Welcome back to 2019

Welcome back to 2019 to returning families and new whanau.  This year has started off with the Education Life Caravan visiting and Harold made an appearance at our first assembly.

The children are swimming Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday and we follow the New Zealand Swim Safe programme.  Parents are welcome to come along and be part of the programme.

Swimming Times for 2019:

Rooms 1,2,7, 8 9.50am to 11am
Rooms 3, 4, 5, 9, 10 11.45am to 1pm

We do encourage all children to have water at school to ensure they are well hydrated across the school day.  Children and staff are expected to wear a sun hat while outside and these can be purchased through the office.

Staffing for 2019:


Classes for 2019:

Room 1:               Mrs Ray                                Year 2 & 3

Room 2:               Mr Rennie                            Year 2 & 3

Room 3:              Ms Keyes/Mrs Ramage    New Entrant

Room 4:               Mrs Watt/Mrs Dunford    Year 1

Room 5:               Miss Geard                           Year 2 & 3

Room 7:               Miss Rudduck                      Year 3 & 4

Room 8:               Mrs McKenzie-Hofmann  Year 5 & 6

Room 9:               Mrs Brown                           Year 4 & 5

Room 10:            Whaea May                         Year 5 & 6


This year we welcome Mrs Brown – it is great to have you on board.

Our Board of Trustees ensure that the children have the support in the classrooms and across the school.  Our Support Staff are a great team:

Mrs Hoekstra, Mrs Bowman, Mrs Daniels, Mrs Peck, Mrs Watkins are in the classrooms working alongside the children

Mrs Lawson is in the Library

Mr Whetton ensures that the school always looks sharp

Mrs Emmerson and Mrs Campbell are in the office



Kakahu o Tōtara Puku Kapa Haka

Kōrero mo te Tohu a Kapa Haka

Respect Values

Whanganui East School Learner’s Profile

The Learner’s profile is a way in which the community and the school can have a shared understanding of what a future-oriented learner looks like.

It is essential that as a school we make explicit what we stand for and give direction for our actions.

The Learner’s Profile  describes the skills, knowledge and attitudes that our students will need to develop while at Whanganui East School, in order to participate in a range of life contexts beyond the school.

Whanganui East School learner profile

He Kura Asthma Study

Community Engagement Update Guidelines

This year our school is taking part in the He Kura Asthma Study with the University of Otago and Te Atawhai o Te Ao. The study aims to provide guidelines and resources to help us to improve support for our students with asthma. Asthma is a big problem in New Zealand with one in five children having asthma symptoms. The ways in which schools support a child with asthma can have a significant impact on their asthma control and learning. Our staff have received asthma training from Te Atawhai o Te Ao and our school now has asthma emergency kits. Other parts of the study include student asthma education, an environmental assessment and linkages with healthcare providers. There will be regular information about asthma in our newsletters or Facebook/app this year. The researchers are interested in your ideas about this project so please feel free to contact the research team on 0800 755 414 or wtr@otago.ac.nz.


Communication and Asthma Plans

This term we are trying to find out who has asthma or asthma symptoms in our school in order to provide better support for these children.

You should have received a green form to update your child’s medical information.

As asthma can be difficult to recognise, this form includes some questions about your child’s breathing as well as asthma. It is important this form is completed for all students, not just those with asthma. If you need a new form, please collect one from the office or you are welcome to phone the office and we will send one home with your child.

If your child has asthma, it is a good idea to talk to their teacher about their triggers, symptoms and medicine. If you do not already have one, ask your child’s Doctor or health professional for an asthma plan for your child. An asthma plan shows what asthma medicine someone needs to take and when they should take it. Keep a copy of your child’s asthma plan everywhere they visit regularly and give a copy to the school office. For more information about asthma plans visit www.pamp.co.nz.



Last week Matua John Maihe came along and blessed a carving that was entrusted to the school. The carving was crafted by Mr Hubbard, it is now hanging in the foyer and has a historic connection to Whanganui East School. Norman Hubbard and his whanau attended Whanganui East School in the 1930’s. Mr Hubbard had a passion for hunting, carving and restoration. He was dedicated to the conservation of many historic buildings and was awarded an MBE in 1981 for his work. Mr Hubbards whanau were at the blessing and we want to thank them for letting us be the guardians over the carving.



Central Football – working with the Senior students to develop their football skills while having fun!

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Matariki Week

This year ended our Matariki Week celebrations with an Idenitity Day.  Across the week the children have been learning about the importance of Matariki (Maori New Year).  Our Kapa Haka group performed to the school, the children took part in a Pukana competition.  The children also dressed up on Friday to share with others what makes them the special person they are.


20170616_142231_2Mr Rennie shared his Scottish connection

20170616_144100_20 Whaea May shared her Samoan heritage

20170616_144514 Whaea Jordy shared her passion of Waka Ama and her background living in Taihape growing up


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Pink Shirt Day

Every year as a school we support New Zealand Anti Bullying Week.  This is a special week where children learn what bullying is, the different types of bullying and the impact of bullying.  We end the week with Pink Shirt Day which is Nationwide.   Lots of fun and games.


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