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Kia ora koutou, ni hao, talofa lava, guten Tag, sawadee krub, and hello to you all,

School Focus: To display Pride (Whakapehapeha) in all we do – In sports, our learning and activities and in our environment. We take pride in all our achievements.


Norfolk Legends:

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

Sunshine Room: Ruakere Mathieson-Julian & Oscar Yateman

Mamaku Room: Andreas Hunt & Jarrah Thompson

Tui Tree: Max Jury & Neo Edgcombe-Waters

Totara Class: Sian Neilson & Chris Chambers

Moa Hut: Corban West & Riley Dravitzki

Summit Room: Maia Thompson & Nicole Honeyfield


Athletic Sports – Tuesday November 20th

The annual Country Cluster Athletic Sports will be held at the TET Stadium in Inglewood on Tuesday November 20th. This is a challenge by choice event for 8 year olds and up. Please return permission forms by tomorrow (Thursday Nov 15th).


Yr 5 & 6 Camp Payments: Due by Friday 23rd November

Our Yr 5 & 6 Camp Bank Account is TSB 15-3946-0359560-00 (this differs from our usual bank account number). Please ensure you enter your child’s name and Yr 5/6 Camp in the details. Thank you.


Swimming Pool Keys – The days are warming up and we have started the pool clean-up process this week. We are hoping the pool will be ready for swimming by the end of next week. Pool keys will be available for hire again this season at the usual cost of $55 which includes a $5 bond. These will be available at the office from Wednesday next week. The pool costs the school well over $5000 per year to operate, which is not funded by the Ministry of Education. Your pool key donations make it possible for us to keep the pool open.

Our pool is a fantastic community asset and we open it before the holidays so that the community can enjoy it over the holiday period. This would not be possible without the outstanding support of Moa Milking and Pumping, who help us with start-up and equipment maintenance.

Simon McKerchar will again be maintaining the pool as a volunteer. This is a massive commitment and one that we are truly grateful for. If you are willing to help with the pool management for any days over the holidays, Simon would appreciate the support. Contact Mr Georgeson for more information.


Show Day Trophies – Please return these to the school office this week for engraving. This will enable us to send them home engraved before the end of the year. Thank you.

Parent Helper Thank you Morning Tea – Wednesday December 12th  – We would like to extend a warm welcome to any parents/whanau who have supported us with class trips, activities, sports teams or programmes this year. We will host a morning tea on December 12th where we can get together, have a catch-up and reflect on our wonderful community. Invites will come home, but we also encourage you to spread the word as we don’t want anyone to miss out!


Policy Review – Our guiding Policies and Procedures are managed through an online format called School Docs. This format provides us with consistency in our governance of the school. Each term we review some of our policies and procedures to ensure that these are current and meet legal requirements.  

Thank you to the people who have taken the time to complete reviews on the policies so far this year. Our Board of Trustees are in the process of considering all of the feedback that has been submitted and updating our policies accordingly. Your feedback also goes to Schooldocs where it is evaluated along with all of the other reviews conducted from schools across New Zealand. Trends in feedback are identified and changes made where applicable.

This term, Whanau are invited to review the policy

Improving Educational Outcomes for Māori Students.

  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 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.


Community Notices:

Weetbix Tryathlon – Tuesday 26 March, 2019 – entries are now open online for this iconic event. The Tryathlon always sells out so we recommend that you register now to avoid disappointment. Entries are all online and are separate from the school. You can enter by clicking on this link or visit www.tryathlon.co.nz

________________________________________________________________________________Dates For Your Calendar:

Tuesday November 20th – Inglewood Cluster Athletics – TET Stadium

Tuesday November 27th – School Tabloid Sports- From 11:15am at school

Wednesday November 28th – Town vs Country Athletics – TET Stadium

Thursday November 29th – Girls Golf Day – Fitzroy Golf Club

Friday November 30th – Year 8 High Tea

Friday November 30th – Tough Kids Challenge Yr 6 – 8

Monday December 3rd – Wednesday December 6th – Y5 /6 Camp @ Vertical Horizons

Tuesday December 11th – End of Year Showcase – Inglewood High

Wednesday December 12th – Parent Helper Thank you Morning Tea

Friday December 14th – Term 4 Ends



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.