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Jacksons Road Ohoka
RD 2 Kaiapoi
Phone (03) 3126-840 Fax (03) 3126-841

19 May 2011
Dear Parents
LIT QUIZ: Congratulations to
our Lit Quiz team for performing
so admirably at the recent
competition at Cobham
Intermediate. The questions were
certainly a lot more challenging
than in previous years, however
our team still knew a lot of the
answers to the questions. At the
conclusion of the event they were
placed 35th out of 47 teams,
which was very commendable. I
would like to thank Jan Bellaney
and Christine Walker for
spending many weeks preparing
the team for the event. In the
photo to the right we have the LIT Quiz team of: Back Row – Jan Bellaney, Lizzie
Stevenson, Hannah Moreton, Nola Dunleavy, Christine Walker.
Front Row: Bayley
Taikato-Wheeler, Henry Moreton, Briar Bellaney, Sasha Pugh, Sophie Mills and Robert

PARENT/TEACHER MEETING: We will be holding parent teacher meetings for
Rooms 4 -11 (For Rooms 1 – 3 interviews, see note below). To make a time with your
teacher please book on the School Interviews website. The instructions are:
To access the website:
1. STEP 1: Go to the website:
2. STEP 2: Enter the Event code:
3. A parents page will then appear: 1. STEP 3: Enter your personal details: Full name; email address, students name then 2. STEP 4: Choose the teachers 3. STEP 5: Choose the times 4. Once booked, a confirmation, similar to the one below, will be emailed back to you. For parents who haven’t got access to a computer at home, we will make one available in the library for parents to log in to. Bookings are now open. Good luck!

Due to the new reporting procedures, Rooms 1, 2 and
3 will have independent interviews when their reports are due. Parents do not need to
book a time on the school web booking system as teachers will contact parents with times
when appropriate.
Next Thursday 26 May, will be Miss Blatch’s last day
before she takes maternity leave. We will be very sorry to lose her, on a temporary basis,
because she gives so much time and energy to the school and to her class. In her place
will be Mr Carr, who has already visited the class on a number of occasions to get to
know the children and class routines.

At Monday’s PTA meeting, the PTA very generously donated
$9,500 towards items which were placed on a Wish List’ which the teachers identified
they needed. The money will go towards:
- Musical Instruments

The above contribution is an amazing boost to the school resources because in order for
the school to have an 11th teacher and low class numbers, budgets were cut this year, so
the teachers are very grateful for the generosity of the PTA. To donate this amount to the
school, as well as the significant contribution they have made to the new Ohoka School
and Community Hall is a true reflection of how hard this group of parents work towards
the greater good of the school and community. We are very proud of this team of parents!
It was great to see everyone
giving their all and running
proudly in their house colours.
Our younger students coped
admirably with the course
thanks to the support and
encouragement of our senior
students. Thank you also to all
the parents who came to support
our runners. I’m sure they
appreciated your cheers as they
ran past.
I know that the obstacles around
the course were a real favourite
for everyone. For that, we owe a
huge vote of thanks to the
Holder family who gave their time to help set up the course and who contributed the hay
bales as obstacles. We really appreciate your support, thank you. In the photo, we have
Kelvin Milne showing great style while he is leaping over the hay bales.
Below are the final placings for the event: 5 year olds
5 year olds
6 year olds
6 year olds
7 year olds

The following students have been selected to represent our school at the Pegasus Zone
Cross Counry Championships on Wednesday 8th June 12.30pm at the Rangiora A&P
Showgrounds. Congratulations and good luck for this next event.
12+ Years


Topping Out: This Friday will be a significant milestone in the progress of
the hall. It will be the official ‘Roof Shout.’ To celebrate this event our Year 8 students will be serving the workers a special morning tea. • Carnival: This Sunday starting at 1:00 pm, will be our School Carnival,
which will be a continuation of the Roof Shout celebrations, which we will be starting on Friday with the special morning tea for the workers. (i) Tombola - Bring-a-Bottle: We have had a number of bottles already
dropped off to school, however we do need a lot more bottles to make
this event a success. It would be great if every family could donate one
bottle. These can be dropped off at the school office.
Extra assistance needed on Saturday from 1.00 - 3.00 pm. If you
are able to help set up marquees please ring Pete Supyk – Ph 312 0584

Tuesday – 24th
- ICAS Computer skills test
- Life Education at school 24 May – 2 June
- Wheelie Tuesday
- 4.00 – 6.00pm Open Night at Kaiapoi High School
Remember when driving, children copy your example, good or bad. Drive courteously, always use safe crossing areas and respect the school patrol. Injury Prevention LAST EVER opportunity to purchase EdAlive software titles.
Order forms have been sent home this week with your child. If you would like to purchase any items please return your order to the school office by Friday 20 May.
Rangiora High School 1st XV rugby fundraising dinner
Guest Speaker: John Wright, NZ Cricket coach
Saturday 28th May from 6.30 p.m. at RSA, Rangiora
Tickets ($50) can be purchased from Rangiora High School office
Rangiora Exhibition this weekend Friday - Sunday
Just a reminder of this annual exhibition of artworks - paintings, photography, woolcraft, woodwork, pottery and quilting. Guest artist is local painter Diana Gillanders. Don't forget to check out the raffles too!
Public Health Nurses

Public Health Nurses (PHN) are Registered Nurses who specialize in child and family health.
They are employed by the Canterbury District Health Board and provide a free and
confidential health service for children aged 5 – 18 years. All schools in Canterbury have a
PHN assigned to their school to assist children, parents/caregivers and teachers with health
If you are worried about your child’s health you can contact the PHN Service yourself or a
referral can be made (with your knowledge/permission) by school staff. Common referrals to
the PHN service may include - wetting, soiling, coordination, allergies and anaphylaxis, head
lice, asthma/frequent cough, behavioural concerns, eating, hygiene, sleep, skin conditions,
medication and emotional issues.
Public Health Nurses are able to meet with parents/caregivers at home, school or work to
provide health support, assessment, advice and to coordinate family health, school or support
services if required.
You can contact the Public Health Nursing Service through your school or phone Rangiora
(03) 3118664.


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