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.  


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 Natanahira Shelford and Hugo Dodson who started with us this week. Our current roll is 808.

Happy Birthday

Happy birthday to Devon Metzger-Feki, Jakob Nguyen, Kayla White, Lewis West, Caitlin Kirker, Jesse Zhao, Ahaana Prasad, Logan Jacobsohn, Jasmine Kumkee, Elvina Xu, Ella-May Coombe, Mellad Melladi, Jihan Park, Aston Anderson, Isla Porter, Emma Watson and Sophia Francis.

Teacher Only Day

Our school will be closed on Friday 3 June for a teacher only day.

Kids Corner

Last week was Pink Shirt Day and Room 20 created poems based on titles of The Bully, The Bullied, The Bystander and The Brave.  In small groups they discussed how it must feel to be one of those titles and created I AM poems as a group to show this.  The children wanted to choose their title for their group work but as Mrs Kitching explained, no one really chooses to be any of these titles.  The discussions held by each group were really moving and their level of empathy was amazing for their age.

Writing by Room 17


The God called Tangaroa was in the middle of his parents and it was very dark and squishy. One of his brothers wanted to kill their parents, the other brothers wanted to separate their parents. It worked and the brothers were free! Tangaroa was both happy and sad. He was happy because he was free but also sad because his parents were separated.

By  Malachi 



Tawhirimatea is the God of wind, thunder and lighting.

In other myths they say Tawhirimatea can control the weather.

He can make strong winds that push you away.

He also can make hurricanes.

Tawhirimatea can make strong tornadoes.

He is mad because his brothers separated his parents.

He flew to the sky to join his father.

There was no light  between his parents and the brothers wanted to have light.

So they pushed and pushed their parents apart and succeeded.

Tawhirimatea did not like it.

He sent strong winds to his brothers.

Tawhirimatea was content.

But he still wanted his parents together.

At the end he is mad at everyone.

He wanted a happy family.

By Andrew Baek.


Writing by Room 15

PTA News 

You would have received an email 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!

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.

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

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Community Notices

Participants can register through Eventbrite  and simply indicate if they’re part of a school, ECE etc. They can then collect rubbish and take it into the Recycling Centre without it needing to be a group clean up.

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