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Teacher and Principal Strike action – Wednesday August 15th

We are sending out this week’s newsletter a day early due to the closure of the school tomorrow, Wednesday 15th.

The school will be closed for the whole day and the Board of Trustees advises that no supervision will be provided for children on this day.

We understand that this action will cause inconvenience to families, for which we apologise. We feel very strongly however, that our education system is facing a serious shortage of teachers which is caused by uncompetitive salary and workload issues.

We ask that our community support us in this action, which we truly believe is in the best interests of future generations of our children.

Norfolk School will be closed on Wednesday August 15th.


School Focus – Respect – To show respect to other people by using supportive, respectful language.

Recently we have noticed an increase in inappropriate language in our playgrounds. We are working really hard to promote positive language at school and appreciate the support of parents as well. We are aware that many parents use ‘colourful’ language at home, which is of course your choice. We also know that children learn from their parents as much as they do at school. Your children will often copy what they learn from you. Please support us in encouraging respectful language. Maybe this could be a family goal at home too!


School Photos – Thursday August 16th – To accomodate for the McLeod Shield Rugby Tournament, senior classes will have their photos taken first on Thursday morning. We ask that all McLeod Shield Rugby players come to school before heading to the tournament.    


Learner Led Conferences – This term, Tui Tree, Totara, Moa Hut and Summit Rooms will be holding Learner Led Conferences. These are entirely student led and are a great opportunity for parents to see first hand what your children are learning and how they are involved in managing their own learning. To manage the process effectively, each class will have a different day for their conferences.

Tui Tree – Thursday August 23rd

Moa Hut – Tuesday August 28th

Summit – Wednesday August 29th

Totara – Thursday August 30th

Time slots will be available from 1:30pm till 5pm and will be approximately 15 minutes each. Booking sheets will be sent home shortly.


Cellphones at school – We understand that from time to time, children may require cellphones at school to communicate with parents after school or for specific learning tasks in class. We ask that these are handed to their teacher at the start of the day and they will be securely and safely stored.

_________________________________________________________________________Medication at school – With winter illness season well and truly upon us, we are seeing a lot of medication brought to school for children. Please ensure that this is handed to the office and a consent to administer medication form is filled in by parents. By law, we are not permitted to give medication to children without written consent.

Absence reminders – Please notify the office if your child/children will be absent. We are required by law to record reasons for absences and cannot accept notification from siblings or friends of children.


Norfolk School Cross Country – Monday August 20th – 1:30pm

We are really looking forward to our cross country next week! Races will start at 1:30pm. The event won’t last much longer than an hour and we ask that all spectators and children remain until the final runner has crossed the finish line.

To add to the excitement, our organisers have arranged a lucky spot prize draw and there will be an ice block for every child who encourages their family members to join in with the family joggle to end the day. We’d love to see you there!

As always, we are grateful to Fred and Wendy Marshall for allowing us to use their farm for our Cross Country event.


Calf Competition Opportunity

Although disappointing that we are unable to have calf events at our Show Day this year, the Taranaki Calf Championship is offering a poster project and on-farm judging this year. This is a great opportunity for those who are still keen to enter competitive calf competitions.

We will hopefully be able to display any posters at our own Show Day as well. More information is available at the school office.


Norfolk Home & School Bobby Calf Fundraiser:  We are asking for farmers to donate bobby calves to the school.

This is a very simple process, we provide you with special tags and you send them off as usual from your gate.

If you are willing to donate please contact Paula Good – 0274139425 for more information. Thank you for your support!


Dates For Your Calendar:

Wednesday August 15th – Teacher and Principal Strike Action

Thursday August 16th – School Photos

Thursday August 16th – McLeod Shield Rugby Tournament- NPL

Monday August 20th – Norfolk School Cross Country

Tuesday August 21st – Hurlstone Cup Netball Tournament – Day 1 NPL

Thursday August 23rd – Year 7/8 7’s Rugby Tournament – Inglewood

Thursday August 30th – McLeod Shield Rugby Tournament – Day 2

Tuesday September 4th – Inglewood Cluster Cross Country

Tuesday September 11th – Inglewood Cluster Soccer Tournament – Y5-8

Wednesday September 26th – Taranaki Cross Country – Hawera



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.