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Newsletter 202003 - 12 February 2020


A very special welcome to our following new tamariki and their whānau: Eli Hetherington, C.J Wharerau, Yahkyra and Yahrntaey Veevers, Hurricane and Detroit Taikapurua-Harding, Hone Haimona and Natasha Tui.

Bus Children

In order to be sure our bus children are kept cool and safe for the rest of Term 1 all bus children will meet in Room 5 (Manawanui) every day after school until their bus arrives.

Bus teachers will supervise and ensure children are on their correct bus each afternoon. 

Water Update

Yesterday we met with John Carter, Moko Tepania and local Principals to get an update regarding our Kaikohe township water supply. A key message from this hui was the importance of everyone conserving 25% of their water use; this will go a long way to increasing our chances of getting through the current drought.

Mr Carter also informed those present that alternative supplies of water are being identified to top up reservoirs to help us manage over the coming weeks.

Hira Gage from the Ministry of Education has outlined what their support will be to ensure our primary and secondary schools can remain open in Kaikohe. Contractors will be onsite in the coming days to assess our needs and requirements.

Please play your part to conserve water on a daily basis. A flyer from FNDC will be coming home today with the newsletter , be sure to read it.

Unfortunately we have today sprung another leak that will be fixed this weekend. Because of this our water main will be turned off when no one is at school.

Kiwi Chat Day

On Wednesday 19th February, Whaea Kaz and a group of Special Rights tamariki will be travelling down to Hikurangi School with their teacher aides to attend a Kiwichat day from 10 - 2pm. This is a great day out for learners of alternative and augmentative language.

2020 Term Dates

Term 1 – 28 January to 10 April

NB: there is no school for children on 28th and 29th April, staff will be attending professional development at Northland College

Term 2 – 30 April to 4 July

Term 3 – 20 July to 26 September

Term 4 – 12 October to 10 December

New Bell Times

8.25am Classrooms open for children to enter

8.55am Get Ready Bell

9.00am In class ready for roll call and head to Karakia

10.50am Start of interval

11.15am Get ready bell

11.20am End of interval, back to class

1.00pm Start of lunch

1.35pm Get ready bell

1.40pm End of lunch, start to eat

1.50pm End of lunch eating, learning time starts

Whānau Hui thanks

Thank you to the whānau that took the time to come and meet their child’s teacher yesterday. If you were unable to make it and would still like to meet your child’s teacher please make another time by contacting your child’s teacher. 

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 pies $2 and juicies $1 on Thursdays and Fridays. Orders will be taken at the school office before 8.50am and delivered to classes at 1pm.

Community Hub 

We have a Community Hub available for whānau who have any particular worries about their child's learning planned for Thursday 20 February 2020 at Kaikohe Wānanga o Aotearoa building from 8.30 am – 12.30pm.

More information about this next week. 

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.


This year’s TRYathlon is to be held in Waitangi on Sunday the 29th March, 2020. The fee to participate will be covered by the school but whānau must be available to transport their child and their gear to and from the event. A letter was sent home last week with any interested in participating. Any queries please come and see Whaea Lydia in Room 6 or if your child needs a letter come and collect one.

Breakfast Club

Breakfast Club will be starting up again next Monday 17th February from 8am - 8.45. 

All tamariki are welcome to come to the school hall to have breakfast kai to start their day. Weetbix, fruit, yoghurt, baked beans and toast. Yum!

Waitangi Marae Visits

This term we have planned day visits to Waitangi to coincide with our term topic – Who are we?

Dates for classes are as follows:

14th February – Room 16

26th February – Room 15

4th March – Room 6 and Ngā Kākano

16th March – Room 8 - Rangimārie and Room 9

18th March – Room 5 - Manawanui and Room 7

19th March – Room 3 and 4

Room 14 – 20th March

There is no cost for this trip as it is part of our learning programme. The children will travel by bus leaving school at approximately 9.15am and returning to school by 2.15pm. Any queries, come and see your child’s teacher.

Swimming Days

See your child’s class letter for their swimming days.

Kaikohe Swimming Club

Swimming Club registrations for learn to swim and development begins on Monday 10th February 4pm onwards at Northland College Pool. Contact Anne Stillwell 0274451775.