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Newsletter 201535 - 11 November 2015


This week we wish a warm welcome to the following new students and whanau to our school; Rangimarie and Ataahua Kiro and Rayshianah Barber.


2016 Kaikohe East School dates

Term 1     2nd Feb -15th April

Term 2     2nd May -8th July

Term 3     25th July - 23rd Sept

Term 4     10 Oct - 15th December


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.



Our thoughts and prayers are this week with the Shields Whanau. Sadly Room 5 teacher Mrs Shields' ex-husband passed away unexpectedly last week.


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. 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 is on again at Lindvart Park, players are to meet their coaches at the Park at 3.30pm. Practices for T-Ball are Monday and Wednesday lunchtimes.


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 organisations for 2016, 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 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.

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.


Zirka Circus

Zirka Circus will be in Kaikohe next week, see flyer attached to newsletter for more info.


Duffy Summer Reading $5 Parent Offer

Scholastic and Duffy Books in Homes are offering these fantastic books in time for Christmas. All books on offer are $5 each. All orders into Mrs Maihi by this Friday 13th November. The books should be here by the 4th December.