Thursday, 3 August 2017

Kahikatea - update with events coming for our students.

OUR MISSION:frankley vision 2014 v4 small.jpeg
Maintain a challenging learning to learn community that responds to the interests, needs and talents of our learners.

Positive difference, Creative learner, Effective communicator.

Tena koutou katoa

This newsletter outlines three events for our students Week 2 and 3.

Week 3, (Monday 7th, Tuesday 8th, Wednesday 9th and Friday 11th)
AWE ~ Swimming Confidence Programme (For all Kahikatea Students).

This programme is run to develop water confidence, swimming and safety skills. It is provided free to all Year 6 students. We have asked that our Year 5 students also attend with a cost of around $10.00 for each student. Instructors take groups of children through a sequence of activities. The cost for our Year 5 students will be deducted from their Activity Fee. We will contact those of you who have not yet paid this with the full cost. Kahikatea students will be broken into two even groups, 1 group attending with Mrs McA and the other with Mr A.

Technobitz ~ For Year 6 Students only ~ Thursday 10 August ~ 11.15 to 12.45 pm

This is run by Devon Intermediate to give our students a taste of the technology offered at Intermediate.  Devon provides a bus and there is no cost for our students. Mr Anderson will be accompanying this group

LEAD Conference ~ 10 Year 6 Students, CITY WEST CHURCH

We have gained places for ten of our Year 6 students to attend the 2017 LEAD conference on Friday the 4th of August at the City West Church. This conference is offered to students from Year 6 - 9 across the Taranaki region with limited places offered to schools. We would like you to discuss the conference with your child, identifying why they might benefit from this. If you are happy that they apply to attend we would appreciate a short email from your child outlining why they wish to go and how this might benefit them. We require their response by Friday this week. We will speak to them in class about this too. (Please go through this with your child as not all got a chance to talk about this today.)

Mr Ritai will be attending with the students, we also require a parent to help with transport and supervision for the day. Please email if interested.
Please click on this link to learn more about the day.

Chess Tournament

There are 8 students from Year 5/6 who will be attending the Taranaki Region Chess tournament. If your child is in the team you would have been notified by now. This takes place on Friday 11th August, therefore the students in the team will not be going to the final day of the AWE Water Safety programme.

Please do feel free to make contact with either one of us if you require any more information at any stage. Please keep an eye on our blog as further notices will also be published there.

Ngā mihi

Merryl McAllister and Brendon Anderson


Hi all
Please start sending items to school. Each week outlines the sort of items we are after. Thanks


Week One
Monday  31st July
Tuesday 1st Aug
Wednesday 2nd  Aug
Thursday 3rd Aug
Friday 4th Aug

TINNED ITEMS - Spaghetti, Corn, Fish, Pasta Sauce, Beetroot, Beans, Mixed Fruits, Creamed Rice, Puddings - “Anything in a Tin”

Week Two
Monday 7th  Aug
Tuesday 8th  Aug
Wednesday 9th Aug
Thursday 10th   Aug
Friday 11th  Aug

SNACK ITEMS – Mixed fruit, Apricots, Sultanas, Dates, Muesli Bars, Chippies, Peanuts, Crackers, Biscuits - “Anything for a Snack”

Week Three
Monday 14th  Aug
Tuesday 15th Aug
Wednesday 16th  Aug
Thursday 17th Aug
Friday 18th Aug

SWEET MAKING ITEMS–  Sugar, Butter, Icing Sugar, Coconut, Chocolate buttons, Marshmallows, Malt Biscuits, Eskimos, Condensed Milk, Strawberry Nesquik  “Anything for Sweet Making” – These donations go directly to the Sweet Stall team
Week Four
Monday 21st Aug
Tuesday 22nd Aug
Wednesday 23rd Aug
Thursday 24th Aug
Friday 25th Aug

BOTTLES – Sauces, Vinegar, Oil, Pickled Onions, Chutney, Mustard, Soft Drinks, Jams, Peanut Butter, Marmite -  “Anything in a Bottle”
Week Five
Monday 28th Aug
Tuesday 29th Aug
Wednesday 30th Aug
Thursday 31st Aug
Friday 1st Sep

SWEETS   Chocolate bars, Chewy Lollies, Fudge, Mints, Lollies, Marshmallows - “Anything for a Sweet Tooth”
Week Six
Monday 4th Sep
Tuesday 5th Sep
Wednesday 6th Sep
Thursday 7th Sep
Friday 8th Sep

ANYTHING YOU WOULD LIKE TO DONATE TO THE RAFFLE  - NOTHING scented e.g toiletries please as these taint the baskets
Week Seven
Monday 11th Sep
Tuesday 12th Sep
Wednesday 13th Sep
Thursday 14th Sep
Friday 15th Sep

PACKET ITEMS – Cereals, Chippies, Crackers, Coffee, Drinks, Soups, Tea, Biscuits, Pasta, Dried Fruit, Toilet Paper, -  “Anything in a Packet”

Please remember to check the expiry dates are after November 2017 otherwise we cannot use your donation.


What is our raffle all about? Every year Frankley School runs a grocery raffle for the gala which last year raised nearly $5000 for our terrific school.  For us to achieve this amount of money we need donations of groceries and lots of help to sell tickets from parents, grandparents and whanau in the school community.  The Carnival date is set for Sunday the 12th November 2017mark it in your calendar now if you havent already!   It may seem a long way off but preparation for our fantastic grocery raffle (quoted as the best in town) is now underway.

What can you win? Our Prize pool consists of 15 beautiful baskets of groceries which will all have been donated by the children following the Donation Roster overleaf.  We need a variety of groceries, to make the baskets look delectable!  We are not able to use expired goods in the raffle so please check carefully that they will not expire prior to 12th November 2017.  The first prize also receives a beautiful iced Christmas cake.   
Just for our kids we also run a class competition.  Grocery boxes will be available in each classroom and a running tally for each class is kept.   The class with the highest number of items collected wins a Milo, Movie and Munchiedate in Term 4.  There will be one for each syndicate Junior and Senior.  We will also have 10 golden ticket prizes too!  For each full book sold, complete the golden ticket with your child’s name and they will go into a draw to win one of 10 student prizes which will be drawn at assembly before the carnival!

How do we sell raffle tickets?  As per last year, we will be sending a book of 10 raffle tickets home with each child to sell to friends, family and neighbours in our community. Tickets are $2 each and will be sent home next term for a period of 2 weeks.
We also need awesome volunteers to sell tickets in 2 hour timeslots at Countdown Spotswood on selected days in the 3 weeks before the Carnival.

If you are able to help with this superb fundraiser please contact Karrie Crowe via or via my mobile: 0273661918

Tuesday, 27 June 2017

Frankley School visits Muru - Raupatu Marae

A huge thank you to Mr Ritai, Mrs Trinder and their whanau for organising our trip to the Marae today. It was wonderful to watch our Kapahaka group perform in their new uniform.

Thank you also for the Hangi!

Wednesday, 21 June 2017

Whare Pukapuka

Today many Kahikatea children went to the library. Ask us about what we are reading at the moment.


Monday, 19 June 2017

After Student Led Conferences ~ Suggestions, carry on with questions.

Hi everyone


It's been a few weeks now since we ran our Student Led Conferences. We were very proud of our students as they shared their achievements, their goals and focus areas with you. If you wee unable to make it that week you are welcome anytime. In fact we welcome you visiting the class to catch up with your child. Please let us know first.
We encourage you to keep talking to your child about their learning. Question them, get them to show you examples and explain what they are learning. If hey can't give you an answer tell them to work on it and ask them again the next day.

Ask them about their knowledge goal for Maths.
Ask them about their basic facts. (Have a plan for learning these at home.)
Ask them about the book they are reading, have ongoing conversations over the time they are reading it.
Ask about their writing, what's the purpose? Who might the audience be? What have they done to make their writing great?

This pamphlet has a few suggestions. 


Wednesday, 3 May 2017

Year 6 Children Young Leader's Trip to Palmerston North 15 May

Hi everyone

Please note: ( Sorry we may have missed this out in the earlier newsletter.)

Our suggestion is that students have a light snack on awakening if needed and bring a packed breakfast with them (Up and Go, muesli bars etc).

For the day, students will need a daypack with snacks for morning tea, afternoon tea and lunch including a water bottle. They will need to ensure they are in tidy clothes, covered in footwear and have something warm to put on should it get cold.

Please could all Year 6 students wear their Leadership Badge.

Students are able to purchase a special pin to wear as a young leader. ($5.00) We strongly recommend students buy the pin. We would like to ask no more than ten dollars is included for any extra items available for purchase.

We will be stopping for dinner at Hawera McDonalds on the way back to New Plymouth. Students will be given their dinner choice at school and this will be preordered for us. The school is covering the cost of this meal.

We will be taking our school health information. Please notify us of any medical information or needs that may be different from what would currently be on record, or anything you wish to draw specific attention to.

Earlier Newsletter

Wednesday 12 April, 2017
Dear Whanau
Young Leaders Conference Monday 15 May 2017
Thank you for returning your permission slips for your child to attend the Young Leader’s Conference.
Central Energy Trust Arena Monday 15th May 2017 9.30am to 2.30pm
We have all 41 year 6 students attending with Mr Anderson, Mrs McAllister. Mr Scott Hale will also be attending to help with the supervision of our students. We have booked a bus to transport us to and from Palmerston North. To meet the starting time of 9.30am we would need all students at the front gate by 5.00 am! Our aim is to be back at school by 7.30pm. We plan as in other years to have tea in Hawera McDonalds on the way back. 

“The event programme will benefit any student who demonstrates a willingness to develop their leadership skills.” 

You can find links to previous years young leaders days and more information at
The objectives of NYLD are
  • ●  Inspiration
  • ●  Connection
  • ●  Student empowerment
  • ●  Promoting positivity
  • ●  Motivation
  • ●  Education
    The cost per child is $80, this will be reduced to $60 for those children who attended camp, as a camp refund (the tickets are $42.00 each - early bird price) and as mentioned in the earlier newsletter, the cost per child has also been subsidised by money raised through the selling of juices and pizza through term 1 and the continuation of this in term 2. We encourage all our Year 6 students to support Pizza and Juicie sales!
    We ask that money for this event be sent to school before Monday 08 May. If your child is unable to attend the day we are not able to refund the ticket as this is pre purchased and non refundable. 

    Thanking you Merryl and Brendon

Friday, 7 April 2017

Invite to Kahikatea's Engagement evening:

Hello to our Whanau

On Tuesday 11 April we invite you to an information evening in Kahikatea. This evening will outline how Kahikatea is organised and some of our learning systems. The evening will start at 7.00pm and go for approximately one hour.

We have created a google form where you can indicate what you might like to hear at the evening.

Please click on or copy and paste this link into your browser to complete the google form.

Thanks so much,

Merryl and Brendon

Wednesday, 5 April 2017

2017 Te Wera Camp Photos

Hi all
These are some of the photos taken at Te Wera. If you have more on your own camera we would love a copy to add to our slideshow. Thanks

Tuesday, 4 April 2017

2017 Swiming Celebration

Well done to all ur swimmers for making the most of our swimming celebration.
A few photos!

Tuesday, 28 March 2017

Te Wera Camp Thank YOU

Hello to all our Whanau

Brendon and I, and the Kahikatea students would like to send you all a big thank you for your help with our Te Wera Camp.

We had great weather, great students, great parent support, great food and very friendly bees!

A special thank you to those who organised our food. This is a huge job and you took the stress and work away. We know you spent quite some time organising this.

To our parents who provided transport, thank you. We appreciate your generosity, Melissa we rang you at the last minute and you so kindly helped out. Thank you.

To our parents who helped out a HUGE thank you. We had so many full time parents and this really is appreciated as we know you had to take time off from work and leave your own family. You make the camp. We know so many little wonderful things happen with camp in your interactions with our students. We don’t always see these but we appreciate them and thank you.

To those of you who supplied extra gear for us, again another big thank you.

Camp Photos
  • We are putting together a folder of all photos to share with families and students. As you will be aware digital citizens do not use photos of others without first gaining permission. If you wish to post any photos on any online site we ask that you first gain permission from the family.

  • If you have photos from camp we would really appreciate it if you could find a way to share them with us. We are happy if you come in and airdrop or share photos straight to our folder (email us for help).

Merryl and Brendon

Tuesday, 14 March 2017

Last Te Wera Camp Notice

Hi Whanau

Just a few reminders before we leave for camp tomorrow.

All children and parents will need to ensure they bring a packed morning tea and lunch. Please ensure you have a drink bottle that can be refilled during camp.

Parents helping with transport ~ thank you

Please, could you be at school before 8.30 if possible. Park along the concrete area between the staffroom and the hall. The transport list will be in the hall. Children may start placing their belongings in your car if they are traveling with you. We will find room for any extra gear in other vehicles/trailers if it will not fit in yours. Ask the child(ren) to put gear into the hall that will not fit.

Be filled with fuel, please travel directly to Te Wera Camp. In the case of a hold up while traveling please contact the school, 06 7536436
We have a form you will need to fill out at school regarding WOF, rego, licenses and seat belts. Brendon will be seeing to this.
Please have ice cream containers in case of car sickness
We will all meet in the hall before traveling out to Te Wera soon after 9.00 am.


Please ensure any medicines your child brings is in a named container with clear instructions. This is to be given to the teachers.

Contact on camp

There is very little cell phone coverage on camp. The camp managers do have a phone but do ask that this only be used if it is very urgent ~ thanks 06-762 3859

Visiting: You are welcome to visit, please bring your own food if you pop out for a visit and let the teachers know once you have arrived.

It would be great if we could have all campers to school before 8.30 am. We will be back at school on Friday the 17th around 2.30 pm. Children will be released from the hall. It;’s important they check in with a teacher before going home with parents.

Thanks and don’t hesitate to contact one of us if you have any queries.,

Merryl and Brendon

Tuesday, 7 March 2017

Te Wera Camp Notice ~ 7.03.17

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Maintain a challenging learning to learn community that responds to the interests, needs and talents of our learners.

Positive difference, Creative learner , Effective communicator.

Tuesday  7 March 2017
Dear Parents and Whanau
It is only 1 week before our Year 5/6 students go on camp to Te Wera. EXCITING! Please read this carefully and contact us for any further clarification if needed.
Transport lists for our class are attached. This is draft and may need to change  - the final copy will be left with Robyn in the school office – changes may need to be made for traveling home.

Gear required by families is also attached. Please email if any details are incorrect. We now know Te Wera have new life jackets so do not require any child sized life jackets. We would appreciate a few adult sized ones however. Please email if you are able to help out.
Parent helpers
Thank you to all who have offered to help full time on camp. We have 15 adults coming with us and 55 students.

Day 1 food
Both students and parents need to bring a hearty morning tea, lunch and an extra snack or two. Ensure you also bring a good drink bottle preferably filled with water. (Remember on camp a refillable drink bottle is required). We also ask that all students bring a container of home baking to share. If your child has special dietary requirements please label this so we keep it aside for them.
All medication that is to be taken on camp must be in a named container with directions clearly written. This needs to be given to one of the teachers. Students who require asthma inhalers must have them with them at all times and ensure they are named.
Visits to camp
We welcome visitors to camp. Please ensure you bring your own meal should you be at camp over a mealtime. You are welcome to join your child in their activities and have a look around the camp.

If parents who are staying on camp have a pocketknife please could you bring them. A good torch is recommended for all.
Te Wera Valley Lodge
Phone 06 762 3859 – please only ring for very important messages as this is the camp manager's phone.
Next Wednesday
We hope to make an early start at camp with our activities and would like all children to be at school by 8.15 on the day leaving for camp - it does take some time to pack and get organised before leaving.
Camp fees
Please send $115  per child  to school if you have not done this. Thanks (There is no charge for our full time parents staying).
Please don’t hesitate to contact us if we can help with any further queries.
Looking forward to next week
Merryl and Brendon

Information for Parents on camp
Teachers rely on parents/caregivers being available to provide support, transport and supervision. We really appreciate that parents/caregivers make considerable sacrifices to be available to help with school activities by taking time off work or time away from their businesses and families.
While our students are unpacking within their cabins there will be a brief parent meeting in the dining room with the class teachers.
Health/Medical Issues
Thank you for filling out the permission form for Police Vetting and medical form.
Please do let the teachers know if there is anything else you have not hold us or if you become unwell on camp.
All vehicles transporting children must be currently warranted and registered with drivers holding a current full driver’s license. We ask parents to have a full tank of petrol before arriving at school on the morning we leave. Parents are asked to take a direct route to camp. Should a vehicle breakdown or other problems arise, we ask that the driver contact the school office who will then contact the teachers or the camp.
We encourage drivers to have a few ice-cream containers in their vehicle in the case of car sickness from their passengers.
We will be asking all drivers to sign a form stating their car has a current WOF, Rego and seatbelts, and that drivers have a current full license on before we leave.

Alcohol on Camp
Our Board of Trustees have included NO alcohol or non-prescriptive drugs at EOTC events in the policy as this impairs a person's ability to provide a high level of supervision and to respond to an emergency.  Our main priority is the safety of the children at all times.
We encourage parents to bring their own alcohol free beverage to enjoy with the parents and teachers in the dining room once the children are settled for the night. Nibbles are welcome. This is a great time to get to know each other better, to reflect on the days’ events and to clarify the next day’s activities.
Supervision of Students
We encourage parents to enjoy some time with their own child on camp and to also arrange times where they are not with their child. Please ensure you are not alone with other children while on camp. Any concerns around behaviour or other matters should be directed to the teachers.
Any medication that needs to be administered must be given and recorded in the medical register by the teacher or the allocated parent responsible for this. (This includes any car sick medication and can only be given with parental consent).
Supervision of Activities
We ask that you facilitate the learning at the activities. Allow thinking time and encourage the children to problem solve and work as a team. Hints from you can be given to help decision making. We encourage you to allow the children to do as much as possible themselves with only intervention from you as needed and to ensure safety for all group members.

AED: Automatic External Defibrillator
We are working on hiring an AED for the time we are at Te Wera. Instructions on use will be outlined at camp.
Jobs etc
While there are many jobs to be done around camp we have not made a fixed duty roster as at times children are away from the campsite. We will be asking for adults to oversee such jobs as cleaning toilets and showers, rubbish, dishes, sweeping, food preparation, table clearing etc. Once again we will be encouraging all children to help with these jobs and ask that you include available students in all jobs that you help out with. Students will be encouraged to track the jobs that they help out with. A parent roster will be formed with parents also asked to help out where they also see the need.
Once again we would like to thank you for making yourself available to help with supervision on our class camps. Camps could not happen without the great community support we get at Frankley School.

Thank you.
Gear obtained: Flax ?? can you email me again if this was you?
Bamboo, 30 pieces approx 1 metre each - Michelle Read       


Hi everyone

Please could you check the number of students we have put by your name. We have assumed this includes your child. Please let us know if is is incorrect - please make sure the correct number of diagonal seatbelts is the same as the number of students you have indicated.

Can you also let us now if you are able to bring a trailer. This would be helpful as you can imagine there will be a lot of luggage!! We would suggest a tarp and tie-downs in case of rain. Please email us to let us know, thanks.

As you can see we nearly have enough transport for all our students with our full time parents. We have also added in a few extra parents who volunteered their help to ensure all students can travel comfortably with room for luggage. Please contact us if you still wish for us to include you or you do not want to be included. Thanks

Transport Out
Transport IN
Jo Krutz

Kelvin Giddy
Toby Lecher
Sharna Markam
Michelle Read
Campbell Third
Michelle Erb
Phillipa Goodeve
Dave Fox
Chris Scott
Anita Scrivener
Carol Watson
Mel Smithson
Bruce Hall
Melissa Beasley
Troy Wano
Extra Mumby
Extra Scott ( Luca)

Please find a gear list for parents and students as you start to pack for camp   

Te Wera Camp Personal Equipment Checklist
Sleeping bag

Towels 2-3

Camera (optional)

Extra blanket



Toilet bag

Daypack (school bag)

Black rubbish bag/shopping bag for dirty clothes /
Supermarket bags


Board game




Warm tops (Poly Props etc...)


Book to read



Shorts/long pants


Icecream container of baking to share for morning/afternoon teas


Lip balm

Medication - in a named container with clear instructions


Insect repellent


Togs and/or wetsuit/goggles

Named tea towel

Lunch, morning tea and drink for the first day. (please ensure the drink bottle can be reused)


Sunscreen (if you need your own)


4 - 6 pegs to hang the wet togs etc

Ipods, music players (with parent permission)


Jandals/crocs/gumboots (around camp shoes)

Please add anything we have forgotten!! Let us know if it is something important!!