Newsletter #13 

26th August 2016

Kia ora whānau,

Thank you those parents who have already returned the slip indicating your intended arrangements for the up and coming NZEI/PPTA Paid Union meeting on Tuesday 6th September.  It would be great to have the rest of the slips back early next week so we can make any necessary arrangements for children.  If you would like to know any further information about the effects of the 'Better Funding, Better Learning'  funding model then you can click on or go to this link.

Coming up in week 8 the whole school will be performing at the Maori and Pacific Island Festival at the Edgar Centre.  In previous years just our Kapa Haka group have performed.  This year the whole school will be performing on Thursday 15th September at 2.30pm.  More information will come out to you closer to the time.

Have a great weekend, 

Nga mihi,

Kim Blackwood


Arthur Street School Stars

O'Mathalon - The Year 5 and 6 teams            Hills Cluster X Country runners
         Harry - Room 3                                            Neve - Room 8
Assembly Award Winners
Arthur Street School Happenings!
Room 4
Room 4 has been studying measurement in Maths and their first activity was to compare the height of their teddies and soft toys that they brought to school.  Lots of important language developed by comparing the toys eg longer/shorter than etc.
The children enjoyed the snow day and writing about their experiences when they returned to school.  They also enjoyed making snowman pictures to illustrate their stories.
On Thursday we joined with Room 3 to hear Dr. Oskam Schmidt talk about the history of the New Zealand flag.  The children were very interested to see all the changes that have been made over the years.  As a follow up activity the children have coloured in their flags of origin as well as the Olympic flag to tie in with our topic.  The children all enjoyed participating in our school Olympic opening ceremony and sports rotation.
Some senior children helped us plant mint seeds for our stall at the fair in November and we are working on our calendar pictures of flowers.
Room 8
The students of the senior school have been involved in Writers' Workshops.  Every week this term, 4 workshops are announced and there is a sign up sheet.  The topics have been very varied with the aim being to improve our writing by being exposed to lots of different writing styles.  Here are some of the topics:

Becoming a perfect proofreader. A perfect process to go through.
Personification - Humanising things that aren’t human!!
Dystopia - Think ‘Hunger Games’ meets ‘Maze Runner’.  What makes this text type so ‘readable’, ‘writable’?
Thesaurus - it's not a dinosaur! Banishing boring words.
Is there a detective in the building?  How to write like Agatha Christie!  (Mystery writing)
Creating a character worth caring about. Character doing something noble, character is struggling, character is redeemable or special in some way.

We have enjoyed the Olympics and have been using Olympic related data to produce graphs.  With these we have interpreted the data and come up with some conclusions. 
The cauldron that has been 'burning' in the office has been extinguished and the Olympic flag passed onto the Japanese delegation ready for 2020.

Any keys that may be lying around, plain, ornate, old, oldish, shiny, dull, worn...........please drop into the office or room 8.  
Thank you! 
PTA - Fair Trade shared Hot Chocolate lunch.
Our annual Fair trade hot chocolate shared lunch was once again a huge success.  This year all proceeds have gone to two local charities - KidsCan and Bellyful.  The children voted with a token for one of the two charities and the proceeds were split with a 60/40% split.  Total raised was $235.90. 

Ukulele Jam 2016
Last Thursday 12 of Miss Gooseman’s senior ukulele players took part in the Ukulele Jam at Tahuna Intermediate along with nearly 500 others from as far away as Queenstown! It was great to have the opportunity to play and sing along with so many others.
Some very talented musicians from the Activate Music Academy provided a backing band.
Thanks to Ms Blackwood and Michelle for providing transport and to Ms Blackwood for being such a good sport when she accepted the challenge of being one of the backing singers in Proud Mary!
There’s already another Ukulele Jam planned for next year, so keep strumming!
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 6
  • School Assembly - 2.15pm in the hall, Friday 3rd September
Week 7
  • Paid Union meeting for Staff - Tuesday 6th September.
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!

Vacancy at Briscoes Dunedin

Briscoes are looking for someone who is interested in some part time hours at Briscoes Dunedin, the hours will be within school hours, ideal for any mum or dad after some part time work.  If interested please bring your C.V into Dunedin Briscoes and ask for Rebecca Simpson

Calling all old Mobile Phones to help Sustainable Coastlines look after NZ’s coastlines and waterways.
After $2.5 million donated to the Starship Foundation from the sale of unwanted old mobile phones it is time for a new multi award winning NZ charity - Sustainable Coastline to benefit from this scheme.
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 also the environment benefits 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.
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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