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


School Focus – To show respect to ourselves and others by using a growth mindset.

-Give new things a try.

-Saying I can’t do that…yet!

-Supporting others to achieve new things too.

Congratulations Mr Miller! We are all very happy for Mr Miller and his wife Lucy on welcoming their baby Fred Miller to the world last week. Fred is doing really well and we are looking forward to meeting him at some stage. Mr Miller will be back at school next week after spending time with Lucy and Fred for the past week or so.

Health Curriculum Community Consultation – Wednesday March 21st – We thank the families who responded to our Health Curriculum survey at the end of 2017. It is important to us that we are responsive to the needs of our community when planning and reviewing our school curriculum. To complete this process, we are holding two meetings where we will outline our proposed Health programme, based on Ministry of Education guidelines as well as the feedback we received from the survey. The first session will be at 9am on Wednesday March 21st and if that doesn’t suit we will have another session at 5:30pm. As always, parent input is valued and we welcome your attendance.

Teacher Only Day Thanks – Our teaching staff had a very valuable day in Palmerston North on Friday, visiting schools in the area. The schools we visited are all implementing future focussed, innovative curriculums so it was great for us to be able to see such programmes in action.

We also connected with staff from a number of other schools in our local area.  Over 70 teachers were involved and 8 schools visited! The day was a really useful experience for our staff and we thank our parents and whanau for your support in enabling us to make the most of a teacher only day.

Innovative Learning in Action: It was an exciting afternoon across the school yesterday with Totara Room exploring a range of Science, Technology and Electronics equipment.

While that was going on our Y7/8 Impact Environmental Group were busy planning their recycled tyre addition to the playground after their teamwork warm-up activity.

Fun learning in action!

Parent Help – Police Vetting –  Thank you to all parents who have already returned your police vetting forms.  Please return completed forms to the office as soon as possible. Parents who have already completed vetting forms for camp and play group will not require to fill in another form. A copy of your New Zealand driver’s licence will be required. More forms are available at the school office. We appreciate everyone’s support with keeping our children safe.

Free Out of Hours Music Lessons– The Ministry of Education provides a range of free music lessons that families are welcome to take advantage of. The list is displayed on the noticeboard in the school foyer.

Home & School Fundraiser:

Nachos & Biscuits – Friday 23rd March. Order forms were distributed yesterday. Orders and money must be to the school office by 9.00am Wednesday 21 March. Please note – no change can be given.


Sports Opportunities:

Inglewood Country Schools Cluster Swimming Sports – Tuesday March 20th: Next Tuesday, our strongest swimmers will be in action at the annual cluster swimming sports in Inglewood. This event will be for 8 year olds and up. Participants will bring information home this week.


Inglewood Junior Rugby- Registrations are now open. If your child is playing rugby this year or is interested in playing, all the details of how to register and the dates for this season are on our facebook page. Join us for all the up to date details. Only $30 for one player, $20 for each other sibling registered. Free t-shirt, ages 4-13.


Inglewood AFC Junior Soccer Muster Days:

Sunday 18th March: 10am – 12pm

Monday 19th March: 5pm – 6.30pm

Any enquiries contact Vicki Houkamau on 0210794166 or email vickihh68@gmail.com

Community Notices:

Taranaki LandGirls invite you to join us on a visit to Stephanie and Hans Michel’s inspiring property at 2211 Tarata Road, Tarata, on Sunday 25 March at 12.45pm.  Skilfully integrating stock with edible garden, trees and power generation from renewable sources, the Michel family have created a remarkable property.  Please do take up this opportunity to visit a truly “down to earth” property and its developers. Carpool from Inglewood railway station leaving 12.00.  $5 per person plus contribution to drivers.  RSVP by Friday 23 March, to Claire Butler on 027 298 0866 or thescottkid@gmail.com.


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.