlon at Jellie Park on Sunday 26th February 2017, we have registered Cashmere Primary as a school group for 2017.  To register simply go totry.weetbix.co.nz and register and link when requested to Cashmere Primary School.  In order to qualify for the school group prize draws you must be registered by Tuesday 2 February 2017, however the 2016 event sold out very early so it is recommended you register early. If you have any questions please contact our school co-ordinator Joanna Kelly on jjpkelly@gmail.com or 021 061 4302.


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.

Looking for a house sitter or have an apartment in this area available to rent for a week or two? My mum is coming from Germany for a stay between 12th Jan and 4th March and is looking for some weeks of accommodation. She is quiet, reliable, loves animals and the garden and does not smoke. Contact us on 3321701 or 02102 394 395 - Stephanie Defregger. Thank you!


Go Potty Ceramic Studio

It's only 7 weeks until Christmas and Go Potty Ceramic Studio has a great selection of Christmas ornaments and pottery shapes for you to personalise and give as gifts or keep to decorate your tree.  Bring the kids or treat yourself to some painting tranquillity in our relaxing studio.   Sessions running at various times throughout the week and on Saturdays, bookings essential.   For bookings and further info please email Claire at gopottynz@gmail.com or call 03 332 2361.


Road Patrol Roster







Week 5

7 November

8 November

9 November

10 November

11 November


The Wheeley Family

The Wang Family

The Kennedy Family

The Traylen Family



The Townsend Family

The Abbott Family

The Cook Family

The Wright Family


Week 6

14 November

15 November

16 November

17 November

18 November


The Harris Family

The Carter Family

The Gardiner Family

The Herman Family

The Carrara Family


The Davis Family

The McLarin Family

The Cassidy Family

The Cook Family

The Elliott 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