The Dargaville Primary School Newsletter is sent home most Wednesdays.
The online version is usually posted on the same day. If you would like
a paper copy please call in at the Dargaville Primary School Office, Portland
Wednesday, 28 July 2004
28th July—PTA Meeting
20th August—Sports Challenge
6th September—DPS Cross Country
Draw for Saturday 31st July
High School Courts
Tasmanian Devils—9am—Court 6
Flames— 9am—Court 5
Pink Panthers—9.50am—Court 1
Lucky book orders close 3rd August
Bible on Thursday from 12 —12.30pm in the school hall for the Senior
It is with great sadness we have to say farewell to Mr Smith who has been
at the school for 18 years. We wish him all the best. Friends and family
of the school are invited to an afternoon tea on Monday 2nd August, 3.30pm
in the staffroom for Mr Smith’s farewell.
NZ has one of the highest rates of group b meningococcal disease in the
It is a disease that can be difficult to distinguish from other illness
but can kill or permanently disable a previously healthy child in a matter
of hours or days.
The Ministry of Health has advised that the vaccine to give protection
from the most common strain of meningococcal disease in New Zealand has
been approved and licensed.
An immunisation programme has begun in Counties Manukau and some eastern
suburbs of Auckland this month. The vaccine will gradually become available
throughout the country with other schools likely to begin vaccinations
in early to mid 2005.
The vaccine is free to all 0-19 year olds.
Once the vaccine is available in our area, public health nurses will visit
our school and distribute consent forms that parents need to sign before
their child can be vaccinated.
More information will be supplied at that time.
The vaccine is free to all 0-19 year olds. School students are to be vaccinated
in schools, and under fives and young people who have left school, will
be vaccinated by their doctor or practice nurse.
The Public Health Nurse has advised that no date has been set for this
yet, but they think it will be possibly start in Northern Wairoa in March.
They advised that there is a definite time frame in which these must be
done. This means that the series of three injections must take place at
certain times. If this is not done within the timeframe the vaccine will
be ineffective. Also all three vaccinations must be administered. Children
can only be vaccinated if they are well, as it does not work on sick children.
Your consent will be required before any vaccinations can be done. We
have had no information sent to us yet, but we will keep you advised.
MAINLAND CHEESE STICKERS
Please send your Hoiho Penguin stickers to Room 16 to assist them in winning
a trip to Dunedin.
OTHER NEWS AND EVENTS.
MOBILE EAR SPECIALIST CLINIC
The clinic will be outside Woolworths on the 16th August from 9.00am to
3pm. No appointment necessary just call in for all glue ear assessments,
treatment of discharging ears, grommet checks, wax and foreign body removal.
TELECOM SCHOOL CONNECTION
Your support for this over the years has seen a massive $39,200 come the
school’s way. We have used this to set up our networking system,
allowing use of computers in all of our classrooms. We have also used
this to purchase new computers and other IT equipment. We are currently
in the process of setting up a new server for the school, and an intranet
that will allow children to go on line. The Intranet is a form of internet,
whereby we can select and restrict certain sites, allowing for safe internet
use for your children. We have also just installed Jetstream.
Recently we sent home more Telecom Connection forms, thank you for your
terrific response to this. We are again sending forms home, asking that
you pass these on to your extended families, ie, grandparents, aunts,
uncles even your neighbors. Your child will receive a free pencil for
every new person that signs up.
From the Board Meeting
Sourcing bi-lingual signs for school
Meningitis immunisations – coming to NW – tentatively set
for March (see further information in the newsletter)
Mr Schwamm is in hospital recovering from an operation. Mrs Russell and
Mrs Matheson are sharing his classroom duties until his return. (possibly
another 2 weeks)
Parent helpers needed for putting math’s resources together
NZEI meeting re: teacher salary round. Their concerns are workload, qualifications
recognition and student loans for Beginning Teachers. Board will write
to NZEI and STA to support them.
ACC workshops attended by Board members.
Greg Smiths (DP) resignation regretfully accepted.
Alicia Whata appointed acting DP – will remain teaching in R16
Janice McLean appointed acting AP.
Seeking applicants for DP position.
Whanau Support Group Meeting – from their minutes
Treaty of Waitangi staff development workshops to take place possibly
Seeking notice board to display children’s work.
Minutes are available at office – also to be displayed on website
at a later date.
When Dargaville’s own Warehouse opened they ran a competition to
draw the Red Shed. You may have seen these on display. Prizes of $50.00
vouchers were available to winning entrants. They found it too difficult
to choose winners so one voucher was awarded per school.
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