Welcome to Norfolk School
Kia ora koutou, Ni hao, Talofa Lava, Guten Tag, and Hello to you all!
It has been a huge term for everyone here at Norfolk School. We have made a fantastic start to the school year and our learners are really making the most of every learning opportunity that comes their way.
Some of the more exciting learning experiences we have had on offer this term include surfing, the AWE Swimming Safety programme for Year 6 students, we had a visit from the Life Education Bus and Harold the Giraffe, where we learnt about internet safety. Our school swimming sports was a lot of fun, which was followed by more competitive Country Swimming Sports and then Town vs Country Swimming where our top swimmers really excelled. We also had our first Norfolk Duathlon (run, swim, run) event and 22 of our students also took part in the huge Weetbix TRYathlon event in New Plymouth.
Several classes have visited Puke Ariki museum and the New Plymouth Library and we also had a huge ‘Art Attack’ day here at school which transformed the inside of our school almost overnight! For the first time, our school has formed debating teams for Year 7’s and 8’s which has been very exciting. These teams have their first debates this week against St Joseph’s in Stratford and Francis Douglas Memorial College.
Last week we had a wonderful time entertaining Friends and Grandparents of our children. We had over 60 visitors throughout the morning and it was truly heartwarming to see how much love and support our children have around them. We sincerely thank everyone who was able to join us.
The Norfolk parents and community have also showed how strong the community spirit is around here with an outstanding turnout at our working bee two weeks ago. We were able to achieve a huge amount of work which not only saves the school valuable money, it also brings our community together, making us even stronger.
Our school gardens are really beginning to look the part thanks to the guidance of Carina McQueen, who has developed a beautiful plan for our edible garden area. The next step for this is a fruit forest, including an outdoor classroom, with apples, plums, pears and citrus trees.
We would like to offer families in our community the opportunity to sponsor a tree for $30. This money will be used to purchase fruit trees. One fruit tree will have your name on it to acknowledge your support. Please pop in to the school office if you would like to sponsor a tree from your family.
Swimming Pool Thanks: we are very grateful to Simon McKerchar, Craig Sampson and the team from Moa Milking and Pumping for their dedication to our community pool this season. Our community is very fortunate to have this facility and the people who give their time to keep it in great order. Thank you all for your time, energy and support.
The pool is now closed for the season. Pool keys can be returned to the school office when Term 2 begins on Monday May 1st.
Farewell Mrs Andrews: After almost ten years teaching at Norfolk School, we farewell Mrs Penny Andrews this week. Penny is moving to Ngaere School on a promotion to become Deputy Principal there. Her children, Michael, Holly and Tayla will also be moving to Ngaere with Penny. Of course we are very sad to see Penny leave us, but we also wish her all the best with the challenge ahead.
Well done to the following students who have been demonstrating our community values.
Sunshine Room – Chloe Fraser, Mamaku Room – Addison Shaw, Tui Tree – Kash Lindsay, Moa Hut – Caleb Dravitzki, Summit Room – Reuben Halliday.
Nga mihi koutou – acknowledgements to you all for your support.
Andrew Georgeson – Principal