School Newsletter

23 February 2017

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New Children At Anderson's Bay School

We would like to welcome Tristan to Anderson's Bay School.  It is wonderful to have you joining us at the start of this year.

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Main Newsletter Content Feb 23

School Arrival Times

We have noticed recently that some of our children are beginning to arrive at school before our school hours.  We are fortunate to be able to offer our Early Birds programme which runs from 8:00 until 8:30 am each morning.  Our school is then open for children to come into the school grounds at 8:30.  Please ensure that children are not dropped off, or brought into, school before this time as they are unsupervised and are classrooms are still being prepared for the coming day. If you have a child in Early Birds, please do not drop them off until 8:00 as this is the time when Jonathan Hinds is onsite and ready to go.

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Anderson's Bay School PTA

The Anderson's Bay School PTA held their AGM on Tuesday and, as part of the AGM process, elected Office Bearers for the coming year.  I would like to extend a very warm welcome to the following people, returning into their respective Office positions on the PTA:

President: Julie Patterson

Secretary: Melanie Linwood

Treasurer: Sarah Brown

As a school we are extremely fortunate to have such a fantastic and supportive PTA, who are always considering the very best ways that they can generate opportunities for our school and community. 


Anderson's Bay School Pool Open on Saturdays

The School pool will be open Saturdays 1-3pm.  Children must be accompanied by an adult.  Please bring a gold coin per swimmer for pool entry.


Anderson's Bay School Fair

Hello Andy Bay School community!


It is fair year!!!! Our fair is on the 17th September, between 11 am and 2 pm. This is not only our main fundraising event for the year (this time working towards upgrading our shading and seating around the school) but also an amazing way to bring together our local community for a day full of fun!

We would love to have as many families participating as possible! You can get involved as much as you wish, as there are big and little jobs to be done!

Come and share your expertise, passion, time and fun with us! For more information regarding stalls and different ways to help please contact the PTA Fair Committee via


Futsal Community Evening

The PTA would like to welcome you to a community futsal evening at the Edgar Centre on Friday 12 May from 5:30 – 7:00 pm.  Mark this date in your calendars, further information will be made available closer to the time.



Needed: parents, grandparents and caregivers

Needed: parents, grandparents and caregivers who are interested in becoming Rata Team reading tutors at our school.  This involves just one hour a week, coming in to listen to a regular group of children reading with you one-to-one for 15 minutes each.  You will receive training and enjoy the added benefit of seeing the children progressing,  through receiving this extra practice time with you.

If you are available and interested please e-mail Agnes Oliver


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Walk n Wheel to School Week is coming up from Monday 27th February to Friday 3rd March.  Walk n Wheel Week is an initiative run by Sport Otago in conjunction with the Dunedin City Council to promote and encourage active transport to school and is offered to all Otago primary schools.  Students are encouraged to walk or wheel (cycle, skate or scoot) to school.  Please note that only Year 6 students are allowed to cycle.

Progress Cards

All students will receive their own Progress Card.  Students or their teacher will record on this progress card if they walk or wheel during the week.  At the end of the week, all students how have walked or wheeled at least once during the week, will go into the draw to win a prize.  Prizes will be presented at our Monday Morning Assembly. 


 Parent Helpers for PMP


Once again in 2017, the PMP programme will run for children in the Rata Learning Team after lunch from Mondays through Thursdays, starting from this coming Monday, 27th February.


PMP helps children to develop their gross and fine motor skills, from co-ordination, balance and fitness, to spatial awareness, language skills and memory.  These skills flow through into improved learning.  Essential to the programme’s success is the involvement of adult helpers, and we would love to have as many parents involved as possible. 


If your child is in Nga Tipu or Room 1, PMP runs on Mondays and Tuesdays from 1.25pm to about 2.35pm, while PMP for Rooms 2, 3 and 4 is on Wednesdays and Thursdays from 1.20pm to about 2.55pm.  The more helpers we have at each session, the more beneficial it is for the children as it means that we can do more intensive teaching of essential skills. 


If you can help, please e-mail Jonathan Hinds ( with your contact details, and which day/days of the week you could assist.  For safety reasons, we regret that we cannot accommodate pre-schoolers at PMP sessions. 


Thank you for your support.



Library Book Covering Group

Our school library is at the heart of the school, offering a wide range of reading and learning resources to our pupils.  We have over 9,000 books in our collection, and each year aim to replace about 5% of our books due to wear and tear, old age, etc. 


To extend the life of our books, we formed a Library Group a few years ago, where a group of parents and friends of the school meet on Tuesday mornings from 9.00am in the library to reinforce and cover each book before it’s released to go on the shelves.  The group not only meets a very practical need in the school, but also provides an opportunity for parents to meet and get to know others in the wider school. 


If you can spare an hour or so of your time on a Tuesday morning to help with book covering, please e-mail Jonathan Hinds at


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Early Birds

We have noticed that a number of children are arriving at school well before the official time of 8:30am. Our school grounds, classrooms, etc. are only open for children to enter from 8.30am – prior to this time, there is no supervision and this could become a safety issue for them.


To assist parents of Anderson’s Bay School pupils who need to drop their child at school between 8.00am and 8.30am, the school runs EarlyBirds, a supervised before-school programme in the MLE/Library. EarlyBirds is a “user pays” service, and costs just $4.00 per child per session (or part thereof). 


For further information, please contact Jonathan Hinds at, or through the school office (454-4413).


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Library Books

Our school library is once again open, and we are delighted that children are taking advantage of our wide range of books during the regular opportunities they have to issue and return books.  Books are issued for a maximum of two weeks – if they are not returned within that time, an overdue notice will automatically be sent out to parents.  We would therefore appreciate your help in ensuring that your child returns their library books within the two week period.


When being returned, library books should be placed either in the special library returns box in your child’s classroom, or they may be brought down to the library and put into the red library returns box next to the library issue desk.  Books must NOT be placed straight back on to the shelves, or put into the picture book bins, until they have been scanned back into the library system, otherwise they will remain on issue to your child.


We do everything we can to keep our library books in the best condition possible.  However, we understand that accidents do happen – leaking water bottles, torn pages, etc.  We also know that library books do not like food and drink!  If you become aware that a library book has sustained damaged which you cannot repair, please return the book to school at once and let us know what has happened so that we can try to save the book.


Thank you for your support.  




Free Library Books for School

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As part of the Kelloggs Active Minds Programme, we can get free books for our school library.

Please encourage family and friends to put receipts for Kellogg products in the collection bin for Anderson’s Bay School at Centre City New World.


School Road Patrol

Anderson’s Bay School is fortunate to be allowed to undertake Road Patrol at the pedestrian crossings on Highcliff Road and Jeffery Street.  While the actual patrol duties are done by trained Year 6 Patrollers, it is essential that we have a Parent Supervisor working with each patrol team, acting as an extra pair of eyes to help with monitoring the traffic and conditions to make sure it’s safe before the children are allowed to cross.  Without parents on the crossings, we really can’t do Road Patrol, and this could put the safety of children at risk as they move to or from school.


Being a Parent Supervisor involves just 20 – 25 minutes of your time once a week!  In the mornings, we patrol the Highcliff Road crossing from 8.30am to 8.55am, while afternoon patrols are done on both the Highcliff Road and Jeffery Street crossings from 2.55pm to 3.15pm.  Parent Supervisors do a fixed day each week, but days can be split between two people across the term.  The more parents we have as Patrol Supervisors, the more the load can be spread.   


If you can help, please e-mail Jonathan Hinds at

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Anderson's Bay School Uniform

Adventure Outfitters (Princes Street)  stock all of the following uniform items for purchase:

  • Skort
  • Short 
  • Pants 
  • Cotton Polo
  • Zip Through Fleece Jacket
  • Zip Through Microfleece top
  • Sports Style Track Pants
  • Sports T-Shirt 
  • Sports shorts

Given that we have choice and variety of uniform items, it is the Board of Trustees' expectation that all children in our school will be wearing the correct Anderson's Bay School uniform.  The only items of clothing that are non-uniform items are school shoes (which can be of any design) and underclothing for our school tops or skorts.  If children are wearing thermal tops or leggings under these items please ensure that these are either navy blue or black.  Over the next weeks we will be monitoring our school uniform, requesting that non-uniform items not be worn to school.  We very much appreciate your support and assistance in ensuring our school uniform is worn properly.


Lost Property

After our third week at school we already have a growing pile of lost property.  If you haven't already done so, could you please take the time to clearly label all items of your child's clothing and property.  This helps us to return them back to the owner.


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Community Notices

St Paul’s Cathedral Children’s Choir

The St Paul’s Cathedral Children’s Choir is looking for new recruits! Children need to be between the ages of 7-13 years old. Belonging to the choir is free and practices are from 3.30-4.30pm on Thursdays.

If you think your child might be interested in this opportunity, please either email or phone the directors (Isabella Prattley and Helen Baker) for further details. Their contact details are as follows:


Mobile: 0276444972 or 0277801498.

Thank you.


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