Thursday, March 17, 2016

Newsletter, Term 1, Wk 7

Hello / Kia Ora

Pinnacles Trip
Our senior class trekked up the Pinnacles yesterday and returned today. They had a wonderful time and were rewarded with some spectacular views on top of the Pinnacles. Many thanks to all the parents who came along, and those who also provided transport.

School Swim Carnival

We have decided to have this on Thursday 24th March (day before the Easter break – add to your calendar). Please come along from 1pm to see the children display their swimming skills. We will also draw the Easter Basket raffle.

BOT Parent Survey
Attached is the Parent Survey which was also handed out at our Community Meet and Greet BBQ last month. Please complete this and return to the school by next Thursday 24th March. We have put the set of wicker drawers at the front door for parents to drop their completed surveys into, this way your survey will remain anonymous. Michelle will collect these at the end of next week. There are extra copies on top of the wicker drawers if parents want to fill out a survey, individually.

Easter Basket Raffle
Keep selling those raffle tickets. We will be drawing the Easter Basket raffle next Thursday 24th March, not April as was written on the front of the tickets. Can everyone please return all unsold tickets as well as ticket butts and money by next Tuesday 22nd March.

Charity Horse Trek
Thank you to the few parents who came to the fundraising meeting last week. We do need some new faces to join our small group to help spread the load doing our fundraising ventures. Each year we put on a Charity Horse Trek with all the proceeds going to our school. We ask parents to help by contributing towards the lunch to keep our expenses down. If you are able to bake a cake or biscuits or have fresh fruit available, please send any to school this Friday as the horse trek is on Saturday.

Junior Rugby Muster will be from 5pm on Wednesday 16th March, at the Mercury Bay Rugby Clubrooms.
This is for all players from Rippa Rugby to 5th Grade. All players will need to register, please bring a copy of the players birth certificate, a photo and pay their fees: Rippa $30, Individual $50, 2  siblings $75, 3 or more siblings $100
If you have any questions, please email:

Toys at School
Please do not send precious or fragile toys and personal possesions to school to avoid disappointment if they are lost or broken. Junior children who wish to show something for their news may do so and then the teachers will keep it safe until home-time.

Healthy Lunch Boxes
Briar Ward from Project Energize worked in both rooms on Monday, talking with the children about healthy lunch box choices.  While duty teachers try to monitor the children’s eating, it is not always possible to “police” every child. Please talk to your children about what they have in their lunch and what you would like to see them eat. Involving them and listening to their preferences may help encourage healthy eating habits. Attached are some ideas to add to lunch boxes. Please don’t consider this a criticism – our children have yummy lunches!

While swimming continues we have decided to extend the Monday morning assembly to allow time for awards, performances and singing. This will be a half hour assembly which whanau are welcome to attend. Next week there is a Junior reading group’s play and hopefully a video clip produced by Max.

120 year Anniversary
In May this year the school will have been open for 120 years! If you have ideas as to how we can celebrate this mile stone please let us know. So far suggestions have included a dance, a sports day or open day at school. It would be great to have a team to begin to plan ahead for the 125th Jubilee, including looking at ways to fund-raise to repair, paint and up-grade the Gumtown Room.
Have a wonderful week, Jean and the team.


‘A Gift Basket Full Of Easter Goodies’
1 Ticket = $2
3 Tickets = $5
Raffle Drawn
Thursday 24th March 2016
Winners will be notified by phone

Thank you to
Countdown Supermarket
for your support

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