Newsletter 17 February 2015

17 February 2015         Term 1 Week 3         15/3

Dear Parents & Caregivers
Kia ora koutou katoa

Fish ‘n’ Chip Evening
What a great atmosphere at the fish ‘n’ chip evening last Thursday. The weather was just perfect and having an activity for the children meant parents could have a good catch up. One parent said to me “This is why I love this school – we are such a community”. I agree – the evening showed how relaxed people are with each other.

The school fair is coming up – this is as much about us being a community as it is about fundraising. The event brings us together, united to advance our children’s learning. I therefore urge those not yet committed to some job at the fair to register yourself as soon as possible: “all hands to the pump!” To register, email Jesseme or talk to Sara in the office.

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

John McKenzie

We welcome Ty who has started in H4 with Mrs Will and Tim who has started in S4 with Mrs Kewene-Edwards We welcome their families to our school community.

Beach Education Trips
This week the whole school is participating in beach education in support of the Science curriculum strand: Living World. Both trips are dependent on the weather being fine.

The senior school is going to Warrington Beach on Wednesday leaving school at 9am. Please ensure your child is at school well before 9am. The junior school will be going to Brighton Beach on Thursday leaving school at 9.45am.

The bus cost for senior school children is $4.40 each; and the cost for junior school children is $5.00 each. If you have not paid the school activity donation for term 1 at least please send the money to school with your child or make payment at the office.

Rainbow Class
The first transition to school class for 4 year olds is being held this Thursday 19 February from 1.15-2.45pm in room H4. If you have a 4 year old who would like to join this fun class, please contact Mrs Will or the office.

Assembly will be held in the school hall this Friday commencing at 2.20pm. Assembly will be led by S3 with items by S2 and H1. 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.

Scholastic Book Club
Orders with money for Issue 1 need to be into the office by Friday 27 February. If you are paying by cheque, please make payable to Scholastic NZ.

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.

Advance Notice
Parent/Teacher/Child Goal Setting
The goal setting meetings will be held 9, 10, 11 March. This is when parents, children and teachers meet to set goals for the year. A notice will be sent home shortly in order for parents to book in times.

Sports News
The first flippaball games were held at Moana Pool on Sunday. The Awesome Orcas won 5 goals to 0; the Electric Eels lost 3 goals to 5; and the Awesome Octopus lost 0 goals to 9. The flippaball fee of $30 is due for payment now.

Sporting Success
Congratulations to Charlotte in H6 who has been selected for the Otago representative team at an athletics meeting in Invercargill on 1 March.

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


18 Beach Education day – Senior School

19 Beach Education day – Junior School

19 Rainbow Class H4 1.15-2.45pm

20 Assembly 2.20pm led by S3, items by S2 & H1

27 Assembly 2.20pm led by S2, items by S3 & H4


5 Rainbow Class H4 1.15-2.45pm

6 Assembly 2.20pm led by S1, items by S4 & H6

School Fair 11am-2pm

9 Art Gallery Trip am Seniors

9,10,11 Goal Setting Evenings

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

19 Rainbow Class H4 1.15-2.45pm

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

23 Otago Anniversary Day – school closed

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

30 Fire Service visit – Junior School 1.15-3pm


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
PTA Hot Lunches in Terms 2 and 3
We are in desperate need of volunteers who can help with school lunches on a Friday. Anyone who is interested helping should contact Zoe at

Print your Holiday Photos
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Community News

Jonathan Rhodes Kindergarten We are sessional and have spaces available now. All teachers are fully qualified and fully registered. We pride ourselves on our environment and sense of fun. Phone 4739107.

Southern Children’s Choir: Is your child interested in singing? The Southern Children’s Choir was established in 2007 for children aged 8 to 16 years old.  The children learn and perform a wide variety of music in a relaxed and fun environment. Rehearsals take place at Marama Hall, University of Otago, each Wednesday 7:00pm – 8:15pm during the school terms. If you are interested in finding out more, please contact: Rebecca Meikle 4771471 or email

Piano and Music Theory Lessons: Gareth Davies has spaces available for jazz, classical or mixed learning options for beginner to advanced students. Contact Gareth on 02108204658 or email

Dunedin Public Libraries Book Sale: Friday 20 February 4-8pm; Saturday 21 February 10am-4pm; Sunday 22 February 10am-3pm at the City Library carpark.

Otago Hockey Have a Go Day: for anyone who hasn’t played hockey and want to give it a go! Sunday 22 February at the hockey turf, Harbour Tce, Kids 11.30am-12.30pm; adults 12.30-1.30pm. Sticks provided if needed, shinpads and mouthguard recommended. Contact  Tory:

Future Homebased Childcare: Need quality homebased childcare for your preschooler? Contact Sarah on 027 788 0601 or via email on

Northern Junior Football Club: Registration for 2015 season now open. Ages 5 up. Registration Day – Sunday 22nd February 11.30 to 2pm. 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

30th Dunedin Girls Brigade Company: held at St Marks Presbyterian Church Hall, 304 Pine Hill Road starts back Wednesday the 18th February 2015. 6.00 – 7.30pm. Juniors 5-8 years old, Seniors 9-12 years and Pioneers 13 and up.

Te Wananga o Aotearoa Certificate in Social Work (Biculturalism in Practice Level 4. If you are wanting to work in social services this programme provides an introductory qualification to help you achieve your career goals. Starts March for 36 weeks. No fees. Contact Marian 4663435 or email

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