Newsletter #16 

14th October 2016

Kia ora whānau,

Welcome to term 4, the last term of the year.  This is an exciting time for our year 8 students who are now in their last 10 weeks of schooling as a primary aged student.  My advice to them starting the term, is to be the best that they can be and aim to get as much out of the remaining part of their primary school days as they can.

Other exciting things to look forward to over the comings days and weeks is the Halloween dance this evening, our school fair which is in 3 weeks and to end our year, our end of year celebration evening which recognises the hard work of all our students, staff and school community.

As a reminder, all students need to have at school everyday and to wear during the day while outside, is a wide brimmed sunhat.  We are a 'Sunsmart' recognised school and part of that means we will have children wearing sunhats while outside.  If you need any advice  on which style is best, please contact Michelle in the school office.  The office also has a small supply of suitable hats to sell at $10.00 each.

On another exciting note, the school has a new website!  This has been a work in progress over the 2016 year and I would like to take the opportunity to thank one of our parents, Martin Keen for creating this new site for us.  Martin has done a wonderful job collating the old and some new into our new site.  Please take a look for yourself how fabulous it is!

Finally I would like to take this opportunity to announce that Mrs Liz Tyson and Mrs Sandra Darracott our new entrant class teachers have made the decision to retire at the end of this year.  Each have been in the teaching profession for at least 40 years, so this retirement is very well earned!  We will towards the end of the year celebrate this contribution and wish both all the very best in the next stage of their lives.


Nga mihi,

Kim Blackwood


Arthur Street School Stars
       JJ, Greval, Manami (Room 1)                                                                                    Georgia (Room 5)
          William, Tristan & Gabriel
Arthur Street School 'R Card' Winners!
Arthur Street School Happenings!
Room 8
We have been busy this week with Science workshops.  We are mixed up with room 7 students in two groups and work through an experiment in the first session and literacy related to the experiment in the second session.  Then we swap and do the second experiment.   This is a great way to learn about the Science world.
As it is the Athletic Sports next Wednesday, time has been spent over at the long jump pit at Otago Boys' High School.  Also our weekly sports rotation up at Robin Hood Park has seen us working on our discus, shot put, sprints and javelin skills in preparation for next week. 
Maths has seen us becoming experts at angles!  We are now recapping number and problem solving.  Although it isn't nearly as hard as Hobbes is making it!!

Room Three
Does it Float or Sink?
This afternoon the children came up with their own definitions for floating and sinking. They were then given equipment and they were asked to make predictions as to what they thought would float or sink. After that, the children had to test to see if their hypothesis was correct. Additionally, they had to give reasons as to why each object was able to float or sink.

This ties in nicely with Volume, Capacity, Density and Probability for Mathematics; as well as offering rich experiences for Writing and Oral Language. However, everyone will be encouraged to think beyond water as an element to float or sink in. Using 'What if....' scenarios should prompt deeper thinking.
Room 4 News
We are all excited to be back at school after the holidays.
In Room 4 we are lucky to have Miss Murdoch with us from the University of Canterbury for a 7 week placement. She will have full control of the class for 3 weeks starting in week 3.
At the moment we love going over to OBHS to practise long jump with our Room 8 buddies. This is in preparation for the athletic sports next Wednesday.
We are excited about swimming starting on Friday. Thank you so much to all of the family members who have offered to help with swimming. We wouldn’t be able to go without you!
Some people have been saving the New World Little Gardens for us and we’ve been planting them at school. We are hoping to plant some things in the garden boxes outside Rooms 7 and 8 soon. Some children have been bringing seeds from home or seeds they have found outside. Ananiah brought 2 pumpkin seeds from home and they have both sprouted. Most of our plants for the fair are looking healthy but unfortunately we haven’t had much luck with our mint seeds. It obviously takes longer to grow than we thought!
On Tuesday and Friday mornings we have PMP organised by students from Otago Polytech. This is great fun and we love taking part and using lots of different pieces of  equipment.
School Term Calendar
Week 2 - Term 4
  • PTA Meeting, Staffroom, 7pm - Tuesday 18th October
  • School Athletics day at OBHS - Wednesday 19th October
  • HPV - Year * Girls - Thursday 20th October
  • Friday swimming for all pupils
Week 3 - Term 4
  • Labour Day, School CLOSED - Monday 24th October
  • Art Gallery Visits - All classes, either 25th, 26th or 27th October
  • Friday swimming for all pupils
Week 4 - Term 4
  • Art Gallery Visit - Room 5 - Monday 31st October
  • BOT Meeting - Monday 31st October
  • North Zone Athletics - Tuesday 1st November
  • Friday swimming for all pupils
  • SCHOOL FAIR - Saturday 5th November 11am-2pm
Week 5 - Term 4
  • Friday swimming for all pupils
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 4/5/6 - 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 (Time to be confirmed)
  • Last day of the school year, school closes at 1pm - Thursday 15th December

Up and coming school fundraising events!


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/Sauce (homemade or bought)
Chocolate (Fun Size) and Lollies/Sweets
Wine Biscuits


(Items to go to the office please)

Community Events!

Dunedin School of Music

Guitar, Drums and Bass Tuition

A complete contemporary music education

Phil Hartshorn BA (HONS) PGDip Tching

Phone 021 075 0927

Diggers and Miners Development

Term 4 will continue with Diggers and Miners Basketball Sessions for kids in Primary and Intermediate school.
What? Basketball skill and fun sessions for youth, led by the BBO development officer
Who? Youth aged 5-8, no experience necessary
When? Tuesdays from 3.30pm-4.30pm
Begins on 25th of October with 6 sessions (25 October, 1, 15, 2, 29 November, 6th December
Cost? $55 for the term.  If you are registering 2 or more children, the cost is $45 per child.
Register Online
What? Basketball skills and fun sessions for youth, led by the BBO development officer
Who? Youth aged 9-10 U13 Rep. players are encouraged to attend, as well as U15 Non-Rep. players, or players who have “graduated” from Diggers Development
When? Thursdays from 4.30-5.30pm
Begins on 27th of October with 6 sessions (27 October, 3, 11, 17, 24 November1 and 8 of December)
Cost? $65 for the term.  If you are registering 2 or more children, the cost is $55 per child.
Register Online
If you have queries please contact me.
Kind Regards,
Natalie Visger
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

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.
  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

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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