Term 1, Week 11, Tuesday 12 March 2022
Tena koutou e te whānau o Kohia Terrace School
Well it has certainly been a term and a half hasn't it. With great teamwork we have managed to keep the school open the whole term, kept teachers in front of classes and kept transmission to a minimum with the school. I know we are all very much looking forward to a well deserved break.
It is lovely to see our Year 6 students back in school this week with tales of amazing experiences and challenges overcome last week. Thank you very much to those parents who took the time off work to go with the group, and in particular to Angela Freidlander and Joseph Harper for their leadership of the camp. Many schools opted to cancel or postpone their camps this term; I am so delighted that the Board felt assured that we had the appropriate health and safety measures in place to ensure our students could attend and have such a wonderful time.
As we come to the end of the term we say a fond farewell to Kevin, our part-time caretaker. Kevin has been with us for just over 3 years and has endeared himself to all. He is always smiling, always willing to do whatever comes his way (including coming back to school to attend to alarms, checking the school after storms, meeting contractors etc.), he loves chatting to students and making connections. We will miss him but wish him all the best for his retirement and being more available to spend time with his family.
We are expecting to be at orange traffic light level after the break and will update you with any relevant changes to our COVID safety plans just prior to returning to school. Whilst the mandate for staff to vaccinate has now been removed, all our current staff are vaccinated and we are not needing to recruit at this time. A risk management plan has been drafted and will be discussed at this week’s Board meeting.
We will be sending out the final learning post in HERO this week. Your child and their teacher have put in quite some time to get this post out to you. Remember it is part of our ongoing reporting process, so please ensure you read it (it can be even more valuable if you sit down with your child and read it together). We are going to be awarding 50 house points to every ‘like’ and 100 house points for every comment that is made. Happy reading!!
A reminder that Sarah and her team are running a very cool-looking holiday programme over the two weeks. Please book in as soon as you can so she can ensure we have staff on site. We wish you a wonderful Easter and holiday break. Travel safe and keep well – Alison
Since we have moved the close of school for all students to 3:00pm, there has been a significant increase in the number of cars queuing to pick up students. Please remember that you can opt to Park and Walk, thus reducing the congestion around the school gate. It would also be really appreciated if drivers respected the parking zones around the school and did not do u-turns right in front of the school so we can ensure the safe exit of all our students.
Park and Walk – Wednesday Walkers
Now starting NEXT TERM due to wild weather forecast for tomorrow
We are trialling a supervised walking bus that travels between Melville Park and school in the morning and afternoon on a Wednesday. A small group of parents has volunteered to shuttle students to school; we appreciate this effort to reduce cars on Kohia Terrace.
How it will work:
Mornings: drop off at the top of St Andrews Rd by the Melville Park playground between 8:20am and 8:40am. They will be accompanied to school by an adult and will walk independently to their classroom. There will be at least two groups leaving over this time; the last departure will be at 8:45am.
Afternoons: Meet by the junior gate between 3:00 and 3:10pm; students will be accompanied by an adult who waits with them until they are met at the entrance to Melville Park by the University on St Andrews Road. If nobody picks them up by 3:15pm they will be returned to the school office.
Congratulations to the following students who received a KTS Learner Competency certificate at last week’s Azoombly:
New Intermediate Sri Lankan Dance Club, starting in Term 2
Next term, we will be offering a new (free of charge) Thursday lunch time Kandyan Dance group for Years 7–8.
Kandyan Dance is a traditional Sri Lankan dance form and, as such, will be led by our very own Nethuli. Nethuli is a Year 8 student with Sri Lankan heritage; she would like to share her knowledge of Kandyan Dance with the other Intermediate students. If you would like to know more about this beautiful dance style, check out this video. We are very excited to get our clubs up and running again and, hopefully, to be able to perform again for our community. – Maria & Nethuli
Thursday 12th May 6.30pm
Connecting our school community. The PTA is very aware that we have not been able to have any community-based events for some time so …. sit in the comfort of your home and join us for a Family Quiz.
Each family will take part in a family-based Kahoot quiz (via ZOOM). Depending on numbers there will be two or three different ZOOM rooms, all doing the same quiz at the same time.
$10.00 per family – plus you earn 500 house points.
Kohia Kids Zone Holiday Programme
Join us for the Term 1 School Holidays at Kohia Kids Zone! We have two weeks of fun planned over this Easter break. To make things even sweeter we have a 15%-off earlybird discount to everyone who books before the end of day, 13th April!
Monday 18th: Public Holiday
Tuesday 19th: TRIP DAY - Event Cinemas: Rabbit Academy
Wednesday 20th: Easter Egg hunt. Sewing & making soft toys!
Thursday 21st: TRIP DAY - Kiwi Valley Farm Park & Petting Zoo
Friday 22nd: Pyjama Party Day! Make rice bubble cakes, watch movies, craft with pompoms
Monday 25th: Public Holiday
Tuesday 26th: TRIP DAY - Event Cinemas: The Bad Guys
Wednesday 27th: Mini U.N. (Like real-life Monopoly)
Thursday 28th: TRIP DAY - Zone Bowling & Arcade
Friday 29th: Costume Day! Among Us, Scavenger Hunt for Hero clues, & baking Monster Cupcakes