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Newsletter 202031 - 18 November 2020


This week we welcome Taleiesea and Te Tinana Mapiria and their whānau to our school.

Do you have any 5 year olds starting this year?

Over the next few weeks teachers will be discussing classes for next year. It would be extremely helpful if we knew now about any children turning 5 years old between now and the end of April/May. Please send us your child’s name and date of birth if you think that your 4 year old will be starting at our school. 

If you have any questions or queries please ask by phoning, emailing or coming in to see us.

2021 Class Organization

By the end of the term we hope to have all our current children who are enrolled with us organised into their class for 2021. 

If whānau have any preference for what room their child/children are in please feel free to come and talk to Whaea Chicky or your child’s class teacher. 

If it is possible to have your child placed in a preferred class we are happy to do this if we can.

If you want your child to be in a bilingual class please let us know also, they should have come from a Kōhanga Reo or have very secure Te Reo Māori learning at home for this placement. 

If you have any questions or queries please ask by phoning, emailing or coming in to see us.

School Photos

All photo orders have arrived and are ready for collection. Please come in to the office to collect them, if you wish to contact the office to arrange them going home with your child please do so on 09 4011532 or freephone 0508 KAIKOHE.

Photos will not be sent home with tamariki without consent.

Teacher Only Day thanks

Our thanks to whānau for Monday’s Teacher Only Day. Our staff really appreciated the day. The Junior teachers visited a school in Dargaville to look at a new approach to teaching reading while the Middle and Senior Syndicate teachers discussed how their collaborative planning for Maths can be transferred into their Literacy planning. This is our school's second of a possible 8 Teacher Only days that we can use in the next couple of years. We always try to give whānau as much notice as possible about these days and really appreciate that you can make other arrangements for our tamariki.

Swimming Timetable Term 4

Our pool is now open! Please see below for our schoolwide weekly timetable. Ensure that your child/ren have their swimming gear on their swimming day/s.

Monday: Rooms 3, 4, 5, 6, 8, 9, 10, 14, 15 and 16

Tuesday: Rooms 1 & 2, 7, 8, 9, 12 and 17

Wednesday: Rooms 3, 4, 5, 6, 8, 9, 10, 14, 15 and 16

Thursday: Rooms 1 & 2, 7, 8, 9, 12 and 17

Friday: All classes

Budget 2021

Currently the board is discussing and planning our 2021 budget. We have started a small project down in the garden area, removing the old shed and having a container moved onto this part of the garden so that the tamariki have some shelter and shade when working in the garden area. Another project to begin soon is the installation of a shaded eating, relaxing area outside Rooms 5 and 6. We look forward to any ideas (big or small) that whānau would like to put forward for consideration. An email, message on Facebook or phone call are all ways you can share your ideas. 

Te Arahura Kāhui Ako

All schools involved in our Kāhui Ako will be getting together on January 27th for a professional development day. Following that our staff will be meeting at Kaikohe East School for some specific 2021 planning and organisation.

The first day for children will be Tuesday 2nd February as there is a public holiday on Monday 1st February.

T Ball and Slow Pitch

All players are welcome to wait at school and change into uniforms by 3.15pm to be at Lindvart Park by 3.30pm for the start of their games. Anne Stillwell is the coach for Slowpitch Years 5/6 and Crystal Harris for Tball  Years 3/4. Whaea Claire and Mrs Maihi for Tball Years 5/4

The draw will be available on Wednesdays at the games. Please make sure your child is wearing sneakers or sandshoes and have a water bottle during their game.

Under 9s and 11s Touch

Our U11 and U9 teams have now been finalised and we are unable to accept any more players due to such high numbers. Please be aware that some players may only have half games on the day. Games will start approximately at 3.45pm at Lindvart Park and finish at 4.45pm. Students are welcome to wait and change at school and then walk over to Lindvart Park. Please make sure that your child has a water bottle for the games.

Term 4 Board Meetings

Our next, and final, board meeting is planned for this term on the 30th November. All welcome!

Tuia 250 Roadshow

Yesterday Rooms 7,12,14,15,16,17 walked up to the Tuia 250 Roadshow at Te Wānanga o Aotearoa campus on Broadway to learn about how our ancestors migrated to Aotearoa 

Here are some pictures from their hīkoi.

Year 6 Transition

All year 6's will be spending the morning at Kaikohe Intermediate on Wednesday 25th November. We will leave school at 9:30 and be back at 12:30. They need to be in school uniform and have their lunch. 

Whānau Day

We will be having a Whānau Day on Friday 27th November! Whānau are welcome to come and join us. We will be having a hāngi on this day and need some dry wood please. If there are any whānau members that can help with providing wood please contact us. Hāngi are on sale for $10 from the office. Get in quick, they are selling fast. 

You can expect all the usual – beef, pork, chicken, potato, kūmara, pumpkin, cabbage, stuffing.

Whānau Day Programme

Hāngi will be ready at 1pm, Our senior Kapa haka group will perform at lunchtime. At 2:15, we will have our Year 6 presentations including the Mainfreight Award and Sports Awards.