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Newsletter 201634 - 2 November 2016

5 year olds starting in 2017

If you have a child turning five soon or next year please let us know so that we can place them in a class for next year and start visits.

Classes for 2017

Currently we are working through new teaching appointments and class lists for next year.  If whanau have a preference of teacher for their child/children please feel free to contact Whaea Chicky by text, email or call in.  If possible we will do our best to place your child where you request.

Bilingual for 2017

Any whanau who are wishing to place their child/children into a Bilingual Maori class for 2017 please contact Whaea Chicky to discuss this option.  The classes are operating at 50-80% of the day in Te Reo Maori therefore any children entering these classes should have attended Kohanga Reo and have strong support of Te Reo Maori at home.

End of Year Reports

On Wednesday the 7th of December all children who have been at school for at least 6 weeks will be receiving a report to show how they are progressing toward the National Standard and to give whanau the opportunity to see what their child knows and what their next learning steps are.  At this stage due to Mr Shaw and Matua Jim being unwell their class reports may be later.

Swimming started today

Our pool upgrade took a little longer than expected but opened today.  Children are to bring togs, their own towel in a plastic bag on their class swimming days.

Swimming days are as follows:

Seniors 9am – 11am

Rooms 14, 15, 16 and 17

Middle 11.30am – 1pm

Rooms 4, 5, 6 and 9

Juniors 2pm – 3pm

Rooms 1, 2, 3, Manawanui and 8

Kaikohe East School Board

The Kaikohe East School Board met today at 1.30pm.

Go to the school website

www.kaikeast.school.nz for the agenda and associated reports.

Special Term 4 Dates

Here is a list of special events we know of now that are occurring in Term 4:

School pool opens – Wednesday 2nd November for class lessons

Transition at Kaikohe Intermediate – 10th November

Waimate North Show – 12th November

Kaikohe Christmas Parade – 26th November

Teachers Day – school closing at 12.30pm on 9th December

Term 4 Sport

Softball and T Ball began last Wednesday, 19th October, it finishes 7th December.  

Touch began last Thursday 20th October and will continue every Thursday.

Twilight Hockey has been cancelled due to lack of numbers

Can all students involved in these sports please meet their coaches at Lindvart Park on the respective days at 3.30pm to get dressed and start by 4pm, all games are planned to finish at 5.30pm.

School Uniforms – compulsory

Our School Uniform order has arrived! Please come in to the school office if you wish to purchase some.

Next year we are making the wearing of school uniforms compulsory for all children.

Kutu Solution

We have just received a new, but limited, stock of kutu solution.  Please call into the office if you require any.

Waimate North Show Day

All classes are busy completing entries for the Waimate North Show Day to be held on Saturday 12th November. There will also be letters coming home with children wishing to be in the competitive Super 15 Kapahaka group performing on the day.

Duffy Books in Homes

Duffy Books in Homes $5 Parent Offer.  All orders to be sent back to school by Friday 11th November.  Your books will be sent home beginning December.

Budget 2017

The staff and Board of Trustees are currently discussing budget ideas for 2017, currently our priorities are: providing a better environment in Room 13 for our special rights children, professional development for all staff, setting up a reception class for our new 5 year olds, education outside the classroom with a Marae stay planned to start the term and purchasing piupiu for our Kapahaka roopu.  If whanau have any further ideas or comments please come and talk to or send a message to Whaea Chicky.

Transition Day

All Year 6 children will be attending the last planned Transition Day at Kaikohe Intermediate School on Thursday 17th November (change of date) from approximately 9-2.30pm.  Whanau are welcome to attend with their tamariki to see what the school has to offer for next year.  The children will be involved in various classroom activities on this day that will give them some idea of what Year 7 will be like for them at Kaikohe Intermediate.  The Principal Freda Mokaraka will also be available to speak with whanau should you wish to.

2017 Focus Areas

Next year our school wide focus areas are:

Term 1: Whanaungatanga

Term 2: Kaitiakitanga

Term 3: Hauora

Term 4: Hapori

Don Edmonds,
2 Nov 2016, 12:04