Newsletter 10 March 2015

10 March 2015                                          Term 1 Week 6                                                               15/6

Dear Parents & Caregivers
Kia ora koutou katoa

The Great 2015 School Fair
What a great day we had on Saturday – the weather turned out to be much better than we anticipated; there was a really positive buzz about the place; there were ample helpers; and the goods for sale were of a high quality AND the committee raised a lot of money for our children.

My sincere and heartfelt thanks to Jesseme and her solid band of organisers – everything went like clockwork from set-up to clean-up. Well done!

Thanks also to all of those who donated time, goods including the million or so cakes and other baking, all of which sold out!) and money; thanks to those who hit up the local businesses, those who sold raffle tickets and those who broadcast the news of the fair far and wide; those who ran stalls.

Finally, thanks to the sponsors who have been amazingly generous. I am sure the fair committee will publish a list of them so we can support them. Congratulations to all involved!

Kia kaha tatou katoa ki te tautoko o tatou tamariki, mokopuna hoki.

John McKenzie

Assembly this Friday will be held in the hall at 2.20pm It will be led by H1 with items by S1 and H3. Parents and caregivers are welcome to attend.

Wheels Days
On Friday lunchtimes the senior 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 Dental Service
There are dental school visits for some children this Friday. If you have received consent forms for your child, please complete and return to the office.

Scholastic Book Club
The issue 2 booklet was sent home last week. Orders with money need to be into the office by next Friday 20 March. If you are paying by cheque please make payable to Scholastic NZ.

We have had a report from a school parent of a dodgy person hanging around Woodhaugh gardens recently.

 Peastraw For Sale: Contact Amy 0272569182

Sports News
The Awesome Orcas drew 4 goals each on Sunday; the Electric Eels lost both games they played; and the Awesome Octopus played a great game and won 6 goals to 3.

Fair Logo

A Message from the Fair Committee
The fair was a huge success on Saturday! A huge thanks to everyone who came along and supported our school, who helped on the stalls, committee members and all the behind the scenes people. Remember to support our sponsors who gave such wonderful prizes, names are on board in foyer. Congratulations to all the raffle winners. A final amount is on its way…watch out next week for a newsletter with more detail. If you took any photos at the fair please email them to

Jesseme and fair committee.

Pictured are the Kapa Haka group performing at the opening of the fair on Saturday.

Fair Kapa Haka 1

Pictured are Mrs Staynes and Mrs McGregor admiring the delicious cakes, biscuits and sweets for sale.

Fair cakes

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


10,11 Goal Setting Interviews

10 Malaysian Education students visit 9am-12pm

13 Assembly 2.20pm led by H1, items by S1 & H3

17 Whanau Hui 4.30pm

19 Rainbow Class H4 1.15-2.45pm

20 Assembly 2.20pm led by H3, items by S2 & H1

20 Scholastic Issue 2 closes

23 Otago Anniversary Day – school closed

26 Golf – senior classes

27 Assembly 2.20pm led by H4, items by S3 & H6

30 Fire Service visit – Junior School 1.15-3pm

31 Athletics day


1 Fire Service visit – Junior School 1.15-3pm

1 Art Gallery Visit am Seniors

2 Art Gallery Visits am/pm Seniors

2 End of Term 1

20 Start of T2

21 Swimming Block commences

30 Swimming Block ends

PTA News
Next PTA Meeting
The next meeting will be held today 10th March at 3.20pm in the Group Teaching room in the College block. New members are welcome to attend.

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.

PTA Lunches
PTA lunches start this Friday with a sausage and bread with onions and sauce for $2. Please send orders with money in an envelope with your child’s name and room number on it.

Community News
Han Ma Um Dunedin Olympic Taekwondo: Experienced Instructors. Classes are held in the North East Valley Normal School hall from 6-8pm. Ph: 0274125770 or Email:

Mad March Kids Triathlon: Sunday 15 March starting at 11.30am at the Mosgiel Pool. 6-8 years and 9-11 years. Individual and teams. Further details contact Mike Harris 0274808946 or

Northern Junior Football Club: Registration for 2015 season now open. Ages 5 up.. Fun Day – Sunday 15th March 11am to 3pm. For more information or to register online go to or find Northern Juniors under the Club Directory on Football South website Any problems or enquiries please email: register.northernjuniors@gmail

Chat Bus City Safari: is a fundraiser being held on Saturday 21 March. It is like the Amazing Race, without the difficult tasks. You just have to answer questions. Categories for families or adult teams, beginning and ending at Forsyth Barr Stadium, and traversing the city by foot and by public bus, to answer questions and earn points. Score the most points in the 3 hours given, but don’t be late, because your points will be eaten up – for every minute you are late you lose points. A great fun-filled way to find out stuff you never knew about Dunedin, while having fun with your family/workmates, and earn prizes as well. Spot prizes and give-aways, as well as winners prizes. Sign up online at

Tall Ship Visit: Saturday, 14th March from 10am – 12 noon The Sea Education Association and the Sailing School Vessel Robert C. Seamans will be making a return visit to Dunedin and holding an “Open Day” aboard the vessel at the Harbour Basin (Birch Street Wharf) in Dunedin on 14th March. The Robert C. Seamans is a 134-foot steel brigantine and is the most sophisticated oceanographic research/sailing school vessel ever built in the United States. This voyage is part of the SEA Semester’s Global Ocean New Zealand study abroad programme. For more details of the ship and progammes see: Local contact: NZ Marine Studies Centre 03-479 5826,

Does Your Child Need Extra Help With Their Reading?  Remedial Reading specialist available to help. Qualified teacher aide Level 4: Available for after school, in home or at school. Affordable rates. Contact Morag 0272799569. References available.

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