School Newsletter

15 November 2018

Welcome New Children

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We would like to welcome Mackenzie, Violet, Isabel and Mahd

to Anderson's Bay School.  

It is wonderful to have you joining us. 


















2019 Term Dates

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 Every year our teaching team undertake two professional development, teacher only days immediately before the start of the school year.  Along with a number of other schools we organise a speaker of significance to support our professional learning.  For 2019 we intend to do the same, however the speaker is limited to being able to attend on Thursday 31 January.  The logical start date following this speaker will Monday 4th February.  This date, however is taking the start of our school year later than we had hoped and we want to take advantage of the learning time this provides for our children.  Therefore, Anderson's Bay School will be doing something a little different next year. 

Our start date for the 2019 school year will be Monday, 28th January, For the first time in many, many years we will take a teacher only day during term time on the Thursday 31st January, meaning school will be closed for that day.  This is not our normal practice, as we genuinely do not want to inconvenience our families and normally will hold such days during term breaks, however, the calibre of the combined schools professional development opportunity is very important for our staff.  

We will continue to share this information, as we want our families to be completely well informed of this day, allowing you to make arrangements for your children.  We have also arranged for Magic After School care to be running a "holiday style" programme on Thursday 31st January to assist our families with this day.  This opportunity will be available for any of our Anderson's Bay School children.


The Term Dates for 2019 are as follows:

Term One

28th January to 12 April 2019

Term Two

29 April to 5 July 2019

Term Three

22 July to 27 September 2019

Term Four

14 October to 13 December 2019





Class Structure for 2019

We are in the process of organising children into classes for 2019.  Below is our class structure for 2019, which includes a Year 4 and 5 class in the Tōtara Team, accommodating our significantly large group of Year 4 students across both teams.  This is similar to previous years when some Year 2 students have been in the Kowhai Team. The Year 4 students in the Year 4 and 5 mix class will be a part of the Tōtara Team, with some times through the school year where they will take part in Kowhai Team activities e.g. Activity Week.


Ngā Tipu Year 1

Miranda Bloxham

Janet Arcus

Room 2 Year 1

Sharon Weir

Jane Wood

Room 3 Year 2

Tania Pleace

Emily Armstrong

Room 5 Year 3/4

Geoff Markby

Room 6 Year 3/4

Lizzie Potter

Room 7 Year 3/4

Joanne Ward

Room 8 Year 3/4

Jackie Tangata

Room 9 Year 4/5

Sarah Bayne-O'Connor

Room 10 Year 5/6

Bridget McDowall

Room 11 Year 5/6

Paul Gibbons

Room 12 Year 5/6

Rhonda Umfreville-Keogh


Farewell to Lauren Wallis




Recently we became aware that Lauren Wallis was intending to move South at the end of this teaching year.  As you will also notice in this newsletter, Lauren is not included in the class structure for 2019.  Lauren has secured a teaching position at Gore Main School and we know that they are very fortunate to have her join their team.  We have really enjoyed having Lauren as part of our Anderson's Bay School Teaching Team and wish her all the very best in her move and new school for 2019.




Friday Sausage Sizzle/Ice Blocks

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This Friday, 16 November 2018 will be the last day that sausages and ice blocks will be available.


Thank you to everyone who has been a part of this successful Year 6 Fundraiser!





Discovery Friday


For the last 2 Discovery Fridays Mrs Sarkies has been teaching a group of children three different items.  These include a Cook Island drum dance slow beat, fast beat and a Cook Island action song for both boys and girls. Girls are taught to keep their back straight, hands on hips, relax shoulder, feet together, bend your knees, swing hips left to right and smile and as for boys hands on hips, bend your knees, feet apart and clap your legs together. Girls also learnt to tie their "pareu" around their waist and boys learnt to do some drumming.






Skin Infections

A resource you may find useful to be aware of.

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Anderson's Bay School Community Facebook Page

As many of you will be aware there is an Anderson's Bay School Community Facebook page.  This page was originally set up as a portal for parents and caregivers to be able to sell their second hand uniforms and also for us to share any events or PTA information.  From time to time posts to this page are made that do not fall into the realms of these guidelines and need to be removed.  Can we please remind persons who do post on this page that it is purely for the purposes of advertising information and as a point to sell uniforms.  Anything else should not be posted, or unnecessary comments made on posts. If you do wish to discuss an item for sale, please private message that person, so that the details of that conversation are not attached to the post thread. 

At times, we have also noticed that people are looking for lost property or notifying that they have found lost property.  This is best done through the school and, from a cyber safety perspective, it is not a good idea to put children's names, class details, or any other details on this page.  There may be several pieces of information you may not know about that child or whether their family would consent to a name being put on a public post, even if it is a closed group.


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PTA News

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The next PTA Meeting will be held on Tuesday, 20 November 2018 at 7:30pm in the school staff room.  All new members are most welcome!


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The PTA has a Facebook page called “Andersons Bay Community”.  This page is for advertising school events and fundraising events.  Families are also able to sell and purchase school uniforms and school sports uniforms.  Posts on this page are monitored.


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Anderson's Bay School PTA are again co-ordinating Entertainment Books for our school.  This is a fantastic opportunity for us to provide these books to our community and also to support the fundraising ventures of our PTA.  We look forward to your support of our school in this fundraiser.
If you have any questions or would like to order a book please contact:


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The PTA have an important role in the function and resourcing of the school. They have worked tirelessly to support many initiatives within the school, such as the environmental garden, playscape development, Discovery Friday, games in classrooms, technology purchases and the School Fair - among others.
They would like to extend an invitation to all parents to join their meetings and the organisation. They assure all prospective members not to be put off by the thought of highly demanding tasks: parents contribute only as their time and means permit and new parents are supported by current PTA members to help with events.






Community Notices

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Kiwi schools and parents loved our first digital version of Tots to Teens, so we’re excited to send you the link to our next issue!

Your school’s link to the new digital magazine is available here 

In case you don’t know us, Tots to Teens magazine is a free community parenting resource for Kiwi families. We focus on positive, well-researched parenting advice to support children’s reading, learning, behaviour, nutrition, health, well-being, and resilience. We have distributed 550,000 free magazines nationwide each year to families through schools, preschools, libraries, and Plunket for over 16 years.

To help support more New Zealand families, we are now producing Tots to Teens as a free digital magazine, using new technology that ensures an easy-to-read experience for parents, particularly for those parents who read emails using their phone. We want to make it easier for parents to read our helpful articles, and we’re doing this by making it simple to share the Tots to Teens digital magazine in your school newsletters and emails to parents.

If this is your first time receiving the digital link, I’m contacting your school to ask you to take part in our schools programme to receive the latest issue of Tots to Teens as a digital magazine, which you can share with your school community. Parents can access the latest issue of Tots to Teens for free through this link. It’s easy to open and there are no big files to download, and it’s secure – parents can only access their digital copy of Tots to Teens magazine through this link via their local school.

Great stories in the latest issue of Tots to Teens Magazine

In this issue, we look at why “It’s okay to play”, as the brain’s right hemisphere develops by the age of four, and it takes about another three years for the left to catch up. We also have a parents’ guide on “How to check your child’s reading comprehension”, and we ask, are we suffering from “Digital defeat” – where social media and technology are killing our kids’ ability to read? “10 ways to become a remarkable parent” and “50 easy techniques to help kids calm down” will give you some great ideas. Make sure you’re in to “Win!” great prizes, and don’t forget to enjoy our “Family fun” page, too!

We now have a fantastic new smartphone- and computer-friendly digital version of Tots to Teens for parents to view!

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Is your child shy? Do they feel intimidated by the idea of public speaking and performance? Do they sometimes find it difficult to make eye contact? Do they just need dedicated time per week to just be CRAZY?! Come and join the revolutionary self-confidence programme - Marrzipan! We run awesome classes at schools, which focus on key life skills and public speaking ability.We play fun engaging games and perform at the end of term once to parents and once to the school. All scripts are original, engaging, educational and HILARIOUS. You can sign your child up for a Trial Lesson via our website have contact numbers on there too, should you prefer to talk to a human!) 



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Free Coaching Dates: Thursday December 6th, Tuesday December 11th and Thursday December 13th (will add more dates if numbers exceed spots). 
Venue: Edgar Centre
Age Range: 6 to 9 years of age
Time Options: 3.45pm - 4.20pm or 4.25pm - 5.00pm (Choose one)
Coaching cost: $0.00  
Edgar Centre door charge: $1.00 (Normally $2.50)
Player/Coach Ratio: 4 to 1 maximum - sometimes will have 2 or 3 coaches on court with 4 players


Coaching Cost: $40 for 8 x 35 minute sessions - 1 session per week for 8 weeks (Normally $80 so a 50% discount)
Venue: Edgar Centre
Age Range: 6 to 9 years of age
Days: Tuesdays and Thursdays
Time Options: 3.45pm - 4.20pm or 4.25pm - 5.00pm
Edgar Centre door charge: $2.50 per session
Player/Coach Ratio: 4 to 1 maximum - sometimes will have 2 or 3 coaches on court with 4 players


Please include in your email your child's name, date of birth, school, cell phone and parent/caregiver name
Private Message above details. You can also check our Facebook page if you don't know what 1/2 court is.
Cell Phone: 0274366166 Send a text with above details

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      at Anderson's Bay School      

MusiqHub Guitar / Ukulele / Singing is looking forward to
welcoming new students in 2019.  The lessons feature:
l  small group learning [max of 4 per group]
l  conveniently located at the school
l  exclusive access to MusiqHub lessons online
l  quality teaching manuals
l  end of year concert backed by a live band
l  tuition from MusiqHub registered tutors
         For more information please visit our website at
                  call / text Tim Davis on 027 4895957



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92 Jeffery Street, Anderson's Bay, 9013 Dunedin
(03) 454 4413