Newsletter #14 

9th September 2016

Kia ora whānau,

Over the last week the school has been working through our Health and Safety procedures.  The school had an unexpected schoolwide fire drill last week, of which even the teachers didn't know was happening.  This is a termly check to ensure all our systems work and that the children know what to do in the event of an emergency. Classroom teachers will also be undertaking an earthquake drill in their classrooms to ensure the children are aware of what to do.  We encourage you to ask your children about the earthquake drill and also to have a plan in place at home.
I'd like to take this opportunity to thank those parents who were on site last Thursday when we put the school in 'lock down'.  You all followed our instructions and acted without question, which was most helpful. Lock downs are also a drill that we undertake.  Last week we were in a situation where we needed this procedure to be put in place.  I just want to reiterate that at no time were your children or our community in a high risk situation, however for everyones safety this was the best way to manage everyone on site

Thinking ahead to next term, I would just like to remind you school swimming lessons will start next term. The lessons for all children will be a cost of $5.00 each child.  This is a reduced cost due to the fantastic support from Bendigo Charitable Trust. These lessons for both the senior and junior students will be held on Fridays. The junior students (years 1 - 4) will have their lessons at Moana Pool with Swimsation instructors.   Our senior students (years 5 - 8) will be using the Otago Boys' High School pool with our own qualified swim teacher on staff.  Please take the time over the holidays to check that your child's swim suit/shorts fit and it is also helpful if each child has their own goggles which are named.  There is an expectation that all children will participate in these lessons.

Finally could you please take the time to fill in this 10 second survey (below), so we can make the best decision that reflects what our school community needs are.

Nga mihi,

Kim Blackwood


So we can make the best decision that reflects what our school community needs, please click on the picture above, or this link to answer this 10 second survey about Before School Care.  Thank you.

Arthur Street School Stars

    O'MAthalon Winning Year 7 Team                Louis Room 5 - Great Writing
     Daeun, Abdul, Jack & Elizabeth
    Room 1 - Maths Stars!
Arthur Street School Happenings!
Kapa Haka - Maori & Pacific Island Festival

This year the whole school is taking part in the Otago Polyfest.

The Kapa Haka Group will perform 6 items and the rest of the school will be on stage singing the waiata along with them. We have been practising at school and already we are sounding great!

We are scheduled to be performing at the Edgar Centre between 2pm and 2.30pm on Thursday 15th of September and encourage whanau to come along to support us. There is an entry fee of $2 for all spectators to be paid at the door.

We will be travelling to and from the Edgar Centre by bus. The cost of the bus and the entry fee for all students is covered by the activity fee families have already paid.

Due to the time we are performing, we may be a bit late back to school.

For our Kapa Haka performance group, the girls require ¾ black leggings and the boys require black shorts and a plain black T-Shirt.

Everyone else needs to wear a plain black or navy top with no lettering or pictures.  If you need assistance with this, please come and see us at school. 

Nga mihi nui

Liz Tyson

Last week at assembly, two of our school councillors presented a cheque to Bellyful.  Bellyful was one of two charities we supported this term. This cheque represented money fundraised from our annual Fair trade Hot Chocolate shared lunch.
If you would like to know more about the Bellyful Charity click here.
The children who attend English lessons have all been working hard. At the beginning of term we welcomed Ebaad, Haroon and Mustafa who have come to Dunedin from Pakistan.
The first topic for the term was the Rio Olympics. There was lots of new vocab to learn and sports clips to watch on You Tube. Most days we checked how many medals our home countries had won and what sports our countries exceled in.
Our current topic is ‘spring’. The children have been learning vocabulary associated with spring. We have watched You Tube clips of lambs, kids, calves and fawns – all the students have enjoyed seeing the baby animals. We have looked at images of spring flowers –blossom, daffodils and tulips. We have walked around our school looking for signs of spring.
Mustafa and Rui found some blossom on our school trees.
After looking at blossom on our trees, Supun and Eugene painted blossom pictures.
The School Fair is to be held on Saturday 5th November 2016. If you are interested in cooking food from your home country to sell at the fair, please come and talk to me in Room 6. Provision can be made for necessary ingredients.
You are welcome to Room 6 anytime. I am happy to discuss your child’s progress and share their work with you.

This week is Tongan Language Week.

Below are some words and phrases you may like to try at home.

Mālō e lelei - Hello
Fēfē hake? - How are you
Sai pē mālō - Good thanks.
Ko hai ho hingoa? - What's your name?
Ko hoku hingoa ko.... - My name is...
Mālō – Thank you

Janine Cotton
ESOL Teacher – Room 6
Room 3
The children have been busy keeping fit on the cooler days by participating in Zumba for children and other dance/freeze activities.
Last Monday, Ronald McDonald gave a talk to Rooms 3 and 4 about Road Safety. He reminded the children to make their seatbelt ‘click,’ stop, look and listen before you cross the road, and to use a pedestrian crossing if one is nearby. The session was extremely interactive with a lot of audience participation. The children were lucky to be presented with one of Ronald McDonald’s Road Safety Sock Puppets . This was delivered with a promise from Ronald that he will visit our school again, sometime soon!
We are busily discussing routines as the children are preparing to tell the time using both analogue and digital clocks. This has also been initiated through children’s stories and You Tube clips, and making individual clocks out of cardboard and split pins
Earlier this week we were lucky to be an audience for the Flippers Preschool children. They did a wonderful job performing five of their Kapa Haka songs in our hall, in preparation for Polyfest.
From the Writers' Desk
The senior school writing workshops this week have included
Rengas and Senryus - poetry
'Following the news' - how to write like a journalist
Fact or Opinion - there is a difference!
Here's an 'I Remember' poem 
'Road Trip'
The sight of the trees blocking the sun's gaze
The smell of pine needles drifting up to my nostrils
The feel of the cool wind sweeping past my hand
The taste of freedom as we travel through the green countryside
The sound of the car on gravel as we reach our destination.
Bailey (Room 7)

Room 7 Science

Last week in science we investigated the sugar content in well-known sweet drinks. We used Powerade, Coca-Cola, Bundaberg and apple juice for our experiment. We used methylated spirits burners and measured 50ml of each of these solutions. Then we boiled out the solvent (the water), which left behind the solute (the sugar) and various other ingredients. We were shocked by how much sugar was left behind. The Powerade even caught fire once it had stopped steaming! Earlier in the week we also discovered that one bottle of Bundaberg has more than ten teaspoons of sugar in it - helping us to see that these drinks really aren’t good for you on a daily basis. You can see more of what we have been up to on our class blog:

Last week on Friday 2nd September I had the chance to meet five Olympians who won a silver medal in Rio. They were named Sarah Goss (captain), Tyler Nathan-Wong (halfback), Portia Woodman (wing), Kelly Brazier (second five) and Ruby Tui (wing). We went outside and they taught us some tackling and passing drills. After we finished the drills they separated us into five even teams. We started a sevens competition between the five teams, five minutes each way. In the end, my team came second, by just one try. It was a close finish though! It was an awesome, fun afternoon getting to meet the Black Ferns and also getting to wear a silver medal around my neck. One day I hope to represent New Zealand at the Olympics myself. 

Ra Ngamoki-Moana

School Term Calendar
Week 8
  • Science 'Brain Visit' - Tuesday 13th September 
  • Elgrego Magic Show - Wednesday 14th September
  • Maori & Pacifica Festival - Edgar Centre Thursday 15th September
  • School Assembly - 2.15pm in the hall, Friday 16th September
  • Abacus calendar, card or diary orders due - Friday 16th September
  • Keep Dunedin Beautiful Clean Up - Friday 16th September @1.30pm (All welcome)
  • Assembly - Friday 16th September 2.15pm in the school hall
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

Up and coming school fundraising events!


Dear students and parents/caregivers,

As part of the Year 7/8 technology programme this term, students have been learning about healthy eating. In particular, we have been investigating high fat and sugar content in fast food.

On Tuesday 20th September, we intend to run a make-to-order burger kitchen, offering healthy burgers to our students and community at a cost of just $4 each. Any profits made will go towards preparing for our school fair in term four. We invite whanau of our students to order a burger and join us for lunch on this day.

If you would like to purchase a burger, please complete the form below and enclose $4 per burger. Please return forms to the school office before Friday 16th September. Additional order forms are available from the office. We assure you they will be very tasty, whilst meeting our healthy food criteria!


Year 7/8 Technology Burger Day

Name: ____________________________________ Room: ________

Bun (please tick one): White bread 🗹 Wholemeal 🗹 Gluten-free 🗹
Fillings (please tick any of the following - no limit):
Lean beef pattie 🗹 Onions 🗹 Edam cheese (low fat) 🗹
Tomatoes 🗹 Lettuce 🗹 Pickles 🗹
Pineapple 🗹 Beetroot 🗹 Mushrooms 🗹
Low sugar tomato sauce 🗹 Low fat mayonnaise 🗹
Please list any dietary requirements we need to be aware of: _______________________________________________________________

Thank you very much for supporting us! If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to email me (Brad Meads - Room 7) at

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

Community Events!

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.


Kaikorai Junior Cricket Club registration sessions for 2016/17 are:

●      Sat 17 Sept 10:00am-12:30pm, and

●      Tues 20 Sept 6:00pm-7:30pm

Both days at Kaikorai Rugby Club, Lynn St.

Girls and boys in school years 1-8 welcome.

➢      Superstar Academy for ages 4-6

➢      Superstar cricket for ages 7-9

➢      Hard ball cricket for older age groups


or contact Jarod Chisholm or Will Kirkness at

Otago Softball Have-A-Go Day

Otago Softball are holding a Have-A-Go day on Sunday September 18th at Bathgate Park from 11.00am until approximately 1.30pm
We’ll have Tee Ball, Junior games, Senior Games, a free BBQ and club registration tables so please spread the word for anyone who would like to have a go at the sport or would just like to have a great day out.

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)
Piano Tuition
Experienced and committed piano teacher is taking on new students. Skill level: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced. All enquiries phone Maud Schroeder on 476-4336 or 022-153-7258 or
The More FM Baby and Child Show - Sunday 18 September, 10am-3pm, Edgar Centre Arena. Come along for a fun day out for the whole family. With over 100 exhibitors you will be spoilt for choice for products and services for children, retail, Pita Pit man cave, food & seminars. Free entertainment for the kids all day, including, Playball sessions, BestStart KidsZone, bouncy castles, facepainting, music, crafts & colouring, storytelling, fitness and more. Entry $8 adults and children under 12 free. Goodie Bags available for first earlybird 250 families and again at12.30pm. 
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.
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