Montessori at Otari Preschool and Playgroup warmly invite interested families to our Open Day on Saturday 29th August, 10am – 12 noon, at the Preschool (166 Wilton Road).   If you know of anybody else who may be interested in our Playgroup and/or Preschool and would find the Open Day of interest, please let them know about this opportunity. For more information phone 475 9688 or  email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

What’s happening at Bunnings Wellington Central for Father’s Day


Join us at Bunnings Wellington Central for two weekends of DIY fun, giveaways and product demonstrations. We’ll provide Kids DIY from 9am to 4pm on Saturday 29th August, Sunday 30th August, Saturday 5th September and Sunday 6th September. Nixie the Phoenix mascot will be in store 11.30 am to 1pm on Saturday 5th September and Sunday 6th September. For more details email our Activities Organiser, Jocelyn Smith, on

Helen O'Grady Drama Academy Drama Classes. For over 40 years. Our international curriculum will help explore performance skills and creativity, overcome shyness, develop positive self  esteem, grow imagination, , make new friends and have lots of fun. Fun after-school classes for 5 – 17 year olds held in Khandallah, Tawa, Whitby, Lower Hutt,.  To enroll or for more information please phone 0800 161 131 or visit

Rail safety week 10-16 August - Cross with Care | Kia tūpato te whakawhiti

Rail Safety Week aims to reduce near miss collisions on level crossings. Every near miss is a traumatic event and has a very real impact on the locomotive engineers, the witnesses involved and on those who nearly lost their lives.  Never cross when bells or lights are activated and always look carefully in both directions before crossing.  Be especially careful to look for a second train.  If one train has stopped at a station another one could be coming.  For those families interested, have a look at this Rail Safety Virtual Field trip information that was shared with participating schools in 2019.   Visit the Tracksafe website for more information. 


Explore St Mark’s School - Open Days – Friday 21st and Saturday 22nd August 2020 


Parents/caregivers of Year 6 students are warmly invited to the St Mark’s School Open Days on Friday 21 August from 10am-12noon and Saturday 22 August from 12-2pm. This is a great opportunity to find out more about life at St Mark’s from our staff and students, hear about our curriculum and the IB programme, find out about the opportunities we offer our Year 7 and 8 students, and enjoy a tour of the school. Please register online here

Samuel Marsden Collegiate School education for your daughter in Year 7, 2021

Key dates:

Open Mornings (tour the school, ask questions and find out about Marsden’s Visible Wellbeing approach and programmes): Friday 14 August and Friday 23 October 2020, 8.45am-12pm. Principal Narelle Umbers will be speaking briefly at 9am.

Year 7  Māori & Pasifika Scholarship applications for entry in 2021 close 31 July, see details and apply online

Enrolments: Enrolments for entry in 2021 are now due.

To organise a personal tour or day in class for your daughter please contact Enrolment Registrar Leigh McCathie on 476 8707.    

Parent information evening and open days .

 Although there is a specified night for your parents, you are welcome to come to another evening if that one does not suit.  The parent evening is from 6-7pm.  The open days are during school hours (I would suggest 9am-2.30pm as this allows time for the visits as our school hours are 8.45am-2.50pm). Out of zone enrolments close on 28 August.




Contributing Schools Key Dates 2020


Prospectus Delivered to year 6 students

A Day at Rāroa (year 6 students)

Parent Evening Information

Open Days for Parent Visits



Wednesday June 24

9:00 am - 9:20 am

Thursday July 30

9:30 am - 2:00 pm

Tuesday August 11

August 13 & 14


Churton Park 

Wednesday June 24

9:30 am 

Tuesday August 4

Monday August 10

August 13 & 14



Wednesday June 24

10:00 am 

Friday August 7

Tuesday August 11

August 13 & 14


West Park 

Wednesday June 24

10:30 am 

Wednesday August 5

Wednesday August 12

August 13 & 14


Crofton Downs

Wednesday June 24

11:00 am 

Wednesday July 29

Wednesday August 12

August 13 & 14


Cashmere Ave

Wednesday June 24

11:30 am 

Wednesday July 29

Wednesday August 12

August 13 & 14



Wednesday June 24

1:30 pm

Monday August 3

Tuesday August 11

August 13 & 14



Wednesday June 24

2:30 pm

Thursday July 30

Monday August 10

August 13 & 14




Way back in term 1 Juliet Duff, one of our Year 5 students, launched her personally designed Superhero T shirt fundraiser and then Covid-19 came along and everything was put on hold! Juliet's still passionate about supporting the cause so here is another opportunity to purchase this fun T-shirt. The money Juliet raises will be used to buy food for the orphaned baby black rhinos.
Kids t-shirts $25
Adults t-shirts $35
($7 per kids shirt and $10 per adults shirt goes to the Saving the Wild fund)
If you would like to buy one, please order online through

this link .
 Juliet also had an article published in the Kiwi Kids July upstart




NETBALL SKILLS PROGRAMME – Raroa Normal Intermediate School – Weds 3.30pm-4.30pm

Years 1-4 - Learn the basic of netball in a fun & engaging environment. Learn the key skills & understanding of the game, ball handling, co-ordination, speed & accuracy.

Years 5-8 - For those already playing 7-aside netball & those wanting to get a head start & advance their technical & tactical knowledge of the game.

For both sessions we use fun drills & games to develop & challenge young players focusing on the key skill areas for their level of development while also having fun!

Sessions start Weds 29 July 2020, Cost $96 for 8 weeks



An 8 week football skills programme at Wests Rugby Club Rooms on Friday's  (3.30pm-4.30pm).

Our Head coach has designed this programme to cover both individual and team skills including, Game rules, Ball control, Dribbling, Passing, Tackling, Defence, Team work, Goalkeeping, practice and warm up drills for players and teams.

It is ideal to improve skills and confidence for the Winter Football Season.



Kelly Sports will be back in Term 3 with their fun and exciting classes. Kelly Sports encourages children to have fun, build confidence and to give sport a go. We believe that sport and physical activity has so much to offer young people; it improves

fitness, develops communication skills, team work and gives them a place to channel their energy.

Play Like a Sports Hero!  (Yrs. 0-4) – Tuesday’s 3.05pm-4.05pm - Come and try 2 weeks of: Netball, Hockey, Rippa Rugby and Football. It’s a great way to try new sports, learn new skills and improve ability. We use games & drills to teach game sense

and team play.   Your child will learn the fundamental skills for all sports – throwing, running, jumping, striking, balance and many more – all while having a great time!

For full details and to enrol into our programmes visit email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 04 972 7201. 

Blue dragon Childrens foundation  

Book Fair - Ngaio Town Hall - Saturday 15 August 2020 - 9am to 4pm.

Do join us.


We would love you to come and buy books, DVDs and CDs. Children’s books are $1, adult books are $3 ($2 each, after the first five books purchased).


All proceeds (about $14,000 last year) will go to the Blue Dragon Children's Foundation, which helps to break the poverty cycle for Vietnam's poorest children. This includes street kids, children with disabilities, children from rural families living in extreme poverty, and victims of human trafficking and slavery.


If you have books, DVDs or CDs to donate, please contact Dinah Dobson, trustee, on 475 7371 or 027 686 4554.


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