19th February 2020
Newsletter 002
Freyberg Community School Newsletter
Principal's Message

To staff, students and Freyberg Family,

I have enjoyed eighteen wonderful years as principal of our fabulous school and have thoroughly enjoyed the privilege of working with you to give our lovely students the best opportunities we can to develop happy, caring, creative and critical thinking people. I am genuinely very proud of this school and proud to be a part of it.

I believe the time is now right for me to step aside, due to the feeling that I am on the cusp of something new, and knowing the school is in a strong position.

Most importantly, and my priority for now, is that I have elderly parents who I would really like to spend more time with, and, to spend more time with my husband, our four grown up children and their very young families.

This school has a legacy of very capable and lovely people contributing over many years to make it the beautiful school that it is today. It is full of forward thinking, creative and caring people - trustees, staff, students and parents.  It makes me confident and happy to know that I am leaving it in good heart, with highly effective people running it and fantastic people supporting it.

The school will advertise for a new principal in the February 17th Gazette. Applications will close on March 6th. Shortlisting will take place on March 10th and and interviews will be held on March 14th. The new principal will commence in term 3.

The process will be overseen by Ken Ward, a senior consultant for Leading Learning.

The senior managers will run the school in term two with Maria Dopheide as Acting Principal. She will be ably assisted by Emma-Lea Graaf and Matt Allely who are highly effective Senior Managers. 

Ms Dopheide has been running the school for two days a week for the last two years while I have been the Community of Learning Leader for the Te Atatu schools. She has done a fabulous job and I have every confidence in her and her team.

Warmest Regards,

Christine Wilson

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Important Dates

Wednesday 19th February
Lunchroom closed today

Thursday 20th February
Lunchroom closed today

Friday 21st February 
Lunchroom closed today
Hearing & Vision Testing - selected students only

Wednesday 26th February
Chronicle home today

Thursday 27th February
Meet the Teacher Afternoon 3.30 - 6 p.m.
We look forward to seeing you all there!
Birthday cupcake

Happy Birthday the following students
who are celebrating
their birthdays this week!

Ruby Egginton (7)
Chloe England (6)
Len McLeigh (8)
Chloe Solomon (10)
Charlotte'Rose Martell (9)
Naia Napa-Sorby (9)
Carson Afeaki (6)
Awanui Wakeling-Mihaka (7)

We hope you have
a wonderful day celebrating
with family and friends!

Meet the Teacher Evening
Thursday 27th February
from 3.30 - 6pm

Sausage sizzle and candy floss from 4.00pm outside Rooms 13 and 14.

Mega water obstacle course from 3.30pm on the field (bring your togs, sunblock and a sense of humour!)

Mr Whippy and Lil Orbits will be on the middle courts.

Senior Managers will be in Room 15 between 4.00pm and 4.30pm if you have questions about school, or would just like to say hello.

Remember to pop into the office and see Juliette or Sharon before 5.00pm to check (and update if necessary) your child's student details.  It doesn't matter if you have been here 1 week or 5 years - we'd love to see you!  This is a great time to check that your child's records (email, addresses, contact numbers, medical records etc) are correct.  All parents/caregivers checking these records will be in the draw to win our Summer Hamper. The prize draw will take place on Friday 28th February at noon.
Wishing everyone lots of luck!!!!!

Come along, bring your picnic blanket..... meet the teachers, staff
and friends of Freyberg Community School.

We would love to see you!

A Message from the Lunchroom

Our lunchroom lady is Jodie.  The 2020 lunchroom menu is available from the school and lists wonderful healthy choices available for those children who wish to purchase lunches from school. 

Please ensure that all orders are placed in the classroom lunchbox held in your child's classroom and that all orders include your child's name, room number and correct money.

The lunchroom is also open at morning tea for those students wishing to purchase additional items, i.e. fruit, cookies, fruit moosies, etc.
Due to unforseen circumstances
please note that the lunchroom will be closed
on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday of this week.

Our apologies for any inconvenience this may cause.
A Freyberg "feel good" moment - a new year and new friends!
School Hats Missing

Please can you check that your child's school hat is clearly named.
Office staff are more than happy to assist with re naming hats that are
no longer clear to read.

We have many students stating that hats have been misplaced during the day. If your child has taken someone else's hat home in error please pop it into the school office where it will be returned to the rightful owner.
A friendly reminder that children arriving at school before 8.30am will not have any supervision by staff. It is your responsibility to ensure that they are either booked into before school care, being supervised by a caregiver, or dropped off after 8.30am. Thank you for your cooperation.
2020 Full School Assembly Dates 

Term 1 - Friday 6th March & Thursday 9th April
                           - celebrating the virtue of Creativity - Auahutanga

Term 2 - Thursday 28th May & Friday 3rd July
                           - celebrating the virtue of Optimism - Ngakau rorotu

Term 3 - Friday 21st August & Friday 25th September
                           - celebrating the virtue of Resilience - Aumangea

Term 4 - Friday 13th November & Friday 11th December
                           - celebrating the virtue of Empathy - Aroha
2.30 p.m. in the school hall - all welcome!
Is your daughter interested in playing in an Under 9 Basketball team this year? No experience required - just commitment to a season and, obviously, practices.

You must be 8 years old (and not turning 9 this year)
and are able to get to games played at Massey Leisure Centre, Westgate, on a Tuesday after school.

The parent wishing to coach this team requires a minimum number of 8 students for this team to go ahead.

Please see Mrs Prins in the school office to register your interest to play!
New Entrant Start Dates

Please note that all new entrant children will now start school on the first day of Week 1 & 6 of every term.  School visits will take place on Thursdays in The Grove (Room 3) with Mrs Corlett.  School visits will take place in the 2 weeks prior to your child starting school. Office staff will be in touch to confirm dates.
Freyberg Community Education
Afterschool Music Classes

We still have a few spaces available in our Keyboard, Drumming and Guitar classes. If you have a child interested in  music please contact Linda direct on 8374138 for more information.
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