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

Staffing changes for Term 4 – as you will be aware, Mr Lewis is leaving us to take up a professional rugby opportunity in Russia. We are very sad to lose the services of a great teacher and a good friend, but we certainly do wish Avon all the best in his adventure. Parents and community members are welcome to pop in and say goodbye to Mr Lewis over the next week or so. Avon has built some fantastic relationships with our community over the past 6 years and we know many will want to wish him all the best.

I am pleased to announce that Mrs Shannon Leathers will be joining the senior teaching team in the Summit Room for Term 4.  A permanent appointment for this position will then be made in preparation for Term 1, 2019.

We also welcome Mike Packman into our school for three days per week for term 4 as well.

Confirmed ERO Report – Our confirmed ERO report is now available to the public on the ERO website. Click on this link to access the report. The report will also be available on our school website to the community. Overall, the Board of Trustees and Staff are very pleased with how our school was reviewed and we are very proud of the work we have done together and successes we have achieved.


School Focus – Respect – To show respect to other people by using supportive, respectful language and behaviour.

-The way we speak is really important

-The way we treat others should always be caring and show respect

-We should always let others play without disrupting them or their game


Norfolk Legends:

Well done to the following students who have been demonstrating our community values.

Sunshine Room: Thomas Palmer & Oscar Yateman

Mamaku Room: Samuel George & Hugo Flynn

Tui Tree: Zoe Knowles & Aiden Shera

Totara Class: Eva Rae & Savana Leathers

Moa Hut: Tamzyn Walker-Payne & Ryan Honeyfield

Summit Room: Libby Harkness-Gower & Genaya Halliday


Important Notice: From time to time parents may arrange friends or family to collect their children from school. Please be aware that we are legally required to have specific notice from the main caregiver if this is the case. Please do this via note, e-mail  or phone call if your child/children are to be collected by anyone else at any time.


Show Day Cups & Trophies: Could all Show Day cups and trophies please be returned to school office as soon as possible. We would appreciate them being given a polish before being returned. Thank you.

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. This week if you donate a packet of something (i.e. biscuits) that would be great. Please send along your packet 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

Taranaki Cross Country – The last event for the term will be the Taranaki Cross Country Champs on Wednesday September 26th. Please return permission forms to the office this week.

Sports Uniforms: Please return any Rugby, Netball, Basketball or Soccer uniforms to the school office by Friday 14 September. Please do not return Norfolk T-Shirts as students will need these for events next term. Thank you.

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.

Mamaku Centre Kids Day: Wednesday, October 3rd, 9.30am – 3pm. At the Mamaku Centre. “Christmas is Coming“. A day of activities, fun and games. Details and Registration –  https://inglewood.church/kidsday

Dog Behaviour and Training:

Taranaki LandGirls invite you to join us in the Hillsborough Hall on Tuesday 2 October, 6.45 pm, for an evening with Luzelle Cockburn of SolutionK9, to learn more about why dogs behave the way they do and how to address common behavioural issues.   Luzelle believes that every dog is capable of being obedient, when trained and managed in a way that suits their individual personality. She will share general guidelines for training, tell us about some interesting experiences with dogs and answer your questions.  $5 per person, RSVP to shopkirk@gmail.com or 06 752 0889 by 30 Sept.  


Dates For Your Calendar:

Wednesday September 19th – Taranaki Gymsports Competition – Year 2 – 6

Thursday September 20th – Taranaki Gymsports Competition – Year 7 – 8

Friday September 21st – Home and School Disco –

Wednesday September 26th – Taranaki Cross Country – Hawera

Friday September 28th – Term 3 Ends

Monday October 15th – Term 4 Begins

Monday October 22nd – Labour Day Holiday

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.