Panui Term 2/01



T2/01                                                                                                                              27th May 2020


Tena koutou, kia orana, talofa lava,

These have certainly been challenging times with lockdown and working at Levels 3 and 2. At level 2 schools are safe places for children to be.

We continue to run online learning for those who are still at home but hope to see them back here in the near future.

A huge thank you to the parents and caregivers that helped their children with online learning and often extended that with ideas of their own. We really enjoyed the photos and videos of children and their work.

A big thank you to YMCA for delivering our iPads to families during full lockdown, to Takimoana Morehu-Cookson for his great lockdown PE activities and to teachers throughout the country for sharing their resources for online teaching.

Parent Calendar and School Newsletters

We are running a parent calendar on our school website which gives parents dates and times for events they may be interested in. Go to and click on the calendar link. Our latest newsletter can also be accessed from the home page.

We also have a facebook page on which teachers post a range of reminders, photos from events or class activities, or requests -

We will e-mail the newsletter out to parents and caregivers  that we have e-mail addresses for. If you don't receive an e-mail copy and would like to ring Donna in the office - 07 886 9765 and give her the e-mail address you would it sent to.

Covid-Level 2 Procedures for Strathmore School

What we are doing at school to keep children safe can be found at this URL

.Due to Covid-19 tracing we would appreciate it if parents did not come on to school grounds. If you do have to come in to school please come to the office first and sign in.

.Children need to bring their own drink bottles to school as the fountains are closed at Level 2.

.If you were given a school iPad during the lockdown and have not done so please send it back when your child returns to school. Please make sure you include the charger.

.Please remember we finish at 2.40 p.m. this term and next term.

Children Still learning at Home

Thank you for your support during the last few months, as together we united against the challenges of Covid-19.

Alert Levels 3 and 2 brought relief for many families and whānau, as it was once again safe for their children and young people to physically attend school.

Getting back to a normal routine is important for the health and wellbeing of your children, and being around their peers and teachers will help them feel in control and reassured. We are looking forward to welcoming your children back to school and making it a positive experience for them and for you.

Regularly attending school really matters when it comes to your child's learning and their future. We are here to help and will be happy to talk about any challenges you have in ensuring they are back at school


Lunches are available for purchase from the office.

Lunches can be purchased at the office between 8.30 and 9.00 each day.  

Lunches for Term 2 are available through Subway - $5.00 for a six inch sub.

Below are the options available so please make sure your child(ren) know what they want before they place their order.




White Bread

Wheat Bread



Roast Beef

Chicken Pieces









New World/Anchor Awards

Each week one child in each class receives a New World/Anchor Student of the Week Certificate. These come with a tear off tab that the child can take in to New World to receive a discounted purchase.  Students of the Week from the last two weeks are


 Term 1 Wk 7  - 21st March

Term 2 Wk 6 - 22nd  May


Nikaia Quaife

Rodney Crichton


Tia Kamire

Rongomai Pirihi


Samuel Neho

Sophie-Grace Tereu


Natalie Sefuiva

Tiaki Ormsby-Green


Taylah-Jay Quaife

Joshua Tangiora


Joshua Tuaiti

Lyrik-lee Whare


Karta-Mo Rolleston

Alex Henderson

A big thank you to New World and Anchor for their ongoing sponsorship.

Positive Behaviour For Learning School Wide (PB4L SW) - Keeping It REAL

At Strathmore School positive behaviour management is implemented through our Keeping REAL expectation: Respect, Excellence, Attitude and Leadership.

For week 7 and 8 we are looking at Waiaro -Attitude - I mahia e au - I did it - Admitting doing something wrong

This is all around attitude. How we deal with things. Its ok to be upset and get angry but its not ok to damage things or hurt others. When we make a mistake, take a deep breath and stop. Think about what happened how you can put it right.

How can you help at home?

Talk about what happens when things go wrong. Lead by example. Say sorry when you need to. I remember when I first started teaching I made a mistake, I said sorry to my class, I was being observed at the time and was told never admit you are wrong. That doesn't sit well with me. Accidents happen, saying sorry is a very simple way of starting to set things right.

Social Worker in Schools (SWiS)

We welcome Frances Deane to Strathmore School as our newly appointed Social Worker in Schools.

What does a Social Worker in Schools do?

The Social Worker in Schools (SWIS) work in partnership with families - whanau in a voluntary (non statutory) relationship which respects the family's right to participation. 

SWIS role is -

·       To work with families that may be experiencing difficulties with their children

·       To assist parents/caregivers in maintaining positive relationships with their children.

·       To assist in maintaining positive links with the schools and advocate on behalf of the family to resolve any difficulties or misunderstandings arising for their or their children's relationships with the school.

Some of the reasons for referrals may include

·       Family circumstances

·       School attendance

·       Behaviour

·       Social skills/Peer pressure/Bullying

·       Performance

·       Sudden changes

·       Information, advice and support

 If you need to access Frances please either contact Murray Kendrick or Donna Hartley at the office on 886 9765 or contact Frances on 027 291 9353


Free Ear Clinic Service for Children

There is a free Ear Clinic available to parents which is able to do the following -

1.    Glue ear assessment and management

2.    Wax/Foreign body removal

1.    Grommet checks

2.    Treatment for discharging ears

The clinic will be by appointment at the Outpatient Dept, Tokoroa Hospital.

For an appointment please phone 07 885 0640  - The Receptionist, Outpatient Dept, Tokoroa Hospital

Upcoming Dates

Mon 1 June            Queen's Birthday - School closed

Misinformation about Schools

Kia Ora koutou whānau

It appears that there has been a number of cases of misinformation both by people in the community and on social media with regard to what schools are able to do.
I have posted below what the Secretary of Education Iona Holstead has sent out today to make it clear as to what is expected of schools under Level 2.

" Early this week, and again today I have been alerted to social media content that is wrong and unnecessarily upsetting parents and whānau. The gist of the misinformation is that the law passed on 13 May gives powers to Police and others to uplift children from school if they appear unwell and forcibly test for COVID-19, and administer medication including flu vaccinations.
As you already know, neither Police, Oranga Tamariki nor anyone else have been given any such powers. If a child is unwell at your school or kura, you contact their parents or caregivers in the usual way to collect them. If you have concerned parents or whānau, I know you'll reassure them that there is no change to school practice."

Ngā mihi

Murray Kendrick

School Reopening Under Level 2

Kia Ora Koutou

I hope you are all keeping safe in your bubbles.

As we look at moving to Covid-19 Alert level 2 we are making preparations at school to have more children on site when we open on Monday 18th May.

Unless they are engaged with us already on site our school site will not be open for extra students until we open under Level 2 on Monday 18th May.

The Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Education have stated "It is safe for all students and staff to return to school in Alert level 2. Schools are safe because hygiene habits will be strong and schools will put into place safe and sensible practice."

We have put together a document that outlines what we will be doing to ensure child safety here at school. This can be accessed at

As part of this please note the following:

  • For the next two weeks, would parents please drop off and pick up tamariki outside the school gate and not enter school grounds, unless you need to enrol a child, or visit the school office. Parents who need to come on site will need to sign our Covid-19 tracking register at the Office on entry.

  • Children will need to bring their own drink bottle to school as we will not be using the drinking fountains.

  • If your child was issued with a school iPad to use during lockdown please send it back with them when they come on Monday

  • Playgrounds will be open as of school being open at Level 2 (i.e as of Monday next week). Teachers will be requiring tamariki to wash their hands with soap/sanitiser before and after using the playground/playground equipment.

Enrolling tamariki

If you wish to enrol your child at Strathmore School the office is open from 8.30 - 2.30 at the moment. We encourage you to come in and enrol them now so that they are ready to start on Monday 18th May.

We will continue to make distance learning available to tamariki where needed.

If you have indicated you will be continuing with distance learning at Level 2 and change your mind you are welcome to send your child along to school from the 18th May onwards.

A reminder that if you have not already done so to complete our Level 2 survey found at this link

Schooling at Level 2

Kia Ora Koutou

I hope you are all keeping safe in your bubbles.

Like me, I am sure you have followed with interest the announcements made by the Prime Minister yesterday.

The Prime Minister advised that in Alert Level 2 schools are safe environments for children, young people and staff and that additional public health control measures are in place to prevent the spread of disease and to support contact tracing.

The good news is that when we are able to, we will be ready to welcome all students and staff back to our school site.

The key Public Health approach is to minimise the risk that someone gets infected in the first place, and second to ensure we can identify and contact anyone who has been in close contact with a person, if someone in a school is infected.


As we have done in Alert Level 3, you can be assured that in Alert Level 2 we will know who is at school, who our staff and students have been in close contact with and take appropriate measures to keep everyone safe.

Physical distancing is a good precaution to prevent the spread of disease. We do however know it is challenging in schools, so good hygiene practices and regular cleaning are even more important here. This includes staff and students coughing into their elbows, handwashing and drying and regular cleaning of commonly touched surfaces.


Under Alert Level 2, we advise any students and staff to stay at home if they are sick, and we will send anyone home immediately if they show any symptoms.


Our school has safe and sensible practices to maintain the health and safety of everyone on the school site.


It's important however that not just at school but at home, safe hygiene habits are practised by everyone, as this is essential to minimise the risk that someone gets infected with Covid-19.


For more information about the public health measures at Alert Level 2, you can visit the website:


As we look at moving to Covid-19 Alert level 2 we are making preparations at school to have more children on site.

In order to help us with those preparations we now need to know how many of you will be sending your children to school under Level 2, and how many plan to continue online learning.

It would be appreciated if you could complete the survey found at the link below so that we can plan effectively for the move to Alert Level 2.

Physical school will not be open under Alert Level 2 until Monday, 18th May at the earliest.

Murray Kendrick


Update - May 1

Morena Whānau
Our first week back on the school site draws to a close. We are running one bubble classroom in Room 1 at the moment.

Some update Information below

While we are at Level 3 for Covid-19 the advice is if at all possible to continue to keep your children at home.

Please let me know if you have one of the school iPads and it is telling you it needs to update to a later version of Seesaw -Class in order for children to do an activity. I can collect it and get it updated.

If your child has turned 5 and you wish to enrol them come in to the office and complete their paperwork. If we have not already got it we need to see a birth certificate and immunisation history.

Ms Tereu will be finishing our school week with a live Facebook video hui whakamutunga starting at 2.30 p.m. today

We will open school on Monday with a live ItsCooltoKōrero starting at 9.00 through our Facebook page

Stay Safe

Ngā mihi nui

Murray Kendrick

Decisionmaking Chart - Return to School

 Alert Level 3 Decision Flowchart
The chart on our facebook page is to give parents some idea as to whether or not their children should be attending school on our physical site or should continue learning from home.
It is based on the Ministry of Education recommendations.
The Ministry advice is that children who can stay home, should stay home. They are asking parents to keep them home if they can.
We still need a number of parents to inform us of their intentions for their children in order for us to prepare for Wednesday next week.
If you haven't already done so please go to
and complete the form for each of your children.

Parent/Whanau Level 3 Information

Kia ora koutou

We hope that Term 2 and our distance learning programme has been a success for you so far. We know there will have been any number of challenges for you to deal with but we have been getting some great feedback about the learning that is happening and thank you for all your support.

Yesterday the Government decided that we will move into Alert Level 3 on 28 April. That means school will be open to receive students from the 29th April.

We will start to prepare our site from today.

The key message for you is that if you can, you should keep your child at home. You should only physically send your child to school if you need to. If your child has a health condition that means they are at a greater risk of a severe illness you must keep them at home. If your child is sick please also ensure you keep them at home.

School will be open for those children who need to be at school and this could be due to parents who are essential workers or their workplace is able to open and there will be no adult at home taking care of the children between 9 - 3 p.m. We want the vast majority of our children learning from home especially if you need to keep your own bubble safe.

In order to ensure the safety of those children and our staff who do come to school, we will be operating with strict enforcement of health and safety measures.

I want to assure you that we will continue to support your child's learning at home.

Part of the organisation for reopening the school site is to survey you so when we are ready to operate we will know the number of tamariki we will be dealing with on site and how many staff we will need.

Please fill out the form regardless of whether you are sending your child to school or are going to continue to keep them home.

Please fill out 1 form per child.

Kia Kaha

Keep safe

Ngā mihi nui

Term 2 Update

Kia ora, kia orana, talofa lava


I hope all our whānau are safe in their bubbles.

With school starting online tomorrow I have a few bits and pieces for you

  • All tamariki whose parents have confirmed their lock-down addresses should receive the Ministry of Education's hardcopy learning pack over the next few days.
  • We are distributing school iPads to tamariki who have indicated they do not have a suitable online learning device today. A huge thank you to YMCA for doing this for us.
  • N4L, the Internet provider for schools have set up a safety filter that parents can set up on their child's learning devices from home. Just go to to find clear instructions on how to do this.
    The free N4L safety filter (by global cyber-security leader, Akamai) blocks websites containing known cyber threats like phishing scams, malicious content and viruses, while also protecting children from content deemed the worst of the web (like adult sites).
    It is an extension of one of the many safety and security services we have in place at schools and is a valuable layer of protection to help keep children safe online. Please remember that technology is not a silver bullet and the filter should be used in combination with Netsafe's online parent safety toolkit.
    How does it work?
    Once a child's device is set up, all internet search requests will go through the safety filterwhich checks if the website they are trying to visit is safe before allowing access. If it's a website that's known to be unsafe, then it will be blocked. The safety filter is applied to the child's device, so parents' devices are not affected.
  • TVNZ is running a special Education channel through  TV2+1 each day. See to see what is available.

   The Junior te reo program on at 10.05 a.m. is likely to fit in well with our #ItsCooltoKōrero programme

  • A reminder that SeeSaw and Zoom will be our major apps for delivering curriculum and staying in touch with our tamariki.
  • Keep an eye on our Facebook page and our Website for news and important messages. We will look at setting up a group e-mail for the school for news items etc. Send us your e-mail address if we don't have it to if you would like to be included.


We are all new to this so don't stress.



Kia kaha


Murray Kendrick


Term 2 Online Learning

Kia Ora koutou whānau


With term 2 starting on Wednesday a few bits and pieces for your information


While sorting our iPads for distribution to tamariki who don't have any it occurred to me how unique an opportunity this is for whānau to spend quality time together.

Yes we are going to get annoyed with each other, angry with what our tamariki do or won't do, but for a brief interlude we have an opportunity to connect and be together.

When our children were young I was so busy running a school that the opportunity to enjoy them never really presented itself or I used it as an excuse to not be there.

Now with grandchildren that I can't hug, read to, and enjoy because of the lockdown, I realise how much I lost with my own children.

Take the time to enjoy your children while you can. Take time to talk to them about your own childhood, the good memories and if appropriate the bad.


Which leads on to the whole issue of learning at home.

Yes we can provide a range of learning experiences for your tamariki.

We can ask you to supervise them while they do this, and yes their learning is important.

But please don't get uptight with them because they won't or can't do it.

Encourage them to give it a go but don't sweat the small stuff.

If you are out there building something or in the kitchen cooking with your child don't stop because it is learning time. They can catch up later. What they're doing with you is learning and we won't be penalising them for not doing the work we have set.


As mentioned above we will be sending school iPads to tamariki that we have identified do not have a device at home. This may take a while as we are required to ensure they are securely packed which requires us to get packaging from the Ministry. They will then be couriered to homes. We are not sending to homes where there is no wi-fi available.


We still have 10 families that we have not been able to make contact with in order to verify lockdown address, whether or not they have a suitable device for learning (iPad, laptop, chromebook, tablet or desktop computer).


We have arranged for all tamariki of parents that have confirmed their lockdown address to receive the Ministry's home learning pack.


Look for a further update on Tuesday.


Murray Kendrick


IMPORTANT: Info required for Term 2 Learning

Morena Whanau

With Term 2 starting on the 15th of April, and the Covid Lockdown remaining in place we will be supporting children's learning through online posts, our website and hopefully video conferencing.

As part of this the Ministry of Education is working toward ensuring all students have access to Internet and have a device they can work on.  Their priority is first to the secondary students sitting NCEA so there is likely to be some delay before they turn their attention to primary students. 

We may be able to supply our school iPads if we are granted access to get them from school but they will need some adaptation to allow them to connect to your own internet


While Noa has put out an initial survey regarding home learning readiness, we also need to know the following.


Private message us through our facebook page or email with:

 Your children's names,

Whether they have access to a device - iPad or android tablet, laptop, desktop, chromebook or not.

Your updated lockdown address and phone number if you have not given us this recently.


We will send out further posts nearer the time as to how home learning will is likely to operate.

It would be appreciated if you could copy and paste this as a message to any parents you are aware are not on Facebook or do not have access to our website.

Keep safe

Ngā mihi nui


Murray Kendrick


Notice - Covid Lockdown support

Strathmore School Update

Kia ora koutou

Kei te pehea kotou?

I have taken a lot of what is in here from Ministry advice e-mails and added in bits of my own.

We have started into a new phase of New Zealand's response to COVID-19 and it is very different than anything most of us have ever experienced. I wanted to reassure you that our school staff and Board of Trustees will continue to be available to support your child's learning and wellbeing in the next weeks.

You will understand the importance of routine for your family. If your routine has been shaken up, like you're now working from home, it's good to structure your time. Routines are reassuring, and promote health and physical wellbeing. The below timetable (targeted at children) could be something your household adapts to use over the next weeks. A school holiday version will likely look a little different, but some form of routine will still be important as we go through the lockdown period.

Daily Schedule

Before 9:00am

Wake up

Eat breakfast, make your bed, get dressed, put any dirty clothes in the laundry


Morning walk

Family walk with the dog, bike ride,
Yoga if it's raining


Learning at home

School-led learning or Sudoku, books, flash cards, study guide, journal etc


Creative time

Legos, magnatiles, drawing, crafting, play music, cook or bake etc.

12:00 pm

Lunch :)


Helping at home

# wipe all kitchen tables and chairs
# wipe all door handles, light switches and desk tops
# wipe both bathrooms - sinks and toilets


Quiet time

Reading, puzzles, nap, radio NZ stories


Learning at home

School-led learning or iPad games, Prodigy, Educational show


Afternoon fresh air

Bikes, walk the dog, play outside


Dinner :)


Free TV time

Kids shower time



All kids



All kids who follow the daily schedule & don't fight

*Adapted from a resource developed by Jessica McHale Photography

There are links below to more wellbeing information to support your family during the lockdown.

Some good news to support you either working at home and/or studying at home - Spark, Vodafone, Vocus/Slingshot, 2Degrees and Trustpower have all advised they have removed their data caps and the possibility of any extra charges based on usage.

For our Pacific families, if you are not aware the Ministry for Pacific Peoples' has been working to ensure useful information is available to Pacific peoples. A one-hour special will be aired on Tagata Pasifika's segment on Saturday at 9am; and on Sunday at 7.35am, Tagata Pasifika will share messages from community leaders. The Ministry is asking you to reach out to all your family members, community groups, friends and group chats to ensure our Pacific community groups are watching the programming on both days.
A big thank you to all of you for taking the lockdown so seriously. As the Prime Minister has noted staying at home will break the chain and save lives; breaking the rules could risk someone close to you and if the rules are not complied with, this could risk the lock down period being extended or could risk the virus being spread to thousands

Information and resources to support wellbeing and support learning at home

·       The Ministry of Education has developed a resource for parents, caregivers, whānau and family -

·       The Ministry of Health's website includes Top ways to look after your mental wellbeing during the Covid-19 lockdown.

·       I AM HOPE is the youth and community focused support group run by The Key to Life Charitable Trust, started by Mike King -

·       Nathan Wallis has some helpful videos on his Facebook page for parents and whānau - -

·       Parenting CoronoKids - Tips and ideas to make the next few weeks work...

·       Tips on looking after mental health and wellbeing during COVID-19 from the Mental Health foundation

·       a website by the Health Promotion Agency to help New Zealanders recognise and understand depression and anxiety -

Although overseas-based this is a good list and highlights some things particularly important for children. Remember the rules of New Zealand's level 4 lockdown still apply -  25 Mental Health Wellness Tips during Quarantine from Eileen M Feliciano, Psy.D.

Further Useful Learning Websites

New Zealand Geographic

(Every day of this lock-down New Zealand Geographic will send a story or a video that can be shared among your family. The story is below, and with it some talking points to fill our days at home together. If you're a grandparent or a Kiwi overseas, you can participate too, and join your family discussion over phone or video conferencing.)

Joy of reading

A site that has a range of great reading resources for all ages 9 most in PDF format

Murray Gadd.

He's an educator specialising in teaching writing. He's a Kiwi and I think he's a national treasure! Murray's been busy creating a series of online writing classes for us to send to our tamariki. There are currently videos for Years 1, 4-6 and 5-10. and he's producing more daily. Access them via YouTube. Search "Writing at Home with Murray Gadd". They're free. They work best with a bit of adult supervision but it isn't essential. Based around topics or picture books that Murray thinks will engage the kids. Check them out.


Here's the entire list of education companies offering free subscriptions due to school closings.

Be aware this is American and may not be relevant for our tamariki's learning.

From Monday, 3pm daily, TVNZ 2 will be playing Les Mills BORN TO MOVE, a workout designed for young children and teens

Keep Safe

Ngā mihi nui

Murray Kendrick





23 March 2020


Kia Ora Strathmore School Whānau


                                          CoronaVirus - Covid 19 Update

Just a few important reminders and updates regarding the CoronaVirus and what our school is doing:

We are still open and all children are expected to attend school. If they do not or you are keeping them home for your own reasons PLEASE ring us on 07 886976  Cellphone 027 304 9652, or email  -  to let us know.

If you have chosen to keep your children at home because of the CoronaVirus you are able to access activities for them from the attached document. Only when the Government or the Ministry of Education instruct us to close will we provide individual student work.

·        PLEASE ALL Parents and Visitors to our school MUST report to the office first. We want to limit the contact external adults and children have in our school and so we will require you to be checked for signs of illness, and if cleared will be expected to sanitise your hands and sign in. Please this is about our students and staff being safe and nothing else.

·        PLEASE promote healthy and safe practices at home ... washing hands, sneezing and coughing into your elbow and limiting touch or interaction when not needed. Also stay away from people in self isolation and those that have returned from overseas.

·        PLEASE avoid large gatherings of people numbering more than 100. We know many of you attend church or shopping centres so please be careful.

·        PLEASE be mindful and look after our older people in our community especially those that are 70 plus years old. They are very vulnerable to infection and must be kept safe.

·        PLEASE also look after those in our community with illnesses and medical conditions such as a compromised immune system, liver disease, cancer, kidney disease, heart disease and diabetes mellitus. These people are also very vulnerable to illness and so we must be careful and mindful of them.

We are all worried and anxious about the CoronaVirus and I promise you that as a school we are doing everything possible to keep your children and our staff safe.


Ngā mihi nui



Murray Kendrick






Possible home learning activities

These activities are to help you support your child with their learning at home. We are looking to help our students maintain their learning rather than focusing on extending their learning at this time.

 We do not expect learning at home to be from 9-3. Just a couple of hours of these kinds of activities would make a difference to your child's learning. As you can see we value the day to day things you do with your children- this is very powerful learning for children. We do not expect you to take the place of teachers but are here to support you with these ideas.  



Reading & Writing







Sunshine Classics-


Phonics Play-


Spelling city-

Pobble365- (for writing ideas and prompts)

Kiwikids News -

National Geographic Kids-

BBC for children-



·        Write in their journal

·        Write letters or emails to Grandparents, classmates or teachers

·        Design a fancy menu for your family

·        Read and follow a menu

·        Read books

·        Write a picture book

·        Write a story

·        Do crosswords or word finds








Scratch- (coding)



·        Complete puzzles

·        Build something with set dimensions with blocks (like 3m by 2m)

·        Cook a meal

·        Compare the height of your family members

·        Design and sew your own flag that is 40cm by 50cm

·        Make a paper plate clock.

·        Guess the weight of different items.

·        Hopscotch math- make a hopscotch and add as you jump

·        Pizza fractions- cut food into different fractions

·        Survey your family and graph the results.


Life skills


·        Learn how to sew buttons

·        Learn about how to wash your hands and how to blow your nose

·        Learn how to tie your shoelaces

·        Race to see how quickly you can tie your laces

·        Make a meal for your family

·        Plan the meals for a week

·        Fold and sort washing

·        Tidy your room

·        Redesign your room layout

·        Bake something for your family

·        Start a vege garden

·        Build something

·        Make your bed with hospital corners

·        Learn how to change a tyre

·        Learn how to check oil and water in a car

·        Change your hairstyle 5 times in one day

·        Learn to skip

·        Have skip races

·        Build huts

·        Climb trees

·        Visit Papatuanuku

·        Go on bush walks

·        Walk your dog

·        Learn to look after your animals

·        Play catching and throwing games

·        Learn how to do a handstand- see how long you can hold it

·        Learn how to do a headstand- see how long you can hold it

·        Learn how to do a cartwheel

·        Try yoga

·        Play hopscotch

·        Draw pictures on the concrete

·        See how many goals you can get in 2 minutes

·        Learn to juggle

·        See how many juggles you can do with a ball and tennis racket

·        See how many times you can juggle a soccer ball

·        Dribble a ball through cones

·        Learn to spin a ball on your finger

School Closure

In response to the recent announcements made by the PM, Strathmore School is closed to ALL children except children of essential services workers on 24th and 25th March 2020.

There will be some administrative services at school on Tuesday and Wednesday but PLEASE do not send your children into the school unless you are an essential service worker. The school will definitely be closed for all operation from the 26th March 2020.

We have been preparing for remote or distance learning options. However, the speed at which this has occurred has meant we are still in the process of setting things up. Children who attended school today have sufficient work for the next few days.

Please keep checking our FB page -

 - and this website for announcements and for our online learning options.

We are absolutely going to miss seeing our babies everyday for the next few weeks but we look forward to an exciting online learning journey.

Kia kaha Strathmore Whanau.

Panui Term1/04


T1/04                                                                                                                              19th March 2020

Tena koutou, kia orana, talofa lava,

School remains open and will continue to do so unless we are instructed to close by the Ministry of Health or Ministry of Education. While we are operating as normal we are encouraging our children to follow the ideas from the Ministry of Health on how to protect themselves and keep themselves safe (See below). We have cancelled swimming for the rest of the term.

Hopefully your child delivered our notice containing information regarding the Coronavirus some of which is repeated below.

Coronavirus (Covid-19)


The symptoms of COVID-19 are:

·        a cough

·        a high temperature (at least 38°C)

·        shortness of breath.

If you have these symptoms and have recently been to a country or area of concern, or have been in close contact with someone confirmed with COVID-19, please telephone Healthline (for free) on 0800 358 5453 or your doctor immediately.

Prevention- how to protect yourself and others

·        Cough or sneeze into your elbow or by covering your mouth and nose with tissues.

·        Put used tissues in the bin or a bag immediately.

·        Wash your hands with soap and water often (for at least 20 seconds).

·        Try to avoid close contact with people who are unwell.

·        Don't touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean.

·        Avoid personal contact, such as kissing, sharing cups or food with sick people.

·        Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces and objects, such as doorknobs.

·        Stay home if you feel unwell.


Kia ora Whanau

Once again our school will be participating in Gumboot Friday. It's a fun way to raise funds for the I AM HOPE organisation which uses funds to provide counselling for children and youth.

On Friday, 3rd April we are asking for you to send your child to school in gumboots and a gold coin donation. Children will be given an I AM HOPE wristband with their donation.

A lunchtime GUMBOOT throwing competition will take place on the day too. Some sweet prizes for our top throwers.

Nga mihi - Ms Tereu

Senior Syndicate Swimming cancelled for rest of term

There will be no senior syndicate swimming for the rest of the term.

Life Education

Our local Life Education teacher is bringing the Life Education van to school next week and will be taking Junior Syndicate classes for taster sessions on Feelings and Emotions on Monday and Tuesday.

Parent Calendar and School Newsletters

We are running a parent calendar on our school website which gives parents dates and times for events they may be interested in. Go to and click on the calendar link. Our latest newsletter can also be accessed from the home page.

We also have a facebook page on which teachers post a range of reminders, photos from events or class activities, or requests -

Whānau Leader Election Results - 2.30 Friday 6th March.

Whānau Leaders were announced at Senior Assembly on Friday, 6th March.

Our Whanau and Deputy Whanau Leaders for 2020 are:

                                                  Ngauruhoe                                              Taranaki

Boy Whānau Leader            Paul Ruck                                                 Charlie Turia

Girl Whānau Leader            Kaylee-Jade Mokaraka-Vakatini         Mamor Ford-Takiri

Deputy Whānau Leaders   Jamie Ruck                                              Aroha Ngata

                                                  Taylah Rawiri                                          Tairi Ford-Takiri

                                                  Ruapehu                                                  Tongariro                

Boy Whānau Leader            Stepharn Tekotia                                   Seoul Vano

Girl Whānau Leader            Nikaia Quaife                                          Jessica Sefuiva

Deputy Whānau Leaders   Mattran Wharekawa-Tangimama     Holly -Belle Hewson

                                                  Taylah-Jay Quaife                                  Mapuna Epiha

New World/Anchor Awards

Each week one child in each class receives a New World/Anchor Student of the Week Certificate. These come with a tear off tab that the child can take in to New World to receive a discounted purchase.  Students of the Week from the last two weeks are


6th March

13th March


Anahera Ruawhare

Khaydan Rikiau


Letecia Drower

Rheif Ogle


Ruby Treadaway-Hale

Makaio Kalua'u


Logan Campbell

Locklyn Dennis


Memphis Phillips

Mark Wisniewski


Talwin Cadle

Lyrik-lee Whare


Deliyah Metu

Liam Stowers

A big thank you to New World and Anchor for their ongoing sponsorship.


Hearing and Vision Testing - Friday 3rd April 11.00 a.m. onwards

Angela Treadaway, Hearing and Vision tester will be in school on Friday 3rd April from 11. a.m. onwards. The objective of the testing is to identify previously undetected hearing and vision defects.

Which children are routinely checked?

Catch up screening for children who have not completed hearing and vision checks as part of their B4 school check, children absent from previous visit, require re-tests or follow up.

In special circumstances, parents, teachers or others may request a hearing or vision check.

What tests are carried out?

Ears -audiometry - hearing test

Tympanometry - middle ear function test (only carried out when hearing test is not within a normal range)

Eyes - long distance vision tests - not a complete visual examination, but a simple screening test

NB All these checks are non-invasive, safe and should cause no discomfort.

If any parent or caregiver does not want their child to be checked, or their child is currently under specialist care for a hearing or vision defect, they should let the technician know by leaving a message with the school.

Positive Behaviour For Learning School Wide (PB4L SW) - Keeping It REAL

At Strathmore School positive behaviour management is implemented through our Keeping REAL expectation: Respect, Excellence, Attitude and Leadership.

For week 7 and 8 we are looking at Hiranga - Excellence - Whakamahia te ro tika me te kura raua te kainga - Using language appropriate for school and home

This is also about respect, using language appropriately. Different language for different places and times. It's not ok to use bad language at school. We show respect by using language that makes us feel good not put downs

How can you help at home?

Children learn their language patterns from those around them, if you use bad language children will use it. If you use positive language than children will do the same. Please remember that little ears will copy. Show children its ok to be upset, take a minute before speaking.

Social Worker in Schools (SWiS)

Let children know it's Ok to speak up

Encourage children to tell you if they feel uncomfortable with an adult.  By spotting the signs early, we can help protect our children from harm.

 Children may not know what to say and use different words to express what is going on.  Let them know that if they don't like an adult or online friend, the right thing to do is talk to you......One of the best things you can do is make it safe for children to speak up.

We are still waiting on the appointment of a new Social Worker in Schools for Strathmore School. If you urgently need to access a SWiS contact Murray Kendrick or Donna Hartley at the office on 886 9765.


Free Ear Clinic Service for Children

There is a free Ear Clinic available to parents which is able to do the following -

1.    Glue ear assessment and management

2.    Wax/Foreign body removal

1.    Grommet checks

2.    Treatment for discharging ears

The clinic will be by appointment at the Outpatient Dept, Tokoroa Hospital.

                 April                         Wed 1st                   Thursday 16th

For an appointment please phone 07 885 0640  - The Receptionist, Outpatient Dept, Tokoroa Hospital

Upcoming Dates

Fri 3 Apr                  Gumboot day

Wed 6 Apr              1.30 BOT meeting in Conference room.

Thurs 9 Apr            3.00 Term 1 ends

Tues 28 Apr           9.00 Term 2 starts

Latest News

12 - 05 - 2020
Information for parents/caregivers on School reopening on site on Monday 18th under Level 2
07 - 05 - 2020
Please complete the survey from the link in the full news item. Murray Kendrick Principal
20 - 04 - 2020
Link to google form to let us know parent/whanau intentions when we enter Level 3 on Tuesday 28th April