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

We welcome Connie Gordge to the Sunshine Room this week. It is wonderful to have you with us Connie. We know you’ll be an amazing Norfolk superstar!

Norfolk Legends:

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

Sunshine Room: Donovan Kemsley & Connor Murray

Mamaku Room: Billie Boyd & Chloe Fraser

Tui Tree: Max Jury & Esme Kelsen

Totara Class: Savana Leathers & Tyla Schimanski

Moa Hut: Hamish Salisbury, Ebonee Good, Mya Mitchell, Brayden Hussey

Summit Room: Chloe Wheatley & Linkin Huta


School Value Focus – Compassion and Empathy – Empathy is understanding and feeling a situation from someone else’s point of view. Compassion is having concern for others and looking after them. At school we will be focusing on these important values and how we can strengthen our relationships when we show empathy and compassion.

We encourage parents and whanau to also discuss empathy and compassion at home with your children.


New Entrant Enrolments for 2019

We’re nearly half way through the year and it’s already time for us to start planning our year ahead in 2019! It’s really important that we know about all of our new entrants who will be starting next year so that we can plan their transition to school effectively. If you live within our school zone and have a 4 year old who will be starting school in 2019, please complete the enrolment pack if you haven’t already done so.

Contact the office or Mr Georgeson for more information.


Parent Teacher Meetings – Tuesday July 3rd

Mid Year Written Reports will be sent home on Friday June 29th. The following week we will be holding Parent Teacher interviews. These are a great opportunity to check on your child’s learning progress and discuss ways that we can all work together. Appointment booking slips have been sent home today or you can pop in to the office and book your slot.



Matariki Celebrations

Tui Tree and Totara Rooms had a wonderful day of Matariki Celebrations last Wednesday. It was fantastic to see the use of produce from our gardens combined with baking of Rewana bread and even some fry bread! Thank you to everyone who helped make this day such a success!


Building Alterations – We’re also really pleased to see our friends the builders starting on our junior covered area today. There is safety fencing in place to ensure everyone’s safety but please do take care when walking around this area. The children in the junior team are loving seeing the builders in action outside their window!


Teacher Paid Union Meeting – Thursday June 28th

NZEI have called for all teacher union members to attend a Paid Union Meeting on this date. This is to discuss progress on the campaign for the Ministry of Education and the Government to urgently deliver more resources and staffing so schools can better support students, and for greater recognition for teachers in New Zealand so that the growing teacher shortage is addressed before it impacts further.

We are calling on the Government to do what’s right so students can continue to access quality public education in this country.

The majority of our teaching staff will attend this meeting, which starts at 2:30pm. There will be a skeleton staff, including myself and support staff available at school from 2pm. Children will be supervised until the end of the day but parents may choose to collect their children at 2pm if you wish.

There are separate meetings for Principals and I will be attending one at 8am on the same day.

We thank you for your support with this matter.


Norfolk Home & School Bobby Calf Fundraiser:

We are asking for farmers to donate bobby calves to the school. If you are willing to donate please contact Paula Good – 0274139425 for more information. Thank you for your support!


Norfolk Hall AGM: When:  Tuesday 26 June 7.30pm, Where:  Norfolk Hall. All welcome, please come along and support the continuation of our community hall.  Any queries please contact Paula Marshall 021 1363893.


Dates For Your Calendar:

Monday June 25th – Wednesday June 27th – ERO Visiting Norfolk School

Wednesday June 27th – Year 5/6 Inter-school Soccer and Netball @ Coastal School

Wednesday June 27th – Year 7/8 Rippa Rugby Tournament – New Plymouth

Thursday June 28th – Teacher Paid Union Meetings – 2pm

Friday June 29th – School Reports Home

Tuesday July 3rd  – Home and School – Free Winter Breakfast for all children!

Tuesday July 3rd  – Parent Teacher Interviews

Thursday July 5th – Home and School Anderson’s Pie Orders arrive

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.