Term 1, week 5, 28 February 2017 school newsletter
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From the principal

Dear parents and caregivers

Kia ora koutou katoa

Some updates
Our caretaker, Carl, continues to recover from cancer treatment. Ken Harvey, Carl’s predecessor, has been filling the gap in the meantime for which we are very grateful. Craig South (a school parent) is going to cover the custodial duties until Carl returns and the lawns will be maintained by John Humphries, the former greenkeeper at Chisholm Park Golf Club. We do appreciate the willingness shown by our community to help out in time of need.

From time to time we require relief teacher aides, often with little notice. Any parents or grandparents who are interested in this work should register interest with Mrs Staynes.

Goal setting is coming up. These conferences are a great opportunity to get an update on your child’s progress thus far, as well as contributing to setting some goals for the rest of the year.
Kia kaha tatou katoa ki te tautoko o tatou tamariki, mokopuna hoki.

John McKenzie 

School wins computers

Our school has won a notebook computer and an Ipad mini 2 after the class picture we chose to have on the cover of our free Academy school books was judged the best art work received last year!
Excellent work by Mr Andrew’s class in room S1 last year who created this lovely artwork in their exploration of shapes and patterns.

Dental Clinic visits

Dental therapy clinics begin this Friday 4 March. Children receive their treatment from students under the care of dental therapists and/or dentists.
The Dental School will advise parents/caregivers of the date and time of clinics. Children are normally transported in a mini bus and are supervised by a dental student. Parents and caregivers are welcome to travel with their child and attend the clinic, or you may take your child independently.
If a consent form is required, please ensure it is completed and given to your child on the day of the appointment, or left at the school office.  If you have any queries regarding your child’s care please contact Donna, the Dental School administrator, on 479 7189. 

Payments needed for activities

The junior and middle school are having a lesson with St John Ambulance educators next Monday and Tuesday. The cost per child is $2. Could you please pay this amount at the school office if you not paid the activity donation.
Children also enjoyed a performance of Puss in Boots: Pet Detective from the Playhouse Theatre yesterday. The cost per child was $4.50 which needs to be paid at the office if you have not paid the activity donation.
Thank you in advance. 

Walk n Wheel Day

Tomorrow (Wednesday) is Walk n Wheel Day, so we encourage everybody to make a special effort to walk, bike, skate or scoot to school.
If the distance is too far from home, children can be dropped off at a safe place and walk or wheel from that point. 

Goal-setting interviews

Interview times for three-way parent, teacher and child interviews have been sent home today. Please check your child’s/children’s school bag/s.
We have tried to give everybody who returned their forms the times they requested. 

Please update your details

We have had a few instances lately where we have tried to contact parents but the phone
numbers we have on record were incorrect.
Please call into the office to check we have all of your correct personal details, such as phone
numbers, emails and addresses. 

Dates to note


27-3 Mar     Walk n' Wheel week

6-8    Goal-setting interviews
8-10   Goal-setting interviews, C3
9        Rocky shore, beach education day, Warrington
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

11      Cross-country, Chingford Park
13      End of term 1

1       Start of term 2


Mothers' and Daughters' self defence

A fun day for mums and daughters to build greater self-confidence and more options for how to deal with a range of situations from attacks by strangers, to pressure and abuse from people we know. Taught by an accredited member of The Women’s Self Defence Network Wāhine Toa. On 11 March 10am–5pm. To register contact Bell on 022 638 9885 or 


A  welcome to Skyla, Penda and Chloee in room H4.
We warmly welcome our new children and their families 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:
  • 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

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 S2.
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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