KARORI NORMAL SCHOOL Telephone: NEWSLETTER Fax: 476-7209 476-7236 Checkline: 476-7228 Email: [email protected] Website: www.kns.school.nz BOT Email: [email protected] 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: http://www.karentuiboyes.com/2014/11/effort-vs-accompishment/ 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 volunteers. 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. Property 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 classrooms. A thought to share with your children: “Success is dependent on effort.” (Sophocles) Conrad Kelly Principal 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 November. 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 th rd 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],.school.nz 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 assist. 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 equipment 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 www.rachelirwin.co.nz for more information. Ragdoll Kitten for sale – one male redpoint kitten left for sale. Please contact Jacqueline 021 140 7403 if you are interested. 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 or www.grandtraining.co.nz. 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 www.YouTube.com/KiwiKhaat; find us on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/KiwiKhaat. 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.
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