Springston School Newsletter 23 March 2015


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SPRINGSTON SCHOOL A: 16-20 Leeston Road, Springston 7616 P: 03-329-5724 F: 03-329-5731 E: office@springston.school.nz W: www.springston.school.nz B: springstonschoolnews.blogspot.com 17 MAR 2015 From the Principal Dear Parents - kia ora koutou I had a thoroughly enjoyable time at my first ‘Craft Day’ at Springston School on Friday. I was impressed with the student’s creativity and independence and the way they shared resources with each other when they had spare bits and pieces. The range of displays were fantastic and I appreciate and thank you for your support and effort in ensuring children had the necessary goods at hand. No easy feat I know. A special thank you to the Kempthorne family for the donation of flowers for the students use. They were much appreciated and well used. The Market part of the day was also very interesting. Students (and parents) had obviously gone to lots of effort to prepare and present their products attractively and the children conducted themselves very well as shop keepers. I look forward to adding further Enterprise Learning to this type of activity later in the year. Unfortunately, two students had Lego items taken from their displays. We are looking for a dolphin, an antenna and three little men. If you happen to notice your child with extra pieces a sensitive conversation could be in order. I know the boys would like their items back. Please return to the office. For those children who applied to be part of the programme, the results of the Gifted and Talented assessments will be out to parents shortly. There is a very tight deadline for parents to respond, once they are announced, as confirmation of the placement and commitment to fully attend and participate in the programme needs to happen next week, ready for it to begin the second week back in Term 2. This morning at our morning hui we celebrated with the large number of children who were awarded Gotchas last week for displaying A+ characteristics and also the children who gained recognition for their achievements in sporting endeavours. Many of whom, received Cricket Awards; Batter of the Year, Bowler of the Year, Most Improved Player etc. It was great to see their efforts recognised. We also talked about a focus on ‘Tolerance’ this week. This is about accepting differences and being understanding. As we work towards the end of the term, students are getting tired and are less patient with each other, so we need to help them to tolerate when others make mistakes and to accept things that they cannot change. Have a conversation about how tolerance is visible and practised in your family. Thanks for the support. Ngā mihi ki a koutou katoa Dianne Prendergast Principal


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Coming Events MARCH 23 Canterbury Kid’s Lit Quiz Book Club Orders Due back to School 26/27 Year 3/4 Camp 27 Subway 30 Canterbury Swimming Congratulations To George and Thomas who were selected to participate in the Canterbury Athletics Team (grade 7-11 years) to compete at the Canterbury vs. Tasman athletics meeting held in Nelson last weekend. SchoolDocs -Home Learning Review I notice that only one parent has responded to this review. Please refer to last week’s newsletter for my discussion on this area of school operation. If parents/caregivers wish to be involved in this review, please use the following instructions: Visit the website http://springston.schooldocs.co.nz/1893.htm Enter the user name (springston) and password (pathways). Follow the link to the relevant policy as listed. Read the policy. Click the Policy Review button at the right hand top corner of the page. 6. Select the reviewer type "Parent". 7. Enter your name (optional). 8. Submit your ratings and comments. If you don't have internet access, school office staff can easily provide you with printed copies of the policy and the review form. Day in the Dirt Fundraiser for the school. We are looking for people who could help next Sunday 29 March, either on the BBQ or taking registrations. If you are able to help, email wendy.hamlin@springston.school.nz ANZAC Parade The local Springston RSA are looking for any children who may be attending the parade on April 25 to help led them in singing the National Anthem. If you are intending to attend this service and would like to join in the singing please contact alice.keeling@springston.school.nz ICAS Exams - Year 3 Upwards Forms for registration for these exams were given to the teachers last week. If you would like your child the sit these exams and haven’t had any forms, please contact your child’s teacher or the office. Forms and payment due back to the office by 1 April. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. APRIL 2 End of Term 1 20 Term 2 begins Principal’s Awards Principal’s Awards The following children sh ared examples of their work with Mrs P this week: Picnic with Mrs P Awards this week for demonstrating A+ characteristics go to: Libby from the seniors an d William from the junior s Coprice Dog Food Fundraiser This year we will again be selling 20kg bags of Coprice Do g Food for family and working do gs at the great price of $60 - $10 of which is generously donated bac k to the school by CRT Feedbarn . Puppy food is also available for $45 a bag. This feed is excellent val ue, and perfect for dogs on a be ef free diet. Orders will be placed on ce a month and are delivered to school for you to collect. Please place an order by emailing office@springston.school. nz.


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Our First Craft Day The children in Room 7 experienced Craft Day for the very first time. Excitement was high as they arrived at school with all their creations. Ryder said, “The best thing about Craft Day was making our decorated bottles. Liam made a Batman Piggy Bank out of a babies tin can. It was awesome. I loved it.” Liam D said, “The creation that I liked the best was the Shopkins soccer game because I like soccer.” Jack said, “I made a pink pig with swirls, dots and stripes out of paper mache. I came first in my class for that.” Emae said, “I liked the Lego boat.” Ryan said, “I liked the Lego ship because it had a gun in it.” Lily said, “I liked making my sand saucer because I got lots of flowers in it and not that much sand was showing.” Olivia said, “My favourite thing was making my sand saucer.” Heidi said, “I liked the sand saucers. They had flowers and it was fun making it all by myself.” Alysa said, “I liked the cookies that I made. I made the stars and butterflies on my cookies.” Liam P said, “My favourite was the Lego boat. I love Lego.” Zoe said, “I made a snowman out of tomatoes. It fell over but we fixed it.” Grace said, “My favourite thing was building my boat with an egg carton, a straw, some wool and paint. I loved the colours of it.”


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Robotics workshops at Lincoln University The Department of Informatics and Enabling Technologies at Lincoln University is keen to help primary schools become involved in the national RoboCup robotics competition. They have invited us to take part in their RoboCup Junior Workshop programme for 2015. The programme is designed to enthuse students about the possibility of computing and robotics and also to provide professional development for staff so that schools can offer more students the opportunity to participate in activities such as RoboCup. RoboCup Junior (www.robocupjunior.org.nz) is a national competition in which students can compete in three competition sections. Robot 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, 7th April to Thursday, 16th April 2015 (excluding weekends) PLEASE NOTE – this service is not operated on Easter Monday or Friday, 17th 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. Earth Hour – Worldwide event is being celebrated in Selwyn Rescue, Robot Dance and Robot Soccer. The The Great Pest Invasion - Is our biosecurity good enough to protect New Zealand? regional competition will take place on 16 August Are we spending enough (to protect our health, 2015 in Christchurch and the national competition native flora and fauna, agriculture, tourism, our will also be held in Christchurch, on 12 September. clean image)? Who should pay? Join respected broadcaster Kim Hill and 6 panellists in a stimulating discussion on the great pest invasion. 26th March, This workshop programme is focused on the Lincoln University Stewart Building, doors open at 7.00pm with refreshments. Koha of $5.00 (or Robot Rescue section of the competition and we more!) please. have been invited to send two teams of students accompanied by Carol Kendall. Ethan K, Charlie J, Friday 27th March at 6.00 pm at the Lincoln Event Centre the viewing and the presentations of the Isaac R, Kaylee H, Taylah H, and Gemma L will 2015 Earth Hour Environmental Video Competition. take part in the fortnightly workshops at Lincoln University on Wednesday afternoons. SURFKIDS April Holiday surfing programme. Learn the skills of Surfing in a fun, safe environment. All equipment provided and professional instruction from Aaron Lock and team. For kids 8 -14 years. April 7-10 and April 13-17, 10am -12pm. Cost $30 per day or $135 for five. Venue :Scarborough Beach, Sumner, cnr Stoke St and Esplanade. Bookings essential. Register online. Call Aaron on 0800 80 SURF (7873) or www.surfcoach.co.nz Saturday 28th March, 7.30pm. To mark the actual Earth Hour, we will have our annual, magical, candle lit Earth Hour Barn Dance, held in the Lincoln High School Hall. Come for great fun, great dancing and great food! Live band “The Bantam of the Opera” with caller. Tickets available from Rolleston and Lincoln Libraries and Lincoln Event Centre. For information about any of the Lincoln events or tickets contact Sue on Sue.Jarvis@lincoln.ac.nz Saturday March 28th, 8pm onwards EARTH HOUR SKYWATCHING – turn off your lights and come and see the stars! Instead of the usual fee of $10 for adults and $7 for children, the Canterbury Astronomical Society will ask only a gold coin donation. Come to the R.F. Joyce Memorial Observatory, Bell’s Road, West Melton. Map on their web site:www.cas.org.nz. See web site for cancellations if weather not suitable.


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Swimming Results from Southbridge Pool: ! Age Group Champions! ! 12 Year Lucy C 11 Year Libby S 10 Year Emma B 9 Year Jack B Isaac C Ben S ! Katie K Alex S Lincoln Zone Triathlon Results: Congratulations all athletics on a job well done in very hot conditions!! ! ! 12 Year Girls Individual: Lucy C - 2nd! 12 Year Boys Individual: Ben S - 10th! 11 Year Girls Individual: Ineka TC - 5th, Ellie W - 13th! 11 Year Boys Individual: John Mc 13th Isaac C - 16th! ! 10 Year Girls Individual: Sophie Rae - 14th! ! ! 9 Year Girls Individual: Anna M - 5th, Sonya B - 8th! 9 Year Boys Individual: Ben A - 4th, Alex S - 17th! Junior Girls Team: Lucy B, Sophie P, Chloe MK - 5th! Junior Boys Team: Jack B, Lachie M, Ollie W - 6th! ! Senior Girls Team: Mya P, Isabella M, Claudia B - 3rd! !


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