27 September 2012

From the Principal

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

As this is the last newsletter of the term, I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your support and to wish you all the best for the school holidays. The children have worked hard and we are hoping that they will come back to school after the break refreshed and ready for lots more hard work during the last term of the year.

90th Anniversary of the Memorial Gates: We had a wonderful assembly on Monday to acknowledge the 90th anniversary of our school’s memorial gates. Representatives of the Papatoetoe Historical Society attended along with local board members, some former teachers and students. As we all know, the gates often define our geographical position in Papatoetoe and they have special significance across the Auckland region. We all continue to feel privileged to be part of such a special community.

All the best for a wonderful weekend and for the school holidays. Our amazing Papatoetoe library always provides interesting holiday programmes for children and it is right on our doorstep! We will look forward to welcoming the children back on Monday 15 October.

Kind regards,

Marilyn Gwilliam


General Notices

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.

Donations 2012: Thank you to the families who have paid their donation already. There are a number of families that have not yet paid the 2012 donation. PCS prides itself on offering students additional opportunities and resources over and above those offered, within the NZ curriculum, to benefit them as they mature to become contributing members of our community. Government funding includes and extends only to providing the basic curriculum – any resources additional to that must be funded via alternative sources such as donations, fundraising and contributions from parents.

PCS also appreciates that our teachers are very proud of the enhanced teaching and learning environment and we are able to attract a very high calibre of teachers to our school for this reason. This again benefits our children. There will be reminder notices enclosed with this newsletter. We appreciate very much your contribution. From the Board of Trustees.

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. TAKE YOUR FOOD SCRAPS HOME: Students – remember to take the left over food from your lunches home and the wrapping too. This helps the school reduce the amount of rubbish we have to dispose of each day.

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.

PCS Talent Show: This will held tomorrow, Friday 28 September from 9-10.30am. Parents of the students who will be performing are most welcome to attend.

Auckland Transport is currently working with the Papatoetoe Cluster of Schools, to implement a school travel plan. A number of road safety issues have been identified and require improvement. Parents can view these proposed safety improvements near our school at the school office.

2012 Kiwanis Junior Sportsperson of the Year Awards: Mr Robinson and Mr McAleer attended the awards at the Papatoetoe Sports Centre on Friday evening. Our school nominated Ashley Porter (Room 21) in the Under 12 section for her outstanding achievements in Taekwando. Unfortunately Ashley didn’t win but each nominee received a medal and certificate. She and her parents looked really proud.

It was really interesting reading names of winners from the various age group awards – in the Under 18 awards they include Monty Beetham (1994), Kevin Mealamu (1996), Black Sticks players Simon Child (2005), Marcus Child (2007) and Samantha Harrison (2008). Also keep an eye out for an ex-PCS student Ish Sodhi who won in 2010 for his achievements in cricket. This year he has been a member of the New Zealand Under 19 cricket team at the Under 19 World Cup in Australia and has just signed a first class contract to play for Northern Districts for the upcoming domestic season. Great things keep on happening in sport in Papatoetoe.

Cluster Cross Country Results: We were very proud of our runners who competed in our cluster cross country races on Tuesday. Jensen Foster competed in our 9 year old boys race and came third . Once again this year our school did very well out of the 9 schools competing. PCS came sixth overall. Well done runners –you are all such stars! Sincere thanks to our parents for your support.

Term Events

  • Yr 6 Camp Parent Info. meeting–Thurs, 27 Sept. at 6pm
  • 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


Tips from TravelWise – Road Safety: Set a good example… walk to school! 

Why not walk to and from school with your child? It’s the perfect opportunity to teach your child road safety skills and it’s good for family fitness.

Walking is Fun, Free, and Fast!

Community Notices

COME AND CHALLENGE THE POLICE over the school holidays in a range of sports and activities. Active Youth = Crime Prevention.

  • Monday 1st October 2012, Papatoetoe – Kohuora League Park
  • Wednesday 3rd October 2012, Mangere – David Lange Park
  • Friday 5th October 2012 Otahuhu – Murphy’s Park from 9am – 11am

Papatoetoe Athletics Club – Family Orientated Club, Encouraging Participation, Enjoyment And Development For Our Athletes. For children ages 2-17yrs. Registrations for the 2012/2013 season will commence in October at the clubhouse, Omana Park between 5-7pm on the following dates. 4th, 9th, 11th, 15th, 16th, 17th, 18th, 19th October. Season starts 6pm Tuesday 23rd October (after Labour Day). Please see http://www.sportsground.co.nz/papatoetoeaah/ or 021 885505 for more details.