COVID-19 Updates

We are currently at ALERT LEVEL 1 which means we need you to support us with;

  • If you come onsite Contact Trace using; COVID Contact Tracing App or School App Sign In or one of the paper copies around the school
  • Use the hand sanitiser for hygiene
  • Keep your children HOME if sick and stay away if you yourself are sick

Please see the LINK here to the Ministry website for more details. Witherlea School has their own very extensive Pandemic Plan.


School Organisation for 2021

We have arranged our school using the composite philosphy (nationwide concept) and distrubuting the load across our leadership team so that they are able to monitor the progress, achievement, behaviour and wellbeing of their students and the development of their teachers offering support and guidance where needed.

Students of the same age or year group could be in two different teams - all students are taught from 'where they are at' within the curriculum and we focus on PROGRESS throughout the year. Some students require accelerated progress (more than a years progress in a year) while others require 'one years progress in a year' and then for a few they will focus on life skills or broadening of their skills and knowledge set. Every child is unique and different and we cater for them all.

Our leaders are also available to support relationships between home and school and are your 'go-to' if issues are persisting once you have made a plan with the classroom teacher. Here is how our teams have been formed and how we have shared the load;

Punga/Hub 1 Leader - Angela Clark (New Entrant - Year 1)

  • Team: Sue Holmes and Amy Lucas (Job Share), Harriet Mackle, Dan Stephens

Punga/Hub 2 Leader - Catherine Stringer (Year 2-3)

  • Team: Richelle Henderson, Larrissa Robertson

Kowhai Team Leader - Matt Robertson (Year 3-5)

  • Team: Maree Herdman, Naomi Anderson, Angela Ives

Kauri Team Leader - Hazel Halton (Year 5-6)

  • Team: Ariana McIntyre, Kelsie Brown, Jemma Herdman, PJ Muir


Orientation Day 2021 - Friday 5th February

We will have our New Entrant students and their families and our Year 6 students come to school on Friday 5th February at 11:30am-1pm. Students are required in school uniform and we will have a sausage sizzle at 12:30pm for all of these stduents and our new families and whānau who will join us in 2021. Pick up is at 1pm.


First Day of School: Open Day - Tuesday 9th February

School will be open for instruction on Tuesday 9th February following the Waitangi Day holiday on Monday. We are opening the classrooms early at 8:15am and invite all families and whānau to join us. There will be a coffee cart operating and our teachers would love to meet you all. At 8:45am we will assemble on the top courts for a Mihi Whatatau - Welcome to our new students and staff for 2021. We would lovce to have you all here for this. Then our students will go to their classes for the first day of school.


Meet the Teacher - Tuesday 16th February

All parents and caregivers are invited to our annual Meet the Teacher evening 5pm-7pm. You will go to your child's classroom and 'meet the teacher' and more importantly find out what the year will be like in that room for your children and how you can support the learning. This is a vital first connection for the developing partnership requried for our learners to reach their potential.

Punga/Hub 1 - 5pm (Room 4, Room 5, Ferns Room)

Punga/Hub 2 - 5:30pm (Room 11, Room 12, Room 13)

Kowhai Team - 6pm (Room 15, Room 16, Room 17, Room 18)

Kauri Team - 6:30pm (Room 6, Room 7, Room 8, Room 9)

We have split the sessions so that you are able to attend all of your children's classes if they are in different Hubs/Teams.


Parent Teacher Interviews - Tuesday 23rd - Thursday 25th March

We will be handing out our Initial Reports with goals and focus areas for all our Year 2-6 students the Friday before the Parent Teacher Interview. We are holding these meetings in Term One so that parents are fully aware of the areas that need focus and how they can support us and their children at home.

We will have an early finish on Wednesday 24th March at 1pm so we have one long day/evening to fit all our interviews in. These are compulsory and importnat however, if none of these date or times suit another date can be organsied directloy through your classroom teacher.

The meetings will be 15 minutes and most teachers will have back to back interviews so we ask that you stick to bells that ring to signify the start and end of an interview. All bookings are made through the SchoolInterviews site - this will be sent out prior with the code.


Easter Holidays + Teacher Only Day - Thursday 1st - Tuesday 7th April

The Easter holidays are near the end of term for 2021 and hey begin a day earlier with our Teachers Only Day - Thursday 1st April (School Closed) and we return on Wednesday 8th April. Good Friday is the 2nd of April and Easter Monday and Tuesday school will also be closed.


Learning Showcase Day - Friday 17th April

We will put up details of theis event closer to the time however it will be around lumnchtime and students will be able to go home following this event for the term holidays.