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Greetings Norfolk Community, 

It’s hard to believe we’re already a quarter of the way through the year! As usual, we have had an action packed term at school with lots of exciting learning happening both in and out of the classroom. We’ve had a great summer of swimming with a lovely hot summer. I would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge the service of Simon McKerchar on the pool. This season is the last year that Simon will be looking after our pool. We would like to thank him for his service to the Norfolk Community over the past few years.  During this time Simon has put a massive amount of volunteer time in to make sure the pool is safely treated and ready for us all to use. Thank you!

If you are interested in helping with the pool at the end of the year, we would love to hear from you!

Please return pool keys to the school office as soon as possible. There is a $5 bond which will be returned when your key is brought back. A massive thanks goes out also to Craig Sampson and Nathan Hitchcock for your voluntary work in maintaining and keeping our pool operating this season. Your service is what keeps the pool available to our community.

Board of Trustees News

School Charter – The Board of Trustees has approved our charter for 2019. The staff and Board of Trustees have had significant input in the design of our charter. It is available in hard copy at the school office and also on our school website at www.norfolk.school.nz and our SchoolDocs site as well. Our charter helps us to set our focus areas for teaching and learning programmes, staff professional learning as well the direction our school continues to move towards with our future focus.

Board of Trustees Elections – In May we will begin the process of board of trustees elections for the next three year period. This is a standard process for all New Zealand schools. All positions on our board of trustees will be re-elected. We will have five parent positions available. If there are more than five nominations then the community will be asked to vote to elect five trustees.

If you are interested in finding out what being a school trustee is all about, please come to our next board meeting on Tuesday May 14th. There is more information also available by visiting https://parents.education.govt.nz. Andrew and Tania are also more than happy to try to answer any questions you may have as well.


Andrew Georgeson, Principal and Tania Hitchcock, Board of Trustees Chairperson


Norfolk Legends:

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

Sunshine Room: Tailyn Richards & Hayley Chambers

Mamaku Room: Frankie Hollins & Bradley Dickens

Tui Tree: Esme Kelsen & Hunter Snowden

Totara Class: Zoe Knowles & Jacob Awahou

Moa Hut: Ashaylia Schimanski & Brayden Hussey

Summit Room: Ashleigh Cooper


Town vs Country Swimming Success

A large contingent of Norfolk Swimmers qualified for the Town vs Country Swimming Sports, held at the Stratford Pool last Friday. Country came away champions again this year, winning by over 200 points! Congratulations to the following swimmers on their top three placings.

25m Butterfly: Chris Chambers 3rd – U11 Boys, Thomas McKerchar 2nd – 12+ Boys, Sarah Chambers 3rd- 12+ Girls

25m Freestyle: Aiden Shera 3rd – 7&8yr Boys, Savana Leathers 3rd – 9yr Girls,  Chris Chambers 2nd – 10yr Boys, Noah Chadwick 1st, Hunter Awahou – 2nd – 11yr Boys, Thomas McKerchar 1st – 12+ Boys,Sarah Chambers 3rd – 12+ Girls

50m Freestyle: Jacob Awahou 1st – 9yr Boys,Eva Rae 2nd – 9yr Girls, Chris Chambers 1st, Mark Chambers 3rd – 10yr Boys, Hunter Awahou 1st, Noah Chadwick – 2nd – 11yr Boys, Thomas Mckerchar 2nd – 12+ Boys, Sarah Chambers 3rd – 12+ Girls

25m Backstroke: Jacob Awahou 2nd – 9yr Boys, Chris Chambers 1st – 10yr Boys, Hunter Awahou 1st, Noah Chadwick 3rd – 11Yr Boys, Thomas McKerchar 2nd – 12+ Boys, Sarah Chambers 3rd – 12+ Girls

25m Breaststroke: Jacob Awahou 1st – 9yr Boys, Savana Leathers 2nd – 9yr Girls, Chris Chambers 1st, Mark Chambers 3rd – 10yr Boys, Hunter Awahou 1st, Noah Chadwick 2nd – 11yr Boys, Thomas McKerchar 2nd – 12+ Boys

Medley: Chris Chambers 1st, Mark Chambers 2nd – 10yr Boys, Thomas McKerchar 2nd, Hunter Awahou 3rd – 12+ Boys


Hangi Success

Last Thursday saw the culmination of a massive amount of planning and preparation to put down a Hangi to raise funds for our kapa haka group to purchase materials for uniforms. There are too many people that we need to thank to be able to name them all, but in particular, we would like to acknowledge Kaarena Kingi and Lorraine Hitchcock for their outstanding work in making the Hangi happen. Not only were we successful in raising around $1400 for new uniforms, but our whole school was able to learn a lot about the process in putting down a hangi. The event also brought out the best in our community spirit by bringing our parents and whanau together. Thank you one and all for your support!


Community Working Bee

A HUGE THANKS to the crew that supported our school working bee last Sunday morning. We successfully built up the two gardens in our entrance way ready for planting this week. Watch this space…

We also got more of our wetland boardwalk built as well. The end is now in sight for that one!

We really appreciate all of our helpers and the work you achieved. _______________________________________________________________________

Community and Sports Notices

Inglewood Country Netball Year 1 to 6:  Hi all netball players and star helpers. We are having a muster on Sunday 14th April at Inglewood courts from 11.00am – 12.30pm. Come with appropriate footwear. Game times for the season will be confirmed at muster.

Fees are: Year 1 and 2 $35, Year 3 and 4 $40, Year 5 and 6 $50. Internet banking TSB 15 3946 0312535 00 or cash at the muster. If you require a payment plan please contact Maree Schimanski 021 362 848. Any inquires contact Tracy Costar 021856308 or Paula Good 0274139425


Important Dates:

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

Term 2: Term 3: Term 4:
Mon April 29th – Fri July 5th Mon July 22nd – Fri Sept 27th Mon October 14th – Fri December 13th
Thurs May 2nd – Parent/Teacher meetings

Friday May 17th – Pink Shirt Day

Weds May 22nd – Y5-8 Rippa Rugby

May 27 – 31 – Book Fair

Weds May 29 – Friends of Norfolk Day

June 3rd – Queen’s Birthday

Friday August 16th – School Photos

Weds August 21st – School Cross Country

Weds September 25th – Taranaki Cross Country – Hawera

Thursday Oct 24th  – Show Day

Monday Oct 28th – Labour Day