24th August 2020


Kia ora koutou

Following the announcement from the Prime Minister we will remain at Alert Level 2.

Just a reminder at Alert Level 2, we must adhere to key health measures including:
Good hand hygiene and cough and sneeze etiquette
Staying away if sick
Keeping the appropriate physical distance from others
Cleaning and disinfecting our high touch surfaces daily
Displaying QR code posters at our entrances and encouraging all of our community to download the NZ COVID Tracer App and use it if they come onsite
Keeping a visitor register for anyone who cannot use the app. We know all these things will help to keep our community as safe as possible. Because of these measures, your child does not need to wear a face covering while at school. We will of course support them should they choose to do so.

Ngā mihi

Welcome to 2020

Welcome back to 2020, the year has started well and the children have settled very quickly back into school mode.

We welcome all our new Whānau to our Whanganui East School Community.

It has been great that we are able to offer all our children their stationery at no cost, being part of the School Donations Scheme means that we will not be asking parents for the cost of curriculum-related expenses.

Swimming has started well and this year our focus is on Water Safety skills.  Swimming is part of the Curriculum and all children are expected to swim everyday (except Friday).  Please ensure uniforms and towels are named to avoid confusion.

All children have been given a permission booklet for parents to sign to allow them access onto the Internet.

2020 Respect Leaders



It was lovely to have a visitor in the school last week.   Mrs Barry brought in a baby lamb that needed to be cared for across the day.  She was a hungry little lamb and a very tired little lamb by the end of the day.

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Celebrating Matariki

It was lovely to catch up with many of our families and ex students for our New Year Puanga celebration. The morning started wet but the rain held off.

A Pohutakawa tree was planted in memory of Gerrard Williams-Bogileka by his whānau in our Memorial Garden.

Our Roopu birds  (Kereru, Ruru and Tui) were blessed by Mātua John and then into the hall for bacon and egg butties, venison, scrambled eggs, sausages, weetbix and fruit.

Our Kapa Haka group performed and sang a tribute song to Gerrard.  It was a great opportunity then for parents and whānau to walk through the classrooms and share with the children the work they have been doing.

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 2020 School Organisation:


Roopu Ruru:

Room 1:        Miss Geard              Year 2 & 3

Room 2:        Miss Attwood          Year 2 & 3


Roopu Tui:

Room 4:        Mrs Ray                     NE – Assistant Principal

Room 5:        Miss Woodhouse    Year 1 & 2

Room 6:        Mrs Keohane           Year 1 & 2


Roopu Kereru:

Room 10:      Whaea May            Y5/6 Deputy Principal

Room 9:        Mrs Brown                Year 4 & 5

Room 8:        Miss McKenzie         Year 5 & 6

Room 7:        Miss Rudduck          Year 3 & 4

2020 Future Ferns

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2020 Interschool Netball

We are super proud of the girls for winning all of their games and bringing home the Interschool Trophy.

They demonstrated excellent skills on the court and were recognised for their fair play and enjoyment of the game.


Term 3 – All events will be reviewed under COVID 19


Week 6:  24th – 28th August

Thursday – School Cross Country


Week 7:  31st – 4th September

Tuesday – BOT Meeting

Friday – School Assembly – Rm 9



Week 8:  7th – 11th September

Thursday – Y6 Mountain Biking


Week 9:  14th – 18th September

Tuesday – Aranui Cross Country

Friday – School Assembly – Rm 8

  • Rippa



Week 10:  21st – 25th September

Tuesday – Tackle Rugby

Thursday – Open Day

Friday  – End of Term 3

20th August Update

With the news that we will be at Alert Level 2 for 12 more days we will be following our Alert Level 2 Procedures:

We will be regularly reviewing all procedures to ensure we are following the most up to date advice from the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Health

School Contact details: office@wanganuieast.school.nz or phone: 3438054 or 0211076551

Movement in and Out of the School

Under Alert Level 2 we will have a drop off and pick up only approach to restrict the number of ‘adults on-site’.

We are aware that there may be reasons parents may need to be onsite and if this is the case please come to the office to record your name on the Contact Tracing register as a visitor or use the QR Codes that are around the school.

If a child needs to be picked up early, we ask that parents contact the office and your child will be taken to the gate with a staff member.

Drop off time: 8.20am

A teacher will be at the gate to welcome the children to school each morning

Children will be asked to hang up their bags, wash and sanitise hands before starting their day

Please keep your child home if they are unwell and contact the office before 9am

All staff will be returning to school and children will be in their usual class – if staff are unwell they will remain home

If your child has asthma can you please ensure that we have the latest version of their asthma plan


Hand sanitiser will be provided in every classroom and sanitiser stations will be set up at the designated entry and exit points – students and staff will use these as they enter or exit a room

Additional disinfectant/cloths will be available in classrooms for children and teachers to sanitise spaces and surfaces throughout the school day

Toilet blocks will be cleaned regularly

Cleaners will complete daily cleans in line with the Ministry of Health guidelines

We will continue to model good hygiene practices (coughing into your elbow, handwashing and drying) and regular cleaning of commonly touched surfaces

Physical Distancing

There is no bubble concept at Alert Level 2 so there are no restrictions on groups of students mixing with others on site.
Children and staff should be far enough away from each other so that they are not within the ‘Moist Breath Zone’ or touching each other, coupled with good hygiene practices and regular cleaning of commonly touched surfaces.

Play time activities can include access to sports equipment including playgrounds but hygiene practice of washing hands will be observed before and after playing with or on equipment

There will also be regular cleaning of shared equipment such as balls, sticks etc

We will continue to have staggered morning tea and lunchtimes to ensure no more than 100 students at one time in the playground areas

Please ensure your child has a drink bottle as water fountains will be turned off

Due to the restrictions of visitors on site Little Achievers will be postponed until further notice.

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to ask

Kind Regards
Eleanore Barry

Positive Culture for Learning

We know that by establishing and maintaining a safe and effective environment that places positive relationships at the centre, the academic and behavioural competence of all learners will be maximised. Restorative Practice and Zones of Regulation supports students to foster self-regulation and emotional control.  Self-regulation skills are vital for the success and happiness of our children.  Self-regulation abilities have a strong correlation to high academic success. The concept of wellbeing encompasses the Physical, Mental, Emotional and Social and spiritual dimensions of health and this is taught through Healthy Active Learning.


Major Components

  • Sustainable school-wide action plan designed by staff, students and community to meet the needs of the school.
  • Consistent approach to discipline based on established respectful relationships through collaborative consultation with the whole school community.
  • A programme designed to improve the learning environment by teaching critical skills that help students become competent, responsible and caring.
  • Positively stated expectations for all students and staff.  (Clear definitions that all staff, students and parents can understand and remember)
  • Clear procedures for teaching classroom universals
  • A continuum of procedures for encouraging demonstration and maintenance of these expectations.
  • A continuum of procedures for discouraging problem behaviour.
  • Procedures for monitoring and evaluating the effectiveness of the system on a regular basis.


Hauora Strategic Goals

  • Continue to develop clarity and consistency of Restorative Practice
  • Using data to support problem solving strategies
  • Explicit teaching of Positive Culture for Learning
  • Continue to use Circle Time across the school
  • Develop Hauora Handbook for teachers
  • Develop Hauora Action Achievement Plan to align with Literacy and Numeracy
  • Explicit teaching of Healthy Active Learning
  • Health Promoting Schools – Kids Can/Breakfast Club/Milk and Fruit in schools


 Healthy Active Learning

The concept of wellbeing encompasses the Physical, Mental, Emotional and Social and spiritual dimensions of health. At Whanganui East School,  Hauora is holistically taught through Healthy Active Learning. Hauora aligns with the schools’ approach to PC4L.

Taha Tinana: Physical Wellbeing

  • The physical body, its growth, development, and ability to move, and ways of caring for it.

Taha Hinengaro: Mental and Emotional Wellbeing

  • Coherent thinking processes, acknowledging and expressing thoughts and feelings and responding constructively.

Taha Whanau: Social Wellbeing

  • Family relationships, friendships, and other interpersonal relationships; feelings for belonging, compassion, caring and social support.

 Taha Wairua: Spiritual Wellbeing

  • The values of beliefs that determine the way people live, personal identity and self-awareness. 



What is Restorative Practice?


Restorative Practice is a relationship-based approach to dealing with conflict.

Restorative approaches help students to own the consequences of their actions and are able to participate in the process of ‘putting it right’.

Children will encourage children to think about how their behaviour has affected others, both pupils and staff.


How does Restorative Practice work at Whanganui East School?

Should instances occur between children or children are displaying problem behaviours we have a WARM conversation.

During this conversation, we move through a process where children accept responsibility for the effects of their actions and move towards genuinely removing the hurt caused to all those involved.


Restorative Language

When children find themselves in conflict or upset we will ask them –

What has happened?

How did it make you feel?

How did it make them feel?

Who did it affect?

What needs to happen now to fix it?

How can you stop this happening again in the future?


You will notice a difference in the language that is used in the school.  Restorative language is fair, a respectful way of speaking to each other and we will expect everyone in the school to use it.


Restorative Practice is not new, many schools have been using it for over 20 years.
It has proven to improve behaviour, respect, and responsibility in the community.


We have noticed using this approach that:

  • We have reduced disruptive behaviour, conflict and bullying
  • Improved behaviour, learning and attendance
  • Developed empathy, honesty, responsibility, accountability, emotional literacy and a positive learning environment



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