In This Week’s Newsletter

  • Miniball
  • Kids for Kids Concert
  • Reading Professional Development
  • New Playground
  • Livestock Day
  • Accounts
  • Hockey
  • Kickstart to School
  • Friday Lunch
  • Tips for Reading with your Children
  • Community Notice

Upcoming Dates

  • 20th August – Mrs Clarke (MIS) Visits our Year 6’s
  • 23rd August – Kids for Kids Concert
  • 14th September – School Cross Country
  • 21st September – Grandparents Morning
  • 27th September – Hockey/Soccer Funday
  • 28th September – Term 3 Ends
  • 15th October – Term 4 Starts

Today in History

Anti-Springbok protesters block Hamilton match – 25 July 1981. Anti-tour demonstrators invaded Hamilton’s Rugby Park, forcing the abandonment of the Springboks–Waikato match. Rugby Park was packed for the first Saturday game of the controversial tour. More than 500 police officers were present in the city. The authorities were unaware, however, that protest organisers had bought several hundred tickets for the game. Shortly before kick-off, several hundred more tore down a boundary fence and poured into Rugby Park from a nearby street.

Quote of the Week

“It’s not that I’m so smart, it’s that I stay with problems longer.” – Albert Einstein 


Greetings and welcome to Term 3.  As well as all the fantastic learning opportunities this term will provide, Term 3 also hails the beginning of Spring and the return of warmer weather. We have daylight savings starting on September 30th in the first weekend of term break…something to look forward to.
It is great to see all the children back rested and ready to go. They have all come back very settled and have enjoyed getting back into the routine of school over the last few days.

Miniball (Basketball)

Miniball starts this afternoon for many of our senior students, good luck to you all. Go well, and represent yourselves, your families and our school with pride. Play hard but play fair…being part of a team sport is such a neat experience for you all. I hope to get to the courts to watch some games.

Kids for Kids’ Concert

Our Kids for Kids’ concert is Thursday 23rd August. Normally we wouldn’t do a concert 2 years in a row, but this year is a big combined show at Claudelands Arena in Hamilton.  It will be an amazing and memorable experience for our children.  It is a one night only show, so there will be a huge number of children singing and a massive audience…very cool.  Tickets are now on sale through or simply search Kids for Kids 2018 and that will take you to the webpage where you can click on the ‘buy tickets’ link.  As with every other year, if you are able to attend or unable to get your child to and from the event please let us know sooner than later and we will do our very best to find somebody to transport your child for you. The children had a great time last year with our host Jackie Clarke, Jackie is back this year along with Nathan King (from Zed).  Feel free to talk to any of the school staff if you require additional information.

Reading Professional Development

Our school-wide professional development has been extended through until 2019 thanks to an additional 100 hours provided to us by the Ministry of Education.  Our facilitator Kath Jones will be a familiar face in the school for the remainder of the year as she continues to make regular visits – starting next week in fact. Kath is extremely passionate about reading and is available in the afternoon and after school on the days she is here if any parents would like a time to talk to her 1-1 about your child’s reading.  Kath is a fantastic resource, just let your child’s teacher know if you’re interested and we can organise it.

New Playground 

At the end of last term, the senior students wrote letters and drew designs for what they would like the new playground to look like.  We took all of that information plus much more and have sent our application to Trans power. The funding round closes 31st July.  We will let you know what the outcome is, just as soon as we know.

Livestock Day/Group Day

Following a meeting of the Morrinsville Schools Group Day committee it has been decided that it is in the best interests of our community to postpone the entire Morrinsville Schools Group Day event for 2018 due to the risk of Mycoplasma Bovis. This stands for all animal sections. This decision has not been made lightly and has taken into consideration all information from government agencies. We are aware the potential risk to the calves, lambs, and kids are small but the effect would be devastating for our community if an animal picked it up at this event.

Motumaoho School will be following suit and our annual Livestock Day will also be cancelled for 2018. However, we will continue with our Flower/Vegetable Show and a Baking and/or Cake Decorating event in replace of this. This will take place in Term 4.


A reminder that accounts need to be paid as soon as possible, as the majority of costs have been covered by the school prior to payments received from our families. As a school, we also need to keep our accounts accurate and up to date due to limited funding we have to run on, and are having to carry extra costs due to outstanding accounts.
Thank you to those families who keep their account clear or make regular payments to keep on top of it. We welcome automatic payments as this can be an easier option. Please see Angela in the office for our school bank account details if you wish to set this up.


The Morrinsville Hockey league is on this term. It runs from Friday 10th August – Friday 21st September (No game 7th September). Games are between 3:30pm – 5:00pm (the last round starts at 5:00pm) and are played at Morrinsville College. The competition is open to year 5 & 6 students. In order to make a team we need 8 committed children. You MUST have your own hockey stick, a mouth guard and shin pads, it is also $10 per player for team entry fee. I am happy to coach the team here at school, but am unable to guarantee I’ll be at every game as I am involved with my two daughters’ teams which also play on a Friday. Hockey is a great game and good for fitness, I would encourage your children to have a go if they’re keen. If your child wants to take part and you can give a definite commitment, please return the attached slip to the school office this week please.

Kickstart to School

Kickstart is back in business this Friday morning 8:30am – 10:00am.

Friday’s Lunch

Chicken and Salad wraps – $2.50. You can send money and orders in from tomorrow.

Some Tips for Reading with your Children

Make reading fun…

  • Share the reading, take turns or see whether your child wants to read or be read to today
  • All children like to be read to, so keep reading to them.
  • Visit the library together and help them choose books to share
  • Read emails from family or whānau aloud
  • Play card and board games together

Talk about Reading…

  • Talk about pictures in books
  • Sing waiata and songs, read poems and make up rhymes together – the funnier the better
  • Be a role model. Let your child see you enjoying reading and talk about what you are enjoying
  • Point out words on signs, shops and labels
  • Play word games like “I Spy” and “Simon Says…”

Make it a special time together…                                                                                        

Reading is a great chance for you and your child to spend special time together. Make reading…

  • Quiet and relaxing
  • A time to sit close to your child
  • 10–15 minutes without interruption, away from the TV
  • An enjoyable, interesting and special time
  • A time to praise your child for making an effort

Kind regards

Justin and staff.

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Community Notice

Morrinsville Community House is aware of a number of grandparents in our community who are raising their grandchildren.

This care-giving situation can come with a variety of challenges as well as rewards. It can sometimes feel as if you are alone as you navigate parenting a second-time around!

We would like to support this group of caregivers in our community by offering to host an initial coffee group/meeting.☕ The group would be an informal way to meet others in a similar situation, share ideas, and connect with organisations and services.

If this is of interest to you please do let us know by either emailing us at or by phoning 07 889 5355.