27 May 2010
Our value for term 2 is
The quality of
Telling the truth
and being sincere.
Dear Parents and Caregivers
We are having a great week in between the showers. We have been
able to continue with our physical education programme in te piringa
totara this week – it has been worth its weight in gold! We have
had sports instructors in from Counties Manukau Sport taking the
children in a variety of activities that they have really enjoyed.
Jump Rope Day, 28 May:
Tomorrow the children will be skipping their hearts out to acknowledge
Jump Rope Day. It has been great to see many of them
practising their skipping. It is a great form of exercise and all
that is needed is a skipping rope and lots of energy to maintain a high
level of fitness.
Next Tuesday 1 June, we will be participating in the term 2
Papatoetoe cluster rugby, soccer and netball zone sports day. You
are of course very welcome to join us there to cheer our teams
on. All games will be played at Bruce Pulman Park in Walters Rd,
Our new board took over following the annual meeting last Monday
evening. One of the initial jobs will be to confirm a plan of
self review which will include ongoing review of board policies and
My warmest congratulations go to our new board once again. They are
very committed and highly competent trustees and you can be assured
that they represent you very well around the board table and beyond!
Chairperson and Finance Caroline
We are preparing a 2009 summary leaflet to send home to you shortly,
based on the 2009 annual report that was presented to the board at the
Just a reminder – the next meeting is on Monday night – the 31st at
7.00pm in the oval room. You can be assured of a very warm
For your diary:
If your children are budding scientists, please note Monday 5 July in
your diary. Once again the University of Auckland will be running
their “Incredible Science” festival. This is a free day-long
festival at the Faculty of Science, designed to promote the fun and
variety of science to the community. It will include the highly
popular Physics and Chemistry Magic shows.
Maori Whanau Group and Community Group meetings:
You will be very welcome at these meetings on Wednesday 23 June:
Maori Whanau group 8.15am
Community Group 2.00pm
The theme of this term’s meetings is reporting to parents in relation
to the National Standards.
Term 2 reports:
Teachers are preparing students’ reports that will go home on Thursday
1 July. This is the day before school finishes for term 2.
We will be reporting on each child’s achievement in reading, writing
and maths in relation to the government’s National Standards. The
report format is very similar to the December 2009 report.
All the best for a fantastic weekend. I hope that you will be
able to spend some special time with your children. Our
area continues to look very beautiful as the trees continue to hold on
to some of their leaves. Those leaves that have fallen look
amazing as they gather under the trees and create a pathway of autumn
colour for us all to enjoy. Our school, with its very large
trees, looks just wonderful and we are all enjoying this special
time of the year.
Welcome to our New Students: Papatoetoe Central School welcomes the
following new students to our school – Antonio Niutili, and Stephanie
Class visits to St Christopher's Residential Home: Tomorrow,
Friday, 28 May (weather permitting) at 1.30pm, Room 13 will be
visiting St Christopher's Hospital.
Assembly Day: On Monday, 31 April, Room 13 will lead our
assembly. As always you are most welcome to attend but please
make sure that you are seated by 1.15pm.
Environment Tips from the PCS Environment & Sustainability Team:
There are a number of simple steps we can all take to save water and
power and Reduce, Reuse and Recycle much of the waste that is produced
in our school and at home. Block all draughts – 15% to 25% of
heat escapes through gaps or poorly sealed areas such as doors and
windows. You can do this by blocking off unused fireplaces, fitting
draught-excluders on doors and sealing doors and windows with weather
Birthday Celebrations: From time to time parents bring to school
birthday cakes and lollies to share with the pupils in their child’s
class as part of their birthday celebrations. As a school we would
prefer the food aspect of birthday celebrations to be kept as an out of
school activity. We are very conscious of our goal to be a health
promoting school. We want the children to eat healthy food whenever
possible during the regular school day. A fruit platter or a box of
fruit would be most welcome. Once again your support with this
matter would be very much appreciated.
Winter Zones: The Papatoetoe Primary Schools Winter Zones
Competition will be held on Tuesday 1st June 2010, with a saving day on
Tuesday 8 June.
Rugby, Soccer and Netball competitions will be held, all at Bruce
Pulman Park, in Papakura. The games will run from approximately
9.30-2.00pm. Parents and caregivers are most welcome to attend and
watch the games.
Students will be traveling to the park by bus, no cost is involved for
parents. They will need to bring a packed lunch, water bottle,
appropriate footwear and warm clothing. They will be wearing school
Please ask your children if they are involved in this tournament. We
have been playing exchanges against other schools, in preparation for
When visiting the Mad Butcher in
Cavendish Drive Manukau remember
to fill in the entry form below to go into the draw for a 360 BMX Trick
MANUKAU MAD BUTCHER “360 BMX Trick Bike competition”
Corner Great South Road and Cavendish Drive Manukau
Valued @$560 closes:11/6/2010
FREE ENTRY—ENTER INSTORE NOW!
SCHOOL: Papatoetoe Central School
Student’s name: ………………………………………………..…..….. Room
Winner to be drawn Monday 14th June 2010 at assembly.
PTA Photo Fundraiser: A reminder to return your voucher for a
family portrait as soon as possible. Take this opportunity to get a
portrait for only $15.00 (RRP $75.00). We would like as many
families, friends, neighbours and relatives as possible to participate
in this special event including the family dog. Please fill in
the portrait voucher and place it in an envelope along with your $15.00
and return it to the school office.
Mr Greenwill looked out on his farm and saw rabbits everywhere. "Why",
he said, "I think there are about 1280 rabbits in that paddock. They’ve
been doubling in number for the last seven years."
How many rabbits were in the paddock seven years
Name_____________________________________________ Room ___________
Friday 28th May - Jump Rope Day
Monday 31th May – PTA Meeting
Tuesday 1st June – Sports Zones
Monday 7th June – Queen’s Birthday
Monday 21st June – BOT Meeting
Monday 28th June – PTA Meeting
Friday 2nd July – Last day of term