Thursday, May 30, 2019

Learning Conferences

Learning conferences are on Thursday the 13th of June.  These will be a time to discuss your child as a learner and will be based around your child's spotlight report, which you will take home with you.  We are hoping that this will complement the information you are receiving on seesaw over time.

The link for this goes love on Friday the 31st of May and you will need to book your conference in this way.

The website is:

the code for our school is:  P34FQJNR 

If you are unable to do this, you will need to see your child's teacher to book in the appointment.

Please remember these conferences are to be focused on learning.  If you wish your child to be part of this process, please bring them along.  It is recommended that children from Year 4 up do come along to their conference.


Room One parents, please refer to your seesaw message to see who you need to book in with.

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Weetbix Tryathlon


It is wonderful to see how many of our children took part in the recent Tryathlon.  A wonderful way to embrace the importance of physical activity and just having a go! 

Well done everyone!

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Loose Parts Playground



This a great little video to watch.  Although our playground is far more spread out, this is our aim.  To allow children the freedom to be themselves, judge risk, problem solve, cooperate, negotiate, be active, work in a team, develop gross and fine motor skills and most of all experience the richness of play that is not directed by an adult.

If you have access to any safe loose parts that you believe the children would actively use in our playground, we would love to have them.  You can drop them off just behind the admin area and the children will relocate them.

The photos below give you an idea of what loose parts for the playground may look like, but the possibilities are pretty open, from barrels to plastic pipes, children will use it all!

It may look like a mess to us, but to children, this playground is a treasure trove and super exciting and empowering, because they get to create it themselves.







Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Back To School

Hi everyone

It is almost time for our school year to start.  We start later than other schools because we end school later.  This is the case this year as well, our first day will be 7th of Feb and our last day will be the 20th of December.

There is still time to get stationery, this can be found at https://www.myschool.co.nz/ or by popping into Office Max. 

A reminder that it is recommended children arrive at least ten minutes before the bell so that they have time to settle.  Please don't make a habit of being late, children find this incredibly hard and it is not a great start to their day.  Attendance is also absolutely crucial, friendships suffer and children miss out on vital chunks of learning when they are frequently absent.  Quite frankly if children are not at school, we can't do our job in helping them.
Keep children home if they are sick, but otherwise, please ensure they are at school.

On the flipside of this, please please please do not drop children at school before 7.45am.  We are very lenient on the time we allow children at school, but having some arrive at 7.30am is simply not fair to teachers.  We prefer children to arrive after 8.00am if possible.  If we continue to have problems with children arriving too early we may have to consider making the earliest drop off time 8.00am which would be hard on many families, please consider everyone and ensure you stick to this policy, dropping your children after 7.45am.  The office does not open till just after 8am and is open to approximately 3.20pm in the afternoon dependent on staff.

Pick up is at 2.55pm and children must be gone by 3.20pm.  Once again we had many children who were repeatedly picked up after this time last year.  If this is the case we will be sending children up to after school care and payment will need to be sorted out with Chrissie in the office.  Please take into consideration that by 3.20pm school has been finished for 25 minutes and teachers have work to do, or appointments or meetings to attend off site.  If you are going to be late, please phone the office and let us know, we do appreciate that on occasion this does happen and appreciate your courtesy in letting us know.

Our beach trip is on the 1st of March, this is a whole school event and one we can not do without your help transporting and supervising.  This doubles as outdoor classroom day this term.  You will receive information home early on this term.  Please get these forms back ASAP because it takes a lot of organising. 

Year 5 and 6 camp takes place this term from the 26th - 29th of March, you will receive further information home with your child if this involves them.

This term promises to be very, very hot.  We are lucky to have air conditioning inside, but we ask you to send a full bottle of water with your child, a full brimmed hat and to make sure you apply sunscreen in the morning to your child.  We also have sunscreen available in classrooms. 

Every child also needs their togs each day, your child's teacher will let you know what days they swim, but there is no harm in sending them every day.

Thank you for those that took the time to fill in our reporting survey last year.  We got lots of lovely feedback that was very useful to us.  This year our aim is to give you more information 'real time' rather than waiting for an end of term or year report.  We will also go back to having sit down parent interviews (learning conferences), which the children can be part of from Year 4 up. 

Term One will be a whanau evening, basically a meet the teacher, similar to the two we ran last year, where you can come in at any time and meet the teacher, see the class, visit other classes etc.  This will be held on the 28th of February.  Teachers will still be getting to know your child at this stage, so there will be nothing formal to report.  However we urge you to organise a time early in Term One to sit down with your child's teacher one on one if there are specific items you want to discuss.  You are always welcome to make an appointment at any time, please don't wait.

In Term 2 and Term 4 we will have sit down 'learning conferences'  these will be scheduled in a timeslot that you choose and will be used to discuss a report on your child's learning that the teacher has compiled.  They will not be a time to bring up other items and are intended to specifically focus on your child's learning journey.  Once again if there are other issues you need to discuss during the year, an appointment can be made to do this.  At the end of this learning conference you will take this report home with you.  We have shaped these reports on the feedback we received from you.

Our whole school will be using Seesaw this year as a reporting tool.  Classes will use it to share learning with you and aspects of your individual child's learning journey.  We have signed up for the school version, which means you will be able to keep your child's journal from year to year and download it if you like.  As we were not on the paid version last year, those journals will not carry over.  We were very lucky to secure some sponsorship from an anonymous donor and also from JK Plasterers.  Their donation has kept the cost down for you and will mean seesaw is just $4 per child.  As we pay this over a three year plan, we will reassess the cost again next year.  Every child will need to pay this $4 as even if you don't use the journal, teachers will be using it as a tool for assessing your child etc.  Please help us out by paying this early on.  Teachers will send home login details for your child when the term begins.

You will also receive a statement for school donation and materials contribution this term.  Contrary to popular belief education is not free and this donation goes a long way to ensuring children at our school get the basics.  A school of our decile gets limited funding and we rely on your kindness in paying this.  Sadly teachers pay hundreds more than that, out of their own pocket, each year, just to keep their own classroom going, the items that they buy, get used by all children.

Once again children are welcome to bring their tools to school to build with, we just ask that they wear covered shoes.  Thursday will again be nerf day and scooters and bikes are welcome.  Please keep the small toys at home though please as these cause great distress when they are lost.

We urge you to please name all items children bring to school, particularly clothes.  The lost property pile at the end of each term is an absolute disgrace.  If your child loses something at school, have them look for it, rather than replacing it.

You will notice we've had a bit of interior work go on during the holidays.  This is not quite finished and there may be a bit of mess, hopefully this won't take long to sort out.

The Life Education caravan will also be on site from the 4th of March for the week.  Children love Nadine and Harold and the message of empathy, kindness, respect and friendship is such an important one.  There will be a charge for this as unfortunately our budget will not stretch to funding it, the price will be $4.

You will notice that rather than a website, this is a blog site.  It still contains all the information you need in the tabs at the top and you can click through to our parent information hub which I have put together.  If you have not had a look around the blog, please do so, it tells you a lot about who we are as a school.

I had the pleasure of presenting at a conference in Napier a week ago.  It is wonderful to have the fabulous things our school is doing recognised at a National level.  We constantly strive to do the absolute best for each and every child and you play a vital role in this.  Please talk to us when you have a question or concern, message us through seesaw, ask if you are not sure how to help...the only silly question is the one not asked.  When it comes to children and their learning journey, we are very much in this together.

I look forward to seeing you all on the 7th of February.


Leslee Allen


Thursday, December 20, 2018

Prize giving 2018


My speech to end the year 💛

Thank you all for joining with us today to celebrate our children, our school and our community.  And there is much to be celebrated.  As a school we never stop striving for success, to give our children the most wonderful school experience they can have and along the way, to help them to be successful.

But what is success…

Many would say if we are talking about education that success is achieving academically at the highest level possible.  Leaving school with qualifications that allow you to get the best jobs, that earn you a lot of money and allow you to live comfortably. 

While those things may be nice, I want to challenge this notion of success.

We strive for success here at Kaurihohore, but for us, this has very different measures.

Success is the ability to be kind, and in the act of being kind, finding happiness within ourselves and with others.

Success is having a deep understanding and appreciation for ourselves, our strengths, our weaknesses, the things that make us tick.  The understanding that we can always improve with effort.

Success is the appreciation of hard work and the reward of doing it for ourselves.

Success is using our strengths to work for the good of others, in turn, making our world better.

Success is cherishing the hard times, the challenges, the mistakes because it is from these things that we all grow.

Success is developing the dispositions that allow us to make a positive impact on our world and the people around us, because ultimately, that is what life should be about.

As a school it is our hope that we can allow children to develop this definition of success, because in attending to character, we naturally take academic progress along for the ride.  

Thank you to all that have helped us in our endeavours this year, to all of you that have supported your children to see success in the simplest of ways.  

To our parent support group who have worked hard in the background to allow us the tools to best help this success and to our fantastic Board of Trustees who have  have helped to shape a strategic plan that embodies this notion of success.  Who  have allowed myself and my staff to continue to put the fun of childhood and the importance of wellbeing back at the centre of everything that we do.

To the children who strive to be the best person they can be each and every day, thank you.  

Finally to my team, without you, this school would not be what it is, my job would not be so rewarding.  Our work is important, and despite the challenges it sometimes brings, please understand that you are the most vital ingredient or our success.  

Today we get to capture the essence of our whakataukī in a song, written by our children.  To be able to adopt our whakataukī through song is truly special.
Mā te huruhuru
ka rere te manu

Adorn this bird with feathers to enable it to fly.


Here are a selection of photos from yesterday, to say I am proud to lead such a fabulous school, just doesn't cut it.  These children are special, our staff our special, our place is special.  I am an incredibly lucky person to be lead such an incredible school.  I wish everyone an absolutely wonderful Summer break.  To those families leaving us for good, we will miss you, please do not be strangers.