24th March 2021
Chronicle 005
Dear Freyberg Whānau,   

It is very important to us that your children are learning, happy and having fun at school. I would like to stress the importance of speaking to the teachers if your children are unhappy at school and especially if you feel that they are being bullied.

Bullying is deliberate, harmful behaviour that is repeated over a period of time. It often involves a power imbalance and it is difficult for those being bullied to defend themselves. 

It is important to distinguish bullying from other unkind, mean or harmful behaviour. Calling someone a name or pushing someone once, being rude or having an argument with someone is not bullying. Of course, these behaviours should be addressed but may have different consequences and interventions.

There is zero tolerance to bullying at Freyberg Community School - so if any bullying is happening, it is because we do not know about it. We have a number of strategies in place to deal with bullying - please practise with your children what to do if they feel bullied by other students.

Practise saying 'Stop it, I do not like it' and walking away. If they still feel unhappy they should approach a teacher straight away and ask for help.

It is an important life lesson for students to speak up when they are not happy and it is great when parents, caregivers and friends support them to do this. We aim to give our students the skills to address the bully and deal with future bullies so that the students are given skills to empower them to be confident and proactive when things happen that make them upset. 

Sometimes students feel left out and that they have no friends because of some social skills which they are still learning. It is difficult for some children, sometimes, to understand and adopt different social skills in a school setting with many children their own age. It is easier for them in a small secure home environment. It is important to talk to teachers, myself, senior managers or the office staff if this is the case. Social skills take time to learn and practice. These skills will be needed as they learn to live in society as teens and adults.

It is very important to us that you and your children are happy and confident at Freyberg Community School. Please remember that we are always here to talk with you about any concerns you may have.

Noho ora mai,

Maria Dopheide


Thursday 25th March
Te Atatu Cluster  Interschool Athletics Day  - for selected students only - 9 a.m. - 12.45 p.m.

Friday 26th March
Freyberg Welcome Back Disco  6 - 8 p.m.  in the school hall.  Tickets @ $5 available from the school office 

Wednesday 31st March
Newsletter goes home today

Early Notification
Friday 2nd April - Good Friday - no school today
Monday 5th April - Easter Monday - no school today
Tuesday 6th April - Easter Tuesday - no school today
Happy Birthday to the following students who have celebrated or are celebrating their birthdays this week :)

Olive Galea (9)
Salem Silulu (9)
Presley Stone-Michaels (11)
Mishty Kumar (7)
Preston Morrell-Tupago (7)

We hope you all had/have an enjoyable birthday with family and friends!
A friendly reminder to sign in at the office when you come onto school property during school hours - this is an important health and safety requirement.
Missing Items - School Uniforms/ Shoes/Swimming Goggles
The swimming programme for the juniors is underway.  During this time we always seem to have items accidentally picked up by others as the students are getting changed into togs/back into school uniforms.  If your child has brought home any of the following items in error kindly drop them into the school office where they can be returned to their rightful owners.

Brand new girls black T-bar school shoes &
swimming goggles - white and pink - named Riley Carseldine
Size 8 polo shirt - named Elijah Sila
Size 10 polar fleece jacket - named Catherine Duong misplaced in Room 15

The stress created for students/parents/staff due to the loss of items could be avoided if all items were clearly named.  If you need assistance with naming any items office staff are more than happy to assist.
The latest Scholastic Book Catalogue was sent home yesterday with all students.  Please note that orders can be made by ONLINE ORDERING only.

This is always a good opportunity for our parents/caregivers to do some early birthday shopping.......there really are some beautiful books/stationery items available.

To ensure orders are back before the end of term the last day for all orders is Thursday 1st April.
Order Scholastic Books Here
2021 School Term Dates

Term 1 - Tuesday 2nd February - Friday 16th April 

Term 2 - Monday 3rd May - Friday  9th July
Teacher Only Day -  Tuesday 8th June

Term 3 - Monday 26th July - Friday 1st October
Teacher Only Day -  Monday 23rd August

Term 4 - Monday 18th October - Tuesday 14th December 
Teacher Only Day - Monday 15th November

Last Wednesday we enjoyed a visit from Johnny from Rhythm Interactive

Rhythm Interactive drum shows are such that each student is given an African styled hand drum to play along during the show.  They share unique teaching methods such as “if you can say it you can play it” to demonstrate how students and teachers can learn rhythm, music, singing and dance in a fun way.​

Some 375 students were fortunate to participate in 2 shows.  We are sure that they enjoyed and will remember  this fabulous drumming experience for many years to come!
We are excited to share the news that Freyberg Community School will be welcoming the NZ ice skate tour to our school hall! This will be taking place on the night of Monday the 6th of September and there are limited spaces - so get in quick. The school receives 20% of takings after the event so it is a great fundraiser for us! All students will receive an ice skating lesson during school time so it's a great opportunity for them to show off their new skills.
Click here to purchase tickets for the ice skating tour
Save the Date 

We are hoping to hold our Freyberg Annual Athletics Day on Thursday the 15th of April, COVID and weather depending.  This is a schoolwide event for all students.  We encourage everyone to dress up in their house colours  on this day.  Face paint, pompoms, hats, socks, wigs etc are a fun way to show their house loyalty! 
If you are unsure of your child's HOUSE please contact the class teacher or call/email the office staff who will be able to assist.

We'd love to see as many whānau members there as possible, so lock it in your calendar and keep the date free!
We are looking for a Book Fairy or Book Fairies who can help us out!  

Due to a change of circumstances our current book fairies are no longer able to offer as much of their precious time assisting putting away home readers etc.  We are asking our Freyberg Whanau if there any parents/caregivers who can offer us approximately 20-30 mins of their precious time once a week to assist with this very important job in our Resource Room. Any offer of assistance would be gratefully received. Please know that days, times and availability are very flexible. For more information please see Juliette/Sharon/Rachael in the office if this sounds like you.  :)
Room 4 Chronicle Contribution

Room 4 have been learning about floating and sinking this term. A sneaky octopus stole all the pirate treasure in Room 4 so we had to design and create boats to rescue it! Room 4 had so much fun experimenting with materials and making sure our boats were strong enough to float and carry the treasure! 
It gives me great pleasure to share with you that Rutherford College has been serving families in Te Atatu Peninsula and surrounding areas for the past 60 years. 
As part of our 60th year celebrations Rutherford would like to welcome you and your whanau to our community open day. The Saturday event is a free event and is an opportunity for the community to come and see our wonderful campus and the huge range of subjects and activities on offer at the school. There will be guided tours from 10:30am-12:30pm where you can see our students in action in the classrooms. For those interested in Community Education Programmes a number of these courses will also be showcased on this day.
Throughout the day we also have planned a wide range of entertainment. Our cultural groups have a stunning line up prepared, starting at 11:30am. This will be hosted on the batter/school fields with our Te Kotuku Kapa Haka group first up, followed by our Samoan Group, Indian Dance Group, Tuvaluan Group and African Dance Groups. Our music, dance and drama students will also be performing starting at 12:30pm in the hall.
There will be a variety of food trucks onsite between 10:00am and 3.00pm, bouncy castles and the opportunity to join in many different sports games starting from midday. As this is a special celebration and many of our foundation students will be joining us, we have also dedicated a special lounge for those ex-pupils to korero with each other.  
Please click 
here for further information. 
Rutherford is proud to have always had a strong and active relationship with families, local schools and the community and we warmly welcome you to come and spend the day with us.  
On Friday, 9 April there is a mix and mingle in the school hall commencing at 5pm with a short powhiri and the celebrations continuing through until 11pm. Tickets can be purchased for this event 
Nga mihi nui
Gary Moore
Rutherford College
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