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Week 6 - Term 1 2020

Winter Sports Muster
The Sports Committee is holding a Winter Sports muster for hockey, soccer, netball, and basketball (excluding Intermediate where the team is up and running) on Saturday 7th March from 9.00 am- 12.00 pm in the School Hall. Don't panic if you can't make it the registration forms will be available in the office and a staff member will go around the school offering them to the students.

The purpose of the muster is to get signed permission,  parent details, and payment for each of the sports. Parents can also pick up an information notice on how each code will run this year. Payments can be either cash or EFTPOS (we will have the school EFTPOS machine available).  If you are unable to make it to the muster on Saturday, there will be notices given out after the muster.

The registration fee per code is:

Basketball - $80 for 2 terms
Hockey - Junior (up to Year 6) $65, Senior (Intermediate) $95
Soccer - Individual $70, family $100 
Netball - $60

Sports hoodie that parents may wish to buy for their child. Coaches/Managers/Supporters may wish to purchase one as well. See below for pricing

Kids Performance Hoodie (Black/red', Kids Sizes 6-14, Hamilton West Full logo, first  name print back bottom of hoodie - $52

Performance Hoodie (Black/red, Adults Sizes S-5XL, Hamilton West Full logo, first name print back bottom of hoodie - $55

You can start ordering the sports hoodies from Monday 16th March at the school office.


Coronavirus Update Friday 28 February - Ministry of Education

Help us to keep you and everyone else safe
The Prime Minister has announced the first case of COVID-19 has been confirmed in New Zealand. The Ministry of Health has noted that although we have our first case of COVID-19, the chances of community outbreak remain low.

This case was identified because the person affected and their family did the right thing and got in touch with health authorities.

This is a good wake up call.  New Zealand has been free of the virus to date, but we knew that would not last. For now this doesn’t affect what you already are doing and the plans you and health authorities have in place. Continue to reinforce messages about hygiene practices. Practising good hand and sneeze/cough hygiene is the best defense:

  • wash your hands often with soap and water before and after eating as well as after attending the toilet
  • cover coughs and sneezes with clean tissues or your elbow
  • put used tissues in the bin.
  • If your child/ren is unwell please keep them away from school                           
I would like everyone in the school community to know that we have an emergency plan that covers a number of situations, including a pandemic. To me, the main thing to remember in any dangerous situation is to remain calm, consult our plan and contact the relevant authority (Police, Fire and Emergency, Medical Officer of Health) and follow their advice. Our plan also covers how we would contact parents / whanau in an emergency situation via any combination of email, Facebook or phone

Working B
I need your help with a working B on the morning of Saturday 4th April to develop the area between the hall and our Fow Street entry. We will be lifting tiles and boxing up for some new concrete. If you can help please contact me - 

Room 5 was learning about our school value kaitiakitanga. They searched the school for rubbish and then came back sorted and graphed the types they found for maths. It was quite tricky to find the rubbish so the rest of the school must be trying hard to show kaitiakitanga too. See the photo below.

Homework at Ham West
From time to time I think it is worth communicating our stance on homework at Hamilton West School. Our stance is that it is NOT compulsory and no child should be penalised for not completing it. Professor John Hattie's research (2014) found that homework had little effect in primary schools and it was not until high school that it really started to support learning. Hattie says that if primary school kids do homework it should be short and shouldn't include new learning. 

My personal view is homework should be around reading a book, learning a few spelling words and practicing basic facts. It should not be intense and should be enjoyable for the child and parent alike. What homework should never do is create stress for parents. A few years ago we consulted our community and the view of parents was the same as what I have written here.  

Whanau Parent Group Meeting
The Whanau Parent Group have their first meeting of the year after school today at 3.05 pm in the staffroom. The Whanau Parent Group helps the school with the development and implementation of our Cultural Plan. We are always looking for new members so if you are interested in this aspect of our school you are welcome to attend. You are also welcome to contact me if you would like further information -

Fire Drill
Last Thursday we held a fire evacuation, it took the entire school less than 3 minutes to assemble at our evacuation point - the cricket pitch area. Well done Ham West. 

Year 4 Swimming Sports
What a great day the Y4 children had at their swimming sports last week. Lots of sunshine, enthusiasm and persistence ensured that our children were able to do their best. It was lovely to see whanau there showing their support

Intermediate Camp - Raglan

The fee of $200 is due by Tuesday 10 March, you are welcome to pay this over time, please contact Natalie Sullivan or myself to arrange this. We are only 2 weeks away so make sure you are checking the gear list to ensure you have everything. Thanks to the parents who have offered to support us at this camp. 

Teacher Only Day
I thought it timely to remind you that on Monday 16th March the school will be closed for a Teacher Only Day (granted as part of the Government Accord last year). In the morning on this day, our teachers will be involved in a professional learning opportunity and from 12.30 we will move into parent/teacher interviews through until 7.30 pm. Interviews will also take place on Tuesday 17th March and Wednesday 18th March.

We really want all parents to come in to share their child's learning journey so please book a time by going to www.schoolinterviews or drop into the office so Vic or Yolanda can help you with a booking. To book an interview go to and enter the code zsfd5 (this is case sensitive).  Select your child's class and a time that works for you.  If you don't have access to the internet you can see Vic or Yolanda in the office and they will book a time for you.  Interviews are on:  Monday 16th March  1pm-7.30pm, Tuedsay 17th March 3.30pm-6pm and Wednesday 18th March 3.30pm-5.30pm

Great Barrier Island Camp - Year 7/8
All money for this particular trip needs to be paid in full to the school office by Monday 20 March. 

All whanau should have received an email from me today with a link to complete health and medical forms for this trip.  If your child is attending Great Barrier, and you did not receive this email then please make contact with me at

Class/Portrait Photos
Photos are being taken at School on Tuesday 10th March.  If you have siblings and want them to have their photo taken together you can pick up a sibling form from the office.

For Sale
We have 1 large screen TVs for sale - works well. $200 dollars.  Please contact the Principal -

We have a number of second-hand un-named fleeces that have been in lost property for quite some time.  As they haven't been claimed we are now offering them to our school community.  If you are interested please come in and see the office staff.  Sizes range from 6-14.

School Sport Reports/Draws
Cricket Draws for Friday 6 March
Ham West Blackcaps  vs  Knighton Spirit   @ Seddon Park 7  -  5:30pm
Ham West Knights vs HOB Jaguars  @ Jansen Park 1  -  5:30pm
Ham West Pukekos  vs  Knighton Kings  @ Jansen 9  -  5:30pm

Cricket Report
The Blackcaps played Pirongia School Wildcats hats off to an extremely well drilled Wildcats. The Blackcaps played valiantly but alas the Wildcats were just too strong for us. A great game by all 39 - 89.

Touch Draw 
Swarbrick Year 1&2 Boys (Section A)        
5/3/2020 3:45pm Aberdeen: Aberdeen Comets C vs Ham West: Ham West Lions C Swarbrick Park: Field 2b
Swarbrick Year 3&4 Boys (Section A)        
5/3/2020 3:45pm Ham West: Ham West Sharks D vs TK: TK Panthers B Swarbrick Park: Field 6b
Swarbrick Year 5&6 Mixed (Section C)        
5/3/2020 4:45pm Frankton: Frankton Viperz vs Ham West: Ham West Warriors C Swarbrick Park: Field 5
Swarbrick Year 5&6 Boys (Secttion B)        
5/3/2020 3:45pm Aberdeen: Aberdeen Panthers C vs Ham West: Ham West Kings D Swarbrick Park: Field 10
Swarbrick Year 7&8 Boys (Section B)        
5/3/2020 5:15pm Ham West: Ham West Aces B vs Maeroa Intermediate: Runners Swarbrick Park: Field 6

PTA AGM Meeting
It's that time of year again!!  The Hamilton West School Parent Teacher Association (PTA) has our Annual General Meeting (AGM). Irrespective of whether existing people on the committee choose to stand again or not, all positions are available to be elected into.

The AGM will be held in the School staffroom at 7pm on Monday 30th of March. We really would love a large turnout!

Who are the PTA?

  • A committee consisting of a Chairperson, Deputy Chair, Secretary & Treasurer, as well as; Mark Penman (Principal), and another teacher or two. We also have a small group of other parents/caregivers that come along and join in as and when they’re able too. If you think you would be willing to put your hand up for any of the above positions, or would just be keen to meet new people and help out when you can, we would especially welcome you along to the AGM.

What does the PTA do?

  • We plan and organise fundraising to purchase equipment, materials and improve facilities that benefit the whole school and all of the children.
  • We organise social events for the parents/caregivers of Hamilton West School children.
  • We provide a link between the children, their families and the school.

If you would like any further information, but can’t make the meeting, please email us at

Charter 2020
At the BoT meeting last week the board approved the Charter for 2020. A copy has been loaded to the website for your reference. The Charter includes our achievement targets for the year.

It is pleasing to report that our achievment results

IT Strategy - Hamilton West School
The Board of Trustees is in the process of developing an IT Strategy for Hamilton West School. A copy of the strategy has been posted on the front page of the school website. The board is keen on getting feedback on the (draft) strategy so if you are interested please read the document and complete the feedback form which is also available on the front page of the website.

Important Dates for Term 1/2020
Date Term 1 Week Event
7-March 6 Sports Muster (winter codes) 9-12 - School Hall
10-Mar 7 Class Photos
11-13 March 7 Raglan Camp - year 7 & 8
16-Mar 8 Teacher Only Day 
16-Mar 8 Parent Interview 1.00pm-7.30pm
17/18 March 8 Parent Interviews 3.30pm-6.00pm
23/24 March 9 Year 2 & 4 Marae Visit
27 March
27 March
2 April
4-9 April
WFPSA  Swimming Sports
Lake Walk - Rms 5, 18, 19 & 20
Gordonton Exchange
Great Barrier Island Trip - Year 7 & 8
9 April  11 Last day of Term One
Size 12 Polo Fleece - named: Sebastian Visagie / Seb.  Please return to room 23.  Thank you.

Hamilton West Kindergarten
Hamilton West Kindergarten is the local Waikato Association Kindergarten.  Our operating hours are 8.00am – 3.30pm with the option of morning, afternoon or full day sessions for children to attend. 

We offer 20 free hours from 2 years (if spaces are available) and remain open as normal during school term breaks.

Please come for a visit anytime at 35 Horne St and talk to staff about enrolling your pre-school child, or call us on 8394103.

Mindfull Tutoring
Did you know that the letter c can write a s sound? There is a rule for this too.  If the letter c is followed by a e, i or y then it writes a s sound.  Like cycle, cyclone, circus, ceremony, certain, circle
Find out more about our literacy programme and how we can help your child.  For enquires call: Claire Howarth (MEd. First Class Hons). or Kimmy Crampton (BEd Primary)
M: 027 404 2101. W: E:

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