6 September 2007

From the Principal

Dear parents/caregivers

We are having a very busy and exciting week at school.  All the Year 5 classes went on the train to the Viaduct on Tuesday on a Social Studies trip.  They checked out the changing face of downtown Auckland and the current efforts being made to restore a large number of early Auckland buildings.  They certainly had a big day out, walking to the Papatoetoe railway station and back at the end of the day and exploring downtown Auckland during the day.  Thank you to the parents and other family members who assisted with supervision.

School Production: “Swinging Summer”
We are looking forward to seeing you here next week at this year’s production.  The children are very excited and they are looking forward to performing for you.  Every child in the school is involved and teachers have worked hard with them to produce a show which promises to be full of fun.  It is about protecting the environment and as it has a summer theme I am sure that it will cheer us all up!  Nicole Hede has led the production and she has done a great job coordinating it across the entire school.

Term 3 Value: Honesty and Truthfulness
Each week in assembly we speak to the children about being honest and telling the truth.  Our focus is on them being honest with themselves and with each other and we invite you as always to support us as we believe that this is very important in their moral development.  Thank you for your ongoing support.

Student Achievement Targets
As you know we have Reading and Writing improvement targets this year.  We are very pleased with student progress overall in Reading but based on achievement data, we know that we now need to focus more on students’ writing.  So next term we are planning a concerted effort to improve the quality of  their writing.  This will include a focus on high quality expressive language, the building of  their conceptual development and vocabulary, a focus on punctuation and spelling and the sharing of their writing with one another. Teachers will have examples of excellent writing for students to view in their classrooms.  Each week, we will include a child’s contribution in the newsletter and each class will take a turn at assembly to share their work.

I hope that you all have a wonderful weekend.  Many of you no doubt will be checking out a certain rugby game in France and of course here we are all backing those boys in black… Enjoy some special time with your children and the early spring weather.  I am looking forward to seeing you next week when you come to the production.

Kind regards
Marilyn Gwilliam

General Notices

Welcome to our New Students: Papatoetoe Central School welcomes the following new students to our school – Rahul Ahluwalia and David Thach.

Assembly Day:  On Friday, 7 September assembly will be run by Room 19.  As always you are most welcome to attend but please make sure that you are seated by 1.15pm.

Class visits to St Christopher's Residential Home:  This Monday, 10 September (weather permitting) at 1.30pm, Room 19 will be visiting St Christopher's Hospital.

Book Club:   The book club orders close on Thursday, 13 September 2007.  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 is to be placed in the money chute outside the side entrance to the office.

Road Safety Fact:  The different coloured road signs have differing meanings. Red and white coloured signs we must obey as with blue and white.  Yellow warns you about hazards and are there all the time, and orange warns you about temporary hazards.

PTA News

Well we thought winter was over - but not so.

Wet Day Games - all of the year groups have been given PTA funding to purchase the games that your children play with when indoors on a wet day. It would also be great to have some board games or puzzles - as these are always popular. If you have any games or puzzles that you are ready to part with please send them in to the office for the PTA to sort. We would be grateful. Thanks

New Fundriaser - BEDs R US  - Details coming shortly - this is a really neat idea from Beds R Us in supporting local schools – thanks to them for their idea.

Sausage Sizzle - this will be held on Wednesday 19th Sept - last week of term.

Pizza and Lamington Fundraiser - will be held at the beginning of Term 4.  Look out for this one.

Fun Day 2008  We are holding our first sub-committee meeting on Monday 10th Sept (this Monday coming) to talk about the next Fun Day. If you are interested in helping or sharing your ideas, please come along - it is at my home and you can call me on Ph 277 6298.

Have a dry(ish) week!
Rachel Hagglund - PTA

Community Notice
Learn to play golf or upgrade your expertise:  The First Tee of New Zealand is now taking bookings for its upcoming school holiday programme at Firmount Golf Park, East Tamaki.  Morning and afternoon sessions available in both weeks of the holidays.  For more information or to enrol please contact The First Tee of New Zealand.  Phone: (09) 2650581 Email: info@thefirstteenz.org.nz or Visit:  www.thefirstteenz.org.nz

Papatoetoe Cricket Club - Enrolments days:  Saturday 15th, 22nd and 29th September at 9.00am until 3.00pm.
Venue:  Papatoetoe Clubrooms.  Eftpos available.  For further information please contact Alan on 021993103