11 April 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,

Our wonderful late summer continues. Our staff and students are maximising the opportunity to ensure a robust fitness and sport programme for all students on our school field and at the Papatoetoe pools. During break times it is so good to see children outside racing around and making the most of the warm and dry conditions. I believe that their physical fitness levels are much higher than they were at this time last year, as a result. Our winter sports teams have been selected and they are already practising for next term’s events.

School Charter: This week, I am pleased to inform you, that we have received notification from the Ministry of Education that our charter has been approved. In the letter of acknowledgement, the Manager of Education, Curriculum and Performance states:

“We would like to acknowledge the significant commitments your Board has to priority students: to ensure the inclusion of all students including learners with special education needs; and to strengthen achievement of Maori students and Pasifika students…… Your analysis of variance and target setting shows that you have good information about achievement levels of each ethnic group so your Board is in a good position to monitor their progress.

You are welcome to call in at the office where we will have a copy of the charter and the 2013 annual plan for your information. You are welcome to view these documents.

The Annual Meeting of the BoT will take place on Monday 20 May and following the presentation of the 2012 Annual report, you will all receive a summary of the key events and assessment outcomes for 2012.

Totara Hospice Fund Raising Walk: Sunday 13 April: You will be pleased to know that once again this year, our school staff team, the “Papatoetoe Striders” is participating in this very worthwhile local event. We will be resplendent in our school shirts and I know that it will be a wonderful event. Each team member has found sponsors and we are all very supportive of our local hospice that provides amazing care and support for families.

April School Holidays – Just a reminder that school closes next Friday, April 19 and re-opens on Monday 6 May.

All the best for the best of weekends.

Kindest regards

Marilyn Gwilliam

General Notices

Welcome to our new students: Ngaia Samuels, Ma’a and Angel Zhu.

Assembly Day: On Monday, 15 April, Room 21 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, 12 April (weather permitting) at 1.30pm, Room 21 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. TAKE A SHORTER SHOWER Every two minutes you save on your shower can conserve more than ten litres of water. This will help reduce your power bill as well as your water bill.

ICAS Competitions: The Science International Competitions and Assessment for Schools (ICAS) will take place on Wednesday, 5 June. The ICAS tests are available for year 4, 5 and 6 students. These tests are an opportunity to compete against students in many other countries internationally including Australia, Malaysia and Hong Kong. At Papatoetoe Central we also offer ICAS tests in Mathematics and English. Science notices will be coming home with this newsletter. A good ICAS test result is an advantage when applying for intermediate schools. For more information please visit: www.eaa.unsw.edu.au/

Reminder School Uniform: (Black footwear and socks): With the cooler weather coming the children will be starting to where the winter uniform. A reminder that all students are expected to wear black footwear and 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.

Term Dates

  • Friday, 19 April – Year 6 Camp fundraising mufti day (Gold coin donation)
  • Last of term 1 is Friday, 19 April at 3.00pm
  • Term 2 starts back on Monday, 5 May

ElectionsBoard of Trustees Elections 2013: Information about the forthcoming Board of Trustees Election will be posted out shortly to parent /caregivers. The timeline for the Board of Trustees Election process is as follows:

  • Close parental roll – 12 April 2013 Open Nominations – 15 April 2013
  • Close Nominations – 16 May 2013 Voting papers sent out by – 21 May 2013
  • Election Day – noon 30 May 2013 Declare results – 5 June 2013

Community Notices

Skids 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

“Kidpower Safety & Confidence Workshops in Papatoetoe” Children learn to use their full power to act wisely and stay safe from bullying, violence or abuse. Adults gain positive, non-frightening tools for effective safety education in your family. Build children’s confidence and personal safety skills through hands-on practice. As part of our Kidpower Instructor training we’re offering these workshops for a Koha only:

  • 1. KIDPOWER Parent/Child for 4 – 7 year olds with their adult(s) on Saturday 13 April, 1.30-3.30pm
  • 2. KIDPOWER Workshop for 8-12 year olds on Sunday 14 April, 10am-12noon

To register email Ezekiel auckland@kidpower.org or phone Kidpower on (09) 298 0096.

It’s My Turn To Cook Tonight Bosch School Holiday Program – April 22 – 24: The It’s My Turn To Cook Tonight Bosch School Holiday Program is FREE, ONLINE, FUN and unique with great prizes. It is available ANYWHERE there is Internet coverage. This means no travelling, no pick ups or drop offs – kids get food savvy and learn to cook in their own home, using their food, cooking their dinner. Find out more www.itsmyturntocooktonight..com

Papatoetoe High School is holding their annual International Week Performance at the Vodafone Pacific Events Centre (formerly Telstra Clear). This event showcases the school’s cultural group performances and is open for family, friends and also past pupils to attend.

The performance is being held on Thursday 18th April, at 6.30pm (doors open at 5.30pm). Please be advised that there is limited seating only and entry is cash payment at the door $5 adults, $2 students. Parking will cost $4.50 if you use the Vodafone Events Centre car park.

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