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Weekly Newsletter – Tuesday 17 July 2012 **Parent–Teacher–Student Interviews** Parent Feedback Online Survey Still Open Tēnā koutou – Welcome: A big welcome to Saffron La Hood, Adam Wyatt, Samiya & Jamila Mekonnen, Archer Raymond, Orlando Hawkins, Mohamed Ibrahim, Maxwell Do and Faraz Rafey who all started yesterday. We have now welcomed 82 new students since the start of the year, and after removing a few children who have left during the holidays, our total roll currently stands at 412.

New Entrant children enjoying their learning in Room 2 today.

Buildings Update: Our new classrooms building project is now into its 6th week. Positive progress is continuing within the expected timeframes. It is now quite easy to see the exact scope of the new work with all foundations work now completed. I understand that framing for the new rooms is due on site over the next couple of days, so we can expect to see the new classroom walls standing very shortly. Services are currently being reconnected to Rooms 8&9 and we are looking forward to those children moving back into their relocated rooms in a few weeks’ time.

Senior School Swimming – FRIDAYS This Term:

As previously mentioned, we have been successful in securing Kiwisport funding to make it more affordable for ALL senior students to receive professional swimming instruction at the Aquatic centre on Fridays this term. A special Swimming Notice was sent home last term outlining details about the programme. Please see your child’s teacher if you did not receive your copy. Principal: Dennis Thompson Email:

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Parent Teacher Interviews – early closing next week:

Dates To Diary:

Mid-year interviews are scheduled for next Wednesday 25th and Thursday 26th July. Accompanying today’s newsletter is a gold interview form outlining two options of how you can request an interview. You will see that families can again schedule interview times on-line on a first-in basis. If you do not have internet access interviews can still be arranged simply by returning the Interview Request Form this week. Again, you are reminded that interviews will be scheduled on a first-in basis. Teachers will again be explaining and reporting on your child’s progress towards meeting the relevant National Standard and our own school Achievement Expectations. Interview times will be just 10 minutes each so please arrive on time. If more time is required, an extra interview will have to be arranged. We intend to start interviews at 2.20pm each day. If it does not cause undue disruption to parents and caregivers we ask that children be picked up by 2.00pm on interview days. Children are then encouraged to come to interviews with parents, as it is vital that they are involved. Families should again note that we do not expect all children to be achieving the relevant National Standard at mid-year – and many children will still be working towards meeting the standard at year end (because the standards for each year group are pitched at the average to above average levels). This does not signal that those children are failing – it is just that they have not yet reached the developmental level that is stated in the Standard. Parents are also reminded that teachers are happy to meet with you at any time of the year to discuss current progress and find solutions to any concerns.

Wed 18 July: Hearing & Vision – New Entrant screening. Tues 24 July: Community Newsletter published Wed 25 / Thurs 26 July: Parent-Teacher-Student interviews Mon 30 July: NED Show – puppetry Mon 30 July: Board of Trustees meeting 6.45pm Wed 1 Aug: Eastern Zone Hockey tournament Thurs 2 Aug: Year 6 students – EBIS experience during morning Week commencing Mon 6 Aug: Spellathon launch Thurs 16 Aug: BP Technology Challenge Fri 31 Aug: Daffodil Day Mon 10 Sept: Board of Trustees meeting 6.45pm Wed 26 Sept 9.26am: NZ Shakeout – earthquake drill Thurs 27 Sept: Rhythm Interactive – drumming performance Fri 28 Sept: Term 3 finishes

IMPORTANT Parent Feedback Online Survey:

Late last term we launched a special online “Parent Feedback Survey”. A big thank you to the 154 families who have already participated. If you haven’t already done so, you are still invited to give us your honest views and opinions about the school, its people, and the way it operates. Your feedback will be most valuable in assisting us to plan for the future. The survey will take around 15 minutes of your valuable time, but you don’t have to complete the survey all in one sitting. You can just login again and carry on. Obviously, you will require a computer to complete the survey. If you don’t have internet access, please pop into school and you can complete your survey on a special computer that is set up in the office for parents to use. Go to

Lost Property:

Our bins are full from last term. Please check before being disposed of.

Maranui FM Student Radio Station:

Mr Chalmers is currently making final preparations to re-launch our MaranuiFM student radio station over the next few weeks. We have been very impressed with the quality of applications from students who were interested in seeking a position on the radio team. Equipment is currently being relocated into Mr Chalmers’ office in the Senior School in an effort to make the day-to-day operation of the new-look station more visible to everyone. More details soon.

Year 6 End-of-Year Graduation Fundraising:

A big “well done” to Year 6 children who have already sold their allocation of chocolates as fundraising for the end-of-year graduation ceremony, dinner and disco. Please return money to Mr Chalmers.

Spellathon Fundraising:

Our Friends of Lyall Bay School are coordinating a “Spellathon” as this term’s major fundraiser. This is due to be launched during the week commencing Mon 6 August. More details soon.

40 Hour Famine:

Well done to everyone who participated in this year’s 40 Hour Famine. A total of $1,069 has been raised to date. A few children have still to return their packs to Ms Limpus (Room 13). Please do so urgently. Community Noticeboard – Events and Holiday Programmes: Mulch For Sale: St Catherine College are selling bags of mulch for the remainder of the year as a fundraiser to send students to Samoa in 2013. Bags are $5 each (or 5 for $20). Contact the school or email The Incredible Years Parenting Programme: Free course for parents of children 3-8yrs. Practical step-by-step suggestions. Promoted by Ministry of Education. Wed 1 Aug. Mt Cook School. 9.30am-12 noon. To enrol, please contact Dawn Nippert (Ph.439-4671 - daytime)

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