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Term Dates 2024 Term 1: Wed 7 Feb – Fri 12 AprTerm 2: Mon 29 Apr – Fri 5 JulTerm 3: Mon 22 Jul – Fri 27 SepTerm 4: Mon 14 Oct – Thur 19 Dec

Newsletter Wednesday 7 September

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

Newsletter – Wednesday 7 September

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


Welcome to Amelie Gericke, Ava Weakley, Luca Gui and Kaiya Brahne. Our current roll is 841.

Happy Birthday

Happy birthday to Chase Henderson, Johnny Stil, Sophia Schmidt, Maddie Hendry, Jayde Handford, Liam Schneider, Lusine Ford, Joshua Geens, Brynn de Bruin, Joseph Kim, Ved Shah and Max Skinner.

School Uniform

Please ensure your child wears the correct uniform each day and that all items are clearly named. To order new uniform items please go to 

School Uniform

Green polo shirt (with school logo) 

Green fleece jacket (with school logo) 

Black culottes             

Black cargo shorts or cargo pants (no track pants

Black school shoes or black sandals (no boots)

Black socks or stockings (no ankle tights/leggings)

Black sun hat with school logo (Terms 1 and 4) 

Black, white or green hair bands/ties                            

Short sleeved black thermals are permitted to wear underneath.

Jewellery is not to be worn except for watches, stud earrings and items of a religious or cultural nature.


2023 Enrolments

Do you have a child who is turning 5 in 2023? Or do you know of a family who has a child about to turn 5?  If so, we would like to have all enrolment forms for any children turning 5 in 2023 into the school office as soon as possible. This information allows us to plan ahead and ensure that we have classrooms ready and class teachers appointed for our new entrant classes. If you have any questions please feel free to email me


Principal Awards

Congratulations to the following children who received principal awards last week.

KERI Awards

Well done to the following children who received Caught by KERI awards. 


Team Te Ohanga

Team Kiwi

Team Pukeko

Team Tui





















The special kindness sushi winners of the week are Piper Room 31 and Maddy Room 33.

Māori Language Week

In 2022 Te Wiki o te Reo Māori will be 12 -18 September. Māori Language Week has been celebrated each year since 1975. September 14 and commemorates the presentation of the 1972 Māori language petition to parliament. 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 Primary (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. 

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

With spring upon us, 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.


Basketball Hoops

If any one wants our old basketball hoops please contact me at school. These are basketball and netball hoops and are free to anyone who wants them.

Picking Up Children from School

Scheduled Appointments

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

    1. Email the teacher (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 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 teacher (all teacher emails are on the school website) and the office 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.

Health Room Pick Up

If you receive a call that your child is sick/injured please follow these instructions:

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


Please make sure if you are sending medication to school with your child, they must give it to the office before school starts. All medication needs to be stored at the office and not in school bags

Mask Wearing for Term 3

In previous years we have found there is an increase in winter illnesses in schools at the start of Term 3 as students bring back infections after travelling and socialising during the holidays. This year cases of COVID-19 are increasing in most parts of the country, and we are also seeing high numbers of other winter illness

For Term 3 the Ministry of Education and Ministry of Health strongly recommend that all schools and kura require mask wearing in all indoor settings for all staff and for students in Years 4 and above.

We will be following this advice which will mean:

– All staff will wear a mask while indoors. 

– All children in Years 4, 5, and 6 will wear a mask while indoors.

– We encourage Years 0, 1, 2, and 3 to wear a mask while indoors.

– Everyone who comes into school will be required to wear a mask.

This recommendation does not include any situation where mask wearing might not be practicable, such as while eating and drinking, indoor sport, where it will have a significant impact on teaching and learning (for example, students with particular learning needs). In these situations, particular attention should be paid to ensuring there is good ventilation during the activity, and physical distancing where practicable.

Wearing masks can reduce new cases of the virus by as much as 53%. It works alongside other measures including vaccination, good ventilation, staying home when sick, and hand washing and other hygiene measures, to protect our students and staff.

Keep up healthy habits – Unite Against COVID-19

We know that some of our tamariki/ākonga are exempt from wearing a mask. If they have an exemption card or a letter from their health provider, or we have agreed that mask wearing is not practicable for them, we will support them to not wear a mask.

Apply for a face mask exemption pass – Unite Against COVID-19

Please make sure that tamariki/ākonga come to school ready to wear masks. Students should bring masks from home. If students cannot bring masks from home, our school has a supply of child size masks for them to use.

Thank you for your support in protecting our school community.

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.
Cameron Lockie

Triennial School Board Elections closing today (Wednesday 7 September)at 4.00pm

Kia ora Parents and Caregivers,

Please see the updated close of voting date below for the Triennial School Board Elections.

Read the below profiles of our candidates and then fill out your voting papers by choosing 5 people and then return them by either dropping them into the school office (see below) or posting them no later than Wednesday 7 September 2022 by 4:00pm.

We have 6 candidates and 5 vacancies.

Robert Pelsky

Timothy Harrod

Faye McIlroy

David Powles

Nolan Jex

Ann Jose

We would like to thank all the candidates and wish them all the best for the upcoming Board Elections.

Candidate Statements for the Board Elections

Silverdale School has 6 nominations for our school board which means that we will have an election. The election is for 5 parent representatives. You shopuld have received voting papers via mail please read the instructions on how to vote. If you have any questions about this process please contact Cameron at school.

Please follow the link to the regestration forms.

Keep munching on those mighty Yummy Apples. Collect the Yummy stickers and bring them into school, as we trade them for sports equipment. 5 weeks to go!

Silverdale School – Country Show Day – 29 October 2022 – 10am to 2pm
This week is jars and bottles:
Wine (we love wine!) sauces, oil, jams, spreads, dips, drinks, coffee – anything in a jar, bottle – please check expiry dates! Don’t forget items are for raffle hampers or stall prizes so must be new, unopened, unused, and
in date (expiry dates should be after 31 December 2022). Alternately, if you would prefer not to contribute items each week, you can donate $25, per family into the PTA account: 12-3046-0231780-00 Reference: Raffle Items before 21 October.
To get up to date information on our Country Show Day go to:

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Community Notices

Ōrewa Surf Lifesaving Club –  Junior Family Membership

Early Bird Registration now open

Make the most of Summer Sundays and join us at beautiful Ōrewa beach as a member of Ōrewa Surf Lifesaving Club. We offer a fun, safe and family-oriented environment, building life skills, fitness, and respect for the water for children aged 3-13. Our members come from all over Auckland to enjoy everything Ōrewa Surf Club has to offer. Go to our website for more information about our junior surf programme:

Final day to take advantage of our early bird family membership rate is Sunday 16th October 2022.  First day on the beach, Sunday 30th October.

Ready to join:

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