15 August 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 very pleasing to see so many of you at school last Thursday for the 3 way conferences. Thank you for supporting your children and their teachers by coming along and also thank you for completing the parent/caregiver survey. I will inform you of the results once they have been collated. Please keep in touch with class teachers throughout the term if there is anything that we need to know about your children. The more we work together, the better the outcomes will be for all concerned.

ICAS Science Results: We are delighted with this year’s results in the science exam. We ended up with 10 credit passes and 4 distinction passes. Congratulations to those students. Please note more information in the next section of this newsletter. We believe that our specialist science and technology programme is contributing to these great results.

Papatoetoe Schools Annual Mathex Competition: Great PCS Results – The annual maths battle took place in our hall this morning. We are very proud of our students and their teachers, Mrs Naicker, Ms Ramsay and Ms Cromie. We had 2 wins and a 2nd place.

  • Year 4, 1st place – Fergus Lee, Joshua Lin, Amber Vodanovich, Grace Wu
  • Year 5, 2nd place – Liyork Liao, Shivee Singh, Kim Huynh, Jason Liu
  • Year 6, 1st place – Henry Wang, Finn Agnew Manu, Alana Rodrigues-Birch, Dhyey Patel

 Mathex Winners

Year 5 and 6 Speech Finals: Yesterday we heard 10 amazing speeches from the year 5 and 6 speech finalists for 2013. We congratulate Cairo Iakopo who won the contest and Katie Markwick who came 2nd. Their speeches were terrific and very well presented. It was a very enjoyable and stimulating afternoon. Cairo and Katie will go on to represent our school at the APPA competition.

PTA Meeting Monday 19 August: You are all welcome to come to the next PTA meeting in the oval room at 7.00pm on Monday evening. You will be assured of a warm welcome from a splendid group! The meetings are never long and they are focused on supporting our school.

Arrival Time at School: The day’s learning programme begins at 8.50am on the dot. We like all children to be at school at around 8.30am to prepare for the day. It is very disappointing to see some children coming late to school. Can you please ensure that your child arrives on time. This is very important. Thank you for your cooperation in this matter.

Best wishes for a very enjoyable weekend. I imagine that a number of you may watch the rugby match on Saturday night in Australia…Go the all Blacks! I also suspect that many of you will be planning your spring and summer gardens. I personally love this time of the year and enjoy thinking about what to plant, doing the planting and then the ultimate harvesting – pure pleasure. We are in full swing at school with our gardening programme that is managed by Kevin Deed and Paul McAleer – both gardening gurus and our PCS star gardeners.

Kindest regards

Marilyn Gwilliam

General Notices

Welcome to our new student: River Blue Karena

Assembly Day: On Monday, 19 August, Room 10 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, 16 August (weather permitting) at 1.30pm, Room 10 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. TURN OFF COMPUTERS AT NIGHT By turning off your computer instead of leaving it in sleep mode, you can save 40 watt-hours per day. This will help with your power bill. If you don’t want to wait for your computer to start up, set it to turn on automatically a few minutes before you get to work, or boot up while you’re pouring your morning cup of coffee.

PLASTIC SHOPPING BAGS – Y5 and 6 TECHNOLOGY: We need your help! The Year 5 and 6 students are still busy making fused plastic using plastic supermarket shopping bags, but we’re using them up very quickly. Do you have a few bags to spare – or a whole pile in a cupboard that you want to clear out? If you do have spare plastic bags, please bring them to the technology room. Thank you so much to the families who have sent in bags already.

Reading Eggs / Mathletics Fees 2013: Reading Eggs (Year 1 – 2) and Mathletics (Year 3 – 6) fees are compulsory, for all students. The Board of Trustees has continued to subsidise this fee as the BoT believes there are extensive benefits from these programmes for student learning. Invoices will be sent out next week to those families who still need to pay. If you are having difficulty paying this account, please contact our Executive Officer, Lorraine Biggs to arrange a payment plan. Please pay at the school office as soon as possible. Thank you to the parents / families who have already paid this fee.

ICAS Science Results: We are thrilled to congratulate these students who received the following awards:

  • Year 4 Credit: Fergus Lee, Joshua Lin and Farhaan Mohammed
  • Year 4: Distinction: Amber Vodanovich and Francis Yang
  • Year 5: Credit: Yuvraj Chaudhary, Jason Liu, Eliza Hickton and Alexis Tofilau
  • Year 5: Distinction: Scarlett Boyle
  • Year 6: Credit: Mohit Kapila, Hargun Singh and Henry Wang
  • Year 6: Distinction: Alana Rodrigues-Birch

Term Events

  • Monday, 19 August – PTA Meeting
  • Tuesday, 20 August – Camp Stalls
  • Tuesday, 27 August – Sausage Sizzle, Rippa Rugby Zones and What’s the Plan Stan (Civil Defence)
  • Friday, 30 August – Daffodil Day (Gold coin mufti day)
  • Tuesday, 3 September – Camp Stalls
  • Wednesday, 4 September – Music Festival
  • Thursday, 5 September – PCS Cross Country
  • Monday, 9 September – BoT Meeting
  • Wednesday, 11 September – Kapa Haka Festival
  • Monday, 16 September – PTA Meeting
  • Tuesday, 17 September – Camp Stalls, Cross Country Zones and Maori Whanau Evening
  • Tuesday, 24 September – Gymnastics Zones
  • Thursday, 26 September – Camp parent information evening at 6pm in the school hall
  • Friday, 27 September – PCS Talent Show
  • Friday, 27 September – Last day of term 3 at 3pm

Community Notices

Kiwi Game Fun Sports Programme: For children aged 5 – 11 years and will be held on Saturdays at 9.30am to 11am in term 3, starting 10th August, then 17th, 24th August and 7th, 14th and 21st September. The venue is Papatoetoe East School, 138 Tui Road, Papatoetoe. Cost is a gold coin donation. Please contact Mr Glenn at PACT Office 2798340 or 0274381646

Amanda’s Childcare: Amanda’s is a home based early education and childhood care. We offer:

  • Caring and nurturing Educators in a warm and inviting home environment
  • Regular in depth reporting about your child’s day and learning
  • Children are involved in the local community
  • Flexibly hoursWINZ and 20 ECE hours are available

For more information visit www.amandas.org.nz or ring 09 360 7514 / 021 822 485