School Newsletter

21 November 2019

Welcome New Children

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We would like to welcome 


Arianna, Ruyi, Susanna, Luka, Luna





to Anderson's Bay School. 

It is wonderful to have you joining us.









Changes to Anderson's Bay School Uniform

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.


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End of Year Celebrations

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Earlier this term we were advised that the Edgar Centre Stadium will not be available for use at the end of 2019, which is where we have previously held our End of Year Assembly.  We have investigated other options for a venue that is sufficiently large enough to cater for an end of year assembly for our entire school and family members.  Unfortunately there are no venues that are cost effective or feasible for this.  Therefore, for 2019 we will be making alternative arrangements for our end of year celebrations. 

Our Tōtara Team will celebrate the end of Year and leaving time for our Year 6 students during the afternoon of 12th December, this will be followed by an afternoon tea for the families and Tōtara children, to mark the end of our Year 6 students' time at Anderson's Bay School.  Please allow the afternoon, from 1:30 - 3:00 for this event, if you are a family member of our Tōtara Team children. 



Official Opening - Seating and Shading Project

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 When you next visit the school you will notice the area outside Te Paihere has been enhanced by the installation of new seats, platforms and decking.  This space was officially opened by Mrs Thomas cutting the ribbon last Monday 11th November and the children then excitedly exploring the new features.  There are garden boxes soon to be planted and shade sails that will be in place soon too, to complete this area. 

The children are loving choosing where and what to sit on at lunch times and are enjoying the interesting spaces for outdoor learning and informal play.  Children are finding quiet spots to read a book, meeting up with friends and creating impromptu performances on the decks.   It is great to see our community using this as a meeting place at the end of the school day, too.

We are very grateful to Wayne Butson and his team at Design and Garden Landscapes, Dunedin for the landscaping work.

The significant contributors we wish to thank are:



Otago Community Trust

Bendigo Trust

Lion Foundation


Southern Trust

Macmillan Trust


Project Committee: Agnes Oliver, Lizzie Potter, Geoff Markby and Hamish McDonald.



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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



Road Patrol 2020


Road Patrol 2020



We are recruiting road patrol parent supervisors for 2020.

Please consider supervising road patrol.  

Parent patrol supervisors do not need to be year 6 parents.  

When you bring your child to school, or meet them at school at the end of the day, stay for an extra 15 minutes at one of the school pedestrian crossings and watch the year 6 students on patrol 

 Supervision may be one afternoon or more a week, or one morning a week.  Whatever you are able to contribute is gratefully accepted.  If we have a good number of parents, supervision can be spread out and stand-ins easily obtained.  

Road patrol students have been trained by the Police Education Officer and a refresher is scheduled for the beginning of the term.


Please email Mrs Thomas at  or call the school at 4544413 to register your availability.  Also say what patrol you would prefer and what day/s (e.g. morning or afternoon).  



School Pool - Saturday Sessions



The school pool will be open from 1pm to 3pm on:

  • Saturday, 30 November 2019; and
  • Saturday, 7 December 2019


Entry is by way of a gold coin donation.  All children MUST be accompanied by an adult.



Possum Traps





Skool Loop

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Community Notices

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New Zealand School Parents Community

This group aims to provide a platform for parents to share parenting and children education and experiences and suggestions. We encourage everyone to setup play dates and social.

I have found that many of our Chinese parents don’t really understand New Zealand’s education system. The only way for many parents to get knowledge was to ask friends who themselves may not know. Therefore, I built this group and hoped that we can share information and find answers to questions about primary and secondary education in New Zealand.

Parents of children in early education are also welcome.

Please do not advertise in the group.

To join, please scan my QR code and I will pull you into the group.

My wechatid: shanezhannz
My QR code:












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SWIM FX Swim School is excited to announce that they will be back teaching the life skill of swimming at your school pool on WEDNESDAYS in Term 4. Check out our Facebook page ‘SWIM FX Swim School’ for more information and ‘Recommendations/Reviews’ 

Contact Sue by Message via the Facebook page or Email or Phone 477-1730.

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Learn how to feed and nourish your family well in a hectic world; without pulling your hair out. Learn how to manage fussy eaters and dinnertime battles, eating for growth/sport and what/how to feed your family. Jennifer Douglas is a Paediatric dietitian and specialises in family nutrition, food allergy and gut health. She has over 14 years’ experience of working with children and families to improve health with good nutrition.


  • Wednesday 27th November 2019 at 7.30pm
  • Wednesday 12th February 2020 at 7.30pm

 Location: Regus Centre, First Floor Harvest Court Mall, 218 George Street, Dunedin.

 Tickets: Pre-sale tickets from EVENTFINDA are $25 for a single and $40 for a double. Tickets at the door are $30 for a single and $50 for a double.

Tickets are limited, so be in quick!



Instagram: @Jennifer_Douglas_Dietitian



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TennisPlus+ Coaching (based at the Edgar Centre) is running FREE 1/2 Court tennis coaching sessions to see if your child would like to enroll for term 1 2020 coaching which will be heavily subsidized ($40 instead of $80 for 8 x 35 minute sessions during term 1).
Free Coaching Dates: Tuesday Dec 10th, Tuesday December 12th and Friday Dec 13th (will add more dates if numbers exceed spots). 
Venue: Edgar Centre
Age Range: 5 to 10 years of age
Time Options: 3.45pm - 4.20pm or 4.25pm - 5.00pm (Choose one) - do not just turn up, you MUST ENROL.
Coaching cost: $0.00  
Equipment: We provide everything (including racquets) 
Edgar Centre door charge: $1.00 (Normally $2.50)
Player/Coach Ratio: 4 to 1 maximum - sometimes will have 2 coaches on court with 4 players
Coaching Cost: $40 for 8 x 35 minute sessions - 1 session per week for 8 weeks (Normally $80 so a 50% discount)
Venue: Edgar Centre
Age Range: 5 to 10 years of age
Days: Monday, Tuesday and Thursday (Will add other days if needed)
Time Options: 3.45pm - 4.20pm or 4.25pm - 5.00pm
Edgar Centre door charge: $2.50 per session
Player/Coach Ratio: 4 to 1 maximum - sometimes will have 2 coaches on court with 4 players
Please choose one day/time option ONLY for the Free Coaching! 
Please include in your email your child's name, date of birth, school, cell phone and parent/caregiver name
TennisPlus+ Coaching. 134 likes. rger. We had our first 1/2 court tournament for term 3 on Sunday. It was a bit nippy at 10am but the kids (and parents) dealt with it very well.
  (There is a Google enrolment form link on our Free Coaching Facebook post)
Private Message above details. You can also check our Facebook page if you don't know what 1/2 court is.
Cell Phone: 0274366166 Send a text with above details

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92 Jeffery Street, Anderson's Bay, 9013 Dunedin
(03) 454 4413