Newsletter #5

12th April 2019
Dear parents/caregivers and whānau, 


What a very busy week we have had! Catch up on all the action below in our 'What's been going on around the school' section.

As we have reached the end of term 1 today, there are now two weeks holiday before we return for term 2, on Monday 29th April. 

I would like to take this opportunity to thank those parents who have helped this term being parent helpers for swimming each week and also those who have managed futsal or touch teams during the term.  Without your assistance we couldn't have children involved in sport outside of school hours.  Many thanks to you all.

Next term we look forward to many things happening.  Year 7/8 camp fundraising begins with regular sausage sizzles to be held, Matariki and an International Food Fair.   More information will follow next term.

Have a great weekend and two weeks holiday with your children!

Kind regards,
Kim Blackwood


Construction work continues next term too!
Watch this Space for further Updates!


Ngā mihi, 
Kim Blackwood

Congratulations to our Raffle winners!


We would like to offer a very big congratulations to the winners of our two Easter hampers.

Easter Hamper : Angus Budd, Room 2

Holiday Boredom Buster Hamper: Mia Duran, Room 4


We would like to say a very big thank you to all of the families who sold and bought tickets for the raffle. We have been able to raise over $2000 which will go directly into classroom resources.  Thank you very much also to Brendan Sinclair who drew our raffles and to Michelle for all of her hard work collecting the raffle cards.


Many thanks,

The Arthur Street School PTA

As swimming for term 1 has come to an end, the cost of swimming has been added to your school accounts.  Once again we are fortunate that Bendigo Valley Sports & Charity Foundation have supported us with a grant, along with our Arthur Street PTA giving a donation too.  This has reduced the cost of swimming to
per child for their lessons!

Term 2, 2019 Lunch Orders if Required.

Lunchonline have offered our school two lunch options: 
 - Wednesdays you can order sushi 
 - Thursdays you can order Hell's Pizza.

If you wish to place an order please login onto and follow the 4 easy steps to get started.

Click here to order.

Assembly & R Card winners last week.
Great poetry and writing from Rupert, Adam & Liang this week!
What's been going on at school?  Loads!!

ANZAC Remembrance Service

Room 8 presented the ANZAC Assembly this morning starting at the Remembrance Crosses.


Room 8 outlined the impact that WWI had on New Zealand, the fact that more than 65 million men and women from 30 countries fought in WWI with nearly 30 million soldiers and civilians dying.

100,000 New Zealand soldiers served overseas, 18,000 died, before a peace treaty was signed in November 1918.
The first official ANZAC Day was commemorated on the 25th April 1916, to remember the New Zealanders and Australians who fought and those who died in all wars.

They shall not grow old
As we that are left grow old
Age shall not weary them
Nor the years condemn
At the going down of the sun
And in the morning
We shall remember them.


Room 4


For most of the children in Room 4, this years Whole School Swimming Sports was their first swimming race event. They enjoyed their races and earning points for their house groups. The children have been working very hard in their swimming lessons this term and it was a wonderful opportunity for them to demonstrate their swimming skills and water confidence. The children especially enjoyed the Rubber Ducky Race and swimming through the hoops. We would like to extend a very big thank you to the fabulous parents and teaching assistants who got in the water and ran the races with the children- you made our day so successful and we are so lucky to have you!


Room Four have also been very busy preparing for many new 5 year olds that will be joining us in Term 2. We have enjoyed meeting our new classmates during their school visits and making new friends. Whaea Alice thinks we might just be the friendliest and most welcoming class in the whole wide world!

Room 8

As part of our science topic MOTION room 8 has been looking at Easter Island and how the statues (Moai) were built and transported (some of the heaviest statues on the island weigh 75 tonnes!! ).  We looked at the different theories that archaelogists have come up with and replicated these on a MUCH smaller scale using household bricks.  

We also learnt how to draw our own Easter Island moai.

In art we looked at the artwork of Julian Opie and his screen print 'Imagine You Are Driving'.  We used collage to create a road and added all sorts of interesting things that we might come across if we were headed on a road trip.  We also talked about perspective - how things look in the foreground and the background.

In maths we have been fine-tuning our fractions knowledge and have learnt a great way to add and subtract smaller fractions that have different denominators.

School Swimming Sports
The whole school attended the swimming sports on Wednesday at Moana Pool.  What fantastic racing!  Over the term juniors have participated in 'Just Swim' sessions and the seniors have had their lessons at the Otago Boys' High School pool.  All the hard work has definitely paid off with some really close events. 
It was wonderful to see the efforts swimmers put into doing their very best.  
There were plenty of house points available - and the winner is............
1st Larnach 222 points
2nd Wickliffe 207 points
3rd Laing 192 points
4th Cargill 175 points
Well done!!

Swimming resumes in term 4.

Are you interested in being on the Board of Trustees?

NZSTA — JAN 31, 2019

The 2019 School Board of Trustee Elections are being held in June. The NZ School Trustees Association (NZSTA) is working very hard to encourage parent and whanau participation on school boards in order to help shape and support the education of their children. 
 Attached is the Community member guide to the role of the board of trustees: This explains a lot of commonly asked questions and information about becoming a trustee.

Below are some dates to remember:

Call for Nominations by Friday 10th May

Nominations Close Friday 24th May

Voting Papers are sent by Wednesday 29th May

Election Day Friday 7th June


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Stay up to date with what happens around Arthur Street School by joining the School Facebook page or regular checks on our School Website.  Click on either of pics below to go there now!

School Term Calendar

Check out the school website to see our google calendar for up to date events that will be happening this term.

Week 11 - Term 1, 2019
  • Friday 12th April 2019 - Newsletter / Special ANZAC assembly/ Last day of Term 1
School Holidays - Saturday 13th April 2019 until Sunday 28th April 2019
Week 1 - Term 2, 2019
  • Monday 29th April 2019 - First day of Term 2
Week 2 - Term 2, 2019
Week 3 - Term 2, 2019
Week 4 - Term 2, 2019
Week 5 - Term 2, 2019
Week 6 - Term 2, 2019
Week 7 - Term 2, 2019
Week 8 - Term 2, 2019
Week 9 - Term 2, 2019
Week 10 - Term 2, 2019
School Holidays - Saturday 6th July 2019 until Sunday 21st July 2019
Week 1 - Term 3, 2019
  • Monday 22nd July 2019 - First day of Term 3
Support Arthur Street School!
Get your new Entertainment Membership today.

The 2019 | 2020 Entertainment Memberships are here, with exclusive offers for everything you love to do. It’s our best Membership yet, packed with amazing offers for activities, attractions, shopping, travel and all kinds of tasty treats - from cool cafes to fabulous fine dining.

With Entertainment there are thousands of experiences you can enjoy, while raising funds for the things you care about.
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Girls only league- Term 2

This inaugural competition is an amazing opportunity for girls and will be held at the NEW Logan Park turf. We have the support of Mornington Football club and are hoping to have a team in the U9/U10 competition. This league is FREE and does not replace the Saturday league. 

All the information that is needed is on the Football South website and if you click this link: 
The U9/U10 games will be kicking off at 5.20pm and finishing at 6.10pm, with time from 5.00pm-5.20pm to get the team warmed up and ready to go. There is also a special coaching time from 4.30pm-5.00pm for those interested in learning goalkeeping.

Matt will help coach the team, shirts will be provided by mornington football club with a bond. Girls will need gym shoes, shorts, shin pads and a water bottle - same as futsal.

Anyone interested or would like more information please email Rebecca Oskam-Schmidt: 

Ngā mihi nui 
Rebecca Oskam-Schmidt 
Wild Dunedin - NZ Festival of Nature – School Holiday Fun

Wild Dunedin, Ōtepoti Mohoao, runs from 22 – 28 April in venues all over the city from Karitane to the Sinclair Wetlands, on the Otago Peninsula, and in the middle of town.

With over 70 nature related activities, many of them free, there’s something for everyone, especially children.

Check out the online programme :

Melina Momma
Wild Dunedin Festival Intern

Jeannie Hayden
Wild Dunedin Festival Co-ordinator
021 478061 or 03 4780843

Teddy Bear Hospital

Teddy Bear Hospital is back again this year for it’s eighth year! This is an awesome event run by Otago Medical and Dental Students where children can bring in their sick teddies and have them checked by our teddy doctors and dentists. Our aim is to reduce some of the anxiety and fear that children experience at the prospect of visiting the doctor or dentist. This venture is thus preventative in nature, attempting to provide children with the opportunity to see that visiting these health professionals can be exciting and fun, rather than being scary and daunting.


Our annual Community Day, which is open to the public, is being held on Saturday 18th May this year from 10am-2pm at the Hunter Centre (corner of Great King and Frederick Streets). As well as teddy doctor and dentist consultations, we will have a sausage sizzle, bouncy castle, face painting, obstacle courses, and St John Ambulance there on the day.


Community day is open to children of any age, however children aged 3-8, or those

that have had a hard time with health care professionals in the past, seem to benefit the most.


Teddy Bear Hospital is a free event which is really popular each year, so bookings are essential! Consultations can be booked by visiting our website:

Kind regards,

Josephine Schafer

On behalf of the Teddy Bear Hospital Committee 2019


“GirlGuiding NZ is looking for fun, energetic leaders that will provide positive support to girls aged 5 – 17 years old while delivering exciting programmes once a week. Group meetings run for up to 2 hours once a week during school terms.  We have developed an amazing programme that uses fun, adventure and friendship to build girls’ confidence and life skills to help grow the next generation of female leaders.  All support and training is provided by a dedicated team to help you do a great job.  You can choose the age group you work with and you can take on a level of commitment that suits.  You just need to bring a drive and a passion to empower girls and lead them towards a bright future!  If this sounds like you, find out more information here  Alternatively, you can email Andrea on to talk about the different options.”
Saturday Morning Music Classes enrolments

SATURDAY  MORNING   MUSIC  CLASSES    For Primary School Children  (
  • A wide variety of instruments to choose from.
  • Instruments available for affordable hire.
  • Small group lessons.
  • Orchestras and ensemble groups for 2nd year players to advanced level.
  • A variety class especially designed for young children: “Let’s Make Music”.
  • George Street Normal School (Saturday morning).
  • Bathgate Park School (Saturday morning).
  • Elmgrove School  (Wednesday after school)
  • Mornington School (Tuesday after school. “Let’s Make Music”)
  • Tainui School (Thursday after school. “Let’s Make Music” and Guitar)
Enquiries: see website: for contact details.
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