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 experiences.

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 competition.

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.
Marilyn Gwilliam

Please note:  Our school office will be open from 9.30am – 2.00pm on Thursday 4 October and Friday 5 October for your convenience.

General Notices

Welcome to our New Students: Papatoetoe Central School welcomes the following new students to our school –  Cazzie Clark and Melisha Chand.

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
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 programme.  

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.