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Newsletter 201817 - 6 June 2018


Welcome to our new tamariki and their whānau: Awhina Romana-Parangi.


Whānau Survey 2018

We want to show whānau that we have thought about your ideas in terms of improvements we can make. So this week we are replying (in blue) to comments on the following from Whānau to share what we do and what we can do about the query shared.


Whānau Query: More gala days or family days, trips for the kids once a term to get more practice of doing the activities.


Our response: Following the success of our last Whānau Fun Day we will be planning more days like this. Our next day planned is at the end of this term for Matariki, we will be having a hāngi and activities for whānau to come along and join us. Re Trips: Staff are always looking for places to take the children but are mindful that the trip needs to align with mahi in the classroom and have a worthwhile purpose.


Hope this clarifies some of your ideas, thank you.


Our School Song

We encourage our children to continue practising our school song. This was written a few years ago by local musician “Troy Kingi”:

Ko te Kura Rāwhiti

Ko te Kura Rāwhiti e haruru nei

Ka pū te ruha ka hao te rangatahi e

We celebrate our school

And all that we achieve

Proud and prepared, learning to reach our dreams


We strive to be courteous, co-operative, considerate, use common sense

We are the leaders of our future

Uphold the mana of our school

Working hard is what we do

Taking a risk and giving it a go

Always happy to show what we know

Ko te Kura Rāwhiti e haruru nei

Ka pū te ruha ka hao te rangatahi

Ka tū te ihi ka tū te mana

Kia kaha kia toa kia manawanui

Kaikohe East is a great place to be

Helping each other like one big family

Coming to school and having lots of fun

Learning together and working as one


We strive to be courteous, co-operative, considerate, use common sense

We are the leaders of our future


School Lunches

A reminder to whānau our school lunch order options are; on a Thursday Soup & Bread $1, juicies $1 and on Friday’s Pie $2 and juicies $1. Orders will be taken in the school office before school.


School Speeches

Our school speeches will be held on Wednesday, 13th June, starting at 9.45-11am with the “Non-competitive” category with two speakers from each class. Then from 11.30am-12.30pm we will judge the “competitive” speakers from Rooms 14, 15, 16 and 17.


Middle Syndicate

The middle syndicate, Rangimārie and Rooms 7, 8, 9 and 14 are planning a trip to the Kawiti caves in Waiōmio and the pools in Ngāwhā on June 18,19 or 20. This is part of this term's focus on manaakitanga and kaitiakitanga, looking after each other and our environment. Two classes will travel by bus each day and teachers will be looking for adults to accompany the children.



There is hockey this weekend for all teams, please meet your respective team coaches at the turf with the appropriate gear at the following times; Whaea Kohi 8.45am, Whaea Waiora & Whaea Michelle 9.30am and Whaea Claire at 10.30am.


Manawanui, Rangimārie, Room 1 & 2 Class Trip

This Thursday the 7th June Manawanui and Rangimārie will attend, then on Friday the 8th of June Rooms 1& 2 will attend, they will travel by bus to Kerikeri to see the Matariki show "Heaven and Earth" at the Turner Centre, Heaven and Earth-Rangi and Papa explores the Seven Sisters and story of Matariki, with over 25 magical glow-in-the-dark puppets. Buses will be leaving at 9.15am on both days.



Could all Netball players please meet at Lindvart Park on Saturday by 8.30am ready to warm up on court for their 9am game. Be sure to bring a bag to put your clothes in, a water bottle and shoes to play in.


Rippa Rugby in Taipā

Congratulations to our team that played in Taipā last week. Because they played so well they have now qualified to play in the North Zone tournament to be held in Kerikeri on Tuesday 12th June. Players will be travelling by van on this day and will need to bring warm clothing, lunch, water and sensible shoes to wear to play in. Any queries come and see staff in charge Mrs Stillwell or Whaea Claire. The children will be leaving at 9am and returning to school by 3pm.



Every Monday there is junior basketball, year 3-6, at Northland College Gym with Taal Smith from 4-6pm.


Transition Days for Year 6

Two transition days for the year 6 tamariki have been planned for next Tuesday 12th June and Wednesday 5th September. In Term 4 whānau will be contacted to start the enrolment process.


Whānau Hui reminder

Mid Year Whānau Hui on the 2nd and 3rd of July, if you haven’t already, please return your completed form to school by Friday 22nd June. Confirmed meeting times will be sent home on the 27th June with children. If you require another form please contact the office.


New Education Review Office Visit date

Due to a tangi our ERO visit will now be in the last week of the term.