Ko te pipi te tuatahi, Ko te kaunuku to tuarua

From small beginnings come great things


Week 3 Term 4                           Friday 1 November 2018               School Roll: 106


ERO Visit

We would like to thank Ann and Frank from the ERO team for their visit yesterday.  We have been given feedback on things to work on and the staff are diligently working towards having these covered as we progress forward. Thank you to Te Tiwha our Commissioner, Lisa Rangiaho our Ministry Advisory and the Parent Advisory Group for their support.

Whitireia Performing Arts

Unfortunately we have had to cancel this visit due to a lack of numbers attending.  Hopefully there will be another opportunity and advanced notice to attend another show in the future.  Thank you to all the students and families who paid. Your monies will be returned today.

Literacy Programme

We are currently in the organisation stage of appointing a trained teacher to work alongside our parents to help support our children and their reading in the home.  Thank you to the positive response from those that have been contacted. We look forward to engaging in some activities and programmes to engage our children outside of school.


Our children have been presenting some wonderful pieces of work in their classrooms.  If you have time come and see their creative flare. Our kaupapa is ‘I ahu mai ahau i hea?’ and this is a reflection of their dreams and aspirations with a sense of presenting their quality of thought.


Every Monday morning a staff member goes to pick up fruit and vegetables and bread which are contributed by KCA.  Please come along and help yourself to fill a bag of your choice. We pick it up to support our whanau and cook lunches for our students.

Basketball Sports

Natone Park School has entered Basketball teams into the YMCA competitions.  These are played on Monday for the juniors and Thursday for the Seniors. The students will be thrilled to see you support their efforts.  We have always had a good stream of supporters attend.

eAsTTle writing

We have completed all the catch up testing and a ready to compare our data from the first writing test in May to the of the second test in October.  Watch this space and see how our children did.

Teacher strike

The school will be closed for instruction on Friday November 16th  for the whole day ( in 2 weeks time). We would appreciate that you make arrangements for your child/ren to be looked after for the day so that the staff can go about their business.

Following strike action in August, and extensive negotiations, the Ministry of Education made second offers to both primary teachers and principals. Members resoundingly voted to reject these offers.Members have now voted to hold a week of rolling one-day strikes from 12 – 16 November.

If you have any queries please do not hesitate to contact Whaea Ria.

Multicultural activities

On Fridays this term we will be having a specialist person come in to share experiences with our students to teacher them about other cultures.  We look forward to providing an opportunity for children to be experiencing others’ dance and languages.

Junior Trip to Zealandia

Next week on Thursday 7 November the Y1-3  Junior school will be going to visit Zealandia.  There is no cost for the trip as our students have been sponsored both entry to the venue and the transportation.  Our children will enjoy visiting the campus and see the native animals of New Zealand alongside completing activities to keep them occupied while observing.

Inter School Athletics

A select team of athletes will be representing Natone Park School with their skills and competitive attitudes.  We wish our athletes well as they compete against students of the other schools in Porirua to represent us in the Regional team to travel to Otaki.

Advisory Hui

On Wednesday 14 November at 1pm there will be a Parent Advisory Hui in the School Staffroom. Please feel welcome to attend and here the organisation and up to date information for our school.


Matua Meka has been very busy beautifying our kura by painting the balcony area.  He is also looking at removing one of our Pohutukawa trees in the courtyard area as it is lifting the tarseal.  The tarseal around the kura will be replaced once we have the tree removed.

Do you know where your children are?

We have had a number of reports and photographs of children on our school roof.  Please encourage your children not to play at the school as it becomes a temptation to climb up on our dangerous roof.  Thank you to those people that have been vigilant in watching the space for us.

School reports

Teachers are currently preparing the end of year reports.  It helps to keep an accurate record if the children are attending school each day.  Keep up the good work whanau.

Digital Technology

Pravin from the University of Wellington has been in to Natone Park School to provide plugged and unplugged activities for our students.  The children thoroughly enjoyed taking part in maneuvering a robot, completing lego activities and talking about their creative flare. Pravin had such fun that he is currently arranging another day to come and visit again later in November.

DMIC Maths

At the beginning of the year our students were interviewed to see how they like or enjoy maths activities at school.  It is now time for our visitor to return and see how attitudes have changed, if any, about maths. The results of the findings will be out before the end of the year.

Dates to remember

  • 7/11     InterSchool Athletics
  • 8/11     Zealandia Trip-Juniors
  • 12/11   Teacher Strike Day
  • 16/11   Advisory Hui 1pm