Contact Us Newsletter 19 February 2015

Growing Excellence Together
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Newsletter 19 February 2015
Important Notes
Nau mai haere mai, Talofa lava, Malo e lelei, Bula Vinaka!
Kia ora, Kia orana, Talofa lava, Malo e lelei, Ni sa bula vanaka, Kam na mauri
Happy Chinese New Year! The year of the sheep!
Things to note…
► Feb 25— Yr 5-8
Swimming Sports, Cant
Swim School. 9.30-11.30 &
►Feb 26 Maths
Symposium Russley School.
►March 10 Zones
►March 27 Jnr Cross
Country, PP Day 1 April.
►March 30 Centrals
►April 2, Thurs, last Day of
term 1.
Please remember to
笑口常開 (xiào kǒu cháng kāi): “Be happy and carry laughter all the
time” (Chinese)
“Sae hae bok mani baduseyo” (새해 복 많이 받으세요) “Good fortune to
you” (Korean)
We have started school this year with great excitement. Our new Y7/8 classroom
block was blessed by our very own Maaka Tau and the seniors moved in on
Wednesday, 11th February. It is a great building and although we have taken over
our existing furniture, we have a budget for some brand new furniture which is
going to offer a choice to our learners as to how they might learn in the classroom.
If you haven’t already had a look through the classrooms and you are interested,
please feel free to pop in.
Swimming is a big part of the PE programme at the moment. As a school and
looking at the number of drownings through the holidays, we are more resolved to
ensure all of our children can swim confidently and competently. We are one of
the few schools who are still maintaining a swimming pool, so we are lucky to
have it and the specialised tuition that children get from the swim schools is very
important to building the confidence of our swimmers.
We had a great ‘meet the teacher’ evening on Thursday 12th. Sorry that it clashed
with the opening of the Cricket World Cup but fortunately everyone got home in
plenty of time to see the opening ceremony. We talked about ‘navigating our NEW
LOOK’ Ultranet website. Mandy Dempsey has put together a small video,
explaining how to use the updated version. The link for this video is:
give your child a spoon
if they have something
Remember...on the very day that the newsletter is emailed to parents, we place a
copy on our website. Do have a look at our site’s front page as it has a
comprehensive calendar of all the events going on at the school. If there are any
urgent or important messages, we will place information on the front page.
spoonable in their
lunchbox. The office
gets cutlery requests
daily and while we are
happy to pass out
spoons for one-offs we
do see a lot of repeat
Contact Us
With our new student management system in place more staff will be able to email
parents with important notices so we hope you are checking your emails on a
reasonably regular basis for any notes we may need to send.
Please make sure that you remember that the 3 minute drop-off car park outside
the school is a 3 minute time zone. Sue Rose used to call it ‘Kiss and drop’.
Thank you for your support of our ‘protected’ or uninterrupted time at the school
from 8.55am-10.55 am. Teachers are already reporting that it is working well….not
without its hitches but thank you for your support on this. We know it is going to
make a difference to children’s learning. We are a great school, we have great
‘kids’, great teachers, great parents and a great community. What a lucky school
we are! Now we are getting a lot of great working environments to work in! I can’t
ask for more than that!
55 Avonhead Road, Christchurch 8042 Phone: 03 348-7361
E-Mail: [email protected]
Awards Students
These are our awesome students who were awarded 'Excellence' awards for having the Avonhead
A photo of the blessing
for the new hub. Maaka
Tau blessed the new
hub before the students
had their first look
around their new
learning environment.
They officially moved in
on Wednesday 11th
February and are
thoroughly enjoying
their new environment.
We look forward to see
the developments as
the new furniture
▲Raghav (top dais, on the right in blue) participated in South Island Colgate games for athletics that were
held in Dunedin, held from 16 - 18 Jan, 2015.
Raghav represented his club, Christchurch Avon. He has won 2 golds at that event, for discus & relay after
participating in 5 events. Congratulations Raghav!
CHILDREN WITH LEARNING DIFFICULTIES;Parent Evening being held in Christchurch on the 12th May at
7pm - Commodore Hotel. This
is designed for parents and children, to give parents and children
the tools to help children cope with learning difficulties. Cost: $30 per head or $50 per couple children free.Bookings Essential as there are limited spaces - if you are interested please
contact:[email protected] or Ph: 07 8821447▼
So we can give the children @ Avonhead School the very best sporting opportunities
possible could you please contact Shirley-Anne Collins [email protected]
I would like to be involved in the followingFRIDAY WINTER SPORT ( tick)
YEAR 7/8
Volleyball –summer
T Ball-summer sport
Rippa rugby-summer
Rugby fun day-24
Hip hop
Cricket -boys
YEAR 7/8
Our Road Patrol Team does an amazing job to ensure our children
are safe crossing the road. We just want to remind you of the calls
you will hear , so you know when it is safe to cross.
"Signs out" - means the road patrol team are ensuring cars
stop"Check" - means each road patroller is checking to ensure cars
have stopped"Clear" - means each road patroller has checked and
the road is safe"CROSS NOW" - this is when you are able to cross
the road after the Lead Patroller says 'Cross Now'.
Thank you for supporting our amazing team of road patrollers
and being safe on our crossings.
Community Notices
Act2 Drama Stars Course
It’s that time of the year to register your child aged 6-13, or yourself aged 13 and over for our 2015
Drama Stars Program.
This course (formally known as Junior Drama run by Harlequin Players) commences Tuesday 10th
To enrol, or for more information on any of our programs, please email us at
[email protected], or phone/text Fay on 021 043 1108.
Find us on facebook :
Girl’s Cricket
Please call Barry on 021 336 837 or email [email protected] if your daughter (year 4-8)
is interested in playing girls cricket this year in a girls only competition.
St Albans Cricket Club has a large number of girls playing cricket in an all girls’ grade on
Saturday morning (9-12).
The season (re) starts in Feb but we accept new players at any time.
More information available on
Art classes 5 - 8 year olds.
Mondays 4 -5:30
please contact tutor Kate
Morrison.3517049 /
Classes begin 23 Feb.
Sunday 1st March 2015 -10am - 3pm
Come along and celebrate Children's Day a FREE
community event at Air Force
Museum at Wigram. Entry to the park is FREE and all
50 fun filled
activities are FREE. Please bring your own drinking
water. For more
information contact 941 8999 or check the Be There
'Culture Galore', held on Saturday 7th March at Ray
Blank Park on Maidstone Road, running from 12-4pm
This event allows you to experience the
world and celebrate cultural diversity. Be entertained by over 50 cultural
performance and demonstrations, sample some of the appetising ethnic
cuisines or get involved in some arts and crafts. There are also plenty of
activities for all ages to enjoy.
Community Notices
Burnside Rugby Football Club
Junior Registration for the 2015 season will be held at the BRFC Clubrooms on
15th February
22nd February
24th February
10am to 2pm
10am to 2pm
4pm to 6.30pm
The Burnside Club Junior Section caters for all school age children and we welcome new
and returning players for the 2015 season.
Details on our website at
Enquiries to:
Secretary: Jo Glynn
Ph 027 2008569
Junior Chairman: Darron Stackhouse Ph 021 713551
Do you enjoy Gymnastics, Dance and
Are you a girl aged 5 - 10 years??
Rhythmic Gymnastics is a sport that combines
elements of dance,
gymnastics and co-ordination. It also builds
confidence and body
awareness. You are invited to come along
and observe or ‘have a
go’ in our warm and friendly environment. We
are situated at
Middleton Grange Primary school Hall, 50
Acacia Ave, Upper Riccarton.
Ring now to book your place! Call Sarah on
Diva Rhythmic Gymnastics
Rhythmic Gymnastics is a combination of
ballet, dance and gymnastics that uses
handheld apparatus like the ribbon and ball.
It is great for confidence, strength and
flexibility. We emphasise fun and fitness and
it is fantastic for developing co-ordination.
Classes are for girls aged 4 and above for
recreational and competitive classes. We are
based at The NZ Institute of
Sport, 66b Wharenui Road, Riccarton in the
main gymnasium. Please contact Bianca for
more information at [email protected] or
call 027 521 7220. Spaces are limited to
ensure a good ratio of teachers and children.