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Newsletter Week 4 Term 3 2022



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Week 4, Term 3 2022    


Kia ora parents, caregivers and whānau,

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

Board of Trustees

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

Cross Country

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

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

Cross Country Baking

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

PTA - Your School Needs You!

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

Father’s Day Raffle


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

Ag Day

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

Ag Day Mystery Bottles

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

White Elephant Stall

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

Student Absences

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

Parenting Support

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

School Centenary 100 Years on Site

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


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

Working Bee

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

Music Lessons - Spaces Now Available!

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

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

whakaako: teach

Ka whakaako au i a koe ki te raranga harakeke.

I will teach you to weave flax.


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

Ngā mihi

Marilynn and the Karāpiro Staff team 

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

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







Newsletter Week 1 Term 3 2022


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Week 1, Term 3 2022    


Kia ora parents, caregivers and whānau,

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

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

Triennial Board of Trustees Elections 

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

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

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

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

Further information is available at NZSTA Parent Information

PTA - Your School Needs You!

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

Student Absences

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

Parenting Support

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

Karāpiro Dam Closure

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

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

 

SH1 Closure 

 

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

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

 

School Centenary 100 Years on Site

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

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

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

Oxford Pie Orders

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

Scholastic Orders

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

Thank you!

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

 

Congratulations to Griff

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

 

 

 

Childcare & Transport to School

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

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

Music Lessons - Spaces Now Available!

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


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

karere: message

He karere māu. There is a message for you.


School Maintenance

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

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

Here is a list of the things that need attention:


Maintenance List


Washing windows inside and outside

Hedge trimming - driveway

Garden weeding - car park

Sandpit tidy up

Vege garden - weeding



School Events

Cross Country Training

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


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

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


Ngā mihi

Marilynn and the Karāpiro Staff team 

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

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
















Newsletter Week 10 Term 2 2022


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Week 10, Term 2 2022    


Kia ora parents, caregivers and whānau,

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

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

Staff News

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

Principal Sabbatical Term 3

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

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

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

Reporting to Parents

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

 

Reading Eggs and Mathletics

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

National Young Leaders Day 2022

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

Triennial Board of Trustees Elections 

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

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

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

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

Further information is available at NZSTA Parent Information

PTA - Your School Needs You!

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

Student Absences

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

Parenting Support

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

Road Safety Week

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

Pink Shirt Day!

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

Oxford Pie Orders

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

Our School Virtues & Values

Our virtues focus is on the virtue of Honesty.  

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

Covid-19 Update

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

Childcare & Transport to School

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

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

Music Lessons - Spaces Now Available!

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

Wheels Day Wednesday

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

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

 

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

pātai(tia): question, to ask a question

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


School Maintenance

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


Maintenance List

Gutter clearing - decking

Hedge trimming - driveway

Garden weeding - car park

Sandpit tidy up

Vege garden - weeding


School Events

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

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

Ngā mihi

Tina-Maree and the Karāpiro Staff team 

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Edventure Young Explorers Camp.

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

OSCAR Available

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

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

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

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

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

See you on your next EDVENTURE

Click here to BOOK NOW!! 







Newsletter Week 1 Term 2 2022



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Week 1, Term 2 2022    WELCOME BACK TO SCHOOL! 

Kia ora parents, caregivers and whānau,

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

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

Westpac Rescue Helicopter Fundraiser - this Friday 6 May!

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


National Young Leaders Day 2022

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

Health & Consent forms

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

Teacher Only Days

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

Teacher Only Day - Karāpiro School 

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

Friday 3 June

Public Holiday - Queen’s Birthday 

Monday 6 June

Teacher Only Day - ALL CAMBRIDGE SCHOOLS

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

Friday 17 June

Public Holiday - Matariki

Friday 24 June

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

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

Our School Virtues & Values

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

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

Covid-19 Update

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

Reporting to parents

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

Assembly - Sharing our learning with you

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

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

Carpool from Leamington - Can you help?

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

Music Lessons - Spaces now available!

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

Board of Trustees Meeting

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

Wheels Day Wednesday

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

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

PTA

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

Mother’s Day Raffle

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

CAM Competitions

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

Scholastic Books Orders

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

Property Available for Rent  - 41 Karāpiro Road

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

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

: to be full

Kua kī tōku puku - My tummy is full.


Karāpiro Community Play Group returns - Next session Friday 13 May


School Maintenance

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

Maintenance List

Gutter clearing - decking

Hedge trimming - driveway

Repairs to pool steps

Bamboo trimming - driveway

Vege garden - weeding


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

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

School Events

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

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

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

Ngā mihi

Tina-Maree and the Karāpiro Staff team 

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Newsletter Week 10 Term 1 2022


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Week 10, Term 1 2022

Kia ora parents, caregivers and whānau,


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

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

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

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

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

Carpool from Leamington - Can you help?

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

 

Covid-19 Update

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

Reporting to parents

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

Music Lessons - Spaces now available!

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

Wheels Day Wednesday

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

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

PTA

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

Mother’s Day Raffle

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

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

CAM (Canterbury Centre for Monitoring) Great Kiwi Competitions

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

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

horoi: wash

Horoia ō ringaringa - Wash your hands


School Maintenance

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

Maintenance List

Gutter clearing - decking

Hedge trimming - driveway

Repairs to pool steps

Bamboo trimming - driveway

Vege garden - weeding


School Events

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

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

Ngā mihi

Tina-Maree and the Karāpiro Staff team 

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Newsletter Week 8 Term 1 2022


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Week 8, Term 1 2022

Kia ora parents, caregivers and whānau

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

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

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

Carpool from Leamington

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

 

Introducing our new student teacher in Kowhai Class - Miss Mansell

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

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


Student Leaders

Congratulations to the Karāpiro School student leaders:

Physical Activity Leaders

Library Monitors

Arizona

Dakotah

Nevaeh

Iden

Louy

Aaliyah

Leo

Kyzah

Levi

Ronja

Envirowarriors

Class Councillors

Aaliyah

Stella (Y2)

Ava

Maddy (Y3)

Griff

Aylah (Y4)

Harley

Khloe (Y5)

Eli

Ben (Y5)

Stella

Ava (Y6)

Maddy


Covid-19 School Plan

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

Sports


LEAMINGTON RUGBY & SPORTS CLUB 

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



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

Cambridge Lifeskills

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

Music Lessons - Spaces now available!

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

PTA

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

Scholastic Orders

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

Karāpiro School Tikanga Māori Trophy Sponsor

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

Te Reo Māori

Kupu o te Ra - Word of the Day

kaiako: teacher

I whakaakona ngā tamariki e te kaiako.

The children were taught by the teacher.

School Maintenance

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


Maintenance List

Weeding - car park gardens

Hedge trimming - driveway

Repairs to pool steps

Waterblasting - decks

Gutter clearing - decking


School Events

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

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


Ngā mihi

Tina-Maree and the Karāpiro Staff team 

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

Newsletter Week 3 Term 1 2022


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Week 3, Term 1 2022

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

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

Contact details:

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

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

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

Before and After School Care 

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

 

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

Safe Roads - Near miss information

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

Karāpiro School Tikanga Māori Trophy Sponsor

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

Covid-19 School Plan

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

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

School plan for Covid RED:

Visitors to school:

No non-essential visitors on site.

All visitors, including parents and caregivers are required to:

  • wear a mask

  • enter via the Office Gate

  • sign in using our Vistab tablet in the office

  • contact trace using the displayed QR code

  • use the hand sanitiser provided at the office

  • wear a school visitor badge

  • sign out before you leave


Students:

  • Students will enter and exit using the Student Gate

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

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

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


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


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

  • Students will use hand sanitiser available in classrooms

  • Drinking fountains will be open and cleaned regularly

Mask wearing:

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

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

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

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

Hygiene:

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

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

School events and activities: 

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


  • Karāpiro School PlayGroup - postponed

  • Rural Schools’ Swim Sports - cancelled

  • Beach Education Trip - postponed (Term 4)

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

  • Sailing @ Lake Karāpiro - postponed to Term 4 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  2. Reading Eggs

  3. Mathletics

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

  5. Digital devices (Chromebooks and iPads)

  6. Reading packs

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

 

Cambridge Lifeskills

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

2022 School Charter

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

Music Lessons

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

PTA

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

Scholastic Book Orders

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


School Maintenance

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

Maintenance List

Weeding - car park gardens

Hedge trimming - driveway

Repairs to pool steps

Waterblasting - decks

Gutter clearing - decking

Pool Keys

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

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

School Events

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

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


Ngā mihi

Tina-Maree and the Karāpiro Staff team 

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Newsletter Week 1 Term 1 2022


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Welcome!

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

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

Thank You

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

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

2022 School Staff

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

Ms Tina Turkilsen

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

Mr Daniel (Dan) Churstain

Pōhutukawa teacher (Years 4, 5 & 6)

Miss Lynda Smith

Office manager

Ms Sharon Marriott-Atkinson

School cleaner

Miss Tina-Maree (TM) Thatcher

Principal

Whaea Faye Collier

Learning support (teacher aide)

Mrs Margaret Ng

Learning support (speech language therapy)

Mrs Marilynn Jones

Relief teacher

Mrs Margo McMillan

Relief teacher

Mrs June McKenzie

Music teacher


COVID RED Return to school plan

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

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

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

Return to school plan for Covid RED:

Visitors to school:

No non-essential visitors on site.

All visitors, including parents and caregivers are required to:

  • wear a mask

  • enter via the Office Gate

  • sign in using our Vistab tablet in the office

  • contact trace using the displayed QR code

  • use the hand sanitiser provided at the office

  • wear a school visitor badge

  • sign out before you leave


Students:

  • Students will enter and exit using the Student Gate

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

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

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


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


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

  • Students will use hand sanitiser on entry to indoor spaces

  • Drinking fountains will be open and cleaned daily

Mask wearing:

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

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

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

Hygiene:

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

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

School events and activities: 

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


  • Karāpiro School PlayGroup - postponed

  • Rural Schools’ Swim Sports - cancelled

  • Beach Education Trip - postponed (Term 4)

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

  • Sailing @ Lake Karāpiro - to be advised 

  • Student Led Conferences - to be advised

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

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

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

 School Timetable

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

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

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

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

2022 School Charter

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


School Maintenance

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


Maintenance List

Weeding - car park gardens

Hedge trimming - driveway

Weeding - vege garden

Waterblasting - decks

Gutter clearing - decking


Pool Keys

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

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

School Calendar

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

A reminder of the the school dates for 2022:

Term 1: 3 February - 14 April

Term 2: 2 May - 8 July   

Note there are two Teacher Only Days this term:  

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

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

Term 3: 25 July - 30 September

Term 4: 17 October - 14 December


Your Contact Information & Enrolment Information 

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

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


Ngā mihi

Tina-Maree and the Karāpiro Staff team 

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Newsletter 14 December 2021

Dear parents and caregivers,

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

Staffing & Classes for 2022

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

Our staffing and classes for 2022 is as follows:

Ms Tina Turkilsen

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

& SENCO (Special education needs coordinator)

Mr Daniel (Dan) Churstain

Pōhutukawa teacher (Years 4, 5 & 6)

Miss Lynda Smith

Office manager

Ms Sharon Marriott-Atkinson

School cleaner

Miss Tina-Maree (TM) Thatcher

Principal

Whaea Faye Collier

Learning support (teacher aide)

Mrs Margaret Ng

Speech language therapist

Mrs Marilynn Jones

Relief teacher

Mrs Margo McMillan

Relief teacher

Mrs June McKenzie

Music teacher


End of Year Reports

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

Covid-19 Information

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

Wet & Wild Day

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

2021 Yearbook

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

Looking after our school site

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

Merry Christmas!

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

Tina-Maree

Newsletter Week 7 Term 4 2021


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Welcome to Week 7 Term 4 2021 and our final newsletter for the 2021 school year. We’d like to thank everyone for their support over this challenging year which has disrupted our teaching and learning but has strengthened the special place that Karāpiro School is for us all. 

Welcome to our 4 new students who have started school with us at Karāpiro!

Welcome Joanna, Terence, Dre’zhana and Serenity who have all joined Kōwhai Class. We hope you enjoy the final few weeks of the school year making new friends and finding your way around our lovely little school. Welcome to your whānau too. 



What’s Happening...

Week 7

Friday 3 December

Prize Giving STUDENTS ONLY - Students are asked to dress up and wear something special for our photos


Summer reading: Don’t forget to bring a reusable bag with you to fill it up with reading books for you to read over the summer break

Week 8

Tuesday 7 December


Wednesday 8 December


Thursday 9 December



Friday 10 December 


BOT meeting 4pm (Via Zoom) 



Student led conferences



Student led conferences

Planting with Kathryn - Trees for Survival



Athletics Day - A fun day organised by the students of Pōhutukawa Class 

Week 9

Monday 13 December





Tuesday 14 December 



Wednesday 15 December*

Monday FUNDAY! Students design their own fun day at school! We are also expecting a visit from our new teacher Mr Daniel Churstain. At 2.30pm we are having a final assembly and farewell for Mrs Naylor.



Today is Crafts Day! Bring along your Ag Day creations and join in a whole lot of creative fun at school.



Wet & Wild Day!  Bring your togs and towels for a fun water day at school. Today is our last day of the year.

Today your end of year school reports will be uploaded to Seesaw.

* We are aware that Wednesday 15 December is the day the Auckland border is set to open and this may impact on our families and community. Please let us know if you children will be leaving school early so we can organise their gear to take home. 


To book your Student Led Conference: 

Year 6 Leavers

A special Karāpiro School tradition is for our Year 6 students to meet with past Karāpiro students ahead of their move to Cambridge Middle School.

 

We would like to say a special thank you to Lola, Seb and Gab who popped in with Mrs Watkins & Mr Martin to speak with our Year 6 leavers. It was so lovely to spend time with you - and to see how much you have grown! We are very proud of you and appreciate the time you took to share your thoughts on how to make a successful transition to CMS. Thank you for coming - we wish you all the best as you prepare to move on to your next schooling adventure!

 

Reney, Abbey and Maraea: Karāpiro School staff and students are going to miss you! It has been a pleasure to watch you grow and learn with us. We are so very proud of the stunning young women each of you are. We send you off to your next learning steps with a full ‘toolkit’ that will stand you in good stead for your future endeavours. Keep in touch with us - we will be thinking of you. Go well. 

 


Trees for Survival

Karāpiro students spent a day in the garden planting more than 240 seedlings and another 300 today! A special thank you to Katharine from Trees for Survival for sharing her planting tips and tricks with us. Thank you to Pohutukawa students who got stuck into tidying up the garden shed and the nursery with Miss Thatcher - great teamwork!

School Maintenance

We rely on our fabulous school community to help keep our school grounds looking great. We have decided to hold our next Working Bee in Term 1 but we still would really appreciate any time you are able to give to us over the holiday break. Here are some of the main things we need done, that you and your family could help with, anytime, over the break:

  • Car park gardens weeding

  • Driveway hedge trimming

  • School vege garden weeding

  • Water blast deckings and cobblestones

  • Soft wash of exterior school buildings

  • Move the mud kitchen onto the sandpit concrete area

  • We need our swimming pool steps repaired - please see pic below:

Pool Keys

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


Thank You

Thank you to those who have contributed to and supported our school this year. Thank you: John (Rocket Wonder Man), Pam and John Robinson for caring for our gardens, Indy (Cambridge Cricket), Jenni (RTLB), Angela (SLT), June Mackenzie for music lessons, Michelle Bennett for volunteering at school, Chanel Bateman for looking after our gardens, Kirsten (Volvo Sailing), Katharine (Trees for Survival), Alex Daniel (Enviroschools), Rob Naumann, Wendy (Swimsafe), Bunnings Warehouse (for supplying us with Year 6 leavers gifts), Sharon, Kathryn (Ko Take Reo). Wayne Naylor (making our Mud Kitchen), Phill Duffell (‘Fix-It-Phil’).

Thank you to our PTA: Willy Kanis, Michelle Bennett, Bruce Hopkins, Manuela & Bruno Epp and all the parents who have stepped up to support the PTA and to help us out with working bees.

Thank you also to our Board of Trustees: Marilynn Jones, Lisa Stoneham, Chanel Bateman, Ayesha Newport & Silvana Ferreira. 

This year the students have decorated school cards to go out to all the people who have helped us over the year - see below. 

PTA Fundraising Report

Thank you to those who took part in the Oxford Pie fundraiser. We sold 160 pies and made $320 for our school. The PTA have raised $1937.32 this year through school lunches, fundraisers and raffles. Thank you to Willy Kanis and Michelle Bennett for all the effort you put into the PTA this year. We really appreciate it.

School Calendar

Keep an eye on our School Calendar which has been updated with new times and dates of school events due to the recent lockdown and Alert Level changes. 

School dates for 2022:

Term 1: 3 February - 14 April

Term 2: 2 May - 8 July

Term 3: 25 July - 30 September

Term 4: 17 October - 14 December

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

Car Park Safety

Thank you parents for using the rear carpark for students drop offs and pick ups. You are able to use the bus bay for parking (bus times are 8.00am and 3.40pm). If you are using the drop off zone it is important to use this effectively. If you are the first car into the space please drive as far forward as you can go to enable other vehicles to park in behind you. We have noticed parents trying to parallel park into the zone which is not what it is designed for. Please help us to use it effectively and please come out of your vehicle to collect your child if you are parked in the car park.  Thank you for remembering to wear a mask and considering your social distance outside the school gate. Thank you. 

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! 

Concerns and Complaints

We have an open-door policy at Karāpiro School which means we want to make ourselves available to speak with you if there are problems or issues you wish to discuss. Please make a time to meet with us if you want to talk. You can find more information on our concerns and complaints procedures at the end of this newsletter. 

Your Contact Information & Enrolment Information 

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

Thank you to each and every one of you for your support of our school staff, board, students and families over the course of 2021. We wish happy holidays to you and your whānau. We look forward to seeing you back in the new year. Merry Christmas! 

Ngā mihi

Tina-Maree and the Karāpiro Staff team 

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Newsletter Week 5 Term 4 2021


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Welcome to Week 5 Term 4 2021


Welcome back!

It was wonderful to welcome our students back on Wednesday and to hear the sounds of children playing throughout the school. We have taken the time to check in with every child to find out how they are feeling and if they have any worries about coming back to school. The children tell us they missed their friends the most and they are excited to be back and just want to get on with things! 


The Karāpiro Staff team would like to extend our thanks to our families for all the work you have done throughout lockdown - we appreciate this has been a challenging time for parents, schools, communities and of course our entire country. We think it's important to share our plans with you, from now through to the end of the school year, so you can have as much certainly as we can possibly give you, about how things will be ticking along here at school. 



Planning for the final weeks of term

We have considered advice from the Ministry of Education on our approach to the next few weeks and have decided that the final 4 weeks of the school term will be safe, fun and stimulating for the children, based on what we have all been through in recent weeks. It is not our intention to complete the final testing and assessment that we would normally undertake at this time of the year. Our plan is to move our assessment schedule to March 2022.


We plan to report to parents at the end of the term using two tools: the first is an ‘overall teacher judgment’ (or OTJ’) of where your child is currently learning in the curriculum (to be confirmed when we assess in March); the second tool will be a key-competency-based comment that is co-constructed with families when we meet at Student Led Conferences on Wednesday 8 December and Thursday 9 December. Reports will be uploaded to your child’s Seesaw page on Wednesday 15 December. Whole school student achievement data will now be reported to the board of trustees in term 1, 2022.


We are taking a cautious approach to events held at school and will be following Ministry of Education advice to not hold events that bring groups of people into the school site. We are also aware that there is concern in the Cambridge community about recent Covid cases and the impact on families of the vaccination mandate. For this reason we have decided to hold our Prize Giving this year for students only, however we will be producing a 2021 Yearbook for families to take home that will include photographs of the classes throughout the year and featuring students and their achievements.  Along with this we have postponed the Karāpiro Community Playgroup to 2022. Our school Beach Education trip has been moved to February 2022 also.


Here is what we have planned for the students in the coming weeks:

Week 6

Thursday 25 November



Friday 26 November

Trees for Survival Planting Day - We have hundreds of little seedlings to plant for our nursery



Card Making Day - This year we are not holding our annual Thank You Morning Tea - instead Karāpiro students will design and make beautiful thank you cards for all the people who have helped and supported us throughout the year

Week 7

Friday 3 December

Prize Giving STUDENTS ONLY - Students are asked to dress up and wear something special for our photos

Week 8

Friday 10 December 

Athletics Day - A fun day organised by the students of Pohutukawa Class 

Week 8

Monday 13 December


Tuesday 14 December 



Wednesday 15 December*

Monday FUNDAY! Students design their own fun day at school! We are also expecting a visit from our new teacher Mr Daniel Churstain :) 


Crafts Day! Today you can bring along your Ag Day creations and join in a whole lot of creative fun at school.



Wet & Wild Day!  Bring your togs and towels for a fun water day at school. Today is our last day of the year.

* We are aware that Wednesday 15 December is the day the Auckland border is set to open and this may impact on our families and community. Please let us know if you children will be leaving school early so we can organise their gear to take home. 

To book your Student Led Conference: 

Board news

We are delighted to welcome Ayesha Newport and Silvana Ferreira as our new board members. Thank you to Lynda Smith for her role as returning officer. The next board meeting will be held on 7 December 2021 at 4pm.


Pool Keys

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

School Calendar

Keep an eye on our School Calendar which has been updated with new times and dates of school events due to the recent lockdown and Alert Level changes. 

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

Oxford Pie Orders

Pies will be available for collection from the school office between 1pm-3pm on Tuesday 23 November.


Student Absences

Did you know you can notify us of your child/ren’s absence from school on our website: Student Absences. You can also email Lynda in the school office office@karapiro.school.nz or phone 07 827 7642. We appreciate you letting us know by 9am if your child/ren will be absent from school.


Your Contact Information & Enrolment Information 

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



Ngā mihi

Tina-Maree and the Karāpiro Staff team 

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Newsletter Week 10 Term 3 2021


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Welcome to Week 10 Term 3 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 to Karāpiro School

In Term 4 we welcome student teacher Charlotte Stanley to Kōwhai Class at Karāpiro School. Charlotte is a student teacher in the graduate teacher education programme at the University of Waikato and will be spending 6 weeks on teaching practicum in Kōwhai Class. 

Farewell from Karāpiro School

We say farewell to our undergraduate student teachers, Miss May and Miss Gillard, on Friday. They have had an interesting practicum, with lockdown in the middle! We wish them all the best for their future endeavours. We will miss you!

Working Bee - Thank you!

Thanks so much to the many hands that helped out at our recent Working Bee. You are amazing! Thanks also to those who weren't able to make it on the day but have offered their help in other ways. We really appreciate you helping us to keep our school looking great! Thank you also to Karāpiro School staff for all that you do, and thank you to our helpful students. 


School Calendar

Keep an eye on our School Calendar which has been updated with new times and dates of school events due to the recent lockdown and Alert Level changes. 

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

School Bus Amendment Application

Karāpiro School has applied to the Ministry of Education to amend one of the two bus routes servicing our school, to include our families living in the Karāpiro Village. We have contacted the lead school, Cambridge High School, and received their support for the amendment as well as signatures from Cambridge Middle School and St Peters School (who share the bus route). Our application is now with the Ministry of Education who are currently updating school bus routes. We expect to hear back from the Ministry towards the end of term 4 and we will let you know as soon as we do - fingers crossed for positive news. 

News from the Karāpiro School Board of Trustees

Board member vacancy

The Board of Trustees has two vacancies they wish to fill and are in the process of holding a by-election. Nominations have been mailed to families and are due to the School Office by noon on Monday 18 October. If you would like more information in becoming a board member you can contact our Presiding Member (Board Chairperson) Marilynn Jones at marilynn@karapiro.school.nz 

Board meetings

At our last board meeting we discussed our school organisation and planning for Covid Alert Levels as well as our planning for 2022. You are invited and encouraged to attend our next board meeting to be held here at school at 4pm on Tuesday 2 November. On our agenda will be strategic planning, training (our board governance role) and further planning for the 2022 school year. If you would like to attend please contact our Presiding Member (Board Chairperson) Marilynn Jones marilynn@karapiro.school.nz  


Ag Day 20 October 2021

Our planning and organisation for this exciting annual event is well underway. We are looking for a couple of people to provide face painting on the day and have a list of things we need your help with: 

  • 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!

  • Mystery Bottles: We are also taking collections of wrapped bottles which will be for sale on Ag Day. This is a great fundraiser for our school and we need your help to ensure we have enough bottles to sell on the day. The contents of the bottle can be anything at all (please no alcohol). If you would like to contribute a wrapped bottle these can be dropped off the school office between now and Ag Day on 20 October 2021.

Things we need!!!! 

Do you have any of the following that you could donate to us for various things? We are on the hunt for the following:

  • Teacups and saucers (don’t have to match) and bread/butter plates

  • Large clean milo tins or infant formula tins (with or without their lids) for an Ag Day game

  • Gumboots (any size or colour)

  • Boxes - muesli bar boxes, toothpaste or cereal boxes (for Kōwhai Class) 

Please deliver to our school office - thanks!

Oxford Pie Orders

Forms have been sent home for pie orders. Orders close on 21 October with pies being delivered to school on 2 November. If you need additional forms please ask at the school office.

 

Hearing and Vision Checks

These will be held at school on 9 November at 9am. If you would like your child to be seen please let us know at least one week prior to this date.

 

School Hours

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. Students are to be collected from school at 3pm. 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. 

Please contribute to our parent survey and let us know if your family needs before and after school care: Parent survey   This survey closes on 1 October. Thank you. 

Absences

Did you know you can notify us of your child/ren’s absence from school on our website: Student Absences. You can also email Lynda in the school office office@karapiro.school.nz or phone 07 827 7642. We appreciate you letting us know by 9am if your child/ren will be absent from school.

Car Park Safety

From time to time we need to remind you to please keep your speed down on our driveway! Thank you for using our drop off and pick up zone - you can temporarily park in the pick up zone and collect your child/ren from the gate. You will usually find teachers at the main gate to assist students to leave the site after school.

A reminder to families: Please do not use the visitor parking at the school office - this space is designated for our school visitors and was not designed for daily parent or student access. Thank you.

School Pool Caretaker

We are looking for someone to become the caretaker of our school pool from Term 4. Part of this is attending a pool compliance course which we cover the cost of. If you are interested in taking on this role or would like more information please let Lynda in the office know.

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

Friday Playgroup dates for Term 3: 1 October Term 4: 29 October, 12 November, 26 November, 10 December

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

Our virtues focus is on the virtue of ‘unity’ which we know as ‘kotahitanga’. We show unity when we are united and we work together.  What does unity look like in your family/whanau? You can read our school treaty below. 

Term 3 Virtues Focus:

Honesty

Weeks 1 - 2

Joyfulness

Weeks 3 - 4

Peacefulness

Weeks 5 - 6

Compassion

Weeks 7 - 8

Unity

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 June on 021 136 0583 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! 

Concerns and Complaints

We have an open-door policy at Karāpiro School which means we want to make ourselves available to speak with you if there are problems or issues you wish to discuss. Please make a time to meet with us if you want to talk. You can find more information on our concerns and complaints procedures at the end of this newsletter. 

Your Contact Information & Enrolment Information 

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

Happy holidays to you and your whānau. We look forward to seeing you back in Term 4. 


Ngā mihi

Tina-Maree and the Karāpiro Staff team 

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Waipa District Libraries’ school holiday programme  - Out of this World

The October school holiday programme at Waipa District Libraries is “Out of this World” and out of the libraries.

A programme booklet will be available to collect, from either library, which will contain space-themed activities for children to explore at home.

Keep an eye out for online tutorials and some additional activities which will be posted to the libraries’ Facebook page.

Booklets will be available from Thursday 30 September. A link to download the booklet will also be available on the Facebook page from that date.

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Newsletter Week 8 Term 3 2021


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Welcome to Week 8 Term 3 2021

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

It’s so great to have all of our students back at school this week, after the ups and downs of the Covid-19 Lockdown. Thank you to our families for your support of school staff and for all your work at home with the children. It’s great to be getting back to ‘normal’ (albeit a ‘new normal’) and we hope that we can now have a clear block of learning through to the holiday break.

Thank you for supporting us to maintain our school site by keeping children home if they are sick and for scanning in using our QR code. Thank you also for supporting us by ensuring students use the student gate only - the front gate is strictly for visitor access and our contact tracing register at Level 2. If you need more information regarding the Covid-19 Alert Level 2 Delta you can visit the Ministry of Health website.

We would like to say a special welcome to Oscar who has turned 5 and started school with us in Kowhai class during Lockdown. Welcome to our school Oscar!

Changes to our calendar...

There are a number of changes to our school calendar because of the Covid-19 Lockdown, in addition to the cancellation of the Rural Schools’ Cross Country and the Town Interschools Cross Country events. The Karāpiro School Cross Country will be held here at school on Friday 1 October at 11am (the last day of the term).  Life Education has been moved to Week 3 of Term 4. The Rotary Speech Competition has been cancelled for 2021. The Karāpiro School Speech Competition will be held in Term 4 on Wednesday 10 November (Week 4). Our Awards Assembly (Blake Award, Altrusa Awards, CEM Competitions) is postponed until Friday 3 December at 2.30pm. 

Student Led Conferences

Student Led Conference bookings are now open for the end of the term and you can access bookings at SCHOOLINTERVIEWS.CO.NZ and using event code: zkkaw. Our focus for these conferences is student wellbeing and our student teachers on their final practicum will be in attendance, with your agreement.  

You can keep up with all of these changes by visiting the School Calendar on the school website. 

News from the Board of Trustees

Farewell to Cheryl Naylor

Cheryl Naylor and her family have made the decision to relocate to Wellington at the end of the year. We are so very sad to lose Cheryl who has been a stunning colleague, Deputy Principal and Teacher over the last 4 years - we will miss her terribly. However we are excited for Cheryl and her husband Wayne, as they plan to return ‘home’ to Wellington and start a new adventure in the capital. We are planning a farewell for Cheryl later in the year and will let you know  the time and date closer to the time. 

A few words from Cheryl…

An exciting opportunity has arisen for our whānau to relocate to Wellington so I will finish at Karāpiro School at the end of the 2021 school year, and we will move to Wellington in January 2022. 


While this is an exciting new chapter for me, I know I will find it hard to beat Karāpiro School! Working with such an incredibly compassionate, professional and fun team, having the support of our enthusiastic and caring Board of Trustees and community, and getting to work alongside curious, fun and happy learners makes it a joy to come to school each day!

Member vacancy

The Board of Trustees has two vacancies they wish to fill and are in the process of planning a by-election. Lynda Smith has been appointed as Returning Officer and you will soon receive information from Lynda as to the process to fill these vacancies, including nomination forms. If you would like more information in becoming a board member you can contact our Presiding Member (Board Chairperson) Marilynn Jones at marilynn@karapiro.school.nz 


Community consultation

The Board has a parent survey underway as they wish to understand the needs of our families in relation to before and after school care. Could you please complete the survey (whether you need care or not) and let us know what you need. Thank you. Click here for the Survey Link 

Teacher only days - postponed to 2022

Due to the disruption to student learning because of the Covid-19 Alert levels we have decided to forego both planned Teacher Only Days (27 August and 22 October). We will move these dates to 2022 and advise you at the beginning of 2022.

Our next Board meeting will be held at 4pm on 2 November in the staffroom. Please contact Marilynn Jones if you would like to join us. 


Health & Physical Education Curriculum: Firewise

Classes are now underway learning about fire safety at home and at school. Please talk with your children about your safety plan to evacuate from a fire in your home. You can find more information and learning from home resources on the Firewise website. 

PTA

Our next PTA meeting will be held on Thursday 30 September at 3.00pm in the staffroom. We would love you to come along and see how you can be involved in our planning for Ag Day and Group Day (which we are also running this year). We would love to see you there!

Working Bee

Please join us for a Working Bee on Saturday 25 September at 9am. As you know, we don’t have a caretaker and we rely on our families to help us out from time to time. Your support is very much appreciated! We have a big list of jobs that need to be done around the school (see list below). Please bring along the kids, your water blasters, wheelbarrows and gardening gloves and tools. We will provide morning tea. Thanks for your support!


Ag Day 20 October 2021

Our planning and organisation for this exciting annual event are well underway. We are looking for a couple of people to provide face painting on the day and have a list of things we need your help with. If you would like to help on the day please come along to our PTA Meeting 3pm in the staffroom on Thursday 30 September. 

Collections for the Ag Day White Elephant Stall and Mystery Bottles

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!

We are also taking collections of wrapped bottles which will be for sale on Ag Day. This is a great fundraiser for our school and we need your help to ensure we have enough bottles to sell on the day. The contents of the bottle can be anything at all (please no alcohol). If you would like to contribute a wrapped bottle these can be dropped off the school office between now and Ag Day on 20 October 2021.

Lambs for Adoption for Ag Day

Amy Beech has orphan lambs available for adoption for Ag Day. The cost is $60 per lamb and if you return the lamb back to her weaned and healthy then you will receive a refund. You are also able to keep the lamb. Amy is taking names now with lambing expected to begin in late August. If you are interested please contact Amy on 021 542 547.

Things we need!!!! 

Do you have any of the following that you could donate to us for various things? We are on the hunt for the following:

  • Teacups and saucers (don’t have to match) and bread/butter plates

  • Large clean milo tins or infant formula tins (with or without their lids)

  • Gumboots (any size or colour)

  • Boxes - muesli bar boxes, toothpaste or cereal boxes (for Kowhai Class) 

Please deliver to our school office - thanks!

Judges needed for Cambridge Schools Agricultural Group

Cambridge Schools Agricultural Group here are looking for parents, grandparents, friends or anyone else you know who would like to join their team as judges for agricultural days. Training is provided so they don't have to be an expert already; just keen to participate and give a bit of time. It's loads of fun working with the kids and their animals as well as good learning. If you are interested or know someone who is please contact Andrea Robinson Tel 027 452 1937 or bruntwood4@xtra.co.nz

Touch Rugby Registrations

Leamington RSC has opened their touch rugby registrations today, for primary schools and middle school.  They will close Friday 1st October at 5pm. Please go to lrsc.co.nz “Junior Sports Teams” to register.

 

Softball

 

TVP Softball registrations are open with the season starting on 9 October. Tee-ball U7 and U9 module run at Tom Voyle Park from 5.30pm-7.00pm, skills and drills then a game. Little league (slow pitch) U11 played at Resthills Park Hamilton on Saturday mornings, training on Thursday at Tom Voyle Park. $60 for the season (Term 4 and Term 1). Register here: Softball Registration

 

School Hours

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. Students are to be collected from school at 3pm. 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. 

Please contribute to our parent survey and let us know if your family needs before and after school care: Parent survey

Absences

Did you know you can notify us of your child/ren’s absence from school on our website: Student Absences. You can also email Lynda in the school office office@karapiro.school.nz or phone 07 827 7642. We appreciate you letting us know by 9am if your child/ren will be absent from school.

Car Park Safety

From time to time we need to remind you to please keep your speed down on our driveway! Thank you for using our drop off and pick up zone - you can temporarily park in the pick up zone and collect your child/ren from the gate. You will usually find teachers at the main gate to assist students to leave the site after school.

A reminder to families: Please do not use the visitor parking at the school office - this space is designated for our school visitors and was not designed for daily parent or student access. Thank you.


School Pool Caretaker

We are looking for someone to become the caretaker of our school pool from Term 4. Part of this is attending a pool compliance course which we cover the cost of. If you are interested in taking on this role or would like more information please let Lynda in the office know.

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

Friday Playgroup dates for Term 3: 17 September, 1 October

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. We have a lovely new heat pump installed so it will be nice and cosy. 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

Our virtues focus is on the virtue of ‘Compassion’.  What does compassion look like in your family/whanau? 

Term 3 Virtues Focus:

Honesty

Weeks 1 - 2

Joyfulness

Weeks 3 - 4

Peacefulness

Weeks 5 - 6

Compassion

Weeks 7 - 8

Unity

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 June on 021 136 0583 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 Smith at office@karapiro.school.nz if you would like to add them to our mailing list. 

Concerns and Complaints

We have an open-door policy at Karāpiro School which means we want to make ourselves available to speak with you if there are problems or issues you wish to discuss. Please make a time to meet with us if you want to talk. You can find more information on our concerns and complaints procedures at the end of this newsletter. 

Your Contact Information & Enrollment Information 

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


Ngā mihi

Tina-Maree and the Karāpiro Staff team 

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Covid-19 Updates for families

Covid-19 Alert Level Update information for families is available on the school website at the following link:

Covid-19 Information

https://www.karapiro.school.nz/1/pages/1-welcome

Newsletter Week 4 Term 3 2021


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Welcome to Week 4 Term 3 2021

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

Kia ora whānau.  

This newsletter was prepared prior to the Level 4 Covid-19 Lockdown so we know that some of the events and plans we have mentioned below may now be subject to change. We will keep you updated with Covid-19 information as it comes to hand. All updates will be sent directly to your email addresses, with a copy going onto the Covid19 Information button on our school website www.karapiro.school.nz

Kind regards,

Tina-Maree


2021 Education Review

Dear parents, caregivers, staff and students of Karāpiro School,

I am delighted to share with you our Confirmed Education Review Report which has just been released. A copy is attached to this newsletter for you.

I am thrilled with the excellent report and would like to express my thanks to our principal, Tina-Maree, our teachers Cheryl and Tina, and our support staff Lynda, Faye, Margaret and Sharon for their work.

This report identifies and confirms everything we already know about Karāpiro School – we are a great country school that provides stimulating learning experiences with a range of learning opportunities for our students – in a positive school culture of collaboration and care.

May our school continue to grow and succeed.

With kind regards 

Marilynn Jones

Presiding Member (Board Chairperson)

Karāpiro School Board of Trustees

[The report is at the end of this newsletter for you to read and is also available on our school website Our Latest ERO Review ]

Thank You 

We would like to say a special THANK YOU to the Karāpiro School PTA who have donated $2200 to our school from the funds raised so far this year. WOW!!! Our fundraising team of Willy and Michelle have worked really hard and achieved an amazing result. This money will go towards the replacement cover for our swimming pool (which is currently being made for us) and the purchase of new books for the school (pop in and check out our new collection - it's awesome!). Thank you to everyone who has bought a school lunch, or a raffle ticket this year and supported our PTA.

We would also like to say a special thank you to Mr and Mrs Naylor who popped in last weekend to do some repairs on our playground - thank you for supporting us!

Thank you also to Chenel Bateman for dealing to the weeds in the playground too!

PTA

Are you interested in joining our PTA? The next meeting will be held on Monday 30 August at 3.00pm in the staffroom. We would love you to come along and see how you can be involved.

Reporting to parents - Seesaw

Have you checked your child’s Seesaw journal lately? 

You can find the following online:

  1. Snapshot Reports - mid year reports that show your child’s progress and achievement for the first half of the school year

  2. Weekly updates - check in with what’s happening in the classroom (focus on Maths this term)

Any issues? Please see your classroom teacher. We are interested in your feedback and making sure that you can access and engage with your child’s learning online. 

Teacher Only Day

School will be closed for instruction on Friday 27 August for a Teacher Only Day for staff professional development and learning. [Advance notice: Our final Teacher Only Day for 2021 will be the Friday of Week 1 in Term 4, 22nd October.]

Working Bee

Please join us for a Working Bee on Saturday 25 September at 9am. As you know, we don’t have a caretaker and we rely on our families to help us out from time to time. Your support is very much appreciated! We have a big list of jobs that need to be done around the school (see list below). Please bring along the kids, your water blasters, wheelbarrows and gardening gloves and tools. We will provide morning tea. Thanks for your support!

Rural Cross Country -  We need you!

Karāpiro School staff organize and run the Rural Schools’ Cross Country event for the rural Cambridge schools. Participating schools are Karāpiro, Roto-o-Rangi, Kaipaki, Horahora and Te Miro. This year the event will be held on Friday 10th September (Week 7) with the postponement day the following Tuesday 14th September. Please save these dates now! 

We will be running our 8, 9, 10 and 11 year old students only (age as at 17 September). Our 6 and 7 year olds will remain at school on this day. We will be looking for our fastest runners from the rural schools to participate in the Rural Schools team at the Town School event on Friday 17 September (the save day is Tuesday 21 September). The event will begin at 9.30am and be finished by approximately 1pm. Our PTA will run a ‘snack bar’ under the Karāpiro gazebo. The funds raised from this event go towards the cost of the Senior Beach Education Trip planned for Term 4. 

We need your help! Below is a list of the things we will soon be asking you to help us with, to ensure this is a successful event for our rural students:

What we need:

Who can help?

Home baking items donated to PTA to sell

All Karāpiro families - please donate home baking to sell at the PTA tent on the day. The items that sell best are slices, biscuits, muffins and cakes.

Safety marshalls and time keepers

We need approx 3 parents to help with this on the day.

We will make sure you are on a roster so you can watch your child run.

First aid

Do you have a first aid certificate? Please let us know if you can help us on the day, in the event we need to provide first aid to anyone.

PTA helpers to sell food

Please let us know if you are available for an hour or two to sell food at the PTA tent on the day. Again, we will roster you on so you can watch your child run.


Ag Day 2021

Planning for Ag Day 2021 on Wednesday 20 October is well underway. A notice has gone home for registration of calves, lambs and goats for our Ag Day. We will also take registrations for your pets - do you have a guinea pig, rabbit or other small animal to bring along? We would appreciate it if our families could help with baking (muffins, cakes and slices) for the Ag Day Cake Shop to help the PTA fundraise for our school. We are also looking for a couple of people to provide face painting on the day. Please return your registration forms to the school office by Friday 27 August.

Collections for the Ag Day White Elephant Stall and Mystery Bottles

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!

We are also taking collections of wrapped bottles which will be for sale on Ag Day. This is a great fundraiser for our school and we need your help to ensure we have enough bottles to sell on the day. The contents of the bottle can be anything at all (please no alcohol). If you would like to contribute a wrapped bottle these can be dropped off the school office between now and Ag Day on 20 October 2021.

Lambs for Adoption for Ag Day

Amy Beech has orphan lambs available for adoption for Ag Day. The cost is $60 per lamb and if you return the lamb back to her weaned and healthy then you will receive a refund. You are also able to keep the lamb. Amy is taking names now with lambing expected to begin in late August. If you are interested please contact Amy on 021 542 547.

Donations

Do you have any of the following that you could donate to us for some art activities? We are on the hunt for the following:

  • Teacups and saucers (don’t have to match) and bread/butter plates

  • Large clean milo tins or infant formula tins (with or without their lids)

  • Gumboots (any size or colour)

Please deliver to our school office - thanks!

Cambridge Middle School - Year 6 Students

Cambridge Middle School invites applications from parents/caregivers who are intending to enrol their child/ren in Year 7 at CMS in 2022.  Their 2022 Prospectus will be delivered to our school before the end of this week and we will send a copy home with your child. Please note that the prospectus no longer includes a paper enrolment form as they have moved to an online enrolment form via MUSAC Edge. 

Families can find information about the enrolment process, zone map and the link to the online enrolment form on their website at https://www.cms.school.nz/cms-enrolment-and-zone/ 

Cambridge Middle School is asking that all applications be completed and received by CMS before 12pm Wednesday 25th August 2021. 

New Library Books - THANK YOU!

Thank you for orders made through Scholastic Book Club. We receive rewards from each purchase you make and have used these rewards to grow our graphic novel selection in our school library.

School Hours

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. Students are to be collected from school at 3pm. 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. 

We will soon be sending out a parent survey to find out what our parents needs are for before and after school support. This will be emailed to you in the second half of the term. 

Absences

Did you know you can notify us of your child/ren’s absence from school on our website: Student Absences. You can also email Lynda in the school office office@karapiro.school.nz or phone 07 827 7642. We appreciate you letting us know by 9am if your child/ren will be absent from school.

Car Park Safety

From time to time we need to remind you to please keep your speed down on our driveway! Thank you for using our drop off and pick up zone - you can temporarily park in the pick up zone and collect your child/ren from the gate. You will usually find teachers at the main gate to assist students to leave the site after school.

A reminder to families: Please do not use the visitor parking at the school office - this space is designated for our school visitors and was not designed for daily parent or student access. Thank you.

School Pool Caretaker

We are looking for someone to become the caretaker of our school pool from Term 4. Part of this is attending a pool compliance course which we cover the cost of. If you are interested in taking on this role or would like more information please let Lynda in the office know.

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

Friday Playgroup dates for Term 3: 20 August, 3 September, 17 September, 1 October

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. We have a lovely new heat pump installed so it will be nice and cosy. 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

Our virtues focus is on the virtue of ‘Joyfulness’.  What does joy look like in your family/whanau? 

Term 3 Virtues Focus:

Honesty

Weeks 1 - 2

Joyfulness

Weeks 3 - 4

Peacefulness

Weeks 5 - 6

Justice

Weeks 7 - 8

Unity

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 June on 021 136 0583 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 Smith at office@karapiro.school.nz if you would like to add them to our mailing list. 

Concerns and Complaints

We have an open-door policy at Karāpiro School which means we want to make ourselves available to speak with you if there are problems or issues you wish to discuss. Please make a time to meet with us if you want to talk. You can find more information on our concerns and complaints procedures at the end of this newsletter. 

Ngā mihi

Tina-Maree and the Karāpiro Staff team 

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Reference: Principal Today. Issue 131. Term 3 2021. principaltoday.co.nz




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