Newsletter 3 March

3 March 2016

From the Associate 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

The rain stayed away on Tuesday so we were able to complete our school swimming sports. A school team will be selected to represent Papatoetoe Central School on Tuesday 8 March at the Papatoetoe Schools swimming zone sports. Thank you to Mr Duncan for organising the sports and our school team.

We are nearly halfway through the term and it is very pleasing, as always, to see our students very focused on their learning and very involved in many activities around our school.

Kapa Haka Group

Our Kapa Haka group has begun meeting on Friday mornings to build up their knowledge and experience in different areas of performance from haka, waiata, poi and stick games. After a consultation with our Maori community, it was decided that Kapa Haka would be for our Year 4 to 6 Maori students. We hope to have some opportunities later this year when we perform to an audience.

We would also welcome any support and help from our parents and families. If you are able to assist with working with other students on aspects of Kapa Haka, please contact Mr McGowan. Depending on the responses we receive, we may also look into providing Kapa Haka options for other children during break times.

Science seminar for Parents

Miss Erakovich, our Science and Technology specialist teacher is holding a parent seminar on Monday 14 March from 9:00 to 10:15am when she will share aspects of our school Science and Technology programme. Please complete the form below and return to the school office by 11 March.

Race Relations Day

Our school will be celebrating our rich diversity on Race Relations Day on Monday 21 March. This is a day when the children can wear traditional dress from their country of origin. It is NOT a Mufti day to wear beach, casual clothes.

Papatoetoe Community Budgeting and Family Services

I have met with Morganan from this community agency, which is able to support any families in need. They can assist with different support for your children at school, such as uniforms, stationery. They do have a process to work through with families who contact them- see details below. They were very generous in providing some Christmas boxes to families last year.

Contact details are:

Level 1, 35 St George Street

Phone: 09 279 0415




Well done to Nepia Moore in Room 27 who was selected for the NZ Maori under 14 Rippa Rugby team that finished in second place behind Tonga in the Seven Nations Rippa Rugby tournament. Other teams included Samoa, Hawaii, Niue, Cook Islands and Fiji.

We are always very interested to hear of students who achieve in this manner, such as Auckland or New Zealand representative level. Please let us know so that we can celebrate also.

Well done to the following students who have been selected to be our Kaiawhina Rangitahi in 2016. This is a group of Year 6 leaders who were voted by their peers, who will organise and host a number of school events this year. Congratulations to:

Ritorya Tamilo, Lucy Smutz, Stephanie Jit, Rebecca Church, Esther Sovincet, Brooke Aiono, Jessica Yang, Khushdeep Kaur, Manav Bhavsar, Nepia Moore, William Bramasta and Navedeep Singh.

The Blues in Papatoetoe

The winning Blues Rugby team will be at Papatoetoe Rugby Football Club on Tuesday 15 March from 6:00 to 7:30pm. The Club suggests you bring along a picnic dinner with your family to meet some of the team. And after their first game, let’s support them on their winning ways.

All the best for an enjoyable weekend with your children. Let’s hope we can still enjoy some more sunny weather at the beach.


Ross McGowan

Associate Principal

General Notices

Welcome to our new students; Sherwin Singh, Joel Keefe,Brandon Bishop-Manihera, Aarav Singh, Unique Areli-Keat, Keziah William and Ishmeet Singh.


Assembly Days:

  • Monday, 7 March: Room 19 will lead our assembly.
  • Monday, 14 March: singing 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, 4 March- Room 19 (1.30pm weather permitting)
  • Friday, 11 March- Room 15 (1.30pm weather permitting)

Term 1 Events

  • Friday, 4th March – Year 3 Howick Historical Village Trip
  • 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
  • Monday, 21 March – Race Relations Day – Traditional Dress Day
  • 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



Science Seminar for Parents

I can attend the science seminar for parents on Monday, 14 March 2016 from 9:00 to 10:15am

Parent/caregiver’s name_____________________________________________

Student’s name and room number________________________________________


Please return to the school office by Friday, 11 March


Year 6 Camp Mufti Day: April 1, 2016

Sausage Sizzle: April 12, 2016

Sausage Sizzle: March 15, 2016

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