School Newsletter 18 February


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newsletter ­ 18th feb 2011 from the principal what an absolutely brilliant start to 2011 our children have begun to settle in well to the routines of a new class while i have seen parents welcoming new parents renewing friendships and positively interacting with children and staff in the school grounds what a great school family we have while we know there is no such thing as a quiet week in a primary school this last fortnight does seem to have been particularly busy the triathlon last friday was a fabulous event i particularly enjoyed watching our senior students assisting their buddies around the course before they tackled their own event this opportunity to take part in nurturing the personal growth of younger students is unique to year 7 s and 8 s in full primary schools and is seen as an important aspect of the emotional development and social growth of students in the pre-teenage years and our seniors do it so well the swimming sports this week saw our year 4-8 s in action in the pool at halswell and again i was struck by how well our children supported each other in the various events both of these events ran smoothly thanks to wendy s organisational skills and thanks to the help we received from parents a particular thank you to karen urbahn for running a practice event for the after school last tuesday food is a really big focus for us at the moment as part of learning about the food needed for a healthy start to the day rooms 1 and 2 had breakfast at school on tuesday in their pyjamas the senior learning team have been working with a nutritionist and today they visited the lincoln supermarket to learn more about food labelling this programme is sponsored by new world `team talk info time formerly known as `meet the teacher as part of our commitment to providing you with quality information we are happy to offer an opportunity for you to hear more from the teachers about classroom programmes routines homework expectations etc these are not meetings to discuss individual student needs this will be held on wednesday march 2nd prior to the cyber-safety meeting 6.00-6.30 senior learning team 6.30-7.00 junior learning team families are welcome to bring picnic/fish `n chip tea from 5.30pm a the pool will be open and supervised during the class meetings new enrolments with our roll being as healthy as it is we are currently working closely with the ministry of education around the provision of an additional teaching space it looks certain that this year we will qualify for a new classroom we are now required to do what we can to ascertain our enrolments for 20122014 if you have a pre-schooler due to start school in the next 3-4 years please phone joyce to ensure that we have your child s details likewise if you know of anyone with pre-schoolers living in our zone please let us have their details.


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this does not mean that a child has to enrol in our school we just need to know the potential numbers so we are able to manage our enrolment scheme effectively we will undertake a letterbox drop sometime this term last day for the year not that we are thinking of christmas already last year we published our term dates for the 2011 school year in setting these we made provision for the school to close for a teacher only day at some stage during the year we have decided that our staff professional development will be undertaken either during school holidays or by utilising our staffing entitlement to put relievers in classes therefore there will be no school closure for a teacher only day this year making our finish date thursday december 15th complaints grumbles and grizzles it is inevitable that in any organization with lots of people involved that from time to time there will be issues that have to be dealt with our wish is that any issue is dealt with as soon as possible and at the lowest level possible we are realistic and do our best to be approachable we realize that despite our best efforts we don t always get things exactly right there is no such thing as the perfect teacher ­ just as there is no such thing as the perfect parent in the first instance any issue should be addressed with the person concerned as most complaints can be resolved through an informal discussion if an informal approach is not successful the complaint should be brought to the attention of a senior staff member or the principal if the complaint is made to a board member the complainant is encouraged to resolve the issue informally by raising the matter with the person concerned and the board member must inform the principal generally an anonymous complaint cannot be processed unless there is a sound legal reason for protecting the identity of the complainant this procedure enables us to deal with complaints fairly effectively and promptly maintain confidentiality preserve community relationships and communication ground work our fences are all but finished and i am very pleased with the result once the catches are fitted we will be able to pin the gates open before and after school for easy access and egress this will also help those smaller children who are finding it difficult to reach the opening mechanisms please do not allow your children to climb on the gates to open them the fences are not about keeping people out they are about keeping children safe a goal i know we all share they also send a great message to other users of our grounds that they are entering our school community space the school and its grounds are a precious resource in this community one worth looking after ng mihi ki a koutou katoa liz weir principal


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prinicpals awards r3 anna and kiera important dates february 11 springston school 23 board of trustees 7pm march 2 team talks 6pm cyber safety meeting 7pm 3 bible in schools starts 4 whole school assembly rm 5 7 pta meeting 7 pm 8 lincoln zone swimming sports 9 rooms 3 and 4 boat day 10 rooms 1 and 2 boat day 13 weetbix tryathlon 16 craft day 25 whole school assembly rm 1 27 city to surf april 11 pta agm 7 p.m 15 whole school assembly r 6 end of term 1 school triathlon and senior swimming sports a big thank you to all parent for their help with these events it was great to see all children taking part in our last friday on wednesday our senior school travelled to halswell to take part in their swimming sports from here children will be selected to take part in the lincoln zone sports at burnham on tuesday 8 march the results for age groups are 12 years hannah dodson 11years kes brosnahan hayden vallance 10 years alice mccormick harry wilson 9 years haidee middlewood krsinic callum sutherland 8 years janae riordan macaulay hamlin 7 years libby stead weetbix tryathlon this is for children aged 7-15 i have one free entry to this to give away courtesy of sport canterbury if you would like to be in the draw for this please put your name in the postie box at the school office cyber safety information evening wednesday 2 march 7:00 8:30 pm reading tutors we are arranging training for those who have volunteered to act as reading tutors in various classrooms those who have volunteered will be contacted directly once we have a date and time if you would like to know about supporting reading at home but are not able to act as a reading tutor you are more than welcome to attend the training please let us know if you are interested school entry ­ city to surf any children and parents who are interested in walking or running this 6 or 12km event can complete an entry through the school office this is $10 per competitor for a school group once we have got our group we will finalise transport and meeting points post your entry and payment in the school postie box situations vacant springston school cleaner a part-time cleaner is required for 17.5 hours per week to be worked over 5 days applications close wednesday february 23rd position to commence march 1st or by arrangement a copy of the job description is available from the school office ph 3295724 applicants should send a letter of application along with any relevant references and the names of 2 referees to the principal springston school 1620 leeston road springston 7616 or by email to


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library bags it is great to see all the new library bags being used if you child does not have a book/homework/library bag please get them one as soon as possible community dental service canterbury district health board s `new look community dental service has just been launched in your area and we will visit your child s school during the year this is part of a nation-wide upgrade of what was formerly known as the school dental service the service aim is to improve the delivery of dental care to your child by making access to check-ups available at every school and increasing our prevention work with pre-schoolers this service will be provided through our new up-to-date facilities how will it affect you and your child · all school age children enrolled in the service will have their dental checkups at school in a mobile dental unit the mobile dental unit will visit the school once a year examinations x-rays and preventative treatment such as fissure sealants and fluoride treatments will be available at school in the mobile dental unit if your child requires other operative work such as fillings or extractions they will bring home a care plan indicating the work required this care plan will also provide a free phone number to call 0800 846 983 for you to arrange an appointment time when you are able to take your child to the new community dental clinic as per the new delivery of care preschoolers will have their dental checks at the community clinic you will be contacted when your preschooler is due for a check-up for further information about the new facilities please visit the community dental service website http d-adolescent-oral-healthdevelopment.htm monster garage sale organised by lincoln baptist church at the lincoln community centre gerald street lincoln saturday 26 february 9 ­ 12am bargains galore ­ furniture kitchenware appliances books toys clothing bedding plants cakes etc all proceeds to overseas charities become a blood donor nz blood service will be at lincoln university ­ forbes building next to the university bookshop gate 1 ­ between 10am and 3pm on tuesday 1 march and wednesday 2 march 2011 we welcome donors from all the surrounding communities 10-13 year olds make a live tv show in one day beyond the camera beginners is an introductory 1 day course on saturday 12th march for 10-13year olds who love to act sing dance play an instrument it is aimed at young people who want to learn how to operate a real television studio the students will both perform in front of the camera and drive the studio btc is held at st andrews college in christchurch for further information please email or contact franc bol on 021 666921 or 940 2065 hi i m buffy i am a qualified swimming nz teacher with 5 years experience i have taught children from 6 months to 16 years old at various skill levels i run my own business from home in a heated indoor pool off shands road in prebbleton just buffs offers one on one learn to swim lessons for children fifteen minute lessons are $25 lesson times are flexible if you are interested in orgainising lessons for your child please feel free to contact me on 0273224201 or email


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or call 0800 846 983 if you wish to discuss care for your child.



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