Term 3, Week 8, Tuesday 13 September 2022
Important Dates in Term 4
Ngā mihi nui ki a koutou katoa. Greetings to you all.
This week is Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori (Maori Language Week). We have a number of language-based daily quizzes, activities and games to enrich our use of te reo. If you are keen to enrich your own use, you may like to try Te Kupu o te Rā, which offers a word or phrase each day. The NZ History website also provides a list of 100 Māori words every New Zealander should know and 365 useful words and phrases in te reo Māori.
A warm welcome to Aadvik, who started in Room 2 this week.
We were so lucky with the weather last week for our various house week celebrations (see picture above of Snell house in the school garden) and in particular the teddy bears’ picnic on Friday. It was such a lovely picnic and time was taken to decide on the names of our house bears. Each of our house captains, ably supported by their Year 6 and 7 house reps, did an awesome job leading the activities on their given days.
It was a sombre start to the day on Friday as we recognised the passing of Queen Elizabeth II. The flag will be flown at half mast until her funeral service next Monday. Please note that we now have a public holiday on Monday 26th September, so the school will be closed on that day.
I am sure many of us are pleased the traffic light system has ceased overnight. Masks will now be a matter of choice in the classrooms. Please supply your own masks from now on; however, we will continue to have hand sanitiser readily available. Harakeke team has some great learning to share at the end of the term so we will be inviting parents to come in and see that. Face-to-face meetings with teachers can take place and we will be moving to normal school assemblies from the start of next term.
For those who do get COVID, you are still required to isolate for 7 days but family members do not need to isolate if they are well and have a daily negative RAT result. If unwell, students should remain at home.
I am very much looking forward to the New Zealand Principals Federation conference in Christchurch this week – please note I will be out of school on Wed, Thurs and Fri. As Catherine Palmer has had to fly to England unexpectedly, Erynn Riesterer (email@example.com) or Rachel Ogivly (firstname.lastname@example.org ) will be your points of contact if required. – Alison
Te Wiki o te Reo Māori
This week is Te Wiki o te Reo Māori (Māori Language Week). To help celebrate we are having a daily Kupu (word/phrase) Challenge question. These are on display in the school office from Rāhina (Monday) to Rāpare (Thursday) for your whānau to work out the answers and post them in the competition kete in the office!
The questions are included below. You're welcome to email your answers to Anna Hartley (email@example.com) by the end of next week.
It's a great opportunity to earn some points for your house and all correct answers will go in the draw to win a prize! He waimarie pai (good luck)!
Huge congratulations to the Year 8 Keas Netball team. The team came first overall in the B grade at Windmill Courts for the winter season, and were recognised at the Auckland Netball prizegiving on Saturday.
Team members were: Chloe, Abigail, Florence, Stella, Nicole, Seoyun, Scarlett, Grace, Kyra, Hazel, Elaine. The team was coached by Linda Va'aelua and managed by Jenny Tsui.
Board of Trustees
The Board election process has now been completed. Please refer to the declaration below.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank Oliver Shaw, John Etty, Zhi Chen and Aisling Weir for their service to the Board over the last few years. Their service to the school has been greatly appreciated not just by me, but the staff and I am sure by you as our parent community.
The first meeting of the new Board is next week, Wednesday 21st September at 6.00pm.
It is nearly time to send off our Yummy apple stickers to claim our free sports gear for the school. Please drop any completed sheets to the office by September 16th. Thanks for eating those apples!
Out-of-zone enrolments for 2023
Kohia Terrace School will be holding a Ballot on Wednesday 19th October 2022 for out-of-zone enrolments. The Board has determined that places are likely to be available for out-of-zone students for Priority 2–6 in the following year levels: Year 0 (children who will turn 5 on or after 1 June 2023); Year 1, Year 2 and Year 7.
The exact number of places will depend on the number of applications received from students who live within the school’s home zone.
The closing date for out-of-zone applications will be Wednesday 28th September 2022.
Parents of students who live within the home zone should also enrol by this date to assist the school to plan appropriately for next year. Please refer to our school website for further information.
The PTA has so many exciting events coming up in the next few weeks! As always we appreciate your support and involvement.
Pie Day – Jesters Pie Day is this week, on Thursday Sept 15th. Order on Kindo by 11am on Wednesday. The good news is that there is now a gluten-free option available too!
Samosa Sale – Samosas are back! Get your order in and stock your freezer for the final time this year. Don't forget to tell your family and friends about how delicious and easy they are. $20/bag of ten, order on Kindo by Monday 19th September. Orders will be sent home on Friday the 23rd.
Spring Fling Outdoor Disco - Thursday 29 September
Tickets are now available on Kindo for our first outdoor disco! Tickets are $10 and include a free sausage/vege sausage in bread. Drinks and popcorn will also be on sale.
Do you have any outdoor lights/Christmas lights/ fairy lights or festoon lights we can borrow? Please contact Tina if you can help - firstname.lastname@example.org or 0211167231. Also, we would love some help on the night. If you can spare an hour or two to help make this a special evening for our students, please add your name to this document: Parent Helpers
Year 1 – 4 5.30 – 6.45pm
Year 4 – 8 7.00 – 8.30pm
NB: Year 4 students can choose which one they attend
Music Bingo Night
Come join us for our big parent night out on Saturday October 29th, hosted by KTS parent Nathan King. It will be a fantastic night out with music, prizes, dancing and fun with friends. Create a team of 8 ($300/table) or buy an individual ticket ($40pp) and we can help find you a team. Tickets include a platter and gourmet pizza dinner. Tickets go on sale next week, get in quick before they sell out.
Kohia Kids Zone Holiday Programme
The October holidays are fast approaching and we have 2 weeks of fun planned at Kohia Kids Zone.
We are offering a 15% off early bird discount for anyone who books before the end of the day 28.09.22.
Monday 3rd: Sew little monsters. Play Among Us in real life
Tuesday 4th: TRIP DAY - Event Cinemas: Little Monsters. Includes Jr Combo Drink & Popcorn.
Wednesday 5th: Make Monster headpieces. PomPom Shooters and Games.
Thursday 6th: TRIP DAY - My Wonderland, Albany indoor playland.
Friday 7th: Scavenger Hunt followed by monstrously good baking!
Monday 10th: Learning about different countries, Japanese Cherry Blossom paintings, POKEMON (spotlight on Japanese pop culture), and origami
Tuesday 11th: TRIP DAY - Event Cinemas: Paws of Fury + Includes Jr Combo Drink & Popcorn.
Wednesday 12th: Bring your wheels for a Tour De Kohia, Building Eiffel Towers, Making stained glass window decor, French Toast
Thursday 13th: TRIP DAY - Auckland Zoo!
Friday 14: Making headpieces & crowns inspired by other cultures, Egyptian Hieroglyphs, Safari paintings, and a big world quiz
Click the link to book
Jazz School school holiday Big Band workshop
This will be an exciting three day school holiday workshop where year 6, 7 and 8 students will learn to play in a Jazz Big Band and then perform a concert for family and friends on the final afternoon. The Big Band is for Saxophone, Trumpet, Trombone and Clarinet players plus Electric Guitar, Piano, Bass and Drums. The music we play will range from jazz standards to modern pop classics with an emphasis on having fun while producing music at a high standard. This workshop will be run by Drew Hutchinson. Students must be playing at grade 2 level or higher, or have had two years of lessons. The workshop is on October the 3rd, 4th and 5th from 9am - 3pm at Remuera Primary School, 25 Dromorne Road, Remuera. To register for the workshop please visit jazzschool.co.nz or email email@example.com for more information.