School Newsletter

6 April 2017

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New Children At Anderson's Bay School

We would like to welcome Fletcher, Lennox, Hayden, Molly, Sophie, Billie and Jacinda to Anderson's Bay School.  It is wonderful to have you joining us.


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Kowhai Team - Visit Bethune's Gully and Woodhaugh Gardens

On Wednesday 22nd March, the Kowhai Team classes went on a trip to Bethune’s Gully and then to the Woodhaugh Gardens. When we arrived at Bethune’s Gully, we had our morning tea before we set off on a hike up the track. It was a steep climb, we saw lots of native bush and birds along the way. Some children found some silver ferns. We also saw lots of cheeky little piwakawaka (Fantails) who flew quite close to us as we walked.

When we got back down to Bethune’s Gully, we packed up and went on the buses to go to Woodhaugh Gardens. By the time we arrived at the gardens everyone was very hungry and ready for lunch. After our picnic lunch everyone had a chance to play on all the playground equipment. One of our Dads was so energetic and gave about 100 children a turn on the flying fox!

After our play we did an orienteering treasure hunt around the gardens.

To finish off the day, we played some team games.

We are very grateful to our group of parent helpers who looked after groups of children for the day.

Everyone thoroughly enjoyed the day and felt pretty exhausted by the time we got back to school.

Visit our Events Section of the Website to view more photos.

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Rata Team Trip to Bayfield Inlet

The Rata team had a wonderful trip to the Bayfield inlet.  It was a little concerning to begin as the wind at school was very wild, but to our surprise it turned out to be a beautiful day down there.  

We all took off in our vests to walk down to Bayfield, it was a great way to practice the road safety we have been learning about.  
When we got there, we had our morning tea and then we did some activities.  There was parachute, hurdles, playing in the playground and a hunt along the shore.  We needed to find all sorts of things on the shore, some were easier than others.
After our activities we got to have lunch. fueling our bodies for the walk back up the hill.  Uphill was slightly slower than down hill, but we all made it and had a great day.
Thank you very much to all the parents and grandparents that made our trip possible.

Bathroom Upgrade to Administration Block

During the Term Break work will commence on the much needed bathroom upgrade in the Administration Block.  During the Term Break our school will become a construction zone, which will be managed by Stevenson and Williams.  However, please do be aware that there will be vehicles moving in and out of the school site during this time.  We do expect that this work will continue into Term 2, therefore, please expect to find some disruption around our administration area during this time.


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Congratulations to the Cricket Champions


A couple of weeks ago, 8 of our year 5 & 6 students competed at the “Hooked On Cricket” tournament at the Edgar Centre.  Our school was invited to take part by Jacob Oram (Retired Black Cap).  Our Team “Andy Bay Cucumbers” competed against 7 other schools.  The Team played three matches during the day with the main focus on participation, enjoyment and skill enhancement in a competitive environment and of course to find the winners.


The team was managed and helped by an Otago Volt player during the tournament.  A thank you to Brendan Harris for looking after the team also.


A big congratulation to the team for winning the tournament.


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Are Your Under 5 Year Olds On Our Pre-enrollment System?

At the time of enrolling children we ask that any siblings the newly enrolled child has, be noted on enrolment form.  This helps us to make timely contact when co-ordinating school visits and determining important decisions about classroom size and spaces.  Recently we have noticed that for a number of our children siblings have arrived after the enrolment of the first child in that family, and consequently we have no formal record keeping of that child's entry to school dates.  If you currently have children at our school, and have other children who are under 5, could you please make contact with Emily Armstrong, or Tania Pleace, to just double check that we have a record of your child's starting school date.


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Learning, Assessment and Reporting

Monday 8th May - 2:30 - 3:00 pm


You are invited to the school staffroom to hear about learning, assessment, reporting and how you can help at home, during your child's first two years at school, with Agnes Oliver, Rata Team Leader and Assistant Principal.




ANZAC Poppies

There will be an opportunity for the children to purchase a poppy to wear on ANZAC day (in the holidays) next week from Monday 10th of April.  We will be acknowledging ANZAC Day, at school, during Thursday 13th.   Please send a gold coin along to school if you wish to purchase a poppy.

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PMP and Road Patrol Support

Parent Helpers needed for PMP …..


During Term 1, children in the Rata Team have been enjoying the challenges offered by the Perceptual Motor Programme (PMP). PMP helps children to develop their gross and fine motor skills, from co-ordination, balance and locomotion, to spatial awareness, language skills and memory, and the benefits are being seen in the classroom. 


Essential to the programme’s success is the involvement of adult helpers, and I’d like to thank those parents who are helping during the sessions.  If you haven’t helped before, or you have a child who has recently started at the school, please consider becoming a PMP Parent Helper in Term 2.  If your child is in Nga Tipu and Room 1, PMP runs from 1.25pm – 2.35pm on Mondays and Tuesdays, while PMP for Rooms 2, 3 and 4 is from 1.25pm to 2.55pm on Wednesdays and Thursdays.  The more helpers we have at each session, the more benefit there is for the children as it allows us to do more intensive teaching of essential skills.


If you can help with PMP in Term 2, please e-mail Jonathan Hinds ( with your contact details, and which days of the week you’re available.  For safety reasons, we cannot unfortunately accommodate pre-schoolers at PMP sessions. 


….. and also for Road Patrol


Can you give us 20 – 25 minutes of your time once a week?


Anderson’s Bay School is fortunate to be allowed to undertake Road Patrol at the pedestrian crossings on Highcliff Road and Jeffery Street.  Each Road Patrol team consists of two police-trained Year 6 Patrollers and a Parent Supervisor, who acts as an extra pair of eyes to make sure that the traffic and conditions are safe before the children are allowed to cross.  Road Patrol cannot happen without a parent being present : no parent on a particular day = no Road Patrol on that day, and this could put the safety of children at risk on their way to or from school.


In the mornings, we patrol Highcliff Road from 8.30am to 8.55am, while afternoon patrols are done on both Highcliff Road and Jeffery Street 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, the more the load can be spread.   


If you can help, please e-mail Jonathan Hinds ( with your contact details, which days of the week you’re available, and whether you can do mornings or afternoons.  


PTA Mufti Day

Mufti Day

The PTA will hold a Fair Fundraising Mufti Day on Thursday 13th April.  We will ask families for either a Gold coin donation or a New Item suitable for a prize in the fair

We will also hold a mufti day in Term 2 (for the Disco) and in Term 3.

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Discovery Friday

Last year we introduced Discovery Friday. It was held every second Friday and included a large range of activities from art to mountain bike riding, from science experiments to dance.

We are going to be running these experiences again from next term and would love your help and/or expertise. If you are able to give up an hour a fortnight to help support the teachers in activities such as garden craft, art, fair craft, ICT, science, mask making etc please contact either Tania Pleace or Emily Armstrong .

Also, if you are able to donate any of the following resources, it would be greatly appreciated if you could contact, Tania or Emily:

  • Newspaper
  • material
  • wool
  • string
  • tissue paper
  • crepe paper
  • wall paper paste. 
  • Lego
  • Stockings or tights-not the thick wooly kind
  • Clay flower pots
  • Bird seed
  • Old wooden spoons
  • Old jam jars-about the size of a large pickled onion jar.
  • Wooden spoons



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Can You Contribute Some Dry Manuka

As part of our Matariki Week Celebrations we are intending to host a hangi on site for our School Community.  However, we need to source some dry Manuka wood for our hangi next term.  If you or anyone you know may have a contact for this, please let Mrs Cunningham know.




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Anderson's Bay School Fair

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




Community Notices

Community Oral Health Service

Children (from birth to the end of year 8)


Children* are entitled to FREE basic dental care, from birth until they begin high school. 

Free basic dental care is available at Community Oral Health fixed clinics and mobile dental units throughout the Southern District.


The Service is run by appointment only.  We would like parents/guardians to attend all appointments with their child as Dental Therapists provide parents with valuable advice to support their children’s good oral health. 


If your child is already enrolled with the Service we will contact you to make an appointment.  If your child is not enrolled, you are unsure or new to the area, please call: 


Otago 0800 672 543 or Southland 0800 570 300 – both numbers are free to call from cell phones


For more information visit:

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*who meet the eligibility criteria for publicly funded health and disability services


Adolescent Oral Health Service

Adolescents (from year 9 until their 18th birthday)


Adolescents* are entitled to FREE basic dental care, from Year 9 until their 18th birthday – no matter where you’re at… high school, training course, work or unemployed. 

Free basic dental care is available by enrolling with a Dentist.  This is usually arranged at the child’s last dental visit with the Community Oral Health Service in school year 8.  The chosen Dentist should contact you directly to make an appointment.

If you need to enrol, or have any questions please call:


0800 825 583 – option 2


For more information visit:

Find us on Facebook     Talkteeth – Southern

*who meet the eligibility criteria for publicly funded health and disability services



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Ngāi Tahu Tuition Opportunity

Funding is available through the Ngāi Tahu Learner Support Fund to enable Ngāi Tahu whānau to access personalised tuition to support their tamariki and help further their progress at school.  Number Works'nWords is approved by the Rūnangao Ngāi Tahu as an accredited provider of tuition (Mathematics and English).  Registered Ngāi Tahu tamariki are entitled to apply for a grant which provides one term of tuition per year, valued at $450 plus GST.  Forms can be requested by emailing matauranga@Ngā, or by contacting Pauline at Number Works'nWords, 90  Crawford Street, Dunedin or phon 474 1104.


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