29 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,

Another week is racing by and the school feels like a very busy and exciting place. Sports teams are busy practising and both the choir and the kapa haka groups are completing the finishing touches to their performances for the cluster events coming up in the next 2 weeks. All options groups are going well and children are having very busy and productive days. It is great to see them participating and maximising all the opportunities that our generous staff provide for them.

School Haka: Our haka was written late last year by one of our special parents, Darren Williams. It is entitled “Pou-Toko-Manawa” and our kapa haka group have been learning it in readiness for the festival in 2 weeks. Today, the haka was gifted to the school by Darren and the students who have learned it. Darren explained the meaning of it and the process that sits around the special handing over. It was a magical moment in the life of our school and we are very grateful to Darren who has spent a considerable amount of his own time recently, working with the students and supporting our staff. Kia ora koe. Nga mihi nui.

What’s the Plan, Stan: Civil Defence Education: All classes have been studying disasters recently and this week, they have all practised the appropriate actions, should one occur. We hope that all children will remember the important messages from this civil defence programme.

Daffodil Day, Friday: This is one of our most important fundraisers, each year. I am sure that everyone knows someone who has had cancer or is currently receiving treatment for cancer. We are having a gold coin mufti day on Friday that I am sure you will support. Thank you for your donation.

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 am sure your spring gardens are flourishing as well as the slugs and snails that inhabit them too! I hope that you can find some time to spend with your special children.

Kindest regards

Marilyn Gwilliam
Principal

General Notices

Welcome to our new students: Bailey Iotua-Marsters, Amelia Hutchby, Manpreet Rehan & Roechelle Narayan

Assembly Day: On Monday, 2 September, Room 4 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, 30 August (weather permitting) at 1.30pm, Room 4 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. RECYCLE GLASS: Put your glass in the Recycle Bin. Recycled glass is much better for the environment than manufacturing new glass as it helps reduces air and water pollution and if it isn’t recycled it can take a million years to decompose.

Out of Zone Ballot: The Board has decided to conduct a ballot for some out of zone students to start in 2014. The ballot will be conducted on Wednesday, 11 September 2013. This is not an automatic right for out of zone siblings, so you must apply on the appropriate forms that are available at the school office. Please ensure that you have your application in on time. Applications close on Wednesday, 4 September 2014.

Term Events

  • 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
  • Tuesday, 10 September – NZ Chess Power finals
  • 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

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