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

Well, another year is rapidly drawing to a close and we find ourselves in the last week of school! Maybe it’s something that comes with age, but I feel like the years just keep going faster and faster! Perhaps this is also has something to do with how much we fit into a year as well. When I look back, I am reminded just how much we have achieved this year. Here’s a short review…

Term 1 was full of action with lots of school swimming and interschool swimming sports. Our Year 7 and 8’s ended the term with a fantastic camp week in Rotorua which was certainly a highlight of the year for these people. In Term 1 we also visited Parihaka with our whole school and many of our parents and caregivers. This was a hugely powerful experience for all involved. The visit to Parihaka has continued to provide great learning experiences for our children throughout the year.

Our school environment has been an ongoing focus for us this year, both in our classroom programmes and in playground developments. We are continually grateful to Carina McQueen for her support in keeping this moving forward. Achievements this year include completing our recycled bottle greenhouse, mulching our fruit orchards and preparing the site for our flying fox and pathway behind the school buildings. We thank Darryll Putt (DGP Contracting) for his support with this work. With the help of a highly motivated group of student landscapers we have built steps behind the senior playground which will link with a raised boardwalk and natural wetland area (kindly supported by the Fonterra Grass Roots Fund).  This is now almost complete thanks to a successful Community working bee earlier this term. We have also cleared and planted out the bank above the wetland in native plants. Next year we are looking forward to completing this area and having it open for the children to play and learn in.

Beyond the school fence, we have continued with the clearing of our riverside walkway. We are excited about the unique learning possibilities that access to the river and native bush will offer our learners.

We farewelled Mr Lewis from Norfolk School at the end of term three. Avon has taken up a fantastic opportunity to play professional rugby in Russia! He keeps in touch with us and passes on his best to everyone here! Shannon Leathers has stepped up beautifully to teach in the Summit Room this term and we are thankful for her efforts.

In 2019 Mrs Leathers will be starting a permanent teaching position with us, as will Mrs Smillie. We also have Mr Scott Armstrong joining the team in one of our Year 6 – 8 classes. It’s exciting times ahead for our school!

Last week our Year 5 and 6 students enjoyed their camp at Vertical Horizons in Inglewood. What a fantastic time these people had. As with any camp experience, it’s the staff and parents that make it great. This one was no different. Thank you Mrs Hitchcock for organising it and everyone else for your wonderful contributions.

This term we also farewell a large group of twenty one Year 8’s, who are heading off to High School. We wish these young people all the very best for their next phase in life.

I would like to thank our Board of Trustees and our amazing Home and School Group for their ongoing commitment and support of our school. These people make a fantastic commitment to making our school the best possible place it can be for all of our children and their families.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone in our community for their wonderful support of Norfolk School. Enjoy your well earned Christmas break and the quality time with your whanau.

Nga mihi nui koutou – acknowledgements to you all for your support.

Andrew Georgeson – Principal


From the Chairperson of the Board of Trustees

Merry Christmas everyone!

On behalf of The Board of Trustees I’d like to acknowledge and offer heart-felt gratitude to the following people….

To Home and School, without your hard work and selfless dedication, our students wouldn’t have such a wide variety of opportunities available to them.  You all donate so much of your time and energy, you are truly amazing.

To our teachers and support staff, we understand that teaching has its challenges and appreciate the commitment you show towards creating strong, resilient, proud citizens.  You embrace the Norfolk School values and strive to provide the best education for our students. Thank you.

To our parents and community, thank you for all you do.  From ferrying our children to events, slogging away in the gardens, coaching our sports teams to assisting our teachers in the classrooms, thank you.  “Together we achieve our potential.”

To our year 8 students, we wish you all the best for your next adventures.  You have all worked so hard and have made us proud. Thank you for the time you have spent at Norfolk School.  And while you may be leaving to further afield, you will always be a part of our Norfolk family.

To Mr Georgeson, thanks Mr G for putting our students first, for exploring opportunities to provide our students with an assortment of learning.  For your leadership and guidance that help make Norfolk School a standout. For your passion and warmth that embraces all of our families .

And to our students, you are all wonderful, vibrant kids with so much potential.  You should all be proud of what you have achieved and we hope that next year is met with just as much enthusiasm.  

We’re looking forward to what next year has in store with lots more exciting innovations and projects.  We wish you all a fun filled sunny holiday!

Tania Hitchcock

Board of Trustees Chairperson


Touch Success: Congratulations to all of our 7 touch teams on their successful season this term. Below are the final placings. Thank you to all the whanau who enabled our teams to play!

Under 8a’s – 4th overall

Under 10’s – 2nd overall

Under 12’s 1  – 3rd overall

Under 12’s 2  – 4rd overall

Under 14’s 1  – 1st overall

Under 14’s 2  – 3rd overall


Inglewood Christmas Parade – This Saturday Norfolk School will have a float (actually a tractor and trailer Thanks to Bryce and Lee Ann Hunger!) in the Christmas Parade. If you would like to be part of this, please meet us at the Railway carpark at 11:45am. The theme is Fantasy Christmas – anything blingy and Christmasy will be perfect!

We will need adults to help with safety and supervision so please join the fun!


Important Dates:

Friday December 14th – Term 4 Ends  – School closes at 12:30pm  – Please note, there is no afternoon bus on this day.

Term 1 2019 starts on Tuesday January 29th – Please note, the bus does not start until Wednesday January 30th

Term dates for 2019 – Below are the confirmed Term dates for 2019 along with public holidays and other key dates.

Term 1: Term 2: Term 3: Term 4:
Tuesday January 29th  – Friday April 12th Monday April 29th  – Friday July 5th Monday July 22nd –

Friday Sept 27th

Monday October 14th –

Friday December 13th

Waitangi Day – Feb 6th

Teacher Only Day-Mar 8

Taranaki Ann – Mar 11

Queen’s Birthday – June 3rd Show Day – Oct 24th Labour Day- Oct 28th

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.