Term 1 Week 6 Monday 6th March 2023
This Week At School
Kia ora everyone
It is great to see the sun out and we are finally getting a few days in a row of good weather.
The good weather has coincided with our senior school camps, with Room 3 having a fantastic time at Whananaki last week and room 6 off to Rotorua by the time you read this newsletter.
Camps are great times for students to build relationships and resilience and demonstrate our three school values of Respect for Ourselves, Respect for Others and Respect for our Environment.
This year all of our classrooms are focusing on improving their literacy through the use of phonics-based learning. We know the evidence says that phonics provides better foundational skills and improved outcomes for more students. The junior school is going to continue to use the Better Start Literacy program while the rest of the school is using the iDeal program. You may start noticing differences in the way students learn to read and spell including in their homework.
I would like to give a big thank you to Pip Newman for doing our school lawns last week. The kids commented on how great it was to play rugby on short grass and I am sure Pete our caretaker will appreciate it on his return in a few weeks.
Also a big thanks to our PTA who have done two food fundraisers over the past few weeks at our swimming sports and zone swimming sports. I had very positive feedback from two schools that participated in the Zones.
Continuing the theme of the community in school, I enjoyed catching up with many of you during the school picnic. Even though the wind was chilly, it was nice to welcome in new families and hang out with everyone. Thank you to Tama for organising some games.
As you will know we had a bit of damage to our trees during the storm, particularly up the eastern side of the school. Over the weekend we have had the majority of trees removed and once this is completed we will be making repairs to the school fencing. If you are on the property after hours please stay clear of any workers or areas that are taped off.
Our window and joinery replacement project has been earmarked to start in the April holidays. This will improve the weather tightness of the room 1 and 2 block and whanau room.
Kokopu School Swimming Sports Results
Thanks to the PTA and their amazing helpers for organising the wonderful food on our swimming sports and zone swimming sports days.
Kokopu School Swimming Sports Results
Well done to the following children who placed in our swimming sports.
Year 3 - 1st Kaliah Barge, 2nd Saydee Barge, 3rd Logan Fleming.
Year 4 - 1st Tahan Bellingham, 2nd Amelia-Rose Hape, 3rd Ana Waterhouse.
Year 5 - 1st = Annabeth Riley, Lachlan McMurchy, 3rd Mason Fleming.
Year 6 - 1st = Skyla Bellingham, Tristan Woolston Boys, 3rd = Eva Gray, Amber Bellingham, Jordan Donker.
Year 7 - 1st Carter Connelly-Maihi, 2nd Caitlin Riley, 3rd Jamie Lockie.
Year 8 - 1st Toby Noakes, 2nd = Ben Slabbert, Poppy Reynolds.
Zone Swimming Sports Results
Congratulations to the following children who will represent our zone at the WPSSA Swimming Championships at Whangarei Intermediate on Wednesday 15th March. TIME: 9.30am -2.30pm
*Pool available for warm-ups at 9am - *Yr 7/8 must be at pool by 12.30pm.
We will need parents to help Mr Weavers with transport and supervision please.
These are our competitors from Kokopu, Matarau and Te Horo
Year 5 Freestyle - Taylor Masefield, Annabeth Riley, Lachie McMurchy and Moses Tohu.
Year 5 Backstroke - Annabeth Riley, Whaiawa Tito, Lachie McMurchy and Moses Tohu.
Year 5 Breaststroke - Whaiawa Tito, Annabeth Riley, Lachie McMurchy and Mason Fleming.
Year 6 Freestyle - Eva Gray, Skyla Bellingham, Jacob Attwood and Zac Burgin
Year 6 Backstroke - Katrina Walker, Skyla Bellingham, Jacob Attwood and Zac Burgin.
Year 6 Breaststroke - Skyla Bellingham, Eva Gray, Zac Burgin and Tristan Woolston-Boys.
Year 7 Freestyle - Emma Donaldson, Caitlin Riley, Carter Connelly-Maihi and Harry Easterbrook.
Year 7 Backstroke - Caitlin Riley, Emma Donaldson, Lachlan Smith and Peter Watson.
Year 7 Breaststroke - Pippa Goodin, Emma Donaldson, Carter Connelly-Maihi and Harry Easterbrook.
Year 8 Freestyle - Ava Boaks, Poppy Reynolds, Jake Sands and Ben Slabbert.
Year 8 Backstroke - Tia Welsh, Holly Gourlay, Jake Sands and Toby Noakes.
Year 8 Breaststroke - Samara Walker, Zoe Kokich, Lockie Leonard and Toby Noakes.
Please email the office and let us know how many children you can transport if you are available.
Year 7 and 8 Immunisations
Have you returned your Year 7 or 8 childs immunisation consent form? Please fill it in and return it now. We require these forms to be returned whether you wish them to be immunised or not. Thank you.
For more information on the immunisations please follow the links below.
Room 3 - Year 5 and 6
The kids had an amazing time on camp. There are some fantastic photos on the Kokopu Parents Facebook page. This is a private page but you can request to join if you wish to.
Room 6 - Year 7 and 8
The Year 7 and 8 students headed off to Rotorua for their camp this morning and will be away until Friday 10 March. They are staying at Keswick Christian Camp.
If you have not paid yet and wish to discuss other means of payment please contact the school office.
After School Care
Please let us know if your child is attending ASC before 12pm on the day of care required. It is preferable if you can email the days your child will be needing ASC at the beginning of the week if you know your schedule.
Swimming. Don't forget to send your children with their togs, towel and a bathing cap for long hair. They swim every day this term unless they have a note from home explaining why they can't.
Friday Assembly. On Friday afternoon we have a sharing assembly at 2.30pm for the whole school. Parents are welcome to come along and see what the children have to share.
School Office. Vicki is in the office on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday. Bexs is in the office on Wednesday and Friday mornings until 11.35am.
Drink Bottles. Our water issues have be rectified but it would be good to send your child with a drink bottle full of water each day.
Hats. Please remember this term all children will be required to wear a hat when outdoors.
Carpark and gate. Please come to the gate in the carpark to collect your children at the end of the day. We do not want children walking through the carpark without an adult as it is unsafe with the amount of cars and limited parking. We have a teacher on duty at the gate each day to supervise. Can we ask parents and visitors to make sure they close the gates if you use them? We have a few children that may be prone to walking out an open gate. Thank you. Please don't park by the entrance gate or teachers carpark area. Also please avoid parking by the letterbox at the front of the school. This is a dangerous area with several close calls lately.
- Absences. A reminder that it is important to contact the school before 9.30am when your child will be absent. You can either phone, email or let us know via our Skool Loop app. We need to know where your children are so we know they are safe and can mark them correctly on the roll. See details in this newsletter on how to download our Skool Loop App.
- Iceblock Sales. Ice Blocks are for sale again to raise funds for the school. Many children who come to school with $2 like to buy their friend an ice block. Please could you send a note to say they are allowed to do this? The Room 6 children do ask but a note would be easier for them.
- Term Dates 2023. Term 1 .. 02/02— 06/04 Term 2 .. 24/04— 30/06 Term 3 .. 17/07— 22/09 .. Term 4 09/10— 15/12
Monday 6 March to Friday 10 March - Room 6 Camp
Thursday 9 March - EPro 8 challenge year 5 and 6
Thursday 16 March - Dress Up Day - What I want to be when I grow up
Wednesday 15 March - WPSSA Yr 5 to 8 Swimming Sports
Tuesday 21 March - Bike Day
Wednesday 22 March - Triathlon
Monday 27 March - BOT Meeting
Monday 3 April - ANZAC Service 9am
Wednesday 5 April - House Day
Thursday 6 April - Last day of Term 1