27 May 2010

From the Principal

Our value for term 2 is Honesty:
The quality of being honest.
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.

Winter sports:  
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, Papakura.

BoT update:  
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 procedures.

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 White
Zoning                                    Teresa Bews
Property                                  Ian Foster
Community                            Stan Good

Personnel                               Renu Kewal

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 annual meeting.  

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 welcome.

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.

Kind regards,
Marilyn Gwilliam
General Notices

Welcome to our New Students: Papatoetoe Central School welcomes the following new students to our school – Antonio Niutili, and Stephanie Jit.

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 stripping.

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 sports uniforms.
Please ask your children if they are involved in this tournament. We have been playing exchanges against other schools, in preparation for this tournament.

PTA News

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 Bike.

                 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 No: ……………
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.

Maths Problem  
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 ago?_____________  Name_____________________________________________ Room ___________

Term Events

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