School Newsletter Term 1 Week 9 2015 Dear Parents/Caregivers

School Newsletter
Term 1 Week 9 2015
Dear Parents/Caregivers
Welcome to this edition of our school
newsletter. This term has come to an end.
Even though it has been a short term it
seemed to fly by. It is worthwhile to reflect on
some of the achievements we have
completed in such a short time. Some of
these highlights have been:
Year 7 classes all completed
successful camps;
Swimming sports plus a most
successful participation in the Inter
Intermediate sports last Tuesday;
Initial testing of all children;
Year 7 classes completing their
Christchurch study;
Our Student Council has been
Our House Captains are settling into
their rolls;
Auditions have been held for the
Teams have been selected for next
terms sports competitions at Hagley
The first Girls’ Self Defence course has
just finished and the next course starts
next term;
Korean Dance work begun;
International Food Festival.
I am sure I have missed things but you can
see that it has been a busy time. Children
are often in the position of having too much to
do but it is good to be busy and be given
many of these opportunities.
Next term will be just as busy with a big
feature being our school production in
Week 9. We will look forward to seeing this
develop over the next few weeks.
On a sad note we say goodbye to our school
councillor, Chrystal Witte. She has been with
us for the last 10 years helping support our
students and families. We wish her all the
very best for her next chapter in her life.
I hope the last week of school goes well for
you and your family, and that you have a
safe and enjoyable holiday break. I look
forward to seeing you all next term
Kind regards
Peter Aitken
Deputy Principal
260 RICCARTON ROAD, P.O. BOX 29-242, CHRISTCHURCH 8540. PHONE: 03 348 7718. FACSIMILE 03 348 1085
Email: [email protected]
Home Stay wanted
We require a homestay family, preferably with
a daughter of a similar or younger age, for a
10 year old female Korean student who will be
attending Kirkwood from Term 2 until the end
of Term 4.
Football Coaches wanted
We need football coaches for our school
If you are able to supervise a football team
on a Tuesday afternoon please contact
Kathryn Mason on 027 5282874
If you would like further information and an
Application Form please email
[email protected]
phone 348 7718
Open Day/Night
School Cell Phone
For texting absentees only please.
027 4163414.
(Please note – we do not reply.)
If you have an urgent or important message
that you want passed to your child,
please ring the office on 348 7718.
(If you text or email, we may not read the
message in time.)
for Kirkwood Intermediate
will be in Term 2 on
Tuesday 30 June.
Please pass this on to anyone you know who
would like to come and have a look
at our school with the thought of enrolling their
child here for 2016.
Accountant Required
Does anyone know an accountant who would be willing to help the school by doing an
Audit Review of the PTA’s 2014 accounts?
This is necessary to retain our charitable status. Our accounts are in excellent order, and well
prepared so this should be a relatively simple task.
Please contact Geraldine McCormick at school on 348 7718
Thank you in anticipation
Internet Banking
The school bank details are as follows:
Account Name: Kirkwood Intermediate Board of Trustees
Account Number: 12-3147-0180900-00
Particulars: Child’s name (surname and first name)
Reference: Parent’s/caregiver’s name (surname and first name)
For those of you who wish to pay by internet banking for any school activities during the year,
please make sure you return the permission slip, ticking the box saying that you are paying
via the internet.
PTA Chocolate Fundraiser
The PTA would like to thank you and your child for supporting our Chocolate fundraiser.
To date we have made approximately
If your child still has outstanding money or chocolate then please return to the office.
Thank you.
Kirkwood ANZAC Service
We are commemorating ANZAC Day on
Monday 20 April.
This will be held at school (beside the flag pole).
We will be laying crosses beside the flag pole to represent each soldier in our local area.
All are welcome to attend.
Year 8’s will be held at 10:15am & Year 7’s at 11:00am.
Tuesday 21 April and Wednesday 22 April.
You will receive a letter home this week explaining how to make an
electronic booking from Wednesday 1 April.
The Event Code is SWFPX
Any problems you can phone the office and they will make a booking for you.
Girls’ Self Defence:
The first course is now complete. The next
course starts Monday 15 June for all the
other Year 7 classes that have not been
involved in this course.
Year 8’s who have not been to GSD before
are also invited to join in. Remember it is
free (initiative funded by the Ministry of
Social Development) and run during school
time with a great trainer, Lynda
Please see Miss Hughes for permission
slips and get in as soon as possible
because number will be limited. This is a
first in first serve bases.
Timber wanted for Flag Pole
We are looking to re-landscape a
garden using planter boxes. Would
any parents have access to treated
timber that could be used for this?
We thought that we could have a
working bee one weekend before the
weather turns for the worse.
If you can help with timber – please
contact our caretaker. We will let you
know the time and date for the working
bee when we have sourced the timber.
The dates are all Monday’s: 15 June, 22
June, 29 June and 6 July.
Year 8 Wellington Camp
The total cost of $525.00 for this year’s Wellington Camp has been charged on all
Year 8 accounts.
Please note, the $100.00 non-refundable deposit is due for payment by the start of
Term 2 as flights for this trip need to be booked.
We understand that this is a fairly substantial cost for some families and if this trip is
going to cause your family financial hardship please contact our Principal Phil
Tappenden as soon as possible.
Mufti Day
International Food Festival
Kirkwood Intermediate PTA
is pleased to announce the
entertainment fundraiser!
They’re coming…
We are excited to be offering you the opportunity to purchase 2015|2016 Christchurch
Entertainment™ Memberships to help us raise funds for our fundraising.
This year you have a choice – to purchase the popular Entertainment™ Books or the Entertainment™
Digital Membership, which puts the value of the Entertainment™ Book into your iPhone or Android
The brand new 2015|2016 Entertainment Memberships feature many of the area’s best
restaurants, cafés, hotel accommodation, attractions, and activities, and are packed with hundreds
of up to 50% off and 2-for-1 offers, valued at over $20,000 that your family can enjoy until June,
………and many, many more!
Look out for the NEW DISPLAY BOOK coming soon!
The best part is that for only $65 you’ll be helping our fundraising, with $13 from every Book or
Digital Membership sold contributing to our fundraising. Please let your family, friends, neighbours
and work colleagues know we are fundraising, as the more we sell, the more funds we raise!
Order forms will be sent home beginning of next term and will need to be
returned by Monday 4 May.
If you wish to purchase on-line you may do so via the link:
Please note: If you pre-order your Entertainment Book or Digital Membership you can
receive at least six Bonus Offers worth over $185 that you can use straight away, while
stocks last!
For further details, please contact: Tracey MacDonald on ph 027 552 9220 or email
[email protected]
Our Term Calendar:
(you can also refer to our website:
2 April Last day of Term 1
3 April Good Friday – school closed
6 April Easter Monday – school closed
20 April Term 2 starts
21 April Parent/Child/Teacher Interviews
22 April Parent/Child/Teacher Interviews
27 April ANZAC Day – school closed
School Council
Well done to those who have been
selected as classroom
representatives for the School
They are:
Jacinda &
Amie & Reid
Tyra & Cameron
Ben & Rachel
Ella & Ivy
William & Jade
Mia & Selma
Cooper & Chloe
Carrie &Selma
Hello Parents, Caregivers and Whanau
Who would believe the last nine weeks have
passed so quickly and we are now into Easter and
the school break. That got me into thinking about
the holidays. I have some ideas you may like to
do for the holiday with your family. Maybe some
of the suggestions are new? Have a go at
working through these ideas as any one of them
may reduce frustrations by keeping hands and the
mind busy.
Quality time spent with parents has been the
number one item in surveys for years! It is the
time the children will remember the best after all
the book work, play station time and other times
they have!
The article is called ‘Ways to Entertain the
Family in the Winter’. You may view these
ideas by following the link:
I look forward to your feedback. All the best for a
rewarding Easter break and have a great holiday.
Warm regards
Chrystal, Counsellor
Dental Care over the School Holidays
The Community Dental Service will operate an emergency service over the school holidays. This
service is to provide relief of pain only and will not undertake ‘routine’ treatment. The service will be
available each working day from 8:30am until 12:30pm from the Hillmorton Community Clinic, Sylvan
Street, Christchurch for the following times:
Tuesday, 7 April to Thursday, 16 April 2015 (excluding weekends)
PLEASE NOTE – this service is not operated on Easter Monday or Friday, 17 April 2015.
This service will operate by appointment only and if we are unable to see your child, alternative
options will be given. If your child has dental pain as a result of an accident please contact your
dentist in the first instance.
You can phone and make an appointment for the emergency clinic by ringing 0800 846 983.
High School Open Days/Nights
Rangi Ruru Girls’ School
Burnside High School
Christchurch Girls’ High School
Christchurch Boys’ High School
Lincoln High School
Hillmorton High School
Villa Maria College
Riccarton High School
Friday 8 May 1:30 – 5:30pm
Tuesday 19 May 7 – 9pm
Thursday 21 May 9 – 3pm
Tuesday 26 May 4 – 7pm
Thursday 28 May 7pm
Tuesday 19 May, 7 – 9pm (Open Night)
Tuesday 5 May 9am – 3pm
Thursday 21 May 7pm in the hall
To view other high schools in the area please visit their websites for Open Days and/or evenings
Christchurch Housing Forum Wednesday 25 March. Emergency Housing & Community Housing
Important Presentations from:
Scott Figenshow Director Community Housing Aotearoa
A discussion on what the forums’ top issues are, & how forum members would like to see CHA assist.
Jon Saunders Principal Analyst MSD Overview of the Review of Emergency Housing Funding & Outline of the review.
How emergency housing providers can be involved in the review 12noon – 2pm, Oxford Tce Baptist
Church Hall, Cnr Oxford Tce & Madras Street. No RSVP necessary – networking & coffee 12 noon.
Presentations start 12.30 – 2pm. Any queries 3791122 or www.christchurchhousingforum.o
Spark Foundation is matching school donations again in 2015, dollar for dollar, with a renewed cap of $1,000
per employee, for the year. Parents still pay the donation in full, as per your instructions, & the matching
donation from the Spark Foundation is a happy bonus! This is run through our payroll giving programme. If
you are employed by Spark please contact your employer.
Riccarton Players Playbox Theatre presents Going on a Bear Hunt & other Stories, Poems & Songs.
For details and Bookings: Phone 3384 699 or online:
Kidswords – Holiday programmes for young writers. For details visit
Air Force Museum is running an OSCAR-endorsed holiday programme titled - ‘Nature’s Flight’, starting
Tuesday 7 – 17 April. For more info visit or 03 3439504 to book now
Helen O’Grady Drama Academy –For details ph 0800 161 131 or visit
Active Kids Sports Holiday Programme: For details:
Alpha Holiday Programme: Various programmes available. For details ph 359 1525
Holiday Adventure & Education with Elwing Discoveries: For info visit
Christchurch Botanic Gardens holiday programmes: For info email [email protected]>
Holiday Programmes with Bubbledome. Visit for info. For details on Minecraft
visit You may also email [email protected] or call on 0800438282
Horizons Holiday Programme: For details visit or ph 9802296 ext 213
Mainland Football –Holiday programmes. For details visit
Surfkids – For details ph Aaron 0800 807 873 or visit
Learn to Weave workshops For information: text or phone Sue on 0211386141 or email Gail at
[email protected]
FREE Taekwon- Visit or email [email protected] for more information
Christchurch Dance Academy Workshops For info email [email protected] or call 021 0294
Isaac Theatre Royal Open Day these coming school holidays is Wednesday 8 April, 9am - 12pm.
Free holiday programme. For details
Family Fun Run: Sunday 26 April, 10am. For details visit
Free holiday programme: For details email [email protected] or call 0800 420520
Act2 Drama Group present Stars production 9 – 11 April. Info [email protected] or 021 0431108
Girl’s Cricket - Want to play cricket -Ph Barry on 021 336 837 or email [email protected] For more info
visit on
High School Old Boys Rugby Club: For details and Registrations days visit
Marist Albion RFC Junior Rugby. For details and Registration days visit
Delta Rhythmic Gymnastic Club: ph Sarah on 354-5552 for details
Templeton Netball Club: Registrations & details or
email [email protected] ph no: 022 3053958
Merlins Netball. Players, coaches & umpires wanted for 2015. Games are on Satrudays at the Hagley Park
Netball Courts. For details email [email protected]
Diva Rhythmic Gymnastics Club : For info contact Bianca Stove [email protected] or 0275217220
Free Kendo Training For details phone or text 027 2752677 or email [email protected]
Hearts Saint Peter’s Netball Club. Trial dates 2015 – for details 342 7113 or 027 4240577
Christchurch Avon Running Club – For details visit
Please note: Kirkwood Intermediate does not necessarily endorse or support any
of the services advertised