Announcement : 

Country Show Day – 29 October 2022 – 10am to 2pm   This week is packet week: Please bring in jelly, pasta, muesli bars, dried fruit, bags of chips, sauce packets. Anything tasty and in a packet. Please remember all items will go into prize hampers so be mindful of expiry dates (must be after 31 December 2022) and only new and unopened items please!   If you rather not bring in items every week you have an option of depositing a $25 donation 12 3046 0231780 00: Reference: Raffle Item. We are only asking one item per family.   For regular updates on what you can expect on the day, please follow our FaceBook page Silverdale School Country Show Day – Saturday 29 October 2022.  

Wednesday 2 June Silverdale School Newsletter

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

Wednesday 2 June 2021

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


Welcome to Olivia Zhang, Sophia Francis, William Southgate and Indie Biggs who started with us this week. Our current roll is 838.

Teacher Only Day Friday 4 June

School will be closed on Friday 4 June due to teacher only day. During this day the staff will be doing professional development and then going to Orewa College for the relaunch of Kāhui Ako Orewa. Kelly Club will be operating on this day. To book go to 

Queens Birthday

School will be closed on Monday 7 June for Queens Birthday holiday.

Learning Conservations – Wednesday 16 June and Thursday 17 June

The learning conversations are three-way conferences with the teacher, child and parent. Three-way conferences take the form of a conversation between the child, the parents and the teacher as they sit together and talk about the child’s learning, with the child taking an equal role. This approach give children an opportunity to share with their parents their growth as a learner. The three-way conferences are designed to achieve one or more of the following goals:

  • to help children demonstrate evidence of learning,
  • to teach children the process of reflection and self-evaluation,
  • to facilitate the development of child’s organisational and oral communication skills and to increase their self-confidence,
  • to encourage children, parents, and teachers to engage in open and honest dialogue,
  • to encourage children to accept personal responsibility for their learning.

Times for Learning Conversations are:

Wednesday 16 June 12:30pm – 5:30pm and Thursday 17 June 3:15pm – 6:00pm

On Wednesday 16 June the school will close at 12.00pm, can you please collect your child at this time this is only for Wednesday 16 June.The  Stillwater bus will be running from 12pm on this day.

Each learning conversation session lasts for 15 minutes.

To make an interview booking go to The school code is xavfk 

Mid-Year Achievement and Progress Report 

Your child’s Mid-Year Achievement and Progress Report will be shared with you on Friday 11 June. This will be emailed to you directly from SchoolTalk.

This report gives a snapshot of where your child is currently at. It will show a graph of achievement outlining how your child is progressing against each of the New Zealand Curriculum expectations for Reading, Writing and Mathematics and five next steps that your child will be working towards.

Attached to the newsletter you will find more information on how to read your child’s Mid-Year Achievement Report. Any questions please contact your child’s teacher.

Happy Birthday

Happy birthday to Lachie Pollard, Jared Pieterse, Petra Sweeney, William Albertyn, Anthony Wilson, Catherine Wilson, Levi Jobbins, Talamai Teo, Keisha Kettle-Williams, Meyly Ong, Hannah Shaw, Olivia Tian, Nicholas Basson, Osborn Tian and Jordan Rossiter.

Samoa Language Week 2021 – Sunday 30 May – Saturday 5 June

Samoa Language Week / Vaiaso o le Gagana Samoa is organised by the Ministry for Pacific Peoples to maintain and promote the language and culture of Samoa. Gagana Samoa is the second most spoken language in some cities like Auckland and Porirua, and the third most spoken language across New Zealand. 

Samoa Language Week celebrates the identity, language, and culture of students from Samoa and students whose families are from Samoa; supporting this group of learners to engage and achieve success.  

This special week helps all New Zealanders journey towards shared cultural understandings. For more information go to

Learn some simple words and phrases

Words and phrases that you could try:

Tālofa lava: Hello (formal)

Mālō le soifua: Hello/Good health

‘O ā mai ‘oe? How are you? (to one person only)

Manuia fa‘afetai: Good, thank you

Manuia le aso: Have a great day

Tōfā soifua: Good bye (formal)


Bringing you 2021 Matariki Disco – Friday 25 June

Celebrate the beginning of Matariki with a night under the stars. 

Juniors, Year 0-3, 5.30pm – 7pm

Seniors, Year 4-6, 7.30pm – 9pm

$10 Entry & $5 Prepaid Cards available via Kindo

This event is for Silverdale children ONLY.

Helpers – if you can help on the night please let us know, the more help the better!

Kids Corner

Room 23 and 25 have been working hard at their writing. Below are some examples of their great writing.

My Teacher is Missing!

On an ordinary Monday morning some not so ordinary things happened when I went to school in room rua tekau ma toru. Miss Holleron was missing!!!! And everyone was going crazy including the two ika, Stormy and Apricot our fishes. “Maybe she forgot it was school?” roared Aidan over the worried crowd “Or maybe she got stuck in the future?”. “Nonsense!” squealed Ethan “that’s just crazy!” Before anyone could say any more, a teacher appeared. “I am Miss Sprawt” she roared at the class. Days went by. Miss Sprawt was the most horrible teacher ever!. More people disappeared. Keira, Miller and Danielle. But then something strange happened, Miss Holleron appeared suddenly out of thin air the next morning so Miss Sprawt has to go. Then all of the rest of them said “where did you go?” “to the future probably” she said. “Us too!” they all said together.

By Rhaedyn Wood, Room 23

The Smallest Whale

As the tide came in the boats got ready to pull the whale in the water and they attached rope to its tail. They started to pull the whale into the water and his tail and started to flap. More boats came in! Then they heard a scary noise and then they looked around and they said it is the mother whale!

By Connar Gloy Room 25

My Teacher is Missing

One Monday morning something not so ordinary happened. Let me tell you all about it. On Monday morning I opened the door. Our teacher was gone, “maybe she got eaten by a shark” I thought “or went back to the future or she was just late”. Then someone came to class “hello?” I asked. Then she took off her disguise. “Miss holleron is that you?” I asked “yes” she asked. “Why were you gone?” “Well I was wanting to prank you because it is April Fools!”. Just then the bell rang and we all sat on the mat ready to start the day.

By Ethan Longstaff, Room 23

The Smallest Whale

The whale went to the beach and the people put water on the whale. The whale went in the ocean and the whale went with his family and the people were happy and the whale is happy. The whale came back to the people and the people gave him fish.

By Ryder Hodgkiss, Room 25


Sandy Evans Manaakitanga Trophy

The trophy is awarded to one student each term who demonstrates the following attributes of Manaakitanga: 

* Extending the hand of friendship. 

* Finding positives in all activities.

* Going the extra mile without seeking recognition.

* Demonstrating a positive growth mindset.

* Exemplifying tolerance, kindness and empathy to others.

Term 1 Sandy Evans Manaakitanga Trophy goes to Skyler Olivier from Room 29. She has been an outstanding example and role model to her classmates. She consistently helps others at Silverdale School, quietly leading by example, encouraging others, sharing her ideas, and working collaboratively. She supports her peers both socially and in their learning. Her resilience and perseverance in her own learning reflect the values of the Manaakitanga award.

She always walks into school with a smile and a positive attitude.  She has taken the time to be friendly to everyone in Room 29 and in her quiet and conscientious way, makes sure that everybody is included.

Well done Skyler.

KERI Awards

Well done to the following children who received Caught by KERI awards at Monday’s assembly. 


Team Te Ohanga

Team Kiwi

Team Pukeko

Team Tui





















Sushi Lunch Winners Rongchen Room 19 and Mishti Room 37.

Principal Awards

Well done to the children who received principal awards at last week’s assembly.


Well done to all our 10 teams that went to the Rippa tournament last week at Silverdale Rugby Club. All teams played to the best of their ability and above all had great fun. Thank you to all our supporters who came along and also to all the parents who helped with the teams. Thank you to Mrs Kitching, Mr Bateman and Mr Boot who organised our teams.

PTA Whittakers Chocolate Fundraiser

The PTA Whittakers Chocolate fundraiser starts next week.  Chocolates will come home with the oldest or only child on Thursday 3 June.

If you would like to opt out this fundraiser please send an email to by Monday 31 May.

Cameron Lockie

Class and Sibling Photos

It’s that time of year again. Photolife is coming. Class and sibling photos will be Monday 5 July and Tuesday 6 July. Team Photos will be Wednesday 7 July.

More information to come regarding sibling forms.


New Sports Coordinators Required

If you want your kids to be able to play sport in a school team through SportsHub then new coordinators are required by 8th November 2021.

Background: What is SportsHub?

SportsHub is here to enable Silverdale School children to play in school sport competitions after school, to ensure all kids had access to sport and to improve the health and wellbeing of the students.

What is needed?

YOU. If you want to take a sports-coordinator role please email and we’ll connect you with the current coordinator to run through processes and to arrange a handover for 2022.

What roles are available?

Vacant Roles:

Sport coordinator – Basketball

Sport coordinator – FlippaBall

Sport coordinator – Hockey

Sport coordinator – Netball

Sport coordinator – Summer Soccer

Sport coordinator – Summer Touch Rugby

SportsHub coordinator – Overall

How much time is required?

Workload wise each role typically involves 20 – 40 hours of activity spread across several weeks.

What if no one volunteers?

If these positions are not filled then SportsHub will close at the end of this year, resulting in parents/caregivers taking all responsibility in the organisation of their own child playing sport outside of school.

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2021 Mid-Year SchoolTalk Report.pdf