PTA Meeting: October 12, 2015 at 7:00 pm

17 Sept Newsletter

17 September 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

As this is the last newsletter of the term, I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your support. It was wonderful to see so many of you yesterday morning at the junior school Maths curriculum meeting. If you have any further questions, please speak to your child’s teacher or to Sue Fidler, the head of our junior school.

Children have worked hard this term and we are hoping that they will come back to school after the break refreshed and ready for lots more hard work during the final term of the year.

Term Four: Begins Monday 12 October:  As usual, we are in for a very busy term. You will receive a full list of all events at the beginning of the term for your calendar. In the first week, on 14 October, we will be participating in the nation-wide “Shake Out” which is a serious role play of what to do should there be an earthquake during school time. We practise this each term at our school and we are confident that our students will play their part extremely well on the 14th.

 Other Important Advance Notices for your Calendar

  •  Maori Whanau and Pasifika Aiga – Pizza and Chips Evening: Wednesday 21 October:  We look forward to welcoming our Maori and Pasifika families at our annual hui. More details later.
  • Diwali Week: Beginning 9 November:  We are planning a Hindu language week in the week beginning Monday 9 November, culminating with our own PCS Diwali Day on Friday 13 November. Sincere thanks to our Indian Reference Group who helped us with ideas for this special week.
  • Christmas Whanau Day: Friday 11 December:  This year there will be three thirty-minute concerts in the morning followed by our usual family picnic on the field.
  • 10.30am – Year one and three classes
  • 11.15am – Year two and four classes
  • 12 noon – Year five and six classes


Zone Cross Country and Gymnastics:  Special thanks go to coaches Peter Robinson, Saileshwar Singh, Alex Hanson and Melissa Fok, who have coached our cross country and gymnastics teams respectively, this term. We achieved some great personal bests at the cross country, including third place in the nine –year old girls’ race. We look forward to the gymnastics competition next Tuesday at the Papatoetoe Gymnastics Club.

All the best for a wonderful weekend and for the school holidays that begin when school closes on Friday 25 September. I imagine that many of you will keep your eye on the Rugby World Cup that gets underway this weekend. You may have noticed that we have our All Blacks flag flying proudly on our Great South Rd flagpole.

Our amazing Papatoetoe library always provides interesting school holiday programmes for children and it is right your doorstep! We will look forward to welcoming children back on Monday 12 October.


Kindest Regards

Marilyn Gwilliam


General Notices

Welcome to our new students; Krishiv Naidu, Yazaan Haque, Seerat & Taran Sidhu, Tiffany Cao & Travis Moodley

Assembly Day:   Monday, 21 September: Room 21 will lead our assembly.  As always you are most welcome to attend but please make sure that you are seated by 1.15pm.

 St Christopher’s Residential Home class visit:  Friday, 18 September – Room 21 (1.30pm weather permitting)

PCS Talent Show: This will held on Friday, 25 September from 9am -10.30am.  Parents and caregivers of the students who will be performing are most welcome to attend.

Out of Zone Ballot: The Board has decided to conduct a ballot for out of zone siblings only to start in the 2016 school year. The ballot will be conducted on Wednesday, 21 October 2015. 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, 14 October 2016.

Email address update: We are now sending out more emails to parents and caregivers to remind them of upcoming events etc. Can you please notify the school office of any changes to your email address.

September: National Bee Awareness Month: Did you know that if bees died out there would be no chance of humans surviving? Bees are responsible for pollinating more than a third of the food we eat and yet populations of bees are disappearing all over the world.

As neighbourhoods become more built up and people plant low maintenance gardens without flowering plants, bees are left exhausted and hungry.

National Bee Awareness Month is an initiative to increase the number and variety of nectar and pollen-rich flowering plants available to friendly insect pollinators.

Selecting a range of plants which offer flowers through the seasons is one way to help bee colonies. Here are some suggestions:

  • Blue, purple, white and yellow-flowering plants are their favourites as they can’t see the colour red.
  • Bees prefer plants with flowers with a single row of petals, which make landing and retrieving nectar easier.
  • Bees especially love the flowers of brassica, sunflowers, zinnias, cosmos, nasturtium and lavender.
  • Herbs which can be grown in containers if you don’t have much space such as chives, mint, basil, lemon balm, rosemary, sage and thyme are excellent bee friendly options.

You don’t have to dedicate a large plot of ground in order to help the bee population; just tuck some of these plants in among your vegetables and garden beds. This is a good excuse for mowing your lawn less often, so the dandelions and clover have a chance to grow!  From the Environment and Sustainability Group

Term 3 Events

  • Thurs, 17 Sept– Year 6 Camp Meeting 6pm staffroom
  • Tuesday, 22 September – Gymnastic Zones
  • Friday, 25 September – Last day of term 3 at 3pm                               
  • Monday, 12 Oct – School starts back for term 4


 We are having so much fun at Skids come and join us:  We are now accepting bookings for the coming holiday programme. Yes I know how time flies indeed. We have trips booked for Skateland; Clip N Climb Rock Climbing. We also have activities like Amazing Race and Pet Safari will be coming over. Plus other fun activities throughout the week!

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 before and after school care for your children. For as little as $3 a day, you can enrol your kids with us (with WINZ subsidy, conditions apply). During school holidays we are open from 8am to 6pm operating at Papatoetoe West and Papatoetoe South Schools.

For any queries you can ring at 0800 900 754; 622 – 3458 or 021-278-4462 or email us at or visit us at the school hall.

Tramp Park

Enjoying a trip to Tramp Park last term.  The kids has so much fun!



READ!!!  READ!!!  READ!!!!

Book and FacePlease read out loud, and silently, as much as possible. This does not have to be just from your school reading book. Newspapers, magazines, comics, road signs, packaging etc. are all good sources for reading.

If you get stuck on a word, try these.

What are the first& last sounds?

Are there any letter patterns you recognise?

Do the pictures give you any clues?

Try reading the sentence again, missing the word out and continuing reading.

Main Characters


Who is the main character in your favourite story?

Can you draw a picture of them?

What do you know about this character? How?

Write 3 questions you would like to ask the main character in your story.


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3 Sept 2015 Newsletter

3 September 2015

From the Deputy 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

Spring is here and so is the rain! We are looking forward to some warmer and drier days as our students prepare for sports activities and year group trips to explore the outdoors.

Choir festival: Our school choir participated in a wonderful event last night at the Vodafone Events Centre: The Papatoetoe Schools Choir Festival. Our congratulations to Nicole Corke, our choir teacher, and all of the students who participated in a very successful evening. We know you all worked so hard and we are very proud of you.

Cross Country: Our school cross-country team will be participating in the Papatoetoe Schools cross-country on 15 September. Your child will receive a notice to take home, if they have been selected for the team.

Speech Competition: The final speech competition for our year 5 and 6 students took place today. The winner will compete at the Papatoetoe cluster schools speech finals at Papatoetoe North School on Monday 14 September.

Calendars, Cards, Diaries and Mousepads: Students are working hard to complete their calendar artwork before the end of term. The order forms will be sent home with each student nearer the end of term. There will be some sample calendars, cards and diaries available for viewing at the office. Your child’s artwork will be laser copied so multiple calendars can be ordered using the same piece of artwork. The calendars and cards are a wonderful Christmas present idea for extended family members. Orders and payment are required before the artwork can be made into calendars or cards. The orders need to be in by Monday October 23 so processing can be completed in good time. We are looking forward to your support with this excellent fundraiser.

BoT Meeting, Monday 7 September, 5.30pm in the Oval Room: You are all welcome to attend the meeting, as always.

All the best for an enjoyable weekend with your special children.


Susan Fidler

Deputy Principal


General Notices


Welcome to our new students; Riya Darshani, Malachi Driller and Nalisha Mudaliar

Assembly Days:

  • Monday, 7 September: Room 14 will lead our assembly.
  • Monday, 14 September: Room 20 will lead our assembly.

As always you are most welcome to attend but please make sure that you are seated by 1.15pm.

St Christopher’s Residential Home class visit:

  • Friday, 4 September – Room 14
  • Friday, 11 September – Room 20 (1.30pm weather permitting)


Last Year 6 Camp Fundraising – The year 6 students will be holding their last camp stall on Tuesday, 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.

Where does Auckland’s water come from?  Each day, Watercare supplies quality drinking water to around 1.3 million Aucklanders.

26 percent of Auckland’s water is collected in one of six dams located high in the Waitakere Ranges. The Waitakere ranges receive around 2000mm of rain annually, which is about 50 percent more than central Auckland. The elevated location means water collected in the dams can flow to the city by gravity.

The Waitakere dams were constructed between 1907 and 1971 and are named after the stream that feeds into each reservoir. Raw water from these dams is piped to treatment plants in Huia, Titirangi and Swanson where it undergoes a series of treatment stages to ensure it meets the requirements of the Drinking Water Standards for New Zealand.

And that is part of the story of the water that you enjoy from your taps each day.

Today, the first of the Year 4 classes visited the Upper Nihotupu Dam in the Waitakere Ranges. The dam was completed in 1923 and has a capacity of 2.2 gigalitres (which is approximately 1000 Olympic sized pools). This amazing dam was such an incredibly forward thinking project for our city’s early town planners and engineers.

So have a chat to a Year 4 student, and learn more about the interesting story of Auckland’s water.

From the Environment and Sustainability Group


Term 3 Events

  • Friday 4 September – Year 1 Motat Trip
  • Week 8 date TBA – APPA Speech Cluster Final
  • Monday, 7 Sept – BoT Meeting, Oval Room at 5.30pm
  • Tuesday, 8 September – Rm24 Camp fundraising Stalls
  • Monday, 14 September – Yr5/6 Speech Finals, Papatoetoe North School (TBC)
  • Tuesday, 15 September – Cross Country Zones
  • Wednesday & Thursday, 16 & 17 Sept – Yrs 5 & 6 Marae Visit
  • Thursday, 17 Sept– Yr 6 Camp Meeting 6pm staffroom
  • Tuesday, 22 September – Gymnastic Zones
  • Friday, 25 September – Last day of term 3 at 3pm                                  
  • Monday, 12 Oct – School starts back for term 4


A safety message from Kelly Brown Sergeant,

School Community Services Counties Manukau West

 I have had it bought to my attention that a large number of children and parents in the local area are unaware of the dangers that exist out in the community in regards to child safety.

Due to this I have compiled an ‘information sheet’ for parents so they are more aware and can have a conversation with their children about general safety.

I do not want this to panic or scare any parents but it is just to make them aware of the dangers that are out there. Nothing specific has occurred to prompt this.  With the holidays not too far away it will be a timely reminder for all families.


  •  Does your child know when they are in an unsafe situation?
  • Does your child know what to do if they are in an unsafe situation?

Unfortunately there are people in our community who wish to harm, abuse, and assault children. These people sometimes drive around trying to get children into their car.

Your child needs to be aware, and know when they may be in an unsafe situation.

  • Please make sure your child:
  • Walks to and from school with someone else, not alone.
  • Knows what to do in an unsafe situation.
  • Knows to tell someone about it and who to tell.
  • Knows when to say “NO”.
  • Does not go into public toilets on their own.
  • Is not left alone in parks or public areas.

If your child is sick or away from school for any reason, you need to notify the school so they know your child has not come to any harm on the way to school.

It is important that children also know a contact phone number and their home address.

If you see anyone acting suspiciously around your child’s school please ring the Police – 111.


Lets all work together to keep our children and community safe.