4 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,

School Charter: All state schools were required by the Ministry of Education to have their charters in for approval by 1 March this year. We have not received any feedback on ours yet, so I am unable to print a final copy for viewing that we always make available for you in the school office. In the meantime, you can be assured that we are continuing to focus on the learning of all students and we are providing relevant and targeted programmes tailored to their learning needs. Each year one of our strategic goals is to enhance our community relationships and we want you all to know how important that is to us. We really value your communication with our teachers, administration team and our senior leadership team. Please keep in touch with us and in turn we will contact you, if necessary. Thank you for your support.

Reading Together: We are introducing a programme for parents and caregivers this year called “Reading Together”. Kirsty Paterson will run workshops for year 1 parents and caregivers in the first instance, over the next few months. You are very welcome to attend these. The first workshop is next Wednesday 10 April at 9.00am – 10.15am in the Oval Room. Please contact Kirsty, our Reading Lead Teacher and Year 1 Team Leader, for more details. The programme is designed to support you to support your children at home with their reading.

Your Developing Child: At school, we work hard to ensure that we cover all aspects of the NZ Curriculum and we are also very focused on supporting each child’s social and emotional development. We find that children need to look into themselves, to think, to be creative and to learn how to socialise. They need the space to slow down, to play and to be children. Our job is to teach them and learning takes time. We find that you can’t fast forward it and that children who enjoy the most success with their learning are well rounded, happy, supported and feel good about themselves. We do appreciate your support in sharing in your child’s learning, talking with them about their day at school and encouraging them every step of the way.

Kindest regards,

Marilyn Gwilliam
Principal

General Notices

Welcome to our new students: Brendan Soi and Michael Bui.

Assembly Day: On Monday, 8 April, Room 6 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, 5 April (weather permitting) at 1.30pm, Room 6 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.

Book Club: The book club orders will close tomorrow, Friday 5 April. 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.

Term Dates

  • Wed 10 & Thurs 11 April – School portraits and class photos
  • Thursday, 11 April – Rippa Rugby
  • 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

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. Plastic bags: In NZ we use over 22 million plastic bags a year which is a huge amount of waste that can’t be recycled. Think carefully about whether or not you need a plastic bag when you buy something. Try to use a recyclable bag instead. Plastic bags have been found floating as far north as the Artic and nearly as far south as Antarctica. They are estimated to kill more than one million sea creatures a year.

ElectionsBoard of Trustees Elections 2013: Nominations to become a Board of Trustees member will be coming out soon. All parents will be mailed a nomination form. If you have changed your address, please notify the school office. For more information please contact returning officer Lorraine Biggs on 278 7557.

School Photos Important Information: A prepaid envelope for each student was sent home. Please have the form and money returned to the school office by Tuesday, 9 April ready for photos to be taken on 10 & 11 April. For a special photo of your children together, collect a pre paid “Sibling Envelope” from the school office. No individual or sibling photos will be taken without pre payment. Please make sure you use the form with the attached envelope as it is pre printed with your child’s name, room etc and Photolife only gives us a few spares for new children. As rooms 3,4 and 5 are not full yet they will have their photos taken towards the end of the year.

Fair Update: We have completed the calculations and we made a gross total of $7,789.80. Thanks again to everyone who came and helped, it was an excellent day. We would also like to thank the following wonderful suppliers and people: Kiwi Bacon, Puhoi Cheese, Bunnings, Warehouse Stationery, The Cheesecake Shop, Urban Soul, Wendys Supa Sundaes, Proctor & Gamble, St John, Hellers Sausages for Schools, SKIDS, HRV, ASB, More for Less, David’s Emporium, PACT, McDonald’s, MIT students and all the fantastic helpers.