17 June 2020
Chronicle 010
Dear Parents and Caregivers,

Welcome to the end of our first week of Alert Level 1. We have spent part of this time refreshing our calendars and have been able to put plans in place for getting back to semi-normal at school. From Term 3 we will be resuming whole school assemblies, booking in student led conferences, interim reports will be sent home, school fundraising will commence, inter-school sports will resume and instead of a STEM show we will be holding an art show - things are looking busy already! In amongst this we are hoping to begin work on our new middle school playground which will be an exciting project that I'm sure all of our children (and staff!) will be looking forward to.

We are continuing to keep our new routines around hygiene going as we believe they are good practices to have, even when we are not in the midst of a pandemic. Please continue to role model these (washing hands regularly, sneezing into elbows, staying home if you are sick etc.) for consistency between home and school. 

We are enjoying having whānau back on site, but we continue to encourage you to 'hug and go' in the mornings and collect children from the gates in the afternoons as much as possible in order to sustain the positive outcomes we have had during Alert Level 2.

Noho ora mai - Stay safe,
Maria Dopheide
Monday 22nd June
New Date - Board of Trustees Meeting:  5 p.m. in the staffroom - all welcome!

Wednesday 24th June
School newsletter home today

Thursday 25th June
Year 6 students to attend Rangeview "Taste of Intermediate": 10 a.m. - 12.30 p.m.

Early Notifications

Friday 31st July
Student Interim Reports sent home

Tuesday 4th August

Freyberg biannual Art Show - open for viewing in the school hall until midday Friday 7th August

Thursday 6th August
Student Led Conferences -
early finish of 2pm - more information will be provided to assist with  online bookings in the first newsletter of Term 3 the following students whose birthdays are taking place this week:

Manna Epati (10)
Weston Robarts (6)
Liba Sibanda (8)
Athena Deng (11)
Evie Neal (8)
Belle Towns (11)
Jerome Beazley (10)
Sophia Ma (7)
Josh Jiang (10)
Ollie Towns (9)
Kayleb Woolmore (7)

We hope your had/have a wonderful day
celebrating with family and friends!
Just a reminder that Tiroroa Ave is a LOOP Road - this means that if you are dropping your children at the Tiroroa gate you DO NOT need to turn around in a driveway. We have noticed a lot of parents from the school and preschool doing this recently and it is very dangerous for our children walking on the footpaths. Please use the loop!!
In Room 17 we have been learning about NZ inventors. As part of our topic we were all given assignments to create our own inventions and make models.  Thank you Emma, Elsie and Christian for sharing your inventions. 
These are very cool and it is exciting to see how creative minds think!
Well done!

Automatic Table Setter - invented by Christian Cambie

I have invented the Automatic Table Setter to make it easier to set the table. To activate it all you need to do is spin a knob to reveal all the plates, knifes, forks and cups that are connected to the table by magnets.

The Infinite Pencil - invented by Elsie Bene

I have invented the Infinite pencil.  The Infinite pencil is a new improved pencil that senses when your pencil is blunt or about to break and automatically sharpens your pencil lead.  It also has a rubber on the top that also refills when it is running out.

The Lego Sorter - invented by Emma Goldstone

I have invented the Lego Sorter to sort your Lego by colour.  All you have to do is put your Lego down the funnel, then the machine's conveyor belt will turn, and put the Lego through the colour sensors.  After the Lego has been put into groups of colours they will be pushed into their correct colour boxes.
How cool is this?

Over the past year the school has been fortunate to complete  classroom furniture upgrades for all classes.  The students and teachers are enjoying the new furniture and  classes are looking bright, modern, funky and definitely a lot more student/teacher friendly!

Sorting through the surplus furniture we were hoping to have an opportunity to pass these items on and hopefully find "a new home" for items still in great condition! 

Our lovely Room 5 class teacher, Mrs Arnold-Durham suggested we give Callum from Furniture for Schools Charitable Trust a call to see if he could assist with solving the problem.   

A quick call from Mr Allely and Callum was thrilled with the offer.  Within days he had collected a nice big load of desks and chairs that are destined for Kiribati!  It was awesome to see these surplus items heading to a new home and definitely a "feel good" story...too good not to share!
Missing School Uniforms Prior to Lockdown

Lucas Martins from Room 18 is missing his size 10 polar fleece jacket.

Lucas's jacket is clearly named and may have possibly been taken home in error in the rush just prior to lockdown. If your child has this at home, kindly return it to the office where it will be returned to the rightful owner.

On a happy note - Vanshika's as new polar fleece jacket has been located.  Misplaced items are always somewhere...
we just have to know where to look :)   
Parents and Freyberg students may recall Commonwealth Games athlete
Liam Stone visiting Freyberg in 2019  and teaching us about his sport - diving.

Diving is now back up and running and offering free trial lessons. Students have the opportunity to try this fun, unique sport that promotes athletic and mental development as well as deep water confidence.

For more information or for those wishing to sign up, please visit
2020 School Term Dates and Teacher Only Days

Term 2: Wednesday 29th April - Friday 3rd July

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

Teacher Only Day: Monday 17th August

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

Teacher Only Day: Friday 23rd October

We are making these available to all children in Year 4 to 6 classes, on an optional basis this year.  All of the Australian Schools Competitions provide an opportunity for all students to gain a measure of their own achievement in an external assessment situation.

Competitions are available in the following areas:
Science,  English, Digital Technologies,  Mathematics and Spelling.

Each child who sits the examination will receive a certificate and a detailed results letter.  Cost for all online exams are $17.50 per subject.  Please note that exams will only go ahead if we have 3 or more students wishing to attend a particular subject. At present all exams will take place with Digital Technologies being the only exam with insufficient numbers.

Should you require further information and would like an exam registration slip please ring the office. 

Please return completed registration slip to the office when payment is made.  If your child's exam does not go ahead any money paid will be refunded. Payment can be made direct to the schools bank account  as follows: 12-3071-0231432-00. Please note your child's name and ICAS as a reference.   

Last day for all registrations is Friday 3rd July.

Room 13 Chronicle Contribution
In Room 13, this week we have been writing nonsense poems. They are poems that do not need to make sense or rhyme. It can be silly or funny, it all depends on you. 
Please enjoy a poem written by Angelina Yang.
Please keep collecting your Yummy Apple stickers and coupons from Yummy Fruit and their bags (bought at Pak 'n' Save, New World and Four Square).

We are able to trade these for FREE SPORTS GEAR!

Just stick them onto any piece of paper, send them to school and we can attach them to a collection sheet in your child's classroom.

Thank you in advance for any support you are able to give!
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