20 September 2012

From the Principal

Dear parents and caregivers, Kia ora, Namaste, Ni Hao, Talofa lava, Kia orana

We are enjoying yet another busy week at school and really appreciating our beautiful old trees that are rapidly coming into leaf as spring unfolds around us. The warmer days are also very welcome and it is great to see the children racing around on the field.

Papatoetoe Schools’ Kapa Haka Festival: I felt so proud of our students at the cluster festival last week. All our Maori students were involved and their performance was wonderful. It was great to see so many families from our Maori whanau there to support our group. Thank you all very much for making the effort to attend. Kia ora, kia kaha.

Cluster Mathex Competition: This morning we hosted the annual maths challenge in our hall. Seven local schools participated. We are thrilled with the results, taking out first place in year 5 and 2nd in year 4 and year 6. We are so proud of our mathematicians. Sincere thanks to Dev Singh for organising the event and to all markers, also.


National Earthquake Drill, 26 September at 9.26am: Next Wednesday we are participating in the national drill. No doubt many of you will be participating in this also, in your respective work places. We feel it is important for us all to follow the advice given by central government where this safety drill is concerned.


Cross Country Zones: The big race off will take place at Puhinui Reserve next Tuesday morning. Our teams of runners are racing around, building up their speed and we are looking forward to a great event again this year.

All the best for the very best of weekends. I am sure that many of you will visit the garden centres and begin to plan your summer garden. Maybe your children can have a small plot of their own? There is nothing quite like fresh vegetables and cut flowers that are all so easy to grow.

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

There is only one star shining – our children

Kind regards

Marilyn Gwilliam



General Notices

Welcome to our New Students: Wan Tong Li and Zahra Zafar.

Assembly Day: The will be NO class assembly this Monday, 24 September.

Class visits to St Christopher’s Residential Home: Tomorrow, Friday, 21 September (weather permitting) at 1.30pm, Room 18 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.

Hunters Plaza School Rewards promotion: We are not doing very well, dropping from 4th to 6th. As this is the last week, here are a few tips to help boost our points…..

  • Encourage families and friends to do their grocery shopping at Hunters Plaza Countdown – it’s an easy way to earn points.
  • Need new electronic equipment, a TV or whiteware? Take a look at Noel Leeming at Hunters Plaza – earn School Rewards $ and Flybuys!
  • And don’t forget the foodcourt and cafes at Hunters Plaza – great for a snack, a family treat or a catch-up with friends. Enlist the help of families, friends and local businesses.

Off you go to the plaza and shop until you drop!

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. Spring is here and it is a good time to start planting lettuce, cabbage, carrots, celery, beans, radish, tomatoes and potatoes so we can make summer salads and coleslaw in a few weeks. 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.

Tips from TravelWise – Road Safety: W A L K ! It’s good for:

  • Your health
  • The environment
  • Your pocket
  • Your social life

Cross Country Zones: This will be held on Tuesday, 25 September, Saving Day Thursday, 27 September. The venue is the Puhinui Reserve, Prices Road. Races will begin at 10am and will be finished by 12pm. Parents and caregivers are more than welcome to come along and watch. Students will be transported by bus to the event.

Help needed: I am working on a project for the school market day, which requires converting recycled denim skirts into bags. I would appreciate any denim skirts people no longer wear, from kids size to adult for this project. Also, duvet covers / sheets with designs / patterns for the linings. Can you please spread your net far and wide amongst your friends, family & workmates. All donations gratefully accepted. They can be left at the school office. Many thanks, Celia Talbot

Term Events

  • 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
  • Term 4 starts back – Monday, 15 October


2013 Term Dates

  • Monday 4 February – Friday, 19 April
  • Monday, 6 May to Friday, 12 July
  • Monday, 29 July – Friday, 27 September
  • Monday, 14 October – Wednesday, 18 December


Community Notices


FIVE key questions for parents…Do your kids really know what a good food choice is? Do your kids really know how to cook some meals? Do your kids to know enough about food to take good care of themselves? Are you confident that your kids are making good food choices most of the time? Have you got the time and/or energy to get your kids food savvy?If you answered NO to any of those questions we can help these school holidays… The It’s My Turn To Cook Tonight Bosch School Holiday Program, supported by 5+ A Day, inspires kids to be food savvy – to cook some meals, create a special occasion, make a food movie, do some random acts of kindness, learn about food choices, kitchen safety, read labels & much much more. Give your kids an advantage on Oct 2 – 4 online and live. $25 (per family) for 3 days fun, action, competitions, great prizes www.foodsavvykids.com