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Community Information

Newlands School is part of a vibrant local community.  We have a close relationship with different organisations and these links will be useful for you to follow their events and activities.   


Newlands Community Centre

Phone 477 3724
Email: newlandscc@wcc.govt.nz
Link to Newlands Community Centre whats on



‘Johnsonville Shopping Centre are running a community campaign throughout the month of November where customers can spend $30 in any store and go in the draw to win $5000 for our school and $1000 for themselves in Johnsonville Shopping Centre Vouchers. Once you fill out the entry form from selected stores, you pop it in the entry box located in the Centre’.


Wellington City Council are trying to increase public awareness about the challenges and opportunities facing all of our residents (including young adults).


With the recent opening of the Harbour Escarpment walkway in Newlands, we are holding an active public awareness event on 16 December from 11.30 am.


The event will start at Nga Hau e Wha o Paparangi Marae with a brief overview, then Council staff will transport all attendees to the best view of the Harbour Escarpment walkway. Attendees will then walk 30 mins back to the marae, where Kai will be served for lunch. The Mayor, Deputy Mayor and officers will be around to answer any questions and relay information back to Council. There will also be activities available at the marae for youth to participate in.


We’ve also created a Facebook event if it’s easier to share/repost https://www.facebook.com/events/1015005035304682/.



HOUSE OF SCIENCE update                            
 We are proud to offer our students high quality science lessons thanks to House of Science Wellington. As a Wellington member school, each year we receive:

  •  Access to a mobile resource library of curriculum linked science kits delivered and collected to our school every few weeks by volunteers
  • Science Professional Development sessions for a number of our teachers

  • Access to a growing network of local scientific outreach organisations

 It costs House of Science thousands of dollars per annum to deliver this service, but thanks to generous sponsors, they are able to severely discount this and charge us only a few hundred dollars per annum to be a member.

 Due to growth House of Science Wellington is seeking new sponsors. Do you know of a business that would like to sponsor a science resource kit, in and out of schools all around the Wellington region?  Sponsors’ company logos are displayed on the outside of box(es) they sponsor, on all student worksheets and the teacher manual.  There are other sponsorship opportunities to be involved as well.

 STOP PRESS>>> for every new sponsor we find, our school will receive a digital microscope to keep!  For each new sponsor before 20 December, we receive 2!!!

 Contact House of Science Wellington’s General Manager on wellington@houseofscience.nz if you can help.  Make sure you tell them which school you are affiliated with!


Newlands Intermediate Music Centre

The Music Centre offers tuition to primary school aged children in a wide range of musical instruments.  The Music Centre provides opportunities for students in the Newlands/Johnsonville area to develop their musical education outside of normal school hours.  Classes are held on weekdays during the school term.  In 2018 tuition will be offered in violin, piano, guitar and flute.  Violin and Flute are available for hire. 

For further information please ring Kaye on 4788195



Raroa Music Centre offers Saturday morning group music lessons for primary school children at low cost.  Classes include choir, keyboard, recorder, drums, ukulele, guitar, violin,
cello, clarinet, flute and trumpet.

To enrol for 2018 visit our website at www.raroamusic.org.nz and enrol online.  Enrolments open in December.


Artrageous Kids holiday programme bookings for 5-14 year olds are open, with pre-Christmas craft and gift-giving sessions from Dec 18-22, all at Poneke Dojo in Mt Cook. Our action-packed January classes are also taking bookings and run from Jan 9 to Feb 2, with the younger kids' (5-12 year olds) sessions being at Poneke Dojo and the older children's (10-14 year olds) held at Wellington High School.


We focus on extending children's creativity through many different media. Our aim is to draw out your child's creative expression to develop confidence and self esteem and also to have heaps of fun. We provide new activities every day, however if your child is focused on exploring one medium they can work in that medium every day. BE QUICK AND BOOK TODAY: DON'T MISS OUT!


See http://www.artrageouskids.co.nz/holidayprog.html for more information, or email admin@artrageouskids.co.nz.



CodeCamp Jan/Dec Holidays

Dates & Venues:

Samuel Marsden School: [18th – 21st Dec], [8th – 11th Jan], [15th – 18th Jan], [23rd – 26th Jan] Maranui SLSC, Lyall Bay - [8th – 11th Jan], [15th – 18th Jan], [23rd – 26th Jan]
Thorndon Primary School - [8th – 11th Jan], [15th – 18th Jan]  

Code camp allows boys & girls from the ages of 7-12 to develop 21st century skills in a fun and action packed environment. Develop confidence & initiative through design, creativity, solving problems & collaboration. Create games, apps & work with robots and electronic building blocks.

  Book Now at www.codecamp.co.nz/holiday-codecamp



“Summer Pass”

(valid for use between 15 December 2017 to 2 February 2018) 

Give the gift of family fun and activity this Christmas

Available right now, the “Summer Pass” and play unlimited* tennis and squash throughout the summer school holidays at a fraction of the normal membership.

Prices start at $100 for families, $50 adults and $25 children (plus $20 access card)

 KTSC - 7 tennis courts, 4 squash courts, Sauna, members lounge

Thump Sports -best on-site Pro Shop in Wellington
Evolve Tennis –
Professional tennis coaching 

For an application form – phone 939-6210 or email ktscnz@outlook.com 

To purchase your pass, come down to 55 Delhi Crescent with your completed application form between 9.30am and 1.30pm Mon-Fri and you/your family can be on the court on the 15 December for a whole 7 weeks BARGAIN 

Numbers strictly Limited – Enquire NOW

*Some conditions apply


Northern United Junior Hockey Club

The Northern Suburbs’ home of hockey for school years 3-8


Yrs 3-6: 6-a-side; Yrs 7-8: 11-a-side


2018 Registrations (online) open 1 Feb


11-a-side trials: 3x 1.5-hour trials between 2-5 pm, Sun 11 March, Sat 17

March and Sun 25 March


Pre-season training: Mon afternoon/evening, 19 Feb to 26 March


Have a Go Hockey: 3x weekly no-obligation sessions for beginners all ages, 3-4 pm, Mon 19 Feb, 26 Feb, 5 March


Official 2018 season runs from start of term 2


Info: www.nujhc.org.nz



Weetbix Kids TRYathlon – Sunday 18 March 2018 at Kilbirnie Park

The Kids Tryathlon is coming up in March 2018. Applications are open and our school is registered. Parent and BOT member Sarah Prior will be organising the team. If you would like your child to participate go to the website:  try.weetbix.co.nz  and click on ‘register’.  Follow the instructions, and on the page where you fill out the participants details you can select the school that you want your child to be registered   under.  The TRY is open to all kids 7 to 15 years old and is a fun day with competitors swimming, biking and running.

TM Junior Tough Guy and Gal 2018    

2018 Event Dates 
Wellington:Thursday 24th May
Hamilton:Wednesday 6th, Thursday 7th and Friday 8th June
Auckland:Tuesday 26th and Wednesday 27th June
Hawke’s Bay:Monday 30th July
Palmerston North:Friday 3rd August
Rotorua:Wednesday 15th and Thursday 16th August

Entry Fee
 Early Bird Fee
$25 per entrant
Late Entry Fee
$30 per entrant (starts two weeks prior to each event)
 Limited Numbers
 Each venue is limited to around 1000 competitors, to allow for the children to still have a positive experience. For specific numbers on each venue please head to our website.
Entries Opening
 All entries will open 1st February 2018.