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Newsletter Week 8 Term 4 2022

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Week 8, Term 4 2022       MERRY CHRISTMAS!   

Kia ora parents, caregivers and whānau,

Merry Christmas!!! It is hard to believe that it is December already and we are in the final days of the school year. We would like to say a huge thank you to all our parents and families who have supported us throughout the year and contributed to making Karāpiro School such a great place to learn and grow. We are hoping to see you at our ‘Thank You’ morning tea next Monday at 10.30am - please come along and join us.

Events for the Rest of the Year

Friday 9 December

- Bunnings to build Year 6 buddy bench 10am

- PTA lunches 

- Celebration assembly 2.15pm

Monday 12 December

- Thank you morning tea 10.30am-11.30am

- Talent show 12pm-3pm

Tuesday 13 December

- Wet and Wild day

- Free sausage sizzle lunch for students and lolly scramble

- Prizegiving in Kauri Class 6pm

Wednesday 14 December

- Last day of Term 4 - school closes 1pm

Reporting to parents - Snap Shot Report

Written school reports will be sent home with students tomorrow and uploaded to your child's Seesaw account before the end of the school year. We encourage you to read your report with your child and engage them in talking about their progress and achievement. Teachers are happy to make time to meet with you and your child should you wish to discuss the report with them. Congratulations to all of our students for your success this year. 

Celebration Assembly

This Friday at 2.15pm we are holding our celebration assembly. We have some class and principals awards and a very special new award for one of our students. You are all welcome to come along and join us in Kauri Class. 

End of Year Prizegiving

Our end of year prizegiving for all students will be held at 6pm on Tuesday 13 December in Pohutukawa Class. Put this date in your diary now!! We are hoping that ALL students will attend to receive their certificates and yearbooks.

Wet and Wild Day

We are holding this fun day on Tuesday 13 December. Please ensure your child/ren bring their togs, two towels, a change of clothes, water guns (if you have some) and apply sunscreen before coming to school. We will provide a free lunch of a sausage sizzle and juicie for all students. 

Toys at School 

Please keep toys at home as they are a major distraction in the learning environment. From time to time families may have something really special to share - please coordinate this with your child’s teacher so that we can share with the children but also keep the special item secure during the school day. Sometimes, teachers will arrange a special ‘pokemon card day’ for example and make this a special event to look forward to. All toys that are brought to school come on an ‘at your own risk’ basis. We will do everything we can to ensure items come home at the end of the day but this cannot be guaranteed. Thank you for your cooperation. 

Term Dates for 2023

Our term dates for 2023 are set as follows (with some additional teacher only dates to come as recently announced by the Ministry of Education): 

Term 1: 31 January - 6 April

Term 2: 24 April - 30 June

Term 3: 17 July - 22 September

Term 4: 9 October - 15 December

Staffing for 2023

We continue to enjoy a stable staffing team at Karāpiro School and our staffing plan for 2023 is as follows:

Tina-Maree Thatcher

Principal

Tina Turkilsen

Kowhai - New Entrants/Y1-3

Dan Churstain

Pohutukawa - Year 4-6

Lynda Smith

Office Manager

Margaret Ng

Speech Language Therapist

Whaea Faye Collier

Learning Support

Aleesha Steele

Learning Support

Sharon Mariott-Atkinson

School Cleaner

Enrolments for 2023

If you have a child starting with us in 2023 and have not yet completed an enrolment form please do so to help with our planning for next year: Enrolment Form

Year 6 Graduation Dinner

The annual Year 6 Graduation Dinner was held on Monday 12 December at 5.30pm at Joe’s Garage, Swayne Road Cambridge. Mr Churstain, Miss Turkilsen and Miss Thatcher thoroughly enjoyed spending the evening with our Year 6’s before they leave us for Cambridge Middle School.

Pool Keys for Sale

Our school pool is open! Pool key hire is $50 for school families and $70 for community members. There is a $10 key bond in addition to this. Forms and keys are available from the school.  If you hired a key last season please return your key to the school office. 

Learning Te Reo Māori - Kupu o te Ra - Word of the Day

whiti: shine

Kei te whiti te rā.

The sun is shining.

Keep an eye on our School Calendar which has been updated for the new term ahead. 

A reminder that school ends at 1pm on Wednesday 14 December. 

Merry Christmas everyone!


Ngā mihi

Tina-Maree and the Karāpiro Staff team 

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Newsletter Week 5 Term 4 2022

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Week 5, Term 4 2022    

Kia ora parents, caregivers and whānau,

Welcome to your Week 5 newsletter.

Welcome to Our New Students          

A special welcome to new students Kiki and Tiuma. We are very happy to have you join us. And also a special welcome to Dre’zhana and Eden who have been away but now returned to us! It’s so great to have you back!

Covid-19

Covid-19 is circulating again in the Cambridge community and we have had some staff and families reporting positive cases this week. Please keep your children home if they are unwell and continue to test and advise us of any positive case. (We have a huge box of RAT tests here at school if you would like some). We will be short-staffed this week and may need to combine our classes. Please bear with us! We will continue to keep up our school hygiene practices and ventilate classes.

Keep up to date with the latest information on Covid-19. 

Swimming

Swimming is part of our Health and Physical Education curriculum. Our school pool is open and we plan to swim every day. We are very fortunate to have solar heated water!  Please ensure your child has togs and towel ready for school - or a note from home is there is a reason they can’t swim. If your child is unwell please keep them at home.

100 Year Celebrations

Thank you to everyone who was involved in our special 100 year celebrations. What a wonderful day! Keep an eye on our school website for a selection of photos of the day, coming soon.

Board News

The Karāpiro School Board of Trustees is pleased to announce Mrs Marilynn Jones has been co-opted onto the board and is our new presiding member (board chairperson). Marilynn is passionate about teaching and learning at Karāpiro School and we are delighted to welcome her back to this role. 

Our next board meeting will be held at 3.30pm on Tuesday 6 December in the staffroom. If you would like to attend please email Marilynn at marilynn@karapiro.school.nz

Junior Athletics Day

We will be hosting a combined Junior Athletics (5, 6 and 7 year-olds) at our school with Horahora School and Te Miro School on 24 November from 9.30am. Lunch orders are available to all students on this day and order forms have gone home this week. Please return lunch orders by Friday, 18 November. Put this date in your diary now and come and join us on the day!

Senior Athletics Day

This has now been postponed to Monday 21 November. Parents of students 8 years old and older please complete the permissions link below:

Athletics Day Permission

Safe Roads Update

Please join Tina-Maree in attending the Waka Kotahi consultation meeting at the Town Hall today, from 1-6pm. This is your opportunity to have your say on the planned road safety upgrade on our school roads.

Thank You Morning Tea

Our thank you morning tea will be held on Friday 2 December at 10.30am to say thank you to all of those who have given their time to help our school this year. All welcome!

End of Year Prizegiving

Our end of year prizegiving for all students will be held at 6pm on Tuesday 13 December in Pohutukawa Class. Put this date in your diary now!! 

Weetbix Tryathlon

We’re a month away from the Weetbix Tryathlon, so if you’re interested in having your child participate or helping to organise a team of their friends. Head over to weetixtryathlon.co.nz to register and for additional details. 

Cambridge Middle School Enrolments

Meet the Teacher Evening for Year 6 students and parents will now be on Wednesday 30 November at 6.00pm. Cambridge Middle School will be emailing families with more information.

Pool Keys for Sale

Our school pool opened on Monday. Pool key hire is $50 for school families and $70 for community members. There is a $10 key bond in addition to this. Forms and keys are available from the school.  If you hired a key last season please return your key to the school office. 

Student Absences

All schools are required to identify and record the reasons why students are absent from school. When students are absent from school you will be receiving an automated text message from our student management system querying the absence of your child. Please ensure you contact the school office on 07 827 7642, office@karapiro.school.nz or use the student absences form on our website Student Absences when your child/ren will be absent.

School Arrival Time

Thanks to all the parents/caregivers for getting their children to school for a 9.00am start.  We are seeing an increasing number of children arriving before 8.30am and after 9am.  Our teachers arrive at school early to plan the day and the time prior to 8.30am is for teacher time. Thank you for understanding.

Learning Te Reo Māori - Kupu o te Ra - Word of the Day

taonga: gift

Ka hoko au i tētahi taonga mā tāku tahu.

I will buy a gift for my love.


Keep an eye on our School Calendar which has been updated for the term ahead. 

School will finish for the 2022 school year on Wednesday 14 December at 1pm.


Ngā mihi

Tina-Maree and the Karāpiro Staff team 

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Newsletter Week 1 Term 4 2022




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Week 1, Term 4 2022    

Kia ora parents, caregivers and whānau,

Welcome

Welcome to our new students Matthew in Kōwhai and Emily in Pōhutukawa. We know you will enjoy your time learning with us at Karāpiro School. Welcome also to Taniera who had joined Pohutukawa Class!


Thank you

From Tina-Maree: I really appreciated my time away on sabbatical and it's great to be back this term. I’d like to say thank you to Marilynn Jones who was our Acting Principal. Thank you Marilynn for looking after our students and staff and holding the fort. We are very fortunate to have you and we so appreciate your energy and passion for our school. You have launched our Kapa Haka which is the realisation of a much anticipated goal. Thank you. 

Thank you also to Rob Naumann for stepping in as our Acting Presiding Member of our board of trustees last term. Rob is a friend of the school and it was an exciting opportunity for Rob to return and provide guidance to our new board. Thank you Rob for your continued support of Karāpiro School. 

Next Board meeting 

Our next board meeting will be held on Wednesday 2 November at 3.30pm in the staffroom. Please contact Tina-Maree principal@karapiro.school.nz if you would like to attend. 

Ag Day 2022




100 Year Site Celebrations

Our committee is busy finalising preparations for our 100 year site celebrations. Watch out for more Information coming home next week! 

Pool Keys for sale

Thank you to Mr C for getting our school swimming pool up and running for the summer season. The pool will re-open on Monday 31st October. Pook key hire is $50 for school families and $70 for community members. There is a $10 key bond. Forms and keys will be available from the school office from 31 October.  If you hired a key last season please return your key to the school office. 

Cambridge Life Skills Fundraiser - Wacky Hair & Dress-Up Day

Join us in celebrating Cambridge Lifeskills on Friday 4 November. Dress-up on the day and wear your wacky hair!  Your donations are very welcome to support this fantastic charity which supports Cambridge children. 

Did you know families can self refer for counselling, our school can make a referral on your behalf. You can find more information on the website https://www.cambridgelifeskills.co.nz/ 

School Lunches

School lunches will be available every Friday through to the end of the school term. Lunch order forms will be sent home every Monday, to be returned by Wednesday.

Student Absences

All schools are required to identify and record the reasons why students are absent from school. When students are absent from school you will be receiving an automated text message from our student management system querying the absence of your child. Please ensure you contact the school office on 07 827 7642, office@karapiro.school.nz or use the student absences form on our website Student Absences when your child/ren will be absent.

School Arrival Time

Thanks to all the parents/caregivers for getting their children to school for a 9.00am start.  We are seeing an increasing number of children arriving before 8.30am and after 9am.  Our teachers arrive at school early to plan the day and the time prior to 8.30am is for teacher time. Thank you for understanding.


Learning Te Reo Māori - Kupu o te Ra - Word of the Day

pūngāwerewere: spider

E huna ana te pūngāwerewere i roto i te pouaka rēta.

The spider is hiding in the letterbox.


Keep an eye on our School Calendar which has been updated for the term ahead. 

Have a wonderful and safe holiday break with your family, we will see you back on 17 October.

Ngā mihi

Tina-Maree and the Karāpiro Staff team 

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Week 10 Term 3 2022



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Week 10, Term 3 2022    


Kia ora parents, caregivers and whānau,

We have had a wonderful term 3 at Karāpiro School. A big thank you to Marilynn Jones for being our acting principal this term. We really appreciate your support and all you have done for our school. Tina-Maree Thatcher will return for the start of term 4.

Welcome

Welcome to our new students Celestine and Zina in Kōwhai and Taniera in Pōhutukawa. We know you will enjoy your time learning with us at Karāpiro School.

Acting Principal Role

I want to take this opportunity to thank the students, staff and community for continually supporting our wonderful school in so many ways.  My highlight this term whilst acting principal, is the development of our Kapa Haka group and the purchase of our ceremonial costumes.  Thanks to those who have helped make this possible.  You’ll all have a chance to witness the special performance at our School Reunion on 11 and 12 of November.  Karāpiro School will continue to be my focus to ensure it continues to thrive and grow.  Arohanui!

Cross Country

Well done to all of our students who competed in our rural schools cross country. Well done to Ronja (1st), Alice (4th), Aylah (1st), Levi (4th), Ben (4th), Ava (1st), Dakotah (2nd), Aaliyah (3rd), Tristin (4th).

Town Schools Cross Country

Congratulations to Ava who placed 8th and Levi who placed 10th.

Cambridge Schools Speech Competition

Congratulations to Leo who represented Karāpiro School at the speech competition. Leo was awarded the special judge’s award. Well done Leo! 

Kapa Haka

Our students have been busy preparing for their first kapa haka performance at our school centennial celebration in November. Thank you to the Williams family who donated the costumes to the school, and to Marilynn and Sharon for their help with sewing. They look amazing!

Ag Day - 19 October

Our Ag Day will be held on 19 October starting from 9am. Could any donations for baking to be sold by the PTA please be brought to school that morning. There will also be a white elephant store, petting zoo, pony rides, games to play to win prizes, raffles, mystery bottles to purchase, a sausage sizzle, an ice cream truck and a coffee truck available. If students would like to bring some money for the day they are welcome to. If you are able to assist with food sales or running the games please let us know. We rely on parent help for big events like this and appreciate your support.

Ag Day - School Holiday Activities

A reminder for activities that can be completed during the school holidays by students:

Ag Day Mystery Bottles

We are seeking contributions for our mystery bottle sales for Ag Day. These can have any contents (please no alcohol) and wrapped bottles can be dropped off to the office.

White Elephant Stall

We are taking donations for the white elephant stall for Ag Day. Items can be dropped off to the school office. Please no computer/electrical gear and any clothing/fabric must be washed. 

Student Absences

All schools are required to identify and record the reasons why students are absent from school. When students are absent from school you will be receiving an automated text message from our student management system querying the absence of your child. Please ensure you contact the school office on 07 827 7642, office@karapiro.school.nz or use the student absences form on our website Student Absences when your child/ren will be absent.

School Arrival Time

Thanks to all the parents/caregivers for getting their children to school for a 9.00am start.  We are seeing an increasing number of children arriving before 8.30am and after 9am.  Our teachers arrive at school early to plan the day and the time prior to 8.30am is for teacher time. Thank you for understanding.

School Centenary 100 Years on Site

Celebrations for this reunion will be held on 11 and 12 November this year. We are planning to form a committee to oversee and plan this event.  If you are interested in being on this committee please email me, marilynn@karapiro.school.nz.  Thank you

Registration Fee $20 for individuals, $50 for family to cover food for the two days.  This can be deposited into the Karāpiro School Account 12-3268-0092296-00. Please use your surname as a reference.

Friday 11 November- all children to attend

10.30:  Arrival at school for registrations

11.00: Tour of school and classrooms, talk with the children/tamariki, and share your Karāpiro stories.

12 Noon Break: - a chance to mingle and eat (Coffee Cart on site).

1.00pm Welcome and speeches

1.30pm School Cultural Performance

Saturday 12 November - all children to attend

11.00: Meet and Greet

11.30: Speeches

12.00: Photos

1.00: Cutting of Cake, finger foods (Coffee Cart on site).


Learning Te Reo Māori - Kupu o te Ra - Word of the Day

karaka: orange

He hū karaka ōna!
He has some orange shoes!


Keep an eye on our School Calendar which has been updated for the term ahead. 

Have a wonderful and safe holiday break with your family, we will see you back on 17 October.

Ngā mihi

Marilynn and the Karāpiro Staff team 

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Would your child benefit from bespoke and nurturing learning sessions from a highly experienced teacher designed to accelerate learning and boost confidence? We would love to help. We are a team of dedicated teachers, specialising in English and Maths support, for primary, intermediate and college students. Visit www.boostyourlearning.co.nz for more information or contact Jenny 021 223 3349 to book a free consultation. 


Newsletter Week 7 Term 3 2022



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Week 7, Term 3 2022    


Kia ora parents, caregivers and whānau,

Welcome to our new student Eden in Kōwhai Class. We know you will enjoy your time learning with us at Karāpiro School.

Cross Country

The rural schools cross country will be held on 9 September at the Lake Karāpiro Domain. Please remember that students need shoes to run in and to bring a packed lunch and water bottle. There will also be some food available to purchase on the day. Students will need to run in a red Karāpiro school shirt, if you don’t have one please arrange to borrow one from the school office. You are welcome to take your children home after they have completed their race, please make sure you sign them out with their teacher.

PROGRAMME (with approximate times):

    

9.30 am    Schools arrive and assemble next to the kitchen

9.50          Welcome and briefing (for marshalls and juniors)

10.05        Preschool race

10.10        5 year old girls

10.15        5 year old boys

10.20         6 year old girls

10.25        6 year old boys

10.40        7 year old girls

10.45        7 year old boys

11.00        Prizegiving 1 (for 5 – 7 year olds)

11.10        8, 9, 10, 11, 12 year old Course Walk Around/Marshal briefing 

11.25        Junior Girls 8 years old

11:35        Junior Boys 8 years old

11:45        Junior Girls 9 years old

11:55        Junior Boys 9 years old

12:05 pm    Intermediate Girls 10 years old

12:15        Intermediate Boys 10 years old

12:25        Intermediate Girls 11 years old

12:35        Intermediate Boys 11 years old

12:45        Senior Girls 12 + years old

12:55        Senior Boys 12 + years old

1:20         Prizegiving 2 (8 – 12+ year olds)


All age groups will participate in a warm up prior to their race.

School Shirts and Jackets

Could all school shirts and jackets borrowed for school events please be returned to school on Monday 12 September. Also if you have any school shirts your child no longer fits we would love if these could be donated to the school for other students to use when representing our school.

Student Led Conferences

Student Led Conferences will be held on 26 and 27 September. We would love to see you all there. Please book at www.schoolinterviews.co.nz/code/mphcn or scan the QR code below:

Father’s Day Raffle

Congratulations to Damian for winning the raffle. Thank you to our families for your support with our PTA fundraising.

Cambridge Schools Speech Competition Tuesday 13 September 6pm, Cambridge East School Hall

Congratulations to Leonidas (Leo) Smith Serei representing Karāpiro School with his speech ‘Life at School 100 Years Ago’.

Cambridge Schools Kapa Haka Festival

Year 4-6 students attended this festival, which was a very enjoyable, worthwhile event. It highlighted the cultural performances from primary through to secondary school. Our next step is our cultural performance scheduled for the reunion celebrations and possible entry into the festival in 2023. 

The Cambridge High School Kapa Haka group inspired us with their singing, skill, and overall performance. Such great role models and future aspirations for our students!

Ag Day Mystery Bottles

We are seeking contributions for our mystery bottle sales for Ag Day. These can have any contents (please no alcohol) and wrapped bottles can be dropped off to the office.

White Elephant Stall

We are taking donations for the white elephant stall for Ag Day. Items can be dropped off to the school office. Please no computer/electrical gear and any clothing/fabric must be washed. 

Student Absences

All schools are required to identify and record the reasons why students are absent from school. When students are absent from school you will be receiving an automated text message from our student management system querying the absence of your child. Please ensure you contact the school office on 07 827 7642, office@karapiro.school.nz or use the student absences form on our website Student Absences when your child/ren will be absent.

School Arrival Time

Thanks to all the parents/caregivers for getting their children to school for a 9.00am start.  We are seeing an increasing number of children arriving before 8.30am and after 9am.  Our teachers arrive at school early to plan the day and the time prior to 8.30am is for teacher time. Thank you for understanding.

School Centenary 100 Years on Site

Celebrations for this reunion will be held on 11 and 12 November this year. We are planning to form a committee to oversee and plan this event.  If you are interested in being on this committee please email me, marilynn@karapiro.school.nz.  Thank you

Registration Fee $20 for individuals, $50 for family to cover food for the two days.  This can be deposited into the Karāpiro School Account 12-3268-0092296-00. Please use your surname as a reference.

Friday 11 November- all children to attend

10.30:  Arrival at school for registrations

11.00: Tour of school and classrooms, talk with the children/tamariki, and share your Karāpiro stories.

12 Noon Break: - a chance to mingle and eat (Coffee Cart on site).

1.00pm Welcome and speeches

1.30pm School Cultural Performance

Saturday 12 November - all children to attend

11.00: Meet and Greet

11.30: Speeches

12.00: Photos

1.00: Cutting of Cake, finger foods (Coffee Cart on site).

Working Bee Car Park Area Sunday 25 September 10am

This will be a big clean up getting ready for our reunion.  “Many hands make light work”! Mark this date on your calendar, thank you!


Learning Te Reo Māori - Kupu o te Ra - Word of the Day

rau: hundred

Kotahi rau.
One hundred.

rua rau.
Two hundred
.



Keep an eye on our School Calendar which has been updated for the term ahead. 

Ngā mihi

Marilynn and the Karāpiro Staff team 

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Does your child require further support, over and above what can be offered at school? 

Would your child benefit from bespoke and nurturing learning sessions from a highly experienced teacher designed to accelerate learning and boost confidence? We would love to help. We are a team of dedicated teachers, specialising in English and Maths support, for primary, intermediate and college students. Visit www.boostyourlearning.co.nz for more information or contact Jenny 021 223 3349 to book a free consultation. 



Newsletter Week 4 Term 3 2022



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Week 4, Term 3 2022    


Kia ora parents, caregivers and whānau,

Welcome to our new student Anthony in Kōwhai Class. We know you will enjoy your time learning with us at Karāpiro School.

Board of Trustees

We would like to extend a warm welcome to our new Board of Trustees members: Silvana Ferreira, Sharon Marriott, Aneka Sieverts, JP Daly and Michelle Bennett. The first meeting will be held on Wednesday, 14 September from 3.30pm in the school staffroom.

Cross Country

The rural schools cross country will be held on 9 September at the Lake Karapiro Domain. Please complete the permission form for your child/ren: Cross Country Permission Form. Remember that the Karāpiro Dam road is closed until January next year!  We are in urgent need of parent help on the day so please let us know if you are available.

We need a trailer or horse float to be able to transport the equipment for the cross country from the school to Karāpiro domain. Please let us know if you have one that we can borrow.

Cross Country Baking

Thank you to all of those who have offered to provide baking for the event. Could this please be dropped off to the staffroom on 8 September for the PTA to organise for the next day. We appreciate your support in fundraising for our school.

PTA - Your School Needs You!

We are looking for some parent helpers to join our PTA and support the school with school lunches run three Fridays a term. We have two major fundraisers for the year coming up - Rural Cross Country day at Lake Karāpiro on 9 September and Ag Day on 19 October. Please contact Lynda in the school office if you are interested in joining our team of helpers which we will need on the day. All funds raised go to supporting the learning of our students. 

Father’s Day Raffle


Tickets have gone home with students and the raffle will be drawn on 2 September. Extra tickets are available at the school office. Thank you to those who have donated prizes, we really appreciate your support.

Ag Day

Our Ag Day will be held on Wednesday 19 October. Animal registration forms have been sent home. Could these please be returned to the school office by 26 August. 

Ag Day Mystery Bottles

We are seeking contributions for our mystery bottle sales for Ag Day. These can have any contents (please no alcohol) and wrapped bottles can be dropped off to the office.

White Elephant Stall

We are taking donations for the white elephant stall for Ag Day. Items can be dropped off to the school office. Please no computer/electrical gear and any clothing/fabric must be washed. 

Student Absences

All schools are required to identify and record the reasons why students are absent from school. When students are absent from school you will be receiving an automated text message from our student management system querying the absence of your child. Please ensure you contact the school office on 07 827 7642, office@karapiro.school.nz or use the student absences form on our website Student Absences when your child/ren will be absent.

Parenting Support

Looking for some parenting support? Try the following link which takes you to a website that has a free parenting course that focuses on anxiety in children  Triple P Parenting free

School Centenary 100 Years on Site

In March 1922 the school was officially opened on our present site. A local landowner Mr Harris had offered the land for the school in exchange for the old school site.  The school Board chairperson Mr E.C Banks emphasised that now the school was open he expected children to attend regularly and he appealed to parents to keep their children at school until they passed the sixth standard at least.  He then declared the school open! The beginning roll started with 56 children, all in one room.  Mr J. Haughey was headmaster and Miss L. Reeks, assistant. 


Celebrations for this reunion will be held on 11 and 12 November this year. We are planning to form a committee to oversee and plan this event.  If you are interested in being on this committee please email me, marilynn@karapiro.school.nz.  Thank you

Working Bee

Thanks to Lalo, Ah Lung, Dev, Gareth, Joanna, Manuela, Louy, Ben, Ronya, Theo, Eve, Dan, Tina, Charlotte and Griff for helping out with the sandpit garden, pruning, planting, cleaning windows and spouting. Your support is appreciated.The next working be will be September to give our grounds and buildings a big spruce up for the reunion in November.  

Music Lessons - Spaces Now Available!

Karāpiro School students are very fortunate to have Mrs June McKenzie teach music at Karāpiro School each Thursday. You can contact June on 021 136 0583 with regards to your child learning to play the ukulele, guitar, keyboard or piano. 

Learning Te Reo Māori - Kupu o te Ra - Word of the Day

whakaako: teach

Ka whakaako au i a koe ki te raranga harakeke.

I will teach you to weave flax.


Keep an eye on our School Calendar which has been updated for the term ahead. 

Ngā mihi

Marilynn and the Karāpiro Staff team 

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Does your child require further support, over and above what can be offered at school? 

Would your child benefit from bespoke and nurturing learning sessions from a highly experienced teacher designed to accelerate learning and boost confidence? We would love to help. We are a team of dedicated teachers, specialising in English and Maths support, for primary, intermediate and college students. Visit www.boostyourlearning.co.nz for more information or contact Jenny 021 223 3349 to book a free consultation. 







Newsletter Week 1 Term 3 2022


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Week 1, Term 3 2022    


Kia ora parents, caregivers and whānau,

Welcome to the first week of term. With the colder weather please make sure children are dressed warmly and have a jacket for outside activities.

Welcome to our new student Peter in Kōwhai Class. We extend a very warm welcome to Peter and his family. We know you will enjoy your time learning with us at Karāpiro School.

Triennial Board of Trustees Elections 

Nominations are open for the election of four parent representatives to the school board.

All eligible voters will receive a nomination form in the post in the next week. Use this form to nominate yourself or someone in your community. You will also receive a nomination cover letter calling for nominations. Information on who is not eligible to be a board member is provided with the nomination form. If you need more nomination forms, contact the school office.

Nominations close at noon on 5 August 2022. You may provide a signed candidate statement and photograph with your nomination. The electoral roll is held at the school and can be viewed during normal school hours.

As nominations are received, there will be a list of candidates’ names kept at the school up until election day, which you can view.   Voting closes at 4pm on 7 September 2022.

Further information is available at NZSTA Parent Information

PTA - Your School Needs You!

We are looking for some parent helpers to join our PTA and support the school with school lunches next term. We also have a major fundraiser for the year coming up - Rural Cross Country day at Lake Karāpiro on 9 September. Please contact Lynda in the school office if you are interested in joining our team of helpers which we will need on the day. All funds raised go to supporting the learning of our students. 

Student Absences

All schools are required to identify and record the reasons why students are absent from school. When students are absent from school you will be receiving an automated text message from our student management system querying the absence of your child. Please ensure you contact the school office on 07 827 7642, office@karapiro.school.nz or use the student absences form on our website Student Absences when your child/ren will be absent.

Parenting Support

Looking for some parenting support? Try the following link which takes you to a website that has a free parenting course that focuses on anxiety in children  Triple P Parenting free

Karāpiro Dam Closure

The road will be closed from 1st August 2022 – December 2022 and then weekend-only opening for a time from January 2023

The closure is to enable one part of the planned major works on the station, replacement of the turbine headgates. These act as a valve and close off the water to allow maintenance of the station generation equipment. The wider program of work on the dam and power station started last year, and will be underway until 2025.  Closing the road is necessary to keep everyone safe, and we thank road users for their patience during this time.  

 

SH1 Closure 

 

Fulton Hogan are returning to complete tree-felling activities on SH1 Tirau Road. The trees are located between Keely’s Reserve and Moana Road Reserve. To undertake this work safely and efficiently we need to close the road. SH1 will be closed to through traffic from Monday 08 August, between the hours of 9am to 4pm, Monday to Friday. While the road closure is in place, we will take the opportunity to undertake routine road maintenance activities, including water-cutting and road surface repairs.  Residents and businesses will have access to their properties throughout the day, however as we will have machinery throughout the area please take care when driving through the closure. There may be short delays while machinery is moved to provide access. The hard closure points will be at Keely’s Reserve and just north of Beck’s Nursery; we recommend residents and business owners access from the end most relevant to their property location. The detour route is via Karāpiro Road, Taotaoroa Road and SH29.   

The contingency date should this work be postponed, is the following week commencing Monday 15 August.

 

School Centenary 100 Years on Site

Celebrations for this will be held on 11 and 12 November this year. We are planning to form a committee to oversee and plan this event.  If you are interested in being on this committee please email me, marilynn@karapiro.school.nz.  Thank you

As part of the celebration the students will be part of a cultural performance.  We desperately need help in purchasing 40 school outfits.  

Each child will be wearing a piu piu ($22),black t-shirt ($5) and black bike shorts ($5).   $32 per student.  If you can help in any way or know of any businesses that could sponsor us, please contact Lynda or Marilynn.

Oxford Pie Orders

Delivery of pies will be on 5 August. These will be available to collect from the staffroom.

Scholastic Orders

Catalogues have been sent home with students this week. Orders are due to the office by 12 August. Additional copies of the catalogue are available from the office.

Thank you!

A big thank you to Michael who cleaned our gutters and water blasted around the school for us during the school holidays. It looks amazing and we really appreciate it!

 

Congratulations to Griff

Griff and his mum Tahlia represented Waikato at the Auckland Cavy Club purebred show on Saturday. Griff won Best In Show, with his Self Black Guinea pig Claremont Basil Brush. He was also awarded Reserve Junior Exhibitor, Best Novice Exhibitor & Best Adult Cavy in Show. Well done Griff!

 

 

 

Childcare & Transport to School

We have a couple of families who are looking for help with transport to school from Leamington and wondered if there are any of our families who are interested in carpooling?

We also continue to look for a person able to run Before/After School Care - this could be a business opportunity for someone (we can provide the students and a classroom). Please contact the school office if you know of anyone who can help.

Music Lessons - Spaces Now Available!

Karāpiro School students are very fortunate to have Mrs June McKenzie teach music at Karāpiro School each Thursday. You can contact June on 021 136 0583 with regards to your child learning to play the ukulele, guitar, keyboard or piano. 


Learning Te Reo Māori - Kupu o te Ra - Word of the Day

karere: message

He karere māu. There is a message for you.


School Maintenance

We rely on the school community to help us keep our school grounds in shape (we don’t employ a caretaker).  We really appreciate any time families are able to give to us with this work.

Thanks to Dev’s uncle Michael who cleaned the gutters and water blasted the paving stones and buildings during the term break. There will be a working bee on Sunday 14 August at 10am.   Please add this to your calendar and let Lynda know your availability. “Many hands make light work”. If we have enough volunteers we will arrange a sausage sizzle. Thank you!

Here is a list of the things that need attention:


Maintenance List


Washing windows inside and outside

Hedge trimming - driveway

Garden weeding - car park

Sandpit tidy up

Vege garden - weeding



School Events

Cross Country Training

The students will be taking part in a variety of activities to improve their fitness and endurance for our upcoming cross country in September. They need to have suitable shoes to run in and a change of clothing each day.  


Keep an eye on our School Calendar which has been updated for the term ahead. 

Thank you to everyone for your support through the term. We wish all our families a very happy holiday break. See you again soon!


Ngā mihi

Marilynn and the Karāpiro Staff team 

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Would your child benefit from bespoke and nurturing learning sessions from a highly experienced teacher designed to accelerate learning and boost confidence? We would love to help. We are a team of dedicated teachers, specialising in English and Maths support, for primary, intermediate and college students. Visit www.boostyourlearning.co.nz for more information or contact Jenny 021 223 3349 to book a free consultation. 
















Newsletter Week 10 Term 2 2022


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Week 10, Term 2 2022    


Kia ora parents, caregivers and whānau,

Welcome to the last week of what has been another very busy term!

Recently we welcomed our new student Dev to Karāpiro School and he has quickly made new friends in Kōwhai Class. We extend a very warm welcome to Dev and his family. We know you will enjoy your time learning with us at Karāpiro School.

Staff News

We extend a warm welcome to our new staff member Aleesha Steel who will join the Karāpiro staff team next term. Aleesha will join our team as a Learning Assistant and she will be working predominantly in Kōwhai Class. Please join us in welcoming Aleesha to our school. 

Principal Sabbatical Term 3

Over the last few weeks I have been preparing to hand the principal role to Mrs Marilynn Jones as I head off on a Primary Principals’ Sabbatical at the end of this week. Sabbaticals are entitlement awards for principals who have completed 5 years or more in their current role. This will be the first sabbatical I have taken in 12 years as a principal. The purpose of the sabbatical is to provide a sustained period during a principal’s career to engage in a balance of professional learning and reflection. 

During my time away I will be undertaking research into the history of New Zealand schools and taking a critical look at the changes to legislation (the Education Act) over time. I look forward to sharing my research with the Board, my colleagues and the community when it is complete.  

The sabbatical is fully funded and we are very fortunate to have Mrs Marilynn Jones join us in the role of Acting Principal during my absence. The Board welcomes Mr Robert Naumann to the role of Presiding Member of the Board of Trustees (Board Chairperson) for the term. It is good to know our school and our people are going to be in very safe hands. I look forward to seeing you all again on my return at the start of Term 4. 

Reporting to Parents

Written Snap Shot Reports 2022 are complete and now available to view on your child’s individual Seesaw page. These reports provide you with an overview of your child’s progress and where your child is at in relation to the New Zealand Curriculum. Please read through the report with your child to share their success and their next learning steps, which teachers have provided for you. We extend an invitation to families to make a time to meet with teachers if there is anything in the report you would like to discuss. 

 

Reading Eggs and Mathletics

A reminder that Karāpiro School pays a subscription for Karāpiro students for the Reading Eggs and Mathletics online learning platforms, which are available for your child/ren to access at any time - a great idea for some winter holiday fun at home!

National Young Leaders Day 2022

Thank you to Mr C for taking our Year 6 students through to the National Young Leaders Day 2022 earlier this term. Our students listened to some inspirational stories and messages from some extraordinary human beings and learned a few more tools for their leadership toolkits.

Triennial Board of Trustees Elections 

Nominations are open for the election of four parent representatives to the school board.

All eligible voters will receive a nomination form in the post in the next week. Use this form to nominate yourself or someone in your community. You will also receive a nomination cover letter calling for nominations. Information on who is not eligible to be a board member is provided with the nomination form. If you need more nomination forms, contact the school office.

Nominations close at noon on 5 August 2022. You may provide a signed candidate statement and photograph with your nomination. The electoral roll is held at the school and can be viewed during normal school hours.

As nominations are received, there will be a list of candidates’ names kept at the school up until election day, which you can view.   Voting closes at 4pm on 7 September 2022.

Further information is available at NZSTA Parent Information

PTA - Your School Needs You!

We are looking for some parent helpers to join our PTA and support the school with school lunches next term. We also have a major fundraiser for the year coming up - Rural Cross Country day at Lake Karāpiro. Please contact Lynda in the school office if you are interested in joining our team of helpers which we will need on the day. All funds raised go to supporting the learning of our students. 

Student Absences

All schools are required to identify and record the reasons why students are absent from school. When students are absent from school you will be receiving an automated text message from our student management system querying the absence of your child. Please ensure you contact the school office on 07 827 7642, office@karapiro.school.nz or use the student absences form on our website Student Absences when your child/ren will be absent.

Parenting Support

Looking for some parenting support? Try the following link which takes you to a website that has a free parenting course that focuses on anxiety in children  Triple P Parenting free

Road Safety Week

Karāpiro School students did a great job participating in Road Safety Week recently, with thanks to our special friend Ruben the Road Safety bear. There is lots of information for families available online. Go to Ruben the Road Safety Bear

Pink Shirt Day!

We celebrated Pink Shirt Day and our key message this year was about using our virtues and values to build a positive and safe learning environment, for ourselves and for others. Sometimes, things don’t happen as we expect them to…. and that’s when we need to use our strategies! Ask a Karāpiro student about the strategies they know they can use when things don’t go according to plan.

Oxford Pie Orders

Forms have gone home with students and there are extra copies available in the school office. Please ensure order forms are returned to school by 27 July. Delivery will be on 5 August.

Our School Virtues & Values

Our virtues focus is on the virtue of Honesty.  

Our values focus is on Kaitiakitanga. We are learning to be considerate guardians of all that is around use - ourselves, others and our place.

Covid-19 Update

New Zealand is at the Orange setting on the Covid Protection Framework. We have reviewed our Covid-19 Management Plan. Mask wearing is no longer compulsory but is recommended for students in Pōhutukawa Class. We continue to ask visitors and parents to wear a mask inside our school grounds when indoors. For further information please check the Ministry of Education Covid-10 website.  

Childcare & Transport to School

We have a couple of families who are looking for help with transport to school from Leamington and wondered if there are any of our families who are interested in carpooling?

We also continue to look for a person able to run Before/After School Care - this could be a business opportunity for someone (we can provide the students and a classroom). Please contact the school office if you know of anyone who can help.

Music Lessons - Spaces Now Available!

Karāpiro School students are very fortunate to have Mrs June McKenzie teach music at Karāpiro School each Thursday. You can contact June on 021 136 0583 with regards to your child learning to play the ukulele, guitar, keyboard or piano. 

Wheels Day Wednesday

Every Wednesday Karāpiro students are invited to bring their wheels from home. We block off the school car park and staff supervise the students having some lunchtime fun whizzing around on their wheels. The only rule is that they must wear their helmet! We have spare helmets, two unicycles and a scooter for the students to share. 

Do you have any spare wheels or helmets at your place that you could donate to our wheels collection? We would love to use any wheels items you no longer use. Thank you!

 

Learning Te Reo Māori - Kupu o te Ra - Word of the Day

pātai(tia): question, to ask a question

He pātai pai tēnā - That’s a good question.


School Maintenance

We rely on the school community to help us keep our school grounds in shape (we don’t employ a caretaker).  We really appreciate any time families are able to give to us with this work. Here is a list of the things that currently need work and could be done anytime during the week or weekends or holidays. Thank you.


Maintenance List

Gutter clearing - decking

Hedge trimming - driveway

Garden weeding - car park

Sandpit tidy up

Vege garden - weeding


School Events

Keep an eye on our School Calendar which has been updated for the term ahead. We look forward to our next PlayGroup which is this Friday 9-11am.

Thank you to everyone for your support through the term. We wish all our families a very happy holiday break. See you again soon!

Ngā mihi

Tina-Maree and the Karāpiro Staff team 

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Edventure Young Explorers Camp.

July 18th - 22nd, 8-13yr olds, $525

OSCAR Available

We have an awesome week planned that includes rock climbing, archery, target shooting, bush walks, orienteering, team building and confidence activities.

A typical "Kiwi Outdoors" camp with an emphasis on mountain safety and bush survival skills.

Planned and run by local teacher Todd Burton and based at Aongatete Outdoor Education Centre, this one's going to be awesome!

drop off / pick up Hamilton, Tauranga, or at the venue.

More info and to book now visit www.edventure.co.nz, phone 02102241576 or email mark@edventure.co.nz

See you on your next EDVENTURE

Click here to BOOK NOW!! 







Newsletter Week 1 Term 2 2022



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Week 1, Term 2 2022    WELCOME BACK TO SCHOOL! 

Kia ora parents, caregivers and whānau,

Welcome back to the new term. It’s great to have close to 100% of students back at school after the continual disruption of illness in Term 1. We are hopeful of a more settled term ahead and trust you have all had a restful holiday break. Congratulations to our students who celebrated their birthday during the holidays and have returned to school one year older!

We have lots of information for you in this newsletter so please read through and come back to us with any questions. 

Westpac Rescue Helicopter Fundraiser - this Friday 6 May!

Karāpiro School councillors Aylah and Khloe are all set to receive gold coin donations for the Westpac Rescue Helicopter fundraiser this Friday 6 May. Come to school dressed in anything red or yellow and wear your wacky/crazy hair. Gold coin donations are very welcome to support this very worthy cause. THANK YOU! 


National Young Leaders Day 2022

On Thursday 12 May Miss Thatcher and Mr Churstain will be taking our Year 6 students to attend the National Young Leaders Day. This event forms part of our leadership programme for our senior students and they will be travelling to Claudelands Showgrounds for an epic day out! They will attend alongside leaders from schools all over the Waikato and will learn new leadership skills and engage with some inspirational speakers - check out the link here https://nyldnz.org/2022-speakers/  Year 6 families please complete your permission forms online (refer to your email) and send your Health & Consent forms back to school - all before the end of the week please. 

Health & Consent forms

Health & Consent forms have been sent home with students. Please complete these and send to the school office. We will hold these on file ahead of any school trips. It’s also a good opportunity for you to update your contact details, emergency details and any new medical or health information about your child or children. Thank you. 

Teacher Only Days

We have two planned Teacher Only Days and two public holidays this term. Dates are on our school website homepage & website calendar and we have also listed them for you here:

Teacher Only Day - Karāpiro School 

(This day was held over from 2021 when we decided not to proceed due to Covid-19 disruption. We will use this day this year for curriculum & student achievement planning & review for Karāpiro School staff)

Friday 3 June

Public Holiday - Queen’s Birthday 

Monday 6 June

Teacher Only Day - ALL CAMBRIDGE SCHOOLS

(This day used to be ‘Fieldays Friday’ and will be used for all Cambridge Schools belonging to the Kahui Ako to connect for professional learning and development) 

Friday 17 June

Public Holiday - Matariki

Friday 24 June

Life Education - Nicky & Harold are visiting in Week 5!

After a very long wait, we are excited to welcome Nicky & Harold back to Karāpiro School in Week 5 (Monday 30 May and Tuesday 31 May) this term. All Karāpiro School students will be attending lessons with Nicky & Harold and learning about healthy living being the best we can be. Please send $4 to school per student, as soon as you are able, to cover the cost of attending. Payment can also be made online via invoices sent out. Thank you!

Our School Virtues & Values

Our virtues focus is on the virtue of Flexibility.  What does flexibility look like in your family/whānau? Here is a video clip you parents might like to use when teaching children about being flexible Virtue of Flexibility

Our values focus is on Kaitiakitanga. We are learning to be considerate guardians of all that is around us - ourselves, others and our place.

Covid-19 Update

New Zealand is at the Orange setting on the Covid Protection Framework. We have reviewed our Covid-19 Management Plan. Mask wearing is no longer compulsory but is recommended for students in Pōhutukawa Class. We continue to ask visitors and parents to wear a mask inside our school grounds when indoors. For further information please check the Ministry of Education Covid-10 website.  

Reporting to parents

Student-led conference bookings are open now for next Monday and Wednesday. Book using the QR code below or use the following link http://www.schoolinterviews.co.nz/code/van2x  Bookings will close at 3pm this Friday. After this time please contact your classroom teacher via email to make a time to meet. We are excited to meet with you and your child to discuss their learning progress. We are aiming for 100% attendance - please book now! 

Assembly - Sharing our learning with you

We are excited to be starting our learning celebration assemblies again this term and you are welcome to pop along on the following dates where the class will take turns to present and share their learning with us: 

Kōwhai Class Friday 10 June (Week 6) & Pōhutukawa Class Friday 8 July (Week 9)

Carpool from Leamington - Can you help?

We have a family living in Leamington who are looking for help with transport to school for their students on Mondays and Tuesdays. Can you help? Please contact Lynda in the office. Thank you.

Music Lessons - Spaces now available!

Karāpiro School students are very fortunate to have Mrs June McKenzie teach music at Karāpiro School each Thursday. You can contact June on 021 136 0583 with regards to your child learning to play the ukulele, guitar, keyboard or piano. 

Board of Trustees Meeting

The next meeting of the Karāpiro School Board of Trustees is to be held at school at 3.30pm on Tuesday 17 May. Have you thought about coming along? We will be holding triennial board elections later in the year so now is a great time to come along and find out what happens at the governance level of our school. If you would like to attend please contact Presiding Member Mrs Marilynn Jones at marilynn@karapiro.school.nz  

Wheels Day Wednesday

Every Wednesday Karāpiro students are invited to bring their wheels from home. We block off the school car park and staff supervise the students having some lunchtime fun whizzing around on their wheels. The only rule is that they must wear their helmet! We have a spare helmet and scooter for the students to share. 

Do you have any spare wheels or helmets at your place that you could donate to our wheels collection? We would love to use any wheels items you no longer use. Thank you!

PTA

We are looking for new members for our PTA to help with fundraising, events and school lunches. If you are interested in joining please contact Lynda office@karapiro.school.nz 

Mother’s Day Raffle

Tickets have been sent home with students for our Mother’s Day raffle. Extra ticket books are available from the school office. Please return sold tickets and money to the school office by Wednesday 4 May. The raffle will be drawn on Friday 6 May.

CAM Competitions

Entry forms have been sent home with year 5 and 6 students for the english, science and mathematics competitions. These are optional competitions. If your child/ren would like to take part, please return the form and entry fee to the school office by 6 May.

Scholastic Books Orders

Catalogues have been sent home with students. Please place orders by 18 May.

Property Available for Rent  - 41 Karāpiro Road

This rural property is located a short walk to Karāpiro Primary School and not far off the highway. Approximately 7 minutes to Cambridge. Offering three large double bedrooms with built in wardrobes, two have ranch sliders out onto a large, covered decking area. Modern kitchen and open plan living, wood burner to keep warm during winter months. Fenced yard and plenty of room for a trampoline, carport, garage and woodshed. If you wish to complete an application, please go to the following link https://www.tpsportal.co.nz/tenancy_application/tps7616 or contact ARS on 078232929.

Learning Te Reo Māori - Kupu o te Ra - Word of the Day

: to be full

Kua kī tōku puku - My tummy is full.


Karāpiro Community Play Group returns - Next session Friday 13 May


School Maintenance

We rely on the school community to help us keep our school grounds in shape (we don’t employ a caretaker).  We really appreciate any time families are able to give to us with this work. Here is a list of the things that currently need work and could be done anytime during the week or weekends or holidays. Thank you.

Maintenance List

Gutter clearing - decking

Hedge trimming - driveway

Repairs to pool steps

Bamboo trimming - driveway

Vege garden - weeding


Swimming Pool Now Closed - Please return your key for your refund

Swimming pool keys can now be returned to the school office as our swimming season has finished. Miss Smith will arrange for your refund. You have the option of having this credited to your school account if you prefer. Thank you to Mr Dan Churstain for looking after our school pool this term and keeping it sparkling and clean for us. 

School Events

Keep an eye on our School Calendar which has been updated for the term ahead.

Do you have a family member (grandparent? Aunty or uncle? A relative overseas?) that would like to receive email notification of our school newsletters? Please email Lynda Smith at office@karapiro.school.nz if you would like to add them to our mailing list.

Please also check that your pre-schooler/s are pre-enrolled with us so that we can plan transition visits to school and also visits to your child’s early childhood centre, before they start school. 

Ngā mihi

Tina-Maree and the Karāpiro Staff team 

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Newsletter Week 10 Term 1 2022


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Week 10, Term 1 2022

Kia ora parents, caregivers and whānau,


This week we are very happy to welcome Tristin to Pōhutukawa Class and James and Alice to Kōwhai Class. Karāpiro School welcomes you and your family and we look forward to Anthony joining us in August when he turns 5. We wish you many happy school days ahead. 

Tina-Maree’s Primary Principals Sabbatical - Term 3 2022

I am delighted that the Board has supported my successful application for a Primary Principals’ Sabbatical. Sabbaticals are entitlement awards for all principals who have completed 5 years or more in their current role. This will be the first sabbatical I have taken in 12 years as a principal. The purpose of the sabbatical is to provide a sustained period during a principal’s career to engage in a balance of professional learning and reflection. 

During my time away I will be undertaking research into the history of New Zealand schools and taking a critical look at the changes to legislation (the Education Act) over time. I look forward to sharing my research with the Board, my colleagues and the community when it is complete.  

The sabbatical is fully funded and we are very fortunate to have Mrs Marilynn Jones join us in the role of Acting Principal during my absence. The Board will employ Mr Rob Naumann for the role of Presiding Member of the Board of Trustees (Board Chairperson) for the term. 

Carpool from Leamington - Can you help?

We have a family living in Leamington who are looking for help with transport to school for their students on Mondays and Tuesdays. Can you help? Please contact Lynda in the office. Thank you.

 

Covid-19 Update

As you will know, New Zealand remains at the Red setting on the Covid Protection Framework. This will next be reviewed on Thursday 14 April, which is the last day of school for the term. For the remainder of this term we will stay at the current settings. Any changes to these settings will be communicated to families at the start of Term 2. For further information please check the Ministry of Education website 

Reporting to parents

Due to Covid-19 restrictions we have not held our usual student-led conferences this term. However, in anticipation of a change of alert levels in Term 2, we are planning to hold conferences in Week 2 of the term. Please keep a look out for an email from us next week, advising of booking times and dates. We are looking forward to sharing your child’s learning progress with you.

Music Lessons - Spaces now available!

Karāpiro School students are very fortunate to have Mrs June McKenzie teach music at Karāpiro School each Thursday. You can contact June on 021 136 0583 with regards to your child learning to play the ukulele, guitar, keyboard or piano. 

Wheels Day Wednesday

Every Wednesday Karāpiro students are invited to bring their wheels from home. We block off the school car park and staff supervise the students having some lunchtime fun whizzing around on their wheels. The only rule is that they must bring their helmet! We have a spare helmet and scooter for the students to share. 

Do you have any spare wheels or helmets at your place that you could donate to our wheels collection? We would love to use any wheels items you no longer use. Thank you!

PTA

We are looking for new members for our PTA to help with fundraising, events and school lunches. If you are interested in joining please contact Lynda office@karapiro.school.nz 

Mother’s Day Raffle

Tickets have been sent home with students for our Mother’s Day raffle. Extra ticket books are available from the school office. Please return sold tickets and money to the school office by Wednesday 4 May. The raffle will be drawn on Friday 6 May.

THANK YOU so much to the staff and families who have donated goodies to the prize. Your contributions are very appreciated :) Keep them coming in!

CAM (Canterbury Centre for Monitoring) Great Kiwi Competitions

Entry forms have been sent home with year 5 and 6 students for the english, science and mathematics competitions. These are optional competitions. If your child/ren would like to take part, please return the form and entry fee to the school office by 6 May.

Te Reo Māori - Kupu o te Ra - Word of the Day

horoi: wash

Horoia ō ringaringa - Wash your hands


School Maintenance

We don’t employ a school caretaker for grounds maintenance and we rely on the school community to keep our school grounds in shape.  We really appreciate any time you are able to give to us with this work. Here is a list of the things that currently need work and could be done anytime during the week or weekends or holidays. Thank you.

Maintenance List

Gutter clearing - decking

Hedge trimming - driveway

Repairs to pool steps

Bamboo trimming - driveway

Vege garden - weeding


School Events

Keep an eye on our School Calendar which has been updated for the term ahead.

Do you have a family member (grandparent? Aunty or uncle? A relative overseas?) that would like to receive email notification of our school newsletters? Please email Lynda Smith at office@karapiro.school.nz if you would like to add them to our mailing list.

Ngā mihi

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Newsletter Week 8 Term 1 2022


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Week 8, Term 1 2022

Kia ora parents, caregivers and whānau

Welcome to autumn! It has been a wet and wild week and we have all noticed the change in season. Our community continues to fight off Covid-19 and other illnesses. Student attendance has been hovering around 50% over the last 3 weeks but we have enjoyed more students returning to school this week. We have had our staff hit with illness too but fortunately it has been one at a time - we hope things continue this way! We are taking things one day at a time.

We have a large supply of free masks from the Ministry of Education - more than we need. We will send home one box per family tomorrow, for your home supplies.  

We want to say a huge thank you to our families for keeping such good communication with myself and our teachers throughout this period. It’s really helpful when you tell us how things are going for you. This helps us to understand each unique family situation and helps us to care for your children. Thank you. 

Carpool from Leamington

We have a family living in Leamington who are looking for help with transport to school for their students on Mondays and Tuesdays. Can you help? Please contact Lynda in the office. Thank you.

 

Introducing our new student teacher in Kowhai Class - Miss Mansell

Kia ora Karāpiro School! My name is Charlotte Mansell and I am a second-year student teacher from the University of Waikato. You will find me in Kōwhai Class each Tuesday for my professional experience in school. I live locally in Cambridge and am so excited to attend a rural school this year. When I am not studying, I am found coaching and refereeing basketball locally, and getting up to something crafty at home. I look forward to working alongside the wonderful staff and students here at Karāpiro School! 

Please come in and say hello and introduce yourself when you see me. 


Student Leaders

Congratulations to the Karāpiro School student leaders:

Physical Activity Leaders

Library Monitors

Arizona

Dakotah

Nevaeh

Iden

Louy

Aaliyah

Leo

Kyzah

Levi

Ronja

Envirowarriors

Class Councillors

Aaliyah

Stella (Y2)

Ava

Maddy (Y3)

Griff

Aylah (Y4)

Harley

Khloe (Y5)

Eli

Ben (Y5)

Stella

Ava (Y6)

Maddy


Covid-19 School Plan

You will be aware of the recent changes to the Covid-19 Protection Framework. Please see the graphic below for more information. We have received new advice from the Ministry of Education on the changes affecting school and will keep in contact with you about what further changes mean for our school. 

Sports


LEAMINGTON RUGBY & SPORTS CLUB 

Have you thought about playing sport in 2022?
Leamington Rugby Sports Club has a team for you.
We offer sports for players from Year 0 to Year 8.
We are a family friendly club who would love to see you in our colours.



Further information and contact details/registration links can be found at http://www.lrsc.co.nz/ 

Cambridge Lifeskills

We highly recommend Cambridge Lifeskills which is a free counselling service for children in Cambridge schools. You can refer your child via the Lifeskills website https://www.cambridgelifeskills.co.nz/ or find helpful information for families on their Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/cambridgelifeskills/ 

Music Lessons - Spaces now available!

Karāpiro School students are very fortunate to have Mrs June McKenzie teach music at Karāpiro School each Thursday. You can contact June on 021 136 0583 with regards to your child learning to play the ukulele, guitar, keyboard or piano. 

PTA

We are looking for new members for our PTA to help with fundraising, events and school lunches. If you are interested in joining please contact Lynda office@karapiro.school.nz 

Scholastic Orders

Catalogues have been sent home with students. Please place orders by 1 April.

Karāpiro School Tikanga Māori Trophy Sponsor

We are looking for a family or business who might be interested in donating a trophy to the school for our new Tikanga Māori award. If you are interested, or know anyone who might be, please get in touch with Lynda in the school office.

Te Reo Māori

Kupu o te Ra - Word of the Day

kaiako: teacher

I whakaakona ngā tamariki e te kaiako.

The children were taught by the teacher.

School Maintenance

We don’t employ a school caretaker for grounds maintenance and we rely on the school community to keep our school grounds in shape.  We really appreciate any time you are able to give to us with this work. Here is a list of the things that currently need work and could be done anytime during the week or weekends. Thank you.


Maintenance List

Weeding - car park gardens

Hedge trimming - driveway

Repairs to pool steps

Waterblasting - decks

Gutter clearing - decking


School Events

Keep an eye on our School Calendar which has been updated for the term ahead.

Do you have a family member (grandparent? Aunty or uncle? A relative overseas?) that would like to receive email notification of our school newsletters? Please email Lynda Smith at office@karapiro.school.nz if you would like to add them to our mailing list.


Ngā mihi

Tina-Maree and the Karāpiro Staff team 

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Brain Play runs online science & technology classes for students ages 5 - 13, of any experience level. Join us for afternoon sessions, all term long, covering coding, robotics, 3D printing, and science topics. Free trials & online open days are available for you to meet our team & learn more about our topics. See https://www.brainplay.co.nz/courses for info on days & times, and click "Enrol" once you're ready to book. We also run one off events to the themes of Minecraft, Roblox, 3D Printing & Girls Only workshops! Click "events" on our website to learn more.

Newsletter Week 3 Term 1 2022


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Week 3, Term 1 2022

Our students have made a great start back to school and it is lovely to see students settled into their classes. Our playground has a calm and happy atmosphere and it is lovely to see the older students helping and supporting the younger ones. Our students also love being able to swim every day! We are working through our ‘Student Wellbeing Survey’ and asking the students how they are feeling about school, staff, Covid19 and other things that are important to kids. We will share some of the information with you later in the term. 

The home-school partnership is very important to us and you are encouraged to make a time to meet with your child’s teacher/s to build a relationship with them and to share your child’s learning goals. We will not hold formal Student Led Conferences at this time, but extend the invitations to families to email staff now to make an appointment to meet.  

Contact details:

Dan Churstain (Pōhutukawa) at dan@karapiro.school.nz

Tina Turkilsen (Kōwhai) tina@karapiro.school.nz

Tina-Maree Thatcher (principal and teaching both classes) principal@karapiro.school.nz 

Before and After School Care 

Our families are looking for before and after school care for students at Karāpiro School - demand is growing! We are looking for someone who is interested in re-booting our Care Club - could it be you?? Please call us on 07 8277 642 or email the school at office@karapiro.school.nz if you, or someone you know, has some time at either end of the school day and would love to care for Karāpiro kids.

 

We have a family living in Leamington who are looking for help with transport to school for their students on Mondays and Tuesdays. Can you help? Please contact Lynda in the office. Thank you.

Safe Roads - Near miss information

We continue to advocate for safer roads around our school. Tina-Maree has a meeting scheduled with local MP’s next week. Please pass on any ‘near miss’ or accident information to Tina-Maree for our file. We are determined to get some safety action on the road.

Karāpiro School Tikanga Māori Trophy Sponsor

We are looking for a family or business who might be interested in donating a trophy to the school for our new Tikanga Māori award. If you are interested, or know anyone who might be, please get in touch with Lynda in the school office.

Covid-19 School Plan

As you know New Zealand is at RED on the Covid Protection Framework (CPF) and we have now moved to Phase Two of the plan to manage Omicron in the community.  Karāpiro School staff continually review the Ministries of Education and Health guidance for schools and kura and revise our Covid Management Plan accordingly. We are ready to go should we be notified of an Omicron outbreak in our school. 

The following table outlines how our school is responding at RED to provide a safe school environment for our students.

School plan for Covid RED:

Visitors to school:

No non-essential visitors on site.

All visitors, including parents and caregivers are required to:

  • wear a mask

  • enter via the Office Gate

  • sign in using our Vistab tablet in the office

  • contact trace using the displayed QR code

  • use the hand sanitiser provided at the office

  • wear a school visitor badge

  • sign out before you leave


Students:

  • Students will enter and exit using the Student Gate

  • Students will arrive for school between 8.30am and 9am only

  • Students will be collected by parents at 3pm (no later than 3.15pm)

  • Students who are unwell should not attend school and will be sent home if they become unwell during the school day


A staff member will be available at the Student Gate during drop off and pick up times


  • Classrooms will be well ventilated and we will make effective use of our outdoors covered spaces

  • Students will use hand sanitiser available in classrooms

  • Drinking fountains will be open and cleaned regularly

Mask wearing:

  • All visitors are required to wear a mask inside the school grounds

  • It is highly recommended that you wear a mask when you come to the Student Gate to collect your child and you distance yourself physically from others

  • Adults with students in Years 4, 5 & 6 are required to wear a medical-grade mask (‘blue mask’) when indoors

  • Students in Years 4, 5 & 6 are required to wear a mask when indoors. If your child is struggling to wear a mask please communicate this to your classroom teacher who will find ways to make things more comfortable for your child, including working outside and having regular breaks from mask-wearing. 

Hygiene:

  • We will continue to encourage regular hand washing and sanitising and cough/sneeze etiquette

  • The school will maintain daily cleaning of bathrooms and classroom surfaces 

School events and activities: 

As at the start of term the followed events are cancelled or postponed until further notice:


  • Karāpiro School PlayGroup - postponed

  • Rural Schools’ Swim Sports - cancelled

  • Beach Education Trip - postponed (Term 4)

  • Kahui Ako Haerenga (bus trip to local sites) - postponed

  • Sailing @ Lake Karāpiro - postponed to Term 4 

  • Student Led Conferences - parents to make contact with teachers to arrange a time to meet. Invitations to Student Led Conferences will be held towards the end of the term

In the event of a Covid outbreak in our school community:

In the event that you are aware of a positive Covid-19 case in your home please isolate at home and contact Healthline 0800 358 5453 for health advice. Please also contact Tina-Maree urgently on 027 777 1708.

In the event the school is advised by the Ministry of Health of a positive Covid-19 case at our school, we will email families directly with the appropriate health guidance. 

In the event of class or school closure due to a Covid outbreak: 

We have the following learning tools available for students in the event of a switch to Home Learning:

  1. Seesaw (for teacher-student communications and learning activities)

  2. Reading Eggs

  3. Mathletics

  4. Hard packs (guides for parents and activities for students)

  5. Digital devices (Chromebooks and iPads)

  6. Reading packs

We have purchased extended subscriptions for students in Reading Eggs and Mathletics. We have now set up students in their new classes and programmes will be ready to access at home from Monday 21st February (Week 4). Teachers will set a range of tasks for students to work through and will open further activities at various points throughout the school term. We encourage students to use the programmes at home anytime but we will rely on these in the event of home learning. 

 

Cambridge Lifeskills

We highly recommend Cambridge Lifeskills which is a free counselling service for children in Cambridge schools. You can refer your child via the Lifeskills website https://www.cambridgelifeskills.co.nz/ or find helpful information for families on their Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/cambridgelifeskills/ 

2022 School Charter

It’s that time of year again when we consult with you on our school charter. We are seeking input from our students, staff, parents and community.  You can view our current Charter on the school website here and send your feedback through to principal@karapiro.school.nz or pop in for a chat. 

Music Lessons

Karāpiro School students are very fortunate to have Mrs June McKenzie teach music at Karāpiro School each Thursday. You can contact June on 021 136 0583 with regards to your child learning to play the ukulele, guitar, keyboard or piano. 

PTA

We are looking for new members for our PTA to help with fundraising, events and school lunches. If you are interested in joining please contact Lynda office@karapiro.school.nz 

Scholastic Book Orders

Catalogues have been sent home with students. If you did not receive one there are copies available at the School Office. Please place orders by 24 February.


School Maintenance

We don’t employ a school caretaker for grounds maintenance and we rely on the school community to keep our school grounds in shape.  We really appreciate any time you are able to give to us with this work. Here is a list of the things that currently need work and could be done anytime during the week or weekends. Thank you.

Maintenance List

Weeding - car park gardens

Hedge trimming - driveway

Repairs to pool steps

Waterblasting - decks

Gutter clearing - decking

Pool Keys

Pool keys are available from the school office. They are $50 for the school community and $70 for the wider community (including a $10 bond which is refunded when the key is returned). If you would like a pool key please contact Lynda on 07 827 7642 or office@karapiro.school.nz 

The money we raise selling our pool keys goes towards the cost of running our school pool.

School Events

Keep an eye on our School Calendar which has been updated for the term ahead.

Do you have a family member (grandparent? Aunty or uncle? A relative overseas?) that would like to receive email notification of our school newsletters? Please email Lynda Smith at office@karapiro.school.nz if you would like to add them to our mailing list.


Ngā mihi

Tina-Maree and the Karāpiro Staff team 

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Newsletter Week 1 Term 1 2022


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Welcome!

Karāpiro School extends a very special welcome to our students and their families. We are looking forward to starting a fresh new year with you! School begins on THURSDAY 3 February at 9am.

We are delighted to welcome our new teacher Daniel (Dan) Churstain to our teaching team. Dan and his wife Eve have made the move to Cambridge from Taranaki during the holidays and I know you will join me in welcoming them both to our school community. 

Thank You

A huge thank you to Bruce Hopkins, Steve Dunsmore, Fix-It Phil, and the Williams family for helping out with a range of school maintenance during the holidays including everything from weed eating and tree chopping through to rubbish removal and garden weeding. Thank you also to Josh (our school neighbour) for alerting us to the solar panel leak on the roof! It takes a team to keep our school ticking effectively and your collective help and support is so very much appreciated. THANK YOU!! 

I would also like to acknowledge Marilynn Jones and Lynda Smith - you worked so hard during the break getting our school house ready for new tenants and you have done such a fantastic job. The school house has been repainted and has new curtains, air con and a renovated bathroom along with a huge grounds tidy up. Thank you for your time and energy and the stunning result you achieved (we should put you both forward for ‘The Block’ as a fundraiser - you’d win!!)

2022 School Staff

Welcome back to the 2022 Karāpiro staff team. You can find our contact details on our website.

Ms Tina Turkilsen

Kōwhai teacher (Years NE/1, 2 & 3) & SENCO (special education needs coordinator)

Mr Daniel (Dan) Churstain

Pōhutukawa teacher (Years 4, 5 & 6)

Miss Lynda Smith

Office manager

Ms Sharon Marriott-Atkinson

School cleaner

Miss Tina-Maree (TM) Thatcher

Principal

Whaea Faye Collier

Learning support (teacher aide)

Mrs Margaret Ng

Learning support (speech language therapy)

Mrs Marilynn Jones

Relief teacher

Mrs Margo McMillan

Relief teacher

Mrs June McKenzie

Music teacher


COVID RED Return to school plan

As you know New Zealand is at RED on the Covid Protection Framework (CPF) Karāpiro School staff have reviewed the Ministry of Education guidance for schools and kura and revised our Covid Management Plan. The plan is under constant review pending advice from the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Health and we will update you with any changes as they arise. 

We are looking forward to warmly welcoming ALL students back to school (regardless of their vaccination status). We encourage families to consult with their medical professionals if they need further information regarding Covid-19.

The following table outlines how our school is responding at RED to provide a safe school environment for our students.

Return to school plan for Covid RED:

Visitors to school:

No non-essential visitors on site.

All visitors, including parents and caregivers are required to:

  • wear a mask

  • enter via the Office Gate

  • sign in using our Vistab tablet in the office

  • contact trace using the displayed QR code

  • use the hand sanitiser provided at the office

  • wear a school visitor badge

  • sign out before you leave


Students:

  • Students will enter and exit using the Student Gate

  • Students will arrive for school between 8.30am and 9am only

  • Students will be collected by parents at 3pm (no later than 3.15pm)

  • Students who are unwell should not attend school and will be sent home if they become unwell during the school day


A staff member will be available at the Student Gate during drop off and pick up times


  • Classrooms will be well ventilated and we will make effective use of our outdoors covered spaces

  • Students will use hand sanitiser on entry to indoor spaces

  • Drinking fountains will be open and cleaned daily

Mask wearing:

  • All visitors are required to wear a mask inside the school grounds

  • It is highly recommended that you wear a mask when you come to the Student Gate to collect your child and you distance yourself physically from others

  • Students in Years 4, 5 & 6 are required to wear masks. The recommended mask is a medical-grade mask (‘blue mask’) to be worn when indoors. The school will be ordering student masks through the Ministry of Education as soon as we are able to

Hygiene:

  • We will continue to encourage regular hand washing and sanitising and cough/sneeze etiquette

  • The school will maintain daily cleaning of bathrooms and classroom surfaces 

School events and activities: 

As at the start of term the followed events are cancelled or postponed until further notice:


  • Karāpiro School PlayGroup - postponed

  • Rural Schools’ Swim Sports - cancelled

  • Beach Education Trip - postponed (Term 4)

  • Kahui Ako Haerenga (bus trip to local sites) - postponed

  • Sailing @ Lake Karāpiro - to be advised 

  • Student Led Conferences - to be advised

In the event of a Covid outbreak in our school community:

In the event that you are aware of a positive Covid-19 case in your home please isolate at home and contact Healthline 0800 358 5453 for health advice. Please also contact Tina-Maree urgently on 027 777 1708.

In the event the school is advised by the Ministry of Health of a positive Covid-19 case at our school, we will email families directly with the appropriate health guidance. 

 School Timetable

Mornings: Our school day begins at 9am and ends at 3pm. Students are to arrive after 8.30am and enter via the ‘student gate’ (the office car park and gate is for visitors only). Students need to arrive in time to organise their belongings before the bell and to be ready for a 9am start. Learning programmes and learning support begins promptly at 9am. Please support us to have your child at school on time. If your child is late they need to visit the school office before they go to class and sign in using the Vistab tablet - Miss Smith is there to help. 

Please note: We do not have the ability to supervise students early in the morning and from 2022 all students are only able to be on site from 8.30am. 

Afternoons: Students are to be collected from school at 3pm. Please note that our office manager Lynda Smith’s office hours are 8.30am to 2.00pm. If you need to contact us after 2pm please leave a message on the office phone 07 827 7642 - we clear these messages before 3pm. Alternatively text message Tina-Maree on 027 777 1708.

Car park: Parents are to use the rear car park for students drop offs and pick ups. You are able to use the bus bay for parking (bus times are 8.00am and 3.40pm). If you are using the drop off zone it is important to use this effectively by driving as far forward in the zone as you can go to enable other vehicles to park in behind you. We have noticed parents trying to parallel park into the zone which is not how it was designed to be used. If you are parked in the car park please wear a mask and collect your child from the gate to ensure children are walking through the car park with their parent.

2022 School Charter

It’s that time of year again when we consult with you on our school charter. We are seeking input from our students, staff, parents and community.  You can view our current Charter on the school website here and send your feedback through to principal@karapiro.school.nz or pop in for a chat. 


School Maintenance

We don’t employ a school caretaker for grounds maintenance and we rely on the school community to keep our school grounds in shape.  We really appreciate any time you are able to give to us with this work. Here is a list of the things that currently need work and could be done anytime during the week or weekends. Thank you.


Maintenance List

Weeding - car park gardens

Hedge trimming - driveway

Weeding - vege garden

Waterblasting - decks

Gutter clearing - decking


Pool Keys

Pool keys are available from the school office. They are $50 for the school community and $70 for the wider community (including a $10 bond which is refunded when the key is returned). If you would like a pool key please contact Lynda on 07 827 7642 or office@karapiro.school.nz 

The money we raise selling our pool keys goes towards the cost of running our school pool.

School Calendar

Keep an eye on our School Calendar which has been updated for the term ahead:

A reminder of the the school dates for 2022:

Term 1: 3 February - 14 April

Term 2: 2 May - 8 July   

Note there are two Teacher Only Days this term:  

Week 5: Friday 3 June (the Friday before Queen’s birthday weekend) & 

Week 7: Friday 17 June (‘Fieldays Friday’)

Term 3: 25 July - 30 September

Term 4: 17 October - 14 December


Your Contact Information & Enrolment Information 

Please remember to update us with any changes to your contact details. If you have a preschooler who is not yet enrolled with us please complete an online enrolment form now to assist us with our future planning. Thank you.

Do you have a family member (grandparent? Aunty or uncle? A relative overseas?) that would like to receive email notification of our school newsletters? Please email Lynda Smith at office@karapiro.school.nz if you would like to add them to our mailing list.


Ngā mihi

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Newsletter 14 December 2021

Dear parents and caregivers,

This is our final email newsletter for 2021 with a few things to bring to your attention as we head into the Christmas holiday break.

Staffing & Classes for 2022

Yesterday the students spent some time in their 2022 classes with their teachers. We were excited to have a visit from Mr Daniel Churstain who will be teaching in Pōhutukawa Class next year.

Our staffing and classes for 2022 is as follows:

Ms Tina Turkilsen

Kōwhai teacher     (Years NE/1, 2 & 3)

& SENCO (Special education needs coordinator)

Mr Daniel (Dan) Churstain

Pōhutukawa teacher (Years 4, 5 & 6)

Miss Lynda Smith

Office manager

Ms Sharon Marriott-Atkinson

School cleaner

Miss Tina-Maree (TM) Thatcher

Principal

Whaea Faye Collier

Learning support (teacher aide)

Mrs Margaret Ng

Speech language therapist

Mrs Marilynn Jones

Relief teacher

Mrs Margo McMillan

Relief teacher

Mrs June McKenzie

Music teacher


End of Year Reports

Student reports have been given to families at Student Led Conferences and also sent home with students. A copy of your child’s report will also be uploaded onto the Seesaw portal. It is important to remember that students have lost 47 days (over 9 weeks) of teaching and learning in 2021 due to Covid19 lockdown. If you did not attend a Student Led Conference we encourage you to make contact with your child’s teacher to discuss their progress and achievement, along with learning goals for the new year ahead.

Covid-19 Information

A reminder that parents are allowed on the school site and you are required to wear a face mask, scan in at the office and use the QR code. We will provide families with more information about this evolving situation in the new year as we return to school. If you need further information you can visit the Ministry of Education Information for Families

Wet & Wild Day

Tomorrow we have planned our annual Wet & Wild Day. We are watching the weather forecast closely and hope to be able to go ahead with our plans, however we have a ‘Plan B’ if there is a storm. Please pack your swimming togs and two towels and cross fingers for tomorrow.

2021 Yearbook

On Wednesday we will send home our 2021 yearbook with each student. It contains a collection of photos taken throughout the school year. We hope you enjoy this memento of the year that has been. Keep your eye on our school Facebook page too, as we have some more pics to add from Prizegiving.

Looking after our school site

We would be very grateful to anyone with some time to spare over the holidays to help us to keep on top of our gardens and weed eating, water blasting the cobblestones etc. You are welcome to pop down anytime and lend a hand. To those of you with a season key for the school pool: you are very welcome to give the pool a clean with the scoop while you are visiting or hose down the changing rooms and the concrete. We appreciate any help you can give us.  Thank you!

Merry Christmas!

On behalf of the Karāpiro School staff I wish you a happy Christmas break with your family and friends. Thank you again for your support over 2021. We look forward to seeing you again on Thursday 3rd February 2022.

Tina-Maree

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