14 March 2013

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,

It was great to see so many of you last Thursday evening to meet your child’s teacher and to talk about the year ahead. We have had a wonderful start to the year and feel very excited about our planned learning activities for your children. Please keep in touch with us regularly. We really appreciate a phone call if there is something we need to know about and similarly we will contact you if we need to meet with you. Our teachers are happy to chat informally with you before or after school, but if you need a formal meeting, that can be easily arranged at a mutually agreed time.

Student Achievement Targets: As you know, the Ministry of education requires us to formulate achievement targets around the government’s national standards, each year. At our school, following analysis of end of year data, we develop a target in each of the core curriculum areas of reading, writing and maths.

This year we have a target for year 3 students in writing, for year 4 students in reading and year 6 students in maths.

We intend of course to maximise learning for every student in all curriculum areas. We have very high expectations of all students and you can be assured that your children will be encouraged to achieve at their optimum level of achievement. All students are tracked and their learning monitored regularly. Adjustments are made to their learning programmes accordingly and all our teachers work extremely hard to enhance and accelerate the learning of your children.

School Leaders: Please check out “Showcase” on our website for this year’s student leaders. Our school council, focus team representatives and playground role models all make a wonderful contribution to the smooth running of our school. We could not manage without them and it is great to see them all grow and develop their leadership capabilities over their time at PCS.

Playball and Cricket – Local Zone Sports Day: Tuesday: We were all very proud of our teams at the playball and cricket matches on Tuesday. Our girls’ cricket team came 2nd and the boys were 3rd. While the boys’ playball team was not placed, they improved over the day and made some stunning home runs. Star coach Peter Robinson was justifiably very proud of their efforts. Our cricket teams benefited from extra coaching from Papatoetoe Cricket club’s top players, as well as from our own star coaches Becky Hamilton and Phil Duncan. A great day was had by all!

Hats and Drink Bottles: Reminder: Please make sure that your child has a school hat as it is compulsory for hats to be worn during break times this term and in term 4. As it is very warm, and for use after daily fitness sessions, we want the children to have a drink bottle that they can fill from the water taps at school.

School Uniform: (Black footwear and socks) Reminder: We would like to remind you that from now on, all students are expected to wear black footwear to school. In the cooler weather, we ask that they wear black socks. This change was approved by the BoT late last year in readiness for the beginning of 2013. Could you please also ensure that all school uniform is named. We always end up with many uniform items in our lost property box. These can be easily returned to their owners if they are named.

Kindest regards

Marilyn Gwilliam
Principal

General Notices

Welcome to our new students: Suzennah and Keana.

Assembly Day: On Monday, 18 March, Room 5 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, 15 March (weather permitting) at 1.30pm, Room 5 will be visiting St Christopher’s Hospital.

Tips from the PCS Environment & Sustainability Team: We are now heading into the last few days of summer and this is a good time to think about what we can plant in the garden for autumn so we can eat it in winter. You can start planting cauliflower, celery, broccoli, beans and cabbage. It is still very warm so also plant some lettuce and radishes which should be ready in a few short 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.

Term Dates

  • Thursday, 21 March – Race Relations Day
  • Saturday, 23 March – PTA Fair 10am – 2pm
  • Monday, 25 March – BoT Meeting
  • Thursday, 28 March – World Vision Mufti Day
  • Friday, 29 March – Good Friday SCHOOL CLOSED
  • Monday 1 & Tuesday 2 April – Easter Monday and Tuesday – SCHOOL CLOSED
  • Wed 10 & Thurs 11 April – School portraits and class photos
  • Thursday, 11 April – Rippa Rugby

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. This week is Seaweek. Think about all the amazing things that live in the sea, how we use the sea and how important it is not to pollute the sea. There are lot of things we can do to protect the sea, one simple thing is to not leave your waste and rubbish at the beach. You can also volunteer to help clean up your local beach. Check out this neat website – www.seaweek.org.nz

PTA Fair Update: We have been very fortunate to have the SkyCity NZ Breakers donate a signed 2012/13 season basketball that we are auctioning off. It is on TradeMe and the link is http://www.trademe.co.nz/a.aspx?id=571016775. The auction closes on Sunday 17th March at 8.45pm. So log in and place your bid. All proceeds from this sale are being put towards our fair tally.

Tomorrow, Friday 15th March, the cake boxes are being sent home – one per family. Please return the cake box, with your glad wrapped baking inside, to the school hall by 3.15pm the following Friday, 22nd March.

A big thank you goes to Kiwi Bacon, Puhoi Valley Cheese and McDonalds who have all kindly donated items for our quick fire raffle.

Just a reminder that we are still accepting donations of secondhand goods but please no electrical items. Please hand all grocery items in to Ms Howe in Rm1 to receive your entry in the draw.

Thank you for all the fabulous donations we have received to date, they are greatly appreciated. See you all on the Saturday, 23rd of March.