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Newsletter – Wednesday 8 September 2020

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

Wednesday 8 September 2021

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


Welcome to Harry Owens who started with us this week. Our current roll is 881.

Happy Birthday

Happy birthday to Sophia Schmidt, Serena Yu, Hollie Brooker, Maddie Hendry, Jayde Handford, Liam Schneider, Max Skinner, Caleb Ivan, Brynn de Bruin, Joshua Geens, Ved Shah, Raina Baek and Kaylee Coventry.

Māori Language Week

In 2021 Te Wiki o te Reo Māori will be 13-19 September. Māori Language Week has been celebrated each year since 1975.  For more information please go to ​​ 

Tena koutou Silverdale whanau, 

Next week is Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori. For this we have organised some fun activities to engage and challenge the school, staff and students to support, encourage and promote Te Reo Māori at Silverdale School (Te kura o te Weiti). Feel free to encourage your child at home in celebrating Te Ao Maori. If you have any questions please email your child’s classroom teacher.

Alert Level 3

Thank you to everyone who has completed the September 2021 Silverdale School Alert Level 3 Information form. If you haven’t completed it please do so by Friday 10 September. If you don’t complete the form then I will assume that you will be keeping your child/ren at home during alert level 3. Here is the link to the form: 

We will know what alert level we will be at on Monday 13 September. If we do change levels staff will need a day at school to prepare the school for children attending. Knowing how many children are attending school at alert level 3 is critical for the planning and making sure everyone is safe while at school. If you have indicated that you will need to send your child/ren to school I will contact you before alert level 3 schooling starts to give you information about what it will look like at Silverdale School.

Building Resilience from

Building resilience, the ability to adapt well to adversity, trauma, tragedy, threats or even significant sources of stress can help our children manage stress and feelings of anxiety and uncertainty. However, being resilient does not mean that children won’t experience difficulty or distress. Emotional pain and sadness are common when we have suffered major trauma or personal loss, or even when we hear of someone else’s loss or trauma.

We all can develop resilience, and we can help our children develop it as well. It involves behaviors, thoughts and actions that can be learned over time. Following are tips to build resilience.

Make connections 

Teach your child how to make friends, including the skill of empathy, or feeling another’s pain. Encourage your child to be a friend in order to get friends. Build a strong family network to support your child through his or her inevitable disappointments and hurts. At school, watch to make sure that one child is not being isolated. Connecting with people provides social support and strengthens resilience. Some find comfort in connecting with a higher power, whether through organized religion or privately and you may wish to introduce your child to your own traditions of worship.

Help your child by having him or her help others 

Children who may feel helpless can be empowered by helping others. Engage your child in age-appropriate volunteer work, or ask for assistance yourself with some task that he or she can master. Brainstorm with children about ways they can help others.

Maintain a daily routine 

Sticking to a routine can be comforting to children, especially younger children who crave structure in their lives. Encourage your child to develop his or her own routines.

Take a break 

While it is important to stick to routines, endlessly worrying can be counter-productive. Teach your child how to focus on something besides what’s worrying him. Be aware of what your child is exposed to that can be troubling, whether it be news, the internet or overheard conversations, and make sure your child takes a break from those things if they trouble her.

Teach your child self-care 

Make yourself a good example, and teach your child the importance of making time to eat properly, exercise and rest. Make sure your child has time to have fun, and make sure that your child hasn’t scheduled every moment of his or her life with no “down time” to relax. Caring for oneself and even having fun will help your child stay balanced and better deal with stressful times.

Move toward your goals 

Teach your child to set reasonable goals and then to move toward them one step at a time. Moving toward that goal — even if it’s a tiny step — and receiving praise for doing so will focus your child on what he or she has accomplished rather than on what hasn’t been accomplished, and can help build the resilience to move forward in the face of challenges. 

Nurture a positive self-view 

Help your child remember ways that he or she has successfully handled hardships in the past and then help them to understand that these past challenges help them build the strength to handle future challenges. Help your child learn to trust himself to solve problems and make appropriate decisions. Teach your child to see the humor in life, and the ability to laugh at one’s self. 

Keep things in perspective and maintain a hopeful outlook 

Even when your child is facing very painful events, help him look at the situation in a broader context and keep a long-term perspective. Although your child may be too young to consider a long-term look on his own, help him or her see that there is a future beyond the current situation and that the future can be good. An optimistic and positive outlook enables your child to see the good things in life and keep going even in the hardest times. In school, use history to show that life moves on after bad events.

Look for opportunities for self-discovery 

Tough times are often the times when children learn the most about themselves. Help your child take a look at how whatever he is facing can teach him “what he is made of.” At school, consider leading discussions of what each student has learned after facing down a tough situation.

Accept that change is part of living 

Change often can be scary for children and teens. Help your child see that change is part of life and new goals can replace goals that have become unattainable. 


Bike and Scooter Safety

I have been noticing lots of children biking or scootering while out running during this lockdown. This would be a good time to check your child’s helmet. Some good advice from consumer.

The perfect fit

Everyone’s head is a slightly different shape and helmets themselves have different internal shapes. So there are two key steps in getting a perfect fit:

* Buy a helmet that’s well matched to your child’s head shape. When the helmet isn’t a good match they’re more likely not to wear it at all, wear it the wrong way, or take it off whenever they get the chance. Getting this first step right makes the second step much easier.

* Use the pads, chin straps, and the tensioner around the back of the helmet (if there is one) to make the helmet fit properly.

Watch for wear and tear

If the outer shell or polystyrene inner of a helmet is damaged, the helmet’s safety may be seriously reduced. Even minor damage on the surface of a helmet can signal bigger problems in the structure underneath.

* Regularly check your children’s helmets to make sure they’re in good condition and still fit them. If they’re not, replace them.

* Even if there’s no major damage, children’s helmets should be replaced every couple of years – that’s because children are much harder on them than adults.

* The impact-absorbing design of modern helmets means they’re effectively “used up” in a serious crash. Any helmet that has been in a serious crash or taken a significant impact should be thrown away and replaced, even if you can’t see any obvious damage.

Look for some of the better brands of helmet that come with crash-replacement schemes. These give you a significant discount on the cost of replacing a helmet after a crash. You’re more likely to find better helmet brands – as well as getting experienced advice about helmet sizing and fit – at a dedicated bike shop.

Don’t buy second-hand

Never buy a used helmet. It’s just not worth the risk: you don’t know the helmet’s history and it may have invisible cracks or damage. What’s more, good-quality new helmets aren’t that expensive.


Cameron Lockie


Yes, it is that time again. Have you been munching and crunching your way through lots and lots of yummy, juicy apples but binned the stickers on them?  

Don’t bin them anymore. Bring them to school and put them on a YUMMY sticker chart in your class to go towards some free sport gear for our school.

We have 5 weeks to get as many stickers as possible so get munching.  Your sticker chart will be made available in your classroom.

Download one to have at home. Click the link Sticker Collection Sheet to download a Yummy Sticker Chart.

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