Toko School Newsletter

Tuesday 4th February 2020

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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


Welcome back to a very warm new school year. We hope you have all had a wonderful holiday and have enjoyed spending time catching up with friends and family. A very special welcome to our new school families.

Over the holiday period we have had new blinds installed in the Library thanks to an operational grant from the TSB Community Trust. We have purchased a new middle sized trampoline thanks to ANZCO who donated $1577.00 to the school as a result of their bobby calf promotion. Thank you to those families that nominated our school.

As always, we have families and friends of the school that lend a hand over the holidays spraying, weeding gardens and looking after the chickens. We really appreciate all that you contribute.

The school pool has been well used over the holiday period. The Dunn family, our pool custodians have done a wonderful job which has enabled all in our community to enjoy the pool over this very hot summer.


Toko School would like to formally welcome our two new teachers and children that are new to our school this year, by the way of a Powhiri. This is going to happen at 10:45am on Wednesday 5th January. If your child is new to the school this year, please come along and support him/her as we invite them through our gates. If you missed out on being welcomed to our school at our end of year Powhiri, you are most welcome to come and join our guests that are being invited on. If you are one of these guests that wish to be welcomed on, please gather at the bus shelter gate. In this case the pōwhiri is an official welcome for all new students and teachers to Toko School. It removes the tapu (restrictions) of the manuhiri (visitors) to make them one with the tangata whenua (hosts). Afterwards we will have a cup of tea in the hall.


New Entrant/Year 1/2: Room 1 Miss Mancer

Year 2: Room 2 - Mrs Morrison (Monday - Wednesday)/Mrs Fergus (Thursday - Friday)

Year 3 & 4 - Room 4 - Mrs Oliver

Year 4 & 5 - Room 3 - Mrs Hancock/Mrs Wyllie (Thursday)

Year 6 & 7 - Room 5 - Mrs Kasupene

Year 7 & 8 - Room 6 - Mrs Fuller

Special Needs Education Co-ordinator - Mrs Eagar

Relieving - Mrs Eagar/Mrs Wyllie

Office Manager - Mrs Hinton

Library/Resource Manager/Support Worker - Mrs Mason

Support Staff: Treena Cullen, Debbie Stone

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 is a Tuesday and Wednesday. Whilst Mrs Waite is absent from Toko School Mrs Fergus is the Acting Principal.

Welcome to our new teachers . . .

We are delighted to announce the following appointments:

Mrs Jane Kasupene

Jane and her young family have relocated from Auckland to make the move to Toko. Jane is an experienced classroom teacher who comes highly recommended.

Mrs Ruth Morrison

Ruth is an experienced junior classroom teacher who has most recently been teaching at Francis Douglas and at the Kura Kaupapa Maori in Mangatoki.

I am sure you will join us in welcoming them to our school community.

Welcome to our newest 5 year Old - Liam J

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Could all families please supply us with some home baking for our country fair. This is a great little fundraiser for our school, and your help is appreciated. Baking can be dropped off in the hall, on the day of the country fair or if bringing after school - into Room 5.


If you able to assist on a stall or with the bbq can you please contact the school office:


This is being held on Sunday 29th March. If you are interested in helping our sub committee with this we would really appreciate it. This is a wonderful fundraiser for our school.


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 on our children before school. Some sunscreen is provided at school 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.


It is really important that all our school families download our school app. This Toko School App 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


These will be sent home every second Thursday this year, on an even week.


We can confirm that:

Year 3/4/5 will be on their school camp from the 26th - 28th February. The children will be camping at school in tents - the Year 3's and 4's one night and 5's 2 nights with a day trip to the Mountain.

Year 6's will be on camp on the 18 - 20th March and staying at Konini Lodge on Mt Taranaki.

Year 7 and 8's will be on camp from 16 - 20th March in Wellington.

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This year we will be using the new technology curriculum which will involve us getting creative with devices and will mean that children will use them more effectively and creatively. If you are thinking of buying your child a device for school, Noel Leeming and Harvey Norman both have good packages available. We are also allowing the Year 3's to bring their own device to school.



With the warm weather, the school pool is a popular place at present. It will continue to be a hive of activity as we roll out our term 1 swimming programme.

To support students with their water confidence and water safety skills, we are introducing a new swim programme from Water Safety NZ in partnership with Swimming New Zealand - Water Skills For Life. THis programme has been developed to provide opportunities for pupils to learn, develop and become confident with a range of skills necessary for being safe in the water, be it a swimming pool, a river, lake or at the beach. It consists of 21 poolside and 6 classroom skills/understandings. The 27 Water skills For Life skills have been categorised as follows:

  • Water Safety and awareness skills
  • Getting in and out of the water.
  • Going under the water - submersion
  • Floating on the water - personal buoyancy
  • Rolling and Turning in the water - orientation
  • What to do in an emergency - safety of self and others
  • Moving through the water

Each class will have 3 - 4 scheduled sessions a week during term 1 to progress through the programme. The school will also provide swimming lessons three times a week in weeks 2 to 6 for Years 1 - 5.

Here is a link to the Water Safety NZ website and the Water Skills For Life programme.


Touch will now be offered in Terms 1 and 4. A note has gone home to all children today interested in playing in the Term 1 competition. Forms need to be returned to school by Friday 7th February.


Bruce Cleland is once again available to take tennis lessons. This is one hour per week for 5 weeks and will cost $50.00. This takes place from either 12.30 - 1.30 or 1.30 - 2.30 an crosses over some lunch time and some class time. If you would like you child to participate in this can you please email by Thursday 6th February.


If your child is interested in having piano lessons, then we have a tutor who comes out to our school every Tuesday. The cost is $25.50 per lesson plus a one off cost of $7 travel per term. If you wish to have your child involved in these lessons then you need to let the school office know by 7th February. The first lesson will be on 18th February.


We are purchasing new books this year and we don't believe that parents will need to have these books covered. They are made with a sturdier cover.

If your child brought books home that were unused or had minimal use please bring them to school with your child on the first day and we will see if we can use them.

All school stationery is purchased through the school at very cheap rates. Families are not required to purchase books ready for the new school year.


This is an evolving concern internationally and new information is being released daily.

Children and young people are currently returning to classrooms, and the health of students and staff is a priority for all.

The following is some useful information from the Ministry of Education:

  • As always, anyone who is unwell should not be at school. If you have a particular concern about your child, please contact Healthline at 0800 611 116 or your GP for medical advice.
  • For child who may be at high risk of exposure because they have travelled recently to Wuhan or Hubei province in China or have been in close contact with someone confirmed with the virus, we ask you to delay the start of their school year for 14 days.
  • If your child attends school while showing symptoms, they may be asked to return home by the Principal.
  • In terms of keeping yourself and your family well, the Ministry of Health suggests the following:
    • regularly washing hands (for at least 20 seconds with warm water and soap and dry thoroughly)
    • covering your mouth and nose when you sneeze
    • staying home if you are sick
    • avoiding close contact with anyone with cold or flu-like symptoms
    • if you feel unwell you should avoid public gatherings and events.

Up to date Ministry of Health Guidelines:


Audition for Acting Roles

The story ‘Easter Alive’ is being made into a movie for 2020. Students and families from our school community are being invited to participate in the production. The story will be portrayed through the eyes of children in a relevant and contempory way, and set in various locations around New Plymouth.

Auditions for acting roles will be held at Frankley School Hall, 357 Tukapa Street on Saturday February 15th at 9am. The commitment required will be three consecutive Saturday mornings, 22, 29 February and 7 March.

Progress can be followed on Facebook (

For further information please contact Richard West or Louise James

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