26 July 2007

From the Principal

Dear parents / caregivers
Welcome to the second newsletter for the term. This week has seen the cross country trial completed and students selected to represent our school at the zone competitions. We were most fortunate that the rain held off for the afternoon.  Next week we have the zone chess competition at Everglade School on Tuesday.  We wish our chess team every success and a special thank you to Celia Talbot for her training.
Please check the up coming events that are listed in this newsletter as there is a lot on.

Family / Teacher Conferences. Enclosed with this newsletter are the interview time requests for our family / teacher conferences which are being held next Thursday August 2 from 2 pm – 6 pm.  We would like to see all of our families take this opportunity to spend time with their child and their child’s teacher discussing their areas of achievement and the next steps in their learning journey. Please remember to bring along your child’s report that you will have received last term.  Interview times will be confirmed next Tuesday July 31.

Reminder school closes at 1.50pm on the day of the conference

Te Puna Whaiora:  In this day and age the busyness of our lives may create a stressful environment for family members that may impact on a child and their learning / behaviour. Te Puna Whaiora provide an excellent service to assist families who may be affected in some manner by stress or other emotional issues . There is information below and please if this is something that will help your child and your family and you would like more information please don’t hesitate to contact our RTLB – Raji Anand or Pat at the number listed below.

Shop for Schools: We were successful in this competition being placed tenth.  We received the following items as part of the prize package: Canon printer; soccer ball, 8 drink bottles, 4 skipping ropes and a $60.00 Scholastic Gift voucher. Many thanks to all of our community who supported this competition by nominating our school. A very special thank you to Safiar Buksh who contributed hugely to our success.

This term’s value: “Honesty and Truthfulness.” A willingness not to steal, cheat,  lie or be unfair.
Please consider talking to your child about these aspects of honesty and truthfulness:
• Owning up without any excuses. • Knowing what is right and wrong, even if nobody is looking.
• Honesty clears the air. • Don’t cheat – eyes on your own work.

Kind regards
Linda Jefferies
Acting Principal

General Notices

Welcome to our New Students: Papatoetoe Central School welcomes the following new students to our school – Ebony O’Brien, Shayal and Neha Singh, Prashant and Neha Naidu, Nadine Arona, Sandra and Silvana Ghorghis and Xavier Toia.

Assembly Day:  On Friday, 27 July assembly will be run by Room 18.  As always you are most welcome to attend but please make sure that you are seated by 1.15pm.

Class visits to St Christopher's Residential Home:  This Monday, 30 July (weather permitting) at 1.30pm, Room 18 will be visiting St Christopher's Hospital.

Pub Charity – Donation for Classroom Sound Systems:  We would like to acknowledge our thanks and gratitude to the Pub Charity for their donation.
This has enabled us to install Classroom Sound Systems in Rooms 2, 3, 4, 5 & 7.  We believe having these in the classroom will enhance the teaching and learning.
This is a state-of-the-art sound field system that cuts through the distractions so students can hear and understand what their teacher is saying.  At the same time this system reduces the need for excessive speech projection so teachers spend less energy trying to be heard and more energy teaching young minds.  Thank you Pub Charity for making this possible.

Bunnings Warehouse: Many thanks to Bunnings Warehouse, Manukau for their donation of the lovely flowers planted along our entrance way fence. Their support is greatly appreciated.
Te Puna Whaiora, or The New Zealand Foundation for Child and Family Health and Development
Te Puna Whaiora, or The New Zealand Foundation for Child and Family Health and Development, is an organisation which works with children between 5 and 12 years of age.
Our Service offers opportunities for children to build independence, confidence, social and life skills through a 5-week residential programme.
Our programmes are geared towards encouraging children to improve their interactive skills, build resilience and develop confidence in both home and school settings.
We also support families with parenting and advocacy issues.If you wish to know how our service might be helpful to you and your child  please contact Pat (Health Camp Co-ordinator) on 534.4017 Ext 804   or you may also contact the Resource Teacher for Learning Behaviour at your School for further information.

Term 3 Events
Life Education Caravan        16-27 July            Mathex Competition           15 August
PTA Meeting            30 July                             PCS Speech Competition     17 August
Jump Rope            30 July – 10 August           Choir Festival            23 August
Chess Competition        31 July                        PTA Meeting            27 August
Sausage Sizzle            1 August                       Mufti Day – Cancer Society    31 August
Family Conferences        2 August                   School Production        11 – 13 September
Maths week            1 - 17 August                    B.O.T. meeting            17 September
B.O.T. meeting            6 August                      Zone Gymnastics        18 September
Zone Cross Country        14 August                End of term 3            21 September

PTA News

Family Portraits - We have the $10.00 photo sittings this weekend, so your booking and money needs to be in if you want a family photo taken. Thanks

Short and sweet this week.
Keep warm!!
Rachel Hagglund