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Whakapau kaha – to be better than before.

Greetings, tena koutou, konnichi wa, malo e lelei, namaste, talofa lava, ni hao!

Welcome back to Term 3. I hope you and your children managed to have a great break even though the weather wasn’t brilliant for the two weeks. A warm welcome to all our new families who have joined us at CPDS this term. We will be holding our offical powhiri for you all on Monday Week 4 (14 August), as we will be combining this term’s welcome to also include the students visiting us from our sister school in Ningbo, China.

Staff Farewell
I would like to acknowledge Vicki Hartstonge who was one of our fantastic Teacher Aides. At the end of last term, Vicki decided that it was time to update her teaching qualifications and this endeavour will take up all her time for the near future. We wish Vicki all the best and thank her for all the effort she put in helping our children while she was here. We will see Vicki back at school soon as part of her teacher refresher training requirements.

New School Website
I am extremely pleased to announce that we will be launching our new school webpage on Monday next week. The new site reflects our school more accurately and contains so much information that you can refer to when and as needed. In addition to the new webpage we have updated the school logo to reflect the 21st Century more. You will be able to read about the history of the school logo on the ‘Our Story’ page of the website to see how it has evolved since the school opened.

In addition we will soon be releasing a Cornwall Park District School app which compliments the webpage and will allow seamless access to information regardless of devices used. We will let you know as soon as this is all ready to go.

Both platforms will provide a more streamlined approach where you can receive or access only the information that is pertinent to you, saving you time and limiting the frustrations many of you have experienced in the past with communication. We are obviously interested in how you find our new site and app and welcome any feedback.

Therefore this is my last Principal Update through Signmee. As from next week I will be changing to communicating through my Principal’s Blog and the school will also be introducing a new look newsletter in the very near future.

Have a great weekend everyone
Principal / Tumuaki
Janine Irvine

Meet the Principal – New Parents
All parents are encouraged to take the time to meet with me when first starting at our school, or if at any time an issue arises that you would like to discuss, I am very happy to meet with you. Simply make an appointment by clicking on the link below and use the Code provided. Use this interview process or call into the office to ask the office for assistance.

Code for Meet the Principal
Bookings for Term 3 – (3rd) (17th) (31st) August (14th) September

Term 3 Student Led Conferences  

Booking of interviews will be open to parents and caregivers after school on Monday 31st July. 

Following on from your child’s Term 3 Progress Report ,we will again be holding Student Led Conferences this term for parents to come along and hear them share the update about their learning progress.   Choose a 20 minute session to attend with your child.  Please note that there will be multiple conferences happening at the same time in your classroom and there will be a quiet hum in the room.  You have 4 time slots to choose from, select ONE of the following:
3:20-3:40pm       3:40-4:00pm     
4:00-4:20pm       4:20-4:40pm

Click on the link at School Interviews to book a time and enter the code emailed to you (or see below).

All School Code:          bqejk        

Room 22 and Room 27 Conferences
Please note that Room 22 and Room 27 will not be holding Student Led Conferences at this time due to their short time at school.

CPDS Dispositions

Uniform Sale

Second Hand Uniform Sale

The next PTA second hand uniform sale will be held on Wednesday 9 August- 8.15am.
All second hand uniform that you no longer have a use for can be donated to the school. Please put in a bag labelled “2nd Hand Uniform” and deliver to the school office.  We are very appreciative of all uniform received.




Use the link below to check the draw and cancellations. 

Flippa Ball

Please click on the link below to view the draw.




Next BOT Meetings

BOT Meeting
The meeting of the next Board of Trustees meeting is scheduled to be held on 1 August.

ICAS Science Exam


The English exam will be held on Tuesday 1 August 2017 – 7:30am to 8.30am for pupils who have paid to enter this exam. Children need to be in the classroom no later than 7.30am ready to start.  Late children will not be permitted entry.

Registrations will be done on Monday 31 July in the following rooms :
Year 4 meet in Room 10
Year 5 meet in Room 15
Year 6 meet in Room 28 at 10.30am
These rooms will be where the English exam will take place. The exam is 30 minutes long.  Please bring a pencil (2B or B) and a rubber with you to use.

Mathematics (15 August)

School Donation Receipts

School Donation Receipts Now Emailed Directly To You
In the past receipts for payment of the school donation were printed and sent to you via your child’s class.
During Term 2 donation receipts began to be emailed directly to you and we will continue to do this going forward. Please retain your emailed receipts in order to claim a tax rebate when you are preparing your annual tax return.


Term 3 Enrolments
for Flippaball, Basketball and Instrumental Lessons

Well done to all of you that successfully navigated your way around the Enrolmy website.
Your bookings and payments have been processed and Term 3 activities have begun.

We will be using Enrolmy again at the end of this term in preparation for Term 4 activities so please make a note of your Enrolmy password in order to streamline your future bookings.

Instrumental Lessons

Limited Spaces Available for Beginner Drum and Guitar Lessons

1 space available for a beginner drum student (Year 3-6)
2 spaces available for beginner guitar students (Year 4-6)

Lessons are held during school time at a cost of $119 for the remainder of Term 3.

Please email Linda Yu    by Monday 31 July if you are interested.

Places are allocated on a first come first served basis.

Girls’ Choir

Auckland Girls’ Choir 
Auckland Girls’ Choir (AGC) is auditioning for our 2017-2018 intake. We are looking for 11-15 years old girls with a passion for singing, accurate pitch, a commitment to improving vocal technique and a desire to be part of a successful choir.  Choristers rehearse on Mondays (3:45-6pm) and have a Sunday workshop each term. AGC also has a handbells group, to which the applicant may be invited to join. We are regularly invited to perform at many public venues around Auckland. AGC is also internationally renowned for its high standard of performance and received a silver award for their performance at the Sydney Opera House in 2016.  We are touring LA and Palm Springs, USA, in 2018!

To apply for an audition, please download Online application forms from and email the completed form to AGC Choir Manager, Mrs Annie Hyde – Applications close on September 18 with the auditions held on September 23 2017. Please read Audition Notification and FAQ on the AGC website prior to application and send/scan/email your application to us as soon as practicable.

Old Mobile Phones Wanted

Do you have old mobile phones that you do not want?
Whatever condition – please donate

Calling all old Mobile Phones to help Sustainable Coastlines look after NZ’s coastlines and waterways.
It would be great if you could rummage around in your drawers and toy boxes and bring into school any unwanted mobile phones you may have.

Phones collected help our School gain valuable rewards and also the environment benefits by keeping our landfills free of mobile phones and their array of hazardous toxic substances. Please drop any unwanted mobile phones you may have in the collection box in the reception area at School.

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