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Newsletter 201603 - 17 February 2016

Welcome New Students

A special welcome to our new tamariki and their whānau:

Sadidas Poa Wilson, Autumn Mokaraka, Napiah, Tiarah and Dougie Brown-Korewha and Trihaan Sami.



A reminder to all whānau that school is closing this Friday 19th February at 12.30pm.


All children will be dismissed at 12.30pm. Buses will start running at this time too.


Teachers will be trying to ring whānau today and until Friday to be sure they know what is happening to your child at 12.30pm Please note that all staff will be leaving the school at 12.45pm on this day to attend a meeting at Northland College.


School Gala Day

Our School Gala Day is planned for Saturday 12th March. Please mark this in your calendar and consider how you might help support our fundraising event.


Swim Safe

We are lucky to have Rona from Swim Safe come and take each class for 4 lessons this term teaching water safety and skills. Again please ensure your child has their togs and towel on the following dates:

Rooms 1, 2,3,5,6,7: Monday 15th, Wednesday 17th, Friday 19th and Monday 22nd February.

Rooms 16,15,14,9,8,4 : Friday 26th and Monday 29th February and Friday 4th and Monday 7th March.


Kaikohe East Swimming Sports:

We will be holding our own swimming sports for Years 4-6 on Wed 24th Feb. Details to follow.


Interschool Swimming Sports:

This is for years 4-8 and will be held Fri 11th March at the Kaikohe Intermediate School pool.


Fire Evacuation and Lock down practices

It is vital that we practise these in case of an emergency. During the week leading up to a school practise teachers will discuss and remind children of what happens during both a fire evacuation and a lock down practise.

You will find the procedures here. Discuss them with your whānau and remind your children so that they can feel safe and know what to do during a practise or in an actual emergency.


Year 6 Transition Days

This year we are trialling a new transition programme for Year 6’s. There will be a Transition day or two held each term this year. The first planned Year 6 Transition day will be held on Tuesday 8th March at Kaikohe Intermediate School. More details later.


Marae Stay

All classes will be busy this term planning for a Marae stay at Kohewhata Marae.

The Senior Syndicate (Rooms 8, 14,15,16) will be staying overnight on Tuesday 15th March, the Middle Syndicate classes (Rooms 4,5,6,9)overnight on Wednesday 16th March and the Junior Syndicate classes (Rooms 1,2,3,7) just for the day on Thursday 17th March.

More details about this later but it is expected that all children will participate.


Swimming Timetable

Rooms 6,5,1,3,2,7 will be Mondays and Wednesdays

Rooms 16,15,14,9,8,4 will be Tuesdays and Thursdays.


Kapahaka for Everyone

This term we have started rotating all classes through Kapahaka practise. At this time the children will learn Himene, Waiata, Waiata-a-ringa and Haka which will then be reinforced at morning Karakia.


Uniforms on behalf

If there are any whanau who have uniforms they wish for us to sell on their behalf please bring the uniforms into the school office. We will sell polo shirts for $10 and $25 for school jackets then pass this onto whanau.


Ki O Rahi

We have a Ki O Rahi competition coming up for 2 x year 4-6 team, on Thur 3rd March at Lindvart Park.


Project Energize

Gina from Sport Northland will be coming in to teach Ki O Rahi throughout the term. Sessions will be run for all classes.


Free Fruit, Milk and Bread

Our school receives free fruit, bread and milk. Every class is provided with this kai on a daily basis.


Gardening Club

Every week Miss Mason runs 2 x gardening sessions at lunchtimes for our keen gardeners across the school. If any whānau would like to come in and work in our garden with small groups we welcome your expertise and awhi.


Breakfast Club

Each morning before school from 8 am to 8.30 am we have breakfast club in the hall. This is free to all students and whānau. We have a variety of breakfast from cereals and yoghurt to baked beans and eggs. Nau mai haere mai!

A huge thankyou to Whaea Dot and Whaea Sophie for coming in and running this each morning. We do need more volunteers to come in and set this up so please if you have the time come in and see Lydia or Kelli to organise a day you may be able to help.

Don Edmonds,
18 Feb 2016, 18:09