Newsletter No. 5 - 29 March 2012
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Motutapu Camp; Parent/Teacher Interviews; ANZAC Day; Science Fair; Uniform; Hair; School Canteen; Hosting our Sister Schools from Japan; Coat Hangers Wanted; School Closure; East Zone After School Care; Community Notices
It was a great start to the camp round with Syndicate A and Room 20 leaving on a sunny Monday morning this week. Syndicate D and Room 19 will be enjoying the Motutapu experience the first week of Term 2 and Syndicate B and Room 21 the week of 30 April to 4 May.
If, on the Monday morning of departure to camp your child is sick and unable to attend, it is vital that you phone the school and leave a message before 8.00 am.
Reminder: There are still some camp fees outstanding. These need to be paid before your child attends camp. If, for any reason, there is a problem with payment, please contact either Julia Beaumont or Gaynor Weir (Ext. 810) at the school.
Parent/teacher interviews will be held on Monday 2nd April from 1.00 pm - 8.00 pm and on Tuesday 3rd April from 3.20 - 6.00 pm. If you have not already booked an interview with your child's teacher, please do so now! Go to www.schoolinterviews.co.nz enter the school code N92LP, click "Go" and follow the instructions. Online bookings will close at 3.00 pm, Thursday 29th March.
School will finish at 12.00 noon on Monday 2nd April. Howick & Eastern buses will run at 12.00 noon that day, however, the MOE buses will run at the usual time of 3.00 pm.
Supervision will be available at school for those students who are unable to go home at 12.00 noon on Monday 2nd April. Please inform your child's classroom teacher in writing should your child require supervision until 3.00 pm.
ANZAC Day falls in the first week of Term 2 this year. School will be closed on Wednesday 25th April.
A number of our students will be attending the ANZAC parade on Wednesday 25th April at Stockade Hill, Howick. Our school once again has the honour of being the official flag bearers for this ceremony. These students will be attending the parade in full school uniform. Your support would be most appreciated.
Poppy Sales: Poppies will be available at the school for a gold coin donation on Monday 23rd and Tuesday 24th April.
ANZAC Assembly: We will also be holding a special ANZAC assembly at school on Friday 27th April at 1.30 pm and parents are most welcome to attend.
Students who have shown an interest in doing Science Fair this year have all been given a letter to take home. If they intend to undertake a Science Fair project this year, they need to please return the reply slip to Mrs Duffield or Mrs Dowman by Wednesday 4th April. There will be a meeting for all these students explaining how they can go about choosing a topic to investigate, before the end of the term.
A reminder that all students must be wearing full and correct winter uniform from the start of Term 2, Monday 23rd April. This particularly applies to the wearing of correct footwear and socks. Boys must wear black leather lace-up shoes (no sports styles or skate shoes) and for girls, black leather lace-up shoes (no flat, pump, slip on or ballet style shoes). Girls are allowed to wear shoes with a buckle or velcro strap (no elastic straps). Please be aware that all school shoes sold in the school footwear sections of stores, do not necessarily meet our school requirements.
We take great pride in our school uniform and believe that presentation is very important. Please support us by ensuring that all uniform items are neat and tidy (including polished school shoes) and that the uniform is worn correctly at all times.
Often during a holiday break the students are tempted to do something different with their hair. Our school policy on hair is expected to be adhered to upon return to school. If your child does braid or dye their hair over the holidays, please ensure that it returns to normal for the start of school.
A reminder that lunch orders need to be placed at the canteen before school and will be delivered to classrooms at lunch time. A menu is available on our website under 'School Info'. Snacks can be purchased at morning interval and lunch time.
HOSTING OUR SISTER SCHOOLS FROM JAPAN
Thank you to all those families who have offered to billet children from Wakamiya and Takamiya primary schools in Fukuoka, Japan, when they visit us towards the end of July this year. The children will stay 5 nights. Our school will be visiting Japan next year and billeting a child is a wonderful opportunity for your children to learn about Japan and also perhaps consider going on the return trip next year.
If you are interested in billeting children from Japan, we would love to hear from you! Please email Lyn Baxter firstname.lastname@example.org Thank you for your support!
COAT HANGERS WANTED
Our costume room for Dance and Drama has recently been renovated. We urgently need coat hangers for our costumes. If you have spare unwanted coat hangers at home please drop them into the school office. Any queries, please contact Louise Jennings email@example.com Your support is most appreciated.
Students will be dismissed from school on Thursday 5th April at the usual time of 3.00 pm. Term 2 will commence at 8.35 am on Monday 23rd April 2012. I wish you all a safe and happy holiday.
EASTZONE AFTER SCHOOL CARE
For those who may not be aware, we would like to inform you that we have an after school care programme operating at Somerville Intermediate School. This service is based in the library at the school and runs from 3-6pm every day of the school term. Our aim at the programme is to provide children with:
- quality care in a safe, enjoyable environment
- afternoon tea (variety of foods including warm snacks, biscuits, fruit and drink)
- opportunities for children to enjoy fun indoor and outdoor activities
- assistance with homework - we strongly encourage children to spend time on homework and provide help in the form of explanations/guidance when necessary
- access to computers in the IT suite for both homework and leisure use.
At the programme, we can provide you as parents/caregivers with care of your child (or children) either on a regular or casual basis. We would be happy to provide you with references if required.
For further information or enrolment forms, please contact Jocelyn on 021 239 5680 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org
PARADICE ICE SKATING - School Holiday Fun at Paradice *** Learn to Ice Skate or Play Ice Hockey
Learn new skating skills. Enjoy the fun games and activities during the Public Session. Classes for Beginner to Advanced skaters from 6 years+.
Holiday Programme 9am - 12noon *** 1 hour Instruction and 2 hour Supervised Public Session
Week 1: Ice Skating ~ Tuesday 10 April - Friday 13 April = 4 mornings ($82.99)
Week 2: Ice Skating or Ice Hockey ~Monday 16 April - Friday 20 April = 5 mornings ($99.99)
All Fees include Admission, Equipment Hire and Tuition. for more information or to enrol contact Paradice.
ENROLMENTS now open for Term 2 CLASSES starting from 24th April 4pm on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, Saturdays 9am and Sundays 10.45 am + Hockey School Mondays 5pm. Classes also available for Adults! Tuesdays, Fridays 10am and Wednesdays 7pm.
490 Ti Rakau Drive, Botany; Ph: 273 2999 email@example.com www.paradice.co.nz
MILO Play is coming to your local recreation centre these April School holidays. Come on down for 2 hours of FREE play with MILO!
Wednesday 11 April 2012, Howick Recreation Centre, 563 Pakuranga Road, Pakuranga ~~~ 9.30 am - 11.30 am
Look for the MILO Play team on arrival!
SCHOOL HOLIDAY RIDING PROGRAMMES
Learners and experts welcome. Safe experienced horses provided. Full and Half Days available. Learn to Ride and Care for a pony. Phone Courtenay 021 505 220. Kingslea Park Riding School Info@Kingsleaparkstud.co.nz