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Wednesday 23 June Silverdale School Newsletter

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

Silverdale School Newsletter

Wednesday 23 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 Harper Haworth, Ella Linstrom and Kaitlyn Venter. Our current roll is 845.

Happy Birthday

Happy birthday to Alexander Patton, Serah Zang, Oliver Simonson, Anna Thongtawee, Christiaan Van Der Nest, Ruby True, Cohen Fuller, Alex Huettner, Lucas Blenkinsop, Myan Nithi, Leo Pienaar and Eli Bruu.

Fiafia Festiva

Talofa! On Friday 18 July, Silverdale School had the opportunity to take a group of students to the Fiafia festival at Whangaparaoa College. Our students had a fantastic time immersing themselves in Pasifika culture while watching several local schools perform traditional dances from Samoa, Fiji, Niue, Tonga, Kiribati and Tokelau. Everyone came back excited about the festival highlights and already talking about Fiafia 2022!

Matariki Celebrations 

Friday/Rāmere, te 2 o July/Hōngongoi to Friday/Rāmere, te 9 o July/Hōngongoi, our kura/school will be celebrating Matariki 2021 (Maori New Year) with various events and activities. Feel free to take a look at our Planning Overview here.

You are all invited to come along on Friday/Rāmere, te 2 o July/Hōngongoi to watch our Matariki performance in the school hall. This will be filled with performances by some of our talented tamariki. 

Over the course of the following week, there will be a number of activities, the most popular being our annual manu tukutuku/kite making. On Thursday//Rāpare, te 8 o July/Hōngongoi, at 11.25am, the whole kura/school will go with our whānau to Metro Park to fly our manu tukutuku/kites. 

Finally, on Friday/Rāmere, te 9 o July/Hōngongoi, we will have a shared morning tea in our rooms as a way to round off the week.

Key dates for Matariki:

Friday/Rāmere, te 2 o July/Hōngongoi

Matariki Performances (Open to whānau)

9:05am Performance for Years 0-2 and whānau

10:00am Performance for Years 3-6 and whānau

Tuesday/Rātū, te 6 o July/Hōngongoi

Bring in materials for kite making

Thursday//Rāpare, te 8 o July/Hōngongoi

Kite Flying at Metro Park (Open to whānau)

11.25am Meet on courts before walking down.

Friday/Rāmere, te 9 o July/Hōngongoi

Shared morning tea (Students to bring a plate with listed ingredients) (Kite flying weather contingency day)


Police Visit Tuesday June 29

On Tuesday 29 June we will have the Police helicopter, motorbikes and cars visiting our school. Below is the information about the day. 

Bell Times

8.55am – 10.15am – Block 1

10.15am – 10.25am – Playtime Eating

10.25am – 10.45am – Playtime

10.50am – 12.55pm – Block 2

12.55pm – 1.05pm – Lunch Eating

1.05pm – 1.50pm – Lunchtime

1.50pm – 3.00pm – Block 3




















At each station the Police will give a 10 minute talk. Please have children ready to ask questions.

The dogs will give a demonstration of apprehending an offender. If any children are scared of dogs they can sit out this rotation with a teacher aide.

Helicopter – Field

Bikes/Car – Court

Dogs – Field

Helicopter is due to land at 11.00am. 

Car Parking

If you are parking on the field opposite the school can you please be aware that the ground is softening up and it would be really embarrassing if you get stuck in the mud and have to be towed out. Also it is causing a huge amount of damage to the field. It is a much better idea to park in the actual car park by the cricket nets at Metro Park. It is only a 450m walk to and from school.

Online Interactions Outside of School Hours

Recently we have been made aware of some negative online interactions between students that have occurred outside of school hours. This has an effect on students’ relationships in the classroom and during break times.

Our school recognises that children today are growing up in an increasingly online world and that it’s important that we do more to support and guide them to navigate this digital landscape.

We work on digital citizenship as part of our learning at school and thought that it may be timely to share our parent information about cyber safety with you all again. 

Below is a link to the cyber safety section of our school website where you will find cyber safety guides and advice on dealing with issues, appropriate age limits for apps and ways to ensure your child is safe at home.

Parent Cyber Safety Hub

If you have any questions or concerns please contact me.


Taken from the Netsafe website –


The minimum sign up age for Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, Twitter and YouTube is 13. This is because a child’s social and emotional capability is still developing which can make it more difficult to identify and manage challenges that occur on a platform designed for adults and teens. If your child is under 13 and keen to use social media, consider their capability to manage potential online challenges before setting up a profile. It is better your child is honest with you as you can help them to stay safe online.


Read about the platform and use it yourself before letting your kids use it to get a feel for how it works and what the online community is like. It’s best if the platform your child is considering has strong privacy options and offers moderating, reporting and blocking features. Before setting them up try to familiarise yourself with the privacy and security features available, and learn how implement them.


All social media platforms collect data about their users and they may share that data with partners or advertisers. Ensure that you are comfortable with the type of information that is being collected and shared. 


Teach the online safety basics

Make sure you’ve taught your child the online safety basics before they start using social media. Our five tips to help your child thrive online:

  1. Keep it locked: Show your child how to set a PIN or password to protect their devices, accounts and private information
  2. Keep it private: Make sure your child doesn’t disclose personal information like their address and that they know how to keep their profiles private
  3. Keep it helpful: Explain to your child that what they do online leaves a digital footprint so they should think twice about what they are doing – before they do it
  4. Keep it real: Talk to your child about how to handle approaches from strangers and why sometimes people pretend to be someone else online
  5. Keep it friendly: Teach your child to be kind and respectful online, and to be careful talking to, or sharing information with, people they don’t know

Before letting your child get started with using social media make sure they know about the online safety basics. This should include how to create a strong password, what information to protect online (including passwords, personal information, payment details etc), as well as discussing the concept of a digital footprint.

There are ways you can help your child navigate social media. This includes:

  • Setting up the account together
  • Using your email instead of your child’s (depending on their age)
  • Entering their actual birthday so they’re less likely to see inappropriate content
  • Becoming their friend or following them
  • Visiting the safety centres and teaching them how to use the tools available. Start with how to block people, how to report content and how to use the privacy settings
    Facebook | Snapchat |   Instagram | YouTube |  Twitter | Tik Tok
  • Talking regularly about the need for privacy settings, how to handle social conflict online and what to do when they are concerned
  • Creating an online safety plan so that you and your child knows what to do if something were to go wrong online


It’s important you understand more about the online activities and experiences your child has or wants to explore. Talk to them about what they do online, how they use devices and who they’re talking to. Take the time to tune in to the conversation – what might seem like just a game to you might be the way your child is connecting and interacting with people they don’t know.

Also consider discussing screen time and how much time spent on the app or platform is appropriate.


Research shows that parents are critical to the success of young people becoming safe, confident and capable in their use of digital technology. Regular proactive  conversations at home helps to minimise the damage if things do go wrong online. It’s important to let your child know that they can talk to you about anything that happens to them online and that you’ll be there to support them no matter what.

Check in with your child often about their social media life and be on the lookout for any negative changes in behaviour. Behaviour to look out for could include changes to their mood or refusing to go to school. Visit our Online Bullying for Parents page for more advice.


Take the time to teach your child the online safety basics before they start using social media and have regular and open conversations with them about their use of online apps helps mitigate potential harm.

Encourage your child to share with you if they have upsetting experiences and make sure they’re aware that any harassment, inappropriate language, bullying or hacking can be reported.

You don’t have to be a tech expert to keep your child safe. Our Parent Toolkit offers practical tips and tools to start the conversation with your child about online safety – and have ongoing conversations – and shares insights into the five main challenges young people experience online.


Follow Netsafe on social media and sign up to our newsletter for alerts, news and tips.  

Local Curriculum

Currently we are undertaking a review of our curriculum framework. A part of this process is to develop a set of aspirations under the headings of Te ao Māori, Hauora, Future Ready and 21st Century Learning below are the draft aspirations. We are seeking feedback about these aspirations if you would like to make any comments please contact me on

Sit Less, Move More, Sleep Well Physical Activity Guidelines for Children and Young People

For school-aged children and young people (aged 5 to 17 years) high levels of physical activity, low levels of sedentary behaviour and sufficient sleep each day achieves greater health benefits.

A healthy 24 hours includes:

  • quality uninterrupted sleep of 9 to 11 hours per night for those aged 5 to 13 years and 8 to 10 hours per night for those aged 14 to 17 years, with consistent bed and wake-up times.
  • an accumulation of at least one hour a day of moderate to vigorous physical activity (incorporate vigorous physical activities and activities that strengthen muscles and bones, at least three days a week).
  • no more than two hours per day of recreational screen time.
  • for the remainder of the day:
  • sitting less, moving more – break up sitting time.
  • participating in structured and unstructured light physical activities.

Preserving sleep, trading indoor time for outdoor time, and replacing sedentary behaviours and light physical activity with additional moderate to vigorous physical activity can provide greater health benefits.

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.

Sibling forms are in the office. Or email  the office and we can email you a copy.

Thank You

A big thank you to Reuben from Auckland Peastraw for donating lots and lots of bales of pea straw for our Garden to Table Garden. We appreciate your kindness and generosity. This will help to keep our garden beds toasty warm over the winter months. Thank you!!!


On-line Pre-Enrolment Applications Open Monday, 28 June 2021

Contributing Schools Visit to Orewa College Monday, 16 and Tuesday, 17 August 2021

Parent Information Evening in the Orewa Arts & Events Centre (OAEC) Thursday, 26 August 2021

Closing Date for Out of Zone Enrolment Applications Wednesday, 1 September 2021

Out of Zone Ballot Wednesday, 8 September 2021

2022 Enrolment Interviews (by appointment – after online Application received)

Wednesday, 22 September 2021


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