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Nicole, Jaidene and Gabby urge us to think about the use of paper recycling at school and to challenge our families to think about recycling at home.



Production: Tonight at the Civic is

Conference: Last week I had the

the showcase performance of our production for 2012 ‘I Speak for the Trees!' You will witness the culmination of many hours of work by both staff and students and it will be wonderful to see it live up there on stage. Any show that involves a cast of 175 is a huge undertaking - even a professional theatre company would think twice about this - so celebrate with us the amazing effort of all concerned!

privilege of attending the joint Australian and New Zealand Principals conference in Melbourne. There were over 1400 Principals attending at the Melbourne Convention Centre in an auditorium that could have held twice that number! Some of the key note speakers were:

New Speed Signs: Today our new 70kmph speed limit signs go live outside school! These replace the flashing school lights and will operate every morning from 8.15am to 9am and in the afternoon from 2.30 till 3.15pm with a manual override able to be used for other school events. This has been a long time coming and I would like to thank again Tania Horton and Lisa Tielkes for their persistence in helping make this safety measure a reality for our school.

Professional Capital: Transforming Teaching in Every School Professor Andy Hargreaves is the Thomas More Brennan Chair in the Lynch School of Education at Boston College and he presented his thoughts on the global education reforms and looked at the high achieving countries in the world and the reasons why they are there. Globalising Current Educational Thinking - Professor Kishore Mahbubani is the Dean and Professor in the Practice of Public Policy at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy (LKYSPP) of the National University

of Singapore and he shared with us his thoughts on the New Asian Hemisphere: the irresistible shift of global power to the East and how that will impact on our society and our schools. Finnish Lessons - What can the world learn about educational change in Finland - PASI SAHLBERG is Director General of CIMO (Centre for International Mobility and Cooperation) in Helsinki, Finland He has global expertise in educational reforms, training teachers, coaching schools and advising policy-makers The Shape of Things to Come Michael McQueen - leading and connecting with Generation Y. When I get a moment I intend to write a full reflection and this will be posted on my blog which is linked through the school website.

National Standards: Some of you might have seen and heard about the tables of data that Fairfax media has published on their 'stuff' website in

“I Speak For The Trees”

Friends of the School: Wed 14th November 7.30 pm Social get-together hosted by Friends of the School. Blue River Dairy Wine and Cheese Evening $25 per person. Please rsvp to Kimberly Gray

Community:   We had a lot to do yesterday at the full school rehearsal which really helped us at the Civic Theatre dress rehearsal

regards to National Standards achievement. An Official Information Request was responded to by our school and a summary of our overall achievement from our annual report (which is available on our website under the Board page) was sent. Unfortunately the request was not specific in how it wanted the data presented so I sent collated figures of our achievement for students achieving below and a collated percentage for those achieving at and above. These were then presented in the table last week with our below percentage correct but with our at and above percentage presented as all 'at'. This just reflects that data compared with any other schools data without context is just that - data. A true comparison can only be made when all areas of learning are taken into account and reflected on as part of the learning pathway for any particular individual by the individual themselves, the teacher, and the parents, with consideration also given to the wider school context. The Ministry of Education is presenting its own version of the data along with links to annual reports, ERO reports etc at the end of this week on its Education Counts website. Enjoy the term break!

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 Southland Football Grade Gold/ Southland Mountain Bike Club: Fundrasier 4 hour Sandy Point Mountain Bike Tracks. Sat 29 Sept 11am. Register from 9am. $5 per rider, teams of up to 4, juniors and adults. Extra points for fancy dress. Go to: Invercargill Kennington Pony Club: A safe, fun, friendly environment to learn more about riding and looking after your pony. From Lead Rein to competing in all equestrian disciplines, all members are catered for. Rallies are held on Tuesday 6:30pm. For more details contact Paula Bell on 230 4889 or Nan Sinclair on 230 4141, or check out our website invercargillpc/16086/1

Regards Tim Lovelock Principal

School News: Thanks for your help: With removing gumboots and dirty footwear at school before entering the carpeted classroom, activity centre and office areas. Aviary Holiday Care: If anyone is able to help out with the aviary during the holidays it would be great. Contact Irene at the office by Friday, thank you.

Money at the office: For security reasons please remind your children that all payments and messages for the office are to be posted in the slot on the front of the office desk and not left on the desk. We may inadvertently miss them. Please do not leave school payments in the Pita Pit container.

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Mr Murray helped with the stage set yesterday.

KOWHAI are so excited about the production tonight, the first time for many of us that we've been on a big stage. We are looking forward to showing off our hard work! "I Speak for the Trees" also has an important message for us. We know how important living things are- creatures, trees and plants, big and small. We can make choices that can help or harm them. This is Hannah van't Wout's last week with us. It's been wonderful to be part of her learning journey this year, as she has honed her teaching skills. She has been a really positive, creative and helpful member of Kowhai and we will miss her! There will be reading books sent home for the holidays to help keep up the practice and maintain the great progress children have been making, as well as their counting goals and flashcards.It's been a busy week at the end of a long term so we wish you a restful break! Miss van’t Wout says: “Thank you so much for a fantastic time in Kowhai. I will miss you all and sharing in your learning adventures.” RIMU are all ready for the end of term. Some children will be getting a bag of books to read for the holidays and some will be able to get more books to read from the public library. The end of term homework includes some spelling review words and some basic facts to work on. I hope everyone has an enjoyable and restful holiday break so that you can enjoy this wonderful family time. Certificates Sarah and Cody RATA are looking forward to sharing our dance with you tonight. We love our costumes and are very excited. We are looking forward to the holidays after a long, busy term. MIRO are so excited for tonight. I'm sure we'll all be stars. • I've been practising my lines. It is fun - Jackson • I can't wait for tonight,it is soooo exciting - Grace • I've been waiting for tonight all week - Holly • I've been waiting a very long time for this night Hannah Thank you team Miro and parents for a wonderful term. Have a safe and happy holiday. TOTARA We are off to Kerr Bush tomorrow to weed around the native trees we have planted over the years to encourage strong and tall growth of the native trees so the habitat for our native birds is looked after. Have a well deserved holiday, hope the sun shines freely!

KAURI How fabulous to get some gorgeous Invercargill sunshine this week. We have been able to plant our seeds and edible plants! Our production preparation is coming along well, thank you to all the those that have given us supplies for costumes, much appreciated. Have a safe and happy holiday break. Students, be kind and helpful to your hard working parents! The students who will be awarded certificates for merit this week are, Katie Jukes and Bruce O'Reilly. MATAI We can't wait to show you all our hard work at the production tonight - watch for us in the acting, the singing and dancing. We're excited to promote our big environmental message about sustainability for you in a creative and action packed way! This is the final week we will have Mr Murray in our class for the year. We will miss his sense of humour and expertise - especially, 'Lunch Club with Mr Murray!' Thank you for all your hard work!

Sports Notices: Congratulations: to Olivia Horton, Daniel McKenzie, Izak Kahukura, Emma Henderson, Hannah Corbett, Brooke King, Campbell Henderson, Ben Symon on being selected from the Hockey Academy to play in a Junior Development Hockey Tournament at Invercargill Turf this Sunday 30th September starting at 9:30am. Good luck to you all! Flippaball: MB Yellow POD Lachlan McCorkindale There is no Flippa Ball this Friday 28th due to it being the last day of the term Next term both Flippa Ball will start on Friday 26th due to Labour weekend the first week back. Miniball MB Breakers lost to St Theresas 8-14 POD Adam Stevens Volleyball Due to not enough players we won't be able to enter a team in the Monday volleyball competition, apologies to those that were keen. Touch: Last minute entries for the Yr 5/6 touch team are welcome. Another couple of players would be perfect. Feel free to email in your details to

Newsletter: Remember that you can check out the newsletter in colour on our website.

Week 11 Term 3

Certificates: Karlee Haywood, for being super organised with her homework. Ashley Phillips for being a kind and caring person, great Kotahitanga! Ben Symon for showing great leadership skills and taking responsibility for his actions.

from the classroom

MANUKA are going to be amazing in the production tonight - ready for lights, camera, action! Please drop them to the back door at 6.15, dressed in their dark leggings and polyprop or skivvy. There is no spelling homework or maths basic facts this week. Homework books can stay at home to review words to recognise or any other letter/sound knowledge over the holidays. 10 reading books will come home at the end of the week along with some basic fact cards for the holidays. Please return these on day 1 of next term. A big welcome to Jabari who started this week. We are enjoying new faces each day with school visitors and look forward to them starting next term. Certificates: Hailey Monaghan for great dance moves and Niall Carter fantastic spelling.

Updated 26 September 2012




26th Wednesday

15th Mon

14th Wed

Production “ I Speak for the Trees” 7pm at The Civic

Term 4 begins!

FOS night at Blue River Dairy Wine & Cheese evening 7.30pm

28th Friday

22nd Mon

End of Term

Labour Day

25th Thurs Class Photos

29th Mon Annual Pet Day Details Later

December 3rd - 6th Year 6 Camp


17th Mon Last day of Tm 4

29th -31st ERO visit 31st Wed BOT Meeting

2013 Feb 4 - Apr 19 Term 1 May 6 - Jul 12 Term 2 Jul 29 - Sep 27 Term 3 Oct 14 - Dec 20* Term 4 * To be confirmed

September 26, 2012  

Week 11, Term 3, 2012

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