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New River Primary

8 March 2013
Union Meeting Written into each teachers Union contract is a time to attend a paid union meeting. The next one is on Thursday 14 March at 1.30 pm. Teachers will need to leave school just after 1.00 pm. We would be very grateful if you could pick your child up at 1.00 pm on that day. We apologise for any inconvenience, but this is totally out of our control. In saying that, it is also very important that teachers attend these meetings to find out what the Government has in store for them. These are very turbulent times for the education sector and we all need to be informed. Year Six Camp Our happy year six campers, their teachers and adult helpers all returned safely from Borland Lodge last Friday. Except for the last day they had great weather. Borland Lodge is a beautiful part of our country and we are very privileged to have it available to us. Mrs Rolton organises the camp, putting in a huge amount of work even before they get on the bus to leave. Thank you so much to her,and her support teacher M/sONeill. Of course without parental support the camp could just not happen. A big thank you to Danae Raivaru, Cheryl OConnor, Graeme Blanch, Chris Hore, Darcy Warren,Ron South and Max our Kiwi Can Leader. I hear you were all wonderful. A special thank you to Sonia Gutsell, who went as the camp cook, a very important job! Her attendance at the camp is very much appreciated as she didnt even have any of her own children attending.

Year 4 and 5 Leadership While the year six students were on camp, Mrs White and Miss Egerton ran a Leadership programme for our Year four and five students. They were involved in some great activities, included First Aid Training, Peer Mediator Training and PALs Training (learning how to organise and teach playground activities and games).

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From The Principal

Kia Ora Koutou We are starting to experience that Wintery feeling again, darker, colder mornings and a lot of people with colds and sickness. Hopefully we still have a few more good days ahead. As mentioned in our last newsletter, New River has been offered the opportunity to have an after school care programme by MES OSCAR Childcare. At the end of the newsletter, there is a short letter from them. Please fill it in and return to the school office if you are interested in using the service. You may also know of other parents, who do not have children at our school, but may be interested. Thanks so much once again, to the North Invercargill Rotary, who present our Year Four Students with a Dictionary every year. The dictionaries have been especially picked to suit children of this age and are a wonderful gift. We are now into the fifth week of school and behaviour so far has been great. The data we collect shows us that there have been a lot less behavioural issues than this time last year. This year, our children can save up their Gotcha awards, and work towards cashing them in for a reward they have chosen from our Gotcha Menu, e.g. for 10 gotchas they may choose to sit at the teachers desk for a certain amount of time. This term we have a focus on using manners and have noticed that everyone is being very courteous to one another. We hope you have heard your children using their manners at home. Hopefully we will be able to get through to Friday, without anyone having to attend Positive Playground Training, (PPT). If that happens, we will celebrate with 5 minutes extra playtime. For the next two weeks, our focus is, Play Appropriate Games and Invite Others to Join. Have a great weekend. Ka Kite Ano Elaine McCambridge Principal.

Picnic / Fun Afternoon It was so lovely to see so many parents supporting our picnic and games afternoon on Friday 22 February. Our thanks to Tania Johnston and Lorraine Wilson for cooking and distributing the sausages. It was a bit unfortunate that some parents helped themselves to sausages that children had purchased. This ate into the profits quite a bit, as another 40 sausages had to be cooked to make up the shortfall. The Fun Afternoon was a great success. Thanks to Sports Southland who allowed us to use their equipment. Everyone had a great afternoon, made all the better, by the wonderful weather. Thanks to all the parents who stayed on and joined in when they could. Playing games may be looked on as fun,but they are also a valuable learning time, helping children learn to support, co-operate and compete with each other.

Athletics On Thursday of this week our Zone Athletics Competition was held at the Surrey Park Athletics Stadium. We share the Southern Stars Zone with Fernworth and even though we are a much smaller school, our very athletic students manage to hold their own. The first four placegetters in each age group event attended and those qualified will attend the very competitive Southland competition on 23 March. It is a great achievement just to get to the zone competition. Congratulations to all of those students and good luck to those who have qualified for the Southland competition. Thanks also to Miss ONeill who has organised our athletics day and to the teachers who have supported her.

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New Entrant Literacy Packs It was great to see so many parents attending the Literacy Pack Information workshop run by Mrs White and Miss Hesson, our New Entrant teachers. These packs are full of some great resources to assist you with your childs learning at home. These packs have been sponsored by Rotary. What our school has done, is add some numeracy resources as well. Each new entrant receives one of these packs after their parents attend a workshop.

Scooters Scooters are becoming a major hazard in the school. If you are dropping your children off by car in the morning, pleeeease keep their scooter at home. There is so much congestion caused by scooters at school. Children are continually being asked to walk their scooters into the school grounds for safety reasons, we would really appreciate your support in this matter. Dates to remember: Teacher Union Meeting (pick up children at 1.00pm) - Thursday 14 March Board of Trustees Meeting Tuesday 26 March Easter Break Friday 29 March, Monday and Tuesday, 1 and 2 April Last Day of Term One Friday 19 April First Day Term Two Monday 6 May

Telephone: 03-2110035

Cell : 027-2320427

Fax: 03-2186719

Email: admin@newriver.school.nz

To be a New River Learner - be responsible, be respectful, be honest.

Dear Parent/Caregiver As the need continues to increase for children to be in care after school, we would like to take this opportunity to offer this to you. The after school programme will be located at New River Primary School hall. If you are interested in using our service, please complete the slip below and return it to the school office. If you would like more information please contact 218-9520. MES OSCAR Childcare

After School Programme Name: _________________________ Number of children ______________ Days, please circle: M T W TH F Contact: ___________________ Time: ___________________

School: __________________

Please return to the school ofce as soon as possible.

Telephone: 03-2110035

Cell : 027-2320427

Fax: 03-2186719

Email: admin@newriver.school.nz

To be a New River Learner - be responsible, be respectful, be honest.