School Newsletter

10 December 2019

Welcome New Children

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We would like to welcome 





 to Anderson's Bay School. 

It is wonderful to have you joining us.









Last Day of School - 2019

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Anderson's Bay School will officially close at 12:30pm on Friday, 13 December 2019.

If your child is feeling tired after a very busy year at school it is not compulsory that they attend on this day.


Term Dates 2020

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Term One

Monday, 3 February to Thursday, 9 April 2020


Term Two

Monday, 28 April to Friday, 3 July 2020


Term Three

Monday, 20 July to Friday, 25 September 2020


Term Four

Monday, 12 October to Wednesday, 16 December 2020



There will be three (3) Teacher Only Days in 2020:

  • Friday, 6 March 2020
  • Friday, 23 October 2020
  • Tuesday, 27 October 2020


Magic Kids Club will be running a programme on all three days out of our school hall. 

Please contact Magic directly to book a place - (03) 453 3266 or




Class Structure - 2020

The class structure for 2020 is as follows:


Rata Team

Nga Tipu (Year 1) - Miranda Bloxham

Room 2 (Year 1) - Sharon Weir and Jane Wood

Room 3/4 (Year 2) - Emily Armstrong and Tania Pleace


Kowhai Team

Room 5 (Years 3/4) - Geoff Markby

Room 6 (Years 3/4) - Lizzie Potter

Room 7 (Years 2/3) - Joanne Ward

Room 8 (Years 3/4) - Jackie Tangata


Geoff Markby and Lizzie Potter will be away from school on Thursdays during 2020 to pursue outdoor education opportunities.

Joy Chilcott will be teaching in Room 5 and Sam Baker in Room 6 on this day.


Totara Team

Room 9 (Years 4/5) - Sarah Bayne-OÇonnor

Room 10 (Rooms 5/6) - Bridget McDowall

Room 11 (Years 5/6) - Paul Gibbons

Room 12 (Years 4/5) - Rhonda Umfreville-Keogh





Year 6 Final Assembly

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The Year 6 Farewell Assembly will be held on Thursday, 12 December 2019 at 1:40pm

in Te Paihere.  Following the assembly an afternoon tea will be held.



School Reports

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School Reports will be emailed to all parents on Wednesday, 11 December 2019. 

Your child/ren's report  will indicate what class they will be in for 2020.  All stationery requirements relating to that class are now uploaded to the OfficeMax Back to School website and are available now for purchase.


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Staff Leaving

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Sadly we say farewell to the following teachers at the end of 2019:

  • Janet Arcus
  • Lezanne Campbell
  • Hayley Witt

We wish them all the very best in their new endeavours!



Uniform Changes at Anderson's Bay School

PLEASE NOTE:  Samples of the new uniform will be on display this week in
Te Paihere!


During the year the Board of Trustees have reviewed our existing Anderson's Bay School Uniform, design, options and supply.  In the past months the Board of Trustees have decided to make some changes to our uniform.  From the end of the 2019 school year the supply of the Anderson's Bay School uniform will be met by NZ Uniforms.  NZ Uniforms offers much greater flexibility around purchasing options, including online ordering, payment options and accessibility.  In addition to change of supply, the Board of Trustees have also reviewed the uniform design and options.  In response to feedback received from the Uniform Survey earlier in the year the Board determined that the current colour and quality of our polo tops is problematic.  Therefore, these have been redesigned, not only in colour but also in fabric to be a much more durable, "dry fit" style top in a blend of colours that is consistent with our current uniform colour but eliminates the discoloration issues many parents have reported.  The outer top has also been redesigned in both colour and  fabric to address some of the issues reported by families.  The options of uniform pieces has predominantly remained the same with some improvements in fabric and design, including pockets in all uniform pieces, which we know has been an ongoing issue.  In addition to these changes the Board have also added in further OPTIONAL uniform garments, including a school beanie, softshell jacket and a merino top.  The thin microfleece has been removed as an option given the very poor feedback regarding the quality of this item.  The pricing schedule for our uniform has remained roughly the same, with most items being slightly less expensive.  An exception to this is the polo top.  The Board of Trustees have decided to accept a more expensive garment, based on design and a significant increase in the quality of the top, believing that when taking into account other slight decreases in uniform pieces and the life expectancy of this top will make it more than comparative.  Although the new uniform options will be available for 2020, the Board acknowledges the existing uniform and that there needs to be a transition period for changing our uniform style.  Hence, the new uniform style will not be expected to be worn throughout the school until 2021 and we expect that 2020 will see a variation of uniform styles being worn as this new uniform is transitioned into our school.

Below are details, uniform images and further information about our uniform and NZ Uniforms.

Uniforms will be available for purchase from NZ uniforms, from the beginning of 2020.  Adventure Outfitters no longer stock an Anderson's Bay School uniforms.


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(03) 454 4413