Kaikōura Suburban School

Newsletter 15 Friday 28 October 2022

He pānui o te tumuaki - A note from Whaea Alicia

Kia ora e te whānau o Kaikōura Suburban,

Welcome back to term 4. This term is shaping up to be exciting and fulled with loads of fun and learning.

Our tamariki have been busy continuing the focus on Kaitiakitanga - guardianship and caring for our whēnua. Last Friday we spent the afternoon out in our gardens weeding and tidying up the grounds. We have a large pile of mulch in the back carpark that we intend to cloak the ground beneath our beautiful trees with. And we are wanting to build a series of compost bins using pallets to collect our green waste into. If any whānau members would like to help us with this we would welcome the help. Toroa are heading to another farm within the community on Tuesday to do more mahi on the land.

Our student council Star Force have met and they have initiated a system to help manage the busy high demand of our tennis court. They have created a timetabled system for activities on the court - ka rawe Star Force.

Hockey has begun and the children had their first games at the Kaikōura High School turf, thank you to Rachel Hills and Colleen for coaching the team.

Our pool is ready for swimming in, many thanks to Lloyd our caretaker for keeping on top of the pool wintering and bringing the pool back for summer. Send togs to school with the children especially if we continue to have such beautiful weather.

It was a sad to say farewell to Miss Beckie Southgate, she has been an amazing addition to our team and brought so much joy and learning to Tītī. We wish Miss Southgate all the best in her new career as a teacher and hope to have her back with us relieving in our classes.

Apologies for the delay in this pānui release I have had a few technical difficulties over the weekend with this platform.

I hope you all have a wonderful long weekend and we look forward to seeing you at the assembly this Friday 4th November.

Nāhaku noa nā

Alicia Poroa

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Coming Events

  • Friday 28th Oct - Miss Southgates last day of her 8 week placement in the Tītī Class
  • Monday 31st Oct - Marlborough Anniversary SCHOOL CLOSED.
  • Friday 4th Nov - SCHOOL PHOTOS and Toroa Class Assembly
  • Tuesday 8th Nov - Junior Athletics Yrs 1-3 at Suburban.
  • Tuesday 8th Nov - Board Meeting 5:30 pm at School
  • Wednesday 9th Nov - Senior Athletics Yrs 4-6 at Kaikōura Primary (Postponement date Thursday 10th)
  • Wednesday 16th - Friday 18th Nov - Toroa Class Camp - Peketa Beach Holiday Park (Local)
  • Monday 21st Nov - Teacher Only Day SCHOOL CLOSED
  • Thursday 24th Nov - Hero evening 6pm
  • Monday 12th December - Year 6 overnight Mt Fyffe Hut.
  • Tuesday 13th December - Fyffe Palmer and Mt Fyffe walk - Whole school
  • Thursday 15th Dec - Year 6 Leavers Assembly 6:00 pm
  • Friday 16th Dec - Term 4 ends

Birthday Celebrations

Happy Birthday, Mosē Chann (Oct 27), Heidi Hutchings (Nov 7), Eli Hutchings (Nov 8), and Rosie Hoggard (Nov 10).

Wishing you all, an AMAZING Day!

From the Suburban Whānau

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Piwakawaka Class

Welcome to The Piwakawaka Class, Mackenzie Lee, Alice Taylor, Addison Guthrie, and Sam Hobbs. We hope you all have a wonderful time at Suburban, make new friends, and learn lots of new skills!


Goodbye Beau Dale! We will miss your cheeky grin and bubbly personality. You were an amazing and caring friend to all.

Good luck and best wishes at your new school.

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Teriffic Titi's

Welcome, Matilda Thompson!

Matilda likes to sing, make crafts, and play the piano, and her guitar. We are so happy that you have joined the Kaikoura Suburban Whanau.

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Thank you, Miss Southgate

Dear Miss Southgate,

We have loved having you as a student teacher in the Titi class. You taught us lots of new and interesting things. Here are a few of them we enjoyed.........

Hannah said, your accent, learning about the Whare of Aroha, and drama.

Jax said, musical chairs and outside games.

Leila said, your Big smile.

Ashton said, the hard Maths work.

All the best for your teaching career and we hope you come back to teach here at Suburban!

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Catching up with the Toroa's...

Since the start of term 4, we have been engaging as kaitiaki by caring for the area where we planted in term 3, as well as general care for Suburban school. Taking pride in our kura has been lots of fun!

What have you done to be kaitiaki this week?

Our weekly library visit are something we are really enjoying at the moment, as we get to choose new and exciting books to read.

We are also loving the beautiful kōwhai flowers in full bloom, attracting some natives to Suburban.

Tuesday, Nov. 8th, 12:15pm

425 Schoolhouse Road

Kaikōura, Canterbury

Junior Athletics - Years 0-3

Tuesday 8 November

12:15 - 2:55pm

Suburban School

Our school junior athletics will be held on Tuesday 8 November at 12:15 - 2:55pm. We will hold this on the school field with the senior children helping at the different activities. Whānau are most welcome to come along and watch the children.

After School Program (term 4)

There is an after school program for Suburban students on Tuesday's and Wednesday's for the duration of term 4.

Each week has new, exciting themes and activities.


• 1 day only = $20 per child

• 2 days (Tues&Wed) = $35 per child

If you are interested in your child/ren coming along, please feel free to send me a message or email me - michaela@ks.school.nz

(Below is the program for the next fortnight)

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Pet Show at Suburban

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Community News

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Swimming Club Info


Online regos will open 1st week Term 4

Registration days 2nd week Term 4:

Tuesday 25th October @ St Josephs, 3:15-4:15pm

Thursday 27th October @ Kaikoura Primary, 3:15-4:15pm

Kaikoura High School: Day/time TBC

One swimmer $70, two swimmers $120, three or more $150 (from same family)

Info for new swimmers:

Our lessons run after school during term time and run from mid-November through to mid December, then start again usually in the second week of term 1. We aim for 20 lessons in total.

Each swimmer is allocated to a level and coach, but we use the first couple of weeks to assess and sometimes need to adjust groups. Each group has two lessons per week (apart from Senior Squad, which has three).

Groups either swim Tues & Thurs OR Mon & Weds. You can indicate your preference at registration. We always do our best to fit everyone in but cannot always cater to those who have other commitments.

All lessons are at Wa Kaukau / Kaikoura Aquatic Centre (off Scarborough St) in either the learner pool or the 25m pool. The pool is heated but it is outdoors so lessons may be cancelled or postponed in bad weather.

Beginner lessons (learner pool) are 25mins, Intermediate are 35-45 mins depending on level. Our squad swimmers train for 45-90mins depending on level.

Places are limited and confirmed on payment. Payment must be made prior to the first lesson.

Registrations will be open for the first two weeks of term 4. once we have sorted groups, each coach will contact parents to let you know lesson days/times.

Any late registrations will be added to a waiting list, and as spaces open we will offer those out.

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