Newsletter #2 

17th February 2017

Kia ora whānau,

You'll notice this is the second consecutive newsletter following two short weeks. We will now be back to a newsletter every second week, with assembly being the week in between.

This week we focus on 'what's happening' in the classrooms for this term.  I hope you enjoy reading and learning about each class and their term ahead.

Enjoy your weekend.

Nga mihi,

Kim Blackwood

What’s Happening in Room 4

Room 4 have had a very busy start to the school year welcoming lots of wonderful new children to our school. We would like to welcome Ika, Matson, Esther, Blake, AJ, Jahziel and their whānau to Arthur St School. So far we have been spending lots of time learning our school routines, making friends and building our confidence at school. Room 4 has a big focus on learning and consolidating our alphabet sounds and number knowledge this term and we are also thoroughly enjoying learning sign language with Ella. Our Whakatauki for February- ‘He waka eke noa A Canoe we are all in with no exception’  has been helping us to explore our foci of teamwork, helping each other and participating and contributing.

Kia Ora and welcome to Room 3.

I’d like to welcome the new students and families to Room 3 who have joined us this year, Elle-Mae, Ofa, Nathaniel and Rudra.

Room 3 is made up of 24 Year 2/3 children. We are a multicultural group of children who come from all over the world: USA, Tonga, China, Philippines, India and New Zealand.

In Room 3 we are an energetic, active and friendly group of children who work hard and always try our best. We encourage each other and help others in and around the school.

We have been learning about the 3Rs of Arthur Street School: Respectful, Resourceful and Responsible and ways in which we can show these at school towards each other.

This term in Room 3 we are participating in Swimsation at Moana Pool on Fridays and visiting Robin Hood Park on Wednesdays where we develop our skills in a range of summer sports.

We enjoy reading in Room 3, exploring a range of different texts from the school library and writing stories about a range of experiences we have had. We are busy practising our basic facts and beginning to use ICT in our classroom.

Check out our class blog to keep up to date with what's happening in Room 3.

Please feel free to visit us.

Mrs Simpson

Ruma Tahi

Ruma Tahi have made a great start to the new year.  We have warmly welcomed Muhammad who has joined us from Indonesia and the children who have scaled the stairs to be the “senior” juniors for 2017.

We have started the year by learning about ourselves and building a positive classroom community through discussions, maths, music, games, art and sport. Please feel free to visit our classroom to view our artworks displaying our many talents.

It’s great to see the children remembering to wear their sunhats. Over the next few weeks we will be engaging in a 'Sun Sense' health programme to deepen our understanding of why protecting ourselves from the sun is so important.

Thank you to everyone who has volunteered to help with swimming. There is a sign up sheet on the parent/whānau noticeboard where you can sign up for the dates on which you can assist.

Welcome to Room 5

Room 5 is a group of very enthusiastic learners who have settled extremely well to their new school year.  

Room 5 welcome Thomas, Molly and Annan to Arthur Street School, these children have settled very well to their school year. It is never easy to start a new school when you are older, having to leave your old friends behind and change is something we can all find difficult to do at times.

The whole school programme in 2017 is based around ‘Change’ and will be strongly supported by scientific learning across the curriculum.  

The 3Rs  (Respectful - Whakamana, Responsible - Whaimana and Resourceful - Pukumahi) of Arthur Street School support the children’s programme of learning throughout their school day. Children are also reward with ‘R’ Cards for carrying out tasks independently that relate directly to the school’s 3Rs. There is a sympathetic understanding that the classroom is multileveled in all areas of the curriculum and the programme has been designed to support all individual learners.  

Currently the children are learning about themselves, others, cultural differences and the importance of friendships.

Esme writes:
‘We are all individuals in different ways! Shoes can tell you a lot about people. The work people do, the leisure activities people take part in and what sort of person is wearing the shoes.’

Visual Art Samples

Of ’Shoes’
by Room 5 Children

(Pencil sketches are of the children’s own shoes, can you guess what country they are in?)


Following this, learning will be centred around an awareness of ‘Sun Smart’, and ‘Weather Extremes’’ experienced in New Zealand (this was certainly the case during the summer break)

Towards the end of term 1 the Year 5 children will be attending school camp at ‘Camp Iona’ located in North Otago. The camping experience will include swimming, canoeing, yachting, search and rescue, archery, abseiling, bush survival and team challenges.  The week before the children go to camp, they are taking part in a whole day ‘People Savers’ First Aid course with the Red Cross training team. The children are currently actively fundraising for camp.

So an action packed term will unfold for Room 5, already the weeks are beginning to fly by!

Wow...... the term sure is is whizzing by!  Welcome to room 8, a classroom full of year 6 and 7 students (and 2 fish, Bob and Mr Burrito), many from countries other than New Zealand.
At the moment in maths we are focusing on number knowledge, rounding and problem solving and we'll soon move onto statistics.  In art our focus is collage and we have been looking at the work of David Hockney, in particular his painting 'The Bigger Splash'.
We have looked at 'Contracts, Rules and Laws' and discussed the implications of The Pied Piper of Hamelyn's did they stack up in a modern legal context?! 
Spanish has started for the year 7s and it's great to see students using their vocab in everyday situations. 
Swimmers are getting prepared for the upcoming swimming sports and in PE we are fine-tuning our cricket skills.
We have a class blog were you can see what we have been doing:
Hasta luego!
Room 7

Kia ora and welcome from all of us in Room 7. We have had a fantastic start to the year and have a busy term ahead. Four new students have joined us - Stevie, Chrystal, Te Rahuru and Losa. They have all had a very smooth transition and have already become valued members of our learning community.

We started the year by creating 'All About Me' Kahoot quizzes. It was wonderful to get to know each other using this great website. We are now about to begin setting up Google Classroom and are looking forward to incorporating this into our learning. Today was the first game for our newly-established Year 7 and 8 water polo team, which eight students from Room 7 are a part of - it was a thrilling first game for the season! You can follow what we are doing by taking a look at our class blog: 


Welcome back to school, greetings to Muhammad, Ayaz, Losa, Ofa and AJ who are new to our school.


2017 is the Chinese year of the Rooster. Happy New Year to all our families who have recently celebrated Lunar New Year.

English lessons are well underway in Room 6. There are currently 24 children on our ESOL programme. Our focus during lessons continues to be on increasing vocabulary and developing communication skills for speaking and writing. Lessons are planned to meet individual needs and to support learning that is occurring in the classroom.

The children and I are always happy to share our ESOL work, you are welcome to call into Room 6 anytime.
Janine Cotton

ESOL Teacher

Arthur Street School Stars
'R Card' Winners.
Great writing from Sharleen (Room 1).
Sport @ Arthur Street School
Stay tuned to read results and stay up to date with how our teams are performing!

Check our school website for the sports draws.  Click here
Check out our Year 7 and 8 newbies to Waterpolo, having their first training session!
For the first time, for as long as anyone can remember, Arthur Street School has entered the local competition.
We look forward to Mr Meads reporting back about their progress.
Good Luck! 
Camp Iona
Year 5 and 6
21st March - 24th March
With year 5 and 6 camp just around the corner a reminder it is a cost of $215.00, which you can choose to pay off in instalments (please see Michelle for this option).  Last week students received a box of chocolates to sell as a fundraiser.  The money raised will go into a general pool to reduce the cost of camp for all students.  

Please click on the links below if you wish to reread the camp notices that have been sent out previously.

Notice 1 & 2
Notice 3
Congratulations to the following who have been voted in as House Captains.  They will also have the dual role of being the School Council representatives.  
Wickliffe - Abdul Obaidullah and Jenelle Clado
Larnach - Ramon Quennell and Brielle Millier
Cargill - Maggie Huang and Griffin Millar-Kelsey
Laing - Jesse Hanan and Eowyn Fitzgerald
Every newsletter the house points will be displayed (congratulations to Laing who have started the year strongly!). Over the term we will regularly meet in house groups, participate in house activities such as the swimming sports and meet to buddy read.
Watch this space!
School Term Calendar
Week 4 - Term 1
  • 20th February 2017 - Board of Trustees meeting
  • 21st February 2017 - School photos by McRobie Photography 
  • 22nd February 2017 - Community Picnic from 5:30pm
  • 22nd February 2017 - Health Consultation evening - following the picnic, in the hall
  • 24th February 2017 - Assembly, 11.05am in the school hall.  All welcome.
  • 24th February 2017 - Junior/senior school swimming
Week 5 - Term 1
  • 27th February 2017 - PTA meeting, 7pm in the school staffroom.  All welcome!
  • 1st March 2017 - 'Walk n Wheel day' - Wheels Day.  
  • 3rd March 2017 - Junior/senior swimming
  • School Newsletter
Week 6 - Term 1
  • 7th March 2017 - K.V.C Sports Expo - Year 7 and 8 students
  • 10th March 2017 - Assembly, 11.05am in the school hall.  All welcome.
  • 10th March 2017 - Junior/senior school swimming
Week 7 - Term 1
  • 14th March 2017 - Year 5 First Aid
  • 16th March 2017 - Year 6 First Aid
  • 17th March 2017 - Junior/senior school swimming
  • 18th, 19th and 20th March - Otago Anniversary Weekend - SCHOOL CLOSED on Monday 20th March
  • School Newsletter
Week 8 - Term 1
  • 20th March 2017 - SCHOOL CLOSED
  • 21st to 24th March 2017- Year 5 & 6 Camp at Camp Iona
  • 24th March 2017 - Assembly, 11.05am in the school hall.  All welcome.
  • 24th March  2017- Junior Swimming Only
Week 9 - Term 1
  • 31st March 2017 - Junior/senior school swimming
  • School Newsletter
Week 10 - Term 1
  • 5th April 2017 - School Swimming Sports at Moana Pool (More information to come)
  • 7th April 2017 - Assembly, 11.05am in the school hall.  All welcome.
  • 7th April 2017 - Last Senior Swimming
Week 11 - Term 1
  • 13th April 2017 - Last day of the Term
  • School Newsletter
  • 14th April 2017 - GOOD FRIDAY
SCHOOL HOLIDAYS - 14th April until 30th April 2017

Week 1 - Term 2
  • 1st May 2017 - First day of term 2 - School open
School, classroom, family and individual photos will be taken at school on Tuesday 21st February starting at 8.30am.
Forms were sent home on Wednesday 15th February to fill in if you are wanting a sibling or family photos taken.  Please have these forms returned to the School Office by Monday 20th February.  The sibling and Family photos will be taken at 8.30am on Tuesday. 

Community Events!

Piano Tuition
Experienced and committed piano teacher is taking on new students. Skill level: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced. All enquiries phone Maud Schroeder on 476-4336 or 022-153-7258 or email
It would be great if you could rummage around in your drawers and toy boxes and bring into School any unwanted mobile phones you may have.  Phones collected help our School gain valuable rewards and the environment benefits too by keeping our landfills free of mobile phones and their array of hazardous toxic substances. Please drop any unwanted mobile phones you may have in the collection box in the reception area at School.
  Do you need a Nanny for afterschool help? Or an experienced Babysitter to look after your children for those upcoming Christmas functions? Visit for further details.
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