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

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

School Focus: To Create Quality Work

To do this we need to think about:

-What does quality work mean? Look like?

-What behaviours help me create quality work?

-What does quality over quantity mean?

We will be talking about this in class, discussions at home would be really worthwhile as well.

Social Media – In today’s tech savvy world, there are endless wonderful tech tools that make our lives easier and more interesting. Social media is well and truly a part of many of our lives. As with most good things in life, however, there is always the possibility that things can go wrong as well.

At the moment in our community Instagram is very popular with our older children. On the whole interactions with their peers are positive, but there are times when things are said online that we would not say in person and these can hurt others around us. Things can go very wrong on social media. Children are not using these apps at school, but they are interacting with their peers using them outside of school.

As parents, it is absolutely imperative that you are fully aware of what interactions your children are having through social media. Please, set clear rules for your children. As a parent, it is your right and responsibility to monitor how this is being used and how your child is being affected by the social media. The minimum age to open an account on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, Tumblr, Kik, and Snapchat is 13.

My suggestion to parents is that this age restriction is in place for a very good reason reason. If none of our youth had accounts on these apps, they are 100% guaranteed to be safe from any harm that can be caused by them.

Norfolk Legends:

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

Sunshine Room –  Jarrah Thompson

Mamaku Room – Max Jury

Tui Tree –  Zoe Knowles

Moa Hut – Reef Ward

Summit Room – Bree Wills-Stachurski

Parent / Teacher Interviews – Monday July 3rd and Tuesday July 4th

It’s great to see most families have booked an appointment for Parent/Teacher meetings. If you haven’t done so yet, please make sure you do. We value the information shared at these meetings.

Kapa Haka Performance and  Māori Community Hui – Our new Kapa Haka ropu will have their very first performance for whanau on the last day of term, Friday July 7th at 9:15am. We invite all parents of performers to join us. Following this we will hold our mid-year Māori Community Hui. We encourage all of our Māori community to come along and share your ideas, questions and aspirations for our Māori learners.

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.