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From the Principal

1 February 2018

Nau mai haere mai, Greetings ● Tena Koutou ● Talofa Lava ● Malo e Lelei ● Namaste ● Ni sa bula ● Noaia'e mauri ● Kia Orana ● Asalam Alykum ● Ni Hao ● Konnichiwa ●

Welcome back to 2018 at Anchorage Park School! I hope that you all had a relaxing time with your family over the Christmas holidays and are ready for another wonderful year at Anchorage Park School. A very special welcome to our new students and whānau.

I am very excited to be the new principal and join the Anchorage Park School family.  Lynne Keohane will be greatly missed by our whole school community but luckily for us she’s not far away and plans on keeping in touch on a regular basis!

Our school staff have spent two days together this week planning and organising for 2018.  Educating our tamariki is a shared responsibility between staff, students and whānau so our mantra this year is:

Ehara taku toa i te toa takitahi.  

Success is not the work of one but the work of many.

This hot, humid summer reminds me how lucky we are to have a school pool which maintains a temperature between 22-26 degrees.  All children need to bring named togs, towel and goggles (optional) in a plastic bag or swimming bag everyday.  Not only is this a great form of exercise for our children, but it’s also a fantastic way to keep cool on these sticky days.  

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I know 2018 is going to be a fabulous year for us and I look forward to getting to know all our students and families over the coming weeks.


Class stationery packs are available to purchase at Paper Plus Sylvia Park (please check that all your items on the list are included in your pack) or you can pick your own using the stationery lists available on our website or go to this link:

Topics for Term 1

To link in with our ‘Treemendous Makeover’ project taking place this year, our topics in Term 1 are ‘Generating Growth’ for the Junior Team and ‘Welcoming Wildlife’ in the Senior Team.  More information to come on how we are going to involve our whole community in this project throughout the year so watch this space ...

Change of Address/Circumstances and Health Issues

To take the very best care of your children we need your help to keep updated with any changes in contact details, living arrangements and/or any health matters (eg asthma).  Please contact the school office to let us know of any changes.

After School Care

The sKids After School Care programme operates in our school hall.  It is WINZ approved and subsidies are available.  The programme can be used regularly or for one-off situations.  All enquiries to sKids phone 027 2111279.  

School Donations

School donations for 2018 are: $120 per child per year or $30 per term and $180 per family per year or $45 per term.  Receipts are issued so you can claim this as a tax rebate.  All donations paid in full before 31 March 2018 will go into the prize draw for a full refund.  Payments can be made by instalments through the year if you prefer.  Internet banking details:

ASB Ti Rakau Branch

Account Number 12-3056-0780433-00

Please use ‘Donation’ as the reference.

School Uniform



Naming clothing:

Please ensure that all your child’s clothing and property is clearly named including shoes, sweatshirts, polo shirts, sunhats, togs, towels, drink bottles, lunch boxes etc.  The school office has iron on labels and fabric paint if needed.  This helps us return lost property.  Unclaimed property is stored in the cloakroom outside Room 5.

Our 2018 Team

We welcome Mrs Newell to our fabulous staff at Anchorage Park School.

Ms Belinda Johnston


Mrs Mary Benjamin

Deputy Principal & Senior Team Leader

Room 3

Year 5 & 6

Mrs Jo McCreanor

Junior Team Leader

Room 10

Year 2

Mr Jaden Yoon

Room 6

Year 5 & 6

Miss Esther Carr

Room 5

Year 3 & 4

Mrs Lorraine Field

Room 4

Year 3 & 4

Mrs Waheda Govender

Room 7

Year 1 & 2

Ms Angela Newell

Room 8

Year 1 & 2

Mrs Val Soutar

Room 11

Year 0

Miss Kristy Benjamin

Reading Recovery &

Room 10

Year 2

Mrs Susan Jones

School Administrator

Mrs Annabelle Kingston

Office Assistant

Mr John Gatward

Maintenance & Grounds

Ms Trish O’Shea

Learning Assistant

Mrs Cijian Lo

Learning Assistant

Mrs Avo Pita

Learning Assistant

Mrs Fisi Patterson

sKids After School Care

At Anchorage Park School we:

Our values at Anchorage Park School are:

  • Strive for excellence
  • Become confident, connected, life-long learners
  • Develop our talents and strengths
  • Set challenging, achievable goals
  • Take pride in our achievements
  • Respect diversity
  • Develop effective communication and leadership skills
  • Develop our skills as creative, critical and reflective problem solvers
  • Care for our environment
  • Kindness and respect
  • Honesty and trustworthiness
  • Responsibility
  • Perseverance
  • Independence
  • Good manners
  • Courage to make wise choices
  • Good sporting attitude and sense of fair play