Friday, August 31, 2012

Jump Rope for Heart Skip-a-Thon

On Wednesday the 26th September we will be taking part in the Jump Rope for Heart Skip-a-thon.
The goal is to raise awareness of being healthy and fit in order to maintain a healthy heart is cardiovascular disease is New Zealand’s number one killer (40% of all deaths).  The Heart foundation relies on public generosity to fund its non-profit organisation and we are proud to support their cause.
Each child will be sent home with a challenge booklet. They will set a goal and on the day of the skip-a-thon, will set out to achieve this goal using a variety of different skipping techniques. We ask that each child find sponsors to support them in their challenge, either by pledging an amount to each skip or a donation (a guide to safe sponsor gathering is outlined in the booklet). Please do not collect the money until after the skip-a-thon.   Once all monies have been collected, please send in to school in a sealed, named envelope by Wednesday 17th October.
Happy Skipping!

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Fiction Fun Week

September 8th is International Literacy Day and we will celebrate this with a Fiction Fun Week and Book Collection for Samoa at school next week.  

The student librarians are organising lunchtime activities to promote reading.  They include Lucky Dip Library Book Day, Library Treasure Hunt, a drawing/colouring competition and Book Character Day.  Book Character Day will be Friday 7th September and we would like all children to come to school dressed as a book character. The student librarians will be judging the book character costumes but please don’t feel you have to go to a lot of expense or effort. The emphasis is on fun!

Next week we will also collect books to donate to school libraries in Samoa.  Emily L and Caitlyn W have been corresponding with a librarian in Samoa who coordinates the collection and distribution of books to schools in Samoa, many of whom don’t even have a school library. If you have children’s books in good condition that you no longer require we would appreciate it if they could be sent to school and placed in the donation box in the library.  

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Community Notices - September 2012

School Holidays at the New Zealand Police Museum It's going to be a fun two weeks at the New Zealand Police Museum these holidays. Grab a clipboard and follow trails of 'evidence' in our Operation series, unravel our latest Junior Detective Mystery or join us for our Scene of Crime Officer Workshops.

Plus we have all the usual favourites including police uniform dress ups and the M.O.T. motorbike; they make a great photo opportunity for the young and the young at heart! With so much on offer we're sure we'll see you at the New Zealand Police Museum these school holidays.

We are open 10am to 5pm Wednesday to Saturday and general admission is FREE.

Scene of Crime Officer Workshops

Come along to the New Zealand Police Museum and learn how to identify, dust and lift fingerprints like a Scene of Crime Officer! In this half hour workshop our newest recruits will learn the tricks of the trade using real police equipment.
·                Bookings essential - spaces are limited to 15 children per workshop 
·                Suitable for children aged 7 to 13 years, adult supervision required.
·                Wednesday to Saturday in the school holidays, 2pm.
·                $5 per child
New Zealand Police Museum
Royal New Zealand Police College
Papakowhai Road, Porirua, Wellington.
t: (04) 238 3141

New opportunity and challenges! Robotics workshops for children aged 10 -14
For the first time, the Gifted Education Centre Charitable Trust's Wellington region One Day School has got together with Kiwibots New Zealand (NZ Robotics Charitable Trust) to offer children in the region aged 10 plus the opportunity to participate in a 2 day robotics workshop - and help inspire them with a passion for science and technology. Chris Hamling of Kiwibots New Zealand ( will run these exciting workshops (with the assistance of GEC staff). Students will be given a glimpse into the exciting world of VEX Robotics and help them find out what New Zealand is doing to have been the world champions for the last 4 years! Children will learn how to assemble a ‘protobot’ and find the best way to play the game that will be revealed before the workshop... "If you think that programming is for you, we will help you discover how easy it really is.”
This 2 day event will take place in our One Day School classroom at Cardinal McKeefry School,  66 Albemarle Rd, Wilton, Wellington, on
Monday 1 October: 9.30am - 4.00pm (approx) and Tuesday 2 October 2012: 9.00am - 3.30pm (approx) ie during the October school holidays.
All materials will be provided for the workshop. Bring your own morning/afternoon tea, lunch and drink.
Cost: $95.00 (for two 6 hour days) BOOKINGS ARE ESSENTIAL. Limited spaces available. For bookings or more information, please contact Shirley Lawn on 04 232 3523 or email, website
Note: these workshops are open to any child aged 10 - 14 who has a passion for electronics, engineering, computer programming, robotics.
At BIGAIR KIDS GYM children feel a sense of achievement as they work through levels 1-10, receiving a badge at each level they pass. Classes for Boys and Girls include Gravity Busters, Flipzone, Trampoline and Team Extreme. Also offering Special Needs Classes and the hosting of Birthday Parties. Call 232 3508.

OCTOBER HOLIDAY PROGRAMME FOR AGES 5-12yrs AT BIGAIR GYM – Drop off your kids and their friends for some energy sapping fun! Half or Full Day sessions. Great for working parents or for just a fun day out! Call 232 3508. Open 1st-5th & 8th-12th Oct. Call Now 232 3508.
 Click here to book for the October Holiday Programme

DancePointe Academy has commenced Classical Ballet classes at Amesbury School Hall on Wednesday afternoons for pre-schoolers from 3 1/2yrs to children of 11years of age.  Children are welcome to join a class as a free trial. All children participate in end of year concert on November 24th.   

For information regarding class times, ages/levels/enrolments or general information,  phone

Sharon Vanesse    021-211222     04-2339773

LOST family pet - a black lopped ear dwarf rabbit, male. Missing since Sunday 2nd September from Halswater Drive, Churton Park. We miss him dearly, if found please ring Lily on 04-4780599 or 027-2522268. Thanks.

Kids Have Fun At Craft House - School Holiday Classes in Creativity
If you are looking for something different to do these holidays ... take a look at our fun holiday classes for October.
Mosaics, card making, scrapbooking, felting, screen printing, canvas art  ... and much, much more.Our October Schedule can be found at or call into Craft House at 47 - 53 Hutt Rd, Thorndon (above Lighting Direct.)
For more information or to book, call 499 4499 or e-mail:
Newlands Junior Softball Club: Registrations for Tee Ball, Mini Pitch and Junior Softball for the 2012/2013 season.Be a part of a great supportive club for tee ball, mini pitch and junior softball. Registrations now open online, including Pre Season Clinics:
Subscriptions $70 single child, $100.00 family concession for 2 players or $120.00 family concession for 3 or more players. For any enquiries please contact Bernie Brown (04) 4989075, or Email us at
Dash and Splash and win your school a pool party
On the 13th of October there will be a Run & swim event held at Keith Spry Pool.
There are four options to pick from
  1. 800m run / 100m Swim
  2. 1.6k run / 200m swim
  3. 2.4k run / 400m swim
  4.  3.2k run / 1k swim
Event cost $10 per child. To enter email or pick up a form from Keith Spry pool
The school with the most competitors will win an end of year pool party!

Tawa Squash has a Mums 'N' Bubs Squash and Coffee Morning every Thursday from 9:30 - 11:30 (including school holidays). Mums can come and have some group coaching, a hit on court with another mum, a coffee and a chat. A comfortable lounge area is available for the toddlers entertainment plus they get to have a run around at the end of the session with mini rackets or just chasing different size balls around - they love it. A Squash workout is a huge calorie burner and a lot of fun so to learn the game and keep fit, register your interest on 2328200 or email  Mums (or non mums) are welcome to come alone or bring their little ones - the cost is only $5 and coffee, biscuits, and filtered water is free. Rackets and balls are supplied. Tawa Squash Club is at 67 Main Road Tawa, next to St Francis Xavier School.

New Players Theatre Company presents:
By Kath Bee and Gaelynne Pound
A fun, heartwarming show for kids of all ages!

This lively New Zealand play tells the story of DJ, who finds a “bitser” dinosaur called Rex in his backyard. DJ and his friends want to help Rex find his way back home – but in order to do so, they each need to overcome a different fear.
4-6 October & 10-13 October at 6.30pm
Newlands Community Centre, 9 Batchelor Street, Newlands
Tickets: $10 per person (free for children 2 and under)
Kids, please bring a cushion to sit on
For bookings, phone (04) 478 7878
Show duration: 1 hr 20 mins (approx.) including interval
Proudly produced in conjunction with Paparangi School

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