Connect Communication

13th November 2019

Kia ora Whanau

We are zooming to the end of the year and are excited to complete our first year as a school. We are at school right through until lunchtime on December 20th due to our later start. We do have events planned for the end of the year so keep an eye on the calendar that is linked to our website. Our final assembly will be on Thursday 19th December at 2 pm.

We are setting up a display to farewell to our seven year eight students in the foyer. Please feel free to write and add messages to their kete on the wall.

If you have ideas and initiatives for Ararira as an Enviroschool please feel free to add these to our vision map in Pūtahi | Library. It will be wonderful to see these ideas come to fruition in the future.

Finally, the staff had a little bit of fun yesterday as we dressed up for cup day. As teachers we don't get to go to events like this so it was great to dress for the occasion. Whaea Nicky looked particularly fabulous.

Enjoy your show weekend,

Claire and the team
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Plans for 2020

Term dates have been set for 2020. With the change in the teachers' award, there are extra teacher only days allocated for 2020. In the past, any teacher only days needed to be made up in the total number of days the school was open for instruction. In our current agreement, we have eight teacher only days to use over the next three years.

Term 1: Mon 3rd February - Thu 9th April
Term 2: Tue 28th April - Fri 3rd July (TOD 2nd June Kahui Ako)
Term 3: Mon 20th July - Fri 25th September (TOD 21st Aug)
Term 4: Mon 12th October - Wed 17th December (TOD 12th Nov)

Class Structure for 2020
We can confirm our class structure for next year. We are having a shuffle around of location of year groups to best suit the number of children at the various levels.
Huarapa: Year 1, Year, 1, Year 1/2
Teretere: Year 2/3, Year 3/4
Kaunuku: Year 4/5, Year 5/6, Year 7/8

What's on in the weeks ahead . .

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Te Hapori Tautoko THT


Ararira Springs Disco

When: Friday 29th November
Where: Hikuwai (Beside Kelly Club)
Time: 6-7.30pm
Cost: $3 per child
Dress-up theme is encouraged
We are so excited to be organising our school disco for the learners at Ararira Springs School.
Important information
  • Tickets will be purchased when you arrive at the disco. Children will be signed in when they arrive and signed out when they leave. For safety reasons all children will need to be picked up by an adult or older sibling.
  • There is one disco for all year levels this year.
  • Extra money will not be required at this event. Food snacks and other activities will be included in the $3 cost of the ticket.
  • Children will need to bring a named water bottle to the disco.
  • A dress up theme is encouraged if children would like to get dressed up.
  • Next door to the disco there will be a whanau room for parents and caregivers who would like to stay and have a cuppa and a chat. Everyone is welcome, the more the merrier. Tea/coffee and yummy food will be provided. Please bring your own cup.
  • We would love volunteers to help with organising and setting up on the day of the disco. The times we need people are between 1.30pm to 4pm. If you can help for all or some of that time, we would really appreciate it. Please email us at to let us know if you can help.
We would like to thank Healthy Harvest with sponsoring us by providing fruit for students to eat at the disco
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THT Tuesday Morning Get-Togethers
These take place in Putahi (Library) every Tuesday morning once you have dropped your child or children at school. It is a warm welcoming environment where preschoolers are welcome. Please come along for a cuppa and a chat.

From the Office

Contact Information
Please make sure that you keep us informed if you change cellphone numbers, addresses etc so that we have up to date information to contact you in case of an emergency. You can email changes to

Don't forget to make sure your child has a sunhat in their bag for break-times this term- hats can be purchased in the office for $12.
Sexuality Ed

Sexuality Education

We are excited to have the Life Education Caravan with us next week and that will kick start our focus on sexuality education. Sexuality education is a broad term for learning about the body and relationships. This content was previously covered under the 'Keeping ourselves Safe' and 'Relating to Others'. Reproductive education is part of the content for Year 7 and 8.

Parents have the option of children not taking part in all activities if they let us know.

We are holding a parent session if you would like to find out more about the content of these lessons. This will be held on Monday 18th November, meeting at 6:45 pm for a 7 pm start in Pūtahi | Library.

Please RSVP to Trine if you plan on attending.

Starting School Review

Has your child started school with us this year as a five-year-old? We would love to hear from you. We are wanting to make the transition to school as painless and as useful as we can so we want to hear from you.

When? Dec 5th, 9-10:30
Where? Pūtahi | Library
What? A workshop for you to share your ideas, experience and aspirations.

We would love to reward you for your thinking with a wee morning tea. Please RSVP to Trine by the week prior so we know how many to expect!
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West Canterbury Collective Colouring Competition

Children have the opportunity to take place in this competition if they are keen. They can get a copy of the entry form from the office.
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Don't forget to check out Kelly Club Ararira for their holiday programme and before and after school care.
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Guitar/Singing or Ukulele

Katrina has spaces available for next term and next year.
Please get in touch if either you or your child would love some lessons.
Contact Katrina on either 322 5592 or 027 202 2309 or
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Merino Jumpers Care Instructions
We have been communicating with True Fleece Merino for the best way to care for their jumpers. They offer three care instructions;

  1. Buy the correct size to avoid extra wear and tear on long cuffs
  2. Use a liquid, eco friendly wool wash product
  3. Avoid drying the garment in the sun.
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