Term 1, week 4, 21 February 2017 school newsletter
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From the principal

Dear parents and caregivers

Kia ora koutou katoa

Goal-setting interviews
Please find enclosed a notice and form about the interviews to fill in and send back to the school as soon as possible.
During the interviews parents, the teacher and child will set goals to work on during the first half of the year. These goals will be reviewed at the second interview later in the year.

Settling in for the year
The classes are very settled with children and teachers working hard on a variety of learning tasks.

Road patrol volunteers
We are still looking for parent volunteers to help with road patrol before and after school. At the moment teachers are having to leave their rooms which means they are not free to speak with parents at drop off and collection time. Your help would be really appreciated.
Kia kaha tatou katoa ki te tautoko o tatou tamariki, mokopuna hoki.

Cheryl Staynes
Deputy Principal

Walk n Wheel Week

Walk n Wheel Week is an initiative run by Sport Otago and the Dunedin City Council to promote and encourage active transport to school.
Children are encouraged to walk or wheel (cycle, skate or scoot) to school.
Walk n Wheel Day is on Wednesday 1 March, but we encourage active transport for the week. Children who are normally driven can be dropped off at a safe point further away from the school and walk  or wheel from there.
The idea is to kick off the year with active transport. Our school will also go into the draw to win Stirling Sports vouchers if we have more 60% participation for the week, and more than 80% participation on Walk n Wheel Day. 

Three-way interviews

Three-way parent, teacher and child goal-setting interviews will take place in week six of term one, on 6, 7 and 8 March. Except for Mrs Kewene-Edwards class, C3, which will be on the 8, 9 and 10 March.
Each interview will last 15 minutes and is an opportunity to set goals for the rest of the year.
A notice and form about the interview has been sent home with this newsletter. Please fill it in and return it to the school as soon as possible.
Most people choose Monday and we do run out of time slots so please put down two choices.

Activity donation

A request for payment was sent home earlier this week. This donation is requested for extra-curricular activities such as trips to the museum and art gallery, school swimming and performances by various groups at the school.
Payments can be made in the office via cash or Eftpos. For internet banking the account number is:

Sponsor thank you

Thank you to all our sponsors who support the cost of supplying our newsletter paper.
Take a look at the back page of this newsletter, give these businesses your support and be sure to tell them you saw their ad here!

Dates to note


23     PTA meeting, 7.30-8.30pm, Simon's Bistro
27-3 Mar     Walk n' Wheel week

6-8    Goal setting interviews
9-11   Goal setting interviews, C3
13-23 Swimming block, seniors
13      Portobello aquarium, H1 and H2
14      Portobello aquarium, H3
24 - 4 Apr  Swimming block, juniors
16      PTA meeting, Simon's Bistro, 7.30-8.30pm
20      Otago Anniversary Day

13      End of term 1

1       Start of term 2


Ukulele lessons

With Kirsten Kane (MusB, Grad Dip Tchg), Tuesdays, 3.15–5.15pm, starting 14 March. Cost $5/lesson, max 5 students per lesson. Call or text 027 281 8782 or email 

Tool Box parenting courses

Build a great family team and have fun on the way. Small group courses with a trained facilitator, six sessions per course, tailored to your needs. Covering The Early Years (0–6), The Middle Years (6–12) and Tweens and Teens (12+). Childcare available and supper provided. Time for Middle Years has changed to 6–8pm. Ph Amy or Steve on 473 9413 or 


A  welcome to Jack in room H4.
We warmly welcome Jack and his family to our school and look
forward to getting to know them. 

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:
  • 23 February
  • 9 March
  • 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 is available from 8–8.30am in room C1, gold coin donation. 

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.


Assembly will be held in the hall at 2.10pm on Friday.
It will be led and have items presented by S1.
Parents and caregivers are welcome to attend.

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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Visit our website


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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