Principal’s Message Term 3, Week 1

Dear Parents and Caregivers,

Welcome back to Term 3, hopefully it will be an uninterrupted term. I hope all the children are rested and ready to begin learning. In week 2 of the term we have our learning conferences and a teachers only day on Wednesday 29th July. I have left the message in from my previous message about the conferences. If you have not signed up, please do so.

Now that the weather is colder make sure to send your children to school wrapped up warm to keep those coughs and colds at bay, and remember if your child shows any sign of sickness please keep them home until they are 100%.

Upcoming Teacher Only Day / Learning Conferences – Book a time

If you have not booked a time for the learning conferences please do so, use the information below to help you. If you are unsure, please contact your child’s classroom teacher. Book your child’s 15 minute learning conference now by signing into  and using the event code wgzq4

A reminder that Wednesday 29th July is a teachers only day with school being closed for instruction on this day. Learning conferences will be held on this day. After school on the 30th July if there are any conferences to complete we will hold these after school starting at 3:00 pm until 5:45 pm to finish the conferences. If you have any questions about learning conferences, please feel free to contact your classroom teacher.

The only exception for learning conferences are the students of Mrs Burns and Mrs. Patrick’s classes as they will be away Term 3. Parents of students in these classrooms have been contacted to arrange a time/date before the end of this term for their learning conferences.

What is a Learning Conference?

Student’s facilitate a meeting between the teacher, student and their parents/caregiver for the purpose of demonstrating academic progress, allowing parents to see and discuss their child’s work. The learning conference provides evidence of the accomplishments of the school wide objectives. It also promotes student goal setting and communication between teachers and parents. Most importantly, the conference engages students in meaningful reflection and discussion about their own learning.

Conferences promote:

  • ongoing student evaluation and goal setting
  • student – teacher communication
  • teacher – student-parent-teacher communication
  • students’ self-reflection and academic awareness

Student Benefits:

  • accountability for their learning
  • students learn to evaluate their own work
  • students gain greater commitment to school work and learning
  • builds self confidence and self esteem
  • encourages student/parent communication

Caregiver/Parent Benefits:

  • increase the quality of the information given to parents
  • learn about their child’s learning and skills
  • an opportunity to help their child set positive goals
  • active participation in their child’s learning

Teacher Benefits:

  • shared responsibility between the student, teacher and parent
  • facilitates parent participation


If you would like to be a part of a local team to help with elections see details below:

We are pleased to be working with you to provide voting premises in your local community. We are in the midst of recruiting staff for the Election and as earlier mentioned, we would welcome any recommendations from your school to help staff the voting place. There are a number of different roles available: Voting Place Manager, Voting Place Assistant, Voting Issuing Officers. As a minimum requirement they must be over the age of 16 years, are eligible to work in NZ, and are able to meet the skill standards for each position – further details on-line.  Should you have people that you wish to recommend for roles please let us know via email to  no later than Monday 20th July, and also have them apply on-line at   

Fairfield Community Group

The Fairfield Community Group are meeting this Thursday at 7pm in the staffroom. Maybe you are new to the school and/or would like to connect within the school community, you are welcome to join us, we are always looking for people to help with upcoming events; sausage sizzles, disco’s, gala, etc. You may have some great ideas to share with us and we’d love to hear from you! This term planning is underway for several events, one being calendar art. and near the end of the term we will send out more information about this. For any questions email

Clothing Bins

Did you know located out the front of Fairfield Road school entrance is a clothing bin. When we put items in these bins, the school receives a donation back each year which then is paid into the Fairfield Community Group account and invested back to support our children. This is a fantastic way to contribute back into the school.

School Upcoming Events

20thStart of Term 3 – School Resumes 8:50 am
23rdFCG Meeting 7pm staffroom
29thSchool Closed Teachers Only Day / Learning Conferences
30thContinued Learning Conferences – 3:15 – 5:45 pm

2020 School Term Dates

Term 1Monday 3rd February 8:50amThursday 9th April 2:50pm96 half days
Term 2Tuesday 28th April 8:50amFriday 3rd July 2:50pm96 half days
Term 3Monday 20th July 8:50amFriday 25th September 2:50pm100 half days
Term 4Monday 12th October 8:50amTuesday 15th December92 half days

Kind regards,

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Alasdair Maclean, Principal