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Donald Street, Karori
Newsletter No. 33 – Term 4
5th November 2014 – Week 4
Quick Reminders
2014 Term Dates
Term 4 Monday 13 Oct – Friday 19 Dec
6 Nov
Te Papa Trip Rm 3, 4 & 6 9:15am–1:30pm
2015 Term Dates
Term 1
Term 2
Term 3
Term 4
Wednesday 4 Feb – Thursday 2 Apr
Monday 20 Apr – Friday 3 Jul
Monday 20 Jul – Friday 25 Sep
Monday 12 Oct - 17 Dec
Welcome to the New Pupils
Welcome to the following new pupils:
2014 TEAMS
Kowhai – Y1 (Team Leader Jacqui Croft)
Rooms 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, & 9
Pohutukawa – Y2 (Team Leaders Wilhelmina
Wooff/ Ali Kotkin/ Michele Mills)
Rooms 7, 8, 11, 30, & 32
Akakura – Y3/4 (Team Leader Kane O’Connell)
Rooms 10, 12, 13, 14, 17, 22, & 23
Kahikatea – Y5/6 (Team Leader David Wong)
Rooms 15, 16, 18, 19, 20, 21 & 26
Totara – Y7/8 (Team Leader Trish Blacktop)
Rooms 24, 25, 27, 28 & 29
From the Principal
Kia Ora Koutou
This week our Year 7s are on camp in the Nelson Lakes and this Monday
we welcomed back a very tired but satisfied group of Year 8s who spent
last week on camp at the same venue. It has been great hearing about
some of the challenges the Year 8s overcame, particularly ones which
seemed too difficult at first. Learning to persist and persevere when
things initially seem challenging or you fail in your first attempts is a vital
part of every child’s education. A huge thank you to the staff and parents
who went on camp with our Year 8s, this is a huge commitment and it is
much appreciated.
Important Dates
6 Nov
13 Nov
14 Nov
20 Nov
20 Nov
20 Nov
24 Nov
26 Nov
25 Nov
25 Nov
26 Nov
28 Nov
27 Nov
1 Dec
2 Dec
4 Dec
4 Dec
4 Dec
11 Dec
19 Dec
Te Papa Trip Rm 3, 4 & 6 9:15am–1:30pm
WZ Athletics Year 4-8
KNS Annual Performing Arts Concert
WZ Athletics Year 4-8 Postponement
New Entrant Class and Individual Photos
Wellington College Y9 Induction Day 9am-3pm
Year 5/6 Camp Rm 15, 16 & 20
Team Kowhai Assembly 9am
Wellington Athletics
Year 5/6 Camp Rm 18, 19, 21 & 26
Junior Athletics
Pack the Bus-2:15pm
Regional Athletics
Y2015 New Entrant Day 1 Pre-visit
Junior Athletics Postponement
Regional Athletics Postponement
Junior Carol Singalong
Last Day of School
Any additional or altered dates will be highlighted in
yellow each week
I follow a number of education related blogs. One I read recently
resonated with me as a principal, teacher, colleague and parent. It relates
to the celebration of achievement and effort. I found it extremely
thought provoking, please follow the link below if you are interested:
Kiss & Drop Roster Coordinator Needed
Kiss and Drop is a fantastic, parent-led, travel safety initiative we have at
KNS. Unfortunately Nicola Stitt our current coordinator is unable to
continue in this role. My thanks on behalf of the whole school community
for the great work Nicola has done coordinating this group. If you think
that you could help with this role please read on.
Can you spare 15 minutes once a week and 2-3 hours once a term? And
it’s all done by email in the comfort of your own home!
Kiss & Drop is the parent run valet service which improves the safety and
efficiency of school drop offs on Donald Street in the mornings. The Kiss &
Drop coordinator puts together the roster from our great bunch of parent
If this sounds like you, please contact Nicola Stitt on [email protected] or Kay Webster on [email protected]
Thanks for supporting the school travel programme.
Te Reo
Each week our Maori Curriculum Leaders David Wong and Mayana Karena suggest a phrase or two for teachers to introduce
and use with their classes. This week the phrases are:
Excuse me/sorry - Arohaina mai
Get well soon - Kia piki te ora
Traffic Safety - Parking Reminder
A very small number of parents/caregivers continue to park illegally, when dropping children off in the morning and
collecting them after school. I am very conscious of the need to maintain a positive relationship with our neighbours. KNS
parents/caregivers parking across driveways and leaving their cars to collect children is understandably annoying for the
residents in Donald St and Cooper St. I ask that you find a more suitable place to park if you are intending to leave your car.
Office Hours from 24/10/14 to 14/11/14 – Reminder
A reminder that the office will close at 3.30pm each school-day from Friday 24 October through until Friday 14 November.
The reason for this is that two of our office team will be on leave for that that period.
Those of you who have been in school this week may have noticed a drilling crew working on the old-prefab site. They are
drilling for rock samples to assist with the engineering work required prior to the replacement of the prefabs with three new
A thought to share with your children: “Success is dependent on effort.” (Sophocles)
Conrad Kelly
School News
2014 BOT Elections
Returning Officer Information
Board of Trustees Elections
Being a school board member is just one of the many ways that parents can support their school, and play a real part in
determining the direction of Karori Normal School. If this interests you, please consider putting your name forward for
the Board election in November, at which there will be two parent representative positions up for election.
Election Timeline
Voting papers issued
Polls close / Election date
Votes counted and results declared
Board takes office
Vicki Lewington, Returning Officer
[email protected]
by 5 November 2014
noon 14 November 2014
20 November 2014
21 November 2014
School Road Patrols
Each week we will publish the names of the two children who will be on road patrol duties for the week. Please check
and ensure you know when you are on duty. This is very important. Any queries contact Andrea Peetz –
[email protected]
School Chess Tournament - we need more entries!
The school chess tournament will be held in the hall on Wednesday 12th November from 9.30-2.30pm. This will be run by
chess coach, Mark van der Hoorn and is open to all students whether they attend chess club or coaching or not. Entry forms
are available from the office or via email [email protected] The entry fee for students Year 4-8 is $10 and for students
NE- Year 3 is $5. Each student will play at least 3 games before eliminations begin, and then they can return to class. Parents
are welcome to come and watch.
Please enter this week.
School Photos – Room 2, 9, & 31
This week the children in Rooms 2, 9 & 31 will be bringing home a photo envelope. You need to complete an envelope for
each child. If you would like a family photo taken of your children you need to complete a separate ‘Family Photograph
Order Envelope’. These are available from the school office. Photos will be taken on Thursday 20 November for these
classrooms starting at 9:30am. Please return order envelops, complete with money, to the school office before 20
Year 8 Leavers’ Dinner
A reminder that your RSVP and payment for tickets for the Year 8 Leavers’ dinner must be returned to the school office by
Wednesday 19 November. Please refer to the letter sent home on 3 November which was also sent out through schoollinks.
Wellington College Induction Day – Thursday 20 November
The Wellington College Induction Day for Year 8 boys will be held on Thursday 20 November. The day begins at 9am and will
conclude at 3pm. It is the parents’ responsibility to get your son to and from Wellington College.
It is essential that parents inform KNS that your son will be absent for the day. You can do this by phoning checkline on the
day or sending an email to [email protected], for prior confirmation.
Karori Normal School’s Annual Cushion Concert
Friday 14 November, 6:00pm start (performers seated by 5:45pm)
Samuel Marsden Auditorium
Gold coin entry
Featuring our Year 3/4, Year 5/6, and Year 7/8 choirs, the Year 7/8 Chorale, orchestras, Kapa Haka group, bands, as
well as various solo and small group performances.
Please contact Kane O’Connell (Arts Co-ordinator) if you have any questions ([email protected]).
A Request: for the KNS Art Supplies Room
If you’re sorting at home and would like to donate, the school’s art supplies room is in need of the following items:
Old buttons, ribbon, curling ribbon, wool, cellophane, crepe paper, tinsel, wrapping paper (colourful, especially gold and
silver), textured paper, fabric squares, cardboard or other card (eg, photo framing mat boards), bamboo, bottle tops,
paper plates, googly eyes, toothpicks, beads, split pins, sewing needles, pins, pin cushions, cotton, embroidery thread,
wire, masking tape, pom poms, pipe cleaners, cardboard tubes, dowel, small to medium pieces of wood, felt, straws,
wallpaper, illustrated calendars, glitter, wooden pegs, corflute.
Please contact Kane O’Connell (Arts Co-ordinator) at [email protected] or send supplies to Room 12 if you are able to
ESOL Community Meeting
Dear Parents and Caregivers of our KNS ESOL Students
We would like to invite you to our Term 4
English Language Learners’ meeting on
Wednesday 19 November at 9.15am - 10am.
commencing in the Staffroom
PTA News
Kids artworks Calendars, Cards, Diaries, and Mouse pads
The orders are expected to arrive next week, and will be delivered to the children by the end of the week, Friday 14
November. There will be a “quick turnaround” reprint order, and also orders for the new entrants who missed out the first
time – watch this space!
Karori Normal School Disco
The school disco was a huge success and the decorations in the hall were fantastic. Thanks to the wonderful parent helpers.
Here are some pictures of the children.
If you would like the link to the album directly - or a hi res version of any of the photos please contact Julia
[email protected]
Many thanks for your Yummy Fruit labels - we earned $684 to spend on sports
Many thanks for collecting all those stickers and labels. We have ordered a collection of new soccer, netball and basketballs
worth almost $700.
We will do the Yummy Fruit collection next year, so keep collecting stickers and labels from Apples and Nectarines when you
see them during the year. It is well worth doing - this year we collected just short of 60 sheets so each sheet is worth over
$10 of sports equipment. Particular thanks to Harvey Spicer's family, the Cubis family and several unnamed others who
packaged up multiple sheets each.
Gala News
Last chance plants!
We have 10 strawberries and 10 mystery tomatoes that popped up out of nowhere after the gala! Your last chance to get
our best lines. Email me now for a late run at your garden - the perfect time to plant!
[email protected] or 476 2080.
Community News
Clinical Psychology Clinic - open in the Karori Village Health Centre, 146 Karori Road. Specialise in child, adolescent,
adult and family issues. Please contact Dr Rachel Irwin at [email protected] Phone: 0274-722-960 or for more information.
Ragdoll Kitten for sale – one male redpoint kitten left for sale. Please contact Jacqueline 021 140 7403 if you are
School Holiday Computer Classes
For ages 5 - 16. Minecraft, Create 3D Video Games, Learn to Program, Web Design, Animations, Video Editing and
Build a PC. Free transport from Petone/Upper Hutt. For further information call Ed Brown on 499 2211
Musical Stars Performing Trust presents
Spirit of the Theatre
Come and join us in this magical musical full of surprises where a group of children use all their talents to fix up an
abandoned theatre and put on a show with fabulous songs, dances, costumes and special effects!
Karori children will be starring in the performance at 4pm on Saturday 8 November in the Little Theatre, Lower Hutt. Tickets
$10 children, $15 adults. For tickets please email to Liz, [email protected] - there will be no door sales so book now!
Any queries, please email [email protected]
Musical Stars
Giving children the stage
Lifestyle Sitting and Christmas card Offer from Photography by Woolf:
Treat your family this Christmas with a one-hour photography session at a Wellington location of your choice
Digital viewing
Two 20x25cm Prints
One 32x47cm Velvet Fine Art Print
Six Files for website with Logo
20 Christmas Cards with envelopes (from your favourite photograph)- all for $495.
This is a fantastic offer, with a saving of over $500, so get in quick to ensure your cards are ready before Christmas. Offer
valid until 20th November 2014. Vouchers available.
Kiwi Kids Holiday Adventures and Travel is now offering a Lower North Island summer camp this January. Kids will step
outside of their comfort zones, make new friends, and gain confidence as we travel Wellington Wairarapa and Hawke's Bay having a whole
lot of fun. Highlights include Carter Observatory, Zealandia, Parliament, Paua World, Sheep Shearing, Pukaha Mount Bruce, Splash Planet
and much more. The five-day/ four night camp fee is $650 covering absolutely everything your child will need on camp such as
accommodation, travel, activities, meals and snacks, as well as a Kiwi Khaat cap, t-shirt, backpack, drink bottles and diary. Payment
options can be arranged. Enrollments close 30th November. There are limited spaces so contact Olivia on +64 27 347 3001
or [email protected] for more information and save a seat now. Camp dates: Monday 12th - Friday 16th January. Check out
past Kiwi Khaat videos at; find us on Facebook at
Karori Athletics Club
Club nights are held from 6pm every Wednesday night through the summer at Ben Burn Park. We encourage kids to come
along and give it a try before signing up.