18 September 2008

Our term 3 value is:
Our key messages with the children are:
Duty is giving to others and giving every job your best effort
Duty is caring for our environment:  recycle, reduce and re-use

From the Principal

Dear parents/caregivers

Firstly, many thanks to the wonderful parents from the PTA who sizzled 700 sausages last Friday.  They were all stars!  Special thanks to Stan Good who organised the barbecue  and cooked away merrily all morning!  Thank you very much parents, for your support.  Funds raised will go towards the fitness trail which we hope to build next year.

Congratulations:  Our very special congratulations go to Paul Ariu who has been awarded a scholarship to attend Kings School next year.  We know that Paul will enjoy the opportunity that the scholarship provides and that the grounding
that he has received at our school will stand him in good stead there.  We are all very proud of him.

School Sustainability Project:  Thanks to Sheila Robinson, Kevin Deed and a student gardening group, our project is going really well.  The vegetable garden outside the technology room contains lettuces, carrots, beans and  silver beet which are all growing in quite a spectacular fashion!  We have purchased a small glass house so that we can grow and nurture our own seeds more effectively and the children can learn how easy it is to produce their own very healthy food.  Shortly the group will make some salads with the goodies that they are growing! We can recommend a very good NZ website that encourages children to grow their own gardens: www.coolkidsgrow.com

Zone Gymnastics:  We wish our school gymnasts all the best for the zone championships next Tuesday.  They have been training hard all term.  Special thanks go to coaches Heather McLeod, Sharon Garner and Trisha Lelei.

End of term 3:  School closes for 2 weeks next Friday, 26 September.  School starts for term 4 on Monday 13 October.

I hope that you all have a wonderful weekend.  I imagine there may be a few of you keeping your eye on the Warriors game in Auckland on Friday night.. Let's hope that they have a great win.

Kind regards
Marilyn Gwilliam

General Notices

Welcome to our New Students: Papatoetoe Central School welcomes the following new students to our school – Hargun Singh, Te Marama Makiatea and Nitesh Lal.

Class visits to St Christopher's Residential Home:  Tomorrow, Friday 19 September (weather permitting) at 1.30pm,  Room 11 will be visiting St Christopher's Hospital.

Assembly Day:  On Monday, 22 September, we will be having a singing assembly.  As always you are most welcome to attend but please make sure that you are seated by 1.15pm.

School Hats:  A reminder that school hats are compulsory in term four.  Please remember to bring your school hats to school ready for all children to wear on the first day back on Monday, 13 October 2008.  For new pupils, hats are available from the school office. The cost is $15.00.

Unpaid Fees:  There are still some parents who have not paid the materials fee for this year. This fee is for materials used at school by your children and is a compulsory charge. Under the Ministry of Education Policy, we are entitled to ask for a fee and a donation. We have decided not to ask for the donation but the fee must be paid.  We will shortly be handing out letters to those parents who have not paid the materials fee. If there is any issue relating to this, please contact Lorraine Biggs  (Executive Officer / Secretary Board of Trustees) at the school office as soon as possible.
Please ensure that your material fee is paid as soon as possible, to avoid any further action and possible cut backs in school resources that will affect your children at school.
Caroline White, Finance - Board of Trustees

International Mathematics Competition and Assessment Results:  A number of our Year 4, 5 and 6 children demonstrated a high level of skill when they participated in the recent Maths Competition.  Students whose achievement was outstanding were rewarded with certificates of Distinction and Credit.  We are pleased to announce the following results.  They will be presented with their certificates at next Monday’s assembly.
Year 4 – Sidharth Varma, Donna Huang,  Inderpreet Kaur,  Samuel McGillicuddy, Liam Muskett, Hung Nguyen
Year 5     - Vivian Chhan, Paige Schendelaar-Kemp, Bowyn Su, Kevin Tang
Year 6     - Jendy Liu
Year 4     - Ashutosh Chaudhary, Nicholas Keestra, Ryan La, Jacob McGuire, Sarah Trenberth, Elizabeth White
Year 5     - Anureet Anureet, Anthony Bunce, Harman Kaur, Angel McCreedy, Priya Patel, Dominic Rankin-Chitar,  Danae Newman
Year 6     -Bruno Barnes, Victor Barnes, Yosh Kandamparambil, Joshua Keil, Jacinta Kumar, Jasmine La,  Ethan Perston, Anantveer Singh
Well done!  The remainder of the students will receive a certificate of participation.

Term Events
PTA meeting                          22 September        
Zone Gymnastics                   23 September
End of term 3 at 3.00pm        26 September       
1st day back term 4                13 October

Community Notice

Have fun at Snowplanet these September / October school holiday:  Snowplanet is offering a winter wonderland experience just 20 minutes north of the Bridge.  We are proud to support your school and offers great deals for families and kids during the term break.  The all new exciting 5 day kids school holiday programme comes with a 2 hour fun group lesson each day including rental equipment and a kids meal voucher…a great way to learn new snow sport skills in a fun and active environment.  To book in your child, call Snowplanet on 09 427 0044 extention 725 or email
schools@snowplanet.co.nz   Vist Snowplanet’s website  www.snowplanet.co.nz

PACT Soccer Academy:  The Papatoetoe Adolescent Christian Trust (PACT) is running a soccer academy over spring-summer. Starting Term 4 at Papatoetoe Central School (PACT is next door) for ages 7 to 11 years,  3.50pm – 5.30pm Wednesdays / Thursdays.  Runs for 18 weeks October 15th 08 – March 5th 09 (break mid Dec 08 – mid Jan 09)
Cost $50 if attending both days, $35 if attending 1 day per week.  Numbers will be limited so please register interest to;
Senior Coach: Robert Redfearn  Mob 021 171 0826   Ph 09 264 1301  Email: R.MRedfearn@xtra.co.nz or email Brent at PACT brent@pact.org.nz or registration forms are available from the school office.   This will be great – we have received good funding for this and have bought a whole lot of new equipment plus we have some very good coaches coming in!!