March 2012 Newsletter insert
FATHER/SON BREAKFAST – YEAR 7
The PTFA are organizing a breakfast for Year 7 boys and their fathers/caregivers which will be held in the Tindall Auditorium on Wednesday 14 March commencing at 7.30 am. Please ensure that your slips (which are enclosed) are returned to the school office by Friday 9 March. The cost is $15 for each father/son combo.
The AGM of the PTFA will be held in the Tindall Auditorium on Tuesday 20 March at 7.30 pm. We always look forward to new faces with new ideas to form the committee.
YEARS 7-10 PARENT ACADEMIC GUIDE
You will find enclosed with this newsletter a guide for parents explaining how their sons’ academic achievement will be assessed in Years 7-10 in 2012.
Photos for ID Cards for the whole school were taken on Wednesday 15 February, as you will have seen on the Important Dates for 2012 included with my final newsletter for 2011. For those boys who were absent on that day, there will be an opportunity to have their photo taken on Thursday 8 March. It is important for all boys to have an ID card, particularly if they travel by bus. They can also be used for identification verification at libraries, at the movies etc. ID cards cost $7.00 and this money can be handed in to Mrs Gerrard at the Stationery Office before 9 March.
Rosmini College is currently putting the finishing touches to a major school-wide wireless technology infrastructure development that will allow students to access online learning resources from portable devices in classrooms. In order for students to take full advantage of this opportunity the school is finalising its policy on students being allowed to bring their own portable devices (iTouch, smartphones etc) into school. Students will only be able to use these devices in classrooms at the discretion of the teacher, and rules over their misuse will be strictly enforced. This will enable students to take advantage of the technology that some possess and they will be responsible for their equipment within the school. Students are not expected to purchase such devices if they do not have them. Further information will be sent home to parents shortly.
2011 SCHOOL MAGAZINE
Our 2011 school magazine is now available for purchase at the Stationery Office for $30.00. Some parents may feel that they have already paid for the magazine with last year’s stationery order, as they would have done in previous years. Last year we didn’t include the magazine on the stationery order. We have, however, reinstated it on this year’s stationery list for the 2012 magazine.
We request parents who are picking up their sons after school not to park in the school grounds or directly opposite the drive on Dominion Street. The area at the gates is extremely congested from 3.00 – 3.30 pm and the students’ safety must be our main consideration. The police have indicated that they will be ticketing illegally parked cars on Dominion Street in the near future. Parents can find plenty of legal parking further up the road by Peggy Phillips Village. The short walk to this point will be beneficial for your son and greatly assist in the safety of his fellow students.
SAFETY ISSUES – EMERGENCY PLAN
We have been updating our safety plans and wish to advise that should a Civil Defence emergency arise it is important that parents/caregivers are aware that in such a situation the school remains responsible for students until one of the following occurs:
- The students are returned to or collected by parents or an authorised caregiver.
- The emergency services assume responsibility. They evacuate the student to a safe location.
- In circumstances where it is not possible to return students to their home, alternative arrangements will be made urgently with the Emergency Services.
- Parents will be advised as to the location and condition of their sons as soon as possible.
- The school will avoid releasing students unaccompanied until it is confirmed that transport routes are safe. Parents should always check with the Police or Local Authority.
North Shore Dove warmly invites all women to our first meeting for 2012. Ash Wednesday Mass will be celebrated at which Patsy will hand over her mantle to the new President. Dove’s 2012 theme will be “Trust, Surrender, Believe, Receive” – Prov 3: 5-6. Wednesday 22nd February 7.30 – 9.30 pm at 1 Fred Thomas Dr, St Joseph’s Centre, Takapuna. Contact Angela 486-3444.
Private Tutoring in English and Maths by a NZ trained and NZ registered teacher who will provide one-on-one tutoring for children and adults of all ages, or tutoring with up to three students in a small group. Currently relieves at many Devonport and North Shore schools. Full knowledge of the NZ curriculum and knowledge of many North Shore schools’ requirements for students. Phone Barbara Hughes on 0274-778-682 or Home 445-7850.