Newsletter 10 February 2015

10 February 2015                                             Term 1 Week 2                                                      15/2

Dear Parents & Caregivers
Kia ora koutou katoa

Fees and Donation
There is always media coverage of school fees or donations at the start of each year. The theme this year seems to be tissues and tablets! Here are my comments: –

  1. The school donation is not compulsory;
  2. We use the donation exclusively for school trips, performances and the two swimming blocks;
  3. Families can pay their donation in full at anytime or by drip feed;
  4. Families who just cannot afford the cost can:
  • Ÿ Pay what they can afford;
  • Ÿ Just pay for trips and swimming as they arise;
  • Ÿ Talk to me to come to some other
  • I can assure parents and the community that no child will miss out if their families cannot pay a donation.

Also we have no intention of insisting children bring a digital device to school but sending your child to school with a box of tissues is a really great idea, especially if they have a cold!

Kia Kaha tatou Katoa ki te tautoko o tatou tamariki, mokopuna hoki.

John McKenzie

We welcome Jack and Molly who have started in H4 with Mrs Will. We welcome their families to our school community.

Assembly will be held in the school hall this Friday commencing at 2.20pm. Assembly will be led by S4 with items by S1 and H3. Parents and caregivers are welcome to attend.

Wheels Days
On Friday lunchtimes children may ride their bikes, scooters, skateboards etc at school. Children who bring their bikes will need to wear a helmet. It is recommended that children wear a helmet when riding their scooters or skateboards. Peter McDonald, the bike man, will be at school during this time to help children with any bike repairs.

School Stationery
It is expected that all children have their stationery now. Class stationery is available from the office at back to school prices.

Scholastic Book Club
Leaflets for Issue 1 went home yesterday. There is a new format this year with all age groups in one booklet. Orders with money need to be into the office by Friday 27 February. If you are paying by cheque, please make payable to Scholastic NZ.

School Dental Service
We have been advised by the Dental School that dental clinics will start this Friday 13 February. If your child is in need of relief of pain before then please contact Donna on 479 7189.

A number of children have indicated they would like to play Flippaball which commences at Moana Pool this Sunday. Forms and payment of $30.00 need to be into Mrs Hesson by Friday please.

Absence Notification
We are obliged to monitor and address attendance. Please phone the school and leave a message on the answer phone, or send a text to the school cell phone 027 nevn abs (027 6386 227) or email to advise absences.

Explanation of all absences is required for school records. Early departure during the day or changes from normal routine (e.g. medical appointments)require written authorisation.

After School Care
Kidz Inc OSCAR after school care is held in the school hall. For information, or to book, contact Andrew Bowen on 021982216.

No Hat Sit in the Shade
Children must wear a wide brimmed hat this term. Children without sun hats will remain in the shade during break times. School bucket sunhats are available from the school office for $14.50. Please ensure your child has a bucket type hat with a full brim or a legionnaire type sun hat. No caps please.

Road Patrol
Thank you to those parents/caregiver who have volunteered to assist with road patrol. We still have some vacant times if you are able to help. Contact Mrs Staynes or the office.

Peastraw Fundraiser
The peastraw is being delivered on Saturday morning to Bonnington Street between 8.30 and 9am. Helpers are need to unload and stack the bails. Any queries please contact Amy on 0272569182.

Fish and Chip Evening
The Board of Trustees is hosting a family fish and chip evening at school this Thursday 12 February from 4.30pm.

Weather permitting there will be an inflatable arena erected for games of laser tag. Games are around 5 minutes long, for ages 5years and up and cost $2 per game. Grant from Megazone (formerly Laserforce) will be running the games. Vouchers (12) for free games at Megazone will be handed out to children being caught being good at school.

During the fish n chip evening families are welcome to visit the community garden and try out the new obstacle course  on our mid-field playground. Families associated with the school are also welcome to attend.

School Fair Saturday 7 March 11-2pm

It is less than a month ‘til the fair. Thank you to everyone who has donated goods and offered their time leading up to and on the day of the fair. Outside the office is a large board listing stalls still requiring volunteers. Please have a look where you can help and sign up!.

We are now requesting: Ÿ Donations of new and preloved goods (clothes, books, toys, unwanted gifts etc.). Bring them in to school or we can pick up.

  • ŸPlastic grocery bags and icecream containers.
  • ŸIf you can spare an hour of two to sell raffle tickets outside NW Gardens on either Thursday 26th February or Monday 2nd March between the hours of 12-6pm, let us know.
  • ŸKeep growing those plant cuttings.
  • ŸHandmade crafts – ask your children what you might be able to make together.

Any queries or offers of support, please email or contact a committee member. Most of the Fair Committee will be at the Fish N  Chip evening this Thursday.

Next meeting today 7pm in the staff room.

Fair Logo

Board of Trustees 2015

Back Row: Lynn Bosworth, Amanda-Jane Woodhouse, Jesseme Johnston-Jones, Karen Sintmaartensdijk.

Front Row: Trevor Schaffer, Matt Thompson, John McKenzie, Sue Harvey


School Lunches
Easy Lunches are available on Mondays & Thursdays.

The lunches consist of sandwich or pizza bun, fruit, a muffin, popcorn, and a dessert. The cost is $3.50 or $4.50 for a larger lunch. Orders with money need to be into the office by 9am.

Subway Lunches are available on Wednesdays. The order envelopes are available at the office. Orders with money need to be into the office by 3pm on Tuesday.

2015 Term Dates

Term 1 Monday 2 February – Thursday 2 April

Term 2 Monday 20 April – Friday 3 July

Term 3 Monday 20 July – Friday 25 September

Term 4 Monday 12 October – Wednesday 16 Dec

Total of 384 half days

Statutory Holidays during term time

Otago Anniversary Day    Monday 23 March

Anzac Day Monday 27 April

Queen’s Birthday Monday 1 June

Labour Day Monday 26 October

Dates to Note

12 Fish N Chip evening 4.30pm on

13 Assembly 2.20pm led by S4 Items by S1/H3

18 Beach Education day – Senior School

19 Beach Education day – Junior School

19 Rainbow Class H4 1.15-2.45pm


5 Rainbow Class H4 1.15-2.45pm

7 School Fair

19 Rainbow Class H4 1.15-2.45pm

23 Otago Anniversary Day—school closed

30 Fire Service visit – Junior School 1.15-3pm


2 End of Term 1

20 Start of T2

21 Swimming Block commences

30 Swimming Block ends

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