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Kia ora koutou, ni hao, talofa lava, guten Tag, sawadee krub, and hello to you all,

School Focus: To display Pride (Whakapehapeha) in all we do – In sports, our learning, Show Day events and activities and in our environment. We take pride in all our achievements.

This week we welcome Ella Eichstaedt, Maddison Webb, Cole Hollins, Emily Duke and Amaia Edgcombe-Waters to Norfolk School this week. We are excited to see your amazing learning and growth with us!

We also welcome Mrs Shannon Leathers to the Summit Room for Term 4. Shannon has taken over from Mr Lewis, who has started his rugby contract in Russia this week. We know you’ll be awesome in the Summit Room Shannon!

Sunhat season is now upon us. Can parents please ensure that their children have a school sunhat by next week at the very latest. We are aware that some Year 8’s may not have school sunhats anymore. These students may have another bucket style hat until the end of the year. All other children are required to have a Norfolk School Sunhat. These are available at the school office.

Farewell Mr Baker – It is with sadness that we will be farewelling Mr Baker at the end of this year. Mr Baker will be starting a new position at Central School in New Plymouth in 2019. Over the coming weeks we will be appointing the permanent teachers for the Summit Room and Moa Hut and these will be announced once finalised.

Show Day Procedures – Some important information for Parents and Children:

Classroom access on the day – Show Day is an entirely outside learning experience for the whole day. Because of this, the school buildings will be locked for the day, including before school. Children are encouraged to keep their school bags with them for the day so that they have everything they need. The senior toilets will be open to access at the rear of the main building.

Indoor exhibits – These will be available for the public to view all day in the new covered area in front of the junior school. Parents and whanau can feel free to browse the displays at any time that suits.



All entries will be displayed in the new porch area outside Mamaku and Sunshine Rooms on Show Day and need to be at school on Wednesday 24th October by 1.00pm. Please come to the desk to register your entries. All entries require a number.


Bird House or Bird Feeder: Design and build a birdhouse or bird feeder. This can be a nectar-feeder, seed-feeder or a birdhouse for birds to perch on and nest in. Be creative and use as much recycled material as possible. Entries must not exceed 40cm in diameter. Entries must be able to be displayed on a table.

Decorated Gumboot: Decorate an old gumboot in any theme you like. Get out the glitter, paint, paper mache, lego, fabric, etc and get creating! Entries must not exceed 30cm in diameter.

Create a Calf: Design and create a calf! Let your imagination go wild – Use any medium you like! Wooden cut-out, paper mache and wire mesh, material puppet are just some ideas. Your calf can be as realistic or as imaginative as you like. There is no limit on entry size.

Decorated Cupcakes: Design, decorate and display up to 6 cupcakes. Entries must be displayed on a dinner plate or similar sized solid base.If students have any concerns or need any support, please direct them to their classroom teacher as soon as possible.

This should not be an expensive exercise with parents buying costly materials. While some parent input is necessary, particularly with juniors, the purpose of the indoor exhibits is for learners to use their imagination and think creatively about how to use materials you already have around your home.

Mix Up Day will also be held on Wednesday 24th October. Notices will be coming home this week regarding which group your child/children will be in and any equipment they will need to bring.

Home and School Show Day News

Raffle: Show Day is fast approaching and the Home & School Committee will be gearing up to help our students, teachers and parents have a fantastic day. We will have lunch for sale, raffles, and thanks to some great bakers, a cake auction. This is a major fundraiser for the Home & School and we thank you for your continued support of this event.

We are asking each school family to donate one item per week for the next few school weeks. Please send along your donations with your child or drop it into the office.

We are also calling for all cake makers to donate a cake for the cake auction and to contact Amanda Chambers on 0274637033.

Money raised by the Home and School directly benefits our children. Thank you


Monster Working Bee – Sunday November 4th

Last year we had a hugely successful community Working Bee and we are looking forward to completing some fantastic projects again on November 4th. We have a range of projects to suit everyone’s interests and skills.

Some projects we have in mind are:

-Boardwalk construction in our new natural play area behind the pool with Mr G.

-Clearing a bank area and planting shrubs and flaxes

-Clearing a space for a Harakeke (weaving flax) grove and planting our special varieties of harakeke with Vicki.

-Sorting and clearing out resources and rubbish with Mr Miller.

-Moving and Spreading bark mulch

We truly appreciate our community support and hope that you are able to give us a few hours of your valuable time to make Norfolk School an even better place for our children.


Community Notices:

Inglewood Junior Cricket registrations are now open for Yrs 3 – 8.  

All registrations are online. The link is https://registrations.crichq.com/register/35707.   For further information please contact Megan & Jamie Brocklehurst via inglewoodjuniorcricket@gmail.com or on the Inglewood Junior Cricket Facebook page.

Weetbix Tryathlon – Tuesday 26 March, 2019 – entries are now open online for this iconic event. The Tryathlon always sells out so we recommend that you register now to avoid disappointment. Entries are all online and are separate from the school. You can enter by clicking on this link or visit www.tryathlon.co.nz


Dates For Your Calendar:

Monday October 22nd – Labour Day Holiday

Wednesday October 24th – Mix Up Day/Indoor Exhibits to school by 1.00pm

Thursday October 25th – Show Day




Our School

Norfolk School is a U3-4 Full Primary School (Year 0—8), which has a decile 9 rating. In 2016, the school has a staffing entitlement of 7.49 FTTE to cater for 150 students.

Students are placed in one of six classrooms from New Entrants (Yr 1) to Year 7/8. An enrolment scheme is in place, where families living within the zone are automatically entitled to send their children to Norfolk School.

Our School

National Standards

Norfolk School has traditionally used benchmarks in reading, writing and mathematics, which was before National Standards were introduced. Since the introduction of National Standards in 2010, all schools (with children in Years 1-8) have been assessing students reading, writing and maths with against the Standards .

# 2015 National Standard Results (coming soon) # 2014 National Standard Results…

National Standards


The school is very well placed to sustain and improve its performance. Sound board processes focus on governance and positive outcomes for students. The principal is regarded by staff as a leader of learning. He has a clear focus on moral leadership and ensuring that students are at the centre of school decision-making.

ERO is likely to carry out the next review in four-to-five years.