30th June 2021
Newsletter 017
What to do when things go wrong at school
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 and ask them what they think would make things right. Children, just like adults, need the time to unload to a sympathetic ear. Often children are prepared to fight their own battles but just want to vent. There's nothing worse than charging into the fray and discovering your child is over it and has moved on.

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 has happened. A good lesson for children is to learn what 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.

After you have slept on it, if you are still worried - or if your child asks you to - contact the class teacher.
The teacher may be worried too and 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.

If you are still concerned, the Principal and Deputy Principal's doors are always open to parents.
School really appreciate parents who want to find solutions rather than lay blame, especially when you show them that you understand that they have to take into account the interests of all the children in their care and cannot be pushed into punishing other children. The staff are your allies and are able to help you and your children. 

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

Noho ora mai,
Maria Dopheide
Friday 2nd July
Team 1 - Rooms 1, 2, 3 & 4 - Matariki Hakari (shared healthy lunch)
Reminder - please do not send food that requires heating or cutting for this shared lunch :)
Interim reports sent home today
DISGLO - 6 - 8 pm - see below for more information

Monday 5th July
Scholastic Book Fair all week  - see below for more information

Tuesday 6th July
Team 2 - 100 Day Party - information for whānau will be sent home on Friday 2nd July

Wednesday 7th July
Book Character Day - Students and staff are invited to dress up as their favourite Book Character
Chronicle sent home today

Thursday 8th July
Student Led Conferences - early finish of 2 pm - see below for more information

Friday 9th July
Whole school assembly 2.30 pm - celebrating the value of Optimism -  Ngākau rorotu
Last day of Term 2 - normal finish of 3.05 pm

Monday 26th July
First day of Term 3
Happy Birthday to the following students who have recently celebrated or are celebrating their birthdays this week!

Ishita R (10)
Jayvier P (8)
Hosea T(8)
Kaylen B (9)
Ava Y (6)
Alanna S-M (6)

We hope you had/have a wonderful day celebrating with family and friends!
Freyberg Student Led Conferences 

will be taking place on Thursday 8th July from 2.30 pm - 8.00 pm

Please note that school will close early at 2 pm on this day.

Reports on progress in relation to the NZ Curriculum will be sent home on Friday 2nd July.  

The lunch break for students and staff will take place at an earlier time of 11 am - 12.00 pm on the day of the Student Led Conferences.

Parent interviews can be booked online at

using the school code h55qr / or by clicking on the button below 

If you require an appointment and require assistance please contact Juliette at the school office on (09) 838 9664 and she will assist with any bookings or questions you may have.
Book Student Led Conferences Here
Some Important Messages for all Parents/Caregivers
From Senior Management -
A friendly reminder...if your children are involved in an incident at school, please do not approach the parents of other children involved to discuss it. It would be appreciated if you could instead talk directly to the classroom teacher as they will have all of the correct information and will be able to help you, or direct you to a staff member who can. Thank you!

From our Teachers -
We are seeing many students arriving at school each morning before 8.30am. Although we love to see such enthusiasm for learning, we would like to remind parents that students should not be onsite at this time unless they are enrolled at Kids Club.

From the Office Staff -
A concerned parent has informed us that they witnessed one of our precious students being nearly hit by a car at the Tiroroa gate entrance.  This has highlighted the fact that we still have parents reversing down the driveway with little or no vision.   
This car park is strictly for staff and there are 5 allocated parking spaces available for preschool parents only. 
Please do not reverse down the driveway!
Always ensure you drive out of the gate with clear visibility of all students especially those crossing the carpark entry/exit.
This is a health and safety concern and we expect co-operation in this request.
2021 School Term Dates

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

Term 4 - Monday 18th October - Tuesday 14th December 
Teacher Only Day - Monday 15th November - school closed
Please note that Freyberg Community School benefits from all sales made! 
Thank you in advance for any support you are able to give :)
Freyberg Netball Players of the Day

Freyberg Purple - Montana
Blue - Kyla

A big thank you again to our coaches, managers and of course our lovely sideline supporters who cheer on our teams!
We are very appreciative of your support!
Introducing our latest enrolment - Sienna! 

Complete with Freyberg school uniform and backpack (including stationery!) she has been kindly donated to us to use as a fundraiser for our school. 
Sienna comes complete with the most amazing knitted outfits which can be viewed in the school office.

Tickets are available from the school office

for just @ $2 each

The raffle will be drawn on the last day of term - Friday the 9th of July.

Thank you Nana Jenny ..........if only my knitting skills were as good!!!! 
Sienna is beautiful!
Please collect an information/ registration form from the school office if you are interested in having your child take part in this very worthwhile school holiday programme.
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