SCHOOL NEWSLETTER

Monday 7 November 2022

Panui a te Tumuaki

Kia ora koutou,


Wow! We have already had our school production in Week 1, Yr 7&8 camp in Raglan happened last week, our Tuu Pono kapa haka group are practicing for the Tainui Kapa Haka Regionals this coming Saturday and we have Tuakana/Teina athletics next Wednesday.


TE PONO ME TE AROHA

Our school production was AMAZING!!! We have so much talent in our kura. From our tumeke kaiako who planned the theme and what they would do. Our miharo tamariki who sang, acted, danced and played instruments throughout the production. Our rawe parents who made costumes and props, tutored groups, did stage work, took photos and filmed the production and our tino pai haapori who flocked to our school to watch their tamariki and mokopuna perform. If you haven't watched the production yet, then please do so. The link is attached. We also have a short video of the dress rehearsal.


SCHOLASTIC BOOKS SUMMER FAIR

Our school book fair held in June proved to be so popular that Whaea Christy decided to have a summer book fair. Our new selection of books arrived last Friday and the book fair will be in the music room this week.

Tamariki will view the books tomorrow and bring their wish lists home. Days/Times for parents to view are:

Tuesday 8th November 8:30-9:30am and 3:00-4:00pm

Wednesday 9th November 8:30-9:30am and 3:00-4:00pm

Thursday 10th November 8:30-9:30am and 3:00-4:00pm


TAINUI KAPA HAKA REGIONALS

We are excited to see our Tuu Pono Kapa Haka roopu perform at the Tainui Primary Schools Kapa Haka Regionals this Saturday 12th of November. It will be held at Te Kura Kaupapa Maaori o Rakaumangamanga in Huntly. This is the very first time that our kura have stood at a kapa haka competition of this magnitude. Our tamariki and kaiako are working so hard for this event. It is going to be TUMEKE!


SCHOOL ATHLETICS

We have our annual Tuakana/Teina athletics on Wednesday 16th of November and Potiki Athletics on Tuesday 22nd of November. We hope our haapori/community can come and watch their tamariki at their events.

Our PTA will do a lunch fundraiser at the Tuakana/Teina Athletics. If you choose to purchase kai from the PTA, please use mykindo for your pre-orders.


EDUCATION REVIEW OFFICE

ERO evaluator Michelle Thurlow is visiting our kura next week and will observe the teaching and learning programmes in our classes and korero with some of our tamariki about their learning. Michelle visited our kura earlier this year and spoke to our school board, our kaiako and a few of our tamariki. As part of the new ERO process she will visit several times as she puts together an evaluative report of our kura. I have found this process to be very supportive and positive of our school mission statement and our overall vision for our tamariki and haapori. The Koromata School Mission Statement is attached.


ENROLMENTS 2023

We are in the midst of planning classes for next year and we are wanting to gauge an approximate number for our New Entrant Class and other year levels for 2023.

If you or someone you know has a child who is starting at Koromatua School or has moved into our area, would you please let Whaea Sue in the office know by emailing enquiries@koromatua.school.nz

We need to know who these students are as soon as possible as it will help us greatly as we plan our classes for 2023.


OUT OF ZONE ENROLMENT APPLICATIONS OPEN

These opened at the end of Term 3 and will now close on Thursday the 1st of December. This is a change of date from the previous newsletter. The later date is so we have as close to the exact roll numbers for 2023. It is always dependent on who moves into the school zone over the summer holidays. However we should have a better idea of our student roll by that time. Depending on the number of applications, there may need to be a ballot. If this is the case it will be done on Wednesday the 7th of December.


How does the application process work?

1. First priority must be for special programmes. This is not applicable at this school because the school does not run special programmes.

2. Second priority must be given to any applicant who is the sibling of a current student of the school.

3. Third priority must be given to any student who is the sibling of a former student of the school.

4. Fourth priority must be given to any applicant who is a child of a former student of the school.

5. Fifth priority must be given to any applicant who is either a child of an employee of the board of the school or a child of a member of the board of the school.

6. Sixth priority is given to all other applicants.


STAFF ONLY DAY

Monday 28th November - This day has been set aside for our staff to work on end of year mahi, in particular student's end of year reports and to plan and prepare for 2023. Students will not be attending kura. Please organise alternative arrangements for your tamariki on that day.


FAREWELL

On Friday the 28th of October we farewelled Whaea Kelly Butters as the Room 7 kaiako. Whaea Kelly has already taught at our kura and it was wonderful to see her again, especially as she knew most of the tamariki in that class. We are very grateful for the time that Whaea Kelly was here and we wish her and her whaanau all the very best as she takes some time to focus on her and her own tamariki.

Whaea Desi will continue to teach in Room 7. The tamariki are very familiar with Whaea Desi as she has taught them throughout this year.

Ngaa mihinui ki a koorua mo to koha ki to taatou kura.


WELCOME

We extend a warm welcome to Whaea Arlette Brown who has joined us as a kaimahi/learning assistant working in our Potiki and Teina classrooms. We are very familiar with Whaea Arlette as she is often in kura helping with school events, leading kapa haka fundraisers and most recently helping with our school production. We are very grateful to have Whaea Arlette in our kura and wish her all the best in her new role.


BE KIND - KIA ATAWHAI

Parents would you please talk to your tamariki about showing kindness. Our uara/values all come from pono/truth and aroha/love. Being kind exemplifies both those values. Some of our tamariki are feeling mamae/hurt because other tamariki are not being kind to them. This past week I have been informed of a few incidents where kindness is not being shown to others.

Our tamariki need to feel that kura is a safe space where they are able to learn and interact with others. Please help us by reminding your tamariki what kindness looks like, sounds like and feels like. I hope you show your tamariki Tori Kelly's waiata 'Try a little kindness'. It illustrates what we ALL can do to show kindness.


Kia haumaru, Kia atawhai


Nga mihi aroha,

Rosina Nin

Sesame Street: Try a Little Kindness (with Tori Kelly)
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KOROMATUA SCHOOL BOARD

SCHOOL POLO SHIRTS

Our school polo shirts are for sale. These new shirts look very smart and they look awesome too! We encourage whaanau to purchase these polos as they will be the required attire to wear at various school events such as powhiri every term, school and class trips, Grandparents Day, Matariki events, special visitors who come to our kura and school assemblies.

Whaea Sue has samples of the polo shirts in various sizes. Tamariki can try them on at kura and purchases are made through myKindo.

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Look What We're Up To! 🤩

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CELLPHONES

Year 7 or 8 students can bring their cellphone to school to use in emergencies. However they must hand it in to the office before school starts (8:45am) and pick it up again after school (3:00pm). This replaces the procedure of students leaving their cellphones in their bags. Students who do not adhere to this guideline will be asked to leave their cellphones at home for a period of time and their parents will be contacted regarding this matter.

SIGN UP TO KINDO

Kia ora whaanau,

Please sign up to KINDO whaanau. Payments are easy and our kura gets extra benefits.


New users can click on the link below to set up your family myKindo

account.

https://bit.ly/3tPgnUU


Kindo helpdesk

The Kindo helpdesk is available if you need a hand with anything relating to your myKindo account. Our helpdesk team are available Monday to Friday 8am to 4pm.

Call on freephone 0508 4 KINDO (0508 454 636), or email hello@mykindo.co.nz.

We also have an online support page for more information and FAQ’s too - support.mykindo.co.nz

ABSENCES/LATENESS

Just a reminder to please email or call the kura if your tamaiti/tamariki are going to be away. Sue really appreciates it when whanau do this as it cuts down her time to call them if a child is away from kura.

SIGNING TAMARIKI IN OR OUT OF KURA

This is a friendly reminder that tamariki MUST be signed in if they are late to kura or signed out if they need to leave early. We have noticed a few parents who are bringing their tamariki into kura or picking up their tamariki from kura but are not signing on the vistab in the office.

This is for our tamariki's safety so we know where they are during school hours. Please help us to do so by signing your tamariki IN or OUT.

WHAT'S HAPPENING AT KOROMATUA?

TUAKANA/TEINA ATHLETICS 2022

The Tuakana/Teina Athletics newsletter is attached with all the information, including the timetable of events. We hope to see whanau there on the day. We won't be able to livestream all of the athletics as most of our staff will be taking events or still teaching our tamariki. However there will be photos and some clips of the day.

CAMPS

Camp Raglan Year 7&8

Camp Raglan was so awesome. Our tamariki had awesome maatua/parents, yummy kai, fun activities and great weather. A very big mihi to our parent helpers. Thank you Hopi Elkington, Bronson Daniels, Keola Josephs, Jan Masei, Tui Fau, Jessie Scirkovich and Kay Huia. Your awhi, manaaki, tautoko and aroha was very evident as you helped our tamariki at the various activities and with general mahi. Camp Raglan would not have been possible without you all.

Thanks also to Raha Elkington and Whaea Desi who helped on Thursday.


Camp Karakariki - Year 5&6

Wednesday 30th November - Friday 2nd December

Thank you to those whanau who have paid their $60 camp fees. There is a hui this Tuesday 8th November at 6:30pm in Room 1 for those parents who are helping at this camp. Those parents have been notified.

KAPA HAKA

Tuu Pono Kapa Haka - Tainui Primary Schools Kapa Haka Regionals

I can't wait to watch our Tuu Pono tamariki perform this Saturday in Session 4 at 4pm. I am so proud of our tamariki and all the mahi they have done. A very big mihi to Whaea Tish, Matua Tahi, Whaea Nelz, Whaea Raharu and Whaea Esta for tutoring our tamariki. It takes a village to raise a child and we certainly have a village who are teaching and supporting our tamariki. Special thanks to Whaea Arlette for leading the fundraising and working alongside our other wonderful parents to cook kai, work in the kitchen, transport tamariki and stay overnight at our noho marae.
Ngaa mihinui whaanau ma

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TERM 4 CALENDAR EVENTS

Week 4

Tuesday 8th November

Yr 7&8 Technology

Summer Scholastic Book Fair 8:30am and 3:00-4:00pm open to parents

Morning tea/Lunchtime open to parents


Wednesday 9th November

Summer Scholastic Book Fair 8:30am and 3:00-4:00pm open to parents

Morning tea/Lunchtime open to parents


Thursday 10th November

New Entrant school visits

Yr 8 HPV Immunisations

Tuu Pono Kapa Haka 2:00-5:00pm stage check at Te Kura Kaupapa Maaori o Rakaumangamanga in Huntly

Summer Scholastic Book Fair 8:30am and 3:00-4:00pm open to parents

Morning tea/Lunchtime open to parents


Saturday 12th November

Tainui Kapa Haka Regionals - Tu Pono Kapa Haka

Session 4 - 4pm $5 per ticket


Week 5

Tuesday 15th November

Yr 7&8 Technology


Wednesday 16th November

Tuakana/Teina Athletics 9:30am - 2:30pm

Students 8yrs and older


Thursday 17th November

New Entrant school visits

Tuakana/Teina Athletics 9:30am - 2:30pm (postponement day)

Students 8yrs and older


Friday 18th November

School Assembly 2:15pm


Week 6

Monday 21st November

Cohort Entry - New Entrant children


Tuesday 22nd November

Yr 7&8 Technology

Potiki athletics 1:30pm - 2:45pm

Students 5-7 years of age.


Thursday 24th November

Potiki athletics - postponement day.

School Board Meeting 7pm


Friday 25th November

Lower Waipa Athletics at Te Awamutu 8:30am-2:30pm

Students 8yrs of age and older, who gained 1st or 2nd placings at the Tuakana/Teina athletics will be selected to compete at this event.


Week 7

Monday 28th November

Staff Only Day - students do not attend kura on this day.


Tuesday 29th November

Yr 7&8 Technology

Lower Waipa Athletics - postponement day.


Wednesday 30th November - Friday 2nd December

Years 5&6 Camp at Karakariki


Thursday 1st December

New Entrant school visits

WFPSA Athletics for Yrs 7&8 students only. The event is at Porritt Stadium.

(Waikato Full Primary Schools Association) This athletics event is for those Yr 7&8 students who gained 1st or 2nd place at the Lower Waipa Athletics.


Week 8

Tuesday 6th December

Last day for Yr 7&8 technology


Wednesday 7th December

PTA FUN DAY


Thursday 8th December

New Entrant school visits

Final School Board Meeting 7pm


Friday 8th December

Final school assembly


Week 9

Monday 12th December

Class Shared Lunches


Tuesday 13th December

Teina/Preliminary Prizegiving

Teina - Years 4,5&6


Wednesday 14th December

Potiki Prize Giving 11:00am

Potiki - Years 1,2&3


Thursday 15th December

Final New Entrant school visits

Year 8 Dinner 6:30pm


Friday 16th December

Tuakana Prize Giving 12pm

Tuakana Years 7&8

Reports go home

Last Day of school

"Te Pono Me Te Aroha" Koromatua School 2022
Koromatua School Production 2022 - Dress Rehearsal/Matinee Highlights
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Ko wai maatou? Who are we?

We are a full primary school from Years 1 - 8 with 6 mainstream (Auraki) classes and 4 Bilingual (Reorua) classes. There are currently 220 students on our school roll.

We have a team of 6 Kaimahi or Teacher Aides, a Learning Support Coordinator and a SENCO/ORS leader. We have 11 teaching staff, 1 caretaker, 1 Administration officer and 1 Finance officer.

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