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8th May 2014

 

Dear Parents/ Caregivers

Welcome back to Term 2.I would also like to extend a warm welcome to all our new families. I hope that you take the opportunity to be involved in the school life.

 

Maori Consultation

I would like to invite the Maor parents and whanau to school to korero about what is happening for their students and to gather ideas for future learning. This will be held on Monday 26th May at 9.00 in the staff room. 

 

Photos

We will be having school photos taken on May 26th.There will be forms coming home to be filled in and returned with the money. Please make sure you get the forms returned in time. 

 

Reading Together

Our Reading Together programme starts next week on Wednesday 14th May. This is an easy and fun filled hour each week with yummy morning teas. The children really benefit from reading at home with parents who have learnt these skills. During our first programme this year the children all made huge progress in their reading. The sessions are from 9.15-10.30 in the school library. If you would like to come please ring the school office or send a note to say that you are interested. There are four 1-hour sessions over four weeks.

 

Kia Kaha

This term children from Year 1-4 will be participating in the Kia Kaha programme. Kia Kaha is a positive safety programme in which students develop strategies for respectful relationships where bullying behaviours are not tolerated.

School Uniform

The Dawson School uniform is available at Manukau Warehouse. They have informed us that they have new stock in with a variety of sizes.On wet days we have a number of children stay home. It could be a good idea to get a raincoat while you are at the Warehouse, as this will keep them dry while they walk to school.

 

Mutukaroa- Learn today, Lead tomorrow

This term we are starting our Mutukaroa programme. Mrs Ellis and Mrs Hohua will be ringing to make appointments with parents of our junior children. They will discuss their progress and help set goals for parents to work on at home. Resources will also be provided to help parents.

 

Swimming

Thist term children will begin swimming lessons through the Field of Dreams. These are free lessons for Year 3 up. Swimming lessons are usually very expensive so I encourage you to take this opportunity to have your child participate in swimming. They will go with their class and swimming instructors will teach them.

 

Wetlands

Over the holidays our Wetland area was worked on. A big thanks to those who were involved. We will  open this area in late June.

 

Art Extension

This term we are having our art extension classes. Children who have been identified as having talent in this area will attend the class.

 

Extension class

We will run our extension class again this term with students identified as needing to be further extended. Mrs Rolle teaches this class.


Webpage

Please visit the Dawson web page and look at the blogs. All classes have blogs that show what has been happening in their classes over the term. You can also write a comment. The comment does not appear straight away, as it needs to be approved by the teacher. The site is: www.dawson.school.nz

 

SKIds after school care

During the school holidays Skids held a fantastic holiday programme with lots of trips to places such as Rainbows End and the Planetarium. Skids offer after school care in our school hall each day after school. They run a very worthwhile programme and ensure the children have afternoon tea as soon as they arrive. To book into the programme emaildawson@skids.co.nz or phone 0220475437

 

PReP

This term the Year 5/6 classes will be involved in the Prep programme. The children will set up businesses, develop products, make and produce them while learning how a business runs with employment and financially. At the end of the programme they will hold a market day to sell their products and ideas.

 

Up to Date Details

Please complete the form on the other side of this sheet if you have changed your contact details.

 

BOT meetings

The next BOT meeting is on Monday 19th May at 5.30 at school

 

Regards-Angela Funaki



17th April 2014


Dear Parents/ Caregivers 

A reminder that we close today for the Easter holidays. School will re-open on Monday 5th May at the usual time. 
Over the holidays it is good idea to keep your child learning by doing some of the following: 

• Read to them for at least 15 minutes a day 

• Listen to them read and ask them questions about the story 

• Go over the basic facts e.g. 2+3, 6+ 6 

• Some children need to learn their alphabet 

• Look at letter boxes and get children to read the numbers 

• Talk lots to your child 

• Let them help you with the cooking and measure ingredients. 

• Get them to write a diary during the holiday to later share with the class 

• Plant a garden 

• Visit Tupu library 

School Uniform 

The Dawson School uniform is available at Manukau Warehouse. They have informed us that they have new stock in with a variety of sizes. Children will need a jumper next term so the holidays might be a good time to get one.
On wet days we have a number of children stay home. It could be a good idea to get a raincoat while you are at the 
Warehouse, as this will keep them dry while they walk to school. 

 

Game being Played

We are concerned with a few children who have come to school and play a game where they hit people in the chest 
very hard. Apparently this is on a game they play on the play station or other device. 
I have spoken to the children about how serious this game is as it can stop a person breathing and they pass out. 
Please talk to your child about the dangers of this game. 


Swimming 

Next term children will begin swimming lessons through the Field of Dreams. These are free lessons for Year 3 up. 
Swimming lessons are usually very expensive so I encourage you to take this opportunity to have your child 
participate in swimming. They will go with their class and swimming instructors will teach them .Webpage

Please visit the Dawson web page and look at the blogs. All classes have blogs that show what has been happening in their classes over the term. You can also write a comment. The comment does not appear straight away, as it needs to be approved by the teacher. The site is: 

www.dawson.school.nz

Reminder:

If you child is unwell over the holidays with a sore throat please take them to the doctors or ring the Health line on 0800611116 If your child needs dental treatment the nearest clinic is based at Chapel Downs School on the Chapel Road entrance. 
Reading Together begins Week 2 Wednesday 14th May. 
Have a happy and safe holiday 

Angela Funaki



7 March 2014


Dear Parents/ Caregivers

The school year is flying by and we are now half way through term 1.Children have been having their first assessments in reading, writing and maths. We sometimes find that some children slip a little from the end of the previous year, as they have not been reading or writing over the holidays. It is important to keep this up during school breaks.

Principals Morning Tea

Thank you to the parents who made an effort to attend the principals morning tea. We had a good discussion about what is happening for the children at Dawson and parents made some suggestions. We hope to see more of you at our next meeting.

Uniforms

Uniforms have been unavailable over the last couple of weeks but from the 7the March you should be able to purchase uniforms at The Warehouse in Manukau.

SKiDs

After school and holiday programmes at Skids Dawson- where kids love to be!
Exciting programmes, fun activities and lots of fun everyday! Subsidies are available as well- for more information go to www.facebook.com/skidsotara <
http://www.facebook.com/skidsotara>

or text/ring Rush on 021 403009

Family Fun Day

We will hold our annual Family Fun Day on Thursday 13th March. It will begin with a speaker in the hall from 10.30 until 11.00.The speaker is Billy Graham. We will also have a few of the Black Sticks (women’s hockey) players to take some activities.
There will be lots of sports activities for the children .A barbeque will be held at lunchtime with drinks also available. There will be a small charge for the food and drink.
We have a DJ coming so come and join in the fun.

Trips

Our Year 4 students went to Omana last week to look at the rocky shore. They were able to see sea life in the rock pools and are continuing to learn about this back at school
A large group of our Year 5/6 students went to Waiheke Island as part of the sustainable coastline programme. The children have been learning about conservation and protecting our environment. The children went to Waiheke as a follow up and they helped clean up a beach They saw the amount of rubbish that is not disposed of properly and have contributed to being good citizens who care about our environment. We had an article in the herald on Wednesday about our trip. Well done to the pupils who went as we had wonderful reports about the students’ behaviour and manners.

Cycle safety

Over several days this week we had the cycle safety people from Auckland transport come and teach our Year 5/6 pupils about cycle safety. This included safety gear, safety checks for a bike and riding a bike properly. The children had lots of fun while learning.

Lateness to School

We have between 20-40 pupils late to school every day. We know at times that there is a good reason for this and we are understanding. However some children come to school late everyday and reasons given for this are that they slept in, mum slept in, they had to wait for someone to buy the food, their uniform was lost or they went to the shops. We will now be referring these children to truancy as this disrupts all the other children in the class. As I have said many times-you don’t like to go to the movies half way though a movie and starting school late is exactly the same. For your child to have success at school they need to attend every day and to complete a full school day.

Sports

We have a new sports coach taking our year 1-4 PE on a Friday. Some classes have been enjoying basketball coaching and I know that the teachers have enjoyed learning new skills at the same time. A group of students are playing softball after school. We competed in the Otara schools cricket last week. We did not win but received the fair play award. Well done to those cricketers.

Regards – Angela Funaki 




31 January 2014

 

Dear Parents/ Caregivers

A BIG welcome back to school to all our families and a special welcome to our new families. What a great start to have most of our children back on time and many with their books ready to start work.

We hope this year will be another exciting year for both you and your child/ children with many opportunities to learn and engage in new programmes, activities and skills.

 Term 1 – 27th January -17th April

Term 2 – 5th May        - 4th July

Term 3 - 21st July        - 26th September

Term 4 – 13th October – 10th December

This term we have a holiday on Waitangi Day – 6th February

School Uniform

All children are expected to wear the correct Dawson School uniform. This is purchased at Postie Plus at the Supercentre. If you are new to the school you have two weeks to get your child’s uniform. All children must have a sunhat otherwise they will need to sit under the shade during their breaks. From February 14th the uniform will only be able to be purchased at The Warehouse.

Welcome back to School Party

At the end of last year Fuji Xerox put on a wonderful afternoon for our children with bouncy castles, ice creams, barbeque and games and activities. We are meeting with them tomorrow to plan another event for the start of year. I will keep you informed about this.

Stationery

We sell the stationery at our school at cost price. For new enrolments the cost is $35 and for students already at our school it is $30. Please get your child’s stationery quickly as it is important that they have something to write in.

Programmes offered this year:

Mutukaroa

This year every student in Year1/2 and 3 will have a visit from either Mrs. Ellis or Mrs. Hohua to discuss your child’s progress and ways to help with their learning. We are hoping that this will create good home / school partnerships where we are both working to enhance your child’s learning. You will also know at all times what your child’s assessment is telling you.

 Reading Together

Mrs. Hodgson and Mrs. Ellis will run Reading Together. The reading together programme supports you in knowing how to help your child with reading. We ran this programme last year and it was very successful. It will start on 20th February. If you would like to be involved please contact the school office.

 Garden to Table

Our garden to table programme is fantastic. All Year 5/6 classes will be involved in growing vegetables and cooking the produce. We are offering a parent cooking group as well .If you wish to be part of this please contact the office. If you would just like to volunteer to help we would love to see you.

Science

All classes will attend science lessons and some will also do IT or PE with Mr. Pattison. They will investigate things like bees, the wetlands, hatching ducklings, worms, coding and scratch. You are welcome to go to Room 20 at any time to see what is happening.

Roots of Empathy

This programme uses one of our local families with a young baby. The baby comes to some of the lessons and the children learn about feelings and caring for others. One class will be involved in this.

Music

We have a music specialist again this year. Mrs. Bird will take year 4-6 classes for singing and instrumental work. Our children performed last year at the APPA concert in the town hall and also at the ukulele day in west Auckland.

Clubs and Sport teams

Many teachers have offered to take lunchtime clubs and sport. If you are interested in offering support please contact the office.

Clover Park Community House

Clover Park is offering a men’s programme over 10 weeks. The programme helps you in your relationship with your child/children. There is a notice with this newsletter about the programme. They are also offering the Incredible Years parenting programme. This is fantastic programme for learning how to discipline your children and talk to and motivate them.

Maranga programme

We offer a programme for boys who need support to act in an acceptable way. They also learn to build their self-esteem. Boys will be chosen by the school to be involved.

Social Worker

Ana Dobbs is our school social worker .She will work with children and families at Dawson that need her support. If you would like to meet her to discuss any issues please contact her through the school office or visit her in her room that is between Room 20 and 21.

School nurses

We have nurses that visit the school every day to check on children with sore throats and skin problems. Last year many of our children were identified with Strep throat that can lead to rheumatic fever. The children were caught in time and given medication to fight against this.

Dental Nurses

We do not have a dental clinic on site. Usually the nurses come to our school once a term to check teeth. However to get treatment you need to take your child to the clinic on Chapel Road on the same site as Chapel Downs school.

Skids After school programme

Skids offer an after school care in our school hall each day after school. They run a very worthwhile programme and ensure the children have afternoon tea as soon as they arrive. To book into the programme email dawson@skids.co.nz or phone 0220475437

We are a Fruit in Schools school. Your child will get a piece of fruit most days at school. We are also a Duffy School and children will be able to choose books for free at various times in the year.

 Preschool

The Dawson Preschool held in our school hall will start on Monday 3rd February. It starts at 9 until 12.Children from birth to school age are able to attend and this gives your child a great start to their schooling life. If you would like to enroll your child please pick up and enrolment form from the office.  Mrs. Natoealofa and Mrs. Pillay are the teachers at the preschool.

Staff at Dawson Primary

Room 1       Mrs. Pillay/ Mrs. Hohua

Room 2       Mrs. Butcher

Room 3       Miss Booth

Room 4       Mrs. Gandhi

Room 5       Miss Wards

Room 6       Mrs. Hodgson

Room 7       Mrs. Samuel

Room 8       Mrs. Ai’i

Room 9       Miss Burton

Room 10     Miss Taylor

Room 11     Miss Pesaleli

Room 12     Miss Zeier

Room 13     Mrs. Brass

Room 14     Mrs. Latulipe

Room 17     Mrs. Northey

Room 18     Miss Karaka

Room 21     Ms. Davies

Science-      Mr. Pattison

English as Second language-Mrs. Ellis, Mrs. Tawhai

Specialist Reading – Mrs. Andrews

Music       Ms. Bird

Deputy Principal   Mrs. Harding

In the office you will have contact with Mrs. Merryn Boyd or Mrs. Karen Osborne.

On our staff we also have many teacher aides who support your children in their learning. They are a very important part of our programme.

Mr. McMillan is our caretaker.

Mrs. Fyfe runs the gardens and Mrs. Mackenzie runs the cooking classes.


Some events coming up:

3rd February      Preschool starts

6th February      Waitangi Day

10th February     Literacy week (more information will

                           come home about this)

                           Maranga programme starts

11th February     Duffy theatre show

12th February      Meet the Teacher 6-7.00

17th February      community/ principal morning tea

20th February      Reading Together starts

27th February      Reading Together

                           Otara cricket

 

School Hours

School starts at 8.45 and finishes at 2.45

Children need to be at school on time. You do not like to start a movie half way through and children find it hard to understand what to do if they have missed any of the lesson.

Children need to attend regularly. We have a truancy officer who will visit homes if the child is constantly away with out a doctor’s certificate or a proper reason. Children who attend school regularly make better progress.

Lunches

You can buy lunches at school from the lunchroom. The teachers have been very impressed this week with the lovely homemade lunches our children are bringing. They are healthy, filling and cheaper then buying a lunch every day.

I hope you feel that our school is always open to you. If you have an issues please talk to the teacher concerned or to Mrs Harding or myself. We are here to help your child with their education and want them to enjoy their time with us.

 

Regards  Mrs Funaki
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