18 June 2009
Our term 2 value is:
Being honest is
being open, trustworthy and truthful.
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
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
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
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.
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
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.
World Vision Mufti Day $2.00 Friday, 19
PTA Meeting Monday, 22
Monday, 29 June
Reports go home Wednesday, 1 July
Last day term
3pm Friday, 3 July
First day term 3 Monday, 20 July
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.