28 November 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,

The term is racing by and teachers are completing end of year assessments and students’ reports. I am very pleased with the progress that most students have made over the year and I am looking forward to seeing all reports for signing, shortly. All our staff have worked very hard to ensure that your children have reached their optimum achievement levels.

Year 6 Camp: Year 6 students, staff, and a very energetic group of wonderful parents and other family members had a superb week out at Carey Park last week. Sincere thanks to all concerned. A special thank you to Paul Ralph who helped out. Paul did not have a child at the camp, yet spent the week out there energetically supporting our staff and students. I would also like to acknowledge our teachers: team leader Rachel Cromie, Michelle Prasad, Trisha Lelei and Paul McAleer. Thank you all for your wonderful organisation of the camp and your willingness to be away from your homes and families for the week. I know students and their families really appreciated the whole experience.

Whanau Day: Wednesday 11 December: We look forward very much, to seeing you here on 11 December for the annual Christmas concerts and whanau picnic lunch. You will all be very welcome to bring a picnic and have lunch with your children. You are welcome to bring a cushion to sit on for your comfort at the concerts in the hall.

Times are:

  • Junior concert (Year 1-3): 11.45am in the hall
  • Picnic lunch: 12.40pm
  • Senior Concert (Year 4-6): 1.45pm in the hall

Haere ra to Tanya Ford: Tomorrow we farewell Tanya who has been a learning assistant at our school for 7 years. Tanya has held a number of very important roles in the school. She has been a stalwart on the pedestrian crossing and also at the year 6 camp. Her organisation of our senior swimming sports has been similarly amazing as has her work with a large number of our students requiring learning support. Tanya and her family are off to Australia and we wish them well. Thank you Tanya for all your great work – we will all miss you.

Student Market Day: Tomorrow: Classes have been busy preparing their goods for sale tomorrow. This annual market is a highlight for our students who run it themselves. They prove to be highly skilled at bartering and working out their profit and loss! Property Manager Kevin Deed grows many plants from seed in readiness for the market and the profits go towards our “seeding” funds for our school gardens in 2014. You are very welcome to come along from 2.30pm if you would like to purchase from the students’ stalls.

All the best for the weekend. I hope that you can have some special time with your very special children as we approach the festive season. If the lovely weather returns, I imagine you will have some lovely outdoor activities in mind that you can do together.

Kind regards

Marilyn Gwilliam
Principal

General Notices

Welcome to our new students: Calvin Lie, Tikapa Te Moananui, Jayden Lal, Jasmine O’Brien and Ezra Henderson.

Assembly Day: On Monday, 2 December, Room 29 will lead our assembly. As always you are most welcome to attend but please make sure that you are seated by 1.15pm.

Summer Uniform: All students should now be in summer uniform – short sleeved polos, shorts or culottes (without tights) and black sandals (no socks). We are having an overload of students in sickbay with headaches and blood noses due to over heating.

Class visits to St Christopher’s Residential Home: Tomorrow, Friday, 29 November (weather permitting) at 1.30pm, Room 29 will be visiting St Christopher’s Hospital.

Tips from the PCS Environment & Sustainability Team: PLANT A TREE – It’s good for the air and the land and can shade your house and keep you cool. They can also improve the value of your property. Why not plant a tree every year for each person in your family.

Book Club: The book club orders will close tomorrow, Friday 29 November 2013. 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.

Market Day: Just a reminder about the children’s market day tomorrow afternoon. Please give your child a recyclable bag and some coins for their shopping that they have earned by helping you out around the home. You are welcome to come along at 2.30pm. The market will finish at 3.00pm. Some of the items that will be for sale are: Play dough, popcorn, Christmas cup cakes, chocolate crackles, fancy bookmarks, finger puppets, worm tea, plants and many more items the students have been busy making.

Senior School Swimmimg Sports: You are welcome to attend the senior swimming sports on Thursday 5th December at the Papatoetoe Centennial Pools. The first race will commence at 9.30.

Term Events

  • Friday, 29 Nov – Student’s Market Day
  • Mon to Wed, 2 – 4 Dec- Year 4 Water Safety
  • Thursday, 5 Dec – Senior Swimming Sports
  • Monday, 9 Dec – BoT meeting, 5.30pm
  • Wednesday, 11 Dec – Christmas Concerts & Whanau Picnic
  • Thursday, 12 Dec – Year 6 Graduation Dinner
  • Friday, 13 Dec – Have a go day
  • Wednesday, 18 Dec – Last day of Term 12.45pm
  • Monday, 3 Feb – Term 1, 2014 starts