Toko School Newsletter

Thursday 4th February 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

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Tena koutou

Welcome back to school 2021 everyone!!!

It was fabulous to start off our day today with a powhiri to welcome our new students and their families to our school. Thank you to everyone that was able to share this with us today.

We are delighted to announce the following appointments:
Mrs Tash Coulson

Tash has joined our team whilst Mrs Kasupene is on maternity leave. She comes to us from Manaia Primary and lives in Stratford.

Mrs Kathy Wyllie

Kathy has joined us now working three days a week this year, and lives in our community. She has, in the past, done relieving for us and helped run the enviro and tech programme at our school.

Mrs Tracey Hooker

Tracey has joined us as a support staff member.

Just a reminder that when you come into school during the school day you must sign in at the office so we know who is on site.

New Zealand remains at Alert level 1 and everyone is doing the right thing to prevent the spread of COVID-19, so we’re pleased to say it’s business as usual.

With over 100,000 people coming back to New Zealand through managed isolation facilities, our very low number of community cases is a reflection of the quality of work by the managed isolation staff and health authorities.

Unfortunately, we have to expect COVID cases to emerge.

We continue to have a large amount of control over how we can prevent the spread of COVID. For our school we will:

  • display QR code posters for the NZ COVID Tracer App
  • keep our visitor register, attendance register and timetables up to date
  • be monitoring for illness and asking anyone who is unwell to remain at home, or to go home
  • encourage people with relevant symptoms to seek medical advice through Healthline or their GP and get tested for COVID if recommended to do so
  • reinforce the importance of good hand washing and drying
  • reinforce good cough and sneeze etiquette

Āraia te kino and protect yourself, your whānau and your whakapapa.


Welcome to the following new students and their families to our school:

Angus, Jordi, Johnny, Lexie and Sarsha (Room 1)

Colton (Room 2)

Max, Keegan (Room 4)

Aidan, Riley (Room 5)

Kirsty (Room 6)


New Entrant/Year 1: Room 1, Miss Mancer

Year 1/2 - Room 2, Mrs Oliver

Year 3/4 - Room 4, Mrs Wyllie (Tuesday - Thursday) and Mrs Fergus (Friday and Monday)

Year 4/5 - Room 3, Mrs Coulson

Year 6/7/8 - Room 5, Mrs Fuller

Year 6/7/8 - Room 6, Mrs Hancock

Special Need Education Co-ordonator - Mrs Eagar

Relieving - Mrs Eagar

Office Manager - Mrs Hinton

Library/Resource Manager/Support Worker - Mrs Mason

Support Staff: Treena Cullen, Debbie Stone, Mrs Hooker

School Cleaner - Delwyn Taylor

Mrs Waite still continues in her role as Lead Principal of the Central Taranaki Kahui Ako. This means she will not be working at Toko School two days per week. Most often this will be Monday and Tuesday. Whilst Mrs Waite is absent from Toko School, Mrs Fergus is the Acting Principal.


As it is that time of year where the sun is beating down on all of us, it is important to ensure that we are putting sunscreen our our children before school. Some sunscreen is provided at school, and is available from the picnic table outside the staffroom, if required. All children require a bucket hat (no caps please) and these can be purchased from the office. No hat, no play.


This is a vital way that the school communicates with parents. It is really important that all our school families download this school app. It 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 download the school app can be found on our website: SCHOOL APP


The use of the seesaw app is the way that children show their learning to their parents and what is happenning for them in their classroom. It is also a great way for keeping grandparents in the loop too, so give them the contact details of your child, so they too can see their grandchilds learning. It doesn't matter where in the world they are. If you see something that your child has shared with you, that you would like to keep for keepsake, feel free to download this onto your device by clicking on the three dots at the bottom of the item and selecting save. At the start of each year, previous years work gets archived and parents will not be able to see this information anymore.


Hot lunches begin again next week. These hot lunch orders need to be in by Tuesday 9th February.

Please click on the link to place your order for the term:



These will be sent home every second Thursday this year.


Year 3 to 5 Camp

Camp notices were sent home on Monday and just a reminder that they need to be brought back to school. The Year 3/4 camp is still short of a couple of 2 person tents, if anyone has any.

Year 6 to 8 Camp

Camp information: Medical forms and updated information will be sent home in the next 2 weeks. Please keep your eye out for these. An information meeting will be held on Tuesday 23rd Feb at 3.15pm.



The Toko School Board of Trustees extends a warm welcome back to all our school families. We trust that you all had an enjoyable holiday break and we look forward to the challenges and rewards that the 2021 school year is sure to bring.


There have been a few developments on the property front over the holidays. A new shade structure has been erected in the pool area. This was made possible through funding from the TSB Community Trust and the BOT extends its most grateful thanks for making these funds available to our school and also to Wiz's Contracting for installing the shade structure. The pool also has a new cover and thanks to Karl and Julie Roberts for giving their time to fit this to the pool. A ride-on lawnmower has been purchased to maintain the grassed areas around the school buildings and in the orchard. Funding was made available to the school through the Ministry of Education to modernise the locking system across the whole school and this work was also carried out over the holidays. The BOT would also like to acknowledge those who gave up their time during the holidays to support the school working bee - we are so thankful for your assistance, the school gardens look fabulous!

Friends of Toko School (formally the PTA and Fundraising Committees)

The PTA and Fundraising Committees have been combined in a new entity, "Friends of Toko School." This committee is an integral part of our school whanau and will work together for the benefit of our tamariki and to raise much needed funds which will be used to provide our children with resources that we would be otherwise unable to afford. The Friends of Toko School will meet on the second Wednesday of the month with their first meeting of 2021 to be held at 7pm on 10th February at the school. More information regarding this most essential committee and the valuable work it does can be viewed on the school website.

Thank you to those of you that filled in the form this week and handed them into school. The winner of the supermarket voucher is Jodene McCowan.

Meeting Dates

BOT meeting dates have been set for the year and are available to view on the school community calendar displayed on the school website. BOT meetings are always open to the public. Attending a meeting can be a good way to find out about the workings of the Board. Call into the office or contact a Board member if you would like to attend a meeting or to find out more.

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Swimming: Classroom swimming will be taking place daily from Week 1-Week 6. A swimming instructor has been employed to take Room 1-4 Monday-Wednesday. We will be continuing to focus on water safety and water survival and it is an expectation that all children participate in the swimming programme. The Yr6-8 children will also take part in the boat safety programme at the Stratford Pools on Wednesday the 10th and Wednesday 17th Feb. Please ensure that your child is bringing their togs everyday for this.

Turnbull Cup:

Turnbull Cup will be held on Wednesday 17th Feb this year. Trials will be held in week 2 and notices will be sent out for any children involved after the trails have taken place.

School Tryathlon:

This will be held on Wednesday the 3rd March from 11.45am. Classes will be training for this from week 2. More information regarding organisation will be sent out closer to the event.


The Central Primary School’s Touch Rugby Competition will be starting on Tuesday 16th February. Can permission slips please be returned to school asap.

Tennis: We are again offering children tennis coaching sessions with Bruce Cleland as these proved to be very popular last year. He is proposing that the sessions be once a week for 6 weeks at a cost of $50 per child per term starting in week 3. There would be approximately 6 to 8 children in each group for 1 hour with children of similar abilities. Lessons will take place during school time. Sessions will run from 1-2pm and 2-3pm. If you wish for your child to take part in tennis lessons please contact Tracy O’Sullivan at


Just a reminder that the school pool is open outside of school hours during Term 1. The price for a pool key is $50 per key, plus a $10 bond.

Please ensure when using the school pool you follow the pool rules and if there is something you need to report, please call the school and leave a message on the school phone.


As all our school rolls continue to increase across all of our schools it is becoming increasingly difficult to accommodate every child for all events. Our rural cluster principals meet a couple of times a year to review every event and make possible modifications/changes.

The following changes have been made for 2021:

Swimming Sports - Only children in Years 5 - 8 will be participating in this cluster event.

Athletics - This will now be split into two events - Year 1 - 4 based at Ngaere School and Year 5 - 8 based at Toko School. These will run on separate days.

Looking forward to our children being able to participate in all of these events during the year.

Further information about these events can be found on our website: RURAL CLUSTER GROUP

All dates are on our COMMUNITY CALENDAR on our school website.

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