Newsletter 6 August 2015

6 August 2015

From the Principal

Our value for term 3 is Determination

Determination is all about working really hard

to achieve a goal no matter how difficult or hard it seems to be.


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


Dear Parents and caregivers

Another week is racing by and the school feels like a very busy and exciting place. Our term three sports include rippa rugby, cross country running and gymnastics and children are participating vigorously when the weather allows. All options groups are going well and children are having very busy and productive days. It is great to see them joining in and maximising all the opportunities that our generous staff provide for them. You may have seen the articles about our new reading dog and our sewing group’s cushion covers in the local paper. We encourage your children to participate fully and enjoy their daily learning at 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.

Te Whare Ako

 Te Whare Ako: Our very talented school librarian, Leia Reid, has just completed two amazing murals for the front walls of te whare ako. I am sure you have noticed them already when you are driving past the school. A special thank you to Leia for sharing her wonderful skills with us. Please feel free to call in each Wednesday at te whare ako before and after school to have a chat with our senior team, if you would like to.

Nepal Earthquake Donation: Thanks to your generosity, the school’s donation reached a total of $800.00. We have sent the funds directly to Namuna Machhindra School. The school is a community school that was founded in 1966. Our sincere thanks go to Hari Singh who has assisted in locating a school over there that genuinely needs support. The school has some visually impaired students and the buildings were badly damaged in the earthquake. The principal has expressed her deep gratitude to you. Thank you very much again, for your generous donations at the time of our appeal.

Book Week: We have all enjoyed a number of activities related to book week this week. These have included puppet shows, poetry reading, guess the readers, the usual read-alouds at break times and a special library roadshow performed by our local library. We are looking forward to the book characters on Friday. There will be three prizes for the most amazing costumes.

Board of Trustees Meeting: As always, you are welcome to join us in the oval room at 5.30pm for our August BoT meeting.

Best wishes for a very enjoyable weekend. I am sure that your spring gardens are flourishing as we approach springtime in NZ. I hope that you can find some time to spend with your special children.

Kindest regards

Marilyn Gwilliam


General Notices

Welcome to our new students; Dhruvi Khatri, Rissah Kumar, Iolana Taia, Priya O’Brien, Esho Odisho, Jayden Cook, Deep Kaur and Blessing Mulipola

Assembly Days

  • Monday, 10 August: Room 03 will lead our assembly.
  • Monday, 17 August: Room 13 will lead our assembly.

As always you are most welcome to attend but please make sure that you are seated by 1.15pm. The ICAS Science certificates for Distinction, Merit and Credit will be presented during our assembly on Monday, 10 August. 

St Christopher’s Residential Home class visit:

  • Friday, 7 August – Room 03
  • Friday, 14 August – Room 13 (1.30pm weather permitting)

Music in schools

Keyboard and Piano lessons are available for term 3 at Papatoetoe Central School during school hours.  For more information contact Music in Schools Ph 273 3411.

Year 6 Camp Fundraising – The year 6 students will be holding camp stalls on Tuesday 11 & 25 August and 8 September for their year 6 Camp in November. Any help with baking or donations of children’s secondhand books or toys etc would be greatly appreciated. Any donations may be dropped off in rooms 24 to 27.

Book Club:  The book club orders will close tomorrow Friday, 7 August. 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.

Energy Saving Tips for Laptops and Computers

  • Shut down your computer when it’s not in use.
  • Turn off your screensaver – they use energy rather than save it.
  • Turn on your computers power management settings to maximise energy savings.
  • Set the monitor to turn off after 15 minutes or less of inactivity.
  • Set the computer to enter “sleep mode” after 30 minutes or less of inactivity
  • If you are purchasing, choose a laptop or notebook rather than a desktop computer: they use around 50% less

ENERGY STAR qualified laptops and notebooks around 45% more efficient than non-qualified versions.

School Safety Crossing

Road Safety: We have some concerns with parents calling their children across the road and not using the lights. This is very dangerous so please always use the crossings. Children will copy your example, good or bad. Always use the safe crossing areas, respecting the road patrols.

Term 3 Events

  • Friday, 7 August – Book Week Parade                                        
  • 10 – 14 August – Maths Week
  • Mon, 10 Aug – BoT Meeting, staffroom at 5.30pm                        
  • Tuesday, 11 August – ICAS Maths Exam
  • Tues, 11 August – Rm26 Camp fundraising Stalls                            
  • Wed, 12 August – Sth Auckland Chess Tournament
  • Thursday, 13 August – Mathex at PCS
  • Tuesday, 18 August – Rippa Rugby Zones
  • Thursday, 20 August – Indian Reference Group Meeting, staffroom at 6pm
  • Monday, 24 August – Junior Talent Show Auditions
  • Tuesday, 25 Aug – Rm25 Camp fundraising Stalls
  • Friday, 28 August – Camp Quality Odd Shoe Day
  • Friday, 28 August – Senior Talent Show Auditions
  • 31 Aug – 4 Sept – Tongan Language Week
  • Wednesday, 2 Sept – Papatoetoe Choir Festival
  • Thurs & Fri, 3 & 4 September – Year1 Motat Trip
  • Thursday, 3 September – Year 5 & 6 Speech Finals
  • Week 8 date TBA – APPA Cluster Final
  • Mon, 7 Sept – BoT Meeting, staffroom at 5.30pm
  • Tues, 8 September – Rm24 Camp fundraising Stalls
  • Monday, 14 September – Yr5/6 Speech Finals, Papatoetoe North School (TBC)
  • Tuesday, 15 September – Cross Country Zones
  • Wed & Thurs, 16 & 17 Sept – Yrs 5 & 6 Marae Visit
  • Thurs, 17 Sept– Yr 6 Camp Meeting 6pm staffroom
  • Tuesday, 22 September – Gymnastic Zones
  • Friday, 25 September – Last day of term 3
  • Monday, 12 Oct – School starts back for term 4

Community Notices

KIWI GAMES FUN SPORTS PROGRAMME: For children aged 5 – 11 years. Saturdays in Term 3: Starts 8th August; then 15th Aug and 22nd Aug, 5th Sept, 12th Sept and 19th Sept.9.30am – 11am at Papatoetoe East School, 138 Tui Rd. Gold coin donation. Contact Mr Glenn at PACT Office 279-8340 or 0274 381646.

National SCOUT Scarf Day – Friday, 7 August 2015: When you see your school teacher or mates on Friday, 7 August, you may be surprised to find that they’re wearing a Scout scarf.  It’s the 2nd annual National SCOUT Scarf Day for SCOUTS New Zealand.All past and present members are being encouraged to wear their scarf for the day to school (or work) to promote Scouting and the adventure that girls and boys aged 6-26 can experience.   For more information and to find a Scout group near you, go to or call 0800 SCOUTS.