Queen Street, Pukekohe 2120                                                  Gary Sweeney
P O Box 768, Pukekohe 2340                                                      PRINCIPAL
Phone 09 238 6568                                       g_sweeney@pukekoheint.school.nz
Fax 09 238 5532                                             admin@pukekoheint.school.nz
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.
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

                                   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

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: d.mcrae@stpauls.school.nz by Monday
April 30. ACADEMIC OPEN DAY FRIDAY May 25 1.00 – 3.00pm. Tihoi Visit for Prospective
Parents Sunday 9 September .
                                      DATES AHEAD
Thursday 5th                Catch-up HPV immunisation
                            Last day of Term 1
Monday 23rd                 First day of Term 2
Wednesday 25th              ANZAC Day – school closed
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
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

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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