Saturday, 6 December 2014

Springston Radio 6 December 2014 - Things people enjoyed most about our Christmas Market

Jess And Isabella M asked a few people what they enjoyed most about our recent Christmas Market.

Friday, 5 December 2014

Springston Radio 5 December 2014 - Were you at the Christmas Market?

Daniella and Isabella K describe the fun of our recent Christmas Market. Were you there?

Thursday, 4 December 2014

Friday, 28 November 2014

Sunday, 23 November 2014

Secret Garden Fundraising

Can you help us fundraise for the Secret Garden?

Thursday, 20 November 2014

Springston's Junior Run Jump Throw Event

It's been a perfect day for our annual 'Junior Run Jump Throw' event!

Springston Junior Run Jump Throw 2014 on PhotoPeach

Thursday, 13 November 2014

Springston Radio 13 November 2014 - Pet Day 2014

Chloe M and Lydia explain what happens on Pet Day, and ask what people enjoyed most about the day.

Friday, 7 November 2014

Thursday, 6 November 2014

Springston Radio 6 November 2014 - Adventure Learning Centre

Zayden and Graeson give us a run-down on the new Adventure Learning Centre we're building.

Springston Radio 6 November 2014 - Court Theatre Visit

Lachie and Liam report on the Year 5-6 trip to the Court Theatre.

Thursday, 30 October 2014

Thursday, 23 October 2014

Springston Radio interviews our new Principal!

Our new Principal has an interesting hobby - listen to hear more....!

Reporters: Ellie, Heather, Brodie Year 6

Monday, 13 October 2014

We welcome our new Principal, Dianne Prendergast

Today, we were delighted to welcome our new Principal, Dianne Prendergast, to Springston School.

There are six videos on the playlist of videos below (also on SpringstonTube).You can view them individually by pressing the fast forward (next) button, to jump to the next video.

Wednesday, 8 October 2014

REMINDER: Springston School Community Consultation Survey

This is a friendly reminder that we would like everyone's responses to the Springston School Board of Trustees Community Survey. We currently have 31 electronic responses to this survey.

The results will assist us with the development of our strategic direction over the next three years. We value your opinion and thoughts which will help us to improve our school.

This survey is for parents, family and whanau members and caregivers and will close at 5pm on Friday, 10 October 2014.

There will be a paper copy available at the office for those who wish to complete the survey in this form.

Unfortunately, we are unable to post the link to the survey on our website, the News Blog, or on Facebook, because of the likelihood of getting false responses from internet 'bots' and people outside our community and even around the world.

Thursday, 25 September 2014

Springston School's new Student Council

Did you know, Springston School has a new Student Council?

Reporters: Max and Nathan

We have a new Guitar Teacher

Find out more about Springston School's new Guitar Teacher.

Reporters: Georgia P and Georgia A

Wednesday, 24 September 2014

Wednesday, 17 September 2014

Springston School Community Consultation Survey

The Springston School Board of Trustees would like to offer an opportunity for you to provide your feedback on your views of Springston School.

The results of this survey will assist us with the development of our strategic direction over the next three years. We value your opinion and thoughts which will help us to improve our school.

This survey is being emailed out to all Springston families today, and is for parents, family and whanau members and caregivers.

There will be paper copies available at the School Office, for those who wish to complete the survey in that format.

We look forward to your feedback.

Please complete the survey before 5:00 pm on Friday 10 October 2014.

Thursday, 4 September 2014


Reporters: Adele and Savannah (Years 2-3)

Friday, 22 August 2014

Lunchbox Favourites?

In this episode, Phelix and Bryson interview some students and teachers at Springston School, to see what the favourite item is in their lunchbox that day. Interesting...

Reporters: Phelix and Bryson

Report on the recent Year 5-6 Lincoln Zone Rugby and Netball Tournament

Mitchell and Isaac report on the recent Lincoln Zone tournament.

Reporters: Mitchell and Isaac

Thursday, 21 August 2014

Year 6 Broadcasters interview Helen

Ineka and Claudia conducted Springston Radio's first interview for the year. They interviewed Helen, our Acting Principal for Term 3, about how she is finding her new role.

Reporters: Ineka and Claudia

Wednesday, 6 August 2014

Restorative approaches to problem-solving - presentation notes by Margaret Thorsborne

As a follow-up to the excellent workshop held by Margaret Thorsborne, we are pleased to be able to provide you with a copy of the slides from her presentation. These will also be available on the Springston School website, under the Information / FAQ / R / Restorative Practice area.

We trust you will find this approach very interesting and useful.

Restorative approaches to problem-solving

Tuesday, 17 June 2014

Springston School Health Consultation 2014

One of the requirements of the Education Act is to consult with our school community in regards to our health programme and priorities. The purpose of this is to get your input and feedback about the teaching programmes that support the health and well-being of your children. We would appreciate it if you could complete the survey that was recently emailed out to all families, to enable us to provide programmes that meet the needs of our learners. Please note, the link to the survey in the email is now working correctly.

Our school health programme is largely integrated in our school culture e.g. Choice and Challenge, Community Time, Kapa Haka, PE etc. Specific programmes will be covered through our inquiry theme or at a time of specific need. The units  will vary in level, content and length throughout the school.

The Health and Physical Education Curriculum is made up of 4 strands and 7 key learning areas - 4 of which belong to the health curriculum.

A link to the Springston School Health Programme was provided in the email sent to parents. Please complete the survey by Thursday 3 July.

If you would like any further details about our health programme please don't hesitate to ask.

Many thanks
Wendy Hamlin

Thursday, 12 June 2014

BOT Survey of families - closes today

This is a reminder that the Board of Trustee's survey of families regarding the new Principal appointment, closes at 5 pm today. We'd love your feedback.

Thursday, 5 June 2014

Principal Appointment - Springston School - Confidential Parent/Caregiver Questionnaire

Today, all families were emailed a link to a survey, in which the Board of Trustees asks for your thoughts on the skills, experience and personal qualities you want in the new principal for Springston School.

We urge you to complete this survey (the link to which is accessible through your email), by the deadline of 5 pm on Friday 13 June.

Alternatively, you may pick up a hard copy of the survey from the School Office, and post your response in the box in the Office. Be assured, all responses are completely confidential.

Monday, 19 May 2014

Make way for Minecraft - an article in 'Education Aotearoa' Magazine

We are grateful to have permission to embed the following article from Education Aotearoa Magazine on our Blog. Click on the image below to view a large version of the article.

Many of your children play Minecraft at home, and some have been lucky enough to be able to play it at school as part of their learning. With that in mind, we thought you might enjoy reading this article to find out how New Zealand teachers are using this tool to make learning exciting and meaningful for their students. Springston School gets a mention too.

Make way for Minecraft

Sunday, 27 April 2014

Lincoln Zone Duathlon

On Wednesday eighteen students competed in the Lincoln Zone Duathlon at Motukarara. Wet and drizzly conditions made the running and biking slippery but all children competed strongly in their age group. Best results in each age group were:

9 years
Tor R 7th
Estee W 7th =

10 years
Max G 14th
Ineka T 2nd 

11 years
Cameron M 5th

12 years
Jack M 5th
Georgia L 3rd

Lincoln Zone Duathlon Motukarara 16 April 2014 on PhotoPeach

Saturday, 19 April 2014

Opening of Springston School's new Modern Learning Classrooms

If you couldn't be there, you might like to see part of the official welcome, and then the full opening ceremony for Springston's new modern classrooms by Prime Minister, John Key. There was also a big article about the visit in the Saturday 19 April edition of The Press (page A14 of the print edition, including a great photo showing some of the hilarity that occurred just before the ribbon-cutting).

Friday, 18 April 2014

John Key's visit to Springston's Secret Garden

John Key visited the Secret Garden and talked to a few students about their garden. He talked to them about why they like having their own garden.

People talked to him about worm pee and how it helps the garden - we gave him  a bottle of worm pee. He had a piece of lettuce and talked to special visitors who help and try very hard to support the Secret Garden.

By Rosie and Ollie

Interview about Leadership with Prime Minister, John Key

John Key opened our new modern learning environments on 17 April 2014, and after visiting our Secret Garden and seeing the Daily 5 Reading Programme in action in Room 4, he still had time for some quick questions on Leadership from three of our senior students.

Thursday, 3 April 2014

Our playground is back!

Yay, our playground is back. Come and join the fun. But please don't throw the gravel.

By Ollie (Year 4)

Wednesday, 5 March 2014

Lincoln Zone Swimming Sports Postponed

Lincoln Zone Swimming Sports at Burnham have been postponed until Monday 10 March.

Tuesday, 25 February 2014

Swimming Sports

Congratulations to all swimmers today who braved the cold conditions at the Southbridge pool.
It was great to see the impressive swimming races with everybody participating. Ka pai tatou!

Sunday, 23 February 2014

Special Enviro School Celebration - be there!

If you are coming to the PTA Family Fun Night on Thursday, then roll on up to the Secret Garden at 5.30pm for a special celebration of what we have already achieved as an Enviro School.

Sunday, 16 February 2014

Three exciting ECO Projects for Term 1

There are three amazing projects to start 2014 for all Springston ECO Warriors.  The ECO Teachers will be helping but we are looking for some Senior Students to lead some of these projects.

1.  Make a scrapbook page about what we achieved last year - to be published in a book! (End Term)

2.  Environmental Earth Hour Movie - for a competition (Due March 7th)

3.  Ellesmere Re-cycled Sculpture Competition (Due 31st March)

Anyone can join so roll on up and belong to one of the project teams. Come to Room 4 at eating lunch  on Monday to put your name down for the project you want to be part of!  Allana