Newsletter 24 February 2015

24 February 2015                                             Term 1 Week 4                                                      15/4

Dear Parents & Caregivers
Kia ora koutou katoa

Upcoming Events
This is a short term – only 9 weeks – and we have lots on. We have changed a few dates so please note the following:

  • Ÿ Next week is Walk ‘n’ Wheel Week where we try to get as many children as possible to walk or wheel all or part of the way to school;
  • ŸThere will not be assembly on Friday 6th March as the hall will be taken over by the Fair
    Committee on that day;
  • Ÿ7th March is the school fair – starting at 11am. See the enclosed notice;
  • ŸWeek 6, beginning the 9th March: goal setting interviews. Slips will be issued next week;
  • ŸAthletics Day was meant to be on Friday 13 March but we have changed this to Tuesday 31st March;
  • ŸOtago Anniversary is a public holiday – Monday 23 March;
  • ŸThe Science Expo was due to be held on 31st of March – this has been changed to accommodate the Athletics Sports and will happen later in the year.

Ken Harvey’s Retirement
Ken Harvey is retiring. His last day is this Friday. Ken has been the school caretaker for 30 years. During that time he has seen many children, teachers and principals come and go. He has outlasted them all and is our longest serving staff member. The trustees and the staff acknowledge the immeasurable contribution Ken has made to the school over the years, and wish him a long, happy and healthy retirement.

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

John McKenzie

Welcome to Ollie who has started in H4 with Mrs Will. We welcome his family to our school community.

Beach Education Trips
Thank you to the parents and caregivers who assisted with the beach education trips last week. The teachers report that they were very successful and enjoyed by all.

Assembly will be held in the school hall this Friday commencing at 2.20pm. Assembly will be led by S2 with items by S3 and H4. 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 this Friday 27 February. If you are paying by cheque, please make payable to Scholastic NZ.

Pupil Profiles
Pupil profiles were sent home yesterday for parents/caregivers to check address and phone contact details. Please update where necessary and return to the office by this Friday.

School Activity Donation
A summary of your child’s school activity donation will be sent home later this week. Please ensure payment is made to cover term 1 at least. We are happy for payment to be made in full, termly or weekly. If you wish to pay by automatic payment or internet banking the school account number is 03 1726 005551500.

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.

Peastraw will be available for pickup from Bonnington Street this Saturday from 1pm on. Deliveries can be made for $2 extra per bale for 3 or more bales. Contact Amy on 0272569182 to arrange.

Sports News
The Awesome Orcas played 2 games on Sunday losing the first game 1 goal to 7 and winning the second game 4 goals to 2; the Electric Eels lost 1 goal to 6; and the Awesome Octopus lost in a close game 2 goals to 3. Thank you to those families who have paid the flippaball fee.

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


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


2-6 Walk ‘n’ Wheel Week

5 Rainbow Class H4 1.15-2.45pm

6 No Assembly today

School Fair 11am-2pm

9 Art Gallery Trip am Seniors

9,10,11 Goal Setting Interviews

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

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

Beach Education

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.

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:

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.. 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

MA-FI ARTS: After School Arts Programme, 1st Floor – Room 104, King Edward Court (KEC) Cnr Stuart St and York Place. Classes run by 2 Professional Art Teachers/Artists in a Large, Warm, Well Equipped Studio. Drawing*Painting*Sculpture**Print-Making*Pottery* Mask-Making.  Open: Daily: 3 – 6:15pm. Session time 3hrs daily at $22.50/time.  All Materials Included. Enquiries/Enrolments: Matthew or Fiona Ph-KEC 477 6112 / Hm 472-8072 / Cell. 021-114-7971. Email:  Web:

Communicating with Tricky Teenagers Workshop: Saturday 14 March 9am-12.30pm. Contact Karyn Chalk 473 7087, 02102754881 or email

Carnegie Art Studio: After school classes 3-6pm, Carnegie Centre. Enrol or enquiries 0211430122.

Harbour Junior Rugby Club: come along to register for the 2015 season on either Sunday 8th March 10-11am or Tuesday 10th March 4-5pm at clubrooms, Watson Park, Port Chalmers.Subs for season are $45 individual or $80 family.

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NEV Normal School Banking is Proudly Sponsored by Credit Union South

26 Filleul Street
Dunedin 9059
Ph 03 4771473
Remember School Banking Day is Tuesday

Application forms are available at the office