20 September 2007
From the Principal
Dear parents / caregivers
Thank you for your support for our gymnasts this week at the zone
competition and for your assistance on the Year 6 Ambury Farm
trip. The farm trip provided the opportunity for a number of our
students to see and touch sheep and lambs for the first time in their
lives, so it was a very special experience. Class teachers are
most appreciative of your help during class trips and value your input
with both supervision and talking with the children about their
Our gymnasts did very well this year. Please see the next section
of the newsletter for the results. Special thanks to Celia
Talbot, Alana Casey, Becky Samson and Amy Stewart for coaching the
children and assisting with the organization of the local inter school
Our staff are looking forward this weekend to the rugby game in
Edinburgh – it is one of my favourite cities. I had such a
wonderful time there when visiting in 2002 – a very special place
for a variety of reasons - full of history, lovely people and
huge national pride. It promises to be one of the most enjoyable
clashes for the All Blacks in this world cup, I believe. There
will be a big group of kiwi supporters there and we are looking forward
to seeing the All Blacks really hit their straps..
Just a reminder that school finishes for two weeks tomorrow and will
open again on Monday 8 October. If you are able to have some time
off with your children, I hope that you can do some special things
together and have a relaxing time. We always have a very busy
time in the fourth term so we need the children to come back refreshed
and ready for a lot of hard work. Thank you very much for
your support during this term – it is hugely appreciated by us all.
Kind regards and best wishes.
Please note: Our school office
will be open from 9.30am – 2.00pm on Thursday 4 October and Friday 5
October for your convenience.
Welcome to our New Students: Papatoetoe Central School welcomes the
following new students to our school – Cazzie Clark and Melisha
Assembly Day: On Friday, 21 September assembly will be run by
room 25. As always you are most welcome to attend but please make
sure that you are seated by 1.15pm.
School Dental Clinic: The school dental clinic will be open over
the school holidays from Monday, 24 September until Friday, 5
October. Stella our dental therapist can be contacted on 278 5232
My mum is really funny and she is very pretty. She is very clever
in the kitchen and she can make lovely cakes. She is very creative at
making cakes. My mum is like a superhero having babies like a
baby in the first year then another in the second year! She can
also talk with different accents. Her height is twelve eighty
which amazes me because she looks so short but that’s very tall.
I like it when she teaches me and helps me learn another thing every
day, like did you know that it takes three hours to get from New
Zealand to Fiji. I really like having the cleverest mum
ever! She is really a hard worker and sometimes she has to work
late! She shares with me all her different talents like dancing
and singing and sometimes piano, she is really helpful towards my
goals. My mum is thirty seven years old. She is very
talented at art. Once she did a painting of a tapa design and my
aunty said “Did you buy that? Then my mum said “No.” I love
my mum for everything she does! by Paige
Aiono Room 14
Gymnastics Zones: On Tuesday the Year 4, 5 and 6 gymnastics teams
went to Gym City for the zone competition. Congratulations to the Year
4 boys team who came third overall. Anthony Bunce came 1st in the
individual placings for the Year 4 boys and also scored an impressive
9.8 on the bar and 9.4 on the floor placing him 1st on these apparatus.
Thao Nguyen was placed 3rd= on the vault scoring 9.0 and Mikayla McNabb
was placed 3rd= on the beam scoring 8.9.
Well done to all gymnasts for a great effort.
Sports events that are happening in Term 4:
Wednesday, 10 October (9.30am start) Houses Preliminary Day for Years
3&4 (7, 8 & 9 year olds)
Thursday, 11 October (9.30am start) Houses Preliminary Day for Years
5&6 (9, 10 & 11 year olds)
Wednesday, 17 October - Year 1 & 2 Tabloids Sports Day
(starting at 1.30pm)
Thursday, 18 October - School Athletics Finals Day (for Years 3-6)
Tuesday, 30 October - Playball Zones
Tuesday, 4 December - Athletics Zones
Calendars: All classes have been working on their art work for
the 2008 calendars. The order forms for the art
work calendars will be coming home with students early next term.
The students’ art work can be viewed before and after school next term
if you would like to check their lovely work. There are
some sample calendars also available for viewing so you can appreciate
the finished product. The calendars are a wonderful Christmas present
idea for extended family members. Look out for more information
in our newsletter next term.
Keeping Ourselves Safe: Next term all teachers will be teaching
the health topic ‘Keeping Ourselves Safe’. As part of our
preparation for this study all staff will be involved in a staff
meeting led by a police Youth Aid Officer. Parents and Caregivers
are invited to a community meeting at school on Monday October
15. Information about the Keeping Ourselves Safe programme will
be provided at this meeting and opportunity given for staff and the
Youth Aid Officer to answer your questions and discuss aspects of the
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, 8 October. For new pupils, hats will be
available from the school office from tomorrow. The cost is $15.00.