Newsletter #5

31st March 2017

Bonjour Parents/Whānau

Wow!  What a busy fortnight it has been since the last newsletter!  I encourage you all to read through all of the newsletter, so that you are up to date with everything that has happened and also what is coming up in the last two weeks of the term.

I'd like to take the time to welcome the Chagnon and Ahmad families who joined our school community this week, welcome to Arthur Street School!

As the mornings are now getting darker and with day light saving starting this Sunday, this is a timely reminder that no children are to be in the school grounds before 8.20am.  This ensures that there are adults onsite to supervise your children before school starts at 9am.

Finally from Michelle in the office, accounts with outstanding sports fees are coming home today, so please check your child's bag.  These fees need paying as soon as possible please, as the accounts to the individual sporting bodies need paying.  These are now overdue!  Remember, setting up a regular automatic payment to the school is a great way to keep your account in check.

Enjoy the weekend,

Nga mihi,

Kim Blackwood

Arthur Street School Stars
Assembly & 'R Card' Winners.

Happenings in Room 3

In Room 3 we have been learning about adjectives in our reading and writing.

We made these adjective clouds to describe ourselves in 6 words.

We are beginning to add adjectives to our stories to make them exciting for our readers and give them more details about our story.

Room 3 have been participating in PMP (Perceptual Motor Programme) with Room 4 which is run by Polytechnic students.

We have been participating in a range of activities where we develop our hand-eye co-ordination, balance, memory, catching, throwing, crawling and jumping skills.

Don't forget to check out Room 3's class blog to help keep you updated:

Room 5

At Camp Iona


‘We worked really hard as a team to put our tent up before it got dark. Overnight tenting was great fun, we slept the whole night’. - Sahara


I am waiting for my turn on the monster slide. I worked out if I sat on my jacket. I would go heaps faster down the slide (sorry mum for ripping my jacket). The slide was awesome thank goodness Chris and Matt were able to catch us at the bottom most of the time!’ - Ramon  


‘I was tramping in the forest when suddenly I slipped and lost my footing and fell down a bank! I tired to stand up halfway down but once again I slipped! I missed grabbing onto a tree and kept falling. I managed to climb my way back to the track, my hands and jacket were really dirty, Mr Keen was really pleased to see me safe!’  - Daniel 


‘Matt my dad is demonstrating with other members of the North Otago Tramping Club how to cross a river safely in a group. The team is looking down to make sure they do not slip on rocks.’ - Louis   


‘Here is everybody in my group getting ready to abseil down the mountain with Evan helping us at the start and Chris at the bottom to undo the clip that attached the rope to your harness.’ - Nirbighna 



‘As a group we learned how to safely walk in a single file on a country road at the end of our tramping in the native forest.’ - Era


‘Evan decided to call me ‘SuperMouse’, he had a nickname for everybody James was called ‘James Bond 007’, Annan was called ‘Luke Skywalker, and Molly was called ‘Shadow’. Evan made double sure that I was clipped into the abseiling safety rope and harness. I successfully abseiled to the bottom.’  - Ramon  


‘Sleeping bags, pillows, mattresses and a whole lot of enthusiasm meant we had a great night sleeping in the new tents.’ - Moana    


‘This team challenge was really hard but heaps of fun, our team had to keep starting over again because we kept falling off the blocks of wood.’  - Moana

School Camp  - Camp Iona
Year 5 and 6

Camp Iona is set inland from Herbert amongst rolling North Otago farmland with the Waianakarua river close by.  Founded in 1938 the camp has been part of North Otago for over 75 years attracting thousands of children and adults. The campsite sits on 2.2 hectares of land with native bush and walking tracks nearby.

The facilities the camp offers are outstanding. Check out the ‘Camp Iona’ web site listed at .

The year 5 and 6 children spent 4 days at the camp taking part in a variety of activities in and around the campsite. The children experienced new activities, learnt new skills, participated in physical challenges and had a lot of fun.

The activities included overnight tenting (thanks to the generous donation from the Arthur Street School PTA for purchasing these) tramping, archery, abseiling, taking part in the confidence course, canoeing, sailing, search and rescue, archery, pioneer rope building, bush survival, cooperative team building, team challenges and finally time was spent at Karitane on the way home that included fun on the sandy beach and lunch.

The children were also assigned to duty groups. These groups had rotational responsibilities of cleaning, food preparation, dining room preparation, dishes and grounds.


Without the support and assistance of 5 outstanding parents who attended Camp Iona this experience would not have been the success it was. We thank these parents for giving up their week to spend time supporting 38 children.

Thanks must also go to the exceptional activities providers who gave the children a programme of events that challenged them as individuals and helped them understand how to work successfully together as a team in a number of challenging situations.

And finally a huge thank you to Miss Elvines, the ‘Master Chef’ of the camp. Her catering was simply stunning, the children loved the menu she had prepared for them.

A memorable experience for all involved!

Sport @ Arthur Street School
Stay tuned to read results and stay up to date with how our teams are performing!

Check our school website for the sports draws.  Click here


Congratulations to both our Futsal teams who had a win last week.  It was great to get along and support both our teams and witness great skills by all our players.

At a recent School council meeting on the agenda was the possibility of getting some new sports equipment for the PE shed, which could be taken out at break times.

We all had a think about what we would racquets, badminton racquets, 'Crazy Catch' nets, 'Swingball' and frisbees were mentioned.  We then had another thought!  Maybe there are families in the school community who would like to donate their used (but still in working order) sports equipment.  So if you can help us please let Michelle in the office know!

Many thanks

Arthur Street School Council

Updated points after 9 weeks!

St John

Annual Appeal


This year's annual appeal captures the spirit of what St John is all about - having a heart, helping people in need and contributing to our many communities.

Next Thursday the 6th April Arthur Street School will be holding a ‘Wear Green or Gold’ Day’ to show their support to this worthy cause - on this day the children are asked to dress in green or gold and bring along a gold coin donation.

Your anticipated support is greatly appreciated.



ANZAC Poppies


2017 is the 102nd ANZAC Day Commemorations


ANZAC Poppies will be available from the school office from the 10th of April.


Children are asked to bring to school a gold coin donation to the school office.   


The Gold Coin donation can be exchanged for an ANZAC Poppy.


This donation helps support the welfare and care of returned service men and women.


The Dunedin RSA thanks you for your continued support of this worthy cause

‘Guardians of remembrance since 1916’
School Term Calendar
Check out the school website to see our google calendar for up to date events that will be happening this term.

Week 10 - Term 1
  • 5th April 2017 - School Swimming Sports at Moana Pool - information above
  • 6th April 2017 - St John wear 'Green or Gold' day - Annual appeal
  • 7th April 2017 - Assembly, 11.05am in the school hall.  All welcome.
  • 7th April 2017 - Last Senior Swimming
Week 11 - Term 1
  • 10th April 2017 - PTA Meeting, 7pm in the Staffroom
  • 13th April 2017 - Last day of the Term
  • School Newsletter
  • ANZAC Assembly 12 noon. All welcome.
  • 14th April 2017 - GOOD FRIDAY
SCHOOL HOLIDAYS - 14th April until 30th April 2017

Week 1 - Term 2
  • 1st May 2017 - First day of term 2 - School open
  • 5th May 2017 - Reports Home
  • School Newsletter
Week 2 - Term 2
  • 8th May 2017 - Parent Interviews - 3.30pm til 7.30pm
  • 9th May 2017 - Parent Interviews - 3.30pm til 5.30pm
  • 12th May 2017 - Assembly, 2.15pm in the school hall.  All welcome
Week 3 - Term 2
  • 18th May 2017 - HPV round 1 - Year 8 students

Arthur Street School PTA Events!

Community Events!




LARGE - $6.00
SMALL - $5.00

Community Oral Health Service - FREE dental care

Girl Guiding enables girls and young women to develop their full potential and make a difference in the world. We want to continue offering our programmes to as many girls as possible and with our programme growing bigger and bigger more girls are getting to be a part of this fun, learning experience. With a number of girls involved in guiding within the community we would love to offer our programme to more girls in Dunedin.
If you have any questions at all please do not hesitate to ask.
Kind Regards,
Sophie Dennan | Recruitment Coordinator| GirlGuiding New Zealand

National Office | 151 Cashmere Road | Cashmere | Christchurch 8022
PO Box 13143 | Armagh | Christchurch 8141 | New Zealand
Phone: +64 3 366 8409 ext 743 | Freephone: 0800 222292 | Fax: +64 3 366 8413 |
Facebook - GirlGuidingNZ
Local table tennis club - 38mm Table Tennis - has started its 2017 season and is looking for junior members. 

38mm Table Tennis Club
Meets weekly - mid-February to mid-November
Based at Kaikorai Valley College gymnasium, Kaikorai Valley Rd
Thursday nights, 6pm to 8pm

38mm welcomes all new members - whether seeking social games or local and national competition.
Coaching and equipment all provided.

Many thanks,

Fiona Clarkson
Club Secretary
The Famous only in Dunedin, Steampunk group, the Gasworkers Guild of Gadgeteers, invites all children (big and little) to a fun day at the Dunedin Gas Works Museum on Sunday 30 April 2017 from 10 am in the Fitting Room. There will be a variety of steampunk making activities including making arm gauntlets, hats and medals. The making activities will commence with sessions at 10.30 and 1 pm with 3 making stations. There will be a quiet space for littlies and colouring in, in the library.
There will be a chance for kids to have a go at splendid teapot racing, a photo booth and steampunk dress up area. The steam will be running in the engine room, so it is a great chance to check out this fantastic facility if you have not done so before. It is one of only three working gas works in the world. 
All children must be accompanied by an adult -, especially at the making tables. Entry is $5.00 per person, or $15 for a family of 3 plus, proceeds going to the Gas works. The Lions will be holding their sausage sizzle  on the day.
If there are any questions please email me.
Handy links:
This is the event notification on Face Book:
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