5 August 2010

From the Deputy Principal

Our value for term 3 is Determination:
Determination is all about working really hard
to achieve a goal no matter how difficult or hard it seems to be.

Dear parents and caregivers

Where have the first three weeks gone?  While observing the classes in action this week it is obvious the children are enjoying the learning taking place in the classrooms.  The classes are well settled and moving on with their learning.

Parent/Student/Teacher conferences:  Last night the school held its parent teacher conference evening.  It was great to see so many parents and caregivers attend their child’s conference evening.  Not only was it an opportunity for parents to see where their child is at in terms of their learning, but a good opportunity to discuss the child’s next learning steps.  Please take time to ask your child how you can support them with their next learning steps.  Thank you to all parents and caregivers who attended the parent teacher conferences.

If you were unable to make an appointment to meet your child’s teacher on Wednesday’s Parent teacher conference please feel free to contact the class teacher if you would like to discuss your child’s progress. 

PTA:  Thank you again to the PTA team who organised another sausage sizzle for the students at PCS.  Thank you to all families for your ongoing support with this event.  The sausage sizzle was a success and a real treat for students to have a warm lunch during our cold season. 

Milo Sport Awareness – Counties Manukau Sport:  On Friday the 6th and Monday the 9th we have members of Manukau sport working with our year 1 to 4 classes promoting healthy living through physical activities.  We see this as another great opportunity to provide education beyond the classroom for our junior school.

Year 6 Camp Fundraisers:  Next Tuesday Room 27 will be hosting camp stalls as part of the year 6 fundraisers for camp.  This will involve plenty of food, fun activities for your children to take part in and prizes for them to win.

Chess:  Yesterday they attended the school zones at Everglade Primary School.  Both teams dominated the tournament with team 1 coming 1st overall and team 2, 2nd overall.  Congratulations to all the students who took part and many thanks to Mrs Celia Talbot and Mrs Gurmeet Baidwan for your involvement with the chess team and zone day.

All the best for the weekend.  The weather forecast is lousy so it will be a great to spend time in front of the fire reading or watching a dvd with the whanau.  Go the Warriors -  against the Sharks. We are due for a win and may the All Blacks continue their outstanding performance in the tri nation series!!

Kind regards
Pelu Leaupepetele
Deputy Principal

General Notices

Welcome to our New Student: Papatoetoe Central School welcomes the following new student to our school –  Edyn Makiri and Rebecca Kumar.

Class visits to St Christopher's Residential Home:  Tomorrow, Friday, 6 August (weather permitting) at 1.30pm,  Room 21 will be visiting St Christopher's Hospital.

Assembly Day:  On Monday, 9 August, Room 21 will lead our assembly.  As always you are most welcome to attend but please make sure that you are seated by 1.15pm.

Tips from the PCS Environment & Sustainability Team:  There are a number of simple steps we can all take to save water and power and Reduce, Reuse and Recycle much of the waste that is produced in our school and at home.
They are not biodegradable and are making their way into our oceans, and subsequently, the food chain. Buy the stronger, reusable bags from your local Supermarket. They are cheaper in the long run, will last for a long time and will help the environment.

South Auckland Chess Competition:  Yesterday, 20 of our pupils represented our school at the South Auckland Chess Competition. There were 24 teams in all representing 9 schools. Congratulations to Satnam Singh, Joeli Filipo, Caleb Tere and Teiman Rhind (Team 1) who were placed 1st and Brandon Aluese, Ashutosh Chaudhary, Euan Raill and Avninder Gill (Team 2) who were placed 2nd. There were also some outstanding individual results. Teiman Rhind won all 6 games. Satnam Singh, Caleb Tere and Tony Van were undefeated winning 5 games and drawing 1. All five teams finished in the top 16. Well done to all the players who competed.
If your child is interested in playing chess, the Papatoetoe Chess Club has coaching for juniors on Wednesday nights from 6 to 7.30pm at the Papatoetoe RSA Bowling Club, Tavern Lane Papatoetoe. The cost is $2 per week. For more information, contact John on 2784520

Kahurangi Maori Dance Theatre:  On Wednesday 11 August 2010,  the Kahurangi Dance Theatre group will be visiting Papatotetoe Central School and will perform a show for us.
They will be performing many songs and dances which describe some of the taonga ( treasures ) of the Maori People.
We would encourage your child to attend this wonderful performance.  The cost per child is $4.00.

 Maths Problem: Jane is going to see her Grandma in 6 days from now. If today is 25 June 2010 what day will she see her Grandma?_____________

  Name_____________________________________________ Room ___________

Term Events
Yrs1-4 Milo sports awareness week        Fri. & Mon. 6&9 August   
Rm 27 Camp Stalls                                 Tuesday, 10 Aug.   
Kahurangi Maori Dance Theatre            Wednesday, 11 Aug.   
BoT Meeting                                           Monday, 16 Aug.
Library Week                                          16 – 20 August       
Touch Rugby Zones                               Tuesday, 17 Aug.   
ICAS Maths Exam                                 Tuesday, 17 Aug       
PTA Meeting                                          Monday, 23 Aug.   
Rm 25 Camp Stalls                                 Tuesday, 24 Aug.       
PCS Mufti Day - Daffodil Day               Friday, 27 Aug.
School Cross Country                            Tuesday, 7 Sept.       
Yr6 Performing Arts Evening                Thursday, 9 Sept.
Papatoetoe Primary Schools Art Exhibition    Tues.&Wed., 7&8 Sept.    
BoT Meeting                                          Monday, 13 Sept.   
PTA Sausage Sizzle                               Tuesday, 14 Sept.       
Yr 5 Performing Arts Evening               Wednesday, 15 Sept.
PCS Talent Quest                                   Friday,  17 Sept.       
PTA Meeting                                         Monday, 20 Sept.
Gymnastic Zones                                   Tuesday, 21 Sept.       
Cake Walk                                             Tuesday, 21 Sept.   
Last day of term                                     Friday, 24 Sept.