New Parking signs on Riccarton Road

For those parents/caregivers who park across from the main entrance to school on Riccarton Road, please note there are new signs which have been put in place for school bus parking. These parks are used on school days only and they operate between 2:30pm and 3:30pm.

Canteen Notice

From Term 2 and onwards, children who wish to have noodles for lunch need to buy them from the canteen.  Alternatively they need to bring their own hot water in a flask.

Thank you for your support.


Fifteen measles cases now confirmed in Canterbury

Up to 7 March, there have been fifteen confirmed cases of measles in Canterbury. It is likely there will be more cases in the next days and weeks.

It is likely measles is spreading in our community.

If you were born or raised in New Zealand after 1 Jan 1969 and you had two MMR (measles, mumps and rubella) vaccinations, you are protected from measles.

People in their late teens and early 20s are most at risk. Anyone in this age group who does not know if they have had both MMRs vaccinations should contact their General Practice team (GP or family doctor or nurse) to arrange for an MMR vaccination – the vaccination and the appointment to have it is free.

Babies whose mother is immune will have some protection if they are currently being breastfed.

For children who are too young to have had both MMRs or who cannot be immunised for other reasons, the best way to protect them is to ensure everyone around them has been vaccinated – if you can’t get it, you can’t pass it on.

People with children under older than 12 months and under 4 years can ask their general practice team if their child can have their MMR early – they can have the first MMR as early as 12 months and the second one month later. Due to the temporary delays in vaccine supply in the region we are asking parents to be patient until more stock arrives – more is on its way.

Anyone who isn’t sure if they have had both MMR vaccinations can contact their general practice team for advice.

If you think you may have been exposed to measles or have symptoms, please call your general practice first, at any time, 24 hours a day 7 days a week. Calls made to general practices after hours will be answered by a nurse who will advise you what to do and where to go if you need to be seen.

If you are sick, stay at home and avoid contact with anyone who isn’t immune.

Additional measles information

Measles is serious and highly infectious. Thirty percent of those who catch it will develop complications – usually children under 5 and adults over the age of 20. Measles during pregnancy increases the risk of miscarriage, premature labour and low birth-weight in babies. Measles is spread through breath and through contact, so that anyone unprotected who has been in the same room as someone with measles will likely get it.

Measles symptoms include:

o             A respiratory type of illness with dry cough, runny nose, headache

o             Temperature over 38.5 C and feeling very unwell

o             A red blotchy rash starts on day 4-5 of the illness usually on the face and moves to the chest and arms.

More information about measles is available at


For more information of Measles please follow the link below:

Measles Information 11.3.19

Whānau Hui Monday 26 November

Dear Parents/Caregivers and Whānau

Kirkwood Intermediate would like to invite all families to our last Whānau Hui for 2018.  Details as follows:

Whānau Hui Monday 26 November

Kirkwood Intermediate School Hall – 6.00 pm until 7.30 pm

Games for tamariki with Lizzy and the CDN Community Trust (Community Development Trust) will entertain your whānau.  We invite anyone who would like to go and play games they are most welcome.  If anyone would rather take this opportunity to talk about what we can do better at Kirkwood you may do so.

Everyone is invited from any background and are more than welcome to come along and see what it is all about.

We will be having a picnic style dinner with a sausage sizzle and some food, which will be provided by the school. We would like families to bring a plate of finger food to share.

To help us cater for the evening please complete the notice in our school newsletter which has been sent to you today.

We really look forward to having you along and showing support for our growing rōpū.

Ngā mahi

Chris Gaut

Head of Māori & Pasifika

Tuesday Weekly Winter Sports

Winter Weekly CAIMS grass sports is cancelled Tuesday 19 June.  Table Tennis – the stadium has always been unavailable.  Squash will be played.

Netball and turf hockey are still being played.

Basketball games

Due to the Canterbury Rams game competitions being held on Friday 1 and Friday 8 June there will be no Kirkwood Basketball competition games on.  The next game for our team will be on Friday 15 June.