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4 February 2016

From the Principal

Our values for term 1 are PCS:

Polite, Considerate and Sensible

Our focus is on really good manners.


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


Dear Parents and Caregivers

A very warm welcome back to the 2016 school year. We hope that you had a great time with your family over the summer break. We have noticed that your children are refreshed and ready for school. It is a pleasure to have them all back with us, ready for another year of hard work and high quality learning. Please keep in touch with your child’s teacher regularly and our senior team is available to meet with you, also. We have an “open door” policy and you are always welcome at our school.

I would like to extend a special welcome to families who are new to our school. We look forward to getting to know you. We have a number of new entrant children who have just started school and they are settling in really well.

Lunch eating

Our Amazing School Office Team: Please do not hesitate to come and ask if you need any additional information – you are assured of a warm welcome. Our wonderful Jocelyn Clarke, Monita Prasad and Shara Henderson in the school office know everything about the school and they can assist you with any question that you may have, or point you in the right direction. They are looking forward to meeting all new families.

PCS Staff, 2016: We welcome five new teachers to our school this year and I know that you will help to make them feel welcome also, as new members of our school whanau.

Room 2, Albertien Chignell (Year 1 class teacher)

Room 7, Rebecca Hughes (Year 2 class teacher)

Room 8, Jenny Deed (Year 2 class teacher)

Room 16, Glen Cowan (Year 4 class teacher)

Room 21, James Richards (Year 5 class teacher)

Meet your child’s teacher: A very important date for your calendar is our “Meet the Teacher” evening next Thursday 11 February 6.00 – 7.15pm. We hope that all parents and caregivers will be able to come along.


Hats and drink bottles: Please make sure that your child has a school hat as it is compulsory for hats to be worn during break times this term. As it is very warm, we want children to drink water regularly throughout the day, so a drink bottle that they can fill here at school is ideal.


Science and Technology and Physical Education: 2016

Science and Technology: All children will continue to have a specialist lesson in science or technology each week with Lena Erakovich. Lena is our specialist teacher in these curriculum areas and she is so willing to share her many scientific skills, passion and talents with your children.

Physical Education: Similarly, all children will have a specialist PE lesson each week with Peter Robinson. Peter has a very strong PE background and he is very excited about teaching every child in the school and similarly sharing his skills and his passion for sport. The PE programme will have a strong focus on fitness and fundamental PE skills.


Over the summer we have installed vinyl plastic enclosures in Te Piringa Totara as you can see behind Peter in the photo. Peter will be able to roll them up and down, depending on the weather, so that all PE lessons will continue, even if it is windy or wet. Thank you very much to our BoT for funding these, to enclose our large covered area.


Options Programme: Our well–established options programme during break times will continue this year. It is wonderful seeing our amazing staff share their special interests, skills and talents with your children. There are 15 optional classes/clubs at break one. We love seeing children involved in these as they learn new skills or simply have lots of fun doing something they really enjoy.

From next Tuesday the following optional activities will begin:

Science Invention club, Indian Dance (junior and senior), Fun Sports, Pasifika Cultural Group, School Council, Mathletics, Reading Eggs, Sewing Club, Art Club, Jump Jam, Yoga and Meditation, Junior Science Club, Chess and Tironui Trust Double Bass Group.

During the second break each day, our term one sports coaching programme will take place which will include playball for senior students, plus cricket for boys and girls.

There is a supervised ten minute eating time at both breaks before any activity begins.

Reading Support Programme 2016: Initially we will have three teachers taking Reading Recovery with students requiring individual support. These teachers are: Manesha Patel (Year One, Kea Team Leader), Angela Stonestreet and Taryn Naidoo. Celia Talbot will continue to manage our reading support programme and Celia will take groups of children from Year 2-6. We also have some granny helpers and a reading dog – (selected children read to the dog). We place a great emphasis on reading and we appreciate your support in reading to and with your children at home, regularly.

Maths Enhancement Programme 2016: Maths specialist Gurmeet Baidwan, will be taking Maths enhancement classes in Year 4-6 for our top student mathematicians again this year.

Friday Student Singing Assemblies: These will continue this year as we found that they were a great way to end the week and we are delighted with the improvement in school singing. Nicole Cork takes the assemblies. Trisha Lelei will lead us with a song from the Pacific islands as well.

“Being a New Zealander” curriculum: We have a curriculum at our school that includes activities for students about what it means to be a New Zealander. These activities will take place in class programmes and in team assemblies. These activities include Tikanga Maori and Te reo Maori.

NZ Flag Vote: March: No doubt you are aware of the national referendum next month to vote to retain NZ’s existing flag or to choose a new flag. We were contacted late last year by the NZ Flag Consideration Project Team to see if we wanted to display both options for the benefit of our community. We felt that you would like to see both options flying to assist you in your choice if you have not already made up your mind on this important vote. They are flying outside the school library in the centre of the school. Please feel free to check them out.


Monday Assemblies: As usual, you are all welcome to attend our Monday assemblies. The first assembly for 2016 will be on Monday 15 February. Please be seated in the hall at 1.15pm. Over the summer we have replaced the carpet on the floor and on the seats in the hall. I hope that you will find the seating more comfortable as we included a softer underlay.


Chinese New Year: We would like to send our very best wishes to all families who are celebrating Chinese New Year. We appreciate the importance of this very special Chinese festival and we wish you all good luck, peace and happiness in the Year of the Monkey. We understand that Monkeys are fast learners, so we look forward to a year of many fast learners at our school.


Waitangi Day, Saturday 6 February: School will be closed next Monday, 8 February as New Zealanders commemorate the first signing of the Treaty of Waitangi by 40 Maori chiefs in 1840. The focus of our special day is an acknowledgement of the people and places that have helped to shape our national history.


I hope that you all have a lovely weekend and we look forward to seeing children back next Tuesday. My very best wishes to you all for a wonderfully fulfilling, safe and happy year in 2016.


Kindest Regards

Marilyn Gwilliam



General Notices

Welcome to our new students; Armorette & Elenora Ah-Mau, Dani Barlow,Vyom Barot, Fatimah Bibi, Avantika Chand, Kaleb Chandra, Pahal Dewan, Amtoj & Ashmeen Dhaliwal, Natalya Howell, Labronz Ioane, Tiare Ioramo, Samyrah Kumar, Trishna Lal, Eric Lee,CoraJade Lepper, Gurmann Madan, Pemita Misipati, Joseph Opetaia Toby, Leighton Oum, Andrew & Ewan Park, Riddhi Parshotam, Allan Pham Nguyen, Mannish & Rihya Prasad, Samaira Prasad, Hayden Raghwan, Gowri Rajesh, Karanpreet Rehan, Reniet Sandhu, Shayance Satyawan, Arika & Avika Singh, Tamar Singh, Harshaan Singh Bains, Nicholas Thang, Qyahna Tunui-Vemoa, Justin Uttamat, Isaia Vaoga, Ilaisaane Veamatahau, Maya Veele, Sachchit Walia and Nicholas Wilder.


Assembly Day: Monday, 15 February: Room 25 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, 12 February- Room 25 (1.30pm weather permitting)

Term 1 Events

  • Monday, 8 February – Waitangi Day (School Closed)     
  • Thursday,, 11 February – Meet the teacher evening
  • Monday, 15 February – BoT Meeting at 5.30pm Oval room
  • Friday, 26 February – SPCA Mufti Day
  • Tuesday, 1 March – PCS Swimming Sports
  • Friday, 4 March – Year 6 MOTAT Trip
  • Tuesday, 8 March – Swimming Zones
  • Friday, 11 March – Year 5 Howick Historical Village Trip
  • Monday, March 14 – Parent Science Seminar 9am – 10am
  • Friday, 18 March – Race Relations Day – Traditional Dress Mufti
  • Monday, 21 March – BoT Meeting at 5.30pm Oval room
  • Tuesday, 22 March – Cricket / Playball Field Day
  • Friday, 25 March – Good Friday (School Closed)                                 
  • Monday, 28 March – Easter Monday (School Closed)
  • Tuesday, 29 March – Easter Tuesday (School Closed)                        
  • Thursday, 31 March – Year 6 Camp fundraising Mufti Day
  • Friday, 8 April – Year 2 Howick Historical Village Trip
  • Monday, 11 April – School Photos
  • Friday, 15 April – Last Day of Term
  • Monday, 2 May – First Day of term 2 – back to school
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