Newsletter #12 

12th August 2016

Kia ora whānau,

Welcome to the latest edition of the Arthur Street School newsletter!  I hope that you all are enjoying the new format and that its layout is easy to use.  If you have other family members that would like to subscribe to our newsletter, please feel free to return email me their details and I will include them on the list.

This has been a busy week within the school catching up on missed scheduled events from last week due to weather.  I hope you enjoy reading about the sporting events that were held.

On Tuesday the 6th of September the school will be closing at 12.45pm as the staff will be attending a Paid Union meeting.  We understand that for families this maybe an inconvenience, which is why we are giving you as much notice as we can to organise other arrangements.  Please see the information below about how the Government's latest proposal could have a major impact on our school and how we are funded. As more information comes to hand, I will keep you updated.

Have a great weekend,

Nga mihi,

Kim Blackwood


The Government has announced a proposal to dramatically change the way schools are funded. Principals and Boards of Trustees would have to make trade-offs between teaching staff and other costs schools face.

Teachers are very worried that the global budget would lead to:

  • fewer teachers and larger class sizes
  • less job security for teachers
  • lower quality teaching
  • fewer hours for teacher aides and support staff
  • more complex financial work for Boards of Trustees

The Government's current funding review is a once-in-a-generation opportunity to better fund education. NZEI Te Riu Roa and PPTA are the unions that represent more than 60,000 teachers and support staff from birth to year 13. They have asked all members at our school to attend meetings in September to hear more about the proposal and help determine the education sector’s response.

The meetings are paid union meetings, which means Arthur Street School will be closed on Tuesday 6th September from 12.45pm til 3pm while staff attend the meeting.  Our afterschool care provider Playball, will be available to book for care from 12.45pm onwards.  Please contact Playball direct, as soon as possible if you wish to arrange this for your child/children. Please contact the school as early as possible if you need any assistance organising appropriate arrangements for your child.  It is important for union members in our school to attend these meetings to have a say about how we get better funding, not bulk funding.

Arthur Street School Stars

               Jacob Bolger Room 4                         Laurel Donglinger Room 5
Many thanks to William and Millicent who won enough pineapple lumps to feed a small school!  Thanks for sharing!
Arthur Street School Happenings!
Room 1
News from Ruma Tahi
This term we are very excited to welcome Mr Jacob Heyward to Room 1.  Mr Heyward is a final year College of Education student who is on placement with us.
We are looking forward to a sports focus this term, including learning about the Olympics and sporting technological advancements.  In addition to this we will also be expanding our musical knowledge as Mr Heyward is a drummer and he will be sharing his skills with us.
Over the next few weeks we will be involved in MM2 feedback. Sally Carson, Director of the Otago University Marine Studies Centre, will visit our class to share the combined MM2 research findings. Later in the term a small representative group from Room 1 will also join with the other 9 schools that have been involved in MM2 for a sharing session at the university.
As part of our wider MM2 studies we have been learning to write reports. We now have a great non-fiction book about the marine life in the Otago Harbour authored by Room 1 students. We hope you enjoy reading Sid and Grevel’s reports in this newsletter.
If each school family could please donate 1 spray and wipe type of bottle from their recycling bin, that would be a huge help towards our fair project.
Have a great term.
Nga mihi,
Ruma Tahi and Ms G
A chiton is a marine animal related to shellfish.
Chitons have soft bodies and are protected by eight tough plates. The plates are connected by a scaly mantle.
Chitons live on the undersides of boulders and rocks. They also live in crevices in tidal pools.
Chitons eat by scraping tiny plant growths off the rocks when they’re under water.
If the sediment from dredging smothers the boulders, the chitons will not survive because they can’t breathe.

A chiton is a precious marine animal. I think that marine scientists should keep researching about the impact of dredging on the harbour.
 By Sid Millar-Kelsey
A nudibranch is an invertebrate. It is very slimy.
Nudibranches have feathery gills. They have no shell because they are sea slugs. They are coloured from grey to orange.
Nudibranches live in rock pools and shallow waters. They especially like to live in around the low tide mark. Sometimes it can be found living on orange sponges.
Nudibranches feed on seaweed. They also feed on sponges.
Dredging is a problem for nudibranches because the sediment might go in their gills. The sediment could also cause other animals to die and break the nudibranches’ food chain.
The nudibranch is a small animal and that makes it weak. We need to keep researching to find out more about dredging in the harbour and what it might be doing to the plants and animals.
References: By Grevel McFarland

Room 5
The children in Room 5 have had a very busy start to the term, including a day off for snow.
Room 5 children have participated in the opening of the Olympic Games and Olympic Games House Groups competition.
The children took part in the Arthur Street School Cross Country, and ran really well despite the very cold day and very wet course.
School Fair Preparation
Room 5 children are currently collecting empty plastic drink bottles with lids on. The children intend  making ‘hanging gardens’. These gardens will be for sale at the school fair in November. If you have empty 1.5 or 2 litre drinks bottles with lids still on, please do drop into Room 5 with them.
Although we are in the middle of the Winter, the children are considering what would best grow in these ‘hanging’ gardens. A suggestion has been strawberry plants, these plants would be ideal to plant in the children’s hanging garden. Any strawberry plant donations would be greatfully appreciated and can be dropped off to Room 5 in the coming weeks.
Olympic Structures
Room 5 children currently have on loan from the University of Otago College of Education the K’ Nex building systems that are used to build and create structures without the help of instructions. Our challenge during mathematics was to consider algebraic patterns of colours that would contribute to building structures to house sporting events at the ‘Olympic Games’. A whole lot of thought and imagination was required to build our structures from ground zero! Below are some pictures taken that show the class hard at work creating their structures.
Cordellia, Jenelle, Grace (Left) with their completed structure. Interlocking (Right) parts of the structure that Jacky is building.
Casey (Left) problem solving the issues she is facing with her build!
Jacky (Right), considering building options.
Room 5 ‘Colour’ Poetry 
Yellow is the sun
Yellow is the colour that makes you happy
Yellow is the leaf that is floating on the river
Yellow is Autumn
By Grace
Blue is the sky right above your head
Blue is the ocean washing on the beach
Blue is rain falling from clouds
Blue is a feeling deep inside
By Louis
Green is the grass that covers the earth
Green is a fresh and vibrant colour
Green is an apple hanging on a tree
By Samuel
Blue is the ocean
Blue is the sky
Blue is the tear from the depths of your eye
By Zion
Yellow is the sun the brightest light
Yellow is a lemon juicy and sweet
Yellow is joy forming a smile
Yellow is the sand beneath your toes
Yellow is the daytime saying goodnight
By Georgia
Sports News
Inclement weather last week meant a busy week this week for our Olympic Opening Ceremony and the school Cross Country.
To the strains of 'Chariots of Fire' we welcomed the Olympic torch relay which started our Olympic Opening.
We were lucky to have 2 Paralympians join us as special guests.  Holly Robinson (javelin) and Jacob Phillips (sprints) told us about how they became involved in athletics and how excited they are about competing for New Zealand.  Holly brought along her World Championship gold medal won in Doha earlier this year.  We hope they have a successful competition.
Esme (Rm1) with Holly and Jacob

The cauldron was lit and the Olympic flag raised.  Bring on the gold medals!!
Well Done to Wickliffe who won the Olympic sports rotation.
School Cross Country
A sticky course awaited runners in our school cross country held on Monday. Great running across all age groups.  Thanks to parents and caregivers who cheered on the runners.  A group will be attending the Hills Cluster Cross Country Champs and the Otago Champs. 
School Olympic Sport Rotation


Room 1 - School Fair Request
We plan to make environmentally friendly cleaning products for our class stall. To assist us with this we would like families to collect empty spray bottles and dishwashing liquid bottles for us please. The bottles can be left in Room 1 or the school office. We will reuse them to package our products. Thank you.
School Term Calendar
Week 4
  • Hills Cluster X-Country - Monday 15th August (Postponement Wednesday 17th August)
  • O'Mathalon - Year 5-8 - Tuesday 16th August
  • Ukelele Jam - Thursday 18th August
  • Room 5 visit Olveston - Thursday 18th August
  • PTA Fairtrade Hot Chocolate Lunch, 12.30pm -1.30pm - Friday 19th August
  • School Assembly - 2.15pm in the hall, Friday 19th August
Week 5
  • BOT Meeting, 5.30pm in the Staffroom - Monday 22nd August
  • PTA Meeting, 7pm in the School Staffroom - Tuesday 23rd August
Week 6
  • School Assembly - 2.15pm in the hall, Friday 3rd September
Week 7
  • Paid Union meeting - SCHOOL CLOSED from 12.45 - 3pm
Week 8
  • Science 'Brain Viist' - Tuesday 13th September 
  • Elgrego Magic Show - Wednesday 14th September
  • Maori & Pacifica Festival - Edgar Centre (Date to be confirmed)
  • School Assembly - 2.15pm in the hall, Friday 16th September
Week 9
  • Last day of Term 3 - Friday 23rd September
Week 1 - Term 4
  • First day of the term - Monday 10th October

Up and coming school fundraising events!

Community Events!

Special Rigs for Special Kids
90 Old Brighton Road
RD 1
Dunedin 9076
 28th August 2016
Dear “Kids” Caregivers,
This years’ fun day is to be held on Sunday the 28th August at the Edgar Centre from 8.30am. The event is hosted by the local transport industry to provide children with special needs, a chance to get close to the big rigs they see on the roads.
The invitation is for a child with special needs and a supporting adult to come to the Edgar Centre where they will be taken for a ride in a truck, and then returned to the Edgar Centre for a barbeque lunch.
We would like to emphasise that the day is primarily for children with special needs and their immediate families. We would ask you to take this into consideration when organising your family group
Please Note:
  • If your child is aged 7 or under please bring their car seat or booster seat with you on the day
  • We require one caregiver per child to travel in the truck, as you know the individual needs of your child.
  • Any special dietary requirements for your child must be provided by you on the day. 
  • St John  Ambulance Service will be present.
  • There is no need to respond to this invitation other than to turn up on the 28th of August from 8.30am
  • There is no cost to you or your family for this event.
  • Any other immediate family members will be able to travel in the bus.
  • Any enquiries please contact Greg Inch  0274 358 508 or                       Fi Murch 0275 108 529
Yours sincerely
 Greg Inch
Special Rigs for Special Kids President
Phil Hartshorn's Dunedin School of Music
Guitar, Drums and Bass Tuition
Full Time Professional Music Teaching.
Phil Hartshorn BA (HONS) PGDip Tching
Phone: 021 075 0927
Now taking names for people wishing to learn
Trumpet, Saxophone  and Trombone.
In July students from over 25 countries around the world, will be arriving in New Zealand to study at local high schools for 3-10 months. 
Opportunities exist for families to act as a host family, in a volunteer capacity. Hosting can be on a temporary, short or long term basis. Host families help provide international students with the chance to study and experience life in New Zealand. This is a great way to learn about another country and culture, establish a lifelong link to a family in another country and contribute to international goodwill.
If your family can offer a friendly, supportive and caring home environment, contact us today. 
To hear more about this wonderful opportunity or
our student exchange programs out of New Zealand
Call Student Exchange Australia New Zealand on 0800 440 079 or visit
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