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Newsletter 201835 - 7 November 2018


To our new children and their whānau, nau mai haere mai ki te Kura Rāwhiti!

Mikaere, Stanley and Christina Thompson-Penny, Caesar Harris and Rozaye Wilcox.

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This Friday the 9th of November we farewell Miss Mason who is taking maternity leave, we wish her all the best! As from Monday 12th November Matua Jim will be teaching in Room 12 and Whaea Huia will remain in Room 16 until the end of the term.


Congratulations to the two Mainfreight Calendar Artwork winners from our school who had their art work selected to be used on the 2019 Mainfreight Calendar.

Well done Kobe Kopa from Room 7 and R’mahni Wilson-Ashby. We look forward to receiving calendars soon to distribute to whānau.


On Tuesday 13th November Primary schools in Tai Tokerau will be closed as teachers strike.

Why are we on strike?

* More teachers – so your kids can get more attention * More resources/staff to support children with additional learning needs * A pay jolt to salaries for teachers to address the teacher shortage – so that your children will have a teacher in the future.

Zoo Trip

On Wednesday 5th December Rooms 15, 16 and 17 Year 5s and 6s will be visiting Auckland Zoo. Please note the buses will be leaving early on this day (about 7am) and returning after 7pm. More information will come for this day trip soon.

KES Has Talent Show!

If your child has a special talent to share, then this is their big opportunity! All interested tamariki are now being asked to prepare and practise their item for the 2018 Kaikohe East Talent Show. It can be a solo, or group act. Auditions will take place in the week of the 19th of November. The Talent show will be held in conjunction with our Final Assembly for 2018 on Friday 7th December, probably from 11.30am-1pm in the School Hall. Times will be confirmed at a later date. All welcome!

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Year 6 Leavers celebration

Teachers and Year 5 children will be busy organising for a Year 6 Leavers dinner to be held at our school hall on the evening of Wednesday 12th December. More details about this will come later.


We have been notified by Photolife that our school photos will be with us for distributing by the 14th November.

We prefer that an adult collect photos so if you have ordered photos please call into the office.

Ākau - Poutama

We have had a very special piece of art work to display in our school office recently. The Art Work was created with the help of Ākau, some of our Poutama boys and other students from local schools.

Tūmanako – Volunteer Student Army

Recently we were given $500 worth of plants by Dairy NZ to plant at a local dairy farm to help keep our waterways clean. We selected Northland College Farm as it is close to us and we share the waterways with them. Last week Tūmanako went to plant the beautiful trees purchased.

Here are a few pictures of Tūmanako’s (Room 17) great work.


Swimming started this week. On Monday 22nd November we have special Swimsafe lessons happening for all classes in the school pool. Children will need named togs and towel in a bag for their class swimming days.

Here is the timetable for swimming:

Monday: Room 15, Room 16, Room 14, Room 8, Room 6, Room 4, Room 1,2, M and special rights

Tuesday: Poutama, Room 17, Room 9, Room 7, Room 5, Room 3, Room 1,2, M and special rights

Wednesday: Room 15, Room 16, Room 14, Room 8, Room 6, Room 4, Room 1,2, M and special rights

Thursday: Poutama, Room 17, Room 9, Room 7, Room 5, Room 3, Room 1,2, M and special rights

Friday: Free Swim for selected Seniors, Middles and Juniors and special rights children.

End of Year Reports

All children who have been at school for more than 6 weeks will be given an end of year school report to bring home on Wednesday 12th December.

T Ball

There is T Ball on Wednesday, 4pm at Lindvart Park. Children will be getting ready at school and then heading over ready to play by 4pm with their coaches and gear.


Touch again on Thursday. 4pm at Lindvart Park. Children will be meeting their coaches after school, getting ready and then heading over to Lindvart Park by 4pm.

Under 7’s KES1 – Whaea Kohi

Under 9’s KES2 – Whaea Tyme

Under 11’s KES3 – Whaea Aki

Under 11’s KES4 – Whaea Pam /Whaea Claire