Term 1, week 8, 21 March 2017 school newsletter
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From the principal

Dear parents and caregivers

Kia ora koutou katoa

Homework policy
Tuesday afternoons in the McKenzie household are a bit hectic - piano practice is followed by swimming classes which is followed by Keas! So dinner is a little later than normal and after dinner the last thing anyone in our house wants to do is school homework!
Homework is provided by the teachers to reinforce what is being taught in class and to keep parents up-to-date with how a child is progressing.
We understand that homework can add unreasonable stress to family life. Therefore we do not enforce the completion of homework tasks. If homework becomes a major pain in your household, give it a miss!
Our PTA needs help
The school benefits greatly from the work of the Parent Teachers Association. The number of active members is currently very low and probably at an unsustainable level. Anyone able to give some time to this important group should contact Tamsin Greer on
Kia kaha tatou katoa ki te tautoko o tatou tamariki, mokopuna hoki.

John McKenzie 

Thank you Lion Foundation for uniforms

A huge thank you to the Lion Foundation for a grant which enabled us to buy 50 shorts and
t-shirts for our sports uniform.
The uniforms are used at sports days, by sports teams such as futsal and netball, and at cultural events.
Our awesome models are Oscar and Harriet.

Beach Education Day

School swimming

The senior swimming block continues until Thursday and juniors will start their swimming lessons on Friday.
Don’t forget to pack togs, towels and goggles.
Parent helpers are appreciated, especially with the juniors when we need extra help with getting pupils changed. 

Thank you for swim grant

A big thank you to the Bendigo Valley Sports and Charity Foundation who have given us a $1500 grant towards our swimming blocks.
This grant makes a significant contribution to the costs of swimming lessons for all pupils with JC Swim School at DNI pool.

Chess and games club

Our Chess and Strategy Games Club has started up again on Wednesday lunchtimes in room H1.
Logan Park High School pupils Matai and Hannah along with Otago Chess Club volunteers come along to help make this is a fun session for our children. 

PTA news

The PTA is joining the Reading Cinemas school reward programme. Simply hand in a school-stamped coupon with each ticket and for every 10 coupons handed in we get a free movie pass.
Keep those donations coming in for the PTA Easter raffle to the box in the office. Thank you for all our
donations so far. 
The PTA has sent home a PTA newsletter with the hard copy of this school newsletter to give parents an update on what they have been busy with this term.

Scholastic Book Club

Orders for Issue 2 of the Scholastic Book Club are due this Friday.
Payments can be made at the office or make your order online at 

Dental School visits

Dental therapy clinics for school pupils started this month. Children receive their treatment from students under the care of dental therapists and/or dentists.
Parents/caregivers will be advised by the Dental School of the date and time of clinics and children are normally transported from school in a minibus and supervised by a dental student.
Parents are welcome to travel with their child and attend the clinic, or to take their child independently to the clinic.
If a consent form is needed, please complete it and give it to your child on the day of their appointment, or leave it at the school office.
If you have any questions about your child’s care please contact Donna, the Dental School administrator, on 479 7189.
Parents do also have the option of taking their child to the Dental Hub where treatment is provided by dental therapists, or to their family dentist. 

Dates to note


13-23 Swimming block, seniors
24 - 4 Apr  Swimming block, juniors
27      Hooked on Cricket
30      Rainbow Class for 4-year-olds
30      Art Gallery trip, S1
31      Art Gallery trip, S2

5       Golf, senior school
11      Cross-country, Chingford Park
13      End of term 1
14      Good Friday
16      Easter Monday

1       Start of term 2


Library book sale

Lose an hour, gain a bargain. The clock is ticking so put 31 March in your diary as we count down to the giant Friday to Sunday carpark book sale. Bring a bag and get ready to
rummage! Friday 31 March, 9.30am–8pm, Saturday and Sunday, 1–2 April, 11am–4pm, City Library carpark, Moray Place.

Valley Kids holiday programme

School holidays are not far away!
If you intend to put your child/children into our Valley Kids School Holiday Programme please get your registration in now.
Pick up a form from the office or from Lisa in room C1. This really helps with our staff planning so thank you.

Rainbow class

Our transition to school class is held in room H4 fortnightly from 1.15 to 2.45pm on Thursday. Term 1 dates are:
  • 30 March
Contact Mrs Marshall or the office for more information or email

After School Care

After school care is available from 3–5.45pm.
The cost is $14/child per day and includes afternoon tea.
Enrolment forms are available at the school office or email

Before School Care

Before School care is available from 8–8.30am in room C1 for a gold coin donation.
Teachers are in their classrooms ready to receive children from 8.30am.


Assembly will be held in the hall at 2.10pm on Friday.
It will be led and have items presented by H3.
Parents and caregivers are welcome to attend.

Wheels Days

On Friday lunchtime children may ride their bikes, scooters, skateboards etc to school. Children who bring their bikes will need to wear a helmet.
Peter McDonald will be here to help with any bike repairs.

School lunches

Easy lunches

Available Mon & Thur
Has a pizza bun, fruit, muffin, popcorn and a dessert.
Cost $4, or $5 for larger lunch.
Orders with money need to be in office by 9am.

PTA lunches

Available on Fridays
A sausage or saveloy with bread and onion for $2.
Vegetarian sausages also available.
Please have orders with money in an envelope with child's name and room number on it.
Money must be left at office by 9am.

School App

Get the FREE school app from the App or Play Store.
Will alert you to important dates and events. Has up-to-date term and upcoming events dates and teacher contacts.
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The school cell number for texting absences is 
027 nevn abs
(027 638 6227)
Or let us know via the school app.
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