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Term 4 Values Focus: Manaakitanga  – Displaying care and support for others in all that we do.

Tena koutou katoa, 

Wow, we are in week 5 already! The term is absolutely flying by!

We are looking forward to our Kahui Ako o Kohanga Moa/Inglewood Community of Learning’s biggest sporting event of the year next Wednesday at TET Stadium. All children will be taking part! Year 1-3 children will have a fun tabloid sports rotation on the back fields while Year 4- 8’s will have 100m sprints, high jump, long jump discus and shot put. 

This is a great opportunity for all, from our most social competitors to our most competitive athletes. Our school is organising the senior athletics events. We would love to see parents and whanau supporting and helping where needed please. 

Crop Sharing Stand: Mr Flay is back volunteering with two groups of our senior students in our workshop on Thursday mornings. This term the group have been working on a crop sharing stand that will live in front of the junior lobby. 

Yesterday they finished their masterpiece and it looks awesome! We’ll give it a nice paint job and it’ll be ready for produce. We welcome the public to add their surplus garden produce to the stand for others to use or swap. We’ll also put our own produce on it for you to help yourselves to. 

Thanks again Mr Flay, we absolutely love working with you!

Plant Propagation Area: Over the past term or so, Mr Miller has quietly been working away on his passion project with some like-minded students. They have been building a plant propagation unit in our orchard. This is a high-tech set up, with a seed raising area along with an automatic watering system for potted plants around the outside. It’s very impressive!

Mr Miller has already made use of it with a variety of native seedlings already growing. These will be raised and sold for riparian planting or used in our own enviro-projects. We’re also keen to help local farms with riparian planting next year, so please get in touch with Mr Miller or Mr G if you would like our volunteer workforce for your planting!

We are very grateful to the Wood family for their kind donation of steel for this project!

Swimming Pool Keys – We will be preparing our swimming pool for the upcoming summer over the next few weeks and pool keys are now available from the school office. We are keeping the cost of keys at $55 (including a refundable $5 deposit) again this year. Our pool is a very popular community asset and it is very expensive to run. To keep it open over the summer break we rely on community support so please hire your key to keep it going. 

Swimming Pool Volunteers – Massive thanks to Craig Sampson, Patrick McQueen, Craig Morgan and Ben Goldby for volunteering your time to keep the pool chlorinated, clean and safe for swimming this season. Without our volunteers we couldn’t keep the pool open!

We’ve also had three parents who have offered to help keep the changing rooms and toilet clean throughout the season.

Nathan Hitchcock and Simon Leathers from Moa Milking and Pumping are servicing our pool plant and cleaning up the pool this weekend and we will hopefully be open for swimming towards the middle of next week. 

Thank you to all of our volunteers, without you we can’t keep our pool open and available to the community!

Mural– Last term, Miss Carter, along with a number of our students, painted this awesome mural on three full sized sheets of plywood. The Mural is now complete and will soon be mounted on the outside Sunshine Room wall facing the mountain. 

The mural really sums up what Norfolk is all about, including our school values. We can’t wait to see how amazing it looks outside!

Norfolk Calf Team Success: 

Congratulations to Ross, Linda and Ryan, who competed in the South Taranaki Boys and Girls Calf Club Ross Syme Cup for three calves from a school in Kaponga last weekend. The team was awarded 2nd place overall! Well done all of you. We’re very proud!

Community Notices

AED Community Training – Thanks to the Department of Medicine Charitable Trust, Norfolk School will be receiving an AED Defibrillator unit, which will be available to our community. Our Home and School are providing an outdoor lock box for the unit, which will mean that it is available to the community 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. 

An AED, or automated external defibrillator, is used to help those experiencing sudden cardiac arrest. It’s a sophisticated, yet easy-to-use, medical device that can analyze the heart’s rhythm and, if necessary, deliver an electrical shock, or defibrillation, to help the heart re-establish an effective rhythm.

A trainer from the trust will be in our school on Thursday November 28th at 5pm. This session is open to the wider community, so please feel free to join us. Please let the office know that you will be coming so that we can arrange a space and trainers to suit the numbers. 

Kiwi Aversion Training – Saturday 23rd November – 8:30am – 10:30am. Free event: Please note participants must register by calling the DOC New Plymouth Office – 06 759 0350

Dates For Your Calendar:

Wednesday November 20th Inglewood Kahui Ako Athletics Day – Whole School

Friday November 22nd – Year 8 High Tea – Ka hao te Rangatahi

Tuesday November 26th – Taranaki Intermediate Athletics Champs

Thursday November 28th – Community AED Training – 5pm

Friday November 29th – Tough Kid Challenge Y5-8’s in Hawera

Monday December 2nd – Māori Whanau Hui – all welcome

Tuesday December 3rd – Parent Helper Thank You Morning Tea

Tuesday December 10th – Joe’s Music Assembly – 11:15am

Wednesday December 11th – End of Year Evening Showcase at Inglewood High 

Friday December 13th – Term 4 Ends