World Sleep Day – Information for Parents

The following is an article from the World Sleep Day website which you may find interesting.

10 Commandments for Children

Ages Birth to 12 Years

Sleep is one of the most important contributors to your child’s physical and mental health. Good sleep habits, sleep hygiene, or “sleep health” are alternative terms often used to describe sleep promoting practices. The explanation as to why healthy sleep practices promote sleep is likely to be, at least in part, that they work by improving the regulation of sleep, either by reinforcing the body’s natural circadian rhythms (ie, timing of light and darkness), or by increasing the drive to sleep. Other sleep practices help us to associate certain activities (like a bedtime routine) and environments (ie, the bedroom) with sleep. Healthy sleep behaviors also promote sleep by reducing factors in the environment which are stimulating (like caffeine) and increasing relaxation, making it easier to fall and stay asleep.

Finally, good sleep practices include providing an adequate opportunity for sleep based on age and individual sleep needs and an environment that is conducive to good sleep quality and safety.

1. Make sure your child gets enough sleep by setting an age-appropriate bedtime (preferably before 9:00 pm or 21:00 hours) and waketime*.
2. Keep a consistent bedtime and waketime on weekdays and weekends.
3. Establish a consistent bedtime routine and recommend wearing comfortable clothes in bed, including strong absorbing diapers for infants.
4. Encourage your child to fall asleep independently.
5. Avoid bright lights at bedtime and during the night and increase light exposure in the morning.
6. Keep all electronics, including televisions, computers, and cell phones, out of the bedroom and limit use of electronics before bedtime.
7. Maintain a regular daily schedule, including consistent mealtimes.
8. Have an age-appropriate nap schedule.
9. Ensure plenty of exercise and time spent outdoors during the day.
10. Eliminate foods and beverages containing caffeine, including many sodas, coffee, and tea.

AGE                       SLEEP NEED
3-12 months —-   14 to15 hours
1-3 years —-        12 to14 hours
3-5 years —-        11 to 13 hours
6-12 years —-      10 to 11 hours
12-18 years —-    8.5 to 9.5 hours


More information may be viewed via the following website:

Whanau Hui Tuesday 28 March

Dear Parents/Caregivers

Kirkwood Intermediate would like to invite all families to our first Whanau Hui for 2017.  Details as follows:

Whanau Hui Tuesday 28 March

Kirkwood Intermediate School Hall

5.30 pm until 7.30 pm

We are really excited to see our first school Kapa Haka performance of the year, led by Matua Anton.  The growth we have seen in our Kapa Haka group this year is fantastic.

Phil Tappenden will greet you all and Peter Aitken will speak about reporting and Teacher-Parent-Child interviews for the following week. He will also talk about what to expect and why attending interviews is beneficial for you and your child, what questions do you need to ask your classroom teacher and why communication and regular contact is important. We will also speak about Goal Setting.

Kōrero/ Discussion: What can Kirkwood do to help our Māori and Pasifika students? What does it mean to Māori to succeed as Māori?

This will be followed with kai provided by the school, this also gives you time and opportunity to be able to talk to teachers and your school community informally.

Games for tamariki with Lizzy and the CDN Community Trust (Community Development Trust) will entertain your whanau.

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

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


Ngā mahi
Chris Gaut

Head of Māori & Pasifika

PTA Chocolate Fundraiser

PTA Chocolate Fundraiser

Thank you all for supporting the PTA chocolate fundraiser.

All money from sales needs to be in by Tuesday 21 March.

If you have been unable to sell all of your chocolate please return it to the office on Monday morning so others can sell.

Any questions please contact the school office.

Thank you.


Purau Bay Camp – Room 8

Room 8 are having a great time away.  Phil visited their camp last night and they all seem very happy and are well away from any danger from the fires.  Gebbies Pass and Lyttelton Tunnel are open.  If something does change, the safety of our children are our first priority.


School Uniform Notice from Schooltex re: VIP Night

School Uniform

You are invited to attend the Schooltex VIP night at The Warehouse, Riccarton on Tuesday 17 January 2017 between 3-8pm.

Specials are available for you on the night.  Please follow the link for further details:


Additional Special Offer Re: Money Visa Card (from The Warehouse).  Details as follows:


Message from Schooltex 12 December 2016

The C Over Blouse – White will see a delay and will not be in store for the start of Term 1 nor your VIP night. We can however confirm that the items will be available in store for parents to purchase from end of June.

The stock delay has resulted due to supplier delay.

We sincerely apologize for the inconvenience this causes for both you and parents, as we work towards having these items in stock with the utmost urgency. In light of this stock delay we would like to offer the school the following option, as a token of our apology.

  • 20% discount off the full retail price on the delayed item/s as stated above This item/s will see a 20% reduction of the full retail price for a period of 2 weeks commencing as per the date above. The application of this will be controlled at our end which will see parents shopping in those 2 weeks have the discount applied automatically at checkout. This is also to support and ensure that parents are compensated for any inconvenience this causes.

 Whilst we understand the inconvenience caused by the above items being delayed, it is important to note that parents can place customer orders on the VIP night.

If you feel that the out of stock item/s signifies your school retracting from participation on the allocated VIP night, kindly let me know as soon as possible. 

 Thank you for your patience and support, the Warehouse Manager


2017 Metro school bus services

The Public Transport team at Environment Canterbury and staff at Red Bus Ltd and Ritchies Ltd  have now finalised the school bus services to city schools for 2017.

These services have been updated recently.

Please follow the link to view:



77 Halswell-Kirkwood (

For any further information please visit the Metro Bus webiste as follows:


Please note:  The 771 & 772 school bus services from Halswell timetables have changed in order to accommodate more time for students at Riccarton High School to get to class in the mornings. Both routes trips have been modified so that students are picked up 5 minutes earlier each morning.



Kirkwood Intermediate School, Kahikatea & Kai Cookbook

Our school cookbook Kahikatea & Kai is up for sale.

This has been created by our children over the last few months and they have done an amazing job. It is full of easy to make family favourites.

We still have many cookbooks available to purchase so if you would like more please send your money in a named envelope and post in the office slot.

Thank you for your support.


Dental Care over the holiday period

Dental Care over the School Holidays

The Community Dental Service will operate an emergency service over the school holidays. This service is to provide relief of pain only and will not undertake ‘routine’ treatment. The service will be available each working day from 8:30am until 12:30pm from the Hillmorton Hospital site.

Monday 11 July to Friday 15 July 2016 (excluding weekends) and

Monday 18 July to Friday 22 July 2016 (excluding weekends)

This service will operate by appointment only and if we are unable to see your child, alternative options will be given. If your child has dental pain as a result of an accident please contact your dentist in the first instance.

You can phone and make an appointment for the emergency clinic by ringing 0800 846 983.