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 firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 email@example.com so we can establish an afternoon roll.
If your child is going to be absent or late, please ensure you either phone the office 4350 041, email firstname.lastname@example.org, 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.
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