March 2023 Edition
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Newsletter Week 7 Term 1

17th March 2023

Happy St Patrick's Day

Welcome to Our School

We are delighted to welcome Evelyn to Room 5.

St Patrick's Day Fun

It was wonderful to see all the children arriving to school with their St Patrick's Day regalia. There were plenty of fancy hats, headbands, glasses and wigs.

We were also very privileged to have the Gaelic Dancers visiting our school. They entertained the whole school in the hall with their fantastic dancing. Thank you to Mrs Nystad for organising this.

Walk & Wheel Week

Thank you to all the families who participated in Walk & Wheel Week. We have some very creatively decorated scooters and bikes on Wednesday and some fantastically funky feet on Friday. The children also enjoyed Pedalmania who came to our school last Tuesday with heaps of wacky bikes for the children to ride. Thanks to Mr Wallis and the PAL’s who organised all of these events. There are lots more fabulous photos on our school Facebook page.

Past Pupils' Success

We are always delighted to hear of any of our past pupils' achievements and here are a few that we are extremely proud of:

Amber Sarē won the Impromptu Speech section of the Bishop Lyons Competition held in Greymouth over the weekend.

Neave Hallissey is the 2022 recipient of the Melda Townsley Award for Speech & Drama Performance & Literature (Excellence in the Use of Language & Expression within Speech & Drama).

Pera and Brynne Gordon were well known for their sporting achievements while at OLA and we are delighted to hear that they are continuing with their sporting endeavours at high school. They attended the NZ Track & Field Nationals in Wellington, where they achieved the following finishes:
Pera - 2nd in U16 Pole Vault & 11th in U16 400m
Brynne - 5th in U18 800m & 5th in U18 1500m

Working Bee

Come and help us make our environment more attractive for our tamariki.
We would love some help to paint the fence around the field and get our vegie gardens, fruit trees and hen area tidied up ready for another year of growing by our Garden Club.
Saturday 18th March, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. – please give any time that you can - 30 mins or a few hours. All help is gratefully accepted.

What to bring:
· If helping with the fence, please bring a large paintbrush. If you bring a paint sprayer, please ensure that the paint only goes on the fence and not our neighbours property – houses, cars etc.
· If you are helping with the garden, please bring either weeding/digging tools for pruning and if anyone knows how to repair the compost bins that would be amazing!

The PTA will be putting on a sausage barbecue towards the end.
Please RSVP to so that we have an idea of numbers for the barbecue

Lost Property

We have a lot of people asking about lost school items. To ensure a prompt return of the lost item it is important that you NAME EVERYTHING that your child brings to school - clothing, hats, lunchboxes, drink bottles, school bag, etc. Any lost items will then be returned to your child’s classroom. Any unnamed lost items are kept in the school office.

Principal's Award

Every fortnight we celebrate the amazing work that happens in our classrooms by awarding a Principal’s Award to a student in each class. Congratulations to our award winners this week!
Rutherford / Sheppard Team:
(front row) Kahu, Lewis, Mason, Evelyn, Elliot & Zyana
(back row) Joanna, Sophie, Alex & Jahara
Batten Team / Hillary Hub:
(front row) Isla, Lily, Grace, Oliver & Malachi
(back row) Molly, Tom, Sean, Jacob & Daniel

PTA News

Thank you for those who attended our PTA annual AGM last week. It is fantastic to take a look back over the past year at all our amazing fundraisers that our community has contributed to. It has allowed lots of resources and events to happen for our tamariki throughout the year.

This year the PTA welcomes lots of new faces and exciting ideas and we always welcome new members.

This year our elected officers for 2023 are:

Chairperson and Co/chairperson: Paula Bevilacqua and Nicole Rockhouse
Treasurer: Catherine Larason
Secretary: Hannah Buttveld

Easter Raffle

It is also that time of year when our wonderful Easter Hamper Raffle Tickets will be coming home. These have gone out this week to the eldest or only child in each family.

Please ensure that your completed raffle forms are returned to the office no later than Friday 31st March. Any extra forms can be collected from the office. Any questions, please do not hesitate to contact
Please see below for what to bring as a donation item:

Rutherford Team – please bring a luxury bathroom/laundry item - such as hand soap, body wash, essential oils, bubble bath, face/eye mask, candle, loafer
Sheppard Team - please bring a sweet hamper gourmet food item - such as dessert sauces, chocolate, fudge, sweet treats
Batten Team - please bring a grocery hamper gourmet pantry food item - such as sauces, tea, coffee, hot chocolate, serviettes, oils, vinaigrettes, dressings
Hillary Hub - please bring a bottle - such as non-alcoholic bubbles, cordials, sodas, drinking chocolate

Events Calendar

All event dates and times can change or be cancelled at the last minute. Please check our online calendar on our website for the most up to date information.

Job Vacancy

Hoon Hay School currently have a vacancy for a part-time caretaker for 2 days a week (Monday & Tuesday, 6:30am to 2pm). To view the full job description and to apply, click here.

Parish News

A nation-wide campaign to raise awareness of how everyone can stay safe on our Catholic social media platforms starts next Monday, 20 March. Check our Facebook, Instagram and other social media each day from Monday for tips on how to keep yourself safe. Details of the campaign are here: