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Newsletter 201534 - 4 November 2015

Term 4 Topics/Events

This term we have a broad topic called “Enterprise” happening in all classes. This may involve children preparing things to sell, prepare things to sell at our 2016 Gala Day and also prepare items for the Waimate North Show, which is planned for Saturday 14th November.  Our School Kapa Haka will also be performing at the Waimate North Show, more details later.


Kaikohe Christmas Parade

This community event is planned for Saturday 5th December, the theme for this year’s parade is “Candyland” Our school will be involved, if there are any whanau members with ideas and or who are willing to help please come and see us.


Kaikohe Intermediate Transition

Year 6 transition day to Kaikohe Intermediate School is planned for the 17th November.  All Year 6 children brought home last week a Kaikohe Intermediate Prospectus with a small survey about an indication of enrolment for next year.  Can the survey please be returned urgently to the school office if you haven’t already.  If you have any queries about enrolment do not hesitate to go and speak to Acting Principal, Linda Donnelly.



Recently Miss Freda Mokaraka was appointed the new Principal of Kaikohe Intermediate School.  Freda is working part time currently in the school and will take up her new position as Principal in Term 1 of 2016! We are looking forward to working with Freda and Kaikohe Intermediate School to ensure the pathway for our Year 6 tamariki is awesome!


Christmas Grotto

The Kaikohe Community Arts Council is preparing a Grotto at 81 Broadway for children to visit as soon as it is set up.  Many classes here will be providing the Grotto with a Christmas tree they have made.  Classes will also be visiting the Grotto to see the wonderful work of The Arts Council and to see Santa!


End of Year Reports

This term whanau can expect a written end of year report to come home with the school newsletter on Wednesday 2nd of December. The report will outline how your child aligns with the National Standards for Writing, Reading and Maths and will discuss what they can currently do and what their next steps might be. Of course if whanau would like a face-to-face meeting with their child’s teacher before or after the report is sent home please do not hesitate to make contact with the appropriate teacher.

If your child only started school this term no written report will be provided.


End of Year

The final school assembly will be held in our school hall on Friday 11th of December (time to be confirmed).  At this Assembly we say goodbye to our Year 6’s, award the Mainfreight Duffy Award and celebrate other successes. All are welcome to attend! 

The last day of the year is Tuesday 15th December, school will finish for children at 1pm on this day, and buses will run as usual.


Chromebook/iPad use

The final analysis of the survey was included with last week’s newsletter.  The Board of Trustees and staff had considered responses and are determined to provide a “balanced programme” for all children ensuring that they have iPad/Chromebook/laptop time and also traditional book time.  The BOT is also committed to purchasing at least 24 more Chromebooks for classes in 2016.



Touch this Thursday.  All teams are to meet coaches by 3.45pm at the latest. U7 Whaea Tanya and Matua Harley. U9 Whaea Rehutai. U11A Coach Stirling. U11B Whaea Kelli and Mrs Woodman at Lindvart Park.

Practices are Tuesday and Thursday lunchtimes at school.



T-Ball has been cancelled today due to wet weather.


Budget 2016

Thank you to whanau who have expressed their support regarding Staff priority spending for next year being on:

Professional Development with an emphasis on ICT/e-learning

EOTC – class trips and visitors coming to our school

Staffing - to ensure that all children’s learning and behavioural needs are met.

If whanau have any further ideas about purchases for 2016 please do not hesitate to let us know via email, Facebook, text or come and tell us.  We will consider all suggestions up until the end of this month when the budget goes back to the Board of Trustees for their approval.


2016 Class Organisation

Staff are now preparing class organisation for 2016 over so if whanau have any preferences for their child/children’s class/es for 2016 please come and see or contact Whaea Chicky. We will try to keep children with the same teacher for 2-3 years if possible and try to accommodate any requests by whanau if possible.


Waimate North Show

The Waimate North Show is on the 14th of November; all children participating or performing will bring home a separate letter today with all the information.

Next week Rooms 1, 2, 3 and 7 (Manawanui) are making vegetable/fruit art for the Waimate North Show. We are asking for children to bring some vegetables on Wednesday, November 11th to help out. Parent volunteers would be appreciated. Please see teachers of these classes if you are able to help.


Gala Day 2016

Please mark your calendar now; our school Gala Day for 2016 will be Saturday 12th March starting at 10am.  Please start thinking about how you can support us and what you may like to contribute.  Any ideas please let Kohi or Whaea Chicky know.


Board Meetings

Go to the  Governance section of the school website www.kaikeast.school.nz for the meeting dates and other relevant information.

Don Edmonds,
4 Nov 2015, 12:55