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Newsletter Term 1 Week 8 2022

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2022 Term 1 Week 8

Welcome to Bulls School Charm & Lily

Kia ora koutou,

Hopefully you all received my update email on Monday closely followed by another one on Tuesday.   The truth of it is, children off school and returning to school is a bit of a revolving door at the moment. The greatest concern we have is around keeping the hubs staffed in order to ensure Health & Safety requirements can be met. Then we focus on doing our best to continue to deliver robust learning programmes.

This is the reality many schools across the country are facing and working hard to manage so let’s hope this wave soon becomes a tail and things reset to feeling a bit more ‘normal’ very soon!


I am happy to report we have resurrected, like a Phoenix from the ashes, our Bulls School Support Group. Five fabulous people have put their hands up and that’s a great start. We plan to meet as a group this week and put a tentative plan together. It is likely we will look short-term for now, rather than long-term as a change to our present traffic light setting could make quite a difference to our options moving forward. 


Just the other day a student asked me where has Mrs Syme gone? Some of you will know she won a study award last year. Her study leave began in March. She is away for the remainder of the year studying at Te Wananga o Aotearoa. We are super proud of her and cannot wait to learn from her when she returns to us next year! Kerri Guard has stepped into an Acting Deputy Principal role but will continue to teach in the Year 7 & 8 class with 1 day a week release and Jen Weir has taken on additional responsibilities. In fact all teachers have stepped up in some way or other to fulfill roles while Megan is away – the level of dedication from our staff makes me grateful every day!


This week we culled clothes from the lost property. There were over 15 sweatshirts that were either unnamed or had past pupils’ names in them. Please check that your child’s uniform is clearly named (in some cases the naming has washed out and cannot be read). This will help us get items back to their rightful owner in the future.  


This Friday is a mufti day for our tamariki. If they could bring along an item to help us make up enticing Easter Baskets for our raffles – we would be very grateful. I know this isn’t an easy time for many whānau, so please just do what you can. The same applies to selling tickets – this is a fundraiser, however, any profit goes straight back to our tamariki and so whatever the raffle makes, is all bonus dollars.


Huge tautoko to Kerri & Nikita and the team of caregivers who helped make this happen. You provided our tamariki with outstanding learning opportunities connected to their in-class learning! I visited on the Bushy Park day and saw a manu I had never seen before, a Saddleback! It was such an awesome place and I highly recommend it!

Over the past few weeks I have received many kind emails or gestures ‘checking in’ on how we are going as a school. Just as I am grateful to our staff, I am also grateful to our whānau – for all you do to support your tamariki and us!  

Noho ora mai, Kim Gordon, Tumuaki

2022 Senior Camp to Whanganui

Tuarongo made it to camp last week and had an absolute blast! On Monday morning we set off for Whanganui to start our three day adventure. We explored different places in Whanganui, such as the Sergeant Art Gallery, Waimārie Paddle Boat and Bushy Park. We all had such an amazing time and the children really did Bulls School proud by consistently demonstrating their PRIDE values. Miss Guard and Mrs B are really proud of the children for getting out of their comfort zone. Thank you so much to the parents who came to help. Without you, it wouldn’t have gone ahead!

This weeks KIND KID is: Charlie W

Ngā Kākano

Whaea Kate and Whaea Jo are super proud of our cherubs in Ngā Kākano. They have shown great resilience and positivity this term and have not let the disruptions of sickness and covid dampen their enthusiasm for learning. They are blossoming in the face of adversity.  We have created some fantastic artwork which makes our classroom a colourful and cheerful environment. Friendships continue to flourish and it makes our day to see how much growth, both socially and academically, is happening each and every day.



We have been doing some STEAM activities in Pou Tāhū this term – it is so fantastic to be able to see the creativity and the different spin each tauira takes on from these. We have shared a lot of these through Seesaw with you and our tamariki are becoming superstars at managing to upload and do their voice recordings for you. With wet weather hitting us please help us by including a spare change of pants in their bags. We are looking forward to having more staff back next week and how lucky are we to have so many whānau connected to Seesaw – we really value your input into your child’s learning journey!

Notices & Reminders

If you find head lice or eggs – you need to treat them. Repeat the treatment: 7–10 days later for chemical treatments and every day for wet combing if you can manage it, but at least every 2 to 3 days.

For more information, talk to your pharmacist, doctor or nurse.

If you have any second-hand uniform you would like to donate we would greatly appreciate it.

Please drop off at the office. Thank you.

Term Dates 2022

Term One Mon 2nd Feb to Thur 14th April

Term Two Mon 2nd May to Fri 8th July

Term Three Mon 25th July to Fri 30th Sep

Term Four Mon 17th Oct to Fri 16th Dec (TBC)

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