Newsletter 23 July 2014

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<ul><li> 1. PUKEKOHE HILL FAMILY NEWSLETTER Phone 092386374 Fax 09 2387445 e.mail: No 20/14 23 July 2014 WELCOME TO HILL Kia ora koutou. Welcome back to a new term. This terms learning concept is Culture which will provide excellent learning experiences for students. Welcome to Gemma King, Kelsie Arthur, Dre Taurua-Kite, Armani Taituha, Rynal Singh, Asher Pinker Janat Devi and Arabelle Andrews who have recently celebrated their 5th birthday and joined Mrs Poirier in the Reception Class or Mrs Thomson in Room 27. Welcome also to older students Peyton Hocking, Shivani Rana, Hopper and Esme Burson, and Braeden Mills who have joined us from other NZ schools or from overseas. STAFF IN THE NEWS Welcome to newly appointed and returning staff. Mrs Gabrielle Thomson has begun our latest new entrant class in Room 27, and Janice Bajo has joined our Cleaning team. Welcome back also to Mrs Alison Tod who returns from leave to teach Room 2. EVENTS COMING UP Dates to diary July 22: Matariki challenge 28: PTA at 7.30pm 31: Family Conferences 2-8pm August: 19: Kids for Kids Concert 7.30 FOR THOSE WHO LIKE TO PLAN WELL AHEAD Term 3: Closes Friday 26 September. Term 4: Monday 13 October. Closes Wednesday 17 Dec. AROHATIA TE REO: CHERISH THE LANGUAGE As part of te wiki o te reo Maori - Maori Language week and our Term 3 Culture learning inquiry concept, we celebrated with a whanau challenge day on Tuesday to construct flax putiputi, followed by a Matariki assembly on Wednesday, and a sleepover for our Maori Enrichment class, and the hangi lunch offer on Thursday. Special thanks to teacher Mrs Chamberlain and whaea Valerie Mave, Hutana Maxwell and the impressive leadership shown by tamariki from Room 22. HOWS YOUR TE REO? Like to help your children pronounce Maori or learn more yourself? Check out or s FAMILY CONFERENCES NEXT WEEK YOU CAN BOOK ON LINE Next Thursday on 31 July parents and students will be able to meet with teachers. The reports that children brought home at the end of term will be useful for discussion at family conferences next week. Conference Appointment Forms: These are included with this newsletter. Booking On Line: Something new this year. You can book on line by going to, key in the event code F3RBY and follow the simple instructions given. Alternatively, you can fill in the return sheet on todays form and return to school by this Friday. Actual appointment time information will be sent home by Tuesday 29 July. Family Conferences: These are being held next week on Thursday 31 July. School lessons will finish at 1.45pm and all children can then go home. Children are encouraged to be part of these conferences. There are no conferences for Room 11 Reception Class and Rm 27 children. Kids After School: Will be open from 1.45pm on Thursday 31 July. If your children are already booked in as their usual day of care after school, KAS will be expecting them to come in unless told otherwise. If your child is not usually booked in on this day and you would like to arrange care, please come and see us after school anytime to arrange a casual booking or phone Carolyn at 0274.435.207 or 238.3760. </li></ul> <p> 2. VIRTUES ARE US The Virtues programme at Hill is part of our school culture and part of our integrated inquiry concept curriculum. This term we are revisiting two virtues listed as most important through community consultation. The first virtue is Tolerance. A definition used with children at school is We are able to show tolerance when we: Accept differences Make others feel included by reaching out in friendliness Be free of prejudice Dont complain when uncomfortable conditions cant be helped Change yourself instead of trying to change others. Accept people the way they are, faults and all. This virtue is an excellent link to our Pupils in Positive Playgrounds (Pipps) approach. Families are encouraged to talk about each virtue with children, and discuss what they mean to your family. NEXT PTA MEETING The next PTA Meeting will be held next Monday, 28 July at 7.30 pm in the school staffroom. All welcome! PTA SIZZLE HELP NEEDED THIS SUNDAY Can you help? The PTA are running a sausage sizzle at the Animates opening this Sunday and need some helpers. Please ring Caroline at 021 840 720. SHORTS NEEDED Winter is here and so is the mud! Children who want to play touch rugby, soccer and general chasey games on the school field need to wear shorts or skorts and they may also need a change of clothes to put on afterwards. UNIFORM NEWS LETS KEEP THEM WARM Hill Schools uniform options include warm polar fleece tops, long sleeved skivvies, long pants and school beanies. Children may wear rain coats and jackets to school on these wet and cold days, but are expected to wear only uniform clothing at school. Girls are able to wear dark blue tights with their skorts. There is a small supply of second hand uniform clothing for sale at the school office. As always, please clearly name all uniform clothing so it can be returned to its owner if dropped, and check that naming hasnt been washed out. Lets keep them warm out there! The Warehouse is the new supplier of our school uniform. ENRICHMENT CLASS POSITION VACANT Sadly, support staff member Whaea Val is leaving and so there is a position vacant to support our Enrichment class tamariki. Strengths in te reo and tikanga maori required. This is a 15 hour per week position. Please contact Graeme at school or call 238 6374. SENIOR PRODUCTION ONCE UPON A TIME Congratulations to the Senior syndicate and staff for their performances of Once Upon a Time at the end of last term. Hill certainly has some talent! ART SHIRTS WANTED Can you help? We are starting our next New Entrant class and need old shirts adult size for children to use as art shirts. Just drop off to the office or to Mrs Thompson in Room 27 (the PMP room) COMMUNITY NEWS Young at Art:Taking registrations for after school srt classes for Term 3. Contact Anna at 029 7712 923 Pukekohe Christian School: Enrolments now open for 2015. Contact the school at 238 6449 Graeme Rix Principal </p>