4 July 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 focus this week has been on finalising mid year student reports and I am very pleased overall with the reports that I have signed, to date. There is clear evidence of your children working very hard and doing their very best at school. The reports will be sent home to you next Thursday, 11 July.

Maori Language Week: On Monday, our kapa haka group performed for our school whanau to acknowledge the beginning of this special week. We were treated to a solo performance by Huirua Hopihana who sang for us at the conclusion of the kapa haka items. All classes have been participating in a celebration and acknowledgement of Te Reo Maori and we have all had a great week.

Maori Language Week

Canadian Visitors: We are looking forward to hosting some teachers and principals from Canada, tomorrow. They will spend time in some classrooms and they are especially interested in our literacy programmes.

A Reminder – School Uniform: Black Footwear and Black Socks: It is pleasing to see most children now in correct school uniform. There are still some, however, who are not wearing black socks and shoes. Can you please ensure that your children wear the correct uniform to school each day. Thank you for your support.

School Closes, 12 July: School closes for the July break next Friday 12 July, for 2 weeks. We will welcome children back on Monday 29 July.

All the best for the best of weekends.

Kia ora, kia kaha

Marilyn Gwilliam

General Notices

Welcome to our new students: Jugraj Singh, Gracie Ball and Raksha Kumar

Assembly Day: On Monday 8 July, Room 16 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 July (weather permitting) at 1.30pm, Room 16 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. CUT DOWN ON BOTTLED WATER – Nearly 90% of plastic water bottles are not recycled, instead taking thousands of years to decompose. Buy a reusable container rather than a plastic bottle and fill it with tap water, a great choice for the environment, your wallet, and possibly your health.

Hockey Tournament: Well done to the following children who played in the CMS Invitational Hockey Tournament on Friday: Jasdeep (27), Jensen (24), Manraj (25), Ben (18), Danny (25), Nigal (20), Jasnoor (16), Justyce (24) and Brooke (19) The team finished 3rd out of 12 teams. They went through pool play with some good wins and only the one loss (1-0) to Bairds Mainfreight. This meant a second place finish after pool play, and a play-off game for 3rd/4th. We played the 2nd Bairds Mainfreight team in a very close game which was tied up at 1-1 after full time. Danny Morgan scored an amazing goal in extra time to give Papatoetoe Central the win and a well deserved 3rd place finish. I was very proud of the team as due to weather and time constraints, we only managed one training. Celia Talbot – Hockey Manager

SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY: We still need your help! This term and next term Year 5 & 6 students are making fabric from fused plastic bags. If you have supermarket shopping bags or bags from stores that you don’t need, could you please bring them in to us? If they are colourful, or have interesting prints on them, that’s even better. We can use ripped bags, but we can’t use bags that are sticky or dirty. We will need bags for about 200 children to work with, so we can take as many as you can give us.

Could you also help us with 2-litre sized plastic bottles? The Year 1 & 2 students are making mini-composters and they need big soft drink bottles or fizzy water bottles for their compost layers. Please bring bags or bottles to the technology room if you can spare them. Thank you very much to everyone who has already brought in bags and bottles!

PTA Disco: Don’t forget it is the recycled PTA disco this Friday (5th July). Come along for a fun evening with your class mates, and if you want, come along in a recycled costume to match the theme (although you do not have to). The junior disco (years 0-3) will be from 5:30 to 6:30 (gates will open at 5:15) and the senior disco (years 4-6) will be open from 6:45 to 8:00. Entry will be $3 and there will be lollies, drinks and lights priced from 50c to $2 for you to buy. There will be spot prizes on the night kindly provided by SKIDS and the PTA.

Please note: entrance to the disco will be via the back deck area of the hall and the children will be leaving via the main doors (te piringa totora) at the end of each disco. Parents are reminded that all children must be collected promptly from in front of the hall (te piringa totora) by an adult and will not be allowed to leave this area unaccompanied . Please ensure that you collect your children on time, at the end of their disco.

Chess Competition: Here are our PCS stars – Anusha Gaundar, Henry Wang and Arav Gaundar who competed at Rosehill Intermediate and took out the first three places in the primary section of the competition. PCS is really proud of you! Special thanks to our chess coordinator, Celia Talbot.



Term Dates

  • Friday, 5 July – Y6 Camp fundraising gold coin mufti day
  • Friday, 5 July – PTA Disco
  • Friday, 12 July – TERM ENDS, 3.00 pm

Community Notice: Found a Cockatiel in Papatoetoe on 1/7/2013. Please contact Deborah on 09 250 1290