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@frankley.school.nz, brendon@frankley.school.nz

Merryl and Brendon

Tuesday, 7 March 2017

Te Wera Camp Notice ~ 7.03.17

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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!!