School Newsletter

28 July 2016

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New Children At Anderson's Bay School

We would like to welcome Makayla, Charlotte, Kaela, Jacob, Sophie, Owen, Blake and Aiden.  It is wonderful to have you at Anderson's Bay School.



Assembly Programme for Term Two




Running Assembly


No Assembly

Discovery Friday




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Discovery Friday




No Assembly

Discovery Friday


Kapa Haka


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Discovery Friday


Anderson's Bay School Playscape - Bottom Carpark Closed from 1 August



We have been advised that our Playscape construction will be starting on Monday 1 August, with machinery and people arriving on site.  Lizzie Potter and Geoff Markby have been working very hard, on behalf of us all,  to organise and coordinate this event and will be keeping us all up to date with the progress as it unfolds.

From Monday, however we are going to be blocking access to our school carparking area and asking that children do not use the gate entry from the bottom car park or through our Archway gates.  This is for Health and Safety reasons, as the carparking area will become a construction zone during the Playscape development.  Thank you for your understanding and support.



Pokemon Cards

Recently we have noted an increase in children bringing Pokemon cards to school.  There have been several incidents of lost cards, cards going missing and times when children have swapped cards without really wanting to, leading to higher levels of upset and frustration.  We do understand that children are enjoying the social interactions that come with these types of cards and have therefore made a decision to request that Pokemon cards are not to be brought to school, except on a Wednesday, when we will run a supervised Pokemon club at lunchtime.




Welcome to Joanne Sandford and Lorraine Wiel

We would like to welcome Joanne Sandford and Lorraine Wiel to our teaching team.  Joanne Sandford will be supporting Ngā Tipu as their roll continues to grow and Lorraine Wiel will be teaching in Room 8 for Term 3, whilst Jackie Tangata is away on sabbatical leave.


Plants for our Gardening Group

The school Gardening group is looking for perennial plants to put in their new garden extension. We are after perennial type plants (some that bees like would be good) such as herbs, sedums, buddelias, borage, lavenders, scabiosa, dill etc.

Anything considered. Please email Geoff Markby at or in person if you have any plants at home you are willing to donate.

Thank you. Geoff Markby.




Friday Sausage Sizzle

The Year 6 children are fundraising for their camp to be held in December. 

These are a great option on those cold winter days when it’s nice for the kids to have something hot for lunch. It also gives parents a day off sandwich duty!  We hope you will support our Year 6s in their fundraising efforts.

How to order: 

Please place the correct cash ($2 per sausage) in an envelope with your child’s full name, class number and number of sausages required and post in the slot in the office before 3pm on the Wednesday.  You can also pay by EFTPOS.

Never have the correct change in your wallet? How about ordering for a block of weeks or the whole nine weeks? Simply place the correct amount in an envelope with the details listed above and stating which dates you wish to order for.

Friday sausages will be offered during Terms 3 & 4.


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Tōtara Team and Food for Thought

Our Tōtara Team have recently been inquiring into nutritional eating, setting goals and looking at the impact and nutritional structure of foods and food groups.  As part of this inquiry a representative from the Food for Thought programme worked with each of our Tōtara classes sharing expert knowledge, which our children then explored in a field trip to Pak n Save.  I believe that the conversation about the nutritional value of food items may even have influenced passing shoppers to make decisions about the particular item they were buying.




PTA Sausage Sale at Mitre 10 - Sunday 31 July

Our Anderson's Bay School PTA will be selling sausages at Mitre 10 this Sunday 31 July, between 10:00 am and 4:00 pm.  If you are passing by or feeling a little peckish please support our fantastic PTA and get something yummy to eat.



Discovery Friday

We are about to start our first Discovery Friday session this week, which will mean that there is no Assembly every second Friday (starting this week).  We are really looking forward to making these opportunities available for our children.  Due to the nature and the range of choices available we need a lot of different resources during these Friday sessions, below is a list of materials that have been identified as needed.  If you are able to help provide some of these could you please make contact with Emily Armstrong ( or Tania Pleace ( 

  • nails
  • wood
  • wool
  • hammers, and other tools
  • old material
  • hesian
  • nail polish and remover
  • makeup
  • hair ties or bobby pins
  • cardboard
  • paper
  • recycling materials- boxes, plastic bottles, cardboard rolls, yoghurt pottles, bottle lids etc.



Overdue Library Books

We currently have a number of overdue library books, due to the 2 week term break.  It would be greatly appreciated if you could have a hunt around the house for any Anderson's Bay School library books and send the back to school with your child so they can be return.

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Tuesday Morning Book Covering

The school is very proud of the wonderful library we have and what it offers to our pupils.  We now 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 try to extend the life of our books, each one is reinforced and covered by our Book Covering Group before being put on the shelves.  This group meets every Tuesday morning during term time from 9.00am in the Library/MLE, and it would be wonderful if you could spare an hour or two of your time to help with this task.  The more parent helpers there are, the more we can spread the load and the more books we can get covered.  The group also provides a great opportunity for you to meet with, and chat to, other parents, and you can always get yourself a cup of tea or coffee in the staffroom. 

If you’re able to help out, please e-mail Jonathan Hinds at with your name and cellphone number.  


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Healthy Children, Healthy School

Recently we have had several cases of children being unwell, with flu like symptoms and sore throats.  In some instances we have been advised that a child has been diagnosed with "Strep Throat".  Below is some advice from our Health Nurse and the Ministry of Health website.  If you would like to read more information about this summary please follow this link.

"When to see your doctor

You must see your GP if you or a family member experiences any of the following:

  • a sore throat that lasts more than a few days
  • difficulty swallowing
  • your tonsils are enlarged or coated
  • a high temperature (above 39°C)
  • swelling in your neck
  • earache or joint pain.

If your child is Māori or Pacific, is aged 4 and above, and has a sore throat, please get it checked straight away. They are at risk of a serious but preventable illness called rheumatic fever.

Call Healthline 0800 611 116 if you are unsure what you should do."


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School Chickens

Our school chickens have done a great job over the last 5 years, providing eggs and compost to the school and giving children the opportunity of caring for them.  Unfortunately, there is no guarantee that they will provide us with eggs so we would now like them to go to good homes.  If you are interested in providing a home for any of these chickens, please contact the school for details.




School Uniform Lost Property

Please name all school uniform and other clothing items.  Missing items are regularly placed in the school's lost property bin in the hall.  Please also check, from time to time, that your child is wearing their own named items.  The jackets are easily mixed up, especially by our younger students.


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Wintery Weather, School Closures and Late Starts

Although the image below may seem like a very distant memory or something that couldn't possibly be on the horizon, given our recent amazing weather conditions, I am aware that these conditions could move into winter conditions very quickly, in the not too distant future.  On occasion, schools may have a late start or closure for inclement weather, this could be for snow, ice or, in the case of last year, flooding.  Although at times the conditions around Anderson's Bay may not reflect the road conditions for some of the other major roadways in Dunedin, decisions for late starts or closures are made  as a "blanket decision" for all schools in the Dunedin area, taking into consideration the need for staff and families at schools to travel across the city.  Decisions to have a late start or closure will be notified on Classic Hits 89.4 FM.  As soon as we receive notification of a late start or closure an email will be sent to all families and a note will be put on the home page of our school website.



Scholastic Book Fair

Thank you to the fantastic support of our community during the recent Scholastic Book Fair.  Not only were we able to share a wonderful range of books with our families but as a result of the many purchases our families made Scholastic have made a significant contribution to books and funds for our school library.

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Notification of Absence from School

As you will be aware it is important that we are able to account for any child's absences from school.  As part of our record keeping requirements for the government we are required to code and identify the reason for a child's absence or lateness to school. Can we ask that if your child is absent from school that you please leave a message, before 9:00 am, on our absences voicemail by calling the school office on 454 4413.  In this message can you clearly state your child's name, their classroom number and the reason for their absence, it is also helpful if you can leave a contact phone number, in case we need to contact you back.


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PTA Chocolate Fundraiser and Entertainment Books

Our families have been fantastic in their support of both of these PTA fundraising opportunities, thank you.  We still have some boxes (or partial boxes) of chocolates available for sale and some Entertainment Books available for purchase.  If you are interested in an Entertainment Book or can help us sell the last remaining chocolates please get in touch with our School Office.

Also, if you do have any unsold chocolates at home or have not yet returned the money for these please do so as soon as possible.



Community Notices

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Drum Lessons


Have you got a sense of rhythm, are always tapping, and want to learn an instrument? Why not pick up the drumsticks? Drum lessons happen after school on Tuesdays. Send me an email or give me a ring to find out more.

30 minutes individual lesson: $25

20 minutes for young beginners: $17


Andrew Harray

Phone: 027 271 8525


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RELAX KIDS - TERM 3 PROGRAMME at Level 1, 174 Princes St (Curtain Bank Building)

'SEA ADVENTURES’; Activity and Relaxation classes for 4-9 year olds include games, stretching, breathing exercises and visualisation stories. 

We also have small art/craft activities at the end of the session which children adore.

Classes start on Monday 1st August and Wednesday 27th July 4-5pm $80 for 8 weeks.


'CHILL SKILLS'; Your child will love our fun, informative sessions that look at subjects including friendship, bullying, positive thinking, healthy living and visualisation. 

Our sessions include games, stretching, arts and crafts, affirmations and mindfulness.

Classes start on Wednesday 27th July 5.10-6.10pm, $80 for 8 weeks


‘JUST RELAX’; a 4-week Relaxation course for adults. Life can be stressful. We will take you through a fun and informative 4-week course teaching you how to relax and breathe away your stress. 

 You can even pick up skills for the whole family! Feel calmer and more in control, improve your sleep and help support your health and immune system - particularly important in winter.

Classes start on Wednesday 10th August $70 for 4 weeks. Ask us about our early-bird discount!


To book these any of these classes go to or contact 021 065 0336/  










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