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

17 May, 2017

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

Our Year 8 Students returned from their Young Leaders Conference in Palmerston North inspired by their experience.  Below is a quick review of their day.

“I am a seed born of greatness”. This was the theme of the 2017 NYLD Conference.  The conference was very interesting with speakers who were really inspiring. They each had one special message for us.  “Believe in yourself”, “Don’t give up, nothing is impossible”, “If you can dream it, you can do it” were just a few of the messages we heard from the eight amazing speakers.

The conference was huge! There were over 2000 kids there from all around the Central North Island.  It was well worth the effort of leaving school at 6am!

It was really cool how the band Nomad wrapped up the day.  We left on a real high!

We would like to thank Mrs Guthrie, Mr Halliday and Mrs Saunders for helping this day happen for us.

By Samantha Cooper, Kalim Symons and Marco Brown.

Home reading books – Our junior team are currently conducting an audit on their reading resources.  To help with this could all home readers apart from the latest one they are reading be returned to school this week please.  Once we have completed the audit we will be able to purchase new reading books to help with our literacy programmes.

Year 5/6 Interschool Sports Competition

This competition starts this week with us hosting a fixture against Waitara East School on Friday. We welcome spectators to all of our games.  We have Rugby, Netball and Football teams.

The dates and times for fixtures are as follows:

Game 1 – Friday May 19th at 12.30 pm v Waitara East (At Norfolk).

Game 2 – Wednesday June 7th at 12.30 pm v Inglewood Primary (At Norfolk).

(this fixture was scheduled to play at Inglewood but some of their fields/courts are out of action due to building work so we will host them)

Game 3 – Thursday June 15th at 12.30 pm v Mangorei School (At Norfolk).

Game 4 – Thursday July 6th at 10:45 am v Puketapu School (At Puketapu- Leaving Norfolk at 9:30am).

Parent / Teacher Interviews – Monday July 3rd and Tuesday July 4th

Interim school reports will come home to parents and caregivers on Friday June 30th.  We will follow these with Parent / Teacher meetings which give you an opportunity to discuss your child’s progress and achievements with teachers, as well as next steps for their learning.  This is also a great opportunity to discuss any other thoughts that you might have.

We are aiming for 100% attendance to these meetings so please make a point of booking a time. Booking slips will be coming home next week.

Fruit tree donations: Thank you to the generous people who have already made donations for trees.  We would like to offer families in our community the opportunity to sponsor a fruit tree for $30.  This money will be used to purchase fruit trees that are best suited to our space and conditions.  One fruit tree will have your name on it to acknowledge your support.  Please pop in to the school office if you would like to sponsor a tree from your family.

School Focus: To be responsible for our rubbish throughout the school including thinking about ways we can sort and reduce, reuse and recycle our rubbish.

Following our rubbish audit last week we noticed a huge amount of uneaten food in our bins. Large numbers of whole sandwiches, whole fruit and unopened yoghurt containers were all found in the rubbish as well as a lot of half eaten foods. Because of this we will be asking all children to take their uneaten food home so that parents can see what they’re actually eating at school. This will help families to provide the right amount of food that their children enjoy eating.

Norfolk School Green Team – Enviro Group: We would love to keep up the momentum for our Riverside Walkway as the year continues. This will include pest animal monitoring and trapping, weed management and continuing to develop our pathways and outdoor classrooms.  We would really love some keen parents to help with the projects, so if you can help in any way, please talk to Mr Georgeson.

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.