Principal’s Message, Term 4, Week 6

Kia ora,

This year we have been reviewing our processes around how we notify our students and whānau about class placements. We will be trialling these changes this year. I would like to say a big thank you to our students for their input into our new process.

Thursday 19 November – Your child’s placement for 2021 will be posted on Seesaw on Thursday afternoon.

Monday 23 November – Children will visit their new teacher. This is an opportunity for children to meet their teacher and their peers. Children will also receive a letter introducing them to their teacher, which could be placed on the fridge over the Christmas holidays to refer to especially if you have a child that may feel anxious about change.

Monday 30 November – After school meet and greet 3:00pm – 3.30 pm. Whānau are invited to pop into your child’s 2021 classroom. This is a great opportunity to visit the classroom, meet the teacher and say hi to other classmates and their whānau. Students will have an opportunity to see their class lists and check who will be with them.

Tips to support transitions
– Teachers will be preparing children for their transition. Remember to be positive about change. The children will still see their old teachers in the playground and around school.
– Be positive in front of your child about their placement. Children need us as an emotional compass if they experience uncomfortable feelings due to change.
– Trust the process. There are multiple layers to how class placements are allocated. School leaders and staff put in huge amounts of thought into student personalities, learning styles, teaching styles, class size, and much more.

If you have any concerns or questions please feel free to contact the classroom teacher.

Butterfly House – William Pike Project
We have a new whare pūrerehua or butterfly house at school. It has been designed and built by a group of William Pike students (Mcgregor Eden, Angeleena Tuitupou, Miley Hunter, Aiden Wood, Myia Jones, Brookelyn Horn and Maia Rollinson) with help from Mr Wylie, and lead by Mrs Veza. The dedicated enclosure is to allow caterpillars a safe habitat to make the natural transition into a monarch butterfly.

The students worked hard for 2 days alongside Mr Wylie learning how to measure and saw wood accurately, drilling holes in battens, hammering nails into wood, and problem solving ways to make sure it was secure from predators. The enclosure is 2 metres high, the reason for this is eventually we want to start tagging the butterflies to associate the location of original capture with the point of recover for each butterfly.

The students will become citizen scientists by recording the data and submitting it to be used in research. The walls of the enclosure are double-lined so predators like wasps cannot sting and eat the butterflies and caterpillars and eggs and chrysalis. The enclosure will become a school-wide habitat which will serve as a living laboratory where students engage in hands-on inquiries into the natural world. Next on their list is to start planting lots of butterfly attracting flowers.

Upcoming Soccer Tournament
Year 3/4 students who registered for the soccer tournament being held in Palmerston North, unfortunately we haven’t had sufficient players to enter a team. Year 5-8 teams will remain in the Tournament and information was sent home last week. For more information speak to Caroline Rainham (Room 10).

Lunch Orders
Did you know you can order school lunches? These can be made by placing an order online with our provider Lunch Online Orders must be placed before 8:30am on the day.

School Attendance / Lateness and Absence Notifications
Recently we have had a lot of children absent due to sickness. Please make sure to advise the office, (the quickest way is to use the school app, or leave a voice message on the absence line). This is important for the safety of our students, we can never assume a child is away sick, we need to be informed each day they are absent unless advised previously. Every morning a text is sent to any family who hasn’t notified us, please make sure to respond to these texts, otherwise your child will be recorded as being Truant (and this information is recorded by the Ministry of Education).

Download our school app (Etap @school Mobile). Contact the office if you need help registering online.

Lateness: Please note if your child enters school after the 8:50am morning bell has gone they must sign in at the office. If they don’t and the teacher misses marking them at roll time, you will receive a text stating “your child is not at school please advise us of the reason” and this could cause some concern if you believe they are at school.

Signing out: For appointments, sickness etc
We understand circumstances happen where children need to be signed out early. For the safety of our children we cannot sign out a child on behalf of a parent and release them to leave, we must have a parent/caregiver collect them and sign the child out at the office, unless prior approval has been arranged with the teacher and Principal. It is our endeavour to ensure the safety of the children at all times and we appreciate your support with this.

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Principal’s Message, Week 5, Term 4

Kia ora,

EPro 8
Some exciting news coming from our EPRO 8 team winning the regional competition on Monday. The team (Harrison McQuillan, Jason Lin, Zahara Slatter and Tashy Haigh) participated in the quarter finals the week before. They competed with 12 other schools to progress into the finals, where they faced another 12 schools from around the region. I watched as they began the finals and I was very impressed with their teamwork, knowledge and how efficient they were making decisions and supporting each other. Well done team!

Wearable Arts
The school ran a wearable arts evening last week. It was amazing to see the students’ creations and how they demonstrated their creativity and innovation. The wearable arts has given students the opportunity to express themselves in a creative manner. A huge thanks must go to Mr Manville and his team for supporting the students through this process. It certainly was enjoyable to watch and a wonderful evening had by all.

Interschool Cross Country 2020
Congratulations everyone! Fairfield placed 3rd for overall results!

William Pike
Luke was nominated this year as our recipient for the Sir Peter Blake Young Leaders Award on behalf of Fairfield School. Luke is an exceptional young leader who demonstrates his leadership skills on a daily basis. He was part of the William Pike Challenge Award last year and found this successful. Luke applied to be part of our William Pike programme again this year as a leader to help mentor other participants, he has done a fantastic job of this. Luke is involved in the wider community and has volunteered his time as part of community service. He helps others in our school setting and is a model for his peers.

Darcey’s update – as mentioned in the previous newsletter (pictures from Darcey’s wonderful trip down South).

Native Area Clean Up – Saturday 28 November, 9am
Evan Hicks and his team from Recreational Services will be at school on Saturday 28th November to clean up the Native Area. If you are available to help with this we hope to see you there.

Kind regards
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Alasdair Maclean

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Principal’s Message, Week 4, Term 4

Tena Koutou,

Congratulations everyone who participated in last weeks Year 3-8 cross country. The weather held out just and although we started a little later than planned the children managed to stay dry. Several of the students will be attending interschool cross country this Friday at Poroutawhao School, we wish you all the best for the race. Below are the placements, again well done everyone for your efforts.

Fairfield School 2020 Cross Country Results

Year 4 Boys
1 Blake Cato
2 Jabin Budd
3 Thomas Harimate
4 Thomas Timu
5 Lachlan Grimstone

Year 5 Boys
1 Jacob Fryer
2 Mason Osborne
3 Charlie McQuillan
4 Noah Wright
5 Lewis Birch

Year 6 Boys
1 Samuel Chamberlain
2 Josh Eyles
3 Zack Rangi
4 William Dunsmore
5 Lebron Hirini

Year 7 Boys
1 Lucus Clark
2 Blake Mercer
3 Joel Harimate
4 Caleb Jack
5 Daniel Fletcher

Year 8 Boys
1 Jacob Harimate
2 Christian Harvey
3 Cruze Fitzsimons
4 Tannar Wilkins-White
5 Luke Martin
Year 4 Girls
1 Ivy Rose Pearson
2 Mion Taylor
3 Mereana Easton
4 Indee Tassell
5 Isabell Codlin

Year 5 Girls
1 Katie Pelling
2 Niamh Williams
3 Otoha Taylor
4 Emosi Fololina
5 Maia Monk

Year 6 Girls
1 Gabby Wright
2 Anahera Easton
3 Olivia Hicks-Jensen
4 Cara Goldsmith
5 Layla McDermott

Year 7 Girls
1 Kahlia Lester
2 Kashana Hanson
3 Brianna Martin
4 Tiana Fryer
5 Abi Logo

Year 8 Girls
1 Zahara Slatter
2 Charlotte Taylor-Thomson
3 Megan Armstrong
4 Ella Williams
5 Bridee Ahie

EPro 8 Challenge

Well done Harrison McQuillan, Jason Lin, Zahara Slatter and Tashy Haigh who came 2nd equal in yesterday’s challenge and are in the finals next Monday. The students shared what they were required to do.

There were various sets of tasks you could choose from and we chose the roller coaster task which involved building frames for a roller coaster. Each task completed you received a set amount of points and the next task correlated to the one before. Once you finished a whole set of tasks (that is called clocking it) you would get additional points. You can also get points for having a tidy workspace.

1. Create the framing for a roller coaster with the highest point at least 1.5m.
2. Make a track.
3. Make a 30cm drop.
4. Make the ball balance three times at each end of the fulcrum.
5. Sequence the balls so a sensor releases the second ball. Five balls must be released in total.

Wearable Arts Showcase – Wednesday 4 November, 6:30pm
Tomorrow night at 6:30pm we will be holding an Arts Showcase in the Waiopehu College auditorium to celebrate and present the Wearable Pieces that students have been working hard on this term. Students need to arrive at the auditorium at 6pm.
This Showcase is open to all students’ families and whānau and it is free to attend. We look forward to seeing you there!

William Pike Challenge – well done Darcey Isaacs!

Darcey was selected to go on the William Pike Challenge last week in Canterbury and has shared her experience with us.

On October 31st I flew down to Christchurch because I was selected to go on a young explorer summit. This was created through the William Pike Challenge Award. In New Zealand only 20 students got in. We saw baby penguin getting fed and swimming for their fish. They were 36cm tall and they smelt like expired fish. Then we went on a hagglund, which is a vehicle they use in Antarctica with tracks on the wheels. We went up a 10 foot hill, this was so funny to go down. It was so bumpy to go down. Then we took a bus to the camp site. We set up our tent and it was very challenging. We had dinner and tried to sleep. It started raining and it was freezing cold. We woke up and got on to the bus. We made it to the Canterbury Museum. We did challenges and learnt a lot about Scott base.

Fake snow room with fake snow storms, riding in a hagglund, Canterbury Museum, camping and a walking tour.
How did I apply? I got an email from the Antarctica Centre in Christchurch. This took three hours for me to apply. I answered questions like…. Why I would be good to be there? What skills do I have and I had to send a 30 second video about myself. (Photos to follow very soon)
By Darcey Isaacs

Senior Camp Fundraiser – The Year 8 students would like to say thank you to everyone for purchasing hotdogs to raise funds for their upcoming camp. A total of $1092 profit!

SPCA Cup Cake Day – On Monday the 2nd of November six students from William Pike team, with the help of the staff organised a cupcake fundraiser for the SPCA. They sold over 350 cupcakes and managed to raise $658. A huge thanks to all the teachers, parents and students for taking time out of their own lives to bake cupcakes to help with the fundraiser, together they made over 200 cupcakes which made the fundraiser go really smoothly. Thank you to all the people who supported us throughout this whole fundraiser, It couldn’t have been done without your help it was really appreciated

A quick note on sports communication, as you know we post draws on the sports notice board outside the school office as they become available. You may find it quicker to follow the sports associations facebook pages to ensure you receive up-to-date information on cancellations, postponements etc. We will continue to post the draws on the sports board and on our school app (@school) and our website/sports tab. If you require any further information about sports draws, please email

Have a great week everyone!

Kind regards
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Alasdair Maclean

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