Karapiro School

Newsletter Week 1 Term 4 2019

18 October 2019 - 18 October 2020


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Week 1, Term 4, 2019

Kia ora ki nga whānau me nga hoa o te kura tuatahi o Karapiro. Greetings to all families and friends of Karapiro School. 

We extend a very warm welcome to the following students who have joined our school: Maraea has joined Room 2, Harley has joined Room 4, Jacob has joined Room 3 and Ronja is our newest new entrant and she has joined Room 4.

Road Safety - Stakeholder Meeting - Monday 21 October 2019

Tim Van der Molen MP has called a meeting for the purpose of engaging with stakeholders around needs in relation to road safety and traffic management options for this high-volume area (Karapiro Road to Piarere).

There are serious and ongoing safety concerns held by Karapiro School staff and families and because of this we have offered to host the meeting.  It will be held at Karapiro School in the multi-purpose room (MP Room) starting at 2pm on Monday 21 October. We know that road safety around our school is an important issue for our staff and families and we strongly urge you to attend if you are able to. This is an issue that affects each of us on a daily basis and this is an important opportunity for our voices to be heard.   

A number of other stakeholders and community representatives will also be in attendance and the focus is intended to be on solutions for the best outcomes for our local needs. Due to the number of people attending all car parking is to be at the Karapiro Hall. Please park there and walk across to the MP Room.

If you wish to attend, it is important that you please RSVP at principal@karapiro.school.nz  before 9.30am Monday 21st October.

Wheels Day Wednesday

This term we are holding our ‘Wheels Day Wednesdays’ in our new car park. Students are invited to bring their wheels for lunch time play in the car park. We will section off the driveway and an adult will supervise their play from 12.30-1pm. We tested it out yesterday with a few senior students - check out the videos on Facebook! Lots of fun but safety first so don’t forget your helmet. 

Education Review Office

Our education review will be completed later this term by Jennifer Costar and Alison Harlow from the Education Review Office. Our last ERO review was in 2016 and you can find a copy of the report here.  Jennifer can be contacted at Jennifer.Costar@ero.govt.nz. If you would like more information about ERO you can visit the ERO Website

Board Meeting

Due to unforeseen circumstances our Board meeting, scheduled for next week, has been postponed until further notice.

2019 Ag Day

Our annual Ag Day was a huge success and we have enjoyed so much positive feedback. Thank you very much to the many hands that got the day off the ground and made is so successful for our students.  Group Day is run by Te Miro School this year and will be held next Thursday 24 October (and we have a sneaky feeling that it is Karapiro School’s turn to run it next year!) All the best to our students and their animals who are competing next week at Group Day.

We have received some wonderful feedback on the creativity and imagination of our students' work in the range of competitions they entered: photography, sketches, rock pets, sand saucers, vegetable animals, aqua jars, novelty gardens and scarecrows. This year we had an impressive range of scarecrows! If you would like to enter your scarecrows in the Hamilton Gardens competition on 3 November 2019, check out their entry form here

Congratulations to our students who received awards. If you received a trophy could you please hand it into the office as soon as possible so we can arrange to have your names engraved.  We would also like to thank the big group of people who made our Ag Day possible and a great day for our students and their families. 

Thank you to the following sponsors & supporters of the Karapiro School 2019 Ag Day:

ASB Bank - Phillipa, Amy & Renee

Whitehall Fruitpackers

Cambridge Vets

The fabulous Karapiro School PTA


Karapiro families


Cambridge Kindergarten

Leamington Kindergarten

The Boatshed Cafe

Matt Seavill @ Cambridge Real Estate

Kelvin @ Cambridge Vets

Karapiro School past students

Animal Judges - Kevin & Jan Roigard and  

David Findlay

The awesome Karapiro School


Photography - Ella Bailey

Photography - Jake Bailey, Savjah Sunnex and Gabriel Roberts

Guest Judge for children’s work - 

June McKenzie

Karapiro Student helpers

Lemonade Stand - Cole & Maraea

Every year we try to improve on the previous year and we appreciate all the people who stepped up and chipped in and made it a special day. As with every event we run, we always review it to understand what went well and what we can improve. We are happy to take your feedback and suggestions for Ag Day 2020, so please send it through.

CAMP 2019

A reminder that all CAMP 2019 information is available for you on our school website. We have a number of forms flying around as we plan for transport and accommodation. You can imagine the organisation that takes place at our end and we appreciate receiving the paperwork back from you in a timely fashion. Thanks for your help with this. 

Music @ Karapiro School

At Karapiro School we understand how beneficial learning to read and play music is for our students. Mrs June McKenzie visits our school for music lessons on Thursdays and Fridays. Please make contact with us if you are interested in your child learning piano, guitar or ukulele with June. We also have access to a drum teacher. Please contact Music House at www.musichouse.co.nz and enrol with our school online. We are also working on finding a violin teacher so please contact Tina-Maree if you are interested. 

PTA - Calendar Art 

Our PTA, along with our teachers, are once again providing you with an opportunity to purchase items with some of your child’s art work or a photo on. Artwork is available to view in your child's classroom. 

Karapiro Kids Are Sun Smart Kids

Term 4 ushers in the need for sun hats.  In line with our Sun Smart procedures we require all students to wear sun smart hats (full brim) in Terms 1 and 4 to help protect from UV rays.  This also applies on ’cloudy’ days as UV still affects us through the clouds.  For more information go to sunsmart info.


Keep up to date with school events by visiting the Calendar on our school website. 

Principal Awards

Congratulations to Damian and Iden who were presented with special principal awards on the last day of term 3.  These two students have worked very hard to earn these certificates and we are all very, very proud of their progress & achievement. Well done!

Staff News

Mrs Morkel is moving on from her position at Karapiro School to take up an exciting and new opportunity that has come her way. While we are very sorry to see Sarah-Jane moving on (and we are missing her already!) we are very proud of ‘growing together’ and excited to see this new development come her way. Sarah-Jane has provided administrative support for over 2 1/2 years and in this time has covered off a massive range of tasks (some of them not even in her job description!) We are so appreciative of all her work and grateful that we have had this time together. There will be more information at a later date on how we will say thank you and farewell. 

Our doors are always open for you. Please do come in and see us if there is anything you wish to discuss about teaching and learning.

Ngā mihi nui

Tina-Maree & Staff

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21 October

Meeting with Tim vd Molen re Road Safety at 2.00 pm

24 October

Group Day – Te Miro School

28 October

Labour Day – no school

8 November

Cambridge Lifeskills Fundraiser

15 November

Rural Schools Athletics

29 November

Town Schools Athletics

18–22 November

School Camp – Taupo

13 December

Thank you morning tea