Dairy Flat
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Strive for Excellence – Care for All

Term 2 – Week 10 – 18th June 2020

Term Dates 2020
Term 1 Mon 3rd Feb – Thurs 9th April
Term 2 Tues 28th April – Fri 3rd July
Term 3 Mon 20th July – Fri 25th Sept
Term 4 Mon 12th Oct – Mon 14th Dec (mid-day) – TBC

Important Dates
24 – Photolife Class photos CHANGE OF DATE

3   – End of Term 2 Assembly – 2.00pm
20 – Start of Term 3
21 – Parent/Teacher Interviews – 1.00pm -7.00pm – Booking are now open
       School will close at 12.00pm
22 – Photolife Team photos

6   – Teacher Only Day – School closed
13 – TBC – Year 5/6 Hockey Cluster tournament – 9:00am – 2:30pm

14 – TBC – 
Cross Country event at Shakespear park – 9:00am – 1:30pm
17 – RAIN save day – Cross Country event at Shakespear park – 9:00am – 2:30pm
27 – TBC – Yr 5/6 Cross Country Cluster event – Shakespear park  – 9:00am – 1:30pm


Janae Ma for creativity and achievement with your Growth Mindset Booklet
Daniel Bufton for focus and effort on your return to school
Sophie Cotter for excellent choices that help her learning
Zoe Knight van Biljong for effort adjusting to your new learning environment

Saxon ParkerResilience
Cooper Sweeney – Resilience

Ruby Hollis – Responsible

Ruby Good for your resilience in extra curricular learning
Henry Blakeman your enthusiasm for your learning is amazing. I love your thinking and contributin to class discussions. Keep it up!
Jaxon Gillard for your participation and contribution during workshop learning

Isla Bourhill – Respect

Nathan George – Resilience 
Luke Jacobs – Responsible

Guillermo Ramon-Moreno for your efforts and progress across all curriculum areas
Stirling Greenhill for trying hard to focus and having a ‘can do’ attitude
Mayson Highet for his excellent reading and answering of comprehension questions

Kaylah Hedley – Responsible
Mason Newman Respect
Delta-Cruz Smith – Resilience 

Elias Shah – Great effort in his reading
Rylan McGregor for his enthusiastic attitude towards learning
Ronan Thomson for a fantastic effort in reading and writing
Emily-Rose Senekal for wonderful effort with her handwriting

Braxton Brough – Respect
Charlotte Stutton – Responsible

Deklyn Hazelwood-Stoneham – Responsible
Luca Church Resilience 

Cyber safety and Gaming

There are many children playing games online. It is a bit of a minefield for parents. There are many different games. Some are safe, educational and fun but some are violent and completly lacking in empathy or any recognition that this violence may affect the player.

A number of our students are reporting to us that they spend a lot of time gaming and we are noticing changes in behaviour that seem to relate to the game ‘Fortnite Battle Royale’. 

There is a strong opinion that  Fortnite is not right for kids. Players shoot each other and win only after 99 other players in each game have been killed. The violence earned the game a rating of T (for Teen) meaning it’s not suitable for kids under the age of 13. It is concerning that students as young as six years old are playing this game. It is highly addictive and is the cause of some friction between parents and their  children.

“Playing too much Fortnite can interfere with sleep, homework, and responsibilities,” says Sierra Filucci. She works at Common Sense Media, a group that reviews games, movies, and music to determine whether they’re appropriate for kids.

John Parsons, New Zealand’s leading authority on cyber safety for children suggests that addiction to online gaming often leads to children becoming depressed, anxious, wanting to be on their own on the device rather than partcipate in family activities, become reluctant to attend school, and start slipping academically. During teaching students about emotional regulation I have become increasingly concerned at the number of our students who tell me that;

  • they get angry if someone (parent) tells them to get off their device
  • they only feel happy when they are playing the game
  • they sneak a device when they can to play

It is important to know what your child is doing on line, monitor the time they are online gaming and set up rules for the use. If your child is becomming depressed, reluctant to come to school and angry when denied access to the game it would be a good idea to consider these concerns. 

Ag Day
Yah! We are going ahead with Ag day on the 17th October.
In the Ag day folder (on the table, in the office foyer) and on the DF school website is all the information sheets for animals and exhibits.
Calves are back this year and there is new criteria on the judging sheets that you need to be aware of.
If entering a lamb, goat or calf they are eligible to be entered in Ag day if born from the 1st July.
Have attached an order form for chickens. Forms must be in by the 3rd July-last day of the term. Forms are also in the folder and on the website.

Open attachment, select more options, select Word (desktop)


Parent/Teacher Interviews – Tuesday 21st July
1.00pm – 7.00pm


A Plus will run from 12.00pm & school buses will run from school at 12.00pm

Bookings are now open
Please go to the following link 
and enter the event code b9uwv to make a booking


This week we would like to take the opportunity to highlight and thank the volunteers who hold key positions on the PTA and coordinate key events; so here goes:

Positions of responsibility:

  • Chair – Elizabeth Cotter
  • Deputy Chair – Paula Lucas (until the end of the year, then we will be seeking a new Deputy Chair)
  • Treasurer – Sam Prevezanos (until the end of the year, Nicole Byleveldt will then take over)
  • Secretary – Rebecca Grant
  • Board Representatives – Sarah Lloyd, Naomi Upperton
  • Sausage Sizzle Coordinator – Rebekah Bourhill
  • Lunch Order Coordinator – Michaela Vermuelen
  • High Tea Coordinator – Sarah Richardson
  • School Noticeboard Coordinator – Jen Blakeman

Ag Day coordinators for this year:

  • Overall – Donna Baker
  • Animals/School Liaison- Elizabeth Cotter 
  • Finance/Banking  – Sam Prevezanos Nicole Byleveldt
  • Office/EFTPOS – Paula Lucas
  • Shopping/Afternoon Teas – Paula Lucas
  • Cake stall – Anna Francis-Stead (taking over from Erin Travers)
  • Games  – Kevin & Jen Blakeman (taking over from Rebekah Bourhill)
  • Raffle – Michaela Vermuelen
  • Sponsorships & Donations – Paula Lucas, Sarah Richardson
  • Silent Auction – vacant
  • White Elephant – Susan Kitchen (ex School Parent)
  • Rosters – Jen Jamie
  • External food stalls – Sarah Lloyd
  • Market stalls – vacant
  • Lamb Spit – vacant
  • Hot Chips – vacant
  • Bacon & Egg, Sausage Sizzle – vacant
  • Parking – vacant
  • Signage – vacant
  • We would also like to thank Shauny MacDonald for volunteering to help – role to be confirmed.

If you are keen to help – by either taking on a vacant role or working alongside someone else – please speak to one of the team or reach out to us at: [email protected]. You will also have parent helpers on Ag Day allocated through the roster system.


“Brain Play coding, robotics, and 3d printing classes. After-school, weekend, and holiday courses. Holidays on sale now for $60.00 per day! Free trials available. Ages 5+. Email us for more information on [email protected] or see”

We are looking forward to running our July School Holiday Program as normal. 

We  have a variety of classes to offer including painting, drawing, craft and Virtual Reality:
A new program has also been created for working parents of 5-6 year olds who are in need of longer supervision hours during the school holidays:

Employment Opportunities

Qualified Child Therapist/Counsellor

Orewa Kahui Ako is seeking a qualified child therapist / counsellor with expertise in working with students who experience anxiety at varying levels.  The age group is 5 -11 years  old.  Employment will be for one day per  week for Terms 3 and 4 2020, term time only. The position will involve interactions with students across four schools in two school venues. 

Applications to:     Lead Principal,  Orewa Kahui Ako

Email [email protected]  no later than 9.00 a.m., 26 June 2020 with cover letter, c.v. and contact details of 3 referees

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