16th September 2020
Chronicle 018
Nau mai ki Te Wiki o te reo Māori!

On Monday, the Prime Minister announced Cabinet's decision  - that a short extension to existing alert levels will apply. We will continue to abide by the same health and safety protocols while Level 2 is extended but we look forward to welcoming families back on site when we finally reach Level 1.

We continue to encourage our community to take COVID-19 seriously through using the Tracer App, staying away if you are sick, seeking medical advice and getting tested if recommended to do so. Thank you everyone for your efforts and support throughout this tricky time!

While we are doing the right things, it is important that we continue to pay attention to the right information. Please make sure that you check your information sources and get the most up to date information from the Ministry of Health or Unite Against COVID-19 websites. The Ministry of Education also provides specific information for parents and caregivers.

Our knowledge of COVID-19 is developing quickly but often misinformation spreads further and faster. We ask that you please don't share posts or stories if you're not sure if they are true or aren't from trusted sources.


We are currently in the early process of developing our local curriculum and would like to better understand the needs and interests of our community. We want to hear from you to develop some shared understandings about the teaching and learning you would like to see at school. We want a local curriculum that strengthens our ākonga and kaiako, and develops our sense of belonging in the local environment. Please click on the blue button below to answer a few quick questions and have your say!

Noho ora mai - stay safe,

Maria Dopheide
Freyberg Community School

Local Curriculum questionnaire
Friday 18th September
Freyberg Fun Run - starting at 11.30 a.m. - please see notice below

Monday 21st September
Team 1 & 2 swimming programme continues until the end of the week
Team 4 Speech Finals - 11 a.m. - for selected students
BOT Meeting - 5 p.m. in the staffroom 

Wednesday 23rd September
 Newsletter goes home 

Thursday 24th September
Hearing & vision testing - new entrants and retests

Monday 12th October
First day of term 4

Friday 23rd October
Teacher Only Day the following students whose birthdays are taking place this week:

Tony Neal (10)
Mykah Spackman (11)
Kaan Shacklady (6)
Gary Xie (7)
Kieran Bekker (8)
Amatullah Tashrifwala (8)
Connor Autagavaia (6)

We hope your had/have a wonderful day
celebrating with family and friends!

Student Enrolments for 2021

This term we are calling for all enrolments (in zone and out of zone) for children wishing to attend Freyberg School in 2021.

Applications for both in zone and out of zone students will close on Wednesday 14th October.  If the number of out of zone applications exceeds the number of places available, students will be selected by ballot.  If a ballot is required it will be held on Tuesday 20th October.  Parents will be informed of the ballot within 3 school days of the ballot being held.

If you have a child already attending Freyberg and they have a younger sibling due to start in 2021, paperwork needs to be completed before 14th October.

Please contact the school office if you have any questions regarding your zone status or require a school enrolment form for 2021.

What to do when things go wrong at school

1.  We all want to spring to our children's defence when they are upset or life seems unfair.  Before taking any action, it's a good idea to sit down with them and let them tell you, without interruption, what has happened.  Find out what has upset them.  Ask them what they think would put things right.  Children, like us, need the chance to unload to a sympathetic ear.  Often children are prepared to fight their own battles and just want to vent.  There's nothing worse than charging into the fray and discovering your child has got over it and moved on.

2.  Help them think through what has happened.  Often, clearly thinking about events gets things into perspective or helps them see how they contributed to what happened.  A good lesson for children is to learn which battles to choose.  Life holds many irritations and we learn to take most of them in our stride.  Erupting over minor incidents is no way to build sound relationships with classmates or teachers - or our own credibility.

3.  After you have slept on it, if you are still worried, or your child asks you to, contact the class teacher.  The teacher may be worried too and will be able to suggest the next step.  Or you will be able to get a clearer picture of, for example, class dynamics or reassurance that the incident was a minor one with no consequences for your child.

4.  If you are still concerned, the principal's door is always open to parents.  Schools really appreciate parents who want to find solutions rather than lay blame, especially when you show them you understand they have to take into account the interests of all the children in their care and cannot be pushed into punishing other children.  The principal is your ally and will be able to help you and your children.

5. Build on your relationship with your child's teachers.  Being familiar with the school and the other children helps you put together a more complete picture of what goes on at school.  When you and your child's teachers keep communications open, trusting and positive, your child is the one who will reap the benefits.

Maria Dopheide       
It's great to see our talented students taking part in the Team 2's Zoom assembly last week. It's very cool to see how technology enables us to communicate in such an inclusive way. 

Thank you Ms H for sharing these images! 

Team rock!
This term classes have been given the opportunity to take part in the HELL Pizza Reading Challenge, which is being run in conjuction with the 2020 New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults.

The Hell Pizza Reading Challenge is a highly successful programme that gets kids reading and enjoying the pleasures of books with free pizza rewards.

Classes participating have now received their "pizza wheels"  and every time a student finishes a book, the wheel gets clicked off. Once complete the wheel requires a school authorisation stamp (available from the office) on the reverse of the wheel enabling them to redeem their free pizza.

A great reading challenge with tasty rewards!

We hope you have enjoyed the opportunity to check out the latest Scholastic Book Catalogue.

We have received many online orders and we wish to thank our parents/caregivers for their support as the school benefits directly from all purchases.

Please note that the last day for all orders is Friday 18th September.
Order Scholastic Books Here
Important Information regarding ICAS Assessments

Due to the uncertainty of Covid-19, assessments had been rescheduled by the Australian Co-ordinators.  Exams will now take place as follows:
2020 School Term Dates
Teacher Only Days

Term 3: Monday 20th July - Friday 25th September

Term 4: Monday 12th October - Wednesday 16th December 

Teacher Only Day: Friday 23rd October
The Waitakere Cricket Club has decided to postpone the 'Club Open Day' from the earlier scheduled date of 20th September 2020 to Sunday, 11th October 2020
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