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Kia ora koutou, Ni hao, Talofa Lava, Guten Tag, and Hello to you all,

School Value Focus – Integrity – Integrity is about making choices that we know are the right thing to do, even if there are no adults around. In classes we are talking about what integrity looks like and celebrating when children are displaying integrity in their actions.

We encourage parents and whanau to also discuss integrity at home with their children.


Norfolk Legends:

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

Sunshine Room: Oscar Yateman, Ruakere Mathieson-Julian

Mamaku Room: Jarrah Thompson, C-Jay Rosewarne

Tui Tree: Zoe Knowles, Max Jia

Totara Class: Tahlia Belchamber, Alex Dickens

Moa Hut: Cameron Chambers

Summit Room: Genaya Halliday, Ashleigh Cooper


Support for the Wood Family – Many of you will already be aware of the terrible motorcycle accident that Troy Wood suffered last week. Troy has suffered significant injuries and will be in a spinal unit in Auckland for a very long rehab process. We have been in close contact with the family over the past week and they would like to acknowledge the support they have felt from this community.

There is a givealittle page set up to support the family if any families would like to make a donation.

Our best wishes are with Troy, Jayne and the family in this challenging time.  


Planned Power Outage – Monday May 28th

We have been informed by our power supplier that Powerco have planned maintenance in the Norfolk area scheduled for this coming Monday, May 28th between 9am and 2:30pm. This will mean that the school will have no power during this time.

Powerco will supply a portable generator for our use so that we will be able to have drinking water and operational toilets. We will be able to warm classrooms before 9am, but children should bring warm clothes in case it is a really cold day.

Parents who are concerned about the lack of heating for the day are welcome to keep their children at home. Please let the office know if this is the case.

The school phone should be operational as usual during this time.


Road Safety: School drop off and pick up – Thank you to everyone who has been really careful with pick up and drop offs before and after school. Under 8’s need to be walked across the road by their parents to the main front gate please. We also ask that drivers take care when crossing the railway lines towards the main road.

Railway Crossing: There is only space for one car between the main road and the railway lines and it is easy to end up parked across the railway tracks. Please take your time and be careful in this area.

Some other useful safety suggestions are:

-The afternoon traffic is much quieter at 3:10pm. This is a great time to pick up your children and makes it much easier for cars to get in and out.

-Car pooling with friends and neighbours saves you time, money and pollution.

Friends of Norfolk School Day – 9:30am – 11:00am: We’re super excited to invite parents, whanau and friends to see our school in action on Wednesday June 6th. The school will be open to visitors from 9:30am. There will be a short welcome from our kapa haka ropu at this time. Following this, visitors will be welcome to visit classes where the children can show them some of their wonderful learning.

We will finish up with a shared morning tea in our Library/Whanau room for visitors at 10:30am. Please feel free to pop in at any stage during this time frame.The school will also be open for whanau in the evening from 5:30pm – 6:30pm for those who can’t make it in the morning. Bring your children and let them dazzle you with their creativity and learning!  Please join us!


Bully Free Week – last week’s Bully free week focus was a great way to re-focus with our children what bullying is and the impact that it can have on people around us. Our work around bullying awareness doesn’t stop there though! We will be continuing with class discussions, problem solving activities and ongoing work to ensure that our children are aware of the impact our of actions on others as well as strategies to manage bullying when it occurs.

The key factors that are really important for everyone to be aware of are:

  1. Bullying is targeted – from one person or a group towards another person or group.
  2. Bullying is unwanted and hurtful – the recipient does not like it.
  3. Bullying involves a perceived power imbalance
  4. Bullying is ongoing – a one off argument, fight or disagreement is not bullying, but if the behaviours are repeated over and over, then it is.

We appreciate your support in helping us to achieve a happy, safe learning environment for all of our children.


Netsafe Parent Information Evening – Our community of learning leadership team have booked the services of Netsafe to provide an information evening for our entire Inglewood community around how we can help our children to be safe online and with social media. The evening is scheduled for Tuesday June 19th at 7pm.

More information about content and location will follow when we have this confirmed. ________________________________________________________________________________

Year 8 Young Leaders – NYLD Palmerston North – Our Year 8’s had a fantastic experience at the NYLD conference in Palmerston North on Monday. A range of inspirational speakers wowed the students and we have already started planning ways that they can take their learning and use it to take on leadership around our school to make it an even greater place to learn!

Watch this space!


Year 7 /8 Technology Fees – A reminder that these fees need to be paid to our school office as soon as possible. These are the paid on to Inglewood High School. The fee is for consumables and materials and is $15 per term, $60 for the year.


Dates For Your Calendar:

Monday May 28th – Thursday May 31st – Year 6 AWE Swimming Programme – Todd Energy Aquatic Centre

Tuesday May 29th – ICAS Science Exam

Wednesday May 30th – Y7/8 Technology Showcase @ Inglewood High School

Friday June 1st – Year 5 /6 Inter School Sports Soccer and Netball vs St Pius @ St Pius

Tuesday June 19th – Netsafe Parents information evening – 7pm


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

Andrew Georgeson – Principal





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.