Wednesday, 1 April 2015

Parent Letter - April Holidays

Dear Parents & Caregivers,

The April school holidays are just around the corner and it will be important that your child continues to practise his/her English daily. A great way to do this is to have your child participate in activities that allows your child to speak English with other children. A ‘play date’ with an English speaking friend is always a good idea. Also, Parnell Trust runs a holiday programme right here at school. More information can be found on this website:

There are also a range of other holiday activities on offer throughout Auckland. For example, the Auckland City Council have a range of events taking place in many different locations. More information about dates, locations and cost can be found on their website:
Some include ‘Gallipoli in Minecraft’ as well as ‘Tales of Tamaki: Stories over Auckland’ at the Auckland Museum -

Auckland Libraries also have a range of different activities on offer based on their theme ‘Carnival Masquerade’. All events are free of charge. Below are the dates and times for Parnell Library.

Trash to treasure upcycled mask making
Tuesday 7 April 2015, 2.30pm - 4pm
Transform rubbish into beautiful masks in this workshop. Just bring along your creativity!
Where the wild things are mask making 
Friday 10 April 2015, 2.30pm - 4pm
Let the wild rumpus start! Listen to the classic tale, ‘Where the wild things are’, and then unleash your creativity on some wild things masks!
Carousel animal craft afternoon 
Tuesday 14 April 2015, 2.30pm - 4pm
Lions, tigers and horses... oh my! Decorate an animal to add to our carousel.
Masquerade parade 
Friday 17 April 2015, 2.30pm - 4pm
Come along to the library dressed up in a costume of your choice... we'll paint your face and have a masquerade parade

Don’t forget to also have your child keep up with their reading by accessing the Sunshine Online website -  Username: parnellesol        Password: room31

Lastly, for the very young children in our school I have attached an alphabet booklet. This will help your child to practise their handwriting as they continue to learn the name of the letter and the sound each letter makes. A good website to reinforce this is:

Please feel free to keep in touch with us regarding your child’s progress in English. My email address is: or Miss Hastings email is:


Anna Hedstrom

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