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Newsletter Week 11 Term 1 2021


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Welcome to Week 11 Term 1 2021

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

Well we are almost at the end of our first term for 2021 - we cannot believe how fast it has flown by! Thank you to our family and whānau for your awesome and continued support. We look forward to seeing you again after the holiday break on Monday 3 May.

Student Achievement

Congratulations to the following students who have been recognised for their achievements at assembly this term (those receiving a principal's award are highlighted in blue):

Eli 

Showing the courage to keep going with his writing about his family, even when it got hard.

Aylah 

For showing the courage to make good choices in the playground and in the classroom.For being an awesome scientist who connects concepts with the world around her.

Reney 

Showing leadership during a range of different situations. For your stellar job at swimming sports and representing Karapiro School with pride.

Dakotah R

Having the courage to use her voice to talk about things that matter to her.

Abbey 

For using all your courage to make great decisions out on the water!

Khloe 

For being courageous and a positive role model to others.

Levi 

For being an awesome scientist who connects concepts with the world around him.

Harley 

For enthusiasm and leadership in orienteering.

Nicola

For the challenging learning you have been doing around the solution wheel and the virtue of friendliness.

Ronja 

For showing the virtue of friendliness in the classroom, and in the playground.

Leo 

For your curious mind and your enthusiasm for science, space and physics.

Maraea 

For your courage and commitment and achieving your personal best effort at swimming sports.

Ava 

For your energy, enthusiasm and excellence for swimming and for representing Karapiro School with pride.


The Wonder Project Rocket Challenge

We are very excited to have joined the Wonder Project ‘Rocket Challenge’. We will partner with our very own engineer, John Wong from Mercury Energy, and he will be taking us through the process of designing, building and launching our very own rocket! We can’t wait for Term 2!

Working Bee - THANK YOU!

Wow! In the 5+ years I have been involved with Karāpiro School I have never seen so much effort and time put into a working bee by our families!  My sincere thanks to everyone involved. We achieved almost everything on our list (it was quite a list too!). We even got our new trampoline set up! We are all grateful for the time and energy you gave us. Our school is sparkling!!

Farewell to the Trump Family

We are very sad to hear that our Trump family are moving back to Australia! We have greatly appreciated their support in their time with us and we wish the whole family all the very best for their big move back to their family. We will miss you!

Kia Ora Whānau,

It is with sadness I have to say our family will be moving back to Australia at the end of May. Unfortunately the uncertainty of COVID-19 has meant we have been unable to visit grandparents, aunties, uncles and cousins, and missing out on important family occasions. Even with the travel bubble opening up, it is still not certain how stable it will be. So we made the hard choice to move back.

We have all made really good friends here and will miss you all.

From the school board perspective, I am glad to have helped for the short time I could. I really think Karāpiro school is a wonderful place with a great community around it, great teachers and a fantastic principal. As many of you have, please continue supporting the staff in maintaining the school for current students, and the ones to come in the future.

Byron

Swim Waipa Water Skills for Life

Karāpiro School students were very fortunate to receive free swimming lessons from the Waipa Water Skills for Life programme this term. Check out the pics of our students in action!

Reminder: Our school pool is now closed for the season. Please return your keys to the school office for your refund. Thank you. 



Galileo Exhibition - Waikato Museum

Thank you once again to the parents who supported our recent trip to the Galileo Exhibition at Waikato Museum. We couldn’t do it without your generous support for supervision and transport. This was a great experience for our students. The education team Jennifer and Elaine (who visited Karāpiro School earlier in the term) were impressed by the students’ knowledge of Galileo and the facts they had remembered about his life and achievements. 



Community Consultation - Reporting to Parents 

As you know, Karāpiro School is looking to improve the way in which it reports student progress and achievement to parents. The Board of Trustees surveyed families earlier this term but was disappointed to receive only a handful of responses. The Board have opted to re-send the survey out to families first thing next term. 

Science Roadshow

Pohutukawa students will be attending the Science Roadshow in Week 2 (Tuesday 11 May from 10.15-11.35am). Pohutukawa parents, please watch out for your email link and please advise if you are able to help us with transport. Thank you. 

U.N. World Water Day

Karāpiro School students got involved with the UN World Water Day. We won a runner up prize for displaying water saving ideas from students around the school.

PTA

If you would like to lend a hand to this much needed team please contact Willy Kanis on 027 254 0312. Congratulations to Khloe and her family for winning the PTA Easter Raffle! Thank you to everyone who bought tickets - we raised $450!!

PTA Mothers Day Raffle

Tickets are available soon for our Mother’s Day raffle. Tickets are $1 each.

EPRO8 Engineering Kit

We are very excited to receive our EPRO8 Engineering kitWe will use these exciting resources next term as part of our STEAM programme, where students will work cooperatively to design, create and modify a range of inventions.

Change of Clothes

Please ensure your child has a change of clothes (and a waterproof bag) in their school bag each day and, as the weather is cooling down, a sweatshirt or jacket so that they can enjoy time outdoors.

Trees for Survival (TfS) Native Nursery

 

Karāpiro School requires a new site to plant approximately 500 natives per year from our TfS native nursery. Trees for Survival is an environmental education programme engaging school aged children in ecology and conservation and is also part of Enviroschools: Trees for Survival

The plants are sponsored by Winstones Aggregates and the planting is free. These native plants will be ideal for a riparian site i.e. adjacent a waterway. There will be a formal agreement written up between the school, landowner and TfS. Please contact the Karāpiro School Office if you would like a copy. If you are interested and have about 1500 m2 to plant up, please contact the Karāpiro School Office as soon as possible. 

Karāpiro Community Play Group - Mums, Dads, preschoolers and babies welcome!

Friday Playgroup dates for Term 2: 14 May, 28 May, 11 June, 2 July

Come along to our next Karāpiro Community Playgroup! From 9am-11am on the above dates, come to Room 5 at Karāpiro School. Enjoy a cup of tea and your little ones can play in our lovely junior room with our pre-school and junior resources. This is a great opportunity for you to meet school families and local families in our community. Our Deputy Principal Cheryl Naylor will be available to say hello and talk about our ‘transition to school’ programme. 

Our School Virtues

We will begin the new term with a focus on the virtue of ‘Empathy’.  What does empathy look like in your family/whanau?   Check out this link: Kids Learn Empathy

Term 2 Virtues Focus:

Empathy

Weeks 1 - 2

Flexibility

Weeks 3 - 4

Determination

Weeks 5 - 6

Gentleness

Weeks 7 - 8

Cleanliness

Weeks 9 - 10

Music @ Karāpiro School    

Karāpiro School students are very fortunate to have Mrs June McKenzie teach music at Karāpiro School each Thursday. You can contact Lynda Bennett, our Office Manager, on 827 7642 if you would like to make contact with June with regards to your child learning to play the ukulele, guitar, keyboard or piano. 

Lost Property

From time to time we have lost property at school and it is collected into the Lost Property Box which lives on the deck outside the Whānau Room. We encourage students to check the box regularly - and parents are also welcome to have a look! 

School Calendar

Keep an eye on our School Calendar which has been updated with new assembly dates, term dates, trips and activities at school.

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 Bennett at office@karapiro.school.nz if you would like to add them to our mailing list. 

Ngāmihi

Tina-Maree and the Karāpiro Staff team 




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COVID-19 Update - We are at Alert Level 1

As you will be aware we are now in Covid-19 Alert Level 1. Karāpiro School staff have a Covid-19 safety management plan in place which is updated following regular advice from the Ministry of Education.


What does Alert Level 1 look like for Karāpiro School?


  • We are safe and open for learning

  • Staff and students are practicing good hygiene procedures - hand sanitiser is available, regular hand-washing is encouraged and sneezing/coughing into elbows

  • Regular cleaning of surfaces 

  • Spacing and distancing wherever possible

  • Parents & visitors wishing to come on-site need to sign in at the school office

  • Contact tracing QR code posters available at school gates

  • If you or your child are unwell please stay at home. If you are offered a Covid test by your medical professional, please take one


It’s important however that safe hygiene habits are practised by everyone, as this is essential to minimise the risk that someone gets infected with Covid-19. For more information about the public health measures at Alert Level 1, you can visit the covid19.govt.nz website: https://covid19.govt.nz/covid-19/restrictions/alert-level-2/


We are supporting the Covid-19 contact tracing by having QR code posters at our entrances. You can download the NZ COVID Tracer app at the Ministry of Health’s NZ-COVID Tracer app page 




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Newsletter Week 7 Term 1 2021


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Welcome to Week 7 Term 1 2021

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

Rural Swimming Sports

Thank you to Karāpiro School staff and parents for your organisation, planning, transport and supervision that all contributed to a fabulous swimming experience for Karāpiro School students on Monday. We were impressed with the way our students gave everything a go and some students achieved their personal best efforts. We especially would like to acknowledge Pohutukawa students Ava, Reney and Maraea who excelled on the day - we were very proud to cheer you on and share in your success! Congratulations to the three of you who will go through to the Town Schools Swimming event on Monday 29 March. Watch this space!!! We hope you enjoy these pics below - check out our school Facebook page for more photos!

Museum Trip

We are very excited about our trip to the Waikato Museum to experience the Galileo Exhibition  and Science Expo on Monday 29 March. Could you please complete the permission forms and indicate if you are able to provide transport and supervision on the day. Follow the link here: Museum Trip Permission Form . Transport permission and driver forms will be sent home first thing next week.

Kapa Haka Opportunity 

Roto-O-Rangi School is starting a Kapa Haka group with two ladies from Ngati Haua tutoring students at 10.40am-11.40am each Tuesday morning. They have generously opened this up to our students. Could you please contact me as soon as possible if you would be interested in your child making a commitment to joining the group? We would also need parent assistance to provide transport for our students to attend. Please contact Tina-Maree at principal@karapiro.school.nz if you are interested. Thanks Roto-O-Rangi School! 

Reporting to Parents - Student Led Conferences

In Week 11 we will hold our Student Led Conferences. Bookings are online now at School Interviews Bookings  Please follow the link which will allow you to book directly into your child’s class or classes. Please bring your student to the conference with you - this is designed to be a three way learning conversation between student-parent-teacher and the students will be ready to share their progress and learning goals with you. If you have any issues with booking online please contact Lynda Bennett in the school office and she will be happy to help you book in. Please also know that teachers are happy to make a time to meet with you if these designated days don’t work for your family. You can contact Mrs Naylor in Kowhai Class at cheryl@karapiro.school.nz and Miss Turkilsen in Pohutukawa Class at tina@karapiro.school.nz 

Board of Trustees

Thank you to our families who participated in the Board of Trustees Community Survey. Congratulations to Layla and her family who won a basket of Easter goodies for participating. 

Our next Board Meeting is scheduled for Tuesday 30 March at 5.30pm in the Science Lab. Please contact Board Chairperson Byron Trump at byron@karapiro.school.nz if you would like to attend. 

PTA

Our wonderful PTA have had their first meeting for the year and they have a fundraising plan underway. If you would like to lend a hand to this much needed team please contact Willy Kanis on 027 254 0312. 

Easter Raffle

Thank you to all of those who have sold and returned tickets for the Easter raffle. Please return all tickets and money to the school office by Thursday 25 March. If you would like more tickets to sell we have some available at the school office. The raffle will be drawn at the assembly on 26 March. 

Change of Clothes

Please ensure your child has a change of clothes in their school bag each day and as the weather is cooling down a sweatshirt or jacket so that they can enjoy time outdoors.

From our Trees for Survival (TfS) Karāpiro School Native Nursery

Karāpiro School requires a new site to plant approximately 500 natives per year from our TfS native nursery. Trees for Survival is an environmental education programme engaging school aged children in ecology and conservation and is also part of Enviroschools: Trees for Survival

The plants are sponsored by Winstones Aggregates and the planting is free. These native plants will be ideal for a riparian site i.e. adjacent a waterway. There will be a formal agreement written up between the school, landowner and TfS. Please contact the Karāpiro School Office if you would like a copy.

 

If you are interested and have about 1500 m2 to plant up, please contact the Karāpiro School Office as soon as possible. 

Karāpiro Community Play Group - Mums, Dads, preschoolers and babies welcome!

Friday Playgroup dates for Term 1 and Term 2:

Term 1: 19 March, 9 April

Term 2: 14 May, 28 May, 11 June, 2 July

Come along to our next Karāpiro Community Playgroup! From 9am-11am on the above dates, come to Room 5 at Karāpiro School. Enjoy a cup of tea and your little ones can play in our lovely junior room with our pre-school and junior resources. This is a great opportunity for you to meet school families and local families in our community. Our Deputy Principal Cheryl Naylor will be available to say hello and talk about our ‘transition to school’ programme. 

School Virtues

We begin the new term and the new year with a focus on the virtue of ‘Courage’.  What does courage look like in your family/whanau?   Check out this link: Have courage and be fearless

Term 1 Virtues Focus:

Kindness

Weeks 1 - 3

Confidence

Weeks 4 & 5

Courage

Weeks 6 & 7

Friendliness

Weeks 8 - 11


Music @ Karāpiro School    

Karāpiro School students are very fortunate to have Mrs June McKenzie teach music at Karāpiro School each Thursday. You can contact Lynda Bennett, our Office Manager, on 827 7642 if you would like to make contact with June with regards to your child learning to play the ukulele, guitar, keyboard or piano. 

Lost Property

From time to time we have lost property at school and it is collected into the Lost Property Box which lives on the deck outside the Whanau Room. We encourage students to check the box regularly but parents are also welcome to have a look. 

School Calendar

Keep an eye on our School Calendar which has been updated with new assembly dates, term dates, trips and activities at school.

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 Bennett at office@karapiro.school.nz if you would like to add them to our mailing list. 

Nga mihi

Tina-Maree and the Karāpiro Staff team 

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COVID-19 Update - We are at Alert Level 1

As you will be aware we are now in Covid-19 Alert Level 1. Karāpiro School staff have a Covid-19 safety management plan in place which is updated following regular advice from the Ministry of Education.


What does Alert Level 1 look like for Karāpiro School?


  • We are safe and open for learning

  • Staff and students are practicing good hygiene procedures - hand sanitiser is available, regular hand-washing is encouraged and sneezing/coughing into elbows

  • Regular cleaning of surfaces 

  • Spacing and distancing wherever possible

  • Parents & visitors wishing to come on-site need to sign in at the school office

  • Contact tracing QR code posters available at school gates

  • If you or your child are unwell please stay at home. If you are offered a Covid test by your medical professional, please take one


It’s important however that safe hygiene habits are practised by everyone, as this is essential to minimise the risk that someone gets infected with Covid-19. For more information about the public health measures at Alert Level 1, you can visit the covid19.govt.nz website: https://covid19.govt.nz/covid-19/restrictions/alert-level-2/


We are supporting the Covid-19 contact tracing by having QR code posters at our entrances. You can download the NZ COVID Tracer app at the Ministry of Health’s NZ-COVID Tracer app page 




Newsletter Week 4 Term 1 2021


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Welcome to Week 4 Term 1 2021

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

We are now at Covid-19 Alert Level 1

It’s great to be back at Covid Alert Level 1. Thank you to our families for supporting us through the changes of Alert Levels last week. Let’s keep our fingers crossed that we can continue on through our term without further interruptions. Please continue to use our QR codes on our gates and remember to sign in to the school office if you need to spend any time on site. A reminder please to please keep your children home from school if they are unwell. 

Welcome

We have welcomed Kyzah to Karāpiro School. He has turned 5 and joined Kōwhai Class and he joins his sister Nevaeh at Karāpiro School. Welcome Kyzah!

Curriculum

We were delighted to welcome Jennifer and Elaine from the Waikato Museum education team to Karāpiro School on Tuesday. Students were treated to a preview of the Galileo exhibition and both Jennifer and Elaine commented on how knowledgeable our students are and how they were able to articulate their scientific ideas. 

We can now confirm the new date for our museum visit which is Monday 29 March. Please follow this link to our new permission and transport forms for this event: Museum Trip Consent Form

We have a new date for our Meet the Teacher/Family Picnic evening that was postponed due to Covid-19 Alert Level changes. We look forward to seeing you on Thursday 11 March. 

Our School Treaty

Our students have been working together to develop a class and school treaty based on our school values.  You are invited to pop into the classrooms to have a read of our treaty and we have included some pictures for you below.

Our Outdoor Learning Environment

This year we have a focus on developing our outdoor learning area for our students. This project has taken a massive leap forward thanks to Wayne Naylor (Mrs Naylor’s other half) who has kindly constructed a fabulous ‘mud kitchen’ for us (which is proving to be very popular at break times!) Thank you also to the Williams family for giving us a bird feeder with a huge pile of bird seed. We will hang this in our garden to attract some birds into school. 

Can you help us with the following ideas we have for further developing our environment? We are looking for a large tyre swing and chain (to replace an old swing at the rear of the playground), an inground trampoline, landscaping bricks and tiles (to develop the area around the mud kitchen). We are also looking for someone to build us a ‘sharing stand’(for sharing surplus fruit and veges with each other) and we have a plan for a perspex beehive. If you, or anyone you know, could help with any of these ideas we would be very grateful. 

PTA

Our wonderful PTA have had their first meeting for the year and they have a fundraising plan underway (with school lunches due to start up again soon). If you would like to lend a hand to this much needed team please contact Willy Kanis on 027 254 0312. Our Easter Egg raffle is now underway! Could each family please send an easter egg or chocolate goody to school to fill up a  basket and we will send home raffle tickets to sell. Thank you.  

From our Trees for Survival (TfS) Karāpiro School Native Nursery

 

Karāpiro School requires a new site to plant approximately 500 natives per year from our TfS native nursery. Trees for Survival is an environmental education programme engaging school aged children in ecology and conservation and is also part of Enviroschools: Trees for Survival

 

The plants are sponsored by Winstones Aggregates and the planting is free. These native plants will be ideal for a riparian site i.e. adjacent a waterway. There will be a formal agreement written up between the school, landowner and TfS. Please contact the Karāpiro School Office if you would like a copy.

 

If you are interested and have about 1500 m2 to plant up, please contact the Karāpiro School Office as soon as possible.

Board of Trustees

The Karāpiro School Board of Trustees is looking for a member of our school community to join our finance sub committee. If you would like to discuss this please contact Byron Trump (BOT Chairperson) or Tina-Maree.

The Karāpiro School staff and Board of Trustees would like to consult with you on a number of aspects of teaching, learning and governance at Karāpiro School. We are seeking community engagement for the purpose of supporting a meaningful and respectful partnership between school and home, and to improve the educational experiences for our students. We would like your feedback on the following:

1. Karāpiro School Health curriculum

2. Our school values

3. Reporting to parents

4. School governance

5. Our school

Please check your email which contains a link to our Community Survey. Survey closes 12 March. 

Karāpiro Community Play Group - Mums, Dads, preschoolers and babies welcome!

Friday Playgroup dates for Term 1 and Term 2:

Term 1: 5 March, 19 March, 9 April

Term 2: 14 May, 28 May, 11 June, 2 July

Come along to our next Karāpiro Community Playgroup! From 9am-11am on the above dates, come to Room 5 at Karāpiro School. Enjoy a cup of tea and your little ones can play in our lovely junior room with our pre-school and junior resources. This is a great opportunity for you to meet school families and local families in our community. Our Deputy Principal Cheryl Naylor will be available to say hello and talk about our ‘transition to school’ programme. 

School Virtues

We begin the new term and the new year with a focus on the virtue of ‘Confidence - whakamanawa’.  What does confidence look like in your family/whanau?   

Term 1 Virtues Focus:

Kindness

Weeks 1 - 3

Confidence

Weeks 4 & 5

Courage

Weeks 6 & 7

Friendliness

Weeks 8 - 11


Music @ Karāpiro School    

Karāpiro School students are very fortunate to have Mrs June McKenzie teach music at Karāpiro School each Thursday. You can contact Lynda Bennett, our Office Manager, on 827 7642 if you would like to make contact with June with regards to your child learning to play the ukulele, guitar, keyboard or piano. 

Lost Property

From time to time we have lost property at school and it is collected into the Lost Property Box which lives on the deck outside the Whanau Room. We encourage students to check the box but parents are also welcome to have a look. We have a family missing their named swimming towel - please send it back to Mrs Naylor if you come across one that doesn’t belong to you. 

Head Lice

Thank you to the parents who have notified us that head lice is doing the rounds again. Please see the following flyer for information on how to treat head lice before your child returns to school. 




School Calendar

Keep an eye on our School Calendar which has been updated with new assembly dates, term dates, trips and activities at school.


Nga mihi

Tina-Maree and the Karāpiro Staff team 

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COVID-19 Update - We are at Alert Level 1

As you will be aware we are now in Covid-19 Alert Level 1. Karāpiro School staff have a Covid-19 safety management plan in place which is updated following regular advice from the Ministry of Education.


What does Alert Level 1 look like for Karāpiro School?


  • We are safe and open for learning

  • Staff and students are practicing good hygiene procedures - hand sanitiser is available, regular hand-washing is encouraged and sneezing/coughing into elbows

  • Regular cleaning of surfaces 

  • Spacing and distancing wherever possible

  • Parents & visitors wishing to come on-site need to sign in at the school office

  • Contact tracing QR code posters available at school gates

  • If you or your child are unwell please stay at home. If you are offered a Covid test by your medical professional, please take one


It’s important however that safe hygiene habits are practised by everyone, as this is essential to minimise the risk that someone gets infected with Covid-19. For more information about the public health measures at Alert Level 1, you can visit the covid19.govt.nz website: https://covid19.govt.nz/covid-19/restrictions/alert-level-2/


We are supporting the Covid-19 contact tracing by having QR code posters at our entrances. You can download the NZ COVID Tracer app at the Ministry of Health’s NZ-COVID Tracer app page 












Newsletter Week 1 Term 1 2021


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Welcome to Week 1 Term 1 2021

Kia ora ki ngā whānau me ngā hoa o te kura tuatahi o Karāpiro. Greetings to all families and friends of Karāpiro School. Welcome back to school and the start of a new year. We are excited to see our students and their families back at school - we missed you! 

We extend a special welcome to Dakota who has turned 5 and started school in Kōwhai Class. We are excited to welcome Dakota and her family to Karāpiro School. Miss Thatcher and Miss Bennett enjoyed Kōwhai Class visiting the school office today on their junior orientation ‘walkabout’. 

2021!

Our school staff have been busy during the holiday break preparing for the new term of learning ahead. Thank you so very much to the many hands who have helped us along the way. We would especially like to say a huge thank you to Pam and Emma for the donating our flower plants and working on our gardens; thank you Steve for your work planting our new trees and weeding our car park; thank you Byron for keeping our school pool going during the break and having it ready for the new term.

In 2021 we are delighted to welcome back our Karāpiro staff team: 

Whaea Faye Collier

Learning Support (in class) 

Margaret Ng

Learning Support / Speech Language Therapy

Lynda Bennett

Office Manager  (8.30am-2pm daily)

Sharon Marriott-Atkinson

School Cleaner  

June McKenzie

Music Teacher

Marilynn Jones

Part-time Teacher

Margo McMillan

Part-time Teacher

Tina Turkilsen

Pohutukawa Teacher & SENCO

Cheryl Naylor

Kowhai Teacher & Deputy Principal

Tina-Maree Thatcher

Principal & Teacher in Pohutukawa & Kowhai 

Our school day begins at 9am and ends at 3pm. Karāpiro School students are welcome on site and in classrooms from 8.30am each day, unless a specific prior arrangement has been made with teachers. Students are to be collected from school at 3pm with bus students collected at 3.35pm by Cambridge Travel Lines. Karāpiro School teachers have a number of commitments in their professional roles and there will be times when teachers will be required to attend meetings after school both on site and in the Cambridge area. Your prompt collection of students after school ensures teachers can fulfil their professional obligations. Thank you for supporting us.

Students need to wear their sunsmart sun hats in Terms 1 & 4 and all new enrolments are provided with a free school hat. Please see Lynda in the office if your child needs to purchase a new sunhat. We are expecting very hot weather on our return to school. All students are encouraged to bring a refillable drink bottle to school (water only please) and to take their bottle into class with them so it’s within easy reach to stay hydrated. 

We plan to swim every day while the weather is hot! Students need their togs and towels for school each day. Students are encouraged to wear sunscreen to school. They can reapply at school and we provide sunscreen for students which is located outside the staffroom each day. Students are welcome to bring their own sunscreen - parents please sign this in to the school office with Lynda.

We have a number of exciting events happening this term!

Date:

Event:

More info: 

Friday 5 Feb 

Science Show in the Science Lab @ 11am 

Preschoolers and families are welcome to come along and join us (approx. 45 minute show) 

Thursday 18 Feb


Meet the Teacher & family picnic


Class info sessions at 4.30pm and 5.00pm (repeated in both classes for parents with students in both rooms) followed by a family picnic at 5.30pm. BYO dinner then join us for a game of cricket on the field!

Come along and meet your child’s teacher. They will have a short presentation for you about the classroom learning and routines. 


Put the date in your diary now and bring the whole family with you!  

Tuesday 23 Feb

Whole school trip to Waikato Museum - Galileo Exhibition 

Families welcome to come along! Keep an eye out for permission slips and transport forms. We are travelling by private vehicle and will  need help with transporting students 

Tuesday 9 March and Wednesday 10 March

Pohutukawa Sailing on Lake Karapiro

Keep an eye out for permission slips and transport forms. We are travelling by private vehicle and will  need help with transport & supervision 

Monday 15 March

Rural Schools Swimming Sports Day @ St Peters School 

Keep an eye out for permission slips and transport forms. We are travelling by private vehicle and will  need help with transport & supervision 

Curriculum

In Term 1 our school curriculum focus is on STEAM (Science, Technology (including digital technology), Engineering, the Arts and Mathematics. We have an exciting and engaging programme of learning planned that will include a trip to the Waikato Museum to visit the world premiere of the Galileo Exhibition. We will be taking a close look at Galileo as a scientist, astronomer and visionary individual as we learn about the ‘Planet Earth & Beyond’ strand of the New Zealand Science Curriculum. We also have a focus on the life cycle of frogs and butterflies - students are excited to see our tadpoles and frogs and will be building gardens to attract caterpillars and bees next week. In the coming weeks senior students will be participating in our Sailing @ Lake Karapiro programme and all students will participate in the Rural Schools Swimming Sports day. 

Our students have made a great start to the term and have had a positive day together. From time to time disagreements pop up and in these moments we support the students to make positive decisions for themselves and others. One of the ways we do this is by referring to the ‘Solution Wheel’ which is located in numerous spots around the school. We talk with the students about the choices and solutions they can choose to solve their problems. We have provided a copy here for you to discuss with your child at home.  


Stationery

We’ve teamed up with OfficeMax to make getting school ready faster! Your child’s class list is available now on the OfficeMax MySchool website – https://www.myschool.co.nz/

This year OfficeMax has introduced Laybuy, so you can pay in 6 weekly, interest-free instalments - and still get your order right away. Or you can pay by internet banking, credit card or debit card. When you shop on myschool.co.nz you’ll receive free delivery on orders over $46. You will also help our school earn school rewards that we use to purchase much needed extra resources for our school.

If you would like to shop for stationery elsewhere, stationery lists are available from the School Office.

Miniball - Year 5 and 6

Miniball will start on Monday 15th February (week 3) from 4.15pm in the Cambridge High Gym. The cost is $30 per player. Please contact Lynda in the School Office by 9 February if you would like to register your child.

Junior Touch Rugby

Touch Rugby starts on 19 February at Memorial Park, Taylor Street. Year 3-4 games run between 3.45pm - 4.40pm and Year 5-6 games run between 4.45pm - 5.40pm. If you would like to register your child please contact Lynda in the School Office by 12 February.

Karāpiro Community Play Group - Mums, Dads, preschoolers and babies welcome!

Friday Playgroup dates for Term 1 and Term 2:

Term 1: 19 February, 5 March, 19 March, 9 April

Term 2: 14 May, 28 May, 11 June, 2 July

Come along to our next Karāpiro Community Playgroup! From 9am-11am on the above dates, come to Room 5 at Karāpiro School. Enjoy a cup of tea and your little ones can play in our lovely junior room with our pre-school and junior resources. This is a great opportunity for you to meet school families and local families in our community. Our Deputy Principal Cheryl Naylor will be available to say hello and talk about our ‘transition to school’ programme. 

School Virtues

We begin the new term and the new year with a focus on the virtue of ‘Kindness - atawhai’. What does kindness look like in your family/whanau?   Kindness for kids 

Term 1 Virtues Focus:

Kindness

Weeks 1 - 3

Confidence

Weeks 4 & 5

Courage

Weeks 6 & 7

Friendliness

Weeks 8 - 11

Music @ Karāpiro School    

Karāpiro School students are very fortunate to have Mrs June McKenzie teach music at Karāpiro School each Friday. You can contact Lynda Bennett, our Office Manager, on 827 7642 if you would like to make contact with June with regards to your child learning to play the ukulele, guitar, keyboard or piano. 

A reminder that Monday is a public holiday for Waitangi Day and Wheels Day Wednesday will begin again in Week 2.  Please make a time to meet with us if there is anything you wish to discuss. Our doors are open for you. 

Nga mihi

Tina-Maree and the Karāpiro Staff team 

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COVID-19 Update - We are at Alert Level 1

As you will be aware we are now in Covid-19 Alert Level 1. Karāpiro School staff have a Covid-19 safety management plan in place which is updated following regular advice from the Ministry of Education.


What does Alert Level 1 look like for Karāpiro School?


  • We are safe and open for learning

  • Staff and students are practicing good hygiene procedures - hand sanitiser is available, regular hand-washing is encouraged and sneezing/coughing into elbows

  • Regular cleaning of surfaces 

  • Spacing and distancing wherever possible

  • Parents & visitors wishing to come on-site need to sign in at the school office

  • Contact tracing QR code posters available at school gates

  • If you or your child are unwell please stay at home. If you are offered a Covid test by your medical professional, please take one

It’s important however that safe hygiene habits are practised by everyone, as this is essential to minimise the risk that someone gets infected with Covid-19. For more information about the public health measures at Alert Level 1, you can visit the covid19.govt.nz website: https://covid19.govt.nz/covid-19/restrictions/alert-level-2/

We are supporting the Covid-19 contact tracing by having QR code posters at our entrances. You can download the NZ COVID Tracer app at the Ministry of Health’s NZ-COVID Tracer app page 




Newsletter Week 10 Term 4 2020


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“Ma te Kotahitanga e whai Kaha ai Tatou” – “In unity we have strength” 


Week 10 Term 4 2020

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

Well we are almost at the end of a very busy term... and a very unusual year! The sun is shining and we are all looking forward to heading off on our holidays and spending time with our whānau.

This is our final newsletter for 2020 and we want to say a huge THANK YOU to our fantastic students, our parents and whānau, our new PTA (who have raised over $500 this term from school lunches!!), our awesome Board of Trustees and our wonderful staff. There certainly is strength in the unity that we have together and we really are ending the year on a high :)

We hope you enjoy these final photos and messages from the last weeks of school. 






Bunnings Warehouse Graduation Project

Thank you to Rizna Davahir who is the activities Organiser for Bunnings Warehouse in Hamilton. Bunnings Warehouse provided our Year 6 students with a fruit tree each to gift to the school as they leave us. Rizna came out to drop them off to us (and gave a goody pack to each student too!) Today we planted them safely in the cool shade of our vege garden and we will relocate them to their new homes when we return next year. Thank you Bunnings!


2020 Prizegiving

Thank you for coming along to our 2020 Prizegiving. It was great to see Kōwhai Class packed with whānau and every child enjoyed a certificate. Congratulations to the following students who received prizes for 2020:

Rochelle Wood Speech Award

Leonidas Smith Serei

Hendrikse Senior Diligence Award

Louy Epp

Hendrikse Junior Diligence Award

Dakotah Roberts

Citizenship Award

Jessie Lee Marriott-Atkinson

Straight Paint School Spirit Award

Ava Williams

Think Water Science Award

Iden Bennett

Williams Music Award

Anna Stoneham

Netball Most Improved Player

Nevaeh Paraha

Netball Most Valuable Player

Aaliyah Tiatoa

Miniball Most Valuable Player

Savjah Sunnex

Touch Rugby Most Valuable Player

Savjah Sunnex







2020 Student Achievement Data

On Monday, student progress and achievement data was shared by the teaching team with the Board of Trustees at our final board meeting of the year. We have achieved stunning results this year and we have made some significant shifts in achievement across the school. We are ‘closing the gaps’ of disparity between our male and female cohorts and also between our Maori and non-Maori cohorts. We also have 50% of students working above their end of year expectations in reading, across the school. Our writing data has made a significant shift from 68% of students at or above expectation to 91% of students at or above. Our maths data remains strong and we have made positive shifts in student disposition data (how students feel about themselves as a learner of mathematics). Our Science programme has engaged and delighted students, exploring the natural curiosity our students possess about their world and our exploration of play-based learning in the junior school has been successful in 2020.  We would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has been involved with our teaching and learning programmes over the course of 2020 and your support of our talented teaching team. 

Our 2020 end of year data is now available for you to view on our school website 2020 Student Achievement Data 

2021 - The New Year ahead!

School staff are very busy planning our 2021 school year including our classes. In 2021 we will open two classrooms: Kōwhai (Year 1-3) and Pohutukawa (Year 4-6). We will have 3 full time teachers: Mrs Naylor, Miss Turkilsen and Miss Thatcher (who will share our classes) along with our part time teachers Mrs Jones and Mrs McMillan. Margaret Ng will return to provide learning support & speech language therapy and Whaea Faye will return to provide learning assistance. Miss Bennett is also looking forward to seeing all your smiling faces again when the term starts back on 4 February.


Term 1

4 February - 16 April

Term 2

3 May - 9 July

Term 3

26 July - 1 October

Term 4

18 October - 15 December


Keep your eye on our school website for term dates and activities:  2021 School Calendar

Back to school stationery – order now!

We’ve teamed up with OfficeMax to make getting school ready faster! Your child’s class list is available now on the OfficeMax MySchool website – myschool.co.nz. We encourage you to order early to ensure your child has all their stationery requirements ready to go for the start of Term 1. Order by 15 January to ensure it arrives in time and to avoid the back to school rush.

This year OfficeMax have introduced Laybuy*, so you can pay in 6 weekly, interest-free instalments - and still get your order right away. Or you can pay by internet banking, credit card or debit card. When you shop on myschool.co.nz you’ll receive free delivery on orders over $46*. You will also help our school earn school rewards* that we use to purchase much needed extra resources for our school.

* Terms & Conditions apply, see myschool.co.nz for details.

Merry Christmas! Happy New Year! 

Thank you so much to our families for your support and generosity throughout the year. As a staff team we feel very cared for and supported by our community - thank you.


Wishing you all a lovely Christmas and we look forward to seeing you again in the new year.

Nga mihi

Tina-Maree and the Karāpiro Staff team 

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Newsletter Week 7 Term 4 2020

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“Ma te Kotahitanga e whai Kaha ai Tatou” – “In unity we have strength” 

Week 7 Term 4 2020

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

Welcome to Week 7! It’s a busy time of year and we are a busy little school! 

We have a few Calendar reminders for you: 

Event

When and where...

What you need to know...

School assembly

Friday 27 November 2pm Whānau Room 

NZ Rowing visitors coming.

See you there!

Christmas Show or Virtues Class

Monday 30 November 11am 

**please note: change of date

Your preference due back

**asap due to change of date

Year 6 Leavers Dinner

Monday 7 December

5pm @ The Chilli House

Year 6 students

Prizegiving and Picnic Dinner

Tuesday 8 December

Prizegiving 5.30pm

Picnic Dinner 6.30pm

All welcome! Bring your whānau!

Wet & Wild Day!

Wednesday 9 December

Bring your togs and a couple of towels… and money for PTA sausage sizzle!

Christmas Choir & Picnic @ the Square

Thursday 10 December

Cambridge Town Hall and Town Square

Permission / transport forms due in. Picnic lunch at the Square -all welcome!

Thank You Morning Tea

Friday 11 December 10.30-11.15am


Whānau Room

Come along and let us thank you for helping us throughout the year - all parents and whānau welcome!

School reports & Learning Journals go home

Monday 14 December

Book in to see your teacher December 14th, 15th or 16th

Farewell Celebration for Miss McGuinn

Monday 14 December

2.30pm in the Whānau Room

All welcome

Last day of school 2020

Wednesday 16 December

See you again on 4 Feb 2021!


Junior Combined Athletics and Rural Athletics

We are very proud of all Karāpiro students who attended the junior and rural athletics events last week. We have received many positive reports of our student behaviour on the day and it was clear that our students had been practicing their skills before the event.  We have received very positive feedback from our families and Te Miro and Horahora parents about how well the junior event brought the students and schools together. We will certainly put this on our calendar for 2021. 

Go team! Congratulations to the following students who are competing on behalf of Karāpiro School in the Rural Schools team this Friday at the Athletics Grounds:

Reney McClure - 10 year old girls’ High Jump, Shot Put, Long Jump, 100m, Relays

Dakotah Roberts - 8 year old girls’ Vortex

Leo Smith Serei - 9 year old boys’ High Jump

Griff Hopkins - 8 year old boys’ Shot Put

Savjah Sunnex - 11 year old 100m, Long Jump

We review all EOTC (Education Outside the Classroom) events as part of our internal evaluation and our desire to improve what we do and how we do it. If you have any feedback you would like to contribute to our review please email it to Lynda at office@karapiro.school.nz 

2021 - The New Year ahead!

School staff are very busy planning our 2021 school year including our classes. 

In 2021 we will open two classrooms:

  •  Kōwhai (Year 1-3) and 

  • Pohutukawa (Year 4-6)

We will have 3 full time teachers: Mrs Naylor, Miss Turkilsen and Miss Thatcher along with our part time teachers Mrs Jones and Mrs McMillan. 

We are in the process of finalising school budgets and support staff contracts for next year and will have more information for you soon.  We are excited about the work we have done this year around the development of our local curriculum. We are looking forward to teaching and learning in 2021 using an integrated curriculum with a focus on STEAM (Science, Tech, (including Digitech), Engineering, the Arts and Mathematics) and maximising our new Science Lab learning space. Closer to the end of the year we will run our transition, where students will spend some time with our teachers to discuss changes for 2021 (and in their new space if they are moving classes). 

ERO review

We are pleased to welcome the Education Review Office (ERO) to Karāpiro School before the end of the term and we are in the process of finalising review dates with our reviewer Neil Harray. We are advised that our school community can expect a progress report before the end of the year. We will have more information for you when the review is finalised.

Reporting to parents 

Teachers are in the process of summative assessments with students and writing our individual student school reports. Students are also busy finalising their Learning Journals. Reports and Learning Journals will come home to you on Monday 14 December. We encourage you to book in a time to meet with your teacher on December 14th, 15th or 16th to discuss your child’s progress and achievement over the course of the 2020 school year. Cheryl and I have been busy finalising our whole school student progress and achievement data and we look forward to sharing this with you before the end of the year. 


Sun Smart


 


Karāpiro kids are Sun Smart kids! In Terms One and Four students must wear their sun hats outside during morning tea, play, lunch and sports. Please see Lynda in the office if you need to purchase a new hat. We have sunscreen available for students to use at school (at the staffroom door). Students are welcome to bring their own (for example, if they have sensitive skin and require an alternative brand. Please send this to the school office to be stored in the locked sick bay cupboard until it is needed). We encourage students to come to school with their sunscreen already applied and then they can top up at school as needed. If you would like more information on sun safety go to Sun Smart Schools Parent Info

Road Safety Update

I recently met with Phillip Coles, Graham Webber, Time Van Der Molen (with apologies from Louise Upston) to discuss our road safety concerns. Philip Coles has advised that flashing speed signals (similar to the SH29 intersection) have been approved as of July 2021. This is exciting news as we have pushed for some time to get some improvements to our local roads - the recent corridor upgrade was simply disappointing. There is still work going on behind the scenes by NZTA to build a case for the proposed E2 Expressway corridor and the business case will go before the NZTA board next year. We will continue to keep you up to date with future developments. In the meantime, please remember to advise us of any ‘near miss’ incidents. I will be writing to the local Land Transport Committee ahead of their December meeting to express my ongoing concerns on behalf of the school board. 

Stay up-to-date with the latest developments at NZTA.

Cambridge Christmas Cheer

The Cambridge Community of Social Services are organising their annual Christmas Cheer support for whanau who find this time of year difficult.  With the effects of Covid-19, they have had a reduction in the amount of funding received to go towards this. To help counter this they are asking the wider community for donations of toys/gifts to go towards this support. We have a drop off point for these donations in the school office if you would like to contribute. Zoe is pictured below with the collection bin. 

Year 6’s taking their next steps… 

Our Year 6 students are getting ready to take their next big steps to their new schools. It was a privilege to take a group of very excited students up to Cambridge Middle School as part of their transition programme. Their next event is the Meet the Teacher evening at 7pm on 26 November (tonight!). You can find more information on the Cambridge Middle School website Cambridge Middle School.



At Karāpiro School, we are always looking for ways to magnify the magic of the teaching, learning and growing that happens here at our school and to share this with our families.


During the Covid-19 Lockdown, we used the online app Seesaw in our junior school as a way to continue to nurture learning relationships, and to share learning activities.  Seesaw can be likened to an online journal that is a ‘window into the classroom’ for families, so you can see what your child is working on at school. Feedback from families has been very positive and so this term (and beyond) we would like to share this app with the whole school.


If you would like more information you can view a video here: Welcome to Seesaw  


Recently we videoed our students presenting their speeches that they had been working earlier in the year. Some students have made welcome videos for their Journal. These are now available for you to view - codes have been sent home to families. If you have any questions or feedback please pop in and see us - or message through the Seesaw App.

Assembly Friday 27 November 2pm 

You are warmly invited to attend our Assembly in the Whanau Room this Friday 27 November at 2pm. We have some very special visitors from NZ Rowing popping in to talk to our students. See you there! 

Change of Clothes

Please ensure your child has a change of clothes in their school bag each day, with a bag to put wet/dirty clothes in. We are also looking for spare clothing for our sick bay (especially pants/shorts). If you have any clothes that your child has outgrown and would like to donate them to the school please bring them into the school office.



Karāpiro Community Play Group - Mums, Dads, preschoolers and babies welcome!

Come along to our next Karāpiro Community Playgroup! on Friday 4 December from 9 - 11am in Room 5 at Karāpiro School. Enjoy a cup of tea and your little ones can play in our lovely junior room with our pre-school and junior resources. This is a great opportunity for you to meet school families and local families in our community. Our Deputy Principal Cheryl Naylor will be available to say hello and talk about our ‘transition to school’ programme. We look forward to seeing you!

School Virtues

Our focus for Week 7 is on the virtue of ‘Service’ - awhina. What does service look like in your family/whanau? As a school we are preparing to play our part for our community by singing Christmas carols at the Town Hall for the visitors. We hope you are able to come along and join us!

Patience

Weeks 1 & 2

Reliability

Weeks 3 & 4

Compassion

Weeks 5 & 6

Service 

Weeks 7 - 10


School Pool Keys

Our school pool is nearly ready to open. Would your family like to purchase a pool key for the new season? Pop in and see Lynda in the office for more information. 

We are also looking for a couple of parents to come in and give the pool area a spring clean - can you spare an hour? Please let us know if you can help.  

Music @ Karāpiro School    

Karāpiro School students are very fortunate to have Mrs June McKenzie teach music at Karāpiro School each Friday. You can contact Lynda Bennett, our Office Manager, on 827 7642 if you would like to make contact with June with regards to your child learning to play the ukulele, guitar, keyboard or piano. 

Our School Calendar

We have a number of fun events and activities coming up before the end of the year. Please keep your eye on our Our School Calendar on the school website for more information. 

On behalf of Karāpiro School staff I would like to say thank you to our parents and caregivers for your continued support for our staff - we have been overwhelmed by your kindness.


Nga mihi

Tina-Maree and the Karāpiro Staff team 

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Healthy Active Learning – Have your say on improving healthy eating and drinking, and quality physical activity for our tamariki!

Our school is involved in a government wellbeing initiative called Healthy Active Learning which is aimed improving wellbeing of our Tamariki and young people through healthy eating, drinking and quality physical activity.

Massey University is undertaking the evaluation of Healthy Active Learning on behalf or Sport NZ, Ministry of Health and Ministry of Education.  As part of the evaluation Massey would really like to find out from parents and whānau how their children participate in physical activity and healthy eating and drinking at our school.

Click here to complete the whānau survey. It takes 5-10 minutes and if you complete the survey you will go in the draw to win a $100 supermarket voucher.

Click here to view Facebook page for more details.

Can you make every effort to complete the survey as it is very important to have your thoughts on this important wellbeing initiative that our school is involved in.


COVID-19 Update - We are at Alert Level 1

As you will be aware we are now in Covid-19 Alert Level 1. Karāpiro School staff have a Covid-19 safety management plan in place which is updated following regular advice from the Ministry of Education.


What does Alert Level 1 look like for Karāpiro School?


  • We are safe and open for learning

  • Staff and students are practicing good hygiene procedures - hand sanitiser is available, regular hand-washing is encouraged and sneezing/coughing into elbows

  • Regular cleaning of surfaces 

  • Spacing and distancing wherever possible

  • Parents & visitors wishing to come on-site need to sign in at the school office

  • Contact tracing QR code posters available at school gates

  • If you or your child are unwell please stay at home. If you are offered a Covid test by your medical professional, please take one


It’s important however that safe hygiene habits are practised by everyone, as this is essential to minimise the risk that someone gets infected with Covid-19. For more information about the public health measures at Alert Level 1, you can visit the covid19.govt.nz website: https://covid19.govt.nz/covid-19/restrictions/alert-level-2/


We are supporting the Covid-19 contact tracing by having QR code posters at our entrances. You can download the NZ COVID Tracer app at the Ministry of Health’s NZ-COVID Tracer app page 








Newsletter Week 5 Term 4 2020


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Week 5 Term 4 2020

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

 

Year 6's taking the next steps...

Our Year 6 students are getting ready to make their next big steps to their new schools. It was a privilege to take a group of very excited students up to Cambridge Middle School this week as part of their transition programme. Their next event is the Meet the Teacher evening at 7pm on 26 November. You can find more information on the Cambridge Middle School website Cambridge Middle School 

Athletics Day

We have two exciting athletics events coming up:

Junior Athletics (5-7 year olds) - to be held here at Karāpiro School on Thursday 19 November from 10am-1pm. We will also be hosting Horahora School and Te Miro School junior students for a fun time practising our athletics skills.

Rural Schools Athletics (8-12 year olds) - to be held at the Cambridge Athletics Grounds on Vogel Street on Friday 20 November from 9.45am-2.05pm. We will be competing with our rural cluster schools Kaipaki, Te Miro, Horahora and Roto-O-Rangi schools. Please complete the google doc for permission and transport Rural Athletics Permission Forms  Please let us know if you can help us with transport and supervision of student groups on the day.

Planting Day - Trees for Survival

We enjoyed a planting day this week with the support of our Enviroschools facilitator Alex Daniel. Every child was involved as we planted out over 300 seedlings and we gave the nursery a huge tidy up. It’s looking great! Our vege gardens are ready to harvest too! If any parents have time to spare, you are welcome to chip in and lend a hand in the school gardens at any time.





At Karāpiro School, we are always looking for ways to magnify the magic of the teaching, learning and growing that happens here at our school and to share this with our families. 

During the Covid-19 Lockdown, we used the online app Seesaw in our junior school as a way to continue to nurture learning relationships, and to share learning activities.  Seesaw can be likened to an online journal that is a ‘window into the classroom’ for families, so you can see what your child is working on at school. Feedback from families has been very positive and so this term (and beyond) we would like to share this app with the whole school.


If you would like more information you can view a video here: Welcome to Seesaw   


Recently we videoed our students presenting their speeches that they had been working earlier in the year. Some students have made welcome videos for their Journal. We will have these available  for students in years 1-5 on Seesaw before the end of the term.  Very soon we will email families a personalised link to Seesaw and you can get underway! We are here to help if you have any questions.

Assembly this Friday 13 November 2pm 

You are warmly invited to attend our assembly in the Whanau Room this Friday 13 November at 2pm. See you there! Our next assembly (and final assembly before prizegiving) will be Friday 27 November at 2pm. School prizegiving is at 6pm on Tuesday 8 December, in Kowhai Class. 

Change of Clothes

Please ensure your child has a change of clothes in their school bag each day with a bag to put wet/dirty clothes in. We are also looking for spare clothing for our sick bay (especially pants/shorts). If you have any clothes that your child has outgrown and would like to donate them to the school please bring them into the school office.



Karāpiro Community Play Group - Mums, Dads, preschoolers and babies welcome!

Come along to our next Karāpiro Community Playgroup! on Friday 4 December from 9-11am in Room 5 at Karāpiro School. Enjoy a cup of tea and your little ones can play in our lovely junior room with our pre-school and junior resources. This is a great opportunity for you to meet school families and local families in our community. Our Deputy Principal Cheryl Naylor will be available to say hello and talk about our ‘transition to school’ programme. [Please note: in 2021 these dates will alternate fortnightly between Thursdays and Fridays to accommodate more families.]

School Virtues

Our focus for Weeks 5 and 6 is on the virtue of ‘Compassion’. What does compassion look like in your family/whanau?   Compassion for Kids

Patience

Weeks 1 & 2

Reliability

Weeks 3 & 4

Compassion

Weeks 5 & 6

Service 

Weeks 7 - 10


School Pool Keys

Our school pool is nearly ready to open. Would your family like to purchase a pool key for the new season? Pop in and see Lynda in the office for more information. 

We are also looking for a couple of parents to come in and give the pool area a spring clean - can you spare an hour? Please let us know if you can help.  

Music @ Karāpiro School    

Karāpiro School students are very fortunate to have Mrs June McKenzie teach music at Karāpiro School each Friday. You can contact Lynda Bennett, our Office Manager, on 827 7642 if you would like to make contact with June with regards to your child learning to play the ukulele, guitar, keyboard or piano. 

Term Dates 2020/2021

Our last day of Term 4 will be 16 December 2020. Our first day for Term 1 2021 will be 4 February.

Our School Calendar

We have a number of fun events and activities coming up before the end of the year. Please keep your eye on our Our School Calendar on the school website for more information. 

On behalf of Karapiro School staff I would like to say thank you to our parents and caregivers for your continued support for our staff - we have been overwhelmed by your kindness.



Nga mihi

Tina-Maree and the Karāpiro Staff team 


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Lost Cat

Our Karāpiro neighbours have lost their lovely 3 year old cat who is called Hazel. Please let us know if you see her so we can help get Hazel home.


Healthy Active Learning – Have your say on improving healthy eating and drinking, and quality physical activity for our tamariki!

Our school is involved in a government wellbeing initiative called Healthy Active Learning which is aimed improving wellbeing of our Tamariki and young people through healthy eating, drinking and quality physical activity.

Massey University is undertaking the evaluation of Healthy Active Learning on behalf or Sport NZ, Ministry of Health and Ministry of Education.  As part of the evaluation Massey would really like to find out from parents and whānau how their children participate in physical activity and healthy eating and drinking at our school.

Click here to complete the whānau survey. It takes 5-10 minutes and if you complete the survey you will go in the draw to win a $100 supermarket voucher.

Click here to view Facebook page for more details.

Can you make every effort to complete the survey as it is very important to have your thoughts on this important wellbeing initiative that our school is involved in.


COVID-19 Update - We are at Alert Level 1

As you will be aware we are now in Covid-19 Alert Level 1. Karāpiro School staff have a Covid-19 safety management plan in place which is updated following regular advice from the Ministry of Education.

What does Alert Level 1 look like for Karāpiro School?


  • We are safe and open for learning

  • Staff and students are practicing good hygiene procedures - hand sanitiser is available, regular hand-washing is encouraged and sneezing/coughing into elbows

  • Regular cleaning of surfaces 

  • Spacing and distancing wherever possible

  • Parents & visitors wishing to come on-site need to sign in at the school office

  • Contact tracing QR code posters available at school gates

  • If you or your child are unwell please stay at home. If you are offered a Covid test by your medical professional, please take one


It’s important however that safe hygiene habits are practised by everyone, as this is essential to minimise the risk that someone gets infected with Covid-19. For more information about the public health measures at Alert Level 1, you can visit the covid19.govt.nz website: https://covid19.govt.nz/covid-19/restrictions/alert-level-2/

We are supporting the Covid-19 contact tracing by having QR code posters at our entrances. You can download the NZ COVID Tracer app at the Ministry of Health’s NZ-COVID Tracer app page 




Newsletter Week 2 Term 4 2020


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Week 2 Term 4 2020

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

Welcome

This term we welcome Maddison to our school. Maddison has moved to Karāpiro with her family and she is in Year 1 and joins Kowhai Class. We welcome you and your family Maddison and we look forward to getting to know you!

Here we are celebrating our kind and caring school culture on Pink Shirt Day last Friday:


Little Garden donated by New World Cambridge

We were the lucky recipients of a garden complete with plants that was donated by New World Cambridge. Logan McKenzie installed the garden with help from our Enviro Warriors. All students planted a ‘little garden’ plant and we look forward to some very-locally grown produce later in the term! Kowhai wrote this poem about the garden:

Growing and growing

A tiny seed started to grow in the soil.

The roots grew silently.

The stalk emerges,

Like a butterfly emerges from its cocoon.


It reaches towards the Sun,

The sky, the clouds, the stars,

And the Moon.

 

The worms come to help the plant grow,

With their wriggling,

And their pooping.


Days pass by,

Vegetables grow.

I eat them -

They are delicious!

They help ME

Grow!

By Aylah, Ronja, Nicola, Levi, Hugo, Cordelia, Maddy, Emmy, Eli, Layla, Mason and Mrs Naylor


Staff News

This term we are missing Ms Tina Turkilsen who is away from school due to an injury. We were very excited to see Tina pop in to say hello this week. We all wish her a speedy recovery and we are looking forward to her being back on deck very soon. 

At the end of this year Ms Zara McGuinn’s fixed term teaching contract comes to end. We are very sad to say goodbye to Zara, who is a talented young teacher and a valued member of the Karāpiro staff team. Zara has given 100% to her teaching role at Karapiro School and has built strong relationships with our students over this year. We have been impressed by Zara’s ability to work through the Covid-19 Lockdown with ease and to transition to online learning with her great sense of fun, and bucket-loads of resilience & confidence. I am sure Zara will never forget 2020 and her first year of teaching!!  We are very excited to announce that Zara has secured a teaching position at Matamata Primary School in 2021 and we know that she will be well looked after by Glen and the team. We will farewell Zara at the end of year. 

Our new classrooms and science lab…

What a privilege to move the school into our new learning spaces and science lab this term. We enjoyed a blessing ceremony on the last day of term 3 and we have now settled into the new spaces which are working beautifully. We are planning a special official opening ceremony and we will have more information about this out to you as soon as we confirm the details.

Ag Day Thank You

Thank you so much to our fantastic Karapiro School community for your support to put on a stunning Ag Day. We appreciated the support from everyone involved and we have enjoyed a huge amount of positive feedback. Thank you to our PTA for your work both on the day and in the setup. Thanks to our families for providing the baking for the Ag Day Cafe - you were fantastic! We are in the process of organising photos of the students on the day and we will have these with you soon. 

Thank you to these wonderful supporters of Karāpiro School: 

James Gray Kindergarten

Leamington Kindergarten 

Leamington Playcentre

Cambridge Playcentre

Cambridge Early Learning Centre

The Williams Family

Our judges  Glenys & Alf

Margo McMillan (relief teacher on the day and accidental steward!)

Mrs Trump (fab baking!) and Mr Trump for helping out (with everything)

FMG for prizes for kids

Bruce for running the gumboot throw

Karapiro School PTA - Michelle, Willy, Amy & Annette

Pam & John for helping with the gardens (and baking!) 

Sharon for running the White Elephant Stall

Whaea Faye for taking photos

Kelvin from Cambridge Vets BBQ

ASB Bank - Phillipa and the team

Matt Seavill Cambridge Real Estate (he’s been our Ag Day auctioneer for 16 years!!!)

Kiwi Cones (Liz and the team)

Sam & His Farm Yard Friends

Alpaca Experience

Morgana (face painting) 

June McKenzie (guest judge)

Francis Skeet Trust (funding for buses for preschools) 

Karapiro Hall committee for use of their car park


Karāpiro School families. Thank you for your support and for helping with the set up today, your generous baking and of course for supplying us with great students for our school! 


2020 Prizewinners:

Calves


1st - Champion Calf

Louy Epp

2nd - Reserve Champion Calf

Griff Hopkins

3rd - Third Champion Calf

Ronja Epp

Lambs


1st - Champion Lamb

Layla Mclennan

2nd - Reserve Champion Lamb

Eli Johnson

Goats


1st - Champion Goat

Eli Johnson

Best Cat

Harley Burns

Best Other Pet

Savjah Sunnex

Dress-Up Your Pet Winner

Harley Burns

Congratulations to our students who were awarded trophies on Ag Day. Could these please be returned to the school office by Wednesday 28 October for the engraving of the students names.

Change of Clothes

Please ensure your child has a change of clothes in their school bag each day with a bag to put wet/dirty clothes in. We are also looking for spare clothing for our sick bay (especially pants/shorts). If you have any clothes that your child has outgrown and would like to donate them to the school please bring them into the school office.

School Uniform

Would you like a school uniform polo shirt for your child? We will be placing an order soon so please let Lynda at the school office know if you would like one. Sizes are 5-6, 7-8, 9-10, 11-12 and 13-14.

Lolly Jar Raffle

A jar of lollies has kindly been donated by Chenel Bateman for fundraising for our school. It is $1 per entry to guess the number of lollies in the jar. The closest guess will win the jar. This will run until 6 November so pop into the school office to enter.

Keeping Ourselves Safe 

Due to injury our Police Education Officer Constable Brenton Irwin is away this term. We have postponed our Keeping Ourselves Safe programme to Term 1 of 2021. 



Karāpiro Community Play Group - Mums, Dads, preschoolers and babies welcome!

Playgroup dates for Term 4:

Week 4 - Friday 6 November and Week 8 - Friday 4 December from 9am-11am

Come along to our next Karāpiro Community Playgroup! on Friday 6 November from 9-11am in Room 5 at Karāpiro School. Enjoy a cup of tea and your little ones can play in our lovely junior room with our pre-school and junior resources. This is a great opportunity for you to meet school families and local families in our community. Our Deputy Principal Cheryl Naylor will be available to say hello and talk about our ‘transition to school’ programme. 

Please note: in 2021 these dates will alternate between Thursdays and Fridays to accommodate more families.

School Virtues

We begin the new term with a focus on the virtue of ‘Patience - manawanui’. What does patience look like in your family/whanau?   Teaching kids about patience

Patience

Weeks 1 & 2

Reliability

Weeks 3 & 4

Compassion

Weeks 5 & 6

Service 

Weeks 7 - 10


School Pool Keys

Our school pool is nearly ready to open. Would your family like to purchase a pool key for the new season? Come in and see Lynda in the office for more information. 

We are also looking for a couple of parents to pop in and give the pool area a bit of a spring clean - can you spare an hour ? Please let us know if you can help.  

Scholastic Orders

Scholastic Book catalogues have gone home with students. If you did not receive one there are extra copies at the school office. The closing date for orders is 6 November 2020.

Music @ Karāpiro School    

Karāpiro School students are very fortunate to have Mrs June McKenzie teach music at Karāpiro School each Friday. You can contact Lynda Bennett, our Office Manager, on 827 7642 if you would like to make contact with June with regards to your child learning to play the ukulele, guitar, keyboard or piano. 

Teacher Only Day

A reminder that Karāpiro School is closed tomorrow for our final Teacher Only Day for 2020. We look forward to seeing you back on Tuesday 27 October.


We highly recommend this parenting course for parents. Find more info at the link below: 

https://www.eventbrite.co.nz/e/overcoming-parenting-difficulties-tickets-125567667273

Please make a time to meet with us if there is anything you wish to discuss. Our doors are open for you. Thank you again for your continued support of Karāpiro School. 

Nga mihi


Tina-Maree and the Karāpiro Staff team 




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COVID-19 Update - We are at Alert Level 1

As you will be aware we are now in Covid-19 Alert Level 1. Karāpiro School staff have a Covid-19 safety management plan in place which is updated following regular advice from the Ministry of Education.


What does Alert Level 1 look like for Karāpiro School?


  • We are safe and open for learning

  • Staff and students are practicing good hygiene procedures - hand sanitiser is available, regular hand-washing is encouraged and sneezing/coughing into elbows

  • Regular cleaning of surfaces 

  • Spacing and distancing wherever possible

  • Parents & visitors wishing to come on-site need to sign in at the school office

  • Contact tracing QR code posters available at school gates

  • If you or your child are unwell please stay at home. If you are offered a Covid test by your medical professional, please take one


It’s important however that safe hygiene habits are practised by everyone, as this is essential to minimise the risk that someone gets infected with Covid-19. For more information about the public health measures at Alert Level 1, you can visit the covid19.govt.nz website: https://covid19.govt.nz/covid-19/restrictions/alert-level-2/


We are supporting the Covid-19 contact tracing by having QR code posters at our entrances. You can download the NZ COVID Tracer app at the Ministry of Health’s NZ-COVID Tracer app page 


Survey for Parents

My name is Rachel Zakaria and I am a postgraduate student studying towards a Master of Speech and Language Pathology degree at the University of Canterbury. 

 

I am currently undertaking a research project that is looking into parents’ perspectives on their children’s language learning in New Zealand. The target participants of this research are parents/caregivers who: 

  • lives in New Zealand right now 

  • was born overseas/abroad 

  • speaks another language (or more) that is not English, Te Reo Māori, or New Zealand Sign Language, and 

  • has one child or more who is at preschool or school. 

 

The survey should take approximately 10-13 minutes and it is completely anonymous.  

 

Survey link: bit.ly/nzparentsurvey 




www.nextchapterparenting.co.nz is offering a free parenting course to parents who might be having a struggle in managing their children, or just need some tips and advice. This course does work and has the potential to be very helpful. All it requires is for parents to look, read, watch and hopefully gain out of the process. The course is offered on the website and is set out in video, and in written format. Based on filial therapy principles, it is child centred and most definitely works for those that put in the time. Have a look! And happy parenting:) Should you require further information please do not hesitate to contact nextchapterparenting@gmail.com


Newsletter Week 10 Term 3 2020




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Week 10 Term 3 2020

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

Board of Trustees 

We would like to extend a warm welcome to our new Board of Trustees members. The first meeting will be held on Wednesday, 23 September from 5.30pm-6.30pm in the school staffroom.


COVID-19 Update - We are at Alert Level 1 tomorrow

Following the Prime Ministers announcement today we will be in Covid-19 Alert Level 1 tomorrow. Karāpiro School staff have a Covid-19 safety management plan in place which is updated following regular advice from the Ministry of Education.

We are awaiting an update from the Ministry of Education as to what Alert Level 1 looks like for our school.

For more information about the public health measures at Alert Level 1, you can visit the covid19.govt.nz website: https://covid19.govt.nz/alert-system/alert-level-1/

Classroom Upgrade and Science Lab - Update!

Our builders are on-track for the completion of our science lab and upgraded classrooms. 

A blessing ceremony will be held this Friday 25 September from 2pm for our new learning spaces. This will be followed by afternoon tea. We plan to also move some furniture into these rooms before children go home that day so we are looking for parents to help with this! Please lend a hand if you are able to. 

Then … First Day of Term 4

Join us for coffee and cake at 8.30am on Monday, 12 October as our lucky students discover the new learning spaces. This will see Kōwhai in one space, and Pohutukawa Tahi and Rua together in the second space. The whole school will share the Science Lab! We can't wait!

Ag Day - 14 October 2020

We are seeking contributions of home baking to sell on Ag Day. We are also collecting bottles for our mystery bottle sale. The bottle can be full of anything of your choosing but non-alcoholic please. Please drop wrapped bottles into the School Office.

We are also looking for someone for face painting on the 14th -  do you know anyone who could do this? Please let Lynda in the School Office know.

We will need help to set up gazebos from 8.00am-8.30am on that day also. Could you please let us know if you are available to help .

Collections for the Ag Day White Elephant Stall

We are holding a White Elephant stall at our Ag Day and we are looking for contributions to this. Please drop any items you would like to donate to this to the school office. Please no computer/electrical gear and any clothing/fabric must be washed. Thank you!

Ag Day School Holiday Activities .. our flyer below reminds you of what you could be doing over the school holidays:

Lambs for Adoption for Ag Day

Amy Beech has orphan lambs available for adoption for Ag Day. The cost is $65 per lamb and if you return the lamb back to her weaned then you will receive a refund. Amy is taking names now with lambing expected to begin in September. If you are interested please contact Amy on 021 542 547.

Keeping Ourselves Safe - Term 4

In Term 4 we will be learning about ‘Keeping Ourselves Safe’ in association with NZ Police. We are very lucky to have Constable Brenton Irwin coming to our school to teach some of the sessions. Constable Irwin will be running a parent meeting at 2.30pm on Monday 19 October to introduce the programme to parents and whanau. You are most welcome to attend. You can find more information about the programme at https://www.police.govt.nz/advice/personal-and-community-advice/school-portal/resources/successful-relationships/keeping-1 




Urgent Response Fund

Karapiro School is incredibly fortunate to have made a successful application to the Ministry of Education’s Covid-19 Urgent Response Fund (URF). We have received approximately $9,000 which we will use to work with a psychologist to design a ‘Wellbeing at School’ programme for our students. Teachers undertake some training with our psychologist this week looking into understanding anxiety and stress in children. Our programme will begin in the Year 3-Year 6 age group next term. We are looking forward to sharing more information with you next term. 

School Virtues

This week we have been focussing our Virtues learning on ‘Unity’. What does unity look like in your family/whanau?   Teaching kids about unity  

Joyfulness 

Weeks 1  & 2

Peacefulness

Weeks 3 & 4

Tolerance

Weeks 5 & 6

Justice

Weeks 7 & 8

Unity

Weeks 9 & 10


Teacher Only Days 2020

We want to give you advance notice that our school will be closed on the following day for staff professional development: 

Term 4: Friday 23 October (the Friday of Labour Weekend)

If you missed a student-led conference at the end of last term, or if you want to talk about your child’s progress and achievement (Learning Journals will be sent home on Friday) please make a time to meet with your classroom teacher - we can meet before or after school. Our doors are always open to you.

Kind regards


Tina-Maree and the Karāpiro Staff team 

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PARTICIPANT REGISTRATION AVAILABLE HERE

https://www.sporty.co.nz/viewform/134728

 

VOLUNTEER REGISTRATION AVAILABLE HERE

https://www.sporty.co.nz/viewform/135728



 FREE Holiday Programme- EDVENTURE Hamilton

These holidays Edventure is offering a FREE sports programme on Monday 28th September, this day will include a mixture of sporting skills drills and modified games across a range of different sporting codes (limited spaces). Edventure holiday programmes are based at Berkley Normal Middle School, for 5-13 year olds, OSCAR available. Different activities and trips planned everyday of the holidays. To book in and check out our other holiday programmes & Camp- including Edventure Outdoors, Edventure Sports & Edventure Everyday please visit www.edventure.co.nz or ph 02102241576. See you on your next Edventure!


IGNITE ARTS ACADEMY

SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER SCHOOL HOLIDAY WORKSHOPS

Registrations are now open for IGNITE’s three September/October school holiday workshops.


…………………………………………………………………………

DANCE AND DRAMA

Jump into 4 exciting days of dance (including hip hop, musical theatre, contemporary, tap, jazz) and drama (mime, magic, comedy and theatre games) with costumes and props

For ages 5 – 13 years old

DATES : 4 days | 28th September – 1st October 2020

_____

CAMP ROCK

A workshop for young musicians, taught by our experienced band instructors. You will be streamed into groups of similar age and skill level, and coached through writing a song and learning covers with the guidance of your tutor.

For ages 8 – 15 years

DATES : 4 days | 28th September – 1st October 2020

_____

STAGE COMBAT WITH NZ Stage Combat School

Learn a range of stage combat and drama skills to recreate famous action scenes from the likes of Star Wars, Pirates of the Carabbiean, Superhero, Secret Agent with costumes and props

For ages 5 – 13 years old

DATES : 4 days | 28th September – 1st October 2020

…………………………………………………………………………

MORE INFO & REGISTRATIONS: WWW.IGNITEARTS.CO.NZ

…………………………………………………………………………

*OSCAR funded




Newsletter Week 8 Term 3 2020


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Week 8 Term 3 2020

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

Welcome

This week we welcome Abbey to our school. Abbey is in Year 5 and joins Pohutukawa in Room 1. We welcome you and your family Abbey and we look forward to getting to know you!

Wig Wednesday 

Thank you everyone for contributing to our Wig Wednesday yesterday where we raised money for the Child Cancer Foundation. We had some great looking hair-do’s!

Board of Trustees Elections

Nominations for Board members are now open and will close this Friday 11 September at 12 noon. The election date will be 25 September with the Board taking office on 2 October 2020. Nomination forms have been sent out to you. If you do not receive a nomination form, additional forms are available from the school office. (A reminder: you are able to nominate yourself). If you have any questions, please contact our Returning Officer Lynda Bennett in the school office. 

Cross Country & Matariki

Thank you to everyone who came along on our Matariki and Cross Country days which were both well attended by our parents. Thanks to our parents who came to our Matariki celebrations and helped out - kite flying was a favourite activity!  Cross Country was on the most beautiful day! Our students had a great experience, many exceeding their personal best efforts. A special highlight was the sausage sizzle put on by our PTA - thanks to this awesome group of parents who did a great job.


Keeping Ourselves Safe - Online 

Cambridge Community of Learning - Name Gifting Ceremony 

As you know, Karapiro School has joined the Cambridge Community of Learning (CCoL) - Te Puna o Kemureti. Due to the restrictions of Covid19 Alert Level 2, 4 staff members from Karapiro School will be attending the renaming ceremony at Lake T Koo Utu at 7am on 17th September. Please note that no staff member will be on the school site until 8am on this day. For more information you can view the CCoL news attached to this newsletter.


COVID-19 Update - We are at Alert Level 2

As you will be aware we are now in Covid-19 Alert Level 2. Karāpiro School staff have a Covid-19 safety management plan in place which is updated following regular advice from the Ministry of Education.


What does Alert Level 2 look like for Karāpiro School?


  • We are safe and open for learning

  • Staff and students are practicing good hygiene procedures - hand sanitiser on entry to classrooms, washing hands on exiting classrooms (before play and eating), and sneezing/coughing into elbows

  • Regular cleaning of surfaces 

  • Spacing and distancing where possible

  • Restricted site entry / contact tracing - parents wishing to come on-site need to sign in at the school office

  • Contact tracing QR code posters available at school gates

  • If you or your child are unwell please stay at home. If you are offered a Covid test by your medical professional, please take one

  • Masks are required on public transport - but not on school buses

It’s important however that safe hygiene habits are practised by everyone, as this is essential to minimise the risk that someone gets infected with Covid-19. For more information about the public health measures at Alert Level 2, you can visit the covid19.govt.nz website: https://covid19.govt.nz/covid-19/restrictions/alert-level-2/


If you have any questions about our health and safety plan, or have a child who might be vulnerable to serious illness and would like to discuss a plan for them, please contact me.  Please 

also advise me if your employment changes and you are an essential worker so I have updated information for my school records. 


We are supporting the Covid-19 contact tracing by having QR code posters at our entrances. You can download the NZ COVID Tracer app at the Ministry of Health’s NZ-COVID Tracer app page You can continue to access the latest information on Covid-19 here Ministry of Health website  

Cancellations and changes related to Covid-19

Unfortunately the Town Schools Interschool Cross Country competition has been cancelled due to Covid-19 Alert Level 2 restrictions. Keep your eye on our school calendar on the school website for  upcoming events. 

Classroom upgrade and science lab - Update!

Our builders are on-track for completion in early October and it’s so exciting watching the changes being made. The windows are all in and the internal doors have been fitted. The ceilings are being fitted and insulated. Very soon our new water tank will arrive. Our seniors recently went for a walk-through and measured the wall in the science lab for a new smart TV. 

We have penciled in 2pm on Friday 25 September to have a blessing for our new classrooms, as the teachers will be moving furniture in during the school holidays. Please pencil this date in now and we will confirm it with you next week.

Keep up to date with the build by checking our pics on Facebook or on Our blog


    Kids Art Works Orders

Forms have been sent home for orders of your child's artwork. The artwork is available to view at the school office if you wish to do so. If you haven’t received a form, additional order forms are available from the school office. Please ensure order forms are returned to the school office by 18 September.

 

Karāpiro School Playgroup - Mums, Dads, preschoolers and babies welcome!

Come along to our next Karāpiro School Playgroup on Thursday 17 September from 9-11am in Room 5 at Karāpiro School. Enjoy a cup of tea and your little ones can play in our lovely junior room with our pre-school and junior resources. This is a great opportunity for you to meet school families and local families in our community. Our Deputy Principal Cheryl Naylor will be available to say hello and talk about our ‘transition to school’ programme. 

Ag Day 2020

Planning for Ag Day 2020 on Wednesday October 14 is well underway. A newsletter has gone home for registration of calves, lambs and goats for our Ag Day which is the first Wednesday of Term 4. We will also take registrations for your pets - do you have a guinea pig, rabbit or other small animal to bring along? We need our families to help with baking (muffins, cakes and slices) for the Ag Day Cake Shop. We are also looking for someone to do face painting - please let us know if you have any contacts.

Collections for the Ag Day White Elephant Stall

We are holding a White Elephant stall at our Ag Day and we are looking for contributions to this. Please drop any items you would like to donate to this to the school office. Please no computer/electrical gear and any clothing/fabric must be washed. Thank you!

Lambs for Adoption for Ag Day

Amy Beech has orphan lambs available for adoption for Ag Day. The cost is $65 per lamb and if you return the lamb back to her weaned then you will receive a refund. Amy is taking names now with lambing expected to begin in September. If you are interested please contact Amy on 021 542 547.

Did you know?

On 6 September 1920 the Ministry of Education purchased the land that Karāpiro School is now on. Our school opened in 1922 meaning the school is 98 years old this year.


Also Karāpiro School was the first school in the Waikato to hold an agricultural day in 1937, with other schools in the district beginning to hold agricultural days two years later.

Return of Devices

Could any devices and chargers given to students in preparation for Level changes for Covid-19 please be returned back to school. We have a number of devices which have been returned without the charger so if you could please bring these into the school office as soon as possible it would be appreciated. There is a list at the office of what is outstanding if you are unsure whether you have returned both the device and the charger.


School Virtues

This week we have been focussing our Virtues learning on ‘Justice’. Next week we begin looking at ‘Unity’. What does unity look like in your family/whanau?   Teaching kids about unity  

Joyfulness 

Weeks 1  & 2

Peacefulness

Weeks 3 & 4

Tolerance

Weeks 5 & 6

Justice

Weeks 7 & 8

Unity

Weeks 9 & 10


School Pool Keys

If you had a school pool key over the summer holidays these can now be returned to the school office. Bonds will be refunded on receipt of the key and you can choose to have this bond refunded to your school account. Thank you again to Mr Bryon Trump for your great work in keeping our school pool clean, warm and sparkling throughout the pool season. We look forward to our pool opening again for swimming lessons in Term 4.  

Music @ Karāpiro School    

Karāpiro School students are very fortunate to have Mrs June McKenzie teach music at Karāpiro School each Friday. You can contact Lynda Bennett, our Office Manager, on 827 7642 if you would like to make contact with June with regards to your child learning to play the ukulele, guitar, keyboard or piano. 


NZ General Election 

The General Election will now be held on 17 October and voting will be held at Karapiro School. If you are interested in working for the general election please go to: https://elections.nz/jobs/  

Teacher Only Days 2020

We want to give you advance notice that our school will be closed on the following day for staff professional development: 

Term 4: Friday 23 October (the Friday of Labour Weekend)

If you missed a student-led conference at the end of last term, or if you want to talk about your child’s progress and achievement, please make a time to meet with your classroom teacher - we can meet before or after school. Our doors are always open to you.

Kind regards


Tina-Maree and the Karāpiro Staff team 

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St Peters Open Day – Sunday 20th September

 

You are warmly invited to St Peter’s School Cambridge, Full School Open Day on Sunday 20th September

 

This is a great opportunity to find out what St Peter’s can do for your child. You will enjoy a student led tour of the school and have the opportunity to hear from existing parents and students first hand.

 

Please register for this event at openday@stpeters.school.nz or to find out further information please contact Claire Pollock, Director of Admissions on 07 823 3684


 FREE Holiday Programme- EDVENTURE Hamilton

These holidays Edventure is offering a FREE sports programme on Monday 28th September, this day will include a mixture of sporting skills drills and modified games across a range of different sporting codes (limited spaces). Edventure holiday programmes are based at Berkley Normal Middle School, for 5-13 year olds, OSCAR available. Different activities and trips planned everyday of the holidays. To book in and check out our other holiday programmes & Camp- including Edventure Outdoors, Edventure Sports & Edventure Everyday please visit www.edventure.co.nz or ph 02102241576. See you on your next Edventure!


IGNITE ARTS ACADEMY

SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER SCHOOL HOLIDAY WORKSHOPS

Registrations are now open for IGNITE’s three September/October school holiday workshops.


…………………………………………………………………………

DANCE AND DRAMA

Jump into 4 exciting days of dance (including hip hop, musical theatre, contemporary, tap, jazz) and drama (mime, magic, comedy and theatre games) with costumes and props

For ages 5 – 13 years old

DATES : 4 days | 28th September – 1st October 2020

_____

CAMP ROCK

A workshop for young musicians, taught by our experienced band instructors. You will be streamed into groups of similar age and skill level, and coached through writing a song and learning covers with the guidance of your tutor.

For ages 8 – 15 years

DATES : 4 days | 28th September – 1st October 2020

_____

STAGE COMBAT WITH NZ Stage Combat School

Learn a range of stage combat and drama skills to recreate famous action scenes from the likes of Star Wars, Pirates of the Carabbiean, Superhero, Secret Agent with costumes and props

For ages 5 – 13 years old

DATES : 4 days | 28th September – 1st October 2020

…………………………………………………………………………

MORE INFO & REGISTRATIONS: WWW.IGNITEARTS.CO.NZ

…………………………………………………………………………

*OSCAR funded


Newsletter Week 6 Term 3 2020



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Week 6 Term 3 2020

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

COVID-19 Update - We are at Alert Level 2

As you will be aware, the Prime Minister has announced that the Auckland region will now join the rest of the country at Alert Level 2 from next Monday 31 August. Karāpiro School staff have a Covid-19 safety management plan in place which has been updated.


What does Alert Level 2 look like for Karāpiro School?

  • We are safe and open for learning

  • Staff and students are practicing good hygiene procedures - hand sanitiser on entry to classrooms, washing hands on exiting classrooms (before play and eating), and sneezing/coughing into elbows

  • Regular cleaning of surfaces 

  • Spacing and distancing where possible

  • Restricted site entry / contact tracing - parents wishing to come on-site need to sign in at the school office

  • Contact tracing QR code posters available at school gates

  • If you or your child are unwell please stay at home. If you are offered a Covid test, please take one

  • Masks will soon be required on public transport

It’s important however that safe hygiene habits are practised by everyone, as this is essential to minimise the risk that someone gets infected with Covid-19. For more information about the public health measures at Alert Level 2, you can visit the covid19.govt.nz website: https://covid19.govt.nz/covid-19/restrictions/alert-level-2/

If you have any questions about our health and safety plan, or have a child who might be vulnerable to serious illness and would like to discuss a plan for them, please contact me.  Please also advise me if you are an essential worker so I have updated information for my school records. 

We are supporting the Covid-19 contact tracing by having QR code posters at our entrances. You can download the NZ COVID Tracer app at the Ministry of Health’s NZ-COVID Tracer app page You can continue to access the latest information on Covid-19 here Ministry of Health website  

Board of Trustees Elections

Karāpiro School has been working with our Commissioner Mr Robert Naumann and we are now ready to form a Board of Trustees. Miss Lynda Bennett has been appointed as our Returning Officer and she will oversee the administration of the election process.

Nominations for Board members open on 27 August and close on 11 September. The election date will be 25 September with the Board taking office on 2 October 2020. Nomination forms will be sent out via post this week. If you do not receive a nomination form additional forms are available from the school office.

Cancellations and changes related to Covid-19

As you know Karāpiro School runs the Rural Schools Cross Country event at Lake Karāpiro each year. Unfortunately, due to Alert Level 2 restrictions on the number of people using a shared space, it has become necessary to cancel this event. We have advised the rural schools to put forward their top runner in each age group. We will send this information through to the Town Interschool organising team with the hope that, should that event go ahead, we will have a Rural School team competing. Thank you to Mrs Cheryl Naylor and Miss Lynda Bennett for all your hard work planning and organising this event.

Karāpiro School Cross Country: Karāpiro School will hold its own Cross Country day here at school on Friday 4 September. There will be more information coming home for you about this event shortly. 

Speech Competition: Our school speech competition scheduled for next Monday has also been cancelled. This is due to the high number of school absences due to the Covid Alert Level changes and the disruption to students in the writing and planning of speeches.  Your classroom teacher will advise you of the plan for your child’s class which may include videoing speeches or inviting parents to a sharing time in class. 

Matariki Celebrations this Friday 28 August (1.45pm - 3pm): This event is planned to go ahead. Please come along and celebrate our Matariki learning with us then join in with our Matariki activities and kite flying afterwards. When you arrive please come directly to the Whānau Room where your name will be recorded for our contract tracing records. Please use the hand sanitiser that will be available for you and please be mindful of distancing yourself from others where possible. The school Covid Tracer App is available at the school gate for your use.

Kids Art Works Orders

Forms have been sent home for orders of your child's artwork. The artwork is available to view at the school office if you wish to do so. If you haven’t received a form, additional order forms are available from the school office. Please ensure order forms are returned to the school office by 18 September.

Scholastic Book Orders

Scholastic Book catalogues have gone home with students. If you did not receive one there are extra copies at the school office. The closing date for orders is 4 September 2020.

Classroom upgrade and science lab - Update!

Our builders are on-track for completion in early October and it’s so exciting watching the changes being made. Today the gib lining is going in. Electrical work is finished and our new windows and doors are all in. Very soon our new water tank will arrive. Keep up to date by checking our pics of Facebook or on Our blog 




Karāpiro School Playgroup - Mums, Dads, preschoolers and babies welcome!

Come along to our next Karāpiro School Playgroup on Thursday 17 September from 9-11am in Room 5 at Karāpiro School. Enjoy a cup of tea and your little ones can play in our lovely junior room with our pre-school and junior resources. This is a great opportunity for you to meet school families and local families in our community. Our Deputy Principal Cheryl Naylor and Principal Tina-Maree Thatcher will be available to say hello and talk about our ‘transition to school’ programme. 

Ag Day 2020

Planning for Ag Day 2020 on Wednesday October 4 is well underway. A newsletter has gone home for registration of calves, lambs and goats for our Ag Day which is the first Wednesday of Term 4. We will also take registrations for your pets - do you have a guinea pig, rabbit or other small animal to bring along? We also need our families to help with baking (muffins, cakes and slices) for the Ag Day Coffee Shop - please let us know how you can help on the day. 

Lambs for Adoption for Ag Day

Amy Beech has orphan lambs available for adoption for Ag Day. The cost is $65 per lamb and if you return the lamb back to her weaned then you will receive a refund. Amy is taking names now with lambing expected to begin in September. If you are interested please contact Amy on 021 542 547.

School Virtues

This week we focus our Virtues learning on ‘Tolerance’. Here is a link to video on tolerance that you might like to view: How to teach tolerance to kids  

Joyfulness 

Weeks 1  & 2

Peacefulness

Weeks 3 & 4

Tolerance

Weeks 5 & 6

Justice

Weeks 7 & 8

Unity

Weeks 9 & 10


School Pool Keys

If you had a school pool key over the summer holidays these can now be returned to the school office. Bonds will be refunded on receipt of the key and you can choose to have this bond refunded to your school account. Thank you again to Mr Bryon Trump for your great work in keeping our school pool clean, warm and sparkling throughout the pool season. We look forward to our pool opening again for swimming lessons in Term 4. 

Student Trophies - Please return all student trophies

Now is the time to return all student trophies to the school office. This includes trophies for Ag Day, Group Day, sports and academic prizes. Please return as soon as possible.  

Music @ Karāpiro School    

Karāpiro School students are very fortunate to have Mrs June McKenzie teach music at Karāpiro School each Friday. You can contact Lynda Bennett, our Office Manager, on 827 7642 if you would like to make contact with June with regards to your child learning to play the ukulele, guitar, keyboard or piano. 

Sports @ Karāpiro School - Update 

This term we have students playing miniball, netball and soccer. We are very grateful to Hautapu School, Leamington School and Goodwood School for including Karāpiro School students in their teams. This helps us meet our goal of every child who wants to play sport, can play sport. Keep an eye on the school Facebook page for the weekly sports draw - you might like to pop along and watch them play!

Carpark

A reminder to families to please use the pick up and drop off zone that we have created in our carpark. Please do not cross over the footpath and park in the staff parking area. We are keeping the pathway free of traffic for our students to access vehicles. Thank you.

NZ General Election 

The General Election will now be held on 17 October and voting will be held at Karapiro School. If you are interested in working for the general election please go to: https://elections.nz/jobs/  

Teacher Only Days 2020

We want to give you advance notice that our school will be closed on the following days for staff professional development: 

Term 4: Friday 23 October (the Friday of Labour Weekend)

If you missed a student-led conference at the end of last term, or if you want to talk about your child’s progress and achievement, please make a time to meet with your classroom teacher. Our doors are always open to you.

Kind regards


Tina-Maree and the Karāpiro Staff team 

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Newsletter Week 4 Term 3 2020


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Week 4 Term 3 2020

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

Welcome to our newest students: Lucas, who has joined Pohutukawa Rua and his sister Anika, who has joined Pohutukawa Tahi. Karāpiro students have made you feel very welcome Lucas and Anika and we look forward to getting to know you and your family.

You can keep up to date with everything that is happening at school by checking our Calendar on our school website. 

Classroom upgrade and science lab - Update!

Today Karāpiro School staff were allowed to take a sneaky-peak inside the construction zone. We were very excited to see the new space and we have started to imagine ourselves working in there together. The build is on track to be finished on time…. We have our fingers crossed that the team at Lobell Construction can maintain the great progress they are making and that nothing comes along to disrupt their momentum :) 
















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Staff News

Next week we are excited to welcome Caitlin Morris to Karāpiro School. Caitlin is a third year student teacher at the Bethlehem Tertiary Institute and she will be completing a teaching practicum under the guidance of Miss Tina Turkilsen in Kowhai Class, until the end of term. We look forward to having Caitlin at Karāpiro School. 

Karāpiro School Playgroup - Mums, Dads, preschoolers and babies welcome!

Come along to our Karāpiro School Playgroup on Thursday 20 August and Thursday 17 September from 9-11am in Room 5 at Karāpiro School. Enjoy a cup of tea and your little ones can play in our lovely junior room with our pre-school and junior resources. This is a great opportunity for you to meet school families and local families in our community. Our Deputy Principal Cheryl Naylor and Principal Tina-Maree Thatcher will be available to say hello and talk about our ‘transition to school’ programme. 

PTA and Board

Thank you to the parents who have put themselves forward to join the Karāpiro School PTA. We are very excited to welcome Amy Peters, Willy Kanis and Michelle Bennett. We will let you know when our next meeting will be held and you are most welcome to come along and join the team. More information will come your way soon regarding the establishment of our new Board of Trustees. 

Our Curriculum

Reminders: Please complete the google form for Cross Country Cross Country Permission 

As a school we are running the Rural School Cross Country at Lake Karāpiro Domain on Friday 4 September and we will be hosting our other rural schools - Hora Hora School, Roto-O- Rangi School, Kaipaki School, and Te Miro School. We have started training for this already and students require appropriate running shoes for school every day this term please. 

Maths Pizza Night Postponed tonight...

We are disappointed to postpone our Maths Pizza Night on Thursday 13 August (5.30-6.30pm). We feel it is a sensible decision to make in this uncertain environment, especially given the large number of families attending. We look forward to setting another time and date for this later on.

And remember...

Students are currently writing speeches, which is a major part of our literacy programme (oral language and persuasive writing).  Every child will share a speech and you are invited to attend the Karāpiro School Speech Competition on Monday 31st August where the children will present their speeches. We have special guest judges booked to judge our competition. We are looking for a speech finalist who will win our Speech Trophy and to represent Karāpiro School at the Rotary Speech Competition which will be held at Cambridge East School on Wednesday 16 September.

You are also invited to our Matariki Celebrations on Friday 28 August (1.45pm - 3pm) - come and celebrate our Matariki learning with us then join in with our Matariki activities and kite flying.

Community of Learning - Te Puna o Kemureti

Karāpiro School has joined the Cambridge Community of Learning - Te Puna o Kemureti. We are excited to be able to access this network of local schools and we believe that our school will benefit from the professional opportunities on offer at this time. We plan to join with other local schools in a renaming ceremony to be held at Lake Te Ko Utu at 7am on Thursday 17 September. More information to come. 

Ag Day 2020

Planning for Ag Day 2020 on Wednesday October 4 is well underway. A newsletter has gone home for registration of calves, lambs and goats for our Ag Day which is the first Wednesday of Term 4. We will also take registrations for your pets - do you have a guinea pig, rabbit or other small animal to bring along? We also need our families to help with baking (muffins, cakes and slices) for the Ag Day Coffee Shop - please let us know how you can help on the day. 

Lambs for Adoption for Ag Day

Amy Beech has orphan lambs available for adoption for Ag Day. The cost is $65 per lamb and if you return the lamb back to her weaned then you will receive a refund. Amy is taking names now with lambing expected to begin in September. If you are interested please contact Amy on 021 542 547.

School Virtues

This week we focus our Virtues learning on ‘Peacefulness’. Here is a link to a kids video on peace that you might like to view: Peace Video

Joyfulness 

Weeks 1  & 2

Peacefulness

Weeks 3 & 4

Tolerance

Weeks 5 & 6

Justice

Weeks 7 & 8

Unity

Weeks 9 & 10


Cambridge Middle School Enrolment Forms

For those students who will be attending Cambridge Middle School next year could you please ensure that the enrolment forms are returned to the school office by 21 August.

School Pool Keys

If you had a school pool key over the summer holidays these can now be returned to the school office. Bonds will be refunded on receipt of the key and you can choose to have this bond refunded to your school account. Thank you again to Mr Bryon Trump for your great work in keeping our school pool clean, warm and sparkling throughout the pool season. We look forward to our pool opening again for swimming lessons in Term 4. 

Student Trophies - Please return all student trophies

Now is the time to return all student trophies to the school office. This includes trophies for Ag Day, Group Day, sports and academic prizes. Please return before the end of Week 5. Thank you. 

Waikids Children’s Ear Clinic

A drop in clinic will be held at Leamington School from 1.00pm-2.30pm on 25 August. If an appointment is required please phone the ear nurse on  07 838 3565  ext 22094.

Music @ Karāpiro School    

Karāpiro School students are very fortunate to have Mrs June McKenzie teach music at Karāpiro School each Friday. You can contact Lynda Bennett, our Office Manager, on 827 7642 if you would like to make contact with June with regards to your child learning to play the ukulele, guitar, keyboard or piano. 

Sports @ Karāpiro School - Update 

This term we have students playing miniball, netball and soccer. We are very grateful to Hautapu School, Leamington School and Goodwood School for including Karāpiro School students in their teams. This helps us meet our goal of every child who wants to play sport, can play sport. Keep an eye on the school Facebook page for the weekly sports draw - you might like to pop along and watch them play!






Carpark

A reminder to families to please use the pick up and drop off zone that we have created in our carpark. Please do not cross over the footpath and park in the staff parking area. We are keeping the pathway free of traffic for our students to access vehicles. Thank you.

Health and Safety

As you will be aware, the Prime Minister has announced that the Auckland region is now at Level 3 and  the rest of the country is at Level 2. This is because Covid-19 has been detected in Auckland with no known source of transmission. Karāpiro School staff have a safety plan in place.


What does Alert Level 2 look like for Karāpiro School?

  • We are safe and open for learning

  • Staff and students are practicing good hygiene procedures - hand sanitiser on entry to classrooms, washing hands on exiting classrooms (before play and eating), and sneezing/coughing into elbows

  • Regular cleaning of surfaces 

  • Spacing and distancing where possible

  • Restricted site entry / contact tracing - parents wishing to come on-site need to sign in at the school office

  • Contact tracing app available at school gates

  • If you or your child are unwell please stay at home. If you are offered a Covid test, please take one


A sensible precaution at this stage is to limit the opportunity for Covid-19 to spread and for this reason I advise you that our Maths Pizza Night (planned for tomorrow evening) will now be postponed until Term 4. Naturally we are all disappointed but we feel strongly that it is a sensible decision to make at this time. 


It’s important however that safe hygiene habits are practised by everyone, as this is essential to minimise the risk that someone gets infected with Covid-19. For more information about the public health measures at Alert Level 2, you can visit the covid19.govt.nz website: https://covid19.govt.nz/covid-19/restrictions/alert-level-2/

 

If you have any questions about our health and safety plan, or have a child who might be vulnerable to serious illness and would like to discuss a plan for them, please contact me. Please also advise me if you are an essential worker so I have updated information for my school records. 


We are supporting the Covid-19 contact tracing by having QR code posters at our entrances. You can download the NZ COVID Tracer app at the Ministry of Health’s NZ-COVID Tracer app page You can continue to access the latest information on Covid-19 here Ministry of Health website  


General Election Positions  (Voting will be held at Karāpiro School) 

The General Election will be held on 19 September 2020, although Advanced voting is to commence in some areas from 5 September 2020.  The process of interviewing people is about to begin for advance voting, election day voting and post election roles. To apply please go to: https://elections.nz/jobs/  The post election roles run for approximately 4 weeks after the election and involve completing the official count and various other administrative functions.

Teacher Only Days 2020

Unfortunately the Covid-19 Lockdown cancelled our previous planned Teacher Only Day. We want to give you advance notice that our school will be closed on the following days for staff professional development: 

Term 3: Monday 24 August 

Term 4: Friday 23 October (the Friday of Labour Weekend)

If you missed a student-led conference at the end of last term, or if you want to talk about your child’s progress and achievement, please make a time to meet with your classroom teacher. Our doors are always open to you.

Kind regards


Tina-Maree and the Karāpiro Staff team 

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Covid-19 Update 12 August 2020

12 August 2020


Kia ora koutou katoa,

 

As you may be aware, the Prime Minister has announced that the Auckland region is moving to Level 3 at noon today, followed by the rest of the country moving to Level 2. This is because Covid-19 has been detected in Auckland with no known source of transmission. Karāpiro School staff have met to discuss our health & safety plan for Karāpiro School and we have the following reminders for you as we move to Alert Level 2:


What does Alert Level 2 look like for Karāpiro School?


  • We are safe and open for learning

  • Staff and students are practicing good hygiene procedures - hand sanitiser on entry to classrooms, washing hands on exiting classrooms (before play and eating), and sneezing/coughing into elbows

  • Regular cleaning of surfaces 

  • Spacing and distancing where possible

  • Contact tracing - parents wishing to come on-site need to sign in at the school office

  • Contact tracing app available at school gates

  • If you or your child are unwell please stay at home. If you are offered a Covid test, please take one


A sensible precaution at this stage is to limit the opportunity for Covid-19 to spread and for this reason I advise you that our Maths Pizza Night (planned for tomorrow evening) will now be postponed until Term 4. Naturally we are all disappointed but we feel strongly that it is a sensible decision to make at this time. 


It’s important however that safe hygiene habits are practised by everyone, as this is essential to minimise the risk that someone gets infected with Covid-19. For more information about the public health measures at Alert Level 2, you can visit the covid19.govt.nz website: https://covid19.govt.nz/covid-19/restrictions/alert-level-2/

 

If you have any questions about our health and safety plan, or have a child who might be vulnerable to serious illness and would like to discuss a plan for them, please contact me. Please also advise me if you are an essential worker so I have updated information for my school records. 


We will be in touch again soon with more information. As you have been doing, please keep connecting with your teachers with any questions you might have. 


With kind regards


Tina-Maree Thatcher

Newsletter Week 1 Term 3 2020


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Week 1 Term 3 2020

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


 

  


Welcome back!

It’s great to see our students and families back at school after a refreshing holiday break. We have a busy term ahead with lots of exciting opportunities for our students. You can keep up to date with everything that is happening at school by checking our Calendar on our school website. 

Karāpiro School Playgroup - Mums, Dads, preschoolers and babies welcome!

Come along to our Karāpiro School Playgroup on Thursday 20 August and Thursday 17 September from 9-11am in Room 5 at Karāpiro School. Come along and have a cup of tea and your little ones can play in our lovely junior room with our pre-school and junior resources. This is a great opportunity for you to meet school families and local families in our community. Our Deputy Principal Cheryl Naylor and Principal Tina-Maree Thatcher will be available to say hello and talk about our ‘transition to school’ programme. 

PTA and Board

Thank you to the parents who have put themselves forward to join the Karāpiro School PTA. We are very excited to welcome Amy Peters, Willy Kanis and Michelle Bennett. We will let you know when our next meeting will be held and you are most welcome to come along and join the team. More information will come your way soon regarding the establishment of our new Board of Trustees. 

Our Curriculum

Karāpiro School students benefit from a rich curriculum and this term is no exception! In the first half of the term we will take a close look at the celebration of Matariki before moving into learning about citizenship and elections, ahead of the New Zealand general election. 

As a school we will be running the Rural School Cross Country at Lake Karāpiro Domain on Friday 4 September and we will be hosting our other rural schools - Hora Hora School, Roto-O- Rangi School, Kaipaki School, and Te Miro School. We have started training for this already and students require appropriate running shoes for school every day this term please. Keep an eye out for the newsletter that will come home soon - we need parent help with baking and running the PTA food stall, marshalling, and transport to and from the Lake. 

Students are about to begin speech writing which is a major part of our literacy programme (oral language and persuasive writing).  Every child will share a speech and you are invited to attend the Karāpiro School Speech Competition on Monday 31st August where the children will present their speeches. We have special guest judges booked to judge our competition. We are looking for a speech finalist who will win our Speech Trophy and to represent Karapiro School at the Rotary Speech Competition which will be held at Cambridge East School on Wednesday 16 September. 

We have two special community events planned for this term - pop them into your calendars now! We welcome you to our Pizza Night on Thursday 13 August (5.30-6.30pm). We will provide a yummy pizza dinner for you and your family and then the students will share their maths learning with you. More information to come very soon!

You are also invited to our Matariki Celebrations on Friday 28 August (1.45pm - 3pm) - come and celebrate our Matariki learning with us then join in with our Matariki activities and kite flying.

Ag Day 2020

Planning for Ag Day 2020 on Wednesday 14 October is well underway. We will soon be calling for registration of calves, lambs and goats for our Ag Day which is the first Wednesday of Term 4. We will also take registrations for your pets - do you have a guinea pig, rabbit or other small animal to bring along? We will be asking for our families to help with baking (muffins, cakes and slices) for the Ag Day Coffee Shop - please let us know what you can contribute. Keep an eye out for the registration flyer that will come home soon. 

School Virtues

This term we begin our Virtues learning with a focus on ‘Joyfulness’. You might like to view this little video we shared with the students about the concept of joy: Joyfulness Video

Joyfulness 

Weeks 1  & 2

Peacefulness

Weeks 3 & 4

Tolerance

Weeks 5 & 6

Justice

Weeks 7 & 8

Unity

Weeks 9 & 10


Classroom upgrade and science lab - Update!

It’s full steam ahead with the Lobell construction team. During the holidays (and while everyone was off-site) we had a specialist team come through to remove asbestos cladding from the exterior walls of Rooms 1 and 2. Classrooms have been gutted as we prepare for the two classrooms to be refurbished and joined. The 30m2 science lab will be located between these rooms and is now taking shape with the foundations laid and the floor under construction. Included in this build is a replacement of the clearlite roof panels at the front of the classrooms. We are also upgrading our school water tank and a replacement is due to arrive very soon.   

Keep up to date with the build by checking our blog at Our blog 

School Pool Keys

If you had a school pool key over the summer holidays these can now be returned to the school office. Bonds will be refunded on receipt of the key and you can choose to have this bond refunded to your school account. Thank you again to Mr Bryon Trump for your great work in keeping our school pool clean, warm and sparkling throughout the pool season. We look forward to our pool opening again for swimming lessons in Term 4. 

Please return all student trophies

Now is the time to return all student trophies to the school office. This includes trophies for Ag Day, sports and academic prizes. Please return before the end of Week 5. Thank you. 

Scholastic Book Orders

Scholastic Book catalogues have gone home with students. If you did not receive one there are extra copies at the school office. The closing date for orders is 7 August 2020.

Waikids Children’s Ear Clinic

A drop in clinic will be held at Leamington School from 1.00pm-2.30pm on 28 July and 25 August. If an appointment is required please phone the ear nurse on  07 838 3565  ext 22094.

Music @ Karāpiro School    

Karāpiro School students are very fortunate to have Mrs June McKenzie teach music at Karāpiro School each Friday. You can contact Lynda Bennett, our Office Manager, on 827 7642 if you would like to make contact with June with regards to your child learning to play the ukulele, guitar, keyboard or piano. 

Sports @ Karāpiro School - Update 

This term we have students playing miniball and we are very grateful to Hautapu School, Leamington School and Goodwood School for including Karāpiro School students in their teams. This helps us meet our goal of every child who wants to play sport, can play sport. Keep an eye on the school Facebook page for the weekly sports draw - you might like to pop along and watch them play!

Carpark

A reminder to families to please use the pick up and drop off zone that we have created in our carpark. Please do not cross over the footpath and park in the staff parking area. We are keeping the pathway free of traffic for our students to access vehicles. Thank you.

Health and Safety

For the health and wellbeing of everyone, we remind you that students who are unwell need to stay at home - this includes runny noses and sore throats. A reminder that a change of clothes is a great idea for all students to have in their school bags, especially during the winter months and cross country training. 

We are supporting the Covid-19 contact tracing by having QR code posters at our entrances. You can download the NZ COVID Tracer app at the Ministry of Health’s NZ-COVID Tracer app page You can continue to access the latest information on Covid-19 here Ministry of Health website  

General Election Positions  (Voting will be held at Karāpiro School) 

The General Election will be held on 19 September 2020, although Advanced voting is to commence in some areas from 5 September 2020.  The process of interviewing people is about to begin for advance voting, election day voting and post election roles. To apply please go to: https://elections.nz/jobs/  The post election roles run for approximately 4 weeks after the election and involve completing the official count and various other administrative functions.

Teacher Only Days 2020

Unfortunately the Covid-19 Lockdown cancelled our previous planned Teacher Only Day. We want to give you advance notice that our school will be closed on the following days for staff professional development: 

Term 3: Monday 24 August 

Term 4: Friday 23 October (the Friday of Labour Weekend)

If you missed a student-led conference at the end of last term, or if you want to talk about your child’s progress and achievement, please make a time to meet with your classroom teacher. Our doors are always open to you.

Kind regards


Tina-Maree and the Karāpiro Staff team 

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Waste Free With Kate

Kate Meads is a waste educator and inspirational speaker who is coming to Te Awamutu this August to present her Foodlovers Masterclass! This workshop is supported by your local council, and is a great opportunity for locals to become educated and activated on reducing waste from all angles!  Attendees get a gift pack with their ticket, that is worth $60 and is full of waste minimisation products like food pouches and wraps, stainless steel straws and more.

Te Awamutu Foodlovers Masterclass, Saturday 1st August, 1:00pm @ Te Awamutu Library, Community Room

Tickets are $15 + a small booking fee, and you get a gift pack worth $60 to take home!

Booking page:https://www.eventfinda.co.nz/2020/te-awamutu-food-lovers-masterclass/te-awamutu

Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/685148228708997/





Newsletter Week 12 Term 2 2020


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Week 12 Term 2 2020

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

Welcome!

Welcome to Layla who has turned 5 and joined the Kōwhai class with Miss Turkilsen and Mrs Naylor. We welcome you and your family to our school. 

PTA and Board

Thank you to the group of parents who have put themselves forward to join the Karāpiro School PTA. We are very excited to get our new group up and running - there is still time for you to join. See Lynda in the office if you need another copy of our forms.

Our next information meeting for our new Board will be this Wednesday 1 July at 4-5pm, with Rob Naumann in Room 4. This is an open invitation to you to come along and learn about what is involved in being a board member. Please RSVP your attendance to Lynda at office@karapiro.school.nz   Be sure to have a read of the Karapiro School Charter before the meeting as we will be looking closely at strategic plans.

Curriculum

This term our Virtues focus is ‘Cleanliness’. We have been working hard to keep our learning areas and bathrooms clean, sweeping up leaves around the school and remembering to wash and sanitize our hands.

 


In Science we have been looking at the human body and understanding how the human skeleton provides a framework for our body and protects our vital organs. We have also moved into the ‘Food for Thought’ program having a look at healthy food and drink. Pohutukawa students are working with Andy from ‘Food for Thought’ this week to look at the difference between everyday and occasional foods. This is a good opportunity to remind parents that we are signatories to the Project Energise code and we promote healthy food and drink at our school. Please only send water drinks to school - energy drinks and fizzy drinks are not appropriate in our school environment. 





Next term we will be celebrating Matariki. Please let us know if you can help us with any special knowledge of Matariki activities that we can do with our students. We look forward to sharing our learning with you next term.

Learning Celebration Assembly

Parents and families are invited to attend a celebration of our learning at assembly. Join us in the Whānau Room (the old ‘Multi purpose room’) at 2.15pm on Thursday 2 July. We look forward to sharing our learning with you.

Covid 19 Alert Level 1- Reminders

For the health and wellbeing of everyone, we remind you that students who are unwell need to stay at home - this includes runny noses and sore throats. 

We are supporting contact tracing by having QR code posters at our entrances. You can download the NZ COVID Tracer app at the Ministry of Health’s NZ-COVID Tracer app page 


You can continue to access the latest information on Covid-19 here Ministry of Health website  

Carpark

A reminder to families to please use the pick up and drop off zone that we have created in our carpark. Please do not cross over the footpath and park in the staff parking area. We are keeping the pathway free of traffic for our students to access vehicles. Thank you. 

Classroom upgrade and science lab - Update!

On Wednesday we had our pre-construction meeting which was attended by Tina-Maree and Rob along with our partners from Greenstone Group and our construction team from Lobell Construction. At this meeting we discussed our contract terms and conditions along with the relevant health and safety information that we shared. The next step that you will notice will be the arrival of safety fencing which will wrap around Rooms 1 & 2, sealing them off from the rest of the school. We will still have the usual access to all other school buildings. A contracting team will come in to school during the holidays and undertake the removal of the outer panels of Room 1 and 2 which contain asbestos. There will be no access to the school site for staff, students and their families throughout the holiday break while this work is completed. 

Keep up to date with the build by checking our blog at Our blog 

School Pool Keys

If you had a school pool key over the summer holidays these can now be returned to the school office. Bonds will be refunded on receipt of the key.

Waikids Children’s Ear Clinic

A drop in clinic will be held at Leamington School from 1.00pm-2.30pm on 28 July and 25 August. If an appointment is required phone the ear nurse on  07 838 3565  ext 22094.

Music @ Karāpiro School    

We would like to remind you that Mrs June McKenzie teaches music at Karāpiro School each Friday. You can contact Lynda Bennett, our Office Manager, on 827 7642 if you would like to make contact with June with regards to your child learning to play the ukulele, guitar, keyboard or piano. 

Sports @ Karāpiro School - Update 

Please email Lynda at office@karapiro.school.nz to re-register your interest if your child is interested in joining a sports team. We also need parents to re-register their interest in being a coach or manager for a sports team. We will pass on further information to you from the various clubs as it comes to hand.

After School Care

We have a couple of families looking for after school care for their children. Please contact us if you are looking for care or if you, or anyone you know, might be interested in providing this service for parents at our school.

Milo Monday

As a special treat, we made hot milk milo drinks for students before school today. We plan to keep it going next term, so do pop in and join us for Milo Mondays.







At the end of this week we will end a very long term! We wish you all happy holidays and look forward to seeing you back here at the start of Term 3 on Monday 20 July. 

Kind regards


Tina-Maree and the Karāpiro Staff team 


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Safety for your kids is our priority.  We are very aware of Ministry of Health requirements and will be following all guidelines closely.  If you have any questions please get in contact with us on admin@netballhamilton.org.nz 

https://netballhamilton.org.nz/holiday-programme to enrol

 

Edventure Hamilton - Holiday Programmes - Are Back!!! July 2020

After covid close-down we are excited to announce that day holiday programmes will be back up and running in July 2020 and camps will be back in September/October. 

Check out our range of different programmes.

  • Edventure Everyday - arts crafts, fun and games for everyone. $45 /day, 5-13 yr olds,

  • Edventure Sports - drills, skills & modified games across several sporting codes.$45 /day, 5-13 yr olds,

  • Edventure Outdoors - a different field trip to some amazing outdoor activities. $75 /day, 8-13 yr olds,

A programme running everyday for 5-13 yr olds, @Berkeley Normal Middle School, OSCAR available, planned and run by teachers, for more info or to BOOK NOW visit www.edventure.co.nz or ph 021 0224 1576 

See you on your next EDVENTURE.  #SupportLocal!

Mark Bridger

Edventure Director

mark@edventure.co.nz

www.edventure.co.nz

02102241576



We’re Opening! July School Holiday’s: 6th – 17th July 2020

Squiggle are pleased to be opening for the July holiday’s which are coming up very quickly! Our theme is about Aotearoa and we’ll be learning about Matariki, performing waiata and haka, doing fun STEM challenges, cool arts and crafts, games and heading off to 10-Pin Bowling and Leap!

Enrolments are open now – www.squiggle.org.nz . If you have any queries, please contact Katrina on 0279093903 or katrina@squiggle.org.nz. ** Please note the holiday programme operating is subject to numbers**











Newsletter Week 9 Term 2 2020

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Week 9 Term 2 2020

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


Covid 19 Alert Level 1

As a nation we are pleased to hear the Prime Minister’s announcement that we can now move to Alert Level 1.  For Karapiro School there will be no major changes to what we are currently doing in terms of good hygiene practices. We will continue to teach students to cough and sneeze into their elbows, to regularly wash hands and use hand sanitiser. We will continue to ask children and staff to stay home if they are sick. Tomorrow we will sanitise the drinking fountains and they will reopen (however we still encourage students to bring their own drink bottle, which we are happy to refill for them). 


School staff have noticed an improvement in the start to our school day throughout Level 2. There has been more time for teacher-student interactions before the bell and teachers have reported a more settled start to the school day. Teachers have also been impressed by the independence shown by students of all ages: wheeling bikes into school by themselves, hanging their own school bags and getting their gear ready for the school day. We have also noticed that the students are more focussed at pack up time at the end of the day and more responsible for organising their own belongings ready to go home.  We would like to continue to encourage this level of agency and independence in our students and ask parents to continue to support this at the start and end of each day. We stress that we are always available to work in partnership with parents to make a time to meet with you if there is something important you wish to discuss. 


We are supporting contact tracing by having QR code posters at our entrances. You can download the NZ COVID Tracer app at the Ministry of Health’s NZ-COVID Tracer app page 


You can continue to access the latest information on Covid-19 here Ministry of Health website  

Learning @ Karapiro School

This week we have finally reached a full roll with all children now returned to school following the lockdown. We are monitoring the wellbeing of our students and have started a gradual return to full classroom programmes. We are not completing any major academic assessments at this time as we know that there has been considerable stress and pressure on some families given their individual circumstances and this has had an impact on our students. We have noticed that students are very tired as they are adjusting back to school routines. We have modified our class programmes to reflect their ability to manage the school day successfully and will continue to adjust, as they are able to cope with more formal learning.

The lockdown at Alert Level 4 came along just as we were about to meet with students and parents at Student Led Conferences to share our learning. We are now ready to resume these meetings and invite you to book in for a 20 minute parent-teacher-student conference that will be led by the students. We look forward to this opportunity to meet with you to share learning progress and achievement throughout the year as well as hearing from whanau about what is happening at home for your child. Together we will construct a written report to capture the learning conversation and it will be sent home at the end of Term 2 along with learning journals. You can book your Student Led Conference here Student Led Conference  

School Learning Spaces

At the beginning of the year we set out on a journey to rename our school learning spaces. Our criteria included looking for names that were compatible with our logo ‘Together we grow’. After consulting with our students, parents and school staff, our senior students reviewed the data and put the following proposal to the school which was accepted by the students. Our rooms will be renamed as follows:

New name of learning environment

Old classroom name

Pohutukawa

Rooms 1 & 4

Kowhai

Rooms 3 & 5

The Science Lab

Doesn’t exist yet! Building starts soon!

Whanau Room

The Multi Purpose Room

These new names will fully take effect when we move into the new learning spaces, although we have just started using them now as we ‘blend’ our rooms together for different activities throughout the school day.  

Carpark

A reminder to families to please use the pick up and drop off zone that we have created in our carpark. Please do not cross over the footpath and park in the staff parking area. We are keeping the pathway free of traffic for our students to access vehicles. Thank you. 

Classroom upgrade and science lab - Update!

We have confirmation that Lobell Construction will be undertaking our Classroom Upgrade project and we are all set for our pre-construction site meeting on 24 June. Keep up to date with the build by checking our blog at Our blog 


Scholastic Book Orders

Scholastic Book catalogues have gone home with students. If you did not receive one there are extra copies at the school office. The closing date for orders is 19 June 2020.

Music @ Karapiro School    

We would like to remind you that Mrs June McKenzie teaches music at Karāpiro School each Friday. You can contact Lynda Bennett, our Office Manager, on 827 7642 if you would like to make contact with June with regards to your child learning to play the ukulele, guitar, keyboard or piano. 

Sports @ Karapiro School - Update 

Please email Lynda at office@karapiro.school.nz to re-register your interest if your child is interested in joining a sports team. We also need parents to re-register their interest in being a coach or manager for a sports team. We will pass on further information to you from the various clubs as it comes to hand.



After School Care

We have a couple of families looking for after school care for their children. Please contact us if you are looking for care or if you, or anyone you know might be interested in providing this service for parents at our school.

Don’t forget your wheels for Wheels Day tomorrow (and your helmet!) 

Kind regards


Tina-Maree and the Karapiro Staff team 

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Safety for your kids is our priority.  We are very aware of Ministry of Health requirements and will be following all guidelines closely.  If you have any questions please get in contact with us on admin@netballhamilton.org.nz 

https://netballhamilton.org.nz/holiday-programme to enrol


Edventure Hamilton - Holiday Programmes - Are Back!!! July 2020

After covid close-down we are excited to announce that day holiday programmes will be back up and running in July 2020 and camps will be back in September/October. 

Check out our range of different programmes.

  • Edventure Everyday - arts crafts, fun and games for everyone. $45 /day, 5-13 yr olds,

  • Edventure Sports - drills, skills & modified games across several sporting codes.$45 /day, 5-13 yr olds,

  • Edventure Outdoors - a different field trip to some amazing outdoor activities. $75 /day, 8-13 yr olds,

A programme running everyday for 5-13 yr olds, @Berkeley Normal Middle School, OSCAR available, planned and run by teachers, for more info or to BOOK NOW visit www.edventure.co.nz or ph 021 0224 1576 

See you on your next EDVENTURE.  #SupportLocal!

Mark Bridger

Edventure Director

mark@edventure.co.nz

www.edventure.co.nz

02102241576


Newsletter Week 7 Term 2 2020

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Week 7 Term 2 2020

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

Well this week we have had mixed weather and it is certainly getting colder! It’s great to see the children arriving at school with layers of clothing which are helpful with the changing temperature throughout the school day. Gumboots are a great idea at this time of year! Miss Bennett popped around the classrooms to take some pics this morning and we hope you enjoy these photos below:







Covid-19 Update


We are relieved to know that there is no community transmission of Coronavirus Covid-19 in our area and it is safe to be back at school. The Ministry of Education and Ministry of Health continue to keep in close contact with schools providing health advice to us. Our Covid Management Plan is working well for us at Alert Level 2 and we will continue with our hygiene practices, contact tracing and visitor sign-in for the foreseeable future. Thank you to all of our families for supporting the changes we have made for everyone’s health and safety. Please be reminded that students need to bring a refillable drink bottle to school each day as our drinking fountains are closed. Our focus at Alert Level 2 is student wellbeing and we are ensuring students have time to transition positively back into school life.


You can access the latest information on Covid-19 here Ministry of Health website  

Carpark

A reminder to families to please use the pick up and drop off zone that we have created in our carpark. Please do not cross over the footpath and park in the staff parking area. We are keeping the pathway free of traffic for our students to access vehicles. Thank you. 

Wheels Day Wednesday

Wheels Day Wednesday is so popular with our students and they just love getting out in the carpark with the bikes, scooters and skateboards on Wednesday’s at lunchtime. All students are allowed to have a go - don’t forget you must bring your safety helmet.

 


New Board of Trustees and fundraising group

Thank you to the parents who came along to our meeting yesterday and who have expressed their interest in joining our new board of trustees and fundraising group (PTA). We had a successful meeting together where our Commissioner Mr Robert Naumann discussed the ins and outs of getting our new governance group up and running, and the importance of a trained governance group for Karāpiro School. We also talked about having new members on our PTA. Please email me if you would like to have a copy of our meeting notes or to express your interest in joining the PTA or board. Please let me know if you would like to come to the next meeting we are planning. 

Teacher only day

At the end of last year we planned a Teacher Only Day for Friday 12 June (also known locally as ‘Fieldays Friday’). Given that we have just come out of lockdown and Fieldays will not go ahead this year due to Covid-19, we have decided to postpone our Teacher Only Day to later in the year. We understand that parents may have already booked this time to go away on holiday. Please do not change your plans - just let us know if your child is going to be away. We will confirm a new date later in the term.