3 May 2012

Newsletter From The Principal

Dear Parents and Caregivers,

We are having a wonderful week at school as everyone is enjoying the amazing autumn days and the sun continuing to shine. It is great for the children to be able to spend break times outdoors and our winter sports and fitness programmes are going very well. The children are very settled after the Easter break and they are working very hard. Teachers are setting very high expectations for all students and we appreciate your support by encouraging them at home, also.

Gifted and Talented Programmes

We are very pleased with our programmes for very able students. These include extension classes in maths in year 4-6, thinking skills classes for year 4-6 students and our Papatoetoe cluster enhancement programme. Currently there is a sports module underway and later this term our school is running a maths enhancement for year 4-6 students. In all classrooms teachers plan special learning activities for their able students as we acknowledge the importance of having challenging and exciting learning environments and programmes. The roll-out of our iPad programme in all rooms is hugely successful.

Kapa Haka

We are preparing for the Papatoetoe schools’ kapa haka day on 12 September. We have a large group of students who are participating in our kapa haka group and they are having a great time. Last week they began their session with the Maori battalion march in respect of ANZAC day. The music and lyrics to the march are wonderful and the children really got into the swing of it. We look forward to acknowledging and celebrating NZ’s bi-cultural heritage through kapa haka and other activities in our PCS “Being a NZer” curriculum.

Science Week

Next week, the children will participate in a number of science activities. Our specialist science and technology programme is going extremely well and all students in year 1-6 are maximising their learning in science when they go to the science room for their weekly lesson. A large number of budding scientists are emerging!

PTA Sausage Sizzle- next week

We appreciate your support when your children purchase a perfectly sizzled sausage for their lunch on our PTA sausage sizzle days. Our wonderful PTA team are the world’s best sizzlers and it is always a lovely lunch event. Next Monday students in year 1-3 can buy a sausage (or 2) and year 4-6 students can buy theirs on Tuesday. Thank you very much for your support with this (yummy) fund raiser for our school.


The BoT Annual Meeting will take place on Monday 21 May at 5.30pm in the oval room. This will be followed by the regular May BoT meeting. You are welcome to attend both meetings on the 21st.

I hope that you all have an enjoyable weekend – there is some interesting sport on, for sure. I know that some of you may watch the Blues with fingers crossed on Friday night! Whatever your choice of recreation, I hope that you can have some special times and maybe even treat yourselves!

Kindest regards

Marilyn Gwilliam


General Notices


Welcome to our New Students: Anson, Karanjeev and Shain.

Assembly Day: On Monday, 7 May, Room 27 will lead our assembly. As always you are most welcome to attend but please make sure that you are seated by 1.15pm.

Class visits to St Christopher’s Residential Home: Tomorrow, Friday, 4 May (weather permitting) at 1.30pm, Room 27 will be visiting St Christopher’s Hospital.

Tips from the PCS Environment & Sustainability Team: There are a number of simple steps we can all take to save water and power and Reduce, Reuse and Recycle much of the waste that is produced in our school and at home. BEING ENERGY WISE: With winter on the way it’s time to check our homes to see how efficient they are at keeping the heat in and the cold out. One way is to close the blinds and curtains. For more ways to keep your house warm go to the ‘Energy Wise’ website – www.energywise.govt.nz. It will show you ways to keep warm and help keep your power bill down.

Term 2 Topic: In term two the school wide topics for our inquiry learning are the 2012 London Olympics and Matariki. The specialist science topic this term is habitats.

Book Club: The book club orders will close on Friday, 11 May. Would you please make sure all orders and money are put into a sealed envelope and ALL CHEQUES are made out to Papatoetoe Central School, as we send one cheque to pay for our book order.


Year 6 Camp Fundraising

  • 20 cents Frenzy – Monday, 23 April to Friday, 4 May
  • Cake Walk – Monday, 7 -24 May
  • Mufti Day – Friday, 22 June
  • Porsche/Ferrari ride raffle – Thursday, 28 June

Term Events

  • Science Week – Monday, 7-11 May
  • BoT AGM Meeting – Monday, 21 May
  • PTA Meeting – Monday, 28 May
  • Glow sticks/bracelets, sales start – Monday, 28 May
  • Yr 4 trip, Auck. Art Gallery – Wed/Thurs. 30-31 May
  • Teacher Only Day, SCHOOL CLOSED – Friday, 1 June
  • Queen’s Birthday – SCHOOL CLOSED – Monday, 4 June
  • ICAS Science Exam – Wednesday, 6 June
  • SPCA Mufti Day – Friday, 8 June
  • Olympics fun sports challenge – Wednesday, 13 June
  • ICAS Writing Exam – Monday, 18 June
  • Rugby, Netball & Soccer Zones – Wednesday, 20 June
  • BoT Meeting – Monday, 25 June
  • Last Day of Term 2 – Friday, 29 June


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