22 November 2012

From the Principal

Greetings, Kia ora, Namaste, Ni Hao, Talofa lava, Malo e lelei, Kia orana, Ni sa bula vinaka, Salam

Dear parents and caregivers,

The term is racing by and teachers are completing end of year assessments and students’ reports. I am delighted with the progress that most students have made over the year and I am looking forward to seeing all reports for signing, shortly. All our staff have worked very hard to ensure that your children have reached their optimum achievement levels.

Year 6 Camp: Year 6 students, staff and a very energetic group of wonderful parents and other family members are having a superb week out at Carey Park. It is a wonderful camp and when I visited yesterday, it was great to see everyone having a super time. They arrive back at school around 2.00pm on Friday. I suspect they may all sleep very well on Friday night.

Whanau Day – Wednesday 12 December. We look forward to seeing you here on the 12th December for the annual Christmas concerts and whanau picnic lunch. You will all be very welcome to bring a picnic and have lunch with your children. You are welcome to bring a cushion to sit on for your comfort at the concerts in the hall.

Times are:

  • Junior concert (Year 1-3): 11.45am in the hall
  • Picnic lunch: 12.40pm
  • Senior Concert (Year 4-6): 1.45pm in the hall

All the best for the weekend. I hope that you can have some special time with your special children. If the lovely weather holds, I imagine you will have some lovely outdoor activities in mind.

Kindest regards

Marilyn Gwilliam


General Notices

Assembly Day: On Monday, 26 November Room 8 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, 23 November (weather permitting) at 1.30pm, Room 8 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. GO BUY LOCAL: Consider the amount of pollution created to get your food from the farm to your table. Whenever possible, buy from local farmers or farmers’ markets, supporting your local economy and reducing the amount of greenhouse gas created when products are flown in to NZ. Don’t forget November is 5+ A Day month. Remember to keep eating at least 5 handfuls of fruit and vegetables a day to keep us healthy.

Tips from the TravelWise – Road Safety: Stop chaos at the school gate -Never stop on yellow lines or double-park around the school. Parking like this can block the view of children and motorists. Park safe and protect our children.

Book Club: The book club orders will close on Friday, 30 November. 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.

PTA Christmas Raffle: Just a reminder that the closing date for having your Christmas Raffle tickets and money in is Friday 30th November. Thank you to everyone for selling tickets and if you would like more books please remember to request these via your classroom teacher.


Term Events

  • Yr 0/1 Ambury Trip – Wed & Thurs, 28 & 29 Nov
  • Forensic Scientists – Wed & Thurs, 28 & 29 Nov
  • PCS Mufti Day – Friday, 30 November
  • Yr 4 Water Safety Trip – 10 , 13 & 14 December
  • Senior swimming sports – Thursday, 6 December
  • Christmas Shows – Wednesday, 12 December
  • Yr 6 Graduation Dinner – Thursday, 13 December
  • Reports go home – Monday, 17 December
  • Yr 6 Graduation Ceremony – Tuesday, 18 December
  • Last day for the year – Tuesday, 18 Dec at 12.45pm


URGENT: 2013 Enrolments: If you have or know of any preschoolers who live in the Papatoetoe Central school zone and who will be starting in Term 1, 2013, would you please fill in this form and return it to the school office. Parents of all new children who will be starting on the first day back (4 February 2013) need to have completed pre enrolment forms before the end of November. Enrolments forms are available from the school office.




























Community Notices

Dare to Explore: Auckland Libraries Summer Reading Adventure. Join in the fun at Auckland Libraries! A FREE reading programme for Auckland kids aged 5 – 13 years. 10 December to 25 January 2013. Register online or at your local library from Monday 10 December. Do activities at home, on holiday, at the library, on the internet and with friends to finish as many challenge sets as you can. Complete at least four fun challenges and you’ll get a certificate PLUS an invitation to the celebration party. Find out more: www.aucklandlibraries.govt.nz or 09 301 0101



Your local learn to swim provider Swimsation Swim School East Tamaki is offering its popular intensive holiday lessons at a crazy $30.00 per week. Don’t miss this opportunity to help your child progress faster and safer in our aquatic environment this summer. Lessons will run on the 21st – 25th of Jan 2013 ($30) and the 29th Jan – 1st Feb 2013 ($24 due to public holiday on Monday). Call us now on 271 5395 or email easttamaki@swimsation.com to book and confirm your child’s space in this amazing promotion.