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Tena koutou katoa, 

This week Norfolk School turned 140 years old! It has been wonderful to see so many people coming in to see the display that is in the hallway. We have enjoyed learning more about the number of family generations of Norfolk students we have in our school. There sure is a very rich and proud history in our school. 

Norfolk Cross Country – by the time this newsletter is read, our Cross Country is likely to be underway! So far the weather has been on our side, let’s hope that remains! For our more serious runners, our Inglewood Cluster Cross Country will be held on September 3rd and the Taranaki Champs will be on September 25th. More information will follow regarding these events. 

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

Mamaku Room: Mac Hitchcock & Connor Murray

Tui Tree: Mason Fabish & Bella Gordge

Totara Room: Brayden Yearbury-Wood & Joel Good

Moa Hut: Cody Putt

Mana Tangata Award for Playground Leadership: Tyla Schimanski & Joel Good

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Hurlstone Cup Netball Tournament – Yesterday our Year 7/8 Netball Team took part in the Hurlstone Cup Netball Competition in Waitara. The girls played four games winning one and losing three, they improved with every game and showed outstanding sportsmanship in supporting each other and their rivals. We thank our outstanding parents and supporters for your enthusiasm and special thanks goes to Mrs Shepherd for coaching the team. Well done to you all!

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McLeod Shield Rugby – Our Year 7/8 McLeod Shield Rugby team made an awesome start in the first tournament day at the New Plymouth Racecourse last Thursday. They won all three of their games against Eltham, Manaia and Ngaere Schools. Well done team, you were a pleasure to watch! 

The next tournament will be on Monday, September 16th at Rahotu, where we will play another two games against St Joseph’s Opunake and Rahotu School.

Next Wednesday is the Taranaki 7’s Rugby Tournament so our sports mad rugby players certainly have plenty on at the moment!

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Te Huihuinga o Ngā Tātarakihi Primary Schools Cultural Festival 2019:

Our Kapa Haka group Makete-hinu are performing this Friday 23rd of August 2019 at Te Huihuinga o Ngā Tātarakihi Primary Schools Cultural Festival 2019. This is to be held at The City West Church on Poplar Grove in  New Plymouth. Our performance time is 1.45pm. The times are an indication ONLY and groups may perform earlier or later than what is advertised. If you are planning on coming along to support us please arrive at least 20 mins before performance to ensure you get in the door before they are closed for performances. All performances will be live streamed on Te Korimako O Taranaki 94.8FM or 98.4FM.

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School Donations: Thank you to the 50 families who have chosen to pay your school donations so far this year. We appreciate that finding money for such donations can be a challenge for families but they really do make a difference to our school and what we can provide for your children. 

We also know that sometimes we simply forget, so we will be sending reminders out this term for families who have not paid their donations. Donations are voluntary and it is your choice to pay or not. As a donation, you are also entitled to claim 33% back in your annual tax return. 

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Learner Led Conferences: We are holding Learner Led Conferences again this term for the Tui Tree, Totara, Moa Hut and Summit Rooms. These conferences are a chance for your child to share their learning with you and also for you to be able to see what they have been working on. A lot of planning time from the students goes into these sessions so please do come along. Conferences will be held over four days from September 2 -5, with each class having an afternoon allocated to them. 

Booking sheets have now been sent home to parents.

The Te Kakano Team (Sunshine and Mamaku Rooms) will have a combined open session where parents and whanau will be invited in to see how they operate. This date will be confirmed shortly. 

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Daffodil Day – Friday 30th August 2019:

Norfolk School will be supporting Daffodil Day on Friday, 30th August. Students are asked to bring a gold coin donation. Thank you for your support.

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We use the Skool Loop app to help keep our community informed. Newsletters, the school calendar, and special notices are shared through the app directly to your phone. This app will also be the primary method we would use to inform our community of emergency events, so please take the time to add it to your phone or device. 

To download the app, visit the app store and search ‘skool loop’. Install the app and once this is done you can select Norfolk School. It’s as simple as that. ______________________________________________________________________________

Dates For Your Calendar:

Wednesday August 28th – Year 7/ 8 7’s Rugby Tournament – NP Racecourse

Mon Sept 2nd – Thurs Sept 5th – Learner Led Conferences (Tui,Totara, Moa, Summit)

Tuesday Sept 3rd – Inglewood Cluster Cross Country 

Monday September 16th – Y7/8 McLeod Shield Rugby Tournament – Rahotu

September 18/19th – Taranaki Gymsports Competition – Waitara

Tuesday September 24th – Inglewood Cluster 7’s Soccer

Wednesday September 25th – Taranaki Cross Country – Hawera

Friday September 27th – Term 3 Ends