Wednesday, February 21, 2024

Week Three News

  


Kaurihohore School Week Three, Term One 2024


Manaaki te katoa - be kind to all. 

Respect - Empathy - Kindness 


He aroha whakatō, he aroha ka puta mai

“If kindness is sown, then kindness is what you shall receive”


Kia ora e te whānau, 


Isn’t it amazing how time flies, it is already week three and it seems like we were never on holiday! 

It is great to see our tamariki settled into school and classes humming away.

Thank you all for getting used to the new routines around drop off and pick up and for reading and adhering to the guidelines that we have set to make this process easier.

We look forward to a great day at the beach on Friday.


Leslee Allen


Pick up and Drop Off


It is great to see that this is working well.  Some points to remember:

  • Room 1-5 come out to the courtyard at 2.50pm.  If you have a child in Room 6 - 9, please don’t join the line until 3.00pm or after.  If we have cars at the front of the line, waiting for children in Rooms 6-9, this holds things up.  There may not seem like a lot of impact, but it certainly affects the flow of traffic at this time of day.  If you have children in both areas of the school, come at the later allotted time please.

  • If you park and walk in to get your child, please walk across the crossing and use the pedestrian gate.  Children need to wait for you to come across.

  • If you are picking up a child off the bus, please wait till 3.20pm to arrive, leaving car parks for those that need them.

  • If your child has sports practice, please delay arriving till 3.15pm at the earliest to allow those picking up their children to do so easily.

  • Do not walk across the car park.

  • It is really difficult for us to see your car, the fence makes it quite confusing for staff, so please don’t be offended if we repeatedly ask you who you are picking up.

  • Please encourage your child to watch for their car and if they see you, pop up straight away to wait at the gate.

  • Please pull up as far as you can and don’t stop outside the gate, children will walk to you.

  • While we have work going on, we ask that you don’t park in the front bus bay before 2.45pm, to allow any trailers or trucks to access this area.  This area needs to be kept clear as much as possible before 2.45pm and after 3.30pm.

  • If you need to pick up your child straight away because of other commitments, it is best to find a car park and come in and collect them.  There are generally car parks available to access.  

  • Also another reminder to not block the driveway.  Please even if you are in the line, leave the entrance clear, so those needing to get through to park can do so.

  • Please pick your child by 3.20pm, if you are going to be later than this, we need to know.  It is not very fair to expect staff to wait until well after this to ensure your child is safe before they get on with the rest of their day.  If you are going to be routinely late, you need to start booking them into after school care.


If everyone follows the guidelines, it makes it easier for everyone.  I guess it comes back to the saying “what if everyone did that?”  If none of us followed the guidelines, it would be absolute chaos and prevent us from keeping you and your children safe.


Beach Trip - This Friday


Yesterday I sent out the guidelines for the beach.  I appreciate it is quite the novel, but please read and digest what these say.  These are all the things we need to put in place to ensure everyone has a safe and happy day.


The school has been going to the beach for 40+ years. From what I can understand, it has always been the same beach, but over that time our roll has grown substantially.  


We continue this tradition, but with a larger roll, it is no mean feat.  The beach trip is a massive EOTC outing and carries with it Health and Safety requirements that we do not take lightly.   We all know that EOTC events, when it comes to schools, have been in the media over the past few years and this is something we do not carry easily as a staff.  We would hate to end such a fantastic tradition but it is getting harder every year.  To make it possible, we need your cooperation with the guidelines we set down.  It may seem that ‘you’ doing something different will have no impact, but what if everyone did that?


Children need to be on our roll for the day, this means we need to meet at school.  If they are not on our roll, they are technically under your supervision and absent from school.  This becomes a really grey area and might not seem like a big deal, but for Dianne, who is trying to keep track of everyone, it is a massive deal.  


Children also benefit from being able to come to school and take someone else in their car, it is an important part of feeling like they are part of something.  Not only that, it also helps you to get to know other parents better.


Because we require more supervision than transport, it is also really beneficial to car pool as it cuts down on the car parks that we will need on the day.   If we have numerous cars, just taking one or two children, this makes it difficult for everyone to find a car park.


We ask that you help us to ensure our whole school can have a great day at the beach as a collective.  As a collective, we should intuitively know that our actions have a ripple effect and impact on others and care about the impact we have.


E hara taku toa

i te toa takitahi,

he toa takitini


My strength is not in the individual but in the collective.  


Enrolments

We still have a few positions across the school for out of zone children in Year 5. If you know of anyone looking to enrol, ask them  to email Chelsea kaurienrolments@gmail.com and come for a look around.  If you know of any families who live in the zone, or may be moving into the zone, please encourage them to contact us as early as possible, so we can calculate them into our numbers.


Contacting Us

You can find all staff emails on our blog page under the tab  ‘our staff,’ however the best way to contact your child’s teacher is via seesaw message.  Teachers will endeavour to answer when they have  time during the day, however please don’t expect replies to messages or emails after 5pm.  We will respond the next day as soon as we can.  Please refrain from using Facebook messenger, or our personal phone numbers to contact us.

Our school blog is kaurihohoreschool.blogspot.com

Office emails are: 

Chrissie - admin@kaurihohoreschool.co.nz

Dianne - reception@kaurihohoreschool.co.nz

Chelsea/Enrolments - kaurienrolments@gmail.com

Leslee - principal@kaurihohoreschool.co.nz

Reporting Absence - kauriabsences@gmail.com


If you have questions or concerns, please direct these to your child’s teacher as soon as you can, so we can nip anything in the bud before it becomes a bigger issue.


Easter Break

Please note that this year Easter is in term time, when this happens school is closed on Friday, Monday and Tuesday (29th-2nd April)


Fundraising Term One

Our first fundraiser is the Easter raffle.  Tickets have been sent home and we ask that you endeavour to sell these.  Any raffles organised by Dianne are always worth winning.  Can you send donations towards this raffle, it can be chocolate, grocery items, art, toys anything really that people would love to win as part of a raffle.  If you are unable to sell your tickets, please send these back to the office.


KINDO

Kindo is an app that allows online payments for items at school like pizza days etc.  If you go to the links below to either create an account, or log in.  These links are also at the top of our school blog site.

Create and account. 

https://shop.tgcl.co.nz/shop/flow_join.shtml

Log in

https://shop.tgcl.co.nz/shop/index.html

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Term One - Known Dates

23rd February - Beach Picnic (whole school)

29th - 2nd April - Easter break


School Bank Account Details - 

All payments now go through the one account.

Account 12-3093-0200709-00

Kaurihohore school board of Trustees


Food for thought… 




Wednesday, February 7, 2024

Week One - School News

Kaurihohore School Week One, Term One 2024

Manaaki te katoa - be kind to all. 

Respect - Empathy - Kindness 


He aroha whakatō, he aroha ka puta mai

“If kindness is sown, then kindness is what you shall receive”


Kia ora e te whānau, nau mai hoki mai, welcome back!  


A big welcome to all of our new whānau, we look forward to getting to know you and your children this year.


We will always endeavour to do our best for you and your children, we look forward to working together with you in this partnership.


We look forward to another great year here at Kaurihohore.


Leslee Allen


Pick up and Drop Off

Please read the information sent home regarding drop off and pick up.  The new fence has changed the way we need to do things, and may slow things down, as our visibility is not great.  We will do our best as we get to know your cars.  What will really help is adhering to the times we have set out as guidelines.  2.50pm - 3.00pm for Room 1-5 and Room 6-9 3pm onwards.  If you have a child in the older class, please come at the later time indicated.  This should reduce pressure on the line and ease waiting times.

Whānau with intermediate children who get off the bus here at school, please wait till 3.15pm to arrive.  If you are here for a sports practice, please wait till 3.20pm.  Children are all supervised till this time.  If someone out of the ordinary is picking up your child, please phone and let us know.


When you drop off children, please park adjacent to the yellow lines, so children can walk safely up the pedestrian walkway.  Do not park parallel to another car.  If your child gets out of the right hand side, they need to walk behind your car, not in front.  Children can be dropped off from 7.45am, not earlier, they need to wait in the courtyard until the bell rings at 8am.


If your child is slow getting into the car at the end of the day, it may be easier to find a park and come in and collect them, this will avoid holding up the line. 

If you think your child may not recognise the vehicle that is picking them up, or we might not know the adult by sight, it is possibly best to tell them to park and walk across the crossing to pick up.


When pulling up into the line, pull up as far as you can, don’t stop in front of the gate, this allows us to get more cars into the line and more children into cars.


Fencing The School


The fencing project has been instigated by the MOE in response to some of our youngest children struggling to stay on site.  It is expected to be completed by March.


Phones At School


Please note that children are not to bring phones to school.  If they need to contact you, they can come to the school office and phone you from there.  If for some reason they absolutely have to have their phone, they must leave it at the school office and pick it up after school.


New Toilets


You will notice that the old car park in front of the pool has been excavated.  A new toilet block is being built here and is expected to take about six months to complete.


Enrolments


We still have a few positions across the school for out of zone children in Year 5. If you know of anyone looking to enrol, ask them  to email Chelsea kaurienrolments@gmail.com and come for a look around.  If you know of any families who live in the zone, or may be moving into the zone, please encourage them to contact us as early as possible, so we can calculate them into our numbers.


Sponsorship


We are currently sitting down to work out our budget for 2024.  Unfortunately for us, 2024 and 2025 are going to see us relying very again very heavily on fundraising and sponsorship.  We've predicted this for the last five years with a massive group of Year 6 children leaving.  Schools are funded on their roll, and of course a massive group going out, means a drop in funding.  Technically we should be running eight classrooms next year, but we choose to operate nine, this is where the shortfall comes in.

We have set a target of $35 000 to raise through fundraising, which is a massive ask! 

Currently our budget, even with this fundraising hoped for, is sitting at a $50 000 deficit, and that is being conservative.  We prioritise people over things and so direct the money we raise goes towards learning and wellbeing support inside and outside of classrooms and towards keeping our class rolls as small as possible.  If you know of a business that may be interested in sponsoring us in some way, please let them know to get in contact.


Contacting Us


You can find all staff emails on our blog page under the tab  ‘our staff,’ however the best way to contact your child’s teacher is via seesaw message.  Teachers will endeavour to answer when they have  time during the day, however please don’t expect replies to messages or emails after 5pm.  We will respond the next day as soon as we can.  Please refrain from using Facebook messenger, or our personal phone numbers to contact us.

Our school blog is kaurihohoreschool.blogspot.com

Office emails are: 

Chrissie - admin@kaurihohoreschool.co.nz

Dianne - reception@kaurihohoreschool.co.nz

Chelsea/Enrolments - kaurienrolments@gmail.com

Leslee - principal@kaurihohoreschool.co.nz

Reporting Absence - kauriabsences@gmail.com


If you have questions or concerns, please direct these to your child’s teacher as soon as you can, so we can nip anything in the bud before it becomes a bigger issue.


Easter Break

Please note that this year Easter is in term time, when this happens school is closed on Friday, Monday and Tuesday (29th-2nd April)


Beach Trip - 23rd February

On this day, the whole school travels to the beach.  A form will be coming home about this today that will give you more information.

For this trip to go ahead, it is absolutely crucial that we have the necessary supervision to do so.  While it can often seem that we have too many cars, it is needed.  We need people prepared to come to the beach and supervise a small group of children in and out of the water.  If you feel your child would struggle on this day, then we ask that you come along to supervise them yourselves.    It is a huge responsibility to take the whole school to the beach and we can not do it without your support.  Please return your forms ASAP.


Dates For 2024

School starts back on the 5th of February and the year will end on the 18th of December.  We do not yet have return dates for 2025 and will not set these dates till at least halfway through the year.  However you can find indicated dates set by the Ministry by googling, which are yet to be confirmed by the Minister.


Fundraising Term One

More information will come out about any fundraisers this year.  As you will know from my newsletters last year, we need to raise around $35 000 to cover curriculum costs this year.  This term we will have an Easter raffle and be selling bulbs, again, we will let you know more about these fundraisers in time.


KINDO

Kindo is an app that allows online payments for items at school like pizza days etc.  If you go to the links below to either create an account, or log in.  These links are also at the top of our school blog site.

Create and account. 

https://shop.tgcl.co.nz/shop/flow_join.shtml

Log in

https://shop.tgcl.co.nz/shop/index.html

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Term One - Known Dates

23rd February - Beach Picnic (whole school)

29th - 2nd April - Easter break


School Bank Account Details - 

All payments now go through the one account.

Account 12-3093-0200709-00

Kaurihohore school board of Trustees


Food for thought… 




Tuesday, December 12, 2023

End of year and start of year information

 Thank you all for another great year.  I really appreciate the support that you, our community, provide for our wonderful school.  

Without you as a collective supporting our purpose and values the unique nature of our school would not resonate so strongly.    There are not many schools where the staff average so many years in one place (around 15 years on average.)

As I said at our Senior awards, creating a successful school is a team effort.  We have an amazing staff and a brilliant community.  In a world where all of us are time poor, I thank those of you that have managed to prioritise some time for us.  This may be in the form of fundraising, in the form of transport or simply supporting the learning we do in the classroom at home by checking in with your child’s seesaw.  

Without our fundraising we would not have the turf our children play on, the canopy we are lucky to assemble under, the mini basketball court, the pool, the small class sizes, the extra learning support…and the list goes on and on.  The fundraising that you support, makes that much difference and the reality is, everyone benefits.  

I am truly grateful to be able to lead such an incredible staff and belong to an amazing community. 

We have many families for whom this is the end of their journey with us.  As your children move onto intermediate, and you leave us behind, I hope that you remember your time here with fondness and even if we didn’t always get everything right, you know we always did your best.  Thank you for understanding we are human.

Many of our families that end their time with us have made a significant difference to this place and will be remembered in each and every little or large thing we managed to put in place because of their efforts, for this we are grateful.  

To the Year Six students that leave us this year:

When all is said and done and the competition has been run,  the awards have been given and the applause has died down.  There is one thing that matters most, the person you have become.

Compassion and kindness and showing empathy for others will be their own reward.  You’ll be rewarded in the good you do, the friends you are cherished by and the memories you leave others with.

Be the person that is remembered by others with fondness, because at the end of the day it is about who you have become, not what you have won.

Mā te huruhuru ka rere to manu

Let your feathers be ones of kindness.


 Together we are and will continue to make a difference for our children.  

Tangata ako ana i te kāenga, te tūranga ki te marae, tau ana

A person nurtured in the community, contributes strongly to society.

End of Year Info -

Reports will have been posted on seesaw this week.  Please leave a heart on your child's post even if you don't like it, so we know it has been read.  If you need a hard copy and are unable to print it yourself, please ask your child’s teacher.

If you have a year six child, either download their journal or items that you would like to save, before you lose access early next year.

Our last day is Friday the 15th and this ends at 12.00pm.  Friday is used as a day to clean up, sort classes and move any furniture that needs moving.  Send children to school prepared to help with this.  Children need to be picked up by 12.15pm on this day.

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Start of School Info -

All children now know their classes and lists will be sent home via seesaw.  School starts on the 5th of February and the last day of 2024  is the 18th of December.  The office will be open in the week prior to our starting date if you need to get in contact.

Next year there will be a couple of MOE allowed teacher only days.  We will advise you of these days when we have them.  These days have been allocated by the MOE so schools can get to work on developing and refining their curriculum.

The date for the Beach Picnic has been set for Friday the 23rd of February.  We will rely heavily on parent transport and supervision on this day, so set it aside if you can.  This year it had to be cancelled due to water quality, so we have our fingers crossed that next year it will be able to go ahead.

Stationery lists will be popped on seesaw, but can also be accessed online, by searching your child's class.

2024 Stationery

Office Max online myschool.co.nz.

Office Products  online & In store nzschoolshop | Back To School Suppliers | PS Limited | Official Site  21-23 Commerce Street Whangarei. Branch Opening Hours Monday - Friday 8:00am - 5:00pm

Qizzle Online: www.schoolpacks.co.nz

These companies have your child's class list, if purchasing online you just need to search the school and then the class.  

New Entrant Room Piwakawaka (RM1) is to be purchased at school if needed. If your child is staying in with Michelle she will let you know what they may need and this can be purchased at school.

We wish you a happy Summer break and we will see most of you back next year.



Leslee Allen