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Newsletter No. 5


Kia ora, talofa, ni hao, malo, fakalofa lahi atu, kia orana, hello.

Welcome Kyaria, Alana, Sharna and your whanau to our school, it’s great to have you with us.

Christchurch Fundraising

Thank you to everyone who contributed to our fundraising efforts for Christchurch last week.

  • Sausage sizzle—$270
  • Red and Black Funky Friday Coins—$274.60
  • Photo shoot from the previous week—$200
Grand total of $744.60

This will be sent to the New Zealand Principals Federation, who will distribute the money to the schools most in need.

We welcome Sharna and Alana and their whanau from Christchurch. The girls have come to us from Aranui School, which is still closed due to damage from the earthquake. We have decided to adopt Aranui School to correspond with and to send messages to.

Goal Setting

Thank you to all who came down to help set goals for your children. It was great to see you there. If you were unable to come down for goal setting and meet the teacher, we have set goals for your child. These will be sent to you, please go over them with your child so that you know what they will be working on in class. Put them up on your fridge as an easy reference point, so that you can ask your child how they are going with achieving their goal both at school and at home.

Education Review Office

We had a very successful visit last week. The official report will be out within the next few weeks and we will be sharing the relevant points with you in the upcoming newsletters, so keep an eye out. Well done to our hardworking staff, their work was recognised and you should all be proud of the high quality of staff we have at Porirua School.

Emergency Contacts

Update of emergency details. Please give us up to eight names. If we have an emergency we will only release children to people on the list. It will be a highly stressful situation so your cooperation now, will ensure that in the event of an emergency or natural disaster, we can account for all students. It will be a highly emotional and stressful time, so following our process will help to keep our children calm and it would help if adults collecting children understand and remain calm also, so update your contacts now—up to eight people and ensure the people on your list know as well.

Board Information Evening - Communication

We hope to see you this Wednesday at 6pm, for the first of our Board run evenings. Come along for dessert and a discussion on ways to communicate with our board and school.

The first part of the evening will be information giving and the second part will be discussion and question time.


Well done to the large group of senior and junior students who were playing four square by room 7 during their lunch break last week. These students got a special mention and a big pakipaki at assembly on Friday. What fantastic roles models!!

Breakfast Club

Thanks to the Collins whanau for your donation of spreads to Breakfast club.

Voluntary School Donations for 2011

  • $60.00 per family per year
  • $40.00 per child per year

Payment options: cash, cheque, eftpos at the office or by direct credit into the school bank account: ASB 123254 0051514 00. Please put your child’s name/fees as the reference.

School Dental

The telephone number to contact the dental clinic is the Ministry of Health’s 0800 talk teeth number (0800 825 583), which connect you to the central administration office. They will be able to put you onto a dental therapist in our area.

School Car Park

A reminder that you are not permitted to drive into the school grounds to drop off or when collecting your child. Please park on Awarua Street and walk into the school grounds.

Community Event

Help Craig Smith support Christchurch

Thursday March 10 at the Pataka stage at 1.30 and 4.00pm. Merchandise will be on sale and donations welcome. All proceeds will go to the earthquake fund.

Quote of the Week

Often people attempt to live their lives backwards; they try to have more things, or more money, in order to do more of what they want, so they will be happier.  The way it actually works is the reverse.  You must first be who you really are, then do what you need to do, in order to have what you want.  ~Margaret Young