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.