Kia ora koutou, Ni hao, Talofa Lava, Guten Tag, and Hello to you all,
Kia ora koutou, Ni hao, Talofa Lava, Guten Tag, and Hello to you all!
What an incredible year we have had this year! It’s hard to believe we are almost at Christmas already. It seems like only yesterday that we were welcoming everyone back to school after the summer holidays! When we are busy, the time seems to go by faster and we certainly have certainly been busy this year.
During Term 1 we had a lot of fun events to add excitement and motivation to our timetable. Despite the variable weather, we managed to have swimming sports, a school duathlon and even a surfing trip for a lucky bunch of Year 7/8’s.
We also had great community involvement with a highly successful community working bee, which was focussed around our sustainable gardens. From that one morning we were able to construct a garden shed, mulch around our raised garden beds, replant our entrance gardens, erect basketball goals and carry out a number of other useful tasks as well! It was a wonderful turnout from our community and we appreciated the support. Our Friends of Norfolk School day, where grandparents, parents relatives and family friends were able to share in the learning of their loved ones was another lovely morning to share with our community.
Term two involved Year 5/6 Interschool Sports with our Rugby team making the semi-finals stage. We also loved our visit from Sparky the one legged kiwi and our intermediates showcased their technology learning at Inglewood High School.
One word describes Term three, WET! We experienced the same frustrations that our farming friends did, mud and frustrated animals! Amid the watery weather, we were able to somehow fit in cross country events, Year 7/8 Interschool Sports and our first appearance at the Taranaki Gymsports Competition for a group of our Year 3-5 children.
Thanks to Fonterra, we were also privileged to host the TVNZ Breakfast TV team, including weatherman Matty McLean. It was an early start but the experience was a very special one that our children will remember for a very long time.
A highlight of Term 4 was of course Show Day, which was a fantastic success again this year. Seeing the culmination of hours and hours of caring for animals as well as the community rallying around the day was a delight. Show Day is a huge part of being part of Norfolk School and we truly love sharing it with our wider community.
Once again, our community pulled together this term to empty, prepare, repaint and refill the pool ready for another season. We had fantastic turnout of parents throughout this week long process and I thank you all for your contribution. I would like to acknowledge Nathan Hitchcock in particular for his efforts and guidance, and many hours preparing the water once the pool was refilled. Bryce and Leeann Hunger also deserve special mention for draining and refilling the pool, saving us days of waiting. Simon McKerchar and Craig Sampson will be maintaining the pool over the summer and we are very grateful to both of your for your commitment to allow this wonderful facility to remain available to the community.
We’ve also had Athletics events, Tabloid Sports, School Whanau House Sports and we have loved being able to enjoy our swimming pool a lot in the last two weeks.
Our Year 8 High Tea was another lovely Norfolk tradition held last Friday evening. This was a wonderful send-off to a very special bunch of Year 8’s this year and thanks to our awesome Home and School Group, they had a night that they will cherish for many years to come.
Year 8’s Leaving Norfolk School this year
Stuart Dickens, Marco Brown, Tobias Grigg, Reuben Halliday, Callum Rae, Spencer Harkness-Gower, Cameron Hunger, Samantha Cooper, Maia Belchamber, Taylah Saunders, Logan Rae, Baily Parkinson-Watt
It is also with sadness that we farewell Mrs Helene Guthrie from Norfolk School at the end of this year. Helene has been teaching at Norfolk for 15 years and in that time she has made wonderful connections with our staff, students and their families. Helene is looking forward to having a change of pace and direction, although she isn’t quite sure what that will involve just yet! I’m sure you’ll approach your new challenges in your typically positive fashion Helene!
We also farewell Mrs Julie Swanepoel as a regular staff member in our school. Julie has also served our school for a number of years in a variety of roles. Your flexibility and positivity have been wonderful in our School Julie and we thank you for your contribution. We will most likely see Julie back again as a reliever next year so we are sure this is not goodbye for ever!
It’s now time for the children to recharge over the summer break and hopefully you all have a chance to really connect as a family and enjoy some quality time together. Our children grow up so fast, so make the most of the time while you can!
Have a wonderful, happy and safe holiday season!
Nga mihi koutou – acknowledgements to you all for your support.
Andrew Georgeson – Principal