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Tuesday, 14 October 2014

Newsletter Week 1 Term Four 2014

Dear Parents, Friends and Caregivers

Welcome back to the last term!

We especially welcome new students Bella Lund, Samuel Lund, Sofia Lund, Kipp Cassidy, Brylee Blackie,  Samuel Gerrand, Taiwera Arama and their parents Marcus and Alice Lund, Hadley and Paula Blackie, Matt and Courtney Gerrand.

Once again, the term is jam-packed with great learning opportunities, with a big focus on the arts, in which we are reminded that God is creative and that we can have great joy and fulfilment as we respond to thoughts and ideas we see and feel with creativity.

Events and learning opportunities this term include how-to-draw classes, an introduction to NZ contemporary artists and thinking about art, lots of art practise, an art exhibition, swimming lessons, cross-country, athletics, choir, creative thinking classes, fireworks, and a zoo trip or Rainbows End for specific groups of learners.  And that is without all the other ongoing learning.

Please see our website for more information: Upcoming Events, and the Events Calendar on the right of the blog or at Calendar.

Honouring Assemblies: We always look forward to honouring each and every child in the school in Term 4. Please diarise these Honouring Assemblies and invite grandparents and special people who are close to your child. You will be asked to stand with your child and 1-2 family representatives per child will say a few words that you value about him/her. This sounds more scary than it is, as everyone does it, and we start the process by saying what we as a school see and value in your child. A wonderful opportunity to be encourage your child.
Rooms 3 & 4      24th and 31st October
Room 2             7th and 14th November
Room 1             21st and 28th November
We will give you the exact date for your child next week.

Camp: We are well into the swing of next year’s February camp. This is a great community-building time, as we encourage all families to come and be involved with us at camp for one or two days (yes you can stay overnight and bring preschoolers). Our 2014 camp was a great success.

Please everybody come to the Camp meeting tonight, 7pm, as advertised last term, to learn more about the camp.

We look forward to seeing you!

Helen Pearson

Fundraising Sausage Sizzles
Our sausage sizzles to raise funds for the swimming lessons start this Saturday outside Snells Beach Warehouse. If you are able to assist with BBQ’s over the next few weeks please contact Isabelle on or phone 09 4229556. Thanks

Swimming Lessons
Swimming lessons start next Thursday please see the accompanying letter for details.

Yummy Apple Stickers
Please continue to collect yummy stickers as any collected now will help next year’s sports gear fundraising. If you need collection sheets please ask at the office.

School Uniform Hats
Unfortunately we have not yet received our school hats so in the interim children can wear any hat. Children without hats will have to play in the shaded areas during playtimes.

We will advise you of the cost and when the hats are expected to arrive as soon as possible. School hats are not a compulsory uniform item but please see below as to what hats are acceptable under our policy.

School Uniform hats will be sand coloured and one size fits all.

 Summer Uniform
Students can wear black sandals rather than black socks and shoes during the summer.  A hat is compulsory if your child is in the playground.

Our policy states : “require students to wear hats which protect the face, neck and ears, whenever they are outside and involved in school activities. Students at school without a hat must remain in an allocated shaded area or inside at break times. Hats must be broad-brimmed (min 7.5cm), or legionnaire/bucket hats (min 6cm brim, deep crown). These hats provide significant protection to the eyes”.

Sunhats are expected to be available from the uniform shop from week three of term 4.

Open Days/Try Days
In term four we will have Open Days/Try Days every Tuesday for anybody who would like to see the school in action and prospective students. If you know anybody who is interested in the school please encourage them to come and check us out.

Parent Group Meetings
Our Parents Group meet on the first Wednesday of the month, except for the holidays, at 3.00 in the staffroom.  We would love to have your input.
Meeting Dates: Oct 15, Nov 5, Dec 3

Special Assemblies
October 24th and 31st          Rooms 3 & 4 Honouring Assembly
November 7th and 14th       Room 2 Honouring Assembly
November 21st and 28th      Room 1 Honouring Assembly
December 1st Volunteers     Honouring Assembly
December 12th                   Prizegiving

Board Meetings
These are the dates for the Board Meetings for the rest of the year.
You are always welcome to attend they are held at 7.00 in the staffroom.
28 October, 9 December

Calendars/Diaries/Cards Fundraiser
In term 4 each child will produce a piece of artwork that will be made into a calendar or pack of 8 cards/envelopes or diary.

This will be a fundraiser to enable us to get new bean bags, a couch and cushions for the refurbished library.

Calendars will be $12.00
8 pouch of cards and envelopes $12.00
Diary $15.00

Final day for ordering will be Wed 29 Oct. They will be available mid Nov to enable you to get these posted away for gifts for family and friends. An order form will be sent home in term 4.

Picnic/Talent Show/Guy Fawkes
Friday 31 October
Shared dinner/picnic followed by a talent quest. Start practicing now. Guy Fawkes will round off the evening.

Zoo Trip
Our postponed  zoo trip has been scheduled for Monday 24th November. Something for the children to look forward to.

Choir for Carols by Candlelight
Choir practices start on 17 October. Carol by Candlelight is held on 5th December. See the parent group newsletter for more details.

Upcoming Events:        
14 Oct                           Pre –Camp Meeting
                                    Photolife – School Photos
15 Oct                           Parent Group Meeting                 
24 Oct                           Rooms 3 & 4 Honouring Assembly
28 Oct                           Board of Trustees Meeting
29 Oct                           Interschool Crosscountry
                                    Calendar /Diaries/Cards orders in
31 Oct                           Rooms 3 & 4 Honouring Assembly
                                    Picnic, Talent Show and Fireworks night
4 Nov                            MCS  Athletics Day
5 Nov                            Parent Group Meeting
7 Nov                            Room 2 Honouring Assembly
14 Nov                          Room 2 Honouring Assembly
16 Nov                          Anniversary Church Service
21 Nov                          Room 1 Honouring Assembly
24 Nov                          Zoo Trip
28 Nov                          Room 1 Honouring Assembly
3 Dec                            Parent Group Meeting
1 Dec                            Volunteers Honouring Assembly
5 Dec                            Carols by Candlelight
8 Dec                            Rainbow Care Day
9 Dec                            Board of Trustees Meeting
12 Dec                          Prizegiving Assembly
                                    Art Exhibition/Bible Fair
16 Dec                          Last Day of School for Year

Community Notices

Pasifika Island Dinner
Our very own Moana Hepoto is raising money to attend The Multicultural Discipleship Training school in Gore this year. She is cooking Pasifika Island food dinner of chicken chopsuey'n rice, marinated chicken, taro coated with coconut cream & salad on Friday 17th October. Pick up at Springboard in Snells Beach at 5pm and Count down underground parking by exit at 5.30pm.  She is taking pre-orders till Friday noon.

Contact Moana on  or phone 021 02461732 to place your order.

Omaha Beach Surf Lifesaving Club
Junior Surf starts Sunday November 2nd. 6 years +. For new registrations or information email . Previous members will receive new registration by email.

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