24 September 2009

From the Principal

Term 3 value: Determination
Determination is all about working really hard to achieve a goal no matter how difficult or hard it seems to be.

Dear parents

As this is the last newsletter of the term, I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your support and to wish you all the best for the school holidays.  The children have worked hard and we are hoping that they will come back to school after the break refreshed and ready for lots more hard work during the last term.

Thank you to the PTA for organising the disco evening last Friday.  We really appreciate your willingness to give up your time on a Friday evening to raise funds for our school.  You are all stars!  It was great to see the children having a superb time, as usual.  Well done to the parents who showed us all how to dance, as well!

Congratulations to Paige Schendelaar-Kemp and Sohan Karangalpady
We are very proud of  Paige and Sohan.  Last week Paige was named the Papatoetoe Under 12 Junior Sportsperson of the Year.  Paige is a top New Zealand swimmer and we look forward to her future successes.  Warmest wishes and congratulations from us all, Paige.  We are all so very proud of you.

We are also proud of Sohan who received the player of the year for his age group at the Papatoetoe soccer club. Well done, Sohan. Warmest wishes and congratulations from us all.

Advance Notice:  
The Ministry of Education has approved a teacher only day for us on Friday 23 October, so please make alternative arrangements for your children on that day. The 23rd is the Friday before the Labour Weekend holiday.  We will be holding our  staff conference on that day, to do some more work on the new curriculum and to prepare for 2010.

Congratulations to Linda Jefferies:  
Our most sincere congratulations go to associate principal Linda Jefferies who has been appointed to the principal’s position at Normanby Primary School near Hawera in Taranaki. We are delighted for Linda as she moves south to take up her first principal’s position.  Linda leaves us at the end of the year after 13 years of dedicated service to our school and we wish her all the very best for the future.  Well done, Linda!  Warmest wishes and congratulations from us all.

All the best for a wonderful weekend and for the holidays.  We will look forward to welcoming the children back on Monday 12 October.

Kind regards
Marilyn Gwilliam

General Notices

Welcome to our new and returning students: Papatoetoe Central School welcomes the following students to our school –  Carol Yang, Lily Liu, Jason Liu and Hashley Narayan

Assembly Day:  On Monday, 12 October, our first assembly back will be a singing assembly.  As always you are most welcome to attend but please make sure that you are seated by 1.15pm.

Lunchroom:  Beginning term 4, we will have an updated menu and a new system for ordering.  Food will now be offered in both break 1 & 2 and we will also be selling drinks and snacks from 11 am – 11.10 am daily from the lunchroom. Please indicate on the bag which break you require your lunch order for.  FOR BREAK 2, ONLY PRE ORDERS WILL BE AVAILABLE.

School Hats: All students must have a compulsory school hat for the start of term 4.  The school hats must be left at school until the end of term.  If your child is new to the school, you can purchase a hat from the school office.  They are $15.00 each.  

Student Council - Environmental facts / tip: There are a number of simple steps we can all take to Reduce, Reuse and Recycle much of the waste that is produced in our school.
Pack a Waste-Free Lunch
A waste-free lunch means that you have no packaging to throw away when you're done - nothing other than apple cores, banana and orange peels, peach or cherry pits. The best way to reduce garbage is to not create it.
Simple Ways to Pack a Waste-Free Lunch
REUSABLE carrier (cloth bag, lunchbox)            NO throw-away bags
REUSABLE containers                        NO plastic wrap, foil or Styrofoam
THERMOS for drinks                        NO single-use cartons or cans
NO paper napkins                        NO plastic forks and spoons

Out of Zone Ballot:  The Board has decided to conduct a ballot for some out of zone students to start in 2010. The ballot will be conducted on Friday, 23 October 2009.  This is not an automatic right and you must apply on the appropriate form that will be available at the school office from Monday 17 August 2009.  Please ensure that you have your application in on time.  Applications close on Friday, 16 October 2009.

School Closes 3pm - Friday, 25 September            School reopens – Monday, 12 October   
Community Notices

Papatoetoe Athletics Club:  Enrolments for all 2-14 year olds at Omana Park, Omana Road, Papatoetoe on Sunday 4 October from 1pm to 3pm, Tuesday 13 October from 5pm to 7pm and Sunday, 18 October from 1pm to 3pm.  For further information please contact Toni-Ann Martin on 277 2908 or Liz Simpson on 278 7874.

Basketball Auckland is a non-profit organisation dedicated to creating a thriving basketball scene and community in the greater Auckland area. Our vision is to provide an outstanding basketball experience for all stakeholders associated with Basketball.
The Basketball Winter Camp is available to boys and girls between the ages of 6 – 14 years. The programme is designed to suit all abilities and aims to improve individual performances and develop team skills while enjoying the game of basketball.  For more information contact Camp Administrator: Jason Crummer (Basketball Auckland Development Manager ASB)  dmasb@basketballauckland.co.nz  or 021 726 648

BollyworX -Its Easy, Its Fun and Its a workout for family!!  Bollywood Music based group fitness workout for all ages and fitness levels in Papatoetoe. The workout will be carried out by qualified community coaches with good understanding of South Asian culture. Where: Allan Brewster Centre Stadium,Tavern Lane, Papatoetoe.
When: 1:00-2:00 pm every Sunday   Cost:$2 donation/class ( First class FREE)  For more information please visit www.sprout.net.nz  or text/ call team SPROUT on 022-0686474

Manukau Performing Arts proudly presents 'Seussical the Musical' at the newly renovated Spotlight Theatre in Papatoetoe (by the Allan Brewster Recreation Centre). This musical is based on the characters of Dr Seuss. The cast includes The Cat in the Hat, Horton the Elephant and The Grinch'. Show season is 19th September to 3rd October. Ph 0800555711 for bookings and inquiries. Come along and enjoy the fun.

Bubble Dome Student Workshops:  Holidays courses- 3D Computer Animation & Computer Games Design, Fashion Design Course, Ultra Game Development, Architecture & Design and Digital Writing & Illustrating.  For further information phone 622 0670 or 021 607 190 or go on line www.bubbledome.co.nz

Need Childcare During The School Holidays?  NZ Nannies International have nannies who can help.  Or want long-term before/after school childcare with the next school term looming?  We recommend having an Au Pair for your before/after school care - where your kids can be taken to/from after-school activities, homework supervised, housework and meals provided - all at an affordable price.  Contact us on: kristina@nznannies.org.nz

ANIMAL CARE WORKSHOPS THIS SCHOOL HOLIDAYS!  The JPK Animal Care Workshop is a unique experience for kids who love animals. Designed by a zoologist and taught by vet nurses, students learn practical animal care and handling skills at the Animal Learning Centre, Herne Bay.
Interact with a range of pets including lizards, chinchillas, frogs, rabbits, guinea pigs, birds, rats, tropical fish, axolotls, newts, mice, turtles and lots more! Also covers animal careers and animal first aid. Workshops for up to 7yrs, and 8-14yrs. Advanced '201' class also available over the 8-9th of October. To book please phone Sally at Oracle Education on 09 376 2024, email sally@oracle.ac.nz or visit www.hippo.co.nz  for more information.