23 August 2012

From the Deputy Principal

Dear parents and caregivers,

This week there has been a hint of warmer weather on the way. New green growth is just beginning to appear on some of our trees. Our students have been outside regularly in the break times but have missed the use of our field, hopefully there are some dryer days ahead.

Spellathon: Our spellathon is now well underway. Your assistance with students learning their target lists is appreciated. Students have only a few more days to collect as many sponsors as they can as the spelling testing is taking place this week.

Our past spellathons have been a very good source of raising additional funds that all of our students can benefit from. The funds we raise from this spellathon are going to be used to purchase a box of 100 books for each class. The students will use these books for reading independently. Any support you can provide will be of real assistance to all of our students. All sponsorship forms will need to be signed off and/or receipted whether or not money has been collected from sponsors. Thank you in anticipation of your ongoing support of our students through our spellathon.

Healthy Food: Our teachers encourage their students to make healthy food choices in accordance with our school policy. We ask for your assistance with this on special birthday occasions. Many parents like to bring a birthday cake into the classroom. If you want to share food with your child’s class in celebration of a birthday please choose a healthy food option and save the cake for your celebration at home. A fruit platter is a healthier option and is also usually safer in terms of the allergies that some children may have.

Daffodil Day: Daffodil day is the Cancer Society’s annual fundraising event and we are participating in this with a mufti day on Friday, 31 August. Students can bring a gold coin donation and wear something yellow or orange to take part in this fundraiser.

Hei ano te whetu e tu nui, kotahi – a tatou tamariki

There is only one star shining – our children

Have a lovely weekend with your special children.

Kind regards

Susan Fidler

Deputy Principal


General Notices

Welcome to our New Students: Sampreet Singh, Alene Belvie, Amanda Wei and Disha Chandra.

Assembly Day: On Monday, 27 August, Room 21 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, 24 August (weather permitting) at 1.30pm, Room 21 will be visiting St Christopher’s Hospital.

Out of Zone Ballot: The Board has decided to conduct a ballot for some out of zone students to start in 2013. The ballot will be conducted on Tuesday, 23 October 2012. This is not an automatic right for out of zone siblings so you must apply on the appropriate forms that are available at the school office. Please ensure that you have your application in on time. Applications close on Monday, 15 October.

Tips from the PCS Environment & Sustainability Team: Here 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 sustainable in an emergency. To make sure we are prepared for an emergency such as an earthquake it is necessary to have a number of essential items stored away. Water is essential so it is important to store bottled water for drinking, at least enough to last several days. Build up stocks of canned food and keep rubbish bags in case you can’t use the toilet. Have batteries for a torch and radio. By keeping supplies of these simple but important items we can make sure we are able to look after ourselves and help others.

Book Club: The book club orders will close on Friday, 31 August 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.

Year 6 camp fundraising – AMAZING RAFFLES: The Y6 Term 3 AMAZING raffles continue. Two fabulous stationery packs and a $50 Smiggle voucher are to be raffled. Raffle tickets will be sold at Breaks 1 and 2 under Te Piringa Totara from Monday to Thursday. Wouldn’t it be fantastic if you could win one of these wonderful prizes? The more raffle tickets you buy the more chance you have of winning. The Year 6 students will also come around to your classes on Friday to sell tickets. Many thanks for your continued support PCS.

PTA News

Positive Negatives Family Photo Sitting, Sunday 9th September: The PTA have organised a fundraiser with Positive Negatives, a team of experienced New Zealand photographers who have been capturing beautiful memories for over a decade. The sittings are suitable for families and children individually and together, and other combinations may be requested if time permits. Each appointment time is 10 minutes, which allows time for an average size family portrait and a sibling portrait (max 8 people per sitting). Individual sibling portraits may be taken if time is available.

Sittings are free. Each family will be provided with a set of proofs to choose enlargements from. These proofs are free, and don’t need to be returned. There is no obligation on families to purchase. Prints are priced from $16.50. Go to www.positivenegatives.co.nz for a full price list. Remember to let your friends and family know to book a sitting as it is not limited to PCS families only. To book a sitting contact Christine on 278 5870.

Tips from the TravelWise – Road Safety: Back for the Future – Take special care when reversing. Look out for all children. Know what is behind before you go back.

Term Events

  • 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
  • Mathex Competition – Thursday, 20 September
  • PTA Meeting – Monday, 24 September
  • Cross Country Zones – Tuesday, 25 September
  • Yr 6 Camp Parent Information meeting–Thurs, 27 Sept
  • PCS Talent Show – Friday, 28 September
  • Last day of term 3 – Friday, 28 September @ 3pm