Parents' Association News
Tuesday, 2 May 2017 at 7 pm in the school staffroom. All are welcome.
2017/18 Entertainment Books are on sale
The PA is fundraising with Entertainment Books (also available in digital format for your phone); 20% of all sales go to PA projects. To order please visit www.entbook.co.nz/1565k89
New Parents' evening
Tuesday, 4 April
Tuesday, 11 April
Staff morning tea
Enjoy the teen years more with the help of our ‘Parenting Evenings’
Keep an eye out next term for information about Parenting Evenings; one hour seminars. These sessions are designed by our counsellors to help us navigate the teenage issues we all face as caregivers, but don’t always know how best to handle.
The PA is supplying meals and baking for school families suffering bereavement, serious illness or other tragedies. If you would like to be part of this service please supply your details to: email@example.com
Our gully is our taonga
This year the PA has donated $500 for native plants in the school gully. We are raising awareness of this special area of the school by designing a sign to be installed opposite the Student Services Centre
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2016 YEAR 13 LEAVERS DINNER A GREAT SUCCESS.
A huge thank you to everyone who helped make this week’s Leavers Dinner such an awesome event.
On Tuesday October 25, the Parents Association transformed the gym to create a wonderful atmosphere and more than 320 year 13 students, their parents, siblings and grandparents packed the gym for a fabulous evening of food, speeches, music and conversation.
Guests enjoyed a two course meal and drinks from the bar followed by an excellent speech from 21 year old environmental campaigner Ben Dowdle, a DVD production and live music from year 13 students.
Good use was made of the photo booth and anyone wanting to order photos can do so at www.hotshotsphotobooth.co.nz . (use the code printed on the bottom of your printouts from the evening, or email email@example.com. )
Design competition winner
Congratulations to Year 11 student Alex Chen, who won $50 by designing a wonderful banner to promote the Parents’ Association.
The PA committee had a hard time judging which of the excellent design entries should win, and in the end all entrants received a box of chocolates by way of thanks for their hard work.
Alex spent an afternoon with a graphic designer refining his original artwork. We are delighted with the result.
Great support for school shoe appeal
Generous school families donated more than 70 pairs of shoes when the Parents’ Association launched an appeal at the beginning of this term, and most of these were brand new.
School counsellor Janice Vermeulen was delighted, and immediately started distributing them to some very appreciative students.
“The look on their faces when I can tell them there’s a brand new pair of shoes waiting for them at my office says it all”, said Mrs Vermeulen, “any shoes would be a bonus, but being able to give these young men new shoes is just brilliant.”
“I can’t thank our school community enough for the support so far, together we can make a real difference in the lives of families who are struggling to make ends met”, she said.
This year the PA allocated $400 from its budget to kick-start the appeal for shoes and sandals for students in need. We are still keen to supplement this with further donations of school shoes and sandals. Please deliver any donated items to reception at the Student Services Centre. (Argyle St entrance)
Thanks for the great morning tea!
Once again school families have blown us away with the wonderful array of food sent in for the annual staff morning tea.
This is a wildly popular event and eagerly anticipated by staff. Thank you to everyone who sent in food items. PA chairman Trevor Blackburn spoke on behalf of all school families and thanked the headmaster and staff for all they do for our boys. Mrs Hassall spoke on behalf of the staff, thanking everyone who found time to show their appreciation by sending in food.
Our thanks to Mamas Donuts and Kiwi Pies for their support of this event
Pre-loved uniforms find good homes
Before school on Tuesday June 14 the PA ran a stall at the SSC for parents and students to drop in and find everything from school jackets to sports shoes, free of charge.
We plan to run further stalls over the coming months and will promote the dates and times through school link notices and the students’ daily notices.
Families in need of uniform items can pick them up for free by contacting our school counsellors at the Student Services Centre.
Emergency Food Parcels
The PA has donated $800 to supply emergency food parcels to school families in need and next term we’ll be looking for food donations from the community to keep this initiative going.
Many families struggle to make ends meet and unexpected expenses create chaos. To help out in a crisis, the PA has stocked a store cupboard with basic food items that is already in use by the counsellors and helping make a difference for families in need. Each $25 pack contains the making of a couple of meals plus a few other essentials and is given on a one-off basis.