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Newsletter 201910 - 1 May 2019


Welcome to our new tamariki and their whānau.

Ataria Hati-Cremins, Parehuruhuru Witehira, Nivaan Singh, Rameka Hape, Susan and Harry Blackett, Darvi Leaf-Walker, Legend and Legacy Bills, Elye and Lelan Flanagan.

Huihuinga Term 3

Schools (including Kaikohe East) will be closing early for a Te Arahura Huihuinga to be held on 16 August - Week 4 Term 3 (back up date 23 August - Week 5).

At this hui we will share our collective schools new achievement challenges and our direction going forward.

NZEI Dates

Teachers will be attending paid union meetings next Thursday 9th May. Classes will be “doubled up” to allow all teachers who are members to attend.


Netball starts this Saturday 4th May. All players need to meet their coach at Lindvart Park by 8.30am, be sure to wear sensible shoes, bring a jacket, bag and a water bottle.

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Hockey starts this Saturday 4th May. All players need to meet their coach at the Turf.

Whaea Kohi 8.45am, Whaea Michelle 9.45am and Whaea Claire 11am. Please remember to bring with you your mouthguard, shoes and a drink.

Student Leadership Conference

Next week Whaea Kaz and Mrs Maihi will once again be taking 5 of our deserving Year 6 children to the conference in Auckland. They will travel down on Tuesday 7th May, stay that night, attend the conference on Wednesday the 8th May and travel home afterwards. All costs will be covered by the school.

Rotary Speech Competition

It is that time of the year again. The school speech competition will be held in our school hall on the week beginning 10th June, exact day to be confirmed. All classes will be participating but only selected children will present their speeches in the hall. There will be the opportunity for Year 5 -6 children to compete in either the competitive or non-competitive section.

Two children from the competitive section will represent us at the Kaikohe Rotary Competition that is being held at the Kaikohe RSA on the evening of Wednesday 19th June.

Whānau Hui Day

On Monday 1st July school will be closing at 12.30pm. Teachers will be available from then onwards to meet with whānau to discuss their child/children’s progress and achievement so far this term. Your child will come home with the initial appointment booking form, please complete and return to the office as soon as possible. If you have any queries, please contact Kohi in the office on 4011532 or freephone 0508 KAIKOHE.

Maternity Leave

Whaea Stevie will be on leave from 13th of May and will return 5th of July 2019. Whaea Lydia’s leave will be from 17th of May 2019 and will return 27th of September 2019 as maternity leave. Mr Shaw will be in Tūmanako while Whaea Stevie is away. We are pleased to have Whaea Erica (who has taught at Kaikohe East before) in Poutama until the end of Term 2. Whaea Erica will be in Poutama from Monday to Thursday only, on a Friday the boys will be doing exciting things with another teacher yet to be confirmed.

Term 2 - Ukulele Groups

This term some children have opted in to being part of a ukulele group who will be taught by Matua Brent Strathdee-Pehi each Thursday at school. We hope to provide whānau with a performance towards the end of the term.

Term 3 – Dance with Hush

We are planning for two dance groups to work with Bodeene Stephens from Hush Dance Studio at the beginning of Term 3. We are looking forward to the two groups working hard and performing at the annual Cultural Festival to be held towards the end of Term 3 at the Memorial Hall.

Holiday Projects

During the holidays we were pleased to have the interior of Room 17 painted, a new water fountain installed down by Ngā Kākano and the new sandpit cover installed.

Pedestrian Crossing on Broadway

Every morning from 8.15-8.30am and 3-3.15pm Mrs Maihi is on road duty at the pedestrian crossing closest to Paper Plus and the Doctors. Please be sure your child gets to the crossing so that they can cross during these times.

We have also purchased a cone/flag to place in the middle of the two other pedestrians to help motorists notice and slow down when approaching. It has been pleasing to see Constable Whiti Tipoki out on the roads in the mornings also doing his bit to help keep our tamaiti safe when walking to and from school.

Bus Bay Reminder

Whānau are reminded that stopping in the bus bay is not permitted. Bus drivers get annoyed when pulling in and cars are parked in our bus bay.

Cars should not use the bus bay at all from 8.15-9.15am and 2.30-3.30pm

Transition Days

Our Year 6 children will be visiting Kaikohe Intermediate School for Transition in Term 2 on Wednesday June 12th and in Term 3 on Wednesday 21st August.

Children will be expected to wear their uniform on both their days and will be travelling by bus leaving at about 9am and returning at 12.30pm.