School Newsletter

7 July 2016

 Download PDF

New Children At Anderson's Bay School

We would like to welcome Ashton, Visakan, Taj and Louie to school.  It is wonderful to have you at Anderson's Bay School.

new children.JPG


Assembly Programme for Term Two





Running Assembly

10 8/7



 Term 3 Assembly Timetable



Running Assembly


Discovery Friday



3 12/8

Discovery Friday




Discovery Friday


Kapa Haka


Discovery Friday



9 23/9

Discovery Friday


Farewell to Mal Parker

We have been extremely fortunate to have Mal Parker as part of our Anderson's Bay School Team.  Mal has picked up our Caretaker role in Miguel Rodriguez' absence.  Miguel will be back at school full-time, as of Term 3, therefore Mal's interim position will finish from tomorrow, July 8th.  We have very much appreciated the opportunity to have Mal working with us and thank him for all his time and support.




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.


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."


sore throat.jpg


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.




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.


lost and found.png


Scholastic Book Fair

Only 11 days until the Book Fair opens …

Yes, our second Scholastic Book Fair will be held in the last week of this term, from Monday 4th to Thursday 7th July. Timed for just before the school holidays, this is a great opportunity to stock up on some wonderful books at discounted prices. And remember, the school will receive a percentage of the proceeds to go towards new resources. Eftpos will be available.

When:   Monday 4th July - Thursday 7th July

Where:  ICT suite in the MLE

Times:  Monday – Wednesday 8.30am-9.00am and 3.00pm-3.30pm

            Thursday 8.30am – 9.00am and 2.00pm – 8.00pm (during school interviews)


So, come along and discover a whole treasure trove of reading delights!

Scholastic Book fair.jpg


Anderson's Bay School Playscape

Recently, there have been big changes at school.  Thanks to the generosity of Kev Jarvis and his team and Brent and Julie Patterson (and their supportive children) the Playscape is taking off! The ever present Geof Markby and Lizzie Potter, along with the team above, started clearing the sand pit area ready for landscaping the Playscape.  The children were especially excited to have the gym bars re-located and are looking forward to using the long jump pit on the top field.  Watch this space for more exciting Playscape updates! 

Following the last PTA meeting, we were able to confirm the start with the construction team for the Playscape and we are expecting over the coming weeks to see a hive of activity and changes to that landscape developing.  Our very own Anderson's Bay School PTA have been instrumental in supporting the fundraising for this project.  This is a project that does not attract Ministry of Education funding and must be funded entirely from outside sources.  To date we have been very fortunate to receive support from our PTA (via our community fundraising contributions ...thank you!) and also The Community Trust of Otago, giving us the opportunity to get started on the first 2 stages of this 3 stage project.



Chocolate Fundraiser

It has been fantastic seeing so many of our chocolate fundraising funds being returned over the last week.  Please get these back to us as soon as possible.  Please have these returned to the office as soon as possible.   Also, if you have any unsold boxes, please return these to school, as we can re-distribute these for sale.  Don't forget that the proceeds from our fundraising is currently going towards supporting the wonderful Playscape development.  Thank you for your support.



Google Classroom and Google Drive

Google Apps.jpg (1)

Over the past year our school has been working more and more within the Google Docs and Google Apps environment, especially with our Kōwhai and Tōtara Teams.  All children have an "" login in and can access their Google account and documents for viewing, editing and sharing from anywhere.  If you have not yet had a chance to see what your children have been doing in their Google space take a chance to sit down with them and login using their @andybay login by visiting

If your child's classroom is using Google Classroom you can also access this through the instructions on this PDF document your child's login by clicking on the cluster of squares on the top right hand corner of the Google screen ....

 Google Apps.JPG



Anderson's Bay PTA Event


So pop it in your diary, pack a picnic and we will see you there....

Date: Friday 5th August

Venue: Edgar Centre, courtside

Time: 5.30pm-7.00pm

Cost: Free of Charge

What to bring: picnic tea and blanket, a sense of humour and your sports shoes. This is going to be a fun family event, come along and meet some of the other families from the school. 


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.



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.


absence from school.jpg


Community Notices

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 drama classes at school, 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. All children receive an end of term progress report too, along with a certificate to remind them they are awesome! Give me a call to come along for a no-obligation trial class, or just a chat to discuss how our classes can benefit your child's development. Contact Jex on 027 217 0693 or email


Drum Lessons at Anderson's Bay School

Interested in learning something new, exciting, and lots of fun? Or do you want to rekindle a passion you once had? Drum lessons happen on Tuesdays after school. 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


Keep Dunedin Beautiful’s annual RECYCLIA trash to art competition is here!

Be in to win a $200 ArtZone voucher and Cadbury treats by re purposing used items to make new sculptures.

Artworks will be exhibited at the City Library from 18-21 July as part of the Cadbury Chocolate Carnival. The competition includes categories for all ages.

Register online at:

Please email for more information.




Not Quite Big Bad Wolf.png




Poster Olympics.jpeg


Youth Art Awards.JPG









Reading Cinemas Dunedin have a school rewards programme.  You will need to present one of the coupons every time you purchase a ticket.

The school gets rewarded with movie tickets, every 10 tickets that get handed the school gets one complimentary movie pass.

There are some great movies on these holidays.





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