Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Day One at Ski Camp!

Hi all!

We are all happy campers here in our cosy (and hot) lodge.  The fireplace is amazing!

We had a clear road of snow and arrived fed and happy.  We've had a great afternoon of skiing.  Every child has had success on the slopes.  Check out Hannah D - she's a machine!

Roast chicken, roast potatoes, broccoli and coleslaw for dinner thanks to Liza and Sarah.  The kids have been great at the dishes so far!   Hot apple pie and custard is cooking away and we are all playing card games, board games and making huts with the cushions.

Due to patchy internet the photos are taking ages to upload.  We'll keep on it and get some up soon.
We'll keep you posted when we can.

Good night all!

Friday, August 29, 2014

Churton Park Community Centre - What's On to 7th September

Hi Everyone

The SPCA are in tomorrow from 12 – 3pm. Last week seven fur babies found their forever homes at the Tawa Adopt-a-thon – I wonder if we can beat that! For what’s coming up next week, please click here.

·         ** Art of Interiors ** - There are still spots left for the upcoming Art of Interiors seminar, next Wednesday evening at 7.30pm at Churton Park Community Centre. To register, email Christina: Christina@thecompletepicture.co.nz. See attached for further details.

·         ** Churton Park Community Association Meeting ** - the monthly meeting of our local community association is Wednesday 3rd September at 7.30pm in the Small Meeting Room.

·         ** Tai Chi with Janet ** - are you looking for a peaceful and relaxed form of fitness, focusing on mindfulness? Why not try Tai Chi with Janet on Thursday mornings between 10.30 – 12pm. Just $2 to participate, and all are welcome.

·         ** No Vinyasa Flow Yoga ** -  please note that Vinyasa Flow Yoga with Romina on Thursday evenings is cancelled for the next month while Romina takes a well-deserved holiday. Classes resume in October.

·         ** Free Legal Seminar: Relationship Property ** - Debbie Dunbar from Rainey Collins will be running a seminar to discuss relationship property issues. Monday September 8th at 7.15pm. Please register with tsolomon@raineycollins.co.nz. See attached for further details.

·         ** Free CPR Classes ** - Wellington Free Ambulance will be running two free CPR sessions in October to get you up to speed with assisting someone in cardiac arrest, including the use of a defibrillator. This is especially timely as our Community Centre Defibrillator was used just a few weeks ago. Sessions are on Wednesday 22nd October from 11.30 – 1pm or 7.00 – 8.30pm. Register with me – 830 4802 or beckie.duffy@wcc.govt.nz.

·         ** October School Holidays ** - classes are just being finalised now for School Holidays and will be put up on Facebook as they are confirmed. Classes that have been confirmed so far are:
o   ** Khandallah Kids Taekwon-do ** - learn basic self-defence techniques and have fun. For kids aged 5 – 7 years. $9 per child. Sessions run on Tuesday September 30th starting at 11.05am, 12.05pm or 1.05pm. Register through CPCC.
o   ** Fondant Characters ** - learn to make fondant cakes toppers just like an expert cake maker! Make a fairy garden or dinosaur jungle with a range of techniques and take home your creation to display or devour! For children 6+, $30 per child (includes lunch). Monday October 6th 11.30 – 2.30pm. Run by local cake maker, Rachel Williams. Register through the Centre.
o   ** Brain Bunny Creative Writing Class ** - Brain Bunny Creative Writing Holiday Programmes are about tapping into children’s imaginations and helping them craft a story. During the programme, we'll use a range of guided creative writing exercises to stimulate new ideas for characters, stories and poems, and to help develop ideas children may already have. Suitable both for students who are passionate about creative writing, looking for extension and for students who are struggling with writing in a classroom setting, looking to gain confidence. For children aged 8 – 12years. $35 per child. Register with Brain Bunny: http://brainbunny.co.nz/index.php/enrol-now/

  • ** Social English Sessions ** - Do you have a parent, friend or neighbour who would benefit from learning English via conversation in a relaxed, social and non-pressured environment? We will be starting Social English sessions at CPCC on Friday mornings from mid-October. We would love to get the word out there to people who have English as a second language, are home during the day and who would really benefit this type of session. If this is you, or someone you know please watch this space – more information will be coming closer to the time.
  • ** Ohariu Candidate Meetings: The following is a list of candidate meetings for the Ohariu Electorate in the lead up to the General Election:
§  Monday 1 September Johnsonville Uniting Church, 7:00 pm
§  Tuesday 2 September Ngaio/Crofton Downs Residents, Ngaio Town Hall, 8:00 pm
§  Thursday 4 September, Khandallah, Khandallah Town Hall, 1:00 pm
§  Monday 8 September Wadestown Residents, St Lukes Hall, 7:30 pm
§  Wednesday 10 September Tawa Residents, Tawa Union Church, 7:00 pm
§  Thursday 11 September Ngaio Union Church, 7:30 pm
§  Tuesday 16 September Khandallah Presbyterian Church, 7:30 pm

§  ** Celebrating 10 years of Montessori @ Tawa School ** - Sunday 31 August. Open Day 1 – 2pm, Room 13, Tawa School. Meet the teacher, ask questions, and see the Montessori class environment for 6-12 year olds. 10th Anniversary Celebration 2 – 3:30pm, Tawa School Library. For more information, please visit www.montessoritawa.org or phone 232 3787 a/h.

  • ** Northern Suburbs Stroke Club ** - The Northern Suburbs Stroke Club provides a supportive environment for stroke sufferers and their families. The Club meets on the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of every month at the Uniting Church on Dr Taylor Terrace, Johnsonville at 12.15pm. In addition to providing a venue for stroke sufferers to socialise, we have an interesting variety of guest speakers drawn from the community and welfare organisations. The Club is open to stroke survivors and their families together with those who have suffered head injuries. In addition, the Club is looking for volunteers who are willing to serve on the Committee and contribute to the running of the Club. Anyone interested in joining the Club can ring John Brooking on 478 9706. 
There will be advanced voting at theTawa Community Centre in the 2 weeks leading up to the NZ elections.  The times are:
Wed 3 Sep - Fri 5 Sep 10am - 4pm
Sat 6 Sep 10am - 3pm
Mon 8 Sep - Wed 10 Sep 10am - 4pm
Thu 11 Sep 10am - 8pm
Fri 12 Sep 10am - 4pm
Sat 13 Sep 10am - 3pm
Mon 15 Sep - Fri 19 Sep 10am - 6pm
Thu 18 Sep (Late night) 6pm - 8pm

To keep up to date with what’s on at CPCC throughout the week, you can follow us on Facebook (www.facebook.com/ChurtonParkCommunityCentre). It’s publically available, so you can view it even if you don’t belong to Facebook.

Have a great weekend!

Beckie Duffy Community Centre Advocate
Churton Park Community Centre| 
P 04 830 4802 M 021 247 8741
beckie.duffy@wcc.govt.nz | W Wellington.govt.nz 

Headlice Alert - August 2014

We have received reports of cases of head lice from some of our students. To help prevent the spread in school, please check the whole family and treat if necessary.

What you need to know about head lice
  • Head lice are animals that live on the scalp.
  • Nits are the eggs of head lice.
  • Lice can’t jump or fly from person to person. They can only crawl from head to head, or spread when children share combs, brushes, hats, and scarves.
  • Head lice are easily treated at home.
  • Head lice spread quickly, so report head lice to your child’s school or child care centre.
To prevent other members of your family from getting head lice, you’ll need to wash the infected child’s bedding and clothing in hot water. Make sure to wash her combs and brushes too and keep her hair tied back firmly to prevent cross-contamination.
Whichever method you choose to remove head lice and nits, be sure to use the treatment 7-10 days after the initial treatment to catch the next generation of head lice as they hatch.  

Further information on detection and treatment of head lice and eggs (nits) can be found on this link


Because live eggs hatch in 7-10 days, the key to success in getting rid of them is to repeat whatever treatment you settle on every three-four days for a couple of weeks. You can only break the cycle if you stop the newly hatched lice from laying eggs. 

Thursday, August 28, 2014

ERO's Parent Booklets - A survey

What do you think of ERO’s parent booklets?
The Education Review Office (ERO) publishes a series of five booklets for parents and caregivers.
We want to find out how useful the information is to parents, how the booklets can be improved, and if parents would prefer to receive the information in a different way.
We’re starting with a survey of How is my child doing? To take part in the survey go to www.ero.govt.nz – Featured Publications. The survey runs until the end of September and only takes a few minutes to complete.
Meanwhile if you would like a copy of one of the booklets email  info@ero.govt.nz
Dee Warring
Communications Adviser
Education Review Office | Te Tari Arotake Mātauranga

Ko te Tamaiti te Pūtake o te Kaupapa
The Child - the Heart of the Matter

Women's Movie Night - Wednesday 10th September at 7:00pm

An invitation to our Women's Movie Night for term 3 (men are welcome, though none have been game enough yet!)

Mary-Jane Robiony-Rogers and I are organising a Women's Movie Night - film to be advised shortly. 

When: 7pm, Wednesday, 10 September, 2014
Where: Amesbury School, meet at reception for refreshments
What: Cake, coffee and a movie.
Who: Women - feel free to invite your neighbours. Men are welcome, but the evenings will unashamedly feature 'chick flicks'.

Please give an indication of whether you will be attending by emailing Lesley (principal@amesbury.school.nz) or Mary Jane (robionyrogers@yahoo.co.nz)

See you there.

Kind regards
Lesley and Mary Jane

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Amesbury School Hockey Team Wins Tournament

We are very excited! Yesterday, a group of Harakeke boys took part in the Northern Zone Hockey Tournament played on the artificial turf at Wakefield Park, Island Bay. We received texts all day: the team is doing well; they are in the semi-finals; we will be back late because they are in the final against Ngaio School; they have won the final!

A HUGE congratulations to the boys for their outstanding performances all day long. Thanks to Lisa for managing the team and to Merrick who has taught hockey skills to all our children as part of Thursday rotations.

Farewell to Crisanna

It was sad to say goodbye to Crisanna on Monday. She, husband and her young family are off to the South Island this week to be closer to whanau, which will be great for the boys. However, she will be sorely missed here. Crisanna is one of our foundation teachers. We initally employed her for a couple of days per week to teach Te Reo me Tikanga Maori. She then became a full time teacher in Harakeke Hub for a short while. She went on maternity leave and returned and picked up Te Reo Maori again for a day or two a week. Now she has left for good! Crisanna is an amazing teacher - very talented, full of life and fun and the children love her. Her passion for Te Reo Maori has rubbed off on our children and enriched our school.

We wish Crisanna and family all the very best in Christchurch. Arohanui ki a koe, Crisanna.