Westport North School | Cobden St, Westport 7825, New Zealand | Phone 03 789 7172

News letter




7 December 2021 Ph: 7897172 / 0273925879 Term 4 




Kia ora koutou e te whanau, 


What a nightmare this Term has turned out to be. Trying to navigate our way through the ever-changing require- ments from the Ministry of Education and the sometimes-conflicting information from the Ministry of Health. How- ever, we think we have it sorted now. I have been asked why the school is not using ‘vaccinee passports ‘for the senior prizegiving and the William Pike celebration, the reason is simple, over a quarter of our eligible students are not vac- cinated and we are not prepared to exclude them from their prizegiving’s. 


A word on vaccinations, when the vaccinations for 512-year-olds are available, there has been NO suggestion that there will be clinics at school. Students cannot be vaccinated without parental consent, so this is a decision for whanau to make for their child/ren 


The classes are busy planning their end of year activities and trips and information for these classes has been sent home. Our PB4L Funday on Wednesday will go ahead regardless of the weather. Lunch on Wednesday will be a sau- sage and bread with an ice-cream/ice block. 


Junior prizegiving will take place this Friday and will be videoed for parents. We are not able to have whanau attend these due to number restrictions. Senior prizegiving (yr5-8) will be straight after the junior one, again videoed for whanau. Reports and book lists will be sent home Friday. Year 8 students get their reports on the last day of school. Class lists will be posted on the last day, please be aware we cannot change students’ classes at this late stage. 


School will resume on Tuesday 8th February and the holidays for 2022 are as follows; 


Term 1 Term 2. 


Term 3. Term 4. 


8th February- 14th April
 2nd May- 8
th July
 Public Holidays- Queens Birthday 6
th June 


Matariki 24th June 25th July- 30th September 


17th October– 16th December
 Public Holiday-Labour Day 24
th October 


In 2022 we start Cohort Entry. New entrants will start at the beginning or the mid-point of the school term after they turn 5. Visits will be done with all the new students together. 


We have three Christmas Trees on display outside the Chemist, don’t forget to go and vote for your favourite. Unfortunately, the Christmas Parade has fallen victim to Covid 19, but my understanding is the Council is working on another fun activity for the children to replace the parade.  



At the end of this school year we bid farewell to Tegan Pearson, Samara Douglas and Siobhon Venz I know you join with us in wishing them “every good thing’ as they go on to the next chapter in their lives. 


I completely understand the frustration of some whanau over the disruption to end of year celebrations etc, but I hope you can put all that aside and enjoy the festive season with your whanau and friends. 


Ngā mihi nui, Cath O’Loughlin 


He aroha whakat, he aroha puta mai. If kindness is sown, then kindness you shall receive.