Newsletter 2 February 2015

2 February 2015                                       Term 1 Week 1                                                               15/1

Dear Parents & Caregivers
Kia ora koutou katoa

Happy New Year
Welcome to new children, families and staff members; welcome back to all others!

The annual fish’n’chip evening will be on Thursday 12 January from 4.30pm. BYO tea and beverages. This is a great opportunity to meet new staff especially.

Over the holidays we appointed two new teacher aides: Lynne Sheridan and Linda Strang. We also received the news that our long suffering caretaker, Ken Harvey, had decided to retire! The school will never be the same again!

School Fair
The school fair is only a month away. Goods for the white elephant stall can be left in the ‘Academy’. Just ask a staff member for directions! Shane Carter will be collecting items for the fair from the Academy to put into storage over the next 2 weeks. The fair committee are in need of much support over the coming weeks so please help out where you can.

The hall kitchen has had a major overhaul and is nearly ready for use; the senior block toilets have been updated.

Matt Thompson, parent and trustee, installed an obstacle course on the middle playground. Thanks a lot Matt for your contribution to the school and the community. Thanks to the PTA for covering the costs of materials.

Learning Focus 2015
Our focus this year continues to be writing but we are also doing some extra work on mathematics, science and Te Reo Maori.

We hope to have an Athletics Day this year; Stars on Stage and the junior performance will be highlights of term three. And if we have time we will hold a Science Fair!

So a busy year ahead.

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

John McKenzie

Welcome to our new children who have started school today. They are Lily May, Molly, Ava, Lucy, Maleah, Summer, Micah, Tyler, Bodie and Levi in H4 with Mrs Will; Liam in H3 with Mrs S; Oscar in H1 with Miss B; Rhiannon, Molly, Tauaoa, Annan and Joseph in H6 with Mrs Silby; Chance in S2 with Mrs Hesson and Mrs Evans-Weir; Rosa and Olivia in S3 with Miss Bowen; and Weepeha, Casey, Jamie and JJ in S4 with Mrs Kewene-Edwards. We also welcome back Matty and Ben who have returned from Australia. We would also like to welcome our College of Education teachers who have started their posting today.

Waitangi Day
School will be closed this Friday 6 February to observe Waitangi Day.

If your child is not going to be at school please leave a message on the school answerphone or send a text to the school cell phone 027 nevn abs (027 6386 227).

School Stationery
The class stationery lists have been sent home today with your child. Stationery packs are available from the office. We do not have eftpos so payment must be made by cash, cheque or by internet banking. It is expected that children have their stationery by the end of the week.

School Activity Donation
School activity donations for 2015 are: Senior School $100, or $25.00 per term; Junior School $90.00 or $22.50 per term. The family discount donation for a 2 child family is $160.00, or $40.00 per term; and a 3 child family is $200.00, or $50.00 per term.

The activity donation is requested for extra curricular activities such as trips to the museum & art gallery, school swimming, and performances by various groups at school. Prompt payment is appreciated. Payment may be made in full at the start of the year, termly, by cash, cheque, automatic payment or by internet transfer to account 03 1726 0055515 00, or by other arrangement with the office staff. We do not have EFTPOS. A receipt will be issued and this can be used as part of your tax return.

It is hoped that all families make a contribution as all children benefit from these extra activities.

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, stop by at the programme to talk to a member of staff or go to

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 $14.00. Please ensure your child has a bucket type hat with a full brim or a legionnaire type sun hat. No caps please.

School Wide Expectations
The school wide expectations are included with this newsletter for parents and caregivers to read with your child/ren. These expectations also form the basis of the class contracts the teachers will be discussing with the children during the week.

Road Patrol
If you are able to assist with supervising the road patrollers before or after school for 15-20 minutes please contact Mrs Staynes or the school office. Teachers really appreciate this help as it is difficult to leave the classroom before school and at 3pm. Many parents/caregivers like to speak to the class teacher at this time and the children often need this time with the teacher.

Road Safety & Parking Around the School
When walking children to or from school please use the patrolled crossing to get children across North Road. The instruction is to wait for the second whistle and the barrier arms to go out across the road before stepping off the footpath. This is teaching children safe road crossing skills.

Would parents who pick up children from the Longworth Street entrance please not park in the residents’ driveways or on the yellow no parking areas.

School Newsletter, Website and Blogs
The school will continue this year with the use of the school website for publishing the newsletter and blogs giving updates of happenings in the school and in individual classrooms. Photos of children and their first names will be used. If you do not want your child’s name or image to be used please let us know.

Print your holiday photos
HappyMoose is a free mobile photo printing app from Dunedin. If you have an iPhone and you have taken some pictures on your summer holidays you can install the app from App Store and order prints from there. You can find more information about the app and the products at

Use promo code NEVN to get 10% off your purchase.

School Fair Saturday 7 March 11-2pm

Things are coming along now five weeks out from the fair, but there are still lots of spaces that need people to fill in and help with, both leading up to the fair and on the day. We need donations for good, clean items i.e. clothes, books, CDs, DVDs, larger items for the White Elephant. Pickups can be arranged, email the fair address, or drop off at the school to be stored. Good excuse for a big clear out at home.

Can you grow plants from cuttings for our plant stall? Pots available it needed. Handcrafted items for the craft stall are required – can you put clever skills to use? Homemade jams and preserves are welcome if you have excess summer fruit you can turn into something delicious.

Any queries or comments please email or talk with Jesseme Johnston-Jones (or other committee members). Committee members will be visible around the school recruiting help, so make yourself known and come and see which area you can help with. We still need lots of volunteers to make it a great success.

Next meeting Tuesday February 10th at 7pm in staffroom. All welcome. Every little bit helps to lighten the load.

School Lunches

Easy Lunches will be available on Mondays & Thursdays starting next week.

 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 envelope is included with this newsletter. Orders with money need to be into the office by 3pm on Tuesday.

PTA News
Winners of PTA Sponsored end of prizes for 2014

Creative Arts Award: Tim Hulbe Pulver

Xavier Award: Annashae Drummond.

Ben Wright Trophy: Dominic Windle.

First PTA Meeting for 2015
The first PTA meeting for 2015 will be held on Tuesday 10th February at 3.15pm in the Staffroom. We look forward to seeing you there. The agenda will be:

  • – 2015 fundraising ideas for the Terms
  • – Cut trees and wood
  • – Grant applications
  • – Meeting Times and Days
  • – Hot Lunches – Year Plan
  • – Hall Kitchen Needs (Pie Warmer, Fridge)
  • – Any old or continuing items from last year)

Please think of any information, ideas or notes on these and if you cannot attend the meeting please email through to Zoe at for your ideas etc to be voiced on your behalf.

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