School Newsletter 2 August 2013


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springston school a 16-20 leeston road springston 7616 p 03-329-5724 f 03-329-5731 2 here-turi-kk august2013 e w b from the principal kia ora koutou welcome back for the `spring term there is much in the way of good news to report this week firstly we welcome corrina back to school and also offer warm congratulations on her engagement to matthew hodge matthew is a science teacher in angel fire new mexico and we enjoyed having the opportunity to get to know him during his recent visit it was great to have him helping out with the lighting for our production last term new zealand book council awards what a delight to receive the news that students from springston school have taken out all of the prizes in the scholastic new zealand book review competition that s right 1st 2nd and 3rd in the 5-7 year category and 1st 2nd and 3rd in the 8-12 age group this is a feat that is unmatched by any other school and we have been assured by the judges that there was strong competition in addition springston school sent the most reviews per capita so our school wins complimentary membership to the nz book council till the end of 2014 as well as books for the library the winner of the 5-7 age group was romilly sturgess followed by mackenzie busch and bridget o dea the winner of the 8-12 age group was haidee middlewood krsinic followed by georgia gwatkin and alice kirsopp romilly and haidee win a selection of books for themselves you can read their reviews in this newsletter and also on-line at the nz book council site thanks must go to karen winter for her work in supporting these children and their writing and for making sure we have such fantastic books in our library so that our children are inspired to read building to begin we have a confirmed start date of august 12th for our new teaching spaces obviously there will be considerable disrup>on to our daily lives but we are so desperately in need of new spaces that we are prepared to put up with just about anything the adventure playground will be closed off next week in prepara>on for dismantling and reloca>on the gate closest to the school house driveway will also be locked from next week as that entrance will be out of ac>on for the dura>on of the build future focused learning evening i hope you all received your invitation to hear derek wenmoth speak to our school community on tuesday august 13th at 7.30 pm if you have ever asked `why on earth are they doing that at school or uttered the phrase `it s not like it was in my day then this is the meeting for you derek will be sharing why approaches to learning have changed and why they must continue to change if children are to operate effectively in the modern world this will not be a lecture it will be an engaging entertaining and challenging presentation derek loves to answer questions please rsvp to the office so that we can arrange catering ero review we are looking forward to hosting a team from the education review office during book week august 19-23 it has been over three years since we were last reviewed and we are excited about having the opportunity to showcase the teaching and learning that is happening learning conversation booking details for weeks 5 and 6 are also in this newsletter ng mihi ki a koutou katoa liz weir principal kapa haka group in action at our big kiwi night out


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coming up august 2 subway 5 rooms 3 4 and 8 trip 6 rooms 1 and 2 tri 7 year 6 parents meeting 9 assembly/sushi 12 maths week 13 future learning seminar 14 cantamaths 16 subway 19 book week ero review 20 book club orders due back to school 23 assembly/sushi 26 learning conversations 28 bot 7pm 30 subway icas exam results science maya w lachie b ethan k and libby s all receive participation certificates for this exam computer skills credit pass phelix w and libby s participation isaballa k sophie r ethan k caelan s and rob d year 6 parents evening a reminder to parents of our current year 6 students that the senior learning team will be holding an information evening next wednesday august 7th at 7 pm any other interested parents are welcome to attend we always look forward to showcasing the developments in our senior part of the school and promoting everything that a full primary school has to offer assembly a certificates week 2 9 august room 2 hosts rm 1 nina paris rm 2 adele kiera rm 3 campbell amy rm 4 sam rm 5 mya lucy c september rm 6 freya 2 learning conversations rm 7 alice t alice k macaulay 6 starting school party rm 9 sophie assembly/sushi 13 subway learning conversation bookings 20 assembly/sushi three way learning conversations involving parents teachers and children school photos will take place between august 26th and september 4th bookings for all classes will open next friday august 9th and can be made on-line atblogs school http using the code hr7wu news blog lunch with liz these children had their names drawn out of the gotcha box at our last assembly and had lunch with liz today emily r7 and jess r9 library website links to useful websites springston-lincoln cycleway email support library blog books reading news fun our thanks to our friend s at subway rolleston for continuing to sponsor the se lunches principal s awards the following children sha red examples of their work with liz this week r3 r4 luke molly the springston community committee has been trying for a number of years to secure funds from the selwyn district springston on youtube council to build a cycleway between springston and lincoln we believe that there will be a large number of people who pathfinders blog rm 8 will use and benefit from this cycleway and we wish to convince the council of this by presenting them evidence in explorers blog rm 1 2 the form of emails from community members so if you support this project could you please send a quick email by august 10th to showing your support and perhaps if you have time adding where you live address not necessary and what use you would make of the cycleway walking cycling work transit school transit etc your email addresses will not be passed on to any third party and will remain confidential contact angela wakelin springston community committee member for further details navigators blog rm 3 rockets blog rm 4 team endeavour rm 6 e-team pioneers rm 5 team extreme rm 9 team inaka blog rm 7


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winning book reviews phantom of terawhiti by des hunt 12­year­old zac moves north to the remote terawhiti station off the coast of wellington where he fears that he might die of boredom that is until he meets jess an adventurous and level-headed girl from a local town together they must solve the mystery of the phantom of terawhiti when a boat belonging to a russian billionaire crashes off the coast of wellington the crew all seem to have escaped in a small life boat but zac and jess soon find out there is more to it than that amongst the wreckage of the newlybeached boat zac and jess find footprints too big to belong to a dog and a round object with teeth marks in it along with a dog bed labelled tasha jess and zac soon come to the conclusion that the pet could have been and most probably was illegal what would a billionaire want with an illegal animal aboard his boat when zac and jess find two suspicious men after the missing animal and others getting curious they must do everything in their power to protect it from people who might harm the phantom or worse this is officially one of my all-time favourite books i love the way this book is easy to read but you can still see many under-laying plots that keep you on your toes once i started reading this book i couldn t put it down and if you ever read it which i highly recommend you do neither will you i would recommend this book to girls and boys aged 9 to 13 i rate this book ten out of ten reviewed by haidee will and woof by tony ryan will has a dog named woof woof is will s dog this book is about will and woof being best friends and playing together always because that s what friends do they do mostly everything together the dog has got one white patch up above his eye my favourite character is woof i like him because he does lots of stuff like catching balls i like this book because they get in lots of games my favourite part was when woof was very happy but one time woof was so naughty he chewed will s new shoes i would give it 9/10 by romilly sturgess aged 7 years


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book week 19-23 august information for book week will be sent home early next week community notice sunday afternoon kids programme come on an epic adventure every sunday afternoon this pool keys term 4th august 29th september we still have a number of keys not join us at the lincoln baptist church returned if you have not returned your offices 530 birches road from 1.30 to key please return to pool key to the 3pm for a fun-filled afternoon of action office as soon as possible games wacky experiments hands-on bible stories cool songs tasty treats and more all children in years 1-6 school resources welcome $2 per afternoon please ring while you are searching around the house for any sports uniforms you may margaret on 325 7007 or the church office on 325 3396 for more have forgotten to return please check information for any school resources e.g library books class readers journals etc that may be at home as well and return if found reading tutors if you have a good listening ear and love to hear a range of new stories then being a reading tutor is the job for you time and day arranged to suit you and full training given let helen know if you would like to help out helen.hogarth facebook page check out our facebook page and see what is happening at our school sign out book if you are taking your child out of class during school time for an appointment please come into the office and sign them out remembering of course to sign them back in on their return.


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monday 12th august 2013 7.30pm ­ 9.00pm lincoln events centre baylis loungeselwyn parenting network incorporated presents speaker dean stewart websafety nz ltd presentation making sense of today s technology cyber safety for parents teens tweens technology cyber safety dean stewart is the owner of websafety nz delivering presentations to over 21 schools in the canterbury area he is an accomplished speaker with a technical background in the it industry and it security those attending his presentations are fascinated by his stories and amazed by how much they were not aware of he has a passion for internet safety and educating others about the dangers that exist of being taken advantage $5 per person ­ bookings essential ­ no door sales book through thursday 15th august 2013 7.00pm 9.30pm lincoln events centre baylis loungeselwyn parenting network incorporated presents speaker diane levy presentation parenting strategies supporting children s emotions getting them to do as they are told for parents of tots teens and everyone in between diane levy is a household name in new zealand known as the person you turn to when you re having trouble managing children or the childish people in your life she is a counsellor family therapist speaker and author of of course i love you now go to your room they look so lovely when they re asleep and time out for tots teens and everyone in between presenter of the television programme demons to darlings she is a mother of three and grandparent of three ­ anything diane recommends to others has been tested in the field she is known for her practical informative and humorous approach to the problems that beset parents educators and families ­ whether at work or at home tickets $10 per person ­ bookings essential ­ no door sales book through if you require any further information please do not hesitate to contact me via email at



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