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					Avondale Primary School Newsletter
Crayford Street West . Avondale .
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Newsletter No 5 Term 3 - 25 September 2008 Tena ra koutou e te whanau Many thanks to all staff, parents, community members and of course, our students for another busy and productive term at Avondale Primary School. Some of us were beginning to wonder if the rain was every going to stop, but of course now that is a dim memory as we move into Spring. I know that the students have certainly appreciated being able to use our field again and the Olympics day was a wonderful way to celebrate the Term in sunny, warm conditions. Yesterday our three rugby teams visited Blockhouse Bay for a mini New Image tournament and while all players were competitive and played hard, I was really impressed with their behaviour and attitude. They were excellent ambassadors for the school. As I write our year 3 / 4 team – the mighty Pumas – is preparing for a game here against Kelston. I am not sure who gets more excited, the kids or me! In Term 4 we have an Art focus for our integrated study and I know that this will be an excellent learning experience with lots of visual output. Also next term we are looking to trial a new parent programme to support some of our students in maths. If you are interested in being part of this, contact the school and have a chat to John our Deputy Principal who will be coordinating it. It will only involve around 1 hour each week.

We are in full fundraising mode at the moment because there are many upcoming trips and other events. Special thanks to Friends of Avondale who have been working hard to sell raffles for our grocery hamper and with the sausage sizzle. Due to these efforts, combined with other fundraising done by staff, we will be able to subsidise the students for most of these events. You will be informed of upcoming events in newsletters and notices. Also, if you visit the website you can check these out on the calendar. We wish all our families a lovely holiday and look forward to another exciting term. Greg Chalmers, Principal Reminder – Closing Day / Time for Term 3 is 3.00pm tomorrow as usual. Term 4 starts on Monday, 13 October. Lunchroom This will be closed tomorrow, Friday for cleaning. Next term we will again be offering our summer menu – sandwiches ($2.20) and filled rolls ($2.50). The lunchroom will re-open on Wednesday of the first week of term – 15 October. Regular days will be Wednesday, Thursday, Fridays only. Olympics Day We had a great day and the weather was kind to us. Results Winning Teams – 1st Rm 8; 2nd Rm 16; 3rd R19. Sprints Results - in order of 1st, 2nd, 3rd Y0 – Kalib, Nicholas , Sinova; Y1 – Samson, Angel, Ayush; Y2 – Chelynn, Emily, Desharna; Y3 – Joshua, Faalaeo, Johreena; Y4 – Kharnse, Sione, Weylin; Y5 – Liam, Jericho, CJ; Y6 – Rahil, Anastasia, Albert. The lunchtime sausage sizzle raised approx $600. Thank you for your support. Avondale Idol Come along and see the finals tomorrow from 9.15 – 10.30am.

Les Mills School of Fitness Update Thank you to the families who have been supporting our school, while getting fit at Les Mills. So far $129 has been raised by our families visiting the gym who then donate $1 per visitor to us. We still have 2 weeks to go, so keep it up – Miss Aldridge in R18 has some more tickets left if you have run out and want to continue. Holiday Dental Services The following School Dental Clinics in our area will be open during the school holidays. Mt Albert School - Ph 846-1999 and Gladstone Primary – Ph 846-7812 both weeks and Avondale Intermediate 6 – 10 October only - Ph 828-8829. Ph 0800-433-6825 for other enquiries. Year 6 Intermediate Enrolments Parents of Y6 students going to Avondale Intermediate are reminded to visit there and complete the enrolment for 2009.
Disclaimer The following notices and brochures sent home this week are for your information only. The staff and BOT do not necessarily endorse or recommend them. Avondale Athletics Club Season starts on Wednesday, 15 October on Rosebank School fields. A great opportunity for children to develop their fitness and increase their self-confidence through participation in exciting track and field events, with an emphasis of having fun through participation. Take the whole family down and relax afterwards with a sausage sizzle. Ages 1 – 14 years 5pm – 6pm every Wednesday. Phone Nikki on 828-2544 for more information. Holiday Fun at Avondale Library FREE school holiday programme at Avondale Library, the theme is Animals so join us for Animal Crafts on 1st & 8th October 10am-12pm, an Evening Storytime @ 7pm on the 8th October PLUS heaps of other activities and prizes to be won! Pop into Avondale Library for more information at 93 Rosebank Road or ring 3741310 to speak to a Librarian. Edendale School Holiday Programme 29 September – Friday 10 October – 9am – 3pm daily. 419 Sandringham Road, Sandringham. Exciting activities and trips to the movies, pools and ice skating. Ph 846-6340 or 021-124-7571 / 021-071-5344. During the holidays please ph 846-6340 Xtn 221 or the above mobile numbers. Oscar approved. Pre Care and Post Care available. Family Discounts.
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Duffy Books In Homes From September 22 to September 28 Whitcoulls stores throughout New Zealand are helping Duffy Books in Homes give the gift of reading to thousands more Duffy kids. Whitcoulls Duffy Book Week gives us the opportunity to extend the programme to new schools in coming years as well as provide your school with all those extra services such as the Role Model programme, Duffy Theatre and, most importantly, books for those schools that do not yet have their own sponsors. You can help support Whitcoulls Duffy Book Week by visiting your local Whitcoulls store or visiting where you can donate online from September 22 onwards. You can also make an instant $3 donation now by texting DUFFY to 2447. StarFish Magic presents ... I Love Cinderella! A unique and highly interactive show with live music, original songs and dances! th 3 DAYS ONLY: October 7, 8 & 9 - 10.30am & 1pm DAILY. $7.50 per person (under 2s FREE) - $5 per person for groups of 8 or more. Western Springs Community Garden Hall, 956 Great North Rd, Western Springs (next to Valentines restaurant) Lots of parking. To book - or ph 827 2300; 021 023 15184

Piha Surf Lifesaving Club Piha Junior Surf Lifesaving is a summer sport your children can become involved in. Our program is for children aged between 7 years old - 13 years old. Junior Surf provides an opportunity for children to learn about water safety, surf conditions and teaches children lifesaving skills as well as competition skills in a safe and fun environment. The Junior Surf program gives children the opportunity to compete in junior surf sports within the Northern region as well as the skills to one day become a life guard. Training sessions are held on Sunday mornings 10am-12pm at Piha SLSC. The only requirement is that children over 9 years old must be able to swim 200m in 7 minutes, followed by 1 minute treading water. If you’re interested in more information please email or visit our website Blockhouse Bay Diversity Day - Sunday 19 October. A free event at Blockhouse Bay Community Centre to celebrate the wonderful diverse cultures within the community. Non-stop performances, free practical workshops, demonstrations, information stands, international food and more! Free entry – Bring the family! 10am – 4pm. NEW Movie Making Holiday Course A fantastic opportunity to learn how the movie-making process works from pre-production through to post-production, including story-boarding, filming, acting and directing. Hands-on workshops led by professional movie-makers. An opportunity not to be missed! For more information or to book a place on the course call 09 622 0670 or Email Nanny & Babysitting Agency “Are you needing a nanny or babysitter during the school holidays or Christmas break? We have an extensive database of professional nannies and babysitters available NOW!! Visit our website or ring 0800 Rockmybaby today.