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

Norfolk Legends:

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

Sunshine Room: Colton Sampson & Thomas Palmer

Mamaku Room: Bella Gordge & Lily Grigg

Tui Tree: Noah Schmidt & Brooke Boyd

Totara Class: Elijah Dravitzki & Sian Neilson

Moa Hut: Matias Hunt & Leigha Moffitt

Summit Room: Libby Harkness-Gower & James Brooker

Term two has certainly flown by at a rate of knotts! Most of you would have seen the beginnings of the new outdoor covered learning space in the front of our junior school. Unfortunately progress has been a little slower than hoped, but we should see more action on this over the coming weeks so watch this space!

Our outdoor environment projects continued to progress this term. Our bottle greenhouse now has a roof and is nearly fully enclosed. We’re aiming to have it operational early in Term 3. We’ve also spread a truckload of mulch around our fruit orchard and we have over 100 plants on their way to start planting in the wetland and newly cleared bank.

A fantastic parent, Kevin Hall very kindly built us some outdoor seats and a great retaining wall to help shape our landscaping. We have steps planned for next term as well.

With the expert advice of Jo Carson, the Tui Tree Room have started rodent identification and pest control in the riverside walkway area as well.

As always, we are extremely thankful for the wonderful community support we get from parents, whanau and community members. We certainly are part of a fantastic community!

In particular, we would like to acknowledge the contribution of Mel Lindsay, who is a parent of our school. Mel has volunteered in the Tui Tree almost every day this year! Mel has added so much to the learning and enjoyment in the Tui Tree and we think she is AMAZING! Thank you so much Mel!

Last week we completed our latest Education Review Office review. This was a positive experience for all involved. The reviewers specifically commented to us during the visit on the quality of teaching, collaboration between teachers, students and families and the work that has been put into promoting student wellbeing within the school. We are very proud of the efforts of all of our staff, students and the Board of Trustees in governing the school.

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

Andrew Georgeson – Principal and Tania Hitchcock – Board Chairperson


Changes to Show Day this year:

Sadly, we have been forced to cancel calf events at this years Show Day.

Taranaki Rural Principals met with representatives of Federated Farmers, Rural Support, Okato Vet Group, DairyNZ and TBFREE Farmers last Friday to consider our response and recommendations around Calf Days for 2018 following the discovery, and move to eradicate, Mycoplasma bovis in New Zealand.

After careful consideration of the options, we will not be holding calf events in 2018.  

We are mindful of, not only the physical restrictions being put in place with regards to movement of stock, but also the implications this has on the wellbeing of our families should we proceed with a Calf Day. Although the risk is considered low at this point, the potential consequences of transfer are significant.

We do not wish to add additional stress on communities as they head into calving for 2018 and we do not wish to cause further spread of this potentially devastating disease. We urge all New Zealand schools not to hold calf days this year and instead come up with modified events that will bring farming communities together to further support each other during this stressful time.

As an alternative to calf events, we will be holding other novelty events as well as the other usual animal divisions.


Home and School Report – Annelise Hunt – Chairperson

The Home and School have got a strong team dedicated to fundraising for our students as well as organising and helping out at school related events such as the Annual Free Breakfast this Tuesday.   We have exciting events coming up in the second half of the year. Show Day, School Disco and The High Tea for our Year 8 leavers. Our next meeting will be held in the staff room on Monday 6th August starting at 7pm.  We welcome anyone from the community to join us if you have some time to contribute.

The Home and School have recently paid for the retaining wall materials in the natural garden development and will purchase the flying fox materials for the new playground area. We also gave approximately $1000 towards specific items that staff chose for their classrooms.

Two fundraisers underway at the moment:

  • Foodwrap, Roll-Foil and Baking Paper, orders by 26th July.  Please see Fundraiser Order Form attached to the e-mailed version of this or it is available at our school office.
  • We are asking for farmers to donate bobby calves to the school. If you are willing to donate please contact Paula Good – 0274139425 for more information.

Thank you for your support!  Any queries please contact Annelise 027 7394807


Community Notices:

Norfolk Hall AGM

This meeting is now scheduled for August 15th at the Norfolk Hall. All welcome, please come along and support the continuation of our community hall.  Any queries please contact Paula Marshall 021 1363893.


Action Indoor Sports:

YEARS 3-6 indoor netball grade is starting soon! Due to demand we will be running a league for years 3-6 on Friday evenings starting on Friday 27th July. Finals will be on Friday 31st August, then our MAIN LEAGUE will commence on Friday 7th September for all grades year 3-13. REGISTER NOW! From the team at Action Indoor Sports

Dates For Your Calendar:

Monday July 23rd – Term 3 begins

Monday July 23rd – Year 5/6 Rippa Rugby Tournament- New Plymouth

Monday August 6th – Home and School Meeting – 7:00pm – All Welcome

Tuesday August 7th – Board of Trustees Meeting – 6:30pm – All Welcome

Wednesday August 15th – Methanex Maths Fair

Thursday August 16th – School Photo




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.