Wednesday, September 22, 2021

Week Nine - News


Kaurihohore School Week Nine, Term Three News 

Manaaki te katoa - be kind to all. 

Respect - Empathy - Kindness 

He whakatauki. Ehara tāku toa i te toa takitahi. Engari, he toa takitini.

Success is not the work of one but the work of many.

Kia ora koutou,  tamariki are slowly settling back into kura, for some this has been harder than others, so across classrooms we have been making wellbeing a priority.  We have noticed a higher level of irritability and a lower level of tolerance for others, so we are doing our best to assist children with this.  

We have also found a trend for those struggling to get back into the flow of school and this trend heavily features device use.  Research shows that prolonged time on devices does have an effect on mood and ability to focus, particularly in children, but also in adults.  Children have spoken to us about playing device based games (some not age appropriate) for hours on end.  While we know it was really difficult in lockdown to keep children entertained, we hope that this is not a habit that continues.  Time on devices really impacts emotional regulation and how children relate to others, it certainly does not make learning in a classroom easy.   Please also be aware of the games your child is playing and the R rating on these.

If you have not watched the ted talk called device zombies by Kathryn Berkett I urge you to do so. Device Zombies.

The best remedy for this is simply time spent playing, allowing children to be bored and to find things that they can entertain themselves with, that do not require devices.  Extended time outside also really helps.  Please don’t feel the burden to entertain your child or to fill their time up with activities, while this often comes with the best of intentions, it can have the opposite impact then the one we desire.

Kathryn Berkett is actually having a free evening for parents. I urge you to go to this, her work is based on the research of Bruce Perry.  Bruce Perry’s work is what our wellbeing and developmental approach at our school is based on.  Kathryn also has a set of podcasts on spotify called I’ve got questions.  These are worth a listen.  In my opinion all parents should know this stuff and I wish I had!

I also really recommend this book by Ross Greene.  It will introduce you to an approach that will really change the way you deal with problems at home with your children.  It is also an approach that focuses on helping children develop interpersonal skills and empathy.  Children that have behavioural challenges generally have lagging skills in the areas of frustration tolerance, flexibility, problem solving and perspective taking.  These skills need to be taught in the situations where they lack these skills.  The approach detailed in the book is one I wish I had known about as a parent and I really urge people to read the book, particularly if you are having difficulty with an explosive child at home.  It is a process that can be used with all ages and centres around collaborative problem solving.

This is a good talk that shares the ‘why’ of this process.

Level Two Guidelines

Thank you for adhering to level two guidelines, please continue to do so.  Please remember children must have their own bottle at school filled with water, no juice or sugary drinks please.

Dealing With Problems Appropriately

Please note that it is not acceptable to talk ill of another person’s child in front of other parents, or to go directly to that parent to complain about something that has happened in school.  Remember as parents we always only have one interpretation of events...and sometimes our children’s viewpoints can be slightly skewed in their favour.  The appropriate action in response to a problem is to go directly to your child’s teacher (either via email, seesaw, or catching them quickly when we are in level one.) To explain your child’s viewpoint and allow the teacher to have an open conversation with all parties.  This process allows us to get to the truth, use it as a learning experience and assist children to own their actions and if needed restore and learn from this.  This process also allows children to hear all sides and understand another's viewpoint, to hear directly what impact has been had.  This fosters and grows the ability to empathise, which research shows us needs to be taught.  While you may think talking to the other parent is the most efficient way to deal with the problem, it actually has a negative impact for all parties, does not allow all sides to be heard and often does not result in a true reflection of what has been going on.  We will not want to act on only one side of a story.  Please before you even think about talking to another parent about their child, put yourself in their shoes.  This is your child’s learning journey, not yours.

Sponsored Run

This will take place on the 2nd of December...if you have lost your sponsorship sheet, please come in and get another one.


Agricultural and Flower Day

This will be held on the first Friday back next term, 22nd of October. The agricultural side of this day will go ahead in level two, depending on the number of entries we may need to limit the amount of adults with each child.  If we are level 2, classes will just take part in class based crafts on the day, no viewing of rooms will be available as we won’t be asking judges to come on site.  If we are in level one, we will send out the items children will need to bring in on the day, but will keep this as simple as possible.  


Zero Waste

As an enviro school one of our main initiatives is zero waste.  We are noticing a lot of plastic creeping back into lunchboxes and into our playground.  We encourage children to understand the damaging nature of plastic in our environment and to look for ways to incorporate the actions of reduce-reuse-recycle.  Our local environment forms a big basis for our teaching and we aim to instil in children the understanding that they are kaitiaki (guardians) of our place.  We hope that this will enable them to make decisions that will benefit the environment that they live in.  Think globally, act locally.



If your child won a trophy at last year's prize giving we need these back before the end of this term.  We will be sending the majority of these trophies off for engraving in the second week of Term 4.


Lost Property

This is growing by the day.  Please ask your child to check this regularly and allow them to take responsibility for this.  You may come on site to check the lost property, but please wear a mask and check in using the app.  The amount of clothing unnamed makes the returning of items almost impossible.  



Our facebook page is used as a form of communication and sharing.  We will always update you with information when we have it as soon as we have it, using seesaw, facebook and email.  Please do not use our facebook page to ask questions unless it is really important, instead phone the school office if you can not find the information you need.


Pick up and Drop Off

Thankyou for not parking on yellow lines, not blocking entrances and not parking out the front blocking visibility, we appreciate your cooperation with this.  If you are picking up an intermediate child, please avoid coming before 3.10pm to ensure others can get a car park.  If there are spaces free in the small staff car park at the end of the day, please feel free to use them, but avoid blocking in staff cars.


School Photos

These will be held on the 27th of October.


Term Four - Known Dates

Begins 18th of October

22nd of October - Ag and Flower Da (calves, lambs and goats, classroom items only if level 2) 

25th of October - Labour Day

27th of October - School Photos

10th November - Girls multisport (Year 5 and 6)

17th of November - School Athletics

20th of November - School Gala

1st of December - Whangarei Athletics Day

2nd of December - Sponsored Run

3rd of December - Disco

10th of December - Whole School Prize giving

Ends 12.00 December 14th

2022 - Return to School 2nd of February

Food for thought... 

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

Leslee Allen

Friday, September 10, 2021

Week Seven Catch Up

Kaurihohore School Week Seven, Term Three News 

Manaaki te katoa - be kind to all. 

Respect - Empathy - Kindness 

He whakatauki. Ehara tāku toa i te toa takitahi. Engari, he toa takitini.

Success is not the work of one but the work of many.

Kia ora koutou 

Quite ironically in the last newsletter I commented about the term rushing by.  Little was I or anyone

else to know, that that would be the least of our concerns.  In the blink of an eye, we were all locked down. 

No time to think, let alone prepare for what the last few weeks would look like.  In a matter of weeks our

lives again were turned upside down, events cancelled, work stopped, schooling once again virtual.  This

would have looked different for all of us, but one thing we have in common is a great sense of unknown,

probably a sense of dread and a great degree of stress and trauma for ourselves, or whānau, and our

country.  We will all of felt this to some degree, some more than others, but what it has left us with is a

sense of unease and anxiety.  Now more than ever it is a time for kindness, patience, respectful

communication and empathy for each other.

 If this is true for us as adults, it is also very true for children.  There is this old saying, children are

resilient, they bounce back.  This is one of those old sayings that is completely untrue. 

Children are far more sensitive to trauma and stress than adults, the younger they are, the harder they

will find it.  They need our reassurance and love more now than they have ever done.  If they want to talk

about how they are feeling, let them, but when they stop, don’t push. Children at a time like this will look

for therapeutic doses from adults around them, this means they may make a statement, or pose a

question, then walk away, they are just looking to momentarily explore how they are feeling, then to step

back out of this feeling.   Children look to you for reassurance, to co-regulate with them, to allow them to

have big feelings and to assist them to calm down.  Times like these do have an impact on them, they

may melt down more often, or be more anxious, not wanting to take part in activities they usually love,

or not wanting you to be out of sight at this time. Just accept these things may happen, try to be calm,

and give them time.

They may not have any idea why they are feeling that way and that is ok.  They just need your support,

reassurance and love.  

This newsletter is just intended as a quick catch so we are all on the same page for the remainder

of this term and what impacts there will be for next term with the moving of or modification of school



In times like the ones we have just experienced and are still experiencing to some degree now,

we rely on you keeping yourself informed.  Quick, current and informed communication is important

to us and we do our best to let you know information as soon as it is relayed to us..  We will always

use facebook for urgent communications, along with seesaw announcements to allow this to happen. 

For other  important information we will also use email.  Please make sure you have access to and are

using these forms of communication so that you can stay as up to date as possible.  

Level Two Guidelines

A detailed letter was sent out via facebook, seesaw and email.  Please follow these guidelines to

assist us to make school as safe as possible for children. 

Wear masks if you come on site as a precaution.  If you come on school site, please sign in using

the covid tracer app.  Please don’t walk into classrooms without a mask and if possible avoid getting

out of your car when picking up or dropping off children.  Please don’t allow children to bring in their

bike, scooter, balls or toys to school and in level two we are not allowed to share food or other items. 

Children also must have their own drink bottle full of water, as the fountains are off. 

Breakfast club does not operate.

We ask that you distance yourself from other adults if you are on site.

If you act like the teachers and students are one big bubble, and that any visitors or other adults

like yourself could possibly be carrying the virus and act accordingly, that will really help us greatly.  

Please don’t send children to school if they are sick and please understand that if we suspect they

are sick, we have to send them home.

Family Challenges

Thank you to all those that participated in the family challenges on facebook.  I hope that these

managed to break up the time for you over lockdown.  I will have the prizes ready for you at the

office for those families that won one of the four challenges, please send your children to the office

window to pick these up.  

Teachers Only Day

This has been cancelled due to our lockdown.  We did not see this as fair in the current environment. 

We will endeavor to have this next term, but will give you lots of notice in advance.

Sponsored Run

We have had to postpone this event, but we urge you to still seek sponsorship.  If you have lost your

form, we can give you a new one.  We are postponing the event to early next term in the hope that we

will be able to run it under level one conditions.  We will advise you of a date as soon as we have it.


Agricultural and Flower Day

This will be held on the first Friday back next term, 22nd of October. The agricultural side of this day

will go ahead.  If we are still level the flower/Craft section of the day will be cancelled and there will be

guidelines around distancing and the amount of adults per competitor for the animal side of the day. 

We will be guided by how things unfold over the next few weeks.


School Photos

These have been postponed and the deadline for payment pushed back.  Shelley will advise you of the

new date and deadline for payment as soon as we have one.


Empty Classroom Day

Due to the disruption in our class based learning we have decided to cancel this for Term 3.


End of Year Awards Assembly

This has been cancelled for this term, any children that have been awarded a Good Citizen nomination

in their class in the first few weeks that we were at school, will be carried over till next term's voting.


School Reports and Assessments

As I am sure you are aware, teachers have not been able to conduct assessments on your child that

would allow them to send out up to date, useful information any time in the immediate future.  We will

not be adding to the cumulative report this term as it would just not be possible to do so.  It often takes

days to complete assessments and then write the paragraphs up for seesaw comments, so teachers

will be doing this as they can over the next few weeks and then into Term 4.  It would also be entirely

inappropriate to throw assessments at children in their first couple of weeks back, given the fact that

they have had such an extended time away from school, so please bear with us as children and teachers

recalibrate and find their feet again.  This however is a good time to make an appointment with your

child’s teacher if you have any questions or concerns.  They are more than happy to talk to you about

these, so make an appointment via seesaw and a meeting will be arranged at a time convenient to

everyone following level 2 guidelines.

Term Four - Known Dates

Begins 18th of October

22nd of October - Ag and Flower Day (calves, lambs and goats only if level 2) 

25th of October - Labour Day

20th of November - School Gala

10th of December - Whole School Prize giving

Ends 12.00 December 14th

2022 - Return to School 2nd of February

Food for thought... 

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

Leslee Allen

Out of Zone Information - 2022

The Kaurihohore School Board of Trustees have determind we will have
10 - Y1 Out of Zone Places priority 2-6 available for 2022
6 - Y0 Out of Zone places priority 2-6 available for children born after the 1st May 2017

The closing date for applications is Wednesday 29 September 2021. The outcome of any ballot, should a ballot be necessary, will be advised shortly after 20 October 2021.

A link to Leslee’s New Entrant Information can be found here this information gives you an insight into our school and starting school.  

We will also be having an open afternoon where whānau can come in for a tour of the school with their perspective new entrant children.  There will be an opportunity to look around the classroom and to talk to the teachers for 2022.  Everyone wishing to or thinking about applying for an out of zone position, or anyone in zone with a child coming are welcome to come along.  This will be held on the 27th of September between 3.30pm and 5.30pm.  

At the bottom of this post is a link to the application form that needs to be filled in for any out of zone applications.

If you have a child starting school in 2022 and you already have an older child in the school and live out of zone you will still need to fill the out of zone form to secure the spot for the younger sibling for 2022.
We will not be accepting any late applications, so make sure you have these back to us by 3pm 29 September.

The Out of Zone forms were sent as a link on the New Entrant Information email sent out yesterday. If you for some reason did not get this e mail please contact Chrissie via e mail or phone 094350041. or use the link to Out of Zone form for 2022 below.

Out of zone application form

Wednesday, August 11, 2021

Week Three News


Kaurihohore School Week Three, Term Three News 

Manaaki te katoa - be kind to all. 

Respect - Empathy - Kindness 

He whakatauki. Ehara tāku toa i te toa takitahi. Engari, he toa takitini.

Success is not the work of one but the work of many.

Kia ora koutou 

The term is rushing by and it is week three already.  We have already had a busy start to the term and this will continue throughout the term.  Six of our staff are taking part in a Level 1 and 2 Te Reo course to grow our capacity in this area.  This involves Wednesday evenings, some Fridays and some weekends of learning.  We are loving it so far and looking forward to growing our own personal competence in this area.  Not only that, we are really looking forward to learning the cultural narratives of our place so we can build these into our place based curriculum.  We are hoping that we will form links and gain knowledge that will allow us more traction into establishing connections and finding our school whakapapa and curating this in various ways.

As well as this we are also hoping to work with a creative next year to develop our sensory spaces around the school. Thank you to everyone who took time to fill in the survey, we appreciate your input.  We will keep you up to date with how our application goes.

We would also like to welcome Terese Storey to our school, she is working as the third teacher in Rūma Piwakawaka.

Alterations to Pole Hut

A massive thank you to Alistair Simpson from Simpson Builders for giving up time in his weekend to do some modifications to our Pole Hut, this makes it safer for our children and has allowed us to open it up for play again.  A big thank you to Richard Smales for the time he gave up as well and to Reyburn and Bryant for sponsoring the money for materials, we are very grateful indeed.  Children are loving being able to use this pole hut again!

Teachers Only Day

This term is full with a number of activities, some of the known dates are listed below.  You will notice that we have noted the last day of term as a teachers only day.  Each year schools are allotted two days that they can have a teacher only day to ensure teachers can engage in professional development that requires time and space together to do so.  We will be taking one of these days on the 1st of October.  On this day we will be working on our understanding of Structured Literacy and how we can continue to work on and improve our practice at all year levels.  School will be closed to the children on this day but all staff will be on site.

Property Work

You will have noticed that we have work going on next to the old car park area.  We are building a small office that will be used by our Learning Support Coordinator and other staff.  This is funded by the Ministry as part of their Learning Support Coordinator budget.  We expect this work to be finished by the end of term.

Drop Off and Pick Up

Please be aware children are not to be dropped off at school prior to 7.45am in the morning and must be picked up by 3.20pm.  Please help us out by letting anyone that may be picking up or dropping off your children know this as well.  If children are here after 3.20pm they will be sent up to the After School Care area outside of the nest so that they are still supervised by an adult.  

Technically the school is responsible for supervision of children from 8.30am and until 3.10pm...however we understand the pressure this would put on parents so are very flexible with this.  All we ask is that you take this into account when sticking to the times we do set out.

Sponsored Run

On the 24th of September we will be holding our sponsored run.  This was lots of fun last year and will be used to purchase decodable books that will allow classes that need them to have a set of their own.  We encourage children to dress up, to make the event as colourful and fabulous as possible.

Please encourage children to actively start gathering sponsorship now.


Outline of the Event

Children will eat morning tea early during class time.

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 would also like to get sponsored and join in the event, please come in and get a form, the more the merrier.

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


Agricultural and Flower Day

This will be held on the first Friday back next term, 22nd of October.  If your child is wanting to bring an animal they can start looking around now, we will have goats, lambs or calves on the day.  You will need to come in and register with Dianne and she can give you more information.  On the day there will also be the normal ‘craft’ based activities that will be judged, we will send home information about this in the last week of this term and again in the first week back.

Term Three

13th Of August - Youth Summit (Year 6)

25th Of August - Denby Cross Country - Seniors who qualify over competitive distance

1st of September - Barge Park Cross Country - for those that qualify

8th of September - Year 5 and 6 Multi-sport Day

15th of September - School Photos

22nd of September - Empty Classroom Day

24th of September - Sponsored Run

29th of September - Awards Assembly 2.30pm

1st of October - Last day of Term - Teachers Only Day

Term Four

Begins 18th of October

22nd of October - Ag and Flower Day (calves, lambs and goats) 

25th of October - Labour Day

20th of November - School Gala

10th of December - Whole School Prize giving

Ends 12.00 December 14th

2022 - Return to School 2nd of February

Gala Sponsorship

The PSG are currently looking for monetary sponsors and goods sponsors for the gala. If you know of a business that would be able to sponsor goods or money we would really appreciate it. Please contact Janet Hammond for more information or let Dianne in the office know and she will pass this information on to her.  Sponsorship forms have come home with your child and we need to know by the end of August so acknowledgements can be made accordingly.

Out Of Zone Enrolments

Applications will soon be open for Out of Zone applications for 2022 new entrants.  If you know of anyone in our zone, with a new entrant, who will be wanting to start in 2022 please tell them to get in touch with us asap.  The amount of in zone children we have, determines the amount of out of zone positions we can offer.  

Cross Country

This went well today.  It was great to see the effort put in from everyone and we got very lucky with the weather.  Thanks to Cathy Hadfield for organising this.  Those that qualified in your year group races will then move on to an event at Denby and then onto Barge Park if they qualify.

Food for thought... 

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

Leslee Allen