Week 8, Term 2 Newsletter
Tēnā koutou katoa! Greetings everyone!
Winter feels like it has truly set in this week with many frosty mornings, and the odd rainy day here and there. The winterless North is no longer less of winter - it is upon us too like the rest of Aotearoa.
We have now 2 more weeks of school before the Term 2 holiday break. There are still many students and whānau battling with winter bugs and sicknesses. We are encouraging those who are sick to be well before returning to school. There is nothing worse than feeling under the weather while trying to fully participate in lessons and learn.
Our mission as a school is to ‘partner with whānau.’ Our shared interest is your tamariki. We join together to provide the best we can for them, to grow them and to help them realise their full potential, just as God has designed them and given them their own individual gifts. Admittedly, sometimes we don’t get things right. We can fall short of the glory of God. But Jesus redeems us and frees us. We always have the best intentions, but sometimes those intentions don’t always play out the way we plan. When we humble ourselves before the Lord, only He can bring us through.
Early next term we will be holding our Parent Teacher Interviews. This will be a great opportunity to have a follow up discussion after receiving your child’s Mid-Year report. However, you do not need to wait until these Interviews to discuss your child’s learning with their teacher. Please feel free to make contact with them during term time to meet and have discussions. Our teachers are very approachable and willing to do their best to help your child. As the old saying goes, ‘It takes a village to raise a child.’ We are part of the village, and so therefore our partnership is key.
Mrs. Tina Takimoana
Verse for the week:
Our Lord, you have made your nation stronger. Because of you, its people are glad and celebrate like workers at harvest time or like soldiers dividing up what they have taken.
- Isaiah 9:3 CEV
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Northland Area Schools
There is only 3 weeks until our Secondary students selected for the Northland Area Schools sports teams wil travel to Whangarei to represent our school and region.
Whaea Alice has worked incredibly hard to ensure students and their whānau are kept in the loop with information about trials, trainings, and trip details.
If your child has been selected and is attending this event, please make sure to pay your fees of $270 as soon as possible.
We are also very grateful to Brady Wild and Manu Burkhart-Macrae of FNR Group Ltd for their generous sponsorship for the KALS players and manager Area Schools hoodies.
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Chromebook Recall - URGENT!
In Term 1 our Year 7 to 10 students were issues with a Chromebook in preparation for if the need to work from home arose. Some students who were isolating in Term 1 were able to access their classwork from home.
Over the course of this term we have found some students are not looking after the Chromebook they were allocated - leaving them lying around for the Caretaker to pick up, or damaging them from careless use.
We have decided to collect them back in to do a stocktake and repair any which need fixing.
Please make sure if your child has a school Chromebook at home, they return this along with the charger and case they were given, to their Devotions teacher before the end of the term.
Thank you for your help and support.
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NCEA Online - Digital Exams
Next week our Year 9 and 10 students will be taking online exams as part of our inclusion in a NCEA Pilot programme we are involved in. All exams will be done on Chromebooks which is quite different to former testing methods of paper and pen.
For more information please check out the NZQA website - https://www.nzqa.govt.nz/ncea/ncea/
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Thank you to the Prefects, Teachers and Support Staff for making our Matariki Celebration a huge success on Thursday. The students were treated to a day of fun activities, singing, dancing and yummy hangi.
Thank you to Matua Pops, Matua Tyler, Matua Zion and the Year 8 students for preparing and cooking a delicious hangi for us to enjoy.
Fundraising for Jumping June finishes this Thursday 30th June! On Friday the prize function will be open on their online profiles. Students who have fundraised $10 or more will be able to select a prize online.
Thanks everyone for your support! On Friday the kids will be completing their skipping challenges and we will be blessing the Heart Foundation with the money to support those tamariki in need.
A couple of house keeping reminders
As we move into our cooler months the winter cold/flu is around, if your child has any symptoms for the cold/flu please test (and advise if positive) and keep home till the symptoms are gone.
Please call, email or use the APP to notify all absences - Sick, appointments, holidays during term time, tangi/funeral etc.....
All students must hand their phones into the office at the start of the day if they bring them to school
If your child is not in the correct uniform, please send them with a note so a uniform pass can be issued
We have a large number of 2nd hand uniform options available from the school office (heaps & heaps of senior school sized jackets) for a koha, please see the office to see what is available
Vocal coaching on a Thursday here at KALS with Lucy Houtas
KALS is excited to be able to offer Vocal Coaching from Lucy Houtas on a Thursday between 8.45am to 1.45pm.
Cost of lessons is $25 for a half hour one-on-one lesson, but she can take up to three pupils at a time if they want to share that cost.
Please contact Dr Sue Dow if you would like to register for lessons - firstname.lastname@example.org