Week 9 Term 1 2011

Events for your Calendar
Remember to click on the Calendar tab at the top of our newsletter to keep up to date with these! We would especially like you to take note of the learning events that do not take place at Apiti School. We will require transport for these events and details about this are likely to be uploaded closer to the event date. We thank you for your support regarding transport as it allows us to plan a rich, focussed and varied curriculum for your children. If you can not open the calendar let us know and we will help you.

Music - Please remember to practise and bring your recorders tomorrow - Wednesday.

Students of the Week
Junior Rm - Wk 7 - Ava! for great story writing using letter knowledge in writing and reading. Great phonics and sounds out along words.
Wk 8 - David! Researching well and is becoming more independent.
Reading - Ava, Chloe & Pixel are now on to Blue 2, David - Blue 1, Keanu - Light Blue 2. Well done.
Senior Rm - Wk 7 - Chevelle is setting high standards for himself. This is both motivating for himself and those around him. He is committed to learning and striving to improve.
Wk 8 - Ashleigh independently strives to achieve her learning goals. Excellent reading and research skills developing. Excellent leadership skills developing Ashleigh ... keep up the great work.
Quality Work Table - Reading - Chevelle, Hannah, Charlotte; Handwriting - Ethan, Tom:
Key Competencies - Caleb
What's been happening ...
Bon Apiti
Healthy wraps continue on a Wednesday and Friday. If anyone has ham, tomatoes or lettuce that they could donate, we would appreciate it. Your child will receive a free wrap if you donate food.

Please read the last post on our blogspot about the triathlon tomorrow (ppd Wednesday). As we have not had any offers to take all of the bikes, I am assuming that people are happy to take their own bikes to the triathlon. If you have any difficulties please get in touch with Nicki. Each participant will have a manager. I would appreciate it if parents could support both the participant and the manager. The roll of the manager is to help with gear and count laps in the pool. A plan has been sent home with participants today. I would suggest that students wear their togs under their uniform and take warm clothes for between and after races. I have ensured students understand their races and appreciate parents supporting all of our students as I will be tied to the results desk this year.

Sam Strahan and Junior Cup
Our students will continue to practise for this with Jock and Doug throughout this week, in preparation for the tournaments next Tuesday and Thursday. Those students involved are committed to improving their skills and fitness which is great to see. Your support once again is appreciated. Please let us know if you will be going to the tournaments.

Keeping you up to date with our learning ...
Teaching as Enquiry
Next Friday teachers will be spending the day with other teachers from our ICT cluster to learn from renowned international educator Kath Murdoch. The focus of the day is teachers enquiry.
Last week Mary and Nicki got together with other teachers from the WAM Learning Network and Brian Coles to complete our network learning community plan. We also worked on our powerpoint which we have been completing. This powerpoint clearly outlines how all parts of the school are interconnected. This includes students, BOT, teachers, curriculum, planning, strategic/annual plan, documentation including assessment, samples of work etc, we have examples of each area in the powerpoint. A copy of our big picture is on the wall outside the office. We have presented this powerpoint to many principal groups including Wairapapa, Wanganui, and on Friday to principals from Glen Oroua, Linton Camp, Rongotea, Terrace End and Carncot Schools. On Friday we will present it to the Oroua Schools. It is a practical resource which makes the whole education picture clear. It has already been used in a variety of schools and we have been able to use it to help other schools. We are developing this resource for other schools to use.

Today we have Selina O'Leary here. Selina is a numeracy adviser. She is doing a gaps analysis on our numeracy programme, from here we will plan our school numeracy development plan.

We have recently received a letter from one of the places we visited in the Hawkes Bay - Laserforce, and in reply to one of our thank you letters written to them by one of our students, they said that "it was a pleasure to have our Apiti School students visit and was very impressed with how well behaved all the students were and would love to have us back again sometime either with family or on another school visit."
Always great to get great feedback on our students great behaviour while away from home.


We have the opportunity to provide marshals for the big Manawatu Cycle Classic Tour that is taking place on Saturday 16th April.

This is a big 160km bike race that will come through Apiti.

We will be covering from Pohangina Valley East Road corner to Kimbolton and ASSA will be paid $500 for our services.

Please make yourself available to marshal on the day.

We will need helpers for a number of hours so if we have enough people we should be able to job share. Please let me know ASAP if you are willing to help.

Thank you. -

Lance Gillespie -

Ph 3284747

Apiti School Trail Ride

This event will take place on Sunday the 10th of April at the Apiti Domain. Sign in at 9am. Riders briefing at 10am. Start time 10.30. Adults = $25.00, children under 12 = $15.00. Lunch will be provided between 12 and 2pm. Helmets and boots compulsory. No passengers. Approx 25 - 35km loop ride. Undulating terrain, farm tracks, with some challengers. This is a well marked out course, suitable for moderate to experienced riders.

For the Kids : Supervised Intermediate kids track. Supervised Beginner kids track. All tracks are suitable for 2 and 4 wheel bikes. Riders are responsible for their own safety. The presence of St Johns has kindly been sponsored by Waikato Milking Systems. The trail ride event is sponsored by afc Motorcycles. For more information, please contact Blair McCarroll on 3284 722 or email Blair at orangatrust@xtra.co.nz. or email Apiti School at principal@apiti.school.nz

If any members of the community could help us out on the day with the running of this event, please contact Blair on 3284 722 or Sara on 3284 515, it would be most appreciated.

Also, if anyone is travelling out of the district anytime in the near future, could you please pick up a few trail ride pamphlets from the school office and distribute them at your destination. Thank you to Malcolm and Caleb for taking some to recent trail rides. If anyone is attending the Mt Biggs trail ride please take some flyers, as this is one of the best ways to target riders. Thanks

Children's after-school art classes

For 7 - 12 year olds. All aspects of drawing and painting covered, with an exhibition of students' progress on the final day. Materials supplied. Wednesdays 3.30 - 5.00pm. Ten weeks starting May 4th at the Feilding Art Districts Society, Kimbolton Road, Feilding. Cost $100.00. If you require more information, please ring Kate on 3284 866. - Kate & Michelle.

Feilding High School presents - 'Peter Pan'
The British Musical by Piers Chater-Robinson. 6th - 9th April 2011 in the Feilding High School Hall - Wednesday to Saturday 7.30pm start, Saturday Matinee @ 2pm. Tickets available from Turners Gifts & Luggage and Feilding High School Office.
Show only - Adults = $15.00. Child/Student = $10.00. Family $45.00.
Dinner, Dessert & Show (Wed & Thurs only) - Adult = $30.00. Child/Student = $25.00
- M. Gibson (Publicity Officer), FHS.

'The Awesome Colgate Carton Race'

We need your empty Colgate Toothpaste Cartons!

Our school is competing to win a share of $60,000 worth of new sports gear.

It is part of a campaign called the Awesome Colgate Carton Race and the winning schools simply have to collect the most Colgate toothpaste cartons per pupil.

So please buy your years supply of toothpaste now ! it doesn't go off ! raid your bathroom and check your recycling bins, ask your friends, family and neighbours for their colgate cartons - every carton counts, and this is a competition we can win ! many years ago Utuwai won a computer and printer in this same competition. The students will contact you soon about how many cartons you want, toothpaste can make a great present !

We have until the 30th of June to collect as many cartons as we can get our hands on, so please give them to your child to bring to school, or drop them off at our office. Thanks for your support and thanks for giving us a sporting chance!

The Growing Minds Fund - Hatuma Dicalcic Phosphate

For every tonne of Hatuma Dicalcic Phosphate you order, Hatuma will contribute 20 cents to our school. Please just mention our name with your purchase and the 20c per tonne will be credited to our account. Thanks for your support.