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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 21 June

School Newsletter
Learn to Journey – Journey to Learn
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Newsletter – Wednesday 21 June

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 Knox Pryde who started with us this week.


Happy Birthday

Happy birthday to Addison Nicholls, Scarlett Bertelsen, Olivia Schmidt, Malakai Brahne, Bella Attwood, Oliver Simonson, Serah Zang, Ellie Fu, Anna Thongtawee, Freddie Gardiner, Hayden Wong, Ruby True, Harper Wiltshire, Riley Farnhill, Lucas Blenkinsop, Myan Nithi and Leo Pienaar.


Reliever Teachers in School

As we enter into winter we have teachers away sick. Most days we can find relief teachers to cover our sick teachers. Some days we can’t find relief teachers and unfortunately we have to split classes around the school. This is the last option for us but with the teacher shortage often we have no other choice but to split the class. 


New Buddy Bench

Thank you to Bunnings who have donated our new buddy bench. The buddy bench was built by a number of children in Year 5 and 6.

A buddy bench is where children can go if they are feeling lonely, sad, or in need of a friend. The concept behind the buddy bench is to promote inclusivity, kindness, and friendship among students.

When a child sits on the buddy bench, it serves as a signal to other students that they are looking for someone to play with or talk to. It encourages empathy and teaches children to be aware of their peers’ feelings and to reach out with kindness.

We have two buddy benches at school.

Thank you to the following children who helped build and paint our new buddy bench:

Jayden Dale 

Andrew Baek

Harry Russell

Anna Thongtawee

Timmy Watkins

Lewis West

Chloe Albert

Cameron Ma


Keira Saddam

Hannah Zhong

Ruby Connolly

Matariki 2023

During Week 10, from Monday/Mane, te 26 Hune/June to Friday/Rāpare, te 30 o Hune/June, our kura will be celebrating Matariki 2023 (Maori New Year) with various events and activities. 

Students will need to bring materials for making a kite on Tuesday/Tūrei, te 27 o June/Hune. 

On Thursday/Tāite, te 29 o June/Hune, we will have a shared morning tea in our classrooms so students will need to bring in something to share..

Finally, on Friday, te 30 o June/Hune, at 11:30am, the whole kura/school will walk to Metro Park to fly our manu tukutuku/kites at 11:45am. This is always a hit with the tamariki and you are all welcome to come along.

Key dates for Matariki:

  • Monday/Mane, te 26 o June/Hune – Silverdale School Matariki activities begin
  • Tuesday/Tūrei, te 27 o June/Hune – Bring in materials for kite making 
  • Thursday/Tāite, te 29 o June/Hune – Shared morning tea (Students to bring a plate with listed ingredients)
  • Friday/Paraire, te 30 o July/Hune Kite Flying at Metro Park (Open to whānau), Meet at Metro Park at 11:45am 
  • Tuesday 11 July to Saturday 22 July 2023 – Matariki Festival 2023
  • Friday//Rāmere, te 14 o July/Hūrae – Matariki Public Holiday 2023

Principal Awards

Well done to the children who received principal awards at last week’s assembly.

KERI Awards

Well done to the following children who received Caught by KERI awards at Monday’s assembly. 


Team Te Ohanga

Team Kiwi

Team Pukeko

Team Tui






















PTA Disco

Thank you to our wonderful PTA who ran and organised our school disco last week. The children and adults all loved the disco and all had a great time. Thank you to everyone who helped out with this amazing event.

Our PTA are a group of fantastic, hard working parents who run amazing events for our children and our school community. I would like to thank our PTA for all their hard work and the fantastic effort they put into our school.

Thank you to all the children and parents for making last night such a successful night. We sold out of pretty much everything, even though we bought more than last year and the children had an absolute blast! Can’t wait to do it all over again next year!

Reporting a Child’s Absence

Please if your child is not coming to school for any reason please report their absence via the “Report an Absence” button on the school website. You will find this button at the bottom of the homepage. Thanks.

Cameron Lockie

Volunteer Appreciation Week

Silverdale School would like to say a huge THANK YOU to our Walking School Bus parent volunteers. The Walking School bus isn’t possible without the support from parents – thank you so much for your time each day, we really appreciate it!

Our volunteers are:

Bex Hewitt, Tasch Dodson, Christine Boshoff, Roja Patlolla, Anna Hikaelian, Ralph Zang, Tina Fu, Kate Griffith, Sophie Biggs, Alice Zhou, Cam Wong, Tommy Zheng.

If you are interested in joining a route or starting one up, please contact Alex Franklin (

Interschool Football Tournament

Last Thursday, 4 teams of Year 5 and 6 students represented Silverdale School at the Annual Interschool Football Tournament.  The day was perfect for football with the sun shining and dry grounds. Special mention to our A Grade Boys team who played hard throughout the day to get into the semi finals.  Unfortunately they came away with a loss to a strong Warkworth School team.  Proud of all of our students who played at the tournament with a good handful who had never played before and put in 100% effort.  Thank you to our wonderful parents who managed a team for the day, you make these days possible.  Nga mihi nui, Donna and Nick

Menu Changes Term 3

We have been advised by our suppliers,  that there will be new menu additions for Term 3: 

Go Deli

  • Rice Sandwich
  • Butter Chicken and Rice (Thursday Only)


  • Panda Sandwiches

Due to Go Deli’s wholesalers increasing their prices from the 17th July 2023, some of the menu items for their Catering and Cafe Corner menu will have some price increases. These price increases and new additions will come into effect in term 3.

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Community Notices

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