27 February 2014

From the Deputy Principal

Greetings, Kia ora, Namaste, Ni Hao, Talofa lava, Malo e lelei, Kia orana, Ni sa bula vinaka, Salam

Dear parents and caregivers,

The good weather continues and the term is well underway. We are all enjoying our regular weekly assemblies and options programmes. The children are very settled and working well around the school.

Swimming Zones: The Papatoetoe Schools’ Swimming Zone competition will take place on Tuesday, March 4 at our local pools. We wish our competitors good speed in the water! Parents are welcome to attend.

The Tironui Music Trust: Recently a selection process took place and 27 of our year 5 students will now have the opportunity to learn a string instrument while at school. The Tironui Music Trust provides the teachers and the instruments, free of charge, all we need to do is provide the learning spaces. Twenty four of our year 6 students are continuing their tuition with the Tironui Trust teachers this year, so very soon Papatoetoe Central School will have a string orchestra of over 50 students! This is an exciting opportunity and we look forward to some mini performances later this year. Thank you Tironui Music Trust!

Milk in School: Milk in school started this week without too many glitches. We have decided most students will have their milk directly after break 2 as a boost of energy for the afternoon programme. Please read the form accompanying this newsletter carefully. You only need to complete this form if your child is not to have milk.

A message to our Pasifika families: We would like to meet our Pasifika families again this year at our Pasifika fono evening that will take place on Thursday 20 March at 6pm. This evening is an opportunity to meet with you and talk about learning opportunities and experiences for your children while they are at Papatoetoe Central School, and to follow-up on the work done since we met last year. An invitation will come home early next week with further details. We look forward to seeing you on 20 March.

The NZ Curriculum (NZC): Relating to Others: Included in the NZC are a set of key competencies that all NZ schools are required to include in their learning programmes. Each year we select one of these key competencies as a special focus while also addressing the remaining key competencies. At our school this year, we are going to focus on the key competency: Relating to others. This competency is about interacting effectively with a diverse range of people in a variety of contexts. This competency includes the ability to listen actively, recognise different points of view, negotiate and share ideas.

Meet your child’s teacher: Reminder “Meet the Teacher” evening is on Thursday 6 March, 6.00 – 7.15pm.

Have a lovely weekend with your special children.

Kindest regards

Susan Fidler
Deputy Principal
 

General Notices

Welcome to our new students: Sukhlyn Kaur, Eseta Tavui, Jaya Atwal, Vinish Prasad, Harleen Rattan, Navid Panah-Fischer and Tong Tong Zhu.

Assembly Days: On Monday, 3 March, Room 15 and on Monday, 10 March, Room 21 will lead our assemblies. 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, 28 February (weather permitting) at 1.30pm, Room 15 will be visiting St Christopher’s Hospital and Friday, 7 March, Room 21 will visit.

Easy Power Saving Tips for Around the Home:

  • Use compact fluorescent bulbs, which last longer and use less energy than regular bulbs.
  • Turn off unnecessary electrical devices when you leave a room for more than 15 minutes.
  • Enable your computer to go into “sleep mode” when not in use.
  • Do not leave computers on all night.
  • Unplug appliances and electronics when not in use.
  • Unplug cell phone charger when charging is complete.
  • Use natural light rather than electric whenever possible.

From the Environment and Sustainability Group

Term Dates

  • Tuesday, 4 March – Swimming Zones
  • Thursday, 6 March – Parent/Teacher Evening
  • Tuesday, 18 March – Cricket/Playball Zones
  • Tuesday, 18 March – Yr 5/6 Swimming starts
  • Monday, 24 March – BoT Meeting
  • Tues, Wed, 8 & 9 April – Individual & class photos
  • Thursday, 17 April – Yr 6 Camp fundraising mufti day
  • Thursday, 17 April – last day of term
  • Friday, 18 April – Good Friday

Music lessons at Papatoetoe Central School: Kids in Time are back this year offering lessons in Piano, Guitar, Ukelele etc. For further information contact Heather on 09 235 5485

Community Notices

SkidsWelcome back!!! Skids is prepared for another exciting and fun filled term. We will be sending out our term planner/activities this week. If not let us know and we can send you another one. We have science experiments; arts; sports and lots of other fun activities organized.

If you are working (full time or part time and/or studying; on sickness benefit); or have a child on a disability allowance you may qualify for some OSCAR/WINZ subsidy. Skids offer after school care and holiday care for your children. For as little as $3 a day, you can enroll your kids with us (with WINZ subsidy, conditions apply). We operate daily from 730am to 830am and 3:00pm to 6:00pm in the afternoons. We do homework; various activities and afternoon tea every day.

For any queries you can ring George or Hazel at 0800 900 75437 (SKIDS) or 021-278-4462 or email us at george@skids.co.nz or visit us at the hall and look for Nichola and her team from 730am to 830am and 3pm to 6pm.

Turbo Kids Fit Club: Free community based fit club. A fun, healthy active lifestyle for kids held every Tuesday and Thursday from 5pm to 6pm. We are situated in Papatoetoe. Open to children from 12 years and under (parents can also join in). To register of for more details please phone James on 021291382 or Elle on 0211337762. Fun starts 19 February 2014.

KIWI GAMES FUN SPORTS PROGRAMME: For children aged 5– 11 years. Saturdays in Term 1: Starts 1st March then 15th, 22nd, 29thMarch and 5th April. 9.30am – 11am at Papatoetoe East School, 138 Tui Rd. Gold coin donation. Contact Mr Glenn at PACT Office 279-8340 or 0274 381646.

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