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Kia ora, Malo e le lei, Talofa, Ni hao, Namaste, Bula, Kia orana, Mauri, Greetings.

Term 4 is nearly half over and we have only five busy weeks until the end of the school year.


Between now and 15 December we have a number of traditional and enjoyable school events to which you are invited.Among these are our end of year assemblies that are special and always well attended. Dates follow in this newsletter and I suggest you put these in your calendar.

These assemblies are arranged to acknowledge our students and recognise their achievements throughout the year. It is a special time for our children and you are warmly invited.

Parents of Junior School please note that this year we have two junior assemblies. Parents, caregivers and whanau of children in Year 1/NE (Rooms 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8 and 25) are invited to attend on Thursday, 7 December at 9.30am. Whanau of children in Year 2 (Rooms 7, 22, 23 and 24) are invited on Friday, 8 December at 9.30am. The programme at the two functions will be the same except that awards and certificates will be given to each year group at their assembly. Please note the correct dates in your diary and please remember to bring a cushion.


Thank you to everyone who contributed to our recent questionnaire.

Your views will be considered and incorporated in our 2018 Charter draft for Board of Trustees approval.

Once accepted I will report back to you in 2018.


Over the next month evaluations will be considered and class lists drafted for 2018.

Class organisation from Years 3 to 6 will continue to be in mixed classes with a two year range in each room. This arrangement provides younger children in the group with the opportunity to work with and learn from their older classmates. In time they become the older role models and have the opportunity to take a leadership role.

As a rule children are placed with a new teacher each year. This allows pupils to experience a range of teacher strengths and interests as they move through their time at school. In exceptional circumstances a child may be placed with the same teacher for two years.

All classes have a range of ability, interests and achievement levels. This means there is no "top class" and all classes are expected to reach similar levels of achievement.

When children begin school at 5 they are placed in a reception class with a programme designed to settle them quickly to school routines and learning programmes. Children are eventually grouped according to reading and writing levels and move to a Year 1 class when ready.

Each year classroom placements are decided by our experienced teachers who know children very well. Consequently most placements are straight forward. However, staff will discuss individuals with parents when necessary.

If you have information about your child that you think would be helpful please contact the appropriate teacher by the end of November. These are Mrs Griffin (junior school), Mrs Sowden (middle school) and Mrs Dibben (senior school).

The school number is 269 0250. Please note that contact is only necessary in special cases. Parents are not able to request a particular placement as this ultimately is the responsibility of the school.


You can help us plan for next year by letting us know if your child is not returning in 2017 (apart from Year 6 of course).

Also if your child is going overseas and not returning for the first day of school on Wednesday, 31 January you must inform the school in writing. Children who simply do not turn up at school have to be removed from the school roll and consequently lose their place at school.

Thank you.
L Thew

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Does the school have your current phone number so that we can contact you in an emergency?

Please update any details that have changed for your child at the office.

A reminder that if you would like to make your school donation through internet banking please use the following information:

Manurewa Central School BOT Bank Account 12-3109-0012252-00 Particulars (Child’s Name), Code (Room No.) Reference (School Donation)

A receipt for this money will be sent home with your child.

Next newsletter - December 1 2017