Term 3, Week 4, Tuesday 16 August 2022
A warm welcome to our two new students, Yanxu (Rm 13) and Yanhong (Rm 15).
It was a wonderful week of brain stretching challenges. Well done to all those who won prizes and congratulations to Sheppard who took out the Maths week house point star! See below for photos, winners, results and more…
This week our intermediates are focused on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) using specialist equipment from EPro8. Over the next few days they will respond to challenges by building things such as bridges, cranes and vehicles in a group problem-solving approach. It looks like a lot of learning combined with a lot of fun! (See photos below).
Once again, thank you to those who are taking additional care around the school entrance at the end of the school day. Safety and consideration for others are always our highest priorities.
A reminder that the Board’s community survey closes on Friday – it is not too late for you to share your views. You will also have all received an email with information about the Board election. You have a link to the candidate profiles and the information to do a digital vote. Please take a few minutes to have your say.
Last Wednesday saw the last meeting for our current Board. I would like to acknowledge the following for their service to the school. Oliver Shaw has been on the Board for 5 years and been our Presiding Member for the last 2½ years. His calm and measured approach to all matters, and in particular as we have worked our way through COVID, has been invaluable. Dr John Etty also steps down after 3⅓ years. John brought an extensive knowledge of curriculum and review which I personally have appreciated. Sheryl McEwen has been the staff trustee for 3 years and has been particularly committed to ensuring our health and safety practices create a safe school environment for all. On behalf of the school and our community I would like to thank them for publicly for their commitment and dedication to the role. These board members have all been great to work with and have greatly enhanced my ability to lead the school.
Out-of-zone enrolments for 2023
Kohia Terrace School will be holding a Ballot on Wednesday 19th October 2022 for out-of-zone enrolments. The Board has determined that places are likely to be available for out-of-zone students for Priority 2–6 in the following year levels: Year 0 (children who will turn 5 on or after 1 June 2023); Year 1, Year 2 and Year 7.
The exact number of places will depend on the number of applications received from students who live within the school’s home zone.
The closing date for out-of-zone applications will be Wednesday 28th September 2022.
Parents of students who live within the home zone should also enrol by this date to assist the school to plan appropriately for next year. Please refer to our school website for further information.
Last week the whole school was busy joining in with Maths Week activities. The Intermediate students led Maths-themed activities at lunchtime, such as giant chess, drawing multiplication flower gardens, treasure hunts and drawing symmetrical artwork. Take a look at some of the fun that went on in the photos below.
The Guess My Number Challenges were won by Ashton in Room 6, William in Room 13 and SeoYun in Room 14. This year’s Lolly Jar contained 459 lollies. Well done to Andrew in Room 11 who had the closest guess! Here are the winners of the student Daily Challenges:
Thank you to all the family members who got involved in the Daily Challenges too. Check out the answers below to see how you did. The winner of the Adult Daily Challenge was Justine Reeves. Congratulations to all our winners and well done to everyone who took part and earned points for their house last week! While the competition was fierce, Sheppard’s points added together to make a winning total and they won the Maths Week House Competition.
Second-Hand Uniform Sale
The PTA will be holding a second-hand uniform sale tomorrow, Wednesday 17th August. The sale will start at 2:30pm and finish at 3:15pm and will be held on the Year 6 deck, opposite the hall. Please wear a mask while at the sale and ensure you are socially distanced. A limit of 6 items per family will apply until 3pm to make it fair to buyers. All money from the sale contributes to PTA fundraising.
After having to miss out on this last year, we are very pleased to offer this popular fundraiser again this year. The children have been busy creating some gorgeous pieces of art, which can be made into affordable Calendars, Cards, Diaries, Mouse Mats and Sketch Pads. These make unique Christmas gifts for family and friends and are perfect for posting overseas. Look out for a personalised order form, which will be coming home this week. To order online, follow the instructions using the entrance code provided. Thanks for supporting the KTS PTA!
Musical Bingo night - Saturday 29th October
Save the Date and book your babysitter for our big parent event for 2022! This year we will be hosting a Musical Bingo evening on Saturday 29th October. Think music clips, singalongs, spot prizes and lots of dancing. More details and tickets sales to come in September. We are currently seeking donations to be used for our live auction and prizes on the night. This could include vouchers, products or even a holiday at your family bach. If you or a business you know is able to contribute please contact Becca in the office or Tina at email@example.com.
Netball results - Week 3
Y5/6 Flames Win 9–4
Y6 Firebirds Win 12–9
Y6/7 Hawks Loss 7–20
Y8 Keas Win 33–9
It was great to have KTS representation at the Y5/6 Zones Rugby Competition, with the boys amalgamating with Marist. KTS/Marist won 4 games and lost 1, coming second in the Under 40kg division, and the KTS Girls won 2 of their games, coming in 7th of 12 teams. It was wonderful to see KTS exhibit excellent sportsmanship and a good day was had by all.
Official results are still pending but our Y8 girls won 1, drew 1 and lost 3. Our Y7 team was made up of a mix of ages and boys and girls so the competition involved a series of friendly games. Again, great to see our students show perseverance and excellent sportsmanship.
A big thank you to the teachers, coaches and parent helpers, whose contribution makes our representation possible. Special thanks to Mr Nisbett and Erica Carey for Rugby, and Mrs Gilbert, Linda Va'aelua and Kylie Gibbon for Netball.
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