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Newsletter 201639 - 7 December 2016


We welcome back to school tomorrow Mrs Shields who has been away on leave for some time. A special farewell and thank you to Whaea LeeAnn Rakete who has been relieving for Mrs Shields in Room 12.


To all our whanau who have supported us over the past year by attending school events and sporting activities we say a huge thank you!

Special thanks to Whaea Ani and Whaea Lois who have been volunteering their help and time to make breakfast for all our children this year. Your support is very much appreciated!

Friday 9th December – staff at Professional Development from 1pm

All staff will be attending a Professional Development afternoon from 1pm on this day at Northland College with all other local schools. We need to know what is happening to your child at this time please. Feel free to ring us or see your child’s teacher if you prefer. Buses will leave from school from 1pm on this day.

There will be minimal supervision available on this day.

Classes for 2017 - Transition

Classes for 2017 have been finalised. On Tuesday 13th December and Wednesday 14th we will have transition for next year. All children will be told their class and teacher 2017 and will spend these two days in their new class with their new teacher where possible. At this stage the only teacher unable to be here is Whaea Claire Edmonds who will be teaching in Room 15 next year.

End of Year Reports

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.

Whanau will notice an attendance comment on reports.

Excellent means your child has had 90 -100% attendance

Satisfactory means your child has had 70-90% attendance

Unsatisfactory means your child has had less than 70% at school.

Our apologies in advance, while we try really hard to ensure there are no errors on reports at times sometimes we miss things, please do not hesitate to come and see us if you notice an error, we will fix it for you.

Attendance in 2017

Teachers are asking whanau who have children with unsatisfactory attendance recorded on their end of school reports to please try to get their child/children to school more regularly in 2017. Our school wide attendance is very poor and while we don’t want children at school who are sick we are aware that at times children are kept home for what we believe are unjustified reasons. We also appreciate whanau contacting us to ensure we record accurately why children are away. Any concerns regarding this do not hesitate to come and talk to us.

Super 11 to Action World

This Monday 11th December the kapahaka roopu that won first prize at the Waimate Show will be going to spend their winnings on a day out at Action World in Paihia.

Junior Syndicate Celebration

On Thursday, December 8th the Junior Syndicate (Rooms 1, 2, 3, 8, and Manawanui) will be running Christmas craft activities followed by a shared kai and a swim. Whanau are welcome to visit us for the activities and the shared kai. A reminder notice will be sent home closer to the date.

Middle Syndicate Celebration

Tomorrow, Thursday 8th December, the Middle Syndicate will be joining together to have an end of year shared kai and pool party. We are asking that each child please brings a gold coin to go towards our kai cost. This can be handed to their classroom teacher.

Thank you to all of our whanau for your awhi throughout the year.

Mainfreight Calendars

Today all whanau will receive a Mainfreight calendar. Well done to our very own Anahera Parker from Room 15, who had her art work selected for the month of August and is in the calendar.

Year 7 - 2017

For children who are currently in Year 6. Please return your 2017 Kaikohe Intermediate enrolment forms.

Kaikohe Community Pool

As of today the Kaikohe Community Pool, based at Northland College, is now open from 3pm – 7pm then from the 17th December 10am – 7pm weekends included, $2 entry.

InterSchool Athletics

What a fantastic day, well done to all our representatives who made us all very proud with their efforts.

Final School Assembly

Our 2016 final school assembly will be held on Wednesday 14th December from 10am. The programme for the day will include:


Super 11 Kapahaka item

Mainfreight Duffy Award

Whaea Beeby Sports Awards

Excellent attendance awards

Farewell to Year 6’s

All whanau are welcome to attend!

2017 Term Dates

Term 1 Tuesday 31 January – Thursday 13 April

Term 2 Monday 1 May – Friday 7 July

Term 3 Monday 24 July – Friday 29 September

Term 4 Monday 16 October – Thursday 14 December