Sunday, November 30, 2014

Reporting on ALF Drop-In Session

Kia ora koutou,
As part of our trial with our new ALF software (Amesbury Learning Framework) this year, we will be completing our end of year reports on ALF this term, rather than using Google Docs as we have previously done. This reporting system is very simple and easy to use. Each student will have access to their own report which can then be shared with their parents and whanau.
We will be showing all students how to access and read their reports on the day they are opened up on ALF (Tuesday 16th Dec). We will also send home an email to all parents on the same day, explaining the content within the reports. However, if you would like to see the report format beforehand, Angela Johnston and I will be running a drop-in session on Tuesday 9th Dec from 3:15-4:45pm. Feel free to drop in at the main school office at any time during this time period and one of us will take you through the report format using a simulated model student profile.
If you have any further questions about this drop-in session, please email Urs or Angela to find out more about it.

Friday, November 28, 2014

Amesbury School Attendance Report: Terms 1 - 3, 2014

Introduction

There is a substantial body of research showing clear links between long term achievement, health, wealth, success and happiness and attendance at school. Children who attend school consistently are likely to stay at school longer and live more successful lives. Of particular interest is the link between attendance in the first two years at school and longevity at school. What this suggests is that a pattern of attendance develops very early in school life and does not easily change. Children whose attendance is lower are more likely to leave school before achieving the necessary qualifications for success.

The School is required to take all reasonable steps to ensure that students do attend school whenever it is open. The Education Act 1989 requires all children enrolled at a school to attend school whenever that school is open unless they have a justified reason not to attend. Every parent of a child who is not at school without a good reason, commits an offence and can be convicted and fined. Just giving a reason does not justify an absence.

Attendance Target

As a result, we have set a school target attendance level of 96%. It is easy to get below 96% attendance with a couple of bouts of sickness during the winter. However, when you consider that an attendance figure of 90% means that by the time a student goes to High School, they will have missed almost a year of schooling, we should be aiming for 96%.

Attendance levels for Terms 1 – 3, 2014

Attendance

  1. The average attendance rate for terms 1 – 3, 2014 was 95.1%. This is the same as the attendance rate for 2012 but higher than the attendance rate for 2013 which was 94.5%.
  2. 60.1% of students have achieved the targeted threshold of 96% or above. This is higher than in the previous two years ( 57% in 2012 and 55% in 2013).
  3. 15.7% of students have attendance rates of 90% or below which is lower than the 2013 percentage of 16.4% but still significantly higher than the 2012  percentage of 12.7%).
  4. 2% of students have attendance rates of below 80% which is similar to previous years.
  5. 12% of students have taken a holiday during term time. This is considerably less than the 22% who took holidays during term time in 2012, but similar to the percentage of students who took holidays during term time in 2013.
  6. The attendance of 4% students is of particular concern and needs to be closely monitored.
  7. We now have sufficient data over time to see some attendance patterns emerging and remaining and these are showing that we should definitely be concerned about the attendance of a few students.
 Discussion

Family holidays overseas have continued to impact on attendance. However, it is positive to see the upward movement towards the 96%.  Of greatest concern is the attendance that is low because of a day taken off here and a day taken off there. This is the pattern that leads to students disengaging with school over time and leaving school early in their secondary school years.

Earthquake drill and emergency evacuation - Report to Parents

Date: 17 November 2014

During earthquake simulation:
  • Students were quick to drop, cover, hold upon the announcement of an earthquake over the PA system.  There was some initial talk but it quickly stopped.
  • Students remained calm during the simulation and waited for the “all clear” announcement from Gail.
 Exiting the buildings:
  • All whanau teachers had their Grab Bags and whanau lists.
  • Harakeke students left the hub smoothly.
  • With all the new students, there was some confusion in Koru over leaving the hub.    
 Returning to hubs after drill:
  • All students walked back in orderly lines to their respective hubs.
 Recommendations:
  • If a student is not with their whanau group due to working with a specialist teacher in a different area of the school, teachers should text/see Gail, who is out on the courts, to ensure that the student is accounted for.
  • If a child signs into eTap when they arrive at school but then leaves soon after due to sickness, check that their status has been changed to ‘M’ (Medical) on eTap, or make sure they have signed out at the office.
  • Koru hub should have more frequent emergency drills as they regularly have new students starting school who do not know the routines.
  • Make students aware that exit routes could change depending on the state of the buildings in the event of a real earthquake.  In this situation, it is vital that they remain calm and listen clearly to all instructions from their teachers (just as they did today).
  • Have an “unexpected” earthquake drill and emergency evacuation - one where the students don’t know that it will be happening and could possibly be spread out across the whole school.  (This recommendation came from a student - a great idea!)
  • Have a drill during a morning tea or lunchtime.


Music Recital - Monday 15 December @ 1:30pm

Julia & Gus are organising a group of students who take music lessons, to perform in a music recital on Monday 15th December at 1:30pm.  Pieces of music and dance will be performed by a selection of students who have worked extra hard all year. Our very own school band will perform too.

We would love to see you there to celebrate the progress being made by our students.


Many thanks,

Julia

Churton Park Community Centre - What's On to December 7th

Hi Everyone

·         The annual Churton Park Christmas Party is on tomorrow afternoon from 1pm at Churton Park School. I know Santa is very excited to be making an appearance and hearing what the kids want for Christmas this year!
·         Wellington Free Ambulance has dropped in 16 boxes of emergency face masks to CPCC. These masks have EXPIRED, but I have been advised they are still very much useable and would make a useful addition to your emergency kit...or if you've got a bit of D.I.Y planned for the holidays. If you would like a box for your emergency supplies, please pop in and grab one. First in, first served!
·         Male singers are needed for the ‘Carols at Amesbury’ carol event at Amesbury School on December 12th. The sweet female voices of the Capital Harmony Chorus will be featuring to help the crowd to sing along with the carols. To round out the sound we are looking for men. So if you are a brilliant bass or a terrific tenor or just a bathroom basic, we would like to hear from you to join the choir on the night. No rehearsals, and singing in unison, but putting a part in welcomed if you can. 6:30 pm assembly for a 7 pm start to the singing. E-mail Ron Daly rondaly@xtra.co.nz with your intention to participate.
·         Community Centre closing dates – CPCC will close down from Friday 19th December – Tuesday 20th January. The Centre will not be available to book during this time. 
For what’s coming up next week, please click here

REGULAR CLASS SPOTLIGHT – Churton Park Ukulele Ensemble
If you are looking to pick up a new skill in a relaxed and friendly environment, why not join the Churton Park Ukulele Ensemble? The group meets every Tuesday afternoon from 1-2pm and is taught by Carole Hempton, a retired guitar teacher  and professional guitarist. Bring a pencil, paper and your ukulele and come along for some fun! Just a $2 charge to cover the room.

ON NEXT WEEK – For further information and bookings on all classes, contact me at the Centre: 830 4802 or Beckie.duffy@wcc.govt.nz, unless otherwise stated.
·         This week sees the final week of our Pre-school music class on Tuesdays and Tai Chi with Mercedes on Saturdays.  Both these classes will return in 2015. Please contact the Centre for more information on enrolling in 2015 classes.
·         ** KCA Giving Tree ** - we’ll be bringing back the KCA Giving Tree again this year from Monday 1st December. Simply pop in and select an ornament off the tree, purchase the gift for the gender and age stated and return it (unwrapped) to the Centre before Friday 12th December. Thank you in advance for your generosity!
·         ** One Sheet Wonder Class ** – Tuesday 2nd December 9.30 – 11.30. Learn to make five gorgeous items using the One Sheet Technique. $25. Limited places. See attached for examples of what you will make.
·         ** Churton Park Community Association Meeting ** - Wednesday 3rd December at 7.30pm

COMING SOON – MARK YOUR CALENDARS
·         ** Christmas Craft Classes ** - Rachael has a number of classes coming up to teach you techniques for creating beautiful Christmas cards and boxes. See the attached flyers and book through the Centre:
o   Kids Christmas Craft Class – Thursday 11th December 3.30 – 5pm. Great Christmas crafts for kids aged 5+. Adults can register for this class also. $20. Due to high demand, numbers have been extended for this class.
o   Christmas Card Making - Friday 12th December 7 – 9pm . Learn the skills to make four exquisite Christmas cards then take home your work! Just $20 for four cards. Places are strictly limited.
·         ** Women’s Business Network Meeting** - Monday 15th December 11am – 1.30pm. Three women’s network groups are holding a joint meeting at the community centre and would like to invite other women to come along to share ideas, gain inspiration, promote your services and have fun. There will be plenty of tables for you to display your products or brochures. Set-up time 10.30am. Just $10 on the door. Details on http://www.chrysalisforwomen.com/northern-women.html. Contact Kim on admin@chrysalisforwomen.com, 022 0812586. RSVP required
·         ** Funclay Sale ** - If your kids have been to Anna's Funclay classes here at the Centre, you'll know how clever and talented she is at creating the most amazing figures out of Funclay. Here's your chance to get in and buy Anna's pieces for Christmas pressies (they make cute stocking stuffers!) or even grab some Funclay for your own fun over the school holidays! Monday 15th December from 3.30 - 5pm here at CPCC.
SCHOOL HOLIDAYS
CPCC will re-open on Tuesday 20th January and school holiday activities will run during the week of 26 – 30 January. We have a great new range of classes in January, including:
·         3D Printing
·         Stop-motion animation
·         Creative Writing
·         An exciting food-craft combo…and
·         Phil Hope, our guitar tutor will be running a free open session so kids can come along and check out guitar lessons!
Full details will be published on Facebook next week and in next week’s newsletter.

EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST
·         ** 3D Printing in 2015 ** - I have been organising 3D printing workshops for kids for 2015. But I’d like to know – are there any adults out there who would be interested in learning how to use a 3D printer? Let me know and if there is enough demand, we’ll look at adult classes as well.
·         ** English Second Language Classes with Gwendoline Rocton in 2015 ** - The purpose of the classes is to help people learn to speak English at different levels. Everyone is welcome. There will be different types of English available, English for business purposes, general English etc. There will be fun activities including games and role playing where students get to express themselves. Gwen will be using very modern materials, including audios and movies. Students won't learn English only in the classroom, there will be outings where students get to experience learning in a different environment. Fees : $10 an hour for 2 hours. Students are welcome to take the classes for two days a week are recommended to take it for three days for effectiveness. Lessons will be different everyday there will be no time to be bored. One to one classes are available upon request for a different fee. Gwen will be offering a free introductory session on Tuesday 3rd February 7 – 9pm for  a chance to meet her to see if these lessons are right for you. For further details, contact Gwen on 021 0845 9053 or gwendolinerocton1@gmail.com.

COMMUNITY NOTICES
·         ** Hour of Code ** - Head along to Johnsonville Library to learn about computer coding and how to code games or animation. Join us and millions of others around the world for an Hour of Code (http://hourofcode.com/nz). This is an introduction to coding so don't worry if you don't have any experience or are not a computer expert, just come along and have fun! It would be good if you could bring your own device (tablet, ipad, laptop, smartphone or iphone) and headphones, there will be some spare tablets and desktops to use if you don't have a device though. There are two events; Friday 12 December @ 6.30–7.30pm aimed at adults and teenagers and Saturday 13 December @ 2-3pm for children.

FROM NEWLANDS COMMUNITY CENTRE
  • Christmas Craft Market Friday 5 December, 4- 7pm. Come along to our market showcasing the creative talent of local people in our community. There will be a range of crafty items including cards and Christmas decorations, paper and fabric craft, painted china, jewellery, paintings, Christmas cakes and more!  Make sure you keep this time free to come along, support local crafts people and get some Christmas shopping done! Tea and coffee provided. See our poster and bring along your family and friends.
To keep up to date with what’s on at CPCC throughout the week, you can follow us on Facebook (www.facebook.com/ChurtonParkCommunityCentre). It’s publically available, so you can view it even if you don’t belong to Facebook.

Have a great weekend!

Beckie Duffy
Community Centre Advocate | | Wellington City Council
P 04 830 4802 | E 
Beckie.Duffy@wcc.govt.nz | W Wellington.govt.nz 

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Friday, November 21, 2014

Generous Donation From Onslow Buccaneers

A HUGE thanks to Kevin Joe and the Onslow Buccaneers who have donated over $2000 towards our playground upgrade. 

The Onslow Buccaneers was set up several years ago as a club to encourage physical activity. They have recently taken the opportunity to wind up the club and they thought the new play area would be the perfect use of remaining funds.

We are very, very grateful. Thank you.

Churton Park Community Centre - What's On to 30 November 2014

Hi Everyone
For what’s coming up next week, please click here.
REGULAR CLASS SPOTLIGHT – PILATES WITH CHURTON PARK PHYSIOTHERAPY
Churton Park Physiotherapy runs regular Pilates Core Stability Classes here at CPCC – Mondays and Thursday 9.30-10.30am and Wednesdays 6-7pm. All classes are taken by qualified physiotherapists. For a free 15 minute assessment and bookings, contact Churton Park Physiotherapy on 478 7010.
ON NEXT WEEK For further information and bookings on all classes, contact me at the Centre: 830 4802 or Beckie.duffy@wcc.govt.nz, unless otherwise stated.
·         ** Creative Expressions ** - Our lovely craft group is winding up for 2014 and the last day will be this Monday 24th November. Pop along and join in for $2.
·         ** Churton Park Photography Club End of Year Exhibition** - Tuesday 25th November, from 7pm at Simmer Café, Churton Park. This will be an opportunity to see and appreciate the talent and the achievements of this group in the past year. Examples of the students' work will be framed and available for sale –with opening night specials! For those of you curious about joining the Club, this could also be a great opportunity to get along and meet some of the members. 
·         ** Fairy Dance ** - the last day for Fairy Dance is Saturday November 29th. If you are interested in dance classes for your under 5 for 2015, visit the website at www.fairydance.co.nz.
COMING SOON – MARK YOUR CALENDARS
·         ** KCA Giving Tree ** - we’ll be bringing back the KCA Giving Tree again this year from Monday 1st December. Simply pop in and select an ornament off the tree, purchase the gift for the gender and age stated and return it (unwrapped) to the Centre before Friday 12th December. Thank you in advance for your generosity!
·         ** Christmas Craft Classes ** - Rachael has a number of classes coming up to teach you techniques for creating beautiful Christmas cards and boxes. See the attached flyers and book through the Centre:
o   One Sheet Wonder Class – Tuesday 2nd December 9.30 – 11.30. Learn to make five gorgeous items using the One Sheet Technique. $25. Limited places.
o   Kids Christmas Craft Class – Thursday 11th December 3.30 – 5pm. Great Christmas crafts for kids aged 5+. Adults can register for this class also. $20. Due to high demand, numbers have been extended for this class.
o   Christmas Card Making - Friday 12th December 7 – 9pm . Learn the skills to make four exquisite Christmas cards then take home your work! Just $20 for four cards. Places are strictly limited.
·         ** Kitchen Renovation Seminar ** - Sunday 7th December, 2 - 4pm. New/part kitchen renovation on the agenda this upcoming summer and new year? This seminar will cover in detail all the factors to consider when renovating your kitchen. Hosted by Romina Roncato, a self-employed full time kitchen designer. Romina has been designing kitchens since 2006 and her work can be found in the Nelson/Marlborough area, the South Island's West Coast, and all over the Wellington Region. This seminar will have a strong focus on the materials used in the kitchen and the information provided will help you make decisions about what will work best for your renovation. You will leave this seminar feeling more confident and prepared to embark on your upcoming renovation project! $20.00 per person or register with a friend and pay $15.00 each. Register by emailing Romina Roncato, Kitchen Design Specialist,rominaroncato@gmail.comwww.newkitchenbliss.com.
·         ** Funclay Sale ** - If your kids have been to Anna's Funclay classes here at the Centre, you'll know how clever and talented she is at creating the most amazing figures out of Funclay. Here's your chance to get in and buy Anna's pieces for Christmas pressies (they make cute stocking stuffers!) or even grab some Funclay for your own fun over the school holidays! Monday 15th December from 3.30 - 5pm here at CPCC.
EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST
·         ** 3D Printing in 2015 ** - I have been organising 3D printing workshops for kids for 2015. But I’d like to know – are there any adults out there who would be interested in learning how to use a 3D printer? Let me know and if there is enough demand, we’ll look at adult classes as well.
·         ** English Second Language Classes with Gwendoline Rocton in 2015 ** - The purpose of the classes is to help people learn to speak English at different levels. Everyone is welcome. There will be different types of English available, English for business purposes, general English etc. There will be fun activities including games and role playing where students get to express themselves. Gwen will be using very modern materials, including audios and movies. Students won't learn English only in the classroom, there will be outings where students get to experience learning in a different environment. Fees : $10 an hour for 2 hours. Students are welcome to take the classes for two days a week are recommended to take it for three days for effectiveness. Lessons will be different everyday there will be no time to be bored. One to one classes are available upon request for a different fee. Gwen will be offering a free introductory session on Tuesday 3rd February 7 – 9pm for  a chance to meet her to see if these lessons are right for you. For further details, contact Gwen on 021 0845 9053 or gwendolinerocton1@gmail.com.
COMMUNITY NOTICES
1.    A Message from Poornima Ranchod, Playsense: After careful thought I have made a decision to close the Play Sense Early Learning Playgroup at the end of this year. The demands of both full time work and family at this time means that I am unable to give the time and energy I would want to give to the playgroup. I set up the playgroup 2 years ago as a mother, who saw a need in the local community. I wanted to provide a place for parents/carers and children to meet other families as well as offer a variety of stimulating activities for children. I have greatly enjoyed being part of the playgroup and seeing so many children develop and grow. The last playgroup will be Thursday 11th December. If you or anyone you know is interested in taking over the playgroup please contact me. Doreen McKenzie - Ministry of Education will also be available this week, if anyone is interested in more information about running a local playgroup. Warm Wishes, Poornima Ranchhod, M: 0221062233, poornima@playsense.co.nz@playsense.co.nz
2.    Zumba Fundraiser for Jolene Butson’ Cochlear Implant – see attached.
3.    Hi there my name is Kaelan.  I’m 12 years old and ever since I was young I’ve had a great desire to read. I would love to create this desire in others and show them how easy it can be to enjoy reading. Reading is a huge part of our learning experience and encourages better pronunciation and  spelling of words as we grow. I was born in England and in England they taught me to read by learning Phonics. That’s learning the sound a letter makes, before learning its name, It helped me to read easily at a very early age.  It is also proven that an older peer providing one to one learning with a younger child, rapidly increases their interest and desire to read and learn. I know I’m living proof! I know I could help and encourage other children (aged 3 to 8 years) who want to improve their reading skills. If you are interested please email my mum on tinahealy@hotmail.com
4.    Khandallah Pool is opening on Saturday 29th November, so get ready to slip, slop and splash at the wonderful outdoor summer pool set in the stunning native bush of Khandallah Park. http://wellington.govt.nz/recreation/pools/swimming-pools/khandallah-pool


FROM NEWLANDS COMMUNITY CENTRE
Christmas Craft Market Friday 5 December, 4- 7pm. We have quite a few stalls confirmed now for our market, selling a range of crafty items including cards and xmas decorations, paper and fabric craft, painted china, jewellery, paintings, Christmas cakes and more!  There are still a few spaces left for stallholders for any local people who have crafts or Christmas goodies/edible gifts to come along and have a stall,  so contact Pippa at the centre if you are interested. For everyone else, make sure you keep this time free to come along, support local crafts people and get some Christmas shopping done!
FROM TAWA COMMUNITY CENTRE
Tawa Community Centre has a new table tennis group every second Thursday morning from 9.30am-12pm in the hall.  Morning tea provided with a $2 donation.  Come along and meet some new people and have fun at the same time.

To keep up to date with what’s on at CPCC throughout the week, you can follow us on Facebook (www.facebook.com/ChurtonParkCommunityCentre). It’s publically available, so you can view it even if you don’t belong to Facebook.
Have a great weekend!
Beckie Duffy
Community Centre Advocate | | Wellington City Council
P 04 830 4802 | E 
Beckie.Duffy@wcc.govt.nz | W Wellington.govt.nz 


Monday, November 17, 2014

Northern Zone Athletics

We had a fantastic day at Northern Zone Athletics held at Newtown Park. Unfortunately the grandstand is still undergoing earthquake strengthening, so was out of action. Fortunately, though, the sun shone all day which made the day enjoyable.

Congratulations to all of those students who competed at Northern Zones. Amaria and I were very proud to be Amesbury School teachers. You represented your school well both on and off the track. It was a long, hot day with some students having to wait around for events. Throughout the day your behaviour, attitude and effort were exemplary. Well done to you all.

Further congratulations to those students who finished in the top three at Northern Zones and will now be moving on to Interzones. The Interzone Athletics day will be held next Tuesday, 25 November. All the best to the 8 children who will be competing.

Year 4 - girls
Arnah Laracy - Quoits (2nd)
Holly Hilton - Vortex (2nd)

Year 5 - girls
Samantha Grey - Quoits (2nd), Vortex (2nd), 150m (3rd)
Melanie Kimble - Vortex (3rd)

Year 5 - boys
Jackson Commins - High Jump (2nd), Long Jump (3rd)
Ryan Topp - 1000m (3rd)

Year 6 - girls
Emma Law - Quoits (2nd)

Year 6 - boys
Daniel Stevens - Vortex (1st)

Emma Downey - reserve for the High Jump (4th)

Details of End of Year Events

Kia Ora

Once this week is over with Aladdin and the Scholastic Bookfair done and dusted, there will still be many activities to be aware of and know details of. Please familiarise yourself with the events below - some may be relevant to you and your family and some will not.

Appreciation Event, 7 - 8pm, Thursday, 26 November, 2014: Our opportunity to show appreciation to the people who regularly pop in and out of our life as a school and make it richer. Invitations to be sent out.

Pack the Bus Pick Up, Tuesday, 2 December, 2014: The Wellington City Mission and The Breeze bus will be here to pick up the donations. Please bring in your toy and food gifts in over the next couple of weeks. Thanks so much for your willingness to make Christmas better for others.

Christmas Activity Rotations, 9 - 1pm, Monday, 15 December: Students will engage in a range of Christmas craft activities. If you are available and interest in helping out, please contact Urs or Angela.

Musical Recital: 1.30 - 2.50pm, Monday, 15 December: Music concert by Gus and Julia's music lesson students.

Year 6, Leavers' Dinner, 5.30 - 7.30pm, Monday, 15 December: All year 6 students and their families are invited to this Leavers' Dinner and celebration of the students' time at Amesbury School.
        5.30pm Arrival, nibbles and drinks
        6.00pm Dinner
        6.45pm Formalities - Student speeches and presentations
A link to a form will be emailed out to families of year 6 students shortly so that you can indicate numbers attending.

Last Day of School, Wednesday, 17 December.

       9am     Hub time
       9.15am End of Year Prize Giving
      10.30am Load school onto bus and travel to swimming pool
      1.30pm  Depart pool
      2.00pm  School Officially Closes








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Welcome to our new student: Tisha Arora

Welcome to Tisha who joined Koru hub this morning.

Tisha Arora

Churton Park Community Centre - What's On to

Hi Everyone


Did you see the article in this week’s Independent Herald regarding the need for driver caution at the new Westchester roundabout. I shared the article on the CPCC Facebook page here and it generated some interesting commentary. Have you got something you’d like to add? Let the paper know by emailing Daniel@wsn.co.nz, and if you see an incident or near miss, please let the Police know. By reporting incidents, Police will start to build up a picture of a trouble spot on the road and may be able to take action. If they aren’t aware of it, nothing will change!

For what’s coming up next week, please click here.

REGULAR CLASS SPOTLIGHT - Churton Park 500 Cards Club
Join Mary, Maurice and the group for a leisurely afternoon of 500 cards and conversation every Thursday afternoon from 1 – 3.30pm. Even if you are new to this card game, it’s not hard to learn and there are plenty of willing teachers to help you. If you’d like to come along, please contact Mary Crawford on 478 4255 or simply turn up and join in! There is a $2 koha to cover the room hire and complimentary tea and coffee.

ON NEXT WEEK For further information and bookings on all classes, contact me at the Centre: 830 4802 or Beckie.duffy@wcc.govt.nz, unless otherwise stated.
·         ** National MP Brett Hudson Constituency Clinic ** - Come along to meet your new National Party List MP, Brett Hudson, and raise any issues or concerns you might have. Tuesday 18th November from 10 – 11 in the small meeting room.
·         ** Churton Park Photography Club ** - meets the third Tuesday of every month. This month’s meeting is on Tuesday 18th at 7.30pm. This month’s meeting will be a free for all, with members asked to bring in 6 of their best images from the past year to discuss. New members are always welcome. 
·         ** Social English Guest Speaker ** - the Social English group will have a visit from the Electoral Commission to explain the New Zealand electoral system for this week’s session. Fridays 10-11.30am, $2 koha to participate.
·         ** Pashminas Unlimited Sale ** - For the first time at CPCC, fine quality Kashmiri pashminas in silk, wool and cotton. These would make gorgeous Christmas gifts (or something special for yourself) on sale at CPCC on Friday 21st November between 12 – 2pm. See attached for more information on product and prices.

COMING SOON – MARK YOUR CALENDARS
·         ** Christmas Craft Classes ** - Rachael has a number of classes coming up to teach you techniques for creating beautiful Christmas cards and boxes. See the attached flyers and book through the Centre:
o   One Sheet Wonder Class – Tuesday 2nd December 9.30 – 11.30. Learn to make five gorgeous items using the One Sheet Technique. $25. Limited places.
o   Kids Christmas Craft Class – Thursday 11th December 3.30 – 5pm. Great Christmas crafts for kids aged 5+. Adults can register for this class also. $20. – 6 spaces left
o   Christmas Card Making - Friday 12th December 7 – 9pm . Learn the skills to make four exquisite Christmas cards then take home your work! Just $20 for four cards. Places are strictly limited.
·         ** Churton Park Photography Club End of Year Exhibition ** - Tuesday 25th November, from 7pm at Simmer Café. This will be an opportunity to see and appreciate the talent and the achievements of this group in the past year. Examples of the students' work will be framed and available for sale. For those of you curious about joining the Club, this could also be a great opportunity to get along and meet some of the members.
·         ** KCA Giving Tree ** - we’ll be bringing back the KCA Giving Tree again this year from Monday 1st December. Simply pop in and select an ornament off the tree, purchase the gift for the gender and age stated and return it (unwrapped) to the Centre before Friday 12th December. Thank you in advance for your generosity!
·         ** Kitchen Renovation Seminar ** - Sunday 7th December, 2 - 4pm. New/part kitchen renovation on the agenda this upcoming summer and new year? This seminar will cover in detail all the factors to consider when renovating your kitchen. Hosted by Romina Roncato, a self-employed full time kitchen designer. Romina has been designing kitchens since 2006 and her work can be found in the Nelson/Marlborough area, the South Island's West Coast, and all over the Wellington Region. This seminar will have a strong focus on the materials used in the kitchen and the information provided will help you make decisions about what will work best for your renovation. You will leave this seminar feeling more confident and prepared to embark on your upcoming renovation project! $20.00 per person or register with a friend and pay $15.00 each. Register by emailing Romina Roncato, Kitchen Design Specialist, rominaroncato@gmail.com,www.newkitchenbliss.com.

EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST
** Coming in 2015: English Second Language Classes with Gwendoline Rocton ** - The purpose of the classes is to help people learn to speak English at different levels. Everyone is welcome. There will be different types of English available, English for business purposes, general English etc. There will be fun activities including games and role playing where students get to express themselves. Gwen will be using very modern materials, including audios and movies. Students won't learn English only in the classroom, there will be outings where students get to experience learning in a different environment. Fees : $10 an hour for 2 hours. Students are welcome to take the classes for two days a week are recommended to take it for three days for effectiveness. Lessons will be different everyday there will be no time to be bored. One to one classes are available upon request for a different fee. Gwen will be offering a free introductory session on Tuesday 3rd February 7 – 9pm for  a chance to meet her to see if these lessons are right for you. For further details, contact Gwen on 021 0845 9053 or gwendolinerocton1@gmail.com.

COMMUNITY NOTICES
1.    Mark your calendars for Community Carols @ Amesbury School on Friday 12thDecember from 7pm.

2.    If you run a community group, you may want to consider Wellington City Council’s Push Play resources to help you get active.  Push Play trailers; Full of a wide variety of sports and games equipment available for getting lots of people active at the same time. Free for community use. Push Play library; A wide range of equipment available for use by groups, families and organisations. Community events trailer; Everything from staff event vests to a PA system for community events. For details visitWellington.govt.nz, email recreation@wcc.govt.nz or ring 04 806 4745

3.    Come along to the free speed reading course at Tawa Library Thursday 20thNovember from 6.30pm. This programme aims to double your current reading speed! No need to register, just turn up!

4.    Northern Women is an informal business network group for women who are in business, are self-employed, or are thinking of becoming self-employed. We have monthly meetings where you can let others know about your services, meet with other like-minded women, display your flyers and products, listen to a speaker or discuss a business topic, be inspired, have coffee ... and fun. Next meeting Friday 21 November, 9-11am, North City Shopping Centre, Porirua. Held in the Kiwi Room, Level 4 (come in food court entrance, turn left at Pumpkin Patch and go upstairs). Includes a talk on ‘Promo items – which ones will enhance your business?’ by Ross Buxton from Brandmarque. All welcome. Just $10 on the door. Details onhttp://www.chrysalisforwomen.com/northern-women.html

FROM NEWLANDS COMMUNITY CENTRE
1.    Free Community Law Clinic.  Community Law Wellington and Hutt Valley holds clinics in our small meeting room at the Centre every first and third Wednesday of each month, from 11am – 1.00pm. You can get free advice about your legal issue. You don’t need to make an appointment – but it is important to arrive at the beginning of the session, as they operate a “first in first served” policy, and sometimes queues can be long.

FROM TAWA COMMUNITY CENTRE
Triple One is holding a one day workplace first aid course on Tuesday 25 November here at the Tawa CC.  From 8.30am-5pm.  For more info or to book, contact Steffan on 021 967448 or 0800 4TRIPLE1 or go to their website www.triplecare.co.nz

To keep up to date with what’s on at CPCC throughout the week, you can follow us on Facebook (www.facebook.com/ChurtonParkCommunityCentre). It’s publically available, so you can view it even if you don’t belong to Facebook.

Beckie Duffy
Community Centre Advocate | | Wellington City Council
P 04 830 4802 | E 
Beckie.Duffy@wcc.govt.nz | W Wellington.govt.nz 






Important events this week: "Aladdin" and the Book Fair!

"Aladdin":  The show is this Friday 21 November at 4:00pm and 7:00pm. Have you ordered your tickets yet?  If not, you can order them via this form or by calling the office on 477 3423.  Tickets are $5 for people aged 13 and over (12 and under are free but still need a ticket).  

Important message: In order to maximise the seating space in the hall (due to a large stage area), this is a "cushion concert" i.e. please bring a cushion along to the performance to sit on.  A limited number of chairs will be available around the periphery of the hall for people who find sitting on the floor uncomfortable.  "Aladdin" is approximately 45 minutes in duration.

Book Fair: The Scholastic Book Fair will be at school this Thursday and Friday (20th and 21st November) in the school library.  This is a great opportunity to buy presents for Christmas!  Purchases can be made with either cash or EFTPOS.  The times for the fair are as follows:
Thursday 20th: 2:30-5:00pm
Friday 21st 2:30-8:30pm (the Book Fair will be closed while the performance of "Aladdin" is on, but will reopen afterwards)

We look forward to seeing you at these two exciting events this week!