Announcement : 

Winter Wonderland Disco Today (Monday 27 June) is the last day to purchase your child/ ren disco ticket via Kindo, cut off time will be 5pm.

Newsletter – Wednesday 18 May 2022

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

Wednesday 18 May

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


Welcome to Charlie Porter and Logan King who started with us this week. Our current roll is 806

Happy Birthday 

Happy birthday to Sienna Dodson, Yi Ding, Apolosi Vaea, Leo Southam, Nathan Cilliers, Molina Vaea, Lachlan Sheehan, Lachlan Whittaker, Chane Boshoff, Seth Connell, Kaden Li, Jaxon Garrity, Indie Biggs, Miguel Duting, Lewis West, Devon Metzger-Feki, Kayla White andJakob Nguyen.

Surge in Positive Covid Cases and Mask Wearing

With the current surge in positive covid cases in the school I’m encouraging all staff and children to wear a mask while inside. This is not a requirement and you’re free not to wear one. Any vistors coming on site will be required to wear a mask.

Silverdale School Board Hui

Silverdale School Board Hui is on Monday 23 May at 7.00pm. This hui will be via Zoom. Please click on the click if you wish to attend.

Team Te Ōhanga and Team Kiwi Principal Awards

Well done to the following Team Te Ōhanga and Team Kiwi children who received principal awards at their team assemblies last week.

Kids Corner

This week’s writing comes from Room 5.

PTA News 

You would have received an email last week regarding our Read-a-thon fundraiser.  The objective is for children to read as many books as they can in a week and for friends and family to sponsor them in doing so.  We will be sending a letter home today with further information or you can go to to sign up for a fundraising page for your child(ren). We are raising funds to upgrade playgrounds and purchase Kapa Haka costumes.  We have some great fundraising spot prizes up for grabs – details on the website.   If you have any queries, please email the PTA or  Thank you for your support!

HUGE Congratulations to Cameron Hand (Room21) who won the first big spot prize of a kids sports active tracker!

Don’t forget we have spot prizes for signing up, prizes for top fundraisers, and top-class fundraisers!

Congratulations to Mia Verma from Room 40 leading the way and Room 36 as the top class.

Stay alert: COVID-19 will still be with us this winter

COVID-19 will still be in the community this winter so stay alert – even if you’ve had it before.

Remember these five important tips from Auckland Regional Public Health Service:

  1. Be vaccinated. Vaccination is the best protection against getting very sick from COVID-19. Everyone aged 5 or over can get free COVID-19 vaccinations. It doesn’t matter what your visa or citizenship status is.
  • Children aged 5-11 should have had two doses, at least eight weeks apart. Children receive a smaller dose and volume of vaccine, and it is given with a smaller needle. Children do not receive a booster.
  • 16 and 17-year-olds can now also get a booster if it’s been six months since they had their first two doses of the vaccine.
  • People 18 and older should have two doses of the vaccine, at least three weeks apart – and then a booster around three months after their second dose.

The third dose is called a ‘booster’ because it ‘boosts’ your immunity and gives you greater protection. It’s important to have it if you’re eligible.

  1. Keep up healthy habits: Healthy habits can protect you from lots of winter illnesses – not just COVID-19. They include:
  • Washing and drying your hands well and often
  • Wearing a mask – especially inside. They stop the virus spreading when someone speaks, laughs, coughs, sings or sneezes. 
  • Coughing and sneezing into a tissue or your elbow; not your hands.
  • Cleaning or disinfecting shared surfaces regularly
  • Keeping inside spaces well ventilated (e.g. open windows) to improve airflow and reduce the risk of transmitting the virus.

Now’s also a good time to check your whānau is up-to-date with their immunisations against diseases like measles, mumps, rubella and pertussis (whooping cough). With New Zealand’s borders re-opening, there is a greater risk of diseases like measles arriving here in the coming months.

  1. Know the symptoms to look for: The symptoms of COVID-19 can include a new or worsening cough, sneezing and runny nose, a fever, temporary loss of smell or altered sense of taste, sore throat, shortness of breath.

Less common symptoms can include: diarrhoea, headache, nausea, vomiting, malaise (a general feeling of discomfort, illness or unease), chest pain, abdominal pain, joint pain, confusion or irritability. 

In an emergency (for example if someone is having difficulty breathing), immediately dial 111 for an ambulance. COVID-related medical care is free.

  1. Have symptoms? Stay home, call Healthline: If you or anyone in your household has COVID symptoms, stay at home and call Healthline: 0800 358 5453. They will tell you what to do, including how to get a test. Healthline is free, available 24/7 and has interpreters available.
  2. COVID-19 in your household? Stay home: Everyone living in a household with someone who has COVID-19 needs to isolate – not just the person with the virus. 
  • Household contacts need to isolate for seven days and have two tests during that time; one on Day 3 and one on Day 7. The only exception is people who have already had COVID-19, less than 90 days ago.
  • Household Contacts can leave isolation after 7 days if they remain well and have returned negative tests.
  • Please do not send your child in if they live with someone who has COVID-19, even if they are well.
  • It’s a good idea to prepare in case you need to self-isolate. You can download an Isolation Plan from the website.

For more information and advice about COVID-19:


  • Healthline: 0800 358 5453 (a free, 24/7 service with interpreters available)

Or visit:

Pick Up and Drop off Students

Scheduled Appointments

If you have a scheduled appointment for your child during school hours please follow these instructions:

  1. Email the teacher and office (all teachers emails are on the School Website) before 8.30am with the time you will be collecting your child. 
  2. You will pick your child up from the stop, drop, go area.
  3. Please stay in the car and the teacher/office will release your child at the specified time that you have requested.
  4. Please call or text this number 0273369199 telling us that you have your child.

Early Pick Up

If you need to pick your child up from school before 3.00pm please follow these instructions:

  1. Email the office and teacher what time you need to pick up your child.
  2. You will pick up your child from the stop, drop, go area.
  3. Please stay in your car and call or text this number 0273369199 telling us you are at school.
  4. We will send your child to you, please stay in your car.
  5. Please call or text this number 0273369199 telling us that you have your child.

Late Drop Off

If you are dropping your child to school late, please do not get out of your car just send your child to their classroom, they do not need to go to the office.

Reporting Positive Covid and Household Contacts

Positive Covid

Contact Cameron ( use this format:

Child’s Name:

Child’s Room Number:

Date of positive test or first symptoms:

Last Day at School:

No need to test on returning back to school on Day 8.


Household Contact

  1. Email classroom teacher
  2. Email Office (
  3. Test child at Day 3 and Day 7 if both tests are negative and they have no symptoms and they are healthy then they can return to school.

Coming into School

If you are planning on coming into school please wear a mask while you are on site. Thank you.

Pink Shirt Day Friday 20 May.

Join us on Friday 20 May 2022 as we Kōrero Mai, Kōrero Atu, Mauri Tū, Mauri Ora – Speak Up, Stand Together, Stop Bullying!

On Friday 20 May we will have a mufti day and encourage everyone to wear pink and bring in a gold coin donation to support Pink Shirt Day.

Celebrated annually around the globe, Pink Shirt Day began in Canada in 2007 when two students took a stand against homophobic bullying, after a peer was bullied for wearing a pink shirt. In Aotearoa, Pink Shirt Day works to create schools, workplaces, communities and whānau where everyone feels safe, valued and respected. 

Information for Parents/Caregivers/Whānau Who Are Coming Into School

Please read these carefully so you are fully aware of our expectations of parents/caregivers/whānau who are coming on site, before school or at pick up time.

Before School

  • We are encouraging parents/caregivers/whānau to drop off their children/tamariki at the gate so they can walk into school on their own.
  • If parents/caregivers/whānau want to drop their children/tamariki off at their classroom they can.
  • All visitors must wear a mask while on school grounds.
  • At orange level parents/caregivers/whānau with their children/tamariki are able to come on-site after the 8.30am bell. 
  • No one will be allowed on site before 8.30am. Please do not send your child to school before 8.30am.
  • At the 8.30am bell parents/caregivers/whānau with their children/tamariki will be allowed on site and they must go straight to their classroom.
  • Parents/caregivers/whānau will only go to their child’s classroom.
  • This time between 8.30am and 8.55am is a great time for your child to show you around the classroom and show you their learning. Teachers use this time to connect and check in with  children/tamariki. This is not a time for an in-depth conversation with your child’s teacher. If you want to discuss your child’s learning more in-depth please book a time with the teacher after school. 
  • Once the 8.55am bell goes we ask that all parents/caregivers/whānau leave the school so that our children/tamariki can begin their learning without distractions.

Pick up Time at School

  • We are encouraging parents/caregivers/whānau to pick up their children/tamariki at the gate so they can walk out of school on their own.
  • If parents/caregivers/whānau want to pick up their children/tamariki in the school grounds they can.
  • All visitors must wear a mask while on school grounds.
  • Parents/caregivers/whānau can come on site from 2.45pm and wait for their children/tamariki on the court or the field. 
  • We ask parents/caregivers/whānau not to come to school before 2.45pm as this causes distractions to the children/tamariki’s learning.
  • Parents/caregivers/whānau please do not wait outside the classroom as this causes distractions to the children/tamariki’s learning.  

If you have any questions please contact Cameron

Cameron Lockie

An exciting opportunity is coming our way, starting this week, right in our school. North Harbour softball is coming into schools right across north shore and the hibiscus coast offering a fantastic programme coaching the fundamentals of softball to primary school aged children. This course suits all age levels and offers a wide range of skills from basic motor skills, throwing, catching and striking, through to fundament softball skills, hitting off a tee, catching with a softball glove and the rules of the game. Softball is a really fun family orientated sport that can be played from ages U5 right through to senior adult level, as It is modified to tee ball for age groups from U5-U9. This year is an exciting year for softball in NZ, as the Mens World Softball Tournament is being held right here in Albany in November, where there will be some outstanding softball in display, an amazing event to attend and see our mighty Black Sox in action. There is a fantastic club right here on the coast, Hibiscus Coast Softball Club, where children can join a team and practise right here in our own backyard with all games being played at Rosedale Park in Albany, registrations for next season will open in Aug. This is a great opportunity to see if your child will find a new sport that they will love for a lifetime, before the season starts. Also a great opportunity to get kids outdoors and active!!! This course is very reasonably priced at only 60$ for 7 sessions and the children can go straight from class onto the field to join the fun, from 3.15-4pm on Thursdays, for the next 7 weeks. It’s not too late to register, just clink the link on the pdf below. No upfront payment is necessary, just a registration to get started. All the equipment needed will be provided, the children just need to wear comfortable clothing, sports shoes and bring a drink bottle. Have a go!!! I promise you it will be fun!!!

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Community Notices

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