Newsletter #18 

11th November 2016

Kia ora whānau,

Once again I would like to thank our PTA, families, sponsors, volunteers and friends who supported us at our school fair last Saturday.  It was a fantastic event that was well supported by everyone in our school community and the wider community too. We are yet to confirm the final amount raised, but once that figure is available, you all will be first to know.  

The Board have now completed the appointment process for our Junior teaching position in our new entrant classroom and are pleased to announce Alice Frame will join our team for 2017. Alice is coming to us from Wellington where she currently teaches at Berhampore School.  Alice and her husband are excited to be returning to Dunedin City to be closer to their extended family. 

In making this appointment we have carefully considered both the current needs and future direction of the school. I am sure you will all join us in welcoming Alice to our school community next year.

Finally, information about class placements for 2017 will be happen in the last week of the term. Children will be told of their 2017 class and have the opportunity to visit their class and teacher before heading away for the holiday break.

Nga mihi,

Kim Blackwood


Arthur Street School Stars
Zoe (Room 3)
Great writing!
Assembly Award & 'R Card' Winners.

Leo, Eugene and Ben  - North Zone Athletic Sports
Arthur Street School Happenings!
Room 1

Ruma Tahi News
Term 4 has been a busy and fun time for Ruma Tahi and at the time of writing we had just one more sleep to the School Fair, we are super excited.
We have enjoyed the technological design and production process that we have followed to create our products for the Fair. We are proud to have over 50 bottles and refills of our environmentally friendly cleaner, Nature Spray, ready for sale. Please visit our stall and purchase a safe cleaning product for your whānau!
Last week we enjoyed visiting the Dunedin Public Art Gallery. We had a tour of the galleries and learnt about earthquakes and tsunamis, both in New Zealand and overseas. We especially enjoyed listening to Māori legends about earthquakes. When then worked as a class to rebuild Christchurch using a variety of toys. This provided an opportunity for reflection around how children play today and the use of screens, compared to 20 or 30 years ago. The children all enthusiastically responded that they loved the construction activity and the cooperative aspect of working with a buddy.

Room 5


Created by Room 5 Children
(Indian Ink and Dye Wash)

Grace (Year 5)

Laurel (Year 4)

Georgie (Year 5)

Nicholas (Year 5)

Eugene (Year 5)

James (Year 4)

Memento (Year 5)
Kitchen Innovation
Room 5 children are learning to write ‘Explanations’ about ‘Innovative’ objects found in the Kitchen.
The Potato Peeler

A potato peeler is a tool that is found in the kitchen. The potato peeler is used to peel potatoes and other vegetables. 
The potato peeler has a plastic handle and a blade that is also a lever. The potato peeler is made in plastic and comes in all sorts of different colours. The potato peeler cuts the protective layer off the potato.
The special innovative feature of this potato peeler is the scooper at the top that scoops out the eyes of the potato.

By Louis
The Apple Cutter

An apple cutter is used to cut apples into even slices. The apple cutter has two handles and eight metal blades that form the circular structure. The apple cutter comes in many colours and styles.
To use an apple cutter, place the cutter on top of the apple, then push down hard until the apple cutter has reached the bottom of the apple.
A special feature of the apple cutter is the circle holding the blades together, this feature takes out the core of the apple.
By Georgia

The Banana Slicer

The banana slicer is usually found in the kitchen. It is used to cut bananas evenly into two-dimensional circles. 
The banana slicer is shaped like a banana and is coloured yellow. The blades are so sharp they could easily cut you!
Once the banana is peeled, you place the banana inside the slicer. By pressing down carefully, the lever pushes the blades evenly through the banana. 
The banana slicer has a special feature at the top that allows you to put your thumb in the groove to give you a good grip for cutting, the groove also stops you cutting yourself.
By Leo
Recently some children in Room 5 celebrated with their families ‘Diwali’. Grace wrote the following about what ‘Diwali’ is and the significance of Rangoli patterns.

Diwali is a special holiday that celebrates the Hindu New Year and lasts up to five days. Children have a holiday from school so they can take part in the parties, games that include board games and fireworks late at night.
The last day of the holiday is a special day for brothers and sisters called Bhaiya-Doo. On this day brothers give special presents or gifts to their sisters, the brothers also cook and look after their sisters.

Rangoli Patterns

A Rangoli pattern is a design made on the floor in the house to welcome friends and families. The bright patterns encourage ‘Lakshmi’ the goddess of wealth and good fortune to enter their homes.
School Term Calendar
Week 6 - Term 4
  • Friday swimming for all pupils
Week 7 - Term 4
  • Friday swimming for all pupils
Week 8 - Term 4
  • BOT Meeting - Monday 28th November
  • Last Friday swimming for all pupils
Week 9 - Term 4
  • Life Education - All classes - 5th, 6th December
  • Beach Education - Year 5/6 - 7th December
  • Beach Education - Year 7/8 - 9th December
  • Reports Home - Friday 9th December
Week 10 - Term 4
  • End of Year Celebration Evening - Wednesday 14th December, 6.30pm at Otago Boys' High School Auditorium
  • Last day of the school year, school closes at 1pm - Thursday 15th December

Up and coming school fundraising events!

Arthur Street School Fair Unsold Items

There are still a few things available for sale from the fair.  If any one is interested in purchasing the following, please call into the office and see Michelle.

The eggs will only be available to purchase until Tuesday 3pm.  The raffle at this stage hasn't sold enough tickets, so cards are available to pick up and sell if you're able, from Michelle in the office.  With such amazing prizes up for grabs, we want to ensure we raise as much money from it as we can.

Jams and Preservatives up to $5 a Jar
Free Range Eggs - $5 1/2 doz or $8 per doz
Raffles - $2 per ticket or $5 for three tickets.

Raffle Prizes:
Lavish brow shape and tint
Dog walking
2 Seats to Fortune Christmas show
2 x $50 Playgear Vouchers
4 x $50 House of Travel vouchers
$50 Coffee Club voucher
5 x Just Cut vouchers
A Specsavers eyewear care kit
5 x Countdown cards (sponsored by Calder Stewart Roofing)
2x $60 Emerson's Taproom restaurant
Dunedin Railways ticket: 1 adult + 1 child
6 x Cowells pavlovas
Body Shop basket
Large lasagne dish
Locker bag
Signed copy of Chelsea Winter 'Scrumptious'
Clarry's Pure Olive soap basket
Hair pack from Zaibatsu
2 x jamberry nails
Prenzel garlic salt with basket
Wal's Plantland x 2 vouchers
Fair Trade Basket
Linen pack from One Day
Backpack of goodies
Titanic Puzzle
Other puzzle
Thermals lady sml and male med
Happy Hire
                                                             Basket and olive stuff                                                                   Fair Trade Basket
Room 4 - Kids Terraria painted Plant Pots - $2 each


Community Events!

I am just informing all primary and intermediate schools around the Dunedin area of an upcoming event focused on strategies to help saving time and money with using real food, getting fussy kids eating more nutritious food, packing healthy and delicious lunch boxes and encouraging families to get on board with the real food movement.

Claire Deeks is currently travelling the country with tips and tricks to help mums transition their families to more real food at home and in the lunchbox.

There will also be a guest speaker Mikki Willden who is a Dunedin based nutritionist coming along to share some of her insight.

This is a great opportunity for parents to help change the eating habits of their children in a positive way. It is being held at the Dunedin Art Gallery on Thursday 17th November. We are now selling quite fast and have only a limited amount of seating.

There are currently Early bird tickets for sale at $49 instead of $79 once this finishes you can still contact me to get this deal i will provide you with a code for early learning centres in the area.

Also we have around 100 fantastic gift bags on the night and chance to win other products during the evening.

This event is especially great if you participating in the Heart Foundation’s Healthy Heart Award for Early Childhood Education: Tohu Manawa Ora – Kōhungahunga.

I have attached a link to the Website and also where you can buy tickets.


Leah Stevens

027 3863693

Become a Kiwi Guardian family!
There’s a beautiful country just waiting to be explored. Best of all, you’re already in it! If you love nature and love having fun, get into Toyota Kiwi Guardians.
Toyota Kiwi Guardian’s is an activity programme for kids to learn about nature, earn cool rewards and go on epic family adventures!
It’s as easy as: Visiting
  • Selecting a Kiwi Guardians location near you
  • Getting out to explore
  • Finding the Guardian Post to earn a Kiwi Guardian medal
  • Taking part in an activity for extra medals
Saturday Morning Music Classes Open Morning
(Instrumental classes for children 5 years and upwards)
Parents and children wishing to commence classes in 2017 are invited to observe classes in progress on Saturday morning November 12th .
George St Normal School Centre: Groups will assemble inside the Main Block door and be guided around classes between 9 and 10:30am.
Bathgate Park School Centre: Groups will assemble in the foyer at 9:15 and 10:15am.
(Elmgrove School, Mosgiel Centre will be open on Wednesday 9th November between 3:30 and 4:30.)
Enrolments for 2017 will be accepted on Saturday 19th November.
  • George St Normal School between 9 and 11:30 (follow the signs),
  • Bathgate Park School between 9 and 10:30am in the school foyer.
  • (Elmgrove School in Mosgiel on Wednesday November 16th between 3:30 and 4:30.)
There will be a further opportunity to enrol for 2017 on Sat, Feb 11th. Check our website for more information: www,
Further enquiries to:
George St Co-ordinator, 4772296
Bathgate/Elmgrove Co-ordinator, 4771214
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.

Dunedin School of Music

Guitar, Drums and Bass Tuition

A complete contemporary music education

Phil Hartshorn BA (HONS) PGDip Tching

Phone 021 075 0927

What is the ANZ Olympic Schools Programme

ANZ has developed the ANZ Olympic Schools Programme with the New Zealand Olympic Committee to inspire and motivate New Zealand's youth, through the magic and celebration of the Olympic Games. Schools will be provided with resources and merchandise to provide opportunities, activities and incentives for students to live the Olympic Values.
In addition to the great resources schools can receive, ANZ has also tailored the programme so their staff can personally help schools earn credits to spend at the ANZ Awards Centre and also secure the chance to have an Olympic Ambassador visit the school. 
ANZ staff will be encouraging people within their school communities to support their school and come to ANZ for their next home loan.  For every home loan drawn down a school can earn credits to spend on items from the ANZ Awards Centre, items such as sports equipment or computers.  As an example an eligible home loan drawn down by someone linked to your school to the value of $50k or more will entitle the school to 800 credits. 800 credits equates to approximately $400 of spending power at the ANZ Awards centre.
If you would like to support our school with this programme,  
Laura Fleming Senior Personal Banker 03 457 0223 would love to assist you.
You can find out more at
  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
  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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