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26 November 2013

Dear Parents / Caregivers

SCHOOL CONCERT

It is that time of the year again and Dawson Primary children will be performing their annual concert on Wednesday 27th November.at 6.00 sharp.

We will also be selling sausages and drinks and our newly published Dawson Cookbook. The cookbook is $8.00.

Rain is forecast so if it is wet the concert will be postponed until Tuesday 3rd December at 6.00.

Come along and join in the fun and see how well our children perform.

REPORTS TO BOT

On Thursday 28th November we have our final Board Of Trustees meeting for 2013.This will be held in the staffroom at 5.30.We have a number of reports to present to them and some of these reports will be published in a booklet that will be kept in our office area. You are welcome to come up and read them at any time,

 

NUMERACY FOR 2013

Year 1 students- 21% above expectations, 70% at expectation, 9% below expectation, 100% Maori students at expectation

Year 2 Students -2% above expectation, 58% at expectation, 40% just below expectation, 89% Maori students at expectation, 11% just below expectation

Year 3 students- 29% at expectation, 68% just below 3% well below, 39% Maori students at expectation, 61% just below

Year 4 students – 45% at expectation, 55% just below, 62% of Maori students at expectation and 38% just below

Year 5 Students- 3% above expectation, 39% at expectation, 35% just below, 23% well below, 75% of Maori students at or above expectations, 25%below expectation

Year 6 Students- 18% above expectations, 48% at expectation, 24% just below10% well below, 63% of Maori students above expectations and 37% below expectations. We met our targets in Year 1,2 and 6

TRIPS

Yesterday we had our patrol monitors and a few other reliable students on a trip to Rainbows End. This was to thank them for the wonderful job they do all year. The teachers reported back that they were a real joy to take out of the school and showed wonderful behaviour throughout the day. Of course they had lots of fun on the rides.

Last week some of our Year1 / 2 students went to the Go Set day at Eden Park. They all had a fabulous day but became very hot due to the weather being so fantastic. They also came back to school with a T-shirt each.

We had a few pupils represent the school at the BP challenge day as well.

Our athletics team competed at the Otara Athletics day. We did not get a placing but had some individuals who performed really well. Thank you to all those children who behaved well and tried very hard to make us proud.

 

CHRISTMAS PARTY

We are very lucky to have been chosen by Fuji Xerox to have their young leaders organize a Christmas party for our school and community. I don’t have all the details as yet but it will be an afternoon event with Santa arriving in the Westpac helicopter and lots of fun activities, food and entertainment provided. There will be more information about this closer to the day. It should be a wonderful event to end the school year with.

 

Forthcoming Events

27th Nov-           Concert

2nd Dec              Preschool graduation

3rd Dec               Concert (if wet on 27th)

5th Dec               Year 6 graduation

6th Dec               Junior Neighbourhood Day for 4 children

11th Dec             Christmas party

12th Dec             School finishes

 

Regards

Angela Funaki


11 November 2013

 

Dear Parents / Caregivers

Stop, Drop and Go, Go, Go!

We would like to thank all the families who signed and returned our Stop, Drop and Go, Go, Go contracts. Well done to all our Travel wise prize pack winners. They were: Zachariah-Room 8, Bailey-Room 10, Samuela-Room 2, Rimoni-Room 11, Ty-Room 9, Brandi-Room 17, Nevaeh-Room 7, Mum-Room 3, Phoenyx-Room 4 and Ake-Room 8.

If you are using our drop off car park by the office please help us to keep the traffic flowing by remembering to Stop, Drop and Go, Go, Go!

Grommets and children: A message from the nurse

Some children have grommets put in their ears to assist with ear problems. However, since summer is just around the corner, I have some healthy tips to support our children with enjoying their summer time without risking their grommets coming out.
 
For those children who have grommets and would like to go swimming, parents can use blue tack to provide a seal on their kids’ ears before jumping into the pool. 
Make sure that you have shaped the blue tack so that it goes into the ear canal to create a seal – but make sure that you don’t push it all the way in.
 
Grommets are used to help get any liquid out but it can also help get liquid in. So, please use this method if you want your children to have fun swimming this summer!

CROSS COUNTRY / ATHLETICS

Both the cross country and the athletics day were very successful. Well done to the mums and dads who also participated in a race. All the children did really well and it was pleasing to see that they had a sense of achievement to just get across the line even if it was last.

 

SURVEY

Thank you to everyone who responded to the survey. We had most families send their forms back and a Room 1 child won the box of food.

The results showed that children enjoy coming to school and feel safe. Parents found teachers friendly and approachable and had found out where their children were in their learning. We had a few parents who did not know what their child’s levels were and they had not picked up their reports. A number of parents did not know that we have a web page. Please get on the internet and look up www.dawson.school.nz and see what we have been up to. We also have our newsletters on our school site. In health the majority of people wanted healthy eating, safety and police programmes to be a focus. Only a few wanted sexuality taught. Lots of our families have computers but very few have internet connection. People thought our facilities were very good to good although a few thought they were poor. Parents would like to see music and the arts continued and also the taekwondo. A sports team for younger children has been suggested but we would need coaches to do this. Thank you for your suggestions, which the BOT will consider at our next meeting.

 

Coming Events

13th Nov-  Choir to perform at the Town hall

14th  Nov-   Some children in the BP challenge

15th  Nov-   Rms 15,18,20 to visit Sonshine Ranch

22nd Nov-  Otara Athletics day. Yr 1 / 2 Have a Go Day at

                  Eden Park

25th  Nov-  Patrols to rainbows End

27th  Nov-  School concert at 6.00

2nd   Dec-   Preschool graduation and last day for 2013

5th   Dec-   Year 6 graduation at 11.15

6th   Dec – JNS day out for 4 pupils

12   Dec-   Finish school

 

Regards   - Angela Funaki


16 October 2013

 

Dear Parents / Caregivers

 

Welcome back to the fourth term and a big welcome to our new parents. This term is a short term but one that will be very busy for both teachers and students.

Many of the classes have already started with learning songs and dances for our school concert.

Children are being assessed so that we can write our national standard reports for the Ministry of Education. Teachers will also be writing reports for each student and these will be given out towards the end of the term.

 

ART EXHIBITION

The art exhibition begins today. Our children have been working on a piece of art this term and this will be displayed and on sale for $2.00

Our children are always very proud of their work and look forward to showing it off to their families.

The exhibition will be open at the following times:

Tuesday 16th Oct. 2.45 until 4.00

Wednesday 17th Oct. 2.45 until 5.00

Thursday 18th Oct 2.45 until 6

 

HATS

This is a term that all children are expected to wear hats outside. If they do not have a hat they will be told to sit under the shade of the porch by Room 19 and 20.We do not have a school hat as yet so any hat they own that is appropriate can be worn.

 

FAREWELL

Mrs. Lagi Tuuholoaki has retired from teaching. She taught at Dawson for 26 years usually in the NE class. Over the last few years she has also been involved in working at the preschool. It is wonderful to think that someone has devoted so many years to teaching our students .We will hold a farewell assembly for Mrs. Tuuholoaki on Friday 25th October. This will be held in the hall from 2.00-2.30.

Any families or ex students who would like to join us for this occasion are welcome.

 

HOLIDAY

Yes another holiday!! Labour day is on 28th October and there will be no school.

CHILD RESTRAINT LAWS

From the 1st November the child restraint laws are changing to improve safety. As a driver you must make sure that any child travelling in your vehicle is correctly secured.

The law says: You must correctly secure your child in an approved child restraint. This used to be until they were five but will change and be until their 7th birthday.

The law also says you must secure your child in an approved child restraint if one is available in the vehicle (and if not, in any child restraint or safety belt that is available. This is now from the 7th birthday until their 8th birthday.

At the school office we have some vouchers that can be taken to the Baby Factory for you to get 10% discount on child car seats. If you would like one of these please visit the school office.

 

AFTER SCHOOL CARE

We have SkiDs after school care in our hall each afternoon. Rush de Silva who has worked with our children over many years runs this.

Contact him on 022 04 SKIDS (022 04 75437) or dawson@skids.co.nz or contact the school office. You need to enroll your child for them to attend.

 

40 KM/H SCHOOL SPEED ZONE

Dawson Primary will soon have a school speed zone consisting of a 40km/h speed limit during peak school traffic hours. This sign means that for 35 minutes before the start and for 20 minutes at the end of school all cars approaching the school need to reduce their speed to 40km/h.At all other times the speed will be 50km/h. This will be put in place before June 2014.

 

Coming Events

16,17,18 October             Art Exhibition

22nd Oct                         Year 6 to visit Kia Aroha

23rd Oct      Senior classes having electrical safety classes

24th Oct                  Year 6 to visit Gibbs farm

25th Oct       Mrs. Tuuholoaki’s farewell

31st Oct       Cross Country 9.30-10.40/ parents morning tea

                    picnic

1st Nov        Athletics day / Travel wise assembly

13th Nov      School choir performs at the Town hall

15th Nov      Rm 15, 18 20 to Sonshine ranch


11 September 2013

 

Dear Parents / Caregivers

Welcome to our new families and pupils.

School has been busy as usual and the children are very involved in all their learning. We have had our year 3 students visit the Botannical gardens and Year 1 visit Ambury Park. The children all learnt from these experiences.

 

Young Enterprise programme.

The Year 5/6 classes have been involved in the Young Enterprise programme where they run a business and design products, which will be sold on market day. The children are learning about the members of a business including the CEO, financial manager, designers, workers etc. They are paid money (not real) and they are able to bank this or spend it at the Warehouse to purchase products to make their goods. The children have learnt many skills and I am sure the market day will be great. The market day will be held on Thursday 19th September at 11.10.Parents of the Year 5/6 parents are invited to come and see what the children have been doing.

 

SkiDs After School Care.

The Dawson Skids after school programme runs in our hall from 2.45 until 6pm. If you are interested in your children attending please contact the following:

Email-dawson@skids.co.nz or 0220475437 or the school office. You can also phone the school on 2745390.

 

The Incredible Years parent programme

This term  the Incredible Years programme is being held at Tupu library. The programme is starting on Friday 13th September at the Tupu Youth Library in the Community Room.

Registration will be at 9.30 with the course starting at 10. Otara Health is able to provide transport, crèche and lunch. It is a free course for parents with children aged 3 to 8 years old. Seats are filling fast. You can just turn up on the day or you may also contact Mark, Julia or Margaret on 274 4340 or email-margaret@otarahealth.org.nz or Julia@otarahelath.org.nz.

 

Literacy week

We will have this during the last week of the term. Look out for the invitations to attend the parents’ morning tea and grandparents one as well.

Social Worker in Schools

Our new social worker, Ana Dobbs, has her office beside Room 21 and 20.Her role is to support children and families, when the social and family circumstances are causing the child to struggle with education, health or social development. Her role has three main parts

1) Social work with individual children and their families

  • Developing trusting relationships with children and families
  • Assessment and intervention with goals
  • Being their to speak up for children and families

2) Development and implementation of group programmes

  • Planning, coordinating and delivering group programmes
  • Working with agencies to see who best meets the needs of the group

3) Community liaison and service coordination

  • using community networks to support the children and families
  • working with other professionals to identify, refer and help with problems affecting the child’s well being

If you need to speak with her you are welcome to come to the school or to ring her at the school. She is here to help and support our children to have success.

 

Coming Events

Friday 13th Sept          The new date for the rugby tournament

Tuesday 17th Sept       Duffy Assembly at 1.30, Year 6 to visit

                                  Ferguson

Wednesday 18th Sept  Talent Quest 1.30 in the hall

Thursday 19th Sept      Market Day for Year 5/6 at 11.10

Friday 20th Sept          Ukulele group to go to East Tamaki,

                                    Year 6 to visit Kia Aroha

Monday 23rd Sept        Literacy week begins

Tuesday 24th Sept        Mum and dad’s morning tea 10-10.40

                                     in Room 14

Wednesday 25th Sept   Grandparents morning tea in Room 14

Thursday 26th Sept-    Year 3 / 4 girls cricket tournament

Friday 27th Sept           End of term. We finish at the usual time.

 

Talent Quest

The school councillors have organized a talent quest. We are holding auditions now and the show will be on Wednesday 18th September at 1.30 in our school hall.  You are welcome to attend.

 

Regards

Angela Funaki



23 August 2013

Dear Parents / Caregivers

Welcome to our new families and pupils.

Congratulations to our science team that recently competed in the BP challenge. They won!! Several schools competed in challenging tasks in our school hall. The competition was very tight but we did manage to just win. We will probably participate in this again next term.

Reading Together

We have started our Reading Together programme for parents. This is held on a Thursday at 9.30.I know that the parents attending are learning lots about helping their children with reading.

Lateness to school

At the Board of Trustees meeting this week data was presented about the lateness of children to school.

We looked at lateness to school from 1/8 until 14/8.The number late each day varied from 7 to 24. It generally sits at 17.Each time a late child arrives in class this disrupts the learning of the other children in the class. The reasons given for lateness include: slept in, car broke down, mum was asleep, mum made me to the housework, had to buy lunch at the shop, traffic and had to say my prayers.

Males are getting to school later than the females. Maori males are the highest group for arriving late followed by the Tongan males and then the Cook Island males. In the female numbers the Maori girls were the highest but not as high as any of the male numbers. The Tongan females were second with the Samoan and Cook island girls coming in third

Children need to be at school on time to start the day with the best opportunity to learn. Lateness does not only affect their learning but the others in the class. Let us all make an effort to get to school on time.

SkiDs After School Care.

The Dawson Skids after school programme runs in our hall from 2.45 until 6pm. If you are interested in your children attending please contact the following:

Email-dawson@skids.co.nz or 0220475437 or the school office. You can also phone the school on 2745390.

Art

Today the children have had Graham Braddock in to take them for an art lesson. He is a well-known artist. Most classes have been working hard on their art activity for the exhibition and I think we will once again have a fantastic exhibition in the first week of Term 4.

Soccer

We have our soccer team competing at Bruce Pullman Park today. The weather is shocking but hopefully they will show good skills and sportsmanship .I know they will be wet and muddy when they return.

Volunteers

We would still like to have some volunteers to help in our garden and kitchen programme on Tuesday and Wednesday. If you are interested please come along. You do not need to know much about gardening or cooking to be involved but you will learn alongside the children. If you have skills in this area then maybe we could learn from you. At the moment our volunteers are coming from outside our area to help our children and it would be lovely to have some of our own community involved.

Incredible Years Programme

We ran the Incredible Years programme at school for many of our parents and they found it a very helpful programme. Next week this programme is going to start up at the Tupu library. There will be a care facility for you child to be looked after while you attend the course. It is a very worthwhile course .If you are interested please either contact the school or Tupu library.

 

Principal/Parent Morning tea

On Monday 26th August you are invited to attend a morning tea with the principal to discuss what is happening at school and to give your ideas about what you would like to happen for your child’s education. The meeting will start at 9.15 and be held in the staffroom.

This is also a great time to meet other parents from the school.

 

Honey For Sale

We have school honey for sale. It is $8.00 a jar.

If you have any concerns please feel free to come and see your child’s teacher or the Principal.

 

Regards

Angela Funaki

 



8 August 2013

Dear Parents / Caregivers

 

We have had a wonderful start to the term and the weather has certainly helped. It feels like spring and young buds are starting to appear on our fruit trees so we look forward to some fruit this year. We have just planted more fruit trees and will be planting trees down by our piwakawaka on the field. The BNZ bank are sending some of their workers to help plant natives as we wish to make this a native bush area for the future children attending Dawson. Our vegetable gardens are looking fantastic and our Maori herbal and native area is also looking great. If you have free time come for a stroll through these areas.

 

The NED Show

Yesterday the children attended the NED Show at school. This show had a positive message about how children can develop characteristics to become Champions at school and in life. They used humour, story telling, magic tricks and yo-yos to demonstrate this.Until 15th August we will be selling some items from the show in Room 16.

The items for sale are:

 

Ned Yo- $9:00

Boomerang Yo- $14:00

Cosmic Spin Yo- $19:00

Replacement strings, Yoyo holster, How to Yo DVD and Kickin” Tricks DVD all $4

 

Basketball

After winning the Papatoetoe girl’s basketball and coming third in the boys we have now started the competition with the Otara schools. Yesterday the girls won 72-2. The boys also played a great game. The score was 38-2 to them. We wish them luck for the rest of the competition.

 

Social worker

Our new social worker Ana Dobbs is available to help with any of your concerns including budgeting and housing. Please feel free to visit her or ring to make an appointment.

 

New Teacher

This term we welcome Mrs. Butcher in Room 5 with Year 1.Mrs Tu’uholoaki has taken some leave.

 

Reports

Parents have been contacted if they have not yet picked up their child’s report. If you have not been up by next Friday then I will contact you to make a time for me to come and visit. Most of our children have worked really hard to gain their achievement and we want all parents to see this recorded on their report.

 

Dictionaries

Today our Year 4 students will be given a new dictionary generously supplied by the Half Moon Bay Rotary. A big thanks to the Rotary for raising funds to support our children’s learning.

 

Things happening this term

  • Year 1 will be having a trip to Ambury farm
  • We will have a science competition between schools held in our hall on 26th August.
  • Some students are involved in the Outreach programme run by Keu at 274.They will have 2 hours a week to work on skills with IT and will showcase this work at our art exhibition.
  • There will be an art focus this term. Some children will be chosen to have specialist art classes. All children will prepare a piece for the art exhibition held in week 1 Term 4
  • A few of our boys are taking part in the Marama programme. This programme is based on rising up and taking responsibility for your actions. It runs every Tuesday afternoon for the term
  • All senior classes are involved in PrEP. This is a programme where children apply for various jobs and then run a business. They will design, make and then sell their products at a market day on the 19th September
  • Our choir and ukulele groups will continue to work towards their performances
  • Four Year 6 students will be chosen to be involved in the Outreach programme for the first week of the next school holidays
  • Reading Together will begin next Thursday. This programme runs over four weeks for 1 ¼ hrs and is for parents to learn about literacy and reading with their child. If you are interested contact the office.
  • Literacy week will be in the last week of the term
  • The talent quest will be held at 1.30 on 18th September
  • We have the Big Bad Wolf performance on 26th August
  • A Parent meeting to give your ideas will be held in the staffroom on 26th August at 9.15

 

Regards – Angela Funaki


31 July 2013

Dear Parents / Caregivers

Welcome to Term 3 and a special welcome to all our new pupils.

My name is Rush de Silva and many of you already know me around school. I have been involved at the school for over 8 years running the Life Choices programme on Mondays as well as previously, the Wynrs Soccer programme on Wednesdays but I wanted to let you know about an exciting upcoming programme at the school .I have partnered up with sKids Out of School Care to set up an after school and holiday programme at Dawson! Skids is New Zealand’s largest out of school care supervised providers and have a proven track record of fun and safe programmes. I am excited to partner with them and I am also excited that there will be OSCAR/ Work and Income subsidies available to parents/families who are working either full time, part time, shift work, studying, etc.

The programmes at the school will be lots of fun with games, cooking, competitions, science, technology, out of school trips and many other exciting things. Please take a look at the website at www.skids.co.nz/location/dawson_school/ and if you like to be part of our exciting programme then enrol online or ring the number below. Week 1 is Jungle week. Week 2 is Bugs week. Have a look at the website to see what’s happening the rest of the term!

Feel free to contact me on 022 04 SKIDS (022 04 75437) or dawson@skids.co.nz. I look forward to seeing as many of you in term 3 as possible.

 Thanks!

Rush de Silva

The above programme has started in the school hall but children need to be enrolled to attend.if you are unsure about the programme or need some help to enrol please visit the school office.


Reports

There are still a few pupils’ reports that have still not yet been picked up. Please come to school this week to see the teacher and collect your child’s report.

 

Social worker

We have a new social worker based at our school. Ana Dobbs is available to help with any of your concerns including budgeting and housing. Please feel free to visit her or ring to make an appointment.

 

Attendance

The Ministry of Education is very concerned with the amount of truancy that is occurring in New Zealand. Recently the newspaper published that there are up to 62,000 pupils away a day in New Zealand. Some of these have valid excuses but others are on holiday, looking after younger siblings or involved in activities that are not considered to be good reasons for being absent from school. Education is important and every time a child is away this disrupts their learning. I know that most of our parents ensure their children attend school except when they are sick but there are a few who need to attend more regularly particularly if this was written on their school report. This term we would like to work hard at ensuring that children are at school most of the time.

 

Uniform

Our children look fantastic in their school uniform. We have had a number of lost jumpers and these are hard to track down when they are not named. Check that you have marked all clothing with a name, coloured sewing or a mark of some description so that it is easily identified if left in the playground.

 

We have an exciting term ahead and look forward to parents being involved in the school activities. If you have any concerns please feel free to come and speak to the teacher of myself.

 

Regards-Angela Funaki


8 July 2013


Dear Parents / Caregivers 

My name is Rush de Silva and many of you already know me around school. I have been involved at the school for over 8 years running the Life Choices programme on Mondays as well as previously, the Wynrs Soccer programme on Wednesdays but I wanted to let you know about an exciting upcoming programme at the school .I have partnered up with sKids Out of School Care to set up an after school and holiday programme at Dawson! Skids is New Zealand’s largest out of school care supervised providers and have a proven track record of fun and safe programmes. I am excited to partner with them and I am also excited that there will be OSCAR/ Work and Income subsidies available to parents/families who are working either full time, part time, shift work, studying, etc.

The programmes at the school will be lots of fun with games, cooking, competitions, science, technology, out of school trips and many other exciting things. Please take a look at the website at www.skids.co.nz/location/dawson_school/ and if you like to be part of our exciting programme then enrol online or ring the number below. Week 1 is Jungle week. Week 2 is Bugs week. Have a look at the website to see what’s happening the rest of the term!

Feel free to contact me on 022 04 SKIDS (022 04 75437) or dawson@skids.co.nz. I look forward to seeing as many of you in term 3 as possible.

 Thanks!

Rush de Silva

Holidays

School will close on Friday 12th July at the usual time for the school holidays. School will start again on Monday 29th July at 8.45. There are lots of free things to do with children in the holidays including visiting Tupu library, walks to the local parks, visiting the animals at Ambury Park in Mangere, or just having friends over for a movie time or just to play games. It is a great time to spend quality time with your children if you are not working.

 

Holiday Programme

Free holiday programme provided by Christ The Nation will be held at Flatbush Primary School hall on the 17th, 18 and 19th July. There will be fun and games, singing, bible stories and prizes to be won. Each day the programme will start at 9.30-11.30

Inquiries: Pastors Brian and Mary paki-2749727 or Marian Vahaakolo 021944818

 

Reports

Thank you to all the wonderful families who took such an interest in their child/children and attended the parent interviews. Many parents have been up at other times to pick up the reports. If reports are not picked up this term then I will contact the families next term and arrange a meeting time for us to discuss your child’s progress. It is important that we work together to help your child achieve.

 

Achievement and Attendance

After completing the recent graphs looking at achievement we have noticed that students who continually are away are struggling to keep up. They miss out on many learning opportunities and find it difficult to catch up when they return. Some of our children have had up to four weeks absent which is a month out of the five months they could have attended school. Monday and Fridays are the days that most children are absent. Please help your child achieve by getting them to school every day.

 

New Staff

Barbara Amphlett, our office lady is leaving us to return home to England. We wish her the best in her new life. We welcome our new office lady, Karen Osborne, who has started this week.

Ms. Brabant is leaving us on maternity leave. Her class will be split across other senior classes. We are sure she will return to show us her new baby. We also wish Mrs Cowan good luck as she is retiring from her teacher aide job.

 

Regards- Angela Funaki




 27 June 2013


Dear Parents / Caregivers

The weather has certainly become cooler but our classrooms are lovely warm for the children to learn in.

Thank you to the parents who ensure that they have their children in school uniform all the time. Children will be asked to take off jumpers if they are not school regulation ones. No hoodies are worn in class. In this cold weather all children should wear something on their feet. After school care After school care run by SKiDs will start at the beginning of Term 3.There will be a notice put out closer to the time. SKiDs will contact the parents who sent back forms showing interest. The after school care is not run by the school.



Report Night


Our parent/teacher/child report night will be held on Tuesday 2nd July. We do not have interview times but the teachers will start interviews at 2.05 through until 5.30 when they will break for dinner. They will start interviews again at 6.10 until 7.00. The busiest time is usually straight after school. Reports will be given out and talked about on the night. If you are unable to come please contact the school and we will arrange another meeting time.



School Closing


We will close school at 1.55 on Tuesday 2nd July. This will allow teachers to start parent interviews.


Questions to ask teachers at report night

1. What was my child’s level in reading, writing and

maths before?

2. Are they progressing as expected?

3. Does my child need extra support at school?

4. How can I help my child at home?

5. Is my child working to the best of their ability?

6. What interests does my child have at school?

7. What homework do you expect to be done each

night?

8. Where do you feel my child’s strengths and

weaknesses are?

9. How is my child doing socially? How do they get

on with others?


Don’t be afraid to bring these questions with you to ask the teacher. If you need to have an interpreter to help you understand what the teacher is saying please get someone to ask. We will arrange for someone to help you at the interview. Remember to share any concerns you have about your child as we are here to help your child achieve to the best of their ability but sometimes things happening outside school can have an impact on their school life.



MANA KIDZ- RHEUMATIC FEVER PREVENTION FREE HEALTH CHECKS AT SCHOOL


Every sore throat needs to be checked every time. During school holidays and weekends go to your family doctor or nearest after-hours clinic for anyone with a sore throat. 

www.sorethroatsmatter.org.nz


Throughout the school holidays there will also be a Mana Kidz clinic running at East Tamaki Healthcare, 120 East Tamaki Road, Otara Town Centre between 10am-2pm, where you can see a Mana Kidz staff member for free sore throat and skin checks and treatment.


**BRING THIS FLYER WITH YOU**


We have had many children who have been diagnosed with strep throat, which can cause rheumatic fever. The children are very good at knowing to put their names down each day if their throat is sore and the medicine is provided for them should they have a positive result. A few parents have not yet signed for this free service. If you

wish to sign up for the checks at school please visit the school office to fill in the forms.



After school basketball


Congratulations to the two teams who have shown great skill and sportsmanship at the basketball tournament held each Monday afternoon. Their skills have shown great improvement. A big thanks to the coaches and parent supporters.



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I want to make contact with the person who painted a mural at our school several years ago. The mural is the same design as our new sign. We need this mural to have a touch up of paint and would like the original artist if possible. I think his first name was Shane. If you know him or he reads this please make contact with the school.



I hope to see you all next Tuesday



Regards


Angela Funaki





29 May 2013

 

Dear Parents / Caregivers

 

Thank you to all the families who braved the wet weather to attend our numeracy/ science night last week. I think we all learnt something as we played card games and tried some science activities.

 

Travelwise

This Friday we are launching Travelwise with an assembly at 1.30.This is an Auckland City Council programme that looks at safety around travel to and from school. A plan has been formulated about crossings and parking around the school. We also look at safety for bike usage, walking to school and other forms of transport.

 

Health Promoting Schools

On the back of this newsletter is a survey we would like you to complete about health promoting schools.

 

Queens Birthday

Next Monday June 3rd there will be no school due to the Queens birthday long weekend. School will start again on Tuesday 4th June

 

Second Hand Uniforms

Sometimes we have children leave the school and the parents are keen to sell the uniform. We put notices up about available uniforms on our school notice board outside the library. This is a good place to check regularly for second hand uniforms.

 

Photos

School photos will be taken on Thursday 30th May. You need to get the envelops with the correct money to school by Wednesday 29th May. We do not open or handle the money for photos therefore we do not give change if you have put too much money in the envelope. Photo life would have to do this. There will be no money accepted on the morning of the photos.

 

After school care

Thank you to the parents who responded to the survey concerning after school care. The board has approved for us to trial this and over the next week we will be in discussion with the caregivers to finalise times and cost.


Crest Scholarship


Congratulations Manu Tapora for being selected to receive a CrestClean Principal's Sponsorship for the Leslie Rugby Coaching Clinic held on 22nd April at St Peter’s College, Auckland.

Manu had a great day, and he participated very well, learning new skills from a team of experienced trainers.

Over the last couple of months Crest Clean has sent more than 60 ‘rugby mad’ kids along to Leslie Rugby Coaching Clinics that were held around New Zealand. As well as sponsoring the whole series, Crest Clean provided scholarships for deserving junior rugby players to attendCrest Clean are the cleaners at Dawson.

Starting time at Dawson

Unfortunately we do not have a before school care at Dawson. We have had a lot of children being dropped at school from 7.15 in the morning. We only take responsibility of your children from 8.15. It is far too early to be at school before even 8.00. We do not have anyone on site to look after your children. Please be responsible and ensure your child is safe and supervised at this time of the morning.

 

Rongomai v Dawson

A game between the two schools is scheduled for this Thursday afternoon weather permitting. This will be held at Rongomai.

 

Coming Events


Friday 7th June-Police play pupils at dodge ball in the hall at lunchtime

 

Monday 10th June - Meeting for Maori community consultation at 9.15 in the staffroom

 

Regards

Angela Funaki




9 May 2013

 

Dear Parents / Caregivers

 

Welcome back to school and a very big welcome to our new families. I hope you all had a great time with your children. I was very impressed with the number of children who came to school in the torrential rain on Monday. The teachers were pleased to be able to start their programmes straight away.

With winter not to far away it is a good time to start to look for raincoats or umbrellas so they children will not need to miss school due to the weather

Uniforms

Uniforms can be purchased at Postie Plus. Winter jumpers are in stock. Children wearing non-uniform jumpers will be asked to remove them. We do not have a shoe uniform but ask that you do not send children to school with wheels on their shoes, as these can be dangerous.

Lunches

A reminder that we have a lunchroom at school that is open every day. The school does not run this; an outside contractor operates it. I also encourage you to make your children’s lunches as this can provide them with healthy food and is much cheaper.

Times for school

School starts at 8.45 and finishes at 2.45.Children can enter the school grounds at 8.15.We take no responsibility for children dropped at school earlier. We have had several families dropping their children at school just after 7.This is too early for children to be at school. We do not have a before school childcare and it puts our caretaker in a very unsafe situation and he also needs to do his work. If you are unable to pick your child up after school the Otara Leisure centre has an after school club and they pick children up in a van from the school. There is a cost to this service.

Help Wanted

We are seeking someone who can help us during Maori week, which begins the 1st July. We would like a person who can help teach waiata to our children and perhaps some Maori language

 Principal’s morning tea

Parents and community are invited to attend a morning tea next Monday 13th May at 9.15. This will be held in the staff room. It is a time that parents can find out what is happening in the school and to ask questions and give their suggestions for the learning opportunities for their children.

School Trustee Election

The school trustee elections are being held this year. Our school is governed by a democratically elected group of people called the Board of Trustees. The Trustees make important decisions about our school’s strategic direction, student achievement outcomes, resources, staffing and much more. We are looking for a range of people with a variety of skills, experiences and attributes. If you are interested in standing for election please contact the school office. National Election Day is May 30th.Look for your voting papers and make sure you vote by noon on May 30th.

Head lice

We have had an outbreak of head lice so include below a way of treating this. Everyone in the family usually needs to be treated as well as washing the towels and sheets.

Helpful Hints: HEAD LICE MANAGEMENT/TREATMENT
Wet Combing
 is a way to manage and get rid of head lice. 
This is done by using normal hair conditioner on your child’s hair (do not wash it out) 
and combing with a fine tooth comb (head lice comb). Do this every day until the head lice goes away. 
The conditioner traps the lice and kills it when you comb the hair – stopping reproduction.

Things happening this term

13th May – Year 2 trip

16th May – Year 4 trip

20th May – Science and maths week

21st May – Numeracy/science evening for parents

23rd May – BOT meeting

30th May-   Photo life to take children’s photos

                Rm 20, 15 to Manurewa library

31st May – Netball competition

                Travel wise assembly

Later in the term we have Maori week, reports and parent conferences.


 Regards – Angela Funaki 




16 April 2013

 

Dear Parents / Caregivers

 

Holidays

The school holidays start on Friday 19th April. School will close at the usual time. School starts again on Monday 6th May. The staff hope you all have a great break with your children. If possible get the children reading books that they have at home. 


Mana Kidz  - Rheumatic Fever Prevention - Free Health Checks at School

Every sore throat needs to be checked every time. During school holidays and weekends go to your family doctor or nearest after hours clinic for anyone with a sore throat.

Throughout the school holidays there will also be a Mana Kidz clinic running at your local Labtests clinic, Shop 6 in the Otara Town Centre between 10am-2pm, where you can see a Mana Kidz staff member for free sore throat and skin checks and treatment.  Look for the Mana Kidz sign.

Children are seen daily at school if they have a sore throat.



Park Safely and Keep Our Kids Safe

This year our school is participating in Auckland Transport’s Safety at the School Gate programme. Drivers who stop in the wrong place to drop off passengers put the safety of our children at risk. Parking officers will be on patrol outside the school this term and will be issuing tickets to drivers who park illegally.

 

The agreed approach is ‘zero tolerance’ –There will be no warnings issued ,you will receive a ticket if you are double parked on yellow lines, over someone’s driveway or parked in a no parking area.

Please park legally to keep our kids safe.


Winter Uniform

Our school uniform has both long sleeved and short sleeved shirts and short and long pants. These can be worn in any combination throughout the year. We have a blue school jumper that is part of the uniform. This is the only jumper that can be worn. Postie Plus at the Supercentre sells the jumper .It is best to go now as sometimes they run out of sizes and they need to purchase more stock. They do inform us when this happens.

 

Gardens

A very BIG THANK YOU to the few families that came and supported the working bee in the school gardens. We achieved a great deal although we did not quite finish. We have a garden to give away. All the names of people who come to help in our garden until the end of the second term will have their names put in a draw to win the garden which will be delivered to your house. Your name will go in each time you come. The gardens are looking fantastic.

 

School Trustee Election

The school trustee elections are being held this year. Our school is governed by a democratically elected group of people called the Board of Trustees. The Trustees make important decisions about our school’s strategic direction, student achievement outcomes, resources, staffing and much more. We are looking for a range of people with a variety of skills, experiences and attributes. If you are interested in standing for election please contact the school office. National Election Day is May 30th.Look for your voting papers and make sure you vote by noon on May 30th.

 

Otara Family Bike Day

This is a free event brought to you by Auckland Transport with support from the local community groups. It will be held at Ngati Otara Park, Otara Road on Wednesday 24th April at 12pm.The park will be full of fun cycle safety activities and stations. There will be a bouncy castle, face painting, bike repair station and free helmet and bike checks. Bring a picnic and enjoy a fun afternoon.

 

We have had a very busy and interesting term. Some of our parents have nearly completed  The Incredible Years parent programme and they inform me that they have learnt many worthwhile skills for their parenting.

 

Have a safe and happy holiday.

 

Regards – Angela Funaki





5 April 2013

 

Dear Parents / Caregivers

 

REMINDER

We have a working bee this Saturday at school. Thank you to those who have offered to help in our garden this Saturday. We will be weeding, planting a hedge and putting mulch around the gardens.

The working bee begins at 9.00.

 

Late to school

We have had up to 40 children arriving late to school with many telling us that their parents are not awake to get them up and off to school. These children make up this time at lunchtime.

We are now referring consistently late children to the attendance service, as it is very disruptive for your child’s learning and for the other children in the class. We are looking carefully at the number of times a child is late or away and the progress the child is making as usually this impacts on learning.

I am sure most parents do not like being late to movies as they miss the start. When your child is late to class they miss the start of the learning session and then do not know what to do to follow up. Please help your child have success at school by getting them here on time.

 

Uniforms

Thank you to all the fantastic families that ensure there children are dressed in clean uniforms each day. Winter has not yet started but it is starting to get chilly. Now is probably a good time to buy school jumpers. If your child comes to school in jumpers that are not school uniform they will be asked to take them off.

During winter many children wear shoes instead of sandals. We do not have a school uniform shoe. You may get any shoe that is suitable and within your price range. Please don’t send shoes that have wheels under them, as these are dangerous in a school setting.

 Young Enterprise

Over the last three days we have had 12 of our children participating in the Young Enterprise programme. They have worked at Yendarra School with 60 children from around the district designing a product that can be sold. They have worked in teams that are run like a business from the CEO to the financial controller, designer marketer and others. Our children have really enjoyed this experience and we will try to get involved in more opportunities like this.

 

Holidays

The school holidays begin with school closing on April 19th at the usual time. School will restart on Monday 6th May.

 

Assessment

Our children have been involved in assessment so that the teachers and the children can see where they are and what they need to do to get to the national standard.

Our Star reading results show that in Year 6 we already have 24% achieving at or above the national standard. We have 12 students who are at a critical level and have extra support in place. Of these 9 are ESOL students. At Year 5 there are 20% of our students achieving at or above the standard already. There are 19 students at a critical level there are 13 of these students who are ESOL. At Year 4 we have 23% or our students already at or above the standard with another 20% just below. There are 13 students at a critical level. Many of these students are in our booster class that gives them a lot of support at their level. At Year 3 we have 33% of students already achieving at the standard with 21% a little further behind. There are 9 children at a critical level and they have been placed on extra support programmes.

We still have half a year or more for children to work towards getting at the standard they should be at.

 

Regards

 

Angela Funaki





25 March 2013


Dear Parents / Caregivers

Summer is still with us and let’s hope that the Easter break brings us fine weather too.

 

Easter Break

School will close on Thursday 28th March at the usual time. School will begin again on Wednesday 3rd April.

 

School Holidays

The school holidays will begin on Friday 19th April with school closing at the usual time. Children will start back on Monday 6th May.

 

Lunches

At Dawson we have a lunchroom that children can order their lunch from. This is not run by our school but is here to provide food for those who need to purchase it.

We are part of the Health Promoting Schools and encourage parents to supply healthy lunches to their children.We do have some foods that are banned from school. They include yellow coloured chips such as burger rings and twisties, fizzy drinks, full packets of biscuits, bubblegum  and packets of lollies. We have certainly seen some fantastic lunches sent to school for our pupils to have. If you have difficulty providing lunch for your child please contact the principal so we can make arrangements  for you.

 

Late to School

Today we had 25 students late to school. Many gave excuses that no one was awake to get them to school or they were watching TV. It is very important that children are at school on time. Lateness affects not only your child’s learning but it disrupts the learning of other children in the class. We will be referring constant lateness to the attendance service.

 

Roots of Empathy

Our boys class have started this programme and are enjoying getting to know Nephi, the baby they will have visit their class on a regular basis.

 

Trustee Elections

The Board of Trustee Election process begins on the 15 April with applications for board members opening.

Fashion Parade

We had four fantastic pupils represent the school in a fashion show displaying wearable art. Students designed and made the costumes that were worn. Although we did not get a placing our students made us very proud.

 

Swimming Scholarship

We have had our Year 3-6 students having swimming lessons this term. Many of our children have attended over 3 years of lessons and are improving on their skills. It was disappointing that some students chose not to have these lessons as they are expensive if you pay for them yourself.

There were 20 students chosen out of 5000 to win swimming scholarships because they had shown great promise in their swimming abilities. We had two of our students receive these. Congratulations to K’lani Vai and Tiera (TJ) Oppert.

 

Rugby Scholarship

We have just been given a three day rugby scholarship for one pupil. We have not yet awarded this but that will be done this week.

 

Working Bee

We have 80 visitors from around Auckland coming to visit our gardens in mid April. We need to have a working bee to get our vegetable gardens tidied up, weeded and mulch laid.

HELP from you is needed on Saturday 6th April from 9.00.If you can help please ring the school and let us know so that we have an idea of numbers.

 

Trips

Our Year 4 syndicate visited Devonport going up North Head to look at the tunnels. Today we have our extension Year 6 group visiting the art gallery in the city. Last week Room 21 and a few other pupils visited the Botannical Gardens. The preschool has booked a trip to the zoo and the Year 1 syndicate have booked to visit Ambury farm. Next week 10 students will represent the school in the Junior Enterprise challenge .They will learn about designing, making and selling goods.

 

At present we are analyzing our school data and will report to you on student achievement in reading, writing and maths once it has been presented to the Board of Trustees.

 

Regards – Angela Funaki

  



14 March 2013

Dear Parents / Caregivers

We are lucky to still be experiencing lovely sunny weather although the gardens are calling out for water. Today we have had our Year 4 classes visit Devonport and North Head. A BIG thank you to the parents who helped on the trip.

 

Arrival and Departure at school

I am very concerned about the late arrivals to school. It seems to be the same pupils every day. Lateness is a form of truancy and your children will be referred if they are late continually.

School starts at 8.45.Children will be allowed in the school grounds from 8.15.We take no responsibility for any child here before that time. School finishes at 2.45.Please do not pick your children up early, as this is a disruption to their learning. Children need to be picked up on time after school.

 

 

FREE Day Community Classes for NZ Citizens and PRs- Clover Park Community House

16A Israel Avenue, Clover Park.  Learning for Everyday Life (Money Management)

Monday, Wednesday and Friday 9am to 1pm

Starting on Monday 6 May 2013 (10 weeks)

Call Sonia Davidson at MIT on 968 8000 Extension 8414

 

New ECE

Brand new ECE service opening soon on Dawson Road, Flatbush. 

Enrol now for exciting new education & care opportunities.

Contact Fisi (ECE Area Manager) on 021-0756044 or fisi.whlc@yahoo.co.nz

Roots Of Empathy

Our Roots of Empathy programme has started. We have a parent and baby from our community   who will come into school for some of the sessions so that the children can observe the baby and begin to understand how it is feeling. Room 15 is the class on this programme. We are hoping that children will learn to respect and care for each other through this programme, which is now in many schools.

 

Gardens

We need your help to weed some of our gardens. We have some great helpers in the community who are working alongside our children in the gardens to plant and care for our vegetables. However, we need some help to get weeds from other parts of the garden under control. If you can spare a little time we would love for you to help us.

 

Pre School

Dawson Primary runs a preschool two mornings a week. Monday and Thursday from 9.00-12 our preschool is open. If you would like to enroll your child and attend please complete a form at the school office.

 

Uniforms

Uniforms are available at Postie Plus. All children should be in uniform. Children need to have a hat at school as we are a sun safe school and hats need to be worn outside.

 

Gateway

Last weekend at Pasifika some college students built our school a gateway. This has been delivered to the school and will be attached to our piwakawaka on Friday at 1.00.We are very thankful to receive this kind gift to enhance our environment.

 

Teaching and learning Programmes

Our pupils are all working at school on their literacy and numeracy. Most children will have reading each night for homework. Some time should be spent on basic fact knowledge and tables. Ask your children what levels they are working at and they should be able to explain this to you. If you wish to know more about your child’s learning please contact your child’s teacher or come to school in the morning or afternoon and chat with your child’s teacher.

 

Regards – Angela Funaki

 



19 February 2013

Dear Parents / Caregivers 

We are now into our fourth week of school. Any new children should now be in uniform. You have two weeks to purchase the uniform from when they start.

We still have a number of children that do not have their stationery. It is important that children have books to do their work in. We do not provide them.

 

The Incredible Years programme

This year we are offering the parenting course The Incredible Years. This will be run by health providers and will start on Thursday 21st February at 9.30 -12.30.It will run over 14 weeks on Thursdays. We encourage parents to take the opportunity to learn more about parenting. If you wish to enroll or attend please let the office know.

 

Meet the teacher

We will have a” meet the teacher “evening on Tuesday 26th February at 5.30-6.30.This is an opportunity for you to meet your child’s teacher and find out what will be happening in the class this year.

 

Police matters – a message from the police

Come to our FREE Everyday Heroes event on Saturday 23 February 2013
Counties Manukau Police is holding their first ever public Police Day. It’s called ‘Everyday Heroes’ and is on Saturday 23 February at Barry Curtis Park. The best thing about the day is it’s FREE and everyone is invited. It starts at 10.00am and finishes at 2.00pm. Throughout the day there will be a demonstration from the Police Dog Section, the Police Helicopter ‘Eagle’ will make a grand entrance, the Armed Offenders Squad will be there and there is even going be a stimulated car crash rescue involving Police, Fire and St John's, plus heaps more. Make sure you come along and meet your Everyday Heroes. For more information see the Counties Manukau Facebook page www.facebook.com/Counties.Manukau.Police <http://www.facebook.com/Counties.Manukau.Police>  <http://www.facebook.com/Counties.Manukau.Police>  
and at the same time why not like our page, this way you’ll receive real time news updates.

Another event - Counties Manukau Police District Pay Parade
Another fantastic event that is taking place on Friday 1 March 2013 is our Counties Manukau District Pay Parade. Back in the day Police Officers would march together in front of their Chiefs and be paid their monthly salaries in cash. The Police Officers would also be part of a uniform inspection. This year's Pay Parade march route will be from the Manukau Police Station to Rainbows end. It starts at 10.00am and you’re all invited. It’s spectacular to watch and really does demonstrate the professionalism and camaraderie throughout the organisation.
 
Call Crime stoppers
Remember if you don’t feel comfortable talking to Police you can call Crime stoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
 

Arrival and Departure at school

School starts at 8.45.Children will be allowed in the school grounds from 8.15.We take no responsibility for any child here before that time. School finishes at 2.45.Please do not pick your children up early, as this is a disruption to their learning. Children need to be picked up on time after school as teachers have meetings to attend. Any child not picked up by 4.00 will be taken to the police station.

 

Phone Numbers

We have been trying to contact many families when children are sick and the numbers do not work. Please make sure you have an upto date phone number in the school office.

 

FAMILY FUN DAY

Tomorrow the 20th February we have our school family fun day. All families are invited to spend from 11.10 until 2.40 joining us in activities. There will be prizes drawn as well. Children can bring a coin donation to wear mufti-“Dress as your favourite sport star.”

There will be a sausage sizzle and juicies for sale. Come and share a picnic lunch with your children.

 

Garden to Table

Our gardens certainly need some attention .If you can give us an hour of your time on a Tuesday or Wednesday to help us get them back to clean tidy producing gardens we would appreciate it. We have a group of wonderful children who give up their time every lunchtime to work in our gardens. They are doing a great job but ‘many hands make light work”


Regards- Angela Funaki





8 February 2013


Dear Parents / Caregivers

As I write this newsletter I am able to say that we only have 16 children on our roll that have not turned up to our school or any school this year. It is great to see our children return keen to learn. It is important to get the stationery as soon as you are able as this helps with the learning.



The Incredible Years programme

This year we are offering the parenting course The Incredible Years. This will be run by health providers and will start on Thursday 21st February at 9.30 -12.30.It will run over 14 weeks. We encourage parents to take the opportunity to learn more about parenting. If you wish to enroll or attend please let the office know.



School Uniform

Every child is expected to be in school uniform. We will send home a letter if your child is wearing any incorrect articles of clothing. It can be purchased from Postie Plus at the Manukau supercentre. New students will be given two weeks to get their child into uniform.

Hats are to be worn during Term 1,2 and 4. There is no school uniform hat yet but any hat worn needs to protect your child from the sun. If a child does not have a hat then they will not play in the playground but will sit in a shaded area of the school.



Involvement in school

Thank you to the fantastic parents who have offered to help with school activities. Many wrote down that they would like to help with sports coaching. If you are interested in coaching cricket or softball please contact Mr Pattison at school on 2745390.We would love your support.



Meet the teacher

We will have a” meet the teacher “evening on Tuesday 26th February at 5.30-6.30.This is an opportunity for you to meet your child’s teacher and find out what will be happening in the class this year.



Dates to remember

Tuesday February 12th – children have the Duffy show at school

Wednesday 20th February – Family Fun Day

Thursday 21st February – Board of Trustees meeting-5.30

Thursday 21st February – Incredible Years programme for parents begins

Tuesday 26th February – Meet the teacher from 5.30-6.30



Swimming

Swimming started today .If your child missed out make sure they have a signed form and that they bring their togs and towel on Friday.

Free lessons are fantastic for our children so that safety around water is improved.



Garden to Table

Our gardens certainly need some attention after the long Christmas break. If you can give us an hour of your time on a Tuesday or Wednesday to help us get them back to clean tidy producing gardens we would appreciate it. We have a group of wonderful children who give up their time every lunchtime to work in our gardens. They are doing a great job but ‘many hands make light work”

Some of the programmes we are doing this year
Garden to table-growing and cooking produce from our gardens
Roots of Empathy – a class will have a baby in their room for some sessions as they look at feelings, care, respect.
KOS-keeping ourselves safe-a police programme based around feeling safe and dealing with bullying.
Reading-We have a specialist reading teacher to boost some children’s learning in reading
Music-We have a specialist music teacher two days a week for our senior students. She will have a choir and ukulele group. Both these groups will be part of a performance later in the year.


Regards- Angela Funaki





31 January 2013

Dear Parents / Caregivers

Welcome to the new parents in our district and a big welcome back to all our other parents.


School Uniform

Every child is expected to be in school uniform. We will send home a letter if your child is wearing any incorrect articles of clothing. 

There are no coloured long sleeved t-shirts to be worn under a short-sleeved T-shirt unless a correct school jumper is worn at the time so it cannot be seen. No child is to wear tights under shorts. We have tried to keep the uniform simple and affordable. It can be purchased from Postie Plus at the Manukau super centre. New students will be given two weeks to get their child into uniform.

Hats are to be worn during Term 1,2 and 4. There is no school uniform hat yet but any hat worn needs to protect your child from the sun. If a child does not have a hat then they will not play in the playground but will sit in a shaded area of the school.

Some parents did not have their children in uniform last year and sent notes that the uniform was in the wash. Often this was after the weekend. The uniform does not take long to dry and can be hung in a garage or even a bathroom overnight to help with drying.



Swimming

Year 3-6 children will once again have an opportunity to have swimming lessons this year. Swimming for these classes will start next Friday. It is free and taught by experts at the Otara/ Papatoetoe Recreation Centre. This is a great opportunity to get your child swimming lessons at no cost.



The Incredible Years programme

This year we are offering the parenting course The Incredible Years. This will be run by health providers and will start on Thursday 14th February at 9.30 -12.30.It will run over 14 weeks. We encourage parents to take the opportunity to learn new more about parenting.If you wish to enroll or attend please let the office know.




Taekwon Do

Starting next Mondsay the Year 6 children will be taught Taekwon do. This is a great sport and they will have lessons over 8 weeks at no cost as part of our PE programme.



Arrival at School

School starts at 8.45.It is important that students are on time ready to start their day. Late arrivals disrupt all the children in the class. School always finishes at 2.45.Please do not come to take your child home early unless it is an emergency.



Dawson preschool

The Pre School will start again on Monday February 4th. If you would like to enrol your child into preschool please come to the main office to get a form. The time is 9-12.



Waitangi Day

Wednesday the 6th February is a public holiday and school will be closed for the day.

Teachers
Room 
1 Mrs Gandhi
2 Miss Taylor
3 Miss Wards
4 Mrs Hohua
5 Mrs Tu’uholoaki
6 Miss Booth
7 Mrs Samuel
8 Miss Burton
9 Mrs Hodgson
10 Miss Hickson
11 Ms Pesaleli
12 Miss Zeier
13 Mrs Brass
15 Mrs Latulipe
16 Ms Brabant
17 Mrs Northey
18 Miss Karaka
20 Mr Pattison
21 Ms Davies

If you have any concerns please speak to the class teacher or see Mrs Harding the Deputy Principal or Mrs Funaki the principal.

Regards- Angela Funaki
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