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Assembly Timetable

Friday 23rd June (2:15pm)

Room 8

Friday 30th June (2:15pm)

Room 3

Friday 7th July (2:15pm)

Room 2

Calendar of Events

23rd June

Fundamental Fun Day Years 1 - 3

26th June

Meet MP for Dunedin North  David Clarke 3pm

27th June

BOT Meeting 7pm

30th June
6-8.30pm

PTA School Disco
Mid-winter Carnival Theme

3rd July

Parent Conferences

4th July

Parent Conferences

7th July

Term 2 Ends

23rd July

Term 3 Begins

28th September

Term 3 Ends

 

Parent and Student Learning Conferences
Please mark in your diary our midyear parent and student learning conferences on Tuesday 4th and Thursday 6th July from 3:15 – 7:00pm.  Room 3 will have some extra time slots available on Monday 3rd July from 2:00 – 5:00pm.  Learning conversations between your children and their teacher is very important to the progress that children make.  We are really looking forward to sharing this learning with you all. 

 

 

20 is plenty

 

Being on Time for School
Being on time for school is essential for learning.  It means your child can be organised for class; meet up with friends; know what’s happening for the day and is ready to learn key skills.  We are concerned at the increasingly large number of students who are arriving late for school.  Please remember school starts at 9:00 am every day and it is good to aim to be here by 8:50 am so that the students can be settled and ready for learning.  We appreciate your support in getting your child to school on time.

 

Notice from the Ministry of Health
Measles
Between late December 2013 and 24 February 2014, there have been 47 confirmed measles cases reported in New Zealand: 29 in Auckland, 15 in Bay of Plenty/ Lakes, and three in Wellington. Some of these cases have been in pre-school aged children. A total of eight cases have required hospitalisation to date. 
Most cases have occurred in unimmunised people, and immunisation remains the best way to prevent infection and spread within the community.
There are ongoing measles outbreaks in places like the Philippines, Australia, Europe, UK, Africa, Asia, India and North America. So international students, families travelling to these areas over the holidays, or with visitors from these countries should be aware of the symptoms.
 Measles symptoms:
Measles is a highly infectious disease that affects both adults and children. Measles is more serious than many people realise. Symptoms include fever, cough, red eyes and a runny nose, followed by a rash which tends to start on the face, before moving over the head and down the body.  The rash develops about 3 days after the other symptoms start.
Complications can include middle ear infections, pneumonia, and, more rarely, encephalitis or brain inflammation.
The best protection against measles is the measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine which is free for all children. MMR vaccinations are scheduled at 15 months and 4 years.
MMR vaccination is also free for susceptible adults born after 1 January 1969 who have not received two doses of a measles containing vaccine.
People with measles must stay home
Students with measles are infectious from 5 days before to 5 days after the onset of rash and must stay away from school and follow the advice of the local medical officer of health. Those students that have not been fully immunised (two doses of MMR) or those with no immunity to measles, who have been in close contact with a measles case during the infectious stages must stay away from school for 14 days from their last contact. These requirements are under the Health (Infectious and Notifiable Diseases) Regulations 1966 (Regulation 14).
More Information
For further health information on measles and measles immunisation please visit the Ministry of Health website http://www.moh.govt.nz/measles or the Immunisation Advisory Centre website http://www.immune.org.nz.  You can also call the Immunisation Advisory Centre toll-free on 0800 IMMUNE (0800 466 863) for advice.

 

KickStart Breakfast
KickStart Breakfast is a national New Zealand breakfast in schools programme providing nutritious breakfasts of Weet-Bix and Anchor Milk to school breakfast clubs.  This programme is based on a community partnership model. With support from the Government, Fonterra and Sanitarium deliver product to the schools for the breakfast club.  The local school community is then responsible for the running of this programme
The Board of Trustees is keen to explore the viability of this programme at Port Chalmers School.  We would need a coordinator and volunteers to run the programme.  We envisage that the breakfast would be served 5 times a week in the Hall from 8:30am.  If you are interested in supporting this programme either as the coordinator or a volunteer then please contact the school office.  Without volunteers we will not be able to run the programme.

We have 4 volunteers so far…

 

Family Accounts
Our activity donation for 2017 is $15 per term per child ($60.00 a year) with a family paying no more than $120.00 a year.  We use this donation to pay for visiting artists, shows, bus trips, entry into museums etc.  We rely on this donation to assist with the ever increasing costs of providing a wide range of activities for our students. 
Our Year 7 & 8 students are required to pay a take home component of the technology programme delivered at DNI of $90 (Yr 7 & 8).
You are able to claim a third of your donation back through Inland Revenue each year.  We welcome internet payments. Our account number is
060901 02167 4900.
Thank you. 

 

Sports
Please remember that before your child participates in after school sports that the relevant fees need to be paid to the office. “No pay, no play”. Thank you.

 

Community Oral Health Service
Children (0-Year 8)
The Community Oral Health Service Mobile Dental Unit is on site at Port Chalmers School. 
The Service continues to offer FREE basic dental care to children from birth until the end of Year 8 (if they are New Zealand residents).

The Service is run by appointment only – children are no longer automatically removed from class to attend dental appointments. 

We would like parents/guardians to attend all appointments with their child.  Dental Therapists provide parents with valuable advice to support their children’s good oral health at the time of their child’s appointment. 
We will contact you to set up an appointment but if the time does not suit or you are new to the area, please call:

0800 ORAL HEALTH (0800 672 543 (free from cell phones)

 

Personal Property
Could cell phones, mp3 players etc. please be left at home unless absolutely necessary. If these items must come to school, they have to be handed in to the office before school.  The school cannot be held responsible for any damage or loss. Thank you


 

If your child has vomited or had diarrhoea then please keep them home for 24 hours after the last event..  Sending children to school before the 24 hours are up, risks other children catching these bugs.

 

LUNCHES

 

 

          

TUESDAY

4 Square Hot Lunches

Tuesday lunches are provided by the Port Chalmers Four Square. The cost of these is $3.00. The Menu is set out below and may change in the future.

Nachos
Spaghetti Bolognaise
Macaroni Cheese
Hawaiian Pizza

Pupils are asked to have their orders in before school starts. A container will be on the counter in the office for these. Please provide the correct money as we are unable to give change.  Pupils are also asked to provide their own fork as we do not have a supply of these.

FRIDAY

Sushi Johnny

Sushi is available on Fridays. The Menu is below.

Pupils are asked to have their orders in before school starts. A container will be on the counter in the office for these. Please provide the correct money as we are unable to give change.

Teriyaki Chicken Rice Balls $3.50

Vegetarian Rice Balls $3.50

Teriyaki Chicken 5 pieces of Sushi 5.00

Vegetarian 5 pieces of Sushi 5.00

Prices are subject to change so please ask at the office.

 

 

Free Clinics for Children
Hearing, Glue Ear and Vision Checks (All clinics are by appointment only)

Dunedin Central
Every Monday Morning at Dunedin Hospital
Ph 03 476 9800
Fax 03 476 9858

South Dunedin
Approximately every third Tuesday of each month at Aurora Health Centre
Ph 03 455 0006

Mosgiel
Every 2nd Friday morning at Mosgiel Health Centre
Ph 03 489 5135

Enquiries: Vision Hearing Team, Public Health South, PO Box 5144, Dunedin.
Phone: 03 476 9800.

The Public Health Nurse for our School is: Natasha Rodger
Contact details are: 476 9811

 

K.K.A.S.P.

Quality after school & holiday care for children aged 5-13. Pick up from Sawyers Bay & St Josephs schools.

OSCAR SUBSIDY & DISCOUNTS AVAILABLE

PH: 022 312 8063

Email - koputaikids@gmail.com

 

 

Snow Closures and Late Starts
As winter conditions start to settle in please be reminded that there maybe a school closure or late start because of adverse weather conditions.  Often the closures and late starts are not because it is difficult for the local students to get to school, but for the staff.  Many of our staff live in town and in the hill suburbs, so we ask that families listen to the radio or check the school answer phone if they are in doubt as to the opening time of school.  I will put a message on the answer phone the minute I know about closures or late starts.  We thank you for your tolerance in this matter.  We do appreciate that it is difficult for families, but we are also aware that staff have to be able to get to school safely.  We do not want unsupervised children at school.

 

stolen library bookOur school library is an expensive resource for all our children to enjoy.  Unfortunately we are finding each year that more and more books are just vanishing.  This year there is over 130 books gone with a total value of $1,400. 

  Could everyone please have a good look and see if some have inadvertently gone home by mistake.
We are having an amnesty so no questions will be asked, just put back in our library. Thank you.

 

Parenting ?
Take a look at some of the options we have available for parents to discover new skills and find support. Phone now and enrol or register your interest for one of the following courses or groups.

The Parenting Toolbox. Choose from an early years (0-5), middle years (6-12) or Teen years (12+) course and join us for 6 weeks looking at practical things to build your family. Groups run each term. Courses run at nights 715-9:15 and we have day groups for early years.

Contact us for more info.

Game on. A 6 week group just for dads wanting to make the most out of their life and their relationship with their kids.

Seasons for Growth: a grief and loss course for children.

Phone us now on 477-3403 or email sue@cathsocialservices.org.nz
www.cathsocialservices.org.nz

 

A Reminder of when to keep your Child at Home
If your child:

  • Is complaining of or appears to have a sore tummy, throat or ears
  • Has signs of being unwell i.e. grizzly, unsettled or tired
  • Has a high temperature or feels very hot
  • Has a continuous cough
  • Has an acute gastro illness i.e. diarrhoea and vomiting within the last 48 hours (in the absence of any obvious cause e.g. eaten too much fruit or allergy)
  • Has weeping, red eyes and/or a yellow discharge around the eyes
  • Has skin sores that are open and weeping
  • Has become ill with an infectious disease e.g. measles, scabies, chickenpox.

If you are unsure, call your child’s School or Public Health Nurse. Alternatively you can Phone the Health line on 0800 611116 for advice or go to www.healthline.govt.nz
Please inform your school if your child is going to be kept home due to illness.

The Public Health Nurse for our school is: Natasha Rodger
Contact details are: 03 476 9811 / 027 27 29 062

 

 

Lost or not returned Library Books

The value of lost or not-returned Library Books will be added to family accounts. Replacing books is very expensive so please have a good look for these. This is a cost that can be avoided by caring for books out on loan.

Thank you.

 

 

Parenting ?
Take a look at some of the options we have available for parents to discover new skills and find support. Phone now and enrol or register your interest for one of the following courses or groups.

The Parenting Toolbox. Choose from an early years (0-5), middle years (6-12) or Teen years (12+) course and join us for 6 weeks looking at practical things to build your family. Groups run each term. Courses run at nights 715-9:15 and we have day groups for early years.

Contact us for more info.

Game on. A 6 week group just for dads wanting to make the most out of their life and their relationship with their kids.

PSG: Therapy group for mothers. Safe long term support.

Phone us now on 477-3403 or email sue@cathsocialservices.org.nz
www.cathsocialservices.org.nz

 

YOUR PTA NEEDS YOU

!!Would you like to be involved in your child’s school environment? Would you like to help decide how we spend our money around the school? Would you like to be part of a great team of parents and teachers? We need more PTA members to help us bring all the extras to your children’s school environment. If you have ever thought of joining the PTA, now is the time!

 

 

 

Absences:
Please ring the school on 472-8685 or txt 027 697 3596 before 9.15am if your child is going to be absent (or late) from school. This means less time is taken up, trying to contact you if your child is
missing from school.
Thank you

 

Community Oral Health Service
Public Health South
Main Block, Level 2, Wakari Hospita lLetterhead Colour
Taieri Road, Dunedin
Private Bag 1921, Dunedin 9054
Tel: 03 476 9800     Fax:  03 476 9858

 

Community Oral Health Service

The School Dental Service has been remodelled and is now called the Community Oral Health Service. The service has developed a new model of oral care which has a stronger emphasis on prevention of tooth decay and providing parents with advice to support their children’s good oral health.

If they are New Zealand residents, children from birth until the end of Year 8 from your area will now receive their free dental care at:

The Mobile Dental Unit
Port Chalmers School
30 Albertson Avenue
Port Chalmers

You can contact us by phone on one of the following numbers:

Phone 0800 TALK TEETH 0800 825 583 (free from landlines) OR
0800 ORAL HEALTH 0800 672 543 between 8a.m and 6p.m Monday to Friday
 (free from cell phones and landlines)

We would like parents and caregivers to attend appointments with their child/children.  It is known that children whose parents attend dental appointments with their child require less treatment in the future.
The reasons for this include:

  • You can be more involved in decisions about your child’s/children’s treatment
  • Informed consent for treatment can be given on the spot and often minor treatments can be completed within that visit.  This may mean your child will require fewer visits.
  • The therapist can give you information and tips to help you promote good oral health habits at home.
  • You have an opportunity to ask us any questions you may have regarding your child’s/children’s oral health.

An appointment for your child/children will be posted to your home address. It is important that you attend with your child/children. If the appointment time you are sent does not suit, please feel free to phone one of the above 0800 numbers to arrange a more suitable time.  The appointment will be for approximately half an hour and your child will then be able to return to school. Children will no longer be taken out of class and will be seen on an appointment basis only.

We are also encouraging children to be enrolled with our service from birth as research shows that children who have their first dental visit before their first birthday, require less treatment.

To enrol your child please phone 0800 ORALHEALTH (0800 672 543).

We look forward to working with you to help your child/children maintain healthy teeth and a happy smile.

 

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