Newsletter 4 March 2015

4 March 2015                                            Term 1 Week 5                                                               15/5

Dear Parents & Caregivers
Kia ora koutou katoa

Week 5
Bi-lingual Class
The bi-lingual class has started for the year. Mrs Kewene-Edwards will teach this class each Wednesday morning. At this stage no new enrolments will be accepted – the class is large enough. When places become available we will inform the whanau.

Whanau Hui
I would like to have a whanau hui this month – Tuesday 17 March at 4.30pm. We will discuss:

  • Ÿ Values and virtues of our Kura.
  • Ÿ Ta taiako.

While the hui is pitched at Maori whanau all are welcome to attend.

Wheels Friday and Sandpit Use
We are returning to separating juniors and seniors using the sandpit and having ‘wheels day’. So, this week, the sandpit is for the children in the senior block and wheels day on Friday will be restricted to juniors.

Next week the juniors will have exclusive use of the sandpit and the seniors will have wheels Friday.

Lateness and Earliness
The school is open for business at 8.30am. Children are not to come to school before 8.30am unless by arrangement with the principal. Similarly children need to collected at 3.00pm each day – teachers schedule meetings with parents and have other commitments to attend to after school and are not available to watch the children until their parents arrive. If you find yourself unable to collect your child by 3.00pm then let the office know.

The Fair
The fair is the first since 2002 and is shaping up to be a great day. Good luck to all who are taking part!

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

John McKenzie

Welcome to Phoenix and Malaki who have started in H4 with Mrs Will.

Rainbow Class
Rainbow class will be held in room H4 this Thursday from 1.15-2.45pm. This is a fun class taken by Mrs Will, the new entrant teacher, to aid the children’s transition to school. If you have a 4 year old who would like to join in, please contact Mrs Will or the office.

There is no assembly this Friday as the hall is being prepared for the fair.

Wheels Days
On Friday lunchtimes the junior 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.

Pupil Profiles
Please remember to return your child’s pupil profile to school noting any updates.

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.

Ken Harvey’s Retirement Picture 30+ years of  service to our school.

Ken's last day


All the Fun of the Fair This Saturday 11am to 2pm

Helpers are still needed. Contact Jesseme or the office.

On Friday please bring your baking to the back of the hall to the new sliding kitchen window where there will be willing helpers to receive it.

Peastraw will be available at the fair this Saturday.

Remember to bring plenty of small change i.e. coins and lower denomination notes.

Fair Logo

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


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

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

21 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

Sports News
The Awesome Orcas had a big win on Sunday 7 goals to 0; the Electric Eels lost 2 goals to 6; and the Awesome Octopus played 2 games on Sunday drawing the first game 1 goal each and losing the second game 1 goal to 9.

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.

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:

You PT Personal Training: 1 on 1 personal training; 1 on 2 personal training; group sessions: minimum 5/maximum 10 people. Special prices for NEV Normal parents and friends (mention ad for discount). Contact Layton on 02040769321 or email or follow me on facebook

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

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

Foster Carers Needed: by Child, Youth and Family. Full training and financial support. Contact Rose Scott 9553438 or Jenny McConnell 9553470.

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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