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Newsletter 201929 - 16 October 2019


A special welcome to the following new children and their whānau to our school: Koloafufu Lolotonga, Deighton Cash-Harding, Amaia Civil, A.J Rogers-Herbert, Aliyah Pohatu-Marsters, Tre Thompson, Che’La Pehi and Kingston Hohepa-Shepherd and Avahntay Bristowe.

Term 4 Staff - Welcome

This Term we welcome back Whaea Nat who will be teaching in Ngā Kākano with Whaea Becs and Whaea Tina. We are also happy to have return to Poutama, Whaea Lydia and Whaea Arlene Manukau who is offering support to a group of children.

Welcome also to Whaea Tracy McLaren who is a teacher trainee in Ngā Kākano for a four week practicum.

Te Arahura Kāhui Ako- Our Two New Challenges

  • For all Te Arahura learners to know and value Ngāpuhitanga, to be proud of their identity.

  • For all Te Arahura learners to know and be able to use the language of learning, for all leaders and teachers to deliver learning opportunities that are planned and organised, engaging, and ensure learner progress and achievement.

This term we welcome to our Across School Team currently consisting of Whaea Mel Kara from Kaikohe Intermediate, Whaea Stevie Warren and Whaea Chicky from Kaikohe East and Matua Beaumyn Wihongi from Northland College. 

School Closed This Friday 18th October

A reminder that there is no school this Friday as all teachers are involved in Maths or Literacy workshops. Buses will run for other schools but there will be no school for our children or Kaikohe Intermediate.

School Photos

We expect to have the school photos taken late last term to be back here by some time in the next two weeks. We will let you know via our facebook page and Wednesday newsletter as we prefer whānau to come and collect them.

Tūmanako to Waitangi

As a part of the Raranga Matihiko programme, Tūmanako will be visiting the digital classroom at the Treaty Grounds in Waitangi on Tuesday 29th October. More information will be sent home with those students involved. 

Rangimārie and Manawanui Trip

Rangimārie and Manawanui are visiting the Northland Firehouse Museum and Rural Fire Station on the 31st October. We will be walking there and back.

Cross Country

Our School Cross Country will be held Tuesday 22nd October. We will be keeping it in the school grounds this year.

5 and 6 year olds will run first block at 9.30. 

7 and 8 year olds will run the second block at 11.15.

9, 10 plus year olds will run the third block at 2.10.

We will have a walking option (mixed ages) at 12 pm for those less confident runners.

Please ensure your child has a change of clothes, lunch and a drink. Feel free to come and cheer us on!


Thanks to those of you who have shown interest. We will have 2 Under 11's teams, one under 9's and one under 7's. Teams are usually large to begin with, but they do shrink towards the middle of the season.

If your child has brought back their permission form, they will be told which team they are in and who their coach is on Thursday morning. Can they please meet their coaches at Lindvart Park tomorrow, Thursday 17th October at 3.30pm, bring appropriate footwear and a drink.

T Ball

T Ball starts next Wednesday, 23rd October, 4-5pm. Permission slips have gone out and only permission slips that have been signed will be in a team. There are 2 senior teams U 11’s. Your child will be told what team they’re in and also team lists outside my room windows. We are looking for managers to manage teams on Wednesday afternoons. All practices are at school during lunchtime 1.15-2.45.


We are hoping to have the pool ready for swimming after Labour Weekend. 

Basketball Representatives Hāngi fundraiser

Congratulations to Wakaroa Smith, Vaughan Komene, Samuel Edmonds and Kharnae Pene-Johnstone for being selected to represent at a Rotorua Tournament coming up soon. Well done boys! 

To assist with the boys costs for their time away we are planning to have a hāngi on Friday 22nd November. Hāngi will go on sale next week, $10 each and will as usual include: 3 meats, pumpkin, kumara, cabbage, potato and stuffing. 

If any whānau have dry wood or clean newspaper they could donate for the hāngi we would be very grateful.

Whānau are also welcome to come and help prepare/pack on Thursday 21st November in the school hall from about 10am.

Social Worker – Whaea Lucy

Just a reminder that we have a school social worker who is available at our school most Wednesday and Thursday. Her role is varied but is mainly about supporting children and their whānau. Come and see Whaea Lucy if there is something you may need help with or want to query.

End of Year Report

We will have an end of year report for all children who have been at school for longer than 6 weeks ready to send home later this term. The report format is simplified and will show whānau what Reading/Writing/Maths curriculum level your child is working at and will include a general comment about other areas of the curriculum.