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Newsletter 201733 - 25 October 2017


A special welcome to new students Kenneth Moka and Skyla-Bel Smith.

School Website

Parents, caregivers and whanau members are encouraged to check out the school website at www.kaikeast.school.nz. There you will find the school community calendar, school newsletters, information for Parents and Caregivers including lunch prices, uniform prices, information about buses etc. All of the school board’s policies, reports, minutes etc are also available on the website.


Be sure to “like” the Kaikohe East Facebook page at www.facebook.com/kaikoheeastschool. It’s a good way of keeping in touch with what is happening at the school.

School Photos

Photolife have advised that school photos will be sent out in mid-November.

Bay of Islands Show

This year the 175th Bay of Islands Show (Waimate North) is being held on Saturday 11 November. Lots of classes will be busy over the next few weeks preparing items to be included in the traditional sections such as Art and Craft, baking, flowers etc

Unfortunately this year we can no longer enter a Kapa Haka.

Class Organisation for 2018

At the end of next week the Board of Trustees is hoping to have confirmed appointments for the teaching positions for next year. Last week teachers started putting children into classes for 2018. If any whanau would like to discuss the placement of their child for next year please come in or phone Whaea Chicky to discuss possibilities.

This week Whaea Chicky will be sending home letters to the whanau of children who have been selected to join our new Boys’s class starting next year. Please come and talk to us us if your child has been selected and you have any questions.

Kaikohe East School Board

The Kaikohe East School Board meets at the school at 1:30pm on Wednesday 1 November.

Go here for the agenda and associated reports.

Te Arahura Kāhui Ako

Today all schools who are part of the Te Arahura Kāhui Ako met at Northland College to start conversations about the work the schools have ahead of them.

Counselling Services

Davina Smolders is coming to our school every Wednesday to help a small group of children with a programme called “Keeping Safe”. Davina delivers the individual sessions through art and will be available to whanau who have any questions.

Middle Syndicate Trip

In week 3 rooms 4, 5, 6 and Rangimārie will be visiting the Pioneer Village and Te Ahuahu Maunga. The Pioneer visit will be on Tuesday 31 October. We will be walking there at 10am and returning to school in time for lunch. A special thanks to the volunteers at the village for supporting our visit. Our trip up the maunga at Te Ahu Ahu will be on Wednesday 1 November

We will travel by bus leaving school at 9:00 and return in time for our morning break.

Kaikohe Christmas Parade Float

This term Whaea Lydia and other staff will be busy organising a school float. She is keen to hear from any whanau who can help with making costumes or would like to help in any way. Come and see Whaea Lydia in Room 6 if you are able to help out.

Mana Potential Group

This terms group will be going on to Waitangi on next Wednesday 1 November. We will be visiting the treaty grounds and spending some time down in the bay collecting pipi. The plan for the days is to leave school around 9.30 and return back to school by 2.45. If the weather is no good, we will postpone the trip but fingers crossed for fine weather and good pipi picking! A note will be going home to those whanau with children involved by the end of the week. Any queries, please see Whaea Kaz. Thank you

Terms and Holidays


Summer Holidays start on Friday 15 December


Term 1 Starts - 30 January

Waitangi - 5 and 6 February - School Closed

Easter - 30 March, 2 and 3 April - School Closed

Holidays Start - 14 April

Term 2 Starts - 30 April

Queen’s Birthday - 4 June - School Closed

Holidays Start - 7 July

Term 3 Starts - 23 July

Holidays Start - 29 September

Term 4 Starts - 15 October

Labour Day - 22 October - School Closed

Holidays Start - 15 December


Children who are under ten who live more than 3.2km from their nearest school are entitled to travel to that school by bus if a service is available. Children who are ten or more are eligible if they live more than 4.8km from the school.

The boarding of buses after school is closely controlled to ensure that children travel on the correct bus.

You can be sure that unless there are exceptional circumstances, your children will board the bus that they are enrolled on unless the school receives a note or phone call from the parents. If there is no note or call, children will go home on their usual bus.

Please avoid ringing the office in the afternoon to make changes in bus arrangements. It is not always easy to get a message to the right child before the buses leave.