26 November Newsletter

 

26 November 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 enjoy some sunshine this week – the first day of summer arrives next Tuesday. This week has been a very exciting week for our Year 6 students who are enjoying their camp experience at Carey Park. They have been enjoying a range of activities including kayaking, raft building, archery, outdoor cooking and climbing wall. I am sure the students will have these camp memories with them forever…and I am sure they will arrive back at school rather tired tomorrow.

The rest of the school has continued with their learning in a very purposeful manner. There are also a number of PCS events for which the children are preparing.

Market Day: Today was the annual PCS Market Day which provides an opportunity for the students to learn about business – buying, selling and marketing their products. During the week, there have been great smells coming out of the staffroom kitchen, and many students have also been making Christmas gifts to sell.

End of Year Reports: I have had the pleasure of reading many reports this week. I am sure you will be pleased to receive these at the end of the year, and read about your child’s progress and achievement this year.

Student vs. Staff relay race: Our traditional staff versus student’s relay race took place on Monday afternoon. There were a number of Usain Bolt and Shelley-Ann Fraser-Price look-alikes in the race, such as Miss Lee, Miss Fok, Miss Barratt, Mr Liu, Mr Singh and Mr Curry. The result of a tie was a total surprise!!

All the best for an enjoyable weekend with your children. The season of Christmas is now with us, with less than a month until Christmas Day. In New Zealand we are lucky to have our own special Christmas tree of the pohutakawa. New Zealanders have many celebrations from around the world to celebrate, so at this time of the year let’s take time to celebrate Christmas by its actual name and reflect on the reason for this celebration.

Kindest Regards

Ross McGowan

Associate Principal

General Notices

Welcome to our new students; Japneet Kaur Gill, Zoe Karena, David Leaumoana, Jonathan Prasad, Atharva Laheru & Vishal Dewan

Assembly Day: Monday, 7 December: Room 19 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, 27 November- Room 04 (1.30pm weather permitting)
  • Friday, 4 December – Room 19 (1.30pm weather permitting)

Book Club:  The book club orders will close tomorrow, Friday, 27 November. 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. The order and money to be taken to the school office.

Newsletter – Receiving Electronically: We are trailing sending the Newsletter out electronically. If you have an email address you will receive an electronic copy and a hard copy .

If you would like to receive this electronically and have not supplied an email address please let the office know.   Email office@pcs.school.nz

Waste Free Lunches:  Waste-free lunches are about introducing reusable food and drink containers, utensils, and napkins. Waste free lunches try to eliminate the use of disposable packaging, such as prepackaged foods, plastic bags, juice boxes and pouches, paper napkins, and disposable utensils.

Waste-free lunches are really easy and actually save you money. You can pack lunches in the evening by putting leftovers from dinner directly into lunch boxes. You can buy items, such as yoghurt, crisps or biscuits in larger packets instead of individual serves.

How do you have a waste-free lunch?

  • Start with a reusable lunchbox or insulated bag.
  • Pack food in reusable containers.
  • Use a refillable drink bottle.
  • Include reusable utensils.
  • Add a cloth napkin.

Waste-free lunches are a great way to help reduce pollution and rubbish in landfills as well at the same time as empowering our kids to make positive changes for the planet.

From the Environment and Sustainability Group

Term 4 Events

  • 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

Years 1 & 3, 10.30am to 11am

Years 2 & 4, 11.15am to 11.45am

Years 5 & 6, 12.00 noon to 12.30pm

All families are welcome to bring a picnic lunch for after the concert

  • Thursday, 17 December – Year 6 Graduation Assembly to be seated in hall by 11.30am
  • Thursday, 17 December – Last day of school – 12.45pm closing

 

Community Notice

“THANK YOU FOR MAKING ME LIKE READING MORE” – COOL READING CHALLENGES! FUN ACTIVITIES! AWESOME PARTY! Launch into reading with Auckland Libraries’ FUN, FREE summer reading adventure! ‘Dare to Explore’ is back with a captivating ‘Dare to Unlock the Secret’ theme for summer 2015 – 16.

Sign up and collect your activity booklet from your local library. Unlock the world of mysteries and hidden messages, read about famous spies, explore the world of cracking codes and complete fun challenges wherever and however you spend your holidays. Visit the library to collect stamps and stickers along the way. Complete 4 challenges and get an invitation to a party to receive your certificate!

Dare to Explore will be available at your local library from Monday 7 December 2015 to Sunday 17 January, 2016. Find out more: www.aucklandlibraries.govt.nz/daretoexplore or phone 09 301 0101.

12 November Newsletter

12 November 2015

From the 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

We are all enjoying the warmer weather this week. It is great seeing children racing around outside during break times and also in their fitness and PE sessions. Those in the relay teams at the zone athletics sports are literally racing around the field, practising their special moves.

Diwali Day: We enjoyed a very happy Diwali Day at school yesterday. Our Indian Reference Group suggested that we have a dance-off and so we all enjoyed a great display of Indian dance in the morning. Sincere thanks to the parents who came along in support of their children. They were also spectacular when they participated so well in the impromptu dance-off at the end. It was all great fun. A special thank you to Associate Principal Ross McGowan for organising the event.

Ross photo

Papatoetoe Zone Athletic Sports: You are welcome to come along to support our team at Omana Park next Tuesday the 17th. The events will get underway at 10.00am. It is always a highly competitive day and your support will be welcome.

Year 6 Camp: We wish all our year 6 staff and students a wonderful week away at Carey Park the week after next. Special thanks in advance to the many parents and caregivers who are going, also. We can’t do a camp like this without your help, so I would like to acknowledge your willingness to support our students and staff in this way. You may wish to have some early nights over the weekend in readiness for a busy week ahead! A special thank you in advance also, to Team Leader Rachel Cromie, Sarin Nand, Peter Robinson and Julie Sila. They will be away from their homes and families for the week and I know that you all appreciate what they do for your children. Thank you also again, for your generous support for all the camp fund raising activities throughout this year.

Nepal Earthquake Donation

As you know, thanks to Hari Singh who has been working in Nepal, we were able to send the money donated by you, directly to a school in need of repair. We are thrilled that our donation assisted in re-building part of the school. Thank you so much again for your support that has meant so much.

The principal has written a formal letter and said: “Please convey our heartfelt thanks to all children of Papatoetoe Central School, the school staff and community who have so generously    donated to assist us in this time of need.”

Nepal

Papatoetoe Zone Athletic Sports: You are welcome to come along to support our team at Omana Park next Tuesday the 17th. The events will get underway at 10.00am. It is always a highly competitive day and your support will be welcome.

Attendance and late arrivals: Can you please ensure that your children attend school each day, right up to the last day of term, Thursday 17 December, and that they arrive at school before the bell goes at 8.50am. I am concerned at children arriving late to school and ask that you ensure that they are here on time to start the day. Class learning programmes will continue to the very last day and all children should be here at all times unless they are unwell or there is another valid reason for their absence. Thank you for your cooperation with this.

PTA Raffle: We appreciate your support for our school and your help in selling PTA raffle tickets. This is the last fundraiser of the year and we need your help to make it a huge success. Thank you! A special thanks to Michael Lucas who is helping process the ticket sales each day and to other helpers who are similarly giving up their time to support our school, when they can. You are hugely appreciated.

End of Year Events: Please note end of year events in the next section of today’s newsletter. Our Christmas Whanau Day on Friday 11 December, will be the usual highlight and we hope that you can make it. There will be threeseparate concertsthis year so that it will be more comfortable in the hall for all concerned. As usual, you are welcome to bring a picnic lunch to have with your children.

All the best for a lovely weekend. No doubt you will be enjoying some early festive season events and outings that may include a bit of Christmas shopping? Take great care on the roads and I hope that you can enjoy some special time with your special children.

Kindest Regards

Marilyn Gwilliam

Principal

General Notices

Welcome to our new students; Roman & Herman Singh, Faizaan Kahlil, Elijah Seniwaitui and Jayden Singh.

 

Assembly Days:

  • Monday, 16 November: Room 17 will lead our assembly.
  • Monday, 23 November: Room 18 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, 13 November – Room 17 (1.30pm weather permitting)
  • Friday, 20 November – Room 18 (1.30pm weather permitting)

 

Term 4 Events

  • 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

 URGENT: 2016 Enrolments:If you have or know of any preschoolers who live in the Papatoetoe Central School home zone and who will be starting in Term 1, 2016, would you please fill in this form and return it to the school office. Parents of all new children who will be starting on the first day back Tuesday, 2 February 2016) need to have completed pre enrolment forms before the end of November. Enrolments forms are available on our website –www.pcs.school.nz or from the school office.

Child’s Name _____________________________        DOB ______________________

Address _____________________________________________________________

Parent name and contact phone number

___________________________________________________________________

 

Leavers:If your child / children (except year 6’s going on to Intermediate) will be leaving the school at the end of term four 2015, would you please fill in this form and return it to the school office as soon as possible

Name of student/s __________________________________________Room No______

 

New school going to_______________________________________________

 

PTA Update

 Raffle: Thank you to everyone who has sold tickets and returned the ticket stubs and money to school. We have the prize of a scooter for the family that sells the most tickets. All money and ticket stubs are due back by Wednesday 25 November 2015.

Sausage Sizzle 25 November 2015:   (Papatoetoe Santa Parade) We will be holding a Sausage Sizzle on Wednesday 25 November 2015 by the school gates on St George Street. Starting at 5.30 pm. Do you have an hour of time to spare to assist with this? If you do please email pta@pcs.school.nz stating the time you would be available from and your contact details.

Stall at PCS Market Day: We are going to have a second hand book and toy stall at the PCS Market Day Thursday 26 November 2015. We are looking for pre loved books and toys. If you have any to spare please bring them along to Room 4 before school. If you can help run the PTA stall on the day please contact us at pta@pcs.school.nz