Springston School Newsletter 30 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 30 MAR 2015 From the Principal Dear Parents - kia ora koutou This is the last newsletter for the term and I am having trouble comprehending just how fast the first term of the year has gone! It only seems like yesterday that I was writing my first newsletter for the year and welcoming you all back! Congratulations to the Stride Team; Rochelle, Allana and Louise, on a very successful Yr 3/4 Camp. Despite the sickness that flew through the ranks, everyone had a great time and overcame personal challenges, including; to stay overnight, put up their tent, look after their gear and complete tasks at the Groynes. Well done to you all. A huge thank you to all the parents who willingly gave of their time to support the teachers and students. It was great to see so many of you here and being based at school, meant it was easier to pop in and out as needed. Just as the term whizzed by, your children will grow up equally fast, so I encourage you to make the most of the opportunities to get involved with school activities, before they get too old and are not wanting you to be there! Great news to share this week is to report that the school’s application to the New Zealand Community Trust was successful and they have approved a grant of $10,000 for sports uniforms!!! Bravos and a huge vote of thanks to Anne Cochrane for putting this together. What an awesome effort and an awesome result! We look forward to seeing the new kit in use next term. Good luck to our swim team; Katie K - 8 year old Breaststroke, Emma B - 9 Year old Breaststroke, Ben S - 11 year old Breaststroke, Ben A - 8 year old Backstroke and Libby S - 10 year old Backstroke, who are competing at the Canterbury Zones Swimming Competition today. I’m sure they will represent our school well and do us proud. This week we welcome a new family and student to Springston School. Seona has enrolled Ursula and she has joined the Stride team in Mrs Taylor’s class. We hope you have a happy time at Springston and feel settled in, in no time at all. Have a restful and safe autumn holiday. I hope you get out and about to enjoy what’s left of the lovely weather before we return to school on Monday 20th April to begin a long winter term. 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 Day in the Dirt Thank you to all those who assisted with this fundraiser. Despite the poor weather initially, it was a good day. We have left over food, which will be used this week for a hot lunch option. Details later. 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. Cycling to school It is great to see our students taking advantage of the good weather and cycling to school. It is also fantastic to see the new cycle track to Lincoln just about complete. I have used it a couple of times already and it makes the journey a whole lot safer. Well done to the committee who took action on this. Let’s hope we see a lot more of these tracks around the area. With cycling becoming popular around the community it may be a timely reminder about some tips for safe cycling. Please check out the information page on safe cycling. We still have some very tricky areas around Springston particularly our Leeston - Ellesmere Road intersection. If your child / children are riding to school please check they know how to get around this intersection correctly. Last week we had a report of a child going through this intersection on the wrong side and just about being hit by a car. We want everyone to arrive at school safely. Wendy School Ground Cycling/Scootering Scooters and rip sticks etc are to be walked or carried to the black court. If you insist on riding them in the wrong place you will loose your ‘vehicle’ for the rest of the day. I am still seeing people riding their bike out to the gate after school. Even if your mum is with you, the school rule is you walk your bike to and from the bike track/ black court in the school grounds. Kea Crossing We would like to remind parents, that if you are parking across from the school the safest way to get to school is by using the Kea Crossing. We do this job to make sure everyone is safe on our busy road. We also think parents should be modelling how to cross the road safely. Thank you to all our crossing monitors who have volunteered this term. APRIL 2 End of Term 1 20 Term 2 begins PTA AGM, 7pm Principal’s Awards Principal’s Awards The following children sh ared examples of their work with Mrs P this week: Aden Rm 4 Maddelyn Rm 4 Sophie Seniors Picnic with Mrs P Awards this week for demonstrating A+ characteristics go to: Sammy from the seniors and Darcy from the juniors 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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Room 2 and 3 News On Tuesday children from Room 2 and Room 3 planted about 20 swan plants in their new Monarch Caterpillar garden between the two new learning blocks. The plants were kindly donated by the Thompson family and Zealander plants. As part of the action for their inquiry, Waka Stride are doing observation drawings and making movies about each step of the life cycle. They will be presenting this around the garden so everyone can share in the learning about our amazing monarch butterfly. Selwyn Cricket Carnival (25 March) On a day when the Black Caps were about to create cricketing history by qualifying for their first Cricket World Cup Final, our Year 5 and 6 Springston cricketers were playing their own “World Cup” tournament here in Selwyn. The aim of the tournament was to enjoy playing cricket against other schools in the region and our two teams adopted the countries Ireland and Scotland for the day. It turned out to be a perfect day for cricket down at the Bert Sutcliffe Oval and all of the players had a huge amount of fun competing against the other “countries”. By the end of the day, after having played three games each, the mighty minnows Ireland and Scotland had comprehensively won all of their games. The two teams will now play off in a final back at school to see who the overall champion is! Results from the day: Springston (Ireland) 60 runs - Rolleston (South Africa) 52 runs Springston (Ireland) 50 runs - Lincoln (India) 30 runs Springston (Ireland) 102 runs - Rolleston (NZ) 48 runs Springston (Scotland) 63 runs - Tai Tapu (Zimbabwe) 36 runs Springston (Scotland) 62 runs - Rolleston (Australia) 59 runs Springston (Scotland) 97 runs - Rolleston (England) 49 runs Flax Do any parents have 3-4 green flax plants that Allana could harvest some leaves from for her weaving class? If you are able to help email allana.taylor@springston.school.nz


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PTA Annual General Meeting Please join us for drinks and nibbles at out Springston School PTA Annual General Meeting On 20th April 2015 at 7pm in the Springston School Staffroom Come along to get further information of what is happening in our community and at school. AGM is also a good opportunity to see if you could help in any way. Please put this date in your calendar to support those who are interested in running the PTA. Please note, that each annual AGM all executive positions are up for nominations and voting. So, if you are considering having a more active role in the PTA, please ensure you attend AGM. Below is an outline/description of all of these executive positions. Chairpersons: Lead meetings Focus on the year plan and ensuring events and fundraisers are started in a timely manner Supporting secretary, treasurer and PTA members with events and fundraisers where required. Secretary: Taking minutes at each meeting Writing the minutes and sending them out to all PTA members Writing the agenda with the chairpersons Clearing and presenting correspondence Treasurer: Keeping accurate records for all monetary transactions Banking revenue Paying accounts Writing a treasurer report for each meeting Looking forward to seeing you at the AGM!


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