November 2

posted Nov 1, 2016, 6:46 PM by Alison Bray   [ updated Nov 1, 2016, 10:42 PM ]

Working Bee - Thanks to parents who came up on Sunday. The western half of the field looks great. Community Service groups are gradually mulching the borders of the walkway - looking good. We’re hoping to sort the eastern end of the field as soon as it dries a little further.

Sculpture on the Shore - We are lucky to be one of the schools invited to exhibit in the up and coming Sculpture on the Shore exhibition held at Fort Takapuna  from  Thurs  10th - Sat 20th  November.   Many  of  our children are contributing artwork to our "Mad Hatters Tea Party' themed installation.  

The Year Six children’s hats are fantastic We have decided to not take the children to the exhibition, instead thinking that it would be a great if families could visit, and look at the children’s work and the sculptures of some of NZ’s top sculptors. Then, perhaps, swim, lunch or picnic dinner at Narrow Neck Beach. Miss Houghton has children's tickets to give away this week. Keep an eye on our school Facebook page and listen out for daily competitions.  Check this link for further information.

Thank you to Craig Jones of Symetri - Craig has very kindly donated some very good furniture to the school as a result of an office remodel at his business. Thanks Craig, for thinking of us.

E.O.T.C. - Comments from Year Six children:

Camp taught me how capable I was when put in challenging situations and made me realise how achieving the challenges is very rewarding. Victoria Wijaya

Camp taught me that the more you work as a team the more success you have in challenging situations and to facing your fears.  Curtis Marsh

Going away on camp made me appreciate all the luxuries we have at home. Sophie Farrell

Camp taught me that working as a team works better when you listen to each other and not argue. Felix Wen

Camp taught me that it’s better when you work as a team and encourage each other because everything will feel easier.  Alexis Cook.

Being on camp made me realise that it’s better to think positively because it will help you get more done. Harlow Corbett

Camp made me realise that working as a team is harder than it sounds but is also helps you learn more about your classmates.  Romeo Meyer

Being on camp taught me how much I appreciate the luxuries at home and having the company of my family around.  Taylor Withers

I thought had a fear of heights but discovered it was more a fear of falling. Serena Gazzard

When I try hard enough I can conquer fears - on high ropes, climbing wall, confidence course. Liam Govind

I do have a fear of heights but did all the activities. I like mud. Jemma Hyde

I managed the whole walk into camp. I also never thought it would be comfortable being drenched with mud. Ben Reynolds

I used to have a fear of getting dirty but found self in the duck pond! Abbey Benyon

It was actually really hard to work as a team. Charli Pickerill

I now know that I can't sleep with others.  Grace Hutcheson

It was hard to get to sleep as it was so noisy. Taylor Wilmot

Ko ta mātou rerenga kupu o te wiki – Our phrase of the week

This week - Tino pai - ‘Very good’.

Next week - Titiro (mai) - Look (at me)


November 8 – Kids for kids concert

November 11 - Athletics day for years 4 - 6.

November 11 - PTA Quiz night

November 18th - Kapa Haka festival at Onepoto Primary

December 16 – School finishes for the year at 1.00pm 

PTA news 

Friday 11th of November: BE QUICK. Only 3 tables left.  Bookings for up to 10 per table are OK - the more the merrier! Don’t forget to pre-order your platters.

Bring lots of cash!

Lost Property - Help!  The bin in the Library is overflowing already and we are not even half way through the term.  Items will be displayed outside the Library on Friday.  Please look through it and claim anything that belongs to your child.

Kids for Kids - Practise 8 Nov. Meet 8:30am outside school hall.  Don't be late.  Return to school by 1:00pm.  Good luck for the Choir who will be singing on the evening of Tuesday 8 November at The Bruce Mason Centre.  Meet at 6 :45pm at The Bruce Mason Centre. Finish 9:20.  Wear a bright t-shirt and clothing.  Tickets available from Ticketek (Parents - you should have tickets by now).

 This week’s writing comes fromRoom 13, Year 4, students and is in the form of Haiku, which is a traditional form of Japanese poetry. Haiku poems consist of 3 lines. The first and last lines of a Haiku have 5 syllables and the middle line has 7 syllables.


Fuzzy, wild beast

Massive creature, dark brown fur

       Mythical Bigfoot

                  By Koby




Poisonous, crawling

Eight creepy eyes glaring up

Trapping flies in webs

By Zac


Swift swimming salmon

Challenging the waterfall

Time to spawn new life.

By Quincy



Magnificent, proud

Elegant beast in the woods

Grazing on fresh shoots

By Lilian



       The Seashore

          Blue waves crashing down

       Seaweed on the golden sand

       Scaly fish swimming.

       by Chris

Have a wonderful week

Nigel Bioletti


Outside organisations

This Saturday Ecofest Kaipatiki brings you a DIY Fiesta - make soap, candles, bokashi, terrariums all in a party atmosphere! Join our family fun beach clean up at beautiful Little Shoal Bay on Sunday afternoon.

The Rotary Northcote Fire Sale Book Fair:  Northcote Primary Hall Sunday the 20th November, 10am-4pm.  Get your Christmas shopping started with many quality second hand fiction and non-fiction and children books.  Books $2 or Take a box of books for $30 (depending on quality) Eftpos available. Please share this post with friends and family.