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Newsletter 201604 - 24 February 2016

Welcome New Students

A special welcome to our new tamariki and their whānau: Taonga Reti, Kauri and Arlee Tarawa.


Whanau Hui

Teachers have set aside Tuesday 1st March from 3.10pm until about 7pm to meet with whānau to talk about school goals, your child’s goals, to share work your child has done so far and to get to know you and listen to anything you may wish to discuss.

 Appointment options are being sent home today and will need to be returned to the office by this Friday so that your confirmed time can be sent home on Monday.


Room 2 Whānau Hui

Because most of Room 2 children have only been at school for a few weeks/months the teachers in Room 2 will be having two meetings for whānau to attend. The first meeting will be at 3.15pm and the second meeting will be at 5.15pm. Therefore the whānau of Room 2 children will have two options of time to attend. There will also be time after these two meetings for whānau to meet specifically about their child if they wish.


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.

Thank you to the whānau who have offered help. We still need helpers, please ring us or send us a note to let us know how you can help. 

We have lots of activities planned for the Gala, one of them being 30 minute swimming pool sessions so please remind your tamariki to bring togs and a towel if they wish to take advantage of this Gala activity.

NEW Gala Ticket System

There will be NO REFUNDS on any ticket, bands, hāngi, raffles or chit card sales.

We are using a new ticketing system this year, offering you a few different options.

$20 Band – day pass to “Bumper Balls”, “Caro’s Crazy Critters”, “Bouncy Castles”, “Bouncy Slide” and “Hot Rods” (otherwise $5 each per turn).


$10 Band – day pass to “Caro’s Crazy Critters”, “Bouncy Castles” and “Bouncy Slides” (otherwise $5 each per turn).


We are allowing whānau the option to “pay the bands off” in the weeks leading up to the gala.  Please see Kohi in the office.


These areas will be clearly marked on the day using a colour-coded system ($20 green and $10 blue).


Alternatively, on the day we will be selling “Chit cards” at $2, $5 and $10 values that can be used at all gala stalls other than the Hāngi and Raffle table which will be CASH ONLY.

If you have any queries please feel free to contact us at the school office.

Cake Stall

Each family will receive a cake box for the cake stall. These cakes are judged, and winners receive small prizes. Cake boxes are to be returned by 12 noon Friday 11th March or taken to the cake stall on the Saturday morning. Please contact us if you are able to make more cakes and need extra boxes.


Swimming Sports

Kaikohe East Swimming Sports:

We will be holding our own swimming sports for Years 4-6 tomorrow, Thursday 25th February from 11.30am.


Interschool Swimming Sports:

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


 “Gala Day” Letter Correction

Thank you, and our apologies, to whānau who contacted us about an error in our “Gala Day” letter attached to last week’s newsletter.  Please note date change.

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


Marae Stay

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

Due to a clash in dates we have had to alter our Marae Stay trips

The Senior Syndicate (Rooms 8, 14,15,16) will be staying overnight on Wednesday 16th March, the Middle Syndicate classes (Rooms 4,5,6,9) overnight on Thursday 17th March and the Junior Syndicate classes (Rooms 1,2,3,7) just for the day on Friday 18th 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.


Ki O Rahi

We have a Ki O Rahi competition coming up for 2 x year 4-6 team, on Thursday 3rd March at Lindvart Park.  Students remaining in Room 15 will also attend on the day to support our school teams.


Year 6 Transition Days

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.  All er6stuents will be attending.


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 whanau. We have a variety of breakfast from cereals and yoghurt to baked beans and eggs. Nau mai haere mai!

A huge thankyou to Whaea Ani Milner who we missed mentioning in last weeks newsletter, many apologies, we appreciate your mahi.

Don Edmonds,
24 Feb 2016, 14:38