6 September 2007
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.
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.
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
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
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: firstname.lastname@example.org or
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