21 February 2013

From The Deputy Principal

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

Dear parents and caregivers,

The good weather continues and the term is well underway. We are all enjoying our regular weekly assemblies and options programmes. The children are very settled and working well around the school.

The Tironui Music Trust: Our school has been very fortunate in being selected to join some other Papatoetoe schools to develop a string orchestra. Recently a selection process took place and 26 of our year 5 students will now have the opportunity to learn a string instrument while at school. The Tironui Music Trust provides the teachers and the instruments, free of charge, all we need to do is provide the learning spaces. Once a student is selected these lessons will continue throughout this year and next year, when an additional group of year 5s will be included in the lessons. Students going on to Papatoetoe Intermediate School will be able to continue their lessons for a further 2 years. Please check: www.tironui.org.nz for more information. This is a very exciting opportunity and we look forward to some mini performances later this year. Thank you Tironui Music Trust!

Meet your child’s teacher: Reminder “Meet the Teacher” evening is on Thursday 7 March, 6.00 – 7.15pm.

Mathletics: The registration process for our year 3’s, who are new to the Mathletics programme has now been completed. We are encouraging our students to access the Mathletics programme from home if they have the Internet available. If your child does not have access to the Internet, please encourage them to join our Mathletics option, for at least one session weekly, which is available in break one from Monday to Thursday.

Reading Eggs: We are currently registering our year 1 and 2 students in the Reading Eggs programme. Once this has been successfully set up these students will be able to use their password and access the programme using the Internet at home. There are many reading activities available and they can be set at the students’ level appropriately.

Have a lovely weekend with your special children.

Kindest regards

Susan Fidler
Deputy Principal

General Notices

Welcome to our new students: Saamiya Ali, Aneeta Alias, Tyson Cook, Balraj Dhaliwal, Keanu Diamond-Peretini, Raul Gounder, William Ha, Praveen Jayamurali, Alan Jiang, Saket Kapania, Leeam Kelemete, Ezryana Kisiona, Aishani Kumar, Nandani Kumar, Azron Lal, Keira Mahini, Dylan Marsh, Isaiah Martini, Katrina Morgan, Daniel Naidu, Tyreze Naidu, Shavneet Nath, Jenny Nguyen, Madison Paparoa, Prithvi Patel, Pore Pita, Ayush Prasad, Neeti Prasad, Dhillon Raj, Anvir Ranu, Christina Samy, Zion Seniwaitui, Diljot Singh, Parjap Singh Minhas, Kylie Taliaoa, Cialei Tamua, Jordan Tang, Mahuika Te Moananui and Sebastian Tusa

Assembly Day: On Monday, 25 February, Room 9 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, 22 February (weather permitting) at 1.30pm, Room 9 will be visiting St Christopher’s Hospital.

Term Dates

  • Tuesday, 5 March – Swimming Zones
  • Thursday, 7 March – Parent/Teacher Evening
  • Tuesday, 12 March – Cricket/Playball Zones
  • Saturday, 23 March – School Gala Day
  • Monday, 25 March – BoT Meeting
  • Friday, 29 March – Good Friday SCHOOL CLOSED
  • Monday 1 & Tuesday 2 April – Easter Monday and Tuesday – SCHOOL CLOSED
  • Wednesday 10 & Thursday 11 April – School portraits and class photos
  • Thursday, 11 April – Rippa Rugby
  • Friday, 12 April – Y6 camp fundraising mufti day

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. Recycling plastics: Check you are putting the right plastics in the kerbside recycle bin. Only recycle plastics that have the recycling triangle with a number in it. All other plastics should go in the rubbish bin. It helps if you remove any food and wash them. If you aren’t sure check with the Auckland Council www.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz or phone 301 0101.

Pathway Closed: The back pathway behind the school hall will be closed this term due to an ICT wiring upgrade.

Park safely and keep our kids safe: This year our school is participating in Auckland Transport’s ‘Safety at the School Gate’ programme. Drivers who stop in the wrong place to drop off passengers put the safety of children at risk. Parking officers will be on patrol outside the school this year and will be issuing tickets to drivers who park illegally. The agreed approach is ‘zero tolerance’ – There will be no warnings issued, you will receive a ticket if you are double parked, parked on yellow lines, or over someone’s driveway – or for any other vehicle safety offence. Please park legally to keep our children safe and to avoid being ticketed.

School FairSaturday, 23 March 2013: Thank you to everyone who has kindly donated items for the school fair, it is appreciated. We are still accepting donations so please bring in second-hand clothes, shoes, books, knick-knacks etc but please no electrical items. We will also be having a cake stall and we are asking that each family make a cake or muffins or biscuits or sweets/lollies for us to sell at the fair. We have purchased some cake boxes which we will send home (one per family) on Friday, 15th March. Please bring the baking in to the school hall on Friday, 22nd March by 3.15pm. We also ask that you wrap your baking in gladwrap/plastic wrap first then place it inside the cake box – this is so the baking doesn’t go stale before the fair. Please do not feel you have to fill the box, any baking that you can provide will be greatly appreciated. Also, NO fresh cream as we are unable to refrigerate any items.

Our fair is only four and half weeks away and we are looking forward to seeing you all there with your small change. There will be plenty of great items to buy, an abundance of great food plus plenty of fantastic rides – green machines, hot rods, tea cups, ferris wheel, bouncy castles, Sammy the steam train plus loads more. Lastly, but not least, if you are able to help for one hour (or more) on the day then please let Ms Howe know.