COASTAL TARANAKI SCHOOL
NEWSLETTER - 17th November 2023
COASTAL TARANAKI SCHOOL
Hours of Instruction
8.40am - 3.10pm
Location: 92 Carthew Street, Ōkato, New Zealand
Phone: (06)7524022 - 027 320 1267
“The positive thinker sees the invisible, feels the intangible, and achieves the impossible”
As parents, guardians, carers and whānau we know that the earlier we create secure good
habits the better. In thinking of good habits that future proof our children's lives, we can’t really
go past the tried and true mantra of “eat healthy, exercise regularly, think positively”. These
three messages go hand in hand – a healthy body contributes to a healthy mind, while a healthy
mind allows us to reason what’s good for our bodies. The benefits of remembering and acting
upon these, set up the basis for keeping our own lives in balance.
It has been a privilege to watch our children play on the sports field, on our new court and soon
they will be partaking in swimming, the Amazing Race and Tabloids. The year 9 and 10 students
are also soon to embark on a camp to Rotorua, where they will get to be active and celebrate
the learning and goals achieved this academic year.
It has to be said that active children giving attention to exercise and a positive attitude, showing
us the best versions of themselves, is a win, win.
The importance of community voice
Schools are communities of human beings, bound together in an organic, continuously
developing web of relationships. Our school is a community of learners and without community,
nothing else matters. Such communities cannot be created by authorities and experts outside
the school who send down mandates and expectations from above. The wisdom of the good
school must be worked out by those who live within its community. When this work takes place
in an environment of intense care, students learn and thrive.
In light of this, shortly you will receive an online form that will ask you questions about how you
feel our school is meeting the needs of our students and wider community. After which you will
receive the results and then our yearly community consultation plan. I look forward to your
participation in this important community voice.
We learn together
Walking through our school it is wonderful to see and hear our busy hubs of learning. Student
engagement is high and I meet happy children who are keen to share their learning with me. We
know that you spend the time talking to your children about the exciting things that they are
learning each day.
We encourage you to spend a few minutes asking them some of the following questions. Name
something that you did today that was awesome! What challenges did you accept today? What
questions did you ask? What feedback did you receive today? What did you do with it? How did
you show that you weren’t going to give up when you got in that learning pit?
How were you kind today? How were you responsible today?
It was a privilege to hand out certificates to students who were recognised in our student-led
celebration assembly, for their attitude, progress and achievement.
As an educator, I am at my happiest when I see our older students develop a wider set of skills,
repertoires and perspectives over their time at our School. I am the most disappointed too,
when I see opportunities squandered and promise unfulfilled. Through our pastoral care system,
we continue to track the development and engagement of our students in the important
elements of our culture.
Ultimately, when things are not going so well, we always want to work in partnership with
parents to ensure that we are getting the best out of every student in our school.
You will have heard the news reports regarding the technical issues with the computerized
NCEA examinations in some subjects. Please view the post on our Facebook page with an
explanation from NZQA.
Congratulations to Mr Bright’s class for winning the attendance award twice in a row.
Term dates for next year
As we approach the end of this academic year, we recognise the need for the delivery of next
year's term and ‘Teacher Only Days’ (TOD), to aid with your planning.
Teacher Only Days 2024
Term 1 TOD 29.1.24 and 30.1.24 and TOD 12.3.24
Term 2 TOD 4.6.24
Term 3 TOD 19.8.24
We have attached a TOD to Term 3 as there is no public holiday. This is designed to be the
halfway point in the term and will give our students a mid-term break and our staff a hauora
day/team building. Term 4 has no TOD due to NCEA examinations.
Here are the answers to the Dingbat puzzles that featured in our last newsletter.
Graduation Dinner and Ball
Tickets for the senior Graduation Dinner and Ball - Wednesday 29th November, are now on sale from the school office.
They can be paid online with a proof of payment using name and ball tickets as a reference. Cash or EFTPOS. $50pp.
If bringing a partner not a CTS student they will need to sign a consent form to attend.
TICKETS $50pp must be purchased by NOVEMBER 20TH.
Save the Date - Year 8 MKR
Click on the photo below and find out all about Pukeiti Tahi - Room 16 swimming for the first time this week
Pukeiti Ōno Room 23
Pukeiti Ōno Room 23
Our incredible ākonga have taken their play to the next level this term. Creatively combining resources and working together to create entirely new worlds. Strengthening their understandings in many different learning areas, including Mathematics, Literacy, and Social competence.
Ka Puāwai - Blossom with Books
Thank you to the Terrill Whānau and everyone else who has contributed to the sandpit revamp - Mark Goodin, Danny Warren, Playgroup, Cory’s Electrical and Macic Plumbing.
Together, you have all helped create an engaging, creative space - it’s a joy to see all the mahi happening there during break times and so many examples of ako, manaakitanga and whanaungatanga in action!
There are still more surprises to come…
Pre-enrolment At Coastal Taranaki School
Pre-enrolment helps us plan ahead and know numbers of future students. Thank you for taking the time to share this information so we can add your child's name (or children) to our pre-enrolment list. Ngā mihi Kelly Madden CTS Transition to School
Kaitake Tahi - Christmas in Summer
Ever seen Santa out surfing!?
These slides are an example of a few slide animations that were created in response to a book students had watched/listened to… Santa going for a surf!
Students in Kaitake Tahi have had a heap of fun using Christmas as their Kaupapa! From learning about how Christmas trees are made and farmed to how glass ornaments are made.
Kaitake Toru enjoying some free time after their swim session.
POUAKAI & TARANAKI TEAMS
Chromebooks for years 7-10 in 2024
(click the link below or click on the photo of the computer above)
Thinking Before Speaking
Here is a poster that encourages students to THINK before things are said or written. These two posters were made by the students in Room 3 to promote a positive way of responding when things get stressful or out of sorts.
TSSSA Beach Sports Day
Year 9 and 10 students having a blast last week at TSSSA Beach Sports day, students competed in Beach Ripper Rugby, Beach Hockey, Spike Ball and Beach Soccer.
Everyone had loads of fun and a good day out moving in the sunshine.
Thanks to TSSSA for organising! Mrs Oke and Ms Stevens for taking the students to Ōakura beach for the event.
Students from CTS attended the NZ swimming festival in Cambridge this weekend 4/5th November with swimmers from across the North Island. They had some great results and made some personal best times at this competition. A mention to Joel Becroft and Livia Becroft for representing CTS and ex student Henry Stone.
Joel Becroft -
3rd 200 IM 5 sec PB
4th 200 Free 4 sec PB
7th 100 Breast
10th 50 Breaststroke
Livia Becroft -
100 Back 8 seconds PB
50 Back 4 Seconds PB
50 Breast 8 seconds PB
Also 4th in the 4 x 50m relay with Henry stone (Ex student Maggie and Elsie’s brother)
Great work Tamariki - Miss Stevens
Volleyball TSSSA year 9/10 event wednesday 15th November at TSB stadium. Lots of hard work paying off with 1 loss, 1 draw and 3 wins! Awesome mahi and sportsmanship all day. Mr Leppard and myself were very impressed with all students both on and off the court! Ngā mihi nui to parents and Mr Leppard for driving. Thank you to TSSSA for organising a great event
Students who competed :
Cypress Jak Ryder
Win - Coastal 23- FDMC 21
Win - Coastal 25 - The boosters
Draw - Coastal 24- Inglewood High 24
Loss - Coastal 18- Wild Turkeys 34
Win - Coastal 26- Stratford high 25
Overall team placing - 3rd Place
NPC Rugby Champions
NPC Rugby Champions cup came for a visit. Awesome to have the cup at Coastal Taranaki School and learn about the hard work this team put in to win and the team culture at Taranaki Rugby. They were told by the rugby school coaches/development officers today that the team did it for their region - Tu meke. Students were impressed! Thank you to Taranaki Rugby Union this term for coaching CTS students new rugby skills by running TRFU specific rugby sessions!
Math and Sport
Relevance of maths and sport - Mrs Andrea Dingle and the year 9 Math students have been doing court measurements.
CTS Sports - Facebook page
Head over to our school sports facebook page CTS Sports and follow for all our school sports news, results and updates.
COASTAL TARANAKI SCHOOL
Stephanie Clifton - Principal
Sylvia Howieson Deputy Principal
Marian Richardson Deputy Principal, HOF Technology, Secondary Team Leader (Taranaki)
Kenneth McMorland English
Rebecca Barron Science/Ag
Andrea Dingle Maths
Steve Leppard Technology
Bridget Shaw Art
Casey Stevens P.E & Health, Sports Administrator
Ãria Broughton Te Reo
Justine Francis Music
Craig Taylor Relese
Jason Brewer Year 7/8 Teacher
Karla Jorgensen Team Leader Year 7/8 Teacher
Pip Gorrie Digi Tech, CCIT Lead, Specialist Teacher
Renee Leathley Kaitake Team Leader, Year 5/6 Teacher
Margaret Normanton Year 5/6 Teacher
Liana Roberts (Gifkin) Year 4 Teacher
Emily Finey Year 2/3 Teacher
Baylie Bright Year 2/3 Teacher
Philippa Hofmans Team Leader Year 1/2 Teacher
Jemma Moorby Year 1 Teacher
Kelly Madden NE Transition Teacher
Catrin Noack Year 1 Teacher
Shelley Cook SENCO / Reading Recovery
Lisa Betts Guidance Counsellor
Sarah Warren Reading Recovery trainee
Sarah Oke Release / Tech on 45
Delwyn Pearce School Librarian
Kirsty Koboski Publicity Officer
Jacky Kopu Office Manager
Nicky Phillips Office, Funding & Sports Administrator
Ole Bucka Grounds & Maintenance