Toko School Newsletter

Thursday 9th September 2021

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Kura Tuatahi Toko

Quality learning for all in a caring community.

Kounga ako mo katoa i roto i te taiao e atawhai ana.

Dear parents and friends of our school Kia Ora/Bora Da/Konichi Wa/Hello

Tena Koutou Katoa

It has been great to have everyone back at school today. Lots of smiling faces, reconnecting with friends and lots of great lock down stories. We have decided to send another newsletter home today with some updated school information and organisation.

Ngā mihi

Kim Waite


This has been re scheduled to Monday 20th September. we have changed the day but not the times you had booked. If you can't remember what time you booked please call the office.


Sports Uniforms & Jackets

Can all students who have sports jackets, and uniforms from rugby sevens or Taranaki Trophy please return these to school on Friday.

Central Cross Country/Taranaki Trophy Finals/ Sevens/Rich Weir Cup/Road Relays

Dates still to be confirmed.


Because of the cancellation of the Rural Clusters Cross Country we will be holding a school cross country on Friday 17th September. This is being held on this date so we have sufficient time to organise runners if the Central and Taranaki Cross Countries go ahead in Delta Level 2 in the last two weeks of the term.

We are going to run the senior cross country (9yrs +) in two categories: Competitive and Non Competitive.

The non competitive runners will have the option of run/walking a modified course but they will not be eligible to then run in the Central or Taranaki events.

We feel that the course for the 5-8 yr olds is achievable for all children to participate in the same category. All children are expected to participate unless the school has been notified by a caregiver prior to the event.

Because of Covid restrictions we are limited to where parents and whanau can spectate from. Whanau can park and watch from their vehicles/on the side of the road from the exterior of the school e.g on the main road, bus turnaround, Ahuroa Road, Waiwiri Road etc. If you were to do this could you please ensure you practice the Ministry of Health Guidelines re social distancing if gathering in groups with other people.

Another option that we will provide is for parents to watch the race from the start and finish line from the tennis courts. You will need to stay in this area for the entire time on the school grounds.

Parents will need to enter the school grounds via the bus shelter, at the gate by our recycling centre and walk through the enviro area to the tennis courts. You will be required to sign in at the tennis courts with the covid tracer app. Two staff members will be set up to do this. Please bring your own pen if you can’t sign in on the covid tracer app:) Once your child/ren have raced we ask that you leave the area so we can ensure that our spectator numbers remain under 100. You must also sign out and exit via the same way you came into school.

We ask that you please co operate with and respect these guidelines as we work to ensure we are working within the Delta Alert Level 2 guidelines.

Everyone entering the school grounds will be required to wear a mask and maintain 2m distancing.

Children can be collected and go home during or after the event but you can not go onto the school grounds to get them. If you would like to collect your child to take home after their race you will need to let Mrs Waite know. She will be at the tennis court. She will arrange for your child to meet you at the bus shelter gate.

Cancellation: If the event is cancelled, a notification will be sent out via the school app. If the event is cancelled we will not be holding a postponement date. We will be using previous years results and our knowledge of children's running ability to select children for the Central event.

Clothing- All students have the option of wearing suitable shoes while running as we are not sure of the content in the paddock.

Students need a drink bottle and appropriate clothing to wear eg, t-shirt and shorts etc. It would be great to see children in their house colours if you have this available at home.

Marshalling - We will require a couple of parents who don’t mind marshalling (at a distance) on the senior course. If you are able to marshall can you please contact the office.


Information about this is being sent home to parents today from Mrs Fuller and Mrs Hancock.

Piano Timetable

Updated timetables are being sent home today for children who participate in piano lessons.


These are on Thursday 30th September. Orders will come out as soon as we receive them.


BOT Scholarship examination

If you would like your child to sit the BOT Scholarship examination the closing date is Friday 17 September and the exam date will be 29 September commencing at 10am at Stratford High School.

Email the application forms directly to me at

RR Tyrer

Rural schools with students who live in the rural area can also apply for the RR Tyrer scholarship. Email the application forms directly to me at

Diane Lithgow

Principal’s PA

Stratford High School

PH: 06-765-6039 ext 702

If you would like an application form to complete the scholarships please email:


Guidelines for this are up on our school website. This week we encourage all our tamariki to start thinking about and planning what they will create.


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