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Welcome to Bluestone School's Website!

Here you'll find useful information about how our school works, what we believe in, and what's coming up. This is also a place for our teachers to share their online classes with parents and students.
You can find out more school news by requesting to join the Principal's email tree to parents. This gives you regular updates direct to your mobile devices.
Our Facebook page is regularly updated with news, photos, and any
postponements or cancellations.

 
Dear Bluestone Parents
Bluestone staff , management and Board of Trustees have put together a survey so we can find out a little more about what you think of our school. We want to know about how you and your child are getting on at the school and if our school is living up to its values. Earlier this year the Ministry of Education gave us a massive thumbs up in its ERO report, but we are not resting on our laurels. Now its time to see if we can improve Bluestone further and seek new goals or refocus on areas that need attention. 
This anonymous and confidential survey gives you the opportunity to tell us what you think about the school, the teaching and learning that occurs here and how the school works inside and outside of the classroom. 
The newly elected Board of trustees and the management of the school will analyse the results and share the key focus areas with you once all the results have been collated. We are committed to improving all areas of the school and wish to use your feedback to help scope a new updated vision for Bluestone 2015 and beyond. 
Therefore we need your input , so please either take a hard copy survey form from the office or go online and complete the survey on the following link
Complete the survey online and go in the draw to win a $50 Warehouse voucher.
 Kind regards, Iain Bamber,Chairperson Bluestone Board of Trustees
 
BLUESTONE SCHOOL ENROLMENT SCHEME
 
Bluestone School now has an enrolment scheme to manage our roll numbers and avoid overcrowding. Letters detailing the zone boundary have been sent home with students
 
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STUDENTS LEARNING MANDARIN AT BLUESTONE
Annie is proving to be a great teacher of Mandarin at Bluestone! 
 
INTERSCHOOL CRICKET
Bluestone has been involved in an interschool cricket competition this week. First up we played Beaconsfield who scored 92 runs. Bluestone replied with 94 for 6. Nick Webb was 58 not out.
In our second game Pleasant Point proved too strong. Our third game saw Bluestone win against a St Andrews/Barton Rural team with Nick Webb taking 4 wickets for just 7 runs. In our final game against Waihi Bluestone compiled a good total of 143 runs. Nick Webb again top scored with 64 and Toby Clemett added a fine 33 runs. Our total was overtaken with just 2 overs to spare. We thank Julie Langford for organising and coaching our team.
 
FURTHER PLANTINGS AT THE WETLANDS BY BLUESTONE
 
Students with the help of Mr Redhead planted a number of new shrubs at our Bluestone Wetlands area.
Students have helped the existing plants by cutting away the competing grass and weeds. The new plants will help fill the gaps on the bank and create an eco system that will support itself and provide a great home for birds.
 
STAFFING FOR 2015

We have finalised our staffing for 2015.

Te Tahi New Entrants

Georgia Jackson (Team Leader), Chelsea Jenkins, Jodie Harvey

Creative Creatures Year 1-2

Amanda Morgan (Team Leader) Ann Schaab, Erna Linyard, Marilyn Ross

Team Explorer Year 3-4

Vicki Zonnevylle (Team Leader), Janet Richards, Sue Harris, Keitha Bramwell, Jenna Maher, Tim Mills

High Flyers 4 Year 5-6 rooms and on year 4-5 room

Kay Hines (Team Leader), Sharlene Heaphy/Nikki Geddis, Daniel Finlayson, Rebecca Hamilton, Samantha Gorton

Think Tank Year 7-8

Alison Coombridge (Team Leader), Kate Vaughan, Karyn Grace, Nicole Ryan

JUNIOR ATHLETICS
​Creative Creatures Rooms 1, 2, 5, 6, 12 Friday 21 November 10.30am - 12.30pm
Te Tahi Rooms 3a, 3b, 3c, 3d, 4, 4a Friday 21 November 1.30pm
Team Explorer Rooms 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 21 Friday 5 December. From 10.30am
 
SCHOOL TRAVEL PLAN PARENT SURVEY
Thank to all the families who completed and returned the School Travel Plan Parent Survey.
Congratulations to the lucky prize winner:
 
 
  Dominic Patterson - $50 voucher donated by Darren Cuthbertson from BIKE BARN Timaru
Four spot prize winners are:
Dakota Wylie
Amber Davis
Tayah Livesey
Paige More
 
MUFTI DAY TO RAISE FUNDS FOR WESTPAC RESCUE HELICOPTER
An amazing $841 raised by our student mufti day. Huge thanks for your support
 

TOP TEAM FUN COMES TO BLUESTONE
 
Sport South Canterbury brought Top Team fun to Bluestone. There were lots of fun activities that challenged students. We have lots of photos taken by Alison Coombridge available for your viewing on our school Facebook page. Click the Facebook link on the top right of this page
 
Writers' Week 2014
​Have a look at some pictures from Writers' Week. Go to Our Learning / Writers' Week 2014
 
NEW GENERATION An original song by Neve & Renee
Soundtrack produced by Quicksand Studios
Video by George, Sarah, Hailee & Neve

 
 
SUCCESS AT BANDQUEST FOR BLUESTONE
We had 3 amazing bands competing in Band Quest at the Aurora Auditorium in Christchurch against the best from Canterbury. Our bands each performed two original songs. The quality of competition on the night was totally amazing and the great news is that our 3 bands were certainly up there with the best of them. We won two major prizes. Neve O'Connor won top female vocalist. Renee Kerr and Neve O'Connor wrote the Best Original Song and they performed this along with their band (THE PEOPLE) Shayle Haumu (drums), Jordan Harvey and Jasmyne Dromgool (Bass guitars).
Our two other bands also impressed the big audience. 
DISTRACTED - Melissa Pateman, Peta O'Brien, Jacob White, Lochey Hopkinson
ON THE ROAD - Toya Olsen, Coltrane Leach, Hunter Mealing, Courtney McRobie, Laura Heron & Jorgia Gaze-Hende
          
 
ANOTHER GREAT BOOK WEEK VIDEO
Student video promoting Book Week at Bluestone
Two of our Year 6 students, Jess and Sam, have produced a short video to promote reading and Book Week here at Bluestone. Enjoy. 

NEW ERO REPORT EXTREMELY POSITIVE
Bluestone School has a new ERO Report and everyone can feel very proud about what it has to say about our school! The report notes that Bluestone School continues to provide students with high quality education within a safe and inclusive environment. The school's curriculum provides interesting and challenging learning opportunities. Students' individual needs are identified, well catered for and closely monitored. The school is effectively governed. The strong leadership team works collaboratively with staff and the board. There is a highly reflective culture that ensures ongoing improvement for student learning and well being. ERO is likely to carry out the next review in four-to-five years. (The longest cycle of review)
If you want to read the full report then click here ERO REPORT.pdf