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.”


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


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




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