From the Principal
It is very likely that by the time you are reading this newsletter, Mrs Lowden, myself and 8 Pigeon Mountain students will be in China visiting our sister school in Yuyao, Zhejiang Province. This is the 4th group to visit China as ambassadors of PMPS, and each time we meet up with our colleagues and friends at Yuyao Experimental School #2, we enjoy a rich educational and cultural experience. The students selected to travel this year have enjoyed 6 months preparation leading up to their visit, and depart NZ with a great sense of anticipation about what they will see, hear, feel and taste in China. Throughout their 10 day stay overseas, the children will draw upon the 4 school values, whilst enjoying the company of other intrepid explorers from Wakaaranga, Hingaia, and BBI schools. The first newsletter of Term 4 will contain more details about their experiences overseas.
Principal’s Email Group
The latest responses from our Principal’s Email Group are available on the school website at https://www.pigeon-mountain.school.nz/principals-email-group/
The most recent survey focused on the successes of this year and looked ahead to next. We are always looking for new people to be part of this growing group, and we appreciate the feedback we receive from the short surveys (5-10 minutes maximum). If you are interested in receiving new surveys- the latest will be coming out ahead of the holidays- please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Elearning Expo Thursday 24th October 6:30- 8pm in the school hall
This special eLearning Expo onThursday 24th October is an informative and practical evening showcasing eLearning at Pigeon Mountain Primary. The Elearning expo is a special evening when you are free to browse the displays and information tables and hear what eLearning looks like at Pigeon Mountain Primary from some of our students. You will also have the opportunity to experience new technologies supplied by PB Tech.
There will be displays and information on:
- Coding- in the junior and middle school
- BYOD- guidelines, devices, software
- Digital Citizenship
- eTAP Parent Portal- what this is and how to use it
- Google and Hapara- how we use Google Apps for Education managed by Hapara teacher dashboard
- Accessit library programme – how to use and access Accessit at home.
- Online Learning – Reading Eggs, Lexia, Mathletics etc.
Feel free to drop in anytime from 6:30 onwards The evening finishes at 8pm.
Dates for your Diary
Term 3 ends – Friday 27 September
Term 4 commences – Monday 14 October
Term 4 ends – Thursday 19 December at 3pm
HPPA Touch Rugby Field Day Tuesday 22 October
Elearning Expo Thursday 24th October
Connor Blumrick Rm 22, Michael Niu Rm 25, Anna Li Room 25, Avreez Kaur Room 1, Kumail Raza Room 25
Next Meeting 24 October
Puriri Bake Sale – Friday 27 September
Next Meeting Wednesday 16 October 7.30pm
Family Photo Days 26/27 October
Soccer: The last round of the inter house soccer games have been played.
The results for the Inter house soccer are as follows:
Chess – Kenneth Liu, Eric Zhang, Alexander Pan and Anthony Hu will be representing Pigeon Mountain at the Auckland Interschool Chess Final on Wednesday 25th September. Goodluck Boys!
Speech Contest Results
The overall winner (representing PMPS at Eastern Zone) and Year 6 winner was:
Finn Wai-Poi with the topic I am a Failure
2nd Year 6 was Kelly Zhou with Perspective
3rd Equal for Year 6 was Harriet Schmidt with Why is chocolate good for you and Georgia Priestley with Camping, the fun and not so fun!
Year 5 winners:
1st Gladness Saumani with Cyber bullying
2nd Ahrathi Mathan with Pollution
3rd Harini Paramatharan with Tamil language and culture
Year 4 winners:
1st Diya Guan with Screen time
2nd Rohan Prasad with Detector Dogs
3rd Amey Padalkar with Cricket
Year 3 winners:
1st Kayden Wood with Lionel Messi
2nd Hannah Richardson with Dogs
3rd Rina Zhang with Sea Creatures
Cultural X-Factor Winners –
1st – Maggie Li with Chinese dance
2nd – Cameron and Sofia Dixon with Line Dancing
3rd – Haka boys with the haka
Rubiks Cubers with rubik’s cubing
Katya and Danica with African dance
A successful book week was held from 16 – 20 September. We have earned $3835.00 in books for the school.
The book parade on Friday was amazing and everyone looked fabulous. There was a surprise visit from Geronimo Stilton. Activities were held during the week that the students participated in and enjoyed.
Uniform is available for sale, however we have a limited supply of some items, so please complete the order form available from the office.
Puriri Bake Sale Friday 27 September
End of term Friday 27 September
Term 4 commences Monday 14 October
HPPA Touch Rugby Field Day Tuesday 22 October
Chess – There is a 10 week chess coaching program running on Thursdays from 17 October 2019 till 19 December 2019 from 12.45 pm – 1.45 pm. The fee will be $120/student for the term. The sessions will be held in the Room #24. REGISTRATION If your child would like to be part of this please visit our website. Both registration and payment can be done online. at www.chesspower.co.nz/register
Howick Pakuranga Netball Centre – Junior Summer Netball League commencing Tuesday 22 October, registrations and information please see www.hpnc.org.nz
Bucklands Beach Yacht Club – Learn to Sail – Contact email@example.com ph 534 3046
Howick Sailing Club – Learn to Sail – Contact Malcolm 027 649 4912
Bizzy Bodz – have a school holiday programme available, please contact then direct.