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Christian Renewal School Newsletter, 6 February, Term 1, 2018 

Ngā mihi nui kia koutou katoa

We have made a great start to 2018! There have been a number of changes before school started- the office and sickbay remodelling being the most obvious. It’s great to see our students all keen and well prepared for the new year. I have attached a calendar of terms and dates.

  • We would like to welcome Stephen Garton to CRS and Jane Garrick is now the Head of English and Tam Johns head of Social Studies. There have been some new enrolments and I believe these students have been made more than welcome by the students and staff. We have also employed Becky Mander as a Teacher Aide and there have been adjustments to hours and position descriptions for others. Esther Tattersall is now financial administrator, although Darlene Davis will continue to manage attendance dues
  • I would like to invite all parents to a Parent/Teacher information evening at 7pm on Monday 19 February. We will share important information about structures and programs in the school, Christian perspective of education and NCEA explained. It will give parents an opportunity to meet the teachers and ask questions. It is especially important that parents of students new to the school also attend.
  • Y7/8 Camp is coming up fast, 14-16 February. Preparations are well advanced and the students will have an awesome program.
  • There will be a Y11 PE overnight camp in week 4 and several Gateway courses are planned for Y12 students; including a first aid course and workplace safety course. Other events will be notified as the planning becomes finalized.
  • Motor Vehicle Safety:
  • The school requests that you drive around the back of the school to the courts area to drop off and pick up your children.
  • Please reverse in to park your car around the perimeter of the courts when you arrive to minimise hazards
  • Children between the ages of 5 and 9 years need to be escorted across the crossing at the bottom of the exit driveway by an adult.  Please cross over and do not signal to children from the other side of the pedestrian crossing to join you. will direct you- please follow instructions of Duty Staff.
  • If you have arranged for someone else to pick up your children, please inform them of our school parking rules.
  • Parents visiting the school during school hours need to report to reception. If office staff determine you need to go into the school, you will be given a VISITOR PASS. This is the same for all visitors and is to ensure the safety of your children.
  • We have some good opportunities for Sports in ‘Form Period’ times this Term; and will be preparing students for our Athletics Day on:

THURSDAY Mar 8, Week 6.

This will be at the Kensington Athletics Track and parents and family are invited to attend. All students are assigned a Rakau group so we expect keen competition.

  • The Y9/10 and Y11-13 Camps at Pataua North are coming up in Week 8 of this term- 19-23 March. These camps encourage outdoor activities and team work in many areas. They help to cement good relationships within the Rakau groups and produce lasting fruit in young lives through evening meetings.
  • Our worship times in assembly and chapel times are focused on the work and power of the Holy Spirit; as are our memory verses for 2018.
  • NCEA results from 2017 are available. We continue to do well as a school and the vast majority of our students achieve very well. Students doing NCEA this year should make every effort to gain merit and excellence levels where possible. Students must endeavour to meet deadlines and complete all work set by teachers to get the best out of their courses.
  • Can I remind parents to name/ rename their children’s school uniform? The names do fade during washing and unnamed and unclaimed clothing from 2017 in lost property goes in with the second-hand uniform for sale. We do have second hand uniform for sale from the school. To view, please make an appointment at the office to see Sandra Lloyd.
  • Birthdays- our procedures do not allow for birthday celebrations at school, so please do not send cakes etc. to your child’s class. The best arrangement is for parents organise to celebrate their child’s birthday outside of school hours. Please be sensitive about handing out invitations to birthday parties in front of other children as this can be hurtful to them.
  • End of day messages for students: Office Staff can only get messages to students for genuine emergencies near the end of the school day. Parents should make other arrangements to give non-urgent messages. Students can consult cell phones after school for messages, but they must be switched off on arrival at school and during school hours.

Aku mihi nui ki a koe



Rodney Lloyd(Principal)

Integrated School (Year 1-13) Whangarei Northland NZ