Toko School Newsletter

Thursday 1st April 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

As part of our schools plannng and reporting processes we are required to have a school Charter, Strategic Plan and Annual Plan. These documents all link together to create the direction and focus for the school moving forward. Over the course of any year we seek feedback in a variety of ways from whanau, children and staff which we bring together to plan our way forward.

These documents are all saved on our school website and submitted to the Ministry of Education in March of every year.

Follow this link to have a read: CHARTER DOCUMENTS

Thank you to the Friends of Toko School, Staff and Student Leadership Team for assisting with the school disco on Friday night! The Olympic theme was a real hit and everyone had lots of fun!

Just a reminder that the Easter Holidays also include Tuesday for schools. This means chidlren do not return to school until Wednesday 7th April.

Ngā mihi

Kim Waite

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We have had a shake up of the system and now have one big team that helps with all the different leadership tasks - from sports activities to fundraising events to supporting House groups. This makes organisation and coordination much easier and means leaders get to experience a range of leadership opportunities across the school. This group will be known as the Student Leadership Team.

Congratulations to the following students:

Tessa, Charis, Jamie H, Zack (Chairpeople of the Leadership Team)

Karen, Charlize, Ben, Leah S, Maisie, Arlo, Sophie L, Jess, Amelia, Kirsty, Aleah, Zoey, Alex, Holly and Jamie W (absent).

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Please, if your child is going to be absent form school you need to notify the office or use the school app. Notifiying your child's classroom teacher is ok but not essential. The office must be informed of the absence with a reason. This is a legal requirement.


It is really important that all our school families download our school app. This Toko School App is the main way we will contact parents in an emergency and if we need to get information out to our community immediately. Information about how to down load the School App can be found on our website. School App


Please complete this form if your details need updating. You will also be able to find this form on our School App for future reference.

Science Roadshow

On Wednesday the 14th April Room 5 & 6 will be attending the science roadshow at Stratford High School. We will be travelling by bus and leaving school at 9am sharp.


NAG 5 Health and Safety - This policy is up for review. Feedback from our school whanau is welcome. Please email with your comments.

Friends of Toko School Fundraiser

Athletics BBQ - Thursday 8th April

We require parents to assist with this during the day. If you are able to help out can you please let the office know.

School Fundraiser

A form was sent home last week for families to collect orders for our new fundraiser this term. We are selling foodwrap, tinfoil and baking paper. Please collect orders from friends and family and return these forms back to school with payment by 14th April.

Payments can be made by internet banking. Please put your name, REFERENCE: Fundraise+

Account number is: TSB 15-3947-0019082-00 Friends of Toko School.


Turnbull Cup

Turnbull Cup

On Wednesday night a group of 12 swimmers attended this annual interschool swimming competition in Stratford.

As always, the children were a credit to Toko School through their sportsmanship and positive attitudes. It's always a great night. Congratulations to you all.

Relay teams were:

A - Arlo, Ben, Jamie H, Oli

B - Sophie L, Kirsty, Shay, Tessa

C - Joey, Zack, Ella, Zara

Special congratulations to

Ben - 1st Yr8 boy

Arlo - 2nd Yr7 boy

Shay - 3rd Yr7 boy

Toko A relay team - 2nd in the small schools relay.

Rural Cluster Athletics- Years 5 to 8

On Thursday 8th April Toko School is hosting the Rural Cluster Athletics Day for the Y5-8 children. The postponement date for this is Friday 9th April.

Events will begin at 9.35 am and will run for the whole day.

We have had advice from Taranaki Athletics around how the high jump and long jump will be run on the day. While we appreciate that some rules may differ from athletics club and Colgate Games these rules have been put in place to ensure the safety of all participants. Please respect these rules on the day as they are non negotiable.

Students will need to be wearing their Toko sports uniform and running shoes are recommended. Hats and sunblock are essential. There will be a BBQ and food for sale but your child will still need morning tea in case they are not able to leave their event until lunchtime. The children will be carrying their bag with their water bottle and food in it.

Junior Athletics - Year 0 to 4

The Y0-4 Athletics is now a separate event and will be held at Ngaere school on Monday 12th April. The postponement date for this is Tuesday 13th April.

Events will begin at 10.30 and will finish at approximately 1.00pm.

We will be travelling to and from the event via bus. If you intend on taking your child home after athletics can you please let your child's teacher know on the day.

A bbq and food will be on sale during the day.

Students will need to be wearing their Toko sports uniform and running shoes are recommended. Hats and sunblock are essential.

Wicked Wheel

Weather permitting we will be holding wicked wheel on the last day of term. Wicked Wheel is a fun sports House event that we try and run at the end of every term. This will be in conjunction with a fundraiser run by thestudent leadership team. More information will be sent out via the app in week 10 to remind you all. This will be B&P Day(blue and purple) to raise money for people who are affected by epilepsy and/or autism. We would like each student to bring a gold coin donation to go towards Children Autism foundation and the Epilepsy Foundation of NZ. Please dress up in either purple or blue or both :)

Thank you

Student Leadership team.


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The Importance of Nursery Rhymes

Nursery rhymes are important for young children because they help develop an ear for our language. Both rhyme and rhythm help kids hear the sounds and syllables in words, which helps kids learn to read! Here are some activities to aid your child's developing poetry, rhyming, and rhythm skills.

Activities for younger chidlren:

  • Create word families. Use refrigerator magnets to spell a word ending (-ap). Have your child put other letters in front of the word ending to create rhyming words (tap, cap, map, lap).
  • Fill in the blank. Read children's poems aloud and leave off the final word, having your child fill in the missing rhyming word:
    "Run, run, as fast as you can,
    You can't catch me, I'm the gingerbread ____."

Activities for older chidlren:

  • Write a swap poem. You write one line of a poem, and have your child write the next line, matching the rhythm, and rhyming the last word. (Hint: Use words that are easy to rhyme!)
  • Create a rhyming dictionary. Have a page for –op words, and –end words, and –ing words, and –oat words, and then move on to more complex letter patterns like –ouble (trouble, double).
  • If kids don't like reading, try poetry! Poems are short, provide important practice with reading fluency, and give reluctant readers a sense of accomplishment.


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Toko and Eastern Districts Junior Rugby Football Club

Club Muster

When: Saturday the 17th of April @ 10.30am

Where: Toko School

For all those that are registered and also anyone who might not yet be registered but interested in playing junior rugby. This is our day to get together, sort out teams, meet the coaches and get the kids excited about the upcoming rugby season.

Any enquiries to Grant Worthington Ph 0276669970 or

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