Contact Us Newsletter 26 March 2015

Growing Excellence Together
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Newsletter 26 March 2015
Important Notes
Things to note…
►March 27 Jnr Cross
Country, PP Day 1 April.
►March 30 Centrals
►April 2, Thurs, last Day of
term 1.
►April 20 First day of Term
►May 6 Yr 5-8 Cross
Country (Zones 19 May.)
Has your child lost a
collector’s album?
Apply at the office.
Expect an invoice
week 2 of term 2.
We have changed
our management
apologies for the
Nau mai haere mai, Talofa lava, Malo e lelei, Bula Vinaka!
.The support that we gave the Black-caps on Tuesday, by all wearing black, has
obviously paid off! What an exciting game but we did have a few tired people at
school on the Wednesday. It was a good tiredness! Go the Blackcaps and good to
know our support achieved the desired outcome!
Because the air temperature is getting colder the pool is rarely being used and it
makes no sense to keep heating the pool so we intend to close the swimming pool
at the end of this term (Thursday, 2nd April). If you have hired a key, we will give
you your ten dollars refund early next term as we have to have the cash ready for
you. We will let you know when you can return the key and get your refund.
Please, please, please, if your child is not well, please keep them home.
There is a bit of illness going around and we get concerned when we have to send
children home when they weren’t feeling well before they came to school. I know
work commitments are important but your child’s health is even more important.
When you are not sure….it pays to err on the side of caution.
Traffic grumbles: Sorry Mums and Dads but still we continue to get complaints
from parents about others parking on the dotted yellow lines, both on Avonhead
Road and Norton’s Road, and doing u-turns outside the school. The road code is
very specific that you cannot stop on the dotted yellow lines. You are endangering
others as the dotted lines are often painted on the side of the road where there are
often trouble spots. Our staff also report that, in the mornings, some parents are
using the staff car park to drop children off despite a sign that says “staff only
cars”. It’s not OK to hold up traffic on Avonhead Road as you turn to enter our
carpark (when you shouldn’t be) and our students walking to school don’t expect
you coming into the carpark.
On another note, we wish to advise that Shirley-Anne Collins who has been our
sports co-ordinator for a number of years has indicated that she will be finishing at
the end of this term. We have appreciated Shirley-Ann’s commitment, dedication
and attention to detail. She has been an awesome help to teachers and I know
she will be sadly missed. We wish Shirley-Anne well for her retirement and thank
her on behalf of the students, staff and parents.
We are in the process of updating Ultranet with our new Student Management
System and as a result the old parent logins - as you have probably worked out don't work. All parents will be emailed their new passwords by tomorrow
afternoon, so you can log onto your child's class page then. Apologies for the
delay, but it has been a lengthy process transitioning the information across to our
new Student Management System. Thanks for your support.
Finally, I will be heading away to Korea on Monday and I wish you all the best for
the upcoming holidays. As you know, the last day for this term, is Thursday 2nd at
3pm. Have a great family time with your children.
Charles Levings, Principal
Contact Us
Address: 55 Avonhead Road, Christchurch 8042 Phone: 03 348-7361
Charles Levings
E-Mail: [email protected]
Awards and Sports
students who
have shown the
Attitude by
Respect and
Yr 5/6 Girls’ Cricket!
Team Avonhead!
Some really keen year 5 and 6 girls took up the challenge of learning a new
sport - cricket this term, and played in the World Cup Cricket League Quikhit
Competition. They played 3 games against St Patricks’, Fendalton and
Cotswold B, as well as a friendly against Cotswold A. The improvement
shown from game 1 to the final game was incredible and their determination
and enthusiasm was something to be proud of. Winning their final game
against Cotswold B was a well deserved way to finish. As well as having
practices at school during lunchtimes, the girls also had some coaching
from Jacinta Savage (a Canterbury Wizard's player). Congratulations girls
on your fine effort, and thank you so much to the parents who were taxi
drivers, coaches and umpires during the games! Cricket will begin again in
Term 4 for Year 5-8 boys and girls.
◄Support from Team
5/6 when we versed
Cotswold B
Some of the squad
Welcome to our 2015
Asian Community Gathering
Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Filipino, Sri Lankan and Indian families
Nihao, Konnichi wa, Anya hosayo, Kamusta, Halo, Namesteh
You are invited to our Term Two gathering.
When: Thursday 23rd April: 6.00 - 7.00pm
Where: Year 7 & 8 Hub
Why: To Meet other families
To discuss and plan for this year's Cultural Festival
Who: You! Students are also welcome
We encourage you to contact other Avonhead families and come
along together.
Come and share a cup of tea and a biscuit and meet other Asian
Our 2014 Cultural Festival was outstanding.
Let’s get together and do it again!
"Pre-Loved Avonhead
School Clothing Sale"
Monday 30th and
Tuesday 31st March
20158.30 am - 9.15
Outside the Lost
Property Room
Gold Coin Donation
(Per Item)
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 Amiria Rule –[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
Community Notices
Avonhead-Russley Scout Group
Do you have children who would love to become SCOUTS?
Family and Whanau are welcome to join the adventure with their children! Enjoy quality
time together having FUN, trying new experiences and different challenges together at
SCOUTS prepares our youth for their future as adults. Call us to find out how you can
start the journey of learning, discovery, adventure and fun with your child!
Please phone Morgan on 03 3434364 for more information
CFA Easter Holiday Football Camps:
Dates: 9th and 10th , 13th & 14th & 16th & 17th April.
Times: 9:00am - 11:30am or 9:00am - 3:00pm
To Register please visit:
Adventures in Antarctica Holiday Programme!
Parents/Caregivers! Do your
children want adventure? Do your children want fun? Do your children want excitement? If they do, then have
them join the explorers at the International Antarctic Centre for their new and exciting holiday programme! The
adventures will be running every day from 13 – 17th April 2015 from 9 – 5.30pm. Each day will be different so
book a place now for one day or more. For all enquiries and bookings Email [email protected]
Riccarton Players Playbox Theatre presents Going on a Bear Hunt & other Stories, Poems
& Songs for the upcoming April School Holidays. Bookings: Phone 3384 699 or
Isaac Theatre Royal Open Day these coming school holidays is Wednesday 8 April, 9am - 12pm.
Children under 12 can enter for free.
The Avonhead Community Trust Holiday Programme. Avonhead Community Trust is running another fun
filled OSCAR approved holiday programme from the 13 – 17 of April. We offer three programmes for years 1-4,
years 5-8 and years 9-10. Please contact Leah Coleman at the Trust office on 348-6742, 021-168-2827 or email
[email protected] to register your youth. It is a first in, first serve bases.
April 2015 Holiday Programme fun!
An Introduction to Anxiety in Children/teens Is to the topic of Community Conversations @ St
Marks, Avonhead.
Wed 18th March 2015
7.30pm—$10 per person.
[email protected]