1 November 2007

From the Principal

Dear parents and caregivers

I was proud of our  zone playball teams on Tuesday at Puhunui School.  They performed well winning 5 games in total and they represented our school very well in both their play and their sportsmanship.  I was pleased with the way that they approached the day and conducted themselves during games and during the break times.  Thank you to the parents who came along to support our teams.

We are looking forward to welcoming grandparents this morning.  The Year One teachers are taking their students and their grandparents to the hall for some dancing and all other year groups have exciting activities planned for this special morning.  We are proud of our school as a large family and this morning we hope to have a good turnout from our extended family!


Best wishes to our families who celebrate Diwali on 8 and 9 November.  Next Friday all parents and caregivers are welcome to come to the hall at 11.30-12.20pm to a concert to acknowledge this festival. Please stay and have some light refreshments after the concert which is being organised by Taryn Naidoo, Michelle Singh, Sarin Nand and Gurmeet Baidwan.  Thank you also the parents who are helping our teachers.

Christmas Songs

You will be invited to come to school to join in singing  Christmas songs with your children in December.  Each year group will invite you to their year group assembly where you will be invited to join in singing some Christmas songs.  Christmas is a very important NZ celebration and we would like you to join us.  The timetable will be in next week’s newsletter so that you can note the times in your diaries.


Community group meeting: Tuesday 7 November, 2.00-3.00pm
Whanau group: Friday 9 November 8.15-9.00am

Best wishes for an enjoyable weekend.

Kind regards
Marilyn Gwilliam

General Notices

Welcome to our New Students: Papatoetoe Central School welcomes the following new students to our school – Huirua Hopihana, Gurjap Singh, Niquita Ma’anaima and Anton Burki.

Assembly Day:  On Friday, 2 November assembly will be run by Room 09.  As always you are most welcome to attend but please make sure that you are seated by 1.15pm.

The View from our Classroom Window

A large bright field with dark green grass is stuck to the brown mud.  The grey clouds and the white sky are moving long while we learn and play.  Windy trees are blowing soft  leaves all around the field.  Six classrooms stand boldly on the hard, wooden deck.  High in the sky, the sun is shining really brightly.  A colourful playground with metal monkey bars waits.  There’s a big hall with a loud, golden bell and flags waving with the wind.  Heaps of nice flowers with bumpy bricks around the flowers.  There are two large netball courts and one basketball court for the seniors and the juniors.

By Hannah-Lee Letatau Room 12


PTA Fancy Dress Mufti Day        Friday, 2 November.  Gold coin donation.
Chess Competition                       Wednesday, 7 November
Year 3 Museum Trip                    Friday, 9 November
Diwali Show                                Friday, 9 November at 11.20am
Maths classes                               Tuesday, 6 & 13 November, 5.00 pm - 6.30 pm.  Everyone welcome.  
                                                     A chance for you to find out how your children are now learning maths.    
Camp meeting for  Y6 parents     Thursday, November 15 at 6.00pm

PTA Times

Mufti Day - is this Friday the 2nd November. You can come dressed up as your favourite character and please bring a gold coin as this is a PTA fundraiser.
Christmas Raffle - The tickets will be coming home shortly for you to sell - watch out for them. Have you sent in your food item for the raffle? If not would you please do so in the next week. Thanks. This is a major fundraiser for us - so please support the PTA and school. The money raised is to be put towards COWS - Computers On Wheels - for your children to benefit from.
Food Orders - I have had confirmation that the food will be arriving on Friday the 9th - next week, so we will have these ready on that afternoon.

Community Notice

Glenbrook Vintage Railway – Thomas in Steam:  Yes it’s true – the worlds loved little blue tank engine has returned to the Glenbrook Vintage Railway.  “Thomas and Friends” weekend, Saturday 17th and Sunday 18th November.  “Thomas” souvenirs, face painting, sausage sizzle, food etc and the adjacent Farm Park is open.  First train depart 10am and every 30 minutes thereafter until 4pm. Train fares: Adult $14 Child $6 (under 4 years free)  Family (2 adults & 4 children) $35.00.  Follow the Drury – Waiuku Route (signposted)   www.railfan.org.nz