Newsletter 19 October News from Upper Moutere School

Dear Parents/Caregivers

Welcome to Term 4…a very special Welcome to Sutoro Fujii and Riley Goodwin who have joined Ramaroa iti this week. Also welcome back Rachael, who has had a great term on sabbatical, studying and recharging!

Term 4 we always have lots of and this year is no different.

Next week two of our Bands participate in ROCKFEST at Broadgreen Intermediate along with 30 other bands from schools across Nelson.

Our Fair is coming up fast… I know you will all be doing your bit to make this a great community event that showcases our school community. Thank you in advance for your support. The Fund raising team have been putting long hours into this to make it a success for ultimately your children’s benefit, Saturday NOVEMBER 3. See you there.

The following weekend is our Moutere Hills Sports Day, Saturday 10 November. This is an annual event that has been running now for 99 years. Started the year after the end of World War 1 to celebrate freedom, it apparently has a number of iterations but currently sees 6 local school participate and compete on the Saturday closest to the 11th of November. There are a number of cups and trophies that are hotly contested with historic significance. Every child earns points during the day that go towards our school tally to win particular trophies.

9 to 3, 10 Nov, Moutere Hills Community Centre. 5 Year Old’s participate for just the morning. See you there.

Auditions for our school production are being undertaken next week for our Year 7 and 8 students. The Production involves all our children and will be on stage at the Moutere Hills Centre Tuesday 11 and Wednesday 12 December.

Congratulations…. Willis proposed to Lauren in Port Douglas during the holidays and she now sports a stunning ring…. Congratulations!!!

Just making you aware as parents. We have noticed some inappropriate language and behaviours beginning to be displayed at school, especially by boys. Behaviours, which we believe, have a direct correlation with the online game Fortnite. We know a large proportion of our boys play this at home. It may be timely for parents to monitor and reassess the content of this game.

Prior warning; as you will be aware teachers and principals are currently voting on their next industrial action. Dependant on the outcome of the vote, teachers and principals could be again on strike on Thursday 15 November.

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

It's not too late to drop in your bar of chocolate if you are not one of the 30 families who have already done so.

Pupil Awards


  • Seery for using your ACTIVE light by undertaking research on earthquakes and how you CONFIDENTLY shared your knowledge with us. Tino Pai!
  • Satoru and Riley for a super start to school. We love the way you are taking an ACTIVE part in our classroom programme and how you are making lots of friends. We enjoy having you as part of our team. Tumeke!


  • Jessica A: For your Confidence and focus in your Reading Group. It is fantastic to hear you read so fluently Jess. Your engagement and growth mind set have certainly made a difference to your confidence. Keep it up Jess!
  • Mazzy: We loved the creativity you used to write your Spring Poem using alliteration. You persevered and developed your poem until you were pleased with it. Well done!
  • Charlie: You have started the term with confidence and a great attitude! You happily learn alongside anyone in Turama and offer your support in class or on the playground to those in need. Keep it up Charlie!
  • Jude: For the enthusiasm you have shown during Maths problem solving this week. Your confident light shines when you share your strategies with your peers. It is great seeing you push yourself in your learning.

Ramaroa NUI

  • Kaela for having a fantastic start to the term. Staying focused and engaged in learning and always self-managing and taking initiative.
  • Marie-Anne for showing resilience. Always bouncing back when things sometimes don't go to plan. Always having a positive attitude.
  • Jack for continuously showing pride in his work. Your creativity in maths has been especially noticed. Well done!


  • Cooper & Baillie, Zoe & Grace: Your reusable bag design was outstanding. Congratulations for having it chosen to be made to sell at the fair.
  • Oliver, Shayla & Annabel, Grace W: Your stencil design was outstanding. Congratulations for having it chosen to be put onto our reusable bag to sell at the fair.

Principal Awards 19 October

Liana Brown….Thank you for being a great buddy, noticing when she might need a little support … yes your initiative and caring support has been noticed and is much appreciated.

Sports & Community Notices

Don't forget Hang Out Friday is back again this afternoon (19th). Hot drinks provided, food available to purchase and Juicies for $1.50. A place to catch up with one another.

Community Play Tennis If your child is keen to have a go at tennis without committing to a coaching programme, Community Play is perfect! Sessions will be run at Upper Moutere Tennis Club (day tbc) and are only $7. Simply turn up and have a go. For children 5-8yrs. A qualified coach will oversee these sessions. Email Vanessa to register - claybrookestate@xtra.co.nz

Athletics Motueka 2018 Registrations for the new season of Athletics will be from 5.00pm Monday 15 October, at Memorial Park, Pah Street, Motueka. Then the 1st club night will commence on Monday 29 October 2018 at 5.15 pm (5 pm set up). Returning children and any new families are all welcome to add to our numbers of around 80 children who enjoy athletics during the summer months.

Registrations will be taken on the first night which will be a non-competition night. Club singlets will also be available. Fees and season dates are available on our web site. www.sporty.co.nz/motueka_athletics/Home Registrations Contact: Avei Douglas aveianddan@gmail.com

The next Messy Church event is to be held on Tuesday 23rd October, 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 .

Sunday 28th October - ‘Rally Against Breast Cancer’. This is an opportunity for the whole family to get together in an active way. The sessions, called Cardio Tennis, are run on courts at 8 tennis clubs around the region from Golden Bay right through to Wakapuaka. No knowledge of tennis required, all genders and ages can take part. The more people we have taking part the more awareness and funds we raise to help others. More information at www.tennisnelsonbays.kiwi

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