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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.

Suitable for ages 5-12 years.






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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




Newsletter Week 1 Term 3 2021


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Welcome to Week 1 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!

We have welcomed Aidan to Karāpiro School. Aidan is in Year 3 and has joined Kōwhai Class. Welcome Aidan! We also welcome two student teachers who are with us this term from the University of Waikato. Miss May has joined Kōwhai class and Miss Gillard has joined Pohutukawa.


Kia Ora, I'm Miss May and I am the student teacher for Kōwhai class! My favorite subject is science, this includes space science and physics. I am thrilled to be in such an awesome school as Karāpiro and look forward to getting to know all the students this term who will help me on my journey to becoming a beginning teacher. He waka eke noa!



Hello! My name is Samantha Gillard and I am a third year student at the University of Waikato studying Primary school Education. I am from a small village called Whareroa which is in between Turangi and Taumarunui. I love spending time with friends and family as well as going on adventures and playing sports.I am very excited to be at Karāpiro Primary this year for my placement and I am looking forward to learning new things and meeting new people! I am always up for a chat so please feel free to come and say hi! 


THANK YOU!
Thank you to the people who help us in so many ways at Karāpiro School. Thanks to Wayne Naylor, Steve Dunsmore and Rhys Horgan for all your work in fixing our faulty rugby goal posts. We would also like to thank the mystery person who has once again trimmed the bamboo at the top of the driveway - we don’t know who you are but we are very grateful to you! 

Special thank you also to Griff who helped us out by releasing 8 of our frogs that we have grown at school - they were becoming too big for the tank and Griff offered to release our healthiest and biggest frogs. We have 3 frogs that we are continuing to grow here at school - pop into the lab and see how fat they are! We have our own mealworm farm that we have set up to ensure a frog food supply through the winter months. 

Curriculum

We have an exciting Term 3 planned for our students which will include a focus on mathematics and engineering. Students will be building technological capability through the EPRO8 engineering programme where they will design and build a range of objects and machines. There will be a strong link to mathematics with work already underway in geometry (position and orientation) in Pohutukawa. Our health programme will include a visit from the Life Education classroom later in the term and we will be participating in the burns safety programme (see flyer in this newsletter). Our physical education focus will be cross country running and students will require running shoes for daily running practice at school. Our school will organise and run the Rural Schools’ Cross Country event at Lake Karāpiro in Week 7. (More information below).

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 (to be confirmed) and be finished by approximately 1pm. Our PTA will run a ‘snack bar’ under the Karāpiro gazebo.

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.


Teacher Only Day

School will be closed for instruction on Friday 27 August for a Teacher Only Day for staff professional development and learning in the new digital technologies curriculum.  Our final Teacher Only Day for the year will be the Friday of Week 1 in Term 4, 22nd October.



Board of Trustees

Our next board meeting will be held at 3pm on Tuesday 10 August here at school. Visitors are welcome! We are looking for new members to join our board governance team. Please read the email from Board Chairperson Marilynn Jones which is your personal invitation to support our board of trustees.  

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. Cambridge Middle School is also holding an Open Day - see flyer in this newsletter.  

Mother & Daughter Evening postponed - free period products

Our mother and daughter evening for our year 5 and 6 girls has been postponed to a date in September or October. We will advise you of the new date soon.

Our school has received free period products from the Ministry of Education. Please complete an order for your child at the following link: Period Products. These will be sent home with your child in the first week of term.

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.

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: 6 August, 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 ‘Honesty’.  What does honesty look like in your family/whanau? Click the link to listen to this great story ‘Franklin Fibs’ about a turtle who lies to impress his friends, saying he can swallow 76 flies in the blink of an eye! 

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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Parents and friends of Karāpiro School  - We need YOU!

Kia ora!

An opportunity has arisen for members of our community to help Karāpiro School to continue to grow and to provide expert learning opportunities for our students.  As a newly appointed Board of Trustees member and Chairperson, I challenge parents and friends of the school to put their names forward to join our collaborative team as a School Trustee.  I jumped at the opportunity to work as a Trustee as I believe in Karāpiro School and I want it to succeed.  I have worked in the school over the last 3 years and have witnessed the special qualities and environment this school provides.  Karāpiro School has so much to offer as outlined in our most recent Education Review Report, which will be released to families very soon.  We have small class numbers, expert teaching and leadership, and exciting educational opportunities for our children. 

We value your contributions to the school and would appreciate your help towards making our school continue to succeed. Every family can help by offering to serve on the Karāpiro Board of Trustees for a 18 month or 3 year term. 

It’s a very small commitment to be on the Karāpiro BOT team which meets twice a term on a Tuesday at 3pm.  All you need to be able to do is:

    Work well in a collaborative team

    Have a commitment to Karāpiro School and its future

    Support our staff and students

    Have good communication skills

Board members will have a genuine interest in the work of Karāpiro School and the education and welfare of our students. This is to ensure the future prosperity of our school.  Board members should also have:

    Passion

    Energy

    People skills

    Honesty

    Integrity

Here are some things that a board does:

    Work with the school community to make sure that the school works in a way that meets the needs of our students, families and future families

    Together with Principal and staff, create the school charter and strategic plan. These documents describe the board's long term plans for the school and sets goals that will help make them happen

    Monitor progress towards the long-term plan and goals

    Monitor and evaluate student progress and achievement to make sure that every student is getting the preparation they need to survive and thrive in the world

    Make overall decisions about the school  property (grounds and buildings), finances, curriculum (what is taught) and administration. These decisions are often made on the advice of the principal, staff and educational advisors, and are carried out by the principal and staff once they are made

    Ensure that the school gives effect to Te Tiriti o Waitangi (legal requirement)

    Appoints and supports the principal and assesses (independent reviewer) their performance

    Is a good employer to its staff. The board employs all the staff including the principal

    The board has a responsibility to make sure that the school provides a safe and healthy environment for students and staff

Karāpiro School needs you! If every family has a turn as a Trustee our school will continue to flourish by providing the best educational opportunities for all our students for now and in the future! 

Our next meeting is at 3pm on Tuesday 10 August. Please accept this letter as your personal invitation to attend. Please consider coming along as a visitor and be part of our next meeting. 

If you’d like more information please contact me at marilynn@karapiro.school.nz

Nga mihi

Marilynn Jones

Presiding Member (Board Chairperson)

Karāpiro School Board of Trustees