Newsletter #15 

23rd September 2016

Kia ora whānau,

As we reflect over the term there's a key element that has been evident across the term - a sense of community.  
Last week we saw the school perform at the Otago Maori and Pacific Island Festival.  This was a fantastic opportunity to showcase our school to the wider community. Whakawhetai (thanks) to wahine Mrs Tyson and Lauana Thomas for all their hard work preparing the tamariki. The tamariki did a fantastic effort on the big stage.  If you missed it, please click on the image below which will take you to the school Facebook page where there are videos of our performances.

Bringing our whanau community into the school has been a highlight for the term.  Earlier in the term we had the shared Hot Chocolate lunch and last week we had our year 7 & 8 technology students putting their skills together to sell healthy burgers to the students and their families.  Money earned from the sale of these burgers will go towards their class fair contribution that they will be selling. Here are those students preparing the burgers.

Finally, I would like to thank those parents in our school community who are giving up their time to help sort, organise and prepare for our school fair that is being held next term, Saturday 5th November.  The fair organising committee however would welcome more assistance leading up to the fair.  If you are able to give any time to sort, bake, prepare, deliver or something towards the school fair, please let Michelle know in the office and we will pass your name to the committee.  It's important to note that all children in the school will benefit from the funds raised at the fair so help from all our families would be great.
Have a great two week break with your children, take care.

Nga mihi,

Kim Blackwood


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Agatha - Room 3
Arthur Street School 'R Card' Winners!

Nic Ashton (3rd from the left) was in an Otago Development Year 5/6 team for hockey. "Otago Red".

They played really well together for three tournaments in Cromwell, Gore and Dunedin.   They won the attitude award for sharing team members with other teams that were short players.  Congratulations Nic!

Arthur Street School Happenings!
Room 1

News from Ruma Tahi
We have had an exciting term and have really enjoyed Mr Heyward teaching us. We especially enjoyed learning how to play the drums and we explored friction in our Science lessons.
We have thanked Mr Heyward for all his great work and for graduating as a teacher. We think that the first class he has will be very lucky!
This week we were very proud of Emse, Kaedyn, Nikau, Ethan and Moana who represented us at MM2 sharing session at the Otago University Rowing Club. We have learnt so much through the MM2 project and hope that we can continue to stay involved in the research.  We have included our presentation in this newsletter so we can share our learning about this important issue with our school community.
Have a great holiday and see you next term.
Nga mihi,
Ruma Tahi.
MM2 Sediments and Seashores Presentation
The Harbour
Barnacles resting on the rocks
Crab claws ticking like our clocks
Tube worms tunnel through their holes
Warty nudibranch looks like it has holes
Sponges sitting in the pool
Green chiton looks like emerald jewels
Cockles sink into the sand
The harbour needs our helping hands!
By Esme
The harbour is important to Māori because we are the Kaitiaki of the environment.
The harbour and the environment link us to our Whakapapa – our past, present and future.
Whatu ngaronga ro he tangata, toitu te whenua.
Kaedyn and Nikau
Arthur Street School is the oldest school in Dunedin. It began in 1848 on the ships that brought our early settlers from England to New Zealand. Our very first Arthur Street children sailed up the harbour to arrive in their new home. For this reason the Otago Harbour is very special to us and we want to look after it for the children now and in the future.
We think that it is important to keep researching to see what impact dredging might have on our harbour and we hope that the MM2 project continues.
We have loved learning how to work as scientists and on behalf of Room 1 we would like to say thank you to everyone who has helped us, especially Matt and Sally from Otago University.

 By Moana

Please visit the Otago Museum Search Centre from Tuesday 27 September until the end of the school holidays to see MM2 research presentations from Room 1 and the other participating schools.
Room 5

Wow term 3 is nearly over! The children in room 5 have been extremely busy, taking part in a number of activities throughout their school day.
The classroom focus continues to be Science and the understanding of
the ‘Nature of Science’.
Over the past month the children have been learning that matter is anything that takes up space.

What is Matter?
By Tom McGowen
What’s the matter, do you ask?
I’ll tell you right away.
It’s everything around you; as
You work or sleep or play.
A chair is matter, a table too,
And so is a rock or tree.
A cloud, a star, a blade of grass,
A raindrop, a bumblebee.
The earth is matter, so is the sea.
And the sky is matter, too.
(Of course what matters most of all
Is the matter that is you)
Bubble Bombs
The children have made ‘Bubble Bombs’ so they can understand what happens when they mix different chemicals together. When vinegar is mixed with baking soda, a chemical reaction takes place, which causes a gas to form. This gas is carbon dioxide, which forms bubbles in the liquid. These carbon dioxide bubbles expand in the bag causing it to ‘POP’

Chocolate Fondue
The children observed a solid (chocolate) changing its state to a liquid (melting). This reaction was caused by heat. The children now realise that heat acts as a catalyst, changing a solid to a liquid.

School swimming will begin on Friday of the first week in term 4 for the whole school - the juniors will swim at Moana Pool and the seniors at Otago Boys' High School.
Please take the time to hunt out swimsuits (check that they fit!) and goggles.  As swimming is an important life skill the expectation is that all children will participate.
Room 8
Check out our blog to see what we are up to!
School Term Calendar
Week 9
  • Last day of term 3 - Friday 23rd September
Week 1 - Term 4
  • First day of the term - Monday 10th October
  • PTA Halloween Disco - Friday 14th October 6pm - 8pm in the School Hall
  • Friday swimming for all pupils
Week 2 - Term 4
  • School Athletics day at OBHS - Wednesday  19th October

Up and coming school fundraising events!

School Fair Update..........


School Fair Donations


Please attempt to donate one thing each week, this will make a difference to our School Fair.


The Week of 17th - 21st October

Bottles/Jars of:  Jam/Sauces (homemade or bought)

Chocolate (Fun Size) & Lollies/Sweets

Wine Biscuits

(Items to go to the office please)

Community Events!

With the school holidays just around the corner, Animates stores nationwide will be hosting free workshops, perfect for keeping the kids entertained!
This is a great way for kids to learn important life skills such as kindness and compassion towards animals. The workshops will teach them everything they need to know about cuddly cats and playful pups.
The sessions will be held on Thursday 29th September & 6th October at 11am, at your local Animates store

With best wishes,
Ellee and your local Animates team


0-6 years

TIME: Friday:  9.30 - 11.30am

DATES: Oct. 21st 28th Nov. 4th 11th 18th 25th

VENUE: CSS 42 Macandrew Rd South, Dunedin

6-12 years

TIME: Wednesday: 7.15 - 9.15pm

DATES: Oct. 19th 26th Nov. 2nd 9th 16th  23rd

VENUE: CSS 42 Macandrew Rd South, Dunedin

Tweens & Teens

TIME: Tuesday: 7.15 - 9.15pm

DATES: Oct. 18th 25th Nov. 1st 8th 15th  22nd

VENUE: CSS 42 Macandrew Rd, South Dunedin 

Game On

TIME: Wednesday: 7.30 - 9.30pm

DATES: Oct. 26th Nov. 2nd 9th 16th  23rd 30th

VENUE: CSS 42 Macandrew Rd South, Dunedin

These courses will go ahead if there are enough people to attend. All courses 6 weeks long.
Celebrating 60 Years

We warmly invite past teachers, pupils and their families to come along to an open day and see the recently refurbished entrance and outdoor area.
Sunday, 30 October 2016
2pm – 4pm
For an indication of numbers can you please register your interest by email to:
Roslyn Kindergarten, 69 Highgate, Dunedin


Basketball Otago is happy to announced The Diggers Holiday Basketball Camp 26-29 of September from 8.30am to Noon at the Edgar Centre.

This camp is for youth aged 6-12 and we encourage experienced players as well as newcomers to attend.  We will focus on fundamentals, short competitions, and incorporate heaps of fun. Sessions will be led by BBO Development Officer, Natalie Visger.   She will be assisted by current Oceana Gold Rush players, as well as Otago Representative players, and fellow BBO coaches.
Cost is $100 per player.  Additional children from the same family will be charged $50.  A per day rate of $25 is available to children who cannot make all 4 days. 
To register see the BBO website under the development tab.  Pleaser register in advance, as there is no same day registration.  For additional enquiries contact .

The September Holidays Academy Camp runs from 1-3pm on 26-28 of and from 1-2pm on 29th of September at the Edgar.  The emphasis will be on ball handling, shooting, and games.
If your child is aged 13 and older and a Rep. player or a member of his/her school's team we are offering this 4 day skill clinic for $40 for 4 days.  You can also pay per day at $10 per session.
Register via the BBO website or by contacting Natalie at
Current Term 3 Registered Academy players need not pay extra for this holiday camp.
GIRLS ONLY 1 Day Basketball Camp runs from 9am-Noon on October 3rd at the Edgar.  The 3 hour session will be led by BBO Development Officer Natalie Visger and assisted by local Female coaches and players.  Fundamentals and fun will be emphasized.  
We want to encourage "Girls in Sport".  Basketball is a massive international sport and one of the fastest growing in the world.  All Girls in School Years 1-9 are welcome to attend.  No experience is necessary and players will be bracketed by skill level and/or age.
The cost is $45 per young lady. ($10 discount per player that attended the full Digger's Holiday Camp or Academy Holiday Camp (26th-29th September).  
Register via the BBO website or by contacting Natalie at
Happy Hoopn’!
Kind Regards,
Natalie Visger

  1. Hot Shots Community Play
This is an introductory pathway for those interested in trying tennis for the first time for children aged 4 –12 years. Sessions are held at Mornington/Roslyn Tennis club courts at 11 Meadow Street, Mornington, on Thursdays from 5-5.50pm. The cost is gold coin only.
  1.  Hot Shots Coaching
This is for professional coaching with Scott Base Tennis Coaching, using the Hotshots game based philosophy for any child aged 4-12.  Held at the Edgar Sports Centre, each child is scheduled into the coaching timetable for a term of lessons during the week at a time that suits them. The cost is $75 per term. 
Contact Julia Scott 0272219006 for any queries.
  1.  Hot Shots Match Play
For children aged 4 - 12 from either Community Play or Coaching programmes who are able to rally and are ready to learn to play matches. This is held at the Edgar Stadium on Thursdays from 4-5pm as part of the Scott Base Tennis Coaching programme. This includes an introduction to competitive play. Cost is $35 per term.
Contact Julia Scott for any queries 0272219006
  1.  Junior Competitive play
Players from the Green Ball competition graduate into playing interclub in the Otago Junior competition for the Mornington Roslyn Club. Games are held on Saturday mornings and the children are arranged into teams and put into grades that reflect their abilities. The cost is $125 per season as a Junior Interclub Membership for MRTC.
Juniors at this level can also play in tournaments in Otago and around NZ.
  1.  Junior Representatives
Players from the Junior competitions and tournaments are also eligible for selection to play representative tennis for the Otago, Southern and NZ.
Contacts for MRTC Junior Players:
Hot Shots Community Play:
Sue Morey Phone 4764035 or email
MRLTC Mobile: 028404 2348 or email
All Other levels: Julia Scott ph or text 027 2219006 or email
It will be an event for kids of all ages (and adults) to attend. The show is all about enjoying a wonderful display of Lego from over 30 exhibitors from as far away as Christchurch and Invercargill. There will be interactive Lego displays, a huge pile of lego for the kids to enjoy, Robotics classes, games and competitions. 
The show is only $2 for kids to attend so a days entertainment for next to nothing. The money raised from the show is also going back to charity which is The Friends of Children in Hospital so will benefit our sick children as well.



Arts Festival Dunedin is very pleased to be able to present free performances of a professionally produced, fast-paced and funny children’s pantomime “Commander Claire and the Pirates of Provence”.
Tickets for all performances on Friday 30 September and Saturday 1 October are free for both adults and children.

The infamous French Pirate, Captain Langlois and his fiendish rooster Napoleon are on the attack in New Zealand. Nowhere is safe.  New Zealand turns to the Royal New Zealand Navy and the courageous Commander Claire to lead the resistance. What she uncovers could change the course of New Zealand history forever. This pantomime has lots of audience participation, puppetry, songs and cardboard ships.  It’s perfect holiday fare for the whole family.
Performances at the Mayfair Theatre 11am and 2pm, Friday 30 September and Saturday 1 October.

TennisPlus+ Coaching is offering free tennis coaching on the 1/2 Court for children aged 5 to 10. To find out more please click on the link (enrolment form on that page too) or text/call Shaun on 0274366168

TennisPlus+ is also running 1/2 Court tennis tournaments for children who are capable. For more information please click on the following link

If you have any questions, please contact Shaun on 0274366168 or

Much appreciated

Shaun Paringatai
TennisPlus+ Coaching (Edgar Centre)
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