Newsletter 005 / 6th April 2022     

Dear Freyberg Whānau,

Over the course of the past two years, the ongoing disruptions caused by the global pandemic have highlighted our need to develop a method by which we are able to share learning information with whānau with more frequency and detail than a twice yearly written report and an annual student-led conference. During this time, we have been working on plans to help increase our home-school links and we are excited to announce the upcoming launch of our new online reporting system, Hero.

Hero is an app which allows us to customise our online environment to enable teachers, students, and families to view and share content anytime, anywhere, on any device. The software is secure, easy to use and brings together all of our school related information in one place.

With Hero, you will be have the ability to:

- read and comment on posts relating to your child's learning in literacy and numeracy;
- view your child's academic progress and next learning steps in literacy and numeracy;
- read school notices;
- respond to school notices such as surveys and trip permission requests;
- view school term dates;
- view a school calendar of events;
- notify the school if your child is absent or late;
- navigate to other school-related webpages.

Learning posts combined with curriculum information and goal setting will form an online report, which is designed to build year-on-year so that over time you will have access to written posts, images, videos, work samples, and helpful resources all in one place.

As Hero is a tracking and assessment tool that is used to capture student academic achievement in the core curriculum areas of Reading, Writing and Mathematics, we will still continue to use Seesaw as a communication tool and a way to share work across those curriculum areas not covered by Hero such as Science, PE and Technology. Seesaw will also remain in use as a teaching tool with interactive learning activities being shared both at school and in the event of any future circumstances that require us to re-adapt to distance learning. 

We do realise that we have many different ways of communicating with our community and our aim is to make it as streamlined as possible. For this reason we will no longer be using the school app from the beginning of Term Two. All official information will now come through Hero, Seesaw, or email. We know this may seem like a lot of different avenues but we also know that the more places we put information, the more likely it is to be seen!

Hero will be up and running on the first day of Term Two. We will send more information out about how to access Hero next week.

As always, thank you for your ongoing support and if you have questions or concerns please contact us at


Noho ora mai - stay safe,
Maria Dopheide
Freyberg Community School


Next Wednesday 13th April, Fundraising at Freyberg is pleased to present 'Wear What You Want Wednesday' - a fun way for our tamariki to end the term and for our whānau to support our school as we raise funds for exciting new resources!

We will also have delicious pizza available to purchase for lunch at $2.00 per slice with a vegetarian option available.

WHEN - Wednesday 13th April 
WHAT - Children wear no uniform and enjoy a slice of pizza for lunch!
WHY - To support the purchase of new resources for our learners
HOW MUCH - $1 for no uniform and $2 per slice of pizza
Thank you to those who supplied us with red and black bottle caps.
We now have enough for our little ANZAC project - we cant wait for you to see it!
A friendly reminder for all our Freyberg Whānau:

What do I do if my child is unwell?

If your child is unwell in any way, please keep them home from school.

We will continue to operate under a 'zero tolerance' policy for any sickness and will send any learners or staff home immediately if they display any COVID-19 symptoms. We have noticed that COVID-19 cases we have had at school have been manifesting themselves as sore tummies or gastro symptoms, so please keep an eye out!

Thank you in advance for your co-operation in this matter.
We have been informed that Auckland Transport will be digging up the footpath across the road from our main entrance this week. This means our road patrol poles will be removed today and we will not be able to operate raid patrol until after the school holidays.

We have organised to have a staff member at the front gate to assist as required before and after school, but we ask that you take care while using this entrance. the following students who are celebrating a birthday this week:

Cede-Reez T (11)
Hannah S (9)
Jasmine R (9)
Casper W (7)
Chloe B (10)
Braxton P (6)
Lilly-Fay R (9)

...we hope you had/have a wonderful day celebrating with friends and family!
Week 11 / 11-14th April
ANZAC Commemorations

Rāhina 11th April

Yr6 Snowplanet Trip
BOT Meeting 5-6pm

Rāapa 13th April 
Chronicle home today

Rāpare 14th April
Last day of Term 1
Parents and Whānau

Just a friendly reminder that during this time we do ask that if you come onsite, you remain in an outdoor capacity and do not enter the classrooms or the office.
Thank you for your understanding and support!
This term's C.O.R.E value is:

We explore different ways of doing things and learn from our mistakes.

The most important thing whānau can do to help make their child a superstar learner is to talk to them.

- Ask them about their day
- Talk about your day
- Engage with them in conversation on a topic they like
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.
2022 School Term Dates

Term 1   
Thursday 3rd February - Thursday 14th April 

Term 2
Monday 2nd May - Friday  8th July
Teacher Only Day -  Tuesday 7th June

Term 3
Monday 25th July - Friday 30th September 
Teacher Only Day -  Monday 29th August TBC

 Term 4   
Monday 17th October - Tuesday 13th December 

School Hats Missing

Please check that your child's school hat is clearly named.
Office staff are more than happy
to assist with  renaming 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 get them to pop it into the school office where it will be returned to the rightful owner.
Freyberg School Uniform

The school expects students to take pride in their uniform and wear it correctly at all times.  If students are not in the correct uniform they are required to have a note from home explaining the reason and this must be handed to the school office prior to the start of school on the day concerned.  T-shirts, singlets, long sleeve shirts and other garments worn for extra warmth must not be visible unless they are black.

Please ensure that all uniform items are clearly named.  It certainly makes the return of misplaced items much easier and less stressful on children and staff alike. Please note that it is compulsory for all students to be wearing the school uniform.
School shoes / sandals / jandals are to be black only.
Waitemata FC will be running our holiday program both weeks of the April school holidays.
The program is for all 7 - 14 y/o's and open to anyone who wants to come along and play football, team building games and take part in our daily quiz.
All in a fun, safe and learning environment.

More details below.
Please support our generous sponsors whenever you are able to - these local businesses are helping us to provide the very best to all of our tamariki!
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