15 October 2015 Newsletter

15 October 2015

From the Associate 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

It has been great to come back to school to some pleasant spring weather and warm sunshine. Term 4 is another busy term of learning before the end of the year. The teachers have been very busy over the holiday break planning interesting and stimulating learning programmes to meet the needs of your children. It has been great to see your children return to school with enthusiasm and commitment to another great term of learning.

Language Weeks:This week is Niue official language week, so you might like to greet other people with Fakaalofa Lahi Atu (Hello) and Koe Kia (Goodbye). Tokelau official language week will be celebrated the week of 26 October. Tokelau greetings include Malo ni (Hello) and Tofa ni (Goodbye). Thank you to Sandeep, Joshua and Bin for the very interesting presentation they shared about Niue at assembly on Monday.

Blue Light Disco:Your children might want to practise their John Travolta moves in preparation for the Blue Light Disco which will take place at school on Friday 23 October – Mrs Howe has provided further details about the disco below. The disco will be supported by our local Community Constable and other staff from our local police, as well as our wonderful P.T.A.

Athletics:This is the time of year when the focus of our Physical Education programme is athletics. The students are busy practising their running, jumping and throwing skills. Our school athletics will take place on Wednesday 28 October.

Maori Whanau and Pasifika Aiga evening:This year we are having a combined Maori Whanau and Pasifika Aiga evening to meet with our Maori and Pasifika families to discuss learning opportunities and experiences for our students. The evening is to take place on Wednesday 21 October at 6pm in the school staff room. A separate invitation for Maori and Pasifika families is included with this newsletter.

PCS Diwali Dance Off:This is a new school event that was discussed at a meeting with our Indian Reference Group earlier this year. The Dance Off will take place on Wednesday 11 November at 9:30am. This will be an opportunity for groups of students to perform a dance to celebrate Diwali. Parents and families are very welcome to attend Diwali Dance Off. More details will follow in a future newsletter.

New Class:We welcome Mrs Paterson and her 10 students who started school this week in Room 29.

ICAS English:The results of this competition are mentioned below. Well done to all students who participated in the competition and congratulations on your results. A special congratulations to Amber Vodanovich for achieving a High Distinction result and for being an ICAS medal winner for achieving one of the top results for the New Zealand and Pacific region. This is the second year that Amber has won a top medal.

All the best for an enjoyable weekend with your children. I am sure many of you will be watching the All Blacks play France for a place in the semi finals. And if you are not a rugby fan, let’s hope we can enjoy some more spring sunshine.


Ross McGowan

Associate Principal

General Notices

Welcome to our new students; Bounpheng Thaivichith, Dennis Chandra, XXavier Heaki-Hakaraia, Ryan Bui, Iysadora Vasa, Livanna Sooalo-Norris, Nathan Kumar, Rishan Kumar, Pahul Singh, Juliamaria Jinu and Rynil Singh

Assembly Day:   Monday, 19 October : Room 08 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, 16 October – Room 08 (1.30pm weather permitting)

Emergency clothing: We have had many calls on our emergency clothing this year and we are running out of boys and girls underwear, track pants, culottes & shorts.   If you have any spare that you would like to donate to our school it would be greatly appreciated. These are needed for emergency changes. If your child has been lent clothing could it please be washed and returned to the school office as soon as possible.

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.

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

Year 4:  Credit:  Navroj Kaur and Navid Panah- Fischer       

Year 5:  Distinction:  Stephanie Jit and Grace Wu      

Year 5:  Credit:  Amber Carson and Michele Wong

Year 5: Merit:  Abhinay Kumar, Tanisha Kumar and Joanna Lee

Year 6:  High Distinction:  Amber Vodanovich(ICAS Medal Award)         

Year 6:  Distinction:  Francis Yang

Year 6:  Credit:  Joshua Lin

Year 6: Merit:  Saeni Filipo, Fergus Lee, Nathanael Message, Donavan Nguyen and Cydel Nili                     

Term 4 Events

  • 12 – 16 October – Niue Language Week
  • Mon, 19 October – BoT Meeting at 5.30pm in Oval room
  • Wednesday, 21 October – Maori Whanau & Pasifika Aiga 6pm in staffroom
  • Friday, 23 October – Blue Light Disco
  • 26 – 30 October – Tokelau Language Week
  • Wednesday, 28 October – PCS Athletics Day
  • Monday, 2 November – PTA Meeting
  • 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
  • Tuesday, 24 November –Sausage Sizzle
  • 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

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