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Newsletter Week 10 Term 3 2020




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Week 10 Term 3 2020

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

Board of Trustees 

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


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

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

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

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

Classroom Upgrade and Science Lab - Update!

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

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

Then … First Day of Term 4

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

Ag Day - 14 October 2020

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

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

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

Collections for the Ag Day White Elephant Stall

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

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

Lambs for Adoption for Ag Day

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

Keeping Ourselves Safe - Term 4

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




Urgent Response Fund

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

School Virtues

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

Joyfulness 

Weeks 1  & 2

Peacefulness

Weeks 3 & 4

Tolerance

Weeks 5 & 6

Justice

Weeks 7 & 8

Unity

Weeks 9 & 10


Teacher Only Days 2020

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

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

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

Kind regards


Tina-Maree and the Karāpiro Staff team 

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PARTICIPANT REGISTRATION AVAILABLE HERE

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

 

VOLUNTEER REGISTRATION AVAILABLE HERE

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



 FREE Holiday Programme- EDVENTURE Hamilton

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


IGNITE ARTS ACADEMY

SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER SCHOOL HOLIDAY WORKSHOPS

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


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DANCE AND DRAMA

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

For ages 5 – 13 years old

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

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CAMP ROCK

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

For ages 8 – 15 years

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

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STAGE COMBAT WITH NZ Stage Combat School

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

For ages 5 – 13 years old

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

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

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*OSCAR funded




Newsletter Week 8 Term 3 2020


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Week 8 Term 3 2020

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

Welcome

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

Wig Wednesday 

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

Board of Trustees Elections

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

Cross Country & Matariki

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


Keeping Ourselves Safe - Online 

Cambridge Community of Learning - Name Gifting Ceremony 

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


COVID-19 Update - We are at Alert Level 2

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


What does Alert Level 2 look like for Karāpiro School?


  • We are safe and open for learning

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

  • Regular cleaning of surfaces 

  • Spacing and distancing where possible

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

  • Contact tracing QR code posters available at school gates

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

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

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


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

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


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

Cancellations and changes related to Covid-19

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

Classroom upgrade and science lab - Update!

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

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

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


    Kids Art Works Orders

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

 

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

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

Ag Day 2020

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

Collections for the Ag Day White Elephant Stall

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

Lambs for Adoption for Ag Day

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

Did you know?

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


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

Return of Devices

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


School Virtues

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

Joyfulness 

Weeks 1  & 2

Peacefulness

Weeks 3 & 4

Tolerance

Weeks 5 & 6

Justice

Weeks 7 & 8

Unity

Weeks 9 & 10


School Pool Keys

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

Music @ Karāpiro School    

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


NZ General Election 

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

Teacher Only Days 2020

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

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

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

Kind regards


Tina-Maree and the Karāpiro Staff team 

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St Peters Open Day – Sunday 20th September

 

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

 

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

 

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


 FREE Holiday Programme- EDVENTURE Hamilton

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


IGNITE ARTS ACADEMY

SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER SCHOOL HOLIDAY WORKSHOPS

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


…………………………………………………………………………

DANCE AND DRAMA

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

For ages 5 – 13 years old

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

_____

CAMP ROCK

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

For ages 8 – 15 years

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

_____

STAGE COMBAT WITH NZ Stage Combat School

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

For ages 5 – 13 years old

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

…………………………………………………………………………

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

…………………………………………………………………………

*OSCAR funded


Newsletter Week 6 Term 3 2020



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Week 6 Term 3 2020

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

COVID-19 Update - We are at Alert Level 2

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


What does Alert Level 2 look like for Karāpiro School?

  • We are safe and open for learning

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

  • Regular cleaning of surfaces 

  • Spacing and distancing where possible

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

  • Contact tracing QR code posters available at school gates

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

  • Masks will soon be required on public transport

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

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

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

Board of Trustees Elections

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

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

Cancellations and changes related to Covid-19

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

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

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

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

Kids Art Works Orders

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

Scholastic Book Orders

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

Classroom upgrade and science lab - Update!

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




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

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

Ag Day 2020

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

Lambs for Adoption for Ag Day

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

School Virtues

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

Joyfulness 

Weeks 1  & 2

Peacefulness

Weeks 3 & 4

Tolerance

Weeks 5 & 6

Justice

Weeks 7 & 8

Unity

Weeks 9 & 10


School Pool Keys

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

Student Trophies - Please return all student trophies

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

Music @ Karāpiro School    

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

Sports @ Karāpiro School - Update 

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

Carpark

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

NZ General Election 

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

Teacher Only Days 2020

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

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

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

Kind regards


Tina-Maree and the Karāpiro Staff team 

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Newsletter Week 4 Term 3 2020


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Week 4 Term 3 2020

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

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

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

Classroom upgrade and science lab - Update!

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
















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

Staff News

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

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

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

PTA and Board

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

Our Curriculum

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

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

Maths Pizza Night Postponed tonight...

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

And remember...

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

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

Community of Learning - Te Puna o Kemureti

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

Ag Day 2020

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

Lambs for Adoption for Ag Day

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

School Virtues

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

Joyfulness 

Weeks 1  & 2

Peacefulness

Weeks 3 & 4

Tolerance

Weeks 5 & 6

Justice

Weeks 7 & 8

Unity

Weeks 9 & 10


Cambridge Middle School Enrolment Forms

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

School Pool Keys

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

Student Trophies - Please return all student trophies

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

Waikids Children’s Ear Clinic

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

Music @ Karāpiro School    

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

Sports @ Karāpiro School - Update 

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






Carpark

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

Health and Safety

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


What does Alert Level 2 look like for Karāpiro School?

  • We are safe and open for learning

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

  • Regular cleaning of surfaces 

  • Spacing and distancing where possible

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

  • Contact tracing app available at school gates

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


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


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

 

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


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


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

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

Teacher Only Days 2020

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

Term 3: Monday 24 August 

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

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

Kind regards


Tina-Maree and the Karāpiro Staff team 

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Covid-19 Update 12 August 2020

12 August 2020


Kia ora koutou katoa,

 

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


What does Alert Level 2 look like for Karāpiro School?


  • We are safe and open for learning

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

  • Regular cleaning of surfaces 

  • Spacing and distancing where possible

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

  • Contact tracing app available at school gates

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


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


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

 

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


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


With kind regards


Tina-Maree Thatcher

Newsletter Week 1 Term 3 2020


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Week 1 Term 3 2020

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


 

  


Welcome back!

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

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

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

PTA and Board

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

Our Curriculum

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

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

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

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

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

Ag Day 2020

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

School Virtues

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

Joyfulness 

Weeks 1  & 2

Peacefulness

Weeks 3 & 4

Tolerance

Weeks 5 & 6

Justice

Weeks 7 & 8

Unity

Weeks 9 & 10


Classroom upgrade and science lab - Update!

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

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

School Pool Keys

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

Please return all student trophies

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

Scholastic Book Orders

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

Waikids Children’s Ear Clinic

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

Music @ Karāpiro School    

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

Sports @ Karāpiro School - Update 

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

Carpark

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

Health and Safety

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

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

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

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

Teacher Only Days 2020

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

Term 3: Monday 24 August 

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

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

Kind regards


Tina-Maree and the Karāpiro Staff team 

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Waste Free With Kate

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

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

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

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

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





Newsletter Week 12 Term 2 2020


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Week 12 Term 2 2020

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

Welcome!

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

PTA and Board

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

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

Curriculum

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

 


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





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

Learning Celebration Assembly

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

Covid 19 Alert Level 1- Reminders

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

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


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

Carpark

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

Classroom upgrade and science lab - Update!

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

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

School Pool Keys

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

Waikids Children’s Ear Clinic

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

Music @ Karāpiro School    

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

Sports @ Karāpiro School - Update 

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

After School Care

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

Milo Monday

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







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

Kind regards


Tina-Maree and the Karāpiro Staff team 


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

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

 

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

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

Check out our range of different programmes.

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

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

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

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

See you on your next EDVENTURE.  #SupportLocal!

Mark Bridger

Edventure Director

mark@edventure.co.nz

www.edventure.co.nz

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

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

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











Newsletter Week 9 Term 2 2020

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Week 9 Term 2 2020

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


Covid 19 Alert Level 1

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


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


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


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

Learning @ Karapiro School

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

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

School Learning Spaces

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

New name of learning environment

Old classroom name

Pohutukawa

Rooms 1 & 4

Kowhai

Rooms 3 & 5

The Science Lab

Doesn’t exist yet! Building starts soon!

Whanau Room

The Multi Purpose Room

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

Carpark

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

Classroom upgrade and science lab - Update!

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


Scholastic Book Orders

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

Music @ Karapiro School    

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

Sports @ Karapiro School - Update 

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



After School Care

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

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

Kind regards


Tina-Maree and the Karapiro Staff team 

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

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


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

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

Check out our range of different programmes.

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

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

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

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

See you on your next EDVENTURE.  #SupportLocal!

Mark Bridger

Edventure Director

mark@edventure.co.nz

www.edventure.co.nz

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Newsletter Week 7 Term 2 2020

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Week 7 Term 2 2020

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

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







Covid-19 Update


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


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

Carpark

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

Wheels Day Wednesday

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

 


New Board of Trustees and fundraising group

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

Teacher only day

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

Classroom upgrade and science lab - Update!

Pre-construction planning meetings are scheduled for next week as our plans to upgrade Rooms 1 and 2 and build our new science lab get underway. At the beginning of June you will see the safety fencing go up around the classrooms and the process of removing walls will begin! Keep up to date with the build by checking our blog at Our blog 



Music @ Karapiro School    

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

Sports @ Karapiro School - Update 

Please email Lynda at office@karapiro.school.nz if your child is interested in joining a sports team. We have a long tradition of joining up with other rural schools if we don’t have the student numbers to make up our own teams. We will ensure students who want to play sports have an opportunity to play. 

We have confirmation that miniball and netball will not begin until Term 3 due to Covid-19. We have also just heard from the local rugby club that there is not yet a confirmed start date for junior rugby. We will let you know as soon as dates are finalised. 

St Peters Open Day – Friday 19th June

 

You are warmly invited to St Peter’s School Cambridge, Full School Open Day on Friday 19th June. This is a great opportunity to find out what St Peter’s can do for your child. You will enjoy a student led tour of the school and have the opportunity to hear from existing parents and students first hand. Please register for this event at openday@stpeters.school.nz or to find out further information please contact Claire Pollock, Director of Admissions on 07 823 3684


After School Care

We don't currently have an after school care service at our school however we are interested in knowing what the demand is for one. Please email Lynda at the school office if you would use this service (letting us know the days and times you would need it).  We would potentially be looking for someone to employ to run after school care so please also let us know if you would be interested in providing care for students after school. Thank you.

We wish you a happy Queen’s Birthday weekend with your families and we look forward to seeing you back at school next Tuesday. 

Kind regards


Tina-Maree and the Karapiro Staff team 

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Newsletter Week 6 Term 2 2020

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Week 6 Term 2 2020

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

Welcome back!

Welcome back to school! We missed you! We extend a very warm welcome to our school families. It is really good to see our students again as we start back under Alert Level 2 conditions. We want to say a huge WELL DONE to you all - as a team of 5 million people New Zealanders we gave the fight against Covid-19 our best shot and we are starting to come out the other side, slowly but surely. 

Karapiro School staff want to say a massive THANK YOU to our families and whanau for your awesome work during the lockdown, supporting students with their home learning and connecting students with their teachers and classmates. We think we all need a bit of a pat on the back for making it through such remarkable circumstances. We hope you enjoy these photos of the special whanau certificates we sent home to you with students on Monday. 





 












Welcome again to our new students: Reney, Aaliyah, LJ and Mason. It’s great to have you with us! We admire the way you have started school with us through all the ups and downs of lockdown life. It’s great to finally have you here with us. 

New Board of Trustees and fundraising group

Thank you to the parents who have expressed their interest in joining our new Board of Trustees and fundraising group (PTA). This is an important next step for our school and we are excited to invite you to attend a meeting with myself and our Commissioner Mr Robert Naumann to discuss the ins and outs of getting our new governance group up and running. We are planning a meeting time for next week. We will email you when the time and date is confirmed.

Communications survey

At Karāpiro School we work really hard to communicate effectively with our families and whānau. This was especially important during the recent Covid-19 Alert Level 4 Lockdown. We would really appreciate your feedback about how you found our school communications during this time. Your feedback can help us to improve what we do and how we do it. If you have a minute or two to spare, please give us some feedback by completing the survey at the following link Communications survey Covid-19

Welcome Sharon

We would like to extend a welcome to Sharon Marriott-Atkinson who joins our staff team as our new cleaner. Sharon visits us daily and has made a great start to her work by leaving our school bathrooms sparkling! 

Teacher only day

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

Classroom upgrade and science lab - Update!

We are almost ready for the first on site meeting with contractors as our plans to upgrade Rooms 1 and 2 and build a new science lab get underway. At the beginning of June you will see the safety fencing go up around the classrooms and the process of removing walls will begin! Keep up to date with the build by checking our blog at Our blog 



Music @ Karapiro School    

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


Sports @ Karapiro School - Update 

Please email Lynda at office@karapiro.school.nz if your child is interested in joining a sports team. We have a long tradition of joining up with other rural schools if we don’t have the student numbers to make up our own teams. We will ensure students who want to play sports have an opportunity to play. 

We now have confirmation that Miniball will not begin until Term 3 due to Covid-19. We are waiting for confirmation of start dates for other sports codes from the local organisers.


Our next newsletter will have information for you about classes and learning programmes for the remainder of the term as we start to move out of Alert Level 2 and towards our normal classes programmes. 

Once again, welcome back everyone.

Tina-Maree and the Karapiro Staff team 

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Update 13.05.20

 

13 May 2020


 

Kia ora whānau


 

Our school is opening for learning on Monday 18th May


 

The Prime Minister’s announcement that New Zealand is moving to Alert Level 2 is most welcome. For the last few weeks our students have been at home, engaged in emergency remote learning.  We want to say a huge THANK YOU and WELL DONE to our families for all that has been achieved over the last few weeks. We are very much looking forward to having all our students and staff back at school very soon.

 

However, Alert Level 2 does not quite mean business as usual.

 

Please read the information below very carefully.  There are some changes of procedures and expectations that will have to be employed to adhere to the Covid 19 Alert Level 2 restrictions which will affect you and our students. The basis of the procedures below can be summed up in 3 principles based on public health requirements and instructions from the Ministry of Education:

 

  1. Good Hygiene Practices
  2. Accurate Contact Tracing
  3. Sensible Physical Distancing

 

So what does Alert Level 2 look like at Karāpiro School?

 

Health and Wellbeing

 

  • Parents are required to keep any sick children at home.  If a sick child comes to school, we will send them home. 
  • Wherever possible, young people and staff should be far enough away from each other so that they are not breathing on or touching each other.   This will be coupled with good hygiene practices and regular cleaning of commonly touched surfaces. 
  • At Karāpiro School our water fountains will be closed.  Students are required to use a named water bottle which can be re-filled at school.
  • In line with advice on ‘mass gatherings’ we are not able to invite you to any assemblies or large-scale events.   However, routine attendance or ‘in house’ assemblies at school by children and staff is not considered a ‘mass gathering’ because they are considered ‘managed environments’. 
  • See below for wellbeing information for parents for transitioning students back to school - available on sparklers.org.nz/parenting 

 

How do we access the school Site During Alert Level 2?

 

  • Strict contact tracing will be adhered to across the school at all times. In order to comply with this, we must restrict access to our school. Students will access our school through the main car-park gate. All visitors will enter via the office gate. 

 

  • Parents and visitors should visit our school site only when absolutely necessary, including at drop-off and pick-up times. Throughout Alert Level 2 parents are encouraged to email teachers rather than just ‘pop-in’. If you do need to see a teacher you will be required to sign in via the school office.   All visitors, including parents, will be required to register at the school office and will be given a visitor’s tag. 

 

  • Access to School Office will be limited and urgent matters only.  This will be limited to one person at a time and distancing procedures will be initiated at the front door. 

 

What about school drop-off & pick-ups?

  • Wherever possible, students should arrive no earlier than 8.30am. There is no before school care. Safety remains a priority so please park sensibly and help us reduce congestion around the drop off zone. 

 

  • Contact tracing remains of vital importance even at Alert Level 2.   As a general rule parents MUST NOT enter the school site to locate their children.  If it is essential that a parent comes onsite, they must book in at the school office and be issued a visitor pass.

 

  • All school playgrounds are closed at 3:00pm. Students are not allowed to return to school at the end of the school day to play. All students should be collected by 3.15pm and off the school site by 3.30pm. There is no after school care. 

 

  • If your child uses the school bus please register with the school office on 07 827 7642. We need to pass your information on to Cambridge Travel Lines for their contact tracing register. 

 

  • These procedures are essential to help ensure the safety and wellbeing of our whole school community.  Thank you for your ongoing support of our school staff and the learning of your students. 


What about sports? Reporting to parents? 

  • We are beginning to receive communications from the local sports groups. Now is the time to make contact with me if you would like your child to play netball, hockey, rugby or football over the winter terms. Please re-register your interest with me at principal@karapiro.school.nz and I will pass your details on to the sports groups. (Please also let me know if you are willing to manage or coach a term as we know some circumstances may have changed). 


  • Our staff are working through what school reporting could look like this term following the Covid 19 lockdown and home learning. We are wondering if our current reporting style is still what parent want to receive or if we can improve what we currently do?  Keep your eyes peeled for a google doc coming your way soon. We really want to know your ideas about reporting and what it is you want to know about your child. 

 

Let’s Zoom! 


And finally, we would like to invite you to a whole-school Zoom assembly at 10am on Friday 15 May. We expect this will be our final assembly ‘online’ and it would be great if you and your family could join us. I will send a zoom link will be sent to parents by email tomorrow.

 

Nga mihi


Tina-Maree and the Karāpiro Staff Team 

 



 

 



Update 08.05.20

8 May 2020


Kia ora koutou katoa,


Like me, I am sure you have followed with interest the announcements made by the Prime Minister. It is reassuring to hear how well our country has done at minimising the impacts of COVID-19. Alert Levels 4 and 3 have not been easy and I thank you for your ongoing support for the work we are doing. This newsletter contains some advice from the Ministry of Education for you about what a change of Alert Levels could look like.

 

The Prime Minister has advised that at Alert Level 2 schools are safe environments for children, young people and staff and that additional public health control measures are in place to prevent the spread of disease and to support contact tracing. The good news is that when we are able to, we will be ready to welcome all students and staff back to our school site. A possible date for this is Monday 18 May but is still to be confirmed.

 

The key Public Health approach is to minimise the risk that someone gets infected in the first place, and second to ensure we can identify and contact anyone who has been in close contact with a person, if someone in a school is infected. As we have done in Alert Level 3, you can be assured that in Alert Level 2 we will know who is at school, who our staff and students have been in close contact with and take appropriate measures to keep everyone safe. Physical distancing is a good precaution to prevent the spread of disease. We do however know it is challenging in schools, so good hygiene practices and regular cleaning are even more important here. This includes staff and students coughing into their elbows, handwashing and drying and regular cleaning of commonly touched surfaces.

 

Under Alert Level 2, we advise any students and staff to stay at home if they are sick, and we will send anyone home immediately if they show any symptoms. Our school has safe and sensible practices to maintain the health and safety of everyone on the school site. As described by Dr Payinda in his NZ Herald article, “Covid's not measles or chickenpox, it doesn't hang in the air for hours waiting to infect passers-by. It travels on invisible drops of spit. You don't have to cross the street to avoid anyone. Just avoid getting in their 'moist breath' zone”. We all just need to remember to have some breathing space at Alert Level 2!

 

It’s important however that not just at school but at home, safe hygiene habits are practised by everyone, as this is essential to minimise the risk that someone gets infected with Covid-19. For more information about the public health measures at Alert Level 2, you can visit the covid19.govt.nz website: https://covid19.govt.nz/

 

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


For now, we will continue to support your child’s learning by distance at Alert Level 3 until further notice to change levels. Right now staff are working on a plan for teaching and learning for the remainder of Term 2 as well as preparing our school site for the children to return. We will be in touch again soon with more information. As you have been doing, please keep connecting with your teachers with any questions you might have. We hope you enjoy the photos attached. Take care. 


With kind regards


Tina-Maree Thatcher













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Update 05.05.20

 

5 May 20

 

Kia ora whanau!

 

How lovely to see so many of you at our first-ever ‘zoom assembly’ yesterday! It was GREAT to see the children and lots of family members as well. We know that not everyone could make it - we will definitely have another assembly together soon! We hope you enjoy our group photo below.

 

Our past week at Alert Level 3 has given us all a little glimpse of what Level 2 might look like in the weeks to come.  It was most heartening today to hear that no more cases or deaths had been reported across the country.

 

I’m sure you will be as keen as we are to get school opened up again for everyone. There is lots of speculation on social media and elsewhere about what this might look like.   As of today, at 3:00pm, there is no formal guidance from the Ministry of Education.  They will be working through their normal processes with the Ministry of Health and across government.  All good things take time as, for example, delivery of the learning packs.  Some, but not yet all of these, will have been delivered by now.   Hopefully they will all be with you before we get back to Level 2 and normal learning programmes in school J

 

In the mean time we hope you are all safe in your ‘extending bubbles’. Remember there are lots of learning activities available for you to choose from but we know everyone is in a different situation and we don't want anyone feeling unnecessarily pressured. It's ok!!

 

Kind regards from all of us working in school and those on our staff working from home.

 

Tina-Maree


 


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Update 29.04.20


29 April 2020


Kia ora koutou katoa,


Welcome to Term 2! Our new term is officially underway, but not as we know it! We want to acknowledge the great work our students are doing at home in your bubbles, at their own pace and in their own time. Teachers are really enjoying ‘zooming’ with students - and it’s so great to catch up with brothers, sisters and mums and dad (and grandparents!) often in the background too. We miss you!


We have 4 new students who have joined us at Karāpiro School. I am very happy to welcome Reney and Aaliyah and their family to our school. Reney has joined Room 1 and Aaliyah has joined Room 4. It has been lovely to meet you both online and we look forward to your siblings River and Atarangi  joining us in the future. We also welcome LJ to Karāpiro School. LJ is Leo’s little brother. He has also turned 5 and has joined Room 5. This weekend we have another birthday boy: Mason is turning 5! Mason is Hawaiikirangi’s nephew and he joins Room 5 next week. 


We would like to say happy birthday Aylah! Look for her ‘lockdown birthday cake’ pic at the end of this newsletter.  We also want to say a huge THANK YOU MRS JONES for teaching Room 1 at the beginning of the year. Marilynn's contract has now finished and we look forward to seeing Marilynn again very soon so we can say thank you together. 


We also want to say a huge congratulations to Miss Harriet Embling, a former member of staff in Room 2, for achieving her full teacher registration. We made a special ‘zoom card’ to celebrate with Harriet during the lockdown - see below! 


As you know, we are now in Alert Level 3 for the next two weeks. The Government has advised that they will make a decision on 11 May 2020 when they will review our progress against Covid-19.


What does our school look like at Alert Level 3?


  • Level 3 roll: For the next two weeks from 29 April, we are opening only for students whose parents are essential workers, or have no other childcare option available. We are currently operating one ‘bubble’ with a locked roll, with two staff members (currently Tina-Maree and Cheryl) and 2 students. We have staff on standby for additional bubbles if required. If your family situation changes and you require your child/ren to attend school during this Level 3 period you need to email Tina-Maree at principal@karapiro.school.nz or phone on 027 777 1708. We need to plan for any changes to our bubble to ensure health and safety for staff and students. The learning programme will largely be the same as the on-line programme.

  • Student & staff safety: The school site is closed to the public. We have strictly controlled access to our school site. Our playground and swimming pool remained closed. Students are not able to mix with other student bubbles, use the playgrounds or take part in normal sports activities. They use an allocated room with assigned seating every day and will be at least 1 metre apart from everyone else at all times. This allows for rigorous contact tracing in the event of community transfer. Sick children are not allowed on site and if they fall sick at school will be sent home immediately rather than sent to Sickbay. Please update your contact details with our school office if required office@karapiro.school.nz


  • Home learning:  Thank you to our families for your tremendous support of the learning opportunities staff have provided for students. Our priority during this time is to maintain the strong relationships we have with our students and we have appreciated parent support with regular zoom schedules. Our ‘check in’ contact with families has given us really positive feedback on the activities we are providing. Keep your feedback coming in to us through the channels we have created or email your classroom teacher at any time. It is important to remember that we are in an emergency remote learning situation. It is not always possible to provide differentiated and personalised learning at this time. We understand that some activities may be ‘hit and miss’ in terms of ability levels, engagement and feedback. For this reason we advocate a ‘pick and mix’ approach, and to keep it simple, fun and do what works best for your child and your family. We simply cannot, and are not attempting to, replicate school at home. 


 

We understand the Covid-19 Alert Level restrictions are placing stress on our families. We acknowledge the great work that has been done to date throughout the country to contain the virus and we will await further instructions from the Prime Minister in her announcement on 11 May.  In the meantime please keep your children at home during Alert Level 3 if at all possible. We look forward to welcoming you and your children back to school as soon as it is safe to do so. 


For now, we will continue to support your child’s learning by distance at Alert Level 3. We will be in touch again soon with more information. As you have been doing, please keep connecting with your teachers with any questions you might have. We hope you enjoy the photos attached. Take care. 


With kind regards


Tina-Maree Thatcher



 



Update 20.04.20


20 April 2020


Kia ora koutou katoa,


You will be aware that the government has decided to reduce the Covid-19 Alert Level from Alert Level 4 to Alert Level 3. This means that schools will be reopening for some families on Wednesday 29 April. As the Prime Minister has made clear this afternoon, schools will be open for families of essential workers and those other Alert Level 3 workers who have no other option but to send their children to school. Students who must attend Karapiro School will not be returning to school ‘as normal’. We will be following the Ministry of Education and Ministry of Health guidelines for all return to school procedures.


What does our school look like at Alert Level 3?


  • Level 3 roll: For the next two weeks from 29 April, if you are an essential worker, or have no other option other than to return your children to school, please complete the google form attached at the link to register for the Level 3 Roll.    REGISTER HERE FOR Level 3 ROLL

Unless you register for the ‘Level 3 Roll’ at school your child will not be allocated to a class and

therefore cannot just turn up on the day. In this event you will be asked to take them home. Planning for this difficult period is essential and no exceptions will be made for the attendance of children who do not register for school beforehand. Registration must be completed by Friday 24th April to allow the school to plan secure teaching spaces and staff allocation.


  • Our bubbles: We will be combining year levels in line with family groups to keep ‘bubbles’ no larger than 10 and therefore reallocating teachers to teach combined classes. The learning programme will largely be the same as the on-line programme.


  • Student & staff safety: Students will not be able to mix with other student bubbles, use the playgrounds or take part in normal sports activities. They will sit in the same place every day and will be at least 1 metre apart from everyone else at all times. This will allow for rigorous contact tracing in the event of community transfer.


  • We will have to send any sick children home immediately rather than send them to Sickbay. Please update your contact details with our school office if required office@karapiro.school.nz 


  • Our school office will be closed for visitors, and parents will not be allowed on the school site after drop-off in the morning. We have to strictly control access to our school site and limit the number of adults accordingly.


We understand the Covid-19 Alert Level restrictions are placing stress on our families. We acknowledge the great work that has been done to date throughout the country to contain the virus and we will await further instructions from the Prime Minister in her announcement on 11 May.  In the meantime please keep your children at home during Alert Level 3 if at all possible. We look forward to welcoming you and your children back to school as soon as it is safe to do so. 


For now, we will continue to support your child’s learning by distance while we progress our planning for what Alert Level 3 will mean for you and for our school. We will be in touch again soon with more information. As you have been doing, please keep connecting with your teachers with any questions you might have.


With kind regards


Tina-Maree Thatcher


Update 17.04.20


17 April 2020


Kia ora koutou katoa,


I wanted to touch base with you at the end of this first week of online learning. The teachers and I have enjoyed connecting up with you and the children - it has been so lovely to see you! We have appreciated the feedback that has been gathered from families by Whaea Faye and Margaret. This information has been really helpful in helping us to iron out the techy-bugs and glitches that inevitably pop up. Thank you to everyone for being prepared to give it a go and to persevere through these trying times. Our number one goal is to maintain our connections and relationships with our students and our strong sense of our Karapiro community. So far everyone is doing a great job! Thank you.


You may have heard of the government’s intention to move NZ from Covid 19 Level 4 to Level 3 at some time in the near future.  No firm decision has been made around this yet and we won’t find out until at least Monday. We are waiting to hear about clear safety parameters that will be set around what return to school in Level 3 looks like.  We will contact all families when we receive the guidelines and have had time to give them due consideration. We may need to survey you about your intentions at that point, but we will sit tight for now.


Remember we are only an email away if you need anything at all. I hope you enjoy the weekend ahead with your families. 


Kind regards to all,


Tina-Maree

Update 14.04.20






Update 14 April 2020 - Covid-19 Coronavirus - Letter to families


Kia ora Karāpiro School whānau,


Happy Easter! I hope this letter finds you and your ‘bubble’ well.  Term 2 is almost upon us and tomorrow we are beginning the term in a way that we have never operated before. We are preparing to provide an emergency remote learning programme for Karāpiro School students as we move through this Level 4 phase of the fight against Covid-19. 


What our programme is:

  • Teachers maintaining relationships with students and classes

  • Provision of a variety of learning opportunities and activities suitable for the home

  • Maintenance of learning links with families and whānau 

  • Consideration of family difficulties and challenges during the lockdown period

 

What it isn’t:

  • Parents trying to replicate the school learning programme at home

  • Students staying online between 9:00am and 3:00pm

  • Teachers being available 24/7

  • Parents trying to take the role of the teacher all day

 

We are very aware that the lockdown will be putting tremendous strain on many of our families and school staff.  Our aim is to help relieve the pressure where we can and try to ‘normalise’ the most challenging time in the recent history of our country, for all our students.  ‘School at school’ will resume again at some point and we are well-placed for that. You may have heard through the media over the weekend that initial proposals are to re-open schools on 29th April.  Please be aware that this is a very TENTATIVE date subject to many constraints and liable for change at any time. Don’t plan for it just yet – the lockdown may still be extended and the return to school may be controlled by region or age group.


In the meantime, we are planning learning blocks of 2, 4 & 6 weeks ‘chunks’ for the benefit of all our students. All Karapiro students have a Ministry of Education learning pack ordered for them. On 15 April teachers will email parents with information about online learning. Junior classes will use the ‘Seesaw’ platform for communication and learning activities. Our middle/senior students will combine and use Google Classroom. We have also made arrangements for all students to have access to both Reading Eggs and Mathletics. You will receive an email from teachers with all log-in and password information for Seesaw or Google Classroom, Reading Eggs and Mathletics. We understand there is a bit of set up for you to do at home -  there is no rush to do this and teachers are available via email to help you. Teachers will email their plans for ‘real time’ catch ups with students online. You can also select from the range of levelled learning activities and resources at our Online Learning button on the school website. We have added a link here for you should you wish to make use of the Ministry of Education N4L Network for Learning Internet filtering for families. 


To effectively monitor the learning programme we have put in place, we have asked our support staff, Whaea Faye Collier and Margaret Ng, to make ‘check in’ phone calls to families to find out what is working well for our students and if there are any barriers to learning that we can help with. Your information will be fed back to the teachers and I so that we are able to better understand your reality and help wherever possible. 


We wish you and your whanau all the very best at this time. Remember we are here to support you - please get in touch via email if there is anything we can help with. Kia kaha - stay strong.


With kind regards


Tina-Maree & Staff



Newsletter Week 7 Term 1 2020




Newsletter Week 6 Term 1 2020

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Week 6 Term 1 2020 

Kia ora ki ngā whānau me ngā hoa o te kura tuatahi o Karāpiro. Greetings to all families and friends of Karāpiro School.  This week we say a special welcome to Marlowe who has joined Room 5. We welcome Marlowe and his family to our school and to the Karāpiro community.

Thank you so much to our families who came along to our Community Picnic. This was a very special evening and it was enjoyed by staff, students and our families (the ice cream truck proved to be very popular too!). Our next opportunity to spend some time together is at our Community Breakfast on April 1. Join us from 7.45am-8.30am here at school with your families and we can start our day (and a new month) together. No need to bring anything - just bring yourselves!

Sailing & Cycling on Lake Karāpiro

Year 3, 4, 5 & 6 Karāpiro School students had the opportunity to sail on Lake Karāpiro this week thanks to Kirsten from the Volvo Sailing Team. They also had cycle skills sessions thanks to Anton at Project Energise.  Karāpiro School staff are very proud of our students for having a go and making the most of this exceptional learning opportunity, where they have learned more about themselves, and each other, and have some new skills in their toolkits. Thank you to our parents and staff for supporting this exciting education outside the classroom (EOTC) learning experience. We hope you enjoy these beautiful photos of all the action!


Information for families

Are you looking for more information about schooling in New Zealand? The teaching staff at Karāpiro School are very happy to talk to you about our New Zealand curriculum and modern teaching practices. You can also check out the following link for online information https://parents.education.govt.nz/primary-school/


Rural Swimming Sports

A reminder that we are attending the Rural Swimming Sports on 23 March at St Peters. Please complete the google doc to give your permission for students to attend and also to let us know what you need in terms of transport to and from. A final newsletter will be sent out next week with more information about the day.

Swimming Sports Permission: 

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeEzuXoZKaieFOQPPO4dUloAIBEX7AeokarGMTVYTj_uYZlhQ/viewform?usp=sf_link

PTA - Parent & Teacher Association

In 2020 we are starting up a new PTA fundraising group. The purpose of the group is to raise funds to support teaching and learning at Karāpiro School. Are you interested in joining us? Please email Tina-Maree on principal@karapiro.school.nz if you would like to be involved. 

Karāpiro School Playgroup

Are you looking to connect with other families in the Karāpiro community who have preschoolers? The Karapiro School playgroup offers you a time and a place to get adults and preschoolers together on our school site. There is also the bonus of our transition to school classes that we tailor for our Playgroup children. Please see Lynda or Tina-Maree if you would like more information. 

Our Calendar

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

Communication

Please make sure that we have your current contact details. You can update these at any time by using our school website Update Contact Details

Our staff contact details for you are:

Lynda Bennett - Office

office@karapiro.school.nz  

07 8277 642

Marilynn Jones - Room 1

marilynn@karapiro.school.nz 

Tina Turkilsen - Room 3

tina@karapiro.school.nz 

Zara McGuinn - Room 4

zara@karapiro.school.nz 

Cheryl Naylor - Room 5

cheryl@karapiro.school.nz 

Tina-Maree Thatcher - Principal

principal@karapiro.school.nz

07 8277 642

027 777 1708

School Donation and Paper Donation

Our school donation is a voluntary donation and in 2020 is set at $40 per student. Karāpiro School is not eligible for the new Ministry of Education school donations scheme, which is for decile 1-7 school.  In 2020 School donation monies go towards inquiry teaching and learning resources for students. Our paper donation is set at $40 per student and this goes toward the cost of photocopying and paper costs. Thank you for your support of Karāpiro School. Our bank account number is 12-3268-0092296-00. If you are looking for information on tax rebates for school donations click on the following link: Tax rebate information for families

From time to time there will be school activities with a small charge. For convenience we will place your school account for you. Invoices will be sent to families twice per term. If you would prefer not to have a school account, please let Lynda know at the school office. Thank you.

Scholastic Book Orders

Scholastic Book catalogues have gone home with students. If you did not receive one there are extra copies at the school office. The closing date for orders is 27 March 2020.

Entertainment Book Fundraiser 2020

Entertainment Books are now available to purchase. 20% of every book sold goes to our school. This year all books are in a digital format and work via the Entertainment Book App. There are two options available. The first is a single city book for $69 and the second is multicity for $119 which covers all of New Zealand, Australia and Bali.  If you buy during March there is a special offer of an extra 3 months membership and a $10 Caltex StarCashGift Card. The link to purchase is: https://www.entertainmentbook.co.nz/orderbooks/964d536

Thank you for supporting our school.


Health & Safety

Karāpiro School continues to receive regular updates from the Ministry of Education regarding COVID-19 (novel coronavirus):

12 March 2020

You may have seen that the World Health Organisation has now declared COVID-19 to be a pandemic. As noted by the Minister of Health, this doesn’t change what New Zealand is doing to respond to coronavirus.

The Ministry of Health has been working through its pandemic plan since January. You will also know the Government has already implemented a range of measures to minimise the impacts to New Zealand. This includes border restrictions, a requirement to self-isolate on arrival in New Zealand from China, Iran, Italy and the Republic of Korea and immediate and detailed contact tracing of any confirmed cases. It is important to note those four countries account for more than 90% of cases globally and China and the Republic of Korea have significantly declining numbers of new cases.

We have 5 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in New Zealand and it is pleasing to know they are all doing well and are at home.  Their children, four students at Auckland schools, continue to be well and show no symptoms. While we expect that more cases will arise, the Ministry of Health says that with continued vigilance the chance of widespread community outbreak is expected to remain low in New Zealand. We all have a role to play in this.

For our learning service, our pandemic plan is also ready to be implemented if needed. In the mean time we will continue to focus on good hygiene practices. Hand washing and good cough etiquette are very important tools in preventing the spread of illness including colds, flu and COVID-19.

With that, there is a good video clip from Nanogirl that will help your children to better understand the virus - YouTube clip - Nanogirl

You may have also seen the Prime Minister sat down with Dr Michelle Dickinson (aka Nanogirl) and the Prime Minister’s Chief Science Advisor, Juliet Gerrard, to talk about coronavirus:

One other action we can all take is to be vigilant about our own health and the health of our children. I will be encouraging my staff to stay away from our service if they are showing signs of illness such as coughs and colds. I ask that you please do the same with your children. Colds and flus are common in early learning services and by staying away, seeking medical attention and practicing good hygiene, we can all keep any spread of illness to a minimum.

You may be wondering what Karāpiro School is doing to plan and prepare for an event like this.

The Ministries of Education and Health have been providing excellent communications to school principals on this issue for the last few weeks. If you have checked our Pandemic Planning Policy on-line you will have seen that school specific content is no longer there. Instead we will follow the daily updates from the Ministry of Education and Health.

Here is the current advice to us all:

Everybody should follow the following basic principles to reduce the risk of getting an acute respiratory infection or passing it on to others:

-regularly washing hands (for at least 20 seconds with warm water and soap and dry thoroughly).

-covering your mouth and nose when you sneeze.

-staying home if you are sick.

-avoiding close contact with anyone with cold or flu-like symptoms.

-if you feel unwell you should avoid public gatherings and events.

Here are two links for those who wish to read more.

Ministry of Education

[http://www.education.govt.nz/…/novel-coronavirus-2019-ncov/…](http://www.education.govt.nz/school/health-safety-and-wellbeing/student-and-staff-health/novel-coronavirus-2019-ncov/?fbclid=IwAR1bE5cDxl-lL1L1Q088ecjmSGpRVkL2bNutrSeVFco0aIWLmLYIVbeKHFw#preventing)

Ministry of Health

[https://www.health.govt.nz/…/dis…/covid-19-novel-coronavirus](https://www.health.govt.nz/our-work/diseases-and-conditions/covid-19-novel-coronavirus?fbclid=IwAR1YL01NWDNMuC9x0_qPpRt2xvrCm9_4QR8BVuvKVa2tMiYYj2bst-ZIL-8)


Sports @ Karāpiro School

Miniball        Year 5 & 6  students are invited to join the term 2/3/ tournament. See Miss Thatcher asap if you are interested. 

Junior Cricket    For information on junior cricket contact Steve on 021 821 820 or see Miss Thatcher.

Hockey                Students wishing to play Hockey this year should contact Mrs Naylor asap at cheryl@karapiro.school.nz    

Please email me principal@karapiro.school.nz if your child would like to participate in school sports. 

Swimming Pool 

Our school pool is only possible through the support of volunteers to keep it running. Thank you Mr Byron Trump who continues to look after our pool.  If you are a key holder, please ensure that you replace the pool cover after you swim. You are welcome to pitch in and give the pool a quick vacuum next time you are there. A reminder that you can text me on 027 777 1708 if you have any pool issues and we will resolve them as soon as we possibly can. 

School pool keys are available to the community for the rest of the summer season. School families can hire a key for $50 (includes $10 refundable cash bond for key). We invite our local community to hire a key for $70 (includes $10 refundable cash bond for key).

Music with June

We are so fortunate to have Mrs June McKenzie providing music lessons to Karāpiro School students. Please see Lynda in the office if you are interested in your child learning to play guitar, bass guitar, ukelele or keyboard. 

Road Safety  

We are awaiting the arrival of  flashing speed reduction signs to be placed at the Karāpiro Road/State Highway One intersection very soon. We are also fighting hard for a permanent solution to the expressway issue.  We have a copy of Louise Upston’s petition in the school office or you can follow this link to the petition online https://louiseupston.national.org.nz/cambridge_expressway  

ERO Review

For more information on our latest ERO review go to our school website www.karapiro.school.nz or click here 2019 ERO Review 


Supporting Cambridge Lifeskills

Pop into the school office to buy raffle tickets for Cambridge Lifeskills fundraiser (see flyer in this newsletter). 

Cambridge Lifeskills is a Not For Profit agency offering counselling for children and young people between the ages of 5 to 15 in the Cambridge district.

Since the service began in 1992 there has been a steady increase in the need for such a service in the community.

Changes in society have meant many children are now exposed to an increasing range of issues, including bullying, abuse, and family issues. Children often do not have the skills to deal with these issues.

Cambridge Lifeskills aims to offer counselling, support and encouragement so that children/young people are able to work through these issues.

The biggest challenge faced by this unique service is resourcing the growing need for counselling in our community. The funds raised from this raffle will go directly towards counselling hours for our young people.

For more information check out our website and Facebook page. By clicking the following link, you will be taken to our new facebook page. From here, you will be able to see the ‘Pinned Post’ at the top of our feed. Please ‘Share’ this post to your school’s facebook page to help support us! 

https://www.facebook.com/cambridgelifeskills/

We would also love it if you were able to ‘Like’ our page so you can be notified when we share photos and details of our events in the future.

Thank you for your support. Cambridge Lifeskills Team 


Student Led Conferences

Student led conferences will be available to you in the final week of term. There will be more information for you in the next newsletter. You can book now by visiting:  


https://www.schoolinterviews.co.nz/code?code=fak4f



Our doors are always open to you and we invite you to come and see us if there is anything you wish to discuss. 

Ngā mihi nui

Tina-Maree & Staff


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Space for Your Daughter at GirlGuides

GirlGuiding is growing in Cambridge and there’s room for more girls to join.  Here are just 3 of the reasons girls choose GirlGuides:

1.       They get to do fun things with their friends every week.

2.       They get involved in the community.

3.       They learn new skills in a safe environment. 

All this in 1 ½ - 2 hours, one night a week each term, in a safe environment. Go to girlguidingnz.org.nz to find out more.  


St Peters Open Day – Friday 13th March

You are warmly invited to St Peter’s School Cambridge, Full School Open Day on Friday 13th March from 9.30am – 12.30pm

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

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

Newsletter Week 3 Term 1 2020

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Week 3 Term 1 2020 

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

Update from the Commissioner 

Robert Naumann (The Commissioner) is keen to take the first steps towards establishing a board of trustees for the school. His intention is to hold an informal meeting with any parent who has an interest in the role and / or is looking for a way in which to support the school. Robert wants to explain what the differing roles of governance and management entail and to answer any questions that potential trustees (and other parents) may have. He will be in attendance at the school picnic on the 27th of February if you wish to speak with him about the board or any other matter.

Thank You

We received a donation of $94.85 from NZ Farmers Livestock Ltd towards school resources for our students. We appreciate this contribution from the Calf Scheme and the work of our local farmers in nominating our school as part of the scheme. You can find more information about this at www.mylivestock.co.nz

Thank you also to FiTGym Cambridge for the Paper Plus voucher which will go towards helping to support our families. Thank you FitGym Cambridge and local Cambridge businesses for supporting us. 

Community Picnic - All welcome!

We would like to invite you all to a Community Picnic, here at school on Thursday 27th February from 4.30pm onwards. We will have a (free) sausage sizzle for you and you are welcome to bring along a picnic dinner for your family. This is a great opportunity to get to know school staff and to welcome our new families to our school. The pool will be open for a swim and we can kick the ball around and dig out our ‘tug of war’ rope for some fun on the field. We are looking forward to seeing you there.

PTA - Parent & Teacher Association

In 2020 we are starting up a new PTA fundraising group. The purpose of the group is to raise funds to support teaching and learning at Karapiro School. Are you interested in joining us? Please email Tina-Maree on principal@karpairo.school.nz if you would like to be involved. 

We have been offered a fundraising opportunity on 21 March to run a sausage sizzle at a local school function. Please let Tina-Maree know as soon as possible if you are able to give up an hour or two to help out on the BBQ. Thank you. 

Our Calendar

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

Communication

Please make sure that we have your current contact details. You can update these at any time by using our school website Update Contact Details

WaiKids Community Dental Clinic Visit

A Dental Therapist from the Cambridge Community Dental Clinic will be visiting Karapiro School on 6th March to apply fluoride to those children who are on our fluoride programme that are due for this application and whose parents have given consent for this application to be administered.  For parents who would like to attend with their children please call 0800 TALKTEETH / 0800 825583 to book an appointment at the Cambridge Clinic on Clare Street another day and please send a note with your child or let the school know prior to our arrival that you do not wish your child to have the fluoride application at school.

School Donations and Paper Fees

Our school donation is a voluntary donation and in 2020 is set at $40 per student. In 2020 School donation monies go towards inquiry teaching and learning resources for students. Our paper donation is $40 per student and this money goes toward the cost of photocopying and paper costs. Thank you for your support of Karapiro School. 

Our school bank account number is 12-3268-0092296-00. 

Health & Safety

We are monitoring the Coronavirus situation and we continue to receive regular updates from the Ministry of Education which we will share with you. We have been advised by Cambridge Fusion that our Mandarin Language Assistant (MLA) has been delayed in their travel from China and the Confusions Institute has advised that our Mandarin classes will not begin until later in the year. 

Please keep an eye on our website and the Ministry of Education and Health websites for future updates:

Novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) – Ministry of Education

Novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) guidance – Ministry of Health

You can also contact the Ministry of Health dedicated 0800 number for coronavirus health advice and information - 0800 358 5453. This service is free and available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Sports @ Karapiro School

Miniball        Our Miniball team is joining with the Hautapu School  ‘Kobe’s Troopers’ team and our first game is tonight, 5.20pm at the Cambridge High School Gymnasium. Please wear a black T-shirt and meet Miss Thatcher at 5pm for a warm up.

Touch Rugby        Our Touch Rugby team is a mixed-age team of Year 3,4,5,6 students and will play 6 weeks in the Year 3/4 grade. Our first game is Friday 28 February at 4.00-4.25pm at St Peters School. You can wear your red uniform shirt or school shirts will be supplied. Please see Miss Thatcher if you would like to join our team.

Junior Cricket    For information on junior cricket contact Steve on 021 821 820 or see Miss Thatcher.

Please email me principal@karapiro.school.nz if your child would like to participate in school sports. 

Swimming Pool

Our school pool is only possible through the support of volunteers to keep it running. Thank you Mr Byron Trump who continues to look after our pool.  If you are a key holder, please ensure that you replace the pool cover after you swim. You are welcome to pitch in and give the pool a quick vacuum next time you are there. A reminder that you can text me on 027 777 1708 if you have any pool issues and we will resolve them as soon as we possibly can. 

School pool keys are available to the community for the rest of the summer season. School families can hire a key for $50 (includes $10 refundable cash bond for key). We invite our local community to hire a key for $70 (includes $10 refundable cash bond for key).


Road Safety  

Update: Great news! We are excited to know that Philip Coles and the team have arranged for flashing speed reduction signs to be placed at the Karapiro Road/State Highway One intersection very soon. We are also fighting hard for a permanent solution to the expressway issue.  We have a copy of Louise Upston’s petition in the school office or you can follow this link to the petiion online https://louiseupston.national.org.nz/cambridge_expressway  



2020 School Stationery

We’ve collaborated with OfficeMax to make back to school easy! 

Your child’s school stationery list is already online at myschool.co.nz. Simply search for our school, select your child's class and/or subject lists and follow the instructions on the website. You can also earn School Rewards* for our school if you buy through OfficeMax MySchool. We can use these rewards to purchase extra teaching resources for our school.

OfficeMax MySchool makes back to school easy for you with these great benefits:

·       Order the easy way - online at myschool.co.nz, phone 0800 724 440 or in your local OfficeMax store

·       Free Delivery - for orders over $46*. Choose delivery to home or work at a time that suits you.

·       Price Match Promise - find a lower price and OfficeMax will match it*.

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

(A reminder that Room 2 students who have moved to Room 4 will need to purchase the ‘Room 2’ pack).

Proposed Enrolment Zone Community Meeting for Cambridge Middle School

To avoid overcrowding, or the likelihood of overcrowding, the board of Cambridge Middle School (CMS)  is working with the Ministry of Education to implement an enrolment scheme. Under this scheme, students will be enrolled if they live within the home zone. The enrolment of out-of-zone students is governed by the provisions of the Education Act 1989. The proposed enrolment scheme, which includes the proposed boundary of the home zone, may be viewed at the school office and on the CMS website. CMS are seeking feedback from the community and therefore are holding a Community Consultation Meeting on 26 February 2020 at 6pm in the school hall.



Our doors are always open to you and we invite you to come and see us if there is anything you wish to discuss.


Ngā mihi nui

Tina-Maree & Staff








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 Young Engineers Term 1 Enrolments are now open.

e2 Young Engineers -bricks challenge and Gali-Lego are exciting programmes that will boost a student’s mind in creative thinking and problem solving. Students will explore basic principles of Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths and get a practical experience building motorised Lego models. It’s fun, its challenging, and it’ll help them prepare for other educational pathways in science, physics or engineering! 

Available in Rototuna.  Enrol now as spaces are limited. 

For more information or to enrol please go to our website www.squiggle.org.nz  or contact Katrina on 027 909 3903.





Newsletter Week 1 Term 1 2020

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Week 1 Term 1 2020

Kia ora ki ngā whānau me ngā hoa o te kura tuatahi o Karāpiro. Greetings to all families and friends of Karāpiro School. Ngā mihi o te tau hou! Happy new year to you all. 

Welcome back to school! We extend a very warm welcome to our school families. We also send a very special welcome to our new families who have enrolled with us over the holiday break. We look forward to welcoming you all to our school. 




We have lots of information for you below, but if you have any questions please pop into the school office and see Lynda or myself - we are here to help you. You can contact Lynda on 8277 642 and her email is office@Karāpiro.school.nz. You can contact me on the same phone number or my cellphone 027 777 1708 and my email address is principal@Karāpiro.school.nz. We also encourage you to stay in regular contact with your classroom teacher. They are your first point of contact regarding teaching and learning for your child and happy to help you.

Community Picnic

We would like to invite you all to a Community Picnic, here at school on Thursday 27th February from 4.30pm onwards. We will have a (free) sausage sizzle for you and you are welcome to bring along a picnic dinner for your family. This is a great opportunity to get to know school staff and to welcome our new families to our school. The pool will be open for those children whose parents are happy to supervise them having a swim and we can kick the ball around and dig out our ‘tug of war’ rope for some fun on the field. We are looking forward to seeing you there.

2020 Classes

We welcome back our wonderful school staff and extend a special welcome to Zara McGuinn, Marilynn Jones and Lynda Bennett who join our team. We are preparing for building work to upgrade our new classroom and build our new Science lab so we have moved classrooms around to accommodate the build. See the information below to see which class has moved where.

A warm welcome to you from the 2020 Karapiro Staff team: 

Mrs Marilynn Jones

MP Room 

(Room 1)

Teacher

Years 5 & 6

Kia Ora. For those children and parents who have not formally met with me over the last couple of years I extend warm greetings to you.  I have been in the teaching profession for many years as a parent (and now grandparent), teacher, leader and principal.  After resigning my Principal position at Hautapu School and a short break I realised how much I missed teaching, working with children and collegial team work.  I readily accepted part time teaching at Karapiro.  I have taught in all year levels at Karapiro School with a term placement with the Year 5 and 6’s last year.  Karapiro has so much to offer our students and I can’t wait to share my enthusiasm for teaching and learning with my class.

In my spare time I love to travel to exciting NZ and overseas destinations.  I was really fortunate to visit Egypt in 2018, a life time dream to explore the country and its amazing history and people. Please pop in and say hello!  Warmest regards, Marilynn Jones

Miss Zara McGuinn

Room 4 

(Room 2)

Teacher

Years 3 & 4

Hello! Miss McGuinn here and I’m so excited to see you all! I can’t wait to hear about the adventures you’ve all had over the summer holidays! I’ve also had a nice holiday overseas and can’t wait to share my experiences with you all. I’m so delighted to be in Room 4 this year with a wonderful bunch of students. I’m looking forward to building positive relationships and forming a welcoming classroom culture. I'm grateful to be apart of such an amazing school and can’t wait to be a part of all the learning taking place.

Ms Tina Turkilsen

Room 3

Teacher &

SENCO 

Years 1 & 2

Happy New Year! My name is Tina Turkilsen and I am looking forward to spending this year with the children in Room 3. We will be learning together as we develop the ‘Learning through play’ another step further. I have had a relaxing break over the summer with my beautiful children and grandchildren, and I am now ready for a busy and exciting year at Karāpiro School.  Please pop into Room 3 to introduce yourself if we have not personally met, my door is always open. 

Mrs Cheryl Naylor

Room 5

Teacher & Deputy Principal

New Entrants & Year 1

Kia ora! I am Cheryl Naylor. I have enjoyed a restful break with my family, filling my days with reading,  walking our dog, practising my archery skills and learning to fly fish. I am excited for all the learning, nurturing and growing that is going to happen in Room 5 and across Karāpiro School in 2020. I look forward to working alongside Karāpiro School parents and community, as well as my colleagues and our Commissioner to make this our best year yet!

Mrs Margaret Ng

Speech Language Therapist & Learning Support

Hi everyone, my name is Margaret and I provide additional learning support programs for individuals and small groups at school. As a speech language therapist I have a particular focus on developing children's speech sounds, oral language, social skills and also those important foundation skills to support reading and writing. I work part time at school and you will spot me around in the mornings. I really enjoy working with children and seeing them achieve new skills.

Over the holidays I have been enjoying relaxing with my family and friends, reading, gardening, beach trips and catching up on those jobs around home!

I am looking forward to another great year ahead, supporting your children with their learning and being part of our awesome team here at Karāpiro School.

Whaea Faye Collier

Learning Support

Kia ora koutou katoa. A new year ahead and I am pleased to be part of this amazing school as I continue my role of Learning Support. I have enjoyed my summer break, and carrying on from last year, I am again ready to work alongside the staff and students. As we all settle into the first term, I look forward to hearing about the many summer adventures. I know the year ahead will be busy and exciting for us all, so on that note, “Together we grow. Whakatupu tahi tatou.”

Miss Lynda Bennett

Office Manager

Hello, I’m Lynda and I am starting as the office manager for Karapiro School. I have two primary school aged children and we had a great time over the summer holidays spending time with family and going to the beach. It would be lovely for you to pop into the school office and introduce yourselves. I am looking forward to getting to know all of the children and their families this year as they learn and grow.

To be confirmed

After School Care

Supervisor

We are planning to welcome a new After School Care Supervisor to Karāpiro School in March. In the meantime our school staff will cover After School Care for students who are pre-booked,  Mon-Thur until 5pm. 

Miss Tina-Maree Thatcher

Principal

Ngā mihi o te tau hou! My name in Tina-Maree and I am very proud to be principal of our great little country school. I have enjoyed spending time with my grown-up children over the holiday break and planting new gardens. I am excited about 2020 and very much looking forward to working with our staff to support our children to learn and grow over the new year ahead. This year I look forward to working with Rob Naumann to form a new board of trustees and welcoming a new governance team for our school. I am very excited about our Classroom Upgrade project and seeing our students learning in our new Science lab. Lots of things to look forward to this year! I look forward to working with you all to keep on making Karāpiro School such a special place for our children to grow and learn. Ngā mihi nui. Tina-Maree

Mrs Margo McMillan 



Part Time Teacher

Kia Ora everyone! My name is Margo McMillan and I teach part time at Karapiro school. I have the best job because I get to teach in all the classrooms! I am looking forward to meeting all the new families and catching up with the old. I hope everyone has had a relaxing holiday. I spent part of mine cycling the Otago Rail Trail, an amazing experience! 

 

Keep up to date with school events and term dates by visiting the Calendar on our school website. A reminder that school is closed on Thursday 6th February for Waitangi Day and also Friday 7th February for our Teacher Only Day.

Communication

Good communication is really important to us at Karāpiro School. We write an e-newsletter for you in weeks 3, 6 & 9 and the link to this will be e-mailed home to you on the Thursday of that week. The newsletter will sit on our school website under ‘Our Communications’ and ‘Our Newsletters’. In between those newsletters we will communicate to you via the Karāpiro School Facebook Page and the occasional hard copy home. Please make sure that we have your current contact details. You can update these at any time by using our school website Update Contact Details

Health & Safety

We are monitoring the Coronavirus situation and we continue to receive regular updates from the Ministry of Education which we will share with you.  We have been advised by Cambridge Fusion that our Mandarin Language Assistant (MLA) has been delayed in their travel from China and the Confusions Institute has advised that our Mandarin classes will not begin until later in the term. 

The latest advice from the Ministries of Health and Education is as follows:

“For any staff member or student who has recently been to Wuhan or Hubei province, or has been in close contact with someone confirmed with the virus, we encourage you to ask the staff member or parent/caregiver of the student to delay the start of their school year for 14 days and stay home.”

Please keep an eye on our website and the Ministry of Education and Health websites for future updates:

Novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) – Ministry of Education

Novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) guidance – Ministry of Health


Sports @ Karapiro School

Please email me principal@karapiro.school.nz if your child would like to participate in Touch Rugby or Miniball this term. See the information below for junior cricket information or contact Steve on 021 821 820.        

Swimming Pool

Our school pool is only possible through the support of volunteers to keep it running. Thank you Mr Byron Trump who continues to look after our pool and who kept it running through the holiday break. If you are a key holder, please ensure that you replace the pool cover after you swim. You are welcome to pitch in and give the pool a quick vacuum next time you are there. A reminder that you can text me on 027 777 1708 if you have any pool issues and we will resolve them as soon as we possibly can. 

School pool keys are available to the community for the rest of the summer season. School families can hire a key for $50 (includes $10 refundable cash bond for key). We invite our local community to hire a key for $70 (includes $10 refundable cash bond for key).

Road Safety

Update: We are working closely with Philip Coles to have some temporary road signs erected to warn that our location is a high crash zone (Philip is also working on a permanent solution for road signage too). We have a copy of Louise Upston’s petition in the school office or you can follow this link to the petiion onlne https://louiseupston.national.org.nz/cambridge_expressway  Stand by for an exciting announcement about our local roads!

2020 School Stationery

We’ve collaborated with OfficeMax to make back to school easy! 

Your child’s school stationery list is already online at myschool.co.nz. Simply search for our school, select your child's class and/or subject lists and follow the instructions on the website. You can also earn School Rewards* for our school if you buy through OfficeMax MySchool. We can use these rewards to purchase extra teaching resources for our school.

OfficeMax MySchool makes back to school easy for you with these great benefits:

 ·       Order the easy way - online at myschool.co.nz, phone 0800 724 440 or in your local OfficeMax store

·       Free Delivery - for orders over $46*. Choose delivery to home or work at a time that suits you.

·       Price Match Promise - find a lower price and OfficeMax will match it*.

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

(A reminder that Room 2 students who have moved to Room 4 will need to purchase the ‘Room 2’ pack).


Our next newsletter will have more information for you about our curriculum and the things that are happening throughout the term ahead. A reminder that school is closed on Thursday 6th February for Waitangi Day and also Friday 7th February for our Teacher Only Day.

Our doors are always open to you and we invite you to come and see us if there is anything you wish to discuss.


Ngā mihi nui

Tina-Maree & Staff

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Newsletter Week 10 Term 4 2019

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Week 10 Term 4 2019


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


Karapiro Christmas Choir

Thank you to the Karapiro School Christmas Choir for your beautiful performance at the Cambridge Town Hall on Tuesday 17 December as part of the Cambridge Christmas celebrations. You sang so sweetly and brought smiles to the faces of those in the audience.  Thank you to Miss Turkilsen and Miss Embling for your dedication to our choir. Thank you parents for transporting students to the venue and for your support on the day. 

2019 Prizegiving

Thank you for your attendance at our end of year prizegiving. This was an awesome night of celebration of student progress and achievement over the year and an opportunity to farewell our Year 6 students who are moving on.  Thanks to your generosity we were gifted just on $70 to go towards the cost of the venue hire. Thank you! 

Book Character Day

On Friday 13 December we had our Book Character Day dress up day along with a ‘Second Hand Book Stall’ which was the initiative of our student Anna Stoneham. We have raised over $100 dollars to give to a local animal charity and we have also gained a number of new books for our school library. We were very lucky to have a visit from author Judi Billcliffe who entertained the students and shared her love of reading and storytelling. Thank you to everyone who got involved on the day.  

Thank You Morning Tea

We enjoyed a lovely morning tea with a great group of people who have helped our school, and ultimately our students, over the course of 2019. Thank you for coming along and taking some time with us. Thank you to the Karapiro School Christmas Choir for singing a beautiful ‘Christmas medley’ to our helpers. 

Learning Celebration Assembly

Congratulations to students who received certificates at our celebration assembly on Friday. Student received ICAS, Athletics and Camp certificates. We also said thank you and farewell to Miss Embling. 

Swimming Pool

Thank you Mr Byron Trump who is keeping our school pool sparkling throughout the holiday break. You can help by ensuring you replace the pool cover after you swim. There is also a broom and rake in the changing room and you are welcome to give them a quick sweep next time you are in. A reminder that you can text me on 027 777 1708 if you have any pool issues. 

School pool keys are available to the community for the 2019 season. School families can hire a key for $50 (includes $10 refundable cash bond for key). We invite our local community to hire a key for $70 (includes $10 refundable cash bond for key).

Road Safety

Since our stakeholder meeting with Tim van de Molen, Karapiro School students and myself have met with local MP’s and journalists for newspaper articles and we have written letters to the Prime Minister. You can read these here. I have also represented the school at the latest community meeting with Louise Upston and Chris Bishop (see article below). We will continue to keep this issue ‘live’ and we will provide links to published articles for our community on our Facebook page. Let’s get some action on road safety!

Update: We are working closely with Philip Coles to have some temporary road signs erected to warn that our location is a high crash zone (Philip is also working on a permanent solution for road signage too). We have a copy of Louise Upston's petition in the school office or you can follow this link to the petition online https://louiseupston.national.org.nz/cambridge_expressway


2020 School Stationary

We’ve collaborated with OfficeMax to make back to school easy! 

Your child’s school stationery list is already online at myschool.co.nz. Simply search for our school, select your child's class and/or subject lists and follow the instructions on the website. You can also earn School Rewards* for our school if you buy through OfficeMax MySchool. We can use these rewards to purchase extra teaching resources for our school.

 OfficeMax MySchool makes back to school easy for you with these great benefits:

·       Order the easy way - online at myschool.co.nz, phone 0800 724 440 or in your local OfficeMax store

·       Free Delivery - for orders over $46*. Choose delivery to home or work at a time that suits you.

·       Price Match Promise - find a lower price and OfficeMax will match it*.

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


Thank You Student Council

It was fun to treat the Karapiro School Student Council to a special surprise morning tea on Monday, to say thank you to them for their work throughout 2019. This has been an awesome group of students to work with!

Term 1 2020

We look forward to seeing you next year. Term one begins at 9am on Monday 3 February 2020. School will be closed on Thursday 6 February for Waitangi Day and also closed on Friday 7 February for a Teacher Only Day. 

Our 2019 Dance Show is now available on our school website. Enjoy!

Once again, thank you for your continued support throughout 2019. We wish you all a very merry Christmas and a happy and healthy 2020.  


Ngā mihi nui

Tina-Maree & Staff

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Newsletter Week 8 Term 4 2019

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Week 8 Term 4 2019

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


Office Manager - Vacancy

Applications have now closed for our Office Manager vacancy. We have had a very high level of interest in the position, receiving 62 applications. We are now working our way through the application process and we will advise you as soon as our process is complete. In the meantime we would like to thank Destiny Thom who has been helping me in the school office, and also Sarah-Jane as she continues to work with me to finalise the end of year school accounts.

Sports @ Karapiro School

Our final Touch Rugby game was played last Friday at St Peters and the final Miniball game for the season is Monday 9 December at Cambridge High School. Thank you to our parents and teachers who work together to provide these sporting opportunities for our students. It has been awesome to see the personal growth and development of our students through their participation in team sports. We look forward to acknowledging students who have improved their game or made valuable contributions to their team at our school Prizegiving on December 12th. 

CAMP 2019 Thank You

Our 2019 CAMP was a huge success and it was a great opportunity to grow for everyone involved.

To our students:    Thank you for having the courage to try new things and to get to know other students at your school. It was wonderful to see our students embrace the concept of tuakana teina and our older students supporting and guiding the younger ones. There were challenges for everyone, each as unique and as individual as you are, and the school staff and I are very proud of what you have achieved.

To our parents:    Thank you for supporting this camp by sending your students along and many of you choosing to come along as well. We literally couldn’t do this type of learning experience without you and we appreciate that many of you gave up valuable time from your busy work and family life to be there. Thank you for your support of the teaching and learning opportunities inherent in this type of experience and for allowing students to find their own way and to choose their challenges. Thank you also to the Karapiro School PTA for easing the financial costs for our families. 

To our teachers:    Thank you for your ongoing support for EOTC (Education Outside the Classroom) events and for your organising and planning that lead up to the camp itself. Once again, Anne, you have organised a learning-focussed school camp with opportunities for all to grow. As with all events of this nature, there was a long lead in to the planning behind the scenes (2 years in this case!) and there is a large amount of liaison and planning that happens along the way. Thank you also to our teachers for giving up time away from your personal lives and families to attend overnight, so that our students can have these opportunities. It is much appreciated.

All families have been emailed a ‘Camp Review’ and we invite your feedback as we review the camp with staff and students. It is important to us to understand what worked well and what we can improve on and we use this information when planning future EOTC events. 





Karapiro School Governance

Robert and Tina-Maree are in regular contact regarding the governance of the school and Robert will give a governance update in the next newsletter.

Education Review Office

Our education review is now complete and we are celebrating a very positive review that acknowledges the great work our school staff have done in lifting student progress and achievement across the school. The review is now being finalised and will be available online once complete. Thank you to everyone involved.

Property - Classroom Upgrade Project

Our Classroom Upgrade project is well underway and Rooms 1 & 2 will be upgraded and our new science lab built. Our project managers, Greenstone Group, are in the process of tendering our project and construction is scheduled to begin in January and is expected to be completed by the end of Term 1. We are hopeful we will be moving into our new space in Term 2. The designers have drafted some colour samples which have just arrived at school and you are welcome to pop into the office and have a look (see below). A reminder that all property project information is available for parents on the school website. 

Book Character Day

On Friday 13 December we are holding our ‘Book Character Day’. This is a fun event where we celebrate literacy and reading and students are invited to come along dressed as their favourite book character. We have a mystery storyteller coming along to entertain us with their passion for children's books and stories. We also have an exciting student-led initiative this year which is a book stall, where there will be pre-loved books available to purchase for 50 cents or $1. All proceeds with go to the local SPCA. If you have any books that you would like to donate to the stall please drop them off at the school office. Thank you.  

Thank You Morning Tea

We extend a warm invitation to all parents and community members who have helped out at Karapiro School over the course of 2019 to our Thank You Morning Tea. We very much appreciate your contributions - no matter how big or small, whether private or public. There are so many of you who help us in so many ways. Please come along and let us say thank you at our Thank You Morning Tea, 10.30am on Friday 13 December, in the Multi-Purpose Room.

Learning Celebration Assembly

You are warmly invited to our next assembly on Friday 6 December which will be co-presented by Room 3 and Room 4. Assembly starts at 2.30pm in the MP Room. 

We are also going to run a special additional assembly on Friday 13 December as we have a number of awards to give out, including ICAS certificates and athletics certificates.  We will also say thank you and farewell to Miss Embling. You are welcome to join us at the slightly earlier start time of 2.15pm. 

Wet and Wild Wednesday!

Starting at 11.00am on Wednesday 18th December, students (in tuakana teina groups led by our senior students), will all be rotating around water based activities such as a water slide, water fights, swimming and a range of team water challenges.  There will be a sausage sizzle on the day (more information to come), and we will have a shared school morning tea with the biscuits and muesli bars left over from camp.  Families are welcome to join us, as long as any extra children are accompanied by an adult.  

Swimming Pool

Thank you Mr Byron Trump who is keeping our school pool sparkling! Our pool is solar heated however students can get cold very quickly when they get out of the pool so teachers will judge on the day as to whether their class will swim. Please send togs and towel every day so that teachers can take that option if possible. Thank you. 

School pool keys are now available to the community for the 2019 season. School families can hire a key for $50 (includes $10 refundable cash bond for key). We invite our local community to hire a key for $70 (includes $10 refundable cash bond for key).

Health & PE Curriculum - Athletics

Congratulations to our students who qualified and attended the Cambridge Interschool Athletics event on Friday at the Vogel Street Athletics Grounds and thank you to our parents for taking them along. We are awaiting the official results from the organisers.

Well done to our junior team for organising a great Junior Athletics Day last week which was well attended by a large group of parents. Thank you so much for coming along! Parents have told us they were impressed with the range of foundation skills the junior students are learning and can see the progression up through the Health & Physical Education curriculum.



Karapiro Christmas Choir

Our school choir is well underway with Ms Turkilsen & Miss Embling, and students are rehearsing with the teachers Thursday lunchtimes. Students will perform at the Cambridge Town Hall at 11am on Tuesday 17 December. There is a permission and transport form coming home with students today. Please send this back to the school office as soon as possible. Thank you. 

The purpose of the Karapiro Christmas Choir is to:

 ·     Foster a love of music and singing

·      An opportunity to learn and know some traditional Christmas carols

·      An opportunity to learn how to perform musical items in front of their family and friends

·      An opportunity to provide a service to their community

·      An opportunity to interact with the older generation in the Cambridge community

2019 Prizegiving

For the first time this year we are combining our sports prizegiving with our end of year prizegiving. For the first time we will acknowledge all sports played by our students (traditionally it has only ever been winter sports that were recognised). We hope you are able to join us at 6.30pm on Thursday 12 December at the Raleigh Street Christan Centre. As usual we will also take the time to farewell our Year 6 leavers and present class awards. We will ask for a gold cold donation on the night to cover the hireage of the venue. Thank you. 

Road Safety 

Since our stakeholder meeting with Tim van de Molen, Karapiro School students and myself have met with local MP’s and journalists for newspaper articles and we have written letters to the Prime Minister. You can read these here We will continue to keep this issue ‘live’ and we will provide links to published articles for our community on our Facebook page. Let’s get some action on road safety!

Update: We are working closely with Philip Coles to have some temporary road signs erected to warn that our location is a high crash zone (Philip is also working on a permanent solution for road signage too). We have a copy of Louise Upston’s road petition for you to sign in the school office or you can visit online by going to Save the Cambridge to Tirau Expressway

Wheels Day Wednesday

This term we are holding our ‘Wheels Day Wednesdays’ in our new car park. Students are invited to bring their wheels for lunch time play in the car park. We section off the driveway and Miss Thatcher supervises their play from 12.30-1pm. Check out the videos on Facebook! Lots of fun but safety first so don’t forget your helmet. 

Music @ Karapiro School

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

School Accounts

Thank you for ensuring your school accounts are now paid to the school office. This supports our office practices as we wind up the school year and our audit processes that are underway. Thank you. 

Karapiro Kids Are Sun Smart Kids

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

Calendar

Keep up to date with school events by visiting the Calendar on our school website. A reminder for our families that school finishes for the year at 3pm on Thursday 19th December.

Sharing Student Work...

Room 4 students have been working on alliterative writing. Check out these fun sentences they created together!

Room 4’s Amazing Alliterative writing:

Aylah always eats apples.

Ronja really runs rapidly over the roof.

Long Lucy likes to lick lambs.

Levi’s lovely lamb likes to lick legs! 

Happy Hugo plays with Harley and Hunter. 

Magical Matthew makes marshmallow mice. 

Zachary the zebra zips and zooms on the zipline. 

Darcy the dog likes to dance with dolphins. 

Ellah enjoys eating elephants. 

Nice Nicola needs nests.

Every evening Emmy eats egg toast. 

Interesting Isla likes ice and ice cream. 

Amazing Arizona always eats apples. 


Mason the magical mouse made a movie! 

Georgia goes to get her goat. 

Harley hugs hamburgers and horses. 

Ben bit a burger while biking

Hunter hunts for honey and hamburgers. 

Cordelia cooks cute crimson cupcakes. 

Eli eats eggs and Easter eggs. 

Whaea Faye is fast like fire. 

Mrs Naylor is nice and neat in her nest. 

Staff News

We have received the resignation of Anne Mackey who is moving on from Karapiro School. Anne has made a considerable contribution over her 4 years at the school, as our Deputy Principal and teacher in our senior class. During her time with us her responsibilities have included sports and EOTC and we have increased the number of opportunities available to our students through Anne’s passion for learning outside of the classroom. We are proud of being part of Anne’s journey in education and we know that we have learned and grown together. We wish Anne all the very best going forward and sincerely thank Anne for all that she has done for Karapiro School. 

To all our students, their whaanau and the extended Karapiro School community.  The time has come for me to move on from Karapiro School; I will be finishing up at the end of this term.  I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has worked, learned, and laughed alongside me these past 4 years. Ehara taku toa i te toa takitahi he toa takitini - I didn't get here by myself, I got here with the help of others.  Not being someone who enjoys the limelight, at my request, there will be no farewell held for me.  I have asked that I be permitted to say farewell to the students and staff in my own way, in my own time, I thank you for your understanding.   Ngaa mihi nui.  Anne 

Classes for 2020

In 2020 we welcome back Mrs Marilynn Jones who will be teaching our Year 5/6 senior class in Term 1. We also welcome Miss Zara McGuinn to our staff and she will teach our Year 3 & 4 class. We will be relocating classes due to our Classroom Upgrade project. Our plan is to recruit a new deputy principal early in 2020. Mrs Cheryl Naylor will be our acting deputy principal. We will keep the community informed of the process in due course. 

Our staffing plan for Term 1 of 2020 is as follows: 

Principal

Ms Tina-Maree Thatcher



Teacher

Mrs Marilynn Jones

Years 5 & 6

MP Room

Teacher

Miss Zara McGuinn

Years 3 & 4

Room 4

Teacher, SENCO

Ms Tina Turkilsen

Years 1 & 2

Room 3

Teacher, Acting DP

Mrs Cheryl Naylor

New Entrants & Year 1

Room 5

Speech Language Therapist

Mrs Margaret Ng



Learning Support

Whaea Faye Collier



Office Manager

To be advised



After School Care

Miss Destiny Thom



At Karapiro School our staff make decisions around class placement together and we consider a range of factors including social, emotional needs, age and learning needs. We are happy to speak with you if you wish to discuss this with us. Our staffing plan is subject to change and we will make our final decision in mid January before school begins. Construction on our Classroom Upgrade Project is scheduled to begin in January and we expect this to be completed by the end of Term 1. Please see your child’s teacher if you have any queries regarding your child’s class for 2020.

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


Ngā mihi nui

Tina-Maree & Staff

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Newsletter Week 4 Term 4 2019

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Week 4 Term 4 2019

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


Karapiro School Governance

There has been a change of Commissioner for the school. Robert Naumann has replaced Chris Calver who resigned recently. Robert will be at the school as much as he can be for the rest of the term and is happy to meet with the school community as is practicable. He is based in Tauranga.

2019 Prizegiving

For the first time this year we are combining our sports prizegiving with our end of year prizegiving. For the first time we will acknowledge all sports played by our students (traditionally it has only ever been winter sports that were recognised). We hope you are able to join us at 6.30pm on Thursday 12 December at the Raleigh Street Christian Centre. As usual we will also take the time to farewell our Year 6 leavers and present class awards. We will ask for a gold cold donation on the night to cover the hireage of the venue. Thank you. 

If your child has a prizegiving trophy at home could you please return it urgently to school so we can get our 2019 names engraved. Thank you.

Thank You’s & Morning Tea

We extend a warm invitation to all parents and community members who have helped out at Karapiro School over the course of 2019 to our Thank You Morning Tea. We very much appreciate your contributions - no matter how big or small, whether private or public. There are so many of you who help us in so many ways. Please come along and let us say thank you at our Thank You Morning Tea, 10.30am on Friday 13 December, in the Multi-Purpose Room.


Swimming Pool

Mr Byron Trump has our pool sparkling and ready to go. Our pool is now officially open to the community and classes will begin swimming as soon as the weather is warm. Our pool is solar heated however students can get cold very quickly when they get out of the pool so teachers will judge on the day as to whether to swim. Please send togs and towel every day so that teachers can take that option if possible. Thank you. 

School pool keys are now available to the community for the 2019 season. School families can hire a key for $50 (includes $10 refundable cash bond for key). We invite our local community to hire a key for $70 (includes $10 refundable cash bond for key).

Health & PE Curriculum - Athletics

Junior Athletics will be held on 28 November 9.30-10.30am and parents are warmly invited to come along and watch a display of the athletics learning the junior students have undertaken this term. You are welcome to stay on and have morning tea with your child. Students aged 8 years old and over will attend the Rural Athletics Day at the Cambridge Athletics Grounds on Friday. We need your support with helping students on the vortex throw, rest station and moving from activity to activity with groups of students. 

Karapiro Christmas Choir

Our school choir is now underway thanks to Mrs Turkilsen & Miss Embling. Students will rehearse with the teachers Thursday lunchtimes and students will perform at the Cambridge Town Hall at 11am on Tuesday 17 December. 

The purpose of the Karapiro Christmas Choir is to:

·      Foster a love of music and singing

·      An opportunity to learn and know some traditional Christmas carols

·      An opportunity to learn how to perform musical items in front of their family and friends

·      An opportunity to provide a service to their community

·      An opportunity to interact with the older generation in the Cambridge community

Cambridge Lifeskills - Fundraising

A reminder that our Student Council are running a wacky hair/dress up day this Friday to raise money for the fabulous Cambridge Lifeskills Counselling service for Cambridge kids. Your gold coin donation is very welcome.

Also, Cambridge Lifeskills have their final fundraiser for the year coming up. Please email me at principal@karapiro.school.nz for tickets


Learning Celebration Assembly

We have a very busy term ahead with lots of events happening on Fridays (including camp and rural and town athletics!) so this term we will hold assembly in Week 4 Friday 8 November presented by Rm1 & Rm2 (which will include a farewell to Mrs Morkel) and also in Week 8 Friday 6 December presented by Rm 3 & Rm 4. Assembly starts at 2.30pm in the MP Room.  

CAMP 2019

A reminder that all CAMP 2019 information is available for you on our school website. Our Parent Helper Meeting was held at 6pm on Monday 4 November. Please contact Anne Mackey urgently if you were unable to attend anne@karapiro.school.nz to make a time to meet to go over the information. 

Road Safety 

Since our stakeholder meeting with Tim van de Molen, Karapiro School students and myself have met with local MP’s and journalists for newspaper articles and we have written letters to the Prime Minister. You can read these here We will continue to keep this issue ‘live’ and we will provide links to published articles for our community on our Facebook page. Let’s get some action on road safety!

You can find our latest article that appeared on Stuff here

Wheels Day Wednesday

This term we are holding our ‘Wheels Day Wednesdays’ in our new car park. Students are invited to bring their wheels for lunch time play in the car park. We section off the driveway and Miss Thatcher supervises their play from 12.30-1pm. Check out the videos on Facebook! Lots of fun but safety first so don’t forget your helmet. 

Music @ Karapiro School

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

School Accounts

Thank you for ensuring your school accounts are now paid to the school office. This supports our office practices as we wind up the school year and our audit processes that are underway. Thank you. 

Karapiro Kids Are Sun Smart Kids

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

Calendar

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


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


Ngā mihi nui

Tina-Maree & Staff

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Cambridge Lifeskills Fundraiser


Newsletter Week 3 Term 4 2019

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Week 3, Term 4, 2019

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

We extend a very warm welcome to Cordelia Zawaideh who has turned 5 and joined the students and Mrs Naylor in Room 4. We welcome you and your family to our school Cordelia. 

Thank You’s & Morning Tea

Thank you to Fix-It Phil our fix-it man for putting up on brand new basketball backboard and goal hoops - these look great! Special thank you also to Mrs Helen Duckworth for arranging for these to be donated to us from the Cambridge Basketball Association - what lucky students we have!

Thank you also to Mr Byron Trump for all the work you have done in preparing our school pool for the new swimming season. Your attendance at the swimming pool compliance course and your time in cleaning the pool and getting the chemical balance perfected is very much appreciated.

Thank you also to our fabulous PTA led by Helen Duckworth for providing a super fun Halloween disco for the students last night. What fun!

We extend a warm invitation to all parents and community members who have helped out at Karapiro School over the course of 2019 to our Thank You Morning Tea. We very much appreciate your contributions - no matter how big or small, whether private or public. There are so many of you who help us in so many ways. Please come along and let us say thank you at our Thank You Morning Tea, 10.30am on Friday 13 December, in the Multi-Purpose Room.

Swimming Pool

Mr Byron Trump has our pool sparkling and ready to go. Our pool is now officially open to the community and classes will begin swimming as soon as the weather is warm. Our pool is solar heated however students can get cold very quickly when they get out of the pool so teachers will judge on the day as to whether to swim. Please send togs and towel every day so that teachers can take that option if possible. Thank you. 

School pool keys are now available to the community for the 2019 season. School families can hire a key for $50 (includes $10 refundable cash bond for key). We invite our local community to hire a key for $70 (includes $10 refundable cash bond for key).

Group Day

Congratulations to Mckayla Trumper for her efforts at Group Day at Te Miro School. It was impressive to see Mckayla’s commitment to her lamb Minty and their great work in the ring despite the cold weather. Mckayla placed 4th in rearing, 4th in leading and 6th in call and follow in her division. Great work Mckayla! 


 

Health & PE Curriculum - Athletics

Junior Athletics will be held on 28 November 9.30-10.30am and parents are warmly invited to come along and watch a display of the athletics learning the junior students have undertaken this term. You are welcome to stay on and have morning tea with your child. Students aged 8 years old and over will attend the Rural Athletics Day at the Cambridge Athletics Grounds on Friday 15th November. We need your support with helping students on the vortex throw, rest station and moving from activity to activity with groups of students. Please respond to the google form that has ben sent home. Thank you. 

Karapiro Christmas Choir

Our school choir is now underway thanks to Mrs Turkilsen & Miss Embling. Students will rehearse with the teachers Thursday lunchtimes and students will perform at the Cambridge Town Hall at 11am on Tuesday 17 December. The purpose of the Karapiro Christmas Choir is to:

·      Foster a love of music and singing

·      An opportunity to learn and know some traditional Christmas carols

·      An opportunity to learn how to perform musical items in front of their family and friends

·      An opportunity to provide a service to their community

·      An opportunity to interact with the older generation in the Cambridge community

Cambridge Lifeskills - Fundraising

On Friday 8 November our Student Council are running the annual ‘WACKY HAIR / DRESS UP DAY’ fundraiser to raise money for this fabulous counselling service. Come to school with wacky hair or in your dress ups and share a gold coin to support this worthy cause. Do you want to know more about Cambridge Lifeskills? Check out their website 

Learning Celebration Assembly

We have a very busy term ahead with lots of events happening on Fridays (including camp and rural and town athletics!) so this term we will hold assembly in Week 4 Friday 8 November presented by Rm1 & Rm2 (which will include a farewell to Mrs Morkel) and also in Week 8 Friday 6 December presented by Rm 3 & Rm 4. Assembly starts at 2.30pm in the MP Room. 

2019 Prizegiving

For the first time this year we are combining our sports prizegiving with our end of year prizegiving. For the first time we will acknowledge all sports played by our students (traditionally it has only ever been winter sports that were recognised). We hope you are able to join us at 6.30pm on Thursday 12 December at the Raleigh Street Christan Centre. As usual we will also take the time to farewell our Year 6 leavers and present class awards. We will ask for a gold cold donation on the night to cover the hireage of the venue. Thank you. 

CAMP 2019

A reminder that all CAMP 2019 information is available for you on our school website. We invite our parent helpers to our Parent Helper Meeting at 6pm on Monday 4 November in Room 1. If you are volunteering as a parent helper at camp it is very important that you attend this meeting as there is essential camp information that we need you to have. If this time and date is not going to work for you due to other commitments, please contact Anne Mackey at anne@karapiro.school.nz to make a time to meet to go over the information. 

Road Safety 

Tim Van de Molen MP recently called a meeting for the purpose of engaging with stakeholders around needs in relation to road safety and traffic management options for this high-volume area (Karapiro Road to Piarere). This meeting was hosted by Karapiro School and was well attended by Karapiro School families. Since the meeting Karapiro School students and myself have met with local MP’s and journalists for newspaper articles and we have written letters to the Prime Minister. You can read these here We will continue to keep this issue ‘live’ and we will provide links to published articles for our community on our Facebook page. Let’s get some action on road safety!


Wheels Day Wednesday

This term we are holding our ‘Wheels Day Wednesdays’ in our new car park. Students are invited to bring their wheels for lunch time play in the car park. We section off the driveway and Miss Thatcher supervises their play from 12.30-1pm. Check out the videos on Facebook! Lots of fun but safety first so don’t forget your helmet. 

Education Review Office

We look forward to welcoming the review team to Karapiro School on 11 November. Our last ERO review was in 2016 and you can find a copy of the report here. Jennifer can be contacted at Jennifer.Costar@ero.govt.nz. If you would like more information about ERO you can visit the ERO Website

Music @ Karapiro School

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

School Accounts

Thank you for ensuring your school accounts are now paid to the school office. This supports our office practices as we wind up the school year and our audit processes that are underway. Thank you. 

Karapiro Kids Are Sun Smart Kids

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

Calendar

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


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


Ngā mihi nui

Tina-Maree & Staff

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Week 1, Term 4, 2019

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

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



Road Safety - Stakeholder Meeting - Monday 21 October 2019

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

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

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

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

Wheels Day Wednesday

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

Education Review Office

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

Board Meeting

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

2019 Ag Day

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

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

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

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

ASB Bank - Phillipa, Amy & Renee

Whitehall Fruitpackers

Cambridge Vets

The fabulous Karapiro School PTA

FMG

Karapiro families

Totalspan

Cambridge Kindergarten

Leamington Kindergarten

The Boatshed Cafe

Matt Seavill @ Cambridge Real Estate

Kelvin @ Cambridge Vets


Karapiro School past students

Animal Judges - Kevin & Jan Roigard and  

David Findlay

The awesome Karapiro School

staff

Photography - Ella Bailey

Photography - Jake Bailey, Savjah Sunnex and Gabriel Roberts

Guest Judge for children’s work - 

June McKenzie

Karapiro Student helpers

Lemonade Stand - Cole & Maraea



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

CAMP 2019

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

Music @ Karapiro School

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

PTA - Calendar Art 

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

Karapiro Kids Are Sun Smart Kids

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

Calendar

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

Principal Awards

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

Staff News

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

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


Ngā mihi nui

Tina-Maree & Staff

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21 October

Meeting with Tim vd Molen re Road Safety at 2.00 pm

24 October

Group Day – Te Miro School

28 October

Labour Day – no school

8 November

Cambridge Lifeskills Fundraiser

15 November

Rural Schools Athletics

29 November

Town Schools Athletics

18–22 November

School Camp – Taupo

13 December

Thank you morning tea