Toko School Newsletter

Thursday 23rd 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

A big thank you to Tracy, our Sports Co-ordinator and Mrs Fuller for organising and coordinating our school cross country. Well done to all our tamariki got stuck in and ran the course. We are super proud of you all.

At the Board of Trustees meeting on Tuesday night, the decision was made to cancel the school production for the 2022 school year. We just don't feel we can take the risk with so much uncertainty around alert levels and the preparation, cost and time out of the classroom involved with such a big event like this. This is extremely disappointing for all. We are looking at alternative options within the The Arts curriculum that we can participate in at school. We will keep you posted as decisions are made.

Calf and Lamb Day is another event that we can not run at Alert Level 2. Thank you to everyone that replied to our quick survey yesterday. This event can only proceed at Alert level 1. We have decided to move the date to Tuesday 26th October. If Calf and Lamb Day does not proceed we will look to organise a fun Agricultural Day for the children.

The Pig Hunt Committee also met this week and have decided that the Pig Hunt will also have to be cancelled this year. We are still looking at proceeding with the big three and goats for the Toko children. We hope to have more detail around this in next weeks newsletter.

These changing times may require that we have to look at our school events and fundraising events in new and creative ways. We know families and children in particular will be disappointed. We need to support our children to learn from and understand these emotions and how to cope. They will be much better off if you give them the skills to bounce back after a challenge/disappointment and to deal with their emotions.

Some things for parents to consider:

You can start by letting them know that feeling stressed, upset or angry is healthy and normal. Help them understand that feelings like this will pass.

Your child might be facing something that’s making them feel anxious, such as a sports day at school. They might even try to avoid it. Encourage them to step up to the challenge. If they’ve got your support, they are more likely to rise to the occasion.

And if they do come home disappointed, let them know that’s okay, too. Your child will learn that distressing events happen and they can get over them.

Remember that you are a role model for your kids. They’ll have hope if they see you talking your problems through and moving forward again. They’ll grow up knowing that challenges can be overcome and disappointment can be resolved.

Information will be sent home today regarding next years Year 6 - 8 Camp to Wellington. Please look out for this information in your children's bags.

Ngā mihi

Kim Waite



Staffing for 2022

Congratulations to Gemma Smith who has been appointed in a fixed term role for 2022. Gemma will be teaching in Years 6 - 8 and Mrs Hancock will be released from the classroom full time to carry out other duties across the school.

THANK YOU to Springmount farms - John and Roslyn Weir for donating a beef calf to the school.

Board of Trustees Elections 2022

These will be taking place next year. If you are interested in finding out about the Board please feel free to contact a Board member and arrange to attend a meeting.



On Friday 17th we held the Toko School Cross Country. A big thanks to our marshalls on the day.

The results are as follows:

5 year old boys

1st - Henry

2nd- Jordi

3rd -Johnny D

5 year old girls

1st - Ellie

2nd- Genevieve

3rd - Dani

6 year old boys

1st - Joe W

2nd- Isaac C

3rd - Liam

6 year old girls

1st - Freya

2nd- Chloe

3rd - Malinda

7 year old boys

1st - George

2nd- Cooper T

3rd - Cameron

7 year old girls

1st - Harper

2nd- Hannah

3rd - Keira

8 year old boys

1st - Jackson

2nd- Eddie

3rd - Oscar

8 year old girls

1st - Millie

2nd- Oliva S

3rd - Emily

9 year old boys

1st - Bryn

2nd- Dominic

3rd - Blake

9 year old girls

1st - Mikayla

2nd- Reese

3rd - Sophie

10 year old boys

1st - Tyler

2nd- Joe

3rd - Cullum

10 year old girls

1st - Caitlin

2nd- Zara

3rd - Hayley

11 years old boys

1st - Mason C

2nd- Mason R

3rd - Aidan C

11 year old girls

1st - Charlotte

2nd- Zoey C

3rd - Katelyn

12 year old boys

1st - Arlo

2nd- Declan

3rd - Ben

12 year old girls

1st - Holly

2nd- Leah

3rd - Amelia

13 year old boys

1st- Zack

2nd- Leslie

13 year old girls

1st- Tessa

2nd- Alex

3rd- Charis

Taranaki Cross Country

This has been cancelled.

Taranaki Trophy Rugby & Netball Finals

Both games are going to played on Tuesday 28th September.

The netball final will be played at the Inglewood courts against Oakura.

The rugby final will be played at Opunake Primary School against MTSPA.

Both games start at 1.00pm. A note with transport information will be sent home today.

Good luck to both teams and congratulations on making it through to the finals.

Rich/Weir Cup

This has been cancelled we were unable to find a suitable date before the end of the term.


We have a number of health related books that parents/families are able to issue and read together at home. We will keep featuring books via our newsletter. At the moment our Year 6 - 8 classes are focusing on Positive Puberty so here are some books to support this:


Due to the Pig-hunt being cancelled this year, Kids Art Works will be our major fundraiser. These art-works can be made into cards, calenders, mouse-pads, diaries and sketch books and make great brithday or Christmas presents etc. Grandparents love them! Hopefully your child's art-work has now been uploaded onto their seesaw accounts. Order forms are being sent home today. Just a reminder, that there needs to be one form completed per child. Payment can be via cash or internet banking - details are on the order forms. These orders need to be back to school by the Friday 1st October so they can be sent away for ordering, and be back in term 4. Please hand in orders to the classroom teacher. Because of the lateness of these orders, (COVID19), we doubt this year, that we will be doing repeat orders. As parents are not allowed into the school to look at the products, I have taken photos of what the completed orders look like. The paper it is printed on is good quality paper.


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


With the holidays quickly approaching we are needing some helpers to feed the chickens. It will only be Wednesday and Friday of the first week, and Monday, Wednesday and Friday the second week. If we get enough helpers it will only be one day each. Please get in touch with Mrs Coulson if you are able to help. Thanks.

If anyone has a spare bail of hay we would really appreciate it for the chicken sheds. Please get in touch with Mrs Coulson about this.


Duck Eggs for Sale

Contact Annette in the school office.

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