Newsletter 23 November News from Upper Moutere School

Dear Parents/Caregivers

This week we welcomed Ben Tyrell to Ramaroa nui. We hope you enjoy being part of our learning community Ben.

Athletics Day… The weather certainly caused some anxiety prior to our annual sports day at the Moutere Hills Community Centre, but played ball on the day. Great to see our students wearing our T-Shirts with pride.

Production… Ali Baba the Bongo Bandits is really starting to take shape. We are looking forward to bringing this to you on Tuesday 11 and Wednesday 12 December…7pm each night at the Moutere Hills Community Centre. We are being asked when tickets go on sale, and we can let you know that these will be available from next Wednesday. $10/ticket, under 5 on knee for free.

Teachers will be letting you know what your child requires for their costume early next week, if they have not already done so. Please do not go out and buy anything special, see if you can borrow or create. Monday 10 December we will spend at the Community Centre so we can rehearse on stage for the day. More details will come closer to the date.

It is hard to believe that the 2018 school year is rapidly coming to an end. Teachers are reflecting on the year so far and are starting to plan for 2019.

We welcome Nardia Allan to our teaching team for term one next year while Kirsty continues to be on maternity leave. Nardia has taught in the middle school at Havelock School and is currently teaching a Year 7 class at Waimea Intermediate. Nardia will join Jaki in Turama.

Our school structure for 2019 will be.

  • Marama Year 7/8 Heidi Olykan and Julieanne Dowell
  • Ramaroa nui Year 6 Lauren Elsom
  • Turama Year 3/4/5 Jaki Van Dijk and Nardia Allan
  • Ramaroa iti Year 1/2 Rachael Whalley

Noho ora mai, Grant and the Team at Upper Moutere School

Students participating in the Art Extension Group at the Suter Gallery get up close with Jane Evans paints and paintings

Pupil Awards


  • Tate for pushing through your boundaries and giving your dance a go. We are impressed with your dance moves and the way you are leading others within your group. What a STAR!
  • Ethan for the enthusiastic singing you are doing within our production practices and the way you are leading your dance group. Keep up the fabulous attitude.
  • Zac the growing maturity you are displaying and CREATIVE thinking you undertook during our Catapult challenge. We are so proud of you!


  • Brylee: You have settled well in Turama and we love that you give everything a go. It is wonderful seeing you enjoy the dancing for our production. Keep it up Brylee.
  • Ruby J: You have grown as a leader in our space and the responsibility you show is outstanding. You walk and talk our school values.
  • Alex: We love your focus and growing confidence in Maths Alex. Your positive attitude and focus is enabling you to make good progress. Keep it up Alex
  • Arielle: For pushing yourself out of your comfort zone by being involved in the Football tournament last week. You had a fantastic day and gave it your all. You should be very proud of yourself.
  • Robert: You are getting a football award because of your consistent attacking, defending and striking skills. You followed the ball and didn’t let anyone get in your way. Way to go Robert!
  • Ruby Hardy: We loved seeing how quickly you offered to help someone finish their art today. You quietly and carefully worked together.
  • Amelia: This is for the way you shine in Turama with your positive attitude and leadership qualities. You are always at the ready to help out and do everything with a big smile on your face!


  • Also you show a very caring, helpful and supportive attitude to others always. What a gem you are Lily.Lily James for consistently being on task and focused! All lights on full beam Lily!


  • Shayla: You are really giving 100% in your role in production. Your confident light is shining so bright, we are super proud of you.
  • Gabi: Your active and confident lights are shining as you share your leadership skills. You are making the most of the opportunities given to you.
  • Blue Light Challenge Teams: A huge acknowledgement to you all, your active lights were on fire. Your incredible teamwork and awhi was amazing. You demonstrated our school values: respect, responsibility and pride.
  • Obi: Tuakana Teina award – You worked so hard motivating and encouraging your buddy Obi. You were a great model. Tino pai tō awhi Obi.
  • Jacob: Tuakana Teina award – Ngā mihi nui for your care and creativity with your buddy Jacob. You were a great role model and you were encouraging and fun.

Principal Awards 23 November

Grace W … Grace offers to help with real sincerity and humility. So much appreciated. This week… Shayla has been open to suggestions on how to develop her role and has shown great determination to do so!

Sports & Community Notices

Entries are open for the Nelson Weet-Bix Kids TRYathlon on Sunday 3 March 2019at Tahunanui Reserve. The TRYathlon is all about giving it a TRY and is rewarding and fun day out for you and your child. Participants need to be aged 7 – 15 years old and can comple te the TRYathlon as an individual or in a team of two. To enter the TRYathlon visit www.try.weetbix.co.nz Our school has created a School Group which you can join when you enter from home. Search for Upper Moutere School when prompted. By linking to our school group it will give us the chance to win some cool prizes. If you have any school related questions please contact Saree or Cathy, otherwise contact the Weet-Bix TRYathlon team; email tryathlon@sanitarium.co.nz or phone 0800 WEETBIX

The next Messy Church event is to be held on Tuesday 27th November, 5-7pm. This is an event for all ages involving creativity, celebration and hospitality. During the evening there will be activities for parents, grandparents, children, teenagers and pre-schoolers. Children under 14 years must be accompanied by an adult. For more information about this event, please phone the Parish Office on 528 8825 or email at motuekaparish@xtra.co.nz .

Touch will continue to be offered in Motueka in Term 1 2019. Games start on Tuesday 19th (Jnr & Int) & Wednesday 20th (Snr) February. Years 1 & 2 play in Junior grade, Years 3-5 play in intermediate & Y6-8 in Senior. Registrations will be open the first week of term & must be finalised by 12th February so diary the start date & look out for this early in the new year.

In January 2019 we have a variety of camps happening. Bridge Valley camps are all about providing a safe environment for children to have lots of fun and make positive friendships. We have many activities such as rock climbing, zipline, kayaking, archery, air rifles, and more! This camp’s theme is Surfin’ Safari, so we can also guarantee a lot of water time in our lake and pool!


  • Junior Camp (ages 8-11): 7th-11th January
  • Intermediate Camp (ages 11-13): 14th-18th January
  • Extreme Junior (ages 9-11) and Extreme Youth (ages 12-15): 22nd-25th January

We would love to see you here. If you are interested, register on our website or contact us for more details. www.bridgevalley.co.nz (03) 541 8465 holidaycamps@bridgevalley.co.nz

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