2nd July 2020

Kia ora koutou

With one day to go until the holidays, I can sense the tiredness around the school...not just

from the students, but amongst the staff. I often hear in the wider community and on

social media comments like “why do teachers need a holiday? They just had one”, and “you

guys are always on holiday”. This is so detrimental to the hard work and commitment the

teachers put in, and to them as professionals. This year, in particular, has had it’s obvious

challenges, and I am very proud of the way the team has pulled together and continued

to develop programmes of work throughout such unprecedented times. None of us takes

for granted the jobs we have, or how lucky we are to have secure employment in these

times...but now it is time for a well-deserved break...so that they can come back fresh and

ready for an action-packed term. I know that in this community you value and support


It was fantastic to have so many of you engage in the Learning Plan Meetings earlier this

week. I think this would be the highest uptake we have had for these. Listening to the

teachers come in at tea time on Monday and talk so positively about the discussions they

were having was both refreshing and a testament to the value they all place on building

these connections.

I would welcome some feedback on how you found these sessions in comparison to how

we have run them in the last few years. Advantages and disadvantages of both? Just

send me an eMail at l.horne@ashley.school.nz

Dates to mark in your diary

Fun Run: Year 1-4 3rd July at 11.30 am This is also the day of the PTA mufti day and

sausage sizzle. Please come along and support your child...and join in with our sausage


Sausages are $2 and mufti day is a gold coin donation. Please have your child bring

their money to the classroom teacher, or PTA helper in each space first thing Friday


3rd July 2-3 pm Craig’s farewell assembly. I imagine it may be quite a full assembly and

so there will not be seating for all but we still hope you will come along as we

remember Craig’s time with us and wish him well in his new role in the rugby world.

5th August: 9-9.45am “Keeping Ourselves Safe” programme parent session with Constable

Ken Terry. This is an in-school programme that is used from Year 1-13. Keeping Ourselves

Safe [KOS] consists of a comprehensive range of child protection resources to help students

learn and apply a range of safety skills that they can use when interacting with others.

3rd August: Teacher Only Day

The PTA needs you!!

On the 18th July Taggarts will be kindly delivering, and donating, new sand for our

sandpit. The PTA needs some helpers to come and move it into place. If you can spare

an hour and have a shovel and a wheelbarrow, then please contact the PTA at

pta@ashley.school.nz as they are coordinating this.

Getting to know…the Korimako Team

Year 1 and 2

My name is Gill Robinson. I

have been associated with

Ashley School since 1997.

During this time I have been

Deputy Principal and Acting

Principal. Since retiring from

full time teaching I have

worked in a part time

capacity at Ashley.

We lived on 20 acres here in

Ashley, however when the

kids finally fled the nest, we

designed and built a house

in Rangiora. The design is

such that we can lock up


leave to enjoy travelling.

My husband and I have a

daughter, who lives in

Pegasus, and a son in

Wellington with

his wife and three children.

We have two cats that we

adopted from Cat’s


last year.

When I am not at school I

volunteer for Citizen’s

Advice, garden and drink


Kia ora, my name is Karen

Daly. I am delighted to

have the opportunity to join

the wonderful team of

tamariki and kaiako at

Ashley School. I am

teaching our Year 1 and 2

lovelies in Teina Nui with

the wonderful Mrs Robinson.

I live in Kaiapoi with my

husband Steve and teenage

daughter, Sophie. I have

always taught in North

Canterbury and the majority

of my teaching experience

has been in the Junior

School. Up until a few years

ago I thoroughly enjoyed

playing football. In recent

years I have started giving

some yoga classes a try

which I am thoroughly


Tena Koutou Katoa

I arrived for a permanent

position at Ashley School

about 6 years ago. Prior to

that I had an association

with the school through

productions, dance and

drama and time in the “

down the back of the field”

Star room.

I now have another role in

education across our

Puketeraki Kahui Ako, which

has me 3 days with the

darlings of Korimako Tēina

Iti and 2 days out and


Life outside school means

time(not that I will actually

be ON time!!!) with whānau

and hoa (friends) My baby

turned 18 recently so my 4

daughters are no longer

tamariki, but adults creating

their own narratives.

Of course I do have my fur

baby Vino (a great friend of

Ashley Kura)

It’s been said that I am a

coffee snob.

Hi! My name is Julie

McDonald. This is my first

year at Ashley School and

I’m loving it. I am the

Tuakana teacher in

Korimako and this is my first

year working with the

juniors. This is my 3rd year

as a teacher and have

previously taught years 4-6

in Taranaki.

I grew up in Kaikoura

where I still love to visit my

Mum and Dad.

I moved back to Canterbury

to be closer to my friends

and family. I have two older

brothers who also live in

Christchurch, Dave; who is a

builder and Ross, a physio.

I spent 6 years in Dunedin

studying and working, which

means Mum is very happy

having me just down the


I love my sport, going to

performances and shows,

the ocean, visiting new

places and just being

around good mates.

Kia ora, I’m Rochelle

Standen and I’ve now been

a part of the Ashley School

team for the past ten years,

initially, full time teaching

but the past few years I’ve

been teaching part-time. I

love teaching at Ashley

School and like being able

to go teach in every class in

the school and catch up

with all the children.

My husband Mike works at

the ‘cloud factory’ in Sefton

and I have two sons one

about to finish his high

school journey and one

about to start school. We

also have a rather spoiled

but totally loved and

indulged labrador - Melly.

I love reading, gardening,

craftwork - especially

scrapbooking and going on

adventures in the outdoors

with my family.

School Reo Focus for the Week

I have enlisted the help of Hunter Kerr to help find our focus for the week and to make

sure that we are on track with our pronunciation and translations. Hunter is one of our

Year 7 students who are passionate about his Maori heritage, and about helping students

and staff alike to learn.

Have a go at using these this week.

I hope you all enjoy the holidays with your whanau and that we can all actually get out

and about this time.

If you have any questions then please feel free to get in touch.

Linda Horne

Acting Principal


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