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Term 3  –  9am Monday 24th July to 3pm Friday 29 September


Kia ora koutou.  Hello everyone.

Celebrating success and achievement

Congratulations to all those children who took part in the ICAS Science exam this year and our special congratulations to the following children who achieved Merit, Credit, Distinction or High Distinction.

High Distinction: Yaoyu Xie

Distinction: Dane Heta, Yasmina Samy, Marwan Samy

Credit: Carlos Allport, Isabel Brennan, Portia Cliffin, Logan Findlater, Isla Postill, Phoebe Casey, Makayla Coe, Max Findlater, Youna Hong, Dylan Johnson, Georgia Knight, John Lu, Alexander Rawles, Sophia Tuck

Merit: Tyler Corless, Emre Genc, Olivia Beechey, Ahmad Haroon

ICAS Maths next Tuesday

A reminder that the ICAS maths exam for those year 5 and 6 children who registered is next Tuesday 15th August. Children will be reminded through the daily notices and will be told where and when to go on Tuesday morning.

Due to the Rippa Rugby Tournament being postponed to next Tuesday 15th there is a clash with the ICAS Maths Competition.

If the students involved in the tournament would like to sit the exam they can still do so at the earlier time of 7:30am in Room 17Tuesday 15th August.

Students will need to be on time ready to start at 7:30am. Mrs Nicol will supervise the test.

Students need to bring a pencil and rubber. They may also bring a ruler and spare paper. Calculators are not permitted.

Thank you

Martin Vanderhoorn (ICAS co-ordinator)

Whole school assembly

The whole school assembly tomorrow Friday 11th August will be led by  rooms 2, 3 and 4 from Team 1 in the hall at 2.00pm. Everyone is welcome to come along.

Touch Rugby 2017

All families should have received an email earlier this week with a letter about Touch Rugby and the registration form attached. If you did not get the email please go to the school website and under Parent Information-Permission slips you will find the letter and form to download at home. We were given a very short timeframe to enter teams so please give this your urgent attention.

If your child is interested in playing Touch Rugby in term 4, please register your details by email to Beccy Supple on Please send through your child’s name, age, school year and contact number. Coaches and managers will be needed for each team formed.   Please also advise if you are able to coach a team. Details need to be received no later than tomorrow Friday 11th August.

Please note, if coaches are not available, teams will be limited to a first come first served basis. Sorry – No late entries will be accepted.

Travelwise news

10 great reasons to walk to school with your children!

Walking to school is an excellent way to include daily physical activity into your child’s life. And if you walk with them, it’s an excellent way to get some physical activity for yourself too.

Here are 10 great reasons to walk to school together:

  1. It’s fun
  2. It’s healthy
  3. It’s non-polluting
  4. It’s friendly
  5. It reduces stress
  6. It’s a chance to teach and learn road safety skills
  7. It’s considerate
  8. It’s educational
  9. It’s free – no petrol money
  10. It makes the street outside the school safer

There are 4  Walking School Buses at Glamorgan:

Currently walking:

Nor’east Dr route – leaves 1/179 Carlisle Rd at 8:15 Thursday mornings.  Contact Mie Rawles, 0220814667 This route  needs more children participating in order to continue.

Danbury route – leaves 17A Danbury Dr at 8:20 every morning.  Contact Snow Chen, 0273987026

Starting first day of Term 3:

Fitzwilliam route – leaves  from corner of Fitzwilliam and Stredwick at 8:30 on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.  Walks through the walkway by the Montessori school  Contact Frances Cross 021 1727518

Awaruku Rd route – leaves 67 Awaruku Rd at 8:15 on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday.  Contact Kristin Carmichael 021 083 96596

Back to School Road Safety Campaign:  

As part of our Travelwise programme, Year 6 students have been participating in the “Back to School Safety Campaign” this week. The students have been holding placards containing positive messages  which are designed to raise awareness about driving safely near schools. The students taking part were Ella Price, Piripono Kaye, Kruz Fabian, Ryan Blank and Dylan Johnson. These students will be involved in campaigns near the beginning of each school term to maintain community awareness about safe driving near schools.  Each day there are high volumes of traffic when children are arriving and leaving school. The situation is sometimes made more hazardous by maneuvering  and parked cars  which can obscure visibility. Using the legal speed of 40km p/hr around schools and demonstrating an awareness of these road safety hazards will help keep our children safe.

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Scholastic Book Orders
The last day to place an order for Issue 5 is Wednesday 16 August.
Important Notice: Credit Card Payment Slip on Book Club 
LOOP is the easiest way for parents to order and pay for their child’s Book Club order, if they wish to pay by credit card.
From Issue 5,the Credit Card Payment Slip on Book Club is no longer an option. Parents who would like to pay by credit card will need to register and place their child’s order through LOOP.
LOOP orders are automatically linked to your school and Book Club Ordering Group, just click submit—that’s it!

Book Week is coming – 21st to 25th August (week 5).

The Flyer came home last week with details about what is happening in book week and how you can be involved!  A letter about the musical show – What’s the Big Idea? also came home last week. The cost of this show is $5:00 per student. Click here to download a copy of the letter if you have not received it.

Please note: APPA choir children will NOT be able to attend the show as they have a rehearsal on that date.

Book Week Competitions

Open Monday 7 August – close 3pm Monday 21 August – Entry forms/details from the school library.

Years 1 and 2 – colouring in competition

Years 3 and 4 – design and create a mask based on a book character

Years 5 and 6 – design and create a dust jacket based on a book

Ways to encourage reading at home

1. Read yourself. Your actions really do speak louder than your words. When your kids see you reading the newspaper or curling up with a book, they will want to follow your example.

2. Make sure your children read every day. Reading – like shooting baskets and playing the piano – is a skill. Like other skills, it gets better with practice. Researchers have found that children who spend at least 30 minutes a day reading for fun – whether they read books, newspapers, or magazines – develop the skills to be better readers at school.

3. Get the library habit. Make sure everyone in your family has a library card. Schedule regular trips to the library. While you are there, check out a book yourself! Books should be everywhere—in the car, bedrooms, in the lounge (just make sure you look after them!)

4. Read aloud to the children. Research showing that this is the most important thing parents can do to help their children become better readers. Here are some tips*:

  • Start reading to your children when they are young. It is never too early to begin reading to your children.
  • Don’t stop reading to your children as they grow older. You will both enjoy the chance to do something together.
  • Set aside some time each day for reading aloud. Even 10 minutes a day can have a big impact. Bedtime is a natural reading aloud time. Other busy families read aloud at breakfast or just after dinner. Read books you enjoy. Your kids will know if you are faking it.                      *From The Read Aloud Handbook*, Jim Trelease

5. Here is a way to use your newspaper to encourage reading: a scavenger hunt! Give your child a list of things to find in today’s newspaper. Here are some ideas: A map of New Zealand. A picture of your child’s favourite athlete. The temperature in the city where a family member lives. Three words that begin with “w”. A movie that is playing at a nearby cinema.

6. Give books as gifts. Then find a special place for your children to keep their own library.

7. Make reading a privilege. Say, “You can stay up 15 minutes later tonight if you read in bed.” Or you might say, “Because you helped with the dishes, I have time to read you an extra story.”

8. Ask them to read to you. Talk about the books they have read. Ask a friend or relative to read aloud to your children.

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