Kaikōura Suburban School

Newsletter 4 Thursday 31 March 2022

Kia eke eke taumata, Reaching new heights

Tumuaki/Principal Pānui


Kia Ora koutou, nei rā te mihi kia koutou,


Thank you all for your support and adaptability for our school going into home-learning on the 25th of March 2022. During this week we had three staff away affected by covid. A big thank you to our team for managing through this and also to our relievers that supported on those days we were short of teachers. We also had the support of our local partnering school Principal's Hannah Simpson - Kaikōura Primary School and Judith Ford - St Joseph’s both phoned Annie, myself and offered support and help where we needed it.


On Monday April 4th, all going well across the weekend, all our staff should be back. Our wish to you all of our community is that you and your whānau remain well, to those of you in isolation and covid positive we wish you well on your recovery.


We have been approached by Kaikōura Netball to see if we have tamariki wanting to join Saturday netball. There are possibilities for years 4 -6 boys and girls who wish to play. Depending on the numbers the organisation may move to mixed teams to make up for schools that do not have enough players to form a full team. Please contact us to let us know if your children are interested in playing. The fees are $40 for the season and the games are on Saturday mornings.


A reminder of our bus services and pick up times, please can you contact school before 1:30pm if your child or children are not catching the bus. Additionally please let us know if you will be picking them up or whom else maybe doing so. We realise that for some families we have some pre arranged pick up arrangements as well, if these also change please inform us.

If it is on the same day this needs to be a phone call, a note from home or a message on the Skool Loop app. That way we know how to support your children after school. If it is ahead of the day and arrangement change an email is also good.


Please ensure that you pick your children up as close to 3pm as possible. If you are going to be late for any unforeseen reason please phone the school to let us know, this would be appreciated.


At Kaikōura Suburban we have three kai times. These have been designed to support children’s’ learning by 'fuelling their brains' and having a play, eat, learn rhythm to the day. We are finding that some children are running short of food throughout the day. By the time the third break arrives they have no food left, yet are still quite hungry.

Please can you add additional food into their lunches especially if they are coming home empty. That way we can ensure they are getting enough sustenance for their day of learning. Thank you.


During week 11 of term 1, on Monday 11th April and Tuesday 12th of April, 3:30-7pm, we will be holding whānau hui. This will be an opportunity to make a time and meet your child's teacher, talk about how your child has settled into their class and get to know their teacher and get access to the learning that takes place at Kaikōura Suburban. As part of this we also wish to get feedback about our methods and systems of communication. In particular, Hero, Skool Loop, Facebook and email. That way we know that you are getting all the information you need about what is happening at school and any important information.

To book an interview the time slots will be open on the Skool Loop app from Monday 4th April 2022. If you do not have access to this app please contact your child's teacher to make a booking.


Please note that we have a teacher only day on Friday April 8th 2022.


Kia eke eke taumata, reaching new heights


Nāhaku noa nā, yours sincerely,

Alicia Poroa

Tumuaki/Principal

Important Dates for your Diary

  • Thursday 31 March - BoT Meeting
  • Mon 4, Tues 5, Wed 6 April - Golf with Toni Batey
  • Friday 8 April - Teacher's Only Day. School Closed
  • Mon 11 April & Tues 12th of April 3:30 -7pm - Whānau Hui- meet the teacher evenings.
  • Thursday 14 April - End of Term 1
  • Friday 15 April - Good Friday
  • Monday 18 April - Easter Monday
  • Monday 25 April - ANZAC Day
  • Monday 2 May - Term 2 Begins


Merino Tops for the colder terms: If you would like to order a merino top there will be an order placed before the end of Term 1 for Merino tops. Please see Annie for the size guide and she will place the order.

Birthday's to Celebrate

A Big Birthday Shout Out to Oscar Lowndes Moriarty, Gracie Cole & Isla Wilson. We wish you all a very Happy Birthday!


From the Suburban Whānau

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Welcome Elise Rowland

Elise is the newest member of the Toroa class. I liked to be called Eli for short. My hobbies are riding my BMX and going over jumps. I like to play rugby and prefer to play in the backs. I also like to build huts and I have already been playing in the huts in the trees at my new school.

My favourite food is Subway, so I am looking forward to ordering lunch at school!

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Keeping up with the Toroa's

This week we have been having lots of fun, which was our school value this week.


We were fortunate enough to spend the day with the Piwakawaka students on Wednesday. One of the activities students completed involved building, drawing and writing.


Students were to be creative and make a display using the materials provided. Then students had to draw the creation and label the different parts. Lastly, students wrote the story about their creation.

Fyffe FORCE leaders who got their leadership badges at assembly today!

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Titi's focus this week.

Our amazing Titi Tamariki have been working extremely hard this week with Whea Kataraina. The subject of the week has been one of Kaikōura's most treasured resources, Paua!

Through storytelling, arts, singing, and music. They have researched and learnt many facts about Paua and they are super proud of their effort. This afternoon they presented their projects, to their classmates.

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2 new games learned by Titi class.

Whea Kataraina taught the Titi Tamariki to play 2 games and 2 Waiata's which she made up to coincide with their learning about Paua and the life cycle of butterflies.

Happy April Fools! - Teacher's won this year.

Teachers told the students that school was closing for the day.

Well Done Ollie Pettit - Outstanding Achievement!

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What's happening in the Community.........

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