Term 3, Week 7, Tuesday 6 September 2022
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Mālō e lelei Uike Kātoanga’i ‘o e Lea Faka-Tonga - welcome to Tongan Language Week.
Currently, there are more Tongan people born in New Zealand than there are in Tonga, giving lea faka-Tonga (the Tonga language) and anga faka-Tonga (Tonga culture) a special place here in Aotearoa.
Tonga Language Week / Uike Kātoanga’i ‘o e lea faka-Tonga gives students of all ethnicities the chance to learn some basic lea faka-Tonga, and gives students who speak lea faka-Tonga the chance to be experts in the classroom. Here are some very simple phrases that you may like to practice throughout the week …
Hello – Mālō e lelei
Thank you – malo 'aupito
Goodbye to those staying – Nofo ā
Goodbye to those leaving – 'Alu ā
Thank you – Mālō
There is certainly a lot going on. The speech finals on Friday celebrated some well constructed arguments that were presented with style. All the finalists should be very proud of making it to the final. Want to find out who won? – check out the results further on in the newsletter.
We had a select team of 10 students compete in the Year 7 & 8 zone cross country last week. It was a tough run so Kyra (R14) and Luke (R15) did really well to place 15th in the Year 8 run.
Congratulations also to our Lit Quiz teams who were quizzed on a vast array of literature-based questions. Team 1 (Chloe, Daniel, Lucas & Sophie) placed 2nd with Team 2 (Leo, Jemima, Logan & Harper) placing 8th in a pool of 50 teams. It was an exciting morning and the results were a reflection of the reading and preparation the students have done over the last two terms. Thanks to Chloe for being our reserve and supporting the teams on the day, and a special thank you to Jane Russell for all her work in training the teams.
We had five teams compete in the Jump Jam zone finals on Sunday. What a great afternoon! All the teams performed their hearts out with three of the five teams placing. Fakamālō (congratulations) to KTS Kontrol Freaks, trained by Nygel Knighton, for coming away with the win for their section, to KTS Explosive trained by Anna Hartley who placed second in the senior section, and to KTS Takes the Cake trained by Toni O’Connor, who won the senior section. A special thank you to Maria Wilson for overseeing jump jam this year (and for training her team), Alice Ash for training the KTS Spellcasters team and to Katie Gilbert for adding her expertise to the teams over the last few weeks. The scores for KTS Explosive and KTS Takes the Cake qualify them for Nationals on Saturday 12th November in Tauranga! Awesome effort everyone!
It has been a really wet few days – malo 'aupito all for making my ‘parking warden’ job so much easier. Traffic is moving quickly, students are safer and I can see lots of Kohia kaitiaki (people taking care and being respectful).
Please remember our Teddy Bears picnic on Friday (the weather is looking great at this stage). Toki sio (see you later) – Alison
Last Thursday, two Year 7 and 2 Year 8 teams represented Kohia Terrace School at the Auckland Mathematical Association’s annual Mathex Competition. All four teams worked hard to answer the tricky questions and achieved great scores! Here’s what two of our Year 8 competitors had to say about the event:
Participating in the Mathex competition was very exciting and it will be a very significant part of my intermediate years. Seeing all the other schools and competing with them at the Barfoot and Thompson Stadium was especially interesting because we didn’t get to do something like this last year due to covid. I think that all four of the KTS teams did very well in the competition and we worked together exceedingly well even under pressure. We all had very low expectations in winning or getting at least 10 questions right and both Year 8 teams went past that expectation and got around 17 questions right! Even with over 700 people cheering extremely loud, we pulled through and managed to score about 90 points out of 100. In the end, even though we didn’t end up winning, I think that we were tremendously proud of ourselves regardless of how many points we scored and I would certainly do it again if I ever get the chance.
Mathex for me was quite the experience. It was really interesting considering it was my first time going there. There was so much chaos (with over 50 schools!) and there was no air of quietness at all. A lot of nerves paralysed me; the concern of not doing well and falling behind was one component. During the actual competition we were racing to complete the questions as quickly as possible. Our runner Lucas was really exhausted after running the long course many, many times. After the competition we had a good score of 90 points out of 100. We did not think we would do this well, as our goal was to get at least 50 points. I am very proud of our team, as we worked well together under extreme pressure and distractions. If I could go back in time and relive this experience I would most certainly say yes. Even under a load of mental stress I still found this really fun. I would encourage students in doubt about competing to do it, because even though the chances of winning are slim, the most important thing is to have fun, which is what Mathex is mainly about.
Last Thursday night, 2 teams of Year 7 and 8 students represented Kohia Terrace School at the Interschool EPro8 Competition at Blockhouse Bay Intermediate. Both teams placed 8th equal. Check out a couple of student perspectives on the competition below!
Our team name for the second KTS Epro8 team was the Technical Four. We had to make a bed for the lazy Uncle Albert. Epro8 was really fun but also challenging. My favourite thing about the Epro8 challenge was cutting the rope with the rope cutter. I learnt that next time we enter the challenge you must clean up your area to get extra points! – Drina
The challenges were hard because we had to use wires and cables when we had never used them before. The night was really fun and exciting. I loved problem solving and the way everything was organised. I learnt a lot about teamwork and I thought I knew heaps about it already. I loved everything about Epro8 and I hope to do it again next year. – Lila
It was an extremely tense experience full of adrenaline but I had so much fun. Thanks to all the intermediate teachers and Mrs Friedlander for supporting us at Epro8! – Nicole
On Friday, two guest judges (Mr Malani from Auckland Grammar School and Ms Mahy from Epsom Girls Grammar School) had the difficult job of deciding on this year's Speech Finals winners. Well done to all the fabulous finalists who performed their speeches and shared their message with students from Year 4–8.
Year 5 & 6 Competition
1st Place Harper (R8)
2nd Place Nadia (R12)
3rd Place Logan (R8)
Year 7 & 8 Competition
1st Place Jemima (R16)
2nd Place Nicole (R15)
3rd Place (equal) Florence (R16) and Mayoori (R16)
Te Wiki o te Reo Māori
Next week is Te Wiki o te Reo Māori (Māori Language Week). To help celebrate we will be having a daily Kupu (word/phrase) Challenge question. These will be 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 will also be included in next week's newsletter. You're welcome to email your answers to Anna Hartley (firstname.lastname@example.org) 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)!
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!
Update from Kindo
Kindo, myKindo and ezlunch were recently classified as a Financial Service Provider. This means that there are additional responsibilities we must undertake, including compliance with the strict regulations imposed under the Anti-Money Laundering and Countering Financing of Terrorism Act (AML).
We are now implementing the required changes. Account holders will be diverted to a page on myKindo to accept the new terms and can read further information about it on that page. Further changes in line with those new Terms are being implemented over the next few weeks.
Thank you for your understanding as we take on these new responsibilities. If you need any assistance, please get in touch with email@example.com.
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.
Congratulations to the following students who received a KTS Learner Competency certificate at the last Azoombly:
Congratulations to the following students for gaining their literacy awards:
Bronze – Jonathan (Rm 7)
Silver – Sora (Rm 9)
The PTA have so many exciting events coming up in the next few weeks! As always we appreciate your support and involvement.
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.
Pie Day - Jesters Pie Day is back for the kids (and a much needed day off for parents from making lunches!). Thursday Sept 15th, get your orders in on Kindo by the 14th.
Spring Fling Outdoor Disco
School Disco – Thursday 29 September
Year 1 - 4 5.30 - 6.45pm
Year 4 - 8 7.00 - 8.30pm
NB: Yr 4 students can choose which one they attend
We are so excited for our first outdoor disco but need some decorations! Do you have any outdoor lights/Christmas lights/ fairy lights or festoon lights we can borrow for the night? Please contact Tina if you can help - firstname.lastname@example.org or 0211167231
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 of 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.
Central Zones Y7 & Y8 Girls and Boys Cross Country took place on Wednesday 31st August at Waiatarua Reserve. Congratulations to all those students who worked hard to prepare and participated on the day, with special mention to the 2 of the top 20 finishers: Kyra 15th (Y8 Girls) and Luke 15th (Y8 Boys).
Y5 & 6 Netball Zones were held last week with KTS being well represented by 4 teams.
Y5 Hummingbirds placed 2nd in the Y5 B grade, Y6 Boys placed 4th, Y6 Flames won 1 game and Y6 Firebirds placed 4th place in the Y6 A grade.
Special thanks to the coaches and managers: Katie Gilbert, Ange Friedlander, Kim Etty, Anna Rawlings, Xenia Looi, supported by other parents on the day. With outstanding leadership for coaching and umpiring from our Year 7/8 students - Tolson, Floyd, Grace, Scarlett, Florence, Angel, Nicole, Chloe, Elaine, Nethuli.
Congratulations to Tamoghna (Rm 10), who came first place in the North Shore Marathon – Kids Marathon Mile out of 42 participants (under 13 years old) on Sunday. He was awarded a trophy and a medal for his achievement (see above).
Netball results – Week 5
Y6/7 Hawks – Loss 15–9
Y8 Keas – Loss 14–22
Is your child a budding author?
Learn the secrets of writing great stories from an award-winning author. "Write Like an Author" is a school holiday program for young writers.
Held in a fun and supportive setting at Kowhai Intermediate in Kingsland, Auckland this camp will see children develop and write stories with help from award-winning author Anne Kayes. Anne originally worked as a secondary school Drama and English teacher. She often wrote plays for her students to perform. In 2014, she did a Masters in Creative Writing at AUT. She writes junior fiction and young adult books. She visits schools often, to do animated, dramatic readings for students.
It will be held during the school holidays, from Tuesday, 11st October 2022 to Thursday, 13th October 2022. There will be a three day camp for children aged 9 to 14 and a one day workshop for children aged 7 to 10.
Young writers will learn:
* How to come up with story ideas
* How to plan and outline a story
* How to come up with interesting, sympathetic characters
* The writing process, how to put it all down on paper
Plus they'll make new friends and have heaps of fun!
The location of the camp is:
Kowhai Intermediate, 26 Onslow Road, Kingsland, Auckland, 1024
Young writers (or their parents) can register here:
The camp is non-residential, and runs from 9 am to 4 pm each day.
The number of places on the camp is strictly limited so register early if your child is interested in attending the camp.