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Newsletter 201524 - 12 August 2015


A special welcome to new students and their whanau: Hakopa Reihana, Alexis and Sheridan Thompson and Sidney Tahere.


School photographer Liz Davies is taking our school photos on Thursday 27 August. Order forms have been sent home and more are available at the office. Send your order with payment to the office or order online by 24 August.

There are various packs and options available, prices start at $10 for an A5 sized class photo and range up to a $45 for a family including lots of different sized photos.

Further details and online ordering at www.lizdaviesphotography.co.nz.


Dental Services

Our school dental clinic is closed for several weeks.  If your child needs dental treatment please phone one of the following mobile clinics.

Kaikohe West: 4012837

Te Kura Kaupapa Maori o Kaikohe: 4012063


Free Vision Testing and Free Glasses

From Monday 7 September to Thursday 10 September there will be an Optometrist set up in the Northland College hall to provide full eye tests for Kaikohe children who need them.

If the tests show that glasses are required these will be manufactured to order and delivered to the child’s school about three weeks later.

Today your child will be bringing home a consent form for this.

Note that you only need to fill in the top part of the form.

We need the form completed and returned to school as soon as possible. All returned forms will go into a special free lunch draw.

Be sure to return your form to the school office.


Star Jam Day

This Thursday 13 August is Star Jam Day. We will be participating in a whole school Jump Jam (aerobics) session where we are filmed and entered into a draw to win tonnes of great prizes. The purpose of the day is to raise funds for the StarJam Charitable Trust and Jump Jam aerobic programme, designed to support young people with disabilities, while promoting health and wellness with our school communities.

All we ask is for a $2 donation and in return your tamariki will receive a StarJam Wrist Band.

We also would love to see something BLUE worn on the day as this is the StarJam colour. Thanks for your support!



Whaea Stevie will be on maternity leave from next week. She returns on 24 September.

Whaea Lana Giesbers will be Tumanako’s teacher while Whaea Stevie is away.



On Saturday 9th August we finished off our netball season and won the trophy for best dressed/uniform and 1st place for round 2.

A big thank you to our coaches, supporters and players. There will be a school Netball / Hockey end of season event in the near future. Details later.


Cultural Festival

We now have three groups preparing for the annual Cultural Festival to be held at Northland College on Tuesday 15th September (Dress Rehearsal) and Thursday 17th September (Public performance).


Northland College Farm Visit

On Friday Whaea Tia, Whaea Becs and Mrs Maihi took their club to the College dairy farm.

We saw a cow. It weighed too much from milk that it couldn’t stand up so Loretta and the boys put a brace on it to hold it up, they left it overnight. The next day they let it off. The happy news was that it could walk but the bad news was they had to wait till the next day to milk it. The cow was very sick.

We went up a ramp and saw some calves, we got to pat them. Some were born that morning.

We wanted to see the poop, it was in a big pond. Guess what? I was grossed out because ducks were drinking out of there and they lived in there too. ‘Gross’! I will never want to be those ducks.

We saw where the cows are milked.  You don’t need to milk them by hand because there’s like 100 cows. There are two rows to milk the cows, with cups to milk them quickly. We had a big walk back to school.

By Maia Harris,

Room 4.