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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.  


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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

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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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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