Newsletter – 22 August 2022

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A warm welcome to our new families.

The sun should be starting to appear more frequently so in this newsletter I have included information about why your child may be sensitive to bright light.

Sensitive Eyes                                                                                                                                         

If your child has blue, green or grey eyes you may have noticed that they squint more when you look into the sunlight than people with brown eyes.

People with lighter coloured eyes have less pigmentation in multiple layers of the eye than those with darker eyes. Because of this, people with lighter eyes are more sensitive to harsh lights like sunlight and fluorescent lights.

This may cause your child to have difficulty seeing or focusing in bright lights, or even cause pain around the eyes. Squinting or rubbing their eyes in harsh light is generally a sign that you have a level of ‘photophobia’. 

Avoid your child spending prolonged time in bright or harsh lighting, or wear UV-blocking sunglasses and wide brimmed hats when outside to help reduce the effects caused by sensitivity to light.

All optometrists have a range of prescription sunglasses available in store to ensure your child’s eyes are protected from harsh light while outside or encourage your child to wear sunglasses outside.


We welcome back Mrs Brooke Switzer (formally Miss Neale) who will be working two days a week this term and then full time next term.  We also welcome Miss Claire Olifiers who has joined our Learning Assistant team.

Thank you                                                                                                                                            

During the past week we have noticed a reduction in the amount of children arriving late and/or leaving early. This has meant it is less disruptive to classes, teachers and the child’s learning


Fintan Kelly






Cross Country last week at Lloyd Elsmore Park, a huge congratulations to Hannah Winter – 3rd place Year 4 girls, our Year 4 boys team – 1st place overall and Year 6 boys team – 3rd place overall – a great day had by all !









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Celebrate Dads this Father’s Day!

Whether it’s a Dad, Uncle, Grandad or Poppa in your life, make them feel extra special this Father’s Day with our ezlunch giveaway.  Every lunch order gets you a chance to win one of two $50 ‘Not Socks’ vouchers.

Order ezlunch for delivery on Friday 26 August or Friday 2 September to be in the draw to WIN!

Two vouchers, two winners!

The winners will be drawn on Friday 2 September and notified by email.
Go to to start ordering.


Located just down the road at Te Tuhi community arts centre, we are offering dance classes for children 3 years upwards.

‘Expressions dance is offering a free trial class to all new students.  Attending a trial is a great way to see classes in action – visit website for more information.   Join us and let’s get dancing today!’