Toko School Newsletter

Thursday 2nd December 2021

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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

This week we have had John Parsons working across our Kahui Ako providing workshops to tamariki, whanau and educators focused on - Keeping our kids safe online. So many wonderful messages and learning for us all. We have uploaded some tips for whanau onto our website: Tips for Parents.


We are putting the finishing touches to our 2022 class lists and will be sending letters home, to those children whose years groups are split across classes, before the end of the year.


The school pool is just about ready to use. If you would like to use our school pool over the summer can you please contact: office@toko.school.nz to receive a key. If you have a key and are not going to be using the pool can this please be returned so you are not charged for the 2021/2022 summer swim season. When visiting the pool you will be required to scan in and follow all other health recommendations. We ask this year that you do not bring visitors with you to the pool and that the pool is only used by the family that has purchased a key.


This has been a fun week bringing our Dancing through the Decades performance together. Thank you so much for your help with costuming. The tamariki were outstanding and our staff continue to amaze me with their creative ability to get the children learning and moving to the music and how they bring this altogether to create a performance. A lot of time and energy go into events like this and the staff should be applauded for their efforts!


Just a reminder that the last day of school is Wednesday 15th December. We will be finishing school at 12.00. All buses will be running on this day to take our chidlren home at 12.00.


We are hoping to get Learning Journey Reports emailed today but we are having problems with our Student Management System. We will keep you posted via the school app. Please go to our website for an overview of how to read your child's Learning Journey and how this information is connected to the New Zealand Curriculum and our our schools Learning Stars.

Learning Journey Report



Kim Waite

Principal

BOARD UPDATE

New COVID-19 Protection (Traffic Light) Framework

You may have heard that everyone in Aotearoa will move to the new COVID-19 Traffic Light Framework on Friday 3 December. Taranaki will be moving to Orange.

Schools will move to the COVID-19 Protection Framework (traffic lights) from 1 January 2022.

This means that we don’t have to change the way we are operating school this year and everyone can continue as per the level 2 guidelines.

For next year, we can confirm that everyone will be back onsite for learning from the start of the school year, regardless of what setting under the new Traffic Light Framework we will be in (Red/Orange/Green). This is good news!

If you’d like to learn more about the framework visit COVID-19 Protection Framework.


Donations-ANZCO- $1521.00 Sponsor a School programme

ANZCO give 50c per bobby and cow calf, sent to their plants, to nominated rural primary schools. We were very fortunate to receive such a large amount of money. We are in the process of spending this money purchasing kapa haka uniforms for our tane.

Thank you so much ANZCO!!!!


Taranaki Electricity Trust (TET) Education Grant - $8,280.00

A big thank you to TET for the above grant. We are using this grant to line our school garage and to build some work benches so our tamariki have a purpose built space to construct, make and create. This work will be complete over the school holidays.


NAG 1 - Curriculum Policy is up for review and staff are providing input into the annual updates of this policy.


Toko School Board

SCHOOL ACCOUNTS

I will be sending any accounts out, tomorrow (Friday)that have not been settled. We are having computer diffculities at the moment, so hopefully this will be fixed by tomorrow. If you are unable to clear your account can you please contact Annette in the office.
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DANCING THROUGH THE DECADES

Please be aware, that because of COVID, Just a reminder that masks will need to be worn at the theatre (when you are moving around) but can be taken off once seated.


We are also going to be having the show available on memory sticks for sale. These need to be ordered through this document here. They are $15.00 each and need to be either paid in chas or through our school bank account. The details are found on the doc.

A Christmas raffle will be available at each showing. Please bring some coins to purchase tickets.

FRIENDS OF TOKO SCHOOL CHRISTMAS RAFFLE

The Friends of Toko School would like each child in our school to donate at least one item for this raffle. To ensure we get a wide variety of items we are asking that each class bring a different food item. Please ensure items are not damaged or expired. Thank you.

Room 1 Miss Mancer- Cans

Room 2 Mrs Oliver - Packet

Room 3 Mrs Coulson- Bottle

Room 4 Mrs Wyllie and Mrs Fergus- Christmas Item

Room 5 Mrs Fuller - Other

Room 6 Mrs Hancock- Confectionery.

All donations can be dropped off at the office last minute items can be dropped off by Monday morning at the latest. Thank you in anticipation for supporting this.

CAMP FORMS - Year 3 - 5

Just a reminder that camp forms need to be in by the end of this week, along with any police vetting forms that require updating or for new parents coming on camp.

HEAD-PHONES & PENCIL CASES A MUST IN 2022

Personal head-phones and pencil cases must be brought to school for all students. These are something that will need to be purchased by families. We will not have these for sale at school. If you have any questions abouth this, please chat with your child's classroom teacher.

LOST PROPERTY

This will be displayed in the hall all of next week. Any unclaimed clothing will be given to Womens Refuge.

COMMUNITY NOTICES

COVID - 19 READINESS CHECKLIST

This has been shared with us from the Ministry of Social Development. Well worth a read and making a plan - COVID - 19 READINESS CHECKLIST
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ImpACT-Mental Health

At ImpACT-Mental Health we work with many schools, parents, children, teenagers and educators, who enjoy our Resilience based education programmes, as well as providing one to one coaching packages.

Covid, Lockdowns and our rapidly changing world appear to be causing higher states of anxiety and a decline in overall mental health, for our youth and adults alike.

We thought we would take this opportunity to share with you our latest blog - 'Building Resilience in Children during Lockdown and Life', which has appeared in the media and is being shared by schools.


Parents are eager for more tools, strategies and techniques to help them in the area of Mental Health. That is why we have converted our usual parent presentation - Preparing for the Teen Years it's Never Too Early!!! into a webinar.


Parents tell us that the three biggest issues they want to avoid during the teen years are Mental Health, Breakdown in Communication/Relationships, and Unhealthy Coping Mechanisms (addiction, avoidance, self-harm).


ImpACT-Mental Health aims to empower Primary Parents with strategies to build solid foundations in their children NOW in order to build resilient, autonomous teens who are prepared with tools to face whatever life throws at them.


Here is the link to our upcoming webinar: https://www.eventbrite.co.nz/e/168198079985


As authors of HATE MYSELF HATE MY LIFE - A Guide to finding self-confidence and inner-love, mums of 4 children each. With a combined 35 years experience in RESILIENCE education, raising teenagers as a boarding house mistress, teaching in prisons, running ultramarathons, and coaching teens and parents, we are passionate about helping parents and educators in all areas of mental health.

Kindest Regards

Jo and Sue

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