School Newsletter

9 March 2017

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Assembly Programme





Running Assembly




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Dance Week Performance


No Assembly


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.




Goal Setting Interviews

Parent/Teacher goal setting interviews are scheduled for Thursday, 30 March, beginning at 2:10 p m for parents of Years 4 – 6 children.  These interviews are an important opportunity for parents and teachers to meet to discuss specific academic and/or social objectives for the year ahead.  For children in Years 1, 2, and 3 you will be invited to come in for an interview and discussion following your child's Anniversary Reporting cycle.  Therefore, for children in Rooms 5, 6, 7 and 8 only the children who are Year 4 in these Year 3/4 composite classes will have an interview scheduled for 30th March.

We will be using a secure, web-based service, which allows parents to book an exact interview time using any computer connected to the internet. 

Bookings for interviews will be open from Monday 13th March and can be made at the website using the school code vkeff.  Although the vast majority of parents will be able to access the web from a home computer, a friend’s computer or a workplace computer parents may telephone or call into the office over the next week to arrange bookings through the school office.

Children will remain at school on the Thursday until the normal time of 3pm.

The goal setting sheet will be sent to you separately.



Healthy Children Leads to a Healthy School

During the past weeks we have noticed that children are starting to show signs of a few bugs, coughs, colds and flu like symptoms.  Below are some guidelines from our Public Health Nurse, outlining when children should remain at home.


When your child:

  • Has signs of being unwell i.e. grizzly, unsettled, listless or tired
  • Has a high temperature or appears very hot
  • Is complaining of, or appears to have a sore tummy, throat or ears
  • Has a continuous cough
  • Should be at home if has had diarrhoea and vomiting within the last 48 hours
    • Please note that if your child has had vomiting or diarrhoea and do return to school within 48 hours they may be sent straight back home.  This is a measure that is in place to limit the spreading of this form of illness.
  • Has weeping, red eyes and/or a yellow discharge around the eyes
  • Has broken skin sores.
  • Has become ill with a communicable disease e.g. measles, chickenpox.

If you are unsure, call your child’s School or Public Health Nurse.

Please inform your School if your child is going to be kept home due to illness.

The Ministry of Health infectious diseases poster can be downloaded by clicking on the image below.  This poster identifies the treatment, symptoms and time that children should remain away from school.


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The Public Health Nurse for our School is: Julie Buxton

Contact details are: 027 332 2784: 03 476 9853


Overdue Accounts

Just a friendly reminder to make contact with the School Office, to pay for any overdue fees, swimming costs or sports fees.  It would be greatly appreciated if you could do this as soon as possible.


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Anderson's Bay School Triathlon

The 2017 Anderson's Bay School Triathlon will be held on Thursday 6th April, starting at 4.30pm.  Keep watching for more information to be shared soon.




Pillars Survey

Recently you will have received an email asking you to complete a survey regarding our Anderson's Bay School Pillars.  At Anderson's Bay School the Key Competencies and Values are reflected, demonstrated and embedded in the Anderson's Bay School Pillars and Strengths.  These attributes intertwine to build a foundation and pathway to being "Absolutely the Best".  When we discuss and reinforce our Pillars we hope to reflect the same values and expectations of our parents, whānau and community.  Therefore, we are asking for your input, sharing how the four Anderson's Bay School Pillars may appear at home.  If you haven't had the chance to yet, it would be greatly appreciated if you could take a couple of minutes to complete the brief survey, by following this link.

Headlice at Schools


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Otago Anniversary Day

Due to Otago Anniversary Day all schools in Dunedin will be closed on Monday 20th March.



Please do not Send Food to School that Requires Heating

Recently we have had a number of children coming to the School Office during lunch time to get their food heated or to have boiling water added to instant noodles.  As a school we do not have the facility to heat food safely for children.  Please do not send food that requires heating or preparation in a kitchen as part of a school lunch.

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Using Crossings Safely

Over the past weeks we have noticed that some of our children are rushing across the crossing, not waiting for the Road Patrollers to tell them to cross or crossing at a place other than our designated crossing areas.  Could you please take a moment to talk to your children about safely crossing the road, using our patrolled crossings and listening to the Road Patrol.


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Parent Helpers for PMP


The PMP programme, which runs for children in the Rata Learning Team after lunch from Mondays through Thursdays, started last week.


PMP helps children to develop a range of very important skills, from co-ordination, balance and fitness, to spatial awareness, language skills and memory.  These skills flow through into improved learning.  An essential element in 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.




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

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(03) 454 4413