Dairy Flat
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Strive for Excellence – Care for All

Term 3 – Week 5 – 20th August 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 (finish at 12.00pm) – TBC

Important Dates
27 – Yr 5/6 Cross Country Cluster event – Shakespear park  – 9:00am – 1:30pm
28 –
Mufti Day – School Environment, dress in GREEN. Gold coin donation

4 – Assembly – LZ4 sharing – 9.00am
11 – Whole School Assembly – Music – 1.30pm
23 – Production –  Matinee & Evening Performance – Deferred to Term 4
24 – Production – Evening Performance – Deferred to Term 4
25 – Term 3 ends

12 – Term 4 starts
12 – Whole School – End of Term 3 Assembly – 9.00am
17 – Ag Day – 8.00-2.00pm
22 – Individual Photolife Photos starts at 8.00am for families with pre-schoolers
23 – Teacher Only Day – School closed
29 – 9.30am – Year 5/6 Cricket cluster tournament – Metro Park

2 – Kids for Kids Rehearsal and Concert
11 – Production –  Matinee & Evening Performance – Date change
12 – Production – Evening Performance – Date change
16 – 9.30am start – Athletics day – Whole school – Date change
14 – 1.00pm – Compost Collective – composting course
23 – 6.30pm – Year 6 Puberty Parent Meeting
24 – 9.00am – Year 5/6 Cluster Athletics tournament
26 – Year 5/6 RAIN save day Athletics Cluster tournament
30 – Start of Skillz for life swimming runs until 3rd December


Hi to all our Dairy Flat School Community

I have been impressed with how seamlessly we have all adapted to this new lockdown. I am, as I am sure we all are, hoping that we will all be back to school next week. 
I would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge the positive support we have received from the Ministry of Education. They are in touch daily and able to answer any queries we have. 
The teachers have swung into action and have been able to make hard copy packs for students who request them. I am proud of our team and am aware that there is lots of work going on in the background. 
We have been informed that the upgrade of rooms 6 and 7 will commence in the September break so the students and teachers in these classrooms will be moving for a short time. The upgrade of the toilet block is in the planning stage with quotes coming in. We are also looking at increasing shade around the school and upgrading the turf outside the hall. Other projects in the wings are an upgrade of the road outside school,including a footpath,  and more planting for our waste water recycled water. These last two projects are out of our control as they are planned and implemented by other entities. 
You will note, that due to the lockdown, a number of scheduled events have been postponed or cancelled. These will be announced and will be on the calendar. Please note these date changes.  (See the calendar dates above) We are planning a colour run later in the term to replace our cross country run. Keep a lookout for this date. 
Lastly, to our parent community, thank you for your support during this time. If we can help with anything, please contact us. If we don’t know the answer, we can try to find out for you. 
We’ve got this! Kia Kaha! Look after yourself first and you will be better able to look after others in your bubble. We miss you! Looking forward to seeing you all back soon!

Ka kite anō au i a koe.

Debbie Marshall


Ag Day
Ag day on the 17th October
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

Mystery seeds

available from Room 1 before 9 and after 3pm every day
$2 for a packet of seeds & a small pot to start growing your plants in
Please see attachment below – Information sheet of choices avail;able

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

Dairy Flat School’s 2020 Planting Day
30th July
Attached is your planting day summary. You have grown and planted 770 plants this year,
well done! 
We hope you had a lovely planting day and would like to thank you all for being part of Trees for Survival and making it the fantastic tree planting programme that it is!

Kind regards,
The Trees for Survival Team


Silent auction donations: The silent auction is a big fundraiser at Ag Day – last year the silent auction raised almost $9,000. If you work in or know a business that can contribute goods or services (vouchers) for the silent auction please reach out to Paula in the office ([email protected]).

Next PTA Meeting: Will be held Friday 21st August at 3pm in the School Staffroom. We really need more parents to help with Ag Day and other fundraising activities – we hope that you can join us to find out how you can help. If you are unable to attend but would like to raise something at the meeting please email the team at [email protected]. EVENT CANCELLED

Pyjama Disco will be held on Friday 28th August 5.30-7.30pm in the School Hall. Wear your onesie or pyjamas. $5 entry includes a sausage sizzle. Other food and drink items will be available for purchase. Looking forward to a great night! – EVENT CANCELLED

Second hand school uniforms: On Friday 4th September the PTA plan to run an after school pop-up stall selling a variety treats and second hand uniforms. If you have uniform items to donate you can drop them off in the school office.

Honey Order Update: The honey will be delivered to the students as soon as school reopens. We have plenty of stock so please get in touch if you haven’t placed your order yet

Given we have now gone into Level 3 lockdown there is uncertainty about whether we will be able to proceed as planned

We will provide an update next week when the situation in Auckland becomes clearer

Please see link below showing the Ag Day Poster & the items required each week though out this term

Orewa College Enrolment

Applications are submitted online for our 2021 enrolments.

Please visit our website under Information/Enrol

Out of zone applications will be entered in a ballot which will be completed in September 2020.

Students enrolling at other year levels are invited to book a school  tour, the link to book is on our website.

Information Evening – Thursday 27 August, 7.00-8.30 pm in the Orewa College Arts and Event Centre. 

Email: [email protected]


Notification received from Orewa College this information evening has been postponed until further notice


Please see attached letter with regards to the dental clinic services

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