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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.

Year 7/8 Camp – Our Year 7/8’s are off to Rotorua for their camp next week! Everyone is really excited about the great times ahead! Parents of Year 7/8’s, please look out for the last minute notice coming home today. Everyone should have one!

Swimming Pool – As the evenings get cooler, our pool temperature is dropping as well. We will be closing the pool at the end of this week. Please note that the pool will no longer be available for swimming from Saturday March 24th. Once again we owe a MASSIVE thanks to Simon McKerchar for taking on the maintenance of our pool this season. Simon has invested a great deal of his time into the pool so that our children and community can have the benefit of such a wonderful facility.

Parent Helpers form – Each year I send out a parent help form so that we can have an up to date database of the amazing people in our community who have skills that they are willing to support school with. This form will come with the newsletter today so thank you in advance if you send yours back.

Home Learning Policy Review – Through our new Schooldocs Policy framework, we are due to review our home learning policy. Parents are invited to be part of this process. To contribute, simply follow these instructions:

  1. Visit the website http://norfolk.schooldocs.co.nz/1893.htm
  2. Enter the username (norfolk) and password (potential).
  3. Follow the link to the relevant policy as listed.
  4. Read the policy.
  5. Click the red Policy Review button at the top right-hand corner of the page.
  6. Select the reviewer type “Parent”.
  7. Enter your name (optional).
  8. Submit your ratings and comments.

If you don’t have internet access, school office staff can provide you with printed copies of the policy and a review form.

Year 7/8 Technology –  A reminder that if you are dropping your child at Inglewood High for Technology on Monday morning, please notify the school office so we can account for every student. The Tech bus leaves at 8:35am from Norfolk so please ensure your child is here on time to catch the bus.

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.

Inglewood Country Schools Cluster Swimming SportsCongratulations to all of our swimmers who took part in the Country Schools Swimming Sports in Inglewood yesterday. It was a hot day poolside and the racing was even hotter! Top three placegetters in each final will go on to compete at the Town vs Country Swimming in Stratford on April 6th.

Congratulations to Amelia Hitchcock – Amelia entered a Wakeboard Competition in the weekend held at Lake Maraetai, Mangakino.  This was her very first Wakeboard competition, with 40 competitors in total. The day consisted of two rounds, qualifying in the morning and then finals in the afternoon. The conditions on the day were a little windy which in turn made the water a little rough,not ideal for wakeboarding. Amelia did a great job of showing the judges the tricks that she has been learning over the summer. She was the top qualifier in her heat, and after a long day, finally it was prize giving time. She was very excited to learn that she had won First Place! Well done Amelia!


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.

Sports and Community Notices:

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: If you haven’t registered your Junior Soccer/Football players there is still time.

Registration forms can be found on the Inglewood AFC website or click the link below:


Email your registration forms to vickihh68@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.