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Published on March 12, 2014

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NEWSMARCH1214 Newslet PUKEKOHE HILL FAMILY NEWSLETTER Phone 092386374 Fax 09 2387445 e.mail: admin@pukekohehill.school.nz www.pukekohehill.school.nz No 05/14 12 March 2014 Name…………………………… COMMITTED TO ACHIEVING OUR BEST We are proud of the fact that Hill School was commended as a top performing school by the Education Review Office (ERO) last year and given a “4- 5 Year Review” which only about 12% of NZ schools receive. Noted below is some of our achievement data from last year which has helped us to set new learning targets for 2014: Reading: 70% of students are at or above the national standard Writing: 62% of students are at or above the national standard. Maths: 69% of students are at or above the national standard. These are positive results, but we are keen for all our students to continue to achieve at a high level and make personal progress. This year, we continue a major professional development focus to raise achievement in writing and progress so far is really encouraging. In next week‟s newsletter we will share some of our learning targets for students this year. GREAT LEARNERS? Our Concept this term is “Lift off to Learning”. At Hill we want to help great learners to be: Responsible for their learning Focussed Engaged Participating What do you think? AMBASSADORS CHOSEN FOR 2014. CONGRATULATIONS! Congratulations to the 14 senior students who have been chosen as Ambassadors for this year. Our Ambassadors have leadership responsibilities and opportunities to be excellent role models to their peers and younger students. Congratulations to: Chantelle McLaren, Samuel Roche, Dayna Bruce, Cody Whiteman, Damien Brown, Catherine Devcich, Aaliyah Hurst, Trent McNaughten, Morgan Twiss, Bradley Morrison, Teancum Tuialii, Kaile Butcher, Maia Johnson and Ben Iqbal. Best wishes to these students and thanks to the PTA who provide the badges that our Ambassadors wear. SAUSAGE SIZZLE TOMORROW The PTA‟s first lunchtime sausage sizzle fundraiser for the term is this Thursday 13 March. Sausages and drinks still $1.00 each. It‟s helpful if money is sent in a named envelope with the order on the outside. Thanks to parent chefs from Rooms 1 and 29. A reminder that The Lunchbox is closed on sausage sizzle day. MEET THE TEACHER Y3-6 FAMILY CONFERENCES A reminder that conferences for Year 3, 4, 5, and 6 students are next week on Wednesday 19 March. For these students, school lessons will finish at 1.45pm and Year 3 to 6 students may go home at this time. Conferences are from 2.00pm to 8.00pm. Year 1 and 2 students are expected to remain at school. However, should they need to be collected at 1.45pm with older siblings, parents can sign them out at the school office. The main purposes of conferences are to:  build a strong home/school partnership  identify learning goals  talk about how you can help at home. If you have not already returned your Conference Time booking sheet you may still do so until this Friday 14 March. Actual interview times will be sent home on Monday 17 March. Mislaid your interview form? Spare copies available at the office.

NEWSMARCH1214 Newslet BUY NOW BEFORE WINTER! $2.00 UNIFORM SALE! You read it right! We need the space, so all our second hand uniform clothing is for sale at the office for just $2 an item. Includes lots of polar fleeces. Get in now before stocks are gone and be ready for winter. $2 Sale! $2 Sale! $2 Sale! OUR CONCEPT IS “LIFT OFF TO LEARNING” What an excellent learning inquiry concept to start the year. This term‟s concept of “Lift off to Learning” has blasted off with lots of interesting learning experiences. The “Enduring Understandings” of this concept are: Life long learners face challenges. Life long learners take increasing responsibility for their learning The “Essential (study and inquiry) questions” of this concept are: Why be a life long learner? What qualities and skills does a life long learner need? Our particular Curriculum Focus and assessment areas are: Written and oral language, reading, and mathematics. LET’S LOOK AFTER OUR NEIGHBOURS Several neighbours have contacted us concerned that some parents are parking across their driveways and parking on grass verges outside their houses. One has asked Auckland Council to prosecute offending drivers. Please consider our neighbours and their property. WHANAU HUI IN APRIL Kia ora koutou. Make it a date. Our first whanau hui for the year is on Wednesday 2 April from 6-7pm. Te take will include an update on Te Huarahi and helping tamariki through our Pause, Prompt, Praise (PPP) programme. PTA NEWS Congratulations and thanks to all those parents and staff who have joined the 2014 committee of the Parent Teachers Association. Office holders elected at Monday‟s AGM were: President: Diane Hargraves Secretary: Amy Nicholson /Helena Morrison Treasurer: Donna Morgan Belonging to the PTA is an excellent opportunity to support Hill children, develop new personal skills, and work with some wonderful people. A big thank you to all our excellent committee over 2013 and special thanks to our executive of Diane Hargraves, Helena Morrison and Donna Morgan for their leadership, service and commitment. GO, GROW, GLOW? Thanks to those keen families and students who are getting into the Go, Grow, Glow food inter class challenge competition this week being organised by the Project Energise team. Project Energize is a project for students with the aim of improving the quality and quantity of physical activity and improving nutrition. The Energize motto is “Eat Healthy, Be active, Have fun”. Go: Sandwiches, rolls … Glow: Fruit and vegetables Grow: Meats, cheese, yoghurt, egg, nuts and seeds We‟ll let you know our top Go, Glow and Grow classes in next week‟s newsletter. GRANS CAN READ! Calling all Grans(and Nanas, Grandads, and Poppa‟s too!) who can spend an hour a week in the morning to support some senior students who need a boost with their reading. We have a group of children who we want to help with their fluency and understanding. Grans and Grandads have lots of experience in listening to children read and we believe you would be great at this role. Some simple training and resources provided. If this appeals to you, please make contact with Mrs Lynne Green in Room 14 or email: lynneg@pukekohehill.school.nz ADULT LITERACY GROUP AT HILL Would you like to do more to help your children with their homework and increase your own reading skills too? Why not join the adult literacy group planned to start at Hill shortly? It‟s a small group and a great opportunity to brush up your skills. Your commitment would be 3 hours each week, starting next week until the end of term and then starting up again next Term. What‟s more – it‟s at no cost to you! Interested? Your kids would really thank you too. Contact Adult Literacy on 09 239 0316 and speak to Diane.

NEWSMARCH1214 Newslet LET’S KEEP THEM SAFE PATROL PARENTS NEEDED! We are still desperately looking for helpers for Ward Street crossing on Tuesday mornings and afternoons. If you can help, please call Nicki or Malcolm. ENVIRO GROUP AT HILL Just to let you know … “The Enviro group is a group of Year 5 and 6 students that come up with ideas to improve our school environment. The Enviro group is going on a trip to Auckland botanical gardens for the Eye of Nature school activity day. We are looking out for new ideas to help our environment so we can make our future better”. Written by Jessica and Seth CLASSROOM HIGHLIGHTS Each month, several teachers present reports to the Board of Trustees and parts are shared with the community in our Newsletter. This report is from Ms Fraser and her students from Room 12: Room 12 is a busy and vibrant class. We have 19 enthusiastic children who are eager to learn and who have already started to “Lift off to learning” in their Dr Seuss hot air balloons. Dr Seuss‟s, „Oh the places you‟ll go‟ is our Room 12 learning theme this year. The children in Room 12 think they have a very cool class and do some very cool things. Here are some of the highlights Room 12 had over the past few weeks since Term 1 has started. Room 12 has enjoyed learning to swim and have been practicing the swimming techniques and skills that Fulton Swim School taught them. Room 12 children are learning how to be great learners and how to follow both class and school rules. This is just a snapshot of what we have been learning in Room 12 as the school year has just begun and we still have a lot of cool learning to do. Carolyn Fraser and Room 12 COMMUNITY NEWS Guitar Lessons: Guitar Tutor: Available to take small groups at Hill during school time each Thursday. Contact Zettie at 232 8052 or 021 111 8308 or at zettieformusic@gmail.com Rugby: Last chance to register children for Pukekohe Junior rugby on 10 and 12 March from 5-7pm at Colin Lawrie fields. Fees $60. www.pukekoherugby.co.nz Patumahoe’s Got Talent: On Saturday, 22 March. Prizes up to $200. To register phone Setita at 239 2511 or email Setita@pasifika.tv.nz. Karaka Vintage Day:At Karaka Sports park. On Sunday 23 March. See all kinds of machines, tractors, vintage cars, military vehicles and planes. Lots of stalls and food, bouncy castles and water slides. Check out www.karakavintageday.co.nz Mauku Fun Run:On Sunday 23 March. 5km and 10km Run or Walk. Starts at Mauku School. Lots of spot prizes. Starts from 8.15am. Download entry forms from www.coolrunning.co.nz Or www.mauku.school.nz St James Preschool: Baby, Kids and Craft sale. Do you have baby and kids gear piling up in your cupboards you want to sell? Or maybe an art or handcraft talent? Book a table for $15 at our sale on March 29 at Pukekohe Town Hall. Phone Mandy at 021 181 5518. Graeme Rix Principal

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