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PUKEKOHE INTERMEDIATE SCHOOL Queen Street, Pukekohe 2120 Gary Sweeney P O Box 768, Pukekohe 2340 PRINCIPAL Phone 09 238 6568 email@example.com Fax 09 238 5532 firstname.lastname@example.org website www.pukekoheint.school.nz class wikis ictpukeint.wikispaces.com AIM HIGH WHAIA NGA TAUMATA Newsletter No. 5 30 March 2012 FROM THE PRINCIPAL’S DESK Dear Parents and Caregivers Kia ora koutou School Charter The Board of Trustees aims to complete a full review of the school charter over 2012. This major piece of BOT work was last undertaken around 7 years ago. The school is complimented each year by the Ministry of Education for the quality of its charter but, a full review of the charter is a useful exercise to go through and it is expected that both the "look" of the charter will change and the values, goals and aspirations within it will also change to better reflect school community, staff and governance ideas and priorities. The charter review work started with a survey sent to all 2011 parents at the end of last year and has been followed up with a further survey for new 2012 parents. Student involvement in these surveys was sought so thank you for the feedback received. Staff will be involved in the charter review and this will happen next term. The end of 2011 survey returned a wide range of information and from this the BOT has been able to identify key values for the school, and as well, areas that were identified as strengths of Intermediate school opportunities and programmes for students and areas where change or improvement were suggested. The latter group has been broken into matters that management could work on and matters that are governance and therefore, part of the charter development. Information from the start of 2012 survey will be included with the next newsletter. The " top 5" values from the survey were Respect, Honesty, Cooperation, Responsibility and Aiming High. Some items from the "things that were liked" list were the technology and arts opportunities, sporting opportunities, supportive teachers (nice, kind and helpful), the friendliness of the school, well planned Y8 camp and a safe learning environment. Some areas suggested as changes include more computers, more education outside the classroom, more languages, communication with home around school events so parents could help and support, verbal bullying consequences, too many assemblies, more drinking fountains and improved toilets. End of Term School finishes on Thursday 5 April at 3.00 pm. We wish you all an enjoyable holiday and a Happy Easter. We look forward to seeing you all relaxed and refreshed and ready for Term 2 on Monday 23 April! 2012 P.T.A. The PTA had their AGM on March. The following committee was elected. 19th Chair person Lyn Pointon Secretary Dominique Hancock Treasurer Denise Johnson Staff Representative Tracey Gibson Committee: Cath Rawnsley, Tracy Bullock, Danielle Stelts, Lianne Sylva. Thanks to everyone involved with the PTA, and if you would like to be a part of this group, please come along to their next meeting on Monday 7 May at 7.00 pm. All welcome! Year 7 Reports All Y7 students will bring home their report next week. If you have not had access to your child’s goal setting sheet on the class wiki, you will receive a copy with the report. Please make sure you ask your child for their report. Thank you Staff and students send a huge thank you to all the parents and family members who have helped the school in some way during this term! Those who went to camp, drove, supervised and supported children at sporting events, helped at socials and any other school events. Without your assistance and support, our kids may not be able to take part in such a variety of activities. THANK YOU! Go well Gary Sweeney Principal Correction: In the last newsletter, an incorrect name was given in the results for Zone Swimming. Luke Fawthrop, not Cory Townsend, was a member of the Junior Boys’ freestyle relay team, who came 1st. Our apologies to you, Luke. ENTERTAINMENT BOOKS The school is once again selling The Entertainment Books as a fundraiser. The books cost $65, of which $13 is donated to the school. What is the Entertainment Book? The Entertainment Book is a local restaurant and activity guide providing hundreds of 25% to 50% off and 2-for-1 offers from the finest restaurants, cafés, attractions, theatres and accommodation. Virtually all of the offers in the Entertainment Book are restriction-free and can be used whenever you like. The businesses do not pay to be included. They are selected based on awards, reviews and personal recommendations. The book can be used all year and contains thousands of dollars worth of sayings. The book is valid up to. We have a limited number available now. You can purchase these from the Student Centre or email Diane Beckham on d_beckham.pukekoheint.school.nz Update on The Arts Welcome to the Arts 2012. Students are enjoying learning new skills and techniques in visual art, which will go towards their big art work in term 2. Congratulations to Lenny Glas (Y8 2011) who gained a 3rd place at the A&P Youth Art Competition, and to Kiara Welgens (Y8 2012) who gained a 4th place at the same competition. The next big venture is our entry in the Franklin Art exhibition. Music is humming along. Up until now we have focused on creating melodic and rhythmic ostinati on tuned and untuned percussion instruments. We have just started learning to play the ukuleles, with the intention of forming a special ukulele group who will participate in the Kiwilele Ukulele Festival in December. All instrumental tuition is going well. We have a high number of guitar, flute and violin students, which is great to see. A reminder to everyone that it is very important to bring instruments on tuition day. A missed lesson is a missed opportunity. Two weeks ago, we received a visit from Johnny from Rhythm Interactive who presented us with our prize of 10 djembe hand drums and a selection of percussion instruments worth $1000. As you can see by the look on the faces in the photos, these instruments are going to bring us much joy in the months to come. 2013 Y9 Schools’ Information Strathallan College Where is your child going to school in 2012? If you would like to find out about a scholarship at Strathallan College, collect an information pack from the Student Centre. St Paul’s Collegiate School As a parent of a Yr 7 or 8 student from a feeder school to St Paul’s Collegiate School, the Headmaster, Mr Grant Lander cordially invites you to join him at a Cocktail Evening to be held in the long room, St Paul’s Collegiate , 77 Hukanui Road, Hamilton on Friday 4 May 6:00- 7:30pm. Complimentary refreshments will be provided. For catering purposes please RSVP to: Deborah McRae Phone: 07 957 8805 or email: email@example.com by Monday April 30. ACADEMIC OPEN DAY FRIDAY May 25 1.00 – 3.00pm. Tihoi Visit for Prospective Parents Sunday 9 September . DATES AHEAD APRIL Thursday 5th Catch-up HPV immunisation Last day of Term 1 Monday 23rd First day of Term 2 Wednesday 25th ANZAC Day – school closed MAY Thursday 3rd Zone orienteering Wednesday 16th Zone girls’ soccer Tuesday 22nd UNSW Computer Skills exam Zone boys’ soccer 2nd dose HPV immunisation for Y8 girls Tuesday 29th Catch-up HPV immunisation JUNE Monday 4th QUEEN’S BIRTHDAY – school closed Wednesday 6th UNSW Science exam Thursday 14th Zone boys’ rugby Monday 18th UNSW Writing exam Tuesday 19th UNSW Spelling exam Wednesday 20th Zone girls’ rugby Friday 29th Last day of Term 2 Found At our school prize giving last year, a digital camera was left behind in the Town Hall. If you think it belongs to you or someone you know, please contact Diane Beckham 238 6568 ext 805. COMMUNITY NOTICES Puni School presents Franklin Multicultural Festival celebrating our diversity Sunday 1st April 9:30am – 2:30 pm @ Pukekohe Intermediate School Fields Sporting Tournament: T Ball, in conjunction with Pukekohe Softball Club – 20+ local primary and intermediate school teams competing Family Activities: games and entertainment for children of all ages A Feast for the Senses: food for sale from many different cultural backgrounds Multicultural Music & Dance: performers from local schools and groups For more details visit www.punischool.co.nz Calling all junior badminton players interested in learning a new and fun game or improving your skills on the court. Come and join us for some fun When: Wednesdays 4:30 - 6:30 Where: Pukekohe Rec Centre Cost: Casual $6 Seasonal Casual $70. Contact: Maree Littlewood on 0272734533 Coaching provided every week. Pukekohe Soccer Club Registrations Still Open: Junior Football Grades 6-9 Come along and see how First Kicks and Fun Football (6th-8th grades) works. We will be running a promo/demo day on Saturday 31 March from 10.00am at Pukekohe Football Club, Bledisloe Park. Registrations taken on the day or register online at www.pukekoheafc.com. We are also looking for girls to play 10th, 12th & 13th grade girls teams.
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