Our Year 5 classes are currently working on their Inquiry Interest Projects. Luke and Taylor are learning about coding and electronics, which is related to STEM learning. STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.

With their project, Luke and Taylor have made a nightlight, which required them to code the electronics to make the light work and then build the base of the nightlight.

Fantastic learning boys, well done!

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Conserve Water Notice

Message from Horowhenua District Council:

Levin, Shannon and Tokomaru residents urged to conserve water

Horowhenua residents connected to the Levin, Shannon and Tokomaru water supplies are urged to use water sparingly until further notice.

Significant rainfall in the Tararua Ranges is forecast between today and Thursday.  One of the consequences of heavy rainfall is muddy water (turbidity) in the rivers from where the water is sourced.

This muddy water places extra demand on the water treatment plants, so conservation helps the plants to manage this process and ensure normal supply is maintained.

There is also a possibility of surface flooding, so it is requested that residents check stormwater sumps and grates, on or outside their properties, and clear away any debris to help stormwater escape off the road.

Horowhenua District Council’s Customer and Community Services Manager Monique Davidson says that Council contractors and staff are out checking drains and clearing grates, but if residents can also assist it is greatly appreciated.

Mrs Davidson says that Council’s Civil Defence Emergency Management managers and staff are closely monitoring the weather situation and effects and are planning and responding accordingly.

“We are mindful about the amount of rain that is forecast over the next 48 hours, with a particular focus on between now and midday tomorrow (Wednesday) where between 200mm and 250mm of rainfall is expected to accumulate, with peak intensities of 20mm – 30mm per hour,’ she said.

Mrs Davidson says the Council appreciates residents’ understanding and cooperation during this time.

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If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Council on 06 366 0999 or


Lacey Wilson
Communications Lead • Kaihautū Whakawhitiwhiti Kōrero

Growth Mindset

At Fairfield School, we have a strong belief in the concept of a Growth Mindset. This term was developed by Dr Carol Dweck and we have spent a lot of time understanding and applying the notion of a growth mindset.

A growth mindset is about:

  • perseverance
  • learning from failure
  • seeing challenge as learning
  • not giving up
  • effort = success
  • taking feedback, using it and improving next time.
  • setting goals and meeting challenges
  • praising the process, not just the end result
  • that we have the capacity to grow our brains and make new connections

Our classes regularly talk about and implement what it is to have a growth mindset. With this, we also celebrate mistakes and that real learning is when something is hard and we persevere to work through it. You can read more about Dweck’s Mindset HERE.

At our recent assembly, Room 8 shared this inspirational video with us, celebrating people, who when faced with criticism or failure, didn’t give up, but worked hard to achieve success. People who followed their passion and worked through adversity.

This is a fantastic video, which is a must watch:


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