Wednesday, March 3, 2021

Week 5 News

 

Kaurihohore School Week Five, Term One News 

Manaaki te katoa - be kind to all. 

Respect - Empathy - Kindness 


Kia ora Koutou

The term is already flying by.  It is hard to believe that it is week five already.  This week is a busy one, with Year 5 and 6 off away at their camp and Rooms 6, 10, and 9  having their sleepover with two activities.  We hold EOTC events like this every second year, trying very hard to guarantee that every child experiences one extended camp in their time at school, either in Year 5 or Year 6.  These events would not be possible without your support, which we rely on heavily.  With the announcement of level two on Saturday night, the staff and I quickly had discussions on how we could ensure these EOTC events still went ahead.  Many schools have been quick to pull the pin on these events, but we did not want our children to miss out, unless they really had to.  With the venue  booked a year in advance for Senior camp, it was go now, or not at all this year.  With a bit of thought we were able to tweak plans to make them work within level two and are thankful to our supportive BOT for giving us the green light!  

Our children are lucky to be supported by adults that truly want them to have experiences, despite the current up and down nature of our world.

The pandemic has meant most people have missed out on so much, you only need to listen to hear about all the events, memorials, experiences and celebrations children and adults have missed out on, big and small.   It is enough to make you truly grateful for what we are able to do.

We will always do our best for the children and families of this school, sometimes our best means disappointments still happen, but unfortunately, or fortunately, depending on how you want to look at it, this is part of life.   

Attendance 

Please advise us straight away if your child is going to be away from school for any reason. You can use kauriabsences@gmail.com, the school loop app, or phone the school office and leave a message. Please ensure you give us the reason for absence as we are required to have this for our records.   Remember when children have frequent days off, it hurts their academic progress, but more importantly, hinders them socially it is hard to make and maintain friendships when a child is frequently away.



Below are some known dates so far: 

Swimming Sports with Glenbervie for selected Year 4-6 - 8th of March

Whangarei swimming sports for those that qualify - 17th of March

Good Friday - 2nd April 

Easter Monday - 5th April 

Easter Tuesday - 6th April 

Room 1-3-4-5 - Extended EOTC Day

Term one Ends - 16th April 

Please note Easter Tuesday is a day off mandated for Schools.

Beach Trip 

Thank you for all your wonderful support on the day.  Supervision is so crucial at this event,  and this great day out would not happen without you.


Level 2

I know we are all becoming very adept at slipping between level 1 and 2.  Please remember we will be at level 2 for at least the rest of this week.  Children need their own drink bottle and are not to bring any scooters, bikes, tools, toys etc from home during this time.  Please stay off school grounds unless you need to come in and use the office window for any queries.  I will always communicate with you as quickly as I can about any changes via facebook and then seesaw, please make sure you have access to one of these.  

Hats 

We are becoming frustrated by the amount of children not bringing hats to school.  Please assist your child by having them keep a hat in their bag.  For obvious reasons, we don’t like lending out hats.


Rubbish

For a zero waste school we sure have a lot of rubbish appearing in our playground.  Most of this rubbish is from children’s lunch boxes, which is really disappointing.  Please assist us in our zero waste endeavors by finding ways to eliminate plastic wrapping.  Children often eat the processed snacks before their ‘real’ food, so taking these snacks that are wrapped in plastic out of your child’s lunch box, you are encouraging them to eat the food you actually want them to eat and eliminating waste at home as well.  All classes will be undertaking environmental audits soon and working on ways they can solve any problems they identify, we would love your support with this.

Easter Raffle 

Please drop in an item for the raffle if you have not already done so.  Tickets need to be sold and into the school office by the 25th of March and this will be drawn before the short Easter break.


Rūma Piwakawka, Kahu, Pukeko, Kōtare - Extended EOTC Event (1, 3, 4, 5)

We will be holding this on the 15th of April.  On this day we are hoping to get out and about to two or three venues, have dinner and a late night at school.  This will be a fun day and we will update relevant families as soon as we have confirmed details.


Need to do now 

1) Update medical and contact details for your child if you have done so 

2)Collect and bring in an item for the Easter raffle 

3)Bring in sold raffle tickets by the 25th of March

Food for thought... 


Noho ora mai - stay well, look after yourself and look out for others!

Leslee Allen


Wednesday, February 24, 2021

Beach Trip 2021 - Kowharewa Bay

 Our school beach trip will go ahead, weather permitting this Friday the 26th of Feb.  We will let you know if the trip is off as soon as we are able too, once our staff are out there to see what they weather is like.  Any announcement will be made on facebook and seesaw.  So far the forecast looks good. 

We will leave school between 9.15 and 9.30 and expect to be back at school between 2pm and 2.30pm.

The tide will be going out on our arrive will be and fully out around 1pm.  Therefore there will be lots of area for beach toys, just make sure children know what they have brought along on the day.  There will be cones marking the boundary for children and we ask that you enforce these boundaries.

Please do not send any floatation devices like boogie boards, there is simply no room for these in our swimming area.

If your child will be away that day, please make sure you let us know as early as you can, so Dianne does not have to spend time chasing you.

Thank you for those who have offered transport.  While we now have plenty of seats for children, it is vital we have adults for supervision at the beach.  It is very important we maintain a high ratio of adults to children around water for everyone's safety.  This is why we need so much parent/caregiver help on the day.

Feel free to car pool on the day with another family, as parking isn't always easy.

This is a great day to come along, get to know people and it also gives children a chance to develop a sense of togetherness.  The beach trip replaces our Empty Classroom Day in Term One.  The beach day is counted as a school day and it is expected children will attend.

On the day we ask that you come before the 9am bell.  Children will assemble in the front courtyard  and you will be asked to collect as many children as you can take in your car.  We ask that people wait until we have everyone accounted for.  You will then be asked to write down the names of the children in your car along with your contact details.  Please take this to the office and we will make a copy.  We take these records with us to the beach just in case we need them.  This is part of Health and Safety, we need to have everyone accounted for.  

If you are transporting we ask that you do not purchase food or drink for children in their car, as some of our children have allergies or diet restrictions.  We also ask that you drive safely and while at the beach know where the children you are responsible for are, at all times.  

We also ask that you ensure they are wearing sun smart items when not swimming and have re-applied their sunscreen throughout the day.

When children are not swimming, we are happy if they play at the edge of the water, but they are not to be in deeper than their knees...if they are at the waters edge, please make sure you have eyes on them at all times.

Children swim in their class groups and you must be available to supervise them while they are swimming.  If you have a pre-schooler who you need to bring to the beach, please supervise them at all times.  

If you are not coming on the day ensure your child has sun smart clothing for over top of their togs, a towel, togs, a change of clothes, sun cream, food and lots of water.    

Please leave parking space by the tent for staff that will arrive later.

Lunch packs will be served even if we do not go to the beach on the day.

Directions From School






Tuesday, February 23, 2021

Senior Camp - Year 5 and 6

 Senior Camp Year 5-6 information


You can follow the above link to Year 5-6 information that was given out at the meeting this afternoon.


Wednesday, February 10, 2021

Week Two News

 


Kaurihohore School Week Two, Term One News 

Manaaki te katoa - be kind to all. 

Respect - Empathy - Kindness 



Kia ora koutou 

Another year has started well, as if we have not even been away!  Children have settled back into routine quickly and classrooms are humming along.

We welcome Cathy Hadfield and Sue Jensen to their new roles in our school and know that you will support them well as they settle into our school community.

We also welcome Vikki Tuckey to her new role of classroom teacher in Rūma Kahu and Tanya Gwyn into her role as LSC (Learning support coordinator) 


Attendance

Please advise us straight away if your child is going to be away from school for any reason.  You can use kauriabsences@gmail.com, the school loop app, or phone the school office and leave a message.  Please ensure you give us the reason for absence as we are required to have this for our records.


Below are some known dates so far:

Beach Trip - 26th of February - whole school

2nd-5th March Year 5 and 6 camp

3rd/4th March - Rm 6/9/10 Sleepover/Camp

Good Friday - 2nd April

Easter Monday - 5th April

Easter Tuesday - 6th April

Term one Ends - 16th April

Please note Easter Tuesday is a day off mandated for Schools.  Inter-school swimming sport dates for Year 4-6 will be added soon and we will advise you when we know of this date.


Beach Trip

This will be held on the 26th of February.  This is ‘empty classroom day’ on location.  Please ensure you have returned your child’s permission form to the school office.  Due to the fact we are at the beach, we require a high level of supervision and really need your help to make this day possible.  If you can provide supervision and transport on this day, we would really appreciate it.  Please do not arrange transport for your child prior to the day, as we will sort children into cars on the morning of the beach trip.  Basically we will assemble in the courtyard, ask you to collect as many children as you can take, and have you write their details on a form before you leave.  If we have more cars than needed, we urge you to carpool, however we will not really know this until the day.  


Reporting for 2021

Over the last two years we have been working on designing a system of real-time reporting.  Trying to ensure you have the information about your child’s learning when you can make the most use of it, rather than waiting for a report.  

Our intention for 2021 is for every class teacher to report to you twice in the year, when assessments have been completed  in reading, writing and maths.  Giving you a clear picture of your child’s current achievement and their next steps.  We will then report each term on your child as a learner on a report form that will be cumulative.  Each term you will receive a comment about your child and it will be added to the previous term's comment, this will mean at the end of the year  you have four comments, one for each term, building a picture of your child’s journey through school along with two lots of achievement data in literacy and numeracy.   To fit with our real time reporting philosophy we will not be holding parent interviews, instead we will be asking you to come in if you need to speak to us and offering an open door policy for you to meet with us if you have any concerns.  Responding in real time, means acting now, not waiting for an interview.  We are more than happy to talk to you any time about your child and an appointment can be made to do this.  This then means we are acting on current information, rather than waiting.

Please come in and see your child’s teacher in the first instance if you have any queries or concerns, you can set up a time via seesaw, email, or simply by popping in.


Room Names

This year we have opted to give our rooms names, rather than numbers.  This symbolises that our classrooms do not rigidly follow a sequence of levels as a numbered system would suggest, that we are a  collective rather than being segregated by age.

Turangawaewae and Whakapapa 

This 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 mana 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 so we can bring this into our school environment and our classrooms. This is something our whole staff is very passionate about, and as a staff we are all working on developing our own te reo Māori abilities.  


If you would like to be part of a group that drives this learning, we would love for you to join us on this journey, please email us if you would like to be part of this with us, we would love to have you on board.  He waka eke noa (we are all in this together.)  We intend to have a community meeting this term to discuss this further.  You could email us below if you have any ideas or thoughts that can help us on our journey.

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.


Reading

As I talked about in our newsletter last year, our staff has been (and is still on) a journey to transform reading and how it is taught in our school.  We are implementing a structured literacy approach and thanks to a Ricoh for their massive donation of $3000 which we eagerly spent on decodable books that can be used throughout all of our classes, for all of the children that need them.  Structured literacy means we use an approach that matches the research on how the brain learns to read.  We will be taking part in further professional development on this at some stage this term.  You may have seen items on the news around this approach, it is important to understand that this is not just about phonics...it is about an explicit and systematic teaching of the building blocks of reading, to ensure all children get the best possible start.  



Environmental Goals 2021

We will be working this year towards several environmental goals.  First up we want to do a waste audit and refresh our children’s understanding of rubbish and the implications for our environment and their future.  We hope that by doing this we can refresh understanding and enthusiasm for our zero waste lunch box approach.   We also want to work towards planting manuka and kanuka in the Autumn, so will be asking for more help to move mulch this term at some stage.  This planting will be along the end fenceline of our school and will encircle the end of the bike track adjacent to the native bush area.  

Seesaw 

Please make sure you are hooked back up to seesaw and checking this regularly as it is our main way of communicating with you.  If you are not able to access information online, via seesaw, our blog, email or our facebook page, please make sure your childs’ teacher is aware of this so they can send home hard copies with your child.  


Results of the Christmas Raffle

Last year's Christmas raffle raised a whopping $8200 towards classroom resources.  We appreciated all of your efforts in selling tickets for this.  A huge thank you for Dianne for the mammoth effort of organising this.


Hats and Drink Bottles

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. It is also vital that children have a bottle full of water at school each day that they can access this easily.


Toys and Lollies

These are not to be brought along to school please.  On Thursday children can bring their nerf gun, they are able to bring a bike or scooter any day or tools that they may want to use.  Please remember that anything they do bring is their responsibility, if your child struggles to take responsibility for their belongings, do not send them along to school.


Easter Raffle

This term Dianne will be organising an Easter raffle.  All money raised from this will go towards purchasing more resources to support structured literacy in the school, which is a great cause.  She will be sending home tickets to sell soon.  We would like a donation from each family towards the raffle, this does not need to be chocolate and can be anything from chocolate eggs to toys, books, other types of treats etc.  You can start dropping off items as soon as you have them.  Thank you in advance for supporting this school fundraiser.  If you have any baskets that may be suitable for holding raffle items, or would like to help Dianne out in putting these together, please come in and see her.


Parent Support Group

This year the parent support group will be organising the school gala.  We encourage as many people to join this fabulous group.  The gala will be specifically targeted at the all weather canopy which will go over our current turf.  You can contact Janet Hammond for more information about joining or other ways you can help out.  janet.hammond@xtra.co.nz or 0274 335 867


Contact Details

Through the process of gathering information for camp, we have noticed contact details and medical information does not match our records.  If you contact details have changed, or your child has either developed a new medical condition, or their historical condition has resolved itself, we need to know.  Please pop into the office and let us know or send an email message.


Thank you to the Beattie Whānau

We were very grateful for the donation of socks and belt bags for each child in the school.  We appreciate you!

Ngā mihi nui!

Need to do now…

  1. Update medical and contact details for your child if needed

  2. Return permission slip for the beach trip

  3. Collect and bring in an item for the Easter raffle

  4. Send in permission for your child if they are on one of the camps

  5. Make sure you are connected to seesaw and checking it regularly

  6. Ensure your child has a drink bottle, hat and change of clothes at school each day

Food for thought... 

Noho ora mai - stay well, look after yourself

Leslee Allen


Monday, January 25, 2021

2021 Start of Year Information

Important Information To Start The Year


Stationery

To purchase stationery the easy way, go online to https://www.myschool.co.nz/

From there, you can select your school, your child's class and see the requirements.  You can untick anything you already have and then order straight from there.

Alternatively, simply note what your child needs and go into a stationery store and purchase.  Office products also has a hard copy of the lists if you wish to go in store there.

Our requirements are pretty simple and as cost effective as we can make them.  All we ask is that you please get the books that are stated ready for the start of the year.

Need To Know Items To Start The Year

- All children need a drink bottle full of water each day.  No juice or sugary drinks.  

-Please do not send lollies to school with your child.

-All children need a hat with a full brim, or a flap at the back at school each day.  No hat, no sun.

-Please ensure children wear sun smart clothing to school and apply sunscreen in the morning.

-If your child has medication they need to take during the day, please see our admin staff so we can follow procedures in relation to this.  No medication should be left in their bag.

-Please ensure all children's clothes are named so that they are easy to locate and make sure that children know what their own clothing looks like.  All children also need a change of clothes in their bag.

-We will swim throughout term one, so all children need their togs at school.  Your child's teacher will let you know what days the class swim on.  As it cools down, we will turn on the heater again to ensure children can still swim comfortably. 

- We are a zero waste school, please be part of our team and consider ways of excluding rubbish from your child's lunch box.  There are many ways to do this, and you can find ideas on this blog.  We do not have rubbish bins, any rubbish your child does bring to school, needs to go home with them.  Zero waste lunch boxes are a way we can help the environment in a small way, but also a way we can help children develop positive habits for the future.  We appreciate your support.

- Our main form of communication is seesaw, please make sure you are connected and using this regularly.  Children's 'reports' will be filled in each term cumulatively and sent home via seesaw.  You can also expect updates on your child's progress in other ways via seesaw when the teacher has it at hand.  Our aim is to give you information when we have it and useful ways you can support your child's learning at home rather than waiting for a 'reporting' time.

-We do not hold parent interviews.  Please make an effort to get in and meet your child's teacher if you do not already know them.  You are welcome in your child's class in the mornings and after school, but please make an appointment if you need to discuss something at greater length.  As questions or concerns arise throughout the year, make an appointment with your child's teacher straight away so these can be sorted out ASAP.  We are more than happy to catch up with you.

- Newsletters will be uploaded on Facebook, will be emailed and shared through seesaw.  If you require a hard copy, please let us know.  These are usually sent out every second Wednesday.  Newsletters are also kept here on the school blog that serves as our school website.  

Below are some dates you need to know for the start of year.


2021 Start Date For Children - 2nd of February

2021

Term One
Office Open - 25th Jan
Teachers Only Day - 27th and 28th of Jan
Children start back - 2nd of Feb
Good Friday - 2nd April
Easter Monday - 5th April
Easter Tuesday - 6th April
Beach Trip - 26th of February - whole school
Term one Ends - 16th April

Term Two
Begins 3rd of May
Ends 9th of July

Term Three
Begins 26th July
Ends 1st October

Term Four
Begins 18th of October
Prize giving 10th of December at 1pm
Ends 12.00 December 14th


Class Room Numbers - Name Change

This year, the teachers have decided they would prefer to have a class name, rather than a number.  This is to reflect that our classes are multi-level and don't really go in a linear order as the numeral system represents.  Children often think that they bigger the number, they 'higher' the class, or will think they have 'skipped' classes, when in truth, there is no one way to progress through the classes. Each year some children remain in a classroom or may even appearing to move 'back' a number some years.  

We decided on bird names to identify our classrooms, to not only help to alleviate this 'concern' but also to reflect more what our school is all about, a team that values the environment around us.

Indicated on the photo below is the class number that was used last year, so you know which bird name indicates your child's class.

We acknowledge that this change will take time, so will merge this over slowly, we will keep a copy of this in the office and in our classrooms as it will take us just as long to stop referring to the classes with a number.  This is also new information for the children.






Tuesday, December 15, 2020

End of Year Round Up

 Our last day is Wednesday the 16th of December  at 12.00pm.  Please pop into the office if you are missing a stationery list or class list and you need a hard copy.

Please understand our phone system is not working and will be updated so there is no answering system.

The office will remain  open until Thursday if you need a hard copy of anything.  It will also be open from the 25th of January.

If you urgently need to contact us over the holidays please email Leslee principal@kaurihohoreschool.co.nz but please remember we are on holiday, so if it is not urgent, please wait till we return back to school.

If you have just moved into our area and need to contact us to sort enrolment, please contact Leslee and Chrissie will be in contact with you when the office opens on the 25th of January.

By now your child will know what class they are in for 2021.  

To purchase stationery the easy way, go online to https://www.myschool.co.nz/

From there, you can select your school, your child's class and see the requirements.  You can untick anything you already have and then order straight from there.

Alternatively, simply note what your child needs and go into a stationery store and purchase.  Office products also has a hard copy of the lists if you wish to go in store there.

Our requirements are pretty simple and as cost effective as we can make them.  All we ask is that you please get the books that are stated ready for the start of the year.

Below are some dates you need to know for the start of year.

We wish you a restful Summer and hope you get some time with your families.




Important Year 6 

You need to download your child's seesaw journal if you wish to keep it.  In 2021 this will be deleted from seesaw when we do the class change process. 

If you want a hard copy of your child's report, please message your child's teacher ASAP and we can leave one at the office.


2021 Start Date For Children - 2nd of February

2021

Term One
Office Open - 25th Jan
Teachers Only Day - 27th and 28th of Jan
Children start back - 2nd of Feb
Good Friday - 2nd April
Easter Monday - 5th April
Easter Tuesday - 6th April
Beach Trip - 26th of February - whole school
Term one Ends - 16th April

Term Two
Begins 3rd of May
Ends 9th of July

Term Three
Begins 26th July
Ends 1st October

Term Four
Begins 18th of October
Prize giving 10th of December at 1pm
Ends 12.00 December 14th

Wednesday, December 2, 2020

Week 8 news

 

Kaurihohore School Week Eight, Term Four News

Manaaki te katoa - be kind to all. Respect - Empathy - Kindness

Kia ora koutou

The end of the year is fast approaching and this will be our last newsletter for the year. In this newsletter I will update you with changes for 2021 and goals that as a school we want to work towards.

I want to thank you for your support in what has been a strange year, we look forward to continuing to grow our school in positive ways next year.

Staffing 2021

We have a lot of changes for 2021 and have only just finally confirmed our staff. As you know Pam Timoko is retiring at the end of the year, we have Laura Stanners on maternity leave for 2021. Kurt Jefferies recently announced that he and his family will be moving up North. Vikki Tuckey was also keen to step back into a classroom to cover maternity leave, so she has taken leave from her learning support role, with Tanya Gwyn taking on her learning support role for the year. Many of our teachers were also keen for a year level change, which will be happening next year. Below is our confirmed teaching staff for 2021.

Room 1 - Room 3 - Room 4 - Room 5 - Room 6 - Room 7 - Room 8 - Room 9 - Room 10

Leslee Allen, Michelle Douglas and Tracey Angelo-Jones Vikki Tuckey
Jo Kake
Ronda Gibson

Nicky Cleaver
Kelly Glasgow
Cathy Hadfield
Yvette Johnston and Sam Wyrch - Sue Jensen

Children will visit with their new teacher between 11.30 and 12.30 next Monday. Cathy Hadfield is still overseas, so Pam Timoko will look after her class, with the children having the opportunity to meet her via video.

Teachers have talked about wanting to change the way children address them, they will talk to their 2021 class about this during their visit, with many being happy to be addressed by their first name.
This is teacher dependent and your child’s teacher will let them know what they prefer when they meet with them.

There will also be a change to how we name the classrooms, with a change to bird names happening next year. This is to accommodate the fact that our Room numbers do not equate to ages in that classroom and to help children get over the fact that moving up a number, means moving up a class. Our classes are mixed level and classroom numbers do not really reflect this fact.

We will send home specific class lists and stationery lists closer towards the end of term.

Reporting for 2021

Over the last two years we have been working on designing a system of real-time reporting. Trying to ensure you have the information about your child’s learning when you can make the most use of it, rather than waiting for a report.
We are the first to admit that some classes have done this very well, while other teachers have struggled a little. 2021 sees us consolidate this process and ensure that every class is consistent with the information you are receiving in terms of reporting progress and learning habits.

Our intention for 2021 is for every class teacher to report to you twice in the year, when assessments have been completed in reading, writing and maths. Giving you a clear picture of your child’s current achievement and their next steps. We will then report each term on your child as a learner on a report form that will be cumulative. Each term you will receive a comment about your child and it will be added to the previous terms comment, until at the end you have four comments for each term building a picture of your child’s journey through school. To fit with our real time reporting philosophy we will not be holding parent interviews, instead we will be asking you to come in if you need to speak to us and offering an open door policy for you to meet with us if you have any concerns. Responding in real time, means acting now, not waiting for an interview. We are more than happy to talk to you any time about your child and an appointment can be made to do this. This then means we are acting on current information, rather than waiting.

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 Mori 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.nzormichelle.douglas@kaurihohoreschool.co.nz​​or principal@kaurihohoreschool.co.nz

If you would like to be part of a group that drives this learning, we would love for you to join us on this journey, please email us if you would like to be part of this with us, we would love to have you on board. He waka eke noa (we are all in this together.) We intend to have a community meeting early next year to get the ball rolling.
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.

Reading

As a staff we have been involved in a huge amount of learning this year (for some of us over the last two to three years.) We have learned about the Science of Reading and have been starting to implement a Structured literacy programme based on how research tells us that children learn to read. It has been an exciting journey so far, with a lot of great results. Next year our whole staff will be learning more and ensuring they implement a structured approach so that children can make the progress in reading that they should be making. There will be opportunities for you to learn more about this next year.

Goals For 2021

Along with our focus on finding our whakapapa that is detailed above we want children to learn about our place, our environment and take action to protect it. We will be working on many activities that revolve around reducing waste, understanding recycling and planting trees to extend our current areas. Children will play a major role in this.

End of Year Raffle

This needs to be back ASAP. If you have unsold tickets, send these back to school for others to sell.

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.

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...

At this time of year we are all tired, children really feel the change in weather and change in routine, as things become more busy, but also less structured. It is normal for them to have

big feelings, rather than punishing them, allow them to calm and talk them through these big emotions, giving the emotions a label, helps children to understand. Behaviour is just a response to need and while it can be frustrating, it is very, very normal.

Ngmihi nui Leslee Allen