21 March 2013

From the Associate Principal

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

Dear parents and caregivers,

Week 7 – another busy and exciting week at Papatoetoe Central School. We are now over halfway through Term 1. As I visit classes, it is very pleasing to see the students very focused on their work. They are able to talk about their learning and describe their next learning steps. A good question to ask your child or children at the end of the day is ‘ What did you learn at school today?’

Race Relations Day: Today we celebrated Race Relations Day, Te ra whanaungatanga which has been one of the highlights of the week. It was great to see our students dress in their national costumes or in clothes related to ‘Being a New Zealander’. This special day has been a great opportunity to celebrate the rich diversity we have in our country. Today the Manukau Courier visited our school and took photos of our students – so look out for the Courier next week. Thank you to all the families who supported this fun and colourful event.

Papatoetoe Central School Fair: The School Fair is another highlight on our school calendar. We look forward to seeing you here on Saturday 23 March between 10:00 am and 2:00pm, and enjoying the many fun activities that have been planned. Just a reminder about supporting the cake stall by donating some baking and delivering it on Friday to the hall. Thank you to the PTA and the many parents who have worked hard to plan a great fun day for all our families to enjoy. Please see the bottom of this newsletter for those helping on the day.

Winter Sports: This is the time of the year when our sports teams are being organised for the winter sports programme. Our teachers/coaches are organising the students into trials for our school rugby, soccer, basketball and netball teams at the moment. Thank you to the parents who have also offered to assist with the coaching. Your support and expertise is very much appreciated.

Maori and Pasifika Year Student leaders: These four positions have been introduced this year to provide four new leadership opportunities for Year 6 students. Yesterday, the applicants made a presentation to their Year 6 classmates giving reasons why they have applied for the position. They also spoke of the importance of their culture and presented some new Maori and Pasifika events and activities that could be introduced to Papatoetoe Central School. Voting is taking place now so we will announce the four leaders in next week’s newsletter.

PCS values: It is very pleasing to see our PCS values very evident in our school environment. The students display the values of Polite, Considerate and Sensible around the school, and their good manners such as please, thank you, excuse me, sorry. Thank you to our families for supporting these very important values for our children.

All the best for a very enjoyable weekend with some more summer weather – and we all look forward to seeing you here at our School Fair on Saturday

Kindest regards

Ross McGowan
Associate Principal

General Notices

Welcome to our new students: Raeolyn, Raewyn, Prashil, Stavro, Roma and Vanai.

Assembly Day: On Monday, 25 March, Room 15 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 March (weather permitting) at 1.30pm, Room 15 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

  • Saturday, 23 March – School Fair
  • 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. Friday 22nd March 2013 is World Water Day. It is a time to think about how we can save the most precious resource on our planet, especially since we are having a drought. All living things need it to grow and survive yet only 1% of the world’s water in drinkable. Did you know 70% of our bodies are made of water? It is important that we don’t waste water. Ways to do this are; completely fill your dishwasher before starting it, only spend 4 minutes in the shower, only water the garden early in the morning or late in the evening so it doesn’t evaporate quickly and fix any leaking taps and don’t leave them running

Screen Shot 2013-03-07 at 2.00.56 PMNominations to become a Board of Trustees member will be coming out mid April. Nominations will close noon 16 May 2013.

Fair Parking: Please do not park in the Supervalue/ Video Ezy car park in St George Street while you are at our gala day on Saturday. We like to support our local businesses and they become very frustrated when their customers and employees are unable to park.

Skids April school holidays is just around the corner, only 4 more weeks to be exact. Skids will be running the “Holiday Programme” at Papatoetoe South School. We will be sending out our programme fliers to the students over the next few days. If you do not receive one, there will be some available from the office. There will be lots of fun and lots of activities on offer. You can book for half a day; full day; or better yet book for a week or two. We will be going to “Extreme Edge Rock Climbing” and “Amazing Maze n Maize”. We will also be going to a “Gymnastics Centre”.

If you are working (full time or part time and/or studying) you may qualify for some WINZ subsidy. Skids also offer before and after school care for your children. For as little as $3 a day, you can enroll your kids with us (with WINZ subsidy, conditions apply). We operate daily from 7:30am to 8:30am in the mornings; 3:00pm to 6:00pm in the afternoons from your school hall. 8am to 6pm during school holidays from Papatoetoe South. We do homework; various activities and afternoon tea everyday for our after school care programme.For any queries you can ring George or Hazel at 275 4313; 630 – 9350; or 0800 900 754 or 021-278-4462 or email papatoetoecentral@skids.co.nz

The PTA would like to thank the following parents/caregivers for giving up their time to help at the fair:

Sharon Roberston

  • 10-11 Cakes and Lollies
  • 12-1 Cakes and Lollies

Shara Henderson

  • 10-11 Cakes and Lollies
  • 11-12 Mobile Drinks

Carol Richmond

  • 10-11 Cakes and Lollies
  • 11-12 Cakes and Lollies
  • 12-1 Cakes and Lollies

Judy Foot

  • 10-11 Cakes and Lollies
  • 11-12 Cakes and Lollies
  • 12-1 Cakes and Lollies

Carol Sullivan

  • 11-12 Cakes and Lollies
  • 1-2 Cakes and Lollies

Velma Howarth

  • 10-11 Helpers information desk
  • 11-12 helpers information desk
  • 12-1 Cakes and Lollies
  • 1-2 Cakes and Lollies

Jane Carson

  • 12-1 Second hand
  • 1-2 Cakes and Lollies

Korini Filipo

  • 12-1 Quick fire raffles
  • 1-2 Cakes and Lollies

Barbara Frost

  • 10-11 Second hand goods

Deborah Maulem

  • 10-11 Second hand goods
  • 11-12 Green Machines
  • 1-2 Quick fire raffle

Bronwyn Watt

  • 10-11 Second hand goods
  • 11-12 Steam train
  • 1-2 Second hand goods

Shirley Biggs

  • 10-11 Second hand goods
  • 11-12 Wet the teacher
  • 1-2 Second hand goods

James White

  • 10-11 Second hand goods
  • 11-12 Green Machines
  • 1-2 Second hand goods

Mr Te Ao

  • 11-12 Second hand goods

Betty Te Ao

  • 12-1 Second hand goods

Parei Bernard

  • 11-12 Second hand goods

Wendy Bernard

  • 11-12 Second hand goods

Leone Davis

  • 11-12 Second hand goods

Pushpa Patel

  • 11-12 Second hand goods

Kathy Agnew

  • 12-1 Second hand goods

Lynn Morgan

  • 11-12 Cakes and lollies

Danielle Murray

  • 11-12 Quick fire raffle
  • 12-1 Second hand goods

Frances Archer

  • 12-1 Second hand goods

Katrina Spinks

  • 10-11 Quick fire raffles
  • 11-12 Lucky dip
  • 1-2 Second hand goods

Salesh Singh

  • 1-2 Second hand goods