Toko School Newsletter

Monday 30th August 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

This last week, it has been great to see our tamariki engaging with their home learning. For some there is 100% engagement and for others less so and that is ok. We know how difficult it is trying to work from home as well as support your child’s learning. Thank you for what you are all doing. Teachers will continue to check in with families not engaging at all just to check that everyone is ok.

We know that many of our children will be super happy to be at home helping at this busy time of the year! We do hope they are being a good help!! Those that are rearing calves and lambs, this will be an added bonus, spending some extra time getting to know your new pets.

At this point our school will not be open during Alert Level 3. Thank you everyone for keeping your tamariki at home. Home learning will continue this week and into next week. Thank you to our teachers for moving back into online learning so seamlessly.

Breakfast in Schools

As we move into Level 3 we have been advised that we can distribute our milk and weetbix supplies to those families that may need a helping hand whilst we are in lockdown. Please contact Kim - if you could use these extra breakfast items. Strictly confidential!

Home Learning | Papa Kainga TV

  • Home Learning | Papa Kāinga TV is back online and on television weekdays between 9am–1pm.
  • Home Learning | Papa Kainga TV is primarily for learners without internet connectivity. It can be accessed on Duke+1 (Freeview channel 18). Those households who have Sky can also access Duke +1 on channel 504.
  • For households who have internet connectivity they can access the lessons through TVNZ On Demand. Schedules are published on Learning from Home.
  • Households may also need a reminder of how to enable captions – information can be found here.

As always, please let us know if there is anything you need to support you and your tamariki during this time.

Ngā mihi

Kim Waite


Your child's classroom teacher will be sending home information about how to login to this.

Monday 30th August: Room 6 (Year 6), 11.00, Room 5 (Year 6), 11.30

Tuesday 31st August: Room 1, 11.00, Room 2, 11.30, Room 4 12.00

Wednesday 1st September: Room 6 (Year 7) 11.00, Room 5 (Year 7) 11.30, Room 3 12.00

Thursday 2nd September: Room 4, 10.00, Room 6 (Year 8), 11.00, Room 5 (Year 8), 11.30

Friday 3rd September: Room 3, 12.00

Teachers will send further information about this via their weekly seesaw communication.


Netsafe’s latest research, Global Kids Online: Digital Parenting Strategies and Behaviours of New Zealand Parents, has found that parents of younger children are more likely to help their kids manage risk and access digital opportunities than those raising older tamariki. The research revealed as children get older, parents were less likely to talk to them about what they do. It’s important that parents continue talking to their child. Netsafe has a range of resources available at that are useful to supporting tamariki of all ages and our latest digital parenting webinar is a must watch.


TikTok Family Toolkit

TikTok and Netsafe have partnered to develop the TikTok Family Safety Toolkit to help whānau navigate some of the challenges and have fun. We know parents want more support and this is a handy guide


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We are also encouraging everyone to keep up their running fitness in preparation for our Rural Cluster Cross Country.


Rooms 1 - 2 - Recite a poem and Show and Tell.

Room 4 - Recite their pepeha and Show and Tell

Room 3 - Recite their pepeha and introduction to formal speech writing.

Year 5 -6 - Impromptu speech, recite their pepeha and write and present a formal speech

Preparation for speeches is a really good option for Home Learning whilst in lock down.

The date to present these has changed to the last 2 weeks of this term.

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Enrolment Scheme – Midhirst School

As you may be aware, the Midhirst School Board have been working collaboratively with the Ministry of Education to develop an enrolment scheme.

As part of the process we are asking for public submissions on the proposed scheme via the Ministry of Education website link below

All submissions are confidential and will be considered as part of the final report. Submissions close on 22 September

Thank you for your help

Nāku noa, nā,

Darryl Leath | Education Advisor Network | SE&S Director Education Taranaki, Whanganui, Manawatū

Support Servcies

Helplines that are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week:

  • Mental Health Crisis: 0800 800 717
  • Lifeline for counselling and support: 0800 543 354 or 0800 LIFELINE
  • Samaritans for confidential support for anyone who is lonely or in emotional distress: 0800 726 666
  • Depression Helpline to talk to a trained counsellor about how you are feeling or to ask any questions: 0800 111 757 or free text 4206
  • Healthline for advice from trained registered nurses: 0800 611 116
  • Suicide Prevention Helpline: 0508 828 865
  • Counselling Free Call or Text 1737.
Also available:

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