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Myross Bush School Newsletter

from the Principal

Find out more at Vocal support from the Junior Team for our Senior runners at Athletics on Monday.



Welcome to Emily Lemin, Thomas and Oliver’s little sister, and to Riley O’Keefe, Jake, Harley and Poppy’s little brother, into Kauri (8). We look forward to celebrating the success of your learning journey with you and your families. What a fantastic day Monday was! Thank you to everyone for your support and participation at Surrey Park. Athletics is one of the biggest events in the Southern Zone calendar and it was great to see so many of our parents 'leading the way' in managing the groups, assisting with timing and being such a positive influence all around the park. Well done to all our students for the way you participated. You showed determination and enthusiasm in your own events and in the way you supported and encouraged each other all over the park. We all represented our school with pride and set a high standard. Thank you to all our families who have returned their wood raffle ticket sheet. We are

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extending our deadline till Friday for them to be returned as we would love 100% handed in. If this is still sitting on the bench at home please make an effort to sell the 5 tickets and get it back to school. Your support in this will help us 'pay back' the cost of cutting the trees down and the effort from all of those at the working bee who split it. This week there is a letter coming home from our Board of Trustees regarding the amount of our school donation. This has been an issue that has recently received a lot of media coverage and the principle of asking for a parent donation in a public education system. While the government may state that schools receive enough government funding to operate successfully the reality is somewhat different. Whatever your thinking on this issue your choice of whether you pay the donation has an impact on our schools operation. This year our total operational funding provided by the government is just under $230,000. From that

we have to pay everything to operate the school - power for heating, lighting and our water and septic system, for non teaching staff salaries, general maintenance of the school buildings, replacement of furniture - the list goes on. Only after all the 'fixed' costs are paid can we then look to fund our teaching and learning programmes - the real business of school. This is where your donation goes directly into the programmes and resources for your children. Just over 32% of our budget is spent on 'coal face' teaching and learning. The school budgets to receive $10,000 from parent donations - just under 10% of our total budget. Every bit helps makes a difference for all our children. Regards Tim Lovelock Principal

From strong foundations we grow and stand tall together

Junior Athletics

Community:   Gladstone Tyres and Mags: Get the school rewarded - $5 back to the school on every tyre purchase - drop a copy of your invoice into the school

Out of School Music We are now taking enrolments for our Music Awareness class. A great opportunity to introduce your children to music. This is a very fun class for 5-6 year olds which runs for 6 weeks. Students learn rhythm, beat, musical notes & even get the opportunity to check out some instruments. Classes are on Saturday morning at Southland Girls High. $30 Ph 216-5137 (answerphone) Make sure you leave a contact number email or website

Senior Athletics

Hawthorndale Scout Group Kea’s section - ages 6-8. Monday during school term 6-7pm at Hawthorndale Scout Den, Stuart St. More info ph Mark 0274548033 or 2169585

Good Luck to... Jessica Fairbairn who will be competing with Mataura Kilties in the juvenile section at the national pipe band champs in Timaru this weekend .

Sports: Water Polo MB Green v Waverley Sharks lost 6-4 POD: Ella Wylie MB Green v Middle Sharks Lost 7-3 MB Gold v Makarewa Lost 6-3 MVP Lydia Horton MB Yellow Won (no details MB Blue Lost (no details)

Soccer MB U6 v Pocket Rockets Won 7 - 1 POD Mitchell Gower

Touch MB Comets vs Scared Heart Sharks won 5 - 1 POD Cody Stevens MB Jets v Makarewa Won 3-1 POD Emily Hay

Cricket MB 8’s v Waihopai Won POD Charlotte Morris

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Replanting new produce with the garden club this week. Miro and Totara are maintaining and caring for our plants.

Week 4 Term 1

Certificates: Welcome to school Rafferty McIntosh and great spelling work Abigail Hunter!

RIMU 3 (Mrs Godby) It is an exciting week for us as we are running the assembly this week. It is the first time for most of the class so it would be great if we could get lots of parents coming along on Friday for support as a familiar face in the audience can make all the difference to confidence levels. The children are all very keen to have a go at speaking in front everyone but will need lots of practise at home so that the sentence they say is very easy for them. What they have to say will go home today in their home home folder.

MANUKA 6 (Mrs Carr) • Athletics was really awesome because we always get to try new skills as we get older. Danja • Athletics was a really cool day because everyone got to try everything and improve on their results. Ethan G • It was a really fun day because we did really well as a school in the relays! "Go Myross Bush!" Sophie J It was a really well organised and fun day, the weather was even organised well!

TOTARA 7 (Miss Duncan) Athletics day at Surrey Park was a fantastic day. It was great to see so many parents supporting the school and cheering the students on. Students, please remember to put sunscreen on in the morning and sunhats are worn every day. Roles and responsibilities: It is great that so many of the senior students are taking on roles and responsibilities in the classroom and wider school environment. Most of these students are doing an excellent job of maintaining these roles and acting very responsibly, I am very proud of the effort you are putting into caring for our school community. Learning to keep up these roles throughout the year is an important part of being in the senior school and part of our school values. Well done Totara. Miss Duncan

Certificates: Hannah Tufui and Finn Young

RATA 4 (Mrs Aurik) We all enjoyed starting our week with athletics day. It was great to have so many parents supporting us, thank you.  The children are enjoying the Action stations.  It is exciting to see their ideas develop and progress as they trial and modify.  We would love it if you sent along   small boxes like the ones muesli bars come in for the children to use.   Thanks have a great week, Evelyn

MIRO 5 (Mrs Kahukura) • I enjoyed seeing lots of the kids running. LilIy • I jumped well in the long jump. Delta • I enjoyed watching the relays and seeing Myross Bush get off to a good start. Matthew • It was very tiring in the 100 metres because it was so long. William • I enjoyed running the 100 metres. Cody •I liked watching the relays. Eilish • I liked high jump because I came third. Mitchell • I liked shot put. Amelia Certificates: Isaiah Bragg & William Roberts

KOWHAI 2 (Mr Herring) This week Kowhai is designing a census for our school. We would like to have every student complete a small survey asking questions that ask about diets, hobbies, technology use at home and more. We would love to hear your ideas for questions and you can post these on our intranet page. We are hoping to use the data from the MBS census to create some projects that will make our school even better than it already is! It's also been great to see the effort going into the homework last week. There is a lot of practice happening with those basic facts steps and we're looking forward to seeing some amazing progress. Keep it up, everyone! Assembly Duty this week: Rimu (2.15pm)

from the classroom

KAURI 8 (Mrs Polaschek) We welcome Emily Lemin and Riley O'Keefe and their families to Kauri this week. What a great day we had at Athletics day on Monday!  It was great to have the opportunity to put all our practicing into action as we had a try at all the games.  Great effort Kauri Kids!  We are practicing writing our names with correct letter formation this week.  We have to look carefully to notice which letters are tall, and which have tails.  Can we make them look just right?   Yesterday we tried to work together to make a creation in small groups.  Oh dear! We found out we need to know what 'teamwork'  is and   practice the skills we need.  We are looking forward to trying to build again soon!

Updated 27 February 2013





1st Fri

19th Fri

6th Mon

Wood Raffle sheets and money due (even if you don’t have a burner, it would be a great gift for someone)

End of Term 1

Term 2 begins

4th Mon Summer Football begins

6th Wed 7.30pm FOS Meeting in the staffroom. All welcome.

23rd Sat Southland Athletics

Don’t f orget. .. • Wood by this



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• Sport s Team Fees a re now overdu e pleas e send office to the if they a r e still t paid - t o be hank y ou

27 February 2013  
27 February 2013  

Week 4, Term 1, 2013