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Wonderful Week 3

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Please start the week off with one of Nick’s delicious coffees at Te Huruhi in the mornings. $4.00 a cup! It would be great if people could bring their reusable cups in too.

School Cross Country

We couldn’t miss out on the younger children having a mini- run/ jog event so we’ve added a modified event made for our smaller legs.

 Thursday May 20th: School Cross Country Event-  Akoranga 1, 2, 6 and Nga Purapura Akoranga mainly Years 4-6 (Yr 3 from Akoranga Ono): 1.30 pm

Thursday 27th May: School Cross Country Event- Akoranga 3,4,7 and Years 1-3 from NPA: 1.30 pm

The younger children will participate in a shorter, modified event. 

Inner City Swimming Gala

All children in the Year 5 & 6 swimming team did themselves and their school proud. Sasha triumphantly collected a certificate for 2nd place in the 9 year old Girls 50m Freestyle final which is a huge achievement. 

Getting a certificate at an Inter school event is like winning an Olympic medal! We saw many impressive results in the heats too with children striving to be the best they could.

We also saw great resilience when things didn’t go according to plan. Caps and goggles came off at the start and sometimes children forgot to put their goggles on as they were so focused on starting the race!

All in all, a day our Waiheke children should be so proud of.      


Sasha: 2nd place in 9 year old girls Freestyle

New playground

Work is underway with the playground and hopefully within a couple of weeks it will be completed. 

Writer’s Workshop Auckland


Twenty Year 5 and 6 students had a great day out listening to successful New Zealand and Australian writers who gave out top tips on how to write for an audience, with structure and most of all with passion.  We look forward to seeing our children’s writing as a result.


Anti Bullying and Pink shirt day 

“Bullying is deliberate, harmful behaviour that is repeated, or continues over a period of time.”

We are supporting this nationwide anti-bullying campaign.  For a variety of reasons, all schools have issues of bullying at times.  We already put a lot of effort into supporting and modifying behaviours; our PB4L and focus on our school values are two of the systems we use to try and educate our tamariki.  The awareness campaign provides us with more ideas to add to our kete.  Pink shirt day is a way to raise awareness, vital in itself, as we can teach children what to do if they experience bullying. A gold coin donation is purely optional and will be sent to the charity.


Whilst the new skatepark in Ostend is a big hit, there are also some issues we are hearing about that are potentially coming back into school.  We have heard about many of our children being exposed to things like extreme swearing and intimidating behaviours. At times, there have been incidents there too, which then continue at school.  We urge you to always accompany your child/ren at the skatepark whilst they are there to minimise some of these concerns.


Many will not be aware, but vaping is now illegal on school premises.  Please can you ensure this is followed. 

Reading Books

A huge thanks to everyone who has returned any school reading books already.  50 books have been found and returned which equals at least $500.  If you haven’t yet had a good look around home, could you please do so and return any books to the office. Your help and support with this is very much appreciated.  We have estimated that we will need to spend at least $10,000 to replenish lost or damaged books so please please please have an extensive look at home.  

Road Safety Week

The focus for this week is “speed”.  As we are all aware, the roads around Te Huruhi before and after school are a little bit challenging.  We have provided staff with lesson ideas to support awareness of this issue.  Please can you help by driving in a courteous and safe way. 


Awesome learning


The Ministry of Education was super impressed with our Garden to Table results….

Look at the size of that!

Making layers of the skin as a model

Commitment is a huge value at Te Huruhi! 


Chicken pox   

Te Huruhi has been notified that a small number of our children have chickenpox. Chickenpox is very itchy. Sometimes children scratch the blisters and they can become infected. If this happens, you’ll need to take them to the doctor.  Very occasionally chickenpox can lead to serious complications, such as pneumonia, problems with the kidneys, heart, joints or nervous system. Chickenpox is also serious for pregnant women.

If there are no complications, chickenpox usually clears up within 3–7 days for adults, and 5–10 days for children.    Once you’ve had chickenpox, you’re probably immune – this means your body can fight it off and you won’t get sick again. If you’ve had a very mild case of chickenpox with just a few blisters, it’s possible to get it again, but this is very rare.

How is it spread?                                                                                                                                                                

The virus is spread through the air by infected people when they sneeze or cough, and by touching the chickenpox blisters then touching objects or other people.  The illness starts 10–21 days after being exposed.

Stop chickenpox spreading                                                                                                                                               

Chickenpox is contagious from 1–2 days before the blisters appear. Avoid close contact with other people, stay home from work and keep children home from school and early childhood education centres for 1 week from the appearance of the rash until all blisters have dried. 

Remember: chickenpox is serious for pregnant women and people who have a reduced immune response (eg, children with cancer). 

The chickenpox virus is spread through the air by infected people when they sneeze or cough.

  • Always turn away from others and use tissues when you cough or sneeze/ to the inside of your elbow.
  • Always wash your hands after coughing, sneezing or blowing your nose.

Chickenpox can also spread through touching the blisters and then touching objects or other people.

  • Wash your hands often, especially if you’re the caregiver of a child with chickenpox – and make sure they do the same.
  • Discourage children from scratching the blisters.

Iceberg Winter Swim

The Hot Spring Spas Iceberg – Winter Swim is coming to Oneroa Beach on Saturday the 3rd of July. It’s part of the nationwide Banana Boat Ocean Swim Series and will see swimmers from right around New Zealand coming to Waiheke Island. Proceeds from all child entries and $5 of all adult entries to The Ice Splash swim will be split between Te Huruhi Primary School and Waiheke Primary School.


The Ice Splash is a fun ‘run in, get wet and run out’ event with the option of wearing fancy dress. Please support this event and support our school by registering your child and your family online at www.theiceberg.co.nz today and tick the box for Te Huruhi Primary School during the entry process. The more children from across Waiheke Primary Schools that take part, the more funds for the school. If you have competent swimmers in your family they could consider swimming other swim events on the day.

Swims on offer:


The Iceberg 2000m

The Icicle 750m

Ice Cube 250m

The Ice Splash – A fun fancy dress (optional) run in, submerge, and run out!


More information will follow soon.


Please have a look at the updated key dates sheet in the email.  There are new dates to help support your diaries.   

Have a wonderful week with all of life’s fun and games.  

Thanks for your support. 


Phil Wainwright (acting principal)