Toko School Newsletter

Thursday 12th August 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

Tena Koutou Katoa


At Toko School we have been, and are, dedicated to developing student agency. The focus of agency is to develop life-long learning behaviours. These contribute to the children becoming agentic and driven learners throughout their life. Every child is on a different path and teachers are guiding children to work through independent learning behaviour goals most suited to them. These learning behaviours relate to different stages of the journey, starting from bronze through to platinum. These goals are fluid (move backwards and forwards, up and down) and are not age based. Children's learning behaviours may differ depending on the context, task, environment, etc.


Each newsletter we will be sharing the learning behaviours associated with the different stages.


Ngā mihi

Kim Waite

LEARNING BEHAVIOURS AT TOKO SCHOOL

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Kapahaka

If your child is in kapahaka then they will be bringing home a notice today about the end of term Puanga Festival. Could you please fill this in and have your child return it to Mrs Oliver as soon as possible. Any unsold tickets need to be returned to the organisers so they can be redistributed.

Debating

Last week we had three teams attend the Cluster Debating Competition held at Stratford High School. The moot was Competitive Sports Should Not Be Played at Primary School. All three teams produced great debates and came out winners. Well done to the following students:

Team 1: Amelia, Ben and Arlo Reserve Samara

Team 2: Sam, Charis and Zack Reserve Aleah

Team 3: Leah, Tessa and Kirsty Reserve: Maise

Research advisor: Zoe


CALF AND LAMB DAY INCLUDING GOATS 2021

The Friends of Toko School are well under way with their organisation for this annual event. This year we are introducing a goat section.

Here is some information to help you and your children with their planning and preparation for this.

CALF, LAMB, GOAT GUIDELINES

CALF, LAMB, GOAT COURSE GUIDELINES


If you would like to help out with this event please contact the school - we would ,love to hear from you :)

CALF AND LAMB DAY WEDNESDAY 20TH OCTOBER THIS YEAR

John Parsons - Keeping Your Kids Safe Online

Our Kahui Ako has this workshop scheduled for parents by John Parsons who wrote Keeping Your Kids Safe Online.


This will be on Tuesday 31st August from 6.30 - 8.00pm at Stratford High School.


We really recommend that parents of our younger children attend these as well. These workshops assist parents to set the foundations up really early at home in terms of online behaviours and rules and routines you can set up at home. Please try and make this a priority!!!.

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SPEECHES

Last year, the children and staff throughly enjoyed the way that we conducted our school-wide speeches, this year we have continued to use the same format. Starting next year Speech Board will be every second year.

Our speeches this year will take place in the second half of this term. Information will be shared by your child's classroom teacher about expections for this year.

Year 1 - 2 - Recite a poem and Show and Tell.

Year 3 - 4 - Recite their pepeha and Show and Tell

Year 5 - Recite their pepeha and introduction to formal speech writing.

Year 6 - 8 - Impromptu speech, recite their pepeha and write and present a formal speech

Enviro Leaders

Congratulations to James and Amelia who have become Enviro Leaders this year.

CHESS

What a great lineup we have of students playing in our chess tournament coming up next Friday. Good luck! Notices will be going home on Thursday to our team members. Thank you also to those parents who have offerred to take transport. Without you, these children would not get the opportunity to participate.

BOARD OF TRUSTEES UPDATE

Next BOT Meeting - Tuesday 17th August

Period Products

Our school has signed up to this wonderful initiative. If your daughter has their period please make contact with your child's classroom teacher or Mrs Hinton in the office and we can arrange for you to access these each month.

Bi-ennual Community Survey

Every two years we seek feedback from our community about how we are doing from your perspective. We would really appreciate it if you could take the time to fill out this Community Survey :) We have extended the survey until the end of next week. Please please take the time to fill it in!

NAG 2 -Self Review

This Policy is up for review and can be found on our school website: NAG 2 If you would like to provide some feedback please email: office@toko.school.nz

ARTWORK MADE INTO CALENDARS, CARDS, Diarys etc

Just a heads-up, that this year the children will be involved in making artworks that will be made into calendars, cards, diaries etc. This will be offered up in Week 7 of this term, so keep an eye out for the order forms arriving home about then. Artworks can be viewed in the classroom and will be put up on seesaw for you to view.

SPORTS DESK

RUNNING CLUB:

Just a reminder children need a change of clothes.

Year 7&8 Sevens

This will be held next Wednesday 18th August. Information has been sent home to all of those involved. Thank you to all who have offered to help transport the children to and from the event. Information will be sent home once the draw and venue have been confirmed.

SCHOOL PRODUCTION

We have our school production coming up again at the end of this year (see calendar). Once again we would like to put together a team of parents/community members/ex students etc, to help make props, costumes, and assist with anything else that crops up along the way. If you are interested in joining this team, we would be really grateful. Could you please phone the office to express your interest.

COMMUNITY NOTICES

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