29 October Newsletter

29 October 2015

From the Deputy Principal

Term 4 value: Responsibility

Being responsible means that others can depend on you.  

When you are responsible, you keep your agreements.

 Responsibility is the ability to respond ably.  It is a sign of growing up.


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

Dear Parents and Caregivers

This time of year is a really busy time at school. Teachers are assessing students’ progress and making a start on end of year reports, beginning their practices for our Christmas Whanau Day and keeping their teaching programmes going!

Maori Whanau & Pasifika Aiga Evening: A big thank you to the families who came to our Maori Whanau and Pasifika Aiga evening last week.   We really appreciate the positive support you provide while we all work towards the best outcomes for your children.

PCS Athletics Day: We had a very successful athletics day yesterday for our year 3 to year 6 students. Our teacher coaches can now begin training selected students for the Papatoetoe cluster of schools athletics competition on November 17.

Junior Sports Afternoon: Our junior school students, year 0 to 2 will have their sports afternoon on November 12 at 1:20pm. Parents are very welcome to join us for this event.

ICAS Mathematics: We are particularly proud of the ICAS Mathematics results this year. Congratulations to all of the students who gained success in this challenging competition. Please see the successful ICAS Maths results below. These students will receive their certificates in our whole school assembly on Monday afternoon.

Diwali Dance Off: We look forward to our new event of a Diwali Dance Off on November 11 at 9:30am. Parents and family members of the dancers will receive an invitation.

Blue Light Disco & Sausage Sizzle: The Blue Light disco and sausage sizzle was a great success on Friday. Our thanks go to Constable Ravindra and all his team who arrived to cook sausages and run the disco. A very special thank you to our parent helpers, Barbara and Michael Lucas who came to support this event.

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 with enough time to greet their friends and be organised for the beginning of the school day.  This is very important.  Thank you for your cooperation in this matter.

PTA Meeting, Monday 2 November, 7pm 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.

I know most of you will be watching a special game this weekend – Go the All Blacks!

Kindest Regards

Susan Fidler

Deputy Principal

General Notices

 Welcome to our new students; Hadya Ahmed, Jaivesh Kumar, Andrena Latu, Rahilah Shamim, Suhana Nadan and Zainab Ismail.

Assembly Days:

  • Monday, 2 November: Room 25 will lead our assembly.
  • Monday, 9 November: Room 28 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, 30 October – Room 25 (1.30pm weather permitting)
  •  Friday, 6 November – Room 28 (1.30pm weather permitting)


School Hat Reminder: Please make sure that your child has a school hat as it is compulsory for hats to be worn during break times this term and in term 4.

Maths ICAS Results:  We are thrilled to congratulate these students who received the following awards:

Year 4:  High Distinction:            
Likent Liao
Year 4:  Distinction:               
Navroj Kaur,  Max Luo and Isaiah Silipa
Year 4:  Credit:
Shaan Chand, Shivan Chand, Zahraa Munam, Navid Panah-Fischer, Max Powell, Krishiva Ram, Bhagjot Singh and
Yuvraj Singh
Year 4: Merit:                           
Harveer Singh, Rasdeep Singh and Robinjot Singh
Year 5:  High Distinction:  
Grace Wu                                                       
Year 5:  Distinction:                  
Manav Bhavsar, Esther Sovincet and Michele Wong                   
Year 5:  Credit:
Brooke Aiono, Gurnoor Dhaliwal, Stephanie Jit, Caleb McIntyre, Madhuri O’Brien and Simraj Singh
Year 5: Merit:                           
Vansh Chahal and Divashna Lal                         
Year 6:  High Distinction:       
Pranjal Chand    
Year 6:  Distinction:                  
Lexie Hutchby, Joshua Lin, Sandeep Sandhu and Amber Vodanovich                  
Year 6:  Credit:
Adrain Kumar,  Tiyashna Lal, Fergus Lee, Bin Xie and Francis Yang
Year 6: Merit:                           
Jaedyn Johnson

Wonderful Worm Tea: Worm tea may not sound too appetising but your plants will really love it. Worm tea is a liquid produced by worms, which is high in nitrogen, and when diluted with water makes a highly nutritious plant food, as well as an effective fungicide and insecticide. Worm tea lets you fertilise with something that is really nutritious for your plants. The beneficial micro-organisms contained in the worm tea are absorbed immediately by the soil and plants in your garden very quickly.

You can buy this amazing fertiliser from our school office. We have two worm farms on site. A group of dedicated student gardeners who look after it and carefully collect the worm tea into bottles. These bottles of garden goodness are available for $3.00.

Term 4 Events

  • 26 – 30 October – Tokelau Language Week                     
  • Monday, 2 November – PTA Meeting, Oval room 7pm
  • Wed, 4 November – Camp Helpers Meeting at 6pm
  • Thursday, 5 November – Photos for room 1, 2, 4, 6, 28 & 29
  • Friday, 6 November – PTA Mufti Day
  • 9 – 13 November – Hindi Language Week
  • Wednesday, 11 November – Diwali Day
  • Thursday, 12 November – Junior Sports Afternoon
  • Monday, 16 November – Tironui Music Trust Concert, 6.30pm at Vodafone Events Centre, Manukau
  • Tuesday, 17 November – Athletics Zones
  • 23 – 27 November – Year 6 Camp
  • Thursday, 26 November – Market Day
  • Tuesday, 1 December – Patrols Rainbows End Trip
  • Mon, 7 Dec – BoT Meeting at 5.30pm in Oval room
  • Wednesday, 9 December – Year 6 Graduation Dinner
  • Friday, 11 December – Christmas Whanau Day
  • Thursday, 17 December – Year 6 Graduation Assembly
  • Thursday, 17 December – Last day of school – 12.45pm closing

2016 Term Dates

  • Term one: Tuesday 2 February – Friday 15 April
  • Teacher-only days: Thursday 28 and Friday 29 January
  • Auckland Anniversary Day: Monday 1 February
  • Waitangi Day: (Mondayised) Monday 8 February
  • Easter: Friday 25 March – Tuesday 29 March
  • Term two: Monday 2 May – Friday 8 July
  • Teacher-only day: Friday 3 June – staff conference day
  • Term three: Monday 25 July – Friday 23 September
  • Term four: Monday 10 October – Friday 16 December
  • Labour Day: Monday 24 October

PTA Update

Last Friday each family should have received a book of raffle tickets. The prizes include one cash prize of $500 and

three grocery hampers valued at $250 each. All money raised is going towards equipment for our school. If you are unable to sell your tickets please return the books to school asap. All money and ticket stubs are due back at school by Wednesday, 25 November 2015. Thank you very much for your support.

 Community Notice

KIWI GAMES FUN SPORTS PROGRAMME: For children aged 5 – 11 years. Saturdays in Term 4; then 31st Oct, 14th Nov, 21st Nov, 28th Nov and 5th Dec.  9.30am – 11am at Papatoetoe East School, 138 Tui Rd. Gold coin donation. Contact Mr Glenn at PACT Office 279-8340 or 0274 381646.