Update 8

3rd June 2021

Kia ora e te whānau

Tēnā Koutou Katoa,

It's been an action-packed couple of weeks since our last update!

It was wonderful to see many of you at our Learner Led Conferences last week, and seeing our learners proudly share their learning and progress.

Next week is a short one as school will be closed for Queen's Birthday this coming Monday, 7th June. Enjoy a restful long weekend!

Ngā mihi nui,

Sarah and The Stonefields School Team

Community Hub | Te Pātaka Ako

  • Reading Together Workshop

On Thursday 10th June from 9-10am we are running an upskilling workshop for parents/caregivers on how to support children with reading at home. Suitable for parents of learners in Years 0-2.

  • Dr Tony Fernando: Knowing Happiness through Suffering

On Wednesday 16 June from 7-8:30pm we will have inspirational guest speaker, Dr. Tony Fernando, join us for our first speaker event. Tony is a psychiatrist and sleep specialist from Auckland. He recently passed his PhD oral examinations thesis (University of Auckland) on compassion in medicine. He obtained his medical degree from the University of the Philippines and his psychiatry and sleep training at the University of Pennsylvania. He has been awarded multiple teaching awards by medical students and the faculty of medicine at the University of Auckland. His talk - "Knowing Happiness through Suffering" - is not to be missed, and we'd love to see you there! All parents/caregivers welcome, please RSVP here.

  • Adult Kapa Haka

Every second Tuesday, starting 22 June, we are very excited to invite you to join us in learning a couple of waiata (song), waiata-a-ringa (action song), and haka. Classes will kick off at 5:30pm and all are welcome. Bring the tamariki (children) along, they can join in too! We'll be providing pizza for our first lesson, so please let us know if you plan on coming along by filling out this form.

  • Chinese Family Coffee & Conversation

We extend a warm invitation to all our Chinese families to join us for a coffee and conversation on Wednesday 30 June from 6.30-7.30 in the Community Hub - Te Pātaka Ako. We look forward to hearing your aspirations for your children and gathering your voice. More information about this event will be emailed to all our Chinese families.

  • Matariki Kapa Haka Festival

We will be hosting the Matariki Kapa Haka festival on Thursday 1 July from 9-2pm in the school hall. Further details will be sent to the families with learners in kapa haka group.

You can find a schedule of all of our upcoming events in the Community Hub - Te Te Pātaka Ako here

Share your ideas - Stonefields Outside Environment

Last week during our Learner Led Conferences we had many parents contribute wonderful ideas towards our outside environment masterplan. Our masterplanning process is helping us to understand what to consider and prioritise outside at Stonefields to promote play, sports, learning, and social activities for all students. Our students and staff have all been involved in the process. You can add ideas, photographs, and comments here - we would love to hear from you!

Road Patrol Parent Helpers Needed

If you are able to assist with Road Patrol before (8.30am - 8.55am) or after school (2.55pm - 3.10pm) we would love to hear from you. Road Patrol runs from Monday - Friday.

Please complete this short form to let us know your availability and we will be in touch.

Teacher Only Day

School will be closed for learners on Friday 25th June 2021 for a teacher only day.
Kelly Club will be running a full day programme, to book, please email Kelly Club.

Fencing Update

Work on the project to fence the school has recommenced as of last Thursday, 27th May. This work is scheduled to be completed over the next 3 weeks.

Upcoming Events

  • Dr Tony Fernando | Wednesday, 16th June | 7.00 - 8.30pm

  • Queen's Birthday | Monday, 7th June | full day - school closed

  • Board Meeting | Monday, 21st June @ 5.15pm

  • Teacher Only Day | Friday, 25th June | full day - school closed

  • School Disco | Friday, 2nd July | 5:30 - 6:45 (Juniors) & 7:15 - 8:45 (Seniors)


Yummy Stickers

We are looking for a new parent coordinator for the Yummy Fruit Stickers for Schools promotion. Each year schools collect stickers which can be exchanged for sports gear. This is a great opportunity to get more equipment for our learners to use in the playground and in PE.

The parent coordinator collates the stickers at the end of term 3 and sends a couple of reminders to the community during the year via the Communication Update.

If you would like to help with this please email lynnk@stonefields.school.nz.

We would like to extend our sincere thanks to Diane who has organised this for the last few years.

Eastern Zones Girls Football

Well done to our Yr 7/8 girls who took part in the Eastern Zones Girls Football Tournament last week. Our girls played exceptionally well giving our spectators lots to cheer about! Despite facing tough competition in our pool, our girls only lost one game to the eventual winners, Baradene. Ka rawe!

Year 7 Boys Eastern Zones Football

A massive well done to our boys coming in second at the Eastern Zones Football competition yesterday. They played seven matches on a full field and made it through to the final, after a nail-biting penalty shootout against St. Kents.
Sacred Heart College took out first place, but we couldn't be more proud of the boys and their great team performance.

Our Sports Website is your first port of call for all information about whole school sport and inter-school sports events. This is updated regularly.


Scholastic Book Club

If you would like to purchase books for your children from the Scholastic Book Club, orders for 2021 issue no. 4 are now open.

The ordering process is completely paper-less, and the current brochure is available to view here.

If you are new to the Scholastic Book Club, you can find out more about the Book Club here and before placing an order, you will need to register using the LOOP website. You may then place your order via the Loop website, or by using one of Scholastic's apps. Please make sure you have your child's hub number handy and remember there is no need to return anything to school as all orders are processed online through the Scholastic LOOP system. If you would prefer to view the catalogue in paper form, your child may collect one of these from the school library, which is open during school lunchtimes.

Book Club orders close on Friday 18th June. If you have any questions or problems placing your order, please email anna.malan@stonefields.school.nz

Community Notices

Noel Leeming's Friends & Family event

Present this flyer in-store at Noel Leeming between 14-27 June to access great prices and support learners!

2.5% of all sales will go to support student prizes for 2021-22 Manaiakalani Summer Learning Journey.

2021 Term Dates

Term 2 | Monday, 3rd May - Friday, 9th July

Term 3 | Monday, 26th July - Friday, 1st October

Term 4 | Monday, 18th October - Wednesday, 15th December

2021 Teacher Only Days

Friday, 25th June

Monday, 13th September