14 February 2008

From the Principal

Dear parents/caregivers
We are having a great week at school.  Our student achievement focus this year is on writing and a number of classes already have students’ work on the walls. I am very pleased with the content and the presentation.  Our term one sports programme is underway and students have been selected for the cricket and playball teams.  We are starting a gardening group this year.  Associate Principal Sheila Robinson is our chief horticulturalist and she has the support of four teachers and some parents from the PTA.  One of the new gardens will be a vegetable garden as we want the children to learn about growing food from seed and caring for the plants through to fruition (and eating..).

Property projects: 2008-  Plans for the covered area outside the hall are nearly complete and we hope to have building consent by the end of this term.  We are currently designing a garden around the totara tree by the main gate which the PTA is funding and extra seating will be built in front of blocks 1, 2 and 3 for the children.  With ideas from the children, we are planning a fitness trail along the fence line on Great South Rd as we wish to improve the physical fitness of the children.  All classes have a fitness programme each day as well as structured PE lessons each week.  

Meetings with teachers: Thursday 21 February, 7.00-8.30pm:  You are all welcome to come to meet your child’s teacher next Thursday evening.  Please meet in the following rooms first for around 15 minutes and then you can go to your child’s classroom for a chat with the teacher.  Please meet firstly at the following rooms:
Year 1        Room 5            Year 4        Room 18
Year 2        Room 8            Year 5        Room 23
Year 3        Room 12        Year 6        Room 27
We are all looking forward to meeting with you.  This is a time for an informal chat with your child’s teacher.  It is not a conference/interview-just an opportunity for you to meet and get to know each other.  We believe strongly in an effective parent/teacher partnership for the benefit of your child’s learning and invite you to be our partners!

Board of Trustees: 18 February:  Our first BoT meeting of the year will be held next Monday night at 6.00pm in the staffroom.  You are welcome to attend this meeting.  We have an outstanding Board who govern our school in the best possible way.

School Fun Day: 8 March:  Please keep this day free and come along to this special event in our school calendar.  A group of very hard working PTA members, plus Kevin Deed, Kirsty Paterson, and Lynda Barham from our staff are doing a splendid job organising what is going to be a superb day again this year.  You are welcome to bring friends and family.  Please come along and support our school.

A message from the police:  I have been asked to advise you that Manukau City parking officers will issue an infringement notice to any driver who parks illegally near the school or who drops off a child while stopping momentarily.  They will no longer ask drivers to move vehicles, but will instead be issuing tickets.  Please ensure that you consider children’s safety if you drive them to school.  We strongly recommend that the children walk to school to cut down on road congestion and to improve their fitness.  Thank you for your support.

Walking Bus:  Please contact the office if you are interested in setting up a walking bus.  This is a fun way for the children to walk to school under the supervision of an adult who can be the driver.  The walking buses work very well in many areas of Auckland.  Children from streets near each other meet and walk to school together with their adult “driver”.  We could have the Wilmay Wanderers or the Birdwood Breakers or…..????  Please give your name to Raewyn at the office if you are keen to be a walking bus driver.  

Best wishes to Paige Schendelaar-Kemp:  We are all very proud of Paige who is currently representing both Howick Pakuranga and Counties Manukau at the NZ Junior Swimming Championships.  Nacoya Anderson, who is a past student of our school is also competing.  We wish both girls all the very best.  Last year Paige was awarded a swimming scholarship by the Samoan Sports association as recognition of her wonderful swimming talents.  

Best wishes for a fantastic weekend as we all enjoy the continuing mild weather.  Enjoy the company of your wonderful children and make the most of every day!
Kind regards

Marilyn Gwilliam

General Notices

Welcome to our New Students: Papatoetoe Central School welcomes the following new students to our school –
Yachdeep Kaur, Sioeli Alefosio and Udit Oberoi.

Assembly Day:  On Friday, 15 February our assembly will be run by Room 16.  As always you are most welcome to attend but please make sure that you are seated by 1.15pm.  There will be senior students at the hall to welcome you.

Class visits to St Christopher's Residential Home:  This Monday, 18 February(weather permitting) at 1.30pm, Room 16 will be visiting St Christopher's Hospital.

Medicine at school:  When children need to take medicine at school it is necessary for us to follow a set procedure.  We prefer not to administer medicines at school but if it is essential that the medicine has to be taken during school hours please assist us in the following way.  We need the parent or caregiver to come in and sign the book at the office.  
Please send only the dose that is to be taken not the whole bottle.  Thank you

Music Lessons: Piano and keyboard tuition is available at Papatoetoe Central School Thursday mornings. Beginners to advanced levels. Phone Millennium Music 2681257.


BoT Meeting 6.00pm                18 February                       Good Friday            21 March
Meet the Teacher Evening 7 – 8.30pm    21 February        Easter Monday        24 March
Zone Cricket & Playball                4 March                        Easter Tuesday        25 March
Community Fun Day 12- 4.00pm        8 March                   Zone Swimming        1 April
PTA AGM 7.00pm                31 March                            Whole School Disco    11 April (6.30 to 8.00pm)
BoT Meeting 6.00pm                17 March                          Class / Individual photos    16/17April        
                                                                                            End of term 1             18 April

PTA News

TRC Ink Cartridge Recycling - don't forget to send in as your used printer ink cartridges for recycling. Ask at work for theirs - the school gets a refund for some brands and all are disposed of properly to protect our environment. We will send out envelopes or you can send them in to the school office.  Let us know if you need an envelope.
Sky City Cinemas - Manukau and Highland Park - WHO GOES TO THE MOVIES?  When you do - mention that you support Papatoetoe Central School and 10% of your ticket sale is given to us. We earned about $150.00 last year - some schools earned $2000.00 - so please get behind this as it costs you nothing and our school will benefit.
Thanks to those who gave of their time to attend the PTA on Monday night. We are very busy finalising details of the Fun Day on the 8th March.
Rachel Hagglund - PTA