KTS Newsletter

Term 4, Week 8, Tuesday 7 December 2021

It certainly is beginning to look a lot like Christmas with the pohutukawa's flowering nice and early - a sure sign of a long, hot summer! I hope you managed to enjoy some time in restaurants or the like over the weekend as I did. So nice to be with friends again wasn’t it.


As we enter the final few days of the school year, we start to focus on 2022. Class placements have now been completed and will be published, in HERO, next Tuesday. Your child’s 2022 class teacher will be in email contact with you with a slideshow to introduce themselves. We are not having students visit their new class this year as only half of our classes are on site on any given day and we do not want to mix bubbles. We take a lot into account when allocating classes – friends that students have identified themselves, a spread of gender, ethnicity and English level, and teacher knowledge of good combinations to ensure maximised learning within the classroom; as a result, we do not make changes to classes at this stage.


In next week’s newsletter we will acknowledge those students who have been awarded prizes and let you know of our staffing organisation for 2022.


- Alison

Reminders of key times and dates for end-of-year events

(NB: invitations for events have been sent with a link to ZOOM)


Friday 10th December

9.15 – 9.30am Room 5 and 7 prizegiving

9.45 – 10.00am Room 11 and 13 prizegiving


Monday 13th December

9.15 – 9.30am Room 4 and 6 prizegiving

9.45 – 10.00am Room 10 and 12 prizegiving

10.15 – 10.30am Year 7 prizegiving and 2022 head student announcement

2.00 – 3.00pm Year 6 prizegiving and Moving On Up ceremony


Tuesday 14th December

2022 class placements

Waterslide in school All classes will have a timetabled slot

6.00 – 9.00pm Year 8 prizegiving and graduation


Wednesday 15th December

Final day of school for Rooms 4, 6, 8, 10 and 12, our Year 0 and 1s, and Year 7s are at school – full day as normal.

Waterslide in school All classes will have a timetabled slot


Thursday 16th December
Rooms 5, 7, 9, 11 and 13, our Year 0 and 1s, and Year 8s are at school
Any students in Rooms 4, 6, 8, 10 and 12 who would like to come in are welcome

11.00am Year 7s requested to attend for final day with class and ringing out parade
12.30pm Year 0 and 1 students final bell
1.15pm Ringing out parade
1.30pm Final school bell

Device return


If you have a school device on loan please return it to the office on Wednesday 8 December with the charger. While we realise some distance learning will still be underway at this time, we will be encouraging offline activities for the remainder of the year. Thank you for your support.

Waterslide

As we are missing out on class picnics and trips, we have booked a water slide for Tuesday 14th and Wednesday 15th December. Classes have rostered times for this experience. Please send your child with a rash shirt/board shorts or similar and a towel on this day. It is of course optional.

Lunch orders

Unfortunately, ezlunch will not be delivering lunches for the rest of the year after this Friday (10th December) due to a lack of demand. The service will be up and running again next year.

Library News

Literacy Awards

Congratulations to the following students, and watch their badges being awarded HERE.


Bronze – Sam (Rm 4), Aarav (Rm 7)

Cobalt – Sam (Rm 4)

Silver – Ivy (Rm 11)


Sam & Ivy, you can pick your badges up from the office plus there are still badges to be picked up from students last week.


This is the last week to complete your award this year. Please give your book to Jane by Thursday.


Book Returns


All books need to be urgently returned to school. This includes books from students learning at home. Please use the box on the front steps of the school for drop offs.


– Jane

PTA Update


As the end of a much-disrupted year approaches, the PTA would like to say a huge thank you to all the families for participating in our school events and for contributing donations, volunteer work and general enthusiasm to make our school the lovely community it is. Looking back, we can be incredibly grateful to have had the Disco, the Bounce Challenge and Magic Show for the kids to enjoy.

We are pleased to report that our fundraising total for the year was $22,495, a significant achievement given the last few months! Thank you everyone for helping us get there. This money is going towards the wonderful garden project that has already begun.

Sadly, Wendy McRae is stepping down from chairing the PTA after several years of hard work and superhuman organisational skills. She has contributed countless hours behind the scenes and we are so grateful for her ability to bring parents together. Huge thanks to you, Wendy, for your tireless commitment to the school. We will certainly miss your leadership.

Looking ahead to next year, we really hope to get more parents involved in the PTA and we always welcome fresh ideas and enthusiasm. We are optimistic that we will be able to return to hosting bigger events in 2022, possibly starting with a school picnic / Colour Run in Term 1. Please keep an eye on next year's newsletter for details of our first meeting.

In the meantime, we hope you have a restful, healthy and safe summer holiday.


School stationery 2022

We’ve teamed up with OfficeMax to make getting school ready faster! Your child’s class list is available now on the OfficeMax MySchool website – myschool.co.nz.


We encourage you to order early to ensure your child has all their stationery requirements ready to go in plenty of time for the start of Term 1. Don’t wait until mid-January, order now and avoid the back to school rush.


When you shop on myschool.co.nz you’ll receive free delivery on orders over $46*. You will also help our school earn school rewards* that we use to purchase much needed extra resources for our school.


If you order online in December you will receive a FREE A4 Magnetic Whiteboard Family Organiser* - ideal for keeping activities and events on track throughout the year. Click HERE to find out more.


* Terms & Conditions apply, see myschool.co.nz for details.

School Leavers – notice re ezlunch / Kindo school shop

If your family is leaving our school and moving to another school that does not use ezlunch or Kindo for school payments, you need to close your account. If you’re not sure about the new school, log in, go to My Details and click on the list of schools, scrolling to find your new school.


If your new school is NOT on the list, use the 'close account' button on that screen. You can choose to donate your balance to school or have it paid out to your nominated bank account.

Enrol for music lessons in 2022

Lewis Eady Music School offers group or individual lessons on a range of instruments: piano, keyboard, guitar, ukulele, singing, drum kit… the hard part is choosing which instrument!

To enrol your child for music lessons at school in 2022, complete an online enrolment form at https://bit.ly/LewisEadyMusicLessons

Calendar of events

  • KTS Learner awards Friday 10th and Monday 13th December (see above for details)
  • Year 6 Moving on Up and Prizegiving Monday 13th December at 2:00pm
  • Year 8 Graduation and Prizegiving Tue 14 Dec @ 06:00pm
  • Final day of the year Thu 16 Dec
  • First day of Term 1, 2022 Thu 03 Feb