Principal’s Message Term 4, Week 8

Kia ora koutou,

We had a positive visit by the Education Review Office (ERO) last week; They affirmed all the great things we do at Fairfield School and gave us three recommendations to work on. The recommendations were tweaks to things we are already doing, really moving from good to great in those areas. The final report will not be complete for another month. When the final report is shared with the school, I will share this with you on line. At this stage, we can all be very proud of our school.

The last day of school for this year is Wednesday, 18 December, all students will be released from school at 12:30 pm. Let the summer fun begin!


Term Dates 2020

A calendar will be shared with you at the start of next year outlining the term dates and key school events in 2020.

Term dates 2020

Term 1 Monday 3rd February  Thursday 9th  April   96 half days 
Term 2 Tuesday 28thApril Friday 3rd  July 96 half days
Term 3 Monday 20th July Friday 25th September 100 half days 
Term 4  Monday 12th October Tuesday 15th December 92 half days 

The class lists for 2020 are being finalised at the moment. You will find out where your child is placed this Friday, class lists will be placed around the school – outside rooms, 16, 11, and 18.

The following teachers will be teaching these year levels for 2020. You will notice there has been a change to some levels teachers are teaching.


Puna-oho Team  
Year Level Teacher Classroom
Year 1 (Reception) Mrs Mandy Veza Room   5
Year 1 (Reception) Mrs Sally Rollinson Room   7
Roll Growth (NE) Mrs Yvonne Nicholson  Room  4
Year 1 (Reception) Mrs Mary O’Neill Room  6
Year 2  Mrs Caroline Rainham Room 10
Year 2  Ms Julie Knaap (Team Leader) Room 11


Te Kama Team
Year Level Teacher Classroom
Year 2/3 Mrs Emma Easton Room   2
Year 3 Mrs Rachel Collis  Room   3
Year 3 Ms. Mikayla Ward Room   1
Year 4 Mrs Colleen McQuillan (Team Leader) Room   8
Year 4 Mr John Manville Room   9


Pakihi Team
Year Level Teacher Classroom
Year 5/6 Mrs Courtney Morrissey Room   12
Year 5/6 Mrs Dayle Harpur (Team Leader) Room   16
Year 5/6 Mrs Jodie Shuker Room   15
Year 5/6 Mr Gerard Joyce Room   20


Raekura Team
Year Level Teacher Classroom
Year 7/8 Mrs Amy Burns   Room   13
Year 7/8 Mr Jim Culley   Room   18
Year 7/8 Ms Gemma Barker   Room   14
Year 7/8 Mrs Jennifer Nicholls (Team Leader)   Room   17
Year 7/8 Ms Caren Patrick   Room   19


School Donations

The Fairfield School Board of Trustees made a decision at their meeting  that we will be opting into the government’s donation scheme for 2020. This means that there will no longer be a recommended school donation and course contributions for things such as workbooks, day trips, or other compulsory curriculum resources.

Families will still need to make payment for trips that involve an overnight component.

Optional / Extracurricular activities will remain as chargeable items. Families will need to make payment for the following:

•       Sports exchanges
•       Sports teams
•       School camps
•       School magazine
•       Cultural activities e.g. ShowQuest, RockQuest etc

The Board would like to thank you for your continued support for Fairfield School. If you have any further questions in relation to this announcement, please do not hesitate to contact the Principal, Alasdair Maclean, on


Your School Needs You

We are very sad to be losing the services of one of our fantastic cleaning team and are looking to find someone in our school community who is interested in picking up 10 hours cleaning per week. The cleaning is done from 6am to 8am with another of our cleaning team, Monday to Friday and extra cleaning (12-15 hours) done by arrangement in the school holiday break.

If you are interested please apply in writing to the Principal at Fairfield School, 89 MacArthur Street Levin, or ring the school office to speak with the principal.


Upcoming dates:

Thursday, December 5:       Road patrol end of year celebration
Monday, December 9:         BOT meeting (School staffroom)
Friday, December 13:          Year 8 graduation. Please be at Waiopehu College at 6:40 pm.
                                         Graduation will begin at 7pm.
Wednesday, December 18:  Last day for school for 2019. 12:30 pm all students return                                               home
Monday, February 3:           First day of school for 2020
Kind regards,
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Alasdair Maclean