18 June 2009

From the Principal

Our term 2 value is:
Being honest is being open, trustworthy and truthful.

Dear parents

We are pleased with the continued high level of work and application in all classrooms.  Teachers are working hard with their students to achieve the literacy targets which are  similar to the proposed national standards that will come into effect at the beginning of next year.  Currently our teachers are working in their teams to moderate students’ writing across each year group, then analysing the results to check progress towards their target.  We are pleased in general, with the progress that our students are making.  You can be assured that if your child is not achieving at their optimum level, we have support programmes in place for them.  We have an experienced team of learning assistants who work with students in classrooms and a withdrawal programme for English language learners in years 4-6.  All students requiring extra support are receiving that support.

Swine Flu:  Thank you for your support where the pandemic is concerned.  We really appreciate your cooperation in keeping your children home from school if they are unwell.  This is the best thing that you can do for everyone concerned. We are reminding the children to wash their hands carefully and to cover their mouths when sneezing or coughing.

As you know, a few schools have been shut down where there are confirmed cases of swine flu and we are monitoring the situation daily.  

If we are notified of a confirmed case by the Medical Officer of Health, we will immediately seek the advice of the Ministry of Education and make the appropriate call.  You will be informed as soon as possible.  It is urgent that we have your contact phone number during the day.  Please update the school office tomorrow if yours has changed.

I suggest that you plan ahead for the care of your children in case we are required to close.  By the beginning of next week we will have available on our website some learning tasks for the children in each year group that they can do at home, should it be necessary for us to close the school.  

If you are concerned about swine flu, you can call the Ministry of Health hotline: 0800 611 116.

Thank you for your cooperation and support with this current issue facing schools.

Performing Arts Concert:  The combined year 3 and year 6 concert will take place in the hall on Tuesday 23 June at 6.30 – 7.30pm.  Families of students in each of these year groups are invited to attend.  Please plan to stay for the duration of the concert.  It is only one hour long and we would like all those attending to stay for the whole performance.  Thank you in advance.

PTA:  You are all welcome to come to the next PTA meeting on Monday 22 June at 7.00pm in the oval room.  Our magnificent PTA continues to plan fund raising activities that benefit our school.  Please come along and support us in this way.

Community Group meetings:  Thank you to the parents who came to yesterday’s community group meeting to look at the draft national standards.  It was interesting and helpful for us to hear your thoughts.  Next Monday, our Maori whanau group will be meeting in the staffroom at 6.30pm to look at Maori student achievement at our school and the draft national standards.  

Counties Manukau Sports:  We would like to acknowledge Counties Manukau Sports.  They have donated a bag  of sports equipment to each class in the school.  This is a very generous gift.

All the best for the weekend – take care of yourselves and each other.  

Kind regards
Marilyn Gwilliam

General Notices

Welcome to our New Students: Papatoetoe Central School welcomes the following new students to our school –  Tuaine Taputu, Pratik Prasad, Sandeep Sandhu, Caleb Ansell, Michelle Thompson and Monica Vaka

Class visits to St Christopher's Residential Home:  Tomorrow, Friday, 19 June  (weather permitting) at 1.30pm,  Room 19 will be visiting St Christopher's Hospital.

Assembly Day:  On Monday, 22 June, Room 19 will lead our assembly.  As always you are most welcome to attend but please make sure that you are seated by 1.15pm.

Student Council - Environmental facts / tip: For the average person, taking a shower rather than a bath uses about half as much hot water.  Newer showerheads use advanced technology to add air to the water, making the water volume feel similar to a traditional showerhead.

Book Club:   The book club orders will close tomorrow, Friday, 19 June.  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.

NEiTA National Excellence in Teaching:  Next to a parent, teachers have the most influence in a young person’s life.  Show your appreciation for an inspirational teacher or leader with an award nomination.  These national teaching and leadership awards provide parents, school and early childhood communities with a unique way to acknowledge the contribution of teachers, school leaders and early childhood directors. Nomination forms are available from the school office or online at www.neita.co.nz.

Phone numbers & address updates:  Due to the swine flu please make sure you have updated all addresses and phone number in case we need to contact you urgently.

Term Events
World Vision Mufti Day $2.00    Friday, 19 June           
PTA Meeting        Monday, 22 June    
BoT Meeting            Monday, 29 June       
Reports go home    Wednesday, 1 July    
Last day term                3pm Friday, 3 July       
First day term 3        Monday, 20 July

Community Notice

High school student (15yrs+) required for 9hrs work per week over school holidays to entertain and assist with some school work for 9 year old girl with Down syndrome. Must be reliable and have own transport. In our home (Near Papatoetoe Intermediate). $8.50 per hour. Ph Bronwyn on 277 5701 after 3.30pm.