Wednesday, November 18, 2020

Week Six News

Kaurihohore School Week Six, Term Four News

Manaaki te katoa - be kind to all.

Respect - Empathy - Kindness


Kia ora koutou

This term is flying by!  Thank you so much to everyone for supporting our recent sponsored run so well, with over $6000 raised.  This money goes straight to our 2020 budget and helps us to cover daily curriculum needs of each classroom.  We are very grateful for any donations that have been made.  Also a huge thank you to Lacey Owen who had the wonderful initiative to plan a school disco, and despite many postponements was able to bring this to reality for our children.  We raised approximately $2200 from this disco and this will go straight to purchasing decodable books to support our reading programmes. 

The market day is coming up this Friday.  This is another small fundraiser to support our budget, but more important than that it is a lot of fun and a great way to celebrate the rapidly approaching end of year.  I have put more information about this market day on seesaw and on facebook so please look out for it.  


Turangawaewae and Whakapapa

Next year as part of our local curriculum we want to know more about our school whakapapa and turangawaewae.  As a school we have a rich European history, with so much documented.  Our early Māori history however is limited to the names of the chiefs that sold the land to the government of the time.  Next year we want to start our journey into finding out more about the important places and people that have played a role in our history as a school and location.  We want to know more about the narratives of the important places that surround us.  To genuinely do this we need to establish connections with tangata whenua who can help us, not only to teach staff about the history, the important places, but to connect our children to the narratives.  We also want to form a connection with a marae that allows us to deepen our cultural understanding.   This is something our whole staff is very passionate about, but so far we have struggled to find any ‘experts’ that can help us.  If you have anyone you know that would like to assist us on our journey, we would love you to put them in touch with us.  If you would also like to be part of this work, please let us know.  You can email jo.kake@kaurihohoreschool.co.nz or michelle.douglas@kaurihohoreschool.co.nz or principal@kaurihohoreschool.co.nz

Our ultimate aim is for our school to have rich narratives to share about our ‘whole’ history and for children to have an understanding and appreciation for the important places and a connection with the people that can help them to deepen this understanding.



End of Year Raffle

Our current school fundraiser is our raffle.  We are hoping to raise enough with this to help us to purchase more decodable books for Room 3 - 6, to really help our children grow their reading skills.  The more we manage to raise, the more books we will be able to buy.  If you are not selling your raffle tickets for any reason (no judgement at all) please send these back to the office ASAP.  We have families who are asking for more books to sell.  There are some fantastic prizes and Dianne has worked incredibly hard to bring this fundraiser together.  We have some generous sponsorship, so please get behind it if you can!  Please bring your ticket stubbs and money back to the office as soon as you have sold them, this really helps speed up the process.  If you would like more books, just let Dianne know.  


Staffing

We are still working on this and will confirm teachers once we have this sorted.  Children will be having a class swap day on the 7th of December, on this day they will spend an hour with the teacher they will have for 2021.


Reports

These will start being sent via seesaw in a couple of weeks as teachers have completed them.  If you require a hard copy and don’t have access to a printer, please come and see your child’s teacher.  If you are not connected to seesaw and need a copy of the report, please make sure we know.  Reports are just part of the information that has been sent home throughout the year via seesaw and intended as a short summary about your child as a learner.  


Seesaw and Year Six Students

You will need to download your child’s journal, or save the aspects you would like to keep at the end of this year.  When we export classes at the start of 2021, your child’s journal will be deleted.  It is a good idea to make sure you have a copy of the last few reports and anything else that you would like to keep.



Fundraising Information

We are aware there is still some confusion around PSG fundraising and School fundraising.  The PSG supports the school by raising money for the future, for our wants/needs for the following year or for big ticket items that may happen two, three, or even four years in the future.  The school raises money for the current year, to support the current budget and provide items that are deemed as needs.  Schools as a government funded institution are not supposed to be ‘saving’ money and therefore the PSG are the saving arm of the school.  Both the school and PSG are working towards a common goal, making our school a better place for our children, now and in the future.  


Swimming

We have been having some issues with our pool pump, but the pool is now up and running so children can bring their togs for swimming each day.  


Half Day - 30th of November

On Monday the 30th of November we will be having a half day.  Teachers will be using this time for planning and discussing transitions for 2021.   Usually we employ relievers to cover this day, but this year our budget does not allow us to do this.  We ask that you pick children up from 12.00pm, but at the latest 12.30pm.  Please note, school is NOT closed on this day and if you are unable to arrange care for your child, they may stay at school till the end of day as they will be supervised.    If you need your child to stay at school after 12.00pm on this day we ask that you email Dianne on reception@kaurihohoreschool.co.nz so we can establish an afternoon roll.  

Reporting Absence

If your child is going to be absent or late, please ensure you either phone the office 4350 041, email kauriabsences@gmail.com, use the school loop app to report absence, or text the school mobile 027 502 9974 before 9am that day, with the reason for absence.  Please don’t use seesaw to do this as teachers sometimes forget to tell the office if a child is away.  It takes Dianne a huge portion of her morning chasing those that have not let us know, please use courtesy and inform us.  

Signing Children Out

If you come early to pick up your child, please come to the office to sign them out.  This is important for health and safety if we needed to know who was on site. 

Hats

All children must have a hat with a flap, or a hat with a wide brim at school every day.  Please make sure it is named.  Having one to leave in their bag is a great idea.  No hat, no sun.  Please no caps this term.


Empty Classroom Day

This term we will have empty classroom day on the 11th of December.  We don’t have any working bee plans for this day, but you are always welcome to come along and join in with the play on the day.


End of Year Prizegiving

This will be held at 1pm on the 15th of December.  We will be out on the field and each class will have an item of some sort.  This is likely to go until just before 3pm.  The next day, the 16th of December is our last day and school will finish at 12pm.  There will be a lot of shifting and moving going on on the 16th, so children that come to school on the 16th should expect to get stuck in and help.


Start Date 2021

We start back at school on the 2nd of February. The school year in 2021 will end on the 14th of December.  You can find exact school dates by searching term dates online.

Year 7 students at Kamo intermediate will start on the 3rd of February.


This year ends on the 16th of December at 12.00pm.


Food for thought...

Together we can help our children to grow into wonderful, well adjusted, kind, resilient adults.  


Ngā mihi nui


Leslee Allen



Wednesday, November 4, 2020

Week 4 News

 Kaurihohore School Week Four, Term Four News

Manaaki te katoa - be kind to all.


Kia ora koutou


It has been a great start to the term.  Already we have had the sponsored run, which was fabulous, our children showed off their determination and love of movement with some incredible mileage.  We have also had Athletics and it was fantastic to see everyone having a go and doing the absolute best they could do!  Mīharo!


We have our Year 0-1 athletics day coming up this Friday at 1.45pm, planned for and largely run by our sports academy.  You are more than welcome to come along and watch.


Market day is being held on Friday the 20th of November.  This is simply a bit of fun for the children as we do not have a gala this year.  Each class will be selling items or running activities that the children can join in on.  They can bring along some money to buy items and take part in games.  Children will be supervised at school until 4pm, if you need to pick them up before this, you will need to come in and get them.  You are more than welcome to come along on the day and I know some parents will be helping out, thank you.  Sausages, water and baking will be available for sale on the day.  Last time we had market day it was a fabulous afternoon, so come along and join in the fun.  A great way to celebrate as the year seems to quickly draw to an end.


Please remember that all sponsored run money needs to be back at school by this Friday the 6th of November.


End of Year Raffle

Our current school fundraiser is our raffle.  We are hoping to raise enough with this to help us to purchase more decodable books for Room 3 - 6, to really help our children grow their reading skills.  The more we manage to raise, the more books we will be able to buy.  If you are not selling your raffle tickets for any reason (no judgement at all) please send these back to the office ASAP.  We have families who are already asking for more books to sell.  There are some fantastic prizes and Dianne has worked incredibly hard to bring this fundraiser together.  We have some generous sponsorship, so please get behind it if you can!  Please bring your ticket stubbs and money back to the office as soon as you have sold them, this really helps speed up the process.  If you would like more books, just let Dianne know.  


Sponsorship Opportunity-Decodable Books

A huge focus for us as a school over the last two years and into the future has been on reading and spelling.  We have done an enormous amount of learning and research to really work out what works for our children when they are learning to read and spell.  Particularly within this we have learned about explicit, sequenced instruction and how this needs to look.  To have this approach humming for 2021 with all classes having access to resources we really need to purchase more decodable books.  These are books that allow children to practice the skills they are learning and grow as a reader based on the understandings they have and the sound patterns they know.  These books are not cheap, like any other resource needed in a school.  We have already had very kind sponsorship from Property Indepth (hence the sign on our fence.)  As a staff we have sat down and worked out that to have all classes Room 1 - 6 with access to the books children need, we require $6000.  If you have a business that would like to contribute towards this we would be incredibly grateful.  You could be confident that sponsorship would be going towards a great cause...children learning to read.  If this sounds like something your business would like to get on board with, please see Leslee, Dianne or Chrissie.  Thank you.


Lost Property

This continues to be such an issue.  Just yesterday I picked up ten items that had been left in the courtyard.  On a daily basis the field and playground are littered with collections of shoes and clothing, now that swimming season has started, we even have underwear.  Please help us by naming your children’s clothing and other items and reinforcing that they need to be responsible for their own belongings.  We do not take responsibility for searching out items that children have left lying around, that is not in our job description.


Staffing

We have some pretty significant staff changes happening in 2021.  We are still working on this and are not yet able to confirm for you who will be with us in 2021 and what class they will be in.  We will let you know as soon as we have this sorted.  What I can confirm for you is that we will continue to have a school full of committed, hard working staff.


Fundraising Information

As you will be well aware, schools are not fully funded for their actual needs.  Our Board of Trustees chooses to keep classes as small as possible and prioritises funding to this.  Without this funding all of our classes would be between 28 and 35 with one teacher.


We know that sometimes it can seem strange that the school has fundraisers and the PSG has fundraisers.  Generally PSG run fundraisers are directed towards bigger items, historically this has been our pool and now this is going towards an outdoor, all weather shade over the turf.  School fundraisers are simply to cover our budget.

 Each year the Parent Support Group commits approximately $13000 to our budget.  This goes towards covering this shortfall by allowing us to direct our budget to cover the things that are considered extras in our budget, like reading books, digital tech and math equipment.  Isn't it sad that such important items in a school are considered 'extras.'  To raise this $13000 each year the PSG has to do fundraising on top of what the school is doing each term.  To cover any other items like a hardcover for our turf, even more fundraising is needed.  

So why is the school still doing their own fundraising like the sponsored run and the sausage sizzles?

This fundraising is just to ensure we cover the basics of our budget and come out all square for the year, these fundraisers are included in our budget lines to cover the day to day running costs of the school, that is why the school still has to do their own fundraising too, we are counting on the funds raised.

How else are funds raised?

The school regularly applies for grants to cover items like math equipment etc that we wouldn't be able to afford otherwise.

We absolutely understand that it can be difficult to support fundraisers.  We understand everyone is in a different financial situation.  In particular we understand the pressure of the current climate.

We try to ensure we are only raising money for  what is specifically needed.

However it is important to note that donating time is just as important as donating money, so please consider joining the parent support group if you can possibly do so.  You don't have to be able to attend meetings, you can join a specific committee and support in any way that you can.


Swimming and Keys

The pool is now up and running and teachers will let you know what day children swim on.   We are selling keys for $100 to use over the Term 4 and 1 season.  If you would like a pool key (there are limited numbers) please register your interest with the school office.


Water Bottles

Please ensure children have a bottle, full of water at school each day.


Hats

All children must have a hat with a flap, or a hat with a wide brim at school every day.  Please make sure it is named.  Having one to leave in their bag is a great idea.  No hat, no sun.  Please no caps this term.


End of Year Prizegiving

This will be held at 1pm on the 15th of December.  We will be out on the field and each class will have an item of some sort.  This is likely to go until just before 3pm.  The next day, the 16th of December is our last day and school will finish at 12pm.  There will be a lot of shifting and moving going on on the 16th, so children that come to school on the 16th should expect to get stuck in and help.


Start Date 2021

We start back at school on the 2nd of February. The school year in 2021 will end on the 14th of December.  You can find exact school dates by searching term dates online.

Year 7 students at Kamo intermediate will start on the 3rd of February.


This year ends on the 16th of December at 12.00pm.



Food for thought...


Try to find joy and positivity in as many moments as you can.


Ngā mihi nui



Leslee Allen



Wednesday, October 28, 2020

Important Message

 Important message:


On Monday the 30th of November we will be having a half day.  Teachers will be using this time for planning and discussing transitions for 2021.   Usually we employ relievers to cover this day, but this year our budget does not allow us to do this.  We ask that you pick children up from 12.00pm, but at the latest 12.30pm.  Please note, school is NOT closed on this day and if you are unable to arrange care for your child, they may stay at school till end of day as they will be supervised.    If you need your child to stay at school after 12.00pm on this day we ask that you email Dianne on reception@kaurihohoreschool.co.nz so we can establish an afternoon roll.  


We appreciate your understanding in this matter.


Kaurihohore Board of Trustees

Wednesday, October 21, 2020

Week Two, Term Four News

 


Kaurihohore School Week Two, Term Four News

Manaaki te katoa - be kind to all.


Kia ora koutou


Welcome to Term 4.  Week One went by in a flash, and the next few weeks are guaranteed to do the same.  Term 4 is always a super busy term and we acknowledge that family life also becomes even busier around this time.  We will do our best to communicate with you early about important events, but please do your part by keeping as up to date as you can.  As always, if you have any questions about your child in terms of learning, wellbeing or behaviour, please make an appointment to check in with your child’s teacher.  You can do this by sending a quick message through seesaw, or coming into your child’s class to request a time to see your child’s teacher.



Communication and Seesaw

Seesaw is our main way of communicating with you.  We use it to share and celebrate learning, to report to you and to send you important messages.  Please make sure that you are checking in on your child’s seesaw account regularly, if you are having difficulty getting on, or connecting, please come in and see us and we will do our best to help. You are welcome to make time to come and speak with us about your child’s learning or any other aspect of concern at any stage you like.  We are just a seesaw message away, but we can not try to solve problems, if we are not told about them.  


Learning Support

At times, children need extra help for their learning, wellbeing or behaviour.  We have many programmes we fund as a school to assist in and out of the classroom.  We keep a school register of children who may need further support and every member of staff updates this and has regular discussions about what we can do further to help.  This register tracks children through their time with us, so that everyone is aware of what progress has already been made and what has been done.  Our Learning Support Coordinator Vikki Tuckey works directly with Nicky Cleaver who is our SENCO to create plans, work with children and conduct assessments.  Our wellbeing leader Kelly Glasgow designs programmes to directly help with wellbeing.  At times our Resource Teacher of Learning and Behaviour is involved if required.  Funding from the Ministry is very rare and thin on the ground and we often have to fight tooth and nail for support, so we do as much as we possibly can within our school and within our classrooms.  In fact this is where the Seasons for Growth programme came from (a programme based on helping children dealing with change or grief that runs for a term.)  We saw a need and worked with Barnardos to bring this programme into our school  Other schools have now picked up this idea and run with it.  If you feel your child needs extra support in some way, your first point of call should be your child’s teacher who will then discuss this with Nicky Cleaver or Vikki Tuckey who will then arrange a time to meet with you to discuss any plans we can put in place.


Lost Property

We already have a huge amount of lost property.  Children leave it lying around the playground and it is largely unnamed.  Please encourage children to look after their belongings, don’t replace it if they lose it and make them go back for it if they forget it.  One full week at school and the line is already full.


Zero Waste

Many years ago now, our school embraced the zero waste philosophy.  We regularly teach children through our classroom programmes about the environmental impact of plastic and encourage them to think critically about our throw away lifestyles.  We intend to really focus on this again next year, learning about our place and what we can take action on.  We ask that you try to support us as much as you possibly can by eliminating plastic from your child’s lunch box.  It is a small way that we can help to make change.  By eliminating rubbish, we also tend to make better choices about nutrition for our children, which is very important for their wellbeing.  


Sponsored Run

We will be holding this on Friday.  Every child will take part in this fun event, please feel free to come along and join in on the fun.  

Sponsored Run Information - Friday 23rd October

  • Children will eat morning tea early during class time.

  • At 11.25am all children will gather on court ready to start at 11.30am.

  • Classes will have staggered starts around the bike track.

  • Each child will carry a card to collect lap tally marks.

  • Children will collect a tally mark from their teacher after each completed lap.

  • At 12.30pm all students will return to their teacher and the teacher will record laps completed by each child.

  • At 12.30pm we will all gather on the court and spot prizes will be presented.

  • Children may run or walk.

  • Children and whanau may dress up if they want, anything goes.

  • Music will be playing for the hour of run/walk time.

  • Just for your information our bike track is 374.4m.

 

If you have not got on to getting sponsorship yet, please do so. Any amount would be greatly appreciated!

If you have misplaced your sponsorship form we will have some available at the office for you. 

 

Athletics - Monday November 2nd

 

Below is the expected schedule of the day.  


This year the Year One children will take part in a separate event from the rest of the school.  This will be a ‘have a go’ tabloid like event, with fun activities run by the Sports Academy.  This will be held on the 6th of November at 1.45pm out on the field, family members are welcome to come along and support.


10.30 - Year 2 - 6 events will take place. This will run till approximately 1pm. Children may go home at the conclusion of these events if you wish to take them, but please sign them out.


Children will need to come along in appropriate clothing to run and jump in.  They will also need their hat, sunscreen and water.  A jumper is also a good idea just in case it is cold.  It would be wonderful to see as many adults as possible wearing hats as well.

Events on this day will include shot put, discus, high jump and sprints, with a rest time also scheduled in.  The emphasis of this day is for the children to have fun through competition.


If it is wet the event will be cancelled, a decision will be made by 8.30am.  


As our Year 4 - 6 children need to take part in order to qualify for the Whangarei Competition, we will find time to run these events.  We will do our best to notify you about when this will happen, but please understand this time of the year is pretty full on and there are time constraints around qualification.


Market Day

This is being held on the 20th of November from 1pm - 4pm.  Classes will be organizing games and activities, along with things to sell on the day.  Your child’s teacher may be in touch asking for help with this.  Children are to bring some money on the day to take part in what is going on.  If you have an idea for a game and are willing to run it, we would really appreciate that!  The field will be available.  Children will be supervised till 4pm on this day, so you are welcome to pick them up any time between 3 and 4, however, please note, you will need to come in to get them as we will not be assembling in the courtyard on that day.  This is a school fundraiser to help us cover the necessities of our budget.



Fundraising Information

As you will be well aware, schools are not fully funded for their actual needs.  Our Board of Trustees chooses to keep classes as small as possible and prioritises funding to this.  Without this funding all of our classes would be between 28 and 35 with one teacher.

So how is this extra funding need covered?

That is where the wonderful PSG comes in.  Each year the Parent Support Group commits approximately $13000 to our budget.  This goes towards covering this shortfall by allowing us to direct our budget to cover the things that are considered extras in our budget, like reading books, digital tech and math equipment.  Isn't it sad that such important items in a school are considered 'extras.'  To raise this $13000 each year the PSG has to do fundraising on top of what the school is doing each term.  To cover any other items like a hardcover for our turf, even more fundraising is needed.  

So why is the school still doing their own fundraising like the sponsored run and the sausage sizzles?

This fundraising is just to ensure we cover the basics of our budget and come out all square for the year, these fundraisers are included in our budget lines to cover the day to day running costs of the school, that is why the school still has to do their own fundraising too, we are counting on the funds raised.

How else are funds raised?

The school regularly applies for grants to cover items like math equipment etc that we wouldn't be able to afford otherwise.

We absolutely understand that it can be difficult to support fundraisers.  We understand everyone is in a different financial situation.  In particular we understand the pressure of the current climate.

We try to ensure we are only raising money for  what is specifically needed.

However it is important to note that donating time is just as important as donating money, so please consider joining the parent support group if you can possibly do so.  You don't have to be able to attend meetings, you can join a specific committee and support in any way that you can.


Swimming and Keys

The pool is not quite ready for swimming and we will let you know when it is up and running. We will be selling keys for $100 to use over the Term 4 and 1 season.  If you would like a pool key (there are limited numbers) please register your interest with the school office.


Water Bottles

Please ensure children have a bottle, full of water at school each day.


Hats

All children must have a hat with a flap, or a hat with a wide brim at school every day.  Please make sure it is named.  Having one to leave in their bag is a great idea.  No hat, no sun.  Please no caps this term.


Barbie Dolls

Room one is after any Barbie dolls (male or female) and clothes for their classroom.  Any donations greatly appreciated.


Start Date 2021

We start back at school on the 2nd of February. The school year in 2021 will end on the 14th of December.  You can find exact school dates by searching term dates online.

Year 7 students at Kamo intermediate will start on the 3rd of February.


This year ends on the 16th of December at 12.00pm.



Food for thought...




Ngā mihi nui



Leslee Allen



Thursday, September 24, 2020

Update on Term Events Known So Far

 TERM DATES 2020

Term Three
25th September - Empty Classroom Day (Last day of Term)


Term Four
12th of October
*23rd of October - Sponsored Run 11.30-12.30
*26th of October - Labour Day
*29th of October - School Photos
*2nd of November - School Athletics (Year 0 and 1 will have their events on a different day as they did last year, we will advise you of date when we have one.)
*20th November - Market Day at School 1pm-4pm
*15th December - Whole School Prize giving 1pm


Last day 16th of December - 12.00 finish


2021
Children start back - 2nd Feb
Last day of Term 4 - 14th of December

Wednesday, September 16, 2020

Cohort Entry Dates 2021

 If you have a new entrant starting in 2021 these are the cohort dates.  Children must turn five before these dates to enter either at the start of a term, or in the middle of a term.  


Week Nine News



Kaurihohore School Week Nine News

 









Kia ora koutou


He aroha whakāto

he aroha puta mai

(if kindness is sown,then kindness you shall receive.)


It is almost the end of term and the above whakatauki seems very appropriate.  It has been a very different year, that is for sure, but one thing remains, if we are kind to others, we will in turn receive kindness.  It is what we teach children and it is what we ourselves, as adults should be actively role modelling in our daily lives.


When we put our own needs ahead of others, for example, when we cut the pick up line at the end of the day, we are actually saying that others are unimportant to us.  When we do such things, we should ask ourselves one thing, what if everyone did that?


Manaaki te katoa - be kind to all.


Lost Property

Please come in and check the lost property.  Even while we are in level two, you are welcome to quickly come onto school grounds to check this.  As the term warms up, there are a lot of jumpers discarded.  Naming items would help greatly.  


Level 2

We continue to operate within level 2 guidelines.  Unfortunately this meant we had to cancel our open evening, which would have been a chance for you to catch up with your child’s teacher.  Please don’t hesitate to message your child’s teacher through seesaw to either check in that way, or to set up an appointment to talk about your child’s learning.  You are welcome to do this at any stage through the year, communication is so important.  Hopefully we will know more next Monday, with fingers crossed for a move back to level 1.


Sponsored Run

This obviously had to be postponed.  We will be finding a date to hold it in Term 4.  So hold on to sponsorship forms and any donations.  If you need another form, please come and see the office staff.


Ag and Flower Day

On the 23rd of September we are holding our Ag and Flower day.  Caregivers of children that are bringing an animal on the day have received an email regarding how we will operate if we are in level 2.  If you did not get an email, please see Dianne.

If we remain in Level 2 we won’t be able to have adults on site to view rooms, but we will go ahead with flower and craft items regardless.  There will be no food for sale on the day.


Empty Classroom Day

This is again being held on the last day of term, feel free to come along and join in all the playful fun.  This day generally runs from 9am - 1.45pm when clean up then begins.  We have a huge list of outdoor jobs to do on the day, so if we are level 1, please feel free to bring a wheelbarrow and spade and come along and lend a hand.  We will be planting the native garden, clearing messy areas around the school and barking the playground areas.


Native Bush Area

A huge thank you to Croft Poles and Timber for their support of planting in the school.  They have sponsored a number of plants to start us off in the native garden.  They have committed to supporting our school where they can, we thank them for their support as a locally owned and operated business. 


PSG Update

On behalf of the BOT I want to take this opportunity to thank Jo Ann Hogan, Tracey Smales and Melissa Lawson, who are stepping down as their roles of Chairman, Secretary and Treasurer respectively. You have all done an incredible job raising money for our school along with our other committee members. It is a huge effort to organise these events and we want you to know that we appreciate all of what you have done!

We now need a team of new and willing parents to take the helm and help the school to continue to raise funds for our much needed projects. WE NEED YOU! If we can get parents to step forward and sit on the committee so that the job isn't just on a few, but it is shared by many.

We need a new Chairperson, Treasurer and committee members for our PSG to continue.

If you are interested please contact me via FB or on 021 542 426. We will plan for a meeting in the beginning of Term 3 when we are hopefully settled back into Level 1.

Kasey Hindrup

 

Fonterra donating compost for Kaurihohore school garden

Room 9 at Kaurihohore School has been gardening for some time. We are learning about growing vegetables and the life cycle of plants in general. But we struggled to keep our soil healthy. Today we were super excited when a massive big truck came from Fonterra and unloaded a heap of compost. We could feel the heat coming from it. We are already busy germinating seeds in our greenhouse. Tomorrow we will bring our wheelbarrows and spades and move it to our school garden. We are looking forward to growing lots of healthy vegetables to eat.

THANK you so much Fonterra for donating such a massive heap of compost for our school garden. We truly appreciate it.

Room 9 Kaurihohore School

 

End of Term Assembly

It is hoped that we will be in Level One for this.  This will be held on Thursday at 2.30pm.  If we are Level Two, we will not be able to have family members attend.  If we are level One you are welcome to come along.  If fine, we will hold this out on the courts, we will also endeavor to live stream this again on facebook.  We will be handing out Principal Awards, Kindness Awards and awarding the Citizen of the Term.

 

Decodable Books - Thankyou to  Property Indepth - Registered Property Valuers

We would like to thank Property Indepth for their donation towards decodable readers.  We are slowly building up our collection of these readers that match how children actually learn to read.  They are expensive however, and with little funds, it is hard work.  Donations like this make it much more possible to allow all our readers to have access to the right books for them.  


Staffing and classes for 2021

At this time of year we are busy sorting classes for 2021, we give this process a huge amount of careful thought. 2021 will see some changes in staff which we let you know about when everything is confirmed. What we do need to know is if your child won’t be returning to us next year. It is really important you communicate this with us sooner rather than later so that we can offer positions to those that may be on the waiting list if need be. We also need to know if any families are intending to enrol. If you could communicate with Chrissie via email admin@kaurihohoreschool.co.nz as soon as you know that would be great, or let any new parents know that they need to do so. Alternatively you could ring Chrissie and let her know. Thank you!


Year One and Two Positions

We currently do have a few positions for out of zone children in our school at this level.  If you know of anyone that has a year one of two child and wants to come to our school, now is the time to get in touch, even if they are wanting to move them in 2021.  These positions have been advertised recently.  We may also have positions in other areas of the school next year, so encourage anyone who is thinking about moving, to get in touch.  



Maori Language Week 

This week is Maori Language Week.  At school many of our classes took part in the Maori Language Moment and are celebrating this week in various ways.  As a staff we are constantly working on our own abilities in this area as we believe that Maori Language is a taonga.  If you are looking to increase your own abilities, you could look at the app Kupu, you simply take a photo of an item and it gives you the translation in Te Reo Māori.  It also pronounces it for you.


Playground

We hope to have this up and running for Term 4.


Water Bottles

These are still required while we are in level two, please ensure your child has a full bottle of water at school each day.  Water fountains are currently turned off.


Mud Kitchen

If you have any old pots, pans, bowls (not breakable) or an overflow of citrus fruit, or other items that can be used for imaginary play, we would love you to drop these items of to our mud kitchen.


Bikes

Please no bikes from home while we are in level 2.


End of Day Pick Up

Please either find a park and walk in to collect your child or use the car train system.  Please note, you need to join the end of the line, which usually extends out onto the road.  Please do not push in as people have waited patiently.  Please pull up as far as you can at the front of the line, this allows us to get the maximum number of cars into the line enabling this process to be faster.  If you come into the car park intending to park, but can’t find anywhere, just park behind the first few staff cars and quickly collect your child.  Please do not block the entrance to the school.  We know this time of day is hard, however the system works well if we all use it properly.


Start Date 2021

We start back at school on the 2nd of February. The school year in 2021 will end on the 14th of December.  You can find exact school dates by searching term dates online.

Year 7 students at Kamo intermediate will start on the 3rd of February.


This year ends on the 16th of December at 12.00pm.




Food for thought...


Ngā mihi nui



Leslee Allen