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PTA Mother’s Day Raffle – $5 per ticket, available via Kindo. Close off time will be Friday at 5pm and winner will be contacted on Saturday 8 May. 

Wednesday 31 March Silverdale School Newsletter

School Newsletter
Learn to Journey – Journey to Learn
Ako ki te Haere – Haere ki te Ako

Wednesday 31 March 2021

Kia ora, Talofa, Malo e leleli, Kia orana, Fakalofa lahi Atu, Taloha Ni, Ni sa bula, 你好, Namaste, 안녕하세요, Hola. 


Welcome to Sia Lee who started with us this week. Our current roll is 803.

Happy Birthday

Happy birthday to Troye Williams, Emma Garrett, Leonardo Bibbie, Jack Crombie, William Gray, Mishel Nayshul, Isaac Gleeson, Zoe Hastings, Maxwell Niu, Keagan Hockly, Ryan Ha, Ava Wewege, Lextoniel Iskandar, Alizee Rose, Addison Isted, Aimee Young, Ocean Morales, Franklin Fu, Mikah Gemmell and Aaliyah-Kay Tuake.

Easter Holiday

Just a reminder that school is closed for Easter on Friday 2 April, Monday 5 April and Tuesday 6 April. School will reopen on Wednesday 7 April.

Grandparents or Special Person Morning

What a wonderful morning we had last Friday with our Grandparents or Special Person coming to school to share the morning with their grandchildren. It was fantastic to see so many people in the classrooms sharing in their grandchildren’s learning and getting a taste of what it is like to be a student at Silverdale School.

What’s Happening at Silverdale School – TONIGHT – Wednesday 31 March

We are holding a What’s Happening at Silverdale School in 2021 evening, tonight, Wednesday 31 March at 6.30pm, in the school hall, during this evening we will be giving information about:

  • The Resilience Project
  • How you can keep your children safe online
  • What we are doing at school to keep our children safe online
  • How to engage in your child’s learning
  • Building projects

Child care will be available and nibbles and drinks will be supplied.

Weetbix Tryathlon

Thank you to everyone who completed the Silverdale School Weetbix Tryathlon on Sunday. The original Weetbix Tryathlon was cancelled due to Covid. So Louise Petrie and Teresa Russell decided to organise their own Tryathlon around Millwater, starting with the “swim” which was a slip and slide down Butler Stoney twice, then a run and then a bike ride to finish at school. A massive thanks to Louise and Teresa for organising this event for our children. It was a fantastic event and we had a team of 32 children from Silverdale School completing. Thank you to all the parents/helpers who helped with the organisation and support on the day.

What did you do Today?

What did you do today? is a question that gets asked in many New Zealand homes by parents as their children get home from school. The usual response is “not much”.

When they get home from school today, here are 10 conversation starters that will hopefully spark better responses that “not much”.

  1. What was the funniest thing you heard all day?
  2. What was your favourite thing that happened today?
  3. Did your teacher get cross today? What happened?
  4. What subject was the most interesting today?
  5. Was anyone away today? Did that make the day different?
  6. What was something new you read today?
  7. What happened today that you wish hadn’t happened?
  8. What did you enjoy most for lunch today?
  9. What are you learning about in science?
  10. Did anyone do something nice for you today? Did you do something nice back?

Ten Tips for Using Your Home Language at Home 

  1. Speak your language or languages as much as possible, and encourage everyone in your family to speak as much as they can. 
  2. Tell your traditional stories, rhymes, poems and sayings to your children. Talk to them about your family, culture, and history. 
  3. Write to family or friends with your children in your language – cards, letters, emails, texts or social media – and plan visits to them if possible. 
  4. Read books together every day. Point to the pictures, read all or some words, and perhaps use bilingual books as well. 
  5. Watch programmes or movies in your language on television, from the library, or online. Perhaps choose ones with English subtitles. 
  6. Help your children with homework in your language from their school, club, church, temple, or mosque. 7 Sing songs with your children in your language. 
  7. Have fun! Play music and traditional games in your language. 
  8. Put up posters, alphabets, or charts in your language. 
  9. Explain that your children can be strong in two or more languages and cultures at the same time. 

Remember: Using your language or languages at home will help your children succeed at school, and in their future work.  It’s OK for your children to mix their languages.  It’s OK to ask for help from family, friends or teachers if your children don’t want to use your language.  It’s easier in a group. Join community activities, or find or start a language playgroup, culture group, school or club locally (or online).

Cameron Lockie

ANZAC Day – 26 April 2021

We have poppies available in the office for a donation in rememberance of ANZAC Day. 


Open to all Years from 0-6. Any skill level and new players are welcome.

Registrations close Thursday 1 April.

Hockey is played on either ¼ or ½ turf, with 6 players on the field at any time. Each game is 30 minutes long (with 14 minute halves).


The competition is played at the Hockey Hibiscus Trust turf in Millwater. 

Games are played between 4pm and 6.30pm.

The winter season runs through Term 2 & 3 (excluding school holidays) and games are played on Mondays between 4pm and 6.30pm.

The summer season usually runs in Term 4 (excluding school holidays) and games are played on Mondays between 4pm and 7.30pm.

Training (winter only)

Training only runs for Year 3 and above. Once players are allocated to a team, training day and time will be advised. Training will either be at Orewa College or at the new Hockey Hibiscus Trust facility in Millwater.  

There is no training for summer hockey.

Team Information

YEAR 0/1/2 – 30 minutes, 15 minute skills session followed by a 15 minute game

YEAR 3/4 – 30 minute game, 2 x 14 minute halves

YEAR 5/6 – 30 minute game, 2 x 14 minute halves


Mouth guards, shin pads and hockey sticks are compulsory for all players (available at Go Hockey or most sports shops).

TOP          –  Green t-shirt (supplied at minimal cost)

SHORTS   –  Black 

SOCKS     –  Long black socks (available at Go Hockey or most sports shops)

SHOES     –  Running shoes with grip on the sole

Registration Deadlines and Costs

Winter hockey – you need to register by Thursday 1st April.  It’s likely to cost $70-$90  per player for the winter season.

Summer hockey – you need to register by date TBA. It usually costs between $25-$40 per player for the summer season. 

Fees are based on the number of players per team and the turf size played on. Once team numbers have been finalised you will be notified. 

                                        Register for Winter Hockey here

Key Contact

Kerry Edmondson, Mum of Devon (Year 3)

0272 444 391

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