19 July 2012

From the Principal

Dear parents and caregivers,

We have welcomed the children back to school after the break and the school is buzzing, once again. Both staff and students seem to have benefited from the change of pace over the two weeks. We are all really looking forward to the term ahead. It is a super term for focused teaching and learning so please support us by supporting your children at home with their learning.

Keeping Ourselves Safe: Parent Meeting, Thursday 26 July, 2.15pm: You are all invited to the parent consultation meeting for the Police Education “Keeping Ourselves Safe” programme. The programme is differentiated for year group levels, in relation to its content. We plan to run the programme for 4 weeks later this term, starting in week 5 – Monday 13 August, once we have shared the programme with you and received your feedback. Community Constable Tamina Hemehema will speak with you at this parent meeting and she will also be working with our staff in preparation for the programme. The programme is highly structured and has been used in NZ schools over many years. It focuses on teaching children to know how to keep themselves safe in many different contexts.

3 Way Conferences: Please note Thursday 2 August in your diary. This is the date for the 3 way conferences where teachers will meet with you and your child to discuss their recent report and to set goals for terms 3 and 4. It is a very important time for everyone as we value a positive partnership with you, to ensure optimum achievement for your children. At the conference, specific goals to be achieved throughout the rest of this year will be developed. Also, please complete the back section of the report in preparation for your 3 way conference. Details for booking your conference time online are included in the next section of today’s newsletter.

Science Fair: Habitats: When you come to your 3 way conference, you are invited to visit the hall to view our most amazing science fair. Our science and technology specialist teacher Lena Erakovich is doing fantastic work with students to put together a wonderful fair for you. Please ensure that you check it out! Come along and see how animals survive in caves, swamps, rainforests and in Antarctica. Look out for the crocodiles!

Being a New Zealander and Book Fair: All students will be continuing with their research about what it means to be a New Zealander. Each class is learning about the special things that we all appreciate in Aotearoa New Zealand. Our library team has mounted a number of displays and you are welcome to check these out when you come for the 3 way conferences. There will also be a book fair in the library on 3 way conference day where you can buy a book for your children. The commission from the sales will come to our school.

We will in turn buy more library books! Thank you very much in anticipation of your support.

PTA Meeting, 7.00pm, Monday 23 July in the oval room: You are all welcome to attend the PTA meeting on Monday evening in the oval room. Come along and enjoy the company of our wonderful parents who are planning some special PTA events to support our school.

Term 3 sports: We have another busy sporting term ahead, with our local cluster rippa rugby, cross country and gymnastics events. We will be choosing teams in the first few weeks and look forward to many students participating. In addition, year 3 and 4 students will have swimming coaching at the Papatoetoe pools. The Southern Chess zones will take place on Wednesday 1 August. In addition to all these activities, teachers are taking option groups in hockey and junior games. Many thanks to all staff who are involved.

Term 3 Options: Our generous staff willingly share their personal talents and interests with your children during break times and it is great to see many children learning new skills. This term, they can choose from the following:

  • Instrumental and singing group
  • Creative dance group
  • French knitting
  • Environmental team
  • Drama and Film Club
  • Chess
  • Mathletics
  • Sewing
  • Art group

In addition to these options our library is open almost every break time and the school kapa haka group, a senior singing group and a boys’ mentoring group are weekly timetabled events.

Congratulations to Anusha Gaundar: Anusha continues to shine on the Auckland chess scene. Over the break, she competed in the Auckland Girls’ Chess Championship. Anusha ended up 9th out of 50 girls in the Under 10 years section which is a huge achievement. We are all very proud indeed of Anusha. Warmest congratulations!

All the best for the best of weekends. Take care on the roads and do something special to treat yourselves!

Kind regards

Marilyn Gwilliam



General Notices

Welcome to our New Students: Katie, Tarleen, Vinshi, Jasmeen, Zaynah, Simran, Arpreet, Sarah and Ryan.

Assembly Day: On Monday, 23 July, Room 04 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, 20 July (weather permitting) at 1.30pm, Room 04 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. Matariki marks the beginning of winter and the time to plan what to do with your garden over the next 12 months. Even though there can be some fine days watch out for frosts. It is wise to wait until the soil starts to warm up with more daylight hours before sowing and planting. Don’t forget to buy your worm tea from the Office. It is great for adding nutrients to the soil to help your veges and pot plants grow. Remember growing our own vegetables is often cheaper than buying them, and planting, harvesting and eating them is a great activity for all the family.

Winter Zones: The Papatoetoe Primary Schools Winter Zones Competition will be held on Tuesday 24th July 2012. Rugby, Soccer and Netball competitions will all be held at Bruce Pulman Park, Walter Rd in Papakura. The games will run from approximately 10.00- 2.05pm. Parents and caregivers are most welcome to attend and watch the games. Students will be travelling to the park by bus, no cost is involved for parents. They will need to bring a packed lunch, water bottle, appropriate footwear and warm clothing. They will be wearing school sports uniforms. Please ask your children if they are involved in this tournament. We have been playing exchanges against other schools in preparation for this tournament.

Book Club: The book club orders will close on Friday, 27 July 2012. 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.

Scholastic Book Fair: This will be held in the Library in Week 3, starting Monday, 30 July . Children will go in and browse and write out a wish list of books they would like. Hopefully, parents will then buy one or two of them on the wish list. Parents can browse on parent/teacher night as well. PCS get commission in books for our library dependent on the sales so we are hoping they will be good


3 Way Conferences – Thursday, 2 August 2012

Instructions for bookings ONLINE

Please note school will close at 12.40pm

Please make arrangements for your child’s early pick up

  • Go to: www.schoolinterviews.co.nz
  • Type in the school code QRVXD
  • Step 1: Enter your name, your email address and your student’s name(s)
  • Step 2: Choose the teachers you want to see for each student.
  • Step 3: Choose a time for each teacher. You should leave 10 minutes to get to the next conference – Back-to-back
 conferences are not a good idea.

When finished, your conference time will be confirmed and emailed to you. If you do not have internet access we have provided a laptop for you to use at the school office and can assist you.


PTA News

Coming Soon! Keep a look out in the newsletter next week for the dates of our sausage sizzles.

Term Events

  • PTA Meeting – Monday, 23 July
  • Maori Language Week – 23 – 27 July
  • Y4 Swimming Programme starts – Tuesday, 24 July
  • Winter Zones – Tuesday, 24 July
  • Keeping Ourselves Safe Parent Meeting – Thursday, 26 July
  • Book Fair – Monday, 30 July to Friday, 3 August
  • Y3 Swimming Programme starts – Wed, 25 July
  • Spellathon – starts Monday, 30 July
  • Room 24 Y6 Camp stall – Tuesday, 31 July
  • ICAS English exam – Wednesday, 31 July
  • Southern Chess Tournament – Wed, 1 Aug
  • Science Fair – Thursday, 2 August
  • 3 Way Conferences – Thursday, 2 August
  • BoT Meeting – Monday, 13 August Room 27
  • Maths Week – starts Monday, 13 August
  • ICAS Maths exam – Tuesday, 14 August
  • Y6 Camp stall – Tuesday, 14 August
  • Mathex Competition – 15 August
  • Book week – starts Monday, 20 August
  • PTA Meeting – Monday, 20 August
  • Room 25 Y6 Camp stall – Tuesday, 28 August
  • Rippa Rugby Zones – Tuesday, 28 August
  • Daffodil Mufti Day – Friday, 31 August
  • Papatoetoe Cluster Art Show – Tuesday, 4 September
  • PCS Cross Country – Thursday, 6 September
  • BoT Meeting – Monday, 10 September
  • Room 26 Y6 Camp stall – Tues, 11 September
  • Kapa Haka Festival – Wednesday, 12 September
  • Gymnastic Zones – Tuesday, 18 September
  • PTA Meeting – Monday, 24 September
  • Cross Country Zones – Tuesday, 25 September
  • Yr6 Camp Parent Information meeting–Thurs, 27 Sept
  • PCS Talent Show – Friday, 28 September
  • Last day of term 3 – Friday, 28 September @ 3pm


Community Notices

PAPATOETOE INTERMEDIATE SCHOOL: 175 Motatau Road, Papatoetoe will be holding an open morning on Wednesday, 8th August Our school will be open for all current families and those interested in enrolling with us for 2013. School tours will leave from our front office at 9.00 am, 9.30 am, 10.00 am and 11.00 am. All community members are also most welcome to view our school. Brian Hinchco, Principal

Hunters Plaza School Rewards Promotion – Win Cash for your School, REGISTER NOW! On Monday, 27 August, Hunters Plaza will be launching their ‘School Rewards’ program, where schools in Papatoetoe and immediate surrounding suburbs have the chance to win a prize pool of $10,000 cash to be used as the school sees fit, plus the opportunity to win a range of other great prizes throughout the campaign. The school who collects the most ‘School Rewards’ dollars in relation to the number of students at their school at the conclusion of the promotion will be the winner of $5,000. Second will receive $3,000 and third $2,000. All parents and supporters have to do is collect Hunters Plaza receipts and take them to the customer service desk opposite Dunkin Donuts where staff will exchange them for ‘School Rewards’ dollars. For every dollar spent within Hunters Plaza including Kmart and Countdown, you will receive the same value in ‘School Rewards’ dollars. You then deposit your ‘School Rewards’ dollars in the entry box with your school’s name on it.

In 2010 our school won first prize and last year we won second prize, so let’s keep up the good work!